The Heat Is On

sunYeah, it's hot. It'll be even hotter tomorrow. This is the hottest Canadian year on record.

If you can't beat the heat, create a playlist of songs with "heat" in the title. The following songs were culled from my collection.

  • Canned Heat Blues - Sloppy Henry
  • Heat - 50 Cent
  • Heat - DMX
  • Heat of the Night - Aqua
  • In The Heat of the Night - Ray Charles
  • The Heat Is On - Glenn Frey
  • The Rhythm of the Heat - Peter Gabriel
  • White Light / White Heat - Lou Reed

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The Polaris Music Prize

musicWe finally have our Mercury Prize. On September 18, the Polaris Music Prize will award $20,000 for the best Canadian album released between June 1, 2005, and May 31, 2006, regardless of genre. The inaugural nominees are:

  • Broken Social Scene for Broken Social Scene
  • Cadence Weapon, Breaking Kayfabe
  • The Deadly Snakes, Porcella
  • Final Fantasy, He Poos Clouds
  • Sarah Harmer, I'm A Mountain
  • K'naan, The Dusty Foot Philosopher
  • Malajube, Trompe L'oeil
  • Metric, Live It Out
  • The New Pornographers, Twin Cinema
  • Wolf Parade, Apologies To The Queen Mary

There's a lot of Toronto represented there and a lot of great music. This addresses my issue with how out of touch the Junos seem when compared to what's truly happening in our musical landscape. Long live the Polaris!

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Essentially Canadian

canadaThe weekend was such a blur, I'm only getting to Saturday's paper now. In honour of Canada Day, the Star listed ten essential Canadian songs. I did something similar last September, listing what I thought were ten essential Canadian tracks.

Here's the Toronto Star's list:

  • Huron Carol - Jean de Brebeuf (1643)
  • Hymn To Freedom - Oscar Peterson (1962)
  • Four Strong Winds - Ian Tyson (1964)
  • Mon Pays - Gilles Vigneault (1964)
  • Suzanne - Leonard Cohen (1966)
  • Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot (1967)
  • Both Sides, Now - Joni Mitchell (1968)
  • American Woman - The Guess Who (1970)
  • Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell (1970)
  • Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen (1985)

When it comes to Canadian music, you can't go wrong with the holy trinity of Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. It's a shame Young didn't make the Star's list, I don't know how he could have been completely excluded. As for Gordon Lightfoot and the Guess Who, you'll never catch me saying a bad word about either.

Did the Star's panel stop listening to music in 1985?

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My YouTube Favourites

videoHave you noticed yourself visiting YouTube more and more often these past few months? I've certainly been watching more videos over there, and if you look hard enough, you're bound to find some gems.

Below are some of my favourite videos currently available at YouTube. As I review my selection, I see there's an awful lot of Canadiana here, so it's fitting I share this on a long Canada Day weekend.

Unable to find a single reference to Bill Barilko, I took it upon myself to upload a few clips I've collected from other sites. He's our Buddy Holly, immortalized by the Hip's "Fifty Mission Cap", and scorer of the 1951 Stanley Cup winner for my beloved Maple Leafs. Every year, his legend grows. Here is Bill Barilko's last goal.

Update: Here are a few more gems that either came to me later or were suggested in the comments.

These are a few of my favourites. Please share yours in the comments below.

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Superman Songs

supermanYou can't go anywhere or do anything without stumbling across a Superman reference this week. "Superman Returns" is in theatres and it's received fairly good reviews.

When I think of Superman, a number of pretty good tunes immediately spring to mind. As I think about it, Superman is a popular theme in today's music and there are a bunch of tunes with Superman in the title. In my collection alone there is...

  • Superman - Goldfinger
  • Superman's Song - Crash Test Dummies
  • Waitin' For A Superman - The Flaming Lips
  • Silvergun Superman - Stone Temple Pilots
  • Superman's Dead - Our Lady Peace
  • Superman - Eminem
  • Superman - Bush

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Aaron Spelling's Greatest Hits

tvLove him or hate him, you can't deny the fact Aaron Spelling was one busy mofo. In fact, he holds the Guiness Word Record for most prolific television producer. Here are my ten favourite Aaron Spelling productions.

  1. Beverly Hills, 90210
  2. 7th Heaven
  3. Melrose Place

Ok, that's three. I reviewed the entire list of Spelling shows and those are the only three I've actually seen. I feel like I've seen Fantasy Island, Charlie's Angels and The Love Boat but I don't actually recall seeing a single episode of any of them. Somehow, I don't feel I've missed much.

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Revolution Songs

musicWhen you're trying to lead a revolution, you need the right tunes. These songs are all in my collection and collectively comprise my "revolution" playlist.

