rawdcast #55

June 24, 2011

Well, well, well.  I’ve had this playlist done for almost a month now, but between travelling and procrastinating, I haven’t had time to post it to my blog.  Until now…

The first track on the list is another selection from Wye Oak‘s latest album, Civilian (2011).  I know I just posted a song by them in rawdcast #54, but the songs are so good, I couldn’t help but post another.  After that we have ‘Baby Says’ by The Kills.  The duet’s new album, Blood Pressures (2011), doesn’t do it for me as much as Midnight Boom (2008), at least not yet, but this track in particular is really great.  It reminds me of  ‘Gimme Shelter’ mixed with ‘I Will Follow You Into the Dark’…in a good way.

After that we have ‘There are Lines in My Face’ by Daniel Romano, which is AMAZING.  His album Sleep Beneath the Willow (2011) is one of my favorites so far this year.  I really hope he gets nominated for the Polaris music prize.    I’ve been lucky enough to see him play twice this year.  This last time I was fortunate enough to get a decent shot of his Hank Snow-esque leather pickguard (made by MK Holloway).  (Romano also has fretboard inlays on his acoustic guitar that spell his name, again emulating the “Singing Ranger”.) 

I heard/saw the song ‘Superblues’ by Little Hurricane on a webforum that I still frequent (because I’m old, and was around when forums were “cool”).  They’re a pretty cool band.  Their debut album,  Homewrecker (2011) is a bit repetitive, and some of the songs seem like they’d be way better live than done in the studio, but the band has a lot of potential.  Following that we have a classic by the Foo Fighters, and then what I think is the best song from Bon Iver‘s new self titled album. (I hate self titled albums by the way.  Is it that hard to give your album a name?)  If you do not agree that ‘Holocene’ is that  best song on the album, you are wrong.

As a last minute addition to this playlist, I’ve included an acoustic version of ‘Things That Hide Away’  from the The Dear Hunter‘s latest effort, The Color Spectrum (2011).  It’s much better than the studio version, in my opinion.  And on the internet, my opinion is as good as fact.  

 

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1. Wye Oak – Two Small Deaths (3:50)
2. The Kills – Baby Says (4:28)
3. Daniel Romano – There Are Lines In My Face (4:59)
4. Little Hurricane – Sun Sets West (2:28)
5. Foo Fighters – Everlong (4:10)
6. Bon Iver – Holocene (5:36)
7. The Dear Hunter – Things That Hide Away (acoustic) (3:09)

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rawdcast #54

March 19, 2011

I think it’s fairly safe to say that I’m not very good at blogging.  I mean, I only post once a month or so.  That said, you can at least rely on the fact that once a month I’m going to upload some great songs.

I saw Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans play a few weeks ago.  It was a decent show.  A bit underwhelming overall, but still not bad.  I think the biggest disappointment was that John K. (from The Weakerthans, not the Ren and Stimpy guy) wasn’t there.  The highlight of the show was the short set by opener Daniel Romano (of Attack in Black fame) with guest Misha Bower (of Bruce Peninsula).  Romano’s second solo album, Sleep Beneath the Willow, comes out in April, so look for his song ‘Time Forgot’ in a future post.  But back to Jim Bryson.  His collaboration album with the Weakerthans, The Falcon Lake Incident (2010) is pretty amazing.  ‘Raised all Wrong’ is tied for being my favorite track on it.

Next we have ‘Hot as Day’ from Maryland based Wye Oak‘s new album Civilain.  So far, this is my favorite song of 2011.  I’ve been listening to it on repeat for at least 2o minutes everyday this week.  Following that, which is a hard act to follow, is ‘Gauze’ by Red Red Meat.  Someone I know posted this song on a certain social networking site that I frequent just before I went away for spring break.  About a week ago I remembered to download it, and I’m glad I did.  I’m (almost) always happy ’90s music that I somehow missed during the ’90s.

Radiohead is arguably one of the best bands ever.  I think most people, even if they disagree, know that this is the general concensus.  Since their new album, King of Limbs (2011), is kind of…not that great, I decided to include one of their best songs from 1997’s multi-platinum album Ok Computer.  Following that is a “rocker” (I just seriously dated myself by writing that) from Hey Rosetta!.  While I normally dislike bands with pointless punctuation marks in their name (I’m thinking of you, Wham!), these Newfie’s are hard not to like.  And while their latest album, Seeds (2011), hasn’t grown on me quite like their previous releases, Hey Rosetta! still manage to churn out consistently likeable tunes.  

