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Well folks, this will be no surprise to those who frequent the Random Nation weekly, but here are my picks for 2011. It’s been a good, no a great year for music.

Wicked local stuff coming out and hitting waves, notice for the amazing underground scenes throughout Canada due to some hard working and notable new labels and some incredible musicians pushing hard and putting out incredible music. Hard to narrow it down, but with a humble bow I present to you the listener/reader my top 11 pics for 2011.

11. Ketamine’s The Ketamines

10. The Flaming Lips with Prefuse 73 – The Flaming Lips 2011

9. St. Vincent’s Stranger Mercy 

Upon greater thought, I am going to replace this with Feist’s Metals. Too solid of an album to leave off and has upstaged the wonderful Annie Clark in many of my radio playlists.


8. Explosions in the Sky’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care


7. Shotgun Jimmie‘s Transistor Sister

6. Adele‘s 21

5. Battles’ Gloss Drop


4. The Decemberist’s The King is Dead


3. Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne

2. TV on the Radio’s 9 Types of Light


(amazing hour long vid to accompany the album)

1. Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials


Extra special mention to the (Lethbridge based) Mammoth Cave’s Bloodstains Across… series for introducing some fine bands from across Canada to many a grateful set of ears and working so hard to serve music lovin’ folks worldwide.


Today it was reported that venerable and inspiring director John Hughes passed away at the tender age of 59.

Growing up, I discovered Fleetwood Mac and John Hughes movies at approximately the same time. I believe that somehow one led to the other. Molly Ringwald became my idol and Sixteen Candles my 2am go-to. Lindsay Buckingham and Matthew Broderick were tied for ultimate dreamboat in my 13year old eyes. Everything I know about dancing was learned in the dance montage after that scene they cut always for TV in The Breakfast Club.

If CTV ran a 48 hour John Hughes marathon, I would call in sick to work. No tribute I can offer is big enough so please do not think of this show as a tribute, just a small token of affection.

Artist – Album – Track   *=Canadian

King Khan and the Shrines – What Is?! – Welfare Bread

*Animal Names – Oh Yes You Better Do – Rolling Paper Airplanes

Japandriods – Post – Nothing – Wet Hair

*The Famines – The Famines double disc 7inch – Gimme Some Numbers

The Breeders – Head to Toe – Freed Pig

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Likely There Are Mountains – Some Trees (Marriot Moon)

Joan of Arc – Flowers – The Garden of Cartoon Exclamations

*Sunparlour Players – Wave North – Wood Dress

Gianthand – Coming Home – The Beast

*Black Mold – Snow Blindness Crystal Antz – Finally Someone Invented a Teleporter.

Boogie Broader – Pizza Hero – Sparks

Lacking in ready creative writing ideas, let’s just get straight to the point.

Artists – Album – Track  * = Canadian

Talbot Tagora – Lessons in the woods or a city – Track 6 (no track titles…)

Yacht – See Mystery Lights – Physic City (New album, tracks can be heard on their myspace)

*Archivist – Learning to Live on Poison – Jagwagger

Cat Power – The Covers Record – Wild is the Wind

Theo Angell – Tenebrae – A Crime from the Vine

*Mark Templeton – Inland – Sam

*Bruce Peninsula – A Mountain is a Mouth  – Steamroller (My second favourite Canadian “supergroup”, guess which one is my first…)

*The Ostrich – The Ostrich 7inch – Medication

*Endangered Ape – Ape Shall Not Kill Ape – White of my Eyes

These guys are broken up, which is sad. Their last show (for now…) is happening August 15th, in Lethbridge Alberta at Henotic. It’s going to be quite the send off and as proved at Calgary’s Nobunny show, Lethbridge embodies the true meaning of Rock&Roll.

*Wicked Awesomes – Cannot figure out their album art….

