Monday, August 29, 2016

Some music I heard in Canada this summer

I spent a couple weeks (actually 16 days) in eastern Canada this summer.  While my son and I were driving around, we sometimes listened to local radio stations.  There is some good music up there, especially in Quebec.

I like French music, but I wasn't very familiar with Franco-Canadian popular music.  Well, here are some songs I heard and liked, all of the bands/singers are Canadian:

Valérie Carpentier - Le Rendez-vous

Ariane Moffatt - Montréal 
Ariane Moffatt - Debout 

Eli et Papillon - Les rêves
Eli et Papillon - Dans La Danse 

Salomé Leclerc - Tourne encore  

Laurence Nerbonne - Montréal XO 

Gazoline  -  Ces Gens Qui Dansent
  and another version (acoustic) is here  

2Frères - Nous Autres  

Les Trois Accords  - Les amoureux qui s'aiment 

Amélie Veille - Je prends tout de toi  

Beau Dommage - Le blues d'la métropole  

Wintersleep - Who Are You 
Wintersleep - Amerika and this version: (it’s the best video of all the links here).  Wintersleep is the one Anglophone band on this list.  They are from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

There was also some good French music from French artists on the radio in Quebec.  Here were a couple artists and songs I wasn't familiar with: 

Navii - J'écoute du Miles Davis  

Radio Elvis - Les Moissons  

Then there were some songs that weren't Canadian or French, but were new to me anyway:

Like this amazing mash-up of Bob Marley’s Exodus and Tinariwen’s Tamatant Tilay from Herbie Hancock’s Imagine Project.   Herbie Hancock  & Tinariwen & others:   Tamatant Tilay / Exodus

Also, a song by Los Campesinos (a bad I’ve liked for years) that was pretty cool, You! Me! Dancing! 

In Canada I heard an American Indie band that sounded a bit like Jared Mees and The Grown Children to me: The Front Bottoms - Santa Monica 

When the Olympics started, we heard Brazilian standards such as:

Caetano Veloso - Um canto de afoxé para o Bloco do Ilê (so glad to hear this.  I think it had been over 15 years since I last heard it).  Here is another version, from a live show in 1982: 

Sergio Mendes - Magalenha  

Were American radio stations playing Brazilian music in honor of the Olympics host country?  I suppose perhaps some local public radio stations might have been doing that.

Anyway, that was a lot of music to discover just by listening to the radio as we drove around, and usually we weren't even playing the radio.  We listened to books on tape or my own music playlists or we just had the sound off and enjoyed the quiet.