Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
So, once again and for the record, Chris Albrecht and I have nothing in common other than an unfortunate similarity in names.A picture of Chris Albrecht NOT Christine Albrecht (I have more hair). Image from Deadline Hollywood.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
2. Fake It
6. Rise Above This
7. No Jesus Christ
8. 6 Gun Quota
9. Walk Away From the Sun
10. Eyes of the Devil
11. Don't Believe
12. WasteYou can visit Seether at www.seether.comVisit Seether MyspaceCheck out Fake ItImages from Wind-up Records
Monday, October 22, 2007
Canadians are by nature, an agreeable, outwardly polite, and generally apathetic group except when it comes to their music. As soon as I saw the premise behind the book Top 100 Canadian Albums by Bob Mersereau (released earlier this week.)I knew I had to read it to see if my ‘personal’ musical selections had acknowledged amongst the top hundred. Save for a couple of squeezed-in mentions, my choices were not acknowledged in Bob Mersereau’s compilation of Canada’s top 100 albums.Normally, I would shrug my shoulders and assume the Canadian ‘Mweh’ acceptance stance, but for some reason these omissions were NOT acceptable and I needed to read on and learn why truly great (if not great, then good) albums were excluded. It’s not like Canada has millions of hit albums floating about for assessment - if anything, we have enough solid LPs (to use an old term which appears appropriate given many of the outdated selections) to adequately fill the top hundred with room to spare. No, this is not a time to be my usual flippant self, both in my writing and in my response and attitude.My first ‘Aha, this explains everything’ moment was when I became aware of the Borda Count which Bob Mersereau relied on when determining his book’s reigning Top Canadian One Hundred Albums. (For some reason, the Borda Count seems to parallel American politics. Along with a couple of problems with the Borda Count is the mathematical one i.e., it is possible for the majority favourite to fail to win when the Borda Count is employed. Much akin to the american voting system)According to Wikipedia (this site is becoming my secondary all-seeing third eye, and I hope its information is routinely double and triple checked as I have neither the time nor money to do either). As explained, The Borda Count is a system: in which voters rank candidates in order of preference. The Borda count determines the winner of an election by giving each candidate a certain number of points corresponding to the position in which he or she is ranked by each voter. Once all votes have been counted the candidate with the most points is the winner. There are many flaws to this form of ranking, but by having Mersereau explain how he arrived at his controversial and arguable outcome made one’s knee jerk reaction less violent. Therefore, the decision to include relatively unknown albums on Mersereau’s list does not fall squarely on the author’s shoulders (although his decision for utilizing such a ranking system, does.)Here’s is Mersereau's top hundred list for anyone who may have missed it:1. Harvest, Neil Young (1972) 2. Blue, Joni Mitchell (1970) 3. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young (1970)4. Music From Big Pink, The Band (1968) 5. Fully Completely, The Tragically Hip (1992 )6. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (1995) 7. The Band, The Band (1969) 8. Funeral, Arcade Fire (2004)9. Moving Pictures, Rush (1981)10. American Woman, The Guess Who (1970) 11. Songs of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen (1967) 12. Reckless, Bryan Adams (1984) 13. Five Days in July, Blue Rodeo (1993) 14. Twice Removed, Sloan (1994) 15. Up to Here, The Tragically Hip (1989) 16. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Neil Young with Crazy Horse (1969) 17. 2112, Rush (1976) 18. Court and Spark, Joni Mitchell (1974) 19. Whale Music, Rheostatics (1992) 20. Acadie, Daniel Lanois (1989) 21. Day for Night, The Tragically Hip (1994) 22. Rust Never Sleeps, Neil Young & Crazy Horse (1979) 23. Gord's Gold, Gordon Lightfoot (1975) 24. You Were Here, Sarah Harmer (2000) 25. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Sarah McLachlan (1993) 26. Road Apples, The Tragically Hip (1991) 27. Gordon, Barenaked Ladies (1992) 28. You Forgot it in People, Broken Social Scene (2002) 29. I'm Your Man, Leonard Cohen (1988) 30. Tonight's the Night, Neil Young (1975) 31. Decade, Neil Young (1977) 32. Miss America, Mary Margaret O'Hara (1988) 33. Surfacing, Sarah McLachlan (1997) 34. One Chord to Another, Sloan (1996) 35. Songs of Love and Hate, Leonard Cohen (1971) 36. Cyborgs Revisited, Simply Saucer (1989) 37. Ingenue, k.d. lang (1992) 38. Melville, Rheostatics (1991) 39. Love Tara, Eric's Trip (1993) 40. On the Beach, Neil Young (1974) 41. Not Fragile, Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974) 42. The Best of the Guess Who, The Guess Who (1971) 43. Let it Die, Feist (2004) 44. The Last Waltz, The Band (1978) 45. Night Train, The Oscar Petersen Trio (1963) 46. Down at the Khyber, The Joel Plaskett Emergency (2001) 47. Harvest Moon, Neil Young (1992)48. Cuts Like a Knife, Bryan Adams (1983) 49. L'heptade, Harmonium (1976) 50. Teenage Head, Teenage Head (1979) 51. High Class in Borrowed Shoes, Max Webster (1977) 52. Hejira, Joni Mitchell (1976) 53. The Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould (1955 and 1982) 54. Forgarty's Cove, Stan Rogers (1977) 55. Wheatfield Soul, The Guess Who (1968) 56. Si on avait besoin d'une cinquieme saison, Harmonium (1974) 57. Dancing in the Dragon's Jaw, Bruce Cockburn (1979) 58. Frantic City, Teenage Head (1980)59. Hymns of the 49th Parallel, k.d. lang (2004) 60. Hot Shots, Trooper (1979) 61. Robbie Robertson, Robbie Robertson (1987) 62. The Trinity Session, Cowboy Junkies (1988) 63. Ron Sexsmith, Ron Sexsmith (1995) 64. Nothingface, Voivod (1989) 65. Come on Over, Shania Twain (1997) 66. Everything I Long For, Hayden (1995) 67. Outskirts, Blue Rodeo (1987) 68. Joyful Rebellion, k-os (2004) 69. Sit Down Young Stranger/If You Could Read My Mind, Gordon Lightfoot (1970) 70. Love Junk, The Pursuit of Happiness (1988) 71. Jaune, Jean-Pierre Ferland (1970) 72. Somewhere Outside, The Ugly Ducklings (1966) 73. Electric Jewels, April Wine (1973)74. Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot (1973)75. Left and Leaving, The Weakerthans (2000) 76. Clumsy, Our Lady Peace (1997) 77. Harmonium, Harmonium (1974) 78. Share the Land, the Guess Who (1970) 79. Greatest Hits!, Ian & Sylvia (1970) 80. Steppenwolf, Steppenwolf (1968) 81. Ladies of the Canyon, Joni Mitchell (1970) 82. Bud the Spud and Other Favourites, Stompin' Tom Connors (1969) 83. Shine a Light, Constantines (2003) 84. Shakespeare My Butt, The Lowest of the Low (1991) 85. Clayton Park, Thrush Hermit (1998) 86. Smeared, Sloan (1992) 87. Living Under June, Jann Arden(1994) 88. The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Joni Mitchell (1975) 89. Bad Manors, Crowbar (1971) 90. Official Music, King Biscuit Boy With Crowbar (1970) 91. Lightfoot!, Gordon Lightfoot (1966) 92. Mad Mad World, Tom Cochrane (1991) 93. Rufus Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright (1998) 94. Face to the Gale, Ron Hynes (1997) 96. Hobo's Taunt, Willie P. Bennett (1977) 97. Cowboyography, Ian Tyson (1986) 98. Favourite Colours, The Sadies (2004) 99. The Way I Feel, Gordon Lightfoot (1967) 100. A Farewell to Kings, Rush (1977)My first concern (in the general housekeeping section) was - why couldn’t the list makers just plug the artists’ names on the list rather than record each of the artist’s albums worthy of mention. Yes, I know this is the top 100 albums of Canadian rock, but presently some singers have filled at least five slots - four of which could go go to equally talented artists. (In other words, shouldn’t there be a quota?)Another concern - (more to do with the overall selection process involved when choosing an artist’s album) - was each artist involved given a list of names to choose/narrow the selection from, or was each judge/voter invited to submit his/her own top ten artists?As with many other book reviewers, I feel the need to ask some trivial questionsa) Where is the index?b) Why are the chosen albums generally decades old? Certainly we have albums from as late as 2006 (insert exaggerated gasp here)?c) Was there a year/date deadline so some of the currently popular bands were unable to be amongst the choices presented? d) Did the chosen album have to sell well (quantity of units versus quality of units) in order to be considered? e) Should an artist’s ‘greatest hits’ be considered an album? f) Who the hell were the 600 or so people chosen to fill out the survey? Were they all members of the I-hate-Nickelback-and-have-nothing-better-to-do-club?I realize the book states they were music journalists, retailers, musicians and DJs, of various ages, from across the country, but I question their credentials (and are they really pretentious as they appear to come across?)and g) Is there going to be a sequel - aptly entitled. Canadian bands unfortunately overlooked during the first book but now available as a viable option for the second book... Here comes Janessa’s official whine so slice up the cheese.Assume for an instant that artists whom made the top hundred list do not have to include