Sites I've Bookmarked

firefoxThe vast majority of content I read on the web is read in my Google Reader. That's where I manage my RSS feed subscriptions.

There are some sites, however, I have bookmarked in Firefox. Some of these are for banking, work or social networking, but some are just sites I find quite useful.

Here are web sites I have bookmarked.

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Cancon for Barack Obama's iPod

iPodCBC has unveiled their 49 Canadian Songs for Obama's iPod. These 49 won out over their top 100.

I can't really speak to the French songs or the non-pop songs, but they seem to have hit most of the essential tracks from my definitive Cancon list.

Still, how does The Band's "The Weight" not make this list? Was no Sloan song worthy? Where's the Blue Rodeo? In typical CBC fashion, it seems inclusion was deemed the higher priority.

  • Arcade Fire, "Rebellion (Lies)"
  • Barenaked Ladies, "If I Had $1,000,000"
  • Beau Dommage, "La complainte du phoque en Alaska"
  • Ben Heppner, "We'll Gather Lilacs"
  • Bruce Cockburn, "Wondering Where the Lions Are"
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie, "Universal Soldier"
  • Daniel Bélanger, "Rêver mieux"
  • Daniel Lanois, "Jolie Louise"
  • Daniel Lavoie, "J'ai quitté mon île"
  • Diana Krall, "Departure Bay"
  • Gilles Vigneault, "Mon pays"
  • Glenn Gould, "Goldberg Variations"
  • Gordon Lightfoot, "Canadian Railroad Trilogy"
  • Gordon Lightfoot, "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
  • Great Big Sea, "Ordinary Day"
  • Harmonium, "Pour un Instant"
  • Ian & Sylvia, "Four Strong Winds"
  • James Ehnes, "Barber Violin Concerto"
  • Jesse Cook, "Mario Takes a Walk"
  • Joni Mitchell, "Both Sides Now"
  • Joni Mitchell, "A Case of You"
  • Karkwa, "Oublie pas"
  • k.d. lang, "Hallelujah"
  • Leonard Cohen, "Democracy"
  • Leonard Cohen, "Suzanne"
  • Malajube, "Montréal -40°C"
  • Marie-Jo Thério, "Évangeline"
  • Marjan Mozetich, "Affairs of the Heart"
  • Measha Brueggergosman, "I'm Going Up a Yonder"
  • Mes Aïeux, "Dégénérations"
  • Michael Bublé, "Home"
  • Moe Koffman, "Swingin' Shepherd Blues"
  • Neil Young, "Rockin' in the Free World"
  • Neil Young, "Helpless"
  • Oscar Peterson Trio, "Hymn to Freedom"
  • Oscar Peterson, "Place St. Henri (from Canadiana Suite)"
  • Parachute Club, "Rise Up"
  • Raymond Lévesque, "Quand les hommes vivront d'amour"
  • Rush, "Closer to the Heart"
  • Sam Roberts, "The Canadian Dream"
  • Shad, "Brother (Watching)"
  • Stan Rogers, "Northwest Passage"
  • Stompin' Tom Connors, "The Hockey Song"
  • The Arrogant Worms, "Canada's Really Big"
  • The Guess Who, "American Woman"
  • The Rankin Family, "Rise Again"
  • The Tragically Hip, "Wheat Kings"
  • The Tragically Hip, "Bobcaygeon"
  • The Weakerthans, "One Great City!"

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Obama's Playlist

CanadaI wrote about the 49 Songs contest CBC Radio 2 is running this month. I've been tuning in and it's a lot of fun.

Voting closes today on their top 100 nominations. In an effort to be more inclusive, CBC has broken things down into four categories, to get instrumental pieces and French tunes a chance. Since I've only really heard of the songs in the first category, I'm only listing those below.

