Do you remember back when we were all so young and carefree and full of hope and dreams, last month? And we got all giddy and excited by posting the seven songs that we were currently grooving on?
Personally I remember being mortified that there was not one Canadian song on the list, although there could easily have been. I am here to correct past wrongs, so here by popular demand (at least in my own mind) are the Canadian Magnificent Seven - those seven songs by Canadian musicians that I cannot currently get out of my head:
In the Morning - Junior Boys
This one has carved a permanent groove into my cerebellum, I think. The combination of infectious dance beats and accessible pop melody make it irresistible. I dare you to listen to it.
After the Afterlife - Chad VanGaalen
Our own local wunderkind, none of his songs are ever far from my consciousness. Lately I've been rediscovering this evocative one from his debut album.
Draw Us Lines - the Constantines
A fabulous hard-driving song from one of the rockiest bands in the country. The simple use of a single bass chord against drums and a wall of feedback just doesn't get any finer. The last time the Cons played here, they opened with this song, with the beginning feedback continuing on and on and on until the band took the stage and launched into it. It was bloody awesome!
Tent in Your Pants - Peaches
You have to love Peaches. She gives out such infectious music that makes you want to dance and the most provocative lyrics from that filthy mouth of hers and then gives us all a big wink to let us on on the joke.
Catcher Son - Great Lake Swimmers
From their new album, Ongiara, which is stunningly beautiful, as I have come to expect from Great Lake Swimmers. Believe the hype about this band.
Toune d'Automne - Les Cowboys Fringants
Thank you to Evelyne for this song and introducing me to this band. This lovely song talks of a brother's conversation with his little sister, about their plans for life and how it will affect their family (I think - correct me if I am wrong, Evelyne).
A Sad Country Ballad for a Tired Superhero - Wood Pigeon
Another Calgary band, but one which I am just starting to discover. You may actually remember this song from the promotional cd put out by the Alberta College of Art and Design. Wood Pigeon also have a song with one of the best titles - Death by Ninja.
And that, my friends, is some of what is currently rattling around inside that big empty piece of real estate I like to call my brain.
Please enjoy responsibly.