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This Rob Ford thing is so embarrassing I don’t even think there’s a need for me to comment on it. Luckily, that’s not the only thing going on in the world.
See what else is up below:
- Everyday Jet Lag - This is something I definitely struggle with each morning. Not everyone’s body clock is wired the same, it’s unfortunate that the world is defined by morning people.
- 62 Questions we Still Have For Rob Ford This article is a couple weeks old, meaning we have about 62 more to add to this list.
- The Little Label That Could Check out this great podcast on Indie 88 on Arts & Crafts
- The Top 10 Toronto Punk Bands of All Time do you agree on these choices?
- 32 Bachelor Hacks That Will Help Improve Everyone’s Lives These are actually kinda helpful.
- The 10 Most Annoying Concert Behaviours I may be semi-guilty of number 1, but I never do it for the whole show and I try to be mindful of it, because I rage at everything else on this list when I experience it at a show.
- The 13 Most Insidious, Pervasive Lies of the Modern Music Industry These are interesting…
- You Can Not Devalue Music I love this article, definitely worth the full read.
- The Owners Of Parts and Labour are Opening up a Burger Shop on Queen West - just what my hood needs, ANOTHER burger shop.
- Leadership Lessons from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit 2013 Love this.
- Long & McQuade CEO on family owned business success
- How Selling Out Saved Indie Rock
- Bob Dylan “Like A Rolling Stone” – Official Interactive Video THIS IS SO COOL! Check it out now if you haven’t yet, but be sure you’re on a fast computer or it might freeze up.
- NMPA Targets Unlicensed Lyric Sites, Rap Genius Among 50 Sent Take-Down Notices We knew it would happen one day.
- QOTSA’s new interactive video Not as cool as Bob’s but still worth checking out.
- There’s a Bruce Springsteen Religion Class for College Kids Who Worship “The Boss” Where was this when I was still in school?! Amazing.
- Listen: Lorde covers Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” Beautiful cover.
- Arcade Fire, Please Don’t Ask Me to Wear “Formal Attire” to Your Arena Show Yeah – this is dumb. Arcade Fire really needs to give up the gimmicks already, it’s getting tired. I miss when they were focused on making great music instead of marketing ploys.
- Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive This is awesome.
- Rob Ford Denies “Eating Pussy” During Live, Televised Press Conference This might be the funniest thing in the entire Ford saga.
- The nine most outrageous things that Rob Ford has said in the past 24 hours
- Toronto city council votes to strip Ford of his powers HELL YES. Finally.
- How Feminism Hurts Men Another interesting read.
- 50 Pictures in Perfect Timing Check these out, awesome.
- Finally, watch this great Manchester punk rock documentary from 1977:
Wow, what a week. It started with the loss of one of the most important and influential people in my (and so many others) life, and ended with the celebratory Halloween day news that YES, Toronto – the Rob Ford crack video does exist – though you must be a complete idiot if you ever doubted for a second that it did.
I have a whole lot to say about Lou, but it deserves it’s own post. So for now, read up on what everyone else had to say about him – along with my thoughts on all the other links below:
- Lou Reed: 1942-2013: NME Obituary
- John Cale Pays Tribute to Lou Reed
- Artists, Fans Pay Respect to Lou Reed
- A Reason to Keep Singing Will Sheff talks about Lou.
- Stuart Berman on Lou Reed If you only read one link about this brilliant man, this should be it. Stuart is the only one who really articulated how I feel about him.
- “Goodbye, You Magnificent Bastard” – A Tribute to Lou Reed
- RIP Lou Bega Proof that some people are really, really dumb – and these dumb people also somehow think this counts as humour.
- Slate: “Stop Getting Drunk, Stop Getting Raped” It’s sickening to me that Slate posted this article at all.
- 31 Things That Are Not an Invitation to Rape #truth. Despite the article above – the fact is, being a female and getting drunk doesn’t mean it’s okay to rape me. I know, shocking – but it’s true!
- Dear Prudence: Let’s Just Keep Blaming Women For Their Rapes, I Guess Yep. At least, if you’re an old, conservative, shitty female news outlet writer desperately looking for hits.
- David Bowie’s new video for Love Is Lost pays tribute to his past characters This is great.
