Those of you who know Brock Tyler might be interested to know that someone requested one of his songs, Orange Bus, on CBC Radio 3 this past Saturday during it's Indie music countdown. Brock has some great music. Check him out.
I highly recommend this CBC Radio 3 show by the way. Not all the songs are great, but it lets you know what is going on in Canadian music besides with Shania Twain and old news about The Guess Who. And there is a lot going on. I intend on listening avidly while overseas. Download the podcast or find it here.
Speaking of podcasts, I must say that my favourite podcast this summer has been ESPN's PTI (Pardon the Interruption). Even their discussion of sports I'm only mildly interested in is highly engaging. I've also recently found some podcasts of my future professor John Webster online, and am hearing his lectures even before meeting him. Crazy.
Anyway, speaking of music again, by far my favourite summer album this year is Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus . Their music is fun and upbeat without being the same old pop music, somehow. Lyrics tend to loom large for me when it comes to selecting music. Cliche and fluff doesn't last long on my playlist. But somehow I don't care all that much what Phoenix is saying. Having said that, I was intrigued when I caught the chorus to "Rome" yesterday on my drive home:
Rome Rome focus looking forward
Oh no! What did I say? What can I say?
Rome Rome many tears have
I'll be driving and I look the other way.
Kind of a lament without sounding like one. Seems to have some depth worth catching when you've got the headphones on instead of the windows open music blaring. Regardless, some great music there.
So what is your album of the summer, in either the windows-down or the headphones-in category?