Metric + Massey Hall = AWESOME!

October 24, 2009 at 4:41 pm (Concerts, Music)

Playlist:  a little Metric, obviously.

Poster of a Girl

Dead Disco

Help I’m Alive

In my next life can I please come back as Emily Haines from Metric?  I LOVE her!!!!!  She is my one true girl crush!  Not only does she have a voice that I have said on many occasions I would sell my soul for, she’s just awesome!!  I saw Metric on Wed night for the third time this year and I’ve now decided that they are second only to Linkin Park for me as the best live band I’ve seen!  Coincidentally, having seen them 3 times ties them with Linkin Park for second place on my list of bands I’ve seen multiple times in one year.  The reigning champs are my boys in Madina Lake whom I’ve seen 5 times in a year, which is as much a testament to how often they tour as it is to how insane I am.

Back to Metric, first of all, seeing them at Massey Hall – incredible!  That place is magic!!!!  They seemed genuinely thrilled to be playing there, which I think anyone who grew up in Toronto and has been to a concert there should be.  It is without a doubt my favorite venue for a concert!    Aside from the magic of Massey, Emily Haines is magic herself.  She is completely captivating on stage and she never stops moving.  While discussing her dance moves and why she is so engaging while jumping around like a crazy person I think my friend Kelly totally nailed it – she does on stage what we all do at home in our bedrooms when we’re listening to music….jumping, spinning, marching, dancing, bopping, head banging ….whatever your body wants to do.  Which makes you feel like she’s really just rocking out to the music rather than trying to put on a show – I think that’s why she is, as my sister-in-law put it, mesmerizing!  You can’t take your eyes off her and she’s larger than life, but at the same time she also just seems like a cool chick rockin’ out to some tunes.  Accessible and yet a complete star at the same time!  And the while she never stops jumping and is constantly moving – her singing doesn’t suffer one bit – she sounds amazing.  So suck on that all the Britney Spears out there who use dancing as an excuse for why they lip-sync their shows!!!!!  I think if you can sing, you can sing even if you’re dancing.    And Emily Haines can SING!  

This is actually from the show the night before cuz I couldn’t find a good one from Wed show but you get the picture.

 

LOVE Emily, LOVE Metric, cannot wait until they play Massey again!!!  Well done kids!!

One other note, I had the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had the other night at Aroma Espresso Bar on Bloor just east of Bathurst.  OMG, it’s like drinking a chocolate bar!  I wouldn’t say that I’m a hot chocolate expert or anything but I highly suggest it be tried by everyone – just make sure you stir it first.  Damn, now I want one … anyone feel like making a delivery?  Really, no one??  I’ll be your best friend?  No?  Damn.

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Dancing with the Stars

October 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm (TV)

Playlist:

 Kings and Queens – 30 Seconds to Mars (still)

Hell – Tegan and Sara

Too Late – Dead by Sunrise

So I’m catching up with last night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars.  A couple of things… first of all, W.T.F. is up with Samantha Harris’ hair????  Seriously, what year is this???  I often wonder if hosts of shows like this have any say in their hair and makeup because, dude, you couldn’t pay me to go on tv looking like that!!!  I mean I don’t even like her, she is dumb as a post and completely useless on this show especially when Tom Bergeron is so awesome, but I still wouldn’t wish that hair on anyone.  She has gorgeous hair normally, I covet it.  But seriously, who did that to her?  THAT….. is not ok.  Check it out…

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Second, I hate Aaron Carter!  I mean, I hadn’t really given him much thought in the past except the few times I did ever hear about him or saw him I thought he seemed like a whiny little brat.  And now that I see him on DWTS – I think he seems like a whiny little brat.  When he makes those faces, I just want to punch him!  I read somewhere that there is a rumour that one of the reasons Karina and Maks broke up was because she was spending time with Aaron outside of the studio.  Oh Karina!  Hell no!!!  Please, please please do not go there.  You already dated the shirtless wonder that is Mario Lopez (I was and will always be a Zach girl, so Slater can suck it!) please don’t sink any lower and start dating Aaron effing Carter.  I hope that rumour isn’t true.  I hope he goes home this week I’m tired of him, but the judges apparently loved his tango – I found it creepy.

Next, I LOVE Kelly Osbourne!!  I’ve always had a soft spot for her and on this show I just love her.  She’s so adorable and seems to really be enjoying herself.  I love her cheeky attitude with her partner and just how excited she always seems when she’s done.  I totally knew the minute I saw the makeup on Louis that they were going to be dancing to an Ozzy song, he really does look like a short haired version of old school Ozzy.

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Kelly talked about how nervous she was dancing to one of her dad’s songs (it was Crazy Train fyi) with him there.  I just kept thinking about the poor dude who had to try to SING the song with Ozzy in the audience.  He even had to do the ALL ABOARD! at the beginning, which takes some balls to do that with the Oz man sitting right there. 
Most of the other dancers I could take or leave but I do love Louis and Chelsea and after this episode, I really think they are knocking boots.  They’re so cute, I hope they get married and have cute babies.  The chemistry is definitely there between them and last night they looked adorable.
 
The group dance was fun but there was all kinds of awkward going on with the lifts and tricks and stuff.  Not fluid at all, kind of a train wreck really, but still fun to watch.
One last note, I love that Tom Bergeron pointed out that Latoya Jackson was in the audience and mentioned that it was because there is going to be a special tribute to MJ on tonight’s results show.  That’s great Tom, except that doesn’t explain why she’s been in the audience for the past three weeks.  She’s become a permanent fixture.

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Somewhere between 7:30 and 11:00

October 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm (Concerts, Music, Random Ramblings)

Playlist:  One song, on repeat, non-stop, awesome – I cannot wait for this album to come out!!!

Kings and Queens – 30 Seconds to Mars

“The lessons that we’ve learned here have only just begun.”  ~30 Seconds to Mars

Can we please get some kind of consistency with concert timing and when the opening and headlining bands are actually going to hit the stage? 

Generally, depending on how many opening bands there are etc. I assume somewhere around 9 or 10 for the headliner but lately I’ve been to a few that did not follow this trend and it can be frustrating.  Two recently that are at both ends of the spectrum.

The other night I went to see the Silversun Pickups, realizing there were 2 opening bands and being a little tired we tried to time it to get there around 9:30 figuring we would catch the end of the second opening band and then SSPU would be going on around 10-ish.  Well, we got there around 9:30 and managed to catch the end of the first opening band An Horse – dumbest band name EVER!!  Heard a little of them, not bad, sort of background music but okay.  Then we had to sit through Cage the Elephant, which, I’m sorry, I do not get.  I’ve seen a lot of bands live that I’ve never heard before and although I may not always walk away a fan exactly, most of them I can say that I at least enjoyed the show.  Case in point, Hollywood Undead – I will never listen to them, but watching them live – I get it.  Cage the Elephant, not so much.  This meant that SSPU didn’t take the stage until 11pm.  That’s just crazy!  I realize I’m going to sound old saying this but 11pm?  Really?  Had I known before hand that this would be the case I would have extended my evening nap and showed up for 11:00 and everything would have been fine.  As it was I had to suffer through Cage the Elephant and after what seemed like 6 hours of them I was tired and over it. 

Now cut to three weeks ago when my friend and I were going to see White Lies at the Phoenix.  The ticket said doors were at 6pm which I though seemed a little early but didn’t really analyze it too much.  So originally we were planning to maybe stop by a little piano bar for a drink on the way to the show but because it was raining decided just to go straight there and have a drink there and catch the opener.  Um thank god we did that because as we were strolling in at 7:45pm I hear the distinct sounds of the White Lies being played.  I asked the bouncer how long they had been on for and he told me about 5 or 10 mins.  WTF?????  They went on at 7:30??????  And they only played for an hour so the entire concert was over by 8:30.  On a Saturday night!!!  8:30pm!!  If it hadn’t been raining we would have missed the whole thing and I would have been pissed.  Something to keep in mind if you’re ever going to see a concert at the Phoenix on a Sat. 

So I guess somewhere between 7:30 and 11:00 is the norm for headliners.  Great, that’s helpful. 

I’m sure some of the reasoning behind not having actual set times is flexibility and also that it encourages people to come and  check out the openers.  To be honest I often do want to check out the opening bands, in fact, there are a lot of concerts that I go to specifically just to see one of the opening bands – you know who you are Madina Lake!!  However,  the fact that I am NOT 16 anymore means that I have no patience for waiting in line for an hour to get in.  There’s no reason to as I’m not at all interested in being at the front of the stage.  Sadly, for yours truly…that train has sailed.  Some nights I’m totally up for a full night of music and sometimes, like the other night with SSPU, I’m a little tired and not in the mood to be there for hours so it would be nice to be able to show up specifically for the band I want to see and not have to suffer through the atrocities heaped upon us by some openers – yeah I’m talking about you Cage the Elephant!  I just think that if shows are going to deviate from the usual 9-10pm headliner start time they should let the concert goers know so that we can adjust our schedule accordingly.  Or put a note on the ticket with the headlining show time.  Is that so much to ask?

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Chicago Reigns (as seen on an umbrella)

October 14, 2009 at 9:31 pm (Random Ramblings)

    Playlist:  The new Kill Hannah album (Chicago boys!)  Here’s a sample
    Spent the weekend in Chicago, it was windy (I know, I’m hilarious) and cold but what a great city!  So here are a couple of things I love about Chi-town.  
    I love how the announcement on the subway when you enter each station sounds like the station and the train are being introduced to each other:  “this is Belmont” pause “this is a blue line train to O’Hare”.   I felt like he should say “now shake hands”. 
    I love the random “Curb your dog” signs.   Seriously, curb your dog?   IMG_0525
    I love that the Lincoln Park Zoo is free, and awesome!!  I love the family that we were around while seeing the monkeys who we affectionately nicknamed “the nasty family” due to a comment from one of the kids who said about the monkeys “they being nasty” to which the mother replied “they not being nasty, they just groomin each other”.  Other zingers from this family included “ew he’s digging in his nose”  “so what, I seen you diggin in yours before” or “he’s just laying there”  “yeah, he’s like your brother” and my personal fav, while my friend and I tried to figure out exactly what we were looking at our question was answered very loudly by daughter #2 “I think that’s his butt”.   Oh Nasty Family, I hope you had a good day, I wish we could have spent more time with you but we lost you somewhere after seeing the gorillas.    I also love the camel with one messed up hump.IMG_0516 I love the woman who took our tickets at the entrance of the Underground Adventure Exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History who was so honest when my friend asked “Is it amazing?”  to which she replied “No, but you already paid for it so you might as well go in.”  HA!  Awesome!!!!
    I love that the hot, hot, mostly straight male bartenders at Minibar all take off their shirts at midnight!  Those gay bars really know what they’re doing.
    I love this statue…
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    I love our waiter Ted E. Graham at Ed Debevic’s (for those unfamiliar with this diner, the shtick is that the waiters are rude and snotty and basically verbally abuse the customers).  I love that he didn’t know what he was in for when he took me on and his final comeback to me was “you’re so mean!”  Dude, is that the best you got?
     I love this random couple just chillin’ out on a bench next to a pirate.IMG_0541

    I love that I managed to cross the finish line of the Chicago marathon, okay, so maybe the clean up crew were about to start dismantling it and I had actually spent the day at the Field Museum but it’s likely the only chance I will ever get to do it so give it to me. 

    Most of all, I love that I was able to be at Navy Pier at the right time to witness this (and yes, that is my camera work)

     The next time you think you hate your job, I want you to remember these people, doing this in public, on a Saturday afternoon, in front of people, for real, in those costumes, making minimum wage, IN FRONT OF PEOPLE!  You’re welcome.  

     Don’t miss me too much Chicago, I’ll be back soon enough!!!!

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