every variation of an album they’ve made? With subsequent space created, could the following artists be included?:Bif NakedArt BergmannSons Of FreedomPayolasPrismMeryn CadellMen Without HatsThe OddsThe New Pornographers(COME ON!!!? Surely they warrant a mention??)Neko CaseThe Spoons - (our major album selling darlings of the ‘80s)Rough Trade - Hello? Carol Pope?Sam Roberts - COME ON!!LoverboyBootsauceSara Craig - Alanis-type angst well before Alanis’s jagged little pill releaseA Foot in Cold WaterChilliwackTorontoMarianas Trench - yes they are new... but they belong here.Boy - Again, they are new, but they are incrediblePrairie OysterHot Hot Heat, The Rankin Family,Canadian well-known singer Rita MacNeilNickelback - Hello!? Is anyone awake back there?The Headpins- (While Bryan Adams released his first album. Darby Mills and company were neck in neck for radio airplay with themMartha and the MuffinsKate & Anna McGarrigle - Rufus makes it on but...?Great Sugar The Grapes of WrathRascalz54-40Anne Murray- She won every award possible yet...?Spirit of the WestChantal Kreviazuk and I could go on but I will not...I totally appreciate and welcome the inclusion of such artists as: Joni Mitchell, The Tragically Hip, Gordon Lightfoot,The Constantines, Our Lady Peace, The Guess Who, Barenaked Ladies. April Wine, Leonard Cohen, Bryan Adams, The weakerthans, Rush and even Canadian legend Stompin’ Tom.I will be kind here and acknowledge that when one is asked one’s top ten Canadian albums, it is easy to forget bands. It is easy to fall prey to the Oh-yeah-I-forgot-about-that-one. What as I thinking? However, it is never too late to call or write in your change in band priority.I am not sure what Mersereau was hoping to attain when he released this water-cooler debate book. Perhaps he was hoping for a argumentative discourse, thus increasing the profile of the book which in turn would increase sales. If this was not his intent, let me be the first in line to learn what he hoped to gain from releasing such an annoying list?Overall my rating would be 9/10 for latching on to a very good (albeit already done) idea and introducing a tallying system which is both unpredictable and annoying - YET - gets Canadians to discuss our music scene which we are notorious for overlooking. He also receives a 6/10 for using an idea that has been used an indeterminate amount of times before. Be original, think of a way to stimulate Canadian music conversation without resorting to tired methods.Buy This Book
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Friday, October 19, 2007
After the movie Control debuted at Cannes on May 17, 2007, critics have described Sam Riley's portrayal of Joy Division's troubled singer Ian Curtisas spectacular and outstanding. The movie received a standing ovation during its premiere on the Croisette.The film’s black and white photography makes the Manchester scene both achingly beautiful and isolated amidst the smoking, sex, suffering and eventual suicide.To see trailer clips/information of Control, click here.Control won the title of Best European Film at the Cannes festival.This movie is a must see for everyone and especially those angst filled electronic and emo music fans.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Thursday, October 11 Live Nation Richard's on Richards
FINGER ELEVEN (w. Sum 41)
Thursday, October 11 Live Nation Save On Foods (Victoria)
Friday, October 12 Live Nation G.M. Place
DIE MANNEQUIN (w/Finger Eleven)
Image by the edge
Thursday, October 11 Live Nation Save On Foods (Victoria)
Friday, October 12 Live Nation PNE Forum
Saturday, October 13 Sealed With A Kiss Commodore
THE SPILL CANVAS w. MEG & DIA
Thursday, October 18 Live Nation Croatian Cultural Centre
JUSTIN NOZUKA (w/NATHAN WILEY)
Friday, October 26 Live Nation Media Club
Saturday, November 3 LiveNation Commodore
Tuesday, November 6 LiveNation Commodore
Friday, November 9 LiveNation Croatian Cultural Centre
Friday, November 30 LiveNation GM Place
*LARRY THE CABLE GUY
Monday, December 10 LiveNation PNE Coliseum
Thursday, January 10 LiveNation Save On Foods (Victoria)
Saturday, January 12 LiveNation GM Place
Sunday, January 13 LiveNation Prospera Place (Kelowna)
* NEW SHOW ADDED ON THE LIST
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Sept 26/07 Commodore Ballroom
Taking their name from the 1971 movie They Might Be Giants (John Linnell and John Flansburgh) are definitely getting on in years 'cause, well... the first time I saw them was on some 5:00 am morning show in the late ‘80s (Yes... I think I was uh, 9 years of age).When they played the Commodore Ballroom on September 26th, it was as if all 40+ year olds had died and gone to TMBG heaven.
