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Vacation Time With Is Tropical

I’m headed out west! It’s vacation time! And I understand that maybe not everyone is in super happy, everything-is-wonderful, life-is-all-glitter and cats vacation mode.

So listen to this! Is Tropical (band name) and South Pacific (song name). Dreamy and delirious daytime disco that gets the wanderlust going even if your stuck behind a desk or tractor wheel.

Buy the album Native To here. After a few listens, I do delcare that it’s solid™.

If I wasn’t sure about daytime disco, I am now. It’s real, it’s happening and it’s goood.

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Take This Blog And Shove It.

There comes a time in everyone’s life where you need to ‘man-up’ and face the music anddo things that arn’t necessarily pleasant. Well kids, this is one of those times, and I’ve manned up like you man up in Saudi Arabia when you’re about to take over Africa (Risk, btw, I’m talking about Risk.)

But this has nothing to do with the loveable(?) boardgame.

A few months ago, I woke up from 3 years in Asia with a headache, a new affinity for ipoh horfun, minuscule amounts of dignity and massive debt, so some tough calls had to be made. Which mainly involved moving back in with my dad (totally rad move btws, I recommend) and getting a summer job at the local powerplant as a labourer ( errr not as rad…)

My dad keeps telling me that it’s the kind of job where you “learn about yourself” and “build character.” But so far the only things I’ve learned is that I’m a stunner in an orange jumpsuit and how to drive a forklift (not covered in Business school oddly enough).

Note to self, never go to jail.

So basically this summer been’s major, Charlie Major.

psst for the longest time, I thought Charlie was doing it for me, which was weird since we never met, but I was cool with it since Charlie seemed pretty chill.

But come Friday (lay off day!), it’s all BTO baby.

This is my first (hopefully last) experience with the “counting down the hours at work until the end of the day” thing but at least I’m in good company – with the Ramones, Flaming Lips, Drive-By-Truckers, Dolly Parton and more… They’ve been there and back and wrote songs about it.  Check out the full Daily Grind Playlist here. 

And at least I don’t have to go back to school! (suckas!!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Septemebrrr Playlist!

Well kids, it’s fall (or autumn if you’re European) or as I  call it, the slow death of summer.  Some may say it’s a ‘new beginning’ so that calls for ‘new music’. “Some” being “me”. “New” being “new to me”. “Music” being “see below”. Glad we cleared that up.

‘I’m a goner’ Matt & Kim feat Soulja boy and Andrew W.K.

How did this unlikely trio come about you may ask? Converse. Yeah… the shoes.  Corporate intentions or not, good song!! Good to know Andrew W.K. still likes to party (party hard!).

‘Left Alone At Night’ Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi is the ish! If you dig this old gem, check out his new-ish album, Underneath The Pine.

‘Stay Young, Go Dancing’ Death Cab for Cutie

This last track off Codes and Keys is just lovely. Zooey Deschanel bangs lovely.

‘I wanna meet Dave Grohl’ Wavves

Some beach rock for your long weekend. New ep ‘Life Sux’ out later this month! Hopefully all their songs don’t sound the same, but I don’t have my hopes up.

‘What The Water Gave Me’ Florence and The Machine

It’s ok. Just ok. I hope the album is better (out in November). Maybe ‘What the whiskey gave me’ would be better.

Another notable is Fall Creek Boys Choir. It’s notable because its Bon Iver AND James Blake. It’s at the bottom because, well, it’s not very good.

It sounds like my cat throwing up on reverb.

For all your September music needs, check out the playlist! Updated at my leisure.

Get To Know Grouplove In The Biblical Sense…

Ever wondered what it would sound like if Blind Melon’s ‘No Rain’…

…got down with Modest Mouse’s ‘Float On’…

 

Meet Grouplove and their single, ‘Colours’. Skip the 55 second intro and listen NOW. This is mandatory. You should try to find the RAC remix, (I cant seem to…) it’s pretty killer.  (worst music blogger ever!)

Is it me, or are more people wearing headdress’s these days? Did I miss something? I didn’t see Neon Native in TopShop’s FW11 lookbook.. did you?

Sweet New Sounds

It may not be ‘music monday’ or even ‘new releases tuesday’ but there is no clever way to sat ‘ I’m still funemployed and today I decided to write about some new tunes’.  And by next week I’ll have forgotten or lost interest, so here goes..

