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All the Good Music Comes from Across the Pond

Throughout the last week or so I have been making incremental additions to my sad excuse for a music library. One of the occupational hazards of being a student is, obviously, a lack of extra funds to explore and purchase new music. I usually get new music twice a year—July and December, when I get a bit of birthday and Christmas money. And as much as I consider Def Leppard’s greatest hits to be a greatly under-appreciated work here at the dawn of the 21st century, I can only listen to the same songs as I bang away on my keyboard for so long until something gives.

Well this week I decided to press one of the fancy theological terms that I have come across in grad school into the service of justifying my new music purchases. I am spending my money proleptically, that is, as if I already had it. This is not to be confused with spending money I do not have. I am simply living according to what I believe will one day be a reality. For those who cannot (or will not) appreciate the deep theological significance of my spending choices, I can only promise that I shall pray for you…

Anyway, two recommendations from a friend are tickling my ears as I write these words. I have been thoroughly enjoying my introduction to Snow Patrol, a band whose members hail from Ireland and Scotland, and Sigur Rós, out of Iceland. I was also pleased to discover that The Verve is planning to record another album. Some may remember their smash hit, “Bittersweet Symphony,” from Urban Hymns in 1997 and despite the fact that this is just a flat out good album, I will always remember them for another reason.

One of my philosophy professors in university once told us of how he compiled a mixed CD for his wife to listen as she was giving birth to their first child. In amongst such monuments to creativity and technical proficiency as “Cum on Feel the Noize” (Quiet Riot), and “We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister), there was also The Verve’s “The Drugs Don’t Work,” a choice which I can only imagine did little to enhance his popularity on that fateful day. I have never been able to listen to the song without thinking of an angry woman in labour since…

At any rate, this week’s brief and woefully inadequate foray back into the music-buying world has reinforced my suspicions that the best music has come, and continues to come from across the pond. A big thank you to all the Euro-rockers whose efforts will keep me entertained until Christmas.

Or at least until I decide to “spend proleptically” again…

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. jc #

    okay, this isn’t jc, it’s vc…glad to hear you’re enjoying the new music! and i agree with you, the uk makes good music.

    June 27, 2007
  2. not bad choices all around even if they are slightly lagging behind the ‘up to the minute’ phenom of the music world.

    June 28, 2007
  3. Mike C. #

    snow patrol is good. Have you heard Arcade Fire (Montreal)? What about The Kooks (also from the UK). Also The Killers are good (UK)

    June 28, 2007
  4. jc #

    The Killers are from Las Vegas

    June 28, 2007
  5. The Killers are not from UK…sigh…they are a vegas band born and raised…

    June 29, 2007
  6. ohh i guess jc said that already…

    June 29, 2007
  7. how much time have you spent exploring canadian music ry – it’s really beginning to flower

    July 2, 2007
  8. I confess, Dale, that I am mostly ignorant about what’s new and exciting in Canadian music. Any recommendations?

    July 2, 2007
  9. Mike C. #

    sorry sorry sorry – re: the Killers (tough blog-site!)

    July 3, 2007
  10. jc #

    mike c, yeah it is tough…. but don’t worry a lot of people seem to assume they are from the UK. I thought Bloc Party were from Quebec but they are actually from the UK. I was feeling my music collection was getting a little stale recently so I started listening to the new White Stripes – Icky Thump, Travis – The boy with no name, Interpol – Our Love to admire, and Mice Parade – by Mice Parade. I think the Interpol is pretty good as well as the new Mice Parade. I would also recommend Wilco’s – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot if you have not heard it already. It’s been out there for awhile considering they just released their second album since then. I wish I could recommend there new one. Also any Pedro the Lion album is worth a listen in my opinion.

    Haven’t really liked that much Canadian music. I kind of like the first Arcade Fire album… or maybe just two songs. I did not like the new one at all. I’d rather listen to The Boss himself then people trying to be like him. So what is out there now? Do the Tragically Hip have a new one out? he he he.

    July 3, 2007

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