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Free album download - VICTORIA by Tyrone Warner

"VICTORIA" is a collection of live-to-recording improvised music inspired by the ebb and flow of john the apostle's epic vision of the apocalypse. 10 tracks make up this two-disc album, performed, recorded and produced entirely by Tyrone Warner. The only instruments consist of a telecaster, a yamaha cs-01, korg R mk-II and voice. The album will be only be pressed in an ultra-limited run of 10 CDRs.

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Disc 2:



Ikea bed "hack"

ikea bed fix.
Originally uploaded by a soundtrack for everyone
Don't ever buy an Ikea bed. I had to a couple of years ago because I lived in an apartment where nothing would literally fit down the stairs. The old dark brown beams cracked right down the middle, but they were less than an inch thick, so I'm not surprised. Ikea obviously knew there was a problem with this style of bed, because when I went back to get replacement parts earlier this year, the beams were HUGE and just did not fit right with the old bed. However, I did my best. Click on the photo and check out more from my project on my flickr account. Also, never get slats.

Tolex totally off

I was able to pull the whole thing off in one clean sheet... this is going to make a great template for the leatherette I plan on putting on it. Also looks like I'll need a big long piece, probably 3 meters long.

See step one, here.

Recovering my amp

Step one
Originally uploaded by a soundtrack for everyone
I've decided to recover my old Peavey Bandit 112 with some cool with leatherette. In my first step, I've removed all the hardware. Check out my flickr account for more details.


taking some time off..

it's too nice to be inside blogging. when I have something to say in this forum, i'll be back. look me up on facebook if you want to chat.


Ricky Gervais goes to Africa

Wait, I thought this was supposed to be a joke!

Clips from Cameron House gig in Toronto

Thanks again to the most awesome Radical Dudez for letting me open for them. We go way back and it's always awesome to see those guys. I ended up playing solo, which was pretty fun. Dave and Jared both came by and you can read their "reviews" of the show here and here. Thanks for coming, guys!!

The sound quality here is a lot better than previous clips posted... due to the quieter nature of a solo gig I suppose.

Here's "We Will Be Alright"

Some "Kensington Market"

Here's my first and last attempt at covering "Sway" by the Rolling Stones

And finally, the first performance of the musical tribute to battlestar galactica.


Jimmy Kimmel p0wns! Gawker

First off -- I enjoy reading Gawker, but "Gawker Stalker" seems pretty pointless. And I also work as a journalist, specifically online, doing entertainment writing and working with our blogs (that's just me clearing the air about where I stand).

To back it up a bit, Jimmy Kimmel filled in for Larry King on CNN and had the editor of Gawker on the show, and talked with her about the "Gawker Stalker Map" that gives updates about where celebs are in New York City. George Clooney has complained publicly that this map is dangerous, and could lead to stalking and violence.

It's fair to say that NYC has had it's share of problems with stalkers and celebrities.

Kimmel basically goes on to accost the Gawker editor, who claims that "people just accept it's not true" but says it's journalism, and points to tabloids for an example.

I'll bite and defend tabloids -- they do report what they consider news, and they provide what their audiences wants. People may think what they report is hearsay and gossip, but legally speaking you hardly ever hear of these papers getting sued by celebs. This is mostly because they do their homework and "lawyer" things to all oblivion. It's not hard news but there's not sitting at their keyboards making things up either.

Besides that, you'd never, NEVER, have an editor of any paper, even tabloids, say that they expect people to not believe it's true.

So watch for yourself Jimmy's interview, and if you're inclined, leave me your opinion.


Stop me if you think you've heard this one before

This could probably be one of the weirdest Smiths covers I've ever heard --- and it's good! It's by a British guy named Mark Ronson.


Slow like Big Hams -- I Love This Note

Instrumental jams in the vein of Godspeed and Explosions. A collaboration between myself, Dave Duncan, Ethan Park and Jared P. Written, arranged and recorded in a Saturday afternoon between coffee and Bailey's. It's just one uninterrupted take -- populated by chatter, laughs and by the end, maybe a few out of tune guitars. Enjoy.

