For our last installment of our Musical Month of May series, we’re celebrating a band who is near and dear to the Canadian consciousness: The Tragically Hip.

 

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Earlier this month, Gord Downie, the lead singer of the band, announced that he has terminal brain cancer, and all of Canada is feeling the pain of this sad announcement. The Hip are still going to be touring this summer, which is a beautiful and amazing thing, really. A kind of last meeting with fans who have been touched by their poetic rock lyrics and Canadian-grown riffs.

 

This episode features “Wheat Kings,” “She Didn’t Know,” “Fiddler’s Green,” “When the Weight Comes Down,” and “Long Time Running.”

 

Peter expressed some pretty strong opinions about CanCon (a series of broadcasting regulations that state what percentage of media content has to be Canadian) – do you agree with him? Disagree? Tweet us about it @hardcoverradio!

 

#harmonicasegment: how has The Hip touched your life? (if you’re not really familiar, give them a listen!) You can tweet us @hardcoverradio!

 

Next week, we’ll be talking about books, we promise 🙂

 

Thanks for listening!

Today, Zarasutra’s talking with us about songwriting!

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You can find Zarasutra’s album Uncertain Assertions at Bandcamp. Keep your eyes open for her upcoming album!

 

Featured at the end of the episode is her song “6 A.M.”

 

Today’s harmonica segment: where’s the furthest you’ve ever traveled? Tweet us a few words about your experience @hardcoverradio!

 

Thanks for listening!