Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
i am so excited. leah, suze and i have got tickets to see the constantines tonight at richard's. it's been a big year for these guys - they recorded a gorgeous single with fellow arts&crafts label-mate, feist, and dropped their third full-length album - the aforementioned 'kensington heights'.
dallas, doug, steve, will and bryan fucking wail.
doors open at 8 p.m. - i reccommend getting a ticket on the a.s.a.p. if you haven't already done so.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
canadian anthropologists and filmmakers, sam dunn and scot mcfadyen's first attempt at a comprehensive history and explanation of the heavy metal scene in 2005's 'metal: a headbanger's journey'. they thought they'd had their bases covered, what with their indepth look at a huge bisection of the scene's subgenres (new wave british heavy metal, power metal, and glam metal, not to mention thrash, black and death metal). but they were wrong.
bolstered by the feedback from kids all over the world, they realized that they'd likely overlooked a giant population of the metal fanbase.
their second foray into the world of metal took dunn and mcfadyen out of the western world. immersing themselves in the metal scenes of asia, south america and the middle east revealed, 'a worldwide community of metalheads who aren’t just absorbing metal from the west – they’re transforming it... [and] creating a new form of cultural expression in societies dominated by conflict, corruption and mass-consumerism'.
global metal just opened here in van on the 20th - check it.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
cuter! a friend of mine from guelph, kelly, started up her own online vintage shop a couple of months back. petite kaloo vintage has lots of adorable pieces for sale at extremely reasonable prices. hurrah for small business!
Monday, June 23, 2008
i know it's awfully lindsay lohan of me to publicly profess my love for leggings, but i'm sorry - leggings with zippers?! um, it feels like the first day of grade nine when i walked in and saw eddie tericini for the first time - i realized that there was a whole new breed of boy that i never even knew about!
now take eddie and replace him with these hot little numbers. and the old breed of boy, and insert those tired-ass leggings i've been wearing into the ground for the past two years.
lna makes this hot shit. an early birthday present would be nice - any takers?
yesterday, george carlin, the comedian known for his boundary-pushing, in-your-face stand-up routines, died from heart failure in an l.a. hospital. he was 71.
carlin wrote three best-selling books, won four grammy's, recorded 22 comedy albums, headlined 14 hbo television specials, and hosted hundreds of variety shows. one was, memorably the first ever episode of 'saturday night live' in 1975, when he was high on cocaine.
carlin achieved status as an anti-establishment icon in the '70s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine called 'seven words you can never say on television.' a regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the u.s. supreme court.
ultimately, the 1978 case, f.c.c. vs. pacifica foundation, the top u.s. court ruled that the words cited in his routine were indecent, and that the government's broadcast regulator could ban them from being aired at times when children might be listening.
r.i.p. mr. carlin. thanks for all the laughs.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
last night at dinner, i met a couple of lovely girls. over a significant amount of sangria and wine, it was determined that not only were we all neighbours, but that justine and i were fellow turbo-nerds as well. sisters in blog. love dies too has only been up and running since the beginning of the month, and it's erotic fiction is already generating some serious heat. my favourite short thus far - the conquering act.
you best check this.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
so, i totally forgot to post anything yesterday. of course, i can go ahead and blame it on the fact that i was completely consumed by work - but where's the truth in that? in actual fact, the sunshine beaming through the windows in my office was completely distracting. i kept checking the clock - it was a countdown to bike-to-the-beach time from 2 p.m. onward.
after i biked to the beach to meet susan and keith, we hit up the jupiter lounge off davie for some caesars and late night karaoke with a few other friends. my track list included:
* owner of a lonely heart, by yes
* the boy is mine, by brandi and monica (i battled leah on this one)
* ashes to ashes, by david bowie
* smooth operator, by sade
Friday, June 13, 2008
my man david byrne, of talking heads and general radicalness fame, has created a sort of sound installation using a building in new york city as the actual instrument. he’s connected pipes, radiators and a bunch of other stuff to a piano to generate the noise. the cool part is that it's open to the public to play until august 10th.
lukas - you'd better check this shit out and give me a full report, or i will be choked.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
yesterday, the harper govenrment made a stand in the house of commons, and offered an official apology to the former students of native residential schools in canada - a federal financed program that helped to instiutionalize the assimilation of, and racism and apathy toward the plight of, generations of first nations people.
the prime minister's speech was followed by similiar statements by the liberal, ndp and bloc quebecois parties.
overseen by the department of indian affairs, residential schools aimed to force aboriginal children to learn english, and adopt christianity and canadian customs as part of a government policy called "aggressive assimilation."
there were about 130 such schools in canada, with some in every territory and province except newfoundland, prince edward island and new Brunswick, from as early as the 19th century to 1996.
in september, the government formalized a $1.9-billion compensation plan for victims. the government has also established a truth and reconciliation commission to examine the legacy of the residential schools.
the commission was scheduled to begin its work this month.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
my friend phil is cool. because when he sees cool things, sometimes he tells me so that i can revel in the coolness as well. can you believe that these silhouettes have been created by projecting light onto a couple of artfully designed trash piles? and there are even more to check out. neato!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
golly. today i just got overloaded at work. the only thing that has helped me decompress (aside from a lovely dinner invite) has been perusing my latest favourite swedish blog. vintage darling could possibly be the best yet. my recommendation: check it.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
o. m. freaking. g. tonight raegan, erynn, amelia and i are going to see the sex and the city movie.
i am looking forward to dressing up in a sweet outfit and smashing a couple of martinis beforehand. eff, if you're going to do it, you might as well do it right. real talk.
(that last bit was for you, bianca)
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
yesterday, june 3, 2008, with all state primaries counted, barack obama passed the 2118 delegate mark and became the democratic presumptive nominee. he is the first african american to be the presumptive nominee of a major political party in the history of the united states of america.
jasmine and i were texting eachother as soon as we heard the news.
did you know that obama was placed under secret service protection on may 3, 2007, the earliest ever for a u.s. presidential candidate? it's no coincidence that this type of protection is in place for a candidate, that 20 years ago might have been perceived as a completely radical choice.
we are living through a very special time. history is happening all around us. we need to make sure that we open our ears as well as as opening our eyes.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
oh finally emma uploaded her pictures on facie!! sasquatch was a gong show, pretty much like last year. except i had extra homegirls with me this time. and no puking (on my part).
lots of amazing bands. the national was awesome. and i especially enjoyed when the lead singer of the mars volta kicked the shit out of the videographer's camera. oh, and when he chucked the cymbal into the crowd.
all we needed were our $11 pbr's, our cowboy boots and some malboro 27's to call it a day. woot.
Monday, June 2, 2008
few gentlemen have been as influential in 20th century fashion as yves saint-laurent. born in algeria in 1936, saint-laurent moved to paris as a teenager to work for the house of christian dior and soon after started his own house YSL.
he headlined the ready-to-wear movement, indroducing masculine elements into the mainstream for women, incorporating ethnic detailing, merging socialites and fashion, being the first to break down barriers by using black models in his runway shows, yves saint-laurent has left an incredible legacy in the fashion community.
saint-laurent passed away this sunday, june 1st. he was 71.