Category Archives: TGIF
This Rob Ford thing is so embarrassing I don’t even think there’s a need for me to comment on it. Luckily, that’s not the only thing going on in the world.
See what else is up below:
- Everyday Jet Lag – This is something I definitely struggle with each morning. Not everyone’s body clock is wired the same, it’s unfortunate that the world is defined by morning people.
- 62 Questions we Still Have For Rob Ford This article is a couple weeks old, meaning we have about 62 more to add to this list.
- The Little Label That Could Check out this great podcast on Indie 88 on Arts & Crafts
- The Top 10 Toronto Punk Bands of All Time do you agree on these choices?
- 32 Bachelor Hacks That Will Help Improve Everyone’s Lives These are actually kinda helpful.
- The 10 Most Annoying Concert Behaviours I may be semi-guilty of number 1, but I never do it for the whole show and I try to be mindful of it, because I rage at everything else on this list when I experience it at a show.
- The 13 Most Insidious, Pervasive Lies of the Modern Music Industry These are interesting…
- You Can Not Devalue Music I love this article, definitely worth the full read.
- The Owners Of Parts and Labour are Opening up a Burger Shop on Queen West – just what my hood needs, ANOTHER burger shop.
- Leadership Lessons from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit 2013 Love this.
- Long & McQuade CEO on family owned business success
- How Selling Out Saved Indie Rock
- Bob Dylan “Like A Rolling Stone” – Official Interactive Video THIS IS SO COOL! Check it out now if you haven’t yet, but be sure you’re on a fast computer or it might freeze up.
- NMPA Targets Unlicensed Lyric Sites, Rap Genius Among 50 Sent Take-Down Notices We knew it would happen one day.
- QOTSA’s new interactive video Not as cool as Bob’s but still worth checking out.
- There’s a Bruce Springsteen Religion Class for College Kids Who Worship “The Boss” Where was this when I was still in school?! Amazing.
- Listen: Lorde covers Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” Beautiful cover.
- Arcade Fire, Please Don’t Ask Me to Wear “Formal Attire” to Your Arena Show Yeah – this is dumb. Arcade Fire really needs to give up the gimmicks already, it’s getting tired. I miss when they were focused on making great music instead of marketing ploys.
- Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive This is awesome.
- Rob Ford Denies “Eating Pussy” During Live, Televised Press Conference This might be the funniest thing in the entire Ford saga.
- The nine most outrageous things that Rob Ford has said in the past 24 hours
- Toronto city council votes to strip Ford of his powers HELL YES. Finally.
- How Feminism Hurts Men Another interesting read.
- 50 Pictures in Perfect Timing Check these out, awesome.
- Finally, watch this great Manchester punk rock documentary from 1977:
Wow, what a week. It started with the loss of one of the most important and influential people in my (and so many others) life, and ended with the celebratory Halloween day news that YES, Toronto – the Rob Ford crack video does exist – though you must be a complete idiot if you ever doubted for a second that it did.
I have a whole lot to say about Lou, but it deserves it’s own post. So for now, read up on what everyone else had to say about him – along with my thoughts on all the other links below:
- Lou Reed: 1942-2013: NME Obituary
- John Cale Pays Tribute to Lou Reed
- Artists, Fans Pay Respect to Lou Reed
- A Reason to Keep Singing Will Sheff talks about Lou.
- Stuart Berman on Lou Reed If you only read one link about this brilliant man, this should be it. Stuart is the only one who really articulated how I feel about him.
- “Goodbye, You Magnificent Bastard” – A Tribute to Lou Reed
- RIP Lou Bega Proof that some people are really, really dumb – and these dumb people also somehow think this counts as humour.
- Slate: “Stop Getting Drunk, Stop Getting Raped” It’s sickening to me that Slate posted this article at all.
- 31 Things That Are Not an Invitation to Rape #truth. Despite the article above – the fact is, being a female and getting drunk doesn’t mean it’s okay to rape me. I know, shocking – but it’s true!
