As I attempt to get back on the beat after a fabulous (but not yet over) Canadian summer, I decided to empty the mailbag. Simply put, I have veritable treasure trove of new music that I have had no chance to do much about. Having said that, we will attempt to empty the bag by starting oldest to newest and plowing through them with you the reader, until they are done.
First up, we have Gena Perala, a Canadian artist out of British Columbia. She is a mufti-talented type who not only writes and performs her music, she also writes poetry, with 3 books to her credit. Very impressive. The song I am featuring is from her second album, “Exactly Nowhere”. The song is “Living Proof”. A fine ballad, featuring Gena playing the piano and belting out her tune. Nice song, well produced.
If you want to learn more about Gena, hit the links
Gena Perala Home Page
Gena Perala on Twitter
Gena Perala on CBC Music
Gena Perala on iTunes
Cover of Conor Oberst
A treat this week. CBC2 has a new number one, Sam Smith and his great new song “Stay With Me”. Taken from his début album, “In The Lonely Hour”, it is a wonderfully constructed song, highlighted by Sam’s terrific vocals. This is one song where you can ruminate over your past and remember these times in your life when you indeed, wonder! The song has taken CBC by storm (the top 20 is listener generated by online voting), having only been released a few weeks ago. Enjoy!!
The number one album this week on CKUA is by Conor Oberst. The album is titled “Upside Down Mountain”. Conor is best known for his work with Bright Eyes. He is a very talented singer-songwriter out of Omaha, Nebraska. The song I have chosen to show is “Zigzagging Toward The Light”. A very interesting video. If you get tired of waiting for the music, it starts at the 2:30 mark. worth the wait.
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.
Australian singer writer Gabriella Cilmi‘s song”Save The Lies” is the result of my random shuffle today. The song is off her 2008 album “Lessons To Be Learned“. She has a very interesting voice, very Amy Winehouse in nature. Lori was the original discoverer of the artist this time. Heard her in a hair salon of all places and she fell in love with the voice.
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