Monday, October 24, 2011

and in the middle of celebrations...

just some odds and sods from around the city.

buffalo gal won'tcha come out tonight...

i know that buffalo might not be the first place that springs to mind when your friend says "road trip" but you should have a think about it sometime. there are actually a number of neat things going on in this city (like most cities) but you just have to dig for them a bit. this particular trip was for chicken wings and beer. some of you might be confused that a canadian would be going to the states for beer but you haven't seen the sad state of suds in this country. there are good things here no doubt, but there are a lot of breweries that just don't get north of the 49th parallel or beer from other countries that ship to the states but not canada. it's more than worth the hour and a half drive to pick up some pawel kwak since my only other option is pray a wine distributor here has a case for some reason.

for the record, i did not buy the pint of red stripe or whatever the hell product 19 is. i just thought a stubby pint was odd and calling something "product 19" was both lazy and frightening.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

earworm of the day: rusty nails

moderat just won't let me go. it's a shame they only made one album and i'm not even sure why they split up as soon as they did (as far as i know the album wasn't officially finished before they broke up).

rusty nails features some pretty in your face percussion and a lovely haunting vocal (from sascha aka apparat) draped lovingly over top. gorgeous.

Friday, October 7, 2011

earworm of the day: polaroids of polar bears

alexisonfire have broken up and i'm not really sad about that. i'm just old enough to have been there near the beginning when they were still just skinny angry little nerds playing pop punk/hardcore. there really weren't many bands doing it at the time but what i loved about alexis was that they were probably the first to combine the two styles well. i can't say i liked anything they did after the self-titled album though.

screamy pop punk bands were difficult for labels to sell. you can't really sing along and most of these bands weren't radio friendly. labels frequently told producers and bands they had to lose the screams or at least tone them down in order to increase sales but how do you do that and stay the same band? the answer is you don't. you may have noticed that george featured less and less in the followup albums then ultimately changed the way he screamed to a more acceptable tim armstrong style of growl/singing. one word; lame.

the self-titled album was brilliant because it captured a moment in musical history perfectly. suddenly indie bands were hot and anything the kids called "emo" was destined to get signed whether the label like them or not. i think a lot of young musicians realized just how awful the industry is as many of them were chewed up and spit out. some got lucky and had a good run, most of them did not. hell, some of them still haven't gotten over it and continue to write songs about how their lawyers screwed them.

i think i'm going off on a tangent here so i'll just close this out now.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

reveal themselves one star at a time...

i don't get to spend a lot of time with my extended family which is a shame because they really are quite wonderful. this cottage has been our refuge from the hustle of our collective lives for forty years now. some of us (like me for example) haven't been alive long enough to reach that mark yet but it's good to know it will be there when i do.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

yardbirds

i saw this bird in the window of a store with another bird just walking around. it was one of the most out of place things i've ever seen. on the less odd side, rob and his brother doug put on their sunday best and reminded the boroughs of toronto just how stupid they were for voting the fords in.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

fall creek boys choir

new music from james blake and bon iver. strange bedfellows for sure but wow what an inspiring colab.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

just the other day...

i'm not sure why it took me so long to realize this but (seemingly) most dubstep is now just trance with a different drum pattern. have a good listen to almost any newish track and you'll hear it too. same crap senseless lyrics about love or parties or whatever (tonight's the night we're going to party. love is in the air...blahblahblah). same build up, plateau, drop, rinse and repeat structure.

pathetic.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

all the leaves are brown...

there has been a lot of talk in the news about top gear "faking" the results of their recent nissan leaf test. what these journalist fail to realize is that in order to fake something you must first tell people the truth then assert that it didn't happen. luckily, top gear did neither of those things.

if you haven't heard, top gear has been accused of running down a battery on the nissan leaf before they road tested it so it would run out of power earlier on in the test. this is true. it's also true that they didn't tell the public they'd done this. where the accusation falls flat however is that no one ever said, "what a piece of junk. i had a full charge when i left and only got 40 miles not the 100 miles it's supposed to."

