This month (well, officially next month) I turn 30. To mark such a remarkable event, I’m spending every day of October drenched in awesome-sauce. Though October, and by extension #Rocktober30, don’t begin for another two days, I feel that my negative-second day of #Rocktober30 is worth noting. First off, it’s erev Rosh Hashanah, and as such, when you work in a Jewish school, classes are dismissed at 11:30, and the school shuts down for the following two and a half days. What a wonderful way to begin #Rocktober30! I had promised my bro-in-law that I’d give him some nerd-help, but I had a couple hours to kill until I met… Read More »#Rocktober30 volume -02
I’ve been at a loss of what to discuss on this blog as of late. I like to have days worth of content sitting in the queue waiting to be posted. Now I’m writing this post only the afternoon before posting. I saw this link posted on Facebook (thanks Brennan from The Cheap Speakers), and though I’m not a fan of Ben Folds, I’m quite the fan of Elliott Smith. I was interested to hear Folds’ take on the classic song, “Say Yes.” Yes, you have to sit through a beer commercial… and it’s for a bad beer. Why don’t I think it works? Well, first off, Folds seems to… Read More »I’m in love with the world through the eyes of a girl who’s still around the morning after
I recently reconnected with an old friend, from back in my high school days. We never went to school together, after all, she was, and still is far off in a foreign country. So I made Beth this mix, but I didn’t know what I might have sent her all those years ago, so I decided to limit myself to nothing older than 2000. I also didn’t know what she had been listening to since then, so I decided to limit the selection to Canadian music. “The Indie Queens Are Waiting” by Dan Mangan This is my favourite Dan Mangan song, and I’ve been on a bit of a kick… Read More »Mix albums!
In December, I set goals for myself, how many films to see this year, how many shows to attend, how many records to purchase, and how many books to read. This is the standings, as of the end of February… Books I read (6/10) – 60%: Nothing this month. Films I saw (32/52) – 61%: The Sweet Hereafter | Originally released 1997 Nine | Originally released 2009 The Runaways Sleeper | Originally released 1973 Albums I bought (24/52) – 46%: “My Father’s House” b/w “The Digger” (Regional 7″ Volume 2) by $100 What The Boat Gave The River by Mark Berube & The Patriotic Few new EP by… Read More »April 2010, in review
Apparently I’m always a critic. I found a peanut butter cookie to be disappointing, and this led to others criticizing my criticizing. However, that just means I need to be a critic. On Saturday was Record Store Day, a celebration of all things wonderful1. I met with my friend Allegra, and we realized we didn’t have time for sushi before Valery Gore’s set at Sonic Boom, so instead we went to the record store, made our way to the basement, where a soundcheck was going on. It wasn’t Ms. Gore, but instead Lullabye Arkestra. It was interesting, and I might have enjoyed them if I stayed, but I was more… Read More »Sonic Boom!
This is Valery Gore’s only video. It’s from her first album. The second is even better, but she never made a video, so enjoy this one. Ruth Minnikin’s going to be in Toronto for Canadian Music Week/Fest, and is promoting her new record Depend On This, which I’ve yet to hear, but I assume it’ll be awesome, her records always are. With two women, might as well continue the theme… here’s Sleater-Kinney.
Narratives interviews Mitch Fillion of Southern Souls. Great website, but it needs an RSS feed. Interview interviews Stephin Merritt. (Courtesy of Chromewaves) CBC Radio 3 posts really boring videos. Christine Bougie tells us all how to do our taxes. (Courtesy of Terri) The only good thing about basketball, dinosaurs eating cheerleaders. (Courtesy of The Daily What) Vish Khanna has breakfast with Laura Barrett on CBC Radio 3. Listen here. Or, how about Vish Khanna talking to Stephin Merritt. Sloan release B Sides Win… they should’ve called it, Raise Your Glass To The B Side. http://www.cbc.ca/radio3/podcasts/breakfastclub/CBCR3Break_2010-02-11.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
The Oatmeal presents, 10 Types of Crappy Interviewees Soup delivered to your door (in Toronto), but the soup doesn’t render properly in Safari, or maybe the site doesn’t. (via Terri) Facebook adopts Jabber for chat protocol, allowing me to ditch the buggy as hell Facebook chat function in Adium. Frank Chromewaves looks at Toronto’s Magnetic Fields show. Yes I’m calling him Frank Chromewaves! Buck 65 & Valery Gore make a song. If you like Buck 65, you might dig it. If you never understood the appeal of Buck 65, but a fan of Valery, you’ll shrug your shoulders and go “meh.” (via Valery Gore) Rick Mercer explains How Parliament Works. Hint:… Read More »Linky Link
A list is a list, and it doesn’t really cover what I hope to let people know. If you don’t know me, you won’t know why I chose these records. I thought I’d further explain the top 10. 10) God Help The Girl – God Help The Girl (2009) God Help The Girl is the soundtrack to Stuart Murdoch’s unwritten film. The Belle & Sebastian frontman used the opportunity of a hiatus to record a new record using female vocalists who he wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to work within the stricter environment of a Belle & Sebastian album. The songs are damn good, and Stuart arranges for a wide… Read More »Top 50 of the Aughts further explained