Happy (Long Weekend) Sunday. Here’s my playlist for this morning. #whatareyoulisteningto

coffeeAnd because it’s a long weekend…a longer playlist.

1. Hypnotized–Fleetwood Mac

2. Blaze of Glory–Joe Jackson

3. Water of Love–Dire Straits

4. Contact High–Allen Stone

5. I May Not Be Your Kind–Garland Jeffreys

6. Laughing Down Crying–Daryl Hall

7. Minute By Minute–The Doobie Brothers

8. Call Me The Breeze–J.J. Cale

9. Hard To Thrill–J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton

10. Say You Will–Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

11. How Did We Get From Saying I Love You–Great Big Sea

12. Stolen Moments–John Hiatt

13. Up On This Hillside–Bruce Cockburn

14. New Frontier–Donald Fagen

15. Everything Is Broken–Bettye LaVette



Lineup for Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Announced

The summer concert lineup in Toronto got it’s annual boost today with the announcement of a whack of shows scheduled for the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The Amphiteatre is a pretty good venue, although getting there, especially during the CNE at the end of August, can be a bit of a pain. But nothing beats seeing your favourite band at an outdoor venue on a warm summer night. Here’s the lineup thus far, with more shows to be announced:

Dave Matthews Band with The Felice Brothers – June 1
Sugarland with George Canyon and Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers – June 4
Jethro Tull with Procol Harum – June 18
Scorpions – June 27
Steve Miller Band- June 30
Iron Maiden with Dream Theater – July 3
Santana with Steve Winwood – July 11
Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Steel Magnolia, Josh Thompson and Easton Corbin
– July 22
Kings of Leon – July 28
Canadian Carnage featuring Slayer and Megadeth with Testament – July 29
Tim McGraw with Lady Antebellum and Love and Theft – Aug 7
John Mayer – Aug 10
Great Big Sea – Aug 20
UPROAR 2010 featuring Disturbed with Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour – Aug 24
Rascal Flatts with Kellie Pickler and Chris Young – Sept 5
Blue Rodeo– date tba
City and Colour with Tegan and Sara and special guests – date tba

Tickets for Dave Matthews Band, Sugarland, Jethro Tull & Slayer/Megadeth are already on sale. Onsale dates for the rest are TBA.

The “Why is the Subway so bloody slow today?” Shuffle Report


The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

I don’t understand. The ride to work on the subway this morning to forever. Not sure what the reason was, but it was so sloooooooooow. I mean, it’s not like I was in that big of a hurry to get to work, but there’s only so much standing shoulder to shoulder with people that one person can take. Thankfully the iPod was fully charged.
In the rotation this morning:

1. Livin’ On The Edge—Aerosmith (O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits) [Is Steven Tyler in or out? Depends on who you ask.]
2. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You)—Aretha Franklin (30 Greatest Hits) [I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This is a must own.]
3. Me and Mrs. Jones—Billy Paul (360 Degrees of Billy Paul) [Ok, it’s about infidelity, but it still sounds great.]
4. Must Have BeenThe Devil—Otis Spann (The Blues Never Die!) [Damn straight.]
5. Sad Songs (Say So Much)—Elton John (Greatest Hits 1970-2002) [Musically, the 1980’s weren’t that kind to EJ. But there were a few gems, like this one.]
6. Run Runaway—Great Big Sea (Up) [Bet you can’t sit still through this one.]
7. City Love—John Mayer (Room For Sqaures) [A song about falling in love with the wrong person for all the right reasons. Awww.]
8. Boys—The Beatles (Please Please Me) [One of my favourite Ringo sings tracks.]
9. The Song Is Over-The Who (Who’s Next) [Please tour this year. Please tour this year. Please tour this year.]
10. Shoebox—Barenaked Ladies (Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits) [While I’ve always liked them, I highly doubt that without Steven Page, there will be a worthy Disc Two.]

Cover Me: It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)


I love it when a great cover version catches you so off guard that you practically forget about the original. A good example is how Great Big Sea, a band from Newfoundland that mixes their unique brand of folk-rock original compositions along with traditional music from “The Rock”, takes a song from the catalogue of alternative rock pioneers REM, and puts such an indelible stamp on it that you might begin to wonder: whose came first?

While Great Big Sea has scored with originals like “Ordinary Day” and “Consequence Free“, their take on “It’s The End of The World..” is one of their biggest hits. Incidentally it was another cover version, Slade‘s “Run Runaway“, that first gave them widespread exposure outside of their home base of Newfoundland.

Which version do you like better?

Great Big Sea:

REM performing at a free outdoor show in Toronto:

BTW, Great Big Sea are currently on tour, and hit Toronto on August 22nd. Ticket info is available on their website. Other upcoming Canadian dates include:
Vancouver September 11th and 12th
Peterborough September 23rd
Sarnia September 24th
Sault Ste. Marie September 25th
Sudbury September 26th
Belleville September 28th
St. Catherines September 30th

The “It’s lunch time, going for a stroll and hope it doesn’t rain” Shuffle Report


Decided to take a leisurely stroll on my lunch hour, and of course, brought the iPod along for the ride. And it didn’t rain. 🙂

1. Loose Change–Bruce Springsteen (Tracks) [Will there be a Tracks 2? One can only hope.]
2. D’Yer Mak’er–Led Zeppelin (Houses of The Holy) [Actually one of my least favourite Zep tracks.]
3. Doctor Robert–The Beatles (Revolver)
4. What Are You At?–Great Big Sea (Great Big Sea) {The pride and joy of the Rock.]
5. In The Movies–Sloan (Pretty Together) [Great Canadian power pop.]
6. Runaround–Van Halen (For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge) [Subtle they ain’t.]
7. Polly Come Home–Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (Raising Sand) [I really hope these two record together again. An excellent pairing.]
8. Bullet The Blue Sky–U2 (Joshua Tree) [Did anybody buy the latest U2 cd? Anybody?]
9. My Baby Blue–John Hiatt (Beneath This Gruff Exterior)
10. Pictures Of Lily–The Who (Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy) [A song about…well, teenage boys know what it’s about. ‘Nuff said.]

Happy Canada Day!


Canadian music kicks a**, doesn’t it? In honour of our collective birthday, everyone should listen to some homegrown music today. Whether you prefer rock or jazz, rap or country or anything in between, the Canadian music scene has something to offer everyone, and it keeps getting better every year. So many of our artists have made it big on the world stage and this should be celebrated, not just today but all year long.

Also on the subject of music and all things Canadian, if you’re looking for an entertaining summer read, pick up a copy of Six String Nation. Bargainista bought it for me for Father’s Day. Conceived by writer and broadcaster Jowi Taylor, it’s a fascinating story about the construction of a guitar called Voyageur built entirely from pieces of Canadian history. As the website states:

The ongoing mission of Voyageur and the Six String Nation project is to encourage Canadians to tell the story of Canada from a multitude of perspectives, to know and embrace our diversity as a kind of commonality and to celebrate the power of music – a language that Canada speaks better than just about anyone in the world.

Well put.

As for the homegrown music I enjoy, here’s a list of the artists in rotation on my iPod. Who do you like to listen to?

Attack In Black
The Band
Barenaked Ladies
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings
Blue Rodeo
Bruce Cockburn
City and Colour
Colin James
Doug and The Slugs
Downchild Blues Band
Gordon Lightfoot
Great Big Sea
The Guess Who
Joni Mitchell
Kim Mitchell
Martha and The Muffins
Matthew Good
Maynard Ferguson
Neil Young
The Odds (and the New Odds)
Oscar Peterson
Powder Blues Band
Pukka Orchestra
Pursuit of Happiness
Robbie Robertson
Tom Cochrane
Tragically Hip
The Trews
Wide Mouth Mason

And if you were to ask me what I thought was THE ultimate Canadian song, I think there’s a lot of songs that could fit the bill, but this is one of my favourites:

The 4 O’Clock Shuffle Report

ipodHere just for fun are the 10 songs I had listened to on my iPod at around 4:00 p.m. today (in shuffle mode, of course). A couple from Ms. Lennox, a couple from the Fab Four, and a little bit of Cancon for good measure.

1. Pavement Cracks–Annie Lennox (Bare)
2. Highway 61 Revisited–Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited)
3. Don’t Let Me Down–The Beatles (Past Masters Volume 2)
4. Consequence Free–Great Big Sea (Turn)
5. Through The Glass Darkly–Annie Lennox (Songs of Mass Detruction)
6. Native Son–John Hiatt (Walk On)
7. Got To Get You Into My Life–The Beatles (Revolver)
8. Ballad of Big–Genesis (And Then There Were Three)
9. New Kid (On The Block)–Barenaked Ladies (Gordon)
10. Jolé Blon–Gary U.S. Bonds (Dedication)