Beautiful British Columbia: An OurBasement Playlist

 

Clear your schedules! This week’s playlist is a DOOZY! It’s 47 songs. It’s more than 2 and a half hours long! And it’s ALL B.C.!

Yes, following last week’s celebration of all that is Canada, we’re starting on a trip around the Great White North from coast to coast to coast. After today, the first playlist of each month will be dedicated to exposing all the music goods that each province has to offer. That will take us all the way to next July and Canada’s 150th birthday!

Today you’ll be hearing from dozens of bands both familiar and obscure. Some may sound familiar, but they’re not.ย Some you may have forgotten (Remember Brasstronaut? Choir Practice? The Organ?)

Hopefully you make some new musical discoveries. And if there’s anyone from B.C. you feel deserves some more attention, give them a shout in the comments.

Enjoy the music! And I won’t be at all offended if you don’t make it through the whole list…

(What do you think? Is this playlist too long? Is there too much rock? Not enough hip hop? Give me your feedback below.)

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192 thoughts on “Beautiful British Columbia: An OurBasement Playlist

  1. Morning! Light rain here, hoping for more. Droughts make me nervous.
    Splendid playlist zammy/Nick/TOoL! I’m hoping I can get it to play on my phone while I drive around hunting for clothes to cut apart.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Hey, the City of Toronto has unblocked ‘www.cbcmusic.ca’! Not sure why, but the artists section is still blocked, i.e. artists.cbcmusic.ca, also not sure if I’ll go and listen though.

    And hope you’re all well, I feel like we need a better ‘chat’ widget here. Sorry just the developer in me chiming in, great job otherwise everyone!

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  3. Btw – I think we/you should put a page on Facebook as well for ourbasement.ca, its the devil i know but you can leverage it to get more people aware of this site.

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  4. @wynn – I have a facebook page made but it’s not live yet, I just need to change the theme and fix up the ascetics in here, and i’ve been so damn busy at work this week. I don’t want to push people towards a site that is only like 25% filled out. It’s just difficult for me to get everything done this week.

    I have two plugins that are going to be added. One is a new commenting platform and the other is user profiles.

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  5. @Tiff & @Nick Excellent, that sounds great. BTW – So now that I have no one to bitch at at CBC Music, I’ll be bitching here – JUST KIDDING!

    I wonder if you/we should start some crowd funding thing on KickStarter or indiegogo?

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  6. holy, do I feel old
    you didn’t know Payola$? Paul Hyde and Bob Rock, who went on to become a big-time producer for bands like the Cult, Offspring, Bryan Adams…

    Saw them live, opening for Split Enz, way back when.

    ps: it’s Eyes of a Stranger. as in
    you’ve got the eeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyes

    of a stranger

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  7. that’s when they became Paul Hyde & the payolas.
    trying to break into the US and de-emphasizing the name Payolas because of the stigma in the US, from some 25 years before or so

    do y’all know about the whole payola thing in the US? Took down Alan Freed, the guy who (IIRC) is credited for the term rock & roll

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  8. @kirk – 80’s music is tied with indie music for me. I’m OBSESSED with 80’s music lol

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  9. Jason Collett’s version of Stars: Reunion always sounds like a summer song to me. It’s something you’d listen to in a great big convertible with the top down.

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  10. that’s a lot of research you did there, TooL
    I’m curious how you picked some of the tunes, like that Trooper one. Random? did you listen through and think it was probably the single from the album? Wikipedia?

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  11. I do find it amusing that people are into 80s music these days (and you’re not the only person I’ve heard that from, tiffy), but that’s probably because I am An Old.

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  12. @loweeda – woah woah woah. This is not a trend. I literally grew up on supertramp, yes, genesis (i’m aware that most of these are 70’s) duran duran, phil collins, paul mccartney.

    Like, their has not been a time that I haven’t loved 80’s music.

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  13. that playlist is only scratching the surface, really

    Rose Chronicles (you all probably know their name if you heard Grant relaying Chris Murphy’s rant about losing most promising Juno to them)

    Delerium

    Skinny Puppy

    Grapes of Wrath

    Lava Hay

    Images in Vogue

    I know these are all old bands, although Delerium is still going, and Grapes of Wrath released an album about 4 years ago. It’s a shame that it’s so hard to find the alternative stuff from back in the day. It toils in obscurity

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  14. tiffy: I wasn’t saying you were just being ‘trendy’!

    I think the enduring popularity of this music speaks to its quality, really, and I love that even today people can listen to songs I grew up loving and still find things to love, too.

