matthew good!

I am going to see Matthew Good tonight at Massey Hall (love this venue) as part of his Arrows of Desire album tour.  The last time I saw him was during the Hospital Music tour (which came out in 2007) so it has been entirely too long since I have seen this man perform live.

I have always enjoyed his shows because aside from his musical talent he is a great entertainer. I remember at one show him doing a Stewie Griffin impression that made me cry from laughing so hard.  I don’t remember what exactly he was saying but it was based on this bit.  Another time he pointed out that if Al Gore is really worried about energy waste and global warming, why did he use a cherry picker in An Inconvenient Truth when a ladder would have worked just fine?  He does have a point.

Anyway, it is a sold out show in a city that has a large fan base so I think it will be a great way to spend a Friday night!

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This show almost didn’t happen as Matthew Good had to cancel his show in London, ON due to illness.

matt good londonBut luckily, last night…

matt good massey

 

 

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Candy Colors

Just discovered the band Candy Colors.

Form their Facebook Page:

Candy Colors was formed in León, México. The band consists of 6 members: Juan Loredo (Pix) as lead vocals, Hermann Stoever playing bass, Ivo González smashing drums, Daniel León – Guitars , Diego Barrera playing rhythmic guitar and the most recent addition, Oscar Preciado harmonizing with synths.

Have a listen.  They kind of remind me of Interpol, but a little more “poppy”.  I particularly like Tracks 2 & 4.

tennis

I went through a phase of really loving She &Him, the musical collaboration between Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.  I was really into their throwback sound and sweet little songs and then one day I tried listening to an album of theirs and the whole thing just kind of unraveled.  I really don’t know why.  But all of a sudden, outside of a few exceptions, I find their songs to be boring and kind of annoying.  It’s kind of sad actually because I was a big fan but, you know, things change.

Anyway, I am super excited to have discovered the band Tennis who have also been heavily influenced by music of yore.  In one interview the band members (the band consists of a husband and wife team) say that a big influence of “their sound” was the song “Baby It’s You” by The Shirells.  Let’s have a listen.

Pretty great, right?

Now here are some of the songs by Tennis that I have become particularly smitten with.

gogol bordello tonight!

Tonight Gogol Bordello is playing the first of two shows at The Danforth Music Hall and I am super excited to finnnnaaaaalllllyyyy see them.  If you guys remember, I had tickets to see them around my birthday last year but then things came up and I couldn’t go.  So, finally after years of waiting, I get to see them live.  I am super stoked especially after listening to their new album Pura Vida Conspiracy.

I am also especially happy about the venue.  The Danforth Music Hall is actually a pretty small venue for a band of Gogol Bordello’s popularity.  It’s not “intimate” per say but I think it will be much better than seeing them at the Sound Academy (groan!) where they played last year.

Should be a fun night!

Two of my favorite tracks from new album are below.

You can watch some short videos about the making of the album as well — Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

her

Have you guys seen the trailer for the new Spike Jonze film?  If not, have a look.

I can’t decide if this concept is SUPER depressing or instead showing the positive effects technology can have on individuals who do not have many meaningful human-to-human relationships.

I am pretty interested in seeing it though when it comes out, if for no other reason than being a fan of a few other films directed by Jonze not to mention the music videos he directed like this one, this one, this one, and this one.

new home

Quick little update on the moving/unpacking/cat merging process.

Overall things have been oh so great!  After four years of living alone I was so worried about sharing my space, but instead I have found such amazing comfort in knowing that I share this new space with someone.  It’s been really nice to have someone around to have dinner with, watch movies with, and fall asleep with.  And I am not just talking about the kitties. =^.^=

We still have some unpacking to do, some reorganizing, some touching up of paint, but I would say we are about 80% all settled in.  We found out earlier this week that out main floor neighbors will be moving out by the end of August so we also have some new neighborinos to look forward to.  The ones living below us currently have been sort of grumpy and unfriendly since we moved in so we are hoping for some nicer folk this time around.

