Update August 8, 2007: Hospital Music is the #1 Album in Canada.
Update: The record is sitting at #1 on Amazon.ca and iTunes Canada, and Born Losers as a single is #1 on iTunes USA Alternative Top Songs [MG.org]. Also, the album is climbing to #21 (so far) on iTunes USA which is incredibly groundbreaking. We talked about the album tonight with our dinner guests (featuring Rod as Himself) and shared laughs, talked music and agreed that Hospital Music is wicked awesome.
Hospital Music is in stores today. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about an album release. Aside from considering Matt a friend of John and me, I’ve also been a fan since before I could drive a car… and that was a while ago. In good ‘fan’ fashion I’ll share a little bit of my history…
In the spring of 1997 I went to the David Hawkes Modern Rock Circus at the Plaza of Nations. It was a two-day event put on by CFOX, David being a DJ there at the time, and featured the likes of Sloan, Hanson Brothers, Green Apple Quickstep, Age of Electric, Gob, Another Joe, and Mud Girl – just to name a few. At the end of the second night Anne, Jenny and I were all tuckered out from a day of moshing and hitting on skater boys working the booths. We decided it was time to hit the road when the next band was introduced. 10 feet from the exit I heard “Raygun”. I turned to my sister and said, “wait, I like this song, I heard it on the radio… let’s stay for it”. She and Anne agreed and as it turned out we all knew the next song, “Alabama Motel Room”… and the next one…. “Symbolistic White Walls”. We stayed for the entire set even though an ambulance arrived for some reason and wouldn’t shut off its siren. Matt thanked the crowd and signed off saying they were called “Air Supply”. I’ve been a fan since that day and can no longer even count the number of shows I have attended on my fingers and toes.
Hospital Music is a culmination of emotions, put to music beautifully although some of the subject matter is just ugly. It makes you feel angry, sad, lonely, and then loved. Some songs make me think of lovers lost, loved ones lost and lost causes while others make me appreciate my family, what I have in John, and what we’ve been through. Much like past albums remind me of being a student, going BMXing, Cambridge, the Mass Pike, and driving from Crater Lake to Napa Valley, this one will post specific memories in my mind as well. The simple acoustic stylings, to string sections and powerful vocals that are sometimes so soft but pack a sting are what will make Hospital Music one of my most prized possessions.
When I listen to ‘The Boy Come Home’, I think of Dan Lilly saying it was his favourite song, and I agreed. I hear ‘Moon Over Marin’ and I think of the studio, lit only by lamp and candlelight, sitting next to John with a pup on my lap, and Keira on the other side of the couch, who had the other pup on hers. It makes me think of all the people I have come to know over the last year and how valuable they each are. This album already reminds me of so much and I don’t even have a copy yet.
You can now purchase the album in Canadian stores or online using any of the following methods.
At our place tonight we’ll have a listen and enjoy over some delicious guacamole and home-cooked snacks. I’d like to wish Matt all the best with this album.