Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here.
Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.
The Right Sound for the Right Price
Andy Shauf “Quite Like You”
Andy Shauf has had quite the year. His album The Party was short listed for the Polaris prize, it’s an album he wrote, played virtually every instrument on and recorded himself in Regina. He has an if Elliott Smith-was-a-prairie-kid vibe. See him live at the Mod Club November 22nd and 25th.
Miike Snow “The Heart of Me”
Miike Snow is a trio (not a man) that definitely made you dance with the track “Genghis Khan.” However, they do get more emotional and heartfelt with this new one, but don’t worry, it has a good groove and still a few random arcade game sounds for good measure!
JAPANDROIDS “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”
Vancouver duo JAPANDROIDS are back! FINALLY! It took them 4 years, but you’ll get their new record Near to the Wild Heart of Life which on Jan 27. Influences include the great songwriter Townes van Zandt and Tom Waits. To tide you over until the new year, check out the title track!
I hope by now you’ve heard Joseph’s sweet harmonies on “White Flag.” The band of three sisters is named after the serene Joseph Oregon and their Grandpa Jo. It’s a little funny that we go from their first big hit, them burning the “White Flag” to a song called “S.O.S.”…
Gord Downie “Swing Set”
Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has a new an important solo album called Secret Path, inspired by the devastating story of a 12-year-old First Nations boy, Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school in Kenora. The album also has an accompanying animated film and graphic novel which is looking to be part of elementary school curriculum in PEI and hopefully the rest of Canada. It’s a powerful story and an important one for all Canadians to know and learn.