Monday, May 01, 2006

Why do they play so much barenaked ladies on the radio?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Radio

We all hate commercial radio for it's lame djs, endless commercials, and above all, the terrible music. Still i thought i'd say a few words after beginning a new job which takes place in an environment where the radio plays:

-i got all primed up for what was advertised as a song from "the BRITISH INVASION!!"...who could it be? some early kinks? maybe a little my generation era who? was fucking bohemian rhapsody! I do love that song, but considering the setup i was most dissapointed.

-Copperhead Road is one of the worst songs of all time

-How are Kiss so popular? They do not rock in my books

-turning the dial from lame programming on c95 to another station, only to find "Up on Cripple Creek" playing really makes your day

-99% of new music played on the radio is absolute boggles my mind to think that artists like Joel Plaskett are still relegated to indie status, while a whole host of tuneless bands with no idea how to write a melody get played on the radio

Ok, that's enough radio ranting. It's pretty old news. But still! it's infuriating!

Baby you got me on the run!

So despite the new Sam Roberts album's shortcomings, i just keep on listening to it over and over. It's really weird, because i love to listen to it, yet i don't love the album... I do love a couple tunes on it. "Mind Flood" is probably the best. The first half the band bounces along, just another rock tune, before opening up a huge rock-out session on the final 4 minutes. The transitions between tempos is just awesome.

I threw on Roberts' first full length just now(we were born in a flame) and if i gave the new album 3 1/2 stars, this one gets 4 1/2. Nearly all of the 14 songs are good or better, with a couple standouts like "Taj Mahal". It also makes me realise how the 2 albums are different in their own ways. The first is more a collection of really strong pop-rock tunes. It's better than just a mere collection of snappy tunes thanks to the variety of moods that Roberts hits. The new album (called "Chemical City" by the way) is a bit more unified. It's very moody, and feels a bit more cohesive, that is, most of the songs have the same sort of lost/downer feeling to them. Still it's not that depressing, except for the last song, but mainly for the fact that it sounds like the kind of Ryan Adams song i hate (simple piano chords and heavily reverbed vocals).

still, i just can't stop listening to this disc.

Sunday, April 23, 2006


...i've been listening to mainly Joel Plaskett and CSN(& Y).

Plaskett's coming to town next month with the Emergency which is awesome, i don't think CSN will be coming by anytime soon.

The new Sam Roberts disc got a 2 star review from the globe and mail, and while i agree with most everything the reviewer said, i disagree with the rating. It is true that the album lacks strong song writing (a real strength of Roberts' first album "we were born in a flame"), but the album sounds really good. The guitars, keyboards, organs, vocals, it's all really strong and well-done. I'd probably give it a 3 and a half star rating out of 5 (if i had to give such a rating).

Sam Roberts is also coming next month, as is my man Matt Mays. And guess who's opening for MM? The Sheepdogs! Woohoo! that's may 9th for the record.

back to studying...

P.S. "Almost Cut My Hair" by CSNY is a wicked song.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Hey Bloggers

My posting sucks, i know. I wanted to just let you folks know that the Sheepdogs are playing their cd release part on March 31st at Louis Pub. It's a friday and i would love to see your smiling faces there. You can even harass me about not posting, although Caitlin's not allowed to. Just kidding.

P.S. i just bought the Arctic Monkeys record, good disc!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Here 'tis

Dr. Dog

Friday, January 20, 2006

If you still download illegally (i do it sparingly, but mainly because of the viruses that inevitably overflow your poor computer when you do it) try to find "It Isn't Exact" by the Bees. It's from their early days of just Paul and Aaron in the shed and boy is it lovely. It's got that lazy and sweet sound that they perfected on Sunshine Hit Me. It's not every day that you find a Bees song you haven't heard, so i'm playing this one over and over today.

ALso, check out "Jackel head" which is from the same Bees era. It's more in their 60s psychedelic style.

One more thing, please don't make Canada a Conservative ruled country...

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Random thoughts from 2006.

I really dig pop-culture, but by no means is my knowledge of it complete. I mean, whose is? Well some people try to be all knowing, taking in all the movies they can, listening to the years' hot records and watching the top-rated tv shows, etc. Personally, my approach is a lazy-man's approach. I half-assed check out things that seem to be of interest and if i dig, then i check them out some more. Having said that, i present my random thoughts on things enjoyed and not enjoyed this year.

Most enjoyed DVD - Little Britain season 1.
A brilliant mix of silly men in drag (shades of Python and Kids in the Hall) and excellent comedic performances made this british series a great follow-up to the Office, which endeared itself to me the previous year. Little Britain has great premises that really get the laughs thanks to the hilarious portrayals by David Walliams and Matt Lucas. Sure to have you busting that terrible english accent out to not impress your friends with your bad imitation of Lou and Andy.

I also must through a shout-out to the great Arrested Development season 2, where the character of Gob finally came into his own, stealing every scene he was in. "Yeah, the man in the 5 thousand dollar suit, come on!"

Best movie of the year - Walk the Line
ok, so i only saw about 5 movies, 2 of which were Wedding Crashers and 40 year old Virgin (both i liked) but nothing got me more than Walk the Line. I saw it in the theatres twice, just as i saw Troy twice the past year (haha...), and it was awesome. Joaquin was fantastic he had me totally convinced, even though he didn't sound like Cash that much, his presence pulled it off.

Hon mention to Grizzly Man, the movie i was completely depressed by amongst a theatre of laughing viewers. See this documentary if you can.

The movie that needed an hour cut from it - King Kong
It was great, amazing, spectacular. Oh the effects! Oh the action! but really, do we need all that storyline...3 hours worth? I want Peter Jackson to make a 100 minute movie next time around.

Series that finally showed some balls for the first time in 20 odd years - Star Wars 3: Return of the Sith
This movie kicked ass, and so did the characters. Who knew Ewan McGregor could be badass with that goofy beard?

Most dissapointing album of the year - Kings of Leon "Aha Shake Heartbreak"
By no means a bad album, but just incredibly disheartening to hear the Kings trying to be hip dance-rockers, when they were true-blue southern rockers... I used to believe every dirty word out of Caleb's mouth...but now...

Hon. mention to the White Stripes' album, whatever it was called...i've already forgotten...sorry Jack, i just don't want to hear you play piano, go get your guitar again.

Best Concert - Arcade Fire
Hands down. I don't even really like their songs, but they blew me away live. They had the crowd in complete rapture, it was near spiritual. I couldn't have been more impressed and despite my personal reservations about them, i'll never question their legitimacy amongst the top bands of our age.

Released 2 too many albums and needs an editor award - Ryan Adams
4 discs of material...whoo i was tired listening to it all. Some of it was awesome, check out "magnolia mountain", "let it ride" or "sweet illusions" from Cold Roses, but when it's all over 3 albums, it's just too much. How are we supposed to take him as sincere when he releases so many songs all on the same old themes...the man's ego is really getting in the way me thinks.

Best super-gay song - Franz Ferdinand "Do You Want To"
So gay and so damn good. Gay in that way that Blur's "Boys and Girls" made you mince about. Well it made me mince about at least.

Song of the Year- The Redwalls "Build a Bridge"
It's nothing new and sure it bites Joe Cocker's cover of "with a little help from my friends" but man this song brings the good vibes.

Hm...that's about it for now. I may think of some more.

Later Alligators.