You are an obsession.

January 23, 2009

I’ve had an exceptionally nasty streak of Dysomnia’s recently, beyond the usual not falling asleep until 3-4am. I blame this week’s Psych lecture on the science of sleep. Aside from providing more opportunities to blog and Twitter (or is it “Tweet”? Dirty Rick Sanchez and Don Lemon say “Tweet”) it has also allowed me to indulge in one of my former favorite activities: listening to Internet Radio. The tech behind the medium has subtlely come a long way since my discovery of it eight years ago. Back when the silence of buffering took more airtime than actual sound, and the stream would light up the front of the DSL modem like the floor in Saturday Night Fever.

My absolute favorite outlet is KCRW. I started listening to this station in 12th grade after reading an article that I think was about Music Supervisors for Film, TV and Advertising. Coinciedentally, it was the same article that made me want to go into advertising. From noon to three every other day, Nic Harcourt’s Morning Becomes Eclectic (aka “one of the most interesting…radio shows in the U.S.” – The Wall Street Journal) kept me company while I worked at my Co-Op job making sense of hours upon hours of raw footage of the raw wilderness and learning the absolute basics of design. Dubbed “the most influental radio station in America” by Details magazine, KCRW is the radio station that introduced Norah Jones, Interpol, David Gray, Dido, Sigur Ros, Coldplay and many other artist to wider North American audiences.

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A Tale of Two Cities

January 23, 2009

The following is my entry in CBC Radio’s 3 “SEARCHLIGHT! What is the Best Live Music Club in Canada?

As a university student I have to unique privilege of commenting on scenes in both Toronto and the lovably bizarre city of Windsor, Ontario.

As a sometimes resident of an outlying neighborhood in Toronto proper I don’t go to too many shows in Hogtown. While a nod goes to the kitschy nature of The Smiling Buddha, last summer I went to a one off show at the Lucky Dragon in Chinatown. The owners didn’t know what they were getting themselves into but by the end of the night they were having more fun than the 50 some-odd kids jammed in there.

When I’m in Windsor, I thoroughly enjoy going to Phog. They are huge supporters of the local arts scene beyond just music; the visual art community has also benefited from events held there as well. Because of the bands they regularly book and great atmosphere without the plastic people usually found in the Rose City I am proud to endorse Phog Lounge.

Welcome to Obama-merica

January 21, 2009

As everyone with half a brain knows, today was the first day of Barack Obama’s reign as King of America and change has come to America… on TMZ. A good majority of tonight’s TMZ was all politically oriented, beyond a bunch of actors going to inauguration balls

Nestled between Brad Pitt, supermodels frolicking at the beach and K-Fed
were sidewalk interviews with former presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark and Carl Bernstein of Woodward and Bernstein

Even the President’s sex life played a prominent role in the episode with a poll by the TMZ Staff.

We’ve seen it coming for a year now but really, it seems that overnight/all of a sudden politics has become Hollywood sexy.

Capitalist Bread Lines

December 4, 2008
Eww! Much?

Eww! Much?

Recently, leading economists said that we in North America have been in a recession for the past year. As a student, I could have told you that. It was damn near impossible to find seasonal work last summer. Also, I have been a regular consumer of  what I call the McDonalds “recession special”: $1 Double Hamburgers. A feat that’s been difficult for the past few weeks due to renovations at the MacDo across the street from the Art School. The management shut down the “lobby”, and thus the only way to get hamburgers has been the drive-thru windows.

A couple weeks ago I spent half-an-hour standing in the drive-thru queue behind a high-school football team to get three hamburgers. Wiser men may have gone home or at least to Harvey’s. But no, I waited in line constantly thinking.

“Welcome the bread lines of the New Economy.”

Dear World, You’re Welcome.

November 11, 2008

As it’s been said severla bajillion times this week, “History’s been made”. I spent a good portion of yesterday preemptively saying “You’re Welcome” to all of my Canadian friends, as I voted for Barack Obama. You see, Canadians love that guy and not everybody knows of my status as a dual-citizen.

Remember the time when I rocked the vote?

Remember the time when I rocked the vote?

James Houston – Big Ideas (don’t get any)

October 28, 2008

I found this video months ago and completely fell in love with the precision involved with it. It’s a non-entered entry into Radiohead’s Nude Remix contest they held several months ago. I feel that this version is more haunting than the original version and both the lo-fi equipment and color warmth+”graininess” appeal to my sense of aesthetic.

For an HD version watch it HERE on Vimeo.

Nouvelle Vague

October 26, 2008

Eva Green [via nytimes.com]

Eva Green whom I had no idea was French. I'm sure I'm not the first person to be mildly surprised by this.

The New York Times published quite an alluring photo spread called French New Wave profiling the upcoming group of artists coming out of france right now. The photography is amazing, and the subjects captivating.

[Experience it here]

Kyra Phillips Is So Two Years Ago.

October 22, 2008

"Free duds, and free trips for the kids. Kind of makes me wish I was a Maverick too."

Rachel Maddow, MSNBC’s new prime time darling and my new news media crush, reports on Sarah Palin’s new gear. Sound superficial? Not when it cost the the RNC $150K. It would have been so much easier if they had picked someone coastal, they already own professional power duds. Palin also reportedly cooked some books in order to bring her kids along (uninvited) on official trips

The best line of the segment:

“Free duds, and free trips for the kids. Kind of makes me want to be a Maverick too.”
followed by a saucy little head tilt.

[Watch it
here]