by Sean
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Snowy trees

Sean Nicholas Savage - "Snowflake". "Chill out! Ha hahaha. No seriously, folks, the thing about blizzards is that you can't fuck with them. Right? Am I right? There's no arguing. Winter's not gonna go, 'Shit, sorry, I'll get outta your way.' Winter's gonna do what winter wants. So instead of fighting it, you do what you do with every omnipotent mob. You get with them. You get in as deep as you can. Dig a hole, jump in. If you get with winter, winter'll be cool with you, y'know? [laughs] Love it, live it, just don't expect too much. It's like a lover. Yeah. Just don't expect too much."

The Zolas - "Snow". A song about making-out in the snow. A song that ruins the Zolas' Canadian cred. Because let's face it: kissing in the snow is nothing extraordinary. It's what you have to do, for one third of the year. The only reason to make a song about it is if you've got the plans for an excellent song, a nervy pop-rocker with barbs and jangle, something good for the opening to your teen movie, the one about the days when you had never kissed before, either in the snow or anywhere. A song like this. Good!

[Both these songs are from The Line of Best Fit's terrific free Christmas comp, Ho Ho Ho Canada, which also has music by Basia Bulat, Woodpigeon, Leif Vollebekk, Baby Eagle and many more. / Sean Nick Savage on MySpace / The Zolas on MySpace]



Derrick Belcham's new video for the Luyas' "Tiny Head".

A wonderful rare song by Nancy Adams, called "Somebody's in my Orchard".

End of year unfurling, with two of my favourites so far - kids with glorious taste and endless curiosity: Skatterbrain's best of 2010 and Gorilla vs Bear's Best Songs of 2010.

Don't wear yourself out! StG's best of year coming very soon.

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Posted by Sean at December 9, 2010 11:45 AM

I'm feeling the coldest winter of my life here in Sweden and it's awesome guys! AWSMMM! I mean, I see folks nagging and I go "I come from Iran, I was longing for a winter like this for years." and I get some frowns back...kidding! The Swedes never frown. They just smile back.

And about end-year bests. Yeah you'd better come to some answers soon. Last year was Sharon and the year before Antony, this year is..."Sailing" by Deerhunter? Good Intentions Paving Company? Zebra? This is what we call Progress? Well, I'll leave it up to you Sean and Dan. It's YOUR blog! feel free.

Posted by Pedram at December 9, 2010 6:15 PM

The Sean Nicholas Savage song is really nice. Thanks.

Posted by DFBM at December 11, 2010 8:27 AM

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