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Published on December 9th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

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“Reasons Why Canadian Music Is Better Than American Music”–Written by an American

We Canadians love when we get validation from out US neighbours, don’t we?  Prepare to spazz out with this opinion piece from Noisey:

I’ve been to Canada a lot in the past year, and I’ve come to the conclusion that our brothers and sisters in the Great White North are churning out records that make the States’ musical output look like a Baptist Sunday School singalong. 

Say what you want about how we created rock ‘n’ roll and rap and The Grind and everything. But look: The Grind premiered 20 years ago, which in Internet time is about three millennia. Let’s take a look at right now.

In a very short time, Canada has spawned music for all types of humans and situations: Feist for your first dates, Grimes for your post-Internet road trips, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan for your visionary experi-sludge seshes, Arcade Fire for thumbing wistfully through your cousin’s yearbook, Deadmau5 for your company’s digital marketing team, Metz for when you’re sick of your Mudhoney records, TRUST for all those Klonopin sleepovers… the list is longer than that, but you see where I’m going.

I’m not saying that the States doesn’t have it’s own totally respectable music thing going on, or Canada doesn’t rip us off every chance they get. I’m saying there are a series of conditions at play up there that bands to grow in ways that make me jealous. Here are all the things about Canada that make their pop music a bajillion times better. 

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About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.



One Response to “Reasons Why Canadian Music Is Better Than American Music”–Written by an American

  1. Mark A. says:

    "Deadmau5 for your company's digital marketing team," is hysterical.

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