Happy Friday, lovelies! How has your summer been going? The past few weeks have been crazy, as usual, which is why I love summer so much.
I went back home for Canada Day (see fireworks above) to visit with my family who was in from Calgary, and I went on the Maid of the Mist through the Falls for the first time since I was like, 5. Then I came back to Toronto to celebrate my birthday at TURF Festival where Joel Plaskett took my request to play “Love This Town” (!!!), and the festival was an incredible experience overall even despite the rain (review to come once I get caught up on all the reviews!) – I cannot wait for next year! Then #StormTO happened and I lost power along with most of the west side of Toronto. Luckily my apartment didn’t flood, but I’ve heard many horror stories, so I hope none of you are dealing with ruined possessions/apartments/homes.
Anyhow, tomorrow I fly out to BC for Rock The Shores festival in Victoria!! I have never, ever been west of Ontario in Canada, so I am incredibly excited about this. Canadian Club is flying me out there to shoot a really cool video for their new Mixed and Ready mixed drinks, which I have been drinking at festivals regularly since I noticed them last summer – finally a non beer option for the rest of us! Also, really excited to see Awolnation and Weezer, both of whom I’ve yet to see live! Praying Weezer will extend the Blue Album show they’re doing tonight in Toronto to include Sunday nights show, because really, how amazing would it be to see that? My first favourite album as a little kid? Yes please.
Now, here’s a bunch of good reads to help you power through to the weekend:
- How Did Black Sabbath Get Their First Number One Album In 46 Years? Sometimes it pays to stick with tried and true.
- Riot grrrl: when teen sisters were doing it for themselves We really do lack a strong female music scene these days. I wish the riot grrl movement happened when I was in high school.
- Control how drunk the band is in this awesome music vid This is legitimately hilarious. Hearing the song go from good to awful is a testament to why bands shouldn’t be drunk onstage, ever. This level of creativity needs to happen more in music.
- Chambaland – “Personal Yeezus” (Kanye West vs. Depeche Mode) The mashup that was obviously going to happen.
- The Capacity of an iPod Visualized as Vinyl That’s a lot of vinyl.
- I Once Sold All My Records and Now I Want Them Back That’s what you get for abandoning the best music medium. Regrets.
- David Bowie Offered Hannibal Role Um, can this happen, PLEASE. Hannibal is by far one of the most well made shows on non subscription television. Each episode was more impressive than the last, and I cannot wait for next season. Smart, well written, incredible cast, great design, and legitimately creative/horrific gore. If you didn’t watch it, now’s the time to catch up. Bowie would literally be perfect for that role.
- Lou Reed rushed to Long Island hospital Get better soon, Lou!
- Has big business dampened the music festival spirit? “I think festivals, in general, are great for music. They implicitly teach that music can be a communal celebration rather than a private ritual with your iPod. They expose fans to artists and genres they wouldn’t have heard otherwise. And they often pay musicians healthy fees, which helps finance more music… It’s about being together, with strangers, and feeling as though they are your friends.” Exactly.
An Annotated Guide to Surviving Toronto This is a must read for anyone in Toronto, especially anyone new to the city.
- Lou Reed on Kanye West I’m not surprised Lou likes Kanye’s work. He’s easy to hate on, as was Lou in his VU days. They’re both incredibly talented innovators with egos to match.
- Happy birthday, America! 10 Bruce Springsteen covers by Canadians It’s fitting that this was released on my birthday (which I share with America), as Bruce is my favourite.
- The Most Important Radio Station You’ve Never Heard of Marks 50 Years on the Air Interesting stuff.
- Deezer Partners with Foursquare to Reward Concert Going Now this is a smart idea. Might just get me to start using Foursquare again… maybe. Other music services should definitely consider doing the same.
- Yelp Helps you avoid Hipsters and Yuppies in your City Unfortunately there is no Yuppie map for Toronto yet, but I think we all know to avoid Richmond on club nights and Bay Street at all times, so we’re okay.
- Lock of Mick Jagger’s Hair sells for $6,000 at Auction Creepy.
- Not Your Ordinary Thursday Night in Bellwoods Happy to hear this meeting went well, as I will be incredibly disappointed if we are suddenly treated like kids and forbidden from enjoying a drink in the park.
- SOCAN’s Eric Baptiste: A Different Tune for a Digital Age Definitely worth a read for anyone curious about what SOCAN does.
- The Ivee Sleek Isn’t Just an Alarm Clock, it’s a Voice-Controlled Hub for Smart Homes I WANT THIS.
- Photos of Flooding, Blackouts in Toronto as Severe Storm Rolls Through Man, it’s crazy how fast it all happened.
- Get Your Recording Questions Answered Here Ask this guy all your Qs, he will tell it like it is.
- Solving Radio’s Attention Crisis Watch this.
- Brazilian Rapper MC Daleste Shot, Killed Onstage This is probably the most upsetting link I’ve ever posted. I will warn you now not to watch the video like I stupidly did. Can’t even beleive this happened.
- The Ring Style Wake up Prank This is also horrible, but also maybe a little tiny bit funny. If I was this girl, I would have broke up with him immediately.
- Life in Your early Twenties Vs Your Late Twenties Lol, so much truth.. aka it’s not all bad.
- She & Him Are the Latest Act to Ban Camera Phones Via Patronizing Signage This put a damper on my birthday as we literally had security guards up our ass shoving this sign in our face if we even had our phone in our hand (but of course I still managed a photo). It was absurd and ridiculous, and I will never see She & Him again because of it (and also because it was an underwhelming performance of covers/she has no stage presence/we left early because it was that lame).
- Taxi Service Uber Under Fire for Toronto Storm Pricing I think for the most part UBER does a good job with social. They are smart and proactive, have aligned themselves strategically with music events around the city, and I’ve always had them take care of any issues swiftly. But, this week definitely proved they haven’t learned from their past mistake of price gouging during storms, as they chose to do here in Toronto what they already got blasted for doing during Hurricane Sandy. It’s sad when a company makes the same mistake twice. When a natural disaster happens, it’s a chance for a company to step up and do some good, not to charge more. I realize they wanted to get more cars on the road, and in any other situation (like New Years Eve) the price increase makes sense, but not when people are stranded in a storm, unable to get a normal priced taxi or TTC. When that happens, we expect our companies to be good samaritans and help out those in need without charging them minimum 50$ a ride. These situations are potentially PR GOLD for a company smart enough to take advantage. Eating the cost of the price increase for a few hours and sharing that they were doing that to help get people home safely would have led to all kinds of love, praise, and great press – rather than the onslaught of criticism they again received.
- Things People Say to Women Musicians Ladies, just in case you felt like having your blood boil, check this out.
- Times When Rock Could have Died But it never did, because it never will.
- Finally, check out this incredible drummer play 50 different drum intros in a row. Impressive: