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Awareness Cool

CBC’s Great Canadian Song Quest

CBC cars, 1970s

For all you Canadian readers (and hopefully even those of you outside of Canada) CBC Radio 2 is running a contest called the “Great Canadian Song Quest.”

You should take a look at the website for the contest.  It lets you select each province and look at a few select artists (including checking out a short sample by each one).  If you can’t see that, or you get annoyed by the Flash stuff, you can check out the Artist Press Kits here.

For you hip hop heads out there, both Shad and Dragon Fli Empire are featured in this contest.  Shad is obviously under Ontario, and Dragon Fli is out in Alberta.  If you go province by province, you’ll see some pretty awesome acts no matter what you’re musical taste is.


Motown turns 50

Motown turns 50

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Motown, the CBC has listed 13 of the legenary Detroit record label’s most memorable songs.  Among the hits on their list are:


Money (That’s What I Want) by Barret Strong

Stop! In The Name Of Love by The Supremes

The Tracks Of My Tears by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

I Want You Back by The Jackson 5

Warr by Edwin Starr

What’s Goin’ On by Marvin Gaye

Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone by The Temptations

Superstition by Stevie Wonder

Brick House by the Commodores

I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross

All classics for sure.   Although the Marvin Gaye track is my favourite on the list, there’s no denying the massive influence the rest of these tunes have had.  The scene from Platoon in which the main characters sing “The Tracks Of My Tears” is maybe the best part of that film (I did my best to find a clip but couldn’t come up with anything).  Many of the tracks have also been sampled to great effect, the most obvious example perhaps being Notorious B.I.G.’s use of “I’m Coming Out” on “Mo Money Mo Problems,” which, coincedentally, was turned into one of the best music videos ever (no joke):

The best part about this story, though, is that despite its age, Motown continues to produce good music.  With artists like India.Arie, Erykah Badu, Damian and Stephen Marley and Q-Tip on its roster, there’s no denying the label will remain an important force in American popular music for years to come.

Art Cool

B.C. hip-hop artists lend a helping hand

It may not be groundbreaking news, but we have a policy here at 4080 that any time the CBC uses the phrase “fresh rhymes, beats” in an article title, we have have to blog about it. And if you don’t believe this could ever happen, head over to the CBC’s website and prepare to be amazed.

The story itself is actually a pretty positive one.  Thanks to a large government grant the Inuvik Youth Centre in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, brought in four “hip-hop artists” from British Columbia to teach the kids about the creative process.  The grant also allowed them to purchase some fairly heavy duty recording equipment.  

So now kids near the Arctic are learning about making beats and writing rhymes.  Even better, they’re gaining an appreciation of the beauty of art: 

“At first reluctant, students in the English class were reciting their own rhymes by the end of the 80-minute session.

“I heard at the beginning of the class, a few of the girls were like, ‘Aww, I don’t really like poetry. I don’t want to be here.’ And then by the end of that class, watching their performance was really beautiful,” said Emma Tius, another artist and facilitator.”



Ann Coulter demonstrates her ignorance

This video is straight up hilarious.

Ann Coulter, the postergirl for shock jock tactics, shows just how much “history” she actually knows.  In this interview with Canada’s CBC, she tries to make the argument that Canada should have sent troops to Iraq the same way they sent troops to Vietnam.

The interviewer tries to set her straight.


Stephen Colbert and the H.N.I.C. Theme Song

It’s a friday afternoon and I’m at work (a bad combination if you’re my manager). Anyways, check out this video a co-worker sent me (yeah, you know you love forwarded emails) of Stephen Colbert discussing the CBC’s decision to drop the famous ‘Hockey Theme.’ It’s funny even if you’re not Canadian.