Against the Grain, Ep. 4

Against the Grain, Ep. 4

Hey guys and girls, hope everyone’s been having a great week so far, and hopefully some of you turned out to Dirty Bingo last week at Chainsaw, I hear it was an absolute blast!

I’m going to change up the formatting for the blog for the final time, which should add some consistency. I’ll still speak on some of the key focuses of the show, yet I will be placing the track list below as opposed to throughout the post.

Today’s show was a bit of a split show due to the extended and improved 2 hour edition of the broadcast. For the first half, I decided to focus on some of my favourite tracks from both American and British artists, whereas the second half was purely Canadian. Started out more pop/punky with some tracks from Neck Deep, Angels and Airwaves, and Yellowcard, while also throwing in some new stuff from Liam Gallagher and John Mayer. Mayer’s show in August was sold out at Budweiser Stage (*cough* Molson Amphitheater), and Gallagher will have a sold-out show at Rebel in Toronto on November 23rd.

This Week In Music…

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he has contracted Lyme Disease, speaking to fans over twitter, he confirmed that a tick bite from his farm has caused him to be extremely sick over the past few months.

15 years ago Yesterday, October 22nd 2002, Foo Fighters released the album “One By One”, which included hits such as “Times Like These” and “All My Life”. The Foos have had to cancel three upcoming shows due to an undisclosed family emergency, and have also released more dates for their Concrete and Gold world tour, including a stop at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 12th. The opening acts have yet to be announced.

Lzzy Hale spoke about Halestorm’s upcoming album recently, saying it was time to “double down” on rock. Halestorm does not yet have a date set for the release, nor do they have a name for the album.

7 Inches for Planned Parenthood is a compilation of music and comedy, which was released early this week, which includes new stuff from the Foo Fighters, a live performance from Bon Iver, and skits for comedic acts such as Sarah Silverman.

Rush will be releasing a 40th anniversary edition of Farewell to Kings which looks to be pretty cool, you can check that out on their website.

Tom DeLonge, formerly of blink-182 and Angels and Airwaves has announced a crowdfunding project in collaboration with former government employees, to help release information on UFO’s to the public. I love him, and it’s a bit crazy, but we will see how it goes.

Finally, Linkin Park will be streaming their tribute concert this Friday on Youtube, 7:45 PST, and 10:45 EST for us here in Ontario. I look forward to it, and I encourage everyone to tune in. 

Music History

Naturally, we talked about the Tragically Hip today. I spoke on their formation from 1984 to present, the consistent lineup of Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, and Gord Downie for 31 years since 1986, as well as their breakout from 1989-1992. The Hip have amassed 14 studio albums, 2 live albums, and one EP in their 30 year career, as well as 16 Junos. I highly recommend watching Long Time Running, which was released this past week. Gord’s solo album, Introduce Yerselfcomes out this Friday, which I am extremely excited for. Please do check it out.

Heavy Hitter

This week’s Heavy Hitter featured Sum 41 and Fake My Own Deathfrom their 2016 album 13 Voices.

Band of the Week

This week we focused on City and Colour; the side project, and now main project of Alexisonfire guitarist and lead vocalist Dallas Green. The project formed in 2005 with the debut album Sometimes, and spiraled into success with following albums Bring Me Your Love, and Little Hell. It was in 2011, with the release of Little Hell, where Dallas announced that he would be leaving Alexisonfire to focus on City and Colour. The band then went on hiatus for a few years until 2015. Since then, Dallas has released 2013’s The Hurry and the Harmand If I Should Go Before You in 2015. He is, without a doubt, my favourite artist to see live. Can’t wait until I see him again.

Double Shot

Billy Talent headlined this week’s Double Shot, and I decided to play my two favourite songs, Stand Up and Run, and Try Honesty. These guys killed it when I saw them open for Guns ‘n’ Roses last year, and they are definitely one of the best modern Canadian rock bands.

I had a lot of fun this week, and I’m really psyched for these 2 hour shows. Hope you enjoy the new blog format, I plan to stick with it.

Watch this cover. Cheers!

City and Colour – Bobcaygeon


  1. Neck DeepDecember (again) [Ft. Mark Hoppus] (3:33) 2016 
  2. Angels & AirwavesThe Adventure (5:13) 2006 
  3. John Mayer – Never On The Day You Leave (3:41) 2017
  4. YellowcardOcean Avenue (3:18) 2003
  5. Liam GallagherFor What It’s Worth (4:12) 2017
  6. MuseMadness (4:41) 2012
  7. Third Eye BlindJumper (4:33) 1997
  8. WeezerIsland in the Sun (3:20) 2001
  9. Kings of LeonUse Somebody (3:51) 2008
  10. ColdplayThe Scientist (5:10) 2002
  11. Bob DylanGirl From the North Country (3:20) 1963
  12. The Tragically HipGrace, Too (5:35) 1994
  13. The Tragically Hip In View (3:43) 2006
  14. The Tragically HipAhead by a Century (3:59) 1996
  15. Sum 41Fake My Own Death (3:15) 2016
  16. Simple PlanPerfect (4:37) 2002
  17. RushRed Barchetta (6:10) 1981
  18. City and ColourHello, I’m In Delaware (5:45) 2005
  19. City and ColourSave Your Scissors (4:49) 2005
  20. Big Wreck – The Oaf (4:40) 1997
  21. Matthew Good – Indestructible (3:27) 1997
  22. Billy TalentStand Up and Run (3:20) 2012
  23. Billy Talent Try Honesty (4:16) 2003
  24. Treble ChargerAmerican Psycho (3:25) 2000


Credit: CBC MusicImage result for gord downie

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