There is a Simpsons episode where the titular (hehe) children are duped into thinking they are getting hover bikes.  For some reason, every time I listen to We Were Promised Jet Packs I am reminded of that scene.  After ‘Quiet Little Voices,’ I’ve included ‘That Song’ by Big Wreck.  While In Loving Memory of… (1997) had like 3 top 10 hits and went 2x platinum in Canada, I doubt anyone outside our borders has ever heard of them.  Not only did they have a few really good tracks, they also toured with Dream Theater.  Fucking Dream Theater!  I mean, I think they toured with them before Dream Theater released Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory (1999), which is probably the best prog. metal album ever made, but still.

Lastly, we have ‘June Hymn’ by The Decemberists (the band, not the Russian revolutionaries).  I’ve been a bit disappointed in this band over the years, as I don’t think they’ve been able to live up to how good Her Majesty (2003) was.  It’s one of my top 50 albums of all time.  You’ll see it on my list if I ever get around to posting more of it.  But their new album, The King Is Dead (2011), has reminded me why I like this band.  Or maybe it just reminds me of why I like REM and Tom Petty

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1. Jim Bryson And The Weakerthans – Raised all Wrong (1:33)
2. Wye Oak – Hot As Day (3:50)
3. Red Red Meat – Gauze (4:49)
4. Radiohead – Let Down (4:59)
5. Hey Rosetta! – Welcome (4:02)
6. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices (4:21)
7. Big Wreck – That Song (5:05)
8. The Decemberists – June Hymn (3:57)

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rawdcast #53

February 13, 2011

I think the best way to describe Best Coast would be grungy surf-pop (or something near that).  As is the case with 91% (this is an actual scientific statistic that you can empirically verify) of indie bands, it’s really unclear if these guys (and girl) will have any longevity or simply be a flash in the pan.  Either way, ‘I Want To’ is catchy as hell.  Next is a track from their Mexican Summer label-mates, No Joy; a shoegaze/noise-pop duo from Montreal.  I heard ‘Still’ on CBC radio the other day and really liked it.  Really.

Staying in Montreal for a moment, we have the title track from Land of Talk‘s 2008 album Some Are Lakes.  I saw Land of Talk in the fall (I think it was last fall…) at a local festival, but didn’t pick up their album until just a few months ago.  Was it last fall?  Anyway, I saw them at some point at a festival.  Or at least outdoors.  The next band I have never seen, and you probably haven’t either, because they’ve only been around for like 6 months and they haven’t released an album yet.  What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, the debut album of The Vaccines, is scheduled to be released on 21 March, 2011.  In the meantime, enjoy ‘Post Break-Up Sex’. (No pun intended, as the song is enjoyable, but the act itself really isn’t.  Really.) 

Shotgun Jimmie also has a new album, Transistor Sister, due out 8 March on You’ve Changed Records.  The song ‘King of Kreuzberg’ (which I think is the third or fourth track on the new album) is pretty catchy.  Following that, I’ve included a Kings of Leon track that is also really catchy.  It’s the version of ‘California Waiting’ from their debut LP Youth and Young Manhood (2003).  Following that, in a somwhat awkward transition that I’m not very happy with, is the song ‘Hot Girls’ by Headphones; the synth-based side project of David Bazan (formerly of Pedro the Lion).  Maybe this song is actually really annoying.  I’m not sure.  But I like it nonetheless.

About a week ago now I stumbled across a great site called Any Decent Music that gives the average rating of album based on about 50 different publications.  The rating are still pretty inflated, but it at least gives you a better sense of how good an album is before you bother picking it up and listening for yourself.  One of the best things I found on the site so far was Darkstar‘s 2010 album North.  Included here is the song ‘Deadness’, which I think is the best track on the album.  Oh, and last but not least we have Kanye West‘s ‘Runaway’.  It’s a great song.  I’m usually pretty out of touch with pop music, so I’m glad my friend Ryan exposed me to this.  (The pun is intended this time.  I hope you get it.  Really.)

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1. Best Coast – I Want To (2:45)
2. No Joy – Still (3:42)
3. Land of Talk – Some Are Lakes (3:41)
4. The Vaccines – Post Break-Up Sex (2:56)
5. Shotgun Jimmie – King of Kreuzberg (3:49)
6. Kings Of Leon – California Waiting (3:28)
7. Headphones – Hot Girls (3:44)
8. Darkstar – Deadness (4:36)
9. Kanye West – Runaway (feat. Pusha T) (5:38)

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rawdcast #52

January 22, 2011

It’s been waaaaay too long since I’ve made a post.  And since it’s been so long, I had a hard time deciding on what music to share.  Punk won.

