Howdy all! Now that Christmas is behind us, we are entering a new year very soon. Like many others, I will attempt to make some resolutions for the new year in order to change the way I do things in my life. Like many others, I will probably give up/fail at this. Therefore, I am sharing with all readers some of my resolutions, as maybe it will inspire you to make your own, or at least give me shit for not following through on mine. Plus I figured I would do more than one, therefore, I might at least be able to succeed at one of them and not feel like a total failure. Enjoy!

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Weekly Reviews

September 15, 2009

This is something I thought I’d try out. I’m going to just do a weekly post (along with other blogs whenever those get made) basically talking about music/movies/whatever I’ve experienced that week, along with my thoughts. I can’t promise they’ll all be brand new things, but I’ll try to keep up on the times…

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As far back as I can remember, I’ve always listened to albums. Not just a few songs on a CD, but the whole thing, start to finish. I find that even now, I do much the same, always listening to entire LPs, and not just picking and choosing a few songs and skipping the rest. I think this might go back to my dad, who would play Pink Floyd’s The Wall in the kitchen while preparing supper. Growing up on concept albums could really endear someone to the format.

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I’ve been listening to the radio lately, quite a lot actually. I remember always complaining back home, because of our one station, and therefore “crappy” music we got. In good old Toronto, we have dozens of stations, and yet, I still don’t feel compelled to listen to the radio.

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And the winner is….

March 30, 2009

Neil Young, The Band, Rush, The Tragically Hip, and….Loverboy. What do these guys all have in common? They’re all members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. That’s right, as of 2009, Loverboy are now members of the hall of fame. Think about that for a second. Loverboy. Now, I’m not saying I hate them, in fact, I have some of their songs on my iTunes. The problem I have is the effect this has on future inductions.

I mean, think about it. These guys were big for maybe, eight years in the 80’s, tops. Sure, they have a record amount of Junos for one year, but those are about on par with the Grammies in terms of credibility. The CMHF had been doing pretty well in their past selections. Aside from the groups above, they’ve also inducted people like Glenn Gould, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Ezrin. I mean, these are people that had long, impactful careers. Even members like Rush are still recording, having been a group for almost forty years now.

The thing I don’t like I guess is that I believe the hall of fame should be reserved for acts and people that have made a truly lasting and significant impact on the Canadian music scene, or even the music world in general. Loverboy does not fit that description. To me it’s the equivalent of someone like Poison getting an award. Though, if I’m unhappy now, I’ll probably have an aneurism when they induct Simple Plan in fifteen years.

Oh, and also, the Junos were awarded. Not that I watched that thing.

The Vinyl

February 7, 2009

So after forever of having all the pieces of a good stereo system I’ve finally assembled my speakers, receiver and turntable into a respectable sound system. This marks a very important, and dangerous time in my life. Now that I have access to a working (not to mention awesome sounding) record player, I will spend all of my money buying records. Not that I didn’t already buy excessive amounts of CDs, but vinyl will just add to the crippling addiction I suffer from.

So I figured I’d talk about my small (and I mean very small) collection of records I’ve gotten so far. For now, I’ll just list them, and later I’ll go into more detail when I review all (yes, ALL) of my music collection, which will be a never ending task of immense proportions. So as of now I’ve got, in fancy alphabetical order:

American Football – American Football EP
Braid – Frame and Canvas
Built to Spill – Keep it Like a Secret
Fugazi – In on the Kill Taker
Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island

I’ve also got some assorted classical stuff, like Chopin but as it’s yet to be cleaned and they are all 25 cent thrift store things, I’ll leave them out for now. That’s all I’ve really got for now, so until next time I guess. I dunno how to end blogs, since I don’t really write them.

PS: I would kill for a copy of “Nothing Feels Good” by The Promise Ring on vinyl. I you know someone you would like eliminated, feel free to let me know…