First up, our fav falsetto loving emo kids, Bon Iver and ‘Calgary’

If anyone has ever been to Calgary, it’s not what you call ‘inspiring’, ‘aesthetically pleasing’ or even ‘enjoyable’. But this song is. It starts out empty and soulless, like it’s namesake, but picks up the tempo, the energy and hope. Is it 2008? because I can hear the hope!

Santogold featuring Karen o ‘Go’

Santogold, once hailed as an poor woman’s MIA, is now doing MIA better than MIA herself.  Pairing with The Yeah^3’s front lady – Karen o makes this for a solid punk inspired, tribal jam. While it’s good, I feel like it’s missing the hook that all great pop songs need. And I was kidding about the MIA thing, I just thought saying her name was like a beetlejuice thing.

Death Cab For Cutie ‘You’re a Tourist’

I took a death cab one time. I was really hungover and got into a taxi with a complete disregard for collision physics and no a/c in a tropical climate. It was terrible. This song is not. It makes me look forward to the upcoming Codes and Keys, it sounds like marriage has perked up Ben Gibbard quite a bit.

Happy Judgement Day!

Those jeans are too tight and your hair looks stupid.

No, not that kind of judgment day, it’s the BEST kind of judgment day! The world is going to end today at 6pm in your time zone! Never mind the fact that 6pm has already happened in many time zones and that the end of the world has been predicted over 200 times already, this isn’t a drill people! God’s shutting it down! So unless you’re getting raptured away,  let’s party!

It's the end of the world and he knows it

Also if you think this is real, then please, leave me your things. I’ll take good care of them.

First up, just to set the mood,  R.E.M’s ‘It’s the End Of The World’. No explanation is really needed for this one.

Next is ‘No Sex For Ben’ by The Rapture. Not only does this send two important messages – get laid today and it’s the Rapture – but this jam is a total dance party! It’s just us trash people now!

Someone recommended Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ because apparently this song is not about harvesting. (just me?) Can anyone listen to this and not think ‘MORE COWBELL’!

Stevie Nick’s ‘Landslide’ because apparently a big earthquake is supposed to kick us off into the black abyss and this song’s lyrics read like a poetic suicide note.

And closing us off is The Doors and ‘The End’. The Doors were always ahead of their time.

Alright guys, time to break out the window smashing bat and garbage bag and heading out for some good ol rapture looting! Or go take out loans you can’t repay and buy things on credit. Wait you’ve already done that?

Clicking My Ruby Red Slippers!

The pretty part of Canada

Well kids tomorrow’s the big day. Almost 2 years to the date and 1 globe circling later, I’m headed home. And while I have a long flight to think about what I’ve learned, the things I’ve done and seen and then I will write up all my feelings and emotions and promptly keep it to myself (this isn’t tumblr). I’m also just elated to go home again!

Where I'm from.

Not just go home but be home.  Here’s what I’m gonna be listening to over and over and over again for the next 14 hours.

‘Home’ – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Yes, I know, literal day was yesterday. But still, it’s called home and it feels like home! Probably because I’m from small town Saskatchewan (like 400 people small) which for all those who don’t know is the Alabama, Arkansas of Canada.

‘Maps’ – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The thing about Rockglen, Saskatchewan is that you had to have grown up in it to be excited about going to it – even then it’s a long shot. But I am – they don’t love you like I love you Rockglen, no one does. They don’t know what it’s like for people like us growing u– err wrong song. Moving on!

‘Young Blood’ – The Naked and Famous

This song is about two young lovers trying to relive the magic of the early part of their courtship as their relationship starts to wither and break. Which is a giant metaphor for me and life right now. Did I say life? I meant my bank account.

‘IfYou Wanna’ – The Vaccines

In this song I imagine the Vaccines is Canada, singing to me that if I wanna come back, it’s alright. I’m sorry for leaving Canada! I was young, naive, I wanted to see what else was out there! But now I know! You’re the one for me, I’ll never leave you again (unless you turn cold!). I also want health insurance again! Also I’m not sure why Canada is singing to me with a British accent…

See you in the Great White North!

Blame Canada – for being so darn lovable! (in the summer months)