back to school

And so it begins.

This morning marks the beginning of the school-year, at least here in Ontario, and we tip our hats to all those intrepid students on their way to fill up their brains with book-learnin’ and whatnot.

The back-to-school festivities at McMaster have pre-empted myboytheriotgirl this week, but we’ll be back next week with a two-hour show to welcome people back into the classrooms.

In the meantime, Megan and Stirling helped me dedicate a couple of tracks to everyone facing the end of summer today. Not that it will make it any easier to strap on that ‘ol backpack and make the trek to school, but maybe, just maybe, listening to a few indie-pop tracks will expand your mind’s capacity open up and swallow ideas.  Mental calisthenics, if you will.

First off, off the irresistible Billy Bragg’s first solo album we hear a song that goes to show you that things haven’t changed all that much since 1983:

Then, Camera Obscura gives us an example of the wrong (or right?) attitude to bring with you on the first day of school:

And finally, a B-side from The Knife asks us, “Who wants to be ordinary/Who wants to be sweet/Who wants to know mid-term”?  Ahhhh, life’s eternal questions translate well into Swedish…

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