First up on this list is a band called Iron Chic.   As their website explains, they are “a decent band from Long Island, NY. They play songs that are acceptable.”  I agree with this.  The track I’ve included here, ‘Cutesy Monster Man’, is the opening track on their debut LP, Not Like This (2010).  The rest of the album is also acceptable.  Next up is an obligatory track by Propagandhi.  I really love these guys.  I have for years.  ‘Dear Coach’s Corner’ is from their 2009 album Supporting Caste, and features, as the title implies, a soundbite from Don Cherry and Ron MacLean.  I have no idea what the soundbite has to do with the song.  I’m sure if I took the time to figure it out it’s something obvious.

Polar Bear Club is from upstate New York.  ‘Parked in the Parking Lot of Your Heart’ is from their debut EP, The Redder, The Better (2006).  I wish I had something more interesting to say about this song…but I don’t.  The next song, however, is awesome.  I saw The Menzingers open for The Flatliners about a month ago, and it was such a good show.  One of the best that I’ve been to in a while.  Insane amount of energy.  ‘Rivalries’ is from the album Chamberlin Waits (2010), which made a lot of short lists for punk album of the year.  Personally, I think my favorite song by The Menzingers is ‘Sunday Morning’, but whoever did the mixing for the Hold On, Dodge! EP (2009) did a bit of a hack job (at least all the mp3s I’ve found are like this), and it sounded really out of place on the playlist as a result.  But ‘Rivalries’ is an acceptable substitute.

Unfortunately for The Menzingers, almost everyone agreed that the best punk album of 2010 was Cavalcade by The Flatliners.  I’m a bit embarassed to say that I hadn’t heard of these guys until just before I went to their show.  I mean, they’re from Richmond Hill, Ontario, and they’ve been around since 2002.  I probably hadn’t heard of them because they were more ska-punk before, and that’s not usually my thing.  Anyway, there are a lot of great songs on Cavalcade, but ‘Liver Alone’ is one of my favorites to sing along to.  I hope you will too.

This next song I had forgotten about for well over a year.  That was really careless of me.  Ignite‘s Our Darkest Days (2006) is an epic album.  And ‘Slowdown’ is one of the best songs on it.  It reminds me a bit of the song ‘No Brakes’ by the Offspring for some reason, although the two songs sound nothing alike.  (Remember when the Offspring didn’t completely suck ass?)  I really wish that Ignite’s lead singer, Zoli Téglás, would give up fronting Pennywise and devote his time soley to Ignite.  I mean, they’re just a better band.  The last track is by Crime in Stereo, who have called it quits.  ‘I Am Everything I Am Not’ is from their final album, I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone (2010), which some people also thought was one of the best “punk” albums of 2010.  I don’t think it’s much of a punk album at all really, but this song alone makes it a great album.

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1. Iron ChicCutesy Monster Man (3:56)
2. PropagandhiDear Coach’s Corner (4:51)
3. Polar Bear ClubParked In The Parking Lot Of Your Heart (3:58)
4. The Menzingers Rivalries (3:42)
5. The FlatlinersLiver Alone (2:31)
6. IgniteSlowdown (3:05)
7. Crime in StereoI Am Everything I Am Not (3:56)

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rawdcast #51

December 13, 2010

I’ll be posting more of my top 50 albums shortly, but in the mean time I thought it prudent to get back to sharing some of the music that I’m currently listening to.  There is a lot of it, so expect more posts soon.

This list starts off with a catchy little number by Elisabeth Maurus, better known as Lissie.  She did a bunch of in studio live recordings a while ago (you can check them out on her youtube channel) and I really loved the version of ‘When I’m Alone’ from those sessions, so I chose it to start out this playlist.

The second track is by a Canadian indie rock outfit that you may have heard of.  They’re called The Arcade Fire.  They’re pretty popular, I guess.  I’ve featured songs by them in rawdcasts 17, 23, 44, and 48, so if you’ve been following my blog, you may have listened to them before whether you knew it or not.  This track, called ‘Suburban War’ is probably my favorite track from their latest album The Suburbs (2010), which received 3 nominations at the 53rd Grammy awards.  Maybe the Grammy people read about the band on here.  Who knows.

