Archive for December, 2009

Andrew Austin – So Easy live w/ guitar

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

I know the video quality isn’t that good, but I just love this song and wanted to post it. On the recorded version he’s accompanied by piano, in this one it’s guitar.

This was December 10, 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto at an Indie Love Radio showcase Thursday Night Confidential hosted by DJs Paddy Jane and Jay Nadler.

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:

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.


Monday, December 21st, 2009

By popular demand, here is a short list of frequently asked questions to and/or I. If you have more, feel free to leave them in the comments section and I will get back to you as soon as time allows. For now, I will now finally answer a few of your burning queries:

Q: What is your blog even about?
- Tanya Hall (co-worker who barely can mask her dislike for me)

A: I appreciate your interest in my blog! Well you see, I have a lot of interests and experiences I want to share with the world! For now I’m sharing my insights with about 3 people who check my blog infrequently, those googling “Being Erica canceled?” (don’t think so, they keep airing new ones, bless them) and things relating to “Farm Town” (I only play casually so my mom could have another neighbour), and spambots, but if you build it they will come, right? I don’t update very often, but what I had in mind for this was basically to keep a blog about things I’m glad I learned and wish I knew earlier. This way, I feel like if I was not me and reading this blog I would be interested in the things on here, you know. I just feel overwhelmed with life sometimes and all the things I wish I knew, so I figured on my quest I would share things and we could journey on together. So come along with me on our journey…

Q: How in the world did you get a boyfriend?
- Emily Branson (high school frenemy)

A: Oh, advice-type questions! I have always wanted to write an advice column. Well, you see it takes a lot of frequent, worshippy and desperate compliments (make him feel desired), well-placed generous make-up on your face and body parts, and pretending to like things he likes. Once you’ve got him though, that’s the tough part and a probably a second advice column question. Thus far, I’ve been trying to keep him by avoiding him when he says “we have to talk” and feigning life-threatening illness so that he will feel too sorry for me to break it off, but I think I these methods are beginning to wear thin. Any other suggestions? We’ll work that into a second FAQ installment.

Q: “Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.”
- General Levitra (via my blog comments)

A: Well thank you General, how kind of you to say. That’s a high compliment coming from a ranking officer like yourself. Also, thank you for repeatedly writing this same comment on several different blog entries of mine. To answer your question, although I have dabbled in writing as a member of the 5th estate in the very prestigious Western Gazette as both a News and Campus & Culture intern while getting my bachelor of arts, honours, at the University of Western Ontario, no, I have never worked as a journalist professionally. You will see my prose grace the pages of many sites on the world wide web, and we all know how difficult it is to have work appear on websites. I’ve also been blogging since the year 1999 under various pseudonyms. I never wanted the spotlight and I do appreciate my privacy, so I kept my real name a secret so I wouldn’t become an internet celebrity. I suppose I am just a naturally talented writer and I like to get to the bottom of things with my talented, probing mind and then expose these truths to the public at large. I do not expect any reward, no. I do it out of passion, not the glory.

Well this has been a fun little answer period and I hope your thirst for answers regarding and/or myself has been quenched… for now.

Looking forward to 2010 and actually posting more. Happy holidays infrequent lurkers, accidental googlers, but not spambots. No love for them.

new house decorating

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

It’s December now! That means I get to start decorating my new apartment. Now I realize these things take time and care, but I’m excited to watch the cool stuff I own slowly accumulate. This time I am going to do it right and choose carefully and make sure everything that is in my house is something I want. Careful careful. Here’s the first new item I got on the weekend. It’s a pink lamp that is a lamb. I love it.

pink lamb lamp

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.