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01:21 pm - Happy Canada Day! Free Music for Everyone!
It's time to celebrate by sharing some of my favourite songs by some of my favourite Canadian artists.

Yeah, you see what I did there? Just for you guys, just for today.

Look, I want to eat lunch and watch the fourth episode of Doctor Who, so I'm not going to write a detailed description for every single song and artist. If you want to know more, just ask me. But every single song here is good, or I wouldn't have bothered to post it. Most are great. Some are, in fact, fucking awesome.

Our Lady Peace: If you haven't heard of OLP, you've been living under a rock. Perhaps the ROCK MUSIC that they play.
"Naveed": Bassline that will own your soul.
"Automatic Flowers": Definitely in my top five, if not top three or top one. I love that he describes a "pop-up book of flowers from grade four" as "automatic flowers." And they won't do, my friend. They won't do. Listen or die.
"Happiness and the Fish": Social commentary! And fish.
"Everyone's a Junkie": Can you resist a song that includes the phrase "big green monkey"? No, no you can't.

Matthew Good Band: Canadian grunge! Or...post-grunge, or whatever.
"Enjoy the Silence": Very nice cover of the Depeche Mode song, with all the rocking out and whatnot.
"Suburbia": Courtesy of the lovely foresthouse. Melancholy yet...hopeful. If "someday, this place is gonna burn" can be considered hopeful.

Sam Roberts: Rock music with a light touch
"Where Have All the Good People Gone?": Lovely, with nice rhythms and harmonies and geographical lyrics.
"Brother Down": Hand claps!
"Rarefied": My favourite part is the background "Come on!"
"No Sleep": Featured on The O.C.!

Hawksley Workman: Quirky pop/rock
"Jealous of Your Cigarette": Piano-based, a bit weird, with lyrics like "smooch you on the hills of Spain."
"Striptease": This song will ROCK YOUR BODY. So much fun. DOWNLOAD NOW OMG.

Metric: Indie pop with pretty female voice
"Siamese Cities": My first. I love how the melody kind of dances around. It totally references "Crimson and Clover."
"Combat Baby": Ridiculously fun and bound to get stuck in your head.
"Hustle Rose": Fun buzzy vocals in the beginning, but the second half rocks out like whoa.

Stars: Indie pop with pretty female voice...and male voice!
"Elevator Love Letter": Loveliest, calmingest song ever. Plus, it includes the most brilliant double entendre involving a preposition in the history of music.
"This Charming Man": Smiths cover, different take. Mellow, laidback.
"What I'm Trying to Say": Aw, it's cute and fun.

Emm Gryner: Pop/rock songstress extraordinaire
"July (Original Leap Year Version)": I fell in love with this song from the very first piano notes, dancing like raindrops on the pavement.
"Your Sort of Human Being": This song will kill you. It begins with a dark, driving guitar hook, and some strings make an appearance, and then there's the pain, and the melody changes, and the plaintive, desperate chorus. Listen to this right now. RIGHT NOW.
"Stereochrome": Mars, this song never fits on my mixes. It's so pretty. I think there's a cello. Stereochrome, I guess this is hello, can you hear me?
"Symphonic": Piano-driven hit single. When all the sun shines down on you / Everyone's a lie but you're so true / You're symphonic, you're the light of the moon / How could I forget you? It's so fun and pretty and happy and loving.

Tara MacLean: Pop chanteuse. Yes, she must be called a chanteuse because her voice is pretty like that.
"Reach": The chorus is where it's at.
"If I Fall": This one's fun and upbeat.
"Poor Boy": Little atmospheric, this one.
"Divided": Very nice song with the delicious turn of phrase "a world that swallows cowards for the crime of killing time."

Artificial Joy Club: Female-fronted rock with witty lyrics
"Cheeky Monkey": It starts out with "I'll give back your pogo stick as soon as you return my wasted time," and it only gets better. Angry, bitter like whoa.
"You're Too Good to Me": A chorus that will kick your ass, even if it seems to be a pastiche of bizarre phrases like "barracuda brain" and "rabid porcupine." Includes references to The Brady Bunch and Forrest Gump. Rocks hard, it does.
"Skywriting": Built around a genius central metaphor about the lack of communication in a relationship. Not as aggressive as the previous two.
"Sick and Beautiful": The song they actually played on the radio that stuck in my head for years until I finally found the album. Chockfull of contradictory images and phrases ("gravy with gasoline," "napalm with novocaine," "cockroach with cabernet"), it will give you your intelligent songwriting fix. Plus, it's fun and has a nice beat.