Track three is provided by Seattle’s Minus the Bear.  Now, their 2010 album OMNI didn’t get the best reviews (it got 3.5/5 stars pretty consistently from most critics), but the album has a few really cool songs on it.  ‘Dayglow Vista Road’ is, in my opinion (which is the only opinion that matters on this blog), one of those songs.  Hopefully you’ll agree.  After that, we have the song ‘Enchanting Ghost’ from Sufjan StevensAll Delighted People EP (2010).  After waiting about 4 years for new music from Sufjan, I’m glad that this EP is so damn good.  The subsequent album, The Age of Adz (2010), I’m not as keen on, however.

I saw a video for Dry the River‘s ‘Bible Belt’  on youtube (click here to watch it) and fell in love with the song.  It’s a bit of a sombre piece, but I think it’s a really…pretty song.  Following that, there’s a track from The Acorn‘s latest album No Ghost (2010).  I don’t remember the last time I saw Bobcat Goldthwait in a movie or on TV.  I guess it was probably in Blow (2001), but then again he was probably in something else I saw but don’t remember.  In any case, I’m tempted to check out a movie he wrote and directed called Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006).  It has an interesting plot premise.

 I saw the next two artists at a show a few weeks ago.  The song ‘Try, Tried, Trying’ by Bahamas has a great chorus.  Perhaps I have an unhealthy view of romantic relationships (I’m almost positive that I do), but I find the line, “If you can’t forget about him, you can forget about me,” to be absolutely spot on.  After that, we have the song ‘O’Heart’ by Doug Paisley.  I hadn’t heard mister Paisley prior to the show, and I was really impressed with him.  An amazing guitar player.  I hope I get to see him play again some day.

Next is ‘It’s a Motherfucker’ by the Eels.  I don’t really know anything about the Eels.  But I like this song.  And it seemed to fit.  The final track, on the other hand, probably doesn’t fit in this playlist very well at all.  But I can’t stop listening to it, so I thought I should include it.  The Evpatoria Report is one of my favorite post-rock bands.  Maybe to most they sound like every other post-rock band, but to me, they’re something else.  So I hope you enjoy the song I’ve included by them to round out this playlist.

Cheers.

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1. Lissie – When I’m Alone (4:37)
2. Arcade Fire – Suburban War (4:45)
3. Minus the Bear – Dayglow Vista Road (5:05)
4. Sufjan Stevens – Enchanting Ghost (3:39)
5. Dry the River – Bible Belt (5:11)
6. The Acorn – Bobcat Goldwraith (4:02)
7. Bahamas – Try, Tried, Trying (3:55)
8. Doug Paisley – O’Heart (3:04)
9. Eels – It’s a Motherfucker (2:14)
10. The Evpatoria Report – Optimal Region Selector (9:19)

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So, I couldn’t get the list down to 50, but I figured it was time to start posting the albums anyway.  And here are the first 3, in roughly the order I started listening to them.

   1. Michael Jackon Thriller (1982)
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Thriller came out about 7 months before I was born.  I don’t remember if it was the first album I listened to on repeat (I think I had a cassette of either Tchaikovsky‘s Swan Lake or The Nutcracker before this that I listened to before bed a lot), but I do remember listening to this pretty early on in life.  The cassette tape belonged, I think, to my sister, and we used to listen to it on a crappy brown portable cassette deck that may have come with a children’s book.  The title track actually scared me as a child, but ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Something’, ‘Beat It’, and ‘Billie Jean’…I’m pretty sure my 6 year old self danced his ass off to those songs, along with Madonna‘s ‘Like a Prayer’.  I mean, I don’t remember dancing hard to MJ like I do Madonna (we used to dance around in my friends’ basement to ‘Like a Prayer’ on repeat), but I’m sure I did dance to it in that limb-flailing way that children do.  Years later, I was at a conference for high school students at the University of Wisconsin, and I remember hearing ‘Billie Jean’ for the first time in years.  Someone played it at the end of what was, at the time, a killer line-up of songs: Ginuine‘s ‘Pony’, DMX‘s ‘Up in Here’ and Juvenile‘s ‘Back that Ass Up’.  I had been dancing with a Chilean girl who was impressed by how good a skinny white boy like myself could move, and ‘Billie Jean’ took me back to my childhood.  It was one of those moments of real joy in your life that’s hard to explain. 
Thriller is also probably part of the reason that I enjoy zombie movies, and Vincent Price.

