Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

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.