Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: mixed tape

fridaymixedtape.ca: for youtube.ca

Youtube just launched Youtube.ca (which resolves to http://ca.youtube.com). So in honour of this annoying announcement (here’s what I think of it), this week we present to you fridaymixedtape.ca: Chilliwack: My Girl I actually had no idea that this song was Chilliwack, and hence Canadian. Actually a snappy little number. That’s the nice thing about fridaymixedtape.ca […]

friday mixed tape: nautical disasters

Stan Rogers: Northwest Passage Try to listen to this without getting all teary-eyed. Sung not by Stan Rogers, of course, but the St. Patrick’s Regional Secondary Chamber Choir Men, in Vancouver. Gordon Lightfoot: Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald Tragically Hip: Nautical Disaster

friday mixed tape: gimmicks

I loved these three tunes when I was a kid, in the early-to-mid-eighties. I remember them getting lots of play-time on the morning radio station my parents listened to (the stodgy talk radio station, CJAD). So, here were some of my top music choices from ages eight to ten: Joe Dolce: Shaddap You Face (1980, […]

friday mixed tape: ladies sing the blues

Bessie Smith: St. Louis Blues Queen of the 20s blues, in the 1929 film St. Louis Blues. Billie Holiday: Fine and Mellow Along with sax great Lester Young, the band here features an all-star line-up of luminaries: Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Gerry Mulligan, Roy Eldridge, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickenson, Danny Barker, Milt Hinton, Mal Waldron. […]

friday mixed tape: big lungs

This week, some guys who look like they might burst a few blood vessels. Bruce Springsteen: Lost in the Flood This one is fantastic…what a build-up. Van Morrison & The Band: Caravan Check those moves!! Joe Cocker: With a Little Help from My Friends

friday mixed tape: 88-90 dance tracks

After all the rock n roll lately, i thought i should, well try to get some booty on the floor. So this week, three of the big dance anthems from the late 80s/early 90s, when my own distinctive dance style was just coming into its own. These tracks all share an added characteristic: the egregious […]

friday mixed tape: SNL performances

Normally Saturday Night Live music performances are pretty terrible (don’t know if the show’s even still on? do they still have bands?) … But I’ve seen a few good/impressive ones. Sugarcubes: Birthday This was the first time I’d heard Bjork, and I thought what the hell is this? I’d never heard anything like it. Neil […]

Saturday Mixed Tape: Rock Operas

The Who: Acid Queen (Tommy) Frank Zappa: Watermelon in Easter Hay (Joe’s Garage) Pink Floyd: In The Flesh (The Wall)

Sunday Mixed Tape: CBGBs

Sorry, this is a couple of days late… Hilly Kristal, owner of the famed CBGBs, where punk rock was born, died last week. In tribute: Talking Heads: Warning Sign (197?) Blondie: A Girl Should Know Better (1975) And, of course: The Ramones: Blitzkrieg Bop (1977)

Friday Mixed Tape: Men and Pianos

Tom Waits: Take Me Home Randy Newman: I Think It’s Going To Rain Today Elton John: Tiny Dancer