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30 Dec 17

some pretty okay songs from 2017

i liked these songs a lot. maybe you will too.

alvvays* – in undertow / dreams tonight / plimsoll punks
beck – dear life / up all night
born ruffians* – love too soon
breeders – wait in the car
broken social scene* – halfway home / hug of thunder
chad vangaalen* – old heads
cloud nothings – modern act
dams of the west – tell the truth
day wave – something here / wasting time
del bel* – shapeshifters / if i was a fool
destroyer* – tinseltown swimming in blood
gord downie* – a natural
japandroids* – near to the wild heart of life
steve lacy – dark red
lcd soundsystem – call the police / tonite / oh baby
the national – the system only dreams in total darkness
new pornographers* – whiteout conditions / high ticket attractions / play money
real estate – darling / stained glass
rostam – bike dream
rural alberta advantage* – white lights / brother / beacon hill
the shins – painting a hole
spoon – hot thoughts / can i sit next to you / do i have to talk you into it?
ted leo – the future (is learning to…) / used to believe
temples – i want to be your mirror / certainty / oh the saviour
war on drugs – holding on / pain / up all night
wire – short elevated period
wolf parade* – you’re dreaming
the xx – on hold / i dare you

*=can con

and here’s a spotify playlist if you’re keen:

31 Dec 16

some songs from 2016 that i think are pretty swell

if you’re still looking for musical advice from blogs in 2016, that’s weird, but if you are, here are some songs you should probably listen to. as usual, a couple 2015 gems may have slipped through the cracks.

basia bulat* – la la lie
car seat headrest – drunk drivers/killer whales
cloud nothings – modern act
the darcys* – miracle
day wave – wasting time
diiv – under the sun
the heart strings – beautiful abyss
hooded fang* – tunnel vision
islands* – charm offensive
japandroids* – near to the wild heart of life
hamilton leithauser + rostam – a thousand times
local natives – fountain of youth
casey mecija* – condo city
nap eyes* – mixer
nice as fuck – door
operators* – cold light
parquet courts – berlin got blurry
peter bjorn and john – dominos
radiohead – burn the witch
john k. samson* – post doc blues
temples – certainty
tokyo police club* – not my girl
tuns* – throw it all away / mixed messages / back among friends
the war on drugs – touch of grey
wavves/cloud nothings – how it’s gonna go
wild nothing – to know you
wray – hypatia
the xx – on hold
yoneda* – untv
young rival* – let me go on

*=can con

30 Dec 15

songs from 2015 that you should probably listen to right now

boy, i haven’t made one of these posts in a long time huh? in case someone happens to stumble across this, here are some of my favourite songs from the past year:

aqua alta* – btocean
baio – sister of pearl
beach slang – bad art & weirdo ideas
belle and sebastian – the party line
born ruffians* – we made it
caribou* – can’t do without you
car seat headrest – something soon
cayucas – hella
dave monks* – gasoline
day wave – drag
the dears* – i used to pray for the heavens to fall
del bel* – in my solitude
destroyer* – dream lover
el vy – return to the moon
fake palms* – melatonin
father john misty – the ideal husband
foxygen – san francisco
grey lands* – false alarm
joel plaskett* – song for jersey
king tuff – eyes of the muse
limblifter* – dopamine
majical cloudz* – downtown
metz* – i.o.u.
most serene republic* – ontario morning
mountain goats – the legend of chavo guerrero
sufjan stevens – fourth of july
tame impala – let it happen
toro y moi – empty nesters
viet cong* (aka the band that NEEDS to change their name) – continental shelf
wavves – way too much
wavves + cloud nothings – come down
wilco – random name generator
will currie and the country french* – philadelphia

*=can con

31 Dec 13

favouritest albums of 2013

i guess this is the year that i’m officially behind all of the trends, right? if you’re looking for good guitar-rock, you’ve come to the right place; those seeking electronica may need to look elsewhere.

  1. arcade fire – reflektor*
  2. vampire weekend – modern vampires of the city
  3. local natives – hummingbird
  4. hooded fang – gravez*
  5. papermaps – darker lights*
  6. cayucas – bigfoot
  7. the darcys – warring*
  8. arctic monkeys – am
  9. devon sprout and mike o’neill – colours*
  10. the national – trouble will find me

honourable mentions: two hours traffic – foolish blood*, wildlife – …on the heart*, the bicycles – stop thinking so much*, born ruffians – birthmarks*, murray a lightburn – MASS:LIGHT*, half moon run – dark eyes*, by divine right – organized accidents*, beliefs – beliefs*


01 Dec 13

dialect survey revisited

over ten years ago, i did an online dialect survey (and posted a follow up the following year) that has provided me with no end of entertainment. (specifically, i still like to call “high hosey” in my car, and i still enjoy telling people that the “devil is beating his wife” during a sun shower).

now, all these years later, i have two follow ups:

i still love this stuff.

