"If this is a road trip album, let it be the soundtrack to a John Hughes film that will never be made." The Broken Social Scene musician Brendan Canning is talking about his lovely new solo album, Home Wrecking Years. Due out on Aug. 12, the LP rocks only as much as it needs to, its tracks moving the listener along to vague eras and low-sun vistas with an easygoing joy. We asked the chill indie-rocker about the things that have been grooving his summer.
What he's listening to: "I've heard a few tracks from my friend Leslie Feist's album. It's not out yet, but I'm on the sneak-peek list and it's exactly the kind of Feist album I want to hear from her. I've also been listening to a self-titled album by Molly Drake that Leslie played for me. She was Nick Drake's mom and her home recordings were reissued a few years back. Voice and piano and nothing more. Her lyrics are poignant and voice absolutely staggering at times. For those who enjoy pure, unfettered beauty in music, I can't endorse this one enough."
What he's watching: "Bob's Burgers, on Fox. I love my cartoons and this is a wonderfully strange one I enjoy almost once a day. Throw in some guest voices by Kevin Kline, Zach Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman and it never ceases to amuse."
What he's reading: "I'm in the middle of a great summer read called Canoeing with the Cree. It's a true tale from 1930 by Eric Sevareid, who later went on to become a war correspondent and a great newsman. He and a friend took a second-hand canoe for a 2,000-plus mile trip from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Their journey is nothing short of heroic and it does my heart good to take in a story with no cynicism at any step. I'm also well aware that a journey like this goes well beyond my comfort level, and I'm just happy to experience it from a deck chair staring out at Georgian Bay."