• Stuff I Liked in 2007

    5 jan. 2008, 10h03m

    Since it's a new year and all that...

    Favourite Records of 2007

    05. Kanye West - Graduation
    I guess it's clear where my vote went in the whole 50 vs. Kanye deal. I'll admit, this record wasn't quite as good as The College Dropout, but it was still pretty fucking good.

    04. Feist - The Reminder
    Some people seem to be getting a little tired of Feist, what with that iPod nano commercial being played about 52 times a day, but if you can look past that, The Reminder is pretty good. I still think that Feist on record may never live up to her live sound, but this time around she did a better job of capturing that vibe than on her previous effort.

    03. Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City
    This was definitely a quieter record than I, or anyone really, was expecting. It took me a little while to warm up to this one, but I like that they didn't just serve us a "Silent Alarm Part 2." Instead, they experimented a little and expanded their sound, and (I know a lot of people don't feel the same way) it worked out for the best. I don't understand why this one didn't get more love.

    02. Tegan and Sara - The Con
    I can't believe how much these girls have grown as songwriters and musicians over the years. The Con felt a bit darker, in both content and tone, than anything they'd put out before, but they still managed to stick a little of that indie pop sheen in there. I'm still addicted to this one.

    01. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
    Okay. I'll be the first to admit that I may be just a little blinded by my fandom here, so maybe The White Stripes are just taking this one by default. I wasn't really into the direction they went on Get Behind Me Satan, so this one really felt like a return to form for me. I mean, the crunching guitar, the blues, the lack of marimbas? This was the sort of record I expected from The White Stripes, without feeling boring or repetitive.

    Favourite Concerts of 2007

    05. Stars w/ Miracle Fortress @ The Commodore
    Stars sound fantastic live, and the crowd was great too. We even got a genuine second encore. What more could you want?

    04. Tegan and Sara w/ Northern State @ The Commodore
    This one's up here because in addition to sounding great live, Tegan and Sara are effing hilarious. I picked this one over the super laid back show during summer at the VECC because this one introduced me to Northern State. Who doesn't love raps about Al Gore and global warming?

    03. The "Vancouver Hip Hop Jam" w/ Kanye West and Ludacris
    This was a ridiculous night. EVERYONE was up and yelling along. It was sort of like being at a hardcore show, minus all the violence. I also learned that I liked Ludacris a lot more than I remembered.

    02. The White Stripes w/ Dan Sartain @ Deer Lake Park
    After spending hours in line, getting soaked in the rain, and hiding from lightning, I was thinking to myself "this better be good," and it was. I think this was the best White Stripes show I've been to. They've really grown as a live act, and really know how to work a crowd. Who knew Jack White would've turned into such a fucking rock star, leading crowd sing-a-longs and everything? Seeing them get up there and wave Canadian and BC flags, cheesy as it was, made me smile. A lot. That crowd was rough though; I couldn't lift my arms up for two days, but it was entirely worth it.

    01. The Spice Girls @ GM Place
    It's not really fair to compare this to any other show I went to this year. I mean, it was the fucking Spice Girls. These women were my childhood. I've never heard so much screaming, and have never done so much myself. It was completely insane. Seeing all five of them on stage together, for the first time in nearly ten years, was something special. And you know, this show isn't just my favourite of the year for the nostalgia factor. I'd say it's about 60% nostalgia, and 40% I still really fucking love the Spice Girls (and I'm not ashamed to admit that). Sure, they aren't exactly great dancers, and they sing off key, but who cares? It was still the best damn pop concert I've ever been to.
  • My Life Is Now Complete

    7 déc. 2007, 8h52m

    Spice Girls = Best. Night. Ever.
  • Vfest

    23 mai 2007, 11h26m

    Sun 20 May – Virgin Festival

    I’m going to preface this by saying that I actually wasn’t really looking forward to this, but it turned out to be one of the best times I’ve had an outdoor show. Also, both days we showed up sort of late, had to skip the DJ tent, and were too lazy/tired/sore/miserable/ to walk up to the second stage and didn’t really take in as many bands as I would have liked, but anyway…

    Day One:

    The rain. Oh, God, the rain. I’ve never been so cold, wet, and miserable in my life, but it was absolutely worth it. We showed up while Mute Math were playing but didn’t actually see any of their set since we were stuck for nearly an hour in the most poorly organized merch table line up I’ve ever seen. I worked my way into the crowd to see Rise Against who played a pretty solid set. It was also nice to absorb a little body heat, from the steaming hot (literally steaming) crowd. The rain let up for a little while, but it started pouring again by the time Billy Talent hit the stage. I’m not exactly a Billy Talent fan, but everyone else seemed to enjoy it, so I guess they were alright. Then, it was time for My Chemical Romance, which seemed to be what most people (especially the kids in costume) had been waiting for. This was, for sure, my favourite of the few times I’ve seen them. There’s something genuinely amazing about screaming your guts out to “The Black Parade” at night in the pouring rain.

    Day Two:

    Who knew I’d ever be so happy to be outside in the sun? We showed up earlier this time, and spent a while waiting for the Metric autograph singing and wound up missing You Say Party! We Say Die! which was a little disappointing, but entirely worth the nervous moment of face time I had with the band. By the time we got down to the main stage, Smoosh were playing, and they were surprisingly good for girls so young. I mean, one of them still had braces and I think the other one’s bass was taller than her. They even threw in a Bloc Party cover. It’s kids like that that make me feel like I should probably be doing more with my life.

    Metric started with some sound problems before playing a pretty low-key set, which kept the crowd civil. They even threw in two new songs that I liked the sound of, and dug up “Rock Me Now” which was nice. Even though this performance seemed more laid back that usual, Metric is still pretty high up on my list of favourite live bands. After they finished, we skipped Hot Hot Heat and snagged some ice cream and went and sat way back in the stands and tried to spot band members back stage. No luck though, we only saw Devon from Muchmusic and Nardwuar.

    AFI (who seemed a little out of place on the bill and probably would have fit in a little better on day one) were next. The amount of love I have for this band is slightly embarrassing at times. I fought my way near the front and the crowd was insane. They played pretty full set, and even busted out their cover of “Just Like Heaven” which made me very happy. At the end of the hour, even though I was covered in the sweat of at least ten other people, had another girl’s hair stuck in my watch, and almost got thrown throat first into a guy’s elbow, I couldn’t have been more satisfied. I still hate that I’ve only ever seen them at festivals though, I really need to get out to one of their shows one day.

    The Killers closed out the weekend, and even though I don’t really care for them anymore, they sounded great and were a nice upbeat end to an insane weekend. I spent most of today lying in bed recovering from the experience, but would I do it again? For the right bands, definitely.
  • I Get Bored v2.0: My Life As A Movie

    23 fév. 2007, 10h59m

    I'm sure you know how these work.

    Opening credits:
    Out Of Line

    Waking up:
    What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?

    Average day:
    It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

    First date:
    The Bewlay Brothers

    Falling in love:
    I Disappear

    Darlington County

    Fight scene:
    A Boy's Best Friend

    Breaking up:

    Getting back together:
    Still Ill

    Secret love:
    The Wars End

    Learning a lesson:

    Life's okay:
    Get It Together
    I think this wins for most appropriate so far.

    Deep thought:
    Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)
    I seriously just laughed out loud for like a minute straight.

    When I Look at the World

    Biggest Fan

    Happy dance:
    (Dance) Into The Heart Of Your Enemy

    Extraordinary Girl
    I forgot I owned this record.

    Say Anything
    Okay, is the movie of my life a mediocre teen comedy from 2001?

    Mental breakdown:

    Long night alone:
    When the Money's Gone

    Death scene:
    Behind Closed Doors

    Closing credits:
    Gimme Shelter

    I just tried to imagine how a movie with this soundtrack would play out, and I think I broke my brain. The end.
  • I Get Bored: Top 10 Survey

    15 déc. 2006, 9h59m

    Top 10 artists at the moment:

    01. AFI
    02. U2
    03. The White Stripes
    04. Metric
    05. My Chemical Romance
    06. Muse
    07. Bright Eyes
    08. Tegan & Sara
    09. Brand New
    10. The Faint

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    "Plug In Baby". I remember this kid I used to talk to on the internets from England sent it to me way back when. I wonder whatever happened to him.

    What is your favourite album of 2?
    If I absolutely had to choose, Achtung Baby.

    What is your favorite lyric that 5 has sung?
    Just because it's from my favourite song:
    "So give me up your poison
    And give me up your pills
    And give me up your hopeless hearts
    and make me ill
    You're running after something
    That you'll never kill
    If this is what you want
    Then fire at will "

    How many times have you seen 4 live?

    What is your favorite song by 7?
    Right now, I guess "The First Day of My Life." It's just so simple and perfect.

    What is a good memory you have considering the music of 10?
    Nothing really. Maybe seeing them live?