the point of this test was to show consumers that charging stations are difficult to find because they are spread quite far apart. if you do fill up at a charging station regularly for a "quick charge" then you risk halving the life of your battery. charging at home will take all night. this test drive was meant to highlight the fact that if you're running around town and your battery dies then you'll have to come up with some inventive ways to recharge, kill time or do both.

so what was the real problem people had with this piece? where were the falsehoods? what trickery was really attempted? clarkson said he actually liked the car and that it was comfortable and came with a number of good options. he even commented on the ample trunk space, a feature he hasn't mentioned since the 80s. all and all he said it was a really good car. it seems that people took offence to the truth. electric cars are overly expensive at the moment, are mostly made of non-recyclable materials, have poor range compared to other cars and require hours to re-fuel. the fact that they're the "green" alternative is hogwash. what's green about a car that's being charged by a nuclear or coal plant? where do these people think all that power is coming from?


this entire ordeal smacks of nissan looking for free publicity and they've achieved that. the review wasn't negative in regards to the leaf and wasn't really negative to electric cars in general. the truth is they aren't ready for prime time and won't be till battery technology gets much much more efficient. you shouldn't have to pack close to 7000 lithium ion batteries in a car to give it range and power but that didn't stop tesla from doing it. (the car manufacturer, not the genius.)

i would love to hear someone else's take on this story so please comment or email me if you disagree. it's refreshing to see that someone had the sense to remind people that top gear is an entertainment program designed to make you laugh and enjoy the antics of a bunch of middle aged men acting like children.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

earworm of the day: kill the poor

last night i was in a rather tiny little bar with terrible lighting and only one other patron which i kind of enjoyed. i like small quiet places to drink especially when all they're playing is misfits, dead kennedys, sex pistols and the germs.

good times.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

earworm of the day: there will be tears

yes mr. hudson released this first but frank put a pretty cool spin on his version by making it about the loss of two father figures. it's not easy growing up with a missing parent and it's even worse when you start considering a new person a replacement for that parent only to lose them too.

i'm not sure if there's anything that can hurt you or make you feel wonderful like family can.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

earworm of the day: change is gonna come

pretty lights is known to some as derek vincent smith. his music jumps back and forth between genres but is rooted in instrumental hip hop. i've been hearing a bit of dubstep influence creeping in to his stuff in the last year or so and it will be interesting to see if he develops it further or leaves it at just an influence.
change is gonna come is the first track off his 2008 double album filling up the city skies. it starts out with a sam cooke sample where it gets it's name from. it took a while to grow on me because pretty lights version is a lot more up beat than i was expecting but it's hard not to love sam's voice as he reassures us that no matter what, things will get better if we work for it.

Monday, July 4, 2011

earworm of the day: city of angels

City Of Angelsthe distillers were pretty great for about two albums then they were much less great. c'est la guerre.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

earworm of the day: no reason why

No Reason Why (Album Version)we lie to ourselves or anyone else. i wasn't a big pennywise fan when i was younger but every once in a while one of their songs pops in my head. this was kind of a neat song because of the intro. good show trying to do something a little different.

that's about it for this rather self explanatory post.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

earworm of the day: everything in it's place

The King Of Limbsradiohead (and more specifically everything in it's place) took up residence in my head yesterday. i can't say that's a bad thing. maybe my brain is gearing up for king of limbs: from the basement.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

who knows what's happening right now?

i'm a few weeks late here but i wanted to mention just how great a time i had for movement 2011 in detroit.

the line up was a little less diverse this year than last which was a shame for two reasons, first it meant that every stage but one played house with a few techno djs thrown in from time to time. the stage that wasn't playing house had a high brostep factor. this brings us to the second problem i had with this years festival; douchebags. the high "bro" factor as my friend's called it was hard to miss. while i may have made fun at the expense of some people with seriously odd senses of individuality last year this year was the complete opposite. hipsters and frat boys were everywhere trying to mosh to jungle and dubstep sets. goldie played one of the best dj sets i've heard in years and several kids behind me kept chanting for skrillex. i've mentioned before that i'm not really a fan of his stuff and he seems like a good guy plus he's making people happy which is fantastic i just wish that acts like his weren't signed because it took a fun interesting weekend and turned it into a saturday night in the club district of toronto. idiots hung from the stage scaffolding and threw beer cans at people while more idiots ran around hi-fiving and chest bumping trying to start mosh pits. that's not the fault of the musicians, don't get me wrong, somehow they've just managed to connect with a fan base full of pricks.

