Thursday, December 17, 2009

On repeat

The Watercolor Paintings

wcp

Sister and Brother duo Rebecca and Josh "Hoshwa" Redman, lo-fi and twee :)

I first discovered them when I bought the With the Light On 7" off of the Yay! label.

They recently released the CD Open Your Mouth (2009):

wcp1

You can pick up all their releases at Lost Sound Tapes.

Check out their myspace page for info!

Here's a little youtube to make you happy:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wherein I give you my half-assed end-of-decade list

Ten years.

Albums Year 2000

Belle & Sebastian - Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
Elliott Smith - Figure 8
Yo la Tengo - Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
The Parcels - Have a Go with the Parcels
The White Stripes - De Stijl
Stereolab - The First of the Microbe Hunters
Billy Bragg and Wilco - Mermaid Avenue Vol. II
Boyracer - Boyfuckingracer

Albums Year 2001

The Lucksmiths - Why That Doesn't Surprise Me
Pixies - Complete 'B' Sides
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
Regina Spektor - 11:11
The Strokes - Is This It
The Moldy Peaches - The Moldy Peaches

Albums Year 2002

Tullycraft - Beat Surf Fun (the album with the fabulous "Twee")
All Girl Summer Fun Band - All Girl Summer Fun Band
Sonic Youth - Murray Street
Regina Spektor - Songs
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Tom Waits - Alice
Tom Waits - Blood Money
Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
Neko Case - Blacklisted

Albums Year 2003

Fishboy - Zipbangboom
All Girl Summer Fun Band - 2
Lederhosen Lucil - Tales From the Pantry
The Darkness - Permission to Land
The White Stripes - Elephant
The Raveonettes - Chain Gang of Love
Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Liz Phair - Liz Phair

Albums Year 2004

Bearsuit - Cat Spectacular!
PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her
The Magnetic Fields - i
Courtney Love - America's Sweetheart (can't help but love that crazy bitch)
Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
The Futureheads - The Futureheads
Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch
Tom Waits - Real Gone
Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill

Albums Year 2005

Bearsuit - Team Ping Pong
Tullycraft - Disenchanted Hearts Unite
Boyracer - A Punch Up the Bracket
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Black Mountain - Black Mountain
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Worlds Apart
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema

Albums Year 2006

The Nymphets - Pro-Fucking-Motional
Math and Physics Club - Math and Physics Club
The Snow Fairies - Voila
Pants Yell! - Recent Drama
The Manhattan Love Suicides - Manhattan Love Suicides
Loveninjas - Secret of the Loveninjas
Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People - The Friendly Rich Show
The Life Pursuit - Belle & Sebastian
The Besties - Singer
Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Tom Waits - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Peter Bjorn and John - Writer's Block

Albums Year 2007

Tullycraft - Every Scene Needs a Center
The Wedding Present - The Complete Peel Sessions 1986–2004
The Flying Club Cup - Beirut
Fishboy - Albatross: How We Failed to Save the Lone Star State with the Power of Rock and Roll
Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity
Julie Doiron - Woke Myself Up
Dinosaur Jr - Beyond
Elliott Smith - New Moon
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
The White Stripes - Icky Thump

Albums Year 2008

The Lucksmiths - First Frost
The Magnetic Fields - Distortion
Stephen Malkmus - Real Emotional Trash
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Sigur Rós - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
All Girl Summer Fun Band - Looking Into it

Albums Year 2009

Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Pains of Being Pure At Heart (my pick for "album of the year")
Yo la Tengo - Popular Songs
Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Tom Waits - Glitter and Doom Live
Dinosaur Jr - Farm
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
Karen O and the Kids - Where the Wild Things Are

Stuff to Note

- 2009 marked the 20-year anniversary of the album "Sittin' Pretty" by the Pastels
- The only band that truly excited me in the last decade: The White Stripes
- This made me want to kill myself: Anywhere I Lay My Head - Scarlett Johansson (2008)
- Awesome band name wasted on a shitty band: The Used (formed in 2001)
- I will always love you: PR, TM (aka "Stupid Kid")
- You will always be missed: Joey Ramone, Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash, Grant McLennan, Elliott Smith, Mary Hansen, Mana "China" Nishiura, Bea Arthur (right on, Maude), Bettie Page, Patrick Swayze, there are more but it makes me sad to think about who died

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wherein I talk about leopards and old ladies

Not much is new. I had a birthday. I got an amazing vintage leopard coat on etsy that fits like a dream. I'm well on my way to becoming an eccentric old spinster. Having a boyfriend was really putting a dent in that persona, so thanks again for ending that relationship for me, Universe. 'preciate it.