  • Acadian Driftwood - The Band
  • Agua Del Pozo - Alex Cuba
  • Alberta Bound - Paul Brandt
  • American Woman - The Guess Who
  • Raise a little hell - Trooper
  • Big Feeling - Susan Aglukark
  • Bobcaygeon - The Tragically Hip
  • Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell
  • Brother (Watching) - Shad
  • Canada's Really Big - Arrogant Worms
  • The Canadian Dream - Sam Roberts
  • Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
  • A Case of You - Joni Mitchell
  • Cette Vie - African Guitar Summit & Alpha YaYa Diallo
  • Closer to the Heart - Rush
  • Crabbuckit - k-os
  • Dawn of a New Day - Crystal Shawanda
  • De Cara a la Pared - Lhasa
  • Democracy - Leonard Cohen
  • Farmer's Song - Murray McLauchlan
  • Flip, Flop, Fly - Downchild Blues Band
  • Four Strong Winds - Ian & Sylvia
  • Hallelujah - k.d. lang
  • Helpless - Neil Young
  • Hockey - Jane Siberry
  • The Hockey Song - Stompin' Tom Connors
  • Huron Carole - Tom Jackson
  • I Can See Clearly Now - Holly Cole Trio
  • I Feel it All - Feist
  • If I Had $1,000,000 - Barenaked Ladies
  • Jolie Louise - Daniel Lanois
  • Let Your Backbone Slide - Maestro Fresh Wes
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Time – Bruce Cockburn
  • The Longest Road - Stephen Fearing
  • Mario Takes a Walk - Jesse Cook
  • Merey Mathay - Kiran Ahluwalia
  • Northern Wish - Rheostatics
  • Northwest Passage - Stan Rogers
  • Good Mother - Jann Arden
  • One Great City! - The Weakerthans
  • Ordinary Day - Great Big Sea
  • Rebellion (Lies) - Arcade Fire
  • Rise Again - The Rankin Family
  • Rise Up - Parachute Club
  • Rockin' In the Free World - Neil Young
  • Seven Day Fool - Jully Black
  • Share the Land - The Guess Who
  • Showdown at Big Sky - Robbie Robertson
  • Snowbird - Anne Murray
  • Soobax - K'naan
  • Superman's Song - Crash Test Dummies
  • Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
  • Takin' Care of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • The Truck Got Stuck - Corb Lund
  • Try - Blue Rodeo
  • Universal Soldier - Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Wheat Kings - The Tragically Hip
  • Wondering Where the Lions Are - Bruce Cockburn
  • Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

A lot of those songs made my list of the top 100 Canadian songs. It will be interesting to see which 49 make the final cut.

Here's a song on both of our lists, and a shoe-in to make Obama's playlist.

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Best. Party. Playlist. Ever.

tunesSome* are calling this the Best. Party. Playlist. Ever. I premiered this playlist on Thursday night to rave reviews.

Keep in mind, I avoided songs with swears (although a few slipped through the cracks) and tried to appeal to the masses, thereby avoiding my mosh anthems. The objective was to get the most people on the dance floor... with most in attendance born in the 70s.

The playlist was shuffled, but I sorted this table alphabetically by song name.

