Hurrah! It's a new Barenaked Ladies album!

Here's some great news! It's the 25th anniversary of Barenaked Ladies' first album, Gordon, and they're celebrating with a new record: Grinning Streak , which comes out today. They did a Reddit AMA yesterday to promote it, and they're headed out on tour.

I've been watching the band since they were playing the Scarborough Town Centre plaza and promoting a self-titled, single-sided cassette that their moms sold in the crowd, and I've enjoyed all the music they've created since.

Grinning Streak

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    1.  Oh, come now. Barenaked Ladies WERE a great band from the beginning. I admit I’m not a fan of their newer stuff though.

  1. I will always have a special place in my heart for this band, mainly because they were just really nice guys (not to say they are no longer, I just don’t go out to rock shows any more so I wouldn’t know) who took time to glad hand the fans before and after shows.

    On the Gordon tour their show in Portland was at what had been just a short time earlier (like maybe weeks earlier) a porn theater and they had great jokes referring to this fact and possible confusion amongst the audience. After a great show they spoke with fans, signed shit, etc. I ended up giving Tyler a ride somewhere in town after assuring him (unintentionally falsely) that I knew how to get to the address where he was headed. He made me really happy when he positively commented on my in-car music (Beastie Boys Ill Communication) and stated that they boys were currently rocking out to that on the bus as well. My then girlfriend joked that we were going to kidnap him and I think we all had a good laugh, but he may have sensed the psycho in her and hesitated before laughing (oh man I wish you had met me know that you had spotted it, because it caught me by surprise later on).

    At another show the opening act was The Bogmen with the original front-man Bill Campion and so they are responsible for introducing me to that band (sadly their first CD was, IMHO, so much better than any follow-up efforts with another lead vocalist) and again hung around after the show (I gave Steven some human foot bones as a keepsake) and were super nice fellas reinforcing all those Canadian stereotypes.

    The got a lot bigger a lot faster and a they still seemed to make time for fans but there were a shitload of us so personal interaction became scarce but the music still did that great BNL thing where there was a space for humor, irony, melancholy, and just good storytelling on all the CDs.

    /Sorry for the CSB, I just don’t get to talk much BNL so I let a lot out in one spurt.

  2. I sincerely mean no offense to the guys personally, but I never liked their music.

    Gonna go vomit now.

    Then maybe go yell at some kids to get off my lawn.

  3. When they first started, they got banned from some festival because they thought they’d be some crazy angry punk band with such a name. Nope, just fine polite Canadians with a funny name.

  4. If you judge BNL just by their music that has bubbled into mainstream distribution then you are really missing out.  Gordon is one of my favorite albums EVER and two of my favorite BNL songs are about a bank robbery gone wrong (no-one expects nuns!) and a slow motion car crash from the perspective of the driver.  I think the loss of Steve removed a crucial ingredient of the BNL stew and it hasn’t been as good since.

    I haven’t seen them live  since Steve left the band but they had, and I assume still have, an AMAZING live show.  Great banter and jamming between their regular songs.  These guys know how to play just about everything you’ve ever heard and would break into songs, all together, in response to the conversation.  

      1. Nope, they really don’t, it’s just a Canadian (or open minded Earthling) thing.

        Duck the KD!

    1. Nah, there’s lots of other annoying people who judge others by the music they like here. You fit in just fine.

      1.  I’m generally not here for music, but I have to say I have grown to appreciate some of the ukelele virtuosos.

      1. What a good boy always gave me goosebumps more.. especially when you heard Steve sing it live with such passion.. man, he has a good voice…

  5. Loved the first 2 records… Saw them in Toronto and Detroit. Great live. Then everything started sounding like music for movie closing credits. Like this song does.

  6. Steven Page was the one who brought most of the reverence and intellectual writing to the group.  His songs weren’t typically the radio-friendly hits, but they had much better longevity.
    Ed’s songs are immediately catchy, but they are also the easiest to burn out on.  They typically aren’t complex, and he relies on simplistic wordplay.

    Of course, this sounds like I hate them.  I don’t.  But you could compare it to the Lennon/McCartney partnership.

    I’ve found, at least with the first post-Steven album, that the best song was the one by Kevin Hearn.  It sounds like it’s the same for this one too.

    But I strongly recommend Steven Page’s solo album.  It’s about 80% fantastic, 20% very good.

  7. Their kids album is excellent, and is the go to ‘kids music that doesn’t make daddy want to drive off the road’ in the car CD.

    1. I really like their xmas album: no Poe’s Law! Their Hanukah song fits well with The Klezmatics. 

      I like Stunt a lot, too, but not One Week. Check out “I’ll Be That Girl,” one of those major-key songs that’s about a very dark subject.

  8. Been listening to the new album all morning and it’s great! Their usual super-chill slightly sad yet also joyful vibe… thanks Ladies. I miss Steven Page but they’re doing fine without him.

  9. Liked the yellow cassette EP.  “Gordon” was embarrassing shite and based on these comments I take it they didn’t get any better.  They are nice guys and very talented musicians, though.  I saw them sing O Canada at a hockey game and it was one of the only tolerable renditions I can remember.  I’m glad they’re still at it, and good luck to them.

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