Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Michou rides bikes!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

I like this simple, cute video that’s fun to watch. Thanks to Jeff for sending it to me this morning.

Waking up to good songs

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I woke up to this song today on the CBC. It was really wonderful. I love when I hear an amazing song for the first time when I’m still half-sleeping. The recording was from a live performance at Glen Gould Studios, which will be repeated this Saturday. I wish I could go, but I have a wedding reception. Anyway, this song, Royal Wood “The Island,” made my day today.

Few items of business

Friday, February 5th, 2010

How am I supposed to post blogs all the time?? Full time jobs are awesome in many respects, don’t get me wrong, but they hinder my ability to write about myself and things that I think on the internet for no one to see.

So for now while I have a few moments, I will let you know the happy-hap.

Here is some footage of Andrew Austin and the Fuss from the concert I booked at the Horseshoe.

That’s right, I booked a concert. They packed the placeĀ  and the guys were awesome. I was so thrilled and appreciative of a lot of my friends for coming out. This of course signals my show booking career retirement. Too stressful and businessy!! I will stick to more wimpy things to help out musicians like talking to writers about music and making pretty video interpretations of songs.

Also I met the lovely and talented Jason Chu when he came out and reviewed the show. Notice he said that the band brought their “A-game,” which I only understood the punniness of after the fact. Brilliant! Read it here: http://www.nxew.ca/2010/01/review-andrew-austin-and-fuss-at.html

Gots my hairs cutted and as is my vain tradition I will post a picture. People who have seen have told me they like, so I’m not trying to fish for compliments here, please don’t it makes me uncomfortable I’m serious, but I don’t really like to be honest. My hair never sits right. But whatever! Only hair. It’s way shorter now!

Photo 98

I was sick last week but feeling better now and back in action for a number of deadlines and exciting things happening at work. Work is great when you like it, eh? I wish it didn’t take up so much of my time, but it’s my own fault for not having enough energy after work to keep going. Still working on that. I’m also really strongly considering picking up a Canon T1i that all the kids are talking about. It’s a real commitment though and I feel like if I spend all that money on such an extravagant thing I better make sure I have the time and the will to actually make the most of it. Maybe for my birthday in May I can work my lifestyle around that. That seems like a good goal.

More spam

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I got this spam comment from “anonymous” that links to a site to get “myspace proxies”…? I don’t even know what that is… but the comment goes: “I think that is an interesting point, it made me think a bit. Thanks for sparking my ability to get to think. Sometimes I get so much in a rut that I just feel like a record.”

Also, “Nipple Pasties” writes: “Cool, there are actually some great points on this blog some of my friends may find this useful, I will send a link, many thanks.”

How awesome is that? Spam can sometimes be better than real comments.

Oh also I went to the Horseshoe last night and saw Brett Caswell. He had some really great songs and I really like his band, the Marque Rose. Hello cute violin player and singer! I hope I’m not being sexist here, but those two ladies were really cute. Besides, how fun is it to have a violinist at all? Supremely. The male drummer, bassist, guitarist were great too though. Playing next were the Great Diviners who are also very good. Their sound is really rich and powerful live. I like the duo male and female fronting. I also like how they play two awesome acoustic guitars together that do the same thing. It’s funny, I saw them a few times before and I was like “Damn, that lead singer looks so familiar,” but couldn’t for the life of me remember where I’ve seen him or ever meeting him, just that I had seen his face a lot. Then it occured to me in a moment of clarity last night that I had seen pictures of him all the time on Raymi’s blog.

Living and Saying

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

No more big talking for me. Just you wait til 2010.

In the meantime, a list of five interesting things I’ve seen in the past week to ring in the holidays. I’m going to try to hit on as many of my categories as possible in this one:

  1. Thursday morning “Things I wish I could pull off”: Woman in her early-forties tending to her 8 Tamagotchis while she waited for the bus.
  2. Friday night x 2 “Religion and then birthdays”: Went to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit and saw ancient pieces of parchment on a triple date (geeky) and then my friends took over the Central for a most fun Birthday Three-Way – Cutebarf, Lady Parts, and one half of the Slow Clap performed.
  3. Monday night “Local celebrity sighting”: Nikki Payne and this actor who is in a million commercials chatting together on my subway car from Keele to Spadina.
  4. Tuesday evening “Wacky bike”: This guy in covered recumbent bike on Queen East near Church. I really wish I took a picture cause I can’t find anything like it on google. It was literally a stainless steal pod low to the ground with a little head and helmet sticking out the top – awesome.
  5. Tuesday night “Just a concert”: Arkells at the Horseshoe – twas a great and free show. Looking forward to many shows there in January too. Horseshoe always kills it.

And sticking with my arts and craft mandate, I just saw this internet-wise (which doesn’t count for my list) which I think is awesome:

Knitted caps and beards

Buy them here: http://www.beardhead.com/

Make sure you check out the mix-and-match mustache add-ons in different styles and colours.

Donovan Woods – The Widowmaker Trailer

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Donovan Woods is releasing a new album, “The Widowmaker.” When? “Soon”… Very mysterious.

In the meantime, here’s a trailer for the album.

Donovan’s myspace.

Official Music Video for Andrew Austin’s No Flowers

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

I produced this with lots and lots and lots of help from my friends. Thanks everybody! What an amazing experience.

Tall Drink of Water and No Flowers Party

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Andrew Austin

My favourite Renata Kaveh took these gorgeous photos of my other favourite Andrew Austin at the Berkeley Church. We’ve got lots of really great ones, but they’re not being released all at once. Soon though!! Exciting! Amazing job by art director and yet another favourite, Jen Thomas. Andrew is rolling out a bunch of artsy-fun stuff under the umbrella of a new collective called “Glowpoke”… It’s a neat little bow to wrap up all the coolness that’s going on lately, like… the video we made and we’re releasing at the Drake Underground on December 2!! I know, I know, that was a lot of information at once and I am breaking a lot of PR tenets, but try to stay with me. We’ve been so busy doing all this fun stuff that I didn’t even have time to mention it here yet!!

COME TO THE SHOW!!

Who: Andrew Austin and the Fuss with special guests Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low), Everlea Acoustic and DJs Slow Clap
What: No Flowers single release and video world premiere
When: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009, 8pm
Where: The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto

Teaser for “No Flowers”:

P.S. What do you think of the name “Glowpoke”??

Music videos shot at The Boat in Kensington

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

It seems like I am often watching music videos by Toronto people and I think, “Another video shot at The Boat!” It seems like a favourite place and it does look pretty cool inside… But when push comes to shove, I can only think of three… I’m sure there are more. Can you think of any?

For all those phantom lovers in her dreams

Friday, October 23rd, 2009