What song do you want played at your funeral?

Categories: Music and Personal.

At one time I thought I wanted “In the Light” by Led Zeppelin. I was a teenager. Now, if I were to have a funeral (and I don’t want one, I want a wake, if anything), I think FNM’s “Just a Man” would be pretty rad. I don’t think I could pick just one song though. And it’s all irrelevant, as I want a green burial with no ceremony (and no religion, dammit). Read More


Categories: Music.

So I wanted to rate a couple albums on rateyourmusic but they aren’t there and I’m feeling way too lazy to add them. There’s this Lutyens / Bedford pairing that’s pretty good and a Joshua Bell compilation of two of his older albums which is nice. Just so you’re in the loop… Read More

What I’m Listening to March 2010

Categories: Music.

By the way, I thought I’d mention the album I currently can’t listen to enough: Angel Dust by Faith No More I’m trying to remember what it was a few weeks ago…it may have been: White Pepper by Ween But not really sure. Anyway, if I get on the ball I will have updates regarding this (“Awesome! I’m so excited” I hear you say). I feel like I should track this because it’s rare when I listen to one album more than once in a week. It means I’m picking favourites and I’m curious (and I know you’re curious…) to Read More

Double Album streams in rock

Categories: Music.

The Blonde on Blonde tradition (survey of a supra-genre): Electric Ladyland, Manassas, Exile on Main St., Tales from Topographic Oceans? Use Your Illusion? Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness? Being There The White Album Tradition(kitchen sink): Absolutely Free (pre-White Album), London Calling, Sandinista!? Zen Arcade The Wheels of Fire Tradition (half studio, half live): Umma Gumma The Tommy Tradition (rock opera): Quadrophenia, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, The Wall Does this make sense? Read More

About last night…

Categories: 2010, Music, and Personal.

So there’s this folk singer. Steve something. Can’t remember his last name. He does covers and his own songs. I ask him if he’ll play some Neil Young. And he does. He plays “Mr. Soul”. I am happy. But he says Young didn’t write it. He says he just sang it. He says Stephen Stills wrote it. I tell him Young wrote it. He directs me to this older man at a table who is apparently the source of this information. The man tells me he knows for a fact that Stills wrote the song. Now, I think I know Read More

Don’t ever listen to Billboard

Categories: Music.

Another example of why Billboard is musically irrelevant: their list of the “50 Sexiest Songs of All Time.” “Let’s Get Physical” tops it. Let’s. Get. Physical. I know that when I want to set the mood, I can only think of one singer: Olivia Newton-John. And obviously I can only think of one video. This is what Billboard implies is the “sexiest” lyric of all time (given that it is the sexiest lyric of their sexiest song, that’s transitive): “I took you to an intimate restaurant, then to a suggestive movie There’s nothing left to talk about unless it’s horizontally.” Read More

Worst lyrics ever?

Categories: Music.

There have been some truly bad lyrics since “rock” music appeared lo those many years ago. One set of lines that manages to still stick in my head years later is a famous Backstreet Boys chorus, “I don’t care who you are Where you’re from What You did As long as you love me.” I mean, I get the sentiment. All this boy wants is for a girl to love him. Aww. Even if she’s from Fredericton, that’s okay. Even if she’s committed a few misdemeanors in the past, that’s okay. Even is she’s a bitch, that’s okay. That’s the Read More


Categories: Music.

I really don’t get what possess Christgau to overrate the New York Dolls so much. They’re fine. And they’re important. But one of the four most important / best acts of the twentieth century? I mean the only thing that such a statement generates is a laugh. Read More

Accidental Work Remixes

Categories: 2009, Music, and Personal.

Lately I have started listening to music at work for the first time in a long time. I have done this partly because I have been encouraged to do so (I don’t know why), partly because I was working longer hours (and I needed to, if you know what I mean), and partly because everyone else listens to music (jumping off that cliff…). I’ve found that the balance on my computer is totally screwed up. It takes out an instrument or two, and it seems not to matter whether it’s bass or treble or whatever. Sometimes the bass and drums Read More


Categories: Music.

