Tuesday, July 27, 2010

sharing different heartbeats...

i did a quick scan through a few albums of photos and found a handful of "wish you were here" moments. there's one odd man out but it has the same sad lonely feel to it so i'm adding it with the lot. i won't post a bunch like this again because it showcases just how big a shoe whore i am.

earworm of the day: cycling trivialities

this song has been boring a hole in my head for the last three days. i have no real attachment to it but it's been hitting me with the kind of weight that you normally associate with break up music. i don't know why it is, it just is.

so listen to it and more of jose's wonderful music. he is a truly talented young lad with a great heart and a touching sense of melody.

Monday, July 26, 2010

wish you were here...

i'm sick. i am either allergic to london (which i don't actually believe) or i caught something on the plane or in the office. other than that, london was a great trip.

i have never understood why people complain about travelling for work before but now i get it. it's not a holiday and you don't have time to run around and do fun things. you work. when you're done working you work some more or have a meeting about work that you need to do in the future. when those meetings are done you sit back down and answer a bajillion emails.

what i did get a chance to see was all kinds of fun. normally i don't go in for touristy type nonsense. you won't find me lining up at famous landmarks or drinking in the tourist friendly parts of town or shopping in the areas that foreigners shop because in my opinion, those places cater to the kind of person that is more interested with telling people they travelled somewhere than actually travelling. it sounds far more interesting to hear about the crown jewels or the museum of torture or london bridge than hearing about pints at the swan. does anyone really care that they have an odd petting zoo in holland park where you will find pigs? anyone other than myself that is? but those are the things i do. i walk till i get lost and then find my way back. i take the transit system to strange places just to see if i can figure out how to get back home without asking for directions. that is travelling to me. learning to live like the people that call a foreign place home.

of course london isn't really "foreign" in the bigger picture but it is an unknown city just waiting to be picked apart and discovered. i can't wait to go back but i say that about all the places i visit. well, almost all the places anyway.

quick highlights of my trip included
- meeting de la soul in the line up for customs.
- drinking at mick jones' local with my favourite drinking buddy (sadly, mick was on tour with de la soul).
- touring one of london's largest media post houses.
- melting in the tube.
- drinking at a fantastic little bar called the new bloomsbury set in bloomsbury (go figure).
- the miniature soccer nets in the urinals complete with hanging soccer ball at the swan.
- more free booze than you can imagine.
- some of the prettiest people i've ever seen.
- running through the tate modern trying to cram a self guided tour into the 45 minutes before closing.
- strolling through hyde park with good friends.

i am also adding this to a new group of posts i will be calling "wish you were here". i had a friend several years back that took photos of her feet everywhere she went. she travelled a lot and every roll of film had self portraits of her standing waiting for buses, in line at the bank, you name it. i thought this was actually kind of a touching moment because to me, these photos were less about taking a picture of yourself and showing off but more about trying to share that time and that place with the viewer.

also, how could i resist a good pink floyd reference?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

london calling

here's the me (and by "me" i mean "skinny") i will be in london for work next week and i'm about as excited as i can be without the aid of intoxicants.

if my friend has his way i will be living at the world's end. come out for a pint. i'll be the canadian with the half sleeves and clark kent hair and glasses combination going on. we'll talk musics and what not.

seriously. do it up.

(i wish i could have found a picture of him smashing the harp.)

Friday, July 9, 2010

come on without, come on within, you ain't seen nothin' like the mighty...noel?

i've mentioned the boosh before and i bring them up again now because noel fielding is in town for the next two days and if you can get a ticket somehow, go see him. it was fantastic.

his stand up is equal parts beat poetry, anecdotal rambling and just plain absurdest. he spent five minutes buzzing around the stage as a blue bottle fly then a homeless moth. he regaled us with the magical power of whispering and very short prostitutes that only children can see. he told us about the time he tried to scare his little brother by telling him there was a monster under his bed then hid under the bed only to get in a labour dispute with the monster currently working there.

i'm not a big stand up fan. i check out a few acts from time to time and it's usually based on luck more than anything else. i like the standard acts like richard pryor (only i find him really hit and miss), steve harvey, cedric the entertainer and bernie mack. they're actually about the only stand up comics i know by name. everyone else is just a face with funny words coming out.

watching the boosh documentary gave me a glimpse of what noel's stand up might be like but i was still way off in my estimation. i wish him the best of luck with his next few shows. the first night was great even if he thinks he was using too many britishisms. case in point, he wasn't sure if we had baby belles here so he said something about black cheese instead. he asked about the baby belles and said, "shit. i didn't know if you'd know what i meant. it should have been black baby belles. black cheese is just weird. oh well, first show. learning."

if you aren't in toronto and you don't have a magic lucky horseshoe that will grant you tickets at the touch of a button but you hear about noel being in or around your town for a performance, go see him. go see him as many times as you can. he's brilliantly funny, genuinely nice and one of the most engaging performers i've seen in a long time. i think he would have spent a lot more time in the audience if the mic cable permitted.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

earworm of the day: a little respect

man i love this song.

erasure might just be the first electronic group i liked. i wasn't interested in depeche mode or pet shop boys or a host of other bands from the same era doing basically the same thing but looking back now i've realized i have to give gary numan and the human leauge another chance.

i was going to link this to the song but it would seem emi have decided that it shouldn't be available for vod. appearantly they don't like free advertising. maybe they're waiting for 8-track sales to pick up?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

who are you? who, who, who, who. oh i really want to know...

it was either that or magic bus but that didn't quite have the same effect.

anywho, i can't seem to find any information about this guy. i mean nothing. all i know is that this ep is set to be released on qunabu sometime in the near future and he's polish. that's it. there's a last.fm page for him with about 600 plays and 100 or so fans with a stupid photo attached to the profile but no one seems to know anything about this guy.

i'm interested in finding out more because i really like the wzrost ep. it's equal parts experimental noise and dub techno. it has this odd fluid percussion that seems to go where it pleases on some tracks and locks solid on others. it reminds me a little of pinch's underwater dancehall but it's not as straight forward (which is an odd comment to make since underwater dancehall is all over the map at times as well).

i'll keep my eyes and ears open for more from this guy but you should be able to purchase this ep on qunabu soon.

breakfast in america

nothing else to add really other than how surprised i was by this random track. if you like this then check out the rest of lokid's stuff on bandcamp. wow.

*update* may 2011

it would seem that lokid has taken this track off his bandcamp page which is a damn shame cause it was bangin'.

he does have a new ep called fear of heights which you can use the same link above to get too. enjoy.

Monday, July 5, 2010

can it be that it was all so simple then?

Isbellslike any good junky, i keeps the really good stuff for myself.

i was just noticing the other day how the things i've posted are completely different from most other blogs i've seen. maybe i've got more eclectic tastes? maybe i just don't go out of my way to find things that no one listens to (which isn't the case at all. i totally try and find things no one listens to, i just don't post those albums because you'll hate them)?

i think it's more that i post things that spring to mind in no particular order. if it's in my head then i post it. if i've been listening to it non-stop it goes up here.
i should try and take a look at the more obscure stuff and put it up here as either a warning or a recommendation so when you're at a party and someone starts talking about the isbells you can confidently give your opinion on the matter. (i'm really surprised there was a link to this on amazon. strange things pop up from time to time.)