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Passenger – Let Her Go

I know I have been truant over the past few weeks but I will make it up to you this week by posting three days in a row.  Yes you heard me three days in a row…you can do the happy dance now.  This artist sounds like a band because of the name Passenger but it really just Mike Rosenberg.  His last band was called Passenger, it released one album and then broke up.  Mike liked the name and keep it for his solo act.  He release an album last year called “All the Little Lights” and the song that did well off the album was “Let Her Go” and it is the song of the week.

On another note today is my wedding anniversary so the song “Still Crazy After All These Years” goes out to my lovely wife Gina.

Michael Franti – I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)

Last weekend I put the dock in at my house.  Whenever I finish this chore it always puts a smile on my face as I know summer is coming and my house will turn into a cottage.  This is a great time of year as old and new friends drop by and we water-ski, wake-board, tube, barbecue and enjoy each others company.  It is in this frame of mind that I went searching for a song of the week that feels like summer.  One of favourite performers Michael Franti released a new song off his upcoming album last week called I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) and it is the song of the week.

You cannot help but think but think of summer when you hear this song…hmm I wonder if that bathing suit will still fit.

Fleet Foxes – Ragged Wood

This week’s song was brought to my attention by my nephew Josh.  This week’s group Fleet Foxes is a Seattle, Washington based indie band.  They have a sound similar to Hey Rosetta.  They have released two albums, the first one is called “Fleet Foxes”, and the second one is Helplessness Blues.  This song is off their first album and is called Ragged Wood.


Gin Wigmore – Black Sheep

Virginia “Gin” Wigmore hails from New Zealand.  Her voice is a cross between Adele and Amy Winehouse – there is an edge to it. This is her second album and probably will be the one that breaks it for her.  There are two songs that stick out on this album.  It is a tossup as to which one I like better however one of the songs sounds like parts of it were ripped off from Lykke Li’s Get Some.  Compare the first 20 seconds of “Get Some” to” Man Like That”.  So that leaves “Black Sheep” alone as usual, as the song of the week.

Radical Face – Welcome Home

I am a sucker for any song that has clapping as part of it, especially when the music stops and the clapping and signing continue, such is the case near the end of Meatloaf’s “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” or Boston’s “More Than a Feeling”.  The other thing I fall for in a song is when a song builds in momentum (that feeling that the song is going to increase in speed and intensity –  even if it does not.  Songs such as Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” or Supertramp’s “Fool’s Overture” are examples of songs that start slowly and build.  This week’s song has both of these characteristics but it is different in that it uses clapping throughout the song.  You think you would get tired of the clapping but it works.

Radical Face is a one man band consisting of Ben Cooper from Florida and the song of the week is “Welcome Home”.

Thanks once again to my son Max for sending me this song.

Congratulations to the North Bay ICE BOLTZ – Three Gold Medals at the Provincials (Ontario Womens Hockey Association)!!!


Walk Off the Earth – Red Hands

Walk off the Earth is a Canadian band from Burlington, Ontario, and has gained success around the world by making low-budget music videos of covers and originals.  They have done a good job at the videos they have created covering various songs – check them out below, especially Somebody That I Used to Know (over 148 million views on YouTube).  The band released their first major label album on March 19, 2013 called R.E.V.O. with 10 original songs and the one that I liked the best is Red Hands.

Somebody That I Used to Know
Someone Like You
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
Some Nights
I Knew You Were Trouble

Mowgli’s – San Francisco

Max has discovered another song for me this week.  The band is called Mowgli’s.  The band was named after a wolf dog named Mowgli (a friend of the band’s dog).  Band members were also fans of Rudyard Kipling (Jungle Book).  This is a eight member band and the song of the week was released as part of an EP called “Love’s Not Dead” in October 2012.  If you need a song to get you in the mood for spring, this is a fun song that should put a spring into your step.  Enjoy the song of the week “San Francisco” .

PS – I think another reason I like this song is due to the fact that San Francisco is one of my favourite U.S. cities.

A Silent Film – Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well

A Silent Film are an English alternative rock band from Oxford. The band consists of Robert Stevenson (vocals/piano), Karl Bareham (guitar), Ali Hussain (bass) and Spencer Walker (drums).  Their first album, ‘A City That Sleeps’, was released on October 6, 2008, while the lastest album was released on Sand and Snow was released in June 2012.  I hear a hints of Coldpay and Snow Patrol when I listen to these guys.  The song of the week called “Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well” is a cool name for a song.  It is off the Sand and Snow album and was brought to my attention by my son Max.

Also have a listen to the Cuckoo Song

A Belated Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


Heart – Stairway to Heaven

Every year the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces  individuals who will receive the 2012 Kennedy  Center Honors. Recipients honored ths year at the 35th annual national celebration  of the arts were: bluesman Buddy Guy, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman,  ballerina Natalia Makarova, and rock  band Led Zeppelin. While Led  Zeppelin is being honored as a band, keyboardist/bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist  Jimmy Page, and singer Robert Plant will each receive the Kennedy Center  Honors.  As part of the event artists such as the Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Kid Rock covered some Led Zeppelin songs and Heart did the finale with a rendition of Stairway to Heaven backed up by the Joyce Garrett Youth Choir.  Now of all songs that you do not want to cover as a band it is this song as it is hard to imagine it getting any better…well listen to this song of the week “Stairway to Heaven” and you decide.

BTW – It is John Bonham’s son (Jason) on the drums

There is something about a choir backing up a great song that sends chills down my spine – U2 did the same thing with the song “I Still  Haven’t Found What I am Looking For”

Thanks to Shawn for sending me this one.

Mavericks – Come Unto Me

If you are are fan of the spaghetti western genre, then you will like this next song.  The song sounds like it was written for a modern day western directed by Quentin Tarantino.  The Mavericks are labelled as a country band but this song does not sound country, it has a strong Latin influence.  Any song that has an accordion solo has got to be good.  The Mavericks were formed in 1989 broke up in 2003, in October 2011 they reunited for a reunion tour, 2012 signed a new record deal and released  the album “In Time” last month.  Come Unto Me is a cut off the new album and it is the song of the week.

BTW – Bastille has released another song called called Pompeii and it is quite good as well.

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