Thursday, May 05, 2005


The FINAL countdown

Wondering what all this is about Before you begin, you might want to read days one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty one, twenty two, twenty three, twenty four and twenty five. The List so Far: Round 1: Hockey: Jane Siberry (Mike) Helpless: Neil Young (Keith) I Go Blind: 54-40 (Peter) Nothing at All: Maestro Fresh Wes (Aaron) Tired of Waking Up Tired: The Diodes (Carol) A Case of You: Joni Mitchell (Carl) Round 2: Have Not Been The Same: Slow (Mike) Hallelujah (Live): Leonard Cohen (Keith) Wheat Kings: The Tragically Hip (Pete) Vetoed By Carol Subdivisions: Rush (Carol) Vetoed By Keith Rags and Bones: Nomeansno (Carl) Round 3: One Great City!: The Weakerthans (Mike) Westray: Weeping Tile (Keith) Vetoed By Pete Deeper Than Beauty: Sloan (Pete) Having an Average Weekend: Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet (Aaron) I've Been Everywhere: Hank Snow (Carol) Illegal Bodies: Simply Saucer (Carl) Round 4: Help Me Rhonda: The Langley Schools Music Project (Mike) Vetoed By Pete Secret Heart: Ron Sexsmith (Aaron) (FC's note: Actually Aaron's Round 2 Catch Up Pick!) Daylight: The Nils (Keith) Barrett's Privateers: Stan Rogers (Pete) Vetoed By Mike War in Peace: Skip Spence(Aaron) Vetoed By Carol Static: Terrible Canyons of Static; Chart #3; World Police and Friendly: Godspeed You Black Emperor! (Carol) What About Me? The Nihilist Spasm Band (Carl) Vetoed By Keith Round 5: Blues For Big Scotia: Oscar Peterson (Mike) Sudbury Saturday Night: Stompin' Tom Conners (Keith) Little Girl: Death From Above 1979 (Pete) Brian Wilson (Live): The Barenaked Ladies (Aaron) Vetoed By Carl New York City: The Demics (Carol) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: Buffy Sainte Marie (Carl) Round 6: Blues for Pablo: Gil Evans with Miles Davis (Mike) O Marie: Daniel Lanois (Keith) Can't You See: The Matt Minglewood Band (Pete) OK Blue Jays: The Bat Boys (Aaron) Vetoed By Keith Put the Blame On Me: Handsome Ned (Carol) Time to Get a Gun: Fred Eaglesmith (Carl) Round 7: Log Driver's Waltz: Kate and Anna McGarrigle (Mike) Curling: The Dik Van Dykes (Keith) The Deep End: Swollen Members (Peter) Theme to Hockey Night in Canada: Dolores Claman (Aaron) Andy: Mike O'Neill (Carol) Cool It: Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy (Carl) Round 8: Rumours of Glory: Bruce Cockburn (Mike) Wake Up: The Arcade Fire (Keith) Fly at Night: Chilliwack (Peter) Vetoed by Carl 10lbs: The Super Friendz (Aaron) Staying in on Weekends: The Grievous Angels (Carol) Power: Plunderphonics (Carl) Round 9: Does your Mama Know About Me?: Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers (Mike) Satellite: Jim Bryson (Keith) Bums in the Park: Bob Snider (Peter) Teen Commandments: Paul Anka, Johnny Nash and George Hamilton IV (Aaron) Gaslight: The Ugly Ducklings (Carol) Body's in Trouble: Mary Margaret O'Hara (Carl) Round 10: Peanut Butter Sandwich: Raffi (Mike) Vetoed by Carl Proud to be Canadian: The Dayglo Abortions (Keith) Non-Veto Round: Son of a Bitch to the Core: The Headstones (Peter) Ahead by a Century: The Tragically Hip (Keith) Love the OTHER 50? HATE the OTHER 50? Have strong feelings about "The Canadian Sound" Wish we'd included the theme to the Littlest Hobo? Leave a comment! In tonight's final episode: Glen Gould, The Tragically Hip and Mike Forbes' guide to indie-rocker baby music. Carol: Is it too late to veto Paul Anka?? I'd like to do so very much. It's my last v-bomb and I plan to use it with prejudice. I see no rational reason for his inclusion. I couldn't even listen to the track all the way through. At one point, I half expected to hear "LOOK OUT!LOOK OUT!LOOK OUT!" which might have redeemed him. Why support Anka? So bad it's good doesn't wash. Nor does filling in the gaps. In 10 years I pray to God no one sees fit to nominated Saline Dijon on either of those grounds. Keith: Carol, originally I would have said that it was too late. But, as it turns out, we've actually taken too many "vetoable" picks. As such, we can let you drop the bomb on Paul Anka. Sorry, Aaron. Mike: Back to the discussion of children's music. As a music geek and a relatively new dad, this topic is a bit of an obsession for me... A while back Bloodshot records put out The Bottle Let Me Down. It's all of their artists covering kids tunes. It's a bit hit and miss. I've heard very good things (although not the cds themselves) about the Ralph's World cds. Other parents we know swear by Carole King's Really Rosie - a soundtrack she did for Maurice Sendak's books the Sign on Rosie's Door and the Nutshell Library. And finally, a few years ago this very interesting article ran in the Guardian: Nirvana and the Clash are the perfect bedtime listening for toddlers, reckons new label Punk Rock Baby. Anything for a good night's sleep, says Peter Paphides. Anecdotally, most of the parents I know have burned compilation cds of kid-friendly tunes that both parent and tot can live with. Carol: Mike, I was SO taken aback at your Raffi nomination and overcome by the patchoili eminating from my speakers that my rational mind went temporarily blank. Thank you, Carl, for the intervention. We needn't exposed tots to mediocrity so early in life. They'll get enough later on. That said, your kid's list ROCKS. Keith: Any thoughts on my Hip nomination? Carol: You sneaky bloody HIP fan! Carl: That sneak attack? It fills me with ennui, but whatevs. However, I'm cheered up enough by Dayglo Abortions and Hardcore Logo - the former a not-exactly-worthy- but-fun case, the latter really an underrated one - not to object more strenuously. Bravo. Keith: Ok Mike, I think that means the floor is your's. Mike: I'll make this quick. My