Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Much has been made about the title of Gang Gang Dance's follow up of 2003's remarkable God's Money. Saint Dymphna refers to the Catholic Saint of mental illness, and therefore much has been said about the themes present in the new LP. Fans and critics have pointed to the sometimes nervous and alienating feeling that underscores much of this rhythmic and very danceable record. Gang Gang Dance has been compared to fellow experimental pop act Animal Collective since the release of God's Money, but it is on this album that the comparison becomes clearly evident. It's not the actual sound of the music that brings about this comparision, although it does share some striking similarities, but, rather, it is more the ability of Gang Gang Dance to make a record that is so clearly a pop record while still remaining pointedly experimental. The album is built on a number of different musical influences, including shoegaze, raggaeton, different aspects of hip hop and grime and experimental electronics. What is striking about this album is how Gang Gang Dance is able to reinterpret these influences and build songs around these reinterpretations layered on top of each other which in turn simultaneously creates a beautiful drone like structure to the entire album with flourishes of playful and interesting guitar riffs, piercing synths, raps, found sound, and a variety of genre jumping beats throughout.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I know it has been a week and I promised an Island Party recap... so here it is.
The night started off with an extended pre-load and a game of dominoes. I had been talking smack all night about how sick my d-no game was. I told my two friends from the Bahamas that I was about to serve them up a Six-Love (in dominoes, that means an ass whooping). My mouth got the better of me that night as I had thought I had won the match with a strategic game block. I was left with the one-two in my hand, unfortunately Razor Ramon to my left had other ideas... as I was slamming my last domino in his face, he revealed the two-blank. My dignity had been stolen and it was only 10:30pm.
With that ostentatious ass whooping in the books we hit the town for a night of bangin' ass dancehall bullets and reggae classics... or so we thought.
Dion the Butcha was cutting it up rather nicely all night. He threw in some fav's of mine ... Leftside - She Wah (Workout Riddim), Collie Buddz - Mamacita and a real banging classic, Shy Guy by Diana King (Oh Lawd have mercy, mercy, mercy). The crowd was big and seemed to be into it but there was somthing missing. The authentic Island Party vibe wasn't there, it might have had something to do with all the hip hop he mixed in... although the tracks were pure bangers. The vibe wasn't there... no lightas inna di air, no gunfingas, nothing. Even the hypeman wasn't feeling it.. there were no interruptions in the tracks calling for some sort of ridiculous behaviour, no real dancing tunes (Elephant Man style). It was really just like a regular club night that was heavy on the dancehall. The night was fun ... but it wasn't what I had expected.
In the morning I conferred with my friends from the Bahamas and Bermuda and they also agreed that the crowd and DJ just weren't on point that night. The Island Party vibe is crucial to an Island Party ... this jam was too ... commercialized perhaps. It didn't suck by any means but it wasn't like the last jam I was at either. Overall 2.78/5 night ... sorta weak.
Here are some pics of Dion Da Butcha and his hypeman and pics of the crowd.
Take a look at bottom left hand corner ... see the guy with the redick jacket on (bright green and red)? That is Razor Ramon, the guy who whooped my ass in dominos.