*Fraser and DeBolt – Fraser and DeBolt with Ian Guenther – Gypsy Solitaire

Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks – Buckets of Rain

*Giant Hand – Coming Home – The Villagers Hate This Village

Connie Converse – How Sad, How Lonely – The Clover Saloon

Rad Owen Cook Nobunny vid

Last night Edmonton, Alberta was rocked by a massive thunderstorm. Growing up in Southern Alberta, Tornado warnings were never something that realistically concerned me. Last night, whole different story…

A playlist inspired by the epic and raw power of nature:

Artist – Album – Track Title * = Canadian

John Coltrane – Sun Ship – Attaining

Regina Spektor – Far – Blue Lips

*Years – Years – The Major Lift (possibly a Cohen reference, though no supporting evident found…)

*Still Life – Pastel EP – Aid

*Stars – Heart – Time Can Never Kill the True Heart

*Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer – Idiot Heart

*Zeus – Sounds Like Zeus – That’s All

*Richard Laviolette and the Hollow Hooves – Aging Recycling Plant – Sincerely, Liza (Bucket Song)

*Sunparlour Players – Hymns for the Happy – Dyin’ Today

*Do Make Say Think – Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn – Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

Sigur Ros – () – Untitled #4 (aka. The Nothing Song, in English)

The National – Boxer – Racing Like a Pro

Jose Gonzalzez – In Our Nature – Cycling Trivialities

*Broken Social Scene – Bee Hives – Lover’s Spit

*Junior Boys – The the Morning EP – In the Morning

Thom Yorke – Ciao My Shining Star: the songs of Mark Mulcahy – All for the Best

*No Age – Eraser 7inch – Eraser

*The Subjects – With the Ease Grace Precision Cleverness of Human Beings – Icicles

*The Constantines – Constantines/Fiest 7inch split – Trans Canada

*Endangered Ape – – Future Kings

*The Famines – from their yet-to-be released 7inch.

*Katie Stelmanis (also of Bruce Peninsula) – Join Us – Join Us

Two minds are always better than one, amirite?

Changing formats, giving up some control, I have officially become part of a radio two-some on Edmonton’s CJSR.

No program name, no DJ names. Just two radio kids exploring the mysteries of the world….

This weeks exploration:

Artist – Album – Track Title   * = Canadian

*Ladyhawk – Ladyhawk LP – Boy, You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

*The Most Serene Republic – Underwater Cinematographer – Proposition 61

The Decemberists – 5 Songs – I Don’t Mind

Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac Live LP – It’s Not That Funny

*Axis of Conversation – All We Make is Enemies – All We Make is Enemies

*Do Make Say Think – Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secert Hymn – Outer, Inner and Secret.

Son Volt – American Central Bust – Down to the Wire

Talking Heads – Little Creatures – Road to Nowhere

*The Lovely Feathers – Fad – Fantasy of the Lot

Thom York – The Eraser – The Eraser

Next program:

Sunday 19th, 2009 2pm – 4pm MST on CJSR 88.5 or THE INTERNET

This is my last Random Nation episode in a little while.  Thanks to Curtis Fowke for providing a pin cushion to poke my last few needles into.

Artist – Track Title – Album * = Canadian

*Women – Shaking Hands – Women

British Sea Power – Fear of Drowning – The Decline of the British Sea Power

Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling into Place – In Rainbows

*King Khan and the Shrines – 69 Faces of Love – What Is?!

Silver Jews – Strange Victory, Strange Defeat – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Iron and Wine – Cinder and Smoke – Our Endless Numbered Days

*Patrick Watson – Fireweed – Wooden Arms

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos – Sun Giant

Wilco – I am Trying to Break Your Heart – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Sun Kil Moon – Four Fingered Fisherman – Tiny Cities

*Pink Mountaintops – The Gayest of Sunbeams – Outside Love

No Age – Eraser – Eraser 7inch

The Heavy – Coleen – Great Vengeance and the Furious Five

XDS – Royal Fantasy Show – Forest Field

Pick of the Week: No Age

Sasquatch pre-amp!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Second last Random Nation show, 20 minutes late, one exam left, one sweet rad co-host, I saw Neil Young on the 26th.

Artist – Track Title – Album * = Canadian

*Do Make Say Think – Outer Inner Secret  – Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn

Cotton Jones – Up a Tree (Went This Heart I Have) – Paranoid Cocoon

*Lhasa – Bells – Lhasa

Silver Jews – Candy Jail – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Condo Fucks – This is Where I Belong – Fuckbook

Black Keys – Her Eyes are a Blue Million Miles – Flaming Lips/Black Keys 7inch split (released all special like for Record Store day)

*Shotgun Jimmie – Mind Crumb – Still Jimmie…

*Sick OH! and the Community de Catalyst – From these Hands Bringing the Devil – Sick OH! and the Community de Catalyst. (Local artists who’s infamy knows no hold)

Micachu -Eat Your Heart – Jewellery

Azure Ray – The Drinks We Drank Last Night – The Drinks We Drank Last Night 7inch.