1. Intro
2. This Note is Awesome
3. Interlude 1
4. You Killed It!
5. Interlude 2
6. Chimes


Post Junos 2007 wrap up

Well, that's it. Another year of Canadian music wrapped up and put to bed. Now it's time to move on to the 2006/2007 season, and all the questions that come with it -- will next year's events be a celebration of the Arcade Fire? Who will host? Will Celine Dion comeback with her supposed new album? Let's hope not.

I've been working on CTV.ca's coverage of the Junos for the last few months, and it feels good now that it's all over (I'll give a wrap of all my stories in case you missed anything further down). I think this year has been our best year in terms of coverage too; I think the web site looked awesome with great features like the blog, where even Lainey from laineygossip.com joined us on Sunday night from Saskatoon.

Did I wish I went to Saskatoon to cover the Juno festivities? Of course. Maybe next year.

So let's get down to the show (if you didn't catch it, go to this page, and the "Acuvue Player" has highlights and performances). Nelly was a pretty natural host -- almost with a girl next door kind of quality. I was expecting her to be more of a sexpot host like Pam Anderson last year, but Furtado really had a natural charm and goofiness that was unique.

The best performance? In my opinion -- and I'm being honest, here -- Three Days Grace were easily the highlight of the show. Not k-os and his cries of "propaganda," not Alexisonfire or Billy Talent, who though they rocked hard, didn't do much different, not Tragically Hip who played a "new single" that nobody knew and almost Gregory Charles.

No it was Three Days Grace who did something a little different, and really put on a performance that felt special... the solo acoustic guitar treatment with orchestral accompaniment, then explosions and rock and roll. Am I personally a fan? Not really, but I'll give props that the band didn't treat it like just another performance and made it memorable. I bet these guys will come back for some awards next year.

Alright, here's my round up of interviews/Juno coverage in reverse order (newest to oldest).

Patrick Watson (Juno Performer) interview

Bell Orchestre interview

Shout Out Out Out Out interview

Neverending White Lights interview

Evan's Blue interview

DJ Champion (Juno performer) interview

"Nelly added to list of performers" story

Malajube interview

Gregory Charles (Juno performer) interview

Bob Rock (inducted into Hall of Fame) profile

Jim Cuddy interview

Nelly Furtado profile

Brent Butt (comedian and former Juno host) interview

Juno nomination announcement at the Mod Club story

And that's about it... how about I end this one with some Youtube clips? And holy crap, these are amazing.

Bob Dylan introduces Gordon Lightfoot into Hall of Fame

Kim Mitchell performs "Might as well go for a Soda" at the Junos, 1985. Oh man I need a sweet old OPP hat like that.

Bryan Adams does "Can't Stop this thing we started." I love this song. 1992.

Rush introduced into Hall of Fame. 1994. Part two is here.

That's it! I'm out! Leave comments!


Mute Math backwards, forwards

Personally, I'm not a big fan of Mute Math, but I know some readers out there do, so here's their interesting "backwards" video, and which is cool to compare to the "frontwards" video.

Typical regular:

Then reversed:


Lost, what happened man?

I'm usually one to give shows a benefit of the doubt, and most of the time it pays off. "Battlestar Galactica" may have had a weak end to the season, but it still delivered the money shots -- no matter how cheesy "All along the watchtower" seemed.

But Lost, what is up? I'll take the "Van" episode as a half-decent filler, but last night was probably the worst way to follow up a massive episode like Locke's. Who cares about Nikki and Paulo? Nobody. And making the whole episode self-referential and filling it with easter eggs? That only goes to show that you realize this was a bad idea all along.

Maybe you were trying to get new viewers with a stand-alone story line? It didn't work. You guys should just try focusing on not hemorrhaging viewers every week.

And judging by the promo ABC released for next weeks episode, I think you guys just don't get it. Nobody is asking for more Jack-Kate love business, especially another "love triangle." (See "starpollo" story line on BSG -- that was a miserable failure).

Here's the promo to judge for yourself.

Anyone out there still watching lost?


