Greg Says: May The 4th Be With You

12 Mar

I’ve been telling Greg to write a piece for my blog forever, and finally, he did it. As a connoisseur of Canadian independent music, he would like to share with you a very important date. Mark off your calendars ladies and gents.

During a recent not-so-sober conversation with a friend of mine, the question of favourite album of 2010 came up, a fairly common subject between the two of us. But alas, imagine our surprise when I could not think of anything to tell him. Me! Someone so quick to name drop, or at least eager for the opportunity to do so. Frankly, I’m still caught up in the hangover that was 2009, still listening to last years favourites, still waiting on something from this year to take over the subject of this conversation.

I believe my answer was Contra by Vampire Weekend, the same answer as anyone above the age of 14, but really, what has come out so far worthy to compete with the top spot?

This brings me to my next point, the potential that is May 4th, 2010. The day that has already been described as “Super Tuesday”, the day that has already been marked down by everyone and anyone who follows Canadian Independent music closely. This is the day that both Forgiveness Rock Record and Together are released to the public. What are these albums you ask? Well these are the long awaited albums by Canadian super groups Broken Social Scene and The New Pornographers respectively, easily two of the most influential groups of the modern Canadian music era.

I say long awaited because it has been since 2005 that Broken Social Scene has released a new album, and 2007 since The New Pornographers’ Challengers graced us with its presence, so to say that both bands are due is an understatement. I’ve heard both of these bands being described as “big with the kids”, understating their validity as a genuinely “cool” band to listen to. However, I don’t think these bands can be pigeon holed to any age group, even though it was BSS’ You Forgot It in People that changed the 15 year old me into the person I am today.

You cannot deny the influence these two groups have had on Canadian music. From the solo success of Leslie Feist, Neko Case, and Emily Haines, these two groups have had their hands in the growing success of the Canadian music industry one way or another.

Often split between east and west, Broken Social Scene, based out of Toronto, and The New Pornographers, based out of Vancouver, unofficially compete for the true title of ‘Super Group’. It is, however, too hard to place a crown on two bands that have such a unique style and such a strong impact on the industry.

Thus, everyone should be marking the date May 4th, 2010 into his or her calendars as “Super Tuesday”—the day that, potentially, the best album of 2010 is released.

3 Responses to “Greg Says: May The 4th Be With You”

  1. Dylan Young March 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    So in our age of music a really amazing person once stated, “if it’s got a great beat then tap your feet.” What I get from this is that music comes in all shapes and forms and ultimately it’s just a great experience to feel any type of music that moves you regardless of what you classify it as.
    Although I don’t ever go against the musical taste of G-Hop as I know he has good music I wonder why it matters that any of the above groups mentioned are considered to be a super group? More so on the fact that the only reason why these are super groups is because it makes all the scarf ray ban wearing troups wet their pants at the mention of their indie status.
    I harp on this subject merely because I find it funny that it’s only status is confirmed by their lack of status. giving them GREAT status amongst those troups who consider themselves outside the status quo. It is always cool to be the outsider but joining the outliers just syncs you to another sub-category of culture that you try to worm away from.
    So all in all I end this rant with nothing more then to cast my vote against your indie status quo and say that Coheed and Cambria’s new CD Year of the Black Rainbow will cut through the emo scarf and show you what music really is. 🙂
    * all this for a shameless plug of my favorite band, damn skippy*

  2. Greg March 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Hello good Sir!
    I guess I should have been more clear on my use of the term “super group”. You see, these two bands have both been given the name “super group” (by some members of the Canadian media) in regard to their members, and the status they hold in the Canadian music industry. I’ll start with the super group from the West, The New Pornographers. This group is headlined by Neko Case, a very successful solo artist (check out her album “Middle Cyclone), and Carl Newman, who also has a successful solo career under the name A.C Newman. Now Broken Social Scene is a whole other story. Members such as Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Feist, Emily Haines (Metric), Jason Collett, Andrew Whiteman ( Apostle of Hustle), all four members of Stars, members of Do Make Say Think, Jason Tait of The Weakerthans… the list goes on!
    So the term “super group” is just referring to the conglomerate of members each band holds, and the impact each member has in their own respect.
    More Coheed? This is not the Pop-Shop Juice Box!

  3. Dylan Young March 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

    With that being said I change my stance and put out this press release. Myself and the Super Mega Happy Fun Group “The Broken Pornography Scene” will tour the country to raise awareness of the indie plague sweeping the nation most characterized by those shiny emo scarfs, which must be cutting off circulation to their brains. Hopefully we will be able to rid the population of this disease and allow people to think for themselves and not adhere to indie propaganda slander.

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