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Jason Collett

March 10th, 2016 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

My fellow Torontonian Jason Collett released an album last month called Song and Dance Man – I didn’t even know until now! The title track (which you can hear in the video above) is a wonderful little tune about sticking it out as a musician in the digital age.

Land Of The Free Mix

December 8th, 2013 | The Mix | 0 Comments

I’ve got 2 months, 18 days left as of this writing until I am officially released from the IDF. I’ve already got my plane ticket back to North America booked. When I get back, I plan on hanging around Toronto for about a month, then after Passover I’ll set off on a road trip across the United States. I’m hoping to play some solo shows as Bulldog Skin if possible (anyone who’d like to host me in their home town/city, let me know!!) but more importantly, I just want feel totally free, moving from state to state, city to city, nobody telling me what to do, where to be, what to eat, when to sleep, etc. Most Israelis go to Thailand or South America, but I want to go back to a country where everyone speaks English, where people know what indie rock is, where cool things happen and people get pop culture references, etc.  I made this mix for those long busrides, but perhaps moreso to listen to when things are tough in the army, to remind myself where I’ll be in a couple months. USA! USA! 🙂

(Unfortunately, a lot of these songs are very well known, so if I posted an actual mix of this on mediafire it’d get taken down in a second – instead, I’ve created a youtube playlist you can just stream through…)

1. MC5 – Back In The USA

2. Simon And Garfunkle – America

3. Waxahatchee – Coast To Coast

4. Pavement – Range Life

5. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

6. Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

7. Handsome Furs – Repatriated

8. LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum

9. Jason Collett – Roll On Oblivion

10. The Walkmen – Louisiana

11. The Hold Steady – Sequestered In Memphis

12. Allman Brothers – Ramblin’ Man

13. Cat Power – Stuck Inside A Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (Bob Dylan Cover)

14. Loretta Lynn (ft. Jack White) – Portland, Oregon

15. Jackson Browne – Running On Empty

16. The White Stripes – Boll Weevil (Live)


Top 50 Canadian Albums Of The Decade, 14-10

December 21st, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

14. The New Pornographers – Electric Version
Ok, so Challengers may be my favorite, but Electric Version is probably actually the band’s most consistent long player and it was the Pornos album that made me a fan. I’m not even sure how I heard about the band but I remember the first time I heard songs like “From Blown Speakers” and “Chump Change” it was like a sugar rush for my ears or something, I was totally blown away. Even listening to it now, six years on, those songs are just as amazing and pop-perfect.
13. Jason Collett – Here’s To Being Here
Way, way, way better than the albums that came before it, Here’s To Being Here was a brilliant tribute to the folk-rock of the 70s but it also happened to find Collett at his most characteristic, sounding supremely confident and in-the-moment as he lead his band through his tightest set of songs ever. “Out Of Time” goes from a easy groove into full on a dance-y bounce and back again. And that little synth solo is brilliant, somehow perfectly fitting. “Papercut Hearts” is strangely a lot of fun and though it’s kind of hard to take “Henry’s Song” too seriously, that doesn’t get in the way of it being an incredible and at times moving song.
12. Stars – Set Yourself On Fire
I remember when this came out it was a knockout. And it’s still a knockout. The orchestral arrangements, those perfectly composed touched-by-twee songs, the almost cartoonishly perfect vocals by Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan – if, like me, you were in high school at the time, you wouldn’t know a cool teenage girl who wasn’t in love with this album. It’s just so brilliantly constructed, revisit it if you haven’t listened to it in a while, you’ve probably forgotten how good it is. There are few moments on this entire album that aren’t genuinely moving and gorgeous in their nostalgic teenage romanticism.
11. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
Is it clear that I really like The New Pornographers yet? Ok, so it might not be my favorite or their most consistent, but Twin Cinema is the most New Pornographers-y of all their albums. The power is more powerful and the pop is…pretty much as good as ever. Actually, in songs like the simple but meticulous “Use It”, the awesome (is there any other way to describe it?) “Jackie Dressed In Cobras” and the whirlwind “Sing Me Spanish Techno”, it’s better. Also, here the Pornos manage to combine the crayon colored pop of their previous albums with a large measure of the grandeur that would dominate their next.
10. Feist – The Reminder
Somewhere along the way, somebody must have had the crazy notion that Feist could become some kind of global superstar, transcending her indie beginnings and outselling just about everyone she’s ever known. Somebody somewhere must have thought this possible…right? The fact is, she obviously had the talent to all along, but these days talent is only worth so much. The Reminder was the kind of ambitious project that could have gone either way for Feist and luckily, it ended up becoming more successful than perhaps anyone could have imagined. Feist stepped up and took a big role in the writing of the songs and unsurprisingly there were all kinds of messy emotions and tangled ideas behind that charming facade. Big kudos also needs to go out to producer Gonzales, who masterfully brought Feist’s songs to life with a wide pallet of friendly sounds that, at the same time, were unusual and interesting. For instance, the left handed piano that guides “My Moon My Man” isn’t something you’ll be hearing in a Taylor Swift song any time soon, and the lush orchestration that envelopes “Limit To Your Love” that draws from Motown and classic movie scores is used so soulfully that with most other artists it would just seem parodic. Even those little details, like the fact that they recorded in an empty mansion and made sure to get bird sounds on the record, all contribute to the masterpiece that the album is. This is one for the time capsule.

Jason Collett

September 27th, 2007 | Features | 1 Comment

Alrighty, so I was in a Sunrise Records today and I had to pick up this album which I’ve been waiting for for months: that’s right. Kevins Drew‘s solo album Spirit If…I’m listening to it right now and it’s just plain groovalicious. Kevin Drew is just like the coolest guy ever and his music breaks my heart…despite the fact his lyrics range from absolute nonsense to absolute brilliance. The guy is also going out with Feist and yeah, that’s one hell of a power couple. Anyways, I was thinking about making the band of the week Kevin Drew or Broken Social Scene but everyone knows them already so I decided to give some attetion to one of the lesser known talents of the Social Scene.


Collett is (in addition to being a member of BSS) a folkish type singer-songwriter of the Dylanesque tradition. Even so, his material has that A&C vibe to it and of course members of the scene are present throughout his work. While his songs can be classified as folk, they are actually more pop/rock and the arrangements on the album are a little too complex to be traditionally considered folk despite the acoustic instruments and subtle rustic feel. The most intriguing thing about Collett is his voice. It’s the way he says things…it’s hard to describe, I noticed it mostly in his song “Gabrielle”. Just the way he says “gaaaaaaaaaybbrrrieeelllee”, the way the “bbbrrrr” sounds is just great. His lyrics are also often brilliant, check out this verse from “we all lose one another”:

“So this is the day of the dead

Bound by love unbound by flesh

This is for those who have gone before

Flower petals falling on the altar

This is just a gift

This is birth and this is death

All in the same breath.”

Lovely, lovely. Check out his album Idols of Exile if you can, it’s cool and Collett is an artist with plenty of talent and potential.