Saturday, June 09, 2007

Hello people still out there... I have just started a job that will require a few hours of mandatory computer time, so I thought I'd dust off an old fossil blog. It may take some time, but I hope to get this old train moving again. Patience, and the new music will come. I love you all.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

How To Open Doors with Just A Smile!

I'm starting to plow through the demo CD's I've been getting. The first I've got to share with you is the debut from New York based Lipstik pleasantly entitled Everything is Good. Upon reading the title, I was reminded of the fictional Simpsons band 'Hooray for Everything,' but that says way more about me than them. This album carries the familiar New Yorker feeling of misplaced identity and a need for a place in the world, but has a fresh way of expression. The obvious Tom Petty influences are always a plus, and I love the extreme bitterness of The Fuck Off. Plus, the ambition of undertaking an Eagles cover on a debut is something to be admired. Take a listen, drop 'em a line.

Lipstik Home Page

Lipstik - Everything is Good

Lipstik - One More Time
Lipstik - The Fuck Off
Lipstik - Lyin' Eyes

Damn the Man! Save the Empire! My homework for you is to re-watch Empire Records and remind yourself that it's the f-ing shiz.
That is all.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Time Ahead is all You've Got

Well, although I've been the worst blogger in the history of the world as of late, I felt the need to celebrate. Lost On Purpose is one year old today! Awwww, it's still one cute baby, I know. Still unsure if I have anyone still out there, but dammit, I'll still celebrate. *throws confetti in the air*

For this very special of occasions, here's a little something for everybody.

Those who know me know I'm very much in love with Ted Leo. Age difference, schmage difference. I saw him open for Death Cab for Cutie last month and was extremely close to kidnapping him and keeping him in my house against his will. If you're not convinced after listening to Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone, I will be at a complete loss. Plus, The Anointed One may be a possible Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference. Maybe I'm just a nerd.

TL+RX - Hearts of Oak
Track List:
1. Building Skyscrapers in the Basement
2. Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?
3. I'm A Ghost
4. The High Party
5. Hearts of Oak
6. The Ballad of the Sin Eater
7. Dead Voices
8. The Anointed One
9. Bridges, Squares
10. Tell Balgeary, Balgury is Dead
11. 2nd Ave, 11AM
12. First to Finish, Last to Start
13. The Crane Takes Flight

You can't make a sound from six feet underground

Other Ted awesomeness:
TL+RX - Since U Been Gone/Maps
TL+RX - Timorous Me

Canadian punk cuties the Flatliners have to be the most adorable guys to ever play their genre (call it what you may) of music. I attended a performance of theirs in the dirtiest, grittiest tiniest basement for a punk show ever and had a fantastic time, minus the claustrophobia. I'm sure they'll forgive me for giving you a little sample:

The Flatliners - Destroy to Create
The Flatliners - Fred's Got Slacks
The Flatliners - Bad News

I'm pretty sure I've posted about The Dears before, but I've been on a recent Dears kick because of the performance I attended last Tuesday evening, that I absolutely loved. And, as I've often mentioned, Montreal bands are a weakness of mine. Plus, they're just so darn cute.
The Dears - No Cities Left
Track List:
1. We Can Have It
2. Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe?
3. Lost in the Plot
4. The Second Part
5. Don't Lose the Faith
6. Expect the Worst/'Cos She's a Tourist
7. Pinned Together, Falling Apart
8. Never Destroy Us
9. Warm and Sunny Days
10. 22: The Death of All the Romance
11. Postcard from Purgatory
12. No Cities Left

I Shall Avenge the Death of All the Romance Until I'm Gone

I obtained this CD simply on the strength of The Boat Song, but the entire album is worth checking out. Garbage Day and Whatever Happened to the Girl in Me are also some favourites. I have an inkling that Ike Reilly would put on a great live show (can anyone verify?) so I have fingers crossed that he will someday make it to Ottawa.

The Ike Reilly Assassination - Sparkle in the Finish
Track List:
1. I Don't Want What You Got (Goin' On)
2. Holiday in NY
3. It's Alright to Die
4. Whatever Happened to the Girl in Me?
5. The Boat Song (We're Getting Loaded)
6. Garbage Day
7. Our Lady of Arturo
8. Ballad of the Choir Boy Robber
9. Waitin' for Daddy
10. St. Joe's Band
11. The Ex-Americans

With your open smiles and your open throttles

I am still open for requests, suggestions, whatever. Insomnia can be a powerful motivator.

Cheers all. Rock on! (too cliche?)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

You’re the piece of gold that flushes all my soul

I apologize for my recent hiatus, I've been a lot busier in Ottawa than I thought I would be. I am not dead or vanished, although it is unlikely I will be able to keep posting at a regular pace. So whenever I think there's something you really need to hear, this place'll be updated. Assuming I have any readers left at all. *Gropes blindly into the darkness* Now, you may or may not already have this album, but I finally picked up a puchased copy of the debut EP from the delightfully Canadian Controller.Controller.

