Friday, December 11, 2009
Dog Day (SCQ's Year-End Questionnaire Part I)
Although I’d never heard of Dog Day at the beginning of 2009, I’ve quickly caught on thanks to their brilliant new full-length Concentration and this fall’s Elder Schoolhouse EP. To boot, vocalist and lead songwriter Seth Smith quietly unveiled his own collection of polished demos and b-sides, called New Problems, in September. Fresh from the band’s third (?!?) Canadian tour of the year, Smith answers some broad questions about the year’s finest moments.
SCQ: What have been some of your favourite records of 2009? Gush away!
I can't speak for everyone but here's my answers.
Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Julie Doiron - I Can Wonder What You did with Your Day
Grizzly Bear - Vecketimist
Rick White - 137
Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
York Redoubt - S/T
Atlas Sound - Logos
Shearing Pinx - Weaponry
ECT/Reclusive Mute 7" Split
Not from this year:
Television Personalities - ...and don't the kids just love it
Stereolab - Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements
SCQ: Be it from the radio or lost on Myspace, what songs could you not stop spinning?
I've been listening to a lot of Grand Trine's upcoming record. It's strong.
SCQ: Seldom celebrated but crucial to The Album’s identity is cover-art. Can you offer any shortlist of personal favourites from the past year?
Dinosaur Jr's Farm, Black Mold, Thee Oh Sees' Help, Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest were all nice.. nothing really blew me away this year tho.
SCQ: When you look back on what transpired this year, what will stand out as your most memorable professional moment(s) of 2009?
Concentration release at North St Church.
Recording with Rick White.
Playing with Dinosaur Jr.
Recruiting Robbie Shedden on drums
SCQ: Most of us probably haven’t thought as far as New Years Eve plans but still, looking forward, what do you have on the horizon for 2010?