A Happy Canada Day! to all our Canadian readers, and to all our American readers who feel like having something to celebrate today. I have no grand insights into the nature of Canada this year (though I have some not-so-grand insights), and I find my eagerness to revel in silly nationalism waning, but, what the hell, let’s have some fun today. So, forget politics (they’re not really that important) and focus on music. Here’s some good Canadian stuff to listen to:First up, here’s Library Voices, with Step Off the Map and Float (and here’s Scott writing about them). I love the song, and I looooove this video:
In that post, Scott kind of slags Stars. He’s wrong:
Another great band from my youth was Halifax’s Jale. They were like Canada’s Veruca Salt… or a female Pavement… or some other cool comparison:
Hopping from coast to coast, here’s Victoria’s Hot Hot Heat:
I would be remiss if I left out some francophone music. Jean Leloup was the absolute king for Quebec music back in the ’90s. Hell, he probably still is. This video is Pas Sûr Pour le Travail (NSFW):
Also bordering on the PSPlT is Mylène Farmer’s California:
Finally, Bryan Adams’s Summer of ’69 is so iconic that it would get sung on Canada Day just about as much as the national anthem (even if it’s a weaker song than Run to You):
That’s it, folks. Have fun!