The National play with their food

Director Vincent Moon made a few outstanding videos for The National last year, and it appears he has been working on a project called "Take Away Shows" which are short, improvised little concerts by big, big bands. The project features a plethora of uniquely creative indie bands like Cold War Kids and The Low Lows.

Moon, who is also producing a feature length film about the National, which will come out around the same time as their new album "The Boxer" in May, explains what's going on in these clips of the band, playing stripped down versions of some new songs.

The great flamenco guitarist Pedro Soler invited The National last September to play at a guitar festival in Perpignan, in southern France. Taking a break from the dementia of recording their new album, they had just come from a short respite in Banyuls, which is a tiny port town at the edge of the Mediterranean. They were staying in a small farmhouse owned by Pedro and Madeleine, isolated in the mountains and overlooking the sea. We agreed to hang out for a couple days and pass a special moment in the sunny south with a unique group of friends.

The concert in Perpignan was explosive and stunning-whoever’s seen them live can attest that they have an astounding tendency to make the audience shudder. It would be difficult to say that Matt « makes the show », even if you find yourself latching onto his nervous and brusque gestures, which seem to appear as a testimony of unforeseen brilliance. He told me last summer that « What’s easy about going onstage and singing as opposed to just speaking publicly, is that, you have music behind you just to cover you up a little bit. To hide in... » It’s all there.

Start a War is on the new album. It was late, nearing the end of a typically southern diner beneath a great tree. It was obvious that everyone there had to participate. I think it was Bryan who had the idea to have everyone play in rhythm with whatever he/she had in hand-glasses, plates, bottles, trunks of wood. Hands. This unfolded gently, moving a little through the euphoric haze of alcohol, a little through the heat of Spain close by.

Here is "Start a War"

And "Ada"

If you like the tracks, head over to this page for more details AND downloadable quicktime files and Mp3s.

MP3: "Start a War" (Take Away Sessions) by The National


Den of Liars -- first performance

This one is taken from Friday night's performance... perhaps the last show as far as the current incarnation of "western country" as we are currently known.


this lamb sells condos

This video is in honour of Andrew, who is leaving his cushy job for the daunting world of Real Estate. It's a song by Toronto's Final Fantasy called "This Lamb Sells Condos" loosely based on Brad Lamb and those billboards that used to pop up all around the city. Here's a performance clip.

Lamb is not a universally loved real estate figure in Toronto, but he's scored his own TV series anyways.

But back to Andrew. I'm sure he's going to be a solid real estate agent, and if I ever manage to pay down my student loans, maybe someday he'll help me find a place.
Not only is he real-estating, he's blogging about it as well as a contributor for Blogto, bringing some much needed real-estate blog posts.


TV on the Radio at the Koolhaus

I think that cold winter nights are the best times to go see a concert, it makes the warm of being crowded together with bunch of strangers that much more comforting. Last night I made a solo trek down to the Koolhaus (thanks Andy for the lift!) to see the New Yorkers known as TV on the Radio. Normally, I avoid big shows like this one. I think the last time I went to this particular venue was to see Broken Social Scene. Anyways, if you are not familiar with TVOTR, their recorded albums are strange and wonderful; imagine processed drums and beats, synths fattened up with distortion, some guitar and spectacular bluesy vocals. Their lastest "Return to Cookie Mountain" pushes their sonic landscape wider and wider... hit up their Myspace for highlights. Last night however, the band stripped away the extraneous experimental parts and became a full-fledged rock unit with gauzy guitars creating a wall of sound perfect for the cavernous Koolhaus. For a taste of what the show, check out this performance of Young Liars from last year, but it was performed more or less the same way last night.


More shameless self promotion

So the show went pretty well on Saturday, and for those keeping score at home, that was gig number two for Steve and I. The Departure Lounge at Global Village Backpackers is a strange spot to play, but I liked it, and would love to do a show there again.... we'll just bring our own microphones next time. Steve has a much better rundown of the show here.

Somebody took some cellphone video, so if you've never seen us in action, here's a little illustration.

You're the Only Thing

Tag, You're It

Since U Been Gone

So Wonderful and Irreplaceable


My yearly Juno Awards coverage for CTV

Here I am interviewing Dallas Green from Alexisonfire and City and Colour.

