Monday, August 4, 2008

The Great Canadian Mixtape Project:: Quebec

Well, the timing on this one is perfect. As a result of rain, logistics and shitty prep by us, we didn't head up to Sappyfest yesterday and ended up missing most of the bands we added to the latest installment of the The Great Canadian Mixtape project. Oh well. Such is life I guess.

So, where do we stand with Quebec. Montreal is often called the epicentre of music for Canada - and maybe outside of Brooklyn, the biggest spot for huge indie bands - but we tried to stay away from some of the bigger names. So you won't find Arcade Fire, Land of Talk, Wolf Parade, Miracle Fortress (although, we do have lots of Van Pelt tie ins).

We tried to get some bilingual action on the mix and some hip hop that didn't involve Klezmer raps., but that also meant we had to drop a few people from the mix that really had just as much right to be involved. We wanted to talk about different styles, so we have roots, rock, indie rock, rap, folk and anything in between. So with out further ado...

BA DA DEE DA DA DOO. GOULET! Quebec is full of icons, but the play we went with was the legendary Quebec Nordiques (RIP) forward, Michel Goulet. In the 80's, his moustache was rivaled by only Lanny McDonald and really, as far as hockey goes, that's about all we really care about here at herohill.

Download the entire mix here.

1. Notre Dame de Grass - New Canada Road
2. Orillia Opry - Riverside 2
3. United Steel Workers of Montreal - Tracie Dean
4. Plants and Animals - Faerie Dance
5. Sister Suvi - The Lot
6. Snailhouse - (not) Superstitious
7. Yellow Jacket Avenger - Seeds - (MP3)
8. Bonjour Brumaire - Brooklyn
9. Mark Berube - Looking For Another - (MP3)
10. Nomadic Massive - Sad But True - (MP3)
11. The Golden Hands Before God - Communist Party
12. Parlovr - On the Phone
13. Pas Chic Chic - Haute Infidelite
14. Common Unity - Rigodon
15. Think About Life - Paul Cries - (MP3)
16. Adam & The Amethyst - Stupid Ocean
17. Ideal Lovers - I Was Wrong - (MP3)
18. Belleisle - Talks a Lot
19. The Luyas - Cats in a Bag
20. Wet Nose Hero - Dangerfuck

So there you go. I think we are hitting the Prairies next, so any one with ideas for Manitoba, please step up.

Posted at 7:38 AM by ack :: 12 comments

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At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

Some decent Manitoba bands-- Absent Sound, D. Rangers


At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

another quality mixtape - thanks!


At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

You guys Mitsou?? What about Le Boyfriend with his hit song "Le Rapper Chic"?



At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

And for Manitoba you don't include "The Party Starts Now" by Manitoba's Wild Kingdom then I will burn down the Herohill offices...

Your #1 fan Mario


At 8:34 AM, Blogger naedoo did sayeth:

Well the only reason there's no Mitsou or Le Boyfriend is because we're trying to include fairly recent songs. Otherwise they'd both be on there, because they are both you know, le awesome.


At 5:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

Can't download the entire mix...the link is dead...


At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Jules T did sayeth:

Be sure to check out Oldfolks Home for your Manitoba mix.

Also, this summer one of Winnipeg's most active producers (Mike Petkau) started a project called the Record of the Week Club ( which basically forced Winnipeg musicians to collaborate with one another. It would give you some ideas of where to look for currently active musicians.

Finally, be sure to include Manitoba's King and Queen: John K. Samson and Christine Fellows... their stuff just doesn't get old.


At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Jules T did sayeth:

Wait. I'm not done.

Grand Analog for some hip hop.

And Chic Gamine for some vocal pop (?). Probably not your thing as far as genre is concerned, but these ladies know what they're doing. For proof:
I'm done now. For real. Hope that there's something in there you like.


At 8:45 PM, Blogger Brian K did sayeth:

I was very excited to see Quebec, albiet a month after it being posted, but the link doesn't work....


At 9:47 PM, Blogger naedoo did sayeth:

You raise a fine point, the download didn't seem to be working. It should be now, thanks for the heads up.


At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

re: Manitoba

JulesT mentioned Mike Petkau and the Record Of The Week Club. Thats a great place to start. He's in some sweet bands too. (Les Jupes!)

Crosstown Rivals, Christine Fellows, Chic Gamine, Scott Nolan are other good ones to check out.


At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Tristan did sayeth:

you need to use Greg MacPherson if you're doing Manitoba

that man is amazing, in the "most-overlooked-genius-performer" kind of way.


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