Controller.Controller - History
Track List:
1. .......
2. History
3. Silent Seven
4. Sleep Over It
5. Bruised Broken Beaten
6. Disco Blackout
7. Watch

You're in for mass distraction

I am and will remain at for requests, suggestions, general hate mail, etc.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

That's Just An Observation

I was fortunate to hear this little EP from Saskatchewan indie darlings Despistado early last year and fell in love immediately. Though I believe they have since disbanded due to creative differences, it was a good ride while it lasted.

Despistado - The Emergency Response EP
Track List:
1. A Stirstick's Prediction
2. Can I Please Have An Order of Girl With A Side of Confused
3. Taste This Picture
4. Bubbles
5. Hi/Fi Stereo
6. Lipstick

That's very anti-patriarchal of you

I've got lots of things to take care of before the move at the end of the month, so I shall do my best to post things, but if I'm delayed, don't be mad.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I Woke Up Thirsty on an Island in the Sea

I'm pretty sure anybody who's heard The Unicorns already know how great Islands are, so I won't hype them up any more. But by request, here is Return to the Sea. Obvious highlights include Humans, Rough Gem and Volcanoes.

Islands - Return to the Sea
Track List:
1. Swans (Life After Death)
2. Humans
3. Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby
4. Rough Gem
5. Tsuxiit
6. Where There's A Will, There's A Whalebone
7. Jogging Gorgeous Summer
8. Volcanoes
9. If
10. Ones
11. Bucky Little Wing

With wings, things would be far, even if they are near

And to answer a very new question about a very old post, the lyric 'I want to be forgotten and I don't want to be reminded' comes from the Strokes song 'What Ever Happened?'

Monday, July 24, 2006

Don't Turn Your Head, It's Easy to Forget How We Were

I don't know about you, but this heat wave we've been getting everywhere has made me just want to sit and do absolutely nothing. So in that spirit, here's a little EP from ambience masters The Album Leaf.

The Album Leaf - In An Off White Room EP

Track List:
1. Project Loop
2. Glisten
3. Six A.M.
4. Off White Room

It comes in waves...

I also got a request for a re-post of Har Mar Superstar in Sendspace form.
That's all for today. Islands coming soon.

Friday, July 21, 2006

We Move Like Caged Tigers

How to trick my grandmother into listening to good music by cleverly disguising it:

Paul Anka - Rock Swings

1. It's My Life (Bon Jovi Cover)
2. True (Spandau Ballet Cover)
3. Eye of the Tiger (Survivor Cover)
4. Everybody Hurts (R.E.M. Cover)
5. Wonderwall (Oasis Cover)
6. Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden Cover)
7. It's A Sin (Pet Shop Boys Cover)
8. Jump (Van Halen Cover)
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana Cover)
10. Hello (Lionel Richie Cover)
11. Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol Cover)
12. Lovecats (The Cure Cover)
13. The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson Cover)
14. Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton Cover)

Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

Things to hear:
The You - I'm Going To Kill Myself
Liberation Prophecy - Passage

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Well I Hope That You're Happy...

OK, say what you will, but I love the All American Rejects. They're very catchy and it's my blog so I can post whatever I want. I also admit to having a teenage girl crush on Tyson Ritter. Anyways, I caught their show in London on Thursday night with opening acts Damone from Boston (Noelle on lead vocals sure can scream) and the surprisingly good semi-local alt-rockers illScarlett from Missasauga. Despite a few unexplainable 14-year-olds in need of Ritalin, there was good energy all the way through, although I would have liked the sets to be longer. But I got Tyson to sign my CD, so all was worth it.

All American RejectsillScarlett

illScarlett - Pacino
illScarlett - Mary Jane

Damone - Out Here All Night
Damone - What We Came Here For

All American Rejects - Stab My Back
All American Rejects - Can't Take It

P.S. I lament the recent remaks by one lyrical genius, the recently married Rivers Cuomo proclaiming that as of now, one of my favourite bands, Weezer, is "done." However, we all recall the band's last hiatus follwing the end of the Pinkerton tour in 1997 and lasting until the release of the Green Album in 2001. So fear not people, all hope is not lost, if there is any justice.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me...

I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest yesterday (and still managed to get in free although it sold out all night) and I just have to say, even if you're not a scary Johnny Depp obsessive like myself, everyone will love this movie. Although not quite on par with the first, the action is amped up, the stakes are a great deal higher and the story has a much more sinister undertone. Look forward to the fantastic Johnny/Orlando Bloom/Jack Davenport sword fight. I won't reveal the ending, but I just have to say, I was blown away. I'm no movie critic, but if you saw the first one, POTC:2 is worth checking out.

5 Davy Jones tentacles out of 5

Feel free to post opinions about the flick.