- The Mysterious Case of Elisa Lam Since it was Halloween last night, and the party continues tonight – here’s something to give you nightmares. Seriously.
- The Kanye West Daily Affirmation Soundboard Thanks for the pep talk, Yeezus!
- How One Band’s Fans Warped Online Music Charts It’s not that hard, apparently.
- Marissa Nadler on Elliot Smith
- An Elliot Smith Tribute Concert: Why? Wish I could have been there for this.
- The Best Rock Bars in Toronto Do you agree with this list?
- Honest Ed’s Property Sold to a B.C. Developer Damn. But I will say I’m on the side that says no one really cares about the inside – it reminds me of the horrible second hand stores my mom used to take me to when I was very young – nothing there looks usable save for the toiletries in the very front. Any dollar store can beat it. In 10 years of living here I’ve only ever been inside twice – both times to show bemused friends from out of town what it was. But the outside is an epic visual landmark and the Annex just won’t look right without it.
- Rob Ford Leads Reporters Through Haunted Office Well, I thought this would be this week’s horrid Rob Ford highlight – still trying to get the nightmare of him asking us to touch his little snake out of my head – but then it got much much worse/better…
- The Rob Ford Crack Scandal Finally, the cops tell us what we’ve known all along about the worst mayor in the history of Canada.
- Rob Ford says he won’t resign after Toronto police say they found video
- Toronto Police Say They Have the Alleged Crack Video
- 10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier You’ll need to do these after all those bad news links, I know I did.
- Why Should We Care about a Blogger Who Tricks Men into Dinner Dates? So a Toronto blogger was making waves this week for scamming “off the boat” guys into expensive dinner dates and never talking to them again. When I first heard about it, my initial reaction was mixed – in that I kind of get the girls who are saying “Good for her – lots of men on those dating sites join and take women out just to use them for pussy and never call them again.” I know this first hand because I worked for one of those shitty hookup sites for 3 years during college, so I watched as droves of delusional (and mostly married) guys actually believed that a girl like her would be interested in just fucking them for free, no strings attached (even though the accounts with pictures of girls like her were ALL FAKE – as is the case for every hookup site men pay for – women don’t need such a site). It was a nauseating experience that made me think very little of the male population for a long time – but it was a ridiculously easy, well paying job and I took some pleasure in toying with these cheaters. But the not a horrible human who still wants to have faith in humanity side of me agrees more with this article:
“Erin’s blog is just another example in Toronto’s pathetic attempt to sensationalize our fear of intimacy with so-called “scandal.” Just look at the back page of the The Grid with its terrible columns “Dating Diaries” and “The Hookup.” Two mild-mannered people attempt to feign interest in each other while they take a ceramics class or some other dumb shit and then rate each other’s hair with a score of “7”… I think, as Erin gets older, she’ll learn relationships can’t be qualified into material goods. It’s a lot harder to find someone who returns your fucking text messages and still showers you with kindness, sympathy, and a warm body in bed when you lie, make selfish choices, and fuck up.”
And if we are so disgusted by the way men use women for what they want – sex, we shouldn’t be petty enough to congratulate this “get even” mentality of women using men for their money. Adults don’t agree with either side of the coin – using people – no matter what you’re using them for, no matter if you’re male or female – is pathetic and sociopathic. And now that everyone knows who this girl is because she is somehow stupid enough to post selfies, there’s a fat chance she’s ever gonna find someone who will actually want to be with her in the future – once she’s ate her way through Toronto’s dining scene and actually wants a relationship. I am reminded of that disturbing movie The Shape Of Things.
- How Feel Good Viral Machines Like Upworthy and and Buzzfeed Filter Reality A must read.
- Lost and Found: Classic Rock Shows on Youtube
- Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’: Still devoid of wit, subtlety and danger, now with bongos This is way too harsh, but I have to agree with all the negative press on this album. Watching them on SNL was such a WTF moment for me – they looked and sounded absolutely absurd and goofy. When Funeral came out, I fell deeply in love with the genuine emotions they captured, but it’s been a downhill slide ever since.
- How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills This is excellent.
- 20 Musicians Carved into Jack-O-Lanterns Happy Halloween!