i'm hoping next year goes back to a wider range of music styles because this festival is a lot more fun when people are just there to have a good time and dance or appreciate different types of music. for the most part dubstep in north america gathers the type of audience that you would normally find drunk in a corner at a mainstream metal show or hip hop club night. dudes that drink too much, get angry then fall over puking or try to start fights. that's not what this festival needs.

bring back the love movement.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

i'll be there...

it's been a while since i've posted photos but here's another quadtych from my travels in detroit. i didn't write about movement this year yet because i'm still trying to find the words to express how the weekend was. all and all i had a good time but it wasn't as good as the trip last year. the line up just didn't do as much for me this year. anywho you can follow me on instagram as "anojisho" if you'd like to see more or just keep checking back here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

all you need is love...

i've managed to draw a lot more traffic to this page completely by accident with that sarah silverman pic. who knew that all you had to do was post pictures of pretty ladies and suddenly your page hits will increase. has anyone capitalised on this yet? have i invented something new? pictures of attractive women on the internet will be bigger than anything you've ever seen. seriously. i think i'm on to something here. i wonder what would happen if i posted naked pictures of women...is there even a market for that kind of stuff? sigh, i guess i'll never know.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

blog hey

yup. i got hacked.


balls.







"hey blog now you can start saving for a new home http://xxxfinancial.comedirect.php?to=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5jbmJjNy5jb20vP3BpZD03Njg0Njg="

good luck saving for that home blog. you've only got a few hours till the world ends so get out there and shake a leg.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

who dat is?

lokid released his latest ep fear of heights on march 30th and it's a shame that it's taken me this long to hear about it. the new ep is great and i hope he'll start touring  a little closer to north america. paris seems like a long way to walk to see him perform at the moment.

the only way i can think to describe his sound is what if justice made chopped and screwed instrumental hip hop. if that makes any sense to you then you should download all his stuff because this wonderful young man is giving it all away for free on the link above.

Monday, May 16, 2011

kill the orcs, slay the orcs, destroy the orcs...

Goblin (Deluxe Limited Edition)tyler, wolf gang, odd future, golf wang and so on. you've probably heard of or heard at least a few of the offerings from the odd future crew by now and if you haven't then i'm not sure if i should recommend them to you. goblin came out about a week ago and i've been sitting on this review for about as long. shame on me.

tyler seems to be an intelligent, thoughtful, sarcastic slightly twisted young man like most young folks these days. there aren't many surprises on goblin for two reasons, one, tyler is a teenager so i would expect the album to be about girls, self esteem, daddy issues and fictitious murder. two, hip hop has been pretty boring for over a decade now so the bar of expectation has been set pretty low.

the strange thing about this album is that it took this long for american hip hop to do what rock did in the mid/late 70s and by that i mean turn "punk". not in a bad way but in a grimy, dirty d.i.y. way like punk rock did for rock and roll. sure there are tens of millions (if not more) basement producers all over the world that have been making tracks on their own but most of them are trying to live up to an ideal that professionals and record labels have said is the standard. if you don't use this synth sound or this type of beat with these plug-ins then no one wanted to listen to it because it didn't have the "professional" sound.

sonically, goblin is terrible. it's muddy, garbled and has trouble finding any kind of rhythm from time to time. tyler's flow is either a monotone growl or a monotone voice over that jumps around his off kilter beats. sometimes it's hard to tell what's keeping a track rooted to anything at all but all of that is actually kind of charming.

i'm glad to see a group of people trying something different and that's what this album is about. trying something different through established and accepted means of communication. it's a rap album that sounds like it could be a really bizarre prince tune or dark new wave electro thing. it's all over the map but it's all in the context of having fun and enjoying yourself instead of hoping that people will buy it and changing to accommodate people's tastes.

this is exactly how grime started and i hope more people embrace the idea. i can't be the only person that's bored as hell of fake ass punks talking about how they shoot people, sell drugs and pimp when everyone knows they're just acting. if people aren't talking about how dangerous they're pretending to be they're talking about partying or just have no message at all. let's have less frat boy rap and more artistic stuff happening here can we people?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

earworm of the day: beautiful

yup, that photo has no connection to this post other than the fact that it was the first image that popped up when i googled the word beautiful.

i've never been a snoop or pharrell fan but sometimes people just write a song that's so damn catchy it's almost impossible for me to not like it. beautiful is one of those songs.

kinda jazzy, kinda funky, kinda too much snoop but whatever.