2. EaglesTheir Greatest Hits (1971-1975) (1976)
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Probably my earliest memory of listening to anything on vinyl is of the EaglesGreatest Hits (1971-75).  We had a record changer (a Realistic, I believe)  in our livingroom at the end of the couch, and the space beneath it in the cabinet where the records should have been was home to all of my and my sister’s chidren books (an assortment or Sesame Street books, Dr. Seuss, and those ones with the gold spine – the Little Golden Books published by Random House).  I don’t know where I found my mother’s old records.  They were probably in the basement or at my great-grandmother’s house next door where my mom had grown up.  I remember only a few of the titles in the stack I eventually lugged to the livingroom: The Knack‘s Get the Knack (1979), Trooper‘s Hot Shots (1979), and EaglesTheir Greatest Hits (1971-1975) (1976).  Clearly, the Eagles album was the best of the bunch.  ‘Take it Easy’, ‘Lyin Eyes’, ‘Witchy Woman’, ‘Tequila Sunrise’…I loved them all.  These are some of the first songs I learned on guitar (although, ‘God Save the Queen’, ‘Lullabye’ by Shawn Mullins, and ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ by David Bowie were the actual first, which means I first learned guitar around 1998; I had played bass before that).  I still love this album, despite the fact that it’s a greatest hits record.  And my love for it is only made stronger because of the Seinfeld episode ‘The Checks’.

   3. Alice CooperTrash (1989)
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This is the part of the list where things start to get a little confused for me.  I’m not exactly sure of the order the next 4 albums should go in, but I started listening to them all between the summer of ’92 and fall ’94.  These were the real formative years for my taste in music.

The first song I ever wrote was for a girl named Christie C.  She was the second of my grade school girlfriends (Allison was the first, with whom I associate the song ‘Ice Ice Baby’, since I recall listening to it at the time we were “dating”).  Christie was the first girl to ever show me her breasts (although she didn’t have any to speak of at the time, since we were in the third grade), and this act clearly had an impact on my rat-tail clad self.  I carried a torch for her well into grade 4, long after she had broken my heart and left me for my bestfriend (the age old tale…), at which time I substituted her name into the lyrics to Kiss‘ ‘Beth’.  I may have even sang it to her at school, I’m not really sure.  All I remember vividly from my grade 4 classroom days is crying when my teacher read Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, and picking my nose a lot.  Outside of the classroom setting, however, I remember quite a lot.  I had written the lyrics to ‘Christie’ (aka ‘Beth’) in a bluish purple spiral bound notepad (the kind with the binding at the top), and one of the next songs I had written basically ripped off the lyrics to the song ‘Alma Mater’ from Alice Cooper‘s School’s Out (1972).  Seeing as I know that I had been listening to Trash before I bought School’s Out, I’ve deduced that Trash  probably fits into my musical history at #3 chronologically.

To this day, Alice Cooper’s Trash is still one of my favorite albums.  Don’t ask me why.  I loved, and still love, ‘Poison’, ‘Spark in the Dark’, ‘Bed of Nails’ and ‘Hell is Living Without You’.  In fact, Alice Cooper has remained one of my favorite artists of all time.  After I picked up Trash, I immediately started buying up his entire back catalogue.  I’m sure my mom thought I was a weird kid.  I mean, what 9 year old starts listening to Alice Cooper non-stop?

If memory serves me, I was introduced to Alice Cooper by a kid one year my senior, Julian, who lived next door to my friend Jeff.  Jeff was the lead singer of my first band, which really wasn’t a band at all since only two of the 6 members (Jeff, Vance, Chris M., Danny, Adam and myself) of the Totally Hot Acid Rocks (I know, a terrible name, but one that was inspired by a delicious sour candy) could actually (somewhat) play an instrument.  Jeff sang and played guitar, while I did back-up vocals and played bass.  I remember learning ‘Smoke on the Water’ in his living room.  Anyway, this is when I started listening to Alice Cooper, and when I started writing songs for the first time at the tender age of 9 or 10.  I also watched a lot of horror movies at the time, mostly notably ever Friday the 13th movies, and all the Puppet Master films, all of which scared the shit out of me.  I think Julian owned both Trash and Constrictor (1986), which had the theme to Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives on it: Alice Cooper’s He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask).  So, whereas my first band didn’t make it very far, I continued to listen to Alice Cooper and write songs because of them.

