Wednesday, December 19, 2007


This will be the last post for a couple of days as Johnada begins a trek back home to the States. But fear not as we will continue to post over the holidays, possibly with more of a focus on Canada's neighbour to the south. Our first stop will be Edwardsville, IL, if you'd like to follow along at home.

I should get packing, so without further ado, here are Johnada's favourite tracks from Canada and beyond in 2007.

Top 10 Canadian Songs

1) Kevin Drew "Safety Bricks (Live w/Feist on KCRW) - Feist has lead vocals on this version, which makes it slightly different than the album version. Gives the song an extra je ne sais pas.

2) The Apostle of Hustle "My Sword Hand's Anger" - The album grew on me over time, but this song jumped out right away and it hasn't jumped back.

3) Caribou "Melody Day" - A super catchy song that sounds as if it's from the future and the past at the same time.

4) Arcade Fire "Intervention (Live on KCRW)" - I admit to not being a huge fan of this album, especially the album version of this song, but this version has an authentic energy that seems to have been lost in the official recording process.

5) Basia Bulat "Before I Knew" - #1 sign that my descent into total wussiness is complete.

6) The New Pornagraphers "Myriad Harbour" - A great song from an otherwise only passable album.

7) The Weakerthans "Tournament of Hearts" - Any song written about the Tournament of Hearts will make my year end list, but this is so good it would have made it anyway.

8) Cadence Weapon "In Search of the Youth Crew" - Technically this album doesn't come out until 2008, but this song couldn't wait until next year.

9) The Besnard Lakes "Disaster" - This band got a lot of press earlier in the year. I didn't catch on until recently, but songs like this are why I haven't stopped listening.

10) Sloan "Can't You Figure It Out" - This album was released in 2006 in Canada, but 2007 in America, and I lived there at the time. It counts. Hard to pick one song as the album melds together so well, but this track stands out.

Top Songs from Other Countries
1) The Guy from Grizzly Bear (Dan Rossen) "Too Little, Too Late (JoJo Cover)" - My favourite song of the year. This is a great cover version of a horrible song. You don't really have to hear the original version by some young popstar named JoJo to enjoy the cover, but here it is in case you want a taste:

Now the Dan Rossen's version that Johnada likes:

You can download your own copy of this version of the song, legally, by going here.

The best of the rest:
2) Menomena "Wet and Rusting"
3) Battles "Tonto"
4) Thurston Moore "Fri/End"
5) MIA "Jimmy"
6) Iron & Wine "Innocent Bones"
7) Low "Murderer"
8) Shipwreck "Rabbit in the Kitchen"
9) The Owls "Peppermint Patty"
10) The Dirty Projectors "Rise Above"
11) Mary Timony Band "Sharpshooter"
12) Kanye West & Common "Get 'em High (A-Trak Remix)"
13) Radiohead "All I Need"
14) LCD Soundsytem "North American Scum" - Especially the line about Canada at the end.
15) St. Vincent "Jesus Saves, I Spend"


mike said...

LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Spoon - Don't You Evah
Animal Collective - For Rev. Green
Radiohead - Bodysnatchers
Blitzen Trapper - Devil's a-go go
Deerhoof - +81
Klaxons - Golden Skans
Shellac - Spoke
St. Vincent - NOw Now
Lucky Soul - Great Unwanted
Battles - Race In
Blonde Redhead - 23 2008

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