- Finally, this unreleased Kurt Cobain interview popped up on YouTube last week, it’s great:
Happy long weekend, everyone! How are you spending Victoria Day? I think we all know how good ol’ Mayor Ford will be spending it. But really, drug abuse is a serious, horrible thing, so as much pleasure as we are all taking in this final epic fall he is taking for being the ULTIMATE anti-drug hypocrite, it’s important to remember that if it all turns out to be true – this man has a serious problem and he needs help. But first and foremost, he needs to get the hell out of office.
Speaking of office, did anyone else watch The Office series finale? It made me sad of course, but I didn’t love it. I know Michael was just making a cameo, but if he’s gonna come back, let him come back and be Michael! That was a little disappointing. It felt more like a finale for the cast of this season rather than a finale for the entirety of the show.
Anyhow, the links:
- 10 Embarrassing Moments From Rob Ford (Possibly Explained By Crack Cocaine) It really does help explain away most of these ‘incidents.’
- Help get the video out by donating money before Ford buys it!! They’re almost at $30,000 already and it’s only a few hours in. This can happen. And if it doesn’t, they’re donating the money to CAMH, which is an incredible organization that does great work for people with addiction and mental health issues.
- Twitter reaction to crackgate. Oh my.
- What We Do and Do Not Know About Rob Ford and Drug Use I hate the man for destroying my city, so it was of course easy to jump on the hell yes, fuck you Ford, bandwagon, but Torontoist presents some very valid points here.
- Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman: ‘Apps are in every artist’s future’. Truth.
- Rdio And Shazam Expand Full Music Track Streaming Partnership To UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil And Mexico. Finally.
- Shazam Is Generating Big Bucks for iTunes and Amazon. This is the future of music, labels can’t claim digital is harmful anymore.
- Rock the microphone: Shazam unveils the top tagged music of 2012. Oh god. Sadly this is what the general population is listening to.
- The Ten Worst Bands of the Nineties. Apparently Rolling Stone did a poll and somehow (aka in a desperate attempt for pageviews) they put Nirvana as an option – and they came in 5th. Nirvana is the 5th worst band of the 90s??!! According to who? Probably the people who Shazamed the music in the link above…
- How Music Blogging Landscape Has Changed.
- Our Favourite Toronto Music Blogs – I got a nice little shout out on View the Vibe as one of their fave bloggers, the write up is too kind!
- Take a sad song and make it better: Listening to downbeat music helps people get over a break-up. I realize this is a ‘tell me something I didn’t already know’ link, but apparently the general consensus is that you should listen to happy music when you’re sad? God knows when I’m unable to eat, sleep, stop crying and leave my bed, the last thing I want to hear is a fucking Carly Rae Jepson song. But I am known for my love of sadsack music, so I digress.
- Mother of Alice in Chains front man sues dead son’s bandmates.
- LimeWire to Pay Labels $105 Million to Settle Copyright Suit. Really? I think I last used LimeWire almost a decade ago.
- 30 Unconventional Business Cards. If you recall my business cards, you’ll know I’m all about a memorable card. Everything else just gets tossed.
- This Is The Most Epic Brand Meltdown On Facebook Ever. Absolutely hilarious, but also, kind of sad and scary. Watch the Kitchen Nightmares episode if you haven’t, these people are the definition of lunatic. This woman needs years of extreme therapy, and a husband that isn’t a creepy enabler.
- Pete Cashmore: Top 10 Things My Generation Likes. The Times issue all about the Millennials is quite inspiring. We’re not all that bad, or so they say. The idea that we’re all entitled spoiled brats needs to go, for once and for all.
- My Medical Choice. So Angelina Jolie’s surgery was big news this week. I hate to play devil’s advocate on a touchy subject, but I can’t help but have it cross my mind that she really just wanted her boobs back after 3 kids sucking out their glory, and this provides an easy out for the “omg you bought new tits!” insults she would otherwise get. Of course, I think it’s awesome to be proactive about your health and she definitely tested high, so I shouldn’t be such a cynic, but it does seem like convenient timing. Breast removal and implants are incredibly extreme before you even have any kind of cancer, but more power to her. The normal female population can’t really afford to do such a thing.
- Are foodies quietly killing rock-and-roll? Heh, I can’t imagine life without either.
