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Canada Day listening July 2, 2009

Posted by sjroby in Canadian content, Life in general, Music.
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mapleleafSo, yesterday was Canada Day. And, as usual, I listened to some Canadian music. This time around:

Vancougar: Canadian Tuxedo

Metric: Live It Out

Cadence Weapon: Breaking Kayfabe

Nadja: When I See the Sun Always Shines on TV

Caribou: Andorra

One of the first times I thought about music in terms of where it was from was probably when we got the K-Tel compilation album Canadian Mint back in the early ’70s. There were some big hits and a few names that, looking at the track listing now, bring back no memories at all, from that album or anywhere else.

It kind of became important when I got into punk and new wave. It was cool and exciting that bands like D.O.A. and the Pointed Sticks were not only Canadian bands making vital new music, they were doing it on small Canadian labels. Hell, some of my friends in high school did the same thing (the Malibu Kens, some of whom went on to become Jr Gone Wild).

And in my show-going days, I preferred going to clubs to see bands, which often meant local or Canadian indie bands, though I saw a few on campus at university, too. Bands I’ve seen that other Canadian indie fans might recognize would include Teenage Head, Blue Peter, Skinny Puppy, Grapes of Wrath, Moev, the 39 Steps, Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra, D.O.A., the Asexuals, SNFU, Lava Hay, Rose Chronicles, Sarah McLachlan, Jale, the Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, the Real McKenzies, etc.

And I still love Canadian music. The albums mentioned above are all recent. Canadian content controversies aside, in a country of 30 million people, it shouldn’t be surprising that there are a lot of worthwhile musicians and bands.

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