Kathy Ireland, you need to go home and think about what you’ve done

March 8, 2010 at 7:01 am (Movies, Random Ramblings, TV)

So this is my Oscar run down.

First, did anyone see the ABC Red Carpet Special that was on right before the Oscars?  Kathy Ireland was PAINFUL.  She’s so wooden and stupid and she yelled at everyone she was interviewing.  She also kept doing this weird swaying, jerking thing with her body.  So incredibly awkward that it was kind of hilarious to watch.  When she interviewed Gabourey Sidibe I think she was so proud of herself for being able to say her name that she made sure to repeat it like 3 times.  This is exactly what she said to her at one point “we hear that you text the people close to you a lot, but for the rest of us Gabourey, what can you share with us?”  Like me, Gabby didn’t exactly know if there was a question there.  What can you share with us???  About what????  About texting???  Can you be more specific?  Gabby basically just said I don’t know a few times and then said she was really excited.   She then closed the interview with “we’re proud of you too, you’ve turned your genius into a dream come true”  Huh?  What does that mean?  She also said thank you about 4 times to Zac Efron because she didn’t know how to end the interview.  I think she didn’t know what to do once her carefully scripted questions were over because I don’t think she deviated from the script at all.  Just as I was pondering who at ABC thinks being on Dancing with the Stars qualifies someone to do interviews on the red carpet, my friend called me and asked  “Are you watching the red carpet?  How brutal is Kathy Ireland?”  We laughed pretty hard about how awful she was and wondered how she could do that on tv in front of so many people when she’s so bad.  In the end we decided that she needed to go home, watch herself and think about what she had done.  The whole pre-show was pretty bad, sigh, I miss E! Channel and Ryan Seacrest.     

Neil Patrick Harris!!!!!  I love him!!!  I always thought I loved him because of Doogie Howser, but I only recently started watching the past seasons of How I Met Your Mother and after seeing that show, I realize that I didn’t even know what love was because my love of NPH has been taken to a whole new level.  He is a genius!  

I thought that Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were really, really funny.

The John Hughes tribute was great.  I love, love, love John Hughes.  Not only do his movies have great stories and characters,  they also have really kick-ass soundtracks.  His movies were such a part of my childhood and they are still among my favorites – my brothers and I still quote them on a regular basis.

James Taylor singing In My Life while they play the In Memoriam segment?  Um, tissue please.  First of all, one of the best songs ever written.  Second, I think James Taylor has one of the best voices ever.  His voice is like the first really warm day in spring when you open all the windows and everything just feels fresh and soothing and new.  J’adore. 

Yay Sandra Bullock – I love her.  Cute speech but Jesse James with tears in his eyes – um, tissue please.

I still don’t know how District 9 got nominated for Best Picture, I guess that’s what happens when you increase the nominees to 10 but I did not like that movie.  I get the whole parallel with what happened with apartheid in South Africa but I just didn’t really think it was that great.  Maybe it’s because I really never connected with the characters that I didn’t like it but I found at the end of the movie I didn’t really care what happened to any of them.  Not the worst movie I’ve ever seen that was nominated for an Oscar – that is still The Thin Red Line – if you haven’t seen that movie, don’t.  It’s terrible.  I saw it in the theatre and when it was over I was so angry that it had wasted my time.  I thought about leaving in the middle of it but kept thinking something was going to happen – nothing ever did.  I remember looking at my watch 30 mins into it and wondering when the hell the story was going to start.  I also remember about 3 times near the end of the movie the screen mercifully faded to black and we all thought it was over, only to have it continue on again.  People in the theatre actually groaned and started getting upset that it wouldn’t end.  One of the worst movies I’ve ever seen and it still incites rage in me when I talk about it.

The Hurt Locker wins Best Picture, I haven’t seen it yet.  It is sitting on my PVR right now because I planned to watch it this weekend before the Oscars and then somehow when it came time to watch it I decided I didn’t feel like a heavy movie and so I watched Whip It! instead.  Cute movie if you like Ellen Page, which I do, but I kind of wish I had rethought that one. 

