Swiss Chalet: A Christmas Tale Of Two Different Buns

A Christmas Tradition: Remember the old Swiss Chalet Bun from the 70s, 80s, 90s? What kind of bun was it? There are many time-honoured Canadian traditions and institutions around Christmas time, including The Festive Special by Canadian chicken chain, Swiss Chalet. Let's just say, the times have changed. Gone are the 80s brown plates and …

Day 10/10 Album Challenge: The Cars – “The Cars” (1978)

A wild ride, The Cars' debut album set the template for the future of pop with a trunkful of hits. In our final album for Cottagemixtape.com's 10-Day Album Challenge, we have The Cars' debut album, The Cars (1978). A record that comes at so many different angles its like a circle, a car wheel if …

Day 9/10 Album Challenge: Black Sabbath – “Paranoid” (1970)

Cottagemixtape.com is not paranoid about our 9th pick in our 10-day album challenge, Black Sabbath's sophomore album, Paranoid (1970). Paranoid altered rock and roll's musical landscape and condemned it a life of eternal damnation. It also influenced us too. I know, I know! Why pick the most obvious of the Black Sabbath albums? It's true …

Day 8/10 Album Challenge: Rush ‎– “Fly By Night” (1975)

Rush's second album, "Fly By Night" is our day 8 pick in the cottagemixtape 10 day-album challenge. Picking the most influential Rush album is a tough undertaking, particularly as a Canadian. In Canada, "What is your favourite Rush album?" is asked at citizenship tests, job interviews, wedding ceremonies, divorce proceedings and first dates.... and you …

Day 7/10 Album Challenge: The Rolling Stones – “Their Satanic Majesties Request”

No, I did not spell "Exile On Main Street" wrong, when it comes to my favourite Stones album, I choose "Their Satanic Majesties Request" (1967), the Rolling Stones short foray into psychedelia. Now, "Majesty" is not considered, by most, to be the best Stones album. They will say "Exile" or "Let It Bleed" or "Sticky …