My personal favourite verse is Wish Bone's and I have included the lyrics below:
Lil Eazy's long gone
Really wish he would come home
But when it's time to die
Gotta go bye bye
All a lil thug could do is cry, cry
Why they kill my dog and man
I miss my uncle Charles y'all
and he shoudn't be gone, in front of his home
What they did to Boo was wrong
Oh so wrong, oh so wrong
Gotta hold on gotta stay strong
When the day comes
Better believe Bone got a shoulder you can lean on (lean on)
Hey and we pray, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray
everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday
and we pray, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray
everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Kanye slid into Monterrey on Saturday night and I must say that the first thing that caught my attention when I arrived at the show was that it was not sold out. All the prime seats were full, but the shittier seats were widely free of fans. I was almost worried that ol' Kanye would react to this by playing a short set or seemed detached from the show but boy was I was wrong. To put it simply, Kanye came out and tore the damn roof off the place. Before I go into detail about the things that I liked about his set, I might as well start with the shit I didn't, because there really wasn't a lot I disliked. First, for a GLOW IN THE DARK tour, I really wasn't blown away by the stage or lights. His backing band came out clad in dark, black clothing and they seemed to vanish into the backdrop, leaving ol' Yeezy as the prime focus. I'm sure this attention is exactly what Kanye wanted, as we all know that he is an egomaniac. But honestly, I couldn't give less of a shit what type of guy Kanye is, we all know he is a little crazy, but I mean come on, the guy is on mother dying, breakup tilt, if that doesn't give you some license to be nuts, nothing does. There also were no video screens and the light show was not really that impressive, but man, his set was tight. The show really played like a Kanye greatest hits show and it clocked in around 2 hours, which granted I've only been to a few Hip Hop shows, but it was by far the longest performance I've witnessed by a rapper. Kanye came out guns blazing and he never let up from opener 'Good Morning' to the encore of 'Stronger'. There wasn't a song I wanted to hear that he didn't play and the crowd, well not a sellout, was banging along to every beat. He even threw in a few covers and songs that he is featured on, including T.I's 'Swagger Like Us' and some ol' Young Jeezy. The only new joints we heard were 'Love Lockdown' and 'Heartless,' which was not really a surprise to me. They sounded solid live, nothing really too different about them then the latest versions currently available. Overall, Kanye rocked the shit out of Monterrey and it was a great night. Below, you will find the video to 'Can't tell me nothing,' a song that I have to admit I was a fan of before the show, but have even more love for it after he killed it live and direct. Enjoy...
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Now, I must be fair to Brooklyn's MGMT, we got to the show a little later and the crowd was huge, so my review must keep that in mind. I did not expect the crowd to be as large as it was and it definitely affected my experience a bit, as I was unable to secure a beverage(which I really wanted) and Mexi's were bumping into me left, right and center, which never increases your love for a show. As for the show, I would have to say that seeing the band in a more intimate venue has really strengthened my opinion that their
Oracular Spectacular is really a single driven album. Now, I will also say that MGMT are stupid by no means, as they played they show as any single driven band should do. And that is to play your weaker, slightly shitty songs at the beginning of your set (Pieces of What, 4th Dimensional Transition), while interest is high and close with your tighter, more accessible tracks, all the while slipping in the decent ones (The Youth, Of Moons, Birds and Monsters) when interest lingers. I also feel that the undeniable hero of this band is Ben Goldwasser, whose keyboard riffs really are the glue to any of their bangers. Song highlights of course were 'Time to Pretend,' 'Electric Feel' and the encore of 'Kids.' It also became clear that while overall the band fits comfortably into a psychedelic pop world, it is interesting that their singles have more of a electro pop feel to them. I have to admit though that I was guilty of throwing up the ol' dukes during some tunes and when I looked around there was about as many Mexi fist pumps as you would expect to see during an encore at a Hip concert. One question I have though to anyone who attended the show is "what the hell was in that goblet the band was drinking out from?" Overall, a good show, no surprises and the sound was a little shitty. Enjoy the non-offical, yet pretty rad video for their excellent single 'Kids' below.
Friday, October 17, 2008
For those who have never been to an Island Party, it really is out of this world. The music played is dancehall/reggae/roots and is often referred to as Passa Passa. At Passa Passa, girls dance with men in a manner that is more likely suited for an urban burlesque show. The men... well the men also have choreographed dances. Popular dances include "Signal Di Plane", "Dutty Wine", and "Nuh Linga", a dance that was seen by the entire world this summer as performed by Usain Bolt after breaking the 100 metre world record (he also did the "Gully Creepa"). Check out YouTube for exclusive dance tips.
This leads me to tonight. CLIMAX 4 ... The Island Party of the Year. I will be attending this party this evening with my friends from Halifax, Bermuda and the Bahamas. We have got V.I.P. tickets which gets us a free Heineken and V.I.P. access in the club. The bar hosting the island party this year is named the The Palace or as bar stars refer to it "Pa la che." The DJ? One of the Bahamas top DJ's and most popular, Dion Da Butcha. I promise to come back with a supplimentary analysis of the evening as well as pictures of (hopefully) ridiculous dances and DJ pics. Although this party won't be a Passa Passa with all the crazy sex stuff, there is sure to be some incredible ridiculousness transpiring.
