A Beginners Guide to Canadian Artists

Good gravy this took way longer than I thought it would. Honestly, I blame all of you who sent me some 100 bajillion suggestions, how was I supposed to know that they’d all be so good? Before I even had half of them into the playlist it was well over 7 hours of music, which on one hand is really great to know how much quality Canadian music is out there, but if you know any Americans you know that a 7-hour playlist just isn’t going to fly. Unless it’s 7 hours of The Star-Spangled Banner straight, then they’d have to listen to it out of some sense of patriotism, and that would be pretty funny in and of itself, but that’d be the exact opposite of the point. I’m here to shill for Canadian artists dang it!

Anyways, the playlist is here. Because I’m me though, I have to give some thoughts on why I put certain songs in there, left some out and just in general ramble about the whole thing.

Let’s start with the obvious stuff, it’s only 36 songs at just over two hours in runtime. I figured even the most attentionally challenged American can manage that. It’s also kind of split into three sections, it starts off with just pure jams. Sum 41, Alexisonfire, Loverboy, Rush, Billy Talent, Hollerado, Japandroids, and Drake (Yes I know how out of place Drake is there, but honestly I really wanted to include him and he didn’t fit anywhere else on the list so whatever.)

I wanted to start things off with a lot of energy and then dial it down as things go on, which you can see in the second section which I believe the technical term for is, “kinda like chiller jams?”  This section is actually the area where I used almost entirely suggestions from much more music-savvy friends back north.  Big shoutouts to you all for that, although it also likes made me feel bad to look through them and be like, “Oh wow Feist did more songs beyond that 1234 thing, neat!” Although none of you recommended Barenaked Ladies and you should all be ashamed of that!

Shaming aside this brings me to the end of the playlist where I opted to go for a whole bunch of really chill stuff. “Fatal Gift” by Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton might be one of my top 10 favourite songs now and it’s not just because Emily Haines is my eternal celebrity crush. (One day baby, one day…) I also really needed this section so that I could include Celine Dion and Rod Stewart because talking about Canadian artists without them just seems wrong. I also decided to put “Love Yourself” by the ole’ Biebs in this section as well. Let’s all be honest with ourselves, Justin Bieber makes pretty good music these days. (I think I can hear 16 years old me crying out in pain from here, yeesh) So let’s just enjoy that and maybe refrain from giving me too much flak/meming too hard about him. Ok? Great.

What else should I mention? Uhh… there’s only one song per artist which was really just a way to prevent me from putting the entirety of Billy Talent I and II on it because I love both of those albums so so so so much. Also, I probably could’ve put the entire discography of City and Colour without thinking about it, and that would’ve been a bit much so I had to settle on using just “The Girl” because it’s like one of my favourite songs of all time and it just makes me so happy. That did make the decision of which one Billy Talent song to include pretty tough for me, but I do think “The Ex” is just a solid example of a really fun jam with just enough emo flair to it. I initially thought about going with “Nothing to Lose” but honestly that song hits a little too close to home for me so I had to pass on it, didn’t want to contrast a song that made me overwhelmingly happy with on that just made me horrifically sad.

Oh! Also if you’re a person who is very aware/sensitive to explicit language you may wish to skip “Old Wounds” by PUP, “Nice for What” by Drake, and “My Heart is a Blinking Nintendo by BA Johnston. Also if you just can’t do screamo at all go ahead and skip, “Drunks, Lovers, Sinners and Saints” by Alexisonfire then consider why you’re so closed off to music just outside the norm.

That is it. I don’t have much else to say about this playlist other than it even though I complained about how long it took me it was really really fun to make it. I think I might start doing another one, but instead of just Canadian artists just like a playlist of the absolute weirdest stuff people can think of. Could be interesting. Later.

Canadian Jams Eh?

I’m doing something different today, not different like yesterday though. Today rather than giving my thoughts on some random topic I have a request.

A request specifically for Canadian friends of mine that read this blog. I need you to recommend me good Canadian music. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve taken a fair bit of flak from these yanks I live around in Provo about the great white north, so I want to find some great Canadian things to show them whats what and I’m starting with music.

