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Oh, Wait …..

Dammit, Gary, why ya gotta be so smart all the time?!?

In my scattershot search for more Teengirl Fantasy info, I found no trace of this interview. Gary just passed it along to me. It’s from some obscure music blog called, what is it again? Rake? Corn Broom? The Hoe? ….

… Pitchfork. Sigh. That’s embarassing.

– SC

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TeEnGiRl FaNtAsY izzzz KEWL!!111!!1!!!!!1111!

I’ve been listening to the esoteric Teengirl Fantasy for a while, but haven’t been able to find out a whole lot about them except that they might be from Ohio??? Here’s one of their songs:

In pursuit of further information about them I stumbled across this Angelfire-hosted “fan” site that is too funny not to share.

God bless the Internetz and goodnight!



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Dengue Fever – Lost in Laos

I’ll see your James Murphy, and raise you a Chhom Nimol…

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I Can Change, I Can Change, I Can Change, I Can Change

I love you, James Murphy.

Tell me a line
Make it easy for me
Open your arms
Dance with me until I feel all right

It’s good in the dark
Good in the dark
But into the lover’s light
Here comes another fight

So ring the alarm
Ring the alarm
Bar me and hold me and cling to my arm

Here it comes
Here it comes

And what you’re asking me now
Disastrous now
Hoping and hoping and hoping the feeling goes away

Never change, never change, never change, never change
Never change, never change, never change
This is why I fell in love

Never change, never change, never change, never change
Never change, never change, never change
That’s just who I fell in love with

This is the time
The very best time
So give me a line
And take me home
Take me over

But dashing the hopes
Dashing the hopes
And smashing the pride
The morning’s got you on the ropes

And love is a murderer
Love is a murderer
But if she calls you tonight
Everything is all right
Yeah, we know

And love is a curse
Shoved in a hearse
Love is an open book to a verse
Of your bad poetry
And this is coming from me

But I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change,
If it helps you fall in love

I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love

Turn on the light
Make it easy for me
Fill the divide
Fumble in the kitchen ’til it’s right
What an awful sight

But there’s love in your eyes
Love in your eyes
Love in your eyes
But maybe that’s just what your lover finds all night

I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love

I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love

And I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you feel real love

And I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love

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Goodbye, goodbye, I’m sailing away to Tennessee to see some bands, knock off a few brain cells, and commune with my furry brethren. See?

It was at Bonnaroo last year that Sylvia and I first fell in love. The drive down was a daisy chain of laughter and fun, and our whole experience at the Farm was vibrantly coloured by our newfound infatuation: each other. Thus it is with greatest sadness that I part from my beloved Syl for a whole week; she simply shan’t be coming to Roo this year! After all, someone has to earn some money around here!

So in honour of my friendiversary with Syl, I thought I’d share some honeymoon pics. These are all from Roo 2011. More to follow upon my return. For now my darlings, feast your eyes on these beauts …..


Syl messing around with Gary. I’m not sure it’s water in that Camelbak.


Sometimes what you need to stumble upon at seven am is an impromptu dubstep party!


Now that I think of it, this was the first time I’d ever encountered a Spirit Hood. Funny how much things change in a year, non? PS: I still love you Tim. You, and your moustache.


Gary about to go shank a bitch.


Some Roo freaks and geeks.

Love you all and promise to keep you at least sporadically informed of my … activities …
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F.M. 4 Evahhh

This popped up on my newsfeed today and made me smile.

Freddie Mercury was such a weird, cool cat. Who else could rock an overbite that way? If you have never seen live footage of Queen before, please do watch this. The swagger and the strut of this man are unparalleled. He’s a magician and a prancing prince letting his freak flag flap all over the place and I love him forever for that.

– SC

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Happy Long Weekend!

Whether you’re in the city working, laying low at home, or heading to a cottage and bragging about it on Facebook (bastards), we hope you find time to do some of THIS:

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Azealia Banks – Jumanji

Fuck yesssssss. We are going bananas over this one!

– Sarah Cynthia

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Widowspeak – Wicked Game

Love this love this love this cover of this song that we love.

G’night …….

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Music Makes the People Come Together, Yeah!!

I was chatting with one of my wives this afternoon, and she mentioned this thing called the International Mixtape Project. It’s kind of like a chain letter, except cool instead of annoying: you sign up on their website, pay a $10 fee to cover their admin costs (fair, I suppose), and submit your address. Each month, a random member’s address is sent to you, and  you mail them a mixtape or CD.  You, in turn, receive one from another random member. (Please note that if anyone actually sends me a tape, I’ll be pissed. I got rid of my Walkman when I was twelve and how the fuck will I get the songs onto my computer?? Damn hipsters.)

With 1200 members in thirty countries, I expect the musical tastes of the IMP to be relatively broad. It sounds like a great way to gain exposure to new and different artists, and share something with a stranger who could be thousands of miles away. The IMP is yet another manifestation of our generation’s desire to connect … amirite? I love that it makes use of snail mail. Receiving an email containing a .zip file full of mp3’s is just, I’m sorry, not interested. But a real thing, a physical package that necessitates the checking of my mailbox? Now that‘s exciting.

