Posts Tagged ‘joel plaskett’

Bill and Joel Plaskett

April 16th, 2017 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Nova Scotia’s beloved Joel Plaskett teams with his dad Bill for a wonderful album showcasing the father-son team’s love of Canadian maritime celtic music, English folk and indie-pop/rock: Solidarity.

Shotgun Jimmie

March 7th, 2016 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments


Canadian East-coast indie-rock hero Shotgun Jimmie returns with a new album! Field of Trampolines! And of course it’s produced by Joel Plaskett! Damn I miss Canada!

Joel Plaskett

April 19th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

As tonight is my final night in Halifax, I’ve decided to pick one of Halifax’s favorite local artists. When I first heard this guy, I hated his music. I was probably 15, 16, watching MTV Canada and this video came on of this wiry dude jerking around with a guitar in a high school. I didn’t like the song and I didn’t like the video, but apparently some people did, as it was supposedly like a “hit” or something. Anyways, living in Halifax for a year – where he’s like what Kevin Drew is to Toronto – forced me to give him a second look. Turns out he’s got some good stuff. This week’s artist of the week is…




Yes, Joel Plaskett of Thrush Hermit, The Joel Plaskett Emergence and just simply Joel Plaskett. I was converted after hearing a three-song E.P. (don’t know what it’s called) and what I heard was great. Here was a guy who wrote superbly constructed pop songs with solid hooks, a sort of modern Canadian folk vibe, and a tight backbeat. And his stuff’s not like most modern rock with meaningless lyrics wrapped around warped arrangements. His songs tell stories, are filled with serious emotions and he’s a phenomenal wordsmith, amazingly adept at delivering clever turns of phrase.



Some of his stuff’s not great, I’ll be the first to say it. In fact, the only stuff I’ve been able to get into has been his more recent solo stuff: no Emergency, though I’ve yet to listen to Thrust Hermit, so I can’t really say anything about that. His new album, Three, is phenomenal. Anytime anyone releases a triple album, they’re basically setting themselves up for a huge appraisal (George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass) or they’re gonna be called egotistical and crazy over-indulgent (Prince my man, I’m sorry). Plaskett pulled through on this latest one, delivering three discs of excellent material, produced and performed to absolute perfection.



And it really is three full discs of solid songs; no noise experiments, blues jams or goof offs. There’s a bunch of awesome pop-rockers like “Through, Through, Through” and “Gone, Gone, Gone” (noticing a pattern in the song titles?) and then there’s A LOT of sort of slower, ballady type songs with a strong folk-construction (pretty much the entire third disc) which position Plaskett as the Nova Scotia version of ballad-mode Bruce Springsteen.


I approached Joel Plaskett a skeptic and now I’m a total convert. Not only is Joel Plaskett great, he deserves the title as one of Canada’s greatest modern songwriters alongside A.C. Newman, Feist, Bill Priddle and Mike Feuerstacker (the last two also deserve the title but don’t exactly have it). Help him get that credit by checking out his stuff.

You can purchase Three here.