Me and those 5 kids spent a lot of time together.  They were probably one of the best groups of friends I ever had, the kind you can only have when you’re a kid and drugs and girls haven’t yet started to really make life complicated.  The last scene from the movie Stand by Me actually sums things up about childhood friends pretty nicely:

As time went on we saw less and less of Teddy and Vern, until eventually they became just two more faces in the halls. It happens sometimes. Friends come in and out of your life like busboys in a restaurant. I heard that Vern got married out of high school, had four kids, and is now the forklift operator at the Arsenault lumberyard. Teddy tried several times to get into the Army, but his eyes and ear kept him out. The last time I’d heard, he’d spent some time in jail. He was now doing odd jobs around Castle Rock.

Chris…enrolled in the college courses with me, and, although it was hard, he gutted it out like he always did. He went on to college and eventually became a lawyer. Last week he entered a fast food restaurant. Just ahead of him, two men got into an argument—one of them pulled a knife. Chris, who had always made the best peace, tried to break it up. He was stabbed in the throat. He died almost instantly.
Although I hadn’t seen him in more than ten years, I know I’ll miss him forever.

I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?

The long road to 50…

November 1, 2010

When I posted a link to one of my more recent playlists on facebook, I mentioned that I was thinking of doing something special for my 50th rawdcast.  The idea was simple enough in theory: make a list of my 50 favorite albums and pick a favorite song from each.  In practice, however, it turns out that doing this is very difficult.

After going through all the albums I have on my PC (many of which I own, internet police), I had a list of about 120 albums.  I hadn’t really decided if this should be a list of what I think are the top 50 albums of all time, or a list of my own personal favorite albums.  I went with the latter option.   

The final list will contain 50 albums which you can think of as the soundtrack to my life this far.  I’ve excluded compilation/greatest hits and live albums, as well as soundtracks (like Garth Brooks Double Live, and the Cocktail soundtrack) because I do really want to showcase what I think (or at least thought) were some well crafted albums.  I take the art of making a good album quite seriously.  I mean, the order of the tracks matters a lot.  That’s why it often takes me so long to upload my own playlists.  I spend hours finding songs that I think will work well together as a whole, not just as individual tracks.  I have no idea, however, if that shows in the finished product.  There may be one exception to this rule, however.  But only one.

I’m not entirely sure on how I’ll be releasing the final product at this point.  I still have to get down to 50 albums, then I need to decide if I’m going to provide links to the full albums or to playlists of favorite tracks.  I’m also thinking of releasing 5 at a time, going roughly chronologically according to when I was listening to the album rather than when it was actually released.  This means I’ll probably start with the music I was listening to in grade 4.  There might be something from earlier in my life than that, but grade 4 was really when I “got into” music.  And that leads me to what I think will be the best part of this project: For each album, I’m going to tell a story from my life that that album reminds me of.  Some will be short, others maybe not so short.  Some will be interesting, other will not be.  Some will be embarassing, others will be more embarassing.  It promises to be entertaining.  (For example, if Everclear‘s Sparkle and Fade had made the final cut, there would have been a story about how a friend of mine got caught looking at naked pictures of Pamela Anderson [delete the browser histroy man!] on his parents computer and told his parents that it was me.  In all fairness, I was totally looking at them with him, but don’t blame it all on me!  After that, I don’t think I ever went to his house again, and we stopped being friends.  It’s too bad, really.  We used to stay up late listening to Everclear and Queen waiting for SNL to come on.  We also made the best snow fort ever at his house one winter.)

As for Canadian content, I’m not sure how much the final list will have.  I think there are about 10 of the 76 that are still in the running, after just recently axing 4 “classic” Canadian albums (Alexisonfire‘s Watch out!, Barenaked LadiesGordon, Finger Eleven‘s The Greyest of Blue Skies, and Moist‘s Silver).

Also, listen to these “songs”:

Stay tuned!!

rawdcast #49

October 29, 2010

Just in time for Halloween, here’s a new playlist.  Given that I’ve waited too long between posts, I feel a lot of pressure to make sure this is a good one.  I’ll let you be the judge of my success.

The first track goes back a few years to Broken Social Scene‘s 2002 album You Forgot it in People ‘Almost Crimes’ might easily be my favorite songs by the Canadian indie super-group.  Following that, we have ‘Crown on the Ground’ by Sleigh Bells.  This band is an interesting duo, comprised of vocalist Alexis Krauss, and Derek Miller, formerly of Poison the Well.  I almost think (well, I do think, really…what an awkward turn of phrase) that I should include ‘Park and What You Meant to Me’ or ‘Pieces of You in Me’ in this post for old times’ sake.   After that, I’ve included a b-side by The Kills: ‘Night Train’. 

