It’s another double playlist week! One for National Indigenous Peoples Day and one is OurBasement Release Radar. So much music!

National Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrated in Canada every 21 June, is an official day of celebration to recognize and honour the heritage, cultures and valuable contributions to society by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. National Indigenous Peoples Day is the same day as the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) and was chosen for its important symbolism to many Indigenous peoples. Across Canada, the day is marked by ceremonies and celebrations that highlight cultural performances and activities, displays of arts and crafts, and events that recognize the contributions by Indigenous people. Music is one of those contributions by some of our very talented Indigenous artists, such as Digawolf, Elisapie, Midnight Shine, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, nêhiyawak and so many more!

It is also Release Radar playlist time and we are squeezing that in as well! Release Radar are playlists that let you know what is new each month. We have a Spotify Release Radar playlist and a YouTube new video release playlist to help you to discover new music. Some of the videos in the YouTube playlist can also be found on the Spotify playlist but the playlists are very different and you should check them both out.

The YouTube playlist has over 30 new uploads. There are new releases, lyric videos and live videos, and some of the videos we featured here at OurBasement. There is lots to watch and discover in the playlist so I encourage you to check it out. Said The Whale’s amazing Record Shop video is a highlight.

The Spotify Release Radar playlist has well over 100 songs on it this month. The tracks are new releases with some being teasers for upcoming albums, some just released albums and a couple remixes. There are many tracks from artists that have been featured here on OurBasement. This month I was most excited about the songs from Pierre Kwenders, Rheostatics, Leif Vollebekk and Old Man Luedeke.

Black Mountain, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Rich Aucoin, Sky Wallace, Jenn Grant, New Swears, Loon Choir and others all had more new tracks for us to enjoy this month as well. Keep them coming! Always great to hear new tracks from artists you enjoy.

The Saskatchewan artists with new tracks are Ryan Hicks and Natural Sympathies and I think that is it this month. Colter Wall had a new video out this month.

I am really packing it in here and am going to mention Polaris Music Prize Long List as well. The Long List was revealed yesterday and sadly my ballot went 0/5. I was really pulling for some prairie representation and didn’t get it. No Royal Canoe, no Trampoline, no Belle Plaine, no Ponteix, no Colter Wall, no Foxwarren. There are many great albums that did make it through though, and hopefully my odds will be better on the next round of voting. You can find the Long List on the Polaris Music Prize website. I have a lot more listening to do to make my decisions! The Short List will be revealed July 16. Who are you disappointed about that didn’t make it and who are you excited to see on there?