So it's about that time of year again and I'm back on the Juno Awards beat... thankfully CTV is the official broadcaster of the Awards, which means I have an excuse to try my hand at some mainstream music coverage. Despite most bloggers who absolutely hate Canadian pop music with seething rage, I don't mind it so much -- and I like the chance to kind of "rediscover" what the rest of Canada is into outside the local music scene.

With that said, I've got a few recent pieces I've put online that you might want to check out; A profile of Juno Host Nelly Furtado, An interview I did with former Juno host and "Corner Gas" star Brent Butt, A look back at Canadian music in 2006, My report from the Juno nominations at the Mod Club, and a subsequent photo gallery by dotcom co-worker Ken Regular.

The main CTV.ca Juno Awards page can be found here, and we've also launched a Juno blog this year. As you may have noticed, I've been fortunate to ramp up my involvement in coverage this year.

***If you are a Saskatoon blogger/music kind of guy or know people who are, please put them in touch with me -- I'd love to get a better feel for the community out there as I ramp up some more coverage.

As a blogger to blogger note: at the nominations event last week, I ended up introducing myself to Toronto blog diva Caitlin of "and now there is this distance." She's just as genuine and nice in person as she comes across in her writing.

And one final tidbit to wrap up this "corporate blog" post -- CTV.ca has also launched an "Entertainment Blog" -- an e-Blog if you will -- so for some fun, interesting celeb news check it out and link us up.


The Lazy Wii Guy

This one is for Jared, Dave and Ethan, who still haven't had the pleasure of me coming over and rocking their Wii system. I think I'll be awesome.


One more thing before I go

So I finally have gotten around to listening to that leak of the new LOW album, "Drums and Guns." And yeah, LOW has pretty much been one of those bands that have absolutely grabbed me and never let go. Unfortunately, I think my love has waned a little in the last years... I loved most of "Trust," but the "The Great Destroyer" just seemed too, maybe loud? I don't know, I should have picked that one up on vinyl anyways because there are some great songs there.

Anyways, "Drums and Guns" features some classic live songs they've been doing for a while now, including "Dragonflies," "Hatchet" from the Gospel Retribution Choir project, and "Murderer" which was awesomely featured on an earlier vinyl-only release (probably my favourite LOW album ever).

So the thing is, it looks like this is the album that they've decided to experiment with drum loops.


Drum loops.

Okay, so it's not as bad as it sounds, and I can understand they want to try new things, but wow, it seems like they messed up some potential classics. I have a bad feeling that they are finally going to break up after this tour. The new album comes out on the 20th of March.

Here's a live version of "Murderer" which sounds like the original version.

And this isn't quite the recorded version of "Hatchet" but it's an interesting pop performance by the Choir. Yes, that is Mark Kozelek on the far right!!!


The final episode of LOST

My personal theory? Still purgatory.

From TV Squad:

Several of our favorite actors from Lost were kind enough to do a spoof on their "final episode" for the fans at CES earlier this month. Evangeline Lilly (Kate), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Naveen Andrews (Sayid), and Michael Emerson (Ben/Henry Gale) all played out the two big questions that we will be left with at the end: 1) Who will Kate choose?, and 2) What the hell is going on?!? It's actually quite amusing.

The video I've embedded in this post was shot by someone in the audience at CES, so it's from an angle and the auto-focus keeps kicking in. There's one scene where some text pops up on the screen that you cannot read, but I don't think it's that important. The audio quality is good and so is the humor


I can't believe it's the same guy...

Deadwood fans, my mind has been blown. I was watching a little MTV show called "e2" (the rock and roll sister of eTalk) and they were doing interviews with the cast of "Catch and Release," a meh rom-com with Kevin Smith in it, when I saw an interview with Timothy Olyphant, who looks like this in the movie:

I can't believe this smiley, happy dude was the kickass Bullock in Deadwood. Blew my mind. See here for reference.

Here's a great parody of Deadwood, which also makes fun of Larry King. Such a shame its pretty much over!

