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Track three is interesting in that it contains the voices of some Canadian radio personalities, including Gordon Sinclair, who would become more well known in the US over a decade later, when he wrote and recorded the original version of the spoken word hit “The Americans”. I don’t know what “Big 8″ was (featured in track 5) – there is a soft drink company by that name in Canada, but it only seems to have existed for the last 30 years or so. Tracks 8 & 9 sound identical to me, but were separate on the list and the tape, so both are included. And although track 11 does not metnion the Dow company (at least, I don’t hear it) in the lyrics, this ad is referred to on the “take sheet” (reproduced below) as “Dow Square Dance”.

1.) Bob Hahn – Cameo (MP3)

2.) Bob Hahn – Two Labatt’s Weather Jingles (MP3)

3.) Bob Hahn – Labatt’s Canada Showcase Introduction (MP3)

4.) Bob Hahn – Shinola (MP3)

5.) Bob Hahn – Four Big Eight Ads (MP3)

6.) Bob Hahn – Three Sussex Ginger Ale Ads (MP3)

7.) Bob Hahn – Three Texaco Ads (MP3)

8.) Bob Hahn – Labatt’s Pilsner (MP3)

9.) Bob Hahn – Labatt’s Pilsner (MP3)

10.) Bob Hahn – Two Labatt’s Pilsner Ads (MP3)

11.) Bob Hahn – Dow Square Dance (MP3)

More proof that being a DJ is the best job in the world, Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn has announced a Rave of Thrones tour of Australia this August and September.

Before you think here comes another actor-turned-DJ for a night or two, Nairn, who plays the giant from Winterfell, has a second career as a successful DJ back in his native Northern Ireland and has performed with Scissor Sisters, among others. And he knows people that can kill you (and least on the show).

Elaine Stritch died at age 89 on July 17th. In 2013, Alec sat down with the stage and screen veteran who, among many famous roles, played his mother Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock.

Stritch tells Alec about her transition from the Sacret Heart Convent and finishing school to finding herself in the New York theater classes sitting between Walter Matthau and Marlon Brando. Stritch has been performing for nearly 70 years, but just a couple weeks ago, she moved home to Birmingham, Michigan. As Elaine tells Alec, she doesn’t “want to pretend anymore.”

Due to heavy rotation on commercials and trailers, Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” the song became known in the industry as a sleeper hit, peaking at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and has so far spent more than a year and a half on that chart. It became their first top 10 single, and also broke the record for slowest ascension to the Top 5 in chart history. The faster you go up on the charts, the faster you usually go back down again, and because this took so long to get into the Top 5, it currently holds the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100 at 87 weeks.

It was the third best selling song of 2013, and was also the No. 3 song on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, ending the year behind “Thrift Shop” and “Blurred Lines.”

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist, including the “Artist of the Century” and “Artist of the 1980s”; 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era; and the estimated sale of over 400 million records worldwide. Michael Jackson’s legendary status in music is set for a long, long time.

All of that aside, check out these isolated vocals from him. Mind. Blown.

José Contreras releases his self-titled, debut solo album on Tuesday, July 8th via Squirtgun Records. The album is comprised of stripped down and reworked versions of songs drawn from the By Divine Right catalogue. Quick Before it Melts has premiered the first single, “Past The Stars.”

While recording By Divine Right’s critically acclaimed Organized Accidents in 2013, José was fatefully reunited with producer and past collaborator Lee Maslin. For years, Lee had wondered why José hadn’t recorded a solo album and when he posed the question José simply replied that no one had ever asked him to.

The pair subsequently retreated to José’s Chicano Power studio in rural Caledon, Ontario for a day and a half of intensive recording. Without the support and constraints of a rock band, the duo approached the recording directly with an emphasis on capturing José’s voice and the natural atmospherics of the room and the surrounding environment. The resultant record is full of nocturnal warmth and a welcoming vulnerability that comforts with quiet confidence. The sparse arrangements of these old and new songs echo their isolated, almost secretive, nature, producing an album of solitary hymns lightly circled with improvisation.

No stranger to evolution, José Miguel Contreras has been the sole sun of By Divine Right around which an impressive list of over 30 musicians has orbited for over 25 years. Producing nine albums and countless tours, his commitment to collaboration, process and experimentation has created a legacy of inspiration in the Canadian music community that continues to grow every year.

José Contreras Track Listing:
01. Listen To My Angels
02. Angels
03. Psychic Radio
04. Silver Thread
05. Past the Stars
06. Help Me Find a Place to Land
07. Twisted Crystalline
08. She Knows
09. I Want Light
10. Kick This Bummer