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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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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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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Random Songs From My Phone – Hayley Sales – Simple Song

Hayley Sales 02 of 08

(Photo credit: Aaron G Stock)


Hayley Sales is a Canadian/American singer songwriter.  Born in DC, she moved with her family to Vancouver Island after she graduated the Northwest Academy.  The song that I shuffled up is off her 2010 album, “When The Bird Became The Book” and is called “Simple Song”.  This is the only video that comes up and is off her YouTube channel.  Very good video, homemade and all.  Lori and I have spent a lot time listening to this album and her first one titled “Sunseed”.  Like her a lot, great light, well written music.



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Canada’s Number One Song And Album – January 25, 2013

English: Broken Bells performing at Webster Ha...

English: Broken Bells performing at Webster Hall, NYC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


We have new number 1’s on both charts this week.  We will start with the number 1 song in Canada (as charted by CBC2), “Holding On For Life”, the newest single from the collaboration Broken Bells.  Broken Bells is a group headed up by Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the Shins.  The tune is basically a Bee Gee’s redux, very reminiscent of their work during the Saturday Night Fever era.





The CKUA album chart has a new leader as well, Colleen Brown and her new EP, Direction 1: Major Love.  Colleen is a Canadian folk/pop musician with 3 albums to her credit.  The song I have chosen is called Mountain Man.  Interesting tune, but, not in my wheelhouse.




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