Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Hold Steady's Boys and Girls in America

Not too long ago, the Hold Steady played a show here in Winnipeg. I was indifferent, so I didn't go. The short bits of songs I heard The song used in the UMFM ad for the show didn't convince me that these dudes were worth the money to see 'em (which probably wasn't much cash in retrospect). For some reason, I just wrote 'em off.

That was until I heard "Southtown Girls".

I happened to be visiting my pal Zach Hobbes' MySpace page, and he had that track in the Flash-based player. As with most things on MySpace, the player was buggy at the time and didn't display the artist name properly. I was taken by the southern-sounding harmony of the repeated opening line:
Southtown Girls won't blow you away/But you know that they'll stay...
Then the organ came in. I had to know who this was, and when I found out it was them, I was taken aback. Call it a musical moment of clarity, or somethin'. Gee, maybe I was wrong about these motherfuckers.
Yes, yes folks, I was wrong. Right now (until Tuesday, I'm thinkin'), Vagrant Records is streaming Boys and Girls in America in its entirety, and I can say that I'm blown away. It feels like a concept album: guys n' girls in love, gettin' fucked up on booze and whatever else they can get their hands on, etc. This album has the youthful exuberance of high school (a time in my life that I admittedly pine for perpetually), and I don't drink, so I can live vicariously through this disc.
I'm thinkin' this is what Springsteen was like back in the day, but these dudes drink harder and have more guitar muscle.
I'm telling you right now...I want this album. So there.

Boys and Girls in America Listening Party

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Random Thoughts: September 23rd, 2006

  • Tonight, I'm going to see The Quiffs last performance. This should be a lot of fun. Those ladies are a riot.
  • So...Final Fantasy won the Polaris Prize. Personally, I was rooting for Cadence Weapon or the Deadly Snakes (R.I.P.). I don't know about you, but I can't wait to read the bitchy comments from Exclaim! readers, especially after their "Torontopia" story.
  • The Vertical Struts have broken up. I'm a little bummed about it, 'cuz they were so cool, and I would've loved to see them perform again. Judging from the mass e-mail Trevor sent out, it was something that started for fun and went much longer than expected. I know they'll do fine with their other endeavours: Trevor is a filmmaker, and Raymond is an outstanding illustrator, whom I met through Check his work out at
  • Last night, I saw the infamous Death By Popcorn in the comfort of my own home. This thing is a riot. I was never a devout Jets fan, but I was pretty bummed when they had to leave 11 years ago. I was at Portage and Main with the rest of the hapless souls to support their fruitless effort to keep 'em here all those years ago. This film really took me back. There are clips of Rod Black, Hunky Bill, and the late, great Nick Hill thrown into this production that both skewers and praises this prairie town.
  • I was pleased to find out that Quebec band Les Dales Hawerchuk was featured in this film. I've been hearing their rock n' roll goodness via CBC Radio 3. They've gotta play a Winnipeg gig at some's only natural.
  • My internet porn consumption (which makes up 90% of my general porn viewing) has dropped off drastically as I am not only bored with most of it, but also more than a little put off by the whole thing. I've found that my imagination is not only more vivid, but also cheaper (not that I subscribe to any sites at the moment, mind you). I was gonna go into detail about why this change has come about, but it's not all that interesting really. All I know is, I'm done with, and the photos I've collected over the years are actually gonna get used for drawing reference (which I've been threatening for ages).
  • Yo...DNTO's gonna be on in a few minutes, and I need lunch. I'll catch y'all later.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Random Thoughts: September 18th, 2006

John Van Hamersveld

  • On Saturday, I met the great John Van Hamersveld, creator of iconic 60s images. Really nice guy. The secret to his success boiled down to "just do it". Make connections, formulate a plan and just do it. You'd think I'd have learned that after all these years, eh?
  • I'm painfully broke. Nothing new.
  • Issue 7 of the MASSIVE PDF magazine Candy is out now. Cop that shit. Read it in fullscreen mode for full effect. It's free! This one has interviews with heavy hitters from all sorts of disciplines including WK Interact, Jason Munn (aka The Small Stakes), Alan Hynes, and Stefan Sagmeister. It's free illustration/design porn. There's nothing better! Well, except for free regular porn.
  • Looks like I'm part of an informal art collective at the moment. More news as this develops.
  • Thanks to Candy, I found the flickr™ photostream of Montreal expatriate Other. Killer writer.
  • Gonna eat some Breton crackers n' go to bed. Peace.

Monday, September 11, 2006

New blood.

Well, I know who Co-op is voting for.
Co-op lets his shirt do the talking during Funk Boat 2006.

So far, our mayoral options are Sam Katz, Ron Pollock, and Kaj Hasselriis.

Unless some urban political superhero descends from the sky, Kaj's gettin' my vote. Kaj is apparently down with urban renewal and fixing our so-so transit system (Rapid Transit is one of his priorities.).
Yup, the choice is clear pour moi.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Random Thoughts: September 10th, 2006

My first tour poster!
American Flamewhip/Hot Live Guys tour poster

Weddin' plans in full effect:
Krista fields Sarah's questions.
The Harvest Room

To follow along, keep your eyes on this flickr™ set.

Other stuff:
  • I reached a year at the newspaper! It's cool, but it feels kinda weird at the same time. Cool: I work with great people, and I got to give a facelift to the oldest community paper in North America. Weird: I'm feeling the need to bounce, as I'm only there part time. I'm like, poor. Yup.
  • My internet friend AnnMarie has found herself a UK guy, and I couldn't be happier for her! I always said she was too fine to be alone.
  • Yesterday, I took in the second last day of the WAG's Funny Papers: Marvel Comics, Canadian Political Cartoons, and Conteporary Art and had a blast. I've been a fan of the late Duncan MacPherson's work since I was a kid, so seeing his shit up-close reinforced his position as "the dean" of Canuck political cartoonists in my mind. Malcom Mayes does some incredibly hot shit, too.
  • If you're in my town in the next little bit, I recommend checkin' out the WAG's Manitoba Modernist Architecture 1945-1975 exhibit, which I also viewed yesterday. That, coupled with the Rodin exhibit coming through on the 30th of this month should be a good time.
  • I neglected to mention a while ago that you can search my photos on flickr™ by their tags. Here's all of 'em.
  • I'm goin' outside. Peace.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

I'm losing reasons to watch Much.

Hannah Sung has left Much. I can't blame her, really. Apparently, she's shooting a documentary. Good for her.
All that's left for me is The Wedge, The New Music, and Going Coastal, all of which I don't watch as regularly anymore. *sigh*...whaterygonnado?