Leopard coat

I've been looking for a leopard coat for years. Even bought a couple. One was just a bit too "hooker" and the other was a bit too "cute". This one is >just< right. Perfect in fact! It makes me hip and modern in my 30's, keeps me stylish and sophisticated in my 40's and 50's, and will bring me straight through into retirement as the stylish deranged old cat lady I am destined to become. Then I will be buried in it when I am dead at 98.3 years old—longevity runs in my family, and that is the average age of my grand parents at their deaths.

Leopard coat

People stare at me on the metro.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

wherein I talk about fur (part 1)

In this first installment of weird things I've found on etsy by searching vintage items for the word "fur", I bring you FAKE TAXIDERMY FOR CATS

Faux Taxidermy for cats


Faux Taxidermy for cats

Faux Taxidermy for cats

It's handcrafted!

Seller: Furburger

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

a sign <3

Friday, August 21, 2009

mmMmmmmMm CANDY

Traum Wolkies



"After more than 2 years of development, we have managed to make our little clouds so fluffy that they almost flew away."

Saturday, August 15, 2009

My first pod-cast, woo!


Monday, August 10, 2009

Adolescence

My dear friend Lord Whimsy asked the question, "I feel bad for the man and his family, but am I the only one who is left completely cold by the smug upper middle whiteness of John Hughes' films?"

To which I answered, "The teen-aged me didn't have the capacity for critical thinking the 35-year old me has. At the time I just wanted the goofy side-kick Duckie, the damn pink car, the hot boyfriend (didn't matter if he was the horribly abused rebel Bender, the rich kid Blane, or the all-around popular guy Ferris), and a day off from school. ;-)"

Thursday, August 6, 2009

John Hughes

Dear Mr. Vernon,

We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us. In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain... and a basket case... and an athlete... a princess... and a criminal. Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,

The Breakfast Club



Sunday, August 2, 2009

Today's doodle

Doodle

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Universe is BRINGING IT

I blacked out on the metro as I rode to work this morning, and ended up in the emergency room. I was dizzy, confused, I threw up. They took my blood, tested my blood and urine, asked tons of questions, and then checked my heart. There might be something physically wrong with me.

Blood test!

Results of this morning's drama

Heart test!

Results of this morning's drama

?? test!
Results of this morning's drama

I don't know why they had wires by my hips. Why did they attach wires to my hips and my ankles?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I love Grendel

Rest in peace my baby kitty. I miss you already :(

Grendel

He died in my arms on the way to the vet :(

Sunday, July 26, 2009

CB I Hate Perfume

CB I Hate Perfume

I am immediately draw to anything regarding memory or nostalgia (I'm always thinking about the past, good or bad). Each scent in this line of perfume has a personal story and memory behind it.

Check out:
CB Manifesto
Website

Sunday, June 28, 2009

On Repeat



"Please don't think of us as an 'indie band' as it was never meant to be a genre, and anyway we are far too outward looking for that sad tag."

- Stephen McRobbie



Oh if I can't have you
I don't want nobody else
And if can't have you
I won't take nobody else
I tear myself apart
And cry a million tears
Break the walls of pain
And fall into the hard dead sea
Oh if I can't have you
I don't want nobody else
And if can't have you
I'll be certainly depressed
I tear myself apart
And cry a million tears
Break the walls of pain
And fall into the hard dead sea
Oh if I can't have you
I don't want nobody else
And if can't have you
I won't take nobody else
I tear myself apart
And cry a million tears
Break the walls of pain
And fall into the hard dead sea
A million tears
A million tears
A million tears




Take my hand and take my heart, I shiver when you're near
Deliver me from everything and drive me home my dear

Accelerated pain, white nothings on the wheel again
Shut your mouth, let's move on out of here
Just try and keep this light or someone may get hurt tonight
Don't talk that way don't talk that way don't talk that way