Moving right along, we have one of the newer releases from the Japandroids.  ‘Younger Us’, the second installment of 5 in their single series project, is an awesome track.  These guys just keep getting better.  Next up is Rich Aucoin.  I saw this guy open for Hey Rosetta! and Hot Hot Heat a few weeks ago.  Having never heard of him before I got to the venue, I had no idea what to expect.  I was totally blown away by the show this guy put on.  So energetic.  Probably the best opener I’ve ever seen, EVER (if only for his inclusion of the ‘Porkchop Sandwiches’ GI Joe PSA). 

 

Discovery is the side project of Wes Miles, the vocalist for Ra Ra Riot, and Rostam Batmanglij (Batman?  For real?), from Vampire Weekend.  While a lot of the stuff on their debut LP, entitled LP (way to be creative guys…), is a bit boring if you’ve heard their other bands, ‘Osaka Loop Line’ is a pretty decent little number.  After that we have the song ‘Imperials’ by NYC’s Ratatat, followed by ‘Ghosts n Stuff’ from Toronto based Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman).  Not only does this guy produce amazing house music, he has one of the coolest stage get-ups I have ever seen.

Rounding out this mix we have ‘Alice Practice’ by Crystal Castles, and ‘The Black Hole’ by HORSE the Band.  HORSE the Band are the innovators of a genre known as “Nintendocore”.  Now, I’ve yet to hear any other Nintendocore bands in the 5 years or so that I’ve been listening to HORSE, but I would really like to.  Perhaps the best part of this the track included here (the closing track on 2005’s epic album ‘The Mechanical Hand’) is the inclusion of a clip of Statler and Waldorf from the Muppet Show.  Hilarious way to end an album, and a perfect way to end this playlist.  Boooooo!  (Happy Halloween!  Get it?  No?  Whatever.)

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1. Broken Social Scene – Almost Crimes (Radio Kills Remix) (4:23)
2. Sleigh Bells – Crown on the Ground (3:49)
3. The Kills – Night Train (3:04)
4. Japandroids – Younger Us (3:35)
5. Rich Aucoin – PUSH (2:48)
6. Discovery – Osaka Loop Line (4:01)
7. Ratatat – Imperials (3:33)
8. Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff (Original Mix) (6:10)
9. Crystal Castles – Alice Practice (2:41)
10. HORSE The Band – The Black Hole (5:33)

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Oh, and one more thing: Matt Maxwell – ‘C’est l’hallowe’en’

rawdcast #48

September 2, 2010

It’s been a long time folks, but here is another rawdcast for your listening pleasure.  I’ve had a list of close to 200 songs that I’ve been playing with for about two months now, and between travelling and studying, it has taken some time for a proper playlist to come together.  But it finally has!

The first track is by an Icelandic band I just stumbled upon about a week ago.  Their name: Seabear.  Apparently they’ve been featured on both Gossip Girl and Gray’s Anatomy….I swear that is NOT where I first heard them (or ever heard them, for that matter).  The lead singer, Sindri Már Sigfússon also has a solo effort called Sin Fang Bous.  Look for a track by him in an upcoming post.

The next song comes from one of the best albums I’ve heard this year; the Arcade Fire‘s The Suburbs.  There are about 6 tracks on this album that I absolutely adore, but ‘Empty Room’ just happened to be the one that fit into the mix.  I still think, however, that ‘Suburban War’ might be my favorite track on the album.

Next up we have ‘Wasted Daylight’ from StarsThe Five Ghosts, which came out earlier this year.  When I posted a teaser for that album, I think I said that this song was my favorite of the bunch.  After some time, I can safely say that it is my favorite song on the album.  After that, we have a track from Said the Whale‘s Magician EP.  ‘Love is Art/Sleep Through Fire’ is a great little track.  Not sure why it didn’t make the full-length, but I am glad I picked up the EP when I saw them and got introduced to this song.

Staying on the west coast, we have a song by Kelowna, British Columbia rockers Yukon Blonde.  A friend told me to check these guys out back in the spring.  Sorry for taking so long to share them with you.  I hope ‘Ghosts on Film’ was worth the wait.  Next up we have a song from Jason Collett.  ‘We All Lose One Another’ starts off sounding like CCR‘s ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’, but quickly changes to something much more sombre, which one could easily mistake for someting by The Traveling Wilbury‘s.  A really nice song.

