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Thursday, April 12, 2007

U2 - Where The Streets Have No Name

You heard it here first. The Vancouver Canucks are going to win the 2007 Stanley Cup. All the pieces are in place. What did the other Canucks runs have in common? Great storylines! and this one is the best. '82 had King Richard, Haaaaaaarold, Tiger and the Steamer. '94 had Captain Kirk, The Russian Rocket, The Algonquian Enforcer and Captain Canuck, Trevor Linden. This year we got Bobby Lu, The Twins, The Finnish McInnis and birthday boy Trevor Linden... again. 37 years young, and ready to kick ass.

Picked to miss the playoffs for the second year in a row, somehow the team overcomes a horrendous start to power into the playoffs on a high note, and win a shocking division title. Now in Game 1 against Dallas, 11-goal scorer Henrik Sedin burries the 5-4 winner after 7 periods of Hockey, and Roberto Luongo makes 70+ saves in his first career playoff start. Thats the sort of emotional momentum that makes great things happen. The storied Canuck cup runs of years past didn't happen because the team had the best players, they happened because everything happened at the right time, because Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Coffey, Fuhr, Lowe and Anderson choked against the Kings in '82, and cause McLean had God on his side when he robbed German Titov in OT during Game 7 against the Flames. This is fate, its magic, its what makes you forget that these guys who get paid millions for playing the game spent a year arguing about money with a bunch of stuffed shirts who make billions for signing the players' pay cheques.

Ahhh, you can almost smell the hot dogs and nachos, its playoff fever, so get yourself a white towel and wave it proudly, cause this is going to be a run to remember.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Irish Rovers - Wasn't That A Party?

Happy St. Patrick's day kids, drink up! Today's festivities began at today's OSF kitchen meeting, which basically consisted of Shane telling us "you guys suck, do a better job," followed by a round of the finest Irish stout. Goodman, Devin, JP and I discussed possible initiatives to be taken in order to alleviate the malaise that has overtaken our line. Most involved Haig and a broomhandle in some way.

Gareth picked from up from my house in the evening to drive downtown to the Canucks game, and somehow managed to get caught in Cambie traffic twice. I taunted him unmercifully until he hit me with a magazine. It was a good game, the Canuckleheads bashed the Red Wings 4-1, with Pavel Datsuyk scoring the first goal, and the nucks responding with goals from Bryan Smolinski, Brendan Morrison, Lucas, Kraijek and my all time favourite Canuck, Trevor Linden. Roberto Luongo made 31 saves and was first star, what a pimp.

Went to go meat Josh at a house party later, but it was lame. Some high school kids getting drunk and creating high school drama, so we went to pick up Sean and have a few drinks at Josh's house. I played Halo for the first time in at least a year, and I'm sorry to say my skills have deteriorated... Regardless, the night was not a total loss, as Da Ali G show and Josh's record collection proved an ample amount of entertainment. I am now firmly convinced that Side 2 of David Bowie's "Low" is the original Drone Doom album.

A productive, day, although times running out for this paper I need to finish writing on Tuesday. Bah, I'm sure I know everything I need to know about Fredrick the Great to write a 10 page paper on him...

I hardly saw Meaghan today, that makes me a saaaaaaaaad panda :(

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

David Bowie - Heroes

Today we're gonna have us an all-out Guitar Hero bash at Haig's place, from which only one triumphant axeman will walk away. The sheer volume of high voltage RAWK will blow amps and melt faces. I'm talking amps to 11, sweat-soaked headbands, "rockin' out" guitar faces, neighbors knocking but they can't get in, smash your guitar on the ground ROCKIN' OUT. So in honour of the greatest rhythym game of all time, (Sorry, O2 just isn't that fun, and Guitar Freaks just don't got the RAWK) here is my dream list of songs that will be included on Guitar Hero 3:

AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
Alice In Chains - Man In The Box
Allman Brothers Band - Satesboro Blues
Anthrax - Caught In A Mosh
Avenged Sevenfold - Unholy Confessions
The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Black Sabbath - Fairies Wear Boots
Blind Melon - No Rain
Bluesbreakers -Steppin' Out
Built To Spill - Goin' Against Your Mind
Carcass - Heartwork
Children Of Bodom - Bed Of Razors
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Cream - White Room
The Darkness - Love On The Rocks
Death - The Philosopher
Deep Purple - Lazy
Dinosaur Jr. - Sludgefeast
Dragonforce - Through The Fire And The Flames
Edguy - The Rise Of The Morning Glory
Entombed - Left Hand Path
Eric Johnson - Cliffs Of Dover
Fucking Champs - Thor Is Like Immortal
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
Grand Funk Railroad - Shinin' On
Grateful Dead- One More Saturday Night
Guns 'n' Roses - Paradise City
Helloween - I'm Alive
High On Fire - 10,000 Years
Iron Maiden - Aces High
Jane's Addiction - The Mountain Song
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien
Judas Priest - Beyond The Realms Of Death
King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man
KISS - Shock Me
Kyuss - 50 Million Year Trip (Downside Up)
Lamb Of God - Walk With Me In Hell
Led Zeppelin - Dazed & Confused
Lynyrd Skynyrd - I Need You
Mars Volta - Drunkship Of Lanterns
Mastodon - Capillarian Crest
Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Mercyful Fate - Melissa
Meshuggah - Straws Pulled At Random
Metallica - Fade To Black
Morbid Angel - Beneath The Hollow
Neil Young - Like A Hurricane
Nile - Sarcophagus
Nirvana - Endless, Nameless
Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train
Pantera - Hollow
Pearl Jam - Alive
Peter Frampton - Do You Feel Like We Do?
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Queen - March Of The Black Queen
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away
The Rolling Stones - Sway
Rush - Working Man
Santana - Black Magic Woman
Scorpions - Rock You Like A Hurricane
Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
Sleater Kinney - Combat Rock
Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock
Sonata Arctica -Full Moon
Sonic Youth - Bubblegum
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Stevie Ray Vaughn - The Sky Is Cryin'
Sublime - Pawn Shop
System Of A Down - Soil
Temple Of The Dog - Reach Down
Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change The World
Testament - Return To Serenity
Them - Baby Please Don't Go
Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song
Tool - Parabola
U2 - New Year's Day
Van Halen - Hot For Teacher
White Stripes - Hello Operator
Witchcraft -It's So Easy
Wolfmother - Joker & The Thief
Yardbirds - Heart Full Of Soul
Yes - Long Distance Runaround
Yngwie Malmnsteen - Rising Force
ZZ Top - La Grange

Friday, November 10, 2006

High On Fire - Blessed Black Wings

Magz and I went to the High on Fire show tonight. The following is out story.

We met up at Kwantlen at 7 as Meaghan got out of her English class. Apparently they are learnign about logic and how to write a cogent argument. I really wish I had learned how to do that when I was in class, I may have gotten a lot more out of it. We imbibed Orange Julius at the food court, along with some reasonably priced chinese food. Sweet and sour boneless pork will be the death of me... I can already feel my heart palpatating.

After warming up for a night of epic rockage with few rounds of guitar hero in which Magz totally whupped my ass with a blistering rendition of Nirvana's 'Heart Shaped Box,' we hopped on the B-Line and made our way to the Red Room downtown. A chilly vancouver wind met us at the waterfront bus stop, luckily the skytrain station is home to one of Vancouver's only starbucks. Great success!

We got to the Red Room on Richards around 9 before anyone had played, and camped out in a favourable vantage point... towards the back of the club on an elevated couch with plenty of room for two and a good view of the stage. We were directly behind the bar and soundman, which not only meant the sound was as good there as anywhere in the room, but also that pints of Nova Scotia's finest could be served in abundance.

The first opening were recieved warmly and played a strong set. I don't know what they were called... a local garage band, sounded a lot like Witchcraft (or Sabbath or Pentagram for that matter). They sounded quite amature (or charmingly authentic, depending on your opinion of such matters) next to the other bands, but my guess is they were local and probably have not been together for a very long. Their set was especially good towards the end, as more people made their way on to the floor. The singer almost had a Justin Hawkins falsetto quality to his voice, but they were at their best cranking out garagey '70s style doom, with that crazy bassist rocking out as though his testicles depended on it. And that lightshow breakdown in the last song is just BEGGING for a crazy drum solo... come on guys! You know you want to!

The second act was from San Diego, presumably on the tour with High on Fire , and were impressive, if derrivative. Their sound was as close to High on Fire as any band I've heard, which makes sense I suppose.

Which leaves us with the main event... High on Fire!
The band was on around 10:30 or so, and opened with 'Sons of Thunder', a curious choice. Its relentless final pummeling drum pattern and Matt Pike's fret-burning runs seemed to me to make a far better encore song... regardless. The set was dominated by material from the last album, although early stuff was played too. 'Blood From Zion', 'Steel Shoe, Baghdad', Hung, Drawn & Quartered' and 'Speedwolf' were all trotted out and played pretty faithfully to the orignals in each case. The legendary Joe Preston isn't with the group anymore, but the new bassist filled his shoes admirably, particularly the seismic opening of 'Eyes and teeth.' Pike's Les Paul wailed, shredded and screamed... he really is an unbelivable guitarist. And finially Des Kensel was spectacular all night, particularly on the furious encore number, 'Devilution,' which sounded like he was trying to pound his drums right into the floor.

so the show overall was fantastic, although I was hoping to hear 'Thaft of Caanan' and '10,000 Years.' Its hard to find fault with the setlist though... they can only be on stage for so long, and for 15 bucks, 3 smokin' doom acts playing earth shattering rock at dog exploding volume is a pretty solid deal.