CSI Miami - Endless Caruso One Liners

Yeah, I'd have to say Miami is probably the third best of the three CSI series (original is still the best -- natch), and one of the things bringing them down is David Caruso's hammy one-liners, combined with his weird hunch/hands on hips thing and dated sunglasses.

But have the one-liners been redeemed? On this YouTube clip, someone put together all the one liners, separated only by Daltry's opening scream. I'll admit I couldn't last the whole clip, but really, a couple minutes will do you just fine.

This is also a good time to point out that in addition to the tribute to "Battlestar Galactica," I've also created a tribute song to "C.S.I."

MP3: "Crime Scene Investigators" by Strike the Set


Overly excited 24 recaps, plus a comic

In my efforts to find out every little thing possible going on in the world, I've found probably two of the most unique fan sites out there. Number one is OMFG 24, a hyper recap done in your classic internets style... which could be said to be a little intense, or perhaps profane for some. You've been warned.

An edited excerpt.

The second '24' site worth a gander is another skewed recap.... "24 in 24 Pages," a cartoon constructed out of screen grabs... one page for every day. Again, not disappointing for any Bauer fans.

Classic Star Wars battle scene remade with hands

Saw this one over at BoingBoing, and I'll admit that it didn't sound very interesting until I watched it all the way through. I haven't seen a Star Wars tribute this complete since "Grocery Store Wars."


Arcade Fire goes to High School round up

Montreal's finest (sorry Dears) are about to release their new album "Neon Bible," and in their first show premiering the new material, the band played in the cafeteria of their guitarist's former high school. Pitchfork had exclusive access, so you can read about it here.

Anyone else still annoyed that both New York and Montreal get five-show runs and Toronto has nothing? Most people would even be willing to see the band in a horrible venue like the Kool Haus, so I wonder what the deal is. I succinctly remember that it was Toronto that gave the band it's buzz well before Pitchfork or anyone else got behind the band. So Arcade Fire, if you are reading this, please please come to the city soon! Give us five days too! Hell, if you are so inclinded, why don't you guys just do fifty days in Sneaky Dees. That's cool with me.

Here's a video of the band playing in the cafeteria. It's their new single "Intervention."


Battlestar Galactica season three blooper reel

Most of the time these blooper reel things are usually lame, with just shots of actors laughing or whatnot, but this behind-the-scenes season three of Battlestar Galactica blooper reel is great. They are in their serious faces and keep busting out the jokes... so classic. Though I wished they used my Battlestar Galactica tribute song instead of "Eye of the Tiger."

h/t to the TV Squad

SNL Youtube highlights -- did you miss Laser Cats?

It seems like everyone is going nuts for that Jake Gyllenhall clips of him in a dress on SNL doing a mock impression of a song from "Dreamgirls." It's a film I haven't seen, and probably won't see, simply because I haven't seen 15 seconds worth of interesting in any of the commercials so far.

And sure, the Shins were on SNL last Saturday, and they were pretty boring as usual. But did you catch LASER CATS 2? It was again another fine sample of how the "Digital Shorts" are the only redeeming quality left of SNL, and seem to somehow be refreshing the rest of the cast. Anyways, this clip is so campy, and looks just like something I would have made in high school with my friends... I just wish they didn't put Lorne Michaels in the sketch... it would have worked fine without him.

Here's "Laser Cats 2"

And for the record Gyllenhaal's opening monologue.

I'm not bothering with the Shins. I don't think anyone would enjoy that.


Stephen Merchant appears in 24 -- year of the cameo?

Alright, so the newest season of 24 is off to a great start, sure you can scoff whenever Jack Bauer says "Dammit" and you can keep on guessing who's going to turn out to be a traitor and whatnot, but it looks like season six is off to a good start... (spoilers ahead)... how amazing was it that Jack ripped the throat out of a terrorist WITH HIS TEETH. Oh man.

But besides that, did anyone else catch Stephen Merchant's cameo? He was one of the masterminds behind the original office (even appeared in a couple of episodes) along with the newest Gervais show, "Extras." (Here's a reference guide from a few days ago). Somebody at CTU handed him a paper and he kind of grinned. Weird.

It looks like RickyGervais.com had the lowdown on the appearance all along.. here's the writing from his website, with a hilarious sounding Gervais spoof.

