February 28, 2013 § Leave a Comment
During my second year of college, I got into Conor Oberst‘s mostly solo, emo-masterpiece Bright Eyes BIG TIME. When he joined social commentary rock band Desaparecidos and released “Read Music/Speak Spanish”, I loved having a punk alternative to his soulful sad songs.
I have seen Bright Eyes live many times. When I was 20, I saw him play the Horseshoe in Toronto then drove with four friends to Montreal the very next day to see him again. (I also got up the nerve to introduce myself to him and tell him I loved the new record before that show. On stage, he told a story about a Canadian girl who offered to marry him so he could live in our country instead of America. All of my guy friends thought that was me, and I never corrected them – until now.)
Although Desaparecidos did tour briefly, I don’t think they ever came to Canada so I never saw them. I was so happy to finally get the chance to see them live last night at New York’s Webster Hall. They were great! Lively and passionate and spot on with every song. Not to mention, they played all their old songs, with just a few that I believe to be new and a cover of opening band/their best touring friends Joyce Manor.
Sorry for the vertical video – I was holding my phone out over the balcony and didn’t feel comfortable holding it sideways! Also the floor was actually bouncing with people rocking out. What a great show!
P.S. I was standing a few feet away from Conor before they played in the VIP area and, yes ladies, he is still a cutie pie.
February 4, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I’ve come along way from being that music-obsessed teenager; who spent all her spare time playing in a band, listening to music, and filling up video tapes with music videos recorded from MuchMusic. I wanted to go to every concert, despite being under age and not having any money. I was pretty one dimensional back then, but I’ve since developed other loves like yoga and photography, even love for cities like New York, Toronto, and Paris.
However, music will always be my first love. And that’s why while watching the new documentary Sound City on Saturday afternoon, I got chills. You can’t explain to other people, just why music is so important, they just have to get it themselves. This movie, a brainchild of Dave Grohl (who is clearly good at EVERYTHING), is by music lovers, about music lovers, for music lovers. If you’re a music lover, you have got to watch it.
Obviously, you should watch this in a theatre with a good sound system, but if it’s not an option, you can buy it online.
January 3, 2013 § Leave a Comment
2012 was “The Year Of Yes” for Nick and I. We wanted to make it the best possible, doing what we wanted when we wanted, within reason, of course. This attitude led to some pretty great moments and incredible experiences. I also fell even more in love with yoga, specifically Ashtanga, and turbocharged my practice into a 4-5 times a week affair which led me into new poses I never expected to be able to do. There were sad moments this year too, especially in February, but overall, 2012 was the best one I’ve had in years.
- On Friday the 13th, Nick & I went to see/experience the incredible Sleep No More.
- That same morning, I danced my heart out before 10am at Creative Mornings with Girl Walk All Day.
- Filed for an LLC and made my business official. No more freelancing for me!
- The beginning of the month, my family faced a tragedy. Jenn’s nearly full-term baby suddenly passed away a week before her due date. We’ll always remember Everett, even though we didn’t get to meet him.
- Nick and I met my parents in Jamaica for a sunny vacation.
- I flew to Canada for a week-long visit, where I stayed with Jenn and her family. This included lots of playing with their new puppy, Biscuit.
- I tried an incredibly challenging Soulcycle class – right after Jake Gyllenhaal worked out in the same room.
- Mad Men season 5 premiered and I fell in love with the show all over again.
- Flew to London for a long weekend. We got to see Nick’s client Frank Turner headline his first arena show and Abbey Road!
- I helped set a record at the World’s Largest Rainbow Parade RecordSetter Event.
- Finally bought a bike worth more than $100. What a difference!
- Spent a weekend in Ohio for Alex and Erin’s lovely barn wedding.
- Started a subscription to Lancaster Farm Fresh weekly vegetable share and farm fresh eggs. Best decision of 2012!
- Had a quick trip to Toronto to see Frank Turner and Baroness, along with some friends and family.
- Saw an amazing Radiohead show in Newark.
- My sister Jenn came for a weekend visit!
- The first Long Island beach visit of the year with Kate.
- Gave a sweaty-faced testimonial in a video for my favourite yoga studio.
- Went to the Governor’s Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island solo, but met up with many ex- & current TAG friends and my good Torontonian bud, Travis Bradley!
- Took a weekend road trip to Baltimore with Kate and Bryan. Survived the worst thunderstorm driving conditions on the way there so that we could see fish in their aquarium, go to a baseball game, and eat at a Brazilian steak house.
- Celebrated our second wedding anniversary with Nick by getting massages. So goooood.
- Rewrote my NYC + Brooklyn City Guide, complete with different categories, to appease all the NYC visitors!
- Went to Massachusetts to visit Nick’s best friend Mike, but we also went WHALE WATCHING! I saw humpback whales for the first time and it was one of the coolest moments of my life.
- Finally upgraded from a Blackberry to an iPhone.
- Collected a ton of paperwork and “proof of relationship” to renew my green card and have the conditional status of my permanent residency removed. Filed it myself and felt very accomplished.
- Flew to Toronto for a 10-day visit that started with a Bachelorette Party Cottage Weekend for Julia! Was so incredibly happy to spend 4 days in a cottage with some of my best friends that I only get to see a few times a year.
- Julia and Jay got married! I was so happy to be able to celebrate with them and stand up for Julia as a bridesmaid. I was also pretty happy to partake in the best dance party in years at their reception.
- Finally succeeded in doing headstand in the middle of the room! I have still never fallen (knock on wood).
- Celebrated a great 31st birthday.
- Helped Nick celebrate his birthday and had our first joint birthday dinner ever with some of our best friends.
- Went to Chicago to see Smashing Pumpkins in their hometown!
- New York got hit by Hurricane Sandy. We hunkered down, but were very very lucky to not have any damage.
- My parents came to visit us for the first time since we got married!
- Went to a special Creative Mornings talk by George Lois at the Met.
- Kate and Bryan got married at city hall!!! They were engaged for over 3 years before finally tying the knot at Manhattan’s city hall and now they are pregnant!
- Saw Neil Young & Crazy Horse with Patti Smith at Brooklyn’s new venue, Barclay’s Center.
- Nick and I flew to Sweden for a long weekend to see his band Ghost. We were so happy about this opportunity, even though it was a whirlwind trip!
- After a few months of practicing, I was finally successful in doing a real Ashtanga back bend!
- Celebrated Christmas with my family in Oshawa and Fenelon Falls.
- Flew home from Canada on Boxing Day then flew to Paris less than 2 days later! Celebrated New Year’s Eve by adding a love lock to Pont de l’Archevêché. Romantic!
If you finished this post, I applaud you! How was your 2012?
November 27, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Cancer Bats‘ new video makes my heart happy. These hilarious headbangers proudly show off their favourite Toronto restaurants, venues, and shops like Town Moto, Lee’s Palace, The Horseshoe, Bikes On Wheels, Sneaky Dees, Honest Ed’s, Suspect Video, and Sonic Boom. Consider this your guide to Toronto, courtesy of Cancer Bats.
There couldn’t have been a more perfect video for a song called “Bricks and Mortar”!
October 22, 2012 § 3 Comments
If you know me at all, you know that Smashing Pumpkins have been my favourite band since I first saw them live in 1996; my first concert ever. Since then, I have seen them in many incarnations: Billy, James & D’arcy; Billy, James, Jimmy & Melissa; Billy solo; Jimmy’s jazz band; Zwan; Billy reading poetry in a church; and Billy with a band full of hired musicians who called themselves Smashing Pumpkins. This however, was the first time I was able to see them in Chicago, their music-rich hometown that I’ve always had a soft spot for.
Nick’s band Anberlin was opening for them this leg of the tour, so we flew out on Friday afternoon for the show that night. Arriving on a windy and rainy day (miraculously) without any problems, we checked into our hotel and did a bit of work and ate some dinner before heading over to the Allstate Arena.
Now, I’m a 31 year old former-music industry professional and have been around many rockstars in my time, including Billy Corgan, but I still get a little silly from time to time. If you’re also a fan, you’ll appreciate that my flight number was 3-33 and that there were porcelain pumpkins sitting on the counter at our hotel’s check in desk. IT WAS MEANT TO BE, YOU GUYS.
When we arrived, Anberlin’s lovely tour manager Andy had these waiting for us.
Then I found out there would be a VIP pre-concert mini show in the room right across from Anberlin’s dressing room. YES! I was so happy they left the door open for the first song, so I could watch Billy’s entrance. Even after the door was closed, I listened to all of the short set, including a rendition of Plume from Pisces Iscariot. I don’t think I’ve ever heard that one live before!
Anberlin were great! I don’t think I’ve seen them in years and years. Nicest guys ever. They were the only opener since SP played for almost 3 hours.
Their stage show included an enormous orb, used as a film screen but as a complete sphere.
They played Oceania in its entirety.
Then they rolled out the hits including XYU, Cherub Rock, Mayonnaise, Stand Inside Your Love, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Tonight Tonight, a cover of Space Oddity, and more.
The performance of Tonight Tonight was almost out shined by the projection of the video on the sphere. It was so cool to watch all warped!
Friday night was one of those amazing moments in life where I had to sit back and remind myself just how great what I was experiencing was. One of those times where you feel like you must have done something right to be in the situation you’re in now. In short, thank you Nick and Anberlin for crossing another “must do” off my list of life goals – watching Smashing Pumpkins live in their hometown.
(P.S. Click on the photos to see them larger on Flickr – they look much better that way!)
October 2, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Listening to one of my favourite Beatles’ records, Revolver, this morning made me realize that whenever “Tomorrow Never Knows” comes on, I think of that great scene in last season’s Mad Men. It was used so perfectly, it was worth the $250,000 it cost to license it for the show. Then I found this fantastic round up of season five.
Warning: serious spoiler alert!
Mad Men season 5 is released on DVD two weeks from today. I can’t wait to rewatch it!
June 25, 2012 § 1 Comment
This weekend’s weather was perfect! I was lucky enough to spend Saturday at the beach in Long Island and Sunday at the Governor’s Ball music festival.
The festival was held on Randall’s Island, a skinny piece of land between Queens and Manhattan, very full of grass and trees and everything nice. I felt almost like I could have been at a Toronto Island summer concert.
I arrived at 2:00, just in time to see Phantogram. I came alone, but found some old TAG coworkers pretty quickly.
I also found my former Deja Vu Discs coworker/old friend Travis and his girlfriend Lisa there! I was just in time to join them for a game of beer pong.
What’s better than sitting on a grassy hill, drinking beer with Canadians?
Some other favourites from the day included Built To Spill…
…and of course Modest Mouse!
Summer has officially started! Here’s looking forward to the next ten weekends.
June 18, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I am on a bit of a Wes Anderson kick (when am I not?) and finally gave The Darjeeling Limited a second chance this weekend. Of course, I loved the movie and especially its soundtrack. This Kinks song stood out to me in particular. A perfect tune to accompany Anderson’s directing opinion that everything is better in slow motion.