For more information on island parties... GO TO ONE.
or check out some of these hot ass DJ's
DJ L (from New York)
Here is a vid of MY fav DJ's Black Chiney at Kardinal's party in T.O.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
There is no secret as to how fucked up the American economy is right now. And while we sit and wait to see what result this economic tilt will have on the rest of the world, I have to admit that another world issue has grabbed my attention. I help run a UN club at my school and I have not been able to ignore the issue of the World Food Crisis that is looming over our society. As noted on the Oxfam website, the World Food Crisis is the result of a number of complex and interlocking causes. Most notably, biofuel policies, high fuel prices, growing global demand (particularly from large, emerging economies of China and India), unfair world trade rules, and climate change. One comment I read today in an article entitled "8 ways to fix the Global Food Crisis" by Kent Garber really made me stop and think. In the article he writes, "the world food crisis has two faces, here in the United States, shoppers stare in disbelief at the rising price of milk, meat, and eggs, but elsewhere on the globe, anguish spills into the streets, as in Somalia last week when tens of thousands of rioters converged on the capital to protest for food." I really think Garber does a nice job of raising awareness of how bad things are in the world outside of the United States. When you consider that around 2.7 billion people live on less than a $1 a day, with 80 percent of that money being spent on food or that price of basic foods have gone up as much as 300 percent over the last few years, it
becomes radically clear that we have major problems on the rise. The video below, while not full of laughs, does provide some information on the issue. As for a solution? Well, lets hope that familiar smell of apocalypse fades away like a bad dream from the night before because someone has actually stepped up and done something about it.
In other news, Em's also got a coffee table book out entitled, The Way I Am. Looks kinda shitty.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Now I won't say that season 3 of Dexter has been totally shitty, but I will say that the show is clearly missing Sgt. Doakes. I think ol' Doakes was a crucial element to the show and his exit was far too early. The banter and tension between Doakes and Dexter was money in the bank and it is a shame that he had to be written out. I realized that the show was fucked for a script and went another direction, but I sure as hell hope that this new detective Joey Quinn can step up and make me interested because right now he is about as interesting as Sconew in a bar shirt. Below you'll find "Darkly Interesting Scotty" about ready to throw on a bar shirt and some classic Dexter vs. Doakes banter.
Polls Close tonight at 930 pm est, one of the longer polling days in recent memory, and thus none of the ridings have been decided yet. Although this is an overtly political post, as was discussed earlier, politics do have a serious effect on the arts and culture in Canada. Therefore, I thought it would be interesting to make a few predictions tonight about the outcome of the election. Keep in mind, the magic number for a majority government is 155. Here goes:
Conservatives: 132 seats - up from 124 in 2006
Liberals: 70 - down from 103 in 2006
NDP: 53 - up from 29 in 2006
Bloc: 50 - down from 51 in 2006
Green: 2 - up from 0 in 2006
Independent: 1 - same as 2006
As you can see, I think that the Conservatives will retain their minority government. Although their campaign looked very strong in the early stages, Harper did not seem to provide any clear answers or plans regarding the downturn in the economy and this will ultimately hinder him from achieving a majority. You can also see that I think that the Liberals will take a huge beating at the polls this election, losing over 30 ridings, and this has to do with Dion's weak leadership and horrible showings at debates and nearly all press conferences. This corresponds directly with a huge jump in support for the NDP. This may be personal bias here or even just a pipe dream, but I think that the working class virtues, saefty net approach, and strongly environmental platform presented by Layton is going to connect with a lot of voters who will be affected by the upcoming economic downturn (by the way, are we ready to call this a recession yet or what?). The Bloc will remain steady, as they always do, taking a large portion of the Quebec votes, and the Green party will shock a few people and win their first two seats ever. The environment has just become too big of a fad for this party not to win a few seats. Finally, I think that one riding will be won by an independent, seems to be the trend in recent elections.
As for this government, I don't think it will last too long. The upcoming economic problems, our continued presence in Afghanistan, and the failure of Harper to respond quickly to problems will spell doom for this minority government. I see another election happening within a year, year and a half max, and hopefully then an NDP led minority government can return Canada to welfare state that cares for all of its citizens. We, errr, I can only hope.
