Saturday, November 14, 2009

With your mother

Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Vampire Weekend

Dear Mom and Dad:

College is really fun! Since I got here I've made lots of new friends. We've been kept very busy by our professors with homework. I've never written so many essays in my life! It's all good, though, because I do love my classes. The food is surprisingly good, too. The cafeteria is always making fresh, hot food. Spirits are high! Even the vampires can't keep us down.


Dear Mom and Dad:

Thanks for your response, it was nice to here back from you. We just finished our midterms, and they were very hard. It was a good thing I studied hard for them. Only 2 of my friends have been bitten, so that's been fortunate. Still loving it here.


Dear Mom and Dad:

I got in a scuffle the other day. I got cut, but I'm not sure if it was as bite. Not even sure if it was a vampire, so It's likely no big deal. Your Christmas present was amazing, the laptop was such a surprise! Anyway, nothing else really new over here.

Love you,

Dear Mr. and Mrs. McTennant:

Your son Christopher was demonstrating strange behaviour. Upon examination, it was found Christopher had been affected by Violent Advanced Porphyria. We are sorry for your loss.

St. Joseph's Boarding School

[The song is from Vampire Weekend's self titled debut, out on XL.]

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Stick Up for Yourself, Son

I'd like to start today off by pointing out how pissed I am that Marshall beat me to posting that Sleigh Bells song yesterday, but it's so crushing and dense that any potential readers need to download that shit. It's like being Emperor Nero while Rome is burning. Sleigh Bells don't give a shit what you think.

Ambling Alp - Yeasayer (link taken down by request)

Ambling Alp on The Hype Machine

Running running running. Over the mountains, through the trees, across rivers and lakes, into caves, across roads and highways. The world can be an unfair place sometimes. I occasionally pause to drink from the glaciers, running can be tiring. I see the Northern Lights and frolic with the penguins. I've seen the Taj Mahal and the Kremlin. I keep running. I've been told to slow down, but there's just so much still to see.

[Song is from Yeasayer's upcoming album Odd Blood, due out on Secretly Canadian. Photo is from ffffound.]

Thursday, October 29, 2009

good shit - round 2

Here are a few songs ive been spinning lately

Best Coast - Up All Night
fuzzed out, and sweet. another great song from best coast. This song is good for soundtracking the late nights.

Arthur Russell - Come to Life
This song has a summery feeling of sitting around in a field. Beautiful backing vocals bring the 60s folk vibe over the top. Great song, just released as split single with CANT (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear)

Big Boi - Shine Blockas (feat. Gucci Mane)
Another song off Big Boi's upcoming Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. I don't know too much about Gucci Mane but if he keeps making beats and guest appearances like on this song, i have a feeling he's got a future.

Sleigh Bells - Crown to the Ground
Distorted screaming guitar - check
Huge drums - check
Sweet poppy vocals under it all - check

this song rules

Well that is all for now, until next time, this has been good shit with marshall

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I have not yet been home tonight

Home Tonight (ft. Colin Mutchler) - DoKashiteru

I'm sitting on my roof right now, wondering where the hell the day went. It seems like 5 minutes ago I was rolling out of bed, head pounding from yet another drunk night. I got up to make coffee, and the rest of the day is kind of a blur.

I actually don't remember most of the events from today, but I remember the feelings associated with them.

I recall, in the morning, feeling hazy. Everything passed by like time lapse photography. Actually, my entire day felt like that, but I digress.

There was a distinct feeling of hopelessness at one point. I don't remember why, but it was there. It must've passed, I suppose.

There was some elation in there. I think Rebecca was with me at the time, which would explain it. Rebecca always makes me feel happy.

I remember a stuttery feeling. It's tough to explain, but I felt stuck for a while. No sooner did it start, however, than it left.

Around 5 or 6 my moods got more abstract. I'd begin to feel like a photograph, or like a sound wave. I felt like clay, or I'd feel digital.

Now, though, I feel different. Sitting alone on my roof, music wafting out of my open window like an odor might, I feel like a human. More specifically, I feel like one human, swimming in a lake of many. I feel alone, but I can feel the existence of everyone. I know I'll never be alone.

[The music of DoKashiteru is licensed under Creative Commons, and can be found on his ccMixter page. Photo is from]

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Won't ever happen like this anymore

11th Dimension - Julian Casablancas

Like if Captain Kirk rock jumped out of his captain's chair and busted some sick dance moves with First Officer Spock. Like if King Henry had lasers. Like if robots had hearts. Like if aliens were robots. Like if guitars were strobe lights. Like playing the drums with glowsticks. Like having a a rave in the forest. Like watching fireworks from outer space. Like if A-Ha's "Take on Me" video were coloured. Like living inside Tron. Like shaking hands with Robocop. Like sound traveling through a Stargate. Like James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard starting a rock group. Like Data shedding a tear. Like an assembly robot dancing with a Model T. Like mechanical and organic fused with a light show.

[Julian Casablancas' new solo album, Phrasez for the Young, will be released on November 3rd, and can be bought from Rough Trade. Photo is from H. R. Pufnstuf.]

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Are you really going to share that money?

New Cove Road Back Home - Oh No Forest Fires

The trees can cower all they want, the bushes can shrink into the ditch. The speed signs turn their heads as I pass, stop signs bow to me. Nothing can stop me now, I'm a man on the run. The pedal touches the floor, ever so lightly. I'm in control, and faster than you can hope to be. Don't even try to stop me, I'm on my own now. Barreling down the highway, the Northern lands call my name as I escape what I once called my home. Maybe Moosonee holds better things for me.

[Oh No Forest Fires's new album The War on Geography can be purchased through My Merch Table for only 7 dollars (or 4 dollars for the digital copy). Photo is from Jena Ardell.]

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

You Remain My Friend

Nico Canmore - Yukon Blonde

A steady rhythm and a throbbing bassline. Whatever else happens, you'll be steady. We'll be steady. Hands clasped, a sunset drops behind us. We stand mostly in shadow, but you can make out the expression on our faces: pained, but content. "This is not the end," you say, as the camera slowly moves around us. A quick cut to our faces, camera slightly angled, with my face closer to the screen. You turn away. "I will always love you, you know that..." you say, voice breaking. You let my hand drop as you turn to walk away. I watch you leave. The camera moves and looks over my shoulder to see you walking away from the sun. There is no crying, but there is sadness. I don't resent you, I know you have to go. Our voices cry in harmony, and we will weather what may come.

[Yukon Blonde's new EP, Everything in Everyway, can be bought from Nevado Records (well, soon, hopefully) or iTunes. Photo is from Sophia Rose.]