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#Rocktober 30 volume 19: Music on Clinton street

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Another Rocktober night, another dinner. I headed to Clinton’s with Allegra. I enjoyed her company, she enjoyed the hockey.

Also, goat cheese.

#Rocktober 30 volume 18: Road trip to Ethiopia

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Yay! I saw Laurie at Dirty Bingo, and we made plans for volume 18. He, Kelly, and I went out for Ethiopian at this tasty tasty place on Church, south of Dundas. The food was excellent, even though the service was slow. In addition, it was dirt cheap.

Even better, I got to hang out with Laurie and Kelly, and I never seem to see those two people.

Then I walked home.

These blog posts are getting shorter.

#Cocktober 30 volume 17: Dirty Bingo

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Went to Dirty Bingo at Zelda’s last night. Drank lots of beer, had a few laughs. My table even won a few prizes. They were dirty!

#Rocktober 30 volume 16: Dum Dum Girls

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Went to see The Dum Dum Girls at Lee’s Palace. I’m glad I didn’t take my camera with me, as both the Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls decided not to use lights, and instead projected patterns of light on stage. Any pic would’ve looked like shit.

When I got there, I found Mechanical Forest Joe ((Joe, I’m calling you this now.)) was there, too, as usual. I had someone to chat with, and it’s someone awesome. The opener came out in a lovely dress, but that was the highlight of the act. She played some shitty drum loops, and played a single heavily distorted chord over it. Then she sang, something.

The came Crocodiles. I only knew them from the fact that one of them duets on The Dum Dum Girls’ first record. It’s a song that came up randomly one day in iTunes, and I thought it was The 6ths, if that gives you an idea of what I thought of the song. So, I was excited to hear them. They were loud and distorted, but good. They had a Velvet Underground charm. Their songs were fun and danceable.

Afterwards, The Dum Dum Girls played a set, comprised mostly of new songs. Sadly Dancing-Guy was getting a bit close to me, but he didn’t take much away from the show. The songs were performed well, and the new record is fun, if not as good as their first. The songs are simplistic, but good old fashioned rock and roll… and the legs! Va-va-va-voom! Better legs than the Dum Dum Boys.

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#Rocktober 30 volume 15: ZZZZZZ

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Went out for brunch to The Old Nick. Yes I’m there constantly. I was poaching their internet, as I wait for Bell to get their shit together (post coming when it’s resolved). I had the Mac & Cheese. So good, not as good as Cari’s.

I got home around 6, and immediately fell asleep. Slept until 9 am.

Second best day of #Rocktober (Wild Flag’s still on top).

#Rocktober 30 volume 14: Rob Benvie, Matt Murphy, Different Skeletons, and Queen’s Park

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Last night I went to a weird alley in Kensington which in turn led to a staircase up to a strange bar I’ve never been in.  It was a packed house where Rob Benvie of Thrush Hermit fame was to be reading from his new novel. I didn’t quite understand why the place was so packed, but I quickly found Natalia and Tim and hung out with those two for a while. After hanging around for a while, we spotted Val, in the audience, and chatted with her. Turns out she’s in a choir called Choir! Choir! Choir! who were performing that night. In addition, about 70% of the audience were also in Choir! Choir! Choir!

Benvie read a portion of his book, and I still hate being read to. It’s this weird problem I have, nothing against his prose. As he was finishing his reading, Choir! Choir! Choir! made their way up on the stage, and packed it like sardines. Suddenly the bar seemed empty. They performed two songs from the 1990s (when the book is set), one I didn’t recognize, and “Waterfalls” the TLC song, not the Paul McCartney song.

After that Benvie read more from his book, and shortly afterwards, a new band took the stage featuring Matt Murphy of Super Friendz/Flashing Lights fame. They played a handful of songs that were okay, but didn’t sound too tight. There was a large amount of feedback, leaving much of the audience with fingers in their ears. Who goes to club shows without earplugs? It really wasn’t anything special.

From there I had a quick walk up Augusta to College where I went to Rancho Relaxo. Closing the night at Rancho was Different Skeletons, a band featuring three awesome dudes, two of which are named Daniel. Unfortunately there were still two bands playing sets, and they both kinda sucked. So I spent those hours talking with Different Skeletons, their ladies, and other assorted friends.  Most of the time was with Julie and (drummer) Dan1. I’ve known Juile for years now, and about a year ago, she and Dan had a party at their place. I was chatting with Julie in the hallway, when Jamie walks by. Turns out that Jamie and (guitarist) Daniel’s band Fat City had lost their drummer and now formed Different Skeletons with Dan. It was slightly to weird to see two very distinct aspects of my life merge in an unexpected way, but it made for more opportunities to hang out with friends.

Different Skeletons then set up their gear on the dance floor, and performed a set which was sloppy at first, but got much better as the band went on. Dan’s drums were super loud, being immediately beside the audience, but fortunately ear plugs were invented. At first you couldn’t hear Jamie’s guitar, until about halfway through his songs2. The performances got better until their poorly attempted cover of Joel Plaskett’s “Nowhere With You.” All in all a fun set.

After an hour or two of goodbyes, I realized that the TTC was closed, and I didn’t want to cab back home, so I started walking east along College. From there I went to Queen’s Park. The Legislature is beautiful at night. I wandered the grounds of the Legislature and looked at the many statues in Queen’s Park.

From there I continued walking east, until I collapsed in my bed.

  1. Julie pops up from time to time in the site header, she’s the cute super-skinny girl. []
  2. Jamie and Daniel swap guitar and bass, playing one person’s songs, then the other’s. []

#Rocktober 30 volume 13: iOS 5

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

I upgraded to iOS 5, and spent much of the time playing with new features, and found out that you can now customize text-tones, something I’ve been wanting for quite some time. I made a couple new text-tones, one is the QUACK from the System 7 sound set, the other is the sound made in Super Mario Bros. when one collects a coin.

Okay, this was a cop-out Rocktober event… sue me. Bitches!

#Rocktober 30 volume 12: Vincey!

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Ate tasty food at the Nick with Vince. We shared nachos and jalapeño poppers, so fucking tasty.

#Rocktober 30 volume 11: Wild Flag

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Ahh, Wild Flag. I’ve been waiting for this. This is the one event I was truly waiting for. The other events were/will be okay, but man this was… this was… THIS WAS ROCKTOBER!

#Rocktober 30 volume 10: Monsters, Inc.

This month I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce.

Yesterday I joined the Millers and we continued our year-long (so far) Pixar marathon. So far we’ve watched Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2. Last night was Monsters, Inc.!

For those who don’t know, the film is about a factory of monsters who gather energy by scaring children. Sully, the top scarer, accidentally lets in a child.

The film is about the relationship between the two characters and Sully’s sidekick Mike. It’s hilarious, and adorable, and so much fun.

Then we ate pie.