So great Canadian music, ideally I’m looking for rock groups, but really any artist that is killing it and is also Canadian I want to know about them so I can give these Americans a proper education, plus once I’ve got all your recommendations I’ll compile them all into a playlist on Spotify or something so you can all have a  neat playlist to feel patriotic while listening to. Later.

ye

Aight so back on Friday Kayne West dropped his new album “ye” and I’ve listened to is front to back like 6 or 7 times now and I’m proud to announce that I friggin love this thing. It’s whacky and at times all over the place but it’s genuine and Kayne continues to prove that he just an outstanding producer.  Since it’s a short album at only 7 songs I feel like I can just go through each one and give my thoughts.

I Thought About Killing You: I really like that through the first half of the song all of the sounds are the human voice. Like everything is, at least as far as I can tell, but wow does this thing start in a really dark place. Lyrics like “I love myself way more than I love you and I think about killing myself, so best believe I thought about killing you today.” are really unnerving to listen to on their own and probably part of the reason that I had mixed feelings about this album on my first listen. The way that he opens the album by talking about his own struggles with Bi-Polar disorder and how that interlinks with the rest of the album though I think it’s a pretty fascinating choice.

Yikes: Ok so we start the album with this really slow number where Kayne is opening up about his struggles and then we lurch into this number which to me sounds much more like a typical Kayne song. Simple but good beats with him mouthing off about his greatness. Not really a lot else to say about this one except the claim that being Bi-Polar is his superpower which I guess in a sense it is because it’s part of what’s allowed him to become and be who is he. Not really sure many others would make a similar claim, at least I don’t think they would.

Oh, there’s also him straight up REEEE’ing (unsure of the grammar there) at the end of the song. That’s… something alright.

All Mine: Again this song struck me as a pretty basic Kayne track, and it combined with Yikes feels to me like the weakest part of the album, but I have to talk about the most absurd, stupid, and hilarious lyric I’ve heard in a long time.

“I love your tiddies cause they prove I can focus on two things at once.”

Like jeez dude, I had to pause and recollect myself because of how ridiculous that was. That’s some stuff that wouldn’t play at a sleazy open mic but I guess since you’re Kayne we’re supposed to just let you do your thing.

Wouldn’t Leave: “I said slavery a choice, they say how Ye, just imagine if they caught me on a wild day.”

I think that lyric on its own pretty much sums up how the average person feels about Kayne West. He says some absolutely outrageous things in public and most people just shrug it off as some Kayne BS and move on with their lives.

It’s probably worth noting that at this point we’re back to a more mellow beat with Kayne exposing his personal vulnerabilities. This album is up and down just like the Ye himself.

No Mistakes: I don’t have anything that interesting to say about this song, but to me personally this one sounds a lot like Graduation, another album of Kayne’s which I love dearly so yeah I really like this song.

Ghost Towns:Ok I’m a huge Kid Cudi fan so anything with him involved I’m like super down with and this song mostly serves as a teaser for Kayne and Kid Cudi’s collaborative album that will hopefully be released later this week. I’m extra excited because Kid Cudi’s parts sound a lot like Man on the Moon stuff and that’s like my favourite rap album of all time don’t @ me.

Again note that this song and No Mistakes that preceded it are back to a more uppy sound.

Violent Crimes: This song strikes me as really interesting because it’s something we’re seeing more and more of as rappers get older and start having families of their own and they realize some of the impacts that they’ve had by constantly talking about women as ho’s and such for so long and Kayne just dives straight into it and holds nothing back.

Kayne also closes this album by bringing back the slow and mellow beat. This is kind of what I mean by the album being a bit all over the place but very genuine. Aight that’s all I got to say right now about this album, I’m sure as I keep listening to is I’ll have more thoughts but I’ll just like tweet them or something. Later.

Kero Kero Bonito

I’m gonna be honest. I forgot about posting today. I don’t really have anything. So I’ll just recommend you check out this artist, Kero Kero Bonito. Particularly the album Bonito Generation. A friend of mine recommended it to me and it’s just a joyous “boppy” listen. Great for driving. But yeah that’s it, check it out.