1979 4:24 Smashing Pumpkins
Alive 5:43 Pearl Jam
American Boy 4:47 Estelle
Anarchy In The U.K. 3:32 Sex Pistols
B.O.B. 5:04 OutKast
Barbie Girl 3:18 Aqua
Basket Case 3:03 Green Day
Believe 3:46 The Bravery
Bizarre Love Triangle-94 3:54 New Order
Body Movin' [Fatboy Slim Remix] 5:31 Beastie Boys
Bring Me To Life 3:57 Evanescence
Cannonball 3:34 The Breeders
Clint Eastwood 5:41 Gorillaz
Come On Eileen 4:08 Dexy's Midnight Runners
Come Out and Play 3:18 Offspring
Common People 5:52 Pulp
Connected 3:38 Stereo MC's
Crabbuckit 3:49 K-Os
Crazy 3:01 Gnarls Barkley
Dancing Queen 3:52 ABBA
Diamonds And Guns 4:02 Transplants
Do You Realize?? 3:33 The Flaming Lips
Drinking In L.A. 3:56 Bran Van 3000
Dude (Looks Like A Lady) 4:25 Aerosmith
Everlong 4:13 Foo Fighters
Funky Cold Medina 4:09 Tone Loc
Gangsta's Paradise (LP Version) 4:00 Coolio
Get Busy 3:35 Sean Paul
Get The Party Started 3:12 Pink
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 3:56 Cyndi Lauper
Gold Digger (Featuring Jamie Foxx) 3:28 Kanye West
Hate To Say I Told You So 3:22 The Hives
Heart Of Glass 4:12 Blondie
Hey Baby 3:27 No Doubt
Hey Ya! 3:55 OutKast
Home for a Rest 4:27 Spirit of the West
Human 4:06 The Killers
Hypnotize 3:49 The Notorious B.I.G.
I Will Survive 3:51 Cake
Informer 4:30 Snow
Insane In The Brain 3:33 Cypress Hill
Into Action 3:40 Tim Armstrong
It Takes Two 2:57 Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
Joy and Pain 3:49 DJ Rob Base and EZ Rock
Jump Around 3:24 House Of Pain
Just a Friend 4:00 Biz Markie
Just Can't Get Enough 3:44 Depeche Mode
Karma Chameleon 4:03 Culture Club
Laid 2:38 James
Last Nite 3:18 The Strokes
Lazy Eye 5:54 Silversun Pickups
Little Bones 4:45 The Tragically Hip
Live Your Life [Ft. Rihanna] 5:39 T.I.
Love Shack 4:17 The B-52's
Lump 2:15 Presidents of the United States of America
Mama Said Knock You Out 4:50 LL Cool J
Mony Mony 5:01 Billy Idol
Mr. Cab Driver 3:50 Lenny Kravitz
Mr. Jones 4:32 Counting Crows
O.P.P. 4:31 Naughty By Nature
Ordinary Day 3:11 Great Big Sea
Paper Planes 3:24 M.I.A.
Paradise City 6:46 Guns N' Roses
Piece Of Me 3:32 Britney Spears
Pour Some Sugar on Me (Historia Video Edit) 4:52 Def Leppard
Red, Red Wine 5:19 UB40
Rehab 3:33 Amy Winehouse
Rock Me Amadeus 3:17 Falco
Romantic Rights 3:15 Death From Above 1979
Salute Your Solution 3:00 The Raconteurs
Santa Monica 3:12 Everclear
She Sells Sanctuary 4:13 The Cult
Shut Up And Let Me Go 2:53 The Ting Tings
Single Ladies [Put A Ring On It] 3:13 Beyoncé
Song 2 2:02 Blur
Stronger 5:12 Kanye West
Summer Of '69 3:33 Bryan Adams
Sunday Morning 3:47 k-os
Sundown 3:59 Elwood
Swagga Like Us [Ft. Jay-Z, Kanye West,Lil' Wayne] 5:28 T.I.
Sweet Caroline 3:22 Neil Diamond
Sweet Child O' Mine 5:56 Guns N' Roses
The Bad Touch (The Eiffel 65 Mix) 3:36 The Bloodhound Gang
The Humpty Dance 6:31 Digital Underground
The Power 5:43 Snap
The Rockafeller Skank 6:54 Fatboy Slim
Time to Pretend 4:21 MGMT
Toxic 3:22 Britney Spears
Tubthumping 3:27 Chumbawamba
Umbrella (ft Jay-Z) 4:24 Rihanna
Unbelievable 3:30 EMF
Walk This Way 5:11 Run-D.M.C.
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 4:17 Michael Jackson
We Will Rock You 2:02 Queen
Whatever You Like 4:10 T.I.
Where it's At 5:31 Beck
Whip It 2:39 Devo
Womanizer 3:44 Britney Spears
Wonderwall 4:19 Oasis
Y.M.C.A. ('93 Remix) 3:46 Village People
You Shook Me All Night Long 3:30 AC/DC

* By some I mean me.

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Most Visited Entries of 2008

MouseHere are the blog entries that received the most unique visitors in 2008. 40% are radio related.

  1. 100 Wedding Songs
  2. Rick Hodge Escapes Roger, Rick and Marilyn
  3. My Prima Television Nightmare
  4. Humble Howard Returns To Morning Radio on EZ Rock 97.3
  5. HMS Ontario Found 228 Years Later
  6. Hockey Songs: The Best Music About Our Game
  7. Link: 101 Greatest George Carlin Quotes
  8. Virgin Radio 999 FM
  9. Top 100 Canadian Songs: The Definitive List
  10. A Closer Look at the Edge 102 Playlist

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102.1 The Edge's Top 102 Songs of 2008

radioBelow are the top 102 songs of 2008, according to 102.1 The Edge.