Hold it there a second let me dump this stupid pride
I'm ready for you sweetheart now my mind is open wide

Shut up and make it count, your concentration's paramount
Remember what was meant to be this year
The past is a disaster and the future's coming faster now
What you say we go and get a beer

Simply nothing to be done oh tell me I'm the only one
Simply nothing to be done oh tell me I'm the only one
Simply nothing to be done tell me I'm the only one
Simply nothing to be done tell me I'm the only one

When I was young I used to say
I didn't care for anything
When I was young I used to say
I didn't care for anything




Sometimes I get this feeling
That the sun is shining
And the birds are singing
All because of you
And I'm living my whole life because of you
And everything I tried is because of you, it's true
Cos all I see is you, oh yeah
Sometimes I think about you and the funny things you do
When I'm saving all my time to be with you
And I'm living in this world because of you
Cos everything I tried is because of you, it's true
Cos all I see is you, oh yeah
Sometimes I'd be lost without you
Sometimes I'd be lost without you
Sometimes I'd be lost without you
Sometimes I'd be lost without you
Sometimes I'd be lost without you
Sometimes I'd be lost without you
Sometimes I'd be lost, without you

Saturday, June 20, 2009

oh well whatever nevermind

Three years ago I subbed for my friend's show Turn Down the Suck and did a "Grunge" music special. While looking for an MP3, I found the recording I made of the show, and ARGH I freaking LOVE this music!

kurt

Download the show HERE. View the play list HERE.

Funny parody songs, bands that influenced grunge, core grunge bands, grunge chicks, and Canadian bands from Halifax who had music out at the same time.

Yup, this mix is gonna be a repeat for a while.

Friday, June 5, 2009

me and me alone in my room

My amateur EP. Recorded a couple of weeks ago, download it here.

01-Front

02-Back

Monday, June 1, 2009

The things I miss

- Holding hands
- Having someone to dry my tears
- Connecting the freckle dots
- Talking about dolls while he plays the green ukulele
- Having a reason to be late for work
- The things we did when we were alone
- His DNA

On repeat:
On repeat
Volume 1, track 6 "I Don't Want to Get Over You"

I don't want to get over you
I guess I could take a sleeping pill
And sleep at will
And not have to go through what I go through
I guess I should take Prozac, right
And just smile all night
At somebody new
Somebody not too bright but sweet and kind
Who would try to get you off my mind
I could leave this agony behind
Which is just what I'd do if I wanted to
But I don't want to get over you
'cause I don't want to get over love
I could listen to my therapist
Pretend you don't exist
And not have to dream of what I dream of
I could listen to all my friends
And go out again
And pretend it's enough
Or I could make a career of being blue
I could dress in black and read Camus
Smoke clove cigarettes and drink vermouth
Like I was 17
That would be a scream
But I don't want to get over you

Thursday, May 21, 2009

new music

This is the only thing that's making me feel better right now:

Enter the Vaselines!

"Enter the Vaselines" deluxe edition reissue (released May 5, 2009): remastered previously-released recordings, never-released demos, and live-in-concert tracks by my faves Frances and Eugene. I'm saving my money to get the 3-LP vinyl set, but for now I've got the CD.

Here are a couple of songs!

1. Son of a Gun (demo)
2. I didn't know I loved you ('til I saw you Rock 'n' Roll) (live in London)

The sun shines in the bedroom when you play
the raining always starts when you go away

Monday, May 18, 2009

Claudia

by the field

Sunday, May 17, 2009

break up

I know this wasn't always true, but this where I am now: I can't even think of one day in my life where I didn't love him. I feel murdered

Friday, April 24, 2009

Puck Rock

Went to see the Hanson Brothers last night. No, not THOSE Hansons. The original, Canadian, Hansons. I bought Nomeansno 0+2=1, 2-disk white vinyl. Very exciting.

My Internet radio show is in an hour and 15 minutes. http://www.cjlo.com/cjlo.m3u

Here's a tiny photo for your amusement:

Fuzzy 21/365

Thursday, April 16, 2009

life at the moment

Boyfriend <3
Boyfriend <3

Boyfriend and Catfriend <3 <3
Boyfriend with Catfriend

my love for him is gushing out like a big red sugary strawberry gooey mess that I'm totally not ready for but it's happened and it's scary and easy and what the fuck ever, yay!

