The Aussie Long Tail

As a Canadian, I grew up in a culture that was dominated to a pretty large extent by American culture (e.g., watch any good Canadian movies lately?) The one area where this was not as much of an issue was music, mostly due to the CanCon regulations that required radio stations to air a certain percentage of Canadian music. This could lead to some bad results (hearing enough Celine Dion on the radio, yet? No? Well, here's some more!), but also to some good results.

I did my postdoc work at Macquarie University in Sydney. I was already a fan of a couple of Aussie bands (most notably Midnight Oil) but I was pleasantly surprised to discover a lot of other great Aussie bands (e.g., Regurgitator and Spiderbait — you gotta love a band that can put together a two minute song that leaves you wanting more) mostly by listening to Triple M and Triple J.

A bug report for the Explaura dropped me right back into this Aussie music. I must admit that I had forgotten how much I liked some of this music. To a first approximation you would never hear about these bands in the states, so that's one in the win column for the Explaura.

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And to think I wasn't sure if I should bother with it or not...

Posted by Nick L on April 06, 2009 at 11:49 AM EDT #

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