To your heart’s content

I just can’t keep it to myself. It would be CRUEL. To both you, myself, and Ruby Coast.

I was excited when I saw the link to download their new album Whatever This is. I still remember being downtown in a tiny bookstore in Sarnia. My friends were playing some music so I decided to go. And that is when they hit my ears. It was superb, and they gave my friend and I a cd with maybe five songs on it. We must have listened to it 400 times that summer.

Now I’ve seen these boys both here in Ottawa, and sometimes when I hit up my hometown they happen to be there. At their last show I purchased a bracelet, which I get plenty of compliments on.

Good sounds ahead. Pinky Swear.

 

Anything Sufjan Stevens gets my blood pumping. So of course his interview with Pitchfork attracted all of my attention.

Click on Sufjan’s face if you care to read it. [Of course you want to read it]…

I recently found myself looking at records on Bank Street, I think I’ve said this before but I will say it again. Essential vinyl = WARPAINT. It’s on the top of my list. After groceries. Unfortunately, I can’t survive on record sleeves and crisp sounds. Too bad, though.

I’ve been repping The Fool pretty hard but I also managed to find an EP Exquisite Corpse that includes this lovely track…

Now, I was on quite a hunt last month for some track and new artists. My friend turned me onto something I had never heard of, but I sensed potential [he has really good taste]. How had I never listened to Kids & Explosions before? So I decided to check out Shit Computer and I was pretty satisfied with the beats I heard.

If you like what you hear and you want some more, you can get the album here.

And you probably know this is coming. My obsession is neverending. Yes, Toro Y Moi. February 22nd is getting closer…and you know what this means? Underneath The Pine can finally be yours.

Until then, you can watch Chaz Bundick dance and stuff in the Still Sound video. Yep, he’s still got it.

Even though I hate to do it, I have some serious research to do. CRTC, Usage Based Billing and all that fun stuff. You should actually care though, especially if you live in Canada. Internet metering won’t make you happy, nor your bank account. If you are a streamer of television shows and like to download music and the like, well…that might just have to change.

You can read about it on Open Media, and here.

There is going to be a rally at Parliament on February 12th, you’ll probably find me there with my microphone. There’s more info on the Facebook Group.

-M

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Dance

Today I found The xx dubstep remixes.

If you can imagine, I was happy. Dubstep remixes make me happy beyond belief. Actually, just dubstep in general makes me happy.

Other things that make me happy include:

being done my newscasts

beer

my queen size pillow-top bed

mittens

my space heater

layers

A lot of things that make me happy have to do with warmth.

Anyways. Today when I was on the bus I was thinking about how the most awkward encounters I have are actually ON the bus. And it’s kind of hilarious. For example, falling on someone’s lap. And the sly but awkward ‘I no longer want to sit beside you move’ which I actually pull quite often. For some reason when I do it I think nothing of it. But of course when someone does it to me I sit there for five minutes wondering if I smell weird. I don’t.

People just like space, apparently. I know I do.

Other awkward bus experiences…

– this one time a few weeks ago I was standing, and then someone got off the bus near the front. I just kept standing, because I’m young and can handle it. Then this other young man was insisting I sit. DO I LOOK 50?! No. I hope not. I’m 20. Please. So I sat down, and then for the next 15 minutes felt like an old lady. ┬áIt was terrible. And awkward. Of course.

– Sometimes when I’m on the bus I see people I know. But I act like my iPod is the most interesting thing in the world. That awkwardness is my own fault, of course. The worst is when I have to remove my ear buds. Not in every case, but some cases. I just want to listen to music, people.

– Sometimes (and by sometimes I mean every day) the bus is jam packed with people. So when I am forced to stand ridiculously close to someone I don’t know, I get really weird about it. And make weird movements while trying not to make contact. Awkward contact. Awkward.

– Sitting next to someone and I want to change the song on my iPod. But my iPod is in the pocket that is closest to that person. So I lean weirdly to one side to remove iPod from said pocket. And then they look at you. and then you change the song. And turn it up really loud. Hopefully this song is badass therefore making you look badass.

– Sometimes I don’t know when Tunney’s Pasture is. So I have to stand and look around oddly. And then sit back down. And repeat. I often look like I am unaware of where my destination is when I actually go there several times a week.

That’s enough awkward for today.

-M