Jets Overhead: Apparently, they "infuse traditional rock with a more modern hypnotic style." They opened for Tegan and Sara.
"Addiction": Their hardest rocking song. Listen or I kill you.
"George Harrison": Mars, I would have put this on your mix, but a) it would have been too long and b) it wasn't a recent discovery. If the "I can't really love you, I can't make you understand" chorus doesn't kill you dead, you have no soul. Oh and Jesus the bridge. I love his voice.
"Take-Out": This one's pretty rock-ish too. Oh and Jesus the bridge. I love these guys, man. Everyone should check them out. They're so fucking good.
"This Way": Much more mellow and soft than the others, but still awesome. If you like this, check out their website for free downloads.

Tegan and Sara: Identical twin lesbians making kickass indie rock
"Star Money": Mars, this is usually the Tegan and Sara song I put on calm mixes. So lovely, so calming.
"Superstar": On the other hand, not so lovely, not so calming. Aggressive, biting, creepy. When that drum machine kicks in, and the backing electric guitar riff, and the OMG so good. And soon my face will be on every magazine, and my voice will be on every frequency. Take my heart! While you're at it, why don't you sign me up to sell me out?
"Underwater": Aw, this one is cute and fun. On this album, they went kind of, how do you say, power pop. You're a silly love song, a verse, chorus, and such.
"Where Does the Good Go": This song hits gorgeous in the chorus. Like, it just made me almost cry, it's that beautiful with the harmony and melody. It's love that leaves and breaks / The seal of always thinking you would be / Real happy, and healthy, strong and calm / Where does the good go? Where does the good go? Please download. Tegan and Sara are, in fact, fucking awesome.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 6th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Why hello! I don't know the Dears, I haven't heard any Broken Social Scene (although I should, since there are Metric members involved), and I only have a couple Arcade Fire songs. I like "Rebellion (Lies)," though.

I have a little Matt Good, he's not bad. Sam Roberts is good stuff, and ooh, I'd love to hear "Come On Eileen."

I love OLP, and I haven't heard this crappy new song! Is it as crappy as "Somewhere Out There"? I may have wept when I realized that it was by Our Lady Peace.
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From:briasoleil
Date:July 6th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
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The Dears are a Montreal band, with some Brit pop sensibility, but are quite avant garde, not unlike The Arcade Fire or Broken Social Scene. I'm way more familiar with The Dears than with either AF or BSS, who are fairly new to me. Although I've loved Feist since I first heard her.

I love "Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)". There's just something about that song that gets to me.

Sam Roberts is amazing. (And oops, my bad. It's "Don't Walk Away Eileen," which you can download here. Obviously, I am an idiot.) But I still love Matt Good a little bit more. It may be the politics.

The new single is, imo, worse than "Somewhere Out There". It made me cry a little. This is a band I've followed for years, that I've seen live three times, whose album "Clumsy" I bought twice, because my first one got a little scratch over the title track. So the new song sucking? Was quite a let down. Feel free to take a listen. OLP - Where You Are.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 6th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I have "Don't Walk Away Eileen." I have that whole album.

What the fuck is this new OLP song? It doesn't sound like OLP at all. It's not bad as "Somewhere Out There," though. Why are they trying to sound so normal? The great thing about OLP was their unique sound, that they weren't afraid to be a little different. Now they're making pretty generic rock.

No, this isn't as bad as "Somewhere Out There," and it doesn't seem to suck royally. But the band we loved is gone.
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From:briasoleil
Date:July 6th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
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*facepalm* I can't believe I confused those two songs. I'm hoping that a new album of his will be forthcoming. It's been two years since We Were Born in a Flame was released. And dammit! I want more.

I honestly dislike it more than "Somewhere Out There." But it's definitely a subjective thing. This album and the last were produced by Bob Rock, which has obviously influenced the sound and style of the band. However, they were the ones who sought him out, so there must've been something about him that worked for them. I'm hoping the rest of the band will suck less. I won't hold my breathe, alas.

I will try to dig you up some Dears at home tonight, if that is cool with you. I don't have all my music here at work. Also, would it be all right to friend you?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 6th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes, of course!
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From:briasoleil
Date:July 6th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Excellent. I will reply to your Wonderfalls' reply on my lj tonight. I have so much work to do. *dies*
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 8th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
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Okay, uh, this new single is growing on me. Like, I've actively played it several times today. I definitely like it more than "Somewhere Out There," which I sometimes get up off the bed to skip. But this one has a pretty nice hook, and the actual "Where are you?" is pure Raine.

I'm still wary of the new album, but maybe it won't suck more than Gravity. It could still suck as much, though.

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