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Song Of The Day – Joel Plaskett – Deny Deny Deny


Three (Joel Plaskett album)

Three (Joel Plaskett album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today we have another tune from a regular contributor to the series, Joel Plaskett Emergency.  The song is a great sing along called Deny Deny Deny.  Joel is a great good time music maker in the great Maritime Canadian tradition.  You can hear the Celtic undertones and almost expect a fiddle and an accordion to pop in any second.  The tune is performed live somewhere in Halifax.

 

My Favourite Songs of 2012 – Part 2


This is Part 2 of my list.

These songs are the ones that I will remember most from this year.  It certainly appears that the world of music is beginning its move away from the pop artists that have been so prevalent and returning to the creation and production of some exceptional songs.  About time I’d say.  I attribute this to the web and the ability of many new artists to reach the public through such areas as Bandcamp, soundcloud, YouTube, Twitter etc.  The advent of these devices has greatly expanded my musical horizons and will continue to do so.

I have chosen not to do a finite top ten list as I appreciated all of these songs and at certain times would have been my number 1.  In addition, I have chosen songs new to me this year, meaning they could be from anytime, although the majority are 2012.  I hope you enjoy.

The Echo Friendly – Same Mistakes

Haunting melody, interesting harmonies, good video.  This one snuck up on me and really grew on me.

The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling

These guys are on a roll.  Hope they keep it up.  El Camino is a great album.  Hope they don’t become the Gallagher’s redux.

Dave Matthews Band – Mercy

I suggest 2 things, in either order.  Close your eyes and listen to the lyrics and let the sound wash through you, then open them and watch the video.  Great song and message.

Mo Kenney – Sucker

This video is a duet with a favourite of mine, Joel Plaskett.  He produced her album as well.  Beautiful song.

Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

I don’t think Phil Spector was thinking banjos when he went with the wall of sound, but it works.  And live, incredible.  Singing lead, playing guitar and hitting the drum pedal.

Shawn Colvin – All Fall Down

One of those songs where I have absolutely no idea why I like it.  I hate the video, by the way.  Exceptional in its corniness.

John Mayer – Queen of California

I am an unabashed John Mayer fan.  His consistency is amazing.  Great player as well.

Phillip Phillips – Home

When I first heard this song on Idol as the required song in the final, I knew there was no way he would lose.  For the first time in American Idol history, the chosen first single for the winner was a perfect match.  I also did something I had never done for an Idol artist, I bought the song.

 

 

 

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 29


A mix of old and new, from Gowan  to Plaskett, a good set.

1. Barenaked Ladies

“Jane”

Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies (Photo credit: Houston Marsh)

The Barenaked Ladies are a major Canadian success story.  Their cheeky style and interesting lyrics set them apart from most contemporaries.  This is their first entry on the best music list, the first of many.

2. Gowan

“Strange Animal”

Lawrence Gowan

Lawrence Gowan (Photo credit: OpalMirror)

A classic tune from a well-travelled artist.  He is the current lead singer for Styx.


3. Gandharvas

“Downtime”

Cover art for the album Sold for a Smile by Th...

Cover art for the album Sold for a Smile by The Gandharvas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great song from the early 90’s.  Kick back and enjoy.

4. Chalk Circle

“NIMBY”

The Best of Chalk Circle

The Best of Chalk Circle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some classic 80’s rock, a bit mellow and not my favourite song by the band.

5. Joel Plaskett Emergency

“Natural Disaster”

Joel Plaskett Emergency Playing the Aliant Stage

Joel Plaskett Emergency Playing the Aliant Stage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Love this band.  Prolific and good, a deadly combination.

Song Of The Day – Joel Plaskett – "Through & Through & Through"


Joel Plaskett talking with fans at the 2011 Va...

Joel Plaskett talking with fans at the 2011 Vancouver International Folk Music Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am going to make a statement here.  I love Joel Plaskett.  The guy is a one man songwriting machine.  This tune is from 2009 and really highlights what Joel is all about.  I’ll write a song and then we will have a blast with  it.  His music always hits the good time mark and is always presented in a very casual, this is me way.  If you haven’t yet tweaked in on his music, do it now.  One Canadian that deserves, no, demands a world-wide audience.

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Joel Plaskett on Facebook – who cares

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Song Of The Day – Joel Plaskett – “Through & Through & Through”


 

Joel Plaskett talking with fans at the 2011 Va...

Joel Plaskett talking with fans at the 2011 Vancouver International Folk Music Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am going to make a statement here.  I love Joel Plaskett.  The guy is a one man songwriting machine.  This tune is from 2009 and really highlights what Joel is all about.  I’ll write a song and then we will have a blast with  it.  His music always hits the good time mark and is always presented in a very casual, this is me way.  If you haven’t yet tweaked in on his music, do it now.  One Canadian that deserves, no, demands a world-wide audience.

Joel Plaskett Home

Joel Plaskett on Facebook – who cares

Joel Plaskett on Twitter

Through & Through & Through

 

Talent Tuesday – Canadian Releases – February 21, 2012


English: Joel Plaskett performing at the 2007 ...

The week was slow, so slow that I cannot post a new album.  Instead. I will update Joel Plaskett‘s project for the CBC.  The challenge given him was to write and record an album from scratch, in 10 weeks.  He would write and record 1 song a week until he was done.  This is song 6, song 7 was released today.  The album is called “Scrappy Happiness”.

“Somewhere Else”

Joel is one of those players whose work is under rated by many people.   You could do worse than check out more of his work.

Talent Tuesday – Canadian Releases – January 31, 2012


Happy Tuesday all.  What’s that, it’s not Tuesday.  What day is it then.  Wednesday, no, can’t be Wednesday.  I haven’t posted Talent Tuesday yet, so it has to be Tuesday.  Well, let’s pretend it’s Tuesday so I don’t have to screw up the title.  My blog, my rules.  It is Tuesday right here, right now, and will be as long as you are on this post.  and we’re off.

English: Leonard Cohen

The big release of the week, maybe the year is Leonard Cohen.  He released “Old Ideas” this week.  Not much to say about him, except, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Darkness – Leonard Cohen

Next up is an excellent new band (new to me) called Young Empires.  They released an EP this week titled “Wake All My Youth”.  Hailing from Toronto, they formed in 2009 as a 3 piece unit.  The song I have posted is a live version of a single released from this set.  This is a band that could become a household name in a hurry.

White Doves – Young Empires

Joel Plaskett Emergency Playing the Aliant Stage

My last entry this is week is from Joel Plaskett.  This is an interesting concept.  Joel is releasing 1 single a week over the next 10 weeks, which will culminate in the release of his new album “Emergency”.  I don’t think I have ever seen this done before.  The video is not from the album, but is from a previous record, “Make a Little Noise”.  If this is the first time you have heard anything by Joel, you are in for a treat.  Check him out on YouTube, the songs are great.

Nowhere With You – Joel Plaskett

Told you it was good, see you next week, hopefully on Tuesday.

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