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We roll into March with a brand new, handpicked playlist for you to enjoy — all chosen by our hosts to showcase the music that they’re loving this week. Have yourself a listen!

The Spotify Playlist:

Cam Hayden
David Bromberg Band “Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothin’ But The Blues”
The title says it all… but seriously, great to see a musician I’ve been listening to for over 40 years out with a new, vital recording. Worth checking out the whole thing!
*This song is not available to stream

Lionel Rault
The Band of Heathens “All I’m Asking”
Heart-felt performance, strong hook…

Terry David Mulligan
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers “Hard Bop”
Sublime. Ridiculously joyous.
*This song is not available to stream.

Mark Antonelli
Philippe Sly/John Charles Britton “Der Leiermann, Op. 89, #24”
Sly is an incredibly talented Canadian singer. He sings Schubert with guitar accompaniment which is rather unusual. It’s thought that Schubert may have composed some of his many songs with the guitar in mind. The music seems much more intimate with guitar rather than piano…conjuring images of a lover’s serenade or some kind or romantic balcony scene.

The Beach Boys– “Sail On, Sailor”
1972, The Beach Boys were at stress point with Brian Wilson sort of going ‘too strange’, Blondie Chaplin ex- Flames/The Flames (from South Africa), now a full fledged ‘Beach Boy’ sings the lead vocals. It is a stand out single from the Holland album (released 1973). Sail-On!

Kodi Hutchinson
Vince Guaraldi Trio “It’s De-Lovely”
Best known for his music associated with the Charlie Brown animated television specials, pianist Vince Guaraldi had a wealth of music earlier in his career that led up to those hallmark recordings.

Orest Soltykevych
Bergmann Duo Piazzolla: Oblivion
A two-piano arrangement of a piece by Argentine composer who popularized the tango, performed by a Vancouver based husband-and-wife piano duo.

Grant Stovel
Laura Marling “Nothing, Not Nearly”
Laura Marling’s new album “Semper Femina” will be out on Friday, and it’s going to be breathtaking. Each of the several advance cuts has been amazing, wistful and gorgeous in its own unique way. On this latest single, she reminds us that “nothing matters more than love — no, not nearly”.

Allison Brock
Jim Lauderdale “This Changes Everything”
The title track from Jim’s release of late 2016 has exactly what first drew me to his work back in the early 1990’s: a catchy-as-all-heck hummable melody. Close to three decades later he can still turn out a great “poppish” sounding song without being mainstream. Feel free to hum along!

Amy van Keeken
Cate le Bon “Rock Pool”
Title track from her Rock Pool EP released in January by Cate le Bon. Especially catchy, I wanna sing this all day. I wonder if she’s looking for any new back up singers… Cate! Pick me!

*This song is not available on Spotify. Hear it here:

Oskar Zybart
Noveller (Sarah Lipstate) “Trails and Trials”
A 21st-Century guitar hero, Sarah Lipstate creates solo, hypnotic, cinematic tapestries under the name Noveller. She’s recently released her newest album ‘A Pink Sunset For No One’, and the LP’s fifth track “Trails and Trials” is the first single. Very cool stuff, and a good introduction to her sound.

*This song is not available on Spotify. Hear it here:

Lark Clark
Kris Drever “Going To The North”
A reassuring, energizing, loving exhortation – in case someone needs a bit of reassurance, energy, and love – as the go to the north.

Tony King
Lee Konitz “Darn That Dream”
At 89 years of age Lee Konitz releases new music that stands a testament to the fertile creative mind, regardless of one’s station in life. Konitz imaginative interpretation of this standard (complete with a mumbling scat) is sparkling, quirky and just weird enough to make it a nice addition to his canon of work.

Kathryn Calder
Neko Case “This Tornado Loves You”
I love how the music itself sounds a little bit like a tornado in this one!

Lisa Wilton
The Waterboys “Fisherman’s Blues””
This is one of my all-time favourite songs. It manages to be melancholy and uplifting at the same time. Mike Scott’s writing and singing are at their best here. An absolute classic in the folk-rock genre and one of The Waterboys’ best tracks.

Monica Miller
Roberto Lopez “Oye Candelaria”
“Remember those big, beautiful stereo receivers from the 1970s? Well, some of them had a mic input in that shiny metal face plate. When Roberto Lopez was a teenager growing up in Bogotá (Colombia) he would plug his black Les Paul knockoff guitar into his parents stereo and crank it up until he got that sweet distortion that he was after. Much to his parents’ dismay of course.”
So begins the press release for Lopez’ new album Criollo (CREE – OY – YO) Electrik – produced with Ivan Duran in Belize (Garifuna Collective, Danny Michel, KoboTown). I had trouble deciding just which track on the album was the best “House Blend” choice; in the end I went with the groovy bass line that kicks off “Oye Candelaria” (OY yay CAN dell ARE ee UH). By the way, Roberto Lopez has been based in Montreal since 1994.

See the playlists from previous weeks here.