Friday, May 6, 2011

it's the new style...

new stuff from david vangel for your listening pleasure. equinox records recently posted the first single off david's new album breadth control and you can get it here.

sandpaper script sets the tone nicely for what should be a mind blowing album. i was lucky enough to hear bits and pieces throughout the making of the album and it was a pleasure to hear it come together even if i only got a tiny taste.

i've always enjoyed david's music whether he was performing live or building bed tracks in his basement. david has a musical sensibility that i don't find often enough in instrumental music. his tracks bend and breathe, contract and expand, whisper and yell but i love how they always keep me guessing and wondering where he'll take us next.

the album will be available for sale on may 20th on vinyl, cd and dto.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

breathe with me...

my trip to riverdale park last saturday was my first day out that felt like spring. how sad is it that it's been raining ever since?

drive fast speed turns me on...

it's odd that three of these photos were taken in bars and the last one is on the highway but you'll notice that we're driving during the day and i am in the passenger seat.

anywho, these are some recent instagram posts. enjoy.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

strawberry swing



i've just watched the strawberry swing video (sorry for the ad pre-roll. youtube are bastards.) from coldplay (yes, i'm far behind the times on popular music. that's what happens when you literally never listen to the radio) and say what you will about their music, love them or hate them you can't deny that this might be one of the best and most innovative music videos ever filmed. i can't remember when i got goose bumps from watching something. it's probably only happened two or three times in my life but this video just left my jaw on the floor.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

earworm of the day: american wedding

frank ocean (aka lonny breaux) released his nostalgia, ultra album not long ago. it's alright. while parts of it are amazing, uplifting and beautiful there are more than enough songs that fell off due to laziness. i find it boring lifting entire pieces of music without changing it in any way but i guess that's between frank's lawyers and the artists he jacked. a lot of people seem to love it so good on him for knocking this one out of the park.

american wedding is a direct lift of hotel california, which for the record, i can't stand in the first place. the reason this is stuck in my head is because the last 49 seconds of the track is a little acapella build up that sounds like it would be a killer song if it had been developed a little further. i love how uplifting the message is and the way the harmonies are layered is brilliant. i just kept listening to that last bit over and over again which is apparently the exact same thing everyone else is doing. frank, turn that shit into a full song would you please?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

earworm of the day: jump in the pool

Friendly Firesi had a friend that worked for xl and he passed this album my way shortly before it was released. i can't say i loved the whole thing but i can say that it was a refreshing change to most of the indie crap that people were making at the time.

jump in the pool by the friendly fires is infectiously catchy. you might want to see a doctor after listening just to make sure you haven't picked some kind of ass shaking parasite. you've been warned.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

earworm of the day: nightshift

Nightshiftmaybe it's the weather or maybe it's just that i've been rather scattered lately but nightshift? where the hell did that come from?

now don't get me wrong, i like the song but for the life of me i couldn't tell you why i've been humming it for as long as i have. it's all about that synth pad and smatterings of funk guitar.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

you wanna be down with the king...

The King Of Limbsmy opinion of radiohead has waxed and waned over the years. sometimes i really like what they've done and other times i can't be bothered to give them a second listen. the new album king of limbs is pretty exciting for me because it managed to harness bits and pieces of everything they've been doing for the last six years or so. you can have a listen here if you haven't had a chance yet.

