Mike found this one for me, in the sale bin at Sonic Boom, bringing my count of Kevin Hearn albums found on this trip to three! Nice one, Dude!
The 5th Annual Toronto Expedition Series, Part 38 (CD)
This album is laid-back and dreamy, introspective and creative and absolutely beautiful. Throw it on and drift away…
The quality of the music here is truly fantastic stuff.
Lou Reed co-wrote the lyrics and played guitar on Floating, here, and there’s a bunch of other guests too, like Ron Sexsmith, Dan Hill, and a whole cast of others.
It’s safe to say that with every Hearn record I hear, I become a bigger fan each time.
Here’s the other disc we found in the stealth 3-for-$10 bin outside BMV. Total score!
The 5th Annual Toronto Expedition Series, Part 11 (CD)
“Billed as a collection of songs that explore dreams and disappointments, love and loss,”* this album is named after a section of L.A.’s Wilshire Blvd. There’s a coastal city feel to its (mostly) slower, folky, introspective tunes.
Tons of guests here, including Kurt Swinghammer, Jim Creeggan (among many others), and songwriting from Ron Sexsmith and Steven Page. Van Dyke Parks adds strings on a track. It’s also Brian MacMillan’s** first album with the band!
* From Wiki.
** We saw Brian MacMillan here in our town (back in 2008), at the Knox Acoustic Café. He was awesome then, and he’s awesome here too!
This disc was one of our finds in the stealth 3-for-$10 bin outside BMV. Stealth, you say? Yes, you see, ordinarily the only bin they have is in the main music section of the store. But as we were leaving BMV, feeling awesome about all of our finds, we discovered a new addition: another 3-for-$10 bin outside the store! It hadn’t been there on our way into the store… but it was there on our way out! Of course, we had to look… I found one disc which Mike wanted, and I got the other two – and this was one of them. Score!
Also, for our international friends who may be wondering, Kevin Hearn is in Barenaked Ladies. This excellent band is a solo effort for him.
The 5th Annual Toronto Expedition Series, Part 10 (CD)
This is light, gentle, happy music. With a sweet swing throughout, and just enough quirk (think Rheostatics, somewhat) to keep things fascinating.
It takes great talent and creativity to make music like this. It sounds like the simplest thing, but it surely isn’t. The accompanying band plays these songs perfectly.
Hell, they even cover Sabbath’s War Pigs with a country bounce (and occasional heavier bits). It’s… disconcerting, but awesome!
Perfect feel-good tunes. I loved this record!