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  15. so when hit AB, don’t forget about Stampeders. They’re playing the Gateway festival. Shame I can’t go.
    good work, Mr Dawson!

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  16. @loweeda – totally. There’s a reason why 70’s and 80’s music is still very relevant and popular today. Because it was good!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  17. krib
    I did end up on Wiki in the end. I looked all over for a decent source of B.C. bands, but nothing was really reliable enough. Wiki isn’t exactly the best source, either – a band has to either post about themselves or get big enough for someone else to do it for them – but it was the best of a bad lot.
    In the end, I went through and listened to a handful of tracks from each artist on their list and chose a track from each that fit the sound and feel that was my aim. It was a lot of work and I listened to a whole lot of terrible music, but I think the end result was well worth it.
    I also was looking specifically for tracks from artists with relatively few spins on Spotify. There are only a couple that have 1M on more than one track. Most have less than 500K.

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  18. my kids, in their younger days, didn’t know about Green Day.
    they were playing that snot-punk stuff, so I pointed them to Green Day.

    Then American Idiot was released and everyone knew about Green Day again, because it had been a few years between albums, I think

    I think I got one of them into Rancid and the Clash, too. And then into ska

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  19. crappy radio music has been around since the days people like Pat Boone co-opted and whitewashed the rock & roll sound.
    the 70s and 80s had lots of great stuff, but lots of garbage as well

    and let’s not forget the 60’s. It may have been the biggest decade for shifting of pop music from swing/jazz/blues/rock and roll, and the incorporation of all kinds of different stuff into popular music

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  20. so that means when you put Stampeders on the AB list, I won’t have to worry about it being Sweet city woman? cool!

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  21. Spotify won’t play the Great Aunt Ida track for me on the PC desktop version. It’s as if it knows I like Great Aunt Ida, or something.

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  22. @Zammy – Agreed. That match against Goffin was a turning point for him I hope. This is amazing.

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  23. Summer songs – My Girl – Yukon Blonde. I associate that whole Tiger Talk album with summer for some reason.

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  24. I’m really enjoying this playlist, Zammy. thanks for all the work you did to build it

    (and I’m going to keep referring to you as Zammy, if that’s OK, because I don’t like calling you a TooL)

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  25. I can’t watch sports at work. Well, I guess I could, but it would seem wrong somehow–like that’s pushing the procrastination thing just a liiitle too far.

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  26. Alright @zammy, firing up your playlist now, and getting in the zone for programming/coding work…

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  27. Hellooo
    What tennis? No clue here.
    Guess who is very late to work but can post from mobile from an uber? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  28. Also, my beloved Gina Loes and the awesome The Ruffled Feathers are in today’s playlist. If you’re not familiar with them, I hope you enjoy their music.

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  29. “Toronto Maple Leafs have traded goaltender Jonathan Bernier to Anaheim Ducks in return for a conditional pick from the 2017 NHL entry draft.” lol

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  30. @Donna I’m glad to hear that. I love that EP! And from my long-distance interactions with her I can tell she’s the loveliest.

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  31. @Zammy I think I’ll saaaay

    Hey Ocean – Big Blue Wave. Or I Am a Heart. or Make a New Dance up (They ARE summer, this is tough)
    Hollerado – Desire 126 or Pick me Up
    Stella Ella Ola – One of the two I know from Radio 3 ( ._.) (Hypersleep or Too Pretty)

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  32. well, I don’t think it actually says next month is AB up there ^

    but here are some (feel free to change to any other song by said band, except for using Sweet City Woman – I’ll forever be annoyed with you if you do that)

    Stampeders – playin in the band
    Captain Tractor – Here we go Again
    Smalls – (take your pick)
    Corb Lund – Truck got Stuck, or maybe Long Gone to Saskatchewan since SK will be next on your list
    Huevos Rancheros –
    Cadence Weapon
    Chixdiggit

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  33. Andy Stochansky has a song called Shine that could be a good summer playlist addition. It’s also on my playlist called “Songs to Make you Feel Good When you Need To,” just as a point of trivia.

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  34. krib
    You’re right. I apologize. I left out that we’re doing Alberta next, but I did say Provincials would be happening on the first playlist of the month. Those are all great suggestions and I have marked them down. Got any summer songs for next week, though?

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  35. You know what that means?
    The Saskatchewan playlist comes out in September, probably very close to my birthday….
    *Wiggles eyebrows*

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  36. I’m confused: are you asking for songs for AB for next month, or are you asking just for songs for an upcoming playlist?