Magz and I exited the club just before 1, and caught the last B Line back to richmond. It was COLD, and we had to huddle together for warmth, but luckily we weren't waiting too long, and Tim's has a 24 hour location at Richmond centre. Whoever though of outting that in made a very good decision. I mean, fiscally, it just makes sence. If people are cold and tired and trying to get home in the middle of the night, where else are they gonna be but at the place where EVERY BUS IN THE CITY STOPS? Hot chocolate is KING.

line of the night: "If Kenny Rogers was on fire, I would just laugh and poke him with a stick"

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Mudhoney - If I Think

I kinda wonder why I still have this. No one reads it and I never update it. I'm thinking I may change the format up somewhat, make it reserved exclusively for my music related musings. I have considered doing this in the past, but never seemed to muster the drive to do it. Music journalism fascinates me though, and I figure why not try my hand at it? I'll probably post something else within the week... for now, I figured I should get something up here in case I get deleted for inactivity or something.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Dave Matthews Band - Little Ants

This is me and my buddies... well, without the raping. And the dildos. Okay thats a lie... just without the raping.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Comets On Fire - Return To Heaven

Avatar, The new Comets on Fire album is out. And I don't have it. This must be rectified. You should all get it too, and since I know you don't have it, pick up Blue Cathedral and Field Recordings from The Sun while you're at it, then forget everything you thought you new about rock music and prepare to be burned to a crisp by the best band in the world today at the absolute height of their powers. They aint coming back from the heart of the sun any time soon. And I know none of you listen to this stuff, but seriously, I don't care. In fact, FUCK YOU. If you have any interest whatsoever in the trancendent power of the electric guitar, then you simply have no excuse not to own a Comets on Fire album. And if you don't, then can it, cause Comets on Fire are louder than you anyways.

Review to come as soon as I can get my grubby little paws on it!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Soundgarden - Fourth Of July

Me and Haig, on long distance relationships

Ian - I'd go as far as it took for Robyn

Haig - thailand?

Ian - I could score some 12 year old sex slaves while I'm there

Haig - sibera?

Ian - I probably wouldn't go there for her, It'd be too cold

Haig - Good Call
Haig - any bitch dumb enought to move there doesn't deserve your love

Ian - if she did move to Thailand, it'd probably be one of those soul searching you know... realizing her boyfriend's a loser and that she could be so much happier with me

Haig - Yeah, thats how its going to happen
Haig - I can feel it

Ian - then we will learn transcendant, spirit-cleansing lovemaking techniques from the monks we meet in the monasteries of Bang-Cock

Haig - I'm making the sacred face
Haig - seriously

Ian - we will spend days at a time discovering ourselves, and one another, using only our senses of taste, touch and smell
Ian - As the incense burn, tribal drums will beat polyrhythmically in the distance, massaging us into a trance-like state, in which we accept the inevitability of our beings melting into the life-force that binds us all
Ian - we will have no need of sleep or food or drink, only each other
Ian - all we need to sustain ourselves will be garnered from the rejuvenating energy that flows through us, healing us on all levels... physically, emotionally, psychically and spiritually
Ian - there will be no orgasm or climax or release
Ian - only constant ascenstion as our beings transcend the boundries of body and sould and sprit, and we become one with ourselves and each other

Haig - ok dude
Haig - seriuosly
Haig - just stop
Haig - ...
Haig - please

Monday, June 19, 2006

Millions Of Dead Cops - I Hate Work

Well not really. I like my job. In fact, today marks 2 years exactly since my first day suiting up as a fresh faced dishpitter for the Old Spaghetti Factory. And I've actually benefitted in a lot of ways from this job. Life experience, friends, parties, beer... I even got laid a few times! So I guess maybe it hasn't been so bad. And now I'm gonna be a server apparently, so I guess it'll be worthwhile to stick around. Why not? It's worked out well enough so far.

Our whole line went out to Cars after work, which I enjoyed. It was cute. Warren, Haig & Devin were my comrades in cooking tonight, and we deserved it, cause it was Fathers Day and the restraunt was busy. Nothing us pimps couldn't handle though. Good times for sure.

I'm drinking milk right now. Milk rules.

I never write in here anymore. Blogger always seems like so much of a chore, I don't know why I still have it. Whatever. I guess its nice to have whenever I do feel like it.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Bad Brains - Fearless Vampire Killers

"He came from heaven, two stakes in his hands..."

