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Billy Talent
  • Artist

    Billy Talent

  • Album

    Dead Silence

  • Label

    Warner Music Canada

My Liner Notes: PMO's Andrew MacDougall, because he loves music

Liner notes appear on the sleeve of an album or CD case and contain a mix of anecdotal or factual information. They often reflect the artists’ personality and contain meaningful statements about the art or life issues. My Liner Notes is a regular feature on Music Canada that allows people of all walks of life to share personal reflections about music.

First album:

The honest answer to this question is probably "Chinese Wall" by Philip Bailey (what can I say, "Easy Lover" was a great track!). I was in the St. Laurent mall in Ottawa with my parents - who were buying some tapes - and they, for some reason, asked me if *I* wanted a tape. I think we had just heard "Easy Lover" on the way to the mall so I think that's why I picked it. Should have gone with "No Jacket Required" by Phil Collins.

The first record I can remember buying with my own money was Guns N' Roses' "Appetite for Destruction". I was twelve and this record was a powder keg. Dangerous. It just felt wrong to listen to - I will forever be thankful to the dude at "Abbey Road" records in the Herongate Mall for selling it to me.

Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut record "Appetite for Destruction"  - "A powder keg. Dangerous. It just felt wrong to listen to."

Favourite concert:

This question is patently unfair - there are too many to choose from. I will have to go with Radiohead at the Ottawa Congress Centre in August 1997. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I obsess over this band. Seeing them play live for the first time - with the great Teenage Fanclub opening - was my first transcendent live experience (sorry George Michael at the Ottawa Ex in 1988). Radiohead opened with "Lucky" and I just sat there, amazed that the band could actually pull off "Ok Computer" live. Seeing Sigur Ros at Massey Hall or Arcade Fire at Lee's Palace after their first EP dropped would be close second and thirds.

Radiohead - " a transcendent live experience"

Favourite venue:

Massey Hall. Hands down. Everything sounds good there. Wilco. Sigur Ros. Neil Young. Seeing and hearing Sigur Ros' "Poppalagid" played here was epic. On second thought, seeing Arcade Fire finish their Danforth Music Hall show on the Danforth itself was incredible too.

Massey Hall - "Everything sounds good there."

Photo Credit: Mattias Klum, via MasseyHall.com

Favourite record store:

I have to go with Soundscapes on College Street (sorry, Rotate This!). I moved to Toronto in 2002 and the city's music scene was exploding. BSS, the Constantines, Feist, etc. You could go to Soundscapes and bump into any of them, and find a whack of great new music to boot. Heaven for indie music nerds.

Soundscapes - "Heaven for indie music nerds."

Andrew MacDougall is the Director of Communications in the Prime Minister's Office and a huge music fan.

Music Canada Editor: Have you ever had a transcendent experience at a live show, or attended a concert at Massey Hall? What was the first album you purchased? Let us know in the comments!

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