(Private) Eyes on the Street

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi7hdoUd2_s[/youtube] These days, the sweet ballads of Cantopop might seem like they are smothering whatever creative spark Hong Kong’s music scene might have, but that wasn’t always the case. In the 1970s, Cantonese pop was populist, exciting and avant-garde. Until then, most of the popular music recorded in Hong Kong was in Mandarin. It was […]

À Bout de souffle, version américaine

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Yu19b3aSY[/youtube] I’m a great fan of Jean Leloup not only because we share a name (though his is made up and mine is real) or because he lived near me and I used to see him on the street every other day. I like him because he’s probably the strangest, most brilliant musician to have […]

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As-tu oublié qu’on vivait ici?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi5avFUG8f8[/youtube] Thanks to Montréal Multiple, an excellent blog about multiethnic Montreal written by two La Presse journalists, I came across this video video for L’oubli, the new single off of Dramatik’s new album La Boîte Noire. Dramatik, who suffered a childhood as a rest-avec — a modern-day house slave — in Haiti, raps about Montreal […]

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Montreal as a High School Musical

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AKW0Q-TVeY[/youtube] I liked this song when I first heard it on CBC Radio 3, but when I saw its music video, I liked it even more. “Sweet Sixteen” by Think About Life is light, ironic dance-pop, and the video is similarly fun, especially in the stylized way it reflects the (hipster) Montreal landscape. First there’s […]

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Hong Kong Dream

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/4451414[/vimeo] Time-lapse footage of big city traffic is a bit of a cliché, but this isn’t time-lapse: it’s stop-motion. Edwin Lee has managed to capture Hong Kong’s evening energy with this animation made from more than 10,000 still images of the city. It’s meant to serve as a music video for an instrumental piece by […]

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Inner City Pressure

[youtube]_RC0DdrHbGg[/youtube] I’ve written about music here before, and I’ve even posted a couple of music videos that have absolutely nothing to do with cities aside from the fact that they were shot in them. It feels kind of silly, but still, it’s a nice distraction from the dreary November weather. So here’s another video, this […]

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Get on the Bus!

“Ain’t no streetcar, ain’t no subway car, it’s the Spadina bus!” It occurred to me the other day that when I made my first City Music post last month, I never bothered to define what I hoped to achieve with the series. So here goes: “City music” is pop music with a distinct sense of […]

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