So last night the work crew and I watched Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter on Haig's 100 inch projection screen in the restraunt after hours. Needless to say, it was a cinematic epic wrought with thought provoking commentary on our materialistic world and symbolic imagerey reminescent of the french bohemian revivalists of the 1920's... oh hell, who am I kidding... it was awesome, cause it had Jesus and his luchador sidekick fighting a bunch of lesbian vampires! Seriously, as far as B Movies go, its the best thing I've seen this side of Army of Darkness, and thats saying alot. If you don't agree that Jesus wearing a t shirt that says "Fuck Me? Fuck You! Fuck Everyone!" is great art, then I WILL FIGHT YOU.

"Its all good, its allright, everyone gets laid tonight!!!"

Thursday, May 04, 2006

The Who - Goin' Mobile

I got my N yesterday. The roads are far less safe.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Bongzilla - Amerijuanican

Alright, its time for a list... In honour of 4:20, its the ultimate blazin' playlist!!!
Bob Dylan - Rainy Say Women #12 & 35
Ben Harper - Burn One Down
Secret Machines - Alone, Jealous & Stoned
Black Sabbath - Sweet Leaf
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
Cypress Hill - Roll It Up, Light It Up, Smoke It Up
Sublime - Get Ready
Lemonheads - My Drug Buddy
Bongzilla - Stone A Pig
Peter Tosh - Legalize It
Tool - The Pot
Monster Magnet - Snake Dance
Dinosaur Jr. - Green Mind
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
Beastie Boys - High Plains Drifter
Velvet Underground - Waiting For The Man
Sleep - Dopesmoker

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

AC/DC - Big Balls

I laughed harder at this than I have at anything in a very long time:

Ian - So I was wondering what your take is regarding balls
Ian - your balls, specifically
Ian - everyone has a pair, girl or guy.
Ian - I mean, technically you have ovaries, which are kinda like girls’ balls
Ian - But you also have a pair of metaphorical balls
Ian - and these are the ones you refer to when telling someone to suck your balls, or that something sucks balls and so on

Jen - lol
Jen - I like my gold plated balls

Ian - sure, they can be gold plated, I guess

Jen - not can be
Jen - they are

Ian - okay, are
Ian - gold plated metaphorical balls

Jen - they are bountiful
Jen - provide nice light
Jen - U CANNOT break them,
Jen - BUST them,
Jen - or destroy them in any way
Jen - No teeth of any mammal can pierce the skin of these balls...
Jen - they are indestructible
Jen - and the envy of every man


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Saint Vitus - Thirsty & Miserable

Well, I've done it, I'm no longer a teenager. I'm 20 now, which means I have no time to hang around and participate in childish activities with you kids... I have more important things to do... like think about how I'm wasting my life, according to Miles. Yay!!!

Seriously, last night was fun though. Went in to work and got boozed up for free, good times were had all around. Eastwood got me magic cards, Jen got me a Kip action figure. They are both so hot for doing that.

Got taken out to Earls for dinner by the family on Monday, which was pretty good, although I wasn't in a great mood for some reason. Regardless, I enjoyed it in spite of myself, and I got chocolate cake when we got home, and that just rules.

I like cake.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Beatles - Getting Better

Life is getting better... Qui took me out on VD for bowling and watching Brokeback mountain, which is a fucking good movie that you should all see. And theres tits in it too, so don't you guys be all homophobic and refuse to see it just cause you briefly see a guy's wang... I mean, seriously, don't we all see one every day of our lives?

Got to magic it up after work with Devin and Haig and Adam Petifer of all people after work tonight, was good times, found some converts. Adam has sort of been a big brother to me of late, hes a guy I've always respected. Plus he's really made me a fan of the Dave Matthews Band, who are so much better live than on record. I just might go on a road trip this summer to see them with Adam and other work people.

Looks like I'm gonna move to floor at work, so I'm excited about that... more money, here I come! Not entirely sure yet when that'll happen, but hopefully soon.

School is school and I've had some missteps, but I've also had some successes, so heres to a hopefully successful upcoming midterm period. I'm actually pretty confident after that whole breakup fiasco kinda made me lose it for a while there. Looking to get back on track now that I'm clear headed once again.

And Jen... ah yes, Jen. I'm feeling better about her every day, and after not speaking to her in several days, just having a brief but surprisingly relaxed conversation with her tonight was enough to convince me that things are really gonna be alright. No more anxiety, no more uncomfortableness... well maybe not none, but that will come all in good time.

I get by with a little help from my friends

PS Congrats to Tim on his new sweetie!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Art Brut - Bad Weekend

To whom it may concern...

I don't do the livejournal thing anymore, so for those that aren't fans of emo rants, you can just skip this one.

