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“Race Against Time” by Public Enemy reminds me of the Stables Pub in Lake Louise. It was the best dance club ever! Within the space of an hour you could hear PE, the Dead, Paul Simon, P-Funk, the Beasties, Nine Inch Nails, Phish, Sly and the Family Stone, Primus, Blur, the Stones, Blues Traveler, the Stone Roses, and the Doors. Long live Abdullah, the greatest DJ in the world. I can’t find an embeddable video of “Race Against Time” that’s viewable in Canada, but it is an AMAZING song, go listen to it.

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“Tripping Billies” by Dave Matthews Band. Getting into DMB was a weird process. When I lived in Lake Louise, one of my roommates bought Under the Table and Dreaming and played it … a LOT. Like, multiple times a day. And it’s not as though I heard it and felt “Oh my God, this is the music my soul has been waiting for!” But when I left LL … it’s like there was a Dave Matthews shaped hole in my life. I bought the album for myself, bought the next one, and the next one – finally saw them live – and an obsession was born.

It’s a conundrum; people who dislike their radio singles I always want to tell “See them live, you’ll be a convert!” But concert tickets being the main way bands make money these days, tickets are expensive, and it’s tough to get your head around shelling out $70+ for a show you’re not sure you’ll enjoy. But still. See them live, you’ll be a convert. I’ve seen ’em 12 times, and I don’t regret a single one. I’ve missed the last two times they were in Toronto, and it feels like I’ve missed out on the cool kids’ party.

Anyway – “Tripping Billies.” For whatever reason, I think this is my favourite of their songs. It’s off their second album; like a lot of their songs, the lyrics make virtually no sense, but it’s got a kickass Boyd Tinsley violin solo and is generally one of the most joyful songs I’ve ever heard. See them live, you’ll be a convert:

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