Sunday, December 17, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The Internet (or at least the part of the internet that Mark and I inhabit) is going nuts about the forthcoming Clipse album. Many tracks as well as a Green Lantern-hosted "this is not a mixtape" sampler/teaser have leaked, in additon to 2 of the hottest singles of the year (Mr. Me Too and Wamp Wamp (What it do). The album also got the coveted XXL ranking in this month's XXL magazine.
This track, however, is on some next level ish. Produced by The Neptunes, it has Timbaland-style fade-in synths, but with hot neptunes style drums including... more cowbell! The chorus has this haunting chopped-up singing which must be done by Pharrell but sounds nothing like him. Who knew rapping about dealing crack could be so beautiful?
The Clipse - New World (Featuring Pharrell) (direct link, dudebros!)
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
My friend Greg sent out an email about the moon landing today and I, instead of doing some totally necessary homework, wound up poking around YouTube and becoming a conspiracy theorist.
I never know what to believe, but the naysayers sure make a convincing case. If you have some free time, check it out. The following are parts one to four of a Fox Television special on this topic.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
I've decided to put up two mp3's.
Guided by Voices - Gold Star for Robot Boy
Jon Auer - Gold Star for Robot Boy
The song is, of course, written by Robert Pollard and is on the GBV 1994 masterpiece Bee Thousand. The cover, by Jon Auer of Posies fame, is from a 2002 acoustic show by him. It makes me think of a few things:
a) I really don't pay attention to the content of the lyrics in songs. Perhaps this can be blamed on being raised on hip-hop. Regardless, I treat the voice as just another instrument in the song. Pollard's voice re-inforces the low-fi but melodically brillant GBV version, which makes me want to scream the lyrics at the top of my lungs at 3am and smash plates over my head, while the tender, introspective Auer version just makes me want to cry. I don't know what the lyrics are supposed to mean (and frankly, Budwiser Bob probably doesn't know either), but it doesn't matter - the emotions are still there.
b) Thank god Mike got me into The Posies. What a fantastic band.
c) Chain Reaction time:
- The real beauty of GBV albums (Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes especially) is the way in which each short song runs into the next and creates a full album experience. The song after Gold Star for Robot Boy is Awful Bliss.
- Awful Bliss is one of two lovely acoustic numbers by Tobin Sprout on the album. The other is Esther's Day.
- The song before Esther's Day is (do do do do do do do) Kicker of Elves.
- Which brings us back to:
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The Doc beats the Wolfe
Looking back at my wedding photos from August 12th, it would appear that my dad, whom I affectionately refer to as 'Doc,' is vying for the Tom Wolfe lookalike award winner. The Doc is rocking a suit that looks like he's ready for A Man In Full's author shoot. The abov photo's proof (he's the one on the far right).
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
The above video was previously deleted from this blog because of formatting problems; here it is again. Also, the following two mixes were discovered via one of the best blogs on the internerd, Discobelle. I mean, who wouldn't want to listen to a DJ mix by the Junior Boys or a DJ mix by Hot Chip?
Friday, August 11, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006
According to this week's Maclean's magazine, this urinal design (titled "Kisses!"), manufactured by Bathroom Mania! is being removed from a McDonald's restaurant in the Netherlands after American tourists complained. See more of "the sexy urinal" here.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
God bless those out-of-it curmudgeons at Pitchfork (or P4K as I've now seen them write self-referentially). Sometimes they get things right and with their Overlooked Records 2006 "Year In Half Review" feature at the moment they hit the nail on the head with the Voxtrot's Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives (pictured at right). At the station we get a lot of new music and sometimes it's hard to sift through it all and I'll admit that I didn't give this Austin, TX band a listen when it came in in April. But the folks at Pitchfork said it was "full of deft arrangments and charming melodies that evoke Belle & Sebastian, Morrissey, and the Lucksmiths." So i pulled it out of the library and gave it a listen and I'm digging it immensely.
So kudos to you forkers, you prompted me to give Voxtrot a shot. I suggest others do the same.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Check these out...
Adidas has promotional trading cards for the "+10" campaign, and lucky me, I found a handful of them on the ground at the Wilco show at the Walker on Canada Day. I found a page about the cards here but unfortunately it's in Italian.
If you haven't seen the wicked plus +10 ad series yet, go to youtube and check 'em out.
Also, I must mention that FIFA's "Matchcast" is just about the best substitute for actually watching the games if you're ostensibly 'working.' Link up here.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
This 'church signage' blog is an entirely different creature from that rant I posted a little while ago about 'terrorism' vs. 'vandalism.' I enjoy checking out local church signage for the ridiculous messages they frequently put up - pithy sayings like "This church is prayer-conditioned," and admonitions about how to live your life. I've often considered putting together an installation of nothing but photos of these messages under the title "SIGNS FROM GOD?"
But until I manage to get my act together and put on such a show, I'll have to put my latest discovery up here. This one's good...
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
This is Rhonda .
No, Rhonda, no one said bicylce basketcase. Possibly ever.
Rhonda's site rhondareleases.com
(make sure to fly the plane into her box, that's the best part)
Here is what Rhonda has to say:
Thank you for checking out this website. I hope you've enjoyed
samples of each song and each unique page that sometimes
contain (sic) surprises!
Here is what fans say about Rhonda:
I just want to touch base with you so I can tell you, how truely amazing your music is. I mean c'mon, upon hearing "fairytale lost" I couldn't sleep for days. All I could do was be rowdy, and it even sparks creativity.
Couldn't sleep for days? Rowdy? I mean c’mon?
Here is a verse from that song:
My mirror image woo's in love
Gleaming at my style
Glamour Lingers in the air
The breeze can caress for a while
Let me know if that makes any sense to you.
Here is the letter I emailed to Rhonda:
I have all your record’s. Bedtime story is my favourite. Do the order of the songs have any special meanings? Like how "Wear me Out" is followed by “One Finger Left” is followed by “Emergency Room”? Or is that just a funny coincidence?
Also, why on your webpage do you have a plane flying into you? Is that a political commentary? What are you trying to say? Is the plane supposed to crash into your chastity belt and open it? Are you like a sexy virginal twin towers? Is the plane your horny terrorist listeners? Does this make sense in a way I don't get? I am confused, but in a sexy way.
Please answer my questions when you can. I am curious.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Twlight Singers - Crazy
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Saw this on St. Mary's yesterday and I just had to (a) take a picture of it, and (b) respond to it.
Folks (and by folks, I'm talking to the United Church Centre, or whoever is responsible for the sign), vandalism is not terrorism. There's a reason the English language has developed the word "vandalism," and that's because it's a separate concept/action from "terrorism." If your signage were correct, then there'd be no need to have developed the word "vandalism" since "terrorism" would cover it/contain it.
Here's the Merriam-Webster definition of VANDALISM: willful or malicious destruction or defacement of public or private property. And here's the definition of TERRORISM from the same source: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. Hi-jackings, suicide bombings, hostage taking - these are the methods of terrorism, NOT, breaking windows or grafitti-ing building walls. By equating the former with the latter, you're basically saying that juvenile delinquents belong at Guantanamo Bay along with members of Al-Qaeda. Which is utter crap - it's the same brand of crap that Dubya attempted to shovel when he uttered the words "you're either for us or against us." We don't live in a black & white world, one dictated by polarities and either/or situations - we live in a multi-hued and nuanced world. Stop trying to paint with a broad brush, get your head out of the clouds and do something constructive with your time. You're doing everyone a disservice by 'sharing' this B.S. sentiment.