- Dear Prudence: Let’s Just Keep Blaming Women For Their Rapes, I Guess Yep. At least, if you’re an old, conservative, shitty female news outlet writer desperately looking for hits.
- David Bowie’s new video for Love Is Lost pays tribute to his past characters This is great.
- The Mysterious Case of Elisa Lam Since it was Halloween last night, and the party continues tonight – here’s something to give you nightmares. Seriously.
- The Kanye West Daily Affirmation Soundboard Thanks for the pep talk, Yeezus!
- How One Band’s Fans Warped Online Music Charts It’s not that hard, apparently.
- Marissa Nadler on Elliot Smith
- An Elliot Smith Tribute Concert: Why? Wish I could have been there for this.
- The Best Rock Bars in Toronto Do you agree with this list?
- Honest Ed’s Property Sold to a B.C. Developer Damn. But I will say I’m on the side that says no one really cares about the inside – it reminds me of the horrible second hand stores my mom used to take me to when I was very young – nothing there looks usable save for the toiletries in the very front. Any dollar store can beat it. In 10 years of living here I’ve only ever been inside twice – both times to show bemused friends from out of town what it was. But the outside is an epic visual landmark and the Annex just won’t look right without it.
- Rob Ford Leads Reporters Through Haunted Office Well, I thought this would be this week’s horrid Rob Ford highlight – still trying to get the nightmare of him asking us to touch his little snake out of my head – but then it got much much worse/better…
- The Rob Ford Crack Scandal Finally, the cops tell us what we’ve known all along about the worst mayor in the history of Canada.
- Rob Ford says he won’t resign after Toronto police say they found video
- Toronto Police Say They Have the Alleged Crack Video
- 10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier You’ll need to do these after all those bad news links, I know I did.
- Why Should We Care about a Blogger Who Tricks Men into Dinner Dates? So a Toronto blogger was making waves this week for scamming “off the boat” guys into expensive dinner dates and never talking to them again. When I first heard about it, my initial reaction was mixed – in that I kind of get the girls who are saying “Good for her – lots of men on those dating sites join and take women out just to use them for pussy and never call them again.” I know this first hand because I worked for one of those shitty hookup sites for 3 years during college, so I watched as droves of delusional (and mostly married) guys actually believed that a girl like her would be interested in just fucking them for free, no strings attached (even though the accounts with pictures of girls like her were ALL FAKE – as is the case for every hookup site men pay for – women don’t need such a site). It was a nauseating experience that made me think very little of the male population for a long time – but it was a ridiculously easy, well paying job and I took some pleasure in toying with these cheaters. But the not a horrible human who still wants to have faith in humanity side of me agrees more with this article:
“Erin’s blog is just another example in Toronto’s pathetic attempt to sensationalize our fear of intimacy with so-called “scandal.” Just look at the back page of the The Grid with its terrible columns “Dating Diaries” and “The Hookup.” Two mild-mannered people attempt to feign interest in each other while they take a ceramics class or some other dumb shit and then rate each other’s hair with a score of “7”… I think, as Erin gets older, she’ll learn relationships can’t be qualified into material goods. It’s a lot harder to find someone who returns your fucking text messages and still showers you with kindness, sympathy, and a warm body in bed when you lie, make selfish choices, and fuck up.”
And if we are so disgusted by the way men use women for what they want – sex, we shouldn’t be petty enough to congratulate this “get even” mentality of women using men for their money. Adults don’t agree with either side of the coin – using people – no matter what you’re using them for, no matter if you’re male or female – is pathetic and sociopathic. And now that everyone knows who this girl is because she is somehow stupid enough to post selfies, there’s a fat chance she’s ever gonna find someone who will actually want to be with her in the future – once she’s ate her way through Toronto’s dining scene and actually wants a relationship. I am reminded of that disturbing movie The Shape Of Things.
