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10 Great One Shot Music Videos

videoI was just reading about one shot music videos. These are videos that are made with a single take. I like a lot of one shot music videos, and here are ten of my favourites.

Note: While on YouTube throwing this list together, I noticed a bunch of my favourites had embedding disabled. To punish those acts, they don't get to be on this list. Shame on you, White Stripes.

Lucas With the Lid Off - Lucas

Mad World - Gary Jules

Stay (I Missed You) - Lisa Loeb

Gimme Sympathy - Metric

Here It Goes Again - OK Go

Closing Time - Semisonic

Undone - The Sweater Song - Weezer

1234 - Feist

Kate - Ben Folds Five

Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush

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10 Entries From 2010 Worth Revisiting

notepadLooking back at 2010, I wrote a lot of forgettable crapola, but here are 10 entries of note worthy of a revisit.

I Hate My Favourite Team
Early in 2010, I realized something. I hate my favourite team.

Canada Kills Pepsi Cheer
In late 2009, I made it my personal mission to stop the Pepsi cheer. Do you rememember how Pepsi said we were cheering wrong and they tried to get us to cheer with their dumb Pepsi cheer? I hated that campaign with a passion, because it was insulting, and I spoke to several media outlets about it. In this entry, I claimed victory.

Canada Wins Gold
My favourite sports moment of 2010 was Sidney Crosby scoring the Golden Goal in overtime to beat the USA in the gold medal final of Olympic men's hockey. My heart exploded with pride.

Subbanator Habs Fans Find New Ways to Offend
You have to revisit this entry, just to read the comments. Wow. That's all I'll say. Wow.

If You Love the Leafs, You Hate the Habs
Some kids seemed to forget this fundamental truth this past spring. There's no debate, if you love the Leafs, you hate the Habs. It is written.

Did G20 Toronto Black Block Get Green Light to Rampage?
It smelled then and it smells now. I had to ask the obvious question.

It's 1980, I'm Crying, But I'm Wearing That Hat
Just an old photo I found... but a peculiar one. Why am I crying?

What This Foreman of the Jury Thinks About Our Court System
I'll remember 2010 as the year I was foreman of a jury on a high-visibility murder case. It was a fascinating experience, and despite the fact it completely drained me, I'm so glad I had this opportunity.

By George, Bautista's at 46 - It's Time to Grow Up, Mike
Everything ends.

2010 Santa Claus Parade: Snark Version
As an experiment, I wrote two reviews of the Santa Claus Parade this year. A typically sweet one and a snarkier version. Judging by the stats, you just wanted the snark.

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10 Cool Christmas Songs

giftEarlier in the month I shared the perfect Christmas playlist. Now it's time for the 10 coolest Christmas songs.

Who says Christmas music has to be awful? Here are ten cool Christmas tracks.

Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits

Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto - James Brown

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko And Plastic Ono Band And The Harlem Community Choir

I Wish It Was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas

Let Me Sleep - Pearl Jam

Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) - The Ramones

Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid

Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses

2000 Miles - The Pretenders

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl

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The Perfect Christmas Playlist

christmas musicI was asked today to supply the music for a Christmas party in a couple of weeks. I get those types of requests all the time because I'm awesome at it. Tell me the event and who's attending and I'll create the playlist for you.

Here's a rock solid holiday party playlist that will get you through the night. This is as good as it gets people. Trust me.

  • Christmas Don't Be Late - Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band
  • Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
  • Green Christmas - Barenaked Ladies
  • White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  • Mary Had A Baby - Bruce Cockburn
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen
  • Merry Christmas Baby - Chuck Berry
  • Joy To The World - Clem Snide
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Coldplay
  • First Noel - Crash Test Dummies
  • Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie and Bing Crosby
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab For Cutie
  • Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
  • I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake
  • Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto - James Brown
  • Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko And Plastic Ono Band And The Harlem Community Choir
  • Honky The Christmas Goose - Johnny Bower
  • I Wish It Was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas
  • Christmas Night in Harlem - Louis Armstrong & His All Stars
  • Carol Of The Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King Cole
  • Merry Christmas, Baby - Otis Redding
  • Let Me Sleep - Pearl Jam
  • Fairytale of New York - The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
  • 2000 Miles - The Pretenders
  • Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
  • The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside - Ray Charles
  • Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC
  • Song For A Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan
  • What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder
  • Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits
  • You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft
  • O Holy Night - Tipitina's Foundation
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2
  • Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Greensleeves - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
  • Welcome Christmas - The Who's of Whoville

Merry Christmas!