So I just signed up. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Love, Sarah

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Levon’s Last Waltz

Oh, god. Just read that Levon Helm is “in the final stages of his battle with cancer.” This is such a loss for the whole world of music. I’m especially crushed because he played here in Toronto fairly recently, and for some stupid reason (read: work), I didn’t go see him. At least I have The Last Waltz to remember him by. If you don’t know, this is Martin Scorsese’s love letter to The Band, documenting their final live performance. The Band invited some friends to play with them that night: friends like Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters … needless to say the performances are extraordinary.

I’ve watched this film many times and I never fail to shed a tear or three at the sound of Joni Mitchell’s mermaid voice as she harmonizes with an inordinately coked-out Neil Young on “Helpless.” I dare you to remain dry-eyed:

And here’s The Band doing Up On Cripple Creek. This — handsome, earthy, kinetic, and having the time of his life — is how I will always remember Levon:

Levon, I really do love you. Thanks for everything. I wish you peace and contentment on your journey.


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Schitz Popinov

Originally introduced to us by Wolf “Ghostprom” Haddock, aka the new father of consciousness heightening sound art, we are once again transfixed; this time by the awe inspiring mixes of Vancouver based and aptly named Schitz Popinov. We believe the music speaks for itself, so have a listen… you won’t be disappointed!

More Ear Candy here.

Keep it real,


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Good morning! Afternoon. I’m drinking some much-needed coffee and listening to a free mixtape from Audioblood. If you like, you can download it here.

So, yes, the CMW CN Tower show yesterday was wonderful. It kicked off with a short set by Ben Caplan, who has been called “the grandson of Tom Waits.” Halifax-based, Ben’s got a rich, original sound, and a growly voice that sounds like something crawling up out of Hell’s underbelly. He is hilariously gonzo and quick on his feet, and his stream-of-consciousness banter between songs had everyone laughing. In fact, he transformed the crowd … when he began playing, it was a bunch of mostly media folk, standing around with drinks, and the only people right up close to the stage were the photographers. By the end of the set, he had us all singing along. He’s compelling, and it’s hard to avoid getting excited about his performances.

Speaking of excitement, OMGJOELPLASKETTYAAA!! I went to school in Halifax for a couple of years, and it was there that I was inducted into the Plaskett cult of adoration. Frankly I haven’t listened to him in years, but when I found out about this show, I busted out La De Da and In Need of Medical Attention, as well as the newer Three, and jammed to his bright, earnest, wholly Canadian rock’n’roll.

The show was just fun. You know when a band has toured for years together, and all the musicians have chops and mesh with one another, and they sound great because they’ve earned it, and they’re rollicking around on stage and totally feeling it, and you’re totally feeling it too? That. Truthfully (truthfully), I didn’t recognize too many of the songs they played. But we did hear “Work out Fine,” and the eternally delightful “Come on Teacher” … which has got to have some of the silliest lyrics of all time.

Come on teacher, just admit it
You think that I will never get it
I’m the bad ass of your classroom
Now you’ve got a bad ass classroom

The sun was going down when Plaskett’s set ended. We headed down to the glass floor, which didn’t really feel scary because it didn’t look or feel real. We walked around the outside circumference of the Tower, peering westward and looking for our homes. We couldn’t find them but we did spot Bellwoods! We saw Toronto Island, with the Porter Airlines ferry chugging back and forth, and immediately began planning picnics and boat rides that I ardently hope will occur. The city was all spread out below us … it was vast, and in the burgeoning twilight, alluring. Full of promises blowing in on this warm spring air ….

Here‘s the CMW schedule. Tonight I’m going to see Young Rival and Jenn Grant at the Mod Club. After that it’s unclear but I’d like to check out Shad’s showcase at the Garrison. Or maybe the Audioblood showcase at Sneaky Dee’s. Or Lee’s Palace? Or the Crawford? Or or or or or …………

Some of those low-grade cell phone pics I was telling ya about!

Ben Caplan

Your Traffic Report

The Island

City Lights


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I’m not sure how this happened, BUT …..

I spent this afternoon atop the CN Tower, at the opening gala of Canadian Music Week. Performing were Ben Caplan, and Joel Plaskett and the Emergency. With acts like those, needless to say I was excited. Also I’ve never been to the CN Tower before, so that was pretty cool. Okay, it was incredibly, googly-faced cool! Have you been there lately?! Glass floor?! WOWOWOWOWOW!!

So, I’ll write more later, and maybe even post the lame photos I took with my phone, “just so later I’ll remember that I was definitely there,” but for now, let me end my first Drunk CMW post thusly:

“When ya get to the end and they say that’s it?
Just hit that chord ya always hit!”

My new motto for life, world, and everything, care of Joel Plaskett who by the way, still looks like he’s about sixteen. I shook his hand …. and even though my hand was clammy, he didn’t hold back. That’s a real good East Coast boy.

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Paradise Animals

Thanks to Young Lions Music Club for introducing Paradise Animals to us! They’re playing at the Drake tomorrow night. We can’t go but if you like what you hear, you should!

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Ducky – Killing Time/Your Ever After

This. This this this this THIS!!

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Spank Rock – Baby

Mennnh! Happy Saturday!

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All We Wanna Do is Bonnaroo, Roo, Roo!!


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White Town – Your Woman

Remember this? “Now 2” 4 Lyfe!

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