Totem Figures Interview with Lindsay Robertson

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Lindsay Robertson, with guitarLindsay Roberston is a Vancouver based singer/songwriting, originally from Guelph Ontario. Her totems are Bob Marley, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Martin Tielli and Bessie Smith

Play Lindsay Robertson Totem Figures Podcast

You can find out more about her music at her website:

Watch this clip of Lindsay playing Love Song.

To get further tastes of her totems, check out the following clips:

Bessie Smith

Bob Marley

Tom Waits

Martin Tielli

Bob Dylan


Podcast music credits, in order of use:


Natural Mystic - Bob Marley - Exodus

Burnin’ and Looting - Bob Marley - Burnin

Stir It Up (American and Jamaican versions) - Bob Marley - Catch a Fire

Rastaman Chant - Bob Marley - Burnin

Big Black Mariah - Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love With You - Tom Waits - The Early Years, Vol. 2

Late Night Lament - Lindsay Robertson - Gypsy Hotel

Swordfishtrombone - Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones

Girl From the North Country Fair - Bob Dylan - The Freewheeling Bob Dylan

One Too Many Mornings - Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin’

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall - Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Mr. Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home

Self Service Gas Station - Rheostatics - Whale Music

In This Town - Rheostatics - Introducing Happiness

From the Reel - Martin Tielli - We Never Suspected He Was the Poppy Salesman

World in our Wall - Martin Tielli - We Never Suspected He Was the Poppy Salesman

I Heart Rock - Lindsay Robertson - Gypsy Hotel

Empty Bed Blues - Bessie Smith

Down and Dirty - Lindsay Robertson - Gypsy Hotel

Foolish Man Blues - Bessie Smith

Love Song - Lindsay Robertson - Gypsy Hotel

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  • Comment Link Sarah Lockard Wednesday, 08 June 2011 02:39 posted by Sarah Lockard

    I LOVE her voice, and the song selections, especially Tom Waits. I had the same reaction when I first heard his music. He sounded like a dying cat. But now, Rain Dogs is one of me all time favorite albums. Great interview!

  • Comment Link TJ Dawe Thursday, 09 June 2011 00:10 posted by TJ Dawe

    to give credit where it's due, all of the songs woven into the podcast were Lindsay's choices, based on points she said I wanted songs for.

    and man, you should have heard her voice on Saturday night.

    Rain Dogs also holds a special place in my heart. It was the preshow music for the first play I was in in university. I used it as the preshow music for my first touring one man show. Ain't nothing like Jockey Full of Bourbon to get me in the mood to put on a show.

  • Comment Link Sarah Lockard Tuesday, 14 June 2011 04:23 posted by Sarah Lockard

    Oh yeah, that's a killer song. -Hey little bird, fly away home... Definitely great pre-show music! You're in good hands with Tom. Yeah, she's got a beautiful voice, and I like her style. Great post!

  • Comment Link Bergen Vermette Sunday, 31 July 2011 20:40 posted by Bergen Vermette

    This is a really great interview. It's the first podcast I've listened to on the site, and I liked it. In particular, liked how you added the songs you were speaking about as the interview went along. I've heard something similar once before - music used to convey an example of what the speaker is talking about - and it really works to convey things.

    on another note, my favourite Marley song (at the moment) is also Burnin' and Looting! and for the same reasons that Lindsay mentions... cool stuff

  • Comment Link TJ Dawe Tuesday, 02 August 2011 22:31 posted by TJ Dawe

    thanks so much, man. weaving in secondary audio tracks as illustrations is one of the things I like best about podcasting. the form allows for that specific kind of content. I've even postponed various articles I've had in mind to write for the site, given that they'd make better podcasts if people could hear what I'm talking about instead of reading it.

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