After enjoying probably the happiest month and a half of my life together, Jen and I broke up last Tuesday, and honestly, it has since been one of the worst weeks ever. To say I haven't taken it well would be an understatement, because as pretty much anyone can tell, I'm crazy about the girl. Her reasons (which are her own) I take exception with, but then again, I really don't get any say in that sort of thing, so we really are finished. Its not all that bad though. After a very unpleasant couple of days her and I have managed to get together and sort things out to a pretty manageable degree. So maybe "just being friends" is kinda cliche for a breakup line, but we'll give it a shot, and honestly, seeing as how we were friends before dating, and also weren't really together for too long, I'm confident that its doable. So sucks to broken hearts, but whatever, I'll get over it, and heres to friends right? (Which by the way I wanna thank ALL of you for, because in all of your own ways you've helped me more than you can imagine) I'm happy to still have her in my life, and to her credit shes been nothing less than fair and forthright, and is clearly doing her best to make this easy as possible for both of us, which I guess I can thank her for in spite of myself. Girl's been a great friend to me, so its hard to have any negative feelings towards her, just this fucked up situation that we've found ourselves in. So no, I'm not happy for now. But I will be. Eventually. And she'll still be a part of it, just, not quite so much as before. Once we sort this out and become comfortable in our new roles with one another, I'm confident things can be as good as they used to be... I just probably won't get laid any time soon!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Blink 182 - Dammit

Well I guess this is growing up

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Cure - Friday I'm In Love

Yeah the Cure, so what, wanna fight about it?

so bored right now... all I really want right now is to be curled up with Jen beside me watching Family Guy DVD's. Alas, her father's ridiculous notions regarding bed times make this... well, not impossible, but not easy. And I'm not about to go over there to get her in trouble. So instead, here I sit, absently pecking away on a keyboard on the one night of the week when I really should be doing something fun. This sucks.

I'm really starting to fucking hate working friday nights. I don't enjoy saturdays either, but at least I have more friends to talk to, and Jen works 'em to, which is a good thing. I need the money of four shifts a week, I just wish I could get daytime ones or something instead. I want my friday nights free.

PSA - Don't eat the brown acid

Went to Ikea with Milesey Miles today. We got the 4 of the one dollar breakfasts and did in fact feast. In the last week Miles and I have eaten out roughly 5 or 6 times at different places, and probably spent about 20 bucks in total. Nobody knows how to eat like a budget-conscious king like Miles. Word to your mother.

My CD player is broken and that sucks.

Anybody know what derogitory term CNC could possibly stand for?

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Black Mountain - (Can't Stand All Your) Modern Music

Ian’s Top Ten Albums Of 2005
Alright this is a couple weeks late due to technical difficulties, but I wanted to do it anyways. It’s every music nerd’s favorite time of year… top 10 time! And so in true Hi-Fidelity fashion, I give you my ten favorite records released this year.

10. Nile - Annhilation Of The Wicked
I was a little skeptical about whether or not to put this on the list, seeing as how I don’t own it, nor have I even heard all of it, which is why I decided to sneak it onto the bottom spot ahead of Interpol’s Antics, but I felt that it deserved a mention. This is a band that many would find hard to like. Nile play brutal death metal with an Egyptian twist, which basically means they sound exactly like you would expect them to; you get hyperspeed blast beats and double kick drums going *DIGGA-DIGGA-DIGGA* in every song. You get subterranean bass tones that will blow your speakers. You get two guitarists going absolutely apeshit at the same time with impossibly technical six-string fuckery. And most of all, you get not one, not two, but three completely incomprehensible vocalists going “WHHHUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH!!!!” over top of the whole thing. But Nile is so much more. The dynamics of the songs, the esoteric instrumentation, the epic atmosphere that is invoked, and the mystical lyrical content all serve to create a musical experience far removed from mere one dimensional blasting. There is no other extreme metal band even close to making music like this. Nile will fucking kill you.
Best Track: Sacrifice Unto Sebek

9. The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
To be honest, I was disappointed in this one, mostly because this was for me by far the most anticipated record of the year. After 2003’s massive Elephant, I was ready for more tube burning, white-Hendrix amp squeal. Unfortunately, Jack White has elected to jettison almost completely the garage blues hybrid perfected on the White Stripes’ early albums. It’s far from bad, and in some places it’s outstanding, but I found it maddeningly inconsistent, as many of Jack White’s genre experiments come off as half baked vanity projects. A few of them, namely “The Nurse” and “Little Ghost” work well enough to justify this sort of tinkering, while “Instinct Blues” and “Red Rain” kick up enough of that trademark thunder to redeem the record’s numerous flaws.
Best Track: Instinct Blues