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  37. well, you can’t have a Canadian music summer song playlist without the likes of Len and Bran Van 3000

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  38. krib
    Great picks! (Len, BV3K) Any particular songs?

    reg
    My rental, my rules. None of us are getting paid for this, anyway!

    loweeda
    I reject that reality and substitute my own!

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  39. @Zammy – It’s got to be “Steal My Sunshine” and “Drinking In LA” doesn’t it?

    (Only songs I know by either of those bands :P)

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  40. I’d throw King of Love by Blackie & the Rodeo Kings out there for consideration, too, but I’m into the rockabilly thing

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  41. Tomorrow is that festival with Rah Rah and Library Voices TT__TT
    Do you know if teleportation is possible already?

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  42. I’d say this little gem by Wil counts as a summer song

    Is he considered a BC artist or AB? He’s from CGY but now lives in Victoria

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  43. and I know KirkofDoom has mentioned it before and I’ll second it
    if you get a chance to see Wil live, GO!!!! don’t stop and think, just go

    so much sound from so few people…

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  44. From The Pack AD (who are in this playlist. Double topical points!)

    Hey all, so we’re playing Ponderosa Fest coming up in August and it’s going to be a helluva fest with a fantastic line up. Great Summer get away good time. Just in time to make it even better for you all, the fest has given us a promo code that will knock off $40 from the $169 Tier 2 Weekend Pass. The code for the Pack is , of course, “ANIMAL”.
    So you know, the promo code only works when someone goes to purchase the Tier 2 Weekend Pass. Once they select it and go to checkout there should be a box that says “enter promo code”. They just need to click that, enter the code, and then they should see the $40 discount applied.
    So go to the site, which you were doing anyway, and get yer discount…your band, The Pack a.d. http://www.ponderosafestival.com/

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  45. ASLO, for the Non-facebookers (no judgement) I am going to set up a little draw for some old CBC r3 bucky buttons.. It isn’t much but I need to put some good into the world right now.. …details to follow asap(maybe tonight)

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  46. Thinking about The Pack A.D. makes me melancholy these days, because I associate them with nvp.
    But! nvp was a great friend to us all and to Canadian indie music and so thinking of him in relation to anything is a good thing, in spite of also being tinged with sadness.
    I hope that makes sense.

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  47. Hi all! I am enjoying the playlist Zammie. What great ideas! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I will think of some summer songs for you when I get a minute or two.

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  48. @Samara – Makes a lot of sense. Pack AD make me think of NVP as well. There are a lot of fond memories that make me smile in with the sad.

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  49. Will wonders ever cease? Newt Gingrich, on the good, understanding side of an issue?

    Gingrich: White Americans โ€˜donโ€™t understand being black in Americaโ€™

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/287026-gingrich-white-americans-dont-understand-being-black-in-america

    A quotation from him: ” โ€œIt took me a long time and a number of people talking to me over the years to begin to get a sense of this: If you are a normal, white American, the truth is you donโ€™t understand being black in America and you instinctively underestimate the level of discrimination and the level of additional risk,” Gingrich said. ” Yow.

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  50. Is this the daily topic where everyone is hanging out? Just posted on the newer post.
    Anyways, Good morning! fun hugs to all! WE NEED A WHOLE LOT MORE LOVE on this planet!

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  51. I was wondering if the layout in the new home for the site will be clearer what the daily topic we are to comment on is. It is great to get other article posts but there should be some way to say “hey over here!”

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  52. How about “The floating bridge of Ennismore” or “Traighli Bay”from Tanglefoot as a summer song

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  53. @Darbs @Samara @Funhug Sorry, guys. We’re working on that. We want to bring you as most fresh music news a day as we can ๐Ÿ˜€

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  54. Hi Scott! Did not know about that band but I just checked one of those songs out. It reminded me of… The Last Saskatchewan Pirate, hahaha.

    Long-time R3 commenter? First time caller?

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  55. From Associated Press: “BREAKING: Authorities: Man called 911 in south Georgia to report break-in, then ambushed, shot officer who came to investigate.”

    America, slow down. What is going on?

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  56. Hi Reginula, I’m a first time caller. unfortunately Tanglefoot has disbanded. they had a good run of 25+ years though. They even got played on CBC once.
    They are good story tellers and have lots of mostly Canadian stories.

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  57. @Scott Great! What’s the best album to get to know them?

    Also, are you in Canada? Thanks for finding Our Basement!

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  58. I started to type out summer songs from my R3 playlists on Spotify. I ended up just throwing them in a Summer playlist. You can use what you want from it.