- How Feel Good Viral Machines Like Upworthy and and Buzzfeed Filter Reality A must read.
- Lost and Found: Classic Rock Shows on Youtube
- Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’: Still devoid of wit, subtlety and danger, now with bongos This is way too harsh, but I have to agree with all the negative press on this album. Watching them on SNL was such a WTF moment for me – they looked and sounded absolutely absurd and goofy. When Funeral came out, I fell deeply in love with the genuine emotions they captured, but it’s been a downhill slide ever since.
- How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills This is excellent.
- 20 Musicians Carved into Jack-O-Lanterns Happy Halloween!
- Finally, this unreleased Kurt Cobain interview popped up on YouTube last week, it’s great:
Hey everyone! As you may have noticed from the silence, I’ve been very busy adjusting to getting back into the working in an office world. Spent a week in Austin as well (post to come), so things have been slow around here.
This late TGIF has a ton of great links to make up for it:
- Why Target, Whole Foods Are Making a Play For Vinyl Everyone’s doing it!
- The 30 Happiest Facts of All Time Love this.
- The Habits of Supremely Happy People How many of these do you do?
- Dear Daughter: I Hope you Have Awesome Sex This is one of the best thing’s I’ve read in a long time. I wish more fathers would look at their daughters as humans who deserve fulfilling lives, rather than posessions they own.
- An Open Letter to my Son About Sex This isn’t quite as well written, but the sentiment is similarly awesome. Sons need to be taught that sex isn’t just about them, if they’re gonna learn to do it right.
- Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ And The Problem Of Authenticity At Work Another great article we can all relate to.
- Solving Gen Y’s Passion Problem It’s the idea that we should all go for our passion that some think is the problem. I think the problem is most people aren’t willing to work hard enough long enough to see their passion through into a career.
- 11 Of Canada’s Best New Record Stores
- How To Protect Your Hearing Great advice. I really, really need to start implimenting it.
- Want to Win an Award? Become a Canadian Musician says bitter Canadian musician This article really made me feel sad for him. To write an article about how everyone in Canadian music has won an award but you, but you’re proud to be different in that way – doing it on your own – is so fucking absurd and delusional. He claims everyone calling him bitter missed the point – his point is very thinly veiled and obvious. If there are SO many awards and it’s so easy to win them, maybe you haven’t won because your music is even worse than the music that does win them? Not to mention, in most countries – like the States – there is about a 1000 times more awards given out every year. Why no comment on that? The percentage of awards given out in this country is MUCH smaller than in many, many others.
- Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry: ‘I will not accept online misogyny’ You go girl! I may not really be on the Chvrches bandwagon yet, but I love that she wrote this. It needed to be said.
- You’re the Fucking Problem (Promoters) and (Fans) and (Musicians) Love how this guys tells it like it is, to everyone in the music industry. Must reads.
- How Movie Theatres Should be Laid Out YESSS! Yes please. Do this, now. Don’t wanna actually stfu and WATCH the movie? INTO THE DOME, MOTHERFUCKER!
- Louis C.K.’s Explanation of Why He Hates Smartphones Is Sad, Brilliant Love this man. So much truth right there.
- Rob Ford Talks Music in Texas Too bad he didn’t realize we already have a few great music festivals…. …. um.
- The Best Live Music Venues in Toronto Do you agree?
- Sam the Record Man sign lives to fight another day Thank jebus.
- Major Stanley Kubrick exhibition coming to Toronto Um, are you as excited about this as I am?
- If the 1% stifles New York’s creative talent, I’m out of here David Byrne is on a role…check this one out as well: The Internet Will Suck all Creative Content Out of the World
- Is Music the Key to Success? Certaintly doesn’t hurt to learn how to play an instrument, that’s for sure.
- Dear Guy Who Just Made my Burrito The funniest thing I read this week. Imagine eating that? Disgusting.
- See the Delightful Title Cards for the Cast of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel I am also incredibly, rediculously excited for this movie!
