Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
What the phunk is going on?
Two signs that I am turning into a crotchety old fart:
1. I’m becoming fearful of icy sidewalks. I tore my hamstrung some good last winter and now I dread the thought of doing that again. I even have a waffle-mark on my knee still – a permanent reminder of the pair of pants I was wearing.
2. I find myself wondering what IS the point of the Black Eyed Peas? I had the dubious pleasure of watching them perform the half-time show at Grey Cup and fuck do they ever reek! And it pisses me off no end to hear people appropriating other people’s voices. Fergie, you are not black. Quit trying to talk black. You look like an idiot.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
In recognition of the great American holiday of Thanksgiving (and so smart having it on a Thursday!) and to honour our American sisters and brothers, tomorrow I will only play American music. I mean the genre, not just the Violent Femmes song.
I really quite excited about it - the Pixies, the Violent Femmes, Neko Case, Wilco, the B-52's, the Dead Kennedys, Jane's Addiction, the Replacements, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, the Ramones, Death Cab for Cutie, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, REM - whew, I don't think the day is going to be long enough.
So, HAPPY THANKSGIVING, all!
As you may have heard, The Hour will be in Vancouver next Tuesday and Wednesday. Matt Good is going to be on the show! And I am going to shamelessly take credit for this (my lips to George's ear, you know). Here's the letter I sent The Hour when they were in Vancouver in the spring (I'm not sure why I still have this):
I would love to see Canada's most under-rated musician, Matthew Good, on the show when you are in Vancouver. Musical genius aside, I can think of few people who are more passionate, articulate, and outspoken about geopolitics, human rights, poverty, democracy, etc etc. And he writes an astounding blog! There is nothing more entertaining than Matt Good in an all-out full-blown indignant rant. I'd give my first-born to see him on The Hour (sorry Eva).
Please send all tokens of appreciation to this blog. Cash accepted.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
There's a fellow at work who comes around every Tuesday to pick up the recyclables. He's mentally challenged and he's the coolest guy. We have the same conversation every week:
Tuesday Guy: 'Morning!
Tuesday Guy: It's Tuesday today.
Me: It sure is!
Well, a while ago I started thinking, we've been having this same conversation for about six years now, maybe I should make an effort to expand it a little. Oh God, he didn't like that. My responses of "yes, and it looks like a nice day, too" and "and tomorrow's Wednesday" met with suspicious glances.
And today I responded "Yup. That's sure a big load you've got today".
Such a look he gave me!
It was obviously pretty distressing to him. I don't want to add to his stress levels at work. I think I'll stick to the script from now on.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
On National Playlist yesterday, Ben Rayner brought in the Joy Division song Love Will Tear Us Apart, which was a brilliant move, as every playlist must have some Joy Division on it, although personally I would have gone for Transmission, or Warsaw, or Digital.
But then he said something rather disquieting about a new movie which is currently being cast. Control is the story of Ian Curtis, frontman for Joy Division, who became famous for hanging himself at the age of 24. Apparently Jude Law is to play the lead role.
Is it just me, or is Jude Law in everything anymore? I am getting mightily tired of him. Although in some ways, he is a fitting choice, as Ian Curtis was involved in an extramarital affair at the time of his suicide, and Jude Law always seems to be in some kind of extramarital affair, presumably contributing to his career suicide.
There has already been a movie about Joy Division - 24 Hour Party People. Okay, it wasn't strictly about Joy Division, rather about Tony Wilson, the founder of Factory Records, and it told the slightly fictionalised story of his signing of such acts as Joy Division/New Order and The Happy Mondays, and how he missed signing The Smiths. If you are at all interested in the Manchester scene of the 80's and how it ushered in the birth of rave culture, then you could do far worse than to watch 24 Hour Party People.
I know some people who are going to be pissed if the music of Joy Division suddenly becomes uber-popular with the release of Control. Certain people in this house who shall remain nameless are very protective of their music. They pride themselves on their esoteric sensibilities and don't want their tastes to become overly-popular. And in a lot of ways I can understand that. There's nothing worse to a worldly 14-year old than to have the mall goths commandeer your music (mall goths being defined as poseurs who hang around malls and listen to My Chemical Romance). There is definitely a matter of credibility being at stake here.
Ian Curtis has been dead for 25 years now. Will 2006 be the year that he blasts back onto the public scene?
