By Tim on January 10, 2016
My next book, Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music, will be out May 14, 2016. Here’s the cover.
By Tim on December 31, 2014
What I loved listening to in 2014 I’ve been doing an annual “middle-aged teenager picks his best music of the year” post for a while now. It’s always been a list, though I haven’t ranked my choices and the number of albums I picked varied. It wasn’t that I like lists so much — I don’t — […]
Posted in music | Tagged 2014, Allo Darlin, Angel Olsen, Beck, Courtney Barnett, Dum Dum Girls, First Aid Kit, Lost in the Dream, Lucinda Williams, music, Ought, Sharon Jones, Sharon Van Etten, Spoon, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, St. Vincent, War on Drugs
By Tim on October 18, 2014
Definitely Not the Opera, Indeed DNTO, or Definitely Not the Opera, the excellent CBC Radio show did an episode called “Raise your voice: why is singing so powerful?” on Thanksgiving weekend. I was part of it, talking about bad singing. The producer who did the pre-interview didn’t say anything about wanting me to sing, but once […]
By Tim on May 6, 2014
“The Ballad of Tin Ears” As part of my Bad Singer book project, I helped make a radio doc called “The Ballad of Tin Ears” for CBC Radio Ideas. It airs Tuesday, May 6 at 9 pm on CBC 1. If that’s not a convenient time for you, the show is available for streaming anytime (also […]
By Tim on April 26, 2014
Bad Singer Speaking Engagement I’m writing a book called Bad Singer. It won’t be out until 2015, but I guess it’s never too early to start the publicity. So I’m speaking at the Farmhouse Pottery Gallery and Cafe near Orangeville, Ontario, on May 1. Despite what this promotional material says, I won’t be singing. But […]
By Tim on December 30, 2013
My favourite albums of 2013 • The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas Courtney Barnett Ever listen to NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast? It’s a great way to discover new music. Exhibit A is this album from an Australian singer-songwriter • The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Flight, the […]
Posted in music | Tagged Courtney Barnett, Foxygen, Jason Isbell, Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle, music, Neko Case, Nick Cave, Thao, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, The National, top 10, Valerie June, Waxahatchee
By Tim on December 23, 2012
The music that meant the most to me in 2012 Doing my radio show at CFYT in Dawson City (photo by John Lund) I couldn’t do it. There was so much fabulous music this year that I just couldn’t narrow it down to a Top 10. So here—alphabetically because there was no way I could […]
Posted in music | Tagged 2012, Allo Darlin, Andrew Bird, Avett Brothers, Bahamas, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Cat Power, Dirty Projectors, Dum Dum Girls, Eleni Mandell, Father John Misty, First Aid Kit, Frankie Rose, Japandroids, John K. Samson, Justin Townes Earle, Lee Ranaldo, Leonard Cohen, Mark Lanegan, Mountain Goats, music, Of Monsters and Men, Porcelain Raft, Sharon Van Etten, Spiritualized, Tindersticks, Titus Andronicus
By Tim on August 3, 2012
Face the Music My Maisonneuve magazine story about singing, tone deafness and how we hear music is now online. Includes some science, some culture and lots of personal humiliation.
By Tim on July 21, 2012
In Pursuit of Silver and Gold Rian Lougheed-Smith (a Dawson City artist, entrepreneur and bartender) wrote this lovely piece about me and my time at Berton House for What’s Up Yukon. Bonus: story includes Joe Strummer lyrics.
By Tim on April 6, 2012
Face the Music: My most humiliating story I have an embarrassing secret: I am tone deaf. I don’t just mean that I am a terrible singer who can’t carry a tune, I mean clinically tone deaf. Or amusic, as the scientists say. I’ve been tested. Many times. But I also love music. How is it […]