- 21 Reasons It’s Awesome To Have Your Sister As Your Best Friend Truth.
- 19 Situations That Are Impossibly Difficult for the Socially Awkward More truth. I am always late because of point #1 and I strictly go to Japanese salons because of #3 (and they do the best hair).
- Why is Dancing so Good for Your Brain? Because it’s fun! Endorphins for the win.
- How To Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in Eight Easy Steps lol, it’s not what you think. Just read.
- 27 Dogs Freaking Out About Autumn Leaves Your dose of cute for the day.
- Finally, watch Toronto’s own choir!choir!choir! perform my beloved Elliott Smith’s Needle In The Hay, to pay respect to the ten years (on Monday) that he’s been gone:
Hello again, Friday. That week just went super fast – but of course it did. It’s TIFF. Which means I haven’t been home much, except to sleep (and write this).
Have you seen any great films this festival? So far my favourite probably remains the behind the scenes 12.12.12 doc, which my photo above shows the Q & A with Strombo interviewing Harvey Weinstein and his team after the film.
The 12.12.12 fundraiser was such an incredible lineup of artists, and getting a behind the scenes look into how they pulled all those huge acts together so fast was incredible. Harvey also told us how he tried SO hard to complete the 60’s/70’s English legend bands with Led Zeppelin but Jimmy Page’s dirtbag manager Peter Mensch convinced him NOT TO DO IT! They even got President Obama AND President Clinton to personally ask Page to do it. WTF. Makes me think much less of Jimmy Page now. Who refuses to do a charity benefit concert because they want to be paid outrageous sums of money when they’ve already got more money they they’ll ever use in this life? Sad.
I usually forgo TIFF parties in favour of actually seeing films, but Tuesday I went to the SXSW TIFF party, and quickly realized just how male dominated the film world truly is. I was so shocked that the party was 90% male. I always feel the music industry is so male dominated, but at least at our parties, it usually feels 60/40 split. But I was also told that’s because men in music are cool and usually have women around them – men in film, not so much.
I also took a TIFF break to check out the unbelievable Christian Louboutin shoe exhibit at the Design Exchange. I’ve never wished I had unlimited disposable income more in my life. So many incredible, incredibly expensive, beautiful shoes. One day.
Anyhow, now for the links!
- 30 Great Music Moments in Movies In the spirit of TIFF…
- 29 Music Pilgrimages you need to take before you die Do it. I’m working my way through this list.
- 24 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Vinyl Collection Lots of great tips for any vinyl newbs.
- Digital Dreams – A look into the EDM scene in Toronto Even though it’s not really my thing, we really do have a very strong EDM scene here.
- Thom Yorke, Trent Reznor and a Chorus of Artists Speak Out For An Ethical and Sustainable Internet
- Watch Joe Strummer Dissect the Clash in New ‘Audio Ammunition’ Documentary This is pretty great.
- David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys on Mercury Prize Shortlist Go Jake Bugg! Saw him at Osheaga and fell completely in love.
- Hear now: Isolated tracks from Nirvana, Whitney, Marvin, MJ, more There’s something amazing about hearing the isolated tracks, really makes you understand the sheer talent of the person performing.
- Why You Love Your Parents’ Music We are all nostalgic.
- Disruptions: Apple’s Next Unveiling Could Make or Break a Business
- Canadians Earned $1.1 Trillion In 2010, And Other Interesting Stats From The National Household Survey Do you pay too much for your rent? I feel like most of Toronto probably does. We don’t make a lot, but we sure do pay a lot.
- Finally, if this video of bearded dragons waving to each other from their separate cages doesn’t make your weekend, you may need to check your pulse:
Hey guys! Happy September! It’s crazy how fast the city changes from calm and warm to crazy and cold as soon as September hits. It’s overwhelming. The past couple weeks have been busy.