This band is not for the serious, various extrimential, thus shoe staring, and head bobbing crew. TMBF’s lyrics are whimsical yet extremely cerebral; they are neither parody nor a novelty. They do have something to say, you just have to be clever enough to read bewteen the lines to catch it (some very tongue in cheek). (Their album Apollo 18 was notable for being one of the first albums to take advantage of the CD player's shuffle feature. The song "Fingertips" actually comprised 21 separate tracks — short snippets that not only acted together to make the song, but that when played in random order would be interspersed between the album's full-length songs. - Wikipedia)
They didn’t seem to have the playing endurance as they did at their last show in Vancouver, then again perhaps they weren’t ‘feeling’ that need from the audience? An unfortunate side to the band’s popularity is that they have released so many albums, one can be guaranteed that their ‘favourite song’ will probably be missed. And lastly, Thankfully (given the crowd’s age?) the mosh pit was...moshless.
CD’s T-shirts and other band revenue paraphernalia were not to be had thanks to seizures by Canadian Customs (those people really need to find a hobby).
Overall, 8/10 (loss for the short set). And I have to add that I am glad I saw them as I have a feeling they won’t be touring for some time.
Aome Trivia, For most of their career, TMBG have made innovative use of the Internet, long before myspace.com made it popular.Also, the band was the subject of the 2003 documentary film Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns), directed by AJ Schnack.
Better late than never - that's my motto!
So this doesn't exactly fall under the category of 'news', as it's already a week old, but here goes.the Winner of the 2007 Polaris Prize is Patrick Watson for 'Close to Paradise'.
The Polaris Prize is an award loosely based on the UK's Mercury Prize, but which recognizes alternative music acts that are springing from the burgeoning Canadian scene.
With first place ringing in at $20000, merely being nominated for the prize has been shown to have a huge impact on record sales for all nominated acts.
This year's acts were, once again, a fairly diverse group. In addition to Watson, there was the much touted favourites and front-runners, The Besnard Lakes; the commercially popular Feist (have you heard her new iPod ad?) and Arcade Fire; The Dears; Julie Doiron; Junior Boys; Miracle Boys; Chad Vangallen; and the wonderfully named Joel Plaskett Emergency.
The Polaris Prize is not your usual run-of-the-mill popularity contest, as are some other prizes that will remain unnamed - last year's winner, folk based Final Fantasy(an offshoot project for Arcade Fire member Owen Pallett) beat out well known, more commercial acts like The New Pornographers and Broken Social Scene.
Control the critically acclaimed film based on the life of 'Joy Division frontman 'Ian Curtis, is screened on (Sept. 28 at 9 pm) and (September 29 at 2 pm) at the Granville Cinema as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival.Control is the critic's pick for the VIFF, and it premiered to rave reviews at Cannes in May, 2007. Control's director is Anton Corbijn, who also has a personal history with the band: he's the guy who took the well-known pic of the band standing in a tube station. This photo served not only as a popular image of the band, it also came to symbolize the social change that was sweeping England in the late 1970s.The film is based primarily on the biography penned by Curtis's widow, Deborah Curtis, and all music in the film was scored by the surviving members of the band.Control stars Sam Riley, who played Mark E. Smith in '24 Hour Party People'.Can't make the VIFF screenings this weekend? Stay tuned: the movie will be in general release later this fall.
Friday, October 05, 2007
ISCThis year, ISC has 44 judges, including: Tom Waits; Robert Smith (The Cure); Ray Davies (The Kinks); Ornette Coleman, Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Nelly Furtado; Loretta Lynn; Michael W. Smith, and seven record label presidents, including Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records) and Charlie Walk (President, Epic Records) and many more. We all know how hard it is to get your music heard, so here is the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door. See below for a complete list of judges.There's more. Winning ISC gives international recognition to an artist - with all the press, attention, and bragging rights that go along with it. Not bad for just entering songs into ISC!ISC categories include:Pop/Top 40, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Rock, Country, Americana, R&B/Hip-Hop, Blues, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Latin Music, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, World Music, Children's Music, Lyrics Only, Comedy/Novelty, Teen, and Performance.Good Luck Everyone - Enter your song into the link below:ISC