Pretty boring Oscar show in all, although I guess they usually are.  I enjoyed the dancers a lot but I’m a sucker for a good dance number.  In the past I used to make an effort to see most of the nominated movies before the Oscars but I really didn’t see many of them this year, maybe that’s why I wasn’t all that into it.  For the record, I think Kate Winslet and Sandra Bullock both looked amazing!!

You know who else looked amazing, Sigourney Weaver!  Seriously, this woman is 60 years old.  I hope look that good at 50!

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The Olympics are over

March 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm (Random Ramblings)

Because I’m feeling extra proud to be Canadian today, an all Canadian playlist (maybe this will erase from my memory the fact that A Simple Plan and M.F’ing Nickelback played the closing ceremony.  Those of you who know me know my thoughts on Nickelback, those who don’t lets just say I would rather rip my own ears off than be forced to listen to them.

Dead Honey – Die Mannequin

Do it or Die – Die Mannequin

The Dead Can’t Testify – Billy Talent

Anna – Pure (this one’s a little old but I’ve been listening to it again lately and I still love it) 

The Olympics are over and to be honest I really don’t know what I’m going to do with myself now.  As my friend noted – they really were a nice break from the winter blahs.  Maybe it was the fact that they took place in Canada this time but I think I watched more events than I have in the past.  And I have to say – WAY TO GO CANADA!!!  I’m so impressed with the athletes and the way the country responded to it all.  Here’s what I loved the most about the Olympics this year.

First, I LOVE every single second of this video.  If you haven’t seen it (and you may have seen the last part of it but you NEED to watch the whole thing because THIS is pure MAGIC!!!)  It’s Marianne St-Gelais (who won a silver medal herself) cheering for her boyfriend Charles Hamelin as he wins gold.  Watch this and tell me you don’t love her.

THAT…. is how you cheer for your boyfriend at the Olympics!!!  It gives me chills.

I love Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir!!!!  I love that they have been skating together since they were 7 and 9 and in an interview she said that she’s never ever considered another partner and that it isn’t an avenue she would ever go down.  I love that at the end of their free skate you could see him mouth the words “thank you so much”.  I love that he wore a Team Canada hockey jersey when they did their Gala performance skate on Sat.  I think mostly it’s because I used to be a huge figure skating fan but got sick of it because of all of the judging nonsense and I think it’s so great to see people finally being rewarded based on their skill and not what country they are from.  And I just think they are adorable and although they are not a couple I totally wish they were.   I love that they sang the National Anthem at their medal ceremony with everything they had and he said after that he hoped there weren’t any microphones nearby.  

Part of it might also be that Tessa Virtue looks so much like Ione Skye from one of my favorite movies.  A little gem called Say Anything, and so, everytime I see her I think about that movie and how much I wanted to marry Lloyd Dobler, and maybe still do.  Wish I could find a better close up pic of Virtue but this is the best I can do.

Um, SIDNEY FREAKING CROSBY!!!!  That hockey game was ridiculous and I have a confession to make.  I kinda sorta missed the goal live, but I need to explain.  I don’t have the nerves or the stomach to handle games and overtime like that.  I just can’t deal with it and the last few minutes of the game and the overtime were causing me too much stress and by the time  Luongo saved the shot from Pavelski I was having a full on Tom Cruise moment standing on my couch and I realized that I needed to chill for a minute and catch my breath or I was going to have a heart attack, so I paused the game and went to the kitchen to get a beverage only to hear my neighbour cheer about 15 seconds later and I quickly understood that A.  we had won the game and B. I had missed it (sorta).  I did run back to the tv and un-pause it so I saw it about 20 seconds delayed.  I think it still counts.   But man, that game nearly killed me.

As for the Closing Ceremony – I loved how they made fun of the torch malfunction from the opening ceremony.  And also…..William Shatner and Michael J. Fox!!!  Brilliant!! 

I still love Shaun White!  He is insane and his final run was crazy!!  Also he was adorable on Oprah.

I think Joannie Rochette was amazing and to win a bronze medal under those circumstances was beyond belief.

I love Alex Bilodeau, I think he’s adorable and seems so humble and genuine and I’m glad he will forever be the first Canadian to win a gold medal at home.

I also love Jon Montgomery and the pitcher of beer he drank while walking down the street.  But I still think Skeleton is pure insanity. 

I have to give a shout out to Brian Williams because at the beginning of the games I was lamenting the fact that Ron McLean wouldn’t be hosting them but I have to say that I loved Brian Williams and I thought he did a great job.

I love that the Olympic rings in the harbour were lit up gold every time Canada won a gold medal.

I love this web site with the funny faces of figure skaters in action.

Finally I would like to say again that I am really proud to be Canadian right now!  I’m proud that we won the most gold medals EVER.  I’m proud that we won the most medals we’ve ever won at a winter games.  So I might have been a little emotional after the hockey game last night because almost every winning montage or commercial that they played about the games or Canadian pride was making me a little teary eyed.  This video essay however, put me over the edge, I cried.  That’s right, I said it. 

GO CANADA GO!

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Dracula and One Hit Wonders

February 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm (Random Ramblings)

Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap  

I’ve been listening to Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap non-stop since I watched 500 Days of Summer a few weeks ago (if you haven’t seen that movie yet you must, so funny).  So I finally decided to buy their album Conditions and…..I don’t know…..I don’t love it.  I mean I LOVE that song but the album, not so much, I’ve only listened to it twice so I’m trying to reserve judgement and I may decide it’s better after a few more listens but that song got me right away, I was expecting more from the album.  It’s not bad really, it is decent background music when I’m doing the Sunday crossword but I wasn’t expecting background music.  That song is so stirring I just thought the album would have more like that, instead it’s all just a little meh.   I hate when that happens.  I hate when I’m expecting so much from an album and it doesn’t deliver.  Not that every song needs to be amazing – they can’t all be 30 Seconds to Mars but I guess I’ve been on a roll lately where most of the albums I’ve bought in the last few months have lived up to my expectations.   

Not that this is the first time it’s happened, take Being Here by The Stills  

That song has been out for almost 2 years and I still listen to it on a regular basis, it’s awesome!  But that album, I didn’t like it.  Very disappointing.  Or Bitches in Tokyo by Stars  

Great song right?  The rest of the album sounded nothing like that song.  One more…. Dig by Incubus – this song is like 4 years old and I still love it and I thought that album would be amazing.  It wasn’t.   

It’s so frustrating, not to mention expensive.  No wonder people download so much when it’s really the best way to only pay for music you actually like.  I mean it’s one thing when you kinda like a song and you want to check out the band to see what they’re about, but it’s so disappointing when you LOVE a song and are convinced the album MUST be amazing and then it falls flat.  I guess that’s why I get so excited when I buy an album based on hearing a song or two and that song isn’t even my favorite one on the album – I think that is the best thing ever!  So thank you Billy Talent, 30STM, Linkin Park, Keane, USS, Mew, Death Cab, Neverending White Lights, Ashes Divide, My Chemical Romance, Muse, Shiny Toy Guns, Silversun Pickups, Madina Lake, Kill Hannah, Metric, White Lies and any other band that I have bought an album from the past few years based on a song or two and ended up loving the whole thing!  You restore my faith. 

So I got a last minute invite to see Dracula at Casa Loma this weekend and it was……..interesting.  The play takes place in various rooms in Casa Loma so the audience has to get up and move around with the actors which was a neat concept and sometimes you’re standing or sitting right beside them while they perform.  It was put on by the Brant Theatre Workshops and I hate to say it but the acting was a little low budget, not bad exactly, just weird.  Actually I take that back, the girl who played Mina was trying to do an accent through most of it and it was…..not good.  She was trying to be English I think, sometimes sounded a little Irish but mostly just sounded and looked like she didn’t have proper use of her mouth and jaw.  It was so distracting.  I get that you want to try to be authentic with the accent but if you can’t pull it off it just makes things worse.  I’m surprised none of the other actors have told her to cut it out.  It was pretty bad and was cracking me up a little, but I’m also immature when it comes to having people acting 2 feet from me so I was having trouble keeping the giggling under control as it was, especially because it was so low budget.  At one point the crew guy ran across the front of the “stage” – that caused some giggles.  Soon after I whispered to my friend that I wasn’t going to be able to keep it together much longer.  Mostly I enjoyed being in the castle and seeing the different rooms because it’s a long time since I’ve been there.  It was a little strange being there at night with most of the lights off and I was not a fan of the basement swimming pool area – super creepy.  There’s a weird energy in there for sure.  I found the story hard to follow even though it is based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula .  I’m going to have to watch that movie again because it turns out I really don’t remember it very well.  But I will tell you one thing, that Count Dracula is no Edward Cullen!  And I’m not talking about the lame Edward from the movie, I mean the REAL one, from the book.  THAT is a vampire! 

Casa Loma

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Congratulations Jenn Heil!

February 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm (Random Ramblings)

Okay I have been watching the Olympics pretty much since they started and this is driving me crazy today.  To the broadcasters:  can we please stop talking about how we did NOT get the first gold medal on Canadian soil yet and focus on the fact that Jenn Heil WON a silver medal!!!  The FIRST Canadian medal of the games and our only one so far!!!  Seriously!  It’s so irritating, this poor girl had an amazing run, won the silver medal and instead of celebrating Canada’s first and only medal all they can talk about is how the home soil gold medal still eludes us and how she didn’t get gold.

Even the stupid cow (I don’t know who it was but I know I hate her) who interviewed Jenn after her run was all ‘tell me about the disappointment’, ‘is this hard to deal with’ and Jenn herself had to say ‘you know I wanted the gold for sure but I WON THE SILVER MEDAL.  I’m really proud of myself and my coach is proud of me and this medal is for Canada and I’m proud to be Canadian right now’.  And still the interviewer is talking in this very subdued voice like this is the worst thing that ever happened.  Ugh! 

At least Brian Williams had the sense when they cut back to him in the studio to mention that Jenn made a good point, that she didn’t lose the gold, she won the silver.  She had a great run and made no major mistakes, it’s just that Hannah Kearney’s run was better.  It’s not like she cracked under the pressure and blew it, she just wasn’t the winner.   It’s too bad she has to keep pointing that out to everyone herself and that she can’t just be celebrated for her accomplishment. 

So, Congratulations Jenn Heil!  I’m proud of you!!! 

p.s.  I hate the Olympics without Ron MacLean, can’t they just make it a rule that no matter what network gets the rights to the Olympics, that Ron MacLean takes part in the coverage, no matter what.  He rules!!!

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Olympics Opening Ceremony

February 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm (Random Ramblings)

Playlist:  Muse – Absolution, if you don’t have this album you need to get it, now.  I’ll wait….

Time is Running Out

Hysteria

Endlessly

So that was the Olympics Opening Ceremony, hmmm, I thought it was in a word – dull.  I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of the opening ceremonies in general, I find them a little drawn out and overly dramatic and everything takes sooooo long.  I prefer a little more action and a little less people wandering around the frozen tundra for 10 minutes.  I get why they chose the concept of how Canada developed and they wanted to honour the First Nations but geez, couldn’t they have found a more exciting way to do it.  All I kept thinking was, this is Canada, the home of Cirque Du Soleil, why didn’t anyone think to hire them to do the opening ceremonies.  Seriously, tell them the concept and what you want to do and let them go to town with it.  I mean if Cirque can put on a show about bugs that had me on the edge of my seat and completely mesmerized surely they could have done something amazing about Canada’s history for the friggin Olympics.  I don’t know Canada, I think we missed the boat on this one.  Not that it was all bad, here are my random thoughts on the whole thing.

