Because Songs Matter


If you can’t tell by the title of this collection, Joel Plaskett is Canadian and awesome. He’s the rock’roll offspring of Tom Petty and Paul McCartney—the one that lives in the garage, not even in the room above the garage, just in the garage, with the old radio and the antifreeze. And it’s a garage in Canada, so think how cold it must be.

Emergencys is 20 tracks spanning Plaskett’s work with his band the Emergency, which he formed after disbanding the hard-rocking Thrush Hermit. Plaskett has run an ambitious and creative solo career, including a concept album set in his old high school as well as a 27-song triple album. So it’s to be expected that a few of the songs included here aim for something interesting and end up somewhere else. But most of them hit that twangy power pop sweet spot. This collection is the perfect place to start sorting through his work; you can hear Plaskett becoming a better songwriter over this decade’s-worth of dirty rock and eventually you’ll get to the part where Plaskett gets rescued from that Canadian garage by his uncle Paul Westerberg.

One of the most apt lyrics to make it into any career-spanning compilation: “Just because we love you does not mean we miss you.

Joel Plaskett - Make A Little Noise     

Joel Plaskett - Nothing More To Say     

Joel Plaskett - When I Go     

Joel Plaskett’s Official Site, Joel Plaskett on Facebook, Buy Emergencys


  1. July 19, 2011    

    Awesome! I used to love Thrush Hermit as a teen, and I’ve loved his solo work even more since then! Thanks for profiling him!

  2. Derek Derek
    July 19, 2011    

    Joel Plaskett has a lot of great material out there, and it would be a shame if another east coast artist Matt Mays didn’t get his name dropped alongside it.

  3. Mike Ostrov Mike Ostrov
    July 20, 2011    

    Lots of great stuff came out of Nova Scotia in the 90’s and since — I’ll add Matt Murphy and Sloan.

    Murphy fronted the Flashing Lights and Super Friendz, then played a Boyfriend on Neko Case’s first album. He also stared in one of my favorite movies ever, the Canadian country-rock mocumentary: The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico.

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