I threw down my personal top 10 right here. My tunes ranked 72, 62, 25, 10, 19, 67, 40, 36, n/a and 22 respectively. That n/a is for "Inside the Cinema" by Culture Reject which, unfortunately, never got a sniff from CFNY. I'm not sure why as it's an awesome, addictive tune by a Torontonian, and would have been a great add.

Here's the Edge's list...

1. Weezer - Pork And Beans
2. Foo Fighters - Let It Die
3. Queens Of The Stone Age - Make It Wit Chu
4. Nine Inch Nails - Discipline
5. Foo Fighters - Long Road To Ruin
6. Sam Roberts - Them Kids
7. The Bravery - Believe
8. Rise Against - The Good Left Undone
9. Radiohead - Bodysnatchers
10. USS - Hollow Point Sniper Hyperbole
11. Linkin Park - Given Up
12. Coldplay - Violet Hill
13. Against Me! - Stop!
14. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
15. Bedouin Soundclash - St. Andrews
16. The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far Kid
17. Tokyo Police Club - Tessellate
18. The Offspring - Hammerhead
19. The Raconteurs - Salute Your Solution
20. Oasis - The Shock Of The Lightning
21. Weezer - Troublemaker
22. City And Colour - Sleeping Sickness
23. Rise Against - Re-Education (Through Labor)
24. The Flatliners - This Respirator
25. Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
26. Billy Talent - This Suffering
27. Alexisonfire - To A Friend
28. Serj Tankian - Empty Walls
29. Die Mannequin - Do It Or Die
30. Sloan - Believe in Me
31. Metallica - The Day That Never Comes
32. Neverending White Lights - Always
33. Stars - Take Me To The Riot
34. Disturbed - Inside the Fire
35. Bedouin Soundclash - Until We Burn In The Sun (The Kids Just Want A Love Song)
36. M.I.A. - Paper Planes
37. The Flatliners - Eulogy
38. City And Colour - Waiting
39. Apocalytica ft. Adam Gontier - I Don't Care
40. MGMT - Time To Pretend
41. Jimmy Eat World - Big Casino
42. Linkin Park - Shadow Of The Day
43. The Stills - Being Here
44. Spiral Beach - Made Of Stone
45. Chevelle - I Get It
46. Against Me! - Thrash Unreal
47. Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Posess Your Heart
48. The Weakerthans - Civil Twilight
49. The Verve - Love Is Noise
50. Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
51. Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place
52. Mobile - The Killer
53. Rides Again - Infected
54. Foo Fighters - The Pretender
55. Social Distortion - Far Behind
56. Silversun Pickups - Well Thought Out Twinkles
57. Finger 11 - Talking to the Walls
58. The Killers - Human
59. Serj Tankian - Sky Is Over
60. Wintersleep - Weighty Ghost
61. The Weakerthans - Tournament Of Hearts
62. One Day As A Lion - Wild International
63. Billy Talent - Turn Your Back
64. Die Mannequin - Saved By Strangers
65. Yoav - Club Thing
66. Gob - Underground
67. The Black Keys - Strange Times
68. USS - 2 and 15/16ths
69. The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You're Told)
70. Tokyo Police Club - Graves
71. Jack Johnson - If I Had Eyes
72. Wintersleep - Oblivion
73. Hot Hot Heat - Harmonicas And Tambourines
74. Ashes Divide - The Stone
75. Foxboro Hot Tubs - Mother Mary
76. Beck - Gamma Ray
77. Death Cab For Cutie - Cath...
78. Attack In Black - Hunger Of Young
79. Staind - Believe
80. Matthew Good - I'm A Window
81. Eddie Vedder - Hard Sun
82. The Kooks - Always Where I Need to Be
83. Stars - Bitches in Tokyo
84. Three Days Grace - Never Too Late
85. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
86. The Arkells - Oh, The Boss Is Coming
87. Puscifer - Queen B
88. The Waking Eyes - All Empires Fall
89. Sam Roberts - Detroit '67
90. R.E.M. - Supernatural Superserious
91. Beast - Mr. Hurricane
92. Silverchair - Straight Lines
93. Nine Inch Nails - 1,000,000
94. Oasis - Falling Down
95. Three Days Grace - Riot
96. Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
97. Band Of Horses - Is There A Ghost
98. The Constantines - Hard Feelings
99. MGMT - Kids
100. Black Lungs - Hold Fast (Sink Or Swim)
101. Coldplay - Lost!
102. Goldfinger - One More Time

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My Ten Favourite Songs of 2008

musicOh 2008, where have you gone? It seems like only a year ago you showed up, all fresh and new. Now, it's time to say goodbye.

