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Anna of the North shared her first new songs since her debut album Lover came out in 2017. She has been busy. the title track single end up on the Netflix show To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. The placement helped drive over 27 million streams on Spotify. She has lent her vocals to Tyler the Creator and The Chainsmokers and today we have “Leaning On Myself.”

Anna of the North spent time in LA. Her press release shared this quote form her time in southern California.


I’ve been writing a lot of music the past year. ‘Leaning On Myself” is one of the songs that came out of it, maybe one of my favourite songs. I remember flying home from the States where we wrote it and I started crying. I kind of realized I’d written the soundtrack of my life one year ago. There was a point where I went through a lot of shit and I wasn’t feeling very well. I had one big break down where I called my mom and just knew I had to change my ways. I had to cut some people out of my life, people I loved but I knew weren’t really good for me. It was tough. But I’m good now. Every time I listen to this song it takes me back to that moment. It’s fucking sad but also powerful. I’m very grateful for where I am today. In the end you only have yourself, you know, and I guess that’s ok.

I took a couple days of last week which was nice. Originally I took the days for my wife Coral’s birthday! But then she got terribly sick, so then I spent the days helping to look after our baby Elliot. Last Friday had the Arkells in Vancouver. They performed a pop-up show at a donut shop on Main Street so I brought the baby. Here we are with the boys in the band.

Go with yourself.

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Chachi sent over his club banging remix of the 80s classic, “Your Love.” And I love.

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It is my wife Coral’s birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday to her.

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LA punks FIDLAR shared a new song today called “By Myself.”  Song will be part of their new album, Almost Free, which will be out on January 25th on Dine Alone.

“Well I’m cracking one open with the boys, by myself”

Lead singer Zac Carper says of the song which he wrote in Hawaii, “I called up all my homies to have a drink with me and no one showed up. What a bunch of kooks.”

Those boys….

A lot of the vibe was, ‘Well, why can’t we do that? Why can’t we have horns? Why can’t we have key changes? Why can’t we have a harmonica loop?‘,” Zac Carper said. “It was about taking the ceiling off. Having it be limitless. Ain’t no rules.” Elvis Kuehn added, “Almost Free feels like a step forward for us in a lot of ways. We tried to be true to ourselves and let the music come out naturally, without fear of how people would receive it.”

Remember that time FIDLAR covered Nirvana?

Go with yourself.

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Austin rocking duo Black Pistol Fire shared a new song the other day called “Level.”

Guitarist/vocalist Kevin McKeown and drummer Eric Owen are originally from Toronto but relocated to the Texas capitol. BPF have a big 2019 lined up with new music and festival dates.

“Keep on trying / bring me down/ down on your level, baby/ down on your level”

Dig it.

Go with yourself.

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Loving the fuzzy, lo-fi, jangly guitar rock of Houston’s Sleepy Dog.

The song I heard today and it was love-at-first-listen is called “21 Mutts.” It’s a heart breaking jam, but I love it.

I better get to my radio show, but I wanted to share this before cracking the mic.

Go with yourself.

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ride like

Oh you’re dancing real close….you’re making it hard for me!

DJ’d a Christmas Party last night. My first DJ gig since the middle of October. I headed to the Island to DJ an Octoberfest type happening.

I will say, I’ve enjoyed the break….DJing less makes the events I do a lot more fun. Done (I think) are my weeks of 4 (or more!) parties.

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Having this random Christmas party the other night meant trolling soundcloud again for some fun remixes. I wanted to post a few from the “a-sied” department

90’s throwbacks are still a thing. This is 1997’s “Too Close” by Next.

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I’m not proud, but I have been on a fierce 70s, 80s soft rock kick. I’m a bunch closer to 40 than 30 so my throwbacks take me back to being a kid and listening Adult Contemporary radio in the family station wagon and then later, Dodge Caravan. 1410 CFUN!

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I heard Christopher Cross’ 1980 easy breezy “Ride Like The Wind” ….sometime ago? Maybe when Sirius XM had the Yacht Rock channel going….I HAD to have a remix. This one proved a challenge to find a legit download. I ended don Beatport and buying a whole compilation of Joey Negro jams just for this song. So DJ Negro wins this round.

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Another Whitney Houston remix of “How Will I Know?” Settle down…you know you want this one too.

1985, why you got all the hits?

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Hits of yesterday and today remix collection ends today with Huey Lewis and News’ “Power of Love.” The power bomb from 1985 was written for the film Back To Future.  I love this song, this remix is…to my ear…just OK, but it fits the set….

Go with yourself.

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Headstones will be touring this fall in support of the 25th anniversary of their breakout album, Picture of Health.

Hugh Dillon called into CFOX to talk about the reissue and the upcoming tour. He explained what was going on in the lives of the band members in the early 90s. He talked about some of the personal stories behind the songs and how 25 years later, they still sound so good.

 

Headstones will be crossing Canada this fall in support of of the 25th anniversary reissue of the iconic Picture of Health. Headstones will front-to-back the album live. A few of the songs they’re pulling out show have rarely if ever been played live.

Nov 01 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Concert Hall
Nov 02 – Thorold, ON – Moose & Goose
Nov 03 – Oshawa, ON – Oshawa Music Hall
Nov 08 – Winnipeg, MB – Club Regent Event Centre, Winnipeg
Nov 09 – Winnipeg, MB – Club Regent Event Centre, Winnipeg
Nov 10 – Brandon, MB – Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
Nov 12 – Medicine Hat, AB – Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Nov 13 – Regina, SK – Casino Regina
Nov 15 – Grand Prairie, AB – Better Than Fred’s
Nov 21 – Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom
Nov 22 – Nanaimo, BC – Port Theatre
Nov 24 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
Nov 25 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
Nov 28 – North Battleford, SK – Gold Eagle Casino
Dec 04 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwell’s Concerts & Events
Dec 06 – London, ON – London Music Hall
Dec 08 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Dec 14 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre

Dec 22 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

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Hey Hugh Dillon of Headstones is feeling nostalgic…hey so am I! Coral sent me over a timehop that said 10 years ago we took our then 8-month-old daughter to Butchart Gardens in Victoria.

Go with yourself.

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