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Archive for April, 2006

27 Apr 06

signs you have a bad officemate, part 1

…they feel it’s appropriate to clip their nails in the office.

i fully expect this to be an ongoing series.

26 Apr 06

young and sexy @ drake underground

i was finally able to catch a live show by young and sexy on saturday at the drake. their touring is sporadic at best, and i’ve been wanting to see them ever since the first time i heard better from their debut album, the city you live in is ugly. as a bonus, they played at the drake, which is about a 30 second walk for me.

opening, appropriately, was gentleman reg (with band), who played their usual fun and poppy set. when they took the stage, the crowd was sparse at best, but by the end of their set the drake was pretty packed. my only complaint: the half-hearted clapping during give me the chance to fall. anne and i made up for it on our own though.

young and sexy’s set was good, but not great, but that wasn’t entirely their fault. i remember considering going to see them at zaphod’s back in 2003, and being thankful that i didn’t after reading the chartattack review. strangely, a lot of that review applied to the drake show. for example:

Young And Sexy create music to get lost in and it’s best when you can give yourself over completely to their delicate pop songs. Sadly, it was impossible to surrender to the music with the crowd making so much noise.

it sounds like the reviewer was talking about the drake show. it was frustrating to see how few people were paying attention, and by the end of the set, the bar had cleared out substantially. sad, especially considering that lucy had started their set by saying “wow, people to play for!” in spite of this, they put on solid show, mixing old and new. i do, however, wish they’d played any of: better, bobby baby (who doesn’t love a song with a facts of life reference in the middle?) or paper tiger.

anyway, having said all of this, they sang real pretty, and that’s what i was there for.

21 Apr 06

creative accounting?

from the questionable business name department:

i don’t know about you, but i prefer my bookkeeping to be anything BUT unique. i’m a bit more comfortable when my taxes are filed just like everyone else. i mean, when was the last time you heard an accountant referred to as “creative” (aside from sentences describing illegal tax filings). sorry kristi.

20 Apr 06

typos, randomness and misinterpretations

more low quality but vaguely amusing photographic evidence of toronto’s bizarreness…

i daresay that this sign COULD be misinterpreted:

if you want to challenge the sign’s legitimacy, head on down to magic thai at queen and shaw.

taking a page out of torontoist’s playbook, here’s my contribution to the ‘weird shit our neighbours throw out’ game:

yep, it’s a photocopier. the sign on top claims that it still works…that is, until the first rain.

and finally, i can never get enough of typos on permanent signs:

i enjoy soubenirs. i also wonder whether they sell costumes and jewellery OR costume jewellery. kudos to anne for spotting this one, even though it’s on the same block as my work.

19 Apr 06

want to speed up your computer?

a bonus of my new job is that the storage cabinets/closets i’ve inherited are museum esque. this is the first of a series i’ll call “state of the art in 1995”:

that’s right, turn your 486 into a blazing fast pentium computer – still in shrink wrap!

18 Apr 06

truncated cadence weapon

this past week was a bit of an attempt to get out of my non-show-going rut. first was josh rouse on tuesday, and saturday night was cadence weapon at the horseshoe. (pretty much the same thing, right?) skankrock was headlining the saturday show, but i had no urge to stick around for that. i’d missed cadence weapon enough times, however, to check out an opening set.

here’s the kicker though: it was advertised as an 11pm set on the horseshoe website and stillepost, and yet he was already on stage when we arrived at 10:50. sadly, he was done by 11:20, which meant we didn’t really get the best bang for our buck. having said that though, cadence weapon was pretty solid. i’m always at a bit of a loss when describing hip hop shows (see kanye west as an example) except to say that it was good. and fun. and that he’s talented. one thing that anne pointed out was how comfortable he looks on stage for a guy in his early 20s. very true. i also liked the part when he crouched down and split his pants – but the show had to go on! he also exhibited a pretty amazing ability to whip the crowd into a dancing frenzy by leaping into the crowd. people went nuts, and it was pretty fun to see.

in spite of the short set, i got to hear oliver square, so i was happy. sometime i will hopefully get to witness the full cadence weapon experience.