As for the cats, things are progressing.  They are no longer isolated from each other (unless we need to give them time outs when the growling and hissing reach all time highs) and for the most part are learning how to live with one another.  Surprisingly the cat that we worried about the most has been the most docile during the whole process, while Billy, my “poor little baby” who I was so worried about, has been hissing up a storm and so far has been the one to throw the first punch, or swat if you will, most of the time.  I think we probably still have a week or two of some hostility until things really settle down.

And I promise that the before/after pics are still to come!  We just need to unpack some more boxes, and find cat tuxedos for the photo shoot!

On a related note…

I found a good place for my love

life is hard

The new album by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes has been streaming on NPR this past week (thanks JF for the tip!).

Last week I discovered Humans of New York (HONY), which is an ongoing photo project of Brandon Stanton which captures photographs of people in NYC with a little quote or story about each individual he photographs.

These two items of information are not connected in any sort of objective way, but they fit together in a very real way for me.  While browsing HONY over the past few days I have had moments of real emotion all based on just single photos of an individual/group and a little snippet of text.  Some are moments of joy, some of sadness, some of humbleness, some of surprising honesty, and some of WTF?!  It is amazing how little is needed to tell a story and convey a lot of emotion.  There were a few posts in particular that almost brought me to tears.  I won’t post them here because I don’t want to be a downer, but let’s just say that a lot of people out there have had, or are having, very very difficult lives.  Because these hard times are posted right beside the funny and the good, the site takes on a very tangible sense of the variety of life.  Not just one person from another but one moment from the next.  Sometimes we are up, sometimes we are down, and sometimes…well…we don’t even really know where we are.

So after hours of looking through posts on HONY one particular song on the new Edward Sharpe album really caught my attention as it seems to be capturing the same complex tragic but beautiful nature of life.  It’s called “Life is Hard”.  Have a listen.

Life is beauty through and through
Life is sunny, life is cool
Life is even easy too
But if my word is to be true
Life is something to behold
But if the truth is to be told
Let us not leave out any part
Do not fear, it’s safe to say it here
You will not be called a weakling
nor a fraud
For feeling the pain of the whole wide world
You want to help but can’t help feeling you cannot
And it’s killing you while you’re just trying to smile from your heart
So go on, say it, on the same knees you’re praying
Yes, life is hard

Come celebrate
Life is hard
Come celebrate Life is hard
All life is all we are

Celebrate it in the sun, promenade it with everyone
elevate it in a song
And I’ll be there to play it, don’t get me wrong
When I feel like dying and being gone
When life is hard
There’s just one thing, let’s not forget
Yes! life is it!
Life is it, life is it, it’s where it’s at
It’s getting skinny, getting fat
It’s falling deep into a love,
it’s getting crushed just like a butt
Life there’s no love, its getting beat into the ground
It’s getting lost and getting found,
to growing up and getting round
It’s feeling silence, feeling sound
It’s feeling lonely, feeling full
It’s feeling oh so beautiful!
Yes!

Come celebrate
Life is hard
Come celebrate
Life is hard
All life is all we are

Update: The original link I posted to the tune has been removed from YouTube so hopefully this live performance on Letterman will be up for a while.

shoos off

Just found the band Shoos Off online.  You can listen to their album Issues in full below and purchase it on their Bandcamp site.  I think they are just what the doctor ordered in the “dreamy summer tunes” department.

source: Mike Leavenworth - Flickr

photo source: Mike Leavenworth – Flickr

I particularly like Track 2 – “Anywhere” {which includes a sound snippet of Louis CK!} and Track 8 – “Casanova”.

{Side note: for some reason when I embed the player below it automatically starts at Track 3 so just hit back to Track 1 to listen to full album from the beginning!}

If you like what you hear, follow the band on Facebook.

ok this is great

Well we all know that Jay-Z has 99 problems (but a b#^@h ain’t one).  But what ARE the major problems of this multimillionaire star?  Check out Ali Graham’s tumblr to see daily postings.

Because even though he is famous and has money, let’s not forget that rappers still have feelings.

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