Obsession Fueled.

Of course I browse a lot of blogs. And have an obsession with a certain dude from South Carolina.

Perhaps you remember my little run in with Toro Y Moi last summer? If you don’t this video reminds me that we had a pizza party. Funny thing is, I remember a polaroid camera, but a video camera? Don’t exactly recall that.

Either way, I’m super stoked I found the video! Makes me miss summer time even more.

Saving moments in life via video camera seems like a solid way to go about things.

 

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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

Inevitable post

This was bound to happen because if you read my blog you already know that I am kind of obsessed with Toro Y Moi.

I read a pretty solid interview today on Pitchfork. I’m getting pretty excited for this new album…

Causers of This has been blowing my mind for months on end so I hope my high expectations are fulfilled with the next album. As much as I love the last album, please Chaz, give us something new! I know it will be brilliant. And I’d hate to wear out Causers because it is too beautiful.

Something else to do with Pitchfork that I feel the need to comment on…

I’m assuming you’ve heard the new Kanye West album. I really shouldn’t assume but I’m pretty sure most of the people I know had to give it a spin immediately. The excitement was unbearable.

I can’t lie, it’s good. But I read reviews…and compare them to what I think I would give them.

Look at THIS right here.

Is that a ten? 10? one-zero-ten? out of another 10? ten? TEN?!

Yes. Yes it is.

Please, discuss. Because while I do expect Animal Collective to get 10/10…which I don’t think they EVER have…I was not expecting this. Maybe a nine, yeah, nine would be fair. But is this album perfect? Not a single blemish or thing you didn’t like?

Apparently he has mastered the art of music. And I don’t even want to know what his reaction was when he saw the big 1-0 on his computer screen. Overall, pitchfork’s rating system confuses me.

On another note, school will soon be ending. And I will get about a month, actually, less, to enjoy my youth to the fullest. I’ll just forget about the readings I have to catch up on for now. Before heading home I will be attending a few shows here and there. Skrillex, for one. I’ve heard dubstep compared to alien music. It makes sense, because, quite simply, it is out of this world. I don’t even know how to describe it. And I can’t exactly imitate it via my voice.

Fortunately, this guy can:

Now that you’ve had your mind blown…

I’ll just blow it a little bit more.

What are you doing December 2nd? If you’re as cool as my friends and I, you’ll probably be dancing to this:

That means you should go! It’s going to be a great release for end of school.

I only have one exam to worry about this semester, but of course it’s the night after Broken Social Scene. I’m going to study really hard so I can enjoy the show. Then I’ll be getting on the train avec sister for a nice trip home. I’m expecting good things to happen, but this does not include the part where my wisdom teeth will be removed.

Last day of same day newscasts are tomorrow! For me anyway…now I can concentrate on my essay. and multimedia.

Then I’m done!

DONE!

DONE!

If you didn’t get it, I’m excited.

My excitement might be a reflection of me listening to awesome alien music.

I’ll leave you with this…as a chance to consider how lame your Thursday night will be and how awesome mine will be. You could always make it awesome though, if you want…

 

-M

Friday!

Fridays are always awesome. But what makes this friday extra special?

Well, if you’re as much of a lover of Sufjan Stevens as I am, then I think you might already know the answer.

The new EP was digitally released today, but you can stream it here: http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/album/all-delighted-people-ep?auto=mp3-320

I bought the download, obviously couldn’t resist and I need that on my ipod. But I look forward to getting my hands on the vinyl come December…Listen to it. You might cry. I did. Twice. So amazing.

And if you like Toro y Moi and his amazing beats (you know I do. Borderline obsession?) then you should check out the new video for Low Shoulder. Good track, CRAZY video. You might be a bit confused. It’s definitely different then say, the Talamak video. Definitely a lot darker. Check it.

Video: Toro Y Moi: “Low Shoulder”.

As promised, many weeks ago…updates and photos. And I’m sorry, I really am. But this new job tires a girl out! Hopefully I’ll get better at this time thing, but blogging on time sensitive matters never really happens here…

SO the monday of Bluesfest was a free one in the market. And amazing. Jason Collett and City & Colour rocked it but I have to say, the audience surprised me. So much so, I had to get outta there!

When Jason came onstage my heart lit up, my soul lit up – yeah, I know, lame. But he does that to me. To the Dallas fans, not so much. I was confused (and annoyed) by the number of 16 year old girls and prepubescent boys who were saying rather loudly “who the fuck is this guy?” Um, who is this guy? It’s Jason Fucking Collett. Show some fucking respect. Who are these kids? And why do they not know who this amazing man is, when they probably go to every Broken Social Scene show in town. All I can say, is that I was slightly annoyed to have to hear “we want Dallas” as Jason sang I’ll Bring the Sun.

No hate on Dallas. I mean when I was 16 I loved him too. And I still think he’s an incredibly talented dude. I just really don’t understand why there are so many fans that exist when it comes to every band, that are so rude to other musicians.