12 Apr 06

under josh rouse’s charms slightly less this time around

almost exactly a year ago (april 6th to be exact), i saw josh rouse for the first time at lee’s palace. that night (after having driven to toronto from kingston just for the show), he and his band wowed me with a very solid and fun set that made my top shows of the year list. i went home happy.

josh and band made his return to toronto last night, this time at the mod club, and i couldn’t help but expect a similar performance. sadly, i left a bit disappointed. it’s hard to put my finger on anything he did “wrong” per se, but i was just left feeling a bit bored by his set. for one thing, he’s stripped his band down to a 3 piece, which meant some of his more lush songs were left feeling a bit empty with just guitar+bass+drums (and the occasional harmonica thrown in). as a bonus, i think his bassist might have the least style i’ve ever seen. denim button up shirt (3 buttons undone), jeans, and chicken neck galore. hard to watch. they were, however, technically proficient (with a few hiccups along the way) and played a good mix of old and new, but i didn’t really feel the energy was there – most likely because, as josh explained, they had to get up yesterday morning at 6 am to make the trek from montreal to be in toronto in time for interviews, etc. having said that though, i think it was more a case of me comparing with last year’s show, which was a tough act to follow.

one more point about josh rouse, before i move on to something trivial: he’s become a pop album churning out machine. his albums have all been enjoyable, but i feel like his last couple have been a bit more disposable. i mean, i don’t even know how many times i listened to under cold blue stars and, most especially 1972, but i can’t really say the same for nashville or likely (if i were to project into the future) subtitulo. i don’t dislike them, but i’m a bit less wowed i guess. on the plus side, at least he has a never ending pool of songs to choose from, which i suspect would make playing live shows a bit more tolerable.

and congratulations to anne for quite possibly the worst pseudo-celebrity sighting of all time: about 3/4 of the way through the set, rebecca of failed much music vj search fame came in and stood beside me with a couple of friends. i’m proud to say that i never would’ve recognized her on my own. several things i want to say about this:
1. i have no idea why she was there, because she spent the 20-odd minutes she was there for playing with her cell phone.
2. i’m almost positive i heard her say something like “i can’t get used to being able to get in everywhere…” i’m thinking she probably shouldn’t get used to that.
3. anyone who answers the following in a vj search questionnaire should never have made the cut:
# What are your two favourite CDs, and what’s the most recent you’ve listened to?:
# The latest from Weezer and Ashlee Simpson. Most recently, I burned a CD with various artists on it.
that’s the sign of a true music fan.

10 Apr 06

the ttc gods were angry

i learned a valuable lesson last week: never taunt the TTC gods.

on monday evening, i innocently asked anne when the last time she was on a streetcar that experienced a lengthy delay of any kind, since it’d been months since i’d had the misfortune. it was on my mind because, virtually every day, i see long lines of streetcars in a row (my personal record is 6) and i was trying to figure out how that happens so regularly.

fast forward to tuesday evening:
my streetcar rear ends a van at queen and spadina. the driver makes no announcement. gradually people start moving to the front to find out what’s up and begin trickling off of the streetcar. i eventually followed suit, and only learned what happened because the guy who got hit was loudly complaining into his cell phone ON the streetcar. so, i walked home from spadina (~30 mins).

fast forward to thursday morning:
my streetcar gets trapped behind a 3 car accident at queen and bathurst while i’m on my way to work. the driver makes no announcement. after about 3 or 4 minutes, everyone spontaneously gets up and starts leaving the streetcar. when i exit, i note that the 3 cars essentially look like they’re parked VERY close together at the stop light (although no damage is visible), thus completely blocking the streetcar track. as a bonus, none of the 3 drivers are anywhere to be seen. so, i walked to work from bathurst (~25 mins).

i have learned my lesson. i will never again taunt the ttc gods. let this be a lesson to you as well.

05 Apr 06

convenience store fun

some selected evidence of a trip to a convenience store just outside of the bustling metropolis of trenton, ontario:

i’m not convinced this flavour of potato chips needed to be made:

oh wait! it’s a limited edition! i’d better get hording…

mmmm, beef steak nuggets:

the best part is the “selected serving” pictured on the package.

now things start to get really weird. i came across this display, and was curious about what it was:

it consisted of a series of individually packaged rubbery-looking objects with faces on them, inside plastic tubes:

of course i had to spend the $1.75, after i read this small warning printed on the back:


so when i got it home and took it out of the package, sure enough:

ok. seriously. what the hell? i don’t think i need to make any jokes here. i’m still a bit speechless.

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