Thursday, July 31, 2008

Stupor Hero


(When your costume consists of a khaki jacket and trousers, you need SOMETHING to keep evil at bay.)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Liberty Village

Photos taken along Liberty Street and Atlantic Avenue, Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, July 23, 2008.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Parallel Paycheque


I don't think I've ever seen four (well, five) guys ever want to be ANYWHERE but where they were last night.

Last night's gig at the "MLS Soccer Jam" had to be the most embarrassing gig I've ever seen. First off, there was literally nothing else (other than a horse show) going on down at the CNE/BMO Field, so for those of you familiar with the surroundings, it was pretty sparse. Secondly, despite the fact that it was a FREE SHOW, barely 200 people bothered to show up! You couldn't even argue that they excluded the kiddies, since it was an all-ages gig.

This has to be the most ineptly-promoted gig in the band's history. Chris joked that he wanted to fire his manager at the beginning of the show, which might only be a slightly-more-drastic-than-necessary reaction to the fiasco.

On with the show....

What followed was basically a well-executed 90-minute sound check, which was plagued by problems with Jay's mic. Witch's Wand is a wonderful instrumental, but it might've been a bit better had it included a lead vocal.

The boys played as professionally as you could expect, although Chris had this chronic "what the hell am I doing here?" look on his face all night. The extended Andrew sets were welcome, especially when he got to sing Sinking Ships TWICE!*

*-ok, he didn't actually play Sinking Ships, despite chronic prodding from various members of the audience, but the songs that he DID play, notably Emergency 911 and "People In The Sky" (another 'request') were great.

Perhaps the highlight of the gig came near the end of the show when they trotted out a nearly-funky version of Money City Maniacs which started out in a pseudo-Disco-Jam style and which continued into a more straight-ahead rocker which barely resembled the Future Shop ad.

At the very end of it all, probably the most telling aspect of the night was the hasty disappearance of Mister Murphy into the night on his 10-speed about as fast as he possibly could.

I know why bands do gigs like this; it pays the bills. It would've been a lot better had it become a gathering for fans of the band, as it could have very easily become, instead of just another paid gig.

My first Sloan concert was 9 years ago to the day of last night's show (Aquafest, Hamilton) and I look forward to many more shows in the future. I think I'll stick to going to Sloan Concerts, instead of gigs like this.

Photos taken at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, July 23, 2008.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Photos taken Saturday, July 12, 2008 at the Huntsville CN/VIA/ONR Station, Huntsville, Ontario.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Forty Years, Forty Albums

OK, here's a non-photo posting for y'all. Probably my biggest vice is music. Mostly CDs, but I've been known to pay for the occasional download, concert, t-shirt, CD reissue, poster, program, vinyl, import CD reissue with 5 previously-unreleased tracks.... well, you get the idea.

I was stumbling through a bunch of music-related blogs and found the ultimate music geek "to-do" list: List your favourite album for each year you've been alive.

Now, having just turned 40, I needed some way to mark the occasion, so this was a perfect exercise. And so, for the years 1968-2008, here's my list....

1968 “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” – Iron Butterfly
1969 “Abbey Road” – The Beatles
1970 “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!” – The Rolling Stones
1971 “Who’s Next” – The Who
1972 “Return To Forever” – Chick Corea
1973 “Quadrophenia” – The Who
1974 “Sun Goddess” – Ramsey Lewis
1975 “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” - War
1976 “School Days” – Stanley Clarke
1977 “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” – The Sex Pistols
1978 “Grease” – Original Soundtrack
1979 “Look Sharp!” – Joe Jackson
1980 “Zenyatta Mondatta” – The Police
1981 “Face Dances” – The Who
1982 “English Settlement” – XTC
1983 “Dazzle Ships” – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
1984 “Big Bam Boom” – Daryl Hall & John Oates / “Who’s Afraid of the Art of Noise?” – The Art of Noise
1985 “Love” – The Cult / “Our Favourite Shop” – The Style Council
1986 “The Queen Is Dead” – The Smiths
1987 “Pontiac” – Lyle Lovett
1988 “Love Junk” – The Pursuit of Happiness
1989 “The Stone Roses” – The Stone Roses
1990 “Vision Thing” – The Sisters of Mercy
1991 “Nevermind” – Nirvana
1992 “Ingenue” – k d lang / “Fully Completely” – The Tragically Hip
1993 “Cure For Pain” - Morphine
1994 “Twice Removed” – Sloan
1995 “Weezer” - Weezer
1996 “One Chord To Another” – Sloan
1997 “Imaginary Day” – Pat Metheny Group
1998 “Moon Safari” - Air
1999 “Between The Bridges” - Sloan
2000 “Tourist” – Saint Germain
2001 “White Blood Cells” - The White Stripes
2002 “Songs For The Deaf” – Queens of the Stone Age
2003 “House Of Ill Fame” – The Trews
2004 “The Tigers Have Spoken” – Neko Case
2005 “The Agoraphobic Cowboy” – Rick Moranis
2006 “Back To Black” – Amy Winehouse
2007 “The Reminder” - Feist
2008 … progress

Of course, this is entirely of albums I like and I don't care if the rest of the world thinks they suck. I mean, it's your loss if you can't sing "M-E-T-H-O-D-O-F-L-O-V-E" like Daryl Hall (or I) can.

(ok.... a quick edit to toss in some 1968-2008 photos...)

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Via St. Catharines

Photos taken Friday, June 20, 2008 at the St. Catharines VIA Rail station, St. Catharines, Ontario.