Clearly, it’s holiday season, so let’s switch gears a little. Share your musical recommedations.


Well judging by the slowing down of comments, it would appear that the holiday internet slowdown is upon us. Which also means that it’s time to put out a post that is a little on the light side.

For me, one of the things I’m curious about is musical preferences – especially since I was once (way back in my undergrad days) one of those audio geeks who reveled in finding that great band that nobody else had heard of. Nowadays, I don’t have much time to find new music and usually resort to relying on my brother or hearing something awesome on CBC radio (CBC is great for that), or maybe even catching a snippet of something I like in a TV show or a movie.

Anyway, one of the things that has stuck since my Hannah was born in 2001 was the making of an annual music mix. A list of all lists where songs chosen weren’t necessarily an exercise in music aristocracy (I know a lot of people are into that), but rather just a reflection of the year itself – for me, my wife and now my two young kids.

So without further ado, here is my mix for 2007 (see below), as well as a few alternates that didn’t quite make it because of CD space. Would love to hear what others might recommend (even a link to a soundfile would great), and if you also have a mix, then do share.

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somebody to love* – queen
nobody wants to – crowded house
phantom limb – the shins
young folks* – peter bjorn and john
don’t go breaking my heart* – elton john and kiki dee
sunshine* – matt costa
keep the car running – arcade fire
the story – brandi carlile
sula* – jeremy fisher
mr. tough – yo la tengo
grey in l.a. – loudon wainwright iii
journey from a to b – badly drawn boy
i don’t feel like dancing – scissor sisters
closer – travis
the long way around* – dixie chicks
ain’t nothing wrong with that* – robert randolph and the family band
no one is to blame – emile millar
we’re all in this together* – high school musical soundtrack
working for the weekend* – loverboy

*kid pick.

my rights versus yours – the new pornographers
headache – frank black
how to save a life – the fray
today’s the day – aimee mann
there is so much more – brett dennen
bodysnatchers – radiohead

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at