New Canadian Music – February 13, 2013

English: Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash ...
English: Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash at The Knitting Factory in New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today we feature the release of “Martel” by Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast.  Officianados of Canadian music would recognize Jay as the voice of reggae band Bedouin Soundclash, a staple of our airwaves for years.  I have chosen to put up a video of Patience Phipps  from the album, live at CBC3.  Good song, receiving ample airplay.

 

Jay Malinowski and the Deadcoast on iTunes

 

 

 

 

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Canada’s Number One Song And Album – February 8, 2014

Not a great week chartwise.  CBC has a repeat number 1 with Broken Bells regaining the top spot with “Holding on for Life” and CKUA not updating their chart at all.  Very disappointing.

In their stead, we present 2 songs off the charts that are on their way down and hopefully will not move up to number 1 at this stage.  That would also be disappointing.

First a tidbit off the CBC chart, Kodaline‘s tune, “Love Like This”.  They are an Irish band, out of Dublin, very Indie rock.  The song had a good run on the chart, but have now dropped out of the Top 10, and now occupy number 11.  Just close enough to number 1 to make me nervous.  Simply put, great song, and was on my list for Song Of The Day, but I’ll make the sacrifice.

As for albums, lets stick with the number 11 on CKUA.  In this case, we have Bruce Springsteen’s new release “High Hopes”.  Always been a Bruce fan.  Great song for you, also called “High Hopes”.

 

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Music From The Mailbag – Lisette Xavier

English: View of downtown Calgary, Canada, as ...
View of downtown Calgary, Canada, . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been having a Twitter conversation with Lisette Xavier, a Canadian singer-songwriter.  Lisette is based in Calgary, Alberta.  Her music is in the classic pop style, somewhat like a Sara Bareilles.  Very strong vocals, and a mature sound.  The song here is titled “The Shoe Collector”.  In it, she shows a strong piano based style, quite minimalist, which highlights the vocals.  Very enjoyable.

Definitely worth a second tune.  Here is the video for “Dream”.

Lisette Xavier Home Page

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Song Of The Day – Mary Margaret O’Hara – Body’s In Trouble

Mary Margaret O'Hara
Mary Margaret O’Hara (Photo credit: jbach)

Toronto born artist, Mary Margaret O’Hara, recorded this song “Body’s In Trouble” in 1984 as part of her album “Miss America”.  The album was not released until 1988.  Very hard to put a label on her, but her vocal is stunning and the song has a very memorable chorus.  Heard this song a while back and am pleased to present it here as Song Of The Day.

On a biographical note, Mary’s sister is actress Catherine O’Hara of SCTV fame, not mention many movies, including Home Alone and Home Alone 2.

Mary Margaret O’Hara on iTunes

 

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Interesting Covers – Oops!… I Did It Again

Interesting Covers takes a trip into the surreal by looking at Britney Spears “classic” Oops – I Did It Again.  I realize I may face some mocking over this one, but one must take a chance now and then and reach for a straw?   Remember, this song is used by the US Navy to drive off pirates near Somalia.

The song itself was released on her second album in 2000 and written by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub.  It reached number 9 on Billboard and was nominated for a Grammy as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.  While there is little debate that she can sing, I am just not a big fan of the style of music.  I do however, love to see what other people have done with the song.

Let’s begin with a version by Richard Thompson.  he chose to do it in a medieval style and even renamed it as “Marry, Ageyn Hic Hev Donne Yt”.

This version is rather disturbing.  The Children of Bodom a Finnish death metal bands version.

And a final cover, a big band swing version by Max Raabe & Palast Orchester.

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