2.9: Bruce Cockburn – Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws (1979)

Spirituality. It’s a pretty open-ended term. But one thing common across the faith spectrum (or the absence thereof) may be the sense of becoming part of something bigger than yourself and experiencing mystery and wonder. It isn’t easily defined and categorized as some systems of faith might have us believe. But it’s significant all the same. Read more about 2.9: Bruce Cockburn – Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws (1979)[…]

2.8: Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um (1959)

Music doesn’t always make it easy on you. It often challenges you. It shocks you. It confuses you. And through that, it makes you hear other music differently after a journey down a twisty path leading you through unfamiliar cultural and artistic territory to destinations you didn’t anticipate. Soon, you find yourself both challenged and Read more about 2.8: Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um (1959)[…]

2.6: Tori Amos – Under the Pink (1994)

Sometimes, the best advice you can follow is: shut up and listen. That way you learn more, particularly about the stories of others that often remain hidden from you, yet are vital to know and understand. During a period of discovery for Rob around the issues of feminism and the burdens placed on women by Read more about 2.6: Tori Amos – Under the Pink (1994)[…]

2.5: OK Go – Of the Blue Colour of the Sky (2010)

The comfort album: in times of trial, it offers just the right song to make things bearable. It give us lyrics that speak directly to us when we’re most in need. They make us feel less alone, and remind us that “this too shall pass” – sometimes very literally. That was Graeme’s predicament at one Read more about 2.5: OK Go – Of the Blue Colour of the Sky (2010)[…]

2.4: Tom Waits – Mule Variations (1999)

Sometimes an album can offer you a point of departure: that moment when suddenly – WHAM! – everything clicks and new musical vistas are in front of you.  We return to a theme we discussed back in episode 7 of our first season as we talk about Shannon’s journey with Tom Waits, specifically with his 1999 Read more about 2.4: Tom Waits – Mule Variations (1999)[…]

2.3: Anne Murray – Let’s Keep It That Way (1978)

Your parents’ music. It can shape your own taste in various capacities. Or it can give you something to rebel against. Sometimes, it can be both. Either way, the music your parents put on when you were a kid isn’t just a soundtrack to your childhood; it’s a part of the tapestry of their personalities, Read more about 2.3: Anne Murray – Let’s Keep It That Way (1978)[…]

2.2: Nick Drake – Bryter Layter (1971)

Sometimes you find your favourite music. But in those rarer moments, that music seems to find you. That’s the experience Rob had with 1971’s Bryter Layter by singer-songwriter Nick Drake. The record was Drake’s second album, exploring English folk-rock textures with some chamber pop and jazz thrown in, and with some interesting lyrical content to Read more about 2.2: Nick Drake – Bryter Layter (1971)[…]

2.1: Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1999)

Break-ups! Autobiography! Pop crossovers! Season 2 of Deeper Cuts kicks off with a HUGE record from the late nineties, and a formative one for Shannon to boot while she was a musically curious 14-year old. Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill consolidated the nu-soul movement as it connected with hip-hop, reggae, and other genres by the end of Read more about 2.1: Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1999)[…]

Holiday Special: John Denver and the Muppets – A Christmas Together (1979)

What is it about Christmas and holiday music? One thing’s for sure, it definitely takes us back to our childhoods. That’s precisely where Graeme, Shannon, and Rob went on this special holiday episode of  Deeper Cuts; specifically, to the 1979 album John Denver and The Muppets – A Christmas Together. They discuss favourite tracks, common Read more about Holiday Special: John Denver and the Muppets – A Christmas Together (1979)[…]

9: Supertramp – Breakfast In America (1979)

Pop music; we all have to start somewhere. For Graeme, pop music was a big part of his journey as a pre-teen, skipping a grade in school and finding himself surrounded by the monstrous reality known as Junior High School. During that time of awkwardness and alienation, it was Supertramp’s massively popular 1979 album Breakfast Read more about 9: Supertramp – Breakfast In America (1979)[…]

Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Eight

You might think all of us at Deeper Cuts have gone Hollywood with this week’s Spotify playlist. It’s only logical that you feel this way. But we don’t think you’ll be saying goodbye stranger to Supertramp’s Breakfast in America anytime soon. I mean, oh darling, if you ask Graeme there hasn’t been a better album from the Read more about Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Eight[…]

Beethoven addendum: Classical music recommendations

Sometimes we have to cut material from the podcast. From episode 8, we have Graeme, Rob and Shannon offering their recommendations of other classical pieces to listen to. Graeme suggests Bach’s Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers wake) and Thomas Tallis’ Spem in Alium; Rob recommends Claude Debussy’s La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Read more about Beethoven addendum: Classical music recommendations[…]

8: Beethoven – Mass in C major

Classical music. It’s old. It’s complex. It can be intimidating. But somehow, the best of it goes beyond mere academic appreciation and makes you feel things. This is especially true if, like our Shannon Dohar, you get to participate in it. Shannon performed Beethoven’s Mass in C as a member of a choir and this Read more about 8: Beethoven – Mass in C major[…]

Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Seven

Beethoven’s Mass in C encompasses many human states: mystery, contemplation, joy, exultation, dismay, wonder, adoration, love. It tells the story of the Mass but makes small and large innovations in how it tells that tale. In short, it’s a welcome addition to the albums covered by Deeper Cuts and we have it on this week’s Read more about Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Seven[…]

7: Joe Jackson – Night and Day (1982)

Have you ever felt a page of your life turn, moving from one chapter to another? It’s a common experience that can be tumultuous but also pretty exciting, too. During a time of transition for Rob, it was Joe Jackson’s 1982 album Night and Day that provided the soundtrack. It was what we term an Read more about 7: Joe Jackson – Night and Day (1982)[…]

Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Six

Ever found an album that promises the latest top 40 hit by a new wave artist and then it turns out to have Cuban influenced salsa numbers, songs ruminating about living in New York, jazz (and not the cool kind AM radio played) and lyrics that explored urban living in 1982 in all the many Read more about Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Six[…]

6: Indigo Girls – Rites of Passage (1992)

Road trip! It’s a common and very welcome battle cry, even if we’re just taking a journey by ourselves. The best and most memorable road trips are very often, if not always, accompanied by a great soundtrack. For Graeme, that soundtrack was Indigo Girls’ 1992 offering Rites of Passage, an album that he took with Read more about 6: Indigo Girls – Rites of Passage (1992)[…]

Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Five

Songs about motion, songs about journeys, songs about destinations, songs about places and people long past… all these things and more can be found in the Indigo Girls’ 1992 album Rites of Passage, the latest addition to our Spotify playlist, which includes almost every album covered on Deeper Cuts. Put on some headphones, put on Read more about Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Five[…]

5: XTC – Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999)

Location, location, location. Sometimes, a record is vivid enough to make you feel as though you’re in one as you listen. Maybe it can even help you make sense of your physical location, too. For Rob Jones, XTC’s eminently pastoral and Anglocentric 1999 album Apple Venus Volume 1 provided both of those things to him Read more about 5: XTC – Apple Venus Volume 1 (1999)[…]

4: The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving (2000)

Very often, we outgrow the place where we’re from. That can be one of the signs that we’ve come of age. But leaving an old familiar place and finding a home in a new one is rarely simple, especially when you’re young. That’s the subject of our discussion around The Weakerthans’ 2000 album Left and Leaving, a Read more about 4: The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving (2000)[…]

Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Three

Songs of living in Winnipeg, being awkward, dealing with the hard work of relationships and evaluating your life choices through a garage sale are among those being examined this week when the Weakerthans’ 2000 album Left and Leaving joins our Spotify playlist. Give it, and the songs on albums covered on previous episodes, a listen. You Read more about Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Three[…]

Bonus Content: The Sesame Street Record’s deleted final track

If you listened carefully to our “3 minutes more or less” summary of The Sesame Street Record, you might notice that there was one final track in that that’s not in our Spotify Playlist. That’s because the original release of The Sesame Street Record was an LP, on a vinyl record with two sides. The Read more about Bonus Content: The Sesame Street Record’s deleted final track[…]

3: The Sesame Street Record (1970)

Chances are, our first encounters with music was that which was aimed right at our hungry little learning minds and dancing little feet. For generations of kids, including our own Graeme Burk, a heavyweight in this department was the original cast recording The Sesame Street Record, released in 1970. Like the groundbreaking TV show it was Read more about 3: The Sesame Street Record (1970)[…]

Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Two

We’ve got rubber duckies, musings on what is up and what is down and meditations on being green, alongside determinations of the most impossible word you’ve ever seen, what people (and Big Birds) have two of, and just how a face can make you feel inside. That’s right: The Sesame Street Record (1970) comes to Read more about Deeper Cuts Spotify Playlist: Week Two[…]

2: Ani DiFranco – Not a Pretty Girl (1995)

Everyone needs a role model. This is true even for those who become role models themselves later on including Shannon Dohar. At one time, Ani DiFranco’s 1995 album Not A Pretty Girl served as her template, including the cover art that informed her ideal wardrobe! Shannon, Graeme, and Rob discuss the album that explores the complexity of Read more about 2: Ani DiFranco – Not a Pretty Girl (1995)[…]

1: Tears For Fears – The Hurting (1983)

Being a teenager is tough. We all have those albums that we went to for solace when we were slogging through our teen years that helped us to realize that we’re not alone in our awkward gloominess. Rob submits this one as his go-to teenage angst record; Tears For Fears’ 1983 debut album The Hurting. Read more about 1: Tears For Fears – The Hurting (1983)[…]

Deeper Cuts starts October 19

Starting on Thursday, October 19 is Deeper Cuts, a new podcast from the team who brought you A Year With the Beatles and Reality Bomb. Featuring Graeme Burk, Rob Jones and Shannon Dohar, Deeper Cuts explores albums of personal significance. The premise is simple: every week Shannon, Graeme or Rob will pick an album that has Read more about Deeper Cuts starts October 19[…]