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The Top 100 Canadian Songs of All Time?

musicOn Canada Day, 2007, I listed what I believed to be the top 100 Canadian songs of all time. It was a 1.5 month endeavour to assemble that list, and I was pretty proud of it.

A new book by Bob Mersereau has reignited this great debate. Bob lists the top 100 Canadian singles. Here's Bob's list. I've made the choices we agreed on bold.

1. The Guess Who — "American Woman"

2. Neil Young — "Heart of Gold"

3. The Band — "The Weight"

4. Bryan Adams — "Summer of '69"

5. Leonard Cohen — "Hallelujah"

6. Steppenwolf — "Born to Be Wild"

7. Gordon Lightfoot — "If You Could Read My Mind"

8. Bachman Turner Overdrive — "Takin' Care of Business"

9. Ian and Sylvia — "Four Strong Winds"

10. Anne Murray — "Snowbird"

11. Joni Mitchell — "Big Yellow Taxi" / "Woodstock"

12. Rush — "Tom Sawyer"

13. Blue Rodeo — "Try"

14. Tragically Hip — "New Orleans is Sinking"

15. Gordon Lightfoot — "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

16. Leonard Cohen — "Suzanne"

17. Tom Cochrane — "Life is a Highway"

18. The Guess Who — "These Eyes"

19. Gordon Lightfoot — "Sundown"

20. Sloan — "Underwhelmed"

21. The Band — "Up on Cripple Creek" / "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

22. Maestro Fresh Wes — "Let Your Backbone Slide"

23. The Diodes — "Tired of Waking Up Tired"

25. Rush — "The Spirit of Radio"

25. Crowbar — "Oh What a Feeling"

26. Rough Trade — "High School Confidential"

27. Martha and the Muffins — "Echo Beach"

28. Stampeders — "Sweet City Woman"

29. Arcade Fire — "Wake Up"

30. Barenaked Ladies — "If I Had $1,000,000"

31. Robert Charlebois — "Lindberg"

32. The Pursuit Of Happiness — "I'm an Adult Now"

33. Ugly Ducklings — "Nothin' "

34. Sloan — "Coax Me"

35. Rush — "Closer to the Heart"

36. Teenage Head — "Picture My Face"

37. Guess Who — "Shakin' All Over"

38. Five Man Electrical Band — "Signs"

39. Blue Rodeo — "Lost Together"

40. Ron Hynes — "Sonny's Dream"

41. Men Without Hats — "The Safety Dance"

42. Rheostatics — "Claire"

43. Lighthouse — "One Fine Morning"

44. A Foot In Coldwater — "(Make Me Do) Anything You Want"

45. Corey Hart — "Sunglasses At Night"

46. Loverboy — "Working For The Weekend"

47. Trooper — "Raise A Little Hell"

48. Parachute Club — "Rise Up"

49. Alannah Myles — "Black Velvet"

50. Terry Jacks — "Seasons in the Sun"

51. Malajube — "Montreal -40C"

52. Neil Young — "Cinnamon Girl"

53. Alanis Morissette — "You Oughta Know"

54. Feist — "1234"

55. Arcade Fire — "Rebellion (Lies)"

56. k.d. lang — "Constant Craving"

57. Neil Young — "Rockin' in the Free World"

58. Michel Pagliaro — "Lovin' You Ain't Easy"

59. Bruce Cockburn — "Lovers in a Dangerous Time"

60. Tragically Hip — "Bobcaygeon"

61. Joni Mitchell — "A Case of You" / "California"

62. The Demics — "New York City"

63. Bryan Adams — "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"

64. Tragically Hip — "Ahead by a Century"

65. Blue Rodeo — "Five Days in May"

66. Hank Snow — "I'm Moving On"

67. Harmonium — "Pour un instant"

68. Steppenwolf — "Magic Carpet Ride"

69. Sloan — "Money City Maniacs"

70. Celine Dion — "My Heart Will Go On"

71. k-os — "Crabbuckit"