8. Bob Dylan - No Direction Home: Bootleg Volume 7
None of this music is really “new” at all, so in a way, it’s almost unfair that the Dylster can find his way onto this list by way of songs that have already been all but canonized for the last 40 years. I mean, it’s essentially a collection of the “Best of Bob Dylan” circa 1961-1966, otherwise known as the man’s golden age. However, the early, unreleased material from the archive, as well as the subtle changes in fidelity and song structure that come across in the live setting are enough to certify this as a classic Dylan album in it’s own right, and if not absolutely essential, it is certainly the best compilation of his earliest and most relevant material ever to be released. Certain tracks, namely the early ones recorded during his Woody Guthrie-worship phase, and an absolutely sublime rendition of “Don’t Think Twice, Its Alright” rank among the best he’s ever recorded, and even the immortal “Judas!” version of “Like A Rolling Stone” is included here. Although it lacks the focus and cohesiveness of other, better editions of the bootleg series, it provides a truly masterful double-disk overview of Dylan at his most vital, daring and controversial.
Best Track: Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

7. Gorillaz - Demon Days
I don’t think after “Clint Eastwood” anybody really expected to hear from Gorillaz ever again, but lo and behold, here they are four years later with an album that flat out shits all over its predecessor, no small feat considering that their debut was one of the most pleasantly idiosyncratic releases to register with the mainstream in years. Here they continue their genre dabbling to an extent, but there’s a focus to Demon Days that was not evident on Gorillaz. “Feel Good Inc.” even got enough radio play to blow away their one-hit wonder tag. Demon Days makes fewer concessions to the mainstream than the self-titled disc did, forgoing most of that albums’ rock-isms in favor of a straight-up techno sound. As such, it is less accessible, but ultimately far more rewarding.
Best Track: Dare

6. Dead Meadow - Feathers
Feathers is straight-up, no bones about it 70’s style head music. Everything about the album, from the analog recording equipment, to a mix absolutely bathed in reverb and echo, to the distorted, psychedelic cover art, to the seemingly endless amounts of inebriated jams, (of the sweat-soaked headband variety) screams stoner band. And that’s all there is too it. Somehow, Dead Meadow manages to sound like a cross between Neil Young in full on “Like a Hurricane” mode, and pre-Dark Side Of The Moon era Pink Floyd, without sounding at all derivative. Headphones are a must.
Best Track: untitled

5. Bongzilla - Amarijuanican
Bongzilla love weed, if you hadn’t guessed. They make no bones about it. And they also play in a band. Every so often they get stoned and jam. Amarijuanican contains 7 down-tuned, ridiculously heavy sub-sabbath muckfests and some unintelligible growled lyrics that are about weed. The best of the bunch, the towing 12 minute epic “Stonesphere” even contains a mellow-out section in the middle that’s complete with a full-band bong session. They even throw out a shout-out to their influences, with a completely unrecognizable, filth-encrusted cover of Muddy Waters’s “Champagne & Reefer.” Shame they decided to forgo the movie quote intros that were such an entertaining aspect of their earlier albums though.
Best Track: Stonesphere

4. High On Fire - Blessed Black Wings
Legendary guitarist Matt Pike’s band High On Fire returned with a new bassist for their third album, the indomitable Joe Preston, of Melvins fame. Preston’s style doesn’t seem to differ too much from his processor George Rice, however, Blessed Black Wings benefits greatly from another new addition to the lineup, producer Steve Albini. Albini’s production gives the album far greater clarity and more punch than either of the band’s previous works. The songs show a continued willingness to branch out and borrow elements from nonstandard sources, and Pike even ramps up the tempos occasionally, with the opener, “Devolution” surely qualifying as the fastest song he’s ever recorded. With some of the songs reaching into the 6 and 7 minute range, it can be a challenging listen at times, however Pike’s spectacular guitar work make a convincing case in favour of Blessed Black Wings as the band’s best work yet.
Best Track: Cometh Down Hessian

3. Om - Variations On A Theme
Just edging out their old pall, Matt Pike’s old cronies in Sleep made their much awaited return to music with Om in 2005. Although it’s been many years since Sleep was dropped from a major label for being the most singularly unmarketable band in history, time seems to have dulled the creative process none, as Al Cisneros and Chris Haikus essentially continued in the only logical direction after Jerusalem and the departure of Pike; to continue as bass and drums duo writing droning religious epics. The 3 songs on Variations differ very little from one another, hence the name, and are really just meant to be taken as a single work. Cisneros seems to have ditched his “PROCEEDS THE WEEDIAN, NAZERETH!” bellow in favor of a monotone chanting style, and the lyrics have lost their hempy connotations. The two men deliver exemplary performances and create something that is wholly original.
Best Track: On The Mountain At Dawn