05 Jan 13

favouritest albums of 2012

i realized recently that podcasts have really limited my music listening during my commute, but i still found the time to squeeze in a ton of new music this year.

here are the best new albums i listened to in 2012 (although i’m sure a couple of 2011 releases slipped through the cracks):

  1. mike o’neill – wild lines*
  2. del bel – oneiric*
  3. japandroids – celebration rock*
  4. divine fits – a thing called divine fits*
  5. metz – metz*
  6. menomena – moms
  7. camouflage nights – camouflage nights*
  8. chrome and the ice queen – diane*
  9. alabama shakes – boys & girls
  10. papermaps – inferior ghost*
  11. zeus – busting visions*
  12. luke lalonde – rhythymnals*
  13. ps i love you – death dreams*
  14. joel plaskett emergency – scrappy happiness*
  15. army girls – army girls*
  16. ac newman – shut down the streets*
  17. cuff the duke – union*
  18. the xx – coexist
  19. stars – the north*
  20. the shins – port of morrow
  21. black keys – el camino
  22. cousin – cousin*
  23. medallions – medallions*
  24. white rabbits – milk famous
  25. islands – a sleep & a forgetting*

*=canadian-ish release

i listened to mike o’neill’s album far more than anything else this year. if you haven’t heard it, you really should check it out.

18 Sep 12

crack in the skin of the universe?

i think it’s a sign that i’ve watched too much doctor who when i started wondering if this was a crack in space-time in my stairwell at work:

15 Jul 12


i regret to this day not buying this amazing pillow at ikea:

this online booking system at my doctor’s office reminds me that i’m clearly living in the future:

i’ve been looking for this place, but it keeps disappearing!

i think this is sadly my last visit to the legendary computer and hair salon:

09 Mar 12

i still take photos occasionally

incendies is about the least foreign movie i can imagine. thanks rogers video:

i’m going to guess there aren’t a lot of sports fans writing for healthy living moods magazine. MPV! MPV!

how will i know what kind of coffee to order, tim hortons?

31 Dec 11

best of 2011

just under the deadline, here are my lists of general awesomeness for 2011. if you were to ask me again in a month or two, the order would likely change, but the albums and songs probably wouldn’t change much.

favouritest albums
1. sports – sports
2. hooded fang – tosta mista
3. stephen malkmus & the jicks – mirror traffic
4. sloan – the double cross
5. bry webb – provider
6. timber timbre – creep on creepin’ on
7. papermaps – papermaps
8. radiohead – the king of limbs
9. laura peek – key
10. miracle fortress – was i the wave?
11. cuff the duke – morning comes
12. chad vangaalen – diaper island
13. wildlife – strike hard, young diamond
14. ruby coast – whatever this is
15. fruit bats – tripper
16. rural alberta advantage – departing
17. suuns – zeroes qc
18. memphis – here comes a city
19. st. vincent – strange mercy
20. destroyer – kaputt
21. cake – showroom of compassion
22. peter elkas – repeat offender
23. tigre benvie – mistiness
24. ohbijou – metal meets
25. hey rosetta! – seeds
26. the decemberists – the king is dead
27. braids – native speaker
28. the darcys – the darcys
29. dinosaur bones – my divider
30. josh rouse and the long vacations – josh rouse and the long vacations

favouritest songs
1. sports – tra la la
2. hooded fang – tosta mista
3. bry webb – asa / rivers of gold
4. sloan – follow the leader
5. chad vangaalen – replace me
6. miracle fortress – miscalculations
7. timber timbre – woman
8. laura peek – stay sharp
9. papermaps – reunion
10. radiohead – morning mr. magpie
11. cadence weapon – baby i’m yours (ft. shad)
12. stephen malkmus & the jicks – stick figures in love
13. wildlife – drunken heart
14. fruit bats – dolly
15. rural alberta advantage – stamp
16. memphis – what is this thing called?
17. ruby coast – whatever this is
18. st. vincent – surgeon
19. tiger benvie – black bolt
20. the dears – blood
21. cake – sick of you
22. suuns – gaze
23. olenka and the autumn lovers – odessa
24. destroyer – chinatown
25. graham wright – the lakes of alberta, pt. ii
26. mister heavenly – pineapple girl
27. dinosaur bones – ice hotels
28. peter elkas – tiny valentine
29. ohbijou – niagara
30. handsome furs – when i get back
31. the decemberists – calamity song
32. girls – honey bunny
33. hey rosetta! – young glass
34. sondre lerche – private caller
35. smith westerns – weekend

Pronunciation: 'ch&mp
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Date: 1883

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