well damn!

TOTW: Week of July 7

A Polaris Prize inspired list

1. Two Hours Traffic – Backseat Sweetheart
Even my 8 and 10 year old sisters appreciate this record, it’s that good.

2. Basia Bulat – In The Night
She’s from my hometown, so I think I’ll give her record a listen

3. Black Mountain – Queens Will Play
I can’t quite decide if this record is strong enough to be on the list, but this is a solid track.

4. The Weakerthans – Sun in an Empty Room
Another solid record from one of my favourite bands, it fits really well together. And the webisodes are hilarious.

5. Holy Fuck – Milkshake
Holy Fuck this is a good album. I saw the album on vinyl the other day and I almost bought it, even though I don’t have a record player.

I’ll discuss my qualms with the list later this week

TOTW: Week of June 30

In light of tomorrow’s holiday, I’m going to try to pick some patriotic tunes for this weeks tracks.

1. Les Trois Accords – Saskatchewan
I can’t decide if I love or hate this one, but it’s a classic.

2. Constantines – Trans Canada
I think that the name of the song is self explanatory

3. Joel Plaskett – True Patriot Love
No Canada Day is complete without a Joel Plaskett

4. Born Ruffians – Red, Yellow & Blue
Definitely national anthem material

5. The Weakerthans – Tournament of Hearts
What’s more Canadian than curling?

Have an awesome holiday everyone! I’m rocking the beach!

TOTW: Week of June 23
June 23, 2008, 9:18 pm
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Took a week off, but I’m back. For now.

1. Said the Whale – This Winter I Retire
I caught Said the Whale at Call the Office the other night and they rocked my socks.
2. Sloan – Believe in Me
Once a friend was trying to recall who sang “Rest of my Life” and thought it was by a one hit wonder, turned out it was by a band who just released their ninth studio album.
3. Great Bloomers – Catching Up
This is a sweet song to kick summer off. Seeing old friends again and making new ones.
4. Mates of State – My Only Offer
This is the first song I’ve heard by the duo, it’s catchy and simple.
5. Brendan Canning – Hit The Wall
I never got into Broken Social Scene, but man is this song ever catchy.

TOTW: Week of June 9

Ahhh I’m late!

1. Old Man Luedecke – Proof of Love
Banjo playing is the way to my heart.

2. Young and Sexy – Old Poisoned Cup
I love the low alto voice in this track.

3. Andy Dixon – Mt. Career
This one has an almost Bollywood feel to it, but much less cheesy and much more smart

4. Said the Whale – This City’s a Mess
Upbeat riffs and hand clapping just go together.

5. Annabelle Chvostek – Wait For It
Might as well keep with the almost Bollywood theme, but again much less cheesy and a lot more catchy.

TOTW: Week of June 2

1. Navet Confit – La Poste
It’s not that I don’t like music sung in French, it’s just that I don’t understand it! But this one movies nicely, and I like it.

2. Born Ruffians – Foxes Mate for Life
I just started listening to Red, Yellow & Blue.

3. Crystal Castles – Black Panther
There isn’t much to say about this one, it’s just a really fun electronic track.

4. Grand Theft Bus – Private Wars
Another easy listener, if I didn’t know better, I’d say I’m starting to go soft!

5. Ghost Bees – Sinai
These girls remind me of a high pitched, softer version of Tegan and Sara.

TOTW: Week of May 26
May 26, 2008, 11:43 am
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I just wanted to post this because I won’t around a computer until tomorrow, so I’ll elaborate and update the list then =)

1. Small Sins – On the Line
Much better than the movie it shares its name with. It flows nicely and has a nice tune

2. The Feminists – The Beginning of the World
On the last R3-30 Podcast that I listened to, I heard that The Feminists broke up, which is a shame, because I so enjoy this track. Beware, it’s rather long!

3. Art in Manila – I Thought I Was Free
This was from a Saddle Creek sampler I downloaded a while back. Art in Manila is Orenda Fink (of Azure Ray) and Adrianne Verhoeven (of the Anniversary), which is an exciting combination!

4. Hey Ocean! – Beatboxer (Who Broke My Heart)
Another fun song I found on the R3-30 podcast, they’re coming to my town in June!

5. The Wet Secrets – Hot Roller
It’s an angry song, and well, I like angry music

TOTW: Week of May 19
May 19, 2008, 4:03 pm
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1. Arkells – Oh The Boss Is Coming
The opening is very reminiscent of the Constantines, or even Alexisonfire, but they make this song their own, and it’s awesome.

2. Moneen – If Tragedy’s Appealing Disaster’s an Addiction
I picked up It All Started With a Red Stripe and even as a casual Moneen listener, I fully appreciated it. The documentary is very insightful and funny (these guys have a lot of antics), and the DVD comes with a ton of other stuff.

3. The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site
I’m a little slow when it comes to jumping on the bandwagon and I just picked up Reconstruction Site last week.

4. Islands – The Arm
I’ve been enjoying this song for quite some time now, I hate saying this but, it reminds me of pirates. Their new album comes out on Tuesday.

5. Cursive – Shallow Means Deep Ends
I’ve recently rediscovered my original obsession with Cursive and specifically Domestica. This song is an awesome representation of said album.

TOTW: Week of May 12

1. Two Hours Traffic – Sure Can Start
There’s something about this track that just hits me. Maybe it’s the riff or maybe it’s the lyrics. But it’s most likely the combination of both.

2. The Coast – No Secret Why
This song is very reminiscent of Matt Good, and I really like it. PS it’s the song on the 2nd YouTube vid on their MySpace

3. Plants and Animals – Bye Bye Bye
Apparently this week’s theme is “artists reminiscent of other musicians” because this song reminds me of Queen.

4. The Memories Attack – Love in the Time of Hate
I heard this on the radio the other day, and it has a catchy riff. It reminds me of something, but I can’t figure out what!

Woodhands – Dancer
Sometimes, I can’t decide whether I hate or love this song.

TOTW: Week of May 5

1. Wintersleep – Miasmal Smoke & The Yellow Bellied Freaks
These guys are really growing on me. This is what I would call an epic track. It has a great slow build, a gorgeous climax and is the perfect way to end an album.

2. The Good Life – I Am An Island
My favourite lyrical genius had this song featured on Cold Case last night. Go Saddle Creek!

3. Destroyer – The State
Dan Bejar is slowly taking over Radio 3, and I’m ok with that.

4. The New Pornographers – Mutiny, I Promise You
Ok and he’s taking over this list too. This is a great infectious song, I particularly enjoy the rhythms in this one.

5. Creature – Pop Culture
This song is just fun. Every time I hear it, I just wanna get up and dance!

TOTW: Week of April 28

1. Holy Fuck – Lovely Allen
When I first heard Holy Fuck, I didn’t quite understand the hype, but once I actually listened to them I was able to appreciate the epic proportions of this track.

2. The Constantines – Little Instruments
I’m going to see The Cons tomorrow night. I cannot express my excitement in words

3. Tokyo Police Club – Tesselate
I just picked up Elephant Shell, that is one nicotine encoded album.

4. Will Currie & the Country French – Surprising Me
Tokyo Police Club connection: Will Currie and TPC were in a band together before TPC.

5. Ladyhawk – I Don’t Always Know What You’re Saying
I just like it. I don’t know what else to say!