Artist of the Hour: Jason Bajada

So as not to neglect Canada, allow me to introduce you to Jason Bajada,

Jason Bajada

Jason Bajada

 

a folk singer-songwriter from Montreal. While his latest album Loveshit debuted in Canada at the end of January this year, it wasn’t until February that it inched its way into U.S. territory, and I’m only just now beginning to see more substantial mention of him and his songs around the web. This surprises me because Loveshit is actually his third full-length release, and the prior two, Up Go the Arms (2006) and Puer Dolor (2005) were both well-received by his Canadian audiences and the music review mags and blogs in the area…It doubly surprises me because of Canada’s recent renewed claim to indie folk rock fame since the early 00’s with the likes of the Great Lake Swimmers, Rufus Wainwright, Hawksley Workman, Kathleen Edwards, Stars, Feist, and The Stills–how has Jason Bajada been kept under wraps? [This isn’t even half the list!] A quick search of Seeqpod doesn’t find him, and the information provided on Last.fm shows him as only having 505 listeners, when he should, in my opinion, have at least as  many as Cotton Jones (roughly 4100 as of today).

This all means that your job today is to support the underdog. Support the obscure local music of somewhere, even if that somewhere isn’t YOUR somewhere–I mean, we’re all citizens of the world, right?

Check out the elbo.ws reviews, and the free music posted there…
¨You Are a Runner, and I Am My Father´s Son¨ originally performed by Wolf Parade, if you were curious…

¨Home´s Still Your Bones¨ there is a review for Loveshit on this link as well, but the reviewer is simultaneously encouraging ¨Jason Bajada is very talented, he´s got a great voice…¨ and damning ¨but he´s nothing spectacular and more or less mediocre on the album.¨ So if you choose to read it, approach it with a grain of salt, and observe that the author admits to not particularly liking what he describes as ¨sad, sappy albums.¨ For those of us who do-Smiths fans raise your hands now- this mild moody folk rock will be right up your dark and lonely alley…If you still don´t believe me, then check out the music video for ¨Ten Days in Miami¨ posted to the upper left of this entry, or that for ¨Cut, Watch, Leave.¨

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