Friday, August 27, 2010

the only honest love song

Scott Pilgrim Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hourone of my closest friends re-enacted the scott pilgrim movie for me and told me all about the ending. i now have nothing but contempt for the film.

casting decisions aside, what kind of movie tells it's audience that the only thing worth fighting for is yourself? forsake your loved ones because their support is worthless and won't help you when the chips are down. no no, you can only count on yourself.

what a steaming pile of self indulgent crap.

i'm of the mind that we come by self respect in a number of different ways. we accomplish the goals we set for ourselves. we realize our worth through the eyes of our loved ones. we have the ability to do things other people can't or aren't as good at. whatever it is that makes you realize your own worth, it should be a positive thing for you and those around you. having the only person you love tell you that your love is misplaced and you should be fighting your battles for yourself is not only heart breaking but would shatter someone's ego in real life.

should i have expected anything less from hollywood? of course not. this is the land that gave us such masterpieces as transformers one and two and superman returns. we've entered an era where people don't know if they should like something unless it's being sold to their sense of borrowed nostalgia. so why would i expect that scott pilgrim would have been anything other than flashy crap? because the books weren't and i thought bryan might have had something to say about it. i guess i was wrong.

the final book doesn't end anywhere near the same way the film does. it doesn't wrap things up in a nice little bow by any means but it does leave the reader with hope that people can mend their relationships and work together to be better people for themselves and their loved ones. that's how things should have ended.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

earworm of the day: lions

Lionsthis song has been consistently blowing my mind for the better part of a week now. this is kind of a muddy recording but it's a live gig on someone's camera. you can't expect miracles. having said that, i'm still getting goose bumps from it. the song actually starts at about 1:19 in.

i tried to make the trek to rough trade while i was in london because it's a rather large and expensive pain buying jonquil albums in toronto.

anywho, lions from the album lions is one of those songs that makes me truly thankful for my ability to hear.

check them out and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

another one bites the dust...

one down and a whole bunch to go. it wasn't until last night that the amount of shows i listed actually hit me. the funny part is just how far in advance most of them are. i'm getting myself all worked up about stuff i won't be able to see for almost two months. feh.

russian circles and boris ran lee's palace on monday night and while i would like to say it was an amazing night full of musical goodness i cannot. russian circles were great although i could have done without the silhouette light show. they put on a solid performance even if the room was a little docile. boris on the other hand were all sound and fury signifying nothing.

i know someone out there is going to hate me for this but i found boris to be a sub par band at best. their singers were flat and their drummer seemed to be having trouble keeping time. their solo guitar player was good but his solo's weren't very inspiring. a friend of mine said they sound like a high school punk band trying to move in a new direction and while i don't think that is entirely fair or accurate, they didn't seem like they were quite ready for prime time. the real shock was seeing just how deep their catalogue is. i mean with that many albums under your belt you should be rock gods by now.

now i'll twiddle my thumbs waiting for this will destroy you and sam amidon. c'mon sam!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

all's well...

it is highly unlikely that i'm getting into the russian circles show on the 9th but dammit, i'm going to try.

i've been lazy in searching out shows but here's a quick break down of where you can find me in the next little while;

- russian circles at lee's palace on the 9th (ihopeihopeihope)
- i'll be booing loudly and throwing things at the tour bus for crystal castles and rusko. (no really, they can't play instruments or sing and rusko is an hour long set of wawnwawnwawnwawawawawaaaannnnn)
- this will destroy you at lee's palace on the 24th
- sam amidon at the drake on the sept 4th
- efterklang at lee's (again?) on sept 8th or ratatatat at the sound academy i'm not sure which yet.
- kinda want to see rufio on the 10th at the phoenix but strung out? no thanks.
- same goes for millincolin on the 12th. it would seem the the 17 year old punk rock kid in me is lonely.
- mice parade at the elmo on sept 29th
- if i'm in town, prefuse 73 at lee's on oct 12th
- the books at the mod club on oct 25th

so there. that's a lot of shows that i'm going to have to figure out how to fit in the budget and somehow i want to fit a trip to new york in there too. feck. i would be happy if i could go to half of these but realistically i'll probably get out to a third if i'm lucky. if there are any good shows on your radar let me know. i'm always interested in hearing about what other people are listening to and what makes it special to them.