Friday, February 02, 2007

not a chance in hell he saw his shadow today

Balzac Billy was certainly not startled by any nasty old just woken up in a bad mood and all foul-breathed and needing a shave groundhog shadow today, not with the way the snow kept coming and coming all day. So I guess this disturbingly mild winter will be cut short, which, translated into Canadian, means three more months until spring.

Really the only sign of spring I saw all day was when I was blasting my shopping cart through the slush in the Safeway parking lot. There beside me appeared a striking black man, sporting the most amazing dreadlocks, and his adorable little boy, heading casually and leasurely to their car, all the while discussing the finer points of the word "opposite". The father had one of those perfect finishing school British accents that you sometimes hear Jamaican people speaking. They seemed so at ease with life and with each other, that I was utterly charmed by the pair of them.

The Dubblestandart song on my playlist today is for them, because they made my day. And the Cuff the Duke song is for everybody, simply because howling along with wee Wayne Petti always makes me happy, and I want to spread the joy around. Personally I am happy to see some Calgarians on the list. Bonus points if you can spot the locals (it's not really all that hard).

Random Shuffle Friday Playlist - the Groundhog Edition
Born to Kill - Matthew Good Band
Poor Places - Wilco
"The Message" mp3 - Dubblestandart
The Night has Opened My Eyes - the Smiths
My Dad vs Paul McCartney - Chixdiggit
Time is My Everything - Ian Brown
Morning Cheer - Kris Demeanor
Where I End and You Begin - Radiohead
Far Gone and Out - the Jesus and Mary Chain

And it's shameless self-promotion time once again, folks. This week, over at the Record Room, I posted a review of Neko Case's new release Live at Austin, TX.

You may be surprised by what I thought.

Then again, you may not care less what I think. But there are mp3s. And free hats.

Okay, kidding on the free hats; I just haven't used a South Park reference in a while.


Toccata said...

I almost bought the Neko Case CD today but decided not because when I saw her in concert sadly, it was not good. Haven't read your review yet but I am definitely curious. I'm headed over there now.

Toccata said...

I think I made the right choice in picking up Katie Melua's Piece by Piece.

p.s. Sorry about all the snow. Hopefully it's just a little glitch and one of your famous Chinooks will roll on through.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

She's not big on the banter, is she, Toccata. Although I suppose it would be worse if she were a great banterer and a lousy singer - then she'd be a standup comic.

I've never heard of Katie Melua; now I'm intrigued.

And there's always a chinook just around the corner, fear not.

Allison said...

Sweet, free hats ;p I'll click over and read the review next.

That story was really cute. I love seeing kids with their parents and having discussions like that. Warms my heart.

Its been snowing here all day too. Not really cold, so I'm not complaining. Although I don't have a shovel, so I'm using my broom. Soon I shall be know as the crazy broom lady, so shovels snow with it and attacks the squirrels. One day, one day.

Deb said...

I don't know the local Calgarians. Not unless it's Jerome Iginla, sorry.

Born To Kill is one of my fav MG's...he did it at the VECC...apparently he doesn't perform it that often? I cried, how pathetic. Linds thinks it's funny that her Mom's fav song is called Born To Kill.

Free hats, those wouldn't be Bruno's bedpan hats would they?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I suspect you are secretly relishing the thought of being known as the crazy broom lady, Allison. I know I would be.
ISn't the snow really heavy and wet off the lake, though? Isn't it hard to sweep?

Everybody is Calgary is named Jerome Iginla, Deb! haha
I'll give you a hint: it's Kris Deameanor and Chixdiggit.
I don't believe I've ever heard Matt perform Born to Kill at a concert. That would be awesome though.

Allison said...

You got me, I'd take that label anyday.

Actually, the broom failed me today, we're getting a crapload of snow now. So I took the dustpan and used that as my shovel, I only have a tiny front step, worked wonders.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Invention, thy middle name is Allison! Excellent non-traditional usage of household items! A++

Deb said...

(yeah, it was funny because even though BTK is my fav, he did the lead in/intro a bit different. i didn't recognize it right away but ty did and he looked over at me to watch my reaction. i whispered "why the hell are you staring at me - watch the show". then it clicked and i was done for.)

Dale said...

Thanks for the story for a winter's day Barbara, the mp3s for the same day and the review 'over there'.

Johnny Yen said...

I love the title of the Chixdigit song!

These random tens really challenge me. I thought I had pretty wide-ranging musical taste, but I have not one song on that list. You really set the bar high with music, ma'am.

justacoolcat said...

How can one not love a list that begins with Born to Kill?

If there's an answer let's kill the messanger.

Puxatawny Phil sleeps with the fishes.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

So Ty was just waiting for you to cry then, Deb? He knows you too well, I think.

Dale, I do it all for you! With a smile.

Chixdiggit are a fun and lively, but not necessarily great, local punk band, Johnny Yen. All the band members have gotten married in recent years, so they called their latest album "Pink Razors" because all of a sudden they are all living with disposable pink razor blades all over their bathrooms. They are good with names.
You set the bar pretty darned high with your lists too!

I never considered that Matt Good had Groundhogs in mind with thatsong, JustA, but now that I think of it, of course he must have!

She's Crafty said...

Ground Hog Day was the bestest day in recent history. I had soo much fun as Miss Cross from the film Rushmore. Cd swap couldn't have been a better nite.
Although it was freaking cold and winter couldn't possibly be felt like summer love inside the club ;)

She's Crafty said...

My thanks to Calgary for breeding cutie cute indie boys who are geeky like me, in cd clubs and w/ the Shins tees tossed on their couches.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It sounds like you had a great night, Serah! And that is what Groundhog day should be all about - cd swaps and cute indie boys.

~Jen~ said...

barb....i have a completely unfamiliar with neko case....if u find yourself bored one day and wanna play DJ...Id love a **barbs best of neko** cd...
no pressure though...

Will said...

Looks like we will all be making the jump to new blogger. I do like that "Label" feature I must say.

Will said...

There were some signs of Spring yesterday in San Francisco, but now they are all but gone. The forcasted rain for this week should wash these dreams away completely.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Consider it done, Jen! With bells on.

The labels are rather fun, Will. I've seen some folks who shall remain nameless (Dale) who particularly delight in messing with our minds with their labels.
And around here, rain IS a sign of spring!