2. Six Organs Of Admittance - School Of The Flower
Ben Chansy is officially canonized in my book. After joining Comets On Fire last year as a full time member on Blue Cathedral, far and away the best album of 2004, Chansy returns as his less amplified alter-ego, Six Organs Of Admittance. After a number of stellar but basement recorded albums, School Of The Flower is the first time Chansy has had access to a recording studio. Unsurprisingly, while this is by far the best sounding album he’s recorded as Six Organs to date, the overall sound here is not too different from the other records. School of the Flower is the best Six Organs album to date, a psych folk odyssey that takes the listener on a journey to a place that can almost be described as sacred. This is incense lighting, herbal tea drinking, hippie bead wearing stuff. Chansy uses repetition of eastern modes and ragas to lull the listener into a trance, the most obvious example of this being on the 13 minute title track. Though a number of these are instrumentals, Chansy’s delicate voice and adept finger picking are keen matches, making the album a brief and beautiful journey to the centre of your mind. And the cover of enigmatic freak folk legend Garry Higgins’ “Thicker Than A Smokey” is just awesome.
Best Track: Procession Of Cherry Blossom Spirits

1. Black Mountain - Black Mountain
Black Mountain’s self titled debut edged out School Of The Flower in a tight race partly decided by the fact that Black Mountain are the hometown heroes of rock in 2005, hailing from right here in Vancouver. Make no mistake; Black Mountain is nothing you haven’t heard before. The expected classic rock signposts are all here; Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Velvet Underground and even a shot of James Brown. Black Mountain is no mere throwback to another era however. From the opening scattershot saxophone shuffle of Black Mountain’s mission statement in “Modern Music” to the screeching finale of “Faulty Times,” Black Mountain mastermind Stephan McBean has created a truly classic album in the tradition of his heroes, a complete listening experience which at once assaults and soothes the senses. Highlights abound, such as the fantastic double-time finale of “Don’t Run Our Hearts Around,” the slow burn buildup to a crushing proto-sabbath riff in “Druganaut,” and the narcotic lull of “Set Us Free.” Black Mountain does not so much emulate the heroes of the Classic Rock pantheon as stand tall with them. Truly a classic in every sense of the word.
Best Track: Don’t Run Our Hearts Around

Friday, January 13, 2006

The Temptations - My Girl

One month and counting!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Butthole Surfers - Cough Syrup

Okay, what a bad idea...

SO I've had a wicked cough and sore throat for the past two days, so I bought some cough syrup and proceeded to take double the reccommended dosage and now I'm weirdly intoxicated... and really, REALLY tired

gnite folks!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

John Lennon - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

Merry Christmas/non-denominational gift giving season everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Art Brut - Good Weekend

Loving that song so much, its totally describing my life right now.

Almost done exams, at which point I'll finally be able to enjoy Christmas a bit. Or just work my ass off for jack shit.

Movie night anyone?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Beatles - Girl

I have a girlfriend.

Friday, December 09, 2005

James Blunt - You're Beautiful

This song stole my lunch money. Oh man... now "the girl" has a song to go with her... oh crap I'm falling... thats not good!

Today I:
-went skating not once but twice
-played hockey with Erika in Steveston
-got Canucks tickets
-ate pizza
-got paid
-paid my school fees
-paid back Haig for the new commie hat
-got my new Commie Hat
-spent time with my family
-listened to the Alice In Chains Live album

Oh yeah, and I wrote a 10 page term paper from start to finish. I like productive days.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Diamondhead - The Prince

Sometimes I just don't know what to think about American politics. Being a Canadian, I guess I'm more able to see the humor in situations like this, because they don't really affect me directly. At the same time its still just kinda sad.

Mother Jones back in 2000 nominated Cunningham's son for "The Billy Carter Award for 'Most Amusing Political Relative'

Randall Todd Cunningham: The son of Duke "Death Penalty for Drug Kingpins" Cunningham (R-Calif.) was convicted for possession of 400 pounds of marijuana. In court, the congressman cried and pleaded for mercy, explaining that his son "has a good heart. He works hard. He's expressed to me he wants to go back to school." While out on bail, the hardworking son tested positive for cocaine use three times; when an officer tried to apprehend him following the third positive test, Randy hurled himself out a window and broke his leg. Still, the congressman -- who has denounced Clinton's "soft-on-crime liberal judges" and railed against "reduced mandatory-minimum sentences for drug trafficking" -- won for his son the mercy denied so many others. Randy got 30 months -- half the federal "mandatory" minimum sentence.

-courtesy of the rolling stone political commentary blog

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Corrosion Of Conformity - Vote WIth A Bullet

Civic elections today! Get yer ass out and vote. With a pencil, preferably.

