Friday, November 06, 2009

another Canadian musician you should know: Dan Mangan

Dan Mangan is making life very difficult for me these days.

I have approximately 3,759 new cds piled up on the dining room table that need a proper listening to, and yet I keep craving Mangan's newish album Nice Nice Very Nice. I find myself without fail sneaking it out of the house with me as I head out to my listening studio, aka the urban assault vehicle. Dan is my new singalong partner these days, riding shotgun through the mean streets of Lake Bonavista.

His gruff voice with the breaky bits has the power to rip my heart to shreds. His observances of the sweet sorrows and the painful glories of everyday life elevate the tiny details of our existence into something kinda sublime. Dan Mangan's voice has the world weary raspiness of an old soul trapped in a young man. And I am still kicking myself for not dragging myself out to his concert last month. Damned eye surgery.

Today I embarrassed myself whilst running errands by bursting into tears when I was listening to this song. It does absolutely nothing to increase the comfort level of the other drivers when they see you sniffling away behind the wheel and wiping your eyes with a stupid grin on your face. Perhaps best
not listened to in the throes of an existential predicament.

Even if you think you have not heard Dan Mangan before, you may have heard this song. I'm not certain if Robots is getting any radio play outside the CBC, but it sure seems to be on everybody's radar these days. And with good reason. You've got to stick around for the handclappy singalong toward the end. Just trust me on that.


Wandering Coyote said...

LOL - the lyrics are great! I like all the pink & yellow bandanas!

kelly said...

yes we do

I really like that song thanks

Remi said...

Great video. Good thing Tuesday is payday as I'll likely have to go find a disc of his.

Allison said...

I'm in love with "Road Regrets" makes me tear ever time. This is a great tune too, his voice just gives me chills.

Remi said...

Ok, I had to come back and watch it again. What is it with Canuck musicians and robots? Me, I've been spending the last couple months obsessing over Rock Plaza Central and especially their Are We Not Horses? disc. It's a concept album about robot horses.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Very gangsta,aren't they, Wandering Coyote? Although they look purple on my monitor and that just ratchets up the gangsta factor a thousandfold imo.

I am so glad to hear you say that, Kelly. See? We can agree on music!

It's worth the money, Remi, an album that has been growing on me steadily over the past few weeks.
That's an excellent Rock Plaza Central video! I will have to keep an eye out for that album as well. I had only heard the odd song of theirs before.
Speaking of robot horses, though, how about that Laura Barrett?

Agreed on all counts, Al. Road Regrets has some great lyrics too. I particularly like "coffee sweats" - that's a lot of coffee, dude.

Remi said...

I can't believe I forgot Laura Barrett and her kalimbas. Robot Ponies is a great tune.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Agreed, Remi! I saw her perform as a Hidden Camera one time, but they never played Robot Ponies.

Sean Wraight said...

In two years everyone will know the genius of Dan Mangan. Mark my words... He is just that good!

Great post!


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think you may just be right, Sean, as you so often are.