    What is your favourite lyric that 2 has sung?
    Avoiding obvious choices from obvious songs, I'll go with:
    "And I'd join the movement
    if there was one I could believe in
    Yeah, I'd break bread and wine
    If there was a church, I could receive in"

    What is your favourite song by 9?
    Tie between "Jesus Christ" and "Degausser" I guess.

    How did you get in to 3?
    I'd bought "White Blood Cells" but never really listened to it. Then I heard "Seven Nation Army" and when I was stuck in my room for two weeks post knee surgery I decided to dust the ol' record off and give it a real listen. I heard "I Can't Wait" and I've been hooked ever since.

    What was the first song you heard by 1?
    I can't say for sure, but it must have been "Days of the Phoenix"

    What is your favourite song by 4?
    "Hustle Rose"

    How many times have you seen 8 live?
    Only once.

    What is a good memory you have concerning 2?
    How about my whole life? But I guess I'd have to go with the "City of Blinding Lights" video shoot, which was my first time seeing them in any way. I'm pretty sure my eyes watered. A lot.

    Is there a song by 8 that makes you sad?

    What is your favourite album by 5?
    Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

    What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung?
    The first ones that popped into my head:
    "I'm only waiting for the proper time to tell you
    That it's impossible to get along with you
    It's hard to look you in the face when we are talking
    So it helps to have a mirror in the room"

    What is your favourite song by 1?
    Right now, Malleus Maleficarum.

    How many times have you seen 7 live?

    What is your favourite album by 1?
    Black Sails in the Sunset.
  • Sleep is for poseurs, so I'm posting this instead.

    13 déc. 2006, 11h16m

    Since I love wasting time:

    Put the music player of your choice on shuffle and post the first 25 songs that show up:

    01. Open Off My Love
    02. Now at Last
    03. Leopard-skin Pillbox Hat
    04. Lowdown Streamline
    05. The Climb
    06. Whiskey N' Women
    07. A Rush of Blood to the Head
    08. Right Around the Corner
    09. Running to Stand Still
    10. Modern World
    11. Let Love Rule
    12. Tick
    13. The Life
    14. Champagne Supernova
    15. (You Drive Me) Crazy
    16. John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
    17. I Wish It Would Rain
    18. Into the Fire
    19. Let's Shake Hands
    20. Lousy Reputation
    21. Wolf Like Me
    22. We Can Work It Out
    23. What I'm Looking For
    24. Punchlines
    25. It's a Long Way Back

    Well, that was uneventful. Usually this sort of thing winds up being a lot more embarassing.
  • Because I'm definitely not ready to do homework yet:

    5 nov. 2006, 8h01m

    Put you're music player of choice on shuffle, say each question aloud and list the song that plays.


    1. How does the world see me?
    The Call
    I'm confused, and a little embarassed.

    2. Will I have a happy life?
    Corrina, Corrina

    3. What do my friends really think of me?
    Silent Seven

    4. Do people secretly lust after me?
    Let's Ride

    5. How can you be happy?
    Come Together

    6. What should I do with my life?
    The Sweetest Thing
    Well, that was REALLY specific.

    7. Why must life be so full of pain?
    I Got You (I Feel Good)
    LOL, irony.

    8. Will I ever have children?
    Next to You
    Oh yeah, "I can't get down like that right now." So...maybe?

    9. Will I die happy?
    As Long as You Love Me
    My music players <3's teh Backstreet Boys.

    10. What is some good advice for me?
    Adam Raised a Cain
    That's actually pretty deep when you think about it.

    11. What is happiness?
    The Way You Make Me Feel

    12. What's my favorite fetish?
    Hey You

    13. How will I be remembered?

    PART 2

    1. What is your love life like?
    Go Mental
    Again I say "lol."

    2 What's your life motto?
    Bad/40/Where The Streets Have No Name
    I really, really like that answer.

    3. What do your parents think of you?
    Long Time Comin'

    4. What does your best friend really think of you?
    Summer Rain

    5.What's your favorite hobby?
    From 4 Until Late

    6. What's the worst thing about you?
    For the Moment
    I think this is pretty clear; The worst thing about me is that I used to like Gob.

    7. Describe your mind.
    Map of the Problematique

    8. How will you die?
    I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
    I really don't like the sound of that.

    9. How does your crush/S.O. feel about you?
    Hang 'Em High

    10. What is your wedding going to be like?
    The New Year

    11. What about your honeymoon?
    When I Was a Young Girl

    12. Describe the last day of your life.
    Seven Nation Army

    13. Why does life suck?
    I Wanna Be Well

    14. Why does life rule?

    15. What will you be famous for?
    That's the Way It Is
    I think it was good to end this with a song equally embarassing as the one that started it.