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Hysteric – It’s Blitz!

Micheal Liggins and the Supersouls – Loaded to the Gills – Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities LP

Prince – Sometimes it Snows in April – Parade/ Under the Cherry Moon

Pick of the Week: Sick OH! and the Community de Catalyst. No link could be found, but if you’re lucky she may appear in a re-incarnation.

Sasquatch pre-amp! (thanks to Mama Sheen for this nod)

Dent May and his Magnificent Ukulele!

Oh man, Saturday’s Sled Island pre-party/fundraiser was fucking amazing. I didn’t think Fucked Up could top their last year’s Sled Island show where he preformed with a still bleeding forehead injury, self induced by smashing a beer bottle, smashing a beer bottle on himself. However, I was proven so very wrong and for the first time in my life I was ok with it. The energy, the climbing, the pant dropping, it was cloud 9 1/2. Endangered Ape and The Sharp Ends preformed mind blasting sets as usual. Pretty much best ever.

This weeks playlist:

Wilco – Radio Cure – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

*Eric’s Trip – Universal Dawn – Purple Blue

*Richard Laviolette and his Hollow Hooves – Stop Dancing – Aging Recycling Plant

Volcano Suns – Room with a View – All Night Lotus Party

*The Pine Tarts – City – Faux Foxes

*Plunt – Boner – Plunt

*The Bayonets!!! – Bus Link – NO ALBUM YET! GET ON IT BAYONETS!!!

Meercaz – Unlust – Meercaz

*Johnny and the G Rays – Trying to Change My Head – Every Twist Reminds

Telekinesis – Tokyo – Telekinesis!

The Love Language – Sparxxx – The Love Language

*Joel Plaskett – Though and Through and Through – Three

Pick of the Week:

Richard Laviolette and his Hollow Hooves!

Sasquatch Pre-Amp

Fleet (mother fucking- not that they would use that language…) Foxes.

So excited.

I didn’t do any programming for the third. Sorry friends.

I promise to post a Sasqautch pre-amp and maybe a couple picks of the week soon. Like maybe even later tonight or something.

Until then, enjoy this clip of Edmonton band The Famines. They wear tight pants, have $50.00 hair cuts, make design like its goin’ out of style and kill it live every time. I missed them when they rolled at GCBC on the 3rd but word on the street is that they are playing tomorrow here in Edmonton. whew.

This week I had meetings with a bunch of MLA’s. Two of which I follow on twitter. I used my superhero song again and again. In fact I carried a boom box in with me to play my superhero song. It was pretty ‘illin, ‘illin like Fresh Prince of Bel Air style. Word.

Artist – Song – Album * = Canadian (order in play order)

Philip Glass – Protest and Evening Song – Satyagraha

Rockwell – Deer Hunter Camp 17 – Anni Rossi

Bonnie Prince Billy – Beware Your Only Friends – Beware

*Doug Paisley – What About us – Doug Paisley

*Andre Ethier – The One Wine I Crave – Born of Blue Fog

*The Darling Demaes – Stomach Ghost – A Users Guide to Raising the Dead

*Bruce Peninsula – Shanty Song – A Mountain is a Mouth

*The Balconies – Battle Royale – The Balconies

*Hot Panda – Cold Hands/ Chapped Lips – Volcano…Bloody Volcano

*Hank – I Let her Join my Secret Society – The Luck of the Singers

*Shout Out Out Out – Guilt Trips Sink Ships – Reintegration Time

*Handsome Furs Face Control – Office of Hearts – Handsome Furs Face Control

*Shout Out Out Out – Guilt Trips Sink Ships – Reintegration Time

Speck Mountain – Fidelity Shake – Some Sweet Relief

The Love Language – Two Rabbits – The Love Language

June Modrona – Long Distance – Battle Grounds

Great Lake Swimmers – Pulling on a Line

Dan Auerbach – Real Desire – Keep It Hid

*A.C. Newman – Heartbreak Rides – Get Guilty

Pick of the Week: Andre Ethier. Amazing voice and songwriting. FTWL Jeff Buckley

Sasqautch pre-amp: King Khan and the Shrines, this is how it pays to live with people way cooler than yourself.