Tuesday, March 13, 2007

This anger's deeper than sleep

I don't want to hear any gushing about tulips blooming in anyone's yard or grass starting to green up in the park, because here it rained last night which then turned to snow and this morning everything was a sheet of ice covered in sticky slop. I saw a dude travelling sideways for a few blocks as I was starting my 30 km commute this morning. That made me sit up and take notice, I'll tell you that right now.

And the worst part? I got to work and congratulated myself for making it in only 1 hour and 10 minutes. That sort of commute time is becoming entirely too routine and that shit has got to stop. Some days I feel like I deserve a medal just for making it into work

Okay, on to better things.

Wayne Petti (of Cuff the Duke) is releasing a solo cd today, City Lights Align. And Mother's Day is coming up.

The Calgary Folk Festival does not yet have this on their leak of the week page, but on Owen Pallett's site, he says he will be coming to the folk fest this summer. 'tchya! I'm considering volunteering at the Folk Fest this year. Apparently about 3/4 of the population of the city wants to do just that every year, so we'll see how much I feel like sharpening my elbows.

And this is the best new I have heard all day.
I don't think that James ever got anywhere near the recognition they deserved, certainly not outside of the UK. I may have to write about them someday. But then again Wikipedia does a bang-up job on covering their troubled and complex history. Why reinvent the wheel? Damn, they were a good band. Tim Booth once required neck surgery for an injury he sustained from the wild dancing he used to do whilst performing. And you know I'm a sucker for the wild dancing.

This is a video for Ring the Bells - a James song that somehow always makes me feel all peaceful and hopeful. Sadly the whirling dervish dancing is only glimpsed a bit at the end:



22 comments:

Fearless said...

I love James! Even got see them one the "Laid" tour. Ah, the salad days...

Deb said...

Excellent song/dance! Very much enjoyed both...I knew someone who danced like that. He was always the life of the party.

Over an hour each way?!...that's insane Barb. I start whining and feeling sorry for myself when I (occassionally) drive out to Surrey, which is about 45 minutes. I feel your pain.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Somehow I knew you would appreciate James, Fearless! I sure hope you got a t-shirt from the tour - you lucky dog.

Isn't that a great song, Deb? I love it.
I'll bet those parties were a blast; you cannot beat a premium dancer for rolling things.
Usually it's only 45 minutes, but this winter it's been stupid. Thanks for the sympathy, that's exactly why I whine so much on my blog.

Fearless said...

Nay, I didn't get a shirt, I was lucky if I had enough dosh for a beer in those days.

Toccata said...

I guess I had better not mention the tulips have started to bloom, the daffodils are absolutely everywhere and my commute from bedroom to work space is oh about 7 seconds. I think maybe I had better high tail it out of here before a certain bad tempered zombie smacks me one!

Sure hope your commute is a whole lot shorter tomorrow.

Karen said...

Ah the joys of an Alberta spring, eh Barbara? We had a similar experience here on Monday although no rain (just a weird slushy mixture). I just heard on the news that a guy walking along a road here fell into a pothole and there was no bottom. Seems our roads are dissolving into giant sinkholes...

Allison said...

Just reading about Wayne and Owen made me smile this morn, thanks!

Sadly, I'm not going to get to see Owen when he comes next week. I'm trying to see if I can wrangle people to go to GLS but its on St. Pat's....so.

The video wouldn't play for me, but your label was good enough :)

John Mutford said...

Did you catch Wayne Petti on CBC last week? Pretty good interview, they played a lot of live Cuff recordings.

Gotta go refamiliarize myself with James again. Thanks for the reminder!

Maureen said...

Ewwwwwwwww on the weather - it's been lovely down here, hahaha. Ok, you KNOW I had to say it and now I'm sure I've jinxed myself.

Oh and my drive to work is about 5 minutes - 15 if I have to drop the kids off first :) Country living!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I guess the t-shirt is secondary to the experience anyway,Fearless. Tees wear out after a few years anyway.

I come by my bad tempered reputation quite honestly, Toccata. I am completely envious of your commute, although mine is great today (as I am off work). And come June, we'll have flowers too, so there.

Did they ever find the guy, Karen? We've got some pretty amazing potholes here as well, although I don't believe we've lost anybody to one yet - a few wheel alignments certainly though.

GLS have a new album, Al, I just read in Chart! And they gave it a 5/5, so you can use that to twist some arms on your green-beer drinking friends.

I heard Wayne on The Vinyl Cafe as couple of weeks ago, John. Where was he last week? He's really funny and can sure work an audience.
Another James fan - yay!

The snowstorm gods are monitoring this site, Maureen, so watch out! I'll bet you don't have people tailgating you and cutting you off at 120km/hr either, do you?

BeckEye said...

I bought a Tim Booth solo album, "Bone" and thought it was just okay. I really dig the song "Wave Hello" though.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I haven't heard any of Booth's solo stuff, Beckeye, and was wondering how it would hold up. I'm not surprised that it's not stellar, as I think a large part of the appeal of James was the way the band as a whole meshed and flowed.

WolfHeart RavenHorse said...

I went to Red Deer on Tuesday morning at about 7:30! Yikes! I have never driven so slow on the #2!!! It was really bad until I hit Bowden, then, no snow!!! Red Deer was absolutely dry! lol Opposite of what usually happens!

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Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was kinda opposite day all over the place yesterday, wasn't it,Bev? Bad morning to be on the highway though, yikes.

JustRun said...

Well that weather about sucks ass, doesn't it? Hope you get some warmth soon!

Barbara said...

The weather will get better...
We are going through the same kind of warm day promise then boom more snow... move your house closer to work maybe...
I'll be off the net for some days.. I'm sure if you will notice the diff. I have been so buzy elswhere on the net I lost track of music all together...
I still play the mixes I made this summer...
Keep rockin' and I'll ask you about the tunes soon.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Today was a much nicer day, JustRun. It's that silly weather season around these parts.

haha you're funny, Barbara W - move closer to work! Not going to happen, maybe I'll retire instead.
I seem to have a different response to being busy - I listen to even more music. It keeps me sane.

Johnny Yen said...

I heard "Laid" about 40 times before I caught what the title was. I heard it another 40-45 times before I actually caught the line "she only comes when she's on top." I guess I either have bad hearing, or am just an innocent little butterfly. (cough, cough)

John Mutford said...

Ooops! My mistake. It wasn't Wayne Petti I heard, it was Corb Lund. He was on with Sook Yin Lee- btw, I think I saw a preview for a movie with her the other day, at least it looked like her.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm going with the bad hearing theory, Johnny Yen! I don't see too much butterfly resemblance there.

Oh yeah, I heard Corb Lund on DNTO too, John. I like him, even though he's very country, but he's the real thing and I can respect that.
Sook-Yin was in the recent film Short Bus. Was that the trailer you saw? She almost got fired from the CBC because of the non-simulated sex scenes.

John Mutford said...

That was the one! Have you seen it? By the guy from Hedwig, right? Feel like I should see that one first though. Being a cult classic and all. The CBC almost fired her? That's funny. But seeing as I'm trying to woo the CBC, I'll reserve my comments!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yeah the Hedwig guy with the three first names. I've haven't seen Short Bus (and I'm not sure how I feel about seeing Sook-Yin in it) and finally saw Hedwig a few months ago. It's an odd film, but the songs are good.