Monday, March 30, 2009

New and better beginning

Isn't it crazy how one Friday you could be:

- Crying about love because your recent ex-boyfriend calls out-of-the-blue to tell you that he's already seeing someone else, to...
- Feeling sad all day the Saturday after, and wanting to give up on love forever, to...
- Dragging your sorry ass out of the house to go see the St. Paddy's parade even though you really don't want to be seen in public, to...
- Meeting someone new and awesome at the festivities after the parade and developing a huge crush, to...
- Hanging out and text-messaging each other throughout the week, to...
- Going dancing with the new awesome Swiss friend (not even a week after the ex called) and really hitting it off, to...
- Finding out he's crushing over you just as bad, to...
- Spending the night together, learning everything about each other, and feeling so happy to...
- Waking up the next day and finding out you still want to be together?

He says it's serious. Is this how it really happens? I like him sooooooooo much!

Friday, March 27, 2009

chat log

Latest chat conversation with my friend Canada:

[20:39] SP00NHUMPER: last night while watching jeopardy i said the following thing
[20:40] SP00NHUMPER: which i think is the least intelligent thing anyone has ever said while watching jeopardy
[20:40] SP00NHUMPER: "that chick is stacked!"
[21:00] ErisSaves: I literally laughed out loud just now
[21:00] ErisSaves: you're beautiful

Thursday, March 26, 2009

total crush

My new friend Phil is from Switzerland.

The Swiss have this word, Chuchichäschtli that translates to "kitchen cupboard." Apparently someone who is not from Switzerland knowing this word knows the way to a Swiss person's heart. I asked Phil why is the kitchen cupboard so significant? And he told me it's because that's where they like to hide things.

Dude, I totally do that!

Phil also thinks that squirrels are evil. I asked him why, and he told me that they're laughing at us, plotting to take over the world. So watch out!

I like Phil. There are freckles on his arms that I already want to connect.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Liz Phair and me

Ant in Alaska

I bought the remastered vinyl set of Liz Phair's first album. There are two 12" LPs and an extra 7" with three unreleased demos. I love them all so much, and everything sounds freaking awesome. Included is a CD of all songs on the plastic.

Call me when you think the coast is clear
I've been hiding out almost a year
Is there something wrong
What's taking you so long?
An yeah, you know it's not easy

You said if I waited it'd pay off
But my eyes are growing wild and my body's gone soft
Is there something wrong
What's taking you so long?
And yeah, I know it's not easy

You said I should let go of your hand
But I don't even know if I can
You're the only one
You are the very sun to me
And you know it's not easy

Well I look at the stars and I know you're under them
I look at the books and things people are reading
I know that you've written them too
You've got so many little things to do

But then I look at my life and I know you've forgotten
The promise you made to me
I think that's rotten
I'm hopelessly lost and there's hardly a sound
Anymore coming through
That can show me around
As I'm endlessly endlessly searching the crowd
Looking for something from you
Just one fucking measly clue
Any shitty little tip off would do
But I'm just an ant in Alaska to you

I'm just an ant in Alaska
An ant in Alaska
An ant in Alaska to you

Saturday, February 21, 2009

fabulous vinyl player

I can listen to vinyl again, YAY!

I can listen to vinyl again, YAY! I feel like myself again.

Right now: Todd Rundgren, Something/Anything. It's such a wicked album.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

soon!

(to be released in April, 2009)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

it's just that song

Rest in Peace Lux Interior, you are now on

A date with Elvis

in the sky!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

kids

It is my mission to get this vinyl record.

The Rolling Scabs

Friday, January 23, 2009

chat log

latest from my friend Canada:

[17:56] SP00NHUMPER: we should make a show like the xfiles
[17:56] *** Auto-response sent to SP00NHUMPER: I am currently away from the computer.
[17:56] SP00NHUMPER: but instead of aliens and oddities we should just have snacks
[17:57] SP00NHUMPER: so it would be like, some people who work for the government eating snacks

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Kitty!

Grendel

This is my kitty Grendel :)