Thursday, September 20, 2018

CanCon Thursday - You Would Have To Lose Your Mind

If it's Thursday, you know I'm going to be sharing some Canadian music with you.

Each week, it's tough to decide which song I'm going to share here.  We are so fortunate to live in a country with so much amazing music.  This week I'm going to share something with you by the Barr Brothers.

The Barr Brothers are not folks I knew much about until the last year or so.  I'd heard their name but hadn't checked them out.  One day, I heard the song I'm sharing with you today.  Instantly I was smitten.  Something in this song just spoke to me.  I started to listen to more of their music and developed a real appreciation for what they are doing.

The band was founded in Montreal and two of the members are legit brothers, Andrew and Brad.  They are starting a fall tour this week.  The tour starts here in Kingston, on Friday evening at the Grand Theatre.  There are still tickets available and Vera Sola is opening up the show for them.  Maybe I'll see you there.

In the meantime, I leave you with the video for You Would Have To Lose Your Mind.  Enjoy kiddos xo

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Way Back Wednesday - Big Time

As I have mentioned here before, I turned 13 in 1980.  The music of the 1980's heavily influenced my musical tastes and I'm grateful for that.  Some of our hair style and clothing choices were, to say the least, unfortunate in retrospect but the music, it was good.

I learned about (and fell in love with) the Smiths, the Fall, the Cure, the know, all of "THE" bands.  I also discovered solo artists who had previously been in successful bands in the 1970's but to my teen-aged self, were brand new.

Enter Peter Gabriel.  My first memory of him was from grade 7.  "Games Without Frontiers" was a very popular song with me and my friends.  Beyond that, I didn't know much about him, never really bothered to investigate further and basically forgot about him until he re-emerged on MuchMusic, a few years later.

This guy, Peter Gabriel.  Man, he gave GOOD video.  He was the shit.  Did it matter what the music was like? not really because video! "Sledgehammer," "Big Time" ...those are some classic videos right there, for the 80's and beyond.  It's hard not to enjoy them.  They are truly awesome.

Today, for Way Back Wednesday, I'm sharing Peter Gabriel's video for "Big Time" just because I didn't want share both so I picked the first one, alphabetically.  Enjoy this one kittens, it's way fun! xo

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Because It's Tuesday - Week of September 18

When Toni Braxton was burning up the charts, I was not paying attention to her.  I was into stuff which was very different from her particular thing.  She's got a fantastic voice, in the years between when she was a very big deal and now, I've become familiar with a couple of her songs.

Around the time she was a big deal, her song "Unbreak My Heart" just seemed to be everywhere.  It was hard to go pretty much anywhere without hearing a snippet of it, in the mall, from a car stereo.  I even recall attending Canadian Music Week one year with my friend Jane.  I had been invited to participate in a panel on campus radio and we had some time to wander around the exhibition hall.  At one booth, we received a gift that keeps on giving, a kazoo.  For no apparent reason, Jane started playing "Unbreak My Heart" on her kazoo and it was just about the best thing I had ever heard.

Fast forward a few years (more than a few) and Weezer releases their version of this, by now, classic Toni Braxton song.  I invite you to listen and enjoy, and play along with your kazoo, "Unbreak My Heart."

Friday, September 14, 2018

Not Guilty, Just Pleasure - All You've Got To Do Is Fall In Love

It's my belief that the folks who don't love Benji Hughes are just folks who haven't heard him yet.

I only recently stumbled upon his music (summer of 2017) and I instantly became obsessed with his "Songs In The Key of Animals" album (released on the awesome Merge Records in early 2016).  He's got a deep, unusual voice.  I guess you call his stuff quirky. In one article I read, they called it demented pop music.  Demented or quirky, whatever you want to call it, I think it's fab, I really enjoy it and as the months passed, I went looking for more of his stuff. 

The song I am sharing with you today, "All You've Got To Do Is Fall In Love" is (apparently) one of his better known songs.  I had no idea about that when I first heard it.  I just thought it was sweet and showcased his voice really well. The video for it is adorable, the cartoon version of Benji is pretty cute.  I hope you enjoy this, happy Friday kiddos xo

Thursday, September 13, 2018

CanCon Thursday - Broken F*%?#@! Heart

If it's Thursday I'm definitely sharing some home grown music with you, lovely reader.

Not just Canadian but Kingstonian. I've been attempting to share local music on CanCon day recently..  Today I'm sharing an older song by a fantastic local band, Luther Wright and the Wrongs. This song, "Broken Fuckin' Heart" is a toe tappin', dance your pants off kind of tune.

If you want to know about Luther Wright and the Wrongs, you can find out about all of their releases, what they're upto, shows (Ottawa peeps, Luther is in your hood this weekend!!), merch and more, -

I'm going to keep this short and sweet today.  Support local music, go to shows, buy records, share the love online and to your friends. Spread the word about all of the awesome music that's happening in your town (and trust me, it's happening, you'll find it if you look for it).

Kingston folks - October 21 - you'll want to be at the Mansion!

"Luther hosts and performs at the Ford Nation Elimination event along with Christopher Brown, Suzanne Jarvie, Rusty Ford (no relation), Burke Carroll, Brian Sanderson and special guests, speakers and more. 2-5pm. PWYC"