  • Raining Revolution - Arrested Development
  • Beastie Revolution - Beastie Boys
  • Revolution - The Beatles
  • Revolution 1 - The Beatles
  • Revolutin 9 - The Beatles
  • Revolution Rock - The Clash
  • Revolution - The Cult
  • Revolution - Grandaddy
  • The Old Revolution - Leonard Cohen
  • Revolution Regained - The Living End
  • Revolution - Nina Simone
  • Revolution - P.O.D.
  • The Day After The Revolution - Pulp
  • Soft Revolution - Stars
  • Children of the Revolution - T-Rex
  • Talkin' Bout A Revolution - Tracy Chapman

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The Marks of the Beast

devilIn recognition of today's date, I thought it appropriate to review the ten best "devil" songs, ever! Remember, the Devil is in the details.

  1. Me and the Devil's Blues - Robert Johnson
    Could any other song be #1? This guy sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for guitar greatness. That, my friends, is commitment to your craft. As a bonus for that soul, RJ gets the #1 slot.
  2. Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
    I'm not a Stones fan, but even I have to admit this is a great tune. Please allow me to introduce myself...
  3. The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Charlie Daniels
    Satan himself goes to Georgia to challenge a cocky young fiddler. There's a show down and the Devil is out one solid gold fiddle. At least Daniels makes my top ten.
  4. Devil's Haircut - Beck
    Bloody groovy track, mate. Hell, Odelay just gets better with age. Maybe this dude sold his soul to Lucifer.
  5. Runnin' With the Devil - Van Halen
  6. The Devil's Workday - Modest Mouse
    With horns like this you know Beelzebub is involved. This song is good news for people who like bad news.
  7. The Devil in the Kitchen - Ashley MacIsaac
    I've always loved this track. It's manic fiddling. Hey, maybe this is the dude in Georgia who scored the gold fiddle. It suddenly all makes so much sense...
  8. Devil Inside - INXS
    You can thank me for the fact this tune will now be dancing around in your head for the remainder of the day.
  9. Lil' Devil - The Cult
    If you took a poll in my high school back in 1991 to learn the most popular band of the day, I'm confident The Cult would win. The grip these guys had on my wannabe hipster classmates was impressive. It's as if they enlisted the help of a stronger, darker power...
  10. Shout At the Devil - Motley Crue
    Not my favourite Crue tune, but with themes this Satanic they deserved to squeak into the top ten.

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Crazy Songs

musicIn addition to Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy", there have been other "crazy" songs. Here are some in my collection.

  • Crazy - Aerosmith
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
  • Somewhere Down The Crazy River - Robbie Robertson
  • Crazy Tonight = Strong Teeth - The Kleptones
  • She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
  • The Return of the Crazy One - Digital Underground
  • Crazy He Calls Me - Billie Holiday
  • Crazy - Kenny Rogers
  • Crazy - Willie Nelson
  • Crazy Crazy Nights - Kiss
  • Crazy Mary - Pearl Jam
  • Stone Crazy - Buddy Guy
  • Crazy With The Blues - Peetie Wheatstraw
  • Crazy Love - Ray Charles
  • Let's Go Crazy - Prince
  • Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
  • Crazy Love - Paul Simon
  • Crazy Babies- Ozzy Osbourne
  • Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
  • Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica
  • Gone Crazy - Marcy Playground
  • Am I Going Crazy - Korn
  • Crazy Heart - Hank Williams
  • You're Crazy - Guns 'N Roses
  • Crazy In Love - Eminem
  • My Dad's Gone Crazy - Eminem
  • Crazy Talk - Chiliwack
  • Crazy In Love - Beyonce
  • Crazy - Barenaked Ladies
  • Crazy Love - Adam Sandler

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Wedding Prologue Tunes

WeddingThe 100 songs for my brother's wedding have been finalized, burned and are ready for the big day. It's 6.9 hours worth of tunes, so it's highly unlikely anyone will ever hear the same song twice.

Yesterday I received a request from the bride to produce a second mix of music. This was music to be played while guests arrive and during the brief ceremony. Background music of sorts. This was to be an entirely different mix, this was to be classical.

Here are the eleven songs that comprise the hour long wedding prologue mix.

  1. Vivaldi - Four Seasons - Spring - I. Allegro
  2. Haydn - Symphony No. 94 - Andante
  3. Schubert - Symphony No. 5 - Allegro
  4. Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
  5. Handel - Messiah - Hallelujah Chorus
  6. Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  7. Rodrigo - Conceirto De Aranjuez
  8. Pachelbel - Gigue
  9. Albinoni - Adagio
  10. Berlioz - Rakoczy March
  11. Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Wedding March

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