Thursday, February 22, 2007


It is no secret that Veronica Mars is just about my favourite show on television. And that I hate Myspace. In a perfect world they wouldn't ever be uttered in the same sentence, because I'm pretty sure that every time it happens, I die a little. Does it work if I just mention Kristen Bell? Do I just lose a toe? A couple of years? Is this basically like smoking?

Aw hell, I'm pretty sure this counts as understandable risk anyway.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Still going to hell

My first thought when watching a Manitoba Hydro commercial about the importance of saving the sturgeon and its habitat?

I wonder what it tastes like.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Grammy, Best Compilation Soundtrack

I'm such a sheep; Donell recently did the Soundtrack To Your Life Challenge, that popular meme where you put iTunes on shuffle and each song corresponds to certain questions. Challenge? Challenge? I'll be damned if I'm going to be shown up by an Easterner and I encourage you all to put him in his place.


Opening Credits: Art Brut - "Formed a Band"
Waking up: Sufjan Stevens - "Once in David's Royal City"
First day at school: Kokopelli - "Close Now Thine Eyes"
Falling in love: Paul McCartney - "Here Today"
Breaking up: Pavement - "Raft"
Life's OK: Snow Patrol - "Tiny Little Fractures"
Breakdown: Celestial Season - "Sharks and Razors"
Driving: Sarah Harmer - "The Phoenix"
Flashback: The Vines - "Ain't No Room"
Getting back together: Johnny Cash - "Folsom Prison Blues (Live at Folsom Prison)"
Wedding: Interpol - "Narc"
Sex scene: Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir"
Birth of child: The Rolling Stones - "Brown Sugar"
Final battle: The Weakerthans - "(Past Due)"
Death scene: Great Big Sea - "Lukey (Live)"
Funeral song: Ellen Allien & Apparat - "Do Not Break"
Dance sequence: Box Five - "Snow Hymn"
End credits: Silverchair - "Pure Massacre"


Friday, February 02, 2007

Natalie Portman

After a few weeks without any new purchases, the last two weeks have been filled with new CDs. Some of it has been a last dash to pick up 2006's albums before I make my year end list, but more recently that's becoming new releases. Some of them are ones I've been waiting for months for, like the new albums from Deerhoof and Menomena. Then there's, well... the Shins.

See, I've got something to admit; while Wincing the Night Away, the Shins' latest, was the first new album of the year I bought, I actually haven't listened to it yet. And... I really only bought it because it was cheap. And I had a plan to get an HMV staff member to ask me if I'd found everything I was looking for so I could say no and they'd offer to order the ones I wanted for me. Couldn't I have just gone up and asked them to order something for me? No, because that would be too easy and you seem to have forgotten THAT I'M CRAZY.

I found out about the Shins though the same two avenues as most people did, Scrubs and Garden State. But they didn't change my life, even if "New Slang" is fantastic. I was feeling all warm and fuzzy and, smitten with a single song and armed with a good review, I bought an album. That's really all there is to say, I guess, because that's all there is. It's just there on my shelf and I really don't listen to it that much. It's under a Theory of a Deadman album, just to give you an idea of how long it's been since I looked at it. It's kind of charming, I guess, in a Silly Symphony kind of way. I'll probably listen to it eventually, but I just can't muster up the motivation.

Got any albums I should listen to? I need something to cover this one.