PS I'm still alive

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Om - Variations On A Theme

One of these days, VH1 is gonna have to make a Behind The Music on Sleep. Emerging from San Francisco in the early 90's at a time when 90 percent of California bands were making bouncy skate punk and worshiping Agent Orange and Black Flag, the quartet attracted a tiny but dedicated following of devotees with their doomy riffing. Sleep were true disciples of Black Sabbath, sounding almost as if they had emerged from a time portal to 1972. Or 26 AD. Swathed in a guise of mythical Christianity and marijuana fumes, Sleep's shamanistic aura and mystique make them one of the most intriguing bands of the 90's.

After releasing their debut, Volume 1, to little fanfare, guitarist Justin Marler quit and entered a Russian orthodox monastery. Soldiering on as a trio, Sleep released the classic Sleep's Holy Mountain in 1993, and with it claimed the stoner throne. Like contemporaries Kyuss and Monster Magnet, Sleep were soon snapped up by a major label in hopes that the underground would cough up another surprsie a la Nirvana. With a certifiable classic album under their belts already, London Records' expectations were hopeful that the next album would be a commercial breakout.

For the next 2 and a half years, Sleep went into self-imposed exile in the studio, spending their entire advance on Orange amplification and high grade marijuana, and generally withdrawing from reality. Finally, they emerged with Dopesmoker, a 63 minute album consisting of a single song, an ode to weed and the Old Testament. Awash with droning, repititious and untouchably heavy riffing, the record was completely unmarketable, and London refused to release it.

After refusing to release Dopesmoker in its original form, then again refusing the song in a slightly shortened, edited format, London dropped the band, which went on indefinate hiatus soon after. As rare advance copies of Dopesmoker were frantically duplicated by underground tape traders, the legend of Dopesmoker grew to considerable proportions. Finally, in 1998, a friend of the band released a bootleg of the song's edited version, which the band had retitled Jerusalem. The next year, it was released on Rise Above records to great acclaim in the stoner rock community.

Although dormant for most of the late 90's, the eventual release of Jerusalem was enough to keep doom heads interested, and the members of Sleep eventually grew restless and returned once more to music, with drummer Chris Haikus teaming with formerly departed guitarist Justin Marler in a short lived side project called the Sabians. Guitaist Matt Pike meanwhile formed the more classic heavy metal influenced band High On Fire in 1999. The group's debut The Art Of Self-Defense was released the next year to massive critical and popular acclaim, followed by the equally successful Surrounded By Thieves in 2002. Though High on Fire moved further away from stoner rock with each successive release, the buzz around the band was enough to direct some listeners towards Sleep's material, prompting Tee Pee records to release Dopesmoker in its glorious full length original form in 2003.

In 2005 the remaining former members of Sleep, drummer Haikus and bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros returned in Om, a two person band which continued in the tradtion of Dopesmoker, and released an album called Variations on A Theme. High On Fire relased their third album, Blessed Black Wings, in 2005.

Artist: Om
Title: Variations On A Theme
Released: 2005
Rating: 89%

Artist: High On Fire
Title: Blessed Black Wings
Released: 2005
Rating: 86%

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Sore Throat - Unhindered By Talent

I think I'm coming down with a cold. I've been coughing all day, and I've been stuffed up and generally lethargic for a few days now. In that time I've become addicted to the one beverage I always shunned - tea. For some reason I can't get enough of it. Besides the fact that it makes my throat feel better, having a hot mug in my hands has become a security blanket of sorts for me. I want to spend tomorrow in bed drinking tea, listening to Miles Davis, watching movies and reading books. Instead I have to go to school for 12 hours. School sucks.

Now that summer's over, I feel like I can't wait for winter to hurry up and get here, just so I can have more days of staying inside while its miserable outside. That and I wanna go snowboarding. I wish it was Christmas.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Oasis - Fucking In The Bushes


Okay, now that that little bit of unpleasantness is behind us...

some random thoughts...

Bongzilla is a great band

I want cupcakes

Sundays at work kick ass, especially now that JP works them

I wanna see Judas Priest and Anthrax on Oct. 23, does anyone wanna go? Call me.

I haven't seen any of my friends in forever, what the fuck man?

Reservoir Dogs is an awesome movie

I'm gonna go see Bad Religion and Anti-Flag with Kam, and maybe Acid Mother's Temple with Sean

I'm supposed to be working on an essay right now but I'm not

I've been keeping up with all my reading... its a really weird feeling

Cramming a full course load into 2 days a week kicks ass 5 days a week

I had the best chicken wings ever at work tonight

Devin was drunk after bowling and it was funny, I miss Devin!

I wanna buy American Beauty and Fear and Loathing

Diablo II is the new crack

Sean's car sucks

That is all