Juno Nods & Tunes o’ the Week!

The "little band that could", Said The Whale (from Vancouver) are up for a Juno award!

As you may or may not know, and you may or may not care, the Juno award nominations were announced earlier this week.  What the deuce are the Juno Awards, you ask?  They are the Canadian equivalent to the Grammy Awards, where only Canadian music talent is celebrated, with an exception to an International award, if I’m not mistaken.

I’ve never paid a ton of attention to the Juno Awards, mostly because I used to consider Canadian music to be lost in the shadows of the immense and powerful American and international music, never to gain the success and popularity of their American counterparts. Well, I can honestly say that I am now a major Canadian music fan.  British Columbia, and Vancouver in particular has become a breeding ground for some fantastic music.  With acts like Mother Mother, Said The Whale, Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde, Hannah Georgas, You Say Party!, The Zolas, The New Pornographers, Bend Sinister, to name a few, all stemming, or at least residing and recording in the lower mainland, the music scene here has never been this prosperous.

And those are just acts out of Vancouver, I haven’t even weaved through the prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, where you’ll find acts like The Dudes, Library Voices, Rah Rah, Born Ruffians, The Wooden Sky, The Arkells, Broken Social Scene, Besnard Lakes, and of course, the Arcade Fire.

Oh yea, I think Justin Bieber is from one of those provinces too….

This year at the Junos, Vancouverite Hannah Georgas is up for Songwriter of the Year, and Best New Artist; Vancouver group Said The Whale are up for New Group of the Year, as well.  This is a huge step for local talent and I would like to wish them the best.

The Arcade Fire are up for a total of, I believe, 5 nominations including, Album of the Year, Group of the Year, and Best Alternative Album of the Year.  As if there was any doubt they would be selected for those nominations.

Congrats to the nominees and I wish them all the best!

For this week’s Tunes o’ the Week, I followed the same new format as last week’s, with 5 “categories”, if you will.  Give ’em a listen!:  (as always, click on the song titles for video links)

Fresh Track:

The Naked & Famous – Young Blood This a pretty darn new track from this group out of New Zealand who have been compared to MGMT, but carry perhaps a little less of an acid-trip appeal.  I have become slightly addicted to this song, however.

Oldie but Goodie:

Mott the Hoople (Davide Bowie) – All the Young DudesI had this song in my head once, a couple years back and I couldn’t figure out who sang it and what it was called.  It drove me insane for a good week.  I was positive it was the Beatles, I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Although Bowie wrote the tune for Mott the Hoople and it was their biggest hit, I prefer Bowie’s version better.

Absolutely Indie:

Wolf Parade – Little Golden AgeA gem of a tune; I should probably get one of their albums one of these days…Is it just me or is their sound very similar to Broken Social Scene?

Leading Ladies:

Kathleen Edwards – Six O’clock NewsIf I had to compare, oddly enough I would compare this Kathleen Edwards tune to something off of Matt Mays’ first couple of albums.  It’s a great alt-country sound with some lovely guitar tones and fun lyrics.  Have a listen!

Brutally Honest Track:

Spoon – Underdog Rife with horns, strings, hand-claps, tambourines and acoustic guitar, this tune is definitely “interesting”.  I quite enjoy the sound, if not at first, then after a few listens.  It surely won’t satisfy everyone’s personal taste, but it’s the Brutally Honest Track, so please give it a listen and give some feedback!

Cheers!

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~ by whet_hopped on February 5, 2011.

4 Responses to “Juno Nods & Tunes o’ the Week!”

  1. mmmm Mott the Hopple. One of my dads favorite! Kathleen Edwards is great.
    I may just have to actually watch the Junos for once. Agreed about the talent in the Canadian music pool now days!

  2. Spoon has potential
    on a side note John Lee Hooker and some of the guys he has played with deserve a listen.

  3. Hey thanks for posting on Said the Whale! They’re a great band and I’m working on their US tour press down south. We work with a ton of Canadian bands as well and I’d love to keep in touch.

    Best,
    Steph

    • Hey Steph! Thanks so much for the read and comment 🙂 Said the Whale are indeed fantastic! You may already know this but they came in 2nd place in a huge music contest in Vancouver called the Peak Performance Project (In my opinion, they should’ve won), and won $75,000! I’d be more than happy to keep in touch, let me know if you have any questions or comments at all and I’d be glad to help! If you’d like to contact me directly you can reach me at dylanredekop@gmail.com

      Cheers!

      Dylan

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