I start a new series today (always looking for something fast and simple) called the 7:40 songbook. The premise, the end of my drive to work and the song that comes on at 7:40 in the morning on my trusty FM dial. It could be from CBC2 or it could be CKUA radio. Either way it will not be the same song twice and usually an excellent tune. Both Tom Power of CBC and Grant Stovel of CKUA have very similar tastes to mine in their selections.
The inaugural tune is an interesting number from a rare source, the one man band. In this case it is a bluesy number from Son Of Dave and is called Old Times Were Good Times. This version is a live rendition which gives a good idea of the creativity involved with this genre.
Son of Dave is actually Canadian named Benjamin Darvill who currently is based in the UK. The song is taken from his 2008 album simply titled “03”. Prior to going solo, he was a member of the Crash Test Dummies and is a former Grammy nominee with that band. A very talented player and songwriter.
As I attempt to get back on the beat after a fabulous (but not yet over) Canadian summer, I decided to empty the mailbag. Simply put, I have veritable treasure trove of new music that I have had no chance to do much about. Having said that, we will attempt to empty the bag by starting oldest to newest and plowing through them with you the reader, until they are done.
First up, we have Gena Perala, a Canadian artist out of British Columbia. She is a mufti-talented type who not only writes and performs her music, she also writes poetry, with 3 books to her credit. Very impressive. The song I am featuring is from her second album, “Exactly Nowhere”. The song is “Living Proof”. A fine ballad, featuring Gena playing the piano and belting out her tune. Nice song, well produced.
If you want to learn more about Gena, hit the links
Shaun Bosch is an alt/folk singer songwriter from right here in Alberta. Currently in Edmonton, the cultural hot spot of the province, Shaun has recently released an album titled “Silence”. He recently dropped me a line asking me to take a listen to the first single off the album titled “Garden”. I have and I found a very interesting song filmed in the splendour of the Kananaskis area of Alberta’s Rockies. Emily Coulston is also featured in the song. It has a bit of a country feel to it, with some definite folk. I hear some Jason Mraz and some Bahamas. Nice song, and if you’re interested, you can catch more at these links.
Part 33 includes a bit (a lot) of country rock courtesy of one of Canada’s best kept secrets, Blue Rodeo, and perennial favourites Prairie Oyster. We also have some newer rock with Billy Talent and some classic rock with April Wine. Let’s dive right in with number 339 on the countdown, Billy Talent.
339. Fallen Leaves – Billy Talent
Canada’s kings of rock hold down 339 on the list with Fallen Leaves. The song was recorded in 2006 and was the third single released from their 2nd album, Billy Talent II. The band is out of Mississauga, Ontario and are considered Canada’s finest punk guitar band at this time. Good tune with a depressing drug related theme.
338. Just Between You & Me – April Wine
Don’t get me started on this band. One of my all time favourites. They hit 338 with this great ballad, typical 70’s and 80’s rocker style.
337. Prairie Oyster – Only One Moon
Six time Juno Award winners as country group of the year, 6 as Canadian Country Music Awards group of the year, eight albums and members of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Must be good, eh! This tune is off their 1994 album of the same name, and become my 337 on the list.
336. Rain Down on Me – Blue Rodeo
Now for a double shot of Canada’s best kept secret, Blue Rodeo. Formed in 1984, the band is still going strong. Original members include the 2 front men, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor and bass player Bazil Donovan. amazing longevity, not to mention a seemingly endless supply of creativity. 13 albums and multiple awards and still going strong. Enjoy 336 and 335 on the countdown. First up is Rain Down On Me, off their 1992 album “Lost Together”. Great vocals from Jim Cuddy in this one.
335. Blue Rodeo – Bad Timing
More of the same from Jim Cuddy, a great singer. Bad Timing is taken from their 1993 album, Five Days In July.
Hey everyone. Nice to see you all again. Took an extended blog break to recharge and renew. As most of you know, blogging, even the simple things, takes time and commitment. I love doing this as an outlet and to move things out of my brain. Gets kind of confusing up there until I spit it out on the keyboard.
Enough of that and on to the number ones in Canada this week. I use CBC Radio 2 for singles and CKUA for albums for a few reasons. One, I listen to both and find a wealth of new Canadian music there. Second, they have charts, which makes my task that much easier.
First up, we have CBC2’s number one single. This week, The Black Keys and their tune “Fever”. The band is 12 year overnight sensation with multi-platinum albums such as “Brothers” and “El Camino”. Fever is taken off their newest album “Turn Blue”. While I enjoy their non-compromising, straight forward style, I am beginning to become overly familiar with their sound. I’ll keep listening, but don’t have the same appreciation I had for them as when I first heard Brothers.
Next up is the number one from the CKUA album chart. CKUA is an anomaly in the radio world. Publicly supported, ad free, and available throughout Alberta and on the web, it is one of my staples. You name a genre, they have a show that covers it at some point on their schedule. Great station.
Their number one album this week is by one of my favorite Canadian artists, Matthew Barber. He has made my top 10 of the year lists in the past with his stylish songwriting. The album is titled “Big Romance” and I will feature “Magnet Eyes” off of it.