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Weekly Spotify Playlist : “Ontario”

Fellow Music Nerds! Let’s start a discussion– who did I forget? Who should I forget? This is my weekly deep dive Spotify Playlist where I pick a genre or theme and build a playlist that explores full albums that fit the theme best in my entirely subjective opinion… This week’s theme is “Ontario” — I’ve been a proud resident of this province for more than a decade now; and a fan of its musical output for much, much longer. This collection draws heavily on my years booking music at the Branch Restaurant and becoming a fan and friend to many of those featured in this mix. There are many discoveries to make here– and I included some obvious stuff as well; but only if I felt it fit the mood… And there is definitely a mood. You should listen and tell me what you think, but I think it’s shockingly one of the most coherent mixes yet — even as it leaps through genres, it still sounds like, well, Ontario– big, beautiful, funny, smart, introspective, and always cool… Click here and shuffle away!

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Weekly Spotify Playlist: “Power Pop-tastic”

This is my weekly deep dive Spotify Playlist where I pick a genre or theme and build a playlist that explores full albums that fit the theme best in my entirely subjective opinion… This week it’s “Power Pop-tastic” with a broad multi-generational selection of albums and even whole catalogs of bands that fit into what I believe to be the ‘power pop’ mould. Power Pop is often described as an homage or even a pastiche of styles forged primarily by the uptempo era of the Beatles or similar acts like The Who… high harmonies, creative chord choices and chord progressions, positive lyrics with occasionally saccharine or simplistic themes are some of its hallmarks– it tends to be naive and fun music; self aware, usually, and often joyous to the point of ecstatic. Big Star, Wings, Raspberries and Badfinger define the music at its prime in the early 70s and all of those rockers are certainly included here– but this is a deep dive, remember? You will also find lesser known purveyors of the form like Shoes, The Feelies, The Nerves, The Romantics and even more modern acts like Fountains of Wayne, The New Pornographers, Weezer and more– Are you looking for an uptempo playlist with tons of both favourites and some great new discoveries? Click here and shuffle away!

Weekly Spotify Playlist: “good lyrics”

This is my weekly deep dive Spotify Playlist where I pick a genre or theme and build a playlist that explores full albums that fit the theme best in my entirely subjective opinion… This week it’s “Good Lyrics” – a pile of albums that exemplify probably my favourite part of any song– the wordy-word part… You will find the obvious Cohen, Dylan, Mitchell and Simon here but also some worthy (slightly) lesser knowns like Robyn Hitchcock, Dan Bejar and Isbell. Some made the cut for their wit, some for their storytelling prowess, all of them are here because they get better and better the more you listen. This is a headphone worthy selection, not necessarily background music for the party– and some of my lesser known local faves like Jon Brooks, Brock Zeman or Andy McGaw really deserve their own playlist– (maybe next week?) but either way; this is a good head full of words worth repeating– Click here and shuffle away!

Weekly Spotify Playlist: “Indie”

This is my weekly deep dive Spotify Playlist where I pick a genre or theme and build a playlist that explores full albums that fit the theme best in my entirely subjective opinion… This week it’s “Indie” a broad (and occasionally inaccurate) name for a pile of stylistically diverse music from the late 90s through the early Aughts characterized by production that was at once both lush and homemade, usually with sensitive lyrics, melancholy themes… You could think of it as ‘early Pitchfork’ or ‘Garden State’ music… I think of it as ‘Mod Lang’ or ‘Aquarius’ music as those are the record stores in the San Francisco area where I spent entirely too much of my paycheque on most of these cds… I dug back into my earliest introductions that fit the theme like Sebadoh (‘Just Give Me Indie Rock!’) and Guided by Voices and tried to deliver a cross section of my favourite albums that fit the mould up through late additions like Sufjan Stephen’s ‘Illinois’… Click here and shuffle away!

Weekly Spotify Playlist: ‘Country Rock’

This is my weekly deep dive Spotify Playlist where I pick a genre or theme and build a playlist that explores full albums that fit the theme best in my entirely subjective opinion… this week it’s Country Rock, served up with a little outlaw, a little cosmic, and selected mostly from the peak years in the early 70s: best when shuffled. Click here and enjoy!