Top 10 Tragically Hip songs

A while ago, I was asked on Twitter what my favourite Hip songs were.
Well, here you go!

1) Nautical Disaster (from Day For Night)
“Anyway Susan, if you like our conversation is as
Faint as a sound in my memory
As those fingernails scratching on my hull”

**The rest are in no particular order**

The Dark Canuck (from In Violet Light)

Wheat Kings (from Fully Completely)

The Depression Suite (from We Are The Same)

World Container (from World Container)

Bobcaygeon (from Phanton Power)

Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin’ Man (from Phantom Power)

Ahead By A Century (from Trouble At The Henhouse)

Cordelia (from Road Apples)

Trickle Down (from Up To Here)

Here is one that I really like from their latest album, Man Machine Poem.
Hot Mic

What are yours? I’d love to know. Leave your list in the comments below.
And while you are here, take a look at my letter to Gord, Dear Gord

Dear Gord

Mr Downie,
To steal from the Beatles, ‘I heard the news today, oh boy’.

I’ve seen you and the boys in The Hip 3 times. The first was 95 in Markham at Another Roadside Attraction. I saw you again 2 years last at ARA again.
The last time I saw you was at the Walkerton Watershed concerts in 02.
It’s been 14 years…you know, life gets in the way.

I’m finding that my memories of The Hip are coming in strange waves today.

Ordering Up To Here from Colombia House.
Sneaking out of class to buy Fully Completely.
Lining up at Midnight to get Trouble At The Henhouse.
Funny story there – we went to CD Plus in London to get that. They were giving away the complete Hip discography all night long. Most people that won them were giving them back, ‘I’m a Hip fan fer crissakes, I OWN them all already’.
Picking up Phantom Power on both CD and Cassette so I could listen to the tape as soon as I got into my car.
I worked at Kmart when Music@Work came out. One of my co-workers put the album out for sale before the official release date. I took them off the shelf. Another co-worker asked, ‘You’re a big Hip fan, why don’t you buy it now?’ My answer…’It’s not fair to the other Hip fans’.

And there are more…

But I am finding that as some are giving me pleasure today, others hurt.
I won’t for a second compare what I am feeling to what you and your family are obviously dealing with.
I hope that you know, that all of Canada is hurting a little today.

I posted this earlier on Dave Bidini’s facebook page:
Gord is one of my best friends from high school – but the kind you never met. He was there for every party, every late night study session, every late night walk (listening to Day for Night on cassette over and over).

Are you on Twitter? Do you lurk in the background? Reading…absorbing?
So many people have been opening up…revealing what you and The Hip have meant.
All of the bands that you helped. Bands that you’ve given a moment of your time.
Maybe you brought them to open a few shows. Perhaps you sung with them.
Maybe none of those.
But you inspired them. All of them.
You could be from Canada and be cool as fuck.

Speaking of cool, you and Michael Stipe are responsible for me feeling like I could wiggle my ass a bit at a bar or a concert, and not be self conscious.

You’ve inspired me so often, but maybe no more so than in high school. I started to write more often.
Maybe it was lame poetry, but I felt like that ability to express myself was opened up while listening to you.
I know I am not as eloquent, as powerful, as cool as you. But I was free…

Your inspiration continues to this day.
My blog, and my twitter name come from you, from The Hip, from Nautical Disaster.

Then the dream ends when the phone rings
“You doing all right?”
He said, “It’s out there most days and nights
But only a fool would complain”
Anyway, Susan, if you like
Our conversation is as faint a sound in my memory
As those fingernails scratching on my hull

Thanks for everything Gord,
I hope to see you this summer (and many summers more).

Your friend,

Favourite Songs of 2015 #GuelphMusicClub

It’s nice to see #GuelphMusicClub get back in the swing of things.
Last week was favourite albums of 2015 and this week it is songs.
I’ve been a little broad with this list. First of all, no order. Unlike albums, with songs I find that I can come and go between favourites. The other little wrinkle is I’ve included songs not released in 2015. I know…I know, it sort of defeats the title of Favourite Songs of 2015. But for some, they were songs that I didn’t really get into until 2015.

So here we go.

Dear Rouge – Black To Gold

Beck – Dreams

Young Empires – Uncover Your Eyes

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Mouthpiece

Sia – Chandelier

The Arkells – 11:11

Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man

Chris Cornell – Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart

#GuelphMusicClub – Best of 2015 (a running list)

#GuelphMusicClub – Best of 2015 (a running list)

I will continue to update this list until we’ve made all of our picks.
Let me know (@MikeGamble) if I missed anything.  See picks made by #GuelphMusicClub in 2014 here.



5. Tame Impala – Currents
4. Rush – R40 Live
3. Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Club Meds
2. Ian Fletcher Thornley – Secrets
1. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

see original entry


Titus Andronicus- The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Ryan Adams- 1989
Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
Drake- If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Mogwai- Central Belters

see original entry


Peaches – I Mean Something

see original entry



5. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit…
4. Ryan Adams – 1989
3. Death Dab for Cutie – Kintsugi
2. Hayden – Hey Love
1. Wilco – Star Wars

see original entry



10. Day Wave – Headcase
09. Silversun Pickups – Better Nature
08. Miami Horror – All Possible Futures
07. Chris Cachia – My Addiction
06. Ryan Adams – 1989
05. Nadine Shah – Fast Food
04. El Vy – Return to the Moon
03. Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin’ down…
02. Grimes – Art Angels
01. Editors – In Dreams

see original entry



5. Metric – Pagans in Vegas
4. Adele – 25
3. The Arcs – Yours Dreamily
2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
1. Dr. Dre – Compton

see original entry


Still to Come




Geeks & Beats Podcast – Must Listen

If you are a fan of podcasts, you need to check out this one.  The Geeks & Beats podcast, featuring Michael Hainsworth and Alan Cross is must listen entertainment every week.

This week on their podcast, they took a question from some guy named Rob in Guelph regarding the untimely death of Scott Weiland.  I asked them if they ever had obituaries ready ahead of time for celebrities like Weiland where their death was, sadly, expected.  What about older musicians like McCartney, Jagger or Richards, who are…well…getting up there.
I won’t ruin the answer, take a listen for yourself.

Check out the full podcast right here.