final pick is the Aria from Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations. (Listen to The Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations) In accordance with Keith's initial guidelines, it was recorded one year after the birth of rock. For those of you keeping score at home, that's 205 years after the death of Bach. Not that the two are related. Peter: Brilliant. I'll plant a sitka spruce in your honour. Keith: Mike, that pick is beautiful and COMPLETELY not what I had in mind when I started this project (...inasmuch as I could have predicted half of what has occurred here in the last six weeks) Carl: I thought about this, but it seemed a bit outside our presumed popular-music scope (rock, pop, soul, country, jazz, hip-hop, techno etc), as Mike's "rock era" remark dimly acknowledged. If I had gone for Gould, though, I might have gone for The Idea of North. Keith: I guess that's the beauty of the final round, Carl. I think I may have raised the same scope objections if it had come out in the regular rounds. Mike: Carl, it was either the Gould or "Take Off" from the Bob and Doug MacKenzie album... Peter: I wish I'd thought of it. It exposes what a narrow lens I was using on this thing. Mike: On a completely different topic. Was just flipping back through the posts on our list and noticed that Pete got a marriage proposal on day 5 from some woman named Danielle. Guess she's a pretty big Sloan fan. Did anyone else notice this? If you take her up on the offer, do the other five of us get to play DJ at the wedding? Keith: Yeah, I forwarded the comment to Pete. His wife had a good laugh. Let it be known, Pete has fans. Carl: My apologies, but I have to be brief. Please make my last-round pick Gilles Vigneault's Gens du Pays, the unofficial national anthem of Quebec. (Listen to Gens du Pays) Keith: That is, to my mind, a pretty smart pick. Especially considering the fact that it may be the official national anthem before long. One never knows. Aaron: My last pick is french as well. I'm not even sure if these guys count as a Francophone band in the traditional sense, but theirs remains the only exclusively French cd in my collection (my apologies, Quebec). And their concert in one of London, Ontario's finer dives remains just about the most fun I've had at a show - a grown man clad in a fleur de lis unitard, running out the door and down the street, accosting strangers, never missing a word of the song that was still playing. Bless his heart. (Oddly enough, they were opening for the Two-Minute Miracles.) My friends and I still speak of it in mythical terms. Anyway. Ye Ottawa folks can surely shed more light on the band and its relative wonderfulness. But as I rush to get this one in before the big steel door slams shut... I nominate the flip-side to their insanity, the epic Anciens Combattants from Rhume's Jeu de Puissance. (Listen to Anciens Combattants) Keith: John Bartlett is a powerfully talented man, he heads a label (Kelp Records) and two bands (Rhume and the mighty Greenfield Main). Vive la 613! Carol, I think that means you're up for the last pick. Carol: Victoria, BC’s Carolyn Mark is all about fun and smart lyrics. I dare you to go to one of her shows and not leave with a smile on your face. She and Neko Case regularly pair up to regale their fans with Corn Sister’s material, but Ms. Mark on her own is witty and quick without an ounce of angst echoing out of her acoustic. And so I present “Edmonton” from her debut CD Party Girl. (Listen to Edmonton) She described the song to me once as not about one particular person, but a “composite” of few (FC's Note: Funny, she once told me the same thing. Likely in a different way though). In her droll way, she describes the efforts of an indie compatriot making it big while the rest barely make it small. Canada is a big wide country of cities and towns spread out thinner than no name peanut butter. It’s expensive, if not impossible, to tour if you’re not backed by the music machine. “Edmonton” hints at this with humour and humility. Keith: Thanks, Carol. Th-th-that's all folks. Sorry for the delay, but here's another shopping list catchup: Raffi's Peanut Butter Sandwich is available on Singable Songs for the Very Young Teen Commandments is available on Paul Anka's 30th Anniversary Collection. Gaslight is available on The Ugly Ducklings reissue from Continental Records. Proud to be a Canadian is found on the Dayglo Abortions' semi-classic Feed us a Fetus. Son of a Bitch to the Core is one of the many fun tracks on A Tribute to Hard Core Logo. Ahead by a Century appeared on the Tragically Hip's Trouble at the Henhouse. Anciens Combattants est disponible au Jeux du Puissance, le sécond album de Rhume. L'achtez ici! You should probably own a recording of Glen Gould playing the Goldberg Variations. Gens du Pays is available on Gilles Vingeault's Greatest Hit's Collection: Au doux milieu de vous, 40 ans de chansons
Interesting picks for the most part. I like Godspeed and some of the other current bands, but admit to losing interest after seeing the judges slagging both the Hip and particularly Rush. I know, Rush aren't popular among the hipster set, but come on, to not have them on and to have to sneak the Hip on at the tail end makes this a sham. You don't want to be Q107 but you'll take crap from the Edge's hitlist? Does it even bear repeating that The Spirit of Radio was written for CFNY (before they started that whole Edge nonsense)? Anyway, if you were going to fall outside the category for Gould's '55 Goldberg Variations, what about his Well-Tempered Clavier recording (book 2 is a revalation) or even the '82 variations?
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