Dominionated’s Favourite Fifty Albums of 2018

December 31, 2018

Mac, Geoff and Jim flip through the 2018 edition of DOMINIONATED's annual Favourite Fifty list and go deep on the top 10. 

Featured Songs:

Fille de personne II - Hubert Lenoir

Minotaur Forgiving Minos - Moonface

Show You the Valley - Young Galaxy

A Memory - Scott Orr

Peace and Love - Suuns

The One I Want Will Come For Me - Fucked Up

There Are a Thousand - Helena Deland

Rage of Plastics - U.S. Girls 

Empty Husk - Daniel Romano

Mehcinut - Jeremy Dutcher

blind- Jean-Michel Blais

Texas - Jennifer Castle

'We Always Change' Reprise Pt. 2 - Jennifer Castle





Best of 2018: The Honourable Mentions

December 11, 2018

Mac and Geoff discuss the confusing new Grimes song "We Appreciate Power" and Daniel Romano's show at Lee's Palace in Toronto. With the help of DOMINIONATED contributors Josh Weinberg, Jon Neher, Olivia Pasquarelli and cofounder Jim Di Gioia, we discuss albums that were released in 2018 that did not make our Favourite 50 list but did make our personal lists. Freedom From the Press features songs thatt have us looking forward to next year by the likes of Teen Daze, Absolutely Free, The Cosmic Range and Blessed. 

Albums mentioned:

Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman

Vile Creature - Cast of Static and Smoke

Zaki Ibrahim - The Secret Life of Planets

Anemone - Baby Only You & I

Charlotte Day Wilson - Stone Woman

Mac Demarco - Old Dog Demos

The Dirty Nil - Master Volume

Harrison - Apricity

Belle Plaine -Malice, Mercy, Grief, and Wrath

CFCF - Self Service 

Sunsetter -Worrybody.

Kalle Mattson - Youth

Shirley & the Pyramids - Pure Pain

Ryan Hemsworth - Elsewhere

Featured Songs:

Grimes - We Appreciate Power

Marie Davidson - Work It

Anemone - Bout De Toi

Harrison - Atmosphere

CFCF - Self Service 

Don't Worry Kid - Sunnsetter 

Ryan Hemsworth - Special Girl 

Teen Daze - Hidden Worlds 

Absolutely Free - Still LIfe

Blessed - Thought


Illuminating the life and music of Buffy Sainte-Marie with biographer Andrea Warner

October 1, 2018

Mac and Geoff talk to Andrea Warner about her new book, Buffy Sainte-Marie. We discuss Andrea's personal history with Buffy's music; Buffy's life and career; what sets her apart from other songwriting-icons; Buffy's approach to protest; Buffy's experience recording her iconic debut It's My Way!; her 1969 album Illuminations; her Polaris Prize-winning album Power In The Blood and her first comeback album, the underrated, Coincidence and Likely Stories. 

Featured Songs:

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Not The Lovin' Kind

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Better To Find Out For Yourself

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Power In The Blood

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Starwalker

BUffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way 

Note: This interview was recorded on Septermber 12th, 2018

Jeremy Dutcher wins the Polaris Music Prize, Grayowl Point says goodbye and Bryan Adams goes to Ottawa

September 24, 2018

Mac and Geoff discuss Jeremy Dutcher winning the Polaris Prize for his stunning debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, the case for the continuing relevance of Polaris and our favourite performances from the Gala; Jim pops in to say goodbye to Grayowl Point; we dive into Bryan Adams' history with the CRTC and his recent visit to Ottawa in the name of Canadian copyright law reformation; Geoff recommends Counterparts' new EP Private Room; Mac reccomends Klaus by Klaus.

Jeremy Dutcher - Nipuwoltin

Bryan Adams - It's Only Love

Counterparts - Selfishly I Sink

Klaus - Fever

Is Fucked Up the greatest Canadian band of the 21st century?

August 16, 2018

Mac and Geoff talk about their excitement for Fucked Up's forthcoming album Dose Your Dreams, their legacy and why they might be the greatest Canadian band of this century (so far). We also talk about how to build a musical foundation in the streaming age, Golden Drag's Pink Sky; Shirley & the Pyramids and their record Pure Pain; The Dirty Nil's "Pain of Infinity" and their forthcoming record Master Volume and Helena Deland's gorgeous song "Claudion".

