2015 TUNE TOURNEY: Canadia Round 1 Match-Ups!

We’re closing out the work week with two more 2015 Tune Tourney posts featuring four preliminary battles apiece. This first post tips off the top half of the Canadian bracket. Listen, vote, and campaign. These songs can’t win on their own. Then, if you haven’t done so already, vote for the initial battles in Scandinavia, Oceania, and California.

First up, region frontrunner Drake faces an immediate challenge from Death From Above 1979 and a single off recent album The Physical World. (I’m staying as objective and impartial in these matchup announcements as possible, but I can’t help thinking how cool it would be to see Best Coast take on Drake in the Final Four.)

Oh, the 8-9 matchups. Always such wild cards. Always interesting. Like in the Canadia bracket, when Dan Bejar ends up competing against himself. The title track from his solo Destroyer project’s 2011 Kaputt, versus “War on the East Coast” from The New Pornographers’ latest album.

Chromeo’s “Frequent Flyer” from last year’s White Women or Kevin Drew’s “Good Sex” from the Broken Socialite’s 2014 LP Darlings?

It’s a West Coast-East Coast battle, Canadian style, as Victoria’s Japandroids and their 2012 single “The House that Heaven Built” throws down against Toronto’s The Rural Alberta Advantage and “Vulcan, AB” from last year’s Mended with Gold.