John and I have known musician Phil Ayoub virtually for about five years now. John discovered his pod-safe music and added his tunes to the RadioZoom podcast (which John started in 2004 and will some day resurrect, I’m certain). A few months ago I made a friendly wager with Phil, who lives in Massachusetts, regarding our favourite hockey teams that were involved in a highly-esteemed championship battle at the time.
The winning team’s fan would receive a collection of local music assembled by the fan of the team that will definitely have a better go next year. I have put this off for long enough and it is now my duty to assemble the most fantastic “Vancouver Mix Tape” to send over to Phil.
Over the last few years, Vancouver has nurtured a surge of talented and upcoming artists that no longer have to travel across the border to gain enough fame to get them a headlining gig at the Commodore Ballroom. With so many options I’m not sure which albums I should collect and send over to The Bay State. Here’s what I have on my list so far:
- Dan Mangan: Nice Nice Very Nice or perhaps the new Oh Fortune
- Louder Than Love: Dark Days
- The New Pornographers: Together
- Black Mountain: Wilderness Heart
- The Matinee: The Road
It being “Music Monday” I thought I would crowd-source the rest. If you could travel with only a handful of local albums, which would they be?