Featured Tracks:

Fucked Up - Raise Your Voice Joyce

Golden Drag - Caught Leaking Light

Shirley & the Pyramids - One Life

The Dirty Nil - Pain of Infinity

Helena Deland - Claudion 

Gonna die in suburbia: A deep dive into Matthew Good Band’s Beautiful Midnight and Chastity’s Death Lust

August 3, 2018

Mac and Geoff go deep on two records that have a lot in common. First, they discuss Chastity's big feels alt-rock stunner Death Lust and then they go deep on what they consider one of the best Canadian rock albums of all time, Beautiful Midnight by Matthew Good Band. 

Featured Tracks:

Suffer - Chastity

Giant - Matthew Good Band

Load Me Up - Matthew Good Band

Born To Kill - Matthew Good Band

Red Light Syndrome - Piner

When music is sports there are too many losers feat. Jim Di Gioia

July 19, 2018

Dominionated co-founder and Polaris Prize Juror Jim Di Gioia joins the guys to talk about sexual education; 1998; we parse the winners and lament the many losers of the Polaris Prize Short List including U.S. Girls, Jeremy Dutcher, Alvvays, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Jean-Michel Blais, Hubert Lenoir, Pierre Kwenders, Partner, Daniel Caesar, Weaves, Vivek Sharaya, The Weather Station, Faith Healer and more; Dil Brito's new album Mote; Khotin's album Beautiful You and Jackie Mittoo's 1976 album Showcase.

Featured Songs:

Pierre Kwenders - Sexus Plexus Nexus

Dil Brito - Each And Every One Of My Heads

Jackie Mittoo - Hot Milk

Pertinent Links:

Polaris Short List


Don’t you want to keep a companion for Canada Day?

July 4, 2018

Correction: NEEDS' lead singer Sean Orr is incorrectly referred to as "Scott". We regret this error.

The guys discuss Tryal's Companion and their show at the Toronto Jazz Fest, Canada Day, why Canadian music sort of is a genre, (the underrated?) Gordon Lightfoot, Massey Hall, Constantines, Rhye, the Montreal Jazz Fest, NEEDS' Impressions, "New Growth" by Petra Glynt and "I Feel Free" by Dilly Dally.

Fetaured Songs:

Come On - Tryal

Approaching Lavender - Gordon Lightfoot

I Feel Free - Dilly Dally


March Madness for Canadian music nerds

June 28, 2018

Mac and Geoff make a promise to podcast more and discuss the impending Drake album, the Polaris Prize Long List, Isla Craig's The Becoming and Mormor's Heaven's Only Wishful.

Featured songs:

Messages (Garden Edition) - Isla Craig

L-Over - U.S. Girls

Heaven's Only Wishful -MorMor

Important links:

Faith Healer on Audiotree Live (Full Session)

The Big Shiny Dominionated Podcast

April 19, 2018

We are living in a time where curation has become an unprecedented commodity. A few weeks ago Spotify, the streaming giant, went public. There is apparently money to be made in the streaming/curation industry, of course, not for most musicians but for someone! In Canada, the sign post that curated mixes might eventually become *the way* to consume music was the MuchMusic-produced alt-rock mix Big Shiny Tunes. On this episode of the Dominionated Podcast Mac and Geoff discuss several editions of the series. Topics include: the strange inclusion of Bran Van 3000 on Big Shiny Tunes 2, the slow growth of of the Cancon infrastructure, the two pillars of early 2000s popular Canadian rock music: Nickelback and Sum 41, the impact they had on Canadian alternative music, the confidence of early 00s Canadian major labels, the strange addition of emo into the MuchMusic machine, Alexisonfire as unlikely rockstars, the end of CD sales and so much more.


Songs included in this episode:


Pale Red - Blink

Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in LA

Matthew Good Band - Load Me Up

Sum 41 - The Hell Song

Billy Talent - Nothing to Lose

Wintersleep - Weighty Ghost

Alexisonfire - No Transitory


Pertinent links:


The definitive ranking of all 14 Big Shiny Tunes albums

How Big Shiny Tunes defined CanRock

Why Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children Is the Greatest Psychedelic Album of the ’90s