Cover of Matthew Barber
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.
That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend.
Today’s mailbag features a Canadian indie pop punk band, Bordeen. The group is from Newmarket, Ontario and consists of 2 bothers and a sister, Ryan, Daniel and Brianna Bordhin. Very pleasant sound, very much like a lot of music dominating Canadian airwaves. Take some Lumineers, toss in a dash of Walk Off The Earth, and toss in some Hey Rosetta and you have the sound pretty much down pat. The tune is titled “Broken Bones” and is off their February 2013 EP, “Bordeen”. If you like what you hear, hit the links provided.
Bordeen on CBC
Bordeen on WordPress
Bordeen on iTunes
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
Danny Michel plays the Vancouver International Folk Music Festival, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’ve had Danny Michel on here as Song Of The Day on several occasions. This tune is called Into The Light. Danny is another Canadian secret that we are reluctant to share with the world. He has a distinct sound, part Caribbean, part Canadian. Enjoy.
Danny Michel Home
Danny Michel on iTunes
Danny Michel on Amazon
Danny Michel on CBC
Meredith Shaw, Toronto born, is both a singer songwriter and a radio personality. The messenger and the message, cool. She has a weekend show on 97.3 in Toronto, in which she interviews talent etc. She has 1 album out, (2011’s Place Called Happy) which was produced by Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson and 1 EP (also 2011, Trouble) which was produced by Joel Plaskett. This tune, “Call it a Night” showcases her personality and style and is done live as well. Great song.