A View editor (or someone affiliated with them) ranked the Top 50 Albums of the Year. Top 50?!? Let’s say that’s about 35 hours of music (and it’s probably much more). And let’s say that to even give an album a minutely fair chance you must listen to an album three times. That’s 105 hours. Let’s say you listen to music five hours a day (I do, probably, but how many other people do? That’s a lot). That’s 21 days of music. I call bullshit. Read More

A note about ratings

Categories: Music.

My rating system needs to be adjusted. I should bump everything down one as the 10 category has two groups in it and I tend to give 8s, 9s and 10s away too much. There are few low rankings because I don’t listen to much I don’t like. However, currently it is as follows: 10: Transcendent and great albums. 9. Albums that are a little away from true greatness. 8. Good albums. 7. Good albums that have a few problems 6. Albums that are competent but lacking in great moments 5. Average = mediocre 4. Lacking in something so that Read More

Poor Wedge

Categories: 2008, Music, and TV.

I always thought the Wedge existed to play certain kinds of music. There are so few music programs on MM now that it’s role (or, rather, what I perceive as its role) should be even more important. What I thought was that the Wedge was for “underground” or even just normally un-aired videos, particularly those by artists not widely known by the normal MM viewership. Over the years, this has generally been my impression, with a show here or there being a little too commercial. The Wedge Playlist for Friday, May 24th: N.E.R.D. – “Everyone Nose” N.E.R.D. – “Provider” The Read More

Lenny Kravitz stealing more recent material?

Categories: 2008 and Music.

Yes, we all know it. Even people who like him. Lenny Kravitz rips off classic rock music. However, I’m not sure I’ve personally noticed something so blatant as for “Bring it On” (which may be his new single). The chorus, to my ears, appears to be musically the same as the chorus of “Freedom Run” by Kyuss. So I guess as the years go by, he’s ripping off stuff from other decades. Read More

More Best of 2007

Categories: 2007 and Music.

So I left off at least two albums from my little summary, the first was the eponymous debut of Grinderman (if that was really a debut, given that it’s just Nick Cave and some of the Bad Seeds), and Ambassador by Elliot Brood. The first, I must say, is good, but I don’t know that it deserves a place on my list, I’m not sure. I like it, but it’s hardly earth-shattering, and I really think Abattoir Blues / Lyre of Orpheus is pretty tough to top anyway. And I just haven’t given Ambassador enough time. I don’t know why, Read More

Stuff I didn’t post earlier

Categories: 2007, Movies, and Music.

I sent some emails around trying to generate discussion earlier. They didn’t. So here’s the content so maybe somebody somewhere will get in an argument with me. Rolling Stone’s Top 20 New Guitarists John Mayer – I have to say, when I’ve seen him in a strict blues environment, I’ve liked what I saw. But honestly he likes the pop too much. Derek Trucks – I know you probably love this, Bill. John Fruciante (RHCP) – he’s talented but he seriously isn’t anywhere near top 20 in the world. I can’t understand this. Luther Dickinson – I have never heard Read More

Two other things about the end of the year…

Categories: 2007 and Music.

First, I forgot to mention two albums I think I should have bought, and so would be better suited to make a best-of list: New Seasons by the Sadies and Battles Battles: Apparently prog is back, and not shitty neo-prog “I wish it were the early 70s again” nonsense but prog as in progressive. I keep meaning to buy this but I always forget when I am in a record store. Why do I mention it? Best pop / rock album of the year according to Exclaim! Sadies: New Seasons I’ve been meaning to buy a Sadies album for about Read More

I know better but I can’t help myself

Categories: Music.

Lists from sights like Sympatico / MSN should never be trusted, and yet I can’t help noticing such lists and getting angry. I really should ignore them. If I ignore them, they will go away. Oh well. Top Canadian Albums: 1. Harvest by Neil Young I love Neil, he is amazing. But this isn’t anywhere near his best album. There are at least 5 I can think of off the top of my head that are heads and shoulders better. Such a selection is idiotic (whether from this list of that new book that’s out now) because it picks the Read More

On Listicles

Categories: Music and Travel.

