The 7:40 Songbook – March 10, 2015

Nothing interesting on the way in to work this morning, unless you can emphasize with driving for 25 minutes and not remembering a thing interesting.  Definite homing pigeon zombie mode on that drive, hope I didn’t run over anything or anyone.

Music time.  Today’s song is another Canadian group that is beginning to get noticed..well..pretty much everywhere.  The band “the Rural Alberta Advantage”.  The song “Runners in the Night”.  Very nicely put together, highlighted by the excellent vocals provided by singer Nils Edenloff.  The band also includes Amy Cole and Paul Banwatt.  Paul handles percussion while Amy provides vocals and pretty much every other instrument.  Based in Toronto, there is an Alberta connection as Nils is originally from there.  The video is a live rendition, so enjoy.

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Canada’s Number One Song And Album – March 8, 2015

This weeks number 1 song (Via CBC Radio 2) and album (As per CKUA) are

Death Cab For Cuties song “Black Sun” as single

and

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project as the top album

Two very different bands with 2 very good sounds.

Death Cab For Cutie is a well established American Alternative band out of Washington state that have been playing and recording since 1997.  They feature some interesting musical and instrumental variations and the distinct vocals of Ben Gibbard.

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project features Jayme Stone, a Canadian banjoist.  The project is a working of Alan Lomax’s collection of folk songs.  Some interesting material here as Jayme has gathered some of North America’s finest folk artists to assist in the making of the album.

More info here.

Remembering Brian Carman

Remember that great instrumental “Pipeline”, the one with the great opening riff that basically created a whole new form of guitar playing?  Brian Carman of “The Chantays” played that way back in 1962.  Brian passed away on March 1st, but will always be remembered for this path-finding sound.One of the true pioneers.

The 7:40 Songbook – March 5th, 2014

A pleasant drive today.  The sun is up, but that will change again next week with daylight savings coming in.  Traffic on Glenmore was very light and the music on CKUA was great.  Pulled into the lot a bit early and caught up on some news while waiting for 7:40 to roll over on the digital dial.

Today’s tune is a new release by Helio Sequence, an alternative band out of Portland.  A duo, they have a melodic sound with a hard driving edge.  Very enjoyable tune for you called “Stoic Resemblance”.  And live of course.

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.