Friday, April 1, 2011

pictures of you, pictures of me...

i've been enjoying instragram for a little while now and thought i'd post some of the random photos i've been taking with it.

it's not a bad little app and the filters are alright. what i enjoy most about it is how many people take photos with better cameras, manipulate the image then post it. it's really inspiring at times.

i've also decided to extend my "wish you were here" posts to instagram. you can find me as anojisho if you'd like to see more of my photos.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

perhaps you imagine a huge network of conspirators...

dj slouch is part of an already large underground group of bedroom producers that have pock marked the landscape of contemporary music for at least a decade now.

i can't find much about him except that he's from rockville and now lives in williamsburg. he was influenced by grunge, classical and electronic so there's nothing incredibly exciting or different there either. he's released two albums named viva on cozy music in 2006 and varistor on suspicious records in spring 2007. that's all i've got sadly.

viva is filled with jazz samples with some rather upbeat new style beat programming. it's a little shufflely and slides in and out of the pocket but i like that. it doesn't feel completely rooted to a click track nor does it seem sloppy and off time like so many basement producers these days. it's a solid relaxing album that deserves a listen if you're in to "dj" albums.



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

earworm of the day: bam bam

toots and the maytals are one of those groups that you should know whether you like ska or not. toots has been credited with first using the word "reggae". whether this is true or not is up to debate but the fact of the matter is this, toots has written some huge songs over the years and is loved by millions.

bam bam was written in or around 1965 and won the first jamaican independence festival popular song contest. it's a simple and catchy song with toots usual heartfelt powerful voice leading the charge. many people have compared toots' voice to otis redding because of his ability to be soft and tender but gruff and powerful too.

have a listen.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

earworm of the day: faster

i have now listened to this song twenty times in a row and it's made the last hour and a bit fly by. i don't know much about janelle other than she's a snappy dresser, has a great voice and has some heavyweights guest starring on her album the archandroid.

i first saw her on an episode of later live with jools holland and she blew me away. she was under the weather but you don't fly all the way to london to be on jools holland and let a cold stop you from performing.

Friday, March 4, 2011

i'm on a highway to hell...

Trans Canada Highwayboards of canada's transcanada highway ep is easily my favourite album from their catalogue. the boys decided to go back to their roots on this one with all analogue synths and lovely big samples.

it's a warm sound with a wonderful sense of space which fits with the title. the transcanada highway seems to stretch on forever with nothing but trees or prairie depending on where you are at the time. it's a lonely road and this album captures that feeling. it swells and breathes and then vanishes into nothing again.

i've linked my favourite track off the album to this post. it's called dayvan cowboy.

Monday, February 28, 2011

when it comes to being plug one...

not long ago, on a cold snowy night, my friend steph interviewed me for the website little red umbrella. they're an online magazine with a strong artistic leaning. everything i've read so far has been about music or art of some kind and i think that's pretty fantastic. i think we could use more credible independent outlets for news and reviews. they tackle a number of subjects but it's the artsy stuffs that stick in my head.

steph got me to do something i don't normally do and that's talk about my music. what i do, why and when people can expect more of it. the short answers are, noise and instrumental work, because i love sound and how we interact/react to it and soon. i should have another two song e7" online in a few weeks. here is the link to the article.

a good number of people have asked me why i haven't bothered posting any of the older stuff i've made over the years and the answer is in the question, it's old and i don't like it. so here's to new stuff. i'll post it as it comes to me.

Friday, February 25, 2011

if you want to get academic about it...

it should come as no surprise that scuba's triangulation would end up here at some point. it's been a cold and crappy winter so i've spent a lot of time indoors listening to things that i can stay warm and relax with.

i don't really listen to much dubstep these days because most of the folks making it are just boring. i can only listen to wobble for so long before all your songs sound the same. it's aggressive and loud so i get why so many people like it but it's just been done to death. so much so that if you've listened to dubstep in the last few years you'd probably be surprised to find out that most of it doesn't sound like that.

what i like about scuba is how he isn't concerned with writing songs for different genres. maybe one track will be a little jazzy and the next will be a house track. who knows? his production is solid and his hooks are catchy. there are layers and layers of sound here to peel away and just get lost in so curl up and listen.

also, if you like something things that are more geared for sitting back and relaxing then go download the podcast i did with my friend fabio. it's a bit of a tour through dub and dub recording techniques over the years.