Sarnia Time

Well I have been in Sarnia since Saturday night and it’s already been quite an interesting visit. Sometimes scary, but nonetheless interesting. Before I even got here I flipped over the handlebars of my Devinci St. Tropez on Somerset on Friday. I scuffed myself up quite nicely. I have several bruises and cuts to show for it…

When I arrived home I had The Shins in my ears and The Secret Lives of Pippa Lee in my eyes. Don’t make fun, it’s a solid read. Especially after Lullabies For Little Criminals. I was not expecting much but the rents took me to Boston pizza for a pint and a pizza! so that was awesome, trains make me crave ridiculous amounts of food.

Since I like myself a good live show I figured the Trinity would be a pretty good choice. It was midnight but there were still musicians. I only saw one band’s set before I was pulled away by my excited/drunk friends for a little shindig up and around the corner. Where? Well obviously the port…a few first timers joined the crowd and it was interesting to hear one Westerner say, “wow, these are tough economic times…these girls will do anything for a toonie.”

I know what you’re thinking…

After a few beers it was time to leave. Ah, mothers day arrived. What better to ring it in then at the strip joint?…

I hope you had a fantastic mothers day because mine ended on a rather sour note. After a nice lunch and a trip to some small towns (Bothwell, Dresden, Wallaceburg, etc) my mother received a call from my Aunt and Grandmother. On their way home a guy ran a stop sign and hit them, destroying my Aunt’s car, which she really needed for MOVING next weekend…

No one was badly hurt, but no one is happy either.

If you thought this was the end of the excitement, you are dead wrong, my friend.

Just about a half hour ago I was curled up in a ball in my bedroom, with my mother on the phone and her on her cell phone with the neighbour. Why? Well, there was a tall man at my door, banging and banging for a solid ten minutes. Am I a paranoid freak? No, because why should I answer the door to a stranger who is currently trying to bust down my door? Nervous wreck over here, thanks. But anyways, I waited for him to leave, and my mom called the police. Then a man calls me. It’s a police officer. He says it was him at my door, looking for…Braydon? Branden? “Sorry, wrong address.”

Um, DUDE! Get your numbers right.

There you have it. Two days in Sarnia = a lifetime of excitement.

But hey, enough about me…how about something else?

Even though my life is currently being consumed by Causers of This and High Times …I do promise I will move on before I wear the records out.

So what happened? Well The National has a new album. Do you care? If you love the hot mess that Matt Berninger is, then you have most likely been dying for the release of High Violet. It scored an 8.7 on pitchfork, so take from you will from that… I don’t know if they have worn themselves out yet, but either way, if Matt’s worn out we’re all still drunk, having a good ole time, and maybe even destroying guitars and microphone stands.

image via Pitchfork

I have found myself slowly dripping into the electronic scene, with school over, the mellow beats that I have grown used to during essay-writing season have been worn out. I’ve always been a fan of electronic but lately it is ALL I have been listening to. Not only that, but I really needed an i-tunes revamp after some changes in my life. I stumbled across some things I really like in the past year. Some might be old news but I am over that.

1. Memory Tapes. AKA Memory Cassette/Weird Tapes. We could call it chillwave but I don’t think anyone REALLY likes that term…Seek Magic is pretty solid. But I don’t think I have to tell you that. It’s been spinning for long enough.

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2. Neon Indian.Psychic Chasms could bring you back to the warmth that we call summer. I can see it now: me riding a bicycle, wearing a big sunhat, and loving every moment of sun-filled life. Can I just say, the song “Terminally Chill” not only has a great feel, but a great title. It could be a summer anthem.

3. Washed Out. Heaven in your ears. Need I say more?

4. Do I need to repeat my love for this guy? Toro Y Moi will change your life. Just listen to “Talamak” once and your heart will melt for Chaz.

5. When I pre-ordered Air France last summer I knew a love affair would ensue. It’s been about eight months I think and we’re still going strong.

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6. Cyann & Ben. not quite electronic, not quite folk. Not quite sure. But either way, it’s relaxing.

7. “Can You Dicover” basically got my life started last summer, because Ra Ra Riot’s “Can you Tell” remixed is to die for. Basically Discovery is amazing. Wes Miles AND Rostam Batmanglij. Together? YES! Basically life is complete! Listen to the whole LP because you will dance without even realizing.

8. Four Tet. Beauty wedged into the crevices of what we call an album.

9. Prefuse 73. Electronic-hip-hop hybrid. You can dig.

I think that’s the end of it for today, but I am FAR from being done.

In the words of Karin Dreijer Andersson…


If you need some new jamz I can give you some suggestions. But the number one that I can’t get enough of lately would have to be Toro Y Moi, the solo project of Chaz Bundick from The Heist and the Accomplice. If you find yourself in Ottawa on May fourth, then I strongly suggest you hit up babylon to catch a show with, one of my personal faves, Caribou.Tickets may or may not be sold out, but if it’s anything like Fridays show with Plants and Animals, then I’d say you’d better get your grubby hands on some tickets ASAP!

Check it, dig it, enjoy it – – –

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And while you’re at it, if you haven’t (dare I say it) listened to Caribou, give Andorra a spin.

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Hopefully my life will be piecing itself back together after a move to centretown. Either way I’ve got three tickets in my pocket, and nothing can keep me away. If you see the wildly dancing red-head with a spunky brunette, you know who it is.