Friday, January 9, 2009

The Great Canadian Mixtape Project:: Manitoba

Wow. This one took forever and a day to finish, but the end results are pretty stellar. We had some delays on songs, a redesign of the cover art (who knew that Winnipeg was lousy with 'Keeping it Riel' shirts and our idea wasn’t original) and general half assedness on our side.

Luckily, by waiting we got some absolute treats for you guys:
  • A Ruby Jean & the Thoughtful Bees remix of I Hate Dell by Oldfolks Home.
  • The first sneak peak at of the new Romi Mayes record.
  • A Hot Little Rocket cover.
  • A terrific collabo between Pip Skid and bluegrass loving The Magnificent 7s.
  • A Halifax recording of the most identifiable song about Winnipeg ever.

Most importantly, we proved that Manitoba is not only chock o block full of terrific roots artists, its got a budding hip hop scene, some nice electro acts and a fair chunk of indie rockers as well. Oh, and for those unfamiliar with the image that adorns the cover, it’s the Eternal Youth statue on top of the Manitoba Legislative Building – aka Golden Boy. So, in the immortal words of Johnny Cade... "stay gold Manitoba, stay gold."

Download Manitoba zip - here

1.) I'll Be Free - The Western States
2.) Down With Safe - Paper Moon (MP3)

3.) Nurse - Flying Fox and the Hunter/Gatherers
4.) 500% - Boats!!
5.) Toothpaste - Birdapres

6.) Dovercourt Road - Len Bowen ft. Grand Analog (MP3)

7.) A Little Tradition - Novillero

8.) Who Will Run the Starfish Hospital? - The Paperbacks

9.) Hold Tight - Crosstown Rivals
10.) All Empires Fall - The Waking Eyes

11.) Charlie's Back - The Liptonians (MP3)
12.) I Hate Dell (Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees RMX) - Oldfolks Home (MP3)
13.) I'll Walk Alone - Grand Analog
14.) Pip's Kid Retake ft. The Magnificent 7s - Pip Skid
15.) Highest Mountain - The Crooked Brothers
16.) Trois Rivieres - D. Rangers
17.) This City - The Magnificent 7s
18.) Achin' In Yer Bones - Romi Mayes (MP3)
19.) Height of the Land - The Details
20.) One Great City! (Live @ Summersonic '08 in Halifax) - The Weakerthans

Thanks to the all the readers who wrote in as well as Ken Beattie, Marc Leblanc and Ricardo Lopez for helping us track down the bands. Up next? Saskatchewan and we already have some killer stuff in the vault for you... so get ready.

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Posted at 9:00 AM by ack :: 4 comments

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At 9:33 AM, Anonymous matthew did sayeth:

Finally! But well worth the wait.


At 5:06 PM, Blogger The R.O.B. did sayeth:

I LOVED that track that you posted by Oldfolks Home a while ago... the Cause=Time cover ... is that on anything (an album)?


At 5:37 PM, Blogger ack did sayeth:

The first part of the song is an Oldfolks original - Whole Wheat Flour, and he turns it into C=T. It's on his debut, which is start to finish enjoyable.


At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Smansmith did sayeth:

Leave it to me...a current Albertan music blogger to hear of music from Manitoba (his home till only a few years back) from the East Coast blog....figures.


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