72. The Kings —"This Beat Goes on/Switchin' to Glide"

73. Neil Young — "Old Man" / "Needle and the Damage Done"

74. Jean Leloup — "1990"

75. Payola$ — "Eyes of a Stranger"

76. Blue Rodeo — "Hasn't Hit Me Yet"

77. Bachman Turner Overdrive — "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"

78. Bruce Cockburn — "Wondering Where the Lions Are"

79. April Wine — "You Could Have Been a Lady"

80. Teenage Head — "Let's Shake"/ "Somethin' On My Mind"

81. Joni Mitchell — "Help Me"

82. Trooper — "We're Here For A Good Time"

83. Lighthouse — "Sunny Days"

84. Jean-Pierre Ferland — "Le petit roi"

85. Bryan Adams — "Cuts Like A Knife"

86. Stompin' Tom Connors — "The Hockey Song"

87. Tragically Hip — "Wheat Kings"

88. Gilles Vigneault — "Mon pays"

89. Spirit of The West — "Home For a Rest"

90. New Pornographers — "Letter from an Occupant"

91. Guess Who — "No Time"

92. Mashmakhan — "As the Years Go By"

93. Neil Young — "Hey Hey My My"

94. Paul Anka — "Diana"

95. Daniel Lanois — "The Maker"

96. The Spoons — "Nova Heart"

97. Beau Dommage — "La complainte du phoque en Alaska"

98. Ron Sexsmith — "Secret Heart"

99. Bryan Adams — "Run to You"

100. Wintersleep — "Weighty Ghost"

Pretty similar... I didn't have any French songs on my list, and opted for different Rheostatics, Feist and New Pornographers, but we're pretty close... especially in the top 25.

Heck, I'll save you a click and just reprint my list below.

The Tragically Hip - New Orleans Is Sinking

Neil Young - Helpless

The Band - The Weight

Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi

Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian Railroad Trilogy

Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage

Sloan - Underwhelmed

The Guess Who - American Woman

Leonard Cohen - Suzanne

Neil Young - Heart of Gold

Blue Rodeo - Try

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

The Tragically Hip - Courage

Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson

Cowboy Junkies - Misguided Angel

Arcade Fire - Wake Up

Gordon Lightfoot - Early Morning Rain

Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World

Rush - The Spirit of Radio

The Guess Who - Share the Land

Blue Rodeo - Lost Together

Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights

Our Lady Peace - Naveed

Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)

Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine

Bruce Cockburn - Lovers in a Dangerous Time

Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind

Five Man Electical Band - Signs

Bachman Turner Overdrive - Takin' Care Of Business

Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown

The Guess Who - These Eyes

Blood, Sweat and Tears - Spinning Wheel

Hayden - Bad As They Seem

Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl

Ian and Sylvia - Four Strong Winds

Joni Mitchell - Woodstock

Rush - Closer to the Heart

Joni Mitchell - Both Sides, Now

Our Lady Peace - 4am

Maestro Fresh-Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide

k.d. lang - Constant Craving

The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon

Neil Young - Old Man

Dream Warriors - My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style

Sarah Harmer - Silver Road

Jeff Healey - Angel Eyes

The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic

I Mother Earth - So Gently We Go

Our Lady Peace - Clumsy

Joni Mitchell - The Circle Game

The Pursuit of Happiness - I'm An Adult Now

The Lowest of the Low - Henry Needs A New Pair of Shoes

Ashley MacIsaac - Sleepy Maggie

Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down the Crazy River

Tom Cochrane - Big League

Rush - Tom Sawyer

Moist - Push

Billy Talent - Nothing To Lose

Rusty - Wake Me

The Northern Pikes - Teenland

Sarah Harmer - Basement Apartment

Sarah McLachlan - Hold On

The Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings

Sloan - Coax Me

Spirit of the West - Home For A Rest

Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild

Crash Test Dummies - Superman's Song

Stars - Ageless Beauty

The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century

The Demics - New York City

Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1,000,000

54-40 - I Go Blind

Bryan Adams - Summer of '69

The New Pornographers - Use It

The Watchmen - All Uncovered

Treble Charger - Red

Sam Roberts - Brother Down

Randy Bachman - Prairie Town

Sarah McLachlan - Angel

Tom Cochrane - Boy Inside The Man

Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know

Skydiggers - I Will Give You Everything

Men Without Hats - Safety Dance

Rough Trade - High School Confidential

Hot Hot Heat - Bandages

Corey Hart - Sunglasses at Night

Loverboy - Working For The Weekend

Metric - Combat Baby

Rusty - Misogyny

k-os - Heaven Only Knows

Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment

Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

Rheostatics - Record Body Count

Odds - Heterosexual Man

The Gandharvas - The First Day of Spring

The Diodes - Tired of Waking Up Tired

Feist - Mushaboom

Gowan - A Criminal Mind

Grapes Of Wrath - All The Things I Wasn't

Max Webster - A Million Vacations

Any glaring omissions from both lists?

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10 Birthday Songs for Your Birthday Playlist

XXXIt's my mom's birthday today, and I'm off to a BBQ to join in the celebration.

I decided to filter out all songs in my MP3 collection with "birthday" in the title. Out of 36447 songs I was very surprised to find only ten "birthday" songs.

Here are the ten birthday songs in case you're ever making a birthday playlist.

  1. Birthday - The Beatles
  2. Happy Birthday, Lisa - Michael Jackson and Bart Simpson
  3. 7th Birthday - The Lowest of the Low
  4. Happy Birthday Mr. Burns - The Ramones
  5. Tears At The Birthday Party - Elvis Costello
  6. It's Johnny's Birthday - George Harrison
  7. Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday) - Moby
  8. Birthday - The Sugarcubes
  9. Happy Birthday Mr. Smithers - Mr. Burns
  10. Happy Birthday - Weird Al Yankovic

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Jump! The Ongoing History of Songs Named Jump

musicThe Pinery Provincial Park is about 3.5 hours from Toronto. I just made the round trip in a new Taurus lent to me by Ford. This Taurus has a great audio system, enabling me to sync my iPod or listen to Sirius satellite radio. I did both.

One of the stations I'll check out on Sirius is The '90s on 9. It's just wall-to-wall tunes from the 1990s, the decade for me in which music was everything. I love me a good 90s song.

Today, while listening to The '90s on 9, I heard a track from 1992 I didn't know. It was the only song I heard on this station that I didn't know. It was called "Jump!" and it was by The Movement. naturally, I started thinking about all the "Jump" songs I know well, and then researched all the "Jump" songs I don't know. This is the ongoing history of songs named Jump.

As with many things in life, this list starts with Loverboy. In 1981, Calgary's own Loverboy began the "Jump" song saga when they released Get Lucky, an album best known for its opening track, "Working for the Weekend". Get Lucky also featured "Jump".

We'll jump from Loverboy to The Pointer Sisters, who unleashed their poppy "Jump" in 1983. The "Jump" song (r)evolution is well underway.

That was 1983, and Van Halen was listening. In early 1984, they released the definitive "Jump" song. If you can hear this song and not think you're at a hockey game, you're a better man than I.

It's hard to top Van Halen's "Jump", but Kris Kross sure as hell tried. Say what you will about their 1992 hit "Jump", but you've got to admit it's catchy. I'm just hoping this whole 'wear your clothes backward' thing makes a comeback.

Since we're in 1992, let's address the "Jump!" I heard this morning that sparked this entry. It's by The Movement and I don't remember it at all.

Fast forward to 2001, and the "Jump" song epidemic hits Japan. Japanese band, Every Little Thing, hit #7 on the Japanese charts with their "Jump".

It's N*E*R*D's turn! N*E*R*D released their "Jump" in 2004.

Later in 2004, Simple Plan, a band I love to hate, jumped on the "Jump" bandwagon with their own "Jump". Save yourself 3:11 and skip this one.