Check the link below for up to the minute election results.
The lyrics are also intriguing, however, as with most Of Montreal songs it is hard to tell exactly what Barnes is talking about. If I had to guess, I would say it is Barnes coming to terms with the duality of relationships. He speaks of both, the loving nature of relationships and the hurtful things that we do to each other. On Hissing Fauna, Barnes was coming to terms with the seperation from his wife, and Skeletal Lamping could be dealing with his subsequent reconciliation with his wife. More specifically, it may be Barnes dealing with the ups and downs that are associated with an intense relationship. Who knows, I may be reading way too much into this, he could just be having a good time. Either way, the simple arrangement of the lyrics as well as their polarity, mesh well with the musical arranement making for a great song. I don't know if "Gallery Piece" is the standout track on Skeletal Lamping, but it is definitely one of the better ones, and it really took hold of me lyrically and musically upon first listen.
I have a feeling that Skeletal Lamping is going to be a motherfucking headliner, bitch, you dont even know it...PROCESS IT.
Skeletal Lamping drops on 21 October.
As always. check the track in the side bar.----------->
***NOTE: Imeem seems to be having some problems today, so the track will be up in the certified bangers side bar later tonight or tomorrow. For now, check the youtube link below. Audio is a little shit, but deal with it. Maybe Imeem players aren't pretty fucking great.
Monday, October 13, 2008
D'Urville Martin as Willie Green
Lady Reed as Queen Bee
Special Appearances by Revelation Funk and Miss Mary Love
This has Black Power all through it, I say this is the best movie I have seen for this genre. Classic, 100% recommended.
This weekend I made a trip out to see Cola de Caballo, a place I had been trying to see for a while now. Cola de Caballo (Spanish for "Horse Tail") is a waterfall about 40 km (25 mi) from Monterrey, Mexico, in the town of Villa de Santiago, Nuevo León. It is a public area and I was quite surprised at how many people were there for a relatively early Saturday morning. The waterfall is pretty gorgeous and it was good to go and take it all in. If you make the trip to Monterrey, I recommend taking a trip to see it. Now, like many other public nature areas I've visited down here in Mexico, there are some business elements to the area. Meaning that you can stop and buy drinks or eat some food (Elote, Tacos, Chips) and of course you have to pay a small fee to enter the park. Every time I pay an entrance fee or see a plastic water bottle floating in the natural springs, I can't help but think, "Man, this is great and all, but I wonder what this place would have been like before all these bridges were added or if it would feel different without cokes for sale along the path..." Maybe I'm just an asshole, but commercialism can really suck the beauty out of things, much like the ol' Suck Cut does to Garth's mop in the first Wayne's World.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
It is my position that the Apple Campaign has the Kanye Complex. At first the the jabs WERE creative and WERE tolerable when they happened spontaeneously but now they are predictable and old just like Kanye's behaviour. Now they have just been shit on by Fiddy aka Microsoft.
Here is the trackback: http://canuckflack.com/2008/09/25/a-legacy-of-oppression-and-denial/trackback/
Here is the vid... Enjoy.
Friday, October 10, 2008
This video was put out by Stride. You know, the ridiculously long-lasting gum.
I applaud this video because:
1. There's no advertising
2. The music is great
3. It made me want to share it with people. (even most videos I do like, I don't share)
4. It didn't suck.
5. Matt's dance moves are sick
Great video, this is the 2008 version which was sponsored by Stride, check out the his orginal one as well, shot back in 2005.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Long before her days of ripping off clothing stores, little ol' Winona Ryder starred in the Ben Stiller's Reality Bites. Her character Lelaina opens the film by giving her Valedictorian speech to the graduating class. While doing so, shes ushers these words, "And they wonder why those of us in our twenties refuse to work an eighty hour week. Just so we can afford to buy their BMW's. Or why we aren't interested in the counter-culture that they invented, as if we did not see them disembowel their revolution for a pair of running shoes. But the question remains, what are we going to do now? How can we repair all the damage inherited? Fellow graduates, the answer is simple. The answer is...the answer is...I don't know."