RICKY Gervais, the U.K. comic who created and starred in the original edition of "The Office," recently filmed a throw-away scene with the cast and producers of "24."

His pal, Stephen Merchant - who co-created "The Office" - took his "24" fanaticism one step further and actually landed a cameo in January's season-six debut. "Ricky was just too recognizable to put in the show," "24" executive producer Jon Cassar told The Post. "But Stephen actually walks up to someone at CTU and hands them a piece of paper." Cassar said he hopes Gervais agrees to let the scene he filmed be included as a DVD extra. In the scene, a group of White House brass meet to discuss an impending terrorist threat. Gervais, dressed like a presidential advisor, keeps whispering under his breath to give the mission to Jack Bauer - and then acts incredulous when someone else says it aloud and takes credit for the idea.
Also, another actor that showed up on 24 to note was actor Scott Winters as the sinister FBI agent, a former OZ actor living out life on the networks... see his brother Dean's sleazy run as the "Beeper King " on 30 Rock for another great performance. But really, a non-childish speaking performance by Scott always freaks me out just a little.

So here's to tomorrow night's episode, which will be Canadian Shaun Majumder's appearance on 24 as a.... wait for it.... evil villainous type character. I know, it looks hilarious to me too.


Live video of Modest Mouse playing 'Dashboard'

You know, I never thought I'd be a big Modest Mouse fan... but seeing them live a couple summers ago really turned me around, and I finally "got" all their old material. I guess because I'm a newcomer I don't have a problem with the gradual mainstreaming of the band, even though I'm equally annoyed like everyone else by the prevalence of "Float On." But besides from the Arcade Fire, their new album with Johnny Marr is probably the biggest musical event I'm looking forward to this year, and if their new single "Dashboard" is any indication, it will be awesome. This live clip isn't exactly synced perfectly, but it will give you a good idea of what I'm talking about.

And for fun, here's the Kidz Bop version of "Float On"

Nirvana vs. Dallas

This isn't a new clip by any means... but if there's anything a Friday needs, it's some Nirvana Youtube, so here's an interesting look at an on-stage fight at a concert... and look at how young Dave Grohl is!


LOST mild spoilers... Post blogger gets a screener

Wow, February 7th just can't come fast enough. Wondering if Jack and Kate and Sawyer will get off the Island? Me too. Well it looks like National Post TV writer Rob MacKenzie received the upcoming episode in a brown paper bag and dropped a few details on his blog. Here's some good stuff, revealed in a pretty cryptic fashion.

  • Juliet has a sister.
  • First word of the episode: “Hello.”
  • Episode’s opening segment is action-packed, as Kate and Sawyer race through the jungle on their escape attempt. The attempt takes a few detours and even involves a hatch, though not a very big one.
  • The two-islands-or-one question is answered definitely.
  • The wonderful character actor Zeljko Ivanek, who was a wicked Serb on Season One of 24, the slimy governor on Oz and a noble prosecutor on Homicide, shows up in this episode.
    How long do you think it will take for this episode to hit the bit-torrent sites? Probably not long, considering that 24 (starting this Sunday!) has already had the first SIX episodes leaked online.

    Still need a LOST fix? Check out the following "Lost Moments" on Youtube... they aired in between shows on ABC, and then hid them behind a American Express only password wall. Anyways, the following clips won't spoil the show, but if you want to be untainted, then don't watch these clips. Number five is the best!

    And for fun, check out this hilarious "alternate" Lost opening credits...

    Spiders on Drugs, a Hinterland Who's Who

    With the opening strains of a lilting flute, many Canadians will be instantly transported to their youth, wasted watching television of course, as the familiar theme song of "Hinterland Who's Who" begins this following segment. (Yeah, I think the Wolf one is my favorite, but the Snowy Owl is also bad ass.)


    Toronto's Rock Central Plaza does "Sexy back" with video!

