Posts Tagged ‘Broken Social Scene’

A couple months ago, a Toronto Publishing House held a short story contest looking for words inspired by the Broken Social Scene record, You Forgot it in People.  Well, now we got some winners…. and a Victoria author made the cut.  Her name is Eliza Robertson… Eliza wrote a story based on the instrumental “Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries.”She took the story in a very literal direction…its about a Missionary and it features rocks, like actual geological things.  Here is our talk.

And the song >> “Late Nineties Bedroom Rock for the Missionaries

Go with yourself.

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Traveling back in time on Valentine’s Day for a romantic song from Broken Social Scene.  I had a minor obsession with this song when  I first made my way to Victoria.  You’ll find this cut on You Forgot it In People.

I heard it the other day randomly and it filled me with warmth…so I’ll share it with you today.

Go with yourself.

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Serendipity is a great word.

An unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected discovery and/or learning experience that happens by accident and sagacity.

I was thinking about it the other day because of my recent collection of French pop.

And how nothing just happens.  I think it all goes back to when Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene) guest DJ’s on the Zone and dropped some 70s Zimbabwean Afro-pop on the Capital City masses.


Then at record club last week Tiemen at Talk’s Cheap Record Store played a band that he called Nouveau French Pop band… and I said… “french Pop?”

He quickly explained what 60s French Pop (ye-ye) is and played the song.  It was good.

Saturday at Veneto, St. Christopher stops by with a record player for me (thank you!) and some records and we played Serge Gainsbourg.  Sounded so good in the Veneto.  I thought, “this is what the Veneto sounds like to me…”

I wikipedia Serge Gainsbourg and yeah… yesterday’s post.   I download a bunch of 60s European pop and ye-ye from France and Italy because it turns out there was a fun pop scene in Italy at the time as well.

Then yesterday this from FMQB.com:

Uber producer/deejay Danger Mouse is working on a collaboration with Italian composer Daniele Luppi called Rome. The project is inspired by their mutual love for 1960s Italian film soundtracks and it features loads of vintage equipment, as well as guest spots from Jack White and Norah Jones. Danger Mouse has actually been cooking up the project for five years, and he says he can hear traces of it in everything he’s done since then. “Rome seems to have fed into everything I’ve done — you can hear it in a lot of Gnarls Barkley, it’s all over Broken Bells too,” he told The Guardian in the U.K. “I get a lot of offers to do film soundtracks and I’ve never said yes, because no one has heard this yet, and I think some people still think of me as a hip-hop producer. But this is what I would actually do, if I were to make a soundtrack. I’m really happy it’s out. I just hope it’s not going to take five years to do the next one.”

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I typed the word “swim” into my iTunes and this is what I got, a swimming playlist.

01) Brand New – “Jaws Theme Swimming
02) Broken Social Scene – “Swimmers
03) Bush – “Swim
04) Frightened Rabbit – “Swim Until You Can’t See Land
05) Great Lake Swimmers – “Moving Pictures, Silent Films
06) Iron & Wine – “Swans and Swimming
07) Jack’s Mannequin – “Swim
08) R.E.M. – “Nightswimming
09) Surfer Blood – “Swim

Well didn’t this playlist turn out sorta neat?  I was thinking about the Jack’s Mannequin song oddly tonight.  Uplifting track.  Too me it has a similar vibe of theme to Frightened Rabbit or the new Surfer Blood.  Kinda interesting to think about the “swimming” metaphor.

The “swim” search brought up a bunch of songs but 9 different bands.  I just included one Great Lake Swimmers cut.  My favourite oldie.

I left the list in alphabetical order too… seems to fit.  spooky.  Starts with the Brand New song “Jaws Theme Swimming.”  I like that the playlist has an intro or theme song to start. and sharks man, sharks.  Deje Entendu does not get enough love.  Very cool record.

I think the BSS song “Swimmers” is the one that includes Miss Emily Hains of Metric?  yes/no?  Sounds like her and i’m too lazy to look it up.  But when I searched on wiki it had some tid-bit about how the original art was going to use a cartoon of Pangaea?  SWA?  My next playlist should be about Pangaea!  Reminds me of the songs from Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, “Pangea.”  They spell it different.  hey nerds, if you’re gunna be super nerdy, figure it out already.

“Pangea, we used to be together/why did we have to drift apart?”  lovely.

Alyx requested Bush tonight at the Clubhouse.  weirdo.

I guess Sixteen Stone was a big deal in like 1900 and something.

Frightened Rabbit is my favourite band and they have a song for all occasions!

Great Lake Swimmers are a band that you might know, you might love, but you might not be aware that this cut was recorded in a barn grain silo in Ontario one summer.  Listen, really really listen and you’ll hear all the nature buzzing around the mics.  OK, you don’t have to listen to hard, I’m half deaf from all my years in radio and being a hipster and I can hear it pretty easy like.

Iron & Wine is really just one dude, Sam Beam.  He was a University professor before deciding to becomes a folk star.

Turns out I’m super cool and got the limited press of Endless Summer Nights as ‘Swans and Swimming” was on the bonus CD.  If I were less cool, I might get Iron & Wines odds and sods comp, Around the Well.

OK, its the honest segment of today’s playlist… I heard Jack’s Mannequin’s “Swim” during a promo for Grey’s Anatomy or something just as sickening.  I heard it one time, it burrowed into my brain and I downloaded it that night.  The chick that brought us Twilight likes these guys and directed a music video?… so hmmm, I’m a 12 year girl for this song.  I’m not proud but  I like it.

R.E.M. might give me some redemption, but “Nightswimming” is from Automatic for the People… so you can make the call of its redeemness.  “Nightswimming” is one of the better songs from the record, does that help?  no? oh.

The final cut is a new one and that how I like it.  Fugly dudes from Florida called Surfer Blood.  Pitchfork creamed themselves over their debut album Astro Coast the other day.  I bought into the hype partially and downloaded one song, “Swim.”  Its good.

The end.

Go swimming and go with yourself.

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