Just over fourteen years later, I'm not sure that I could give you a better answer. I'm not sure if this mess that is under discussion has become any better at all. But, I can ask you to take a look around and ask yourself, am I one of them, working eighty hours a week for shit that I don't need? Or am I someone who is 'still trying to figure it all out'? Either way, its good just to think about who they are for awhile.
While I could not find a video with the speech, I did find a clip, to make you think...Enjoy.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Johnny Depp has around 60 million reasons not to cry anymore. As he has just landed the highest upfront salary in history from Disney to reprise his role as Captain Jack in the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I mean granted that he is a great actor and Disney is literally fucked for a movie without him, but that sure is a shit load of cash. We can only hope that the film is more like the first one and nothing like the last one, or last two for that matter. It is no secret that Depp is a great actor and from what I've read he is also a decent fellow as well. If you did not know, last year Depp apparently donated one million dollars to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital after they helped his daughter Lily Rose win her battle with E.Coli poisoning. He even visited the doctors and nurses personally to thank them for their work. Cheers to that Johnny! Now, do us a favor and go help Disney redeem the series and steal the show. Savvy? I mean, statistics like this one really just make you stop and smile at where the wealth of our world is distributed and how great our priorities have become. At least we can hope that we will get a good film from it. My prediction...We don't.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Mexico, for all that it is, is not up to date with their theatrical releases, as I just watched Forgetting Sarah Marshall in theaters tonight. Now, I thought it was a decent film. A little too much overbearing Jonah Hill and a thinner plot than Sconew's hairline at times, but there were a few parts that killed me. Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) was a scene stealer and Mila Kunis is always easy on the eyes (How the fuck did Macaulay snag her?). The highlight though for me was easily Peter's (Jason Segel) performance of 'Dracula's Lament' at the bar. It was just hysterical. I can only hope that Segel actually wrote and sung this gem. I've included the video and the lyrics. Beware though, this shit is deep...Die...Die...Die...I can't.
It's getting kind of hard to believe things are going to get better
I've been drowning too long to believe that the tide's going to turn
And I've been living too hard to believe things are going to get easier now
I'm still trying to shake off the pain of the lessons I've learned
And if I see Van Helsing, I swear to the Lord I will slay him
He'd take you from me, but I swear, I won't let it be so
Blood will run down his face when he is decapitated
His head on my mantle is how I will let this world know, how much I love you
Die, die, die
For what it's worth, Kanye West confirmed last night that 808s and Heartbreaks is in fact his new album and that it is apparently due on 25 November 2008. West was in L.A. attending T.I.'s Paper Trails (which was a pretty disappointing record by the way) release party when he both confirmed the existence of the album and its very eminent release date. West took the stage with T.I to perform his verse on "Swagger Like Us" and stayed around long enough to perform another live version of "Love Lockdown" and to debut another possible 808s and Heartbreaks song, "Heartless". I'm sure none of this was planned as part of another shameless attempt at self promotion or spotlight stealing, rather it was just Kanye having a good time with T.I.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday night I found myself in one of the more obscure venues I have ever been to, and it easily turned into the best experience of the weekend. Leave it to Dan Deacon to choose a venue, Eastern Bloc, miles away from any other Pop Montreal venue, and resembling nothing more than an abandoned warehouse, to stage his experimental and unique approach to live music. Deacon, and nearly 25 other musicians, recently set out on a North American tour to try out a new approach to live music known as the 'Baltimore round robin' tour. They scheduled a stop for Pop Montreal, and I made sure to make it there early to check out how this whole tour was going to go down. What I found was interesting and a lot of fucking fun.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday was a much busier day. Tons of good bands playing and only a finite amount of time. The night began by trying to get into the Ratatat show, but it was at capacity (which I have no idea why because Ratatat is only borderline decent to begin with), ended up missing Great Lake Swimmers, instead opting to eat some Indian Buffet, and finally made it to the Wintersleep show.
Friday, October 3, 2008
These words belong to 'The Stranger' from The Big Lebowski. Who in hopes to cure The Dude from what ails him, offers up this life nugget. After all, The Stranger is a wiser man than most and is dead on in recognizing that The Dude has darkness washing over him 'darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night.'
We dig your style Stranger, take it easy with the ol' Sarsaparilla.