- HELLO! magazine shames Canada and beauty by naming Avril Lavigne Most Beautiful Canadian. No, really. Why not just put Rob Ford on there with his crack pipe?
- Metal Concert Bracelets - would you wear this? Unless it’s solid gold I get really bad reactions to jewelry (I’ve had my ears pierced no less than 5 times in the same spot because of bad reactions – finally gave up) so I know it would probably be a nightmare for me, but even-so, I’m not sure I would want to wear that. Concert bracelets are annoying enough when they’re just plastic.
- Portraits of Soldiers Before, During, and After War. This is quite stunning.
- Guys: Holding A Guitar Makes You More Attractive. It’s science, guys. You don’t even have to know what to do with it, just hold it. Panties will drop. But really, it’s an instant visual cue to women that you are potentially ‘sensitive’ and in touch with your emotions, and that’s all we really want.
- Finally, our man in space returned this week, but not before making this crazy cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” IN SPACE. Truly, Chris Hadfield is the coolest astronaut of all time:
Anita is a look back at what the exact moment where sexual harassment became a valid work problem that is taken seriously. Prior to Anita Hill infamously speaking out against the sexual harassment she endured working for Clarence Thomas, this kind of treatment was tolerated by women (and men) because they didn’t know they had any other option. She gave us all a voice and right to speak up without the risk of losing our jobs.
I was so young when she did this for feminism that I didn’t even realize she is the one to thank for the times where I’ve felt uncomfortable at work – and been able to do something about it. The beauty of this film is that it is educating my generation and those women younger than me on what she did for us, and how different the world was just 20 years ago - how acceptable that kind of workplace abuse was. I feel so incredibly lucky to have been born in the time of history that I was.
It was startling to watch her give her testimony facing a large panel of old white men, as they interrogated her and accused her of man hating, revenge, bitterness and lying. They tried to tear her apart because she was honest, and yet she remained calm and poised throughout the entire process. I have no idea how she did it. She deserves a medal from every woman. As if it wasn’t bad enough that she suffered through his harassment the first time, they put her up there and did everything they could to humiliate her in front of the entire world, making her relive every minute detail.
And of course, in the end, they didn’t even care about her testimony. Thomas made it into a racial issue (which is crap considering she shares his race), the politicians got scared, and nothing ever happened to him. He took his seat on the Supreme Court, while she had to move to another state to avoid all the death threats and harassment she endured after it was over. That in itself is depressing – but the film makes it very clear that what she did is an act of heroism that will be remembered for generations to come.
Thank you Anita.
Kathleen Hanna is another fascinating, inspiring woman to my generation. As much as I could never really get into the whole riot grrrl scene because of my aversion to vocals that involve screaming, I have incredible respect for its place in the third wave of feminism that sparked because of the injustices faced by women like Anita Hill at the time.
While I never really enjoyed Bikini Kill’s sound, I did like Le Tigre to some degree, but I was never quite interested enough to dig into their story. This film definitely made me realize what I was missing out on, and how incredible Kathleen was (and still is).
She is exactly the kind of person I aspire to be – and I have been living by her manifesto, despite not being particularly aware of it, all along. Her “ALL GIRLS TO THE FRONT” mentality at shows is literally the best concept in music history, ever. EVERY BAND SHOULD DO THIS. The way they explained it in the film made me so happy, because men don’t seem to realize that they make such a hostile environment for women at shows – or they do realize and they just don’t care. The last thing I want to deal with is getting head butted by moshers (this has happened to me) because I’m at the front trying to actually see the band. If the male population were kind enough to do that shit in the back, and stand back so that women who are generally at least 5 inches shorter, could actually see the stage – the concert going experience would be oh so wonderful for everyone.
I wish I could have went to a Bikini Kill show just to be a part of a concert where there was a priority put on women actually being comfortable/having a stage sight-line.
The look into her health issues and the decision to end Le Tigre was also insightful. Lyme disease is something most people (myself included) certainly don’t understand, and it went a long way to explaining how dreadful the disease can be – especially when it makes a singer lose control of her most precious asset – her voice. I also loved when she talked about meeting Adam Horovitz and feeling conflicted about dating someone who sang such sexist songs in those early Beastie Boys days, and how you don’t choose who you fall in love with.
