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Recollection Volume 33 – Real Love

Recollection is a project to review my record collection. I will listen to an album I own and review it. The album will be chosen randomly by computron. Today computron chooses… Album: Real Love Artist: The Beatles Released: 1996 Format(s) I own it on: CD This four song CD single was released in 1996 along-side The Beatles’ collection of bootlegs and rarities. The Anthology project was huge. My family watched the documentary as it aired on ABC, I bought the VHS box set and watched it over and over and over again. I bought all three double-disc Anthology CD sets. When I was in Vancouver, I saw a record store selling both the CD single for Free… Read More »Recollection Volume 33 – Real Love

Music Roundup

Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records In 1968, The Beatles formed Apple Corps. Ltd., a new home for the records, and of the amazing and strange records of their contemporaries. Recently released is Come And Get It: The Best of Apple Records a record that can only be described as mis-titled. This is definitely not the best of Apple, as it doesn’t feature The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” or Lennon’s “Mother.” Instead it could more aptly be titled “Assorted Single, and such.” Though The Beatles, as a cohesive unit, do not grace the record, they are still in sight. The album features Lennon/McCartney compositions such as “Golden Slumbers/Carry… Read More »Music Roundup

Lennon Naked

I recently reviewed the film Nowhere Boy, the prequel to Backbeat. In my review I stated: Now it’s been a long time since I’ve seen Backbeat, but if I recall, the band went on to be rather big, maybe it’s time for a sequel studying that part of their career. This film did just that. The film starts in 1964, when John Lennon meets his father for the first time in 17 years. While Nowhere Boy examined Lennon’s relationship with his mother, Lennon Naked is about his relationship with his father. The film follows some key events in the life of Lennon’s up until 1971 when Lennon and his wife Yoko… Read More »Lennon Naked

Music Roundup

I’ve been buying records like crazy over the past month or so, and I haven’t written about any. HERE WE GO… Belmundo Regal by Radio Radio This hip-hop trio from Nova Scotia rap in the Chiac dialect of Acadian French. Chiac mixes French with words and phrases of the more prominent English. This leads to lyrics such as: Canned tuna, caviar ∙ Michelina, superstar ∙ Marcher sur la Main ∙ Ou marcher sur la ∙ I don’t know ∙ Ini mini miny moe ∙ C’est qui c’qui veut du Jello ? ∙ Si ton sport c’est du vélo ∙ Ben come on baby hello ∙ Saute, danse autour de la… Read More »Music Roundup

Nowhere Boy

On the plane ride home from Vancouver, I decided to have a go at their in-seat entertainment system. I found in there a film called Nowhere Boy. It’s apparently a prequel to Backbeat, which is about the friendship of a young musician named John Lennon and a painter named Stuart Sutcliffe. Who would’ve thought that mostly unnoticed film would need a prequel was a bit nuts, but it was surprisingly good. Nowhere Boy instead focuses on Lennon and his broken home. Raised by his Uncle George and Aunt Mimi. Mimi is strict, while George is fun loving. George dies an untimely death, and this affects Lennon and puts him into… Read More »Nowhere Boy

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Fuck you Miller, relying on outside sources to fund one of the most important infrastructures in Toronto. Fuck you McGuinty, you know the entire province relies on the city of Toronto. Fuck you Harper, just cuz. CBC wants to know how French are you… in other news, la SRC ne se soucie pas comment l’anglais que vous soyez. Smitherman wants to take the Chertien/Martin approach to governance… he might win my vote. Surgery in Windsor, not a good idea. Is there anything that’s a good idea in Windsor? Who cares? No one uses Bing or Yahoo! As often as I’ve had brunch at Sneaky Dee’s, I’ve never had their Huevos… Read More »Linky Link

Lyrics volume 3

For volume 1, click here. For volume 2, click here. On Friday night I went to see $100 at the Horseshoe Tavern, and I knew right then that I should include them in this ongoing series of awesome lyrics. With only one album, one EP, and two seven inch records in their limited catalogue, there’s not much to choose from, but the it seems nearly every song has something worth talking about. Whether it’s songs about the hostile relationship between mother and her transexual son, self-righteous men who impose their beliefs on a lesbian couple, suicide on the TTC, or sloppy lovers, it’s easy to find something to talk about.… Read More »Lyrics volume 3