It reminded me of the time I went to see Animal Collective last summer with Grouper opening. This girl can bow a lot of other talented musicians out of the water. But that night was disastrous. People were yelling, telling her to get off the stage, and that she “sucked”. I felt terrible. And it made it impossible for anyone to enjoy the music happening.

Sure, we all love AC, I mean that’s the main reason why everyone was there, correct? And Grouper is quite a lot more mellow, but just because you’re so anxious to get your groove on, doesn’t give you the right to bash someone in the middle of a performance.

ummm, /rant.

Anyway, here is a rather crappy photo. It was hard to take with so many screaming teenagers around. They were edging their way towards the stage in hopes that Jason would be getting off of it soon. So, so, sad.

I’m sure he had better things to do though, such as continue drinking. Did I mention he was completely shit-faced? All the more reason to love him!

The crowd went wild when they saw Dallas setting up his equipment. Literally screaming. I just wanted to hear some music…while most of the other girls wanted him to get on one knee and propose before the sunset.

Although I didn’t see the whole performance, what I saw is obvious raw talent. His voice gets me every time. I guess I can understand why the teeny boppers were screaming…but I just didn’t feel it was necessary to take part. I’d rather enjoy what’s happening. Either way, I was overwhelmed by the crowd and had to sneak away for a pint.

Before I left, however, an interesting thing happened. People were passing out left, right and centre the two weeks of Bluesfest. A guy even passed out right beside me during Jason Collett. Drugs? Heat? Over-excitement? Who knows.

But this girl in the audience passed out, and Dallas, being the beautiful and sensitive artist that he is, stopped the song until he knew she was okay. Talk about gettin’ all the other ladies riled up. I felt bad for her though, I think I would have been more embarrassed than flattered.

The next post I make will be the best one, I think you know that though, because Tuesday = Arcade Fire

I also have some Folkfest experiences to share, including multiple orgasms with Bruce Peninsula, staring into the eyes of Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen), being sucked into the music of Horse Feathers, and much more!

Until then…enjoy…

OH! And listen to Sufjan!

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.

image via living ears

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.

image via forthebeat.com

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…

I could be in love

Exciting things happening here in Centretown! We now have cable and internet as of this afternoon…and the Toro Y Moi and Caribou show went down successfully. I have some lovely notes on my fridge from the boys of Toro Y Moi to prove it!

They are lovely gentlemen !

loveliness from sweet boys

If you were there you are probably just as happy as I am. I don’t think there was a single sad face in the crowd, I mean, how can you be sad when there is amazing music being fed to your ears? To those who did not have a ticket: I apologize. But it really was packed…I was crammed between some very sweaty people, and the guy you see at every show ever. He’s awesome, by the way…I hope you know who I’m talking about!

Hopefully I can scan some [stolen] polaroids taken to post here, but until then, keep listening to Chaz’s sweet voice…

After a night of dancing, polaroids, video-making and hanging out with awesome people, I really needed a day to relax. Oh, and have a delicious bbq featuring friends and wine.

Up next: Sarnia Adventures!

M

Plans for the end of a soggy, and rather depressing April

You can end the month with a bang, but I’d hate to sound cliché. Truth is, there might be a bit of a whimper, but I’m sure May can only get better. April 30th will bring Timber Timbre to Ottawa. While I would love to go, packing and moving furniture beckons me, so if the rest of you could just enjoy it without me, it’s quite alright. Hopefully the show is just as good at Toronto Island and BluesFest.

Image via Lastfm

For the next few days I will be shoving my life into suitcases and boxes, and slowly unpacking them when I arrive at the new place. This weekend will include: good food, good fun, and family comfort. All three I could really use right about now. Well, I guess I’ve been getting the good fun down pat lately.

I recently bought my Bluesfest pass. A solid investment for the month of July! Only 250 bones, but the prices will soar, and HST will kick you in the ass. I know I got impatient but the line-up is not only thoroughly impressive, but also incomplete! So there could be more surprises to come!

Unfortunately, this means missing my hometown’s Bayfest for a second year in a row. The bands are similar, but it’s totally different when you can walk on down from your mom’s house to the water, and not have to worry about being capable to ride that bicycle home. Four blocks is just too easy…

When this month ends, I’ll be happy. It will be bittersweet, but it will be good. I’m already excited to have more time to go to the mayfair, even though I’ll be working full time and going home for a little over a week. Must-see movies this month = Chloe, A Single Man, The Coca Cola Case, Cape Fear, Casino, Taxi Driver, Raging bull, Birdemic (!) and most likely Back to The future. It’s definitely [and obviously] a Scorsese month, and I have been thinking that Shutter Island should be added to my list. It’s really growing. I’ve already had to eliminate the double feature on May fourth [Mean Streets and Good Fellas] but for VERY reasonable circumstances. ie: Toro y moi & Caribou.

I think the packing/unpacking of my life will be the worst to come. That and surviving another couple weeks without my hairdresser…what? I am picky and I miss her.

Jamz

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 – – – http://www.myspace.com/toroymoi

Image via Lastfm

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

Image via Merge Records

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.