Thursday, February 15, 2007

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Stop reading this right now...

... and go to your favourite record store and buy a copy of The Decemberists' new album, The Crane Wife.

Now listen to it a few times and tell me what you think.

A while back, i heard their previous album, Picaresque, and didn't like it. It wasn't really an active dislike, for any specific reason, but it just didn't really do anything for me or stand out in any way. Which is part of the reason why i'm so impressed with The Crane Wife. From the time i heard some of the new somgs on KEXP, i liked them. I finally bought this album a coule days ago, and i'm blown away each time i listen to it. Hopefully it's not one of those ones that i love at first, and then lose interest in after a little while, but i get the feeling it won't be.

In other music news involving me, i recently got my ticket for the Neko Case concert next Tuesday night at the Commodore. I'm really looking forward to it, i've managed to miss her every time she's played here in the past few years (being completely freaking broke for most of my adult life), but not this time. I think i've got a bit of a crush on her, but if my wife can have a crush on Jimmy Stewart for his acting, then i can have a crush on Neko Case for her singing.
One question though, for anyone familiar with the inner workings of Ticketmaster. How can you ask for a ticket that costs $23.50, and end up paying $32.05 for it? Will someone please explain to me how the $7.50 convenience charge works, when buying from Ticketmaster is no more convenient, since i don't have any other choice! Especially not a slightly-less-convenient choice that costs $7.50 less.

The other show i'm looking forward to is The Appleseed Cast on April 10. I've been wanting to see them for years.

Bands i wish i could look forward to seeing: Viva Voce, but they're opening for the Shins, which makes the show quite expensive (plus convenience charge!), and me not being much of a Shins fan, can't justify the cost. Thanks a lot, Zach Braff. Jerkwad.
Dragon Force - Same situation as above, only not with the Shins.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

How to make it look like you have lots of friends

Just add a bunch of links to the right side of your blog, like so:

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


i can always count on Dragon Force to put a smile on my face.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Sunday, November 19, 2006

about freakin' time

Tomorrow is the first day of my new job as an animator at Northwest Imaging and FX. I will be working on a new TV series called Jibber Jabber, which will air on YTV (i'm not sure when - probably not for quite a while). Wish me luck....

Sunday, October 29, 2006

5 good bands i saw last weekend

on friday, october 20 at the backstage lounge i saw

Lotus Child - a local band that i'd never heard before. I wonder what was going on when they chose a name, but they play good music.

elias - another local band whom i'd seen once before. They were the main reason i wanted to go to this show.

on saturday, october 21 was the Vancouver stop on the Mint Records/ Exclaim! Roadshow, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of both Mint Records and Exclaim! magazine. An excellent night of Canadian indie rock. The bands who played:

Novillero - from Winnipeg. Another band i'd never heard, but hope to hear again.

Immaculate Machine - My second time seeing them, but i'd have to say they definitely benefitted from a larger venue and just a "bigger" all-around show than the first time i saw them (at the cramped Railway Club). Super-fun to see live.

the New Pornographers - proved why they're one of the biggest indie bands around, even without Neko Case. Neko's absence was a little disappointing, while not surprising, but Kathryn Calder (pulling double duty as she's also in Immaculate Machine) did an admirable job singing both Neko's and her own parts. Plus, their drummer make the funniest drummer faces ever. Either the lighting was playing tricks on me or he was sporting a bit of a Chaplin moustache.

It was a good weekend.