Monday, September 1st
“Demon” by Kandle
Kandle (yes that’s her real name) Osbourne’s first album “In Flames” was released just a couple of months ago. It’s worth checking out!
“Demon” is a great song with a great video to go with it.
Apparently graves and coffins was a minor theme for me this week. I’ll try not to read too much into that.
Tuesday, September 2nd
“Animism” by Tanya Tagaq
Tanya Tagaq is an Inuk throat-singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Her performances are raw, energetic, sensual, and generally amazing. I need to find an opportunity to see her perform live.
A few months ago Tagaq gained some attention after she Tweeted a picture of her baby next to a dead seal in response to Ellen Degeneres’ well-publicized donation to PETA. Unsurprisingly, Tagaq’s “sealfie” attracted the usual internet trolls who quickly turned a potential conversation about traditional culture and sustainable harvesting into an abuse-laden campaign of harrassment. There were supporters too of course, and hopefully at least some meaningful conversation and contemplation came out of it. See media stories on CBC News, CBC’s As It Happens, The Huffington Post Canada, and VICE.
Anyway, here’s the album trailer for Tanya Tagaq’s album “Animism.” Check out some of her performances online!
Wednesday, September 3rd
“Rush” by Edwin
Those of us who came of musical age in the Canadian ’90s will remember Edwin as the original lead singer for I Mother Earth. Fewer of us will remember that his last name is Ghazal.
“Rush”, from Edwin’s 1999 solo album “Another Spin Around the Sun” struck me as one of the most original videos I’d ever seen at the time. It was pretty unique for 2001.
Thursday, September 4th
“Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars
I came across The Civil Wars sometime last year. Made up of Joy Williams and John Paul White (NOT Johnny Depp), this due made some beautiful music together. Unfortunately, after two albums, they parted ways, leaving their fans with this:
Here’s “Poison & Wine” from their 2011 self-titled album.
Friday, September 5th
“Dig Gravedigger Dig” by Corb Lund
I’ve been a big fan of Corb Lund for years. His songs have a down to earth quality that reminds me of Stan Rogers, if Stan Rogers wrote about the daily working lives of Albertans instead of an East Coasters.
And who doesn’t love a good zombie movie?