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  59. I still have a bunch of work to do on getting all my R3 lists on to Spotify. Most of them were over 100 songs and didn’t all get in initially. I have the text but need to edit and move them still.

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  60. Listening to the new BadBadNotGood album. I have seen some very complex and artistic covert arts but I have never been as confused as I’m feeling about this one.

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  61. It worked! I am going to check on my spotify. A bunch of the songs are greyed out for some reason.

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  62. Time with the dude going on here too. I am sure we will get some more biking in this weekend. I will be hanging out at the park helping at our Playing for Change booth at AfroFest tomorrow. Lots of stuff going on for that. I am not sure I will make it to the lake for any of the Summer Invasion or not but it is a possibility.

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  63. I am annoyed

    I saw that Teenage Fanclub are playing in our nations Capital on September 5th and Songkick claimed to have tickets even though it was sold out elsewhere. So I book the accommodation and transport to find that they don’t actually have any tickets either.

    Grrrrrrrrr

    I have spent the last 2 hours looking for live music in London that night and so far all I can see is the BBC Proms. Not Happy!

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  64. @Darbs Lots of things going on indeed! Hope you can make it to Swoonfest! You can always bump into them if you can’t ๐Ÿ˜›

    @Garf Maybe more things will be announced later? What about resellers?

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  65. @Reg I am holding out for other events to appear as I am not a fan of going through resellers. If I had a contact in the band (or they were Canadian) I would tweet them to see if I could get on the guest list but I’m sure everyone is trying that now.

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  66. @Garfy – That sucks. Always tricky booking things. I hope it works out for you.

    @reginula – If you were here I would be going for sure! Paying money for Summer Invasion when it isn’t really our thing is a drawback.

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  67. @Darbs Let me know if me paying for your ticket(s) would make you change your mind. No one should be kept away from cool shows because of that!

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  68. *Checks Air Canada one last time*
    *opens wallet to look for USD 1350*
    *Finds candy-less candy wrap*

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  69. Haha reginula! I do feel bad knowing how much you wish you could be there. I wish you could too. I have seen both Rah Rah and Library Voices many many times though. And what am I doing here still! I need to get going. Have a great weekend!!

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  70. (I don’t have 1350 USD [That’s like over five paycheques) but I do have 25 CAD. And a hair pin!

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  71. Thanks for the welcome Regina and Samara, and thanks for adding the song Top of our Lungs.
    Probably Full Throated Abandon was one of their best albums.
    I out for the weekend. See you Monday.
    Oh yeah I’m in Canada a little town in Ontario called Midhurst.

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  72. Kim Mitchell is the Nickelback of the 80s, as far as some indie folks are concerned. Not me, I think he’s fine.

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  73. Summer Songs:

    Sprawl II (cover) by Hey Ocean! ~ This song completely captures a piece of those gorgeous, warm, humid summer nights of Eastern Canada, when all the world seems full of promise and potential and you realize so many things you didn’t see before.

    Lodestar by Sarah Harmer ~ Evokes those warm, wonderful nights spent paddling the lakes of Ontario with people you love.

    Heart of the Continent by John K. Samson ~ “While rain and thunder drop and roll then stop short of a storm, leave the air stuck with this waiting to be born”…need I say more?

    Emerald Lake, AB by Said The Whale ~ A song about heading up to a lake in Canada so clear you can see right down to the bottom. Also an anthem of R3: “What a fine life we are livin.”

    Northern Air by Elliot BROOD ~ An ode to camping, nature, lakes and “let [ting] some trouble sink.” What better way to pass the summer?

    Romantics II by Inlet Sounds ~ Evocative and heartbreaking. For some reason “crawl beneath the bedsheets” makes me think of swimming in a lake beneath everything. I’ll never forget how this song came on my iPod at the precise moment when, during my flight from Toronto to Vancouver, the clouds rolled back to reveal that we were flying over the Rocky Mountains. We saw the snowy peaks, the pathways, and the glacial lakes as we flew into the sunset. What a beautiful country we have.

    Your Rocky Spine by the Great Lake Swimmers ~ At the Calgary Folkfest, I watched the sun set behind the swaying aspens as Tony Dekker explained that he wrote this song after a visit to Calgary and being struck by Alberta’s awesome beauty.

    Mismatched Eyes (Boat Song) by Whitehorse ~ A song written in the wake of a fight on a boat they had, the song captures the swaying of the boat, the forever feeling of the ocean, and their love for each other.

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