Saturday, December 12, 2009

Top Tunes of 2009

Hello Friends,

I've finally taken the time to go through my collection and see what the top tunes of 2009 are IMHO. It took some google searches to ensure that the albums were all this year - but alas I have a great list here to share. I'm sure that I am missing a few - but for now these are the one's that acted as a soundtrack to my year and thus becoming 'My Top Tunes of 2009'.

*From A-Z (as that's how I picked them from my iTunes)

  • Airborne Toxic Event - 'Something New'

  • Arctic Monkeys - 'Crying LIghtening'

  • Bat for Lashes - 'Daniel'

  • The Big Pink - 'Velvet'

  • Calvin Harris - 'I'm Not Alone'

  • Depeche Mode - 'Wrong'

  • Doves - 'Kingdom of Rust'

  • Drake - 'Forever' + 'Best I Ever Had'

  • Elbow - 'One Day Like This'

  • Eminem - 'Beautiful'

  • Empire of the Sun - 'Walking on a Dream'

  • Franz Ferdinand - 'Ulysees'

  • Glasvegas - 'Geraldine'

  • Gossip - 'Heavy Cross'

  • Jack Penate - 'Today's Tonight'

  • Julian Casablancas - 'Tourist'

  • The Junction - 'Just Level With Me'

  • Kasabian - 'Fire'

  • M83 - 'Kim & Jessi'

  • Miike Snow - 'Animal'

  • Mistress Barbara - 'I'm Running'

  • Muse - 'Uprising'

  • Passion Pit - 'The Reeling'

  • Peter Bjorn & John - 'It Don't Move Me'

  • Phoenix - 'Lisztomania'

  • Roykstopp - 'Happy Up Here'

  • Snow Patrol - 'Just Say Yes'

  • Stereophonics - 'Innocent'

  • U2 - 'Magnificent'

  • Vega - 'No Reasons'

  • We Were Promised Jetpacks - 'It's Thunder and It's Lightening'

  • White Lies - 'Death'

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 'Skeletons'

What a great year for new music this was.

Speak soon.


Monday, December 7, 2009


Hello Friends,

I don't know if it's that I just finished watching the bonus DVD content on Snow Patrol's 'Up To Now' collection or not - but wow are they ever amazing and creating some magic.

I've always been a fan and followed their career closely since they released 'When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up'. I still think that 'One Night is Not Enough' is a heck of a tune today.

The band have come a long way indeed and not just in terms of commercial success - this band is now creating epic music that has raised the bar and sets them apart from others that have come before. The songs are, for the most part, somber and sad in terms of lyrical content - but that's part of the charm. The other part is full on rock n roll and epic atmospheric tunes that could stand-up against the likes of The Who and Pink Floyd.

I'll keep today's post short - but please check out my 5 suggested tracks by this band when you have a second.



Saturday, December 5, 2009

Harmony is Everything

Hello Friends,

I like the following definition for the word harmony the best...
the simultaneous combination of tones, esp. when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.

The reason I picked this word to speak of is that I've been listening to The Stereophonics for the past 24 hours in a very heavy rotation. The Stereophonics have got to be the single best band in the world at harmony today.

It all started when I got to the office and recieved my latest issue of Q Magazine. This is always a great day as Q truly is gospel for music. This month's magazine features Arctic Monkeys on the cover and a beautiful advertisment for the new Stereophonics album on the back. The cover to this disc is amazing.

The band formed in 1992 and have since released 7 full length albums and 1 greatest hits collection. That greatest hits collection also included a new track - that for my money is one their finest to date entitled 'My Star'.

The band are definetly a rock band in all senses of the term - but it's intelligent rock and the HARMONY in their songs is unbeatable today. In some tracks it's very subtle - but in others it is enought to give you goosebumps.

I was introduced to these guys through The Wedge on Muchmusic back in the early 90s. There was a video for 'Pick a Part that's New' where the band, 3 members at that time, robbed some gold and fill it in the trunk of 3 austin minis and drive around a European town to get away. At that time it blew my mind as the only music videos I was seeing were the likes of C&C Music Factory and EMF. The band have made some really good videos over the years. Check out this Stephen Kings esque video for Mr. Writer!

The band used to perform at least once a year in Toronto and play the Warehouse aka Kool Haus. It was always rammed and the crowd was so diverse each year.

I got to go back and meet the band one time after one of these shows and it was a great experience. Kelly (lead singer) is but a mere 5 feet tall and Richard (bass player) gave me 4 cans of Heineken in the span of 45 minutes chatting. I will always have a spot in my heart for this band.

In terms of harmony - I think it best left for the music to speak for itself. Check out these 5 tracks and pay close attention to their amazing ability to create harmony. These guys truly could have been a backing band to some of the Motown greats of years gone by.

Some of the finest lyrics written to accompany and allow for these great harmonic tunes. Here's a beauty from one of them...

'You're My Star"

You're my star
Yes you are
Its a thrill to see your imagination
Just watching you is an education
What's in your mind is my fascination
It blows my mind and sets my heart a racing

Man I love this band and think that you should check em out when you have a chance. Here's the latest single to get you started - INNOCENT

Thanks for reading.