Songs from 1998 to 2003. Not my favourites, not the most popular, but ones I hope capture the time. Enjoy.
"The Wire" by Haim
Every time I hear this, I think “I know this song!”, but not in the sense I just discovered it a couple weeks ago, but like it’s one of those songs that’s been played on classic rock stations and music quiz nights for forever and you just sort of know it, even if you’ve never consciously listened. Fortunately, it only gets better from there.
"Statik Klingon" by Scientists of Sound
Justice meets MGMT in Halifax.
"Diane Young" by Vampire Weekend
Not sure why I haven’t been posting songs. So anyways, continuing with my trend of “bands that never really won me over but now have a song I can’t get out of my head”, here is Vampire Week…
Almost Mainstream Episode 57 - August 2 2013
Collaborations galore with Elvis Costello + the Roots, GRiZ + Gramatik, Nas + Amy Winehouse, and a few more besides.
Her Majesty’s Socialist Request - rjd2
The Wire - Haim
Just Don’t Open Your Eyes Yet - Polarsets
Hey, Doreen - Lucius
Two Step - Bear Mountain
Kids These Days - Fur Trade
My Friend - Paper Lions
Danger Ranger - Mip Power Trio
Sweet Corn - Fred Eaglesmith
I Am Weary (Let Me Rest) - Pocket Knife
Almost Mainstream Episode 56 - July 18 2013
A preview of the Midsummer’s Dream Music Festival in Prince George, plus a couple of Quebecois artists, and a segueway that takes us in a straight line from indie rockers Islands to a collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike.
Diamond - Lightning Dust
Statik Klingon - Scientists of Sound
Half of the Houses - Kobo Town
Sauvage - Sunny Duval
Snare Drum - Alaclair Ensemble
Wave Forms - Islands
Open - Rhye
Back Together - Annie
Bring the Noize - M.I.A.
In My Bed - the Orwells
Celebrate - Hey Champ
Jubel - Klingande
A Midsummer’s Dream happens in Prince George on July 20.
Almost Mainstream Episode 55 - July 5 2013
Summer’s here, so we kick out the jams with Jay-Z, Vampire Weekend, Drake, the Pixies, Bombay Bicycle Club and oh, so many more.
Ratchet - Bloc Party
Diane Young - Vampire Weekend
Bipp - Sophie
Right Action - Franz Ferdinand
Bagboy - the Pixies
I Won’t Be Long - Beck
Do I Wanna Know - Arctic Monkeys
Dream House - Deafheaven
Almost Mainstream Episode 54 ½ - the Casse-Tête Sampler Pack
A special edition of Almost Mainstream, featuring some of the performers at Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music being held June 15 and 16 at the Exploration Place in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Full lineup at cassetetefestival.tumblr.com.
Other Time - C. Diab
Distances - Robert Dunlop/Maple You Know
Marble Cardigan - Nam Shub
Int // - Pigeon Breeders
Three - Evan Symons
Trio 2 - Mechanics Who Can Drive
Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho - Transfiguration Good News Band
Inflamer - PG909
Track Six - Stanley Jason Zappa
II - Christians
"Bakardi Slang" by Kardinal Offishall
I’m going to Toronto for the first time in my life. Fortunately Kardinal will help me learn the local lingo.
"Homie" ft. Cadence Weapon - Shad K + Skratch Bastid
Well, this is good news.