STRUNG ALONG AND OUT
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Safe Home - "Me and the Bees". Soft pop from
[I highly recommend that you buy The Wide Wide World and All We Know]
There's something very right in "Lonely Town" - like a melody that's fitted to your pocket. Alt.country without any country, or any alt. It's just the things you can't adequately write in words: want, home, wanderlust, the comfort of singing a sadness to friends.
Amy at Shake Your Fist wrote a really exceptional piece on Frida Hyvonen - and then was asked to take the mp3s down. Ridiculous. But do check it out. I wrote about Frida a few weeks ago.
I'm really enjoying the Meg Baird track that Kyle posted, paired with a silly cartoon and Chris Garneau's (still wonderful) "Not Nice".
Tonight at the Tranzac in Toronto, Fig Records is putting on a show with Simon Finn (of Current 93 etc), The Saffron Sect, Castlemusic and Gramo-fave Wyrd Visions. All these artists are to appear on an upcoming album of reinterpretations of trad folk songs. I suspect both of these things will be ace. I, however, will still be in Scotland.
Marathonpacks is inviting various people to detail "bizarre" concert experiences. I wrote (clumsily as ever) about the upsetting and sublime release gig for the Arcade Fire's first EP, but I really like Cindy's story of vomit and Rilo Kiley.
I Heart Music's poll of the "Hottest Canadian Acts of 2006" is online. Final Fantasy tops the list, as all knew he would. I saw Owen again in Glasgow last week and there's no doubt in my mind that he deserves to be there. The rest of my ballot was: Swan Lake, Destroyer, Basia Bulat, The Winks, Sunparlour Players, Arcade Fire, The New Pornographers, Sunset Rubdown and Broken Social Scene. Some of my comments weren't published and if you like you can read them here, below the drop. I must admit that being so far away from Canada there are a lot of artists on that list whom I've never heard.
My I Heart Music 2006 ballot (with comments where appropriate):
1. Swan Lake
3. Basia Bulat
4. Final Fantasy
5. The Winks
6. Sunparlour Players
7. Arcade Fire
8. The New Pornographers
9. Sunset Rubdown
10. Broken Social Scene
safe home are from the netherlands, actually... their album is indeed really really lovely.Posted by jg at November 3, 2006 6:10 AM
oops! thanks!Posted by Sean at November 3, 2006 6:53 AM
funny thing, today was the first time I've been able to read StG in a while (I've been hanging out in the boons here in France) and look what I come back to find. Beautiful song by the Burdens, I think I know how he feels. Travelling does make me feel a little unsure of myself, but in sharing this you've made it possible to be alone, together. thanks Sean :)Posted by karin k. at November 3, 2006 7:14 AM
I was disappointed Basia didn't make the top 33...I really liked what you said about her, plus I have a mad crush on her. But next year, she should be up there for sure...I'm sure the album is going to sound great, and being on Rough Trade won't hurt, either.Posted by matthew at November 3, 2006 11:17 AM
I was going to reply to this post before even reading the second selection, but holy cow, a mention of me! (or maybe a different reader Karin, but I'm taking it as me) Anyways, I love both of these songs. Another thing I really love is Tunng, but not having heard the Safe House album I can't exactly disagree with you about their relative merits. My problem (or pleasure, maybe) is that with writing as beautiful as this, it is quite difficult to disagree with you on anything.
KarinPosted by Karin S. at November 3, 2006 5:07 PM
I believe the Winks were #7 on my list. Hopefully they'll garner more attention once their album has been officially released.Posted by luisa irene at November 3, 2006 7:33 PM
Lovely post with some lovely songs. I'll certainly be checking out the Safe Home record very soon. Thank you!
Posted by Baby at November 5, 2006 3:20 PM
Nothing clumsy about it, unless I have no appreciation for good prose. Amy's story was good too.
And is this the same Secretly Canadian who've sent me tracks to post? No, must be another. Oh, good.Posted by Tuwa at November 9, 2006 6:30 PM
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