Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

The Chinks and the Kooks!

Friday, November 25th, 2011

(It’s ok, cause I said it)

Back from the motherland and went for a delicious dinner at the new Pizzeria Libretto now at Danforth and Carlaw with Yvo, Soph, Sue and Sebadoo. So good after a month in China and the last few nights of “I dream of pizza”. Then it was off to see the Kooks with Yvo. We witnessed some “unnecessary roughness” at the doors with an inebriated patron, but we don’t know what happened beforehand, so we don’t know the full story. She was carried off the premises by the scruff of her hoodie.

Why are Kooks fans so tall? If I bounced around a bit, I could see Luke’s curly little head. Anyways, they sounded good live and entertained the horde. It was amusing watching the superfans sing along emphatically and fist pump the air at key moments. We felt a little old in the all ages crowd…Yvo screeching, “my eyes!! my eyes!!” with the flashing stage lights, but it was fun boucing to the music and then it was time for these old knees to hit the road. Well done boys, a nice night out!

Pinhole Sky

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

So every time this song comes up on my playlist, I fancy myself taking a little road trip along the country or lying lazily in a hammock. What am I talking about? Only a sweet little ditty from Nate Kreiswirth. And not only is it FREE to download. But Honda will donate $1 to Safe Kids Canada for every download. Just click on “Download to donate”. You’re welcome.

Go here now to download and donate!

Thom and the Boys

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Was youtube surfing last week and came across these clips from a “Radiohead from the Basement” session, thus renewing my love of Radiohead. Some nice bass face from Colin, like you could taste the genius. I saw them once from the nosebleeds of the ACC and even as twitchy distant figures, they were mesmerizing.

Full session available here.

Also multitasking on Jools….

Now I’m wondering where Robin is…a felt doll I made circa 2000 based on the paranoid android video.  Where you at, Robin?! ~ Lurgs

PS22 and Matisyahu

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Yay it’s friday and yay for the PS22 Chorus!! Makes me yearn for my elementary school choir days though it was never this cool. ~ Lurgs

Forest City Lovers

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

The Sweatshop took a night off and went to check out indie folk band Forest City Lovers at the Great Hall. My first time at this venue and it’s quite nice. Yes, it kinda looks like we’re waiting for a school assembly to start…I guess people were tired.

The night opened with Carmen Elle (a girl and a drummer rockin’ out) and Gentleman Reg (fun! fun! fun!). Both very talented.

This concert marked the release for Forest City Lover’s new album Carriage and they have the single of the week for itunes Canada! (So go check ‘em out cause you have nothing to lose and some new tunes to gain) Lots of happy, tender, melodies and everyone’s so frickin’ multi-talented with the switching around of instruments. I’m a sucker for violins too.

Metric in Toronto

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Metric had a free concert here in Toronto last week right outside Union Station. As it was a long day at work, I only meandered over in time to catch the last song. Though Metric is a great band, I’m kind of glad I wasn’t caught in the middle of the crowd especially in the humidity that we’ve been experiencing. Even approaching the edge of the audience to snap this picture was like entering a sauna.

I first got acquainted with Metric with “Combat Baby” blasting through my headphones during late nights at the computer lab.  They’ve come a long way and keep getting better I think.

Here’s an interview with Emily Haines and a piano version of “Help, I’m Alive!”.  It’s a testament to a great song that can be just as powerful stripped down to the bare essentials as it is in full on kickass band version.  Also, it’s comforting to know that even the talented and successful struggle with direction and creativity.  It speaks to my own stage in life and a lot of other people I know too, who are searching and on the brink of making some decisions to shake things up in their lives. Maybe it’s time to book a flight to Buenos Aires!

Montreal weekend

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

This past long weekend, I went to Montreal. I really do enjoy Montreal. It has great food and lovely architecture and it’s so close yet when you’re there, you feel like you’re in a different country. I like the idea of practicing my French there, but people are so bilingual…that I’m afraid once I speak French they reply back and I’m like ??? We drove down this time around and it took us about 5 hours. Just some highlights from this trip included: Premiere Moisson almond croissants and creme brulee,  the Osheaga Festival where we got The National and Arcade Fire. So good! Also, delicious macarons from Boutique Point G. I have to say, these are the best macarons I have tasted yet and a steal at $1.50 each. Flavours I got: maple syrup, grilled pistachio, madacasgar vanilla, apricot black tea, chocolate, caramel salt, lime and basil and creme brulee. It’s a bit of a kitschy place which makes it pretty inviting. They also sell gelato there!

 

 

 

I was really impressed by Bixi. Which is Montreal’s public bike system. There are stations throughout the city and you sign up by subscribing to the service based on your needs. It’s really useful. They’re supposedly bringing this to Toronto but not sure if it’s going to happen.

Arcade Fire @ Osheaga, can you even tell?

 

Premiere Moisson cakes

Brunch @ Reservoir

Duck in a can

Best Lobster Salad dish at Laloux

B for Blind Pilot

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Since it’s pouring outside and perhaps not the best time to leave work, today’s song is brought to you by B for “Blind Pilot” with  3 Rounds and a Sound…first introduced to me by the incomparable Wing-Me.

~ Lurgs

Les Concerts À Emporter

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I stumbled across these a while ago while link-hopping through youtube and  eating up various Vampire Weekend videos. These are video podcasts from the french site La Blogotheque. These Take-Away Shows was an idea founded by indie-director Vincent Moon. Each week they’d invite artist to be recorded casually in some local area like a park or cafe along with all the ambient sounds and curious people. Usually they’re stripped down to basic instruments, maybe some sticks, maybe some garbage cans and a nice fence to run a stick over. The talent is so evident in all these videos. No ceremony, just people doing something they love wherever they are with what they have. Check out the collection here.

The first video that got my attention.

Sigur Ros is always magical.

This just reinforces my need for a melodica.

~ Lurgs

Tiny Desk Concerts

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

If you don’t know of them already, I’d like to draw your attention to NPR’s tiny desk concerts! These are fabulous, intimate concerts at the desk of Bob Boilen, host of All Songs Considered.  The recordings showcase a variety of artists and the casual stripped down atmosphere offers very unique performances.

This is talent — when you can hold court and captivate with the barest of instruments, a few voices perhaps, nothing fancy.

One of my favourites so far is K’Naan. These acoustic versions of his songs offer a more intimate, contemplative flavour. Waving Flag is the official song of the World Cup 2010  and it has been re-recorded by Canadian artists in support of Haiti (you can find it here), but I still like this version the best.

Other Tiny Desks Concerts worth checking out:

The Swell Season

Raphael Saadiq

Rodrigo y Gabriela

~ Lurgs