  • I enjoyed the fiddlers and tap dancers.  It was nice to see Ashley MacIsaac again because he’s been residing in the Where are they now? files for a while, or maybe I just haven’t been paying attention.  Last I heard he was well on his way towards becoming a train wreck. 
  • I do think it’s cool when we have dramatic ceremonies like this that we have The Mounties because they really do look kind of regal.
  • I LOVE Bryan Adams!!!  Nelly Furtado…not so much.  But Bryan rocks!!  My very first concert was Bryan Adams at Maple Leaf Gardens back in 1992 and although I haven’t cared much for any of the music he’s released in the last 15 years, the minute I hear Heaven I am 13-years old again at a grade 8 dance. 
  • Did k.d. lang have a sex change?  I mean she always looked a little man-ish but when they first showed her I was like, when did she turn into Alec Baldwin?  Although I will say that her singing Hallelujah was one of the highlights of the whole thing.  I LOVE that song!  Written by Leonard Cohen (Canadian) and every time I hear it now I remember when Bon Jovi did a cover of it at their concert in 2007  and when Jon Bon Jovi was introducing it he said that growing up he always hoped to one day write a really great song that would transcend everything and go on for ever and then he said “this is the song I wish I had written” and proceeded to do a kick-ass cover of it.  My favorite version is still Jeff Buckley’s.
  • I liked Shane Koyczan’s poem We Are More.
  • Wayne Gretzky lighting the torch – awesome!
  • The torch malfunctioning and not being fully erected, even more awesome.  Epic fail!  I wonder whose head will roll for that one.  Also awesome, the camera zooming in on Steve Nash’s WTF face while they were waiting for the stupid thing to come out of the floor.
  • Sarah McLachlin’s song and the dance that went with it were good and I thought the celebration of the Rockies with the people on roller blades and the people hanging from the wires on skis and snowboards was okay but again, imagine what Cirque would have done for that!
  • I was not crazy about the version of O Canada that Nikki Yanofsky sang, I don’t know if it was the whole winter wonderland theme getting to me but it reminded me of a Christmas version or something.  Didn’t it sound like something that you would hear at Christmas?  Great voice though.

The procession of athletes:

  • I especially love the countries that only have one or two athletes, that must be so cool for them. 
  • I loved watching the people in the back ground, dressed in white who were lining the walkway for the athletes because they had to keep dancing and jumping around with excitement for the whole hour or however long it took.  Not that I can’t dance for an hour but it’s usually fueled a little by alcohol and requires good music.  Anyway, most of them were rocking the classic step touch dance moves which cracked me up.
  • I love when countries come out and I have no idea where these countries are located, places like Moldova and Montenegro.  And when I say I don’t know where they are located, I mean I don’t even know what continent they are on, I know it’s not North America but after that I’m stumped.  I’m terrible at geography though.  I  always want Portugal to be in South America and I have consciously remind myself that it’s not (even though it should be).
  • I love Liechtenstein!  In high school, my friend Matt and I used to have this thing when we were at a party where we would go up to each other and say “Where are we going?”  to which we would both answer “Liechtenstein!”.  Which basically meant we were going to get drunk.  I don’t know how that even started.
  • I love that both China and Japan, along with their own country’s flags, managed to get their hands on some mini Canadian flags, and yet the Canadian team couldn’t seem to get any. 
  • I love Shaun White, I know him more for skateboarding at the X Games then for snowboarding but I still love him, and he was walking with Louie Vito whom I adored on Dancing with the Stars.  I know they’re American but I can love them anyway.
  • Man, that was a chilling when Georgia came out, god, those poor people having to deal with everything.  I can’t even imagine the mix of emotions they must have been feeling.  That must be so hard not only for the Georgian athletes to keep going but for everyone who is competing in luge.  How do you mentally prepare yourself to go flying down that track (which I think is insanity at the best of times) when you know that someone died there?  So sad.

So all in all I think it had some moments but was pretty long and very slow moving.  But, somewhere among the First Nations people dancing, the weird kid flying around the prairies, the people wandering through the arctic tundra and the excruciatingly long transitions between segments I somehow was reminded of this: 

So thanks Olympic Committee – I haven’t seen that in ages.

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February 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm (Random Ramblings)

Current playlist:  Mostly 30 Seconds to Mars (still), also these

Jay Malinowski – Santa Monica

 The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition 

I went to see Avatar last night for the second time and once again it was stunning!  I can’t tell you how much I love that movie, it is so visually stirring that I’m a little exhausted by the end of it.  This is probably partly due to the 3D glasses which I’m not used to, I will admit the last 3D movie I saw was Jaws which was……..not good, and needless to say the technology has advanced quite a bit since 1983.   If you haven’t seen it you really should see it in the theatre in 3D to get the full experience.  I mean Avatar, not Jaws. 

Along with the visual artistry of the movie I really love the story.  When I saw it the first time I didn’t know anything about it but I thought it was going to be a typical Sci-Fi movie which I’m generally not that into.  I didn’t realize it’s actually more of a fantasy/fairy tale/action movie.  I enjoyed the one liners in it that make reference the war in Iraq and the stupidity of it all.  I know some people think the message that we’re all connected to each other and the earth and that we’re all just borrowing from the same universal energy while in these bodies is a little too touchy-feely and unrealistic.  But I believe it and I think the sooner we all realize it the better off we’ll be.    

Anyway, great movie and definitely worth seeing, people actually clapped at the end when I saw it the first time.  As for the crying factor, I’ll give it a 5 out of 10, there were tears but I was able to keep it together.

Since I’ve been out of commission for a few weeks I’m going to back track a little and even though I realize the Grammys were 2 weeks ago, if you haven’t seen Pink’s performance from that night you need to watch it.  Because that…… was awesome!!!  I love her!  And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, to all those useless ‘singers’ who use performance as an excuse to lip-sync their shows,  once again it has been proven if you can sing….you can sing.  Period. 

Love it!!!!!  But I did keep thinking how that must have irritated some of the people in the audience who got dripped on. 

Also from the Grammys.  I want this dress.  That’s all.

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Do you know it’s Christmas?

December 25, 2009 at 10:56 am (Music, Random Ramblings)

In honour of Christmas I’m presenting my favorite Christmas song of all time.  Do They Know it’s Christmas by Band Aid.  I should note that I know every frame of this video off by heart having watched it upwards of 100 times back when it came out in 1984.   The numerous viewings were partly because I loved the song but mostly because I was a huge Duran Duran fan (still am) and I believed at the time that John Taylor would one day be my husband (it’s possible I still believe that but I’m not admitting anything).  Seriously, how cute is he in his red and black Duran Duran shirt?  I wanted a shirt like that so badly at the time and I think I still kinda do, if anyone knows where I can find one my eternal gratitude is yours.

I do find it interesting to watch this video 25 years later to see who was featured in it at the time.  I mean Paul Young, who currently resides in the ‘where are they now?’ files and who’s success was mainly from doing cover songs, is arguably the ‘star’ of the song and video.  He sang the opening lines and also got to jump back in for a few key lines later in the song.  I remember hearing that those lines were actually meant for David Bowie but he couldn’t make it – that would have made more sense.  Meanwhile, Sting doesn’t even get a solo, but he does get quite a bit of face time.  Bono gets one line as a solo and even though he puts everything into that one line and is sporting his spectacular mullet, he is barely seen again.  We’re talking about Bono people!  I’d say the other soloists are valid for the time and stand up now, Simon LeBon of Duran Duran – you can’t argue their contribution to the music and videos of the 80s, (at least you can’t argue it with me cuz you’ll never win) and they have managed to keep a fairly solid musical career going – although I would have rethought the horizontal striped shirt with the vertical striped jacket.  George Michael,  although I’m not really a big fan of his solo work and I want to stab myself in the ear every time I hear the song Faith, he went on to do big things in music as well as public washrooms and has built quite a tabloid career.  And then we have Boy George who has also managed to keep his name in the press in the last few years what with his arrest for kidnapping and forcible confinement of a male escort and an arrest for drug possession after he called the cops to his apartment to report a burglary and they showed up to find cocaine sitting on his desk – I guess some people are just born brilliant.  And of course there is his contribution to the theatre world

A few last things, after 25 years I still sorta want to punch the singer for Spandau Ballet at the 1:14 mark, why do you have to look so pretentious when everyone else looks kind of chill and relaxed?  I also like at the 1:56 mark how they all look like they’re moving to a different beat.  Back then I really wanted to be one of the Bananarama girls, I thought they were so cool, and now when I look at them all I can think is ‘did you just roll out of bed and head down to the studio?’ – does that mean I’m getting old?  Don’t answer that. 

As an extra bonus, here is my second favorite Christmas song.  Ahh the 80s, good times.  Good, fashion-challenged, times.  

Merry Christmas!!!

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I’m in love…

December 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm (Music)

…with the new 30 Seconds to Mars album This Is War. 

I think this could be “The One”.  I mean it, I think this album and I are soul mates.  We are going to do everything together: spend lazy Sundays relaxing on the couch, take long walks, have candlelit dinners, enjoy a nice bottle of wine, go for long drives – everything!  We’re going to be together forever and nothing and no one will ever come between us!!!!!!   

Playlist:  

“No matter how many breaths that you took you still couldn’t breathe.” ~ Hurricane

Seriously, it is SO good I can’t even begin to describe it.  I could have put every song in the playlist and trying to choose 3 was tough, This Is War is my favorite song right now.  When he sings “I do believe in the light, raise your hands up to the sky.  The fight is done, the war is won, lift your hands toward the sun”  I get chills.  Love that song.  It’s been 4 years since their last album came out and wow, is this album ever worth the wait!!!!  I’ve been listening to it non stop since it came out last week and I’m beyond obsessed.  Definitely think this one is my favorite album of the year (sorry Madina Lake, but you guys are still my boys).  

I remember last spring reading that the band was doing something called The Summit, they didn’t release many details about it at the time but basically they gathered a bunch of fans together and recorded their vocals doing different things to use on the album.  At the time I thought it sounded like a cool idea and how awesome that would be to say that your voice is actually on the new 30STM album.  Now, I think it is the best idea any band ever had!  The result is amazing!!!!  The crowd vocals and clapping bring something extra to the songs and makes them even more stirring.  Here’s some footage from the initial event in LA, they later did some other events around the world but the band wasn’t in attendance at those ones.  

So cool!!!!!!  Oh, and the monks chanting at the end of the last song on the album – very cool and also, creepy.  

On a completely different note, I found this clever Flowchart that helps you determine what fast food to eat based on your circumstances, ex.  Are you high?  Genius!

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Mew and the dangers of late nights

December 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm (Concerts, Music, Random Ramblings)

Playlist:  all Mew

She Came Home For Christmas

Snow Brigade

Repeaterbeater

The Zookeeper’s Boy

I went to see Mew play at the Mod Club last night – amazing!!!  Jonas Bjerre has one of those voices that makes me nervous about seeing a band live because you never know if it is going to sound the same or be a complete let down.  I was not let down, his voice was just as haunting and piercing live as it is on their albums.  Magical.  I only caught on to Mew earlier this year when I heard Snow Brigade, I then bought Frengers and became mildly obsessed with She Came Home for Christmas – neither of which were played last night but I’ll forgive them since the rest of it was so fantastic.  I have Frengers, And the Glass Handed Kites and their new album No More Stories… and love them all – very dreamy music.  If you’re interested I would suggest starting with Frengers and going from there – fantastic album!!!!  I almost dragged myself to the Virgin Festival this summer just to see them but I’m glad now that I waited and saw them in a great venue instead of on a second stage at an outdoor event.  Worth the wait for sure!!!!!!!

The only problem with the concert last night is that it is indirectly responsible for what transpired on my way home from work today.  So I’m driving home from work, obviously on autopilot, and I just followed the car in front of me when it turned into my building, followed them into the parking garage and then parked in my spot.  I get out of my car and notice there is a cement step close by that wasn’t there before.  That’s weird I thought, maybe they just put that there today, but not really sure.  So I’m a little confused but I keep walking towards the elevator lobby, once I open the door to go in there I notice that there are completely different tiles on the floor than usual.  So I stood there for a few seconds before it occurred to me – I’m in the wrong frickin’ building!!!!!  O.M.G.  How embarrassing!!!  In my defence my building is one of three in a row that are the same so the layout etc of the parking garage is identical, but still.  How do you drive into the wrong building?  Of your home?  Where  you have lived for two years!!  Unbelievable!  So let that be a lesson to you all on the dangers of lack of sleep and the demon alcohol – you may find yourself  brain dead the next day!

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Andrea Bocelli at the ACC

December 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm (Concerts, Music)

On Thursday I was lucky enough to score a last minute free ticket to see Andrea Bocelli at the ACC – box seats no less – and I have to say that although it was not something I would normally have really thought to go see, it was pretty amazing!  He was joined by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a soprano Ana Maria Martinez, Aussie pop star Delta Goodrem and David Foster.  So my thoughts on the concert:

  • Andrea Bocelli has an incredible voice and seems like a very gentle, sweet person.
  • I do not like the sound of most soprano voices.  If someone were to ask me if I like opera I would probably answer no and I realized that night that the reason is because I just don’t find the female voices pleasant to listen to.  The men I could listen to all night, but when Ana Maria was singing I couldn’t wait for it to be over.  So while I appreciate her talent and the incredible instrument that is her voice, much like the recorder or the accordion I really don’t want to listen to it.  
  • I love David Foster!  I have loved him since high school when I fell asleep to the soundtrack of Stealing Home every night for about six months.  Between that and St. Elmo’s Fire I have always been a fan and I still am.
  • During the opening song I quickly became intrigued with the guy playing the cymbals in the orchestra, I just loved watching him get all geared up before his big moment and slamming those things together for all it was worth and then just sitting there waiting for the next time.  I am intrigued partly because I always wonder how someone becomes the cymbal player.  Obviously someone has to do it, but did this guy always want to be a cymbal player, or is he just part of the percussion section and that’s just his job?  Do they rotate around and sometimes he plays the drums?  Or do you start at cymbals and triangle and work your way up?  I’m not knocking it by any means, I am always fascinated by any of the percussion instruments because I really think they do take a lot of skill and timing.  I remember being completely transfixed at a Queens of the Stone Age concert a few years ago watching one of the guys shaking some maracas to the beat for an entire song, I couldn’t take my eyes off of him wondering if he was ever going to slip up and lose the beat (he never did) and thinking how tired his arm must have been after doing that for 5 mins straight.  Very intriguing.  
  • Delta Goodrem is phenomenal!!!  I LOVED her voice and I definitely could have listened to her all night.  This isn’t from the Toronto show but here’s a sample – very Celine Dion-ish – only less annoying.
  • I loved watching the bows of the violins all moving in unison while they played and seeing them all scramble and lean forward to turn the page of their sheet music at the same time. 
  • I ADORED the conductor of the orchestra, Steven Mercurio.  What a character.  He was so animated that I spent most of the concert watching him.  My friend and I compared him to Bugs Bunny because he really seemed like a cartoon jumping around and waving his wand.  Very enjoyable to watch.
  • I was brought to tears (shocking, I know) on a couple of songs – Ave Maria, Silent Night and The Prayer, couldn’t help it, the music and his voice were so stirring.

Great concert!!  Great night!!  Definitely something I’ll remember and not bad for free tickets.  And we lucked out and found underground parking for only $15 at Bay and Lakeshore, while the other lots around the ACC were charging $30 – $35 for parking.  I found out the next day that there was an NFL game in town that night which explains the parking prices a little, but $35 is RIDICULOUS!!!!! 

So I will leave you with this……

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