New year, new year!

Happy new year! I may have had my wisdom teeth removed but this didn’t stop me from enjoying my holiday! Now that it’s over I’m a bit sad…back to being a journalism student. It was bound to happen.

So I’ll continue with some things you need…the bare essentials. The things that if you don’t have…well, I feel awful for your lack of!

You love girls, right?

I mean the band, silly. So you can start drooling while listening to Broken Dreams Club.

A little band I saw open for Grizzly Bear a couple of years back has gotten a bit more recognition in the last little while. And this I am happy for, they deserve it. See for yourself and give Pigeons a chance.

I know for a fact I have raved about Horse Feathers on here a few times in the past. They put on a heart wrenching live show, and after Thistled Spring was released I urged you to listen. If you didn’t the first time around, here I give you a second chance.

I am now about to admit that yes, Kanye made a good album. There you have it. I did it. BUT the rating it got still blows me away…that is all. Just listen to it and decide for yourself though…

One of my personal favourites this year was Mines, but my undying love for Menomena may have swung me a little.

Still, there is no reason why you wouldn’t start with the track “Queen Black Acid” and not want to continue through to the end.

It was pretty much one year ago exactly when I first heard the once known as Final Fantasy‘s album, Heartland. Pure beauty. Can Owen Pallett make anything that isn’t beautiful? I actually saw him perform on Canada Day for free. It was excellent!

I loved Pride, so it’s no surprise that Phosphorescent made me fall in love all over again.

The journey of life must continue now, but I promise you, things you need is absolutely not over yet.

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Why hello, December

What’s this I see?

Pouring rain and gusting wind?

I would much rather see a foot of snow than have soaking wet sneakers and an umbrella that keeps trying to fly away.

So let’s have hot chocolate and music instead, shall we? I’ve nestled into my desk this afternoon to finish my American Cinema paper and listen to sweet beats. And I can imagine I’ll be watching an episode of The Walking Dead soon enough.

I’m addicted to it. It gives me the creeps but I just love anything to do with zombies. Plus the plot and characters are amazing.

Anyway…

Found this video today of the national…and it’s featuring one of my favourite people. Can you guess who? How about you just see who. Sound quality is not the best but you can use your imagination.

Sufjan Stevens never fails me. Or my ears.

More things I fancy…

Here we go Magic‘s “Casual”.

I first experienced this band last summer. They opened for Grizzly Bear in Toronto and I can still say to myself that was one of the best shows I went to that year. I think the fact that Feist showed up might have taken the cake. And…Brendcan Canning just happened to be hanging out five feet away from me. And…Here we go magic maybe sort of blew my mind. I’d never heard of them but once they left the stage I had to have more.

Maybe you already clicked the link and discovered for yourself that the music video is very strange.

I apologize. but I’m not really one for warning labels. I’m sure you’re making the same expression as the onlookers in the video. Either way, good song. I enjoy it. And I hope I get the chance to see them again.

A new discovery for December thanks to a friend of mine who likes to share.

WarPaint. I was impressed by the music and now I am in desperate need of vinyl. It’s definitely a contender for the next addition to my collection. Now here is to hoping I can find it.

Anyway, I’ll stop babbling and share the love as well…

One last note…IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS! Crack open your advent calendars ladies and gents. Now all we need is some snow in O-town and we’re set!

-M

What are you doing Saturday?

My train ticket is booked and my ticket has been staring down at me from my tack-board since January. It’s safe to say I’m a little bit more than excited for Toronto Island this weekend. An all day jam with some of my favourite bands? Yes, this will be an epic weekend.

Pavement, Broken Social Scene, Band of Horses, Beach House, Timber Timbre, Zeus, The Beauties and Flash Lightnin’.

Can you say “amazing”. I know, I know…I am also stuttering. It’s been almost a year since my last rendezvous with BSS, and EXACTLY one year ago today if I remember correctly since I bumped into the lovely Mr. Brendan Canning at Grizzly Bear, where Feist made a special, and awesome appearance…

I’ll be posting photos, but unfortunately my SLR will not be able to enter. They are “prohibited” so the photos I post won’t be of uh, the best quality. Sadness, right? That’s why instead of looking at my photos, you should just get your hands on a ticket and sail on over!

If I never return to post again it is because I have died from an overload of awesome.