Track 7 is a real gem.  A friend of mine posted some videos of Andrea Burgoyne a while back, and I instantly fell in love with her songs.  Based out of Whitehorse, Andrea releases her music under the name Brigs, and she was kind enough to mail me a copy of her debut EP, One Step, Two Steps.  I hope you enjoy ‘Fists and Feet’ as much as I do.

To finish things off, I’ve included a a song from The Dear Hunter‘s newest EP, The Branches.  When Casey Crescenzo left The Receiving End of Sirens I was both sad and excited.  Casey was certainly a driving force behind the bands success (as one can easily see by how poor their second, and final, full-length sounds, which was recorded after he had parted ways with the band), but it was unclear how good he would be on his own.  His Ms. Leading demos were spectacular (‘Red Hands’ is one of my all time favorite songs), but since then, his music has only disappointed me.  Maybe I just don’t care for the genre he’s trying to fit into.  Nevertheless, ‘Isabella’ is the first track by Casey that I’ve really been into in a long time.  Thanks, Casey.  I’m glad you’re doing something good with the name you took from an amazing Christopher Walken film.

 

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1. Seabear – Wolfboy (4:25)
2. Arcade Fire – Empty Room (2:51)
3. Stars – Wasted Daylight (3:42)
4. Said the Whale – Love is Art/Sleep Through Fire (3:36)
5. Yukon Blonde – Ghosts On Film (4:52)
6. Jason Collett – We All Lose One Another (4:21)
7. Brigs – Fists and Feet (3:45)
8. The Dear Hunter – Isabella (4:14)

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rawdcast #47

July 10, 2010

This is another post filled with mostly punk/harcore/post-hardcore/etc. songs, and when I was coming up with the playlist, all I could think about was Hard Core Logo.  Such a great movie.  The clip above might seem a bit strange if you haven’t seen the movie, but this scene really hit home with me when I was going through a rough time a few years ago.  And so, I start off this post by sharing it with you.

The first track is by the band Lowtalker, from their debut EP People Worry About Everything (2010).  The band consists of members of Comeback Kid and Misery Signals, and it fronted by Canadian born Stu Ross.  (I think he’s from St. Albert, Albert, so while these guys are based in Wisconsin, they count as a Canadian band by my standards.)  Track two comes from Vancouver quintet In Bear Country, the current project of Daggermouth‘s Stu McKillop.  Maybe I should call this the Stu-cast…  Anyway, ‘Sinkin” is on their 2009 self-titled EP, and it’s a really catchy song.  Definitely the stand-out track on the EP.  It makes me feel like I could punch a horse, which is pretty much the highest acclaim that any song can get.

Moving along, the next song comes from Living With Lions‘ 2007 effort Dude Manor.  I believe they’re working on a full length at the moment.  After that we have a bit of a throwback.  I don’t think The Killjoys are very well-known outside of Canada, but ‘Rave + Drool’ is a great track (even if it is at least 14 years old), and it certainly deserves to be shared.

The version of ‘Reconcile’ by Winnipeg band Sights and Sounds comes from their 2007 self-titled EP.  The band re-recorded the song for their 2009 full-length, Monolith, but I prefer the original version.  It boggles my mind that Andrew Neufeld does vocals for Sights and Sounds, Figure-Four, and Comeback Kid.  He might as well do vocals for every Winnipeg hardcore band.

The last song that I’ve included here is ‘Counterparts and Number Them’ by Alexisonfire.  I think this is eaily one of their best songs, and it really represents what this band should sound like.  I don’t know what happened to this band after they released Watch Out! (2004), but their albums have only gotten worse, in my opinion.  Crisis (2006) had some good tracks, don’t get me wrong, but the album as a cohesive unit really floundered, and their newest album (it’s about birds or something, I guess)…I don’t think I even managed to listen to the whole thing.  They got boring.  How ANYONE who wrote a song like ‘Counterparts and Number Them’ managed to turn into a boring band is beyond me.  Well, actually it’s not.  I blame Dallas Green’s ego.

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1. Lowtalker – Turncoat (3:18)
2. In Bear Country – Sinkin’ (3:18)
3. Living With Lions – Later Is Better (3:43)
4. Killjoys – Rave + Drool (4:02)
5. Sights & Sounds – Reconcile (3:54)
6. Alexisonfire – Counterparts And Number Them (2:18)

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Also, don’t forget to check out my Back Catalogue page – https://rawdcast.wordpress.com/back-catalogue/ – from time to time, as I’ll be posting all of my old rawdcasts there from the time before this blog existed.

Enjoy!