Here's my 10 favourite songs of 2008 complete with videos, when possible.

10. "Oblivion" by Wintersleep

9. "Wild International" by One Day as a Lion

8. "Sex On Fire" by Kings of Leon

7. "Hollowpoint Sniper Hyperbole" by USS

6. "Salute Your Solution" by The Raconteurs

5. "Strange Times" by The Black Keys

4. "Time to Pretend" by MGMT

3. "Paper Planes" by M.I.A.

2. "Inside the Cinema" by Culture Reject

1. "Sleeping Sickness" by City and Colour with Gord Downie

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The Best Power Ballads

MusicYeah, I listened to hair bands in the 80s. I admit it. I liked Motley Crue, Poison, Skid Row, Cinderella and, the best of the bunch, Guns N' Roses.

Hair bands all followed the same strategy. Hard rocker singles were followed by a power ballad. Def Leppard would release "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and follow that up with "Love Bites". Power Ballads are like guilty pleasures... tasty cheese that isn't good for you, but thoroughly enjoyable.

With apologies to Mr. Big, here are my ten favourite power ballads. Rock on!

"Every Rose Has its Thorn" by Poison

"Patience" by Guns N' Roses

"I Remember You" by Skid Row

"Home Sweet Home" by Motley Crue

"I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner

"More Than Words" by Extreme

"Heaven" by Warrant

"When the Children Cry" by White Lion

"Sister Christian" by Night Ranger

"Is This Love" by Whitesnake

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Top Ten Christmas Songs

christmasWhile listening to yet another rendition of Silent Night this morning, I thought it might be a good time to update my list of ten favourite Christmas songs.

Here's an initial stab at it.

  • The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
  • 2000 Miles - The Pretenders
  • Fairytale of New York - The Pogues
  • Baby It's Cold Outside - Ray Charles and Betty Carter
  • Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby and David Bowie
  • Let Me Sleep - Pearl Jam
  • Song For A Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan
  • John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
  • Band Aid - Do They Know it's Christmas?
  • I'll Be Home For Christmas - Coldplay

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Five Christmas Songs Santa Can Keep For Himself

xmasI've pruned my Christmas playlist down to a 430 songs. That wasn't easy, as I've got days worth of Christmas tunage. I'm working on the ideal holiday playlist for 2008 but this entry isn't about those 30 songs. This entry is about the five Christmas songs I dislike the most.

#5 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jimmy Boyd
This song resurfaces every December in various forms, but it's the original by Jimmy Boyd that I hate the most. I don't know who this Jimmy Boyd was, but he sings this generally crappy tune as if he's three years old and it's as irritating as all hell. I wish Santa Claus would stop kissing Jimmy's mom and start kicking his ass.

#4 - Chrissy The Christmas Mouse by Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor
The years have not been kind to Chrissy. I've got this on an album of classic Christmas songs but I rarely hear it in malls or on the radio anymore. That's for the best, as Chrissy the Christmas Mouse makes Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer sound like Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone."

#3 - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer by Elmo and Patsy Shropshire
On the bright side, this song's got a death count. Granny drinks too much eggnog and gets killed by Santa. I'll bet Santa leaned into the accelerator when Grandma staggered into his path. Kill this song and we've got ourselves a joyous bloodbath.

#2 - Another Rock and Roll Christmas by Gary Glitter
Even before Glitter's legal troubles came to light, this one made me cringe. This song is so bad it took another Brit to top it on my list of worst Christmas songs ever.

#1 - Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney
This is the first Christmas song deleted from my playlist and the worst Christmas song in the history of popular music. I hear Paul was in a rather successful quartet at one time, but you'd never know it by this steaming pile of shite.

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