The past few days I’ve seen a few nutty lists on msn / simpatico or simpatico / msn or whatever the hell that site is called. One was “Top 10 Greatest Summer Songs” or something. Another was “The Best Albums of 1967” 40 years after the fact, or something. And another was “Canada’s Best Beaches” or something. You may ask, why? Why was I on this site? Well, when I exit hotmail: tada!  And, I love my lists, as you know. These lists are examples of three things that drive many people nuts about the “popularization” of “knowledge” via the internet, if we can Read More

Evil Dead: the Musical

Categories: 2007, Music, and Theatre.

It’s amazing. You should really see it if you live in TO. And you should sit in the splatter zone. And you should wear white (I didn’t…the blood looks purple on my blue shirt). I think I might have to buy the soundtrack. It is extremely cheesey, self-aware, satirical and all the finer things in life. Plus, there’s the whole blood thing. And, sitting in the front row, one of the actors took off my glasses and threatened to eat (?) me. My friends claimed it was a striptease… It was a lot of fun. Then we went out for Read More

Loose Change

Categories: 1946, 2006, 2007, Journalism, Movies, and Music.

For one thing, apparently Erlewine has changed his tune. I remember a ways back, in his review of Songs for the Deaf (which they gave 4.5/5 anyway), STE made the bizarre analogy of White Stripes as Stones, QOTSA as King Crimson (right…) and though we may like SFTD, it was not “real” or “true” rock like the White Stripes. As fans of both bands, I found this just somewhat bizarre. Anyway, his current review of Era Vulgaris is interesting in this regard, as he claims it is the best rock album of the year so far (this being before the Read More

Burn the Witch

Categories: 2007 and Music.

I’ve only listened to it twice, but I’m really not liking the new Queens of the Stone Age single. That puts me in a dilemma about Tuesday. It sounds like (though it may not be true) they’ve gone a little pro tools happy. And it generally sounds more ‘synthesized’ or ‘synthetic’ which is something that doesn’t appeal to me. Seeing you be Read More

I’ve got this many things to do this year…

Categories: 2007, Books, Hockey, Movies, Music, and Sports.

I can’t remember the lines from that Kevin McDonald skit from KITH, so I won’t try. Gottta see: Zodiac, the new Lynch film, the new Coens film, the new PT Anderson film, the new Wes Anderson film, others no doubt Gotta acquire: the new Wilco album, the now not as new Scott Walker album, and others no doubt. The Survival of the Sickest sounds interesting but I have too many books to read. Is there anything else I should be looking into? Read More

Hawkwind is the Prog-rock version of the Ramones or AC/DC

Categories: Music.

So I’ve heard some Hawkwind before today. But I got to sift through some of their catalogue. Most of their songs (especially from the 1970-75 era) all follow the same format: some kind of riff that continues for ages with various things going on, then a climax and another riff (or two) and some soloing, followed by the original riff again…or something along those lines. These songs range from 4 to 15 minutes (usually around 6-8 minutes) and there are the occasional 1-2 minute pieces which are either weird little instrumentals or the band members talking about space. Wow, it’s Read More

Zaireeka (1997) by the Flaming Lips

Categories: 1997 and Music.

In the CD players (this time around): 2 of the four discs of Zaireeka by the Flaming Lips. In case you don’t know, the album is 4 separate discs of the same “songs” and you are supposed to create your own listening experience using 2, 3 or 4 discs played at certain times. Right now I have disc 1 and 2 going slightly off, it’s pretty rid-damn-diculous. Incidentally, the theory is you will never once repeat a playing because each CD player is different. Who knows? It’s pretty crazy to hear one piano chord (obviously distorted by something) from one Read More

The Lamerific Ideas continue incessantly…

Categories: 2007, Music, and TV.

Ok, so today, to procrastinate I thought about composing a song to tune of Neil Young’s “Helpless” with the following chorus lyric: “…leaves me carless, carless, carless.” Yes, I totally suck at everything. So yeah, after 3 months (for some reason I’ve been telling myself it’s only been 2) I had to give the car back today. On the upside of things it means my dad can drive again. But no car is definitely weird. I was just saying to him on the way here (Hamilton) that it felt weird being in the Sorrento and not driving. Ah well, I Read More