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny
Friday, November 11, 2005
When a man loves a woman, Percy Sledge, The Hit Songs of Percy Sledge
Life on Mars, David Bowie,Hunky Dory
Photograph, Nickelback, All the Right Reasons
Mornings Eleven,The Magic Numbers, The Magic Numbers
Louisiana 1927 , Randy Newman, Good Old Boys
Galang, M.I.A., Arular
Like a rolling stone, Bob Dylan, Highway 61 revisited
House of Gold, Andy Stochansky, 100
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Urge for Going, Joni Mitchell, Songs of a Prairie Girl, pitched by Larry LeBlanc
Mornings Eleven,The Magic Numbers, The Magic Numbers, pitched by James Keast
Heard ‘em Say, Kanye West, Late Registration, pitched by Jemeni
Hope There’s Someone, Antony and the Johnsons, I am a Bird Now, pitched by Robert E-Green
Body’s in Trouble, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Miss America, pitched by Robert E-Green
Of course, the fabulous Weakerthans’ song Aside must stay on the National Playlist, but not just for the week, forever!
The song bursts into life with riotous joy. From the opening cymbal strikes to the final line, “sing my imperfect offering”, the driving rhythm is infectious and irresistible. If you have ever seen the Weakerthans perform this song live (and I’m sure you must have) then you’ll have seen the entire audience dancing and singing maniacally during this song.
As with every Weakerthans song, Aside is rich with evocative imagery. Where else would you hear lyrics such as “circumnavigate this body of wonder and uncertainty, armed with every precious failure and amateur cartography”?
The only problem that I can see with keeping Aside on your ipod is how to keep those little earplugs intact while dancing crazily around the room during the playing of this great song.
I love these guys!!!!!
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
Sook-Yin Lee is back hosting
Saturday, she played the Would You Rather game with Hawksley Workman. Here's an excerpt:
S-YL: "Would you rather work at the drive-through at Tim Horton's or the customer service at Canadian Tire?"
HW: "Canadian Tire! I love Canadian Tire! I love the smell of it. I love the plumbing section with all the little brass bits in the big bins. I want to work in the sporting goods section so I can get a key to that glass cabinet where the binoculars and bullets are."
Who knew Hawksley was such a Canadian Tire fan? I love him even more now. I know he's not really a CBCer, but I first heard him on CBC, so.
Jian Ghomeshi is getting his own show on CBC radio. It's called National Playlist and it will list essential songs to put on your ipod each week. What a wet dream for a list junkie like Jian!
Jian will always hold a special place in my heart ever since he read my email on air during 50 Tracks (Canadian) in which I championed the Weakerthans' song Left and Leaving. Jian can even outsass Sook-Yin! Radio One Monday -Friday 11:30 am.
At long last, tonight heralds the return of everybody's boyfriend, the lovely George Stroumboulopoulos, host of the best show on tv - The Hour. If you like your current events delivered to you in a mixture of in-depth analysis and irreverent sassiness, then The Hour is your show and George is your man.I know you are all going "Oh God no, she's going to tell us again about the time she met George!" Relax children, I'll save that for torturing my grandchildren with eventually. I'll just reiterate that George is the most gracious, most engaging and most genuinely friendly person you could ever hope to meet. Did I mention he's really really cute? CBC Newsworld Monday - Thursday, 6:00, 9:00, and 12:00 pm MT
Finally what can you say about Rick Mercer? That he's the sharpest wit around, that he draws a bead on anything that moves in Canadian politics, that he goes for the jugular every time? Rick Mercer's Monday Report will be starting again this week and they've moved it to Tuesday nights. Subsequently, they've dropped the Monday part out of the title, which makes sense. CBC Tuesdays, 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Only one 8-foot person in front of the camera here
More 8-foot people starting to move in
This is Eva wearing her shirt from last year's concert. It's the Content: head, heart, lungs shirt. I always regretted not buying one for myself - I really like the design, the colour, and the message. (I like Eva's hair that colour, too.)
He looks like he could kick some ass.I got the tank shirt, because I wanted a tank and I wanted a green one. Unbeknownst to each other, Ruhee and I bought the same shirts. Girl's got good taste.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
It's incredible what a talented speaker can accomplish. I sit through far too many academic presentations that hold my interest for about 15 minutes before I start composing grocery lists (or blog posts) in my head, because I cannot look at yet another slide of an MRI brain scan. I'm not a neuroradiologist. All those brain scans look exactly the same to me.
Dr. Roman's talk on vascular dementia today not only had me hanging onto every word for 45 minutes, but his synopsis of the history of neurobiology was astounding. Did you know that the first neurobiology textbook dates back to 1549? And that the concept of dementia was documented in it? I now have a much better understanding of lacunar stroke as well, thanks to that lecture.
And there were only 2 radiology slides.
If you are looking for Matt Good pictures, ummm, sorry, still haven't dumped the camera yet. I've been crazy busy. But don't be sad, peeps, because Teddy has totally amazing pictures of the very same concert for your astonishment and delight.
Prepare to be amazed here.