    Saw this one over at Brooklynvegan... if you haven't heard of Rock Central Plaza, they're a Toronto band that sounds kind of like the Fembots mixed with Mountain Goats and Bonnie Prince Billy. I like how their dark take on Justin Timberlake (seriously though, every top 40 song has an indie-band chomping at the bit to cover it) is combined with the actual video... it gives the clip quite a sinister turn.

    Seriously though, Rock Central Plaza are an amazing band that deserves your full attention, so make sure you pick up a copy of their Pitchfork approved album "Are We Not Horses."

    MP3: My Children Be Joyful by Rock Central Plaza

    MP3: The Things That Bind You by Rock Central Plaza


    Battlestar Galactica tribute mp3, Myspace updated

    Last fall I recorded a bunch of songs inspired by a run of rampant "TV on DVD" marathon sessions... the most epic of which I consider to by my tribute to the show "Battlestar Galactica." From Number Six to Adama, I'm totally, completely hooked. If you haven't watched this show, pick up the DVDs and check it out, you won't be disappointed. Easily the best show on television right now. If you're a fan of the show, I think you'll enjoy this tribute track.

    MP3: "Battlestar Galactica Tribute" by Strike the Set

    Also, I've updated the old Myspace page again, so if you are on there, and you want to be a friend/in my top 8 and what not, send me a message.

    The official Strike the Set website has been updated with all the songs from the "Songs about TV and Rap Music, Vol. 1" album if you are interested in checking that out as well.

    Arcade Fire album preview, and call them

    So I saw this over at Stereogum, thought you should be checking this one out if you're the least big of an Arcade Fire fan. It's a clip like the one's you'd see advertising "greatest country singers with cocaine beards" or something like that in the middle of the afternoon... the biggest revelation for me here is that the new album is going to feature a revamp of "No Cars Go," a song from their first EP which is absolutely epic, I can't wait. Oh yeah, and don't forget to call the Arcade Fire hotline, 866-NEONBIBLE, and press 6 to talk to a member of the band. Seriously.

    What do you think the odds are that the album is named after the 1995 film?


    Why must I cry? (Warning -- possibly intense for some)

    This guy could potentially be the next Wesley Willis. Michael S. from work isn't sure if this guy is amazing or crazy or what... perhaps it truly is "outsider" art, but I don't know. I won't spoil anything here, but this clip is slightly NSFW, and maybe a little too intense/disturbing for others. Otherwise, go for it. It is, after all, strangely compelling and hilarious.


    Toronto celeb sighting: Jon-Rae (minus River)

    Today, in the parking lot behind the KFC and "Da Zone" at Queen and Augusta, I saw drunk-folk preacher's son Jon-Rae (of the band "Jon-Rae and the River) walking two dogs through the wet parking lot, wearing a big red coat and a sweet pair of Nike kicks. One dog was incredibly large and one was incredibly small, and he walked with a purpose, southward.

    If you haven't given his band a listen, do so.

    MP3: "Just One More" by Jon-Rae and the River

    MP3: "Come Back" by Jon-Rae and the River


    Neil Young plus Rick James equals The Mynah Birds

    When Rick James went AWOL in the 60s and came to Toronto, he formed 'The Mynah Birds' with Neil Young, as a part of the vibrant Yorkville scene of the time. They actually signed to Motown, but they were dropped when Motown found out Rick James was a war deserter. He still did alright anyways. So did Neil Young.

    According to this post on Stillepost, two tracks by the Mynah Birds are now being released as part of the "complete singles" collection that Motown has put out. If you're lucky, the links on the message board may still be working.

    The tracks themselves are pretty amazing, and it makes you wonder what kind of careers these guys would have had if they never split up. Maybe instead of "Superfreak" and "Southern Man," they would be the next superstars of R n' B or something.

    That particular messageboard thread also recommends picking up the following books for more reading about Toronto's once-vibrant Yorkville scene; "Before the Goldrush" by Nicholas Jennings and a long lost book called "The Yorkville Diaries. Or you could just take a peek at the Yorkville page at Wikipedia.


    We did it

    New Year's Eve at the Java House, debut performance... everything clicked. Western Country is up and running... thanks again to all who came out. I expect Steve to write something profound about the experience. Keep an eye out for actual demos, myspaces, mp3s and whatnots.

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