One year after Simple Plan impressed nobody with their "Jump", a Brit-pop all-female band had a minor UK hit with their own "Jump". This band is called The Faders, and no, I've never heard of them either.

In 2006, supreme copycat artist Madonna found out about all these "Jump" songs and had to have a slice of the pie. Here's Madonna's "Jump".

And, as proof the "Jump" song craze has hit maximum overdrive, Flo-Rida and Nelly Furtado released "Jump" in 2009, a song subsequently used to promote a movie about hamsters.

Now you know the rest of the "Jump" story.

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Ganja Songs or Music With Ganja in the Title

ganja songAll morning, I've been spinning tracks from Reggae Anthology: The Channel One Story. One track I dig, by this cat named Little John, is aptly titled "Smoke Ganja Hard".

I wondered to myself, how many tunes are in my collection with the word "ganja" in the song title? It turns out there are five.

  • Smoke Ganja Hard - Little John
  • Must Be The Ganja - Eminem
  • Ganja Bus - Cypress Hill with Damian Marley
  • Ganja Farmer - Marlon Asher
  • Ganja in My Brain - Ras Matthew

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I'm a Dad, This is my Playlist

LeafsMy son made me a bookmark, my daughter made me a note pad that looks like a tie, and I made myself this dad mix.

  • Daddy - Korn
  • Daddy - Custom
  • Daddy - Queen Ifrica
  • Daddy - Beyoncé
  • Daddy Can I Turn This - Elvis Costello
  • Daddy Cool - Boney M.
  • Daddy I'm Fine - Sinead O'Connor
  • Daddy Rich In The Land Of 1210 - 3rd Bass
  • Daddy's Getting Married - Bif Naked
  • Daddy's Gone - Sparklehorse
  • Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car - U2
  • Daddy's Home - Montell Jordan
  • Daddy's Home - The Jackson 5
  • Dear Ol' Dad - Blind Melon
  • Dear Old Daddy Bill - Motherlode
  • Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis Presley
  • Don't Wake Daddy - The Tragically Hip
  • Go Daddy-O - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Gone Daddy Gone - Violent Femmes
  • Gone Daddy Gone - Gnarls Barkley
  • Hey Daddy - Korn
  • I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus - Stand Still
  • I'm Your Daddy - Weezer
  • Just Like Daddy - Makaveli
  • Mack Daddy - Sir Mix-A-Lot
  • Mad Daddy - The Cramps
  • My Dad's Gone Crazy - Eminem,
  • My Son Calls Another Man Daddy - Hank Williams
  • One For Daddy - Julian Cannonball Adderly
  • Sexy Daddy - Destiny's Child
  • Sugar Daddy - The Jackson 5
  • Treat Your Daddy Right - T-Bone Walker
  • Your Daddy Don't Know - Toronto

Happy Father's Day.

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My Favourite 15 Albums (Back in 1994)

cdBack in 1994, I purchased my music collection on CDs. When I needed to make a mix for portable listening, I dubbed my selections onto a cassette tape and listened to it on my Sony Walkman. In 1994, I didn't go anywhere without my Sony Walkman and a good mix tape.

Back in 1994, here were 15 albums I couldn't get enough of. There was likely a point in 1994 where, if asked, I would have slapped together a list of my 15 favourite albums that would have looked something like this...

Nirvana - Nevermind

The Fab 15 from '94

Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

The Fab 15 from '94

Pearl Jam - Ten

The Fab 15 from '94

Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine

The Fab 15 from '94

Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger

The Fab 15 from '94

Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet

The Fab 15 from '94

Beastie Boys - Check Your Head

The Fab 15 from '94

Nivana - In Utero

The Fab 15 from '94

Alice in Chains - Dirt

The Fab 15 from '94

Green Day - Dookie

The Fab 15 from '94

The Tragically Hip - Fully Completely

The Fab 15 from '94

Offspring - Smash

The Fab 15 from '94

Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

The Fab 15 from '94

Stone Temple Pilots - Core

The Fab 15 from '94

Pearl Jam - Vs.

The Fab 15 from '94

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