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Music Review: The Tragically Hip - Man Machine Poem

Music Review: The Tragically Hip - Man Machine Poem
News that the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer shocked a nation that has long embraced the band affectionately known as just “the Hip.” The May revelation also made tickets to its summer tour. There’s a deep love for the Hip, whose songs seem to define what it means to be Canadian. The band, which gave a command performance for the Queen in 2002, showcases the talents of poet-singer Downie throughout their latest album. On “In a World Possessed by the Human Mind,” his lyrics have a spooky foreshadowing: “Just give me the news, it can all be lies/Exciting over fair, or the right thing at the right time.” But there’s plenty of spirit in songs like “Great Soul,” In Sarnia”...
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Gord Downie & the Country of Miracles - The Grand Bounce

As the frontman of the Tragically Hip, Gord gives the beloved Canadian group a poetic depth not normally associated with rock bands. On his third solo album, the head Hipster gives full vent to his literary muse, quoting poet Al Purdy and referencing the western novel The Ox-Bow Incident among other things. But the album, whose title is taken from a term for desertion used in a General Custer biography, boasts a lively, indie-rock spirit, full of peppy songs about fatherhood, the environment and what it means to be Canadian.  
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Feature Article: From the Hip

Feature Article: From the Hip
Well after midnight, on a cold stretch of highway somewhere in British Columbia's Cascade Mountains, a party is in progress. It's mid-November, and members of the Tragically Hip, fresh off a successful tour opening in Vancouver, are celebrating as their bus whisks them northeastward overnight towards the Okanagan Valley. The air is thick with smoke. "Pass me a beer?" asks drummer Johnny Fay, slipping a CD by the Asian Dub Foundation into the stereo system. As heavy rhythms flood out, heads nod appreciatively. The hypnotic instrumental number suits quiet conversation or zoning out. Several beers and too much David Bowie later, guitarist Robby Baker puts a more eclectic spin on things, playing...
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The Tragically Hip - We Are the Same

The Tragically Hip holds a special place in Canadian culture. Like hockey or the Group of Seven, the band has earned an enviable mythic status. Maybe it has to do with the group’s famously raucous performances or its proud embrace of the Great White North in songs like “Bobcaygeon” or “Fifty Mission Cap.” Whatever the reason, the Hip stands as Canada’s quintessential rock band.  Two of it members are actually named Gord—which is about as Canadian as you can get. Since forming in Kingston, Ontario in 1986, the Hip has built a rabid fan base by mixing inspired poetry with compelling rock grooves. Along the way, the band has earned 14 Juno Awards, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award...
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