This weeks number 1 song (Via CBC Radio 2) and album (As per CKUA) are
Death Cab For Cuties song “Black Sun” as single
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.
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.
Not a great week chartwise. CBC has a repeat number 1 with Broken Bells regaining the top spot with “Holding on for Life” and CKUA not updating their chart at all. Very disappointing.
In their stead, we present 2 songs off the charts that are on their way down and hopefully will not move up to number 1 at this stage. That would also be disappointing.
First a tidbit off the CBC chart, Kodaline‘s tune, “Love Like This”. They are an Irish band, out of Dublin, very Indie rock. The song had a good run on the chart, but have now dropped out of the Top 10, and now occupy number 11. Just close enough to number 1 to make me nervous. Simply put, great song, and was on my list for Song Of The Day, but I’ll make the sacrifice.
As for albums, lets stick with the number 11 on CKUA. In this case, we have Bruce Springsteen’s new release “High Hopes”. Always been a Bruce fan. Great song for you, also called “High Hopes”.
As regular readers know, i am a huge fan of Canadian music, and one of my main sources for my addiction is CBC2 radio, with a dash of CKUA-FM in Alberta. CBC and CKUA both have a Top list, which is released weekly. CBC is a single list and CKUA is an album list. I am starting a new weekly feature that will highlight both charts number 1 (or 2 or 3 if I have already highlighted the number 1). Without further verbiage, lets launch.
Cover of Serena Ryder
CBC2’s chart’s number one this week is from a budding(maybe already is) worldwide superstar, Serena Ryder. A major talent, now breaking on charts everywhere. The song, “Fall” from her terrific album “Harmony”, released in 2012. Another huge hit from the record, following “Stompa”.
CKUA has been quiet on the chart front. latest being January 11. Their number one is “Weightless” by Matt Andersen. The song I pulled from the record is called “My Last Day”. He is a folk roots player out of the Perth-Andover area of New Brunswick. Great song and a great album to score.