Broken Social Scene

Top 5 Tuesday – Brass

There are instruments and there are instruments. I learned the clarinet a bit, I can play a bit of guitar, I’m learning to play the banjo, I even used to know how to play a few different things on the drums  – anyone who is obsessed with music as much as I am is inevitably going to try there hand at recreating it (however poorly).

However, there is one instrument I love, but I’ll never pick one up to try. When ever I hear brass instruments I loose my breath, I feel a fluttering in my chest, my head falls back, eyes closed and can’t help but feel some sort of rapture.

This weeks Top 5 Tuesday is dedicated to some of the most beautiful and unexpected brass sections that give me the tingles.

Neko Case – Ragtime

Broken Social Scene – Meet Me in the Basement

Arcade Fire – No Cars No Go

Cat Power – Lived In Bars

Joe Cocker – The Letter

Thanks so much to Morgan, Matthew P. Matthew L., Kurt, Heather, Lorna, Shane and Mitch for their amazing suggestions on bands that rock brass. Who do you folks think should be added here?

Post Script – I really wanted to add Imaginary Cities, That’s Where it’s at Sam. Alas the only videos I could find were live and wee indie acts from Winnipeg can’t  always afford to take the trumpets on tour. It’s a great one if you can find it!

Top 5 Tuesday: So Sleep Deprived

Yesterday I may have emptied a bag of kettle corn inside my car.

I may have come home to find a load of laundry from Sunday sitting in the washer and smelling like a combination of swamp, blue cheese, sweat, and the compost bin that time we missed garbage day and had to let it sit for an extra week.

I may have blown off going to the gym.

It may have been my one and only chance for quiet night of sleep and relaxation all week but instead I stayed up late reading Bukowski’s Ham on Rye and am now so, so, very, really tired.

Sleep deprived, blurry eyed, and marching to another cup of coffee, check out this week’s Top 5 Tuesday.

Karen O – The Moon Song

Karen O, being all-in-all perfect and genuis, wrote Moon Song for the Her soundtrack. Quiet and sweet, and perfect for piling feather pillows under arms and legs and head and curling under quilt.

Beck – Cycle

It’s strange to hear the change in Beck since I was a kid and he chanted about the Devil’s Haircut. His lo-fi, harmonious, mellow sound on his latest album Morning Phase, is the perfect nap sound track – just listening to the first track makes me feel like I’m made out of warm honey.


Cold Specks – Blank Maps

I had the pleasure of seeing Cold Specks perform two summers ago at the Hillside Festival in Guelph Ontario. Here’s the amazing thing about front lady Al Spyx – she moved out of home and made this album as a complete secret from friends and family because…she didn’t think she was all that good. 

Jolie Holland – Old Fashioned Morphine

Back when I worked at bars, at 4:00 a.m., after a gruelling long night of bad tips, sweaty, gropey men, and shrieking young women, this song was a go to for shutting it all away and crawling into bed.

Broken Social Scene – Anthem for a Seventeen-Year-Old GIrl

Do I really need to explain why Broken Social Scene is here? I could put them on every list – but it perfectly captures the hope that everything will be better on the other side of a dream.