Super cool thing – I did my first ever guest lecture, on social media/blogging, for the music/film/management students at Trebas. That was awesome. I’ll post more about that in the coming week.
I also got a new job I am SUPER excited to tell you guys about. Let’s just say I’m gonna be working for the people I’ve wanted to work for since graduating college. It’s one of those “if you believe you can have it, one day, you will” moments.
Did you guys have an amazing long weekend? This week actually marks my 10th anniversary of living in Toronto. 10 years ago I was just like all those other Frosh kids wandering the streets this week. Time flies.
Are you checking out any TIFF films? There are tons of great music ones to check out (I may post a list if I get the chance). I’m also pumped for Spike Jonze’s Masters chat. You can buy tickets directly through that image in my sidebar! And if you want to do a fun TIFF related party tonight, you should head to Adelaide Music Hall for YLMC’s Clockwork Orange theme party. Great bands playing, and they always throw a good show. This was Kubrick’s best film, after all. I dressed as Alex for Halloween regularly as a young teen – my neighbors thought it was inappropriate.
With all that said, here are the links:
- Whole Foods Has a Record Store umm… I guess everyone’s doing it.
- City lets Ryerson out of contract on famed Sam the Record sign Damn. They need to put it in a music museum at this point. Don’t let it get trashed.
- Miley Cyrus Sees Digital Sales Benefits from VMA Performance That whole thing was horrific, but then again, management probably told her to do it, because it sure does pay to whore yourself on stage, apparently.
- Chatting With the Founder of the Polaris Prize
- Brand New 4 Track Pixies EP What do you think?!
- The First Replacements’ Show in 22 Years As reviewed by a semi-famous Replacements fan.
- David Bowie has ‘no plans for live dates’ following reports of lucrative London gig offer NOO. Please Bowie, you’re one of the few still left on my live music bucket list. C’mon.
- The Sound of Going to Pieces The Clash members reminisce on the making of the legendary London Calling.
- The 50 Best Elliot Smith Songs Who can choose? He didn’t write a bad song…
- Music Man Murray Dies at Age 91
- How to Help Bring Your Favourite Band to TO Good advice for aspiring promoter types.
- New Fees For Non-Canadian Acts Threaten Local Venues THIS IS AWFUL!!!
- Why New Fees For Foreign Acts are a Mistake More reasons why it’s awful. It will destroy our live music scene.
- The Canadian Government Wants to Rob Touring Bands of Their Cash Yep.
- Sign The Petition to Oppose the above Point DO IT!
- Statement from CIMA On Changes to LMO Process for Temporary Foreign Workers They claim it will help Canadian musicians, but even CIMA doesn’t see it that way.
- Mumford Concert Injects $10M Into Local Economy Thanks, Mumford.
- 10 Reason’s It’s OK to Use your Mobile at a Gig Yep, so stop complaining when you see phones. It’s part of the experience, sorry.
- The Losing Battle Over Lyrical Copyright Interesting. I live for lyrics so I rely on these sites.
- Why is Television Losing Women Writers? Good question.
- Office Hours with Sheryl Sandberg Love her. Love this. Lean in, ladies.
- I Have a Character Issue As Breaking Bad ends (OMG what will I do without it!!!), it’s interesting to hear her talk about the weird hate her character has received.
- Anna Gunn and Skyler White: Just the Tip of a Very Big Iceberg This. Exactly. It’s a lack of female writers… you can’t write what you don’t know, and men don’t know what it’s like to be a woman.
- 50 Bars With Extended 4 AM Last Calls for TIFF 2013 Hell yeah.
- How to Find Free (and cheap) Parking Spots in Toronto Helpful stuff. Parking is so fucking expensive here. It’s the main reason I can’t imagine ever owning a car here.
- What Your Regrettable Music Scene Tattoo says about you Heh.
- Being a Music Fan in Your 20s Vs Your 30s Man. This is the future?
- Finally, a little more BB content to celebrate the end of my all time favourite show, the best show television ever gave us: