Desaparecidos

February 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

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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.

Mitch Hedberg

August 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

The first time I heard Mitch Hedberg‘s goofy observational stand up was driving in a car with my friend Amy Taylor. He was the first comedian I ever wanted to listen to full albums of; his style definitely spoke to me as a silly girl in her early twenties who liked to laugh. At one point, I was listening to him so much at work that I started to talk like him. Unfortunately, by the time I got into him he had already died so I never got to see him live. Lucky for me, he released three comedy records and every once in a while, something like this video pops up.

Lynn Shawcroft was married to Mitch for the last six years of his life and seems pretty funny herself. In this mini-documentary, she remembers some of his quirks, shows us some of his many notebooks, and tells us his secret to writing: write down anything funny and don’t be lazy! Makes sense.

See also: The Mitch Hedberg Joke Collection!

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Top This, Summer 2012!

June 7, 2012 § 5 Comments

It’s not even officially summer yet, but I’ve already found what I think will be my three favourite records of the summer of 2012:

Japandroids “Celebration Rock”

Santigold “Master Of My Make-Believe”

Silversun Pickups “Neck Of The Woods”

What are you listening to right now? Tell me your favourites and I’ll give them a listen!

Finding Portland

June 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

I used to visit Portland, Oregon a lot a couple years back, but haven’t been in quite some time. The city is beautiful, the food is good, and the scenery is so green and fresh and it all comes through in this really cool time-lapse video.

Nick and I have talked about spending a week in another American city this summer, working during the day and going out at night – just pretending we live there – and Portland is definitely a worthy contender!

Have you ever been to Portland?

Quitting your day job

October 19, 2011 § 4 Comments

Who hasn’t had a terrible job? If you’re not in one now, think back to that job you were forced to keep so you could pay your rent or advance your career. Remember how good it felt when you were finally able to quit? If you were like me, you politely handed in a letter of resignation and patiently waited out your last two weeks, knowing there was an end in sight. Well, this guy did things a little differently:

I don’t know this guy, but I love how excited you feel for him in the video. Also, this marching band should really go into the “helping you quit your shitty job” business!

Have you ever quit a job in a legendary way?

God

June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Despite the sad start to the video for John Lennon’s “God”, this song is one of my favourites. It’s so powerful, it almost brings me to tears for no good reason. An honest, selfless, and modest song for a gloomy Friday in New York.

Now go here for a pick me up (or should I say a pull me down?)

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