Canada’s Number One Song And Album – March 15, 2015

New number ones on both charts this week.  We will begin with CBC2’s new number 1 single.  Alabama Shakes are releasing a new album next moth and “Don’t Wanna Fight” is their 1st single off the album.  Great song, reminiscent of some Bee Gee songs of the past, but done with the incredible  of Brittany Howard.  Amazing singer.

The album topping CKUA’s chart is Punch Brothers album “The Phosphorescent Blues”.  Released in January, they have released 3 singles including “I Blew It Off”, which I have included for your pleasure.  Kind of a bluegrass sound, very melodic.

The 7:40 Songbook – March 11, 2015

Where in the H E Double Hockey Sticks did all that traffic come from.  Glad it wasn’t yesterday or I would have never made it without pin-balling off someone.  But made it I did, and just in time for the 7:40 tune.

Today’s song needs little commentary, Bob Dylan and “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”.  Turn it up, I think, volume is pretty low on my machine,

The 7:40 Songbook – March 5, 2014

Son of Dave

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.

New Canadian Music – February 6, 2013

Matt Andersen

Cover of Matt Andersen

Amazing as it seems, this album was a number one on the CKUA chart a week or 2 ago, and it has just been released on February 4.  How clairvoyant are they.  The release of Matt Andersen‘s album “Weightless” becomes official.  Having said that, great album.  I highlighted a different cut “My Last Day” when I featured it as a number 1 album.  This time we will go with “Alberta Gold”.  Great tune, which is getting lots of play on CBC 2.  This is a REALLY good song.

 

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Canada’s Number One Song And Album – February 1, 2014

Rosanne Cash at Rockwood Music Hall for WFUV

Rosanne Cash (Photo credit: wfuv)

 

Serena Ryder’s “Fall” regained the number 1 position on the CBC2 chart.  Being how I have already featured her here, I will pick another tune off the chart.  When this occurs, I’ll pick a tune that is heading down towards the bottom.  In that vein, I have chosen a tune by The Treasures called”Gonna Wait”.  It now sits at number 16, dropping 10 spots.  The band hails from Toronto and hit the roots style of rock.  The video is a live version of the tune.

 

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A bit luckier on the album chart from CKUA as we have a brand new number 1.  Rosanne Cash takes over the top spot with her album “The River & The Thread”.  The song I have picked is a live version of “Modern Blue” which is getting a lot of airplay on both stations.  Great artist with another winner album.

 

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