If you are at all interested in 90s music culture, feminism, riot grrrls or just want to see a doc about a groundbreaking artist, make it a point to see The Punk Singer.
I’ll admit I was fairly uninterested in the whole Pussy Riot thing. I heard about it non stop to the point where I just decided to tune it out. Again, not being all that into the riot grrrl scene, I just didn’t pay much attention. When I hear Peaches is involved in something I kind of lose interest, as it always tends to feel like a spectacle.
Of course, seeing Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer made me feel foolish for not paying attention. It is scary to me that this kind of church meets state environment still exists in what looks like a modern part of the world. They were doing nothing more than what Kathleen Hanna and the riot bands did 20 years ago, but they are in jail for it!
The best part of Hot Docs is that it shocks me into remembering just how lucky I am to be living where I do, in the age that I do. After watching the injustice these girls are going through, I am thanking my lucky stars that I do not live in Russia. It literally boggles my mind that things could still be so backwards in a developed country – but religion makes people act in very strange (ungodly) ways.
Can you imagine being sent to jail for 2 YEARS for just barely starting to sing a ‘punk rock’ song in a church? It’s absurd. I agree that it was crossing a line since so many people were offended by it, and they could have maybe banned them from the church for life or something – but putting them in jail away from their babies for years because they created art in public? Insane.
The film gives these women faces, families, and history – which is something you don’t get through our exploitative news. Watching their parents talk about how they were as kids, and how they grew into feminist artists trying to move their part of the world forward in the same way that Kathleen Hanna did, makes it a must see. It’s also inspiring to hear them talk during sentencing – the fearlessness these women have for the message they are trying to spread of equality for all women is so powerful. I know that when they get out they will continue to create positive change and hopefully help move Russia into the current decade.
Well hello Friday. This has been a wonderful week purely for the fact that Rob Ford got removed from office. Ex-Mayor indeed!! Oh happy day. Unfortunately he will be able to run again, but I have faith that all the misguided people who were silly enough to vote for him last time will have now learned from their huge mistake after witnessing just how terrible he has been for this city.
Tonight, the final Friday Night Live at the ROM happens! And tomorrow the Juno concert series hits the Horseshoe yet again. These shows are always amazing because it’s such a mix of the best talent in the city, and they are singing cover songs, which always makes for a great night. You should go!
Anyhow, here are the links:
- Justin Bieber homecoming marred by fashion gaffe, Grey Cup boos His people have banned publications from reviewing his show – If I were him I would embrace the negative press, it’s only gonna make his Beliebers more sympathetic and in love with him.
- Rob Ford’s self-inflicted downfall In case you missed it.
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to appeal his ouster
- Toronto fired the greatest mayor of all time This is funny. It’s true, he gave us a lot of material, but mostly he just made me rage. He needs to stay in Etobicoke for good this time. Someone who hates Toronto and all that it stands for never should have made it into City Hall in the first place.
- AroarA: Broken Social Scene member Andrew Whiteman’s poetic new band I love this guy.
- Wu Lyf to split up? I’m not sure if there has been an update since then, but I certainly hope they’re not. One of the best new bands around, truly.
- Jeff Tweedy Q&A: Wilco frontman rails against ageism and ‘dad rock’ label Wilco is definitely not dad rock. Wilco is amazing. Dad rock is derogatory because it means bands like Dave Matthews and that kind of adult alternative horrible music. Also, not all dads have horrible taste, btw.
- Three things young women in business need to know Very good advice, I have definitely lost out in the past by not speaking up.
- Andrew W.K. named cultural ambassador to the Middle East by US Department of State This is hilarious/awesome.
- Family members drown after jumping into ocean to save dog; dog survives I would go in after Mr Bojangles, so I get this, and it is sooo fucking sad. Dogs are family, you wouldn’t let your sibling drown would you? But this still sucks.
- If you don’t love dogs we can never get married Yep. If I let you meet my dog and you don’t feel the joy that I experience every time I look at him, I will probably think you’re not a very nice person.
- That Facebook copyright thing is meaningless and you should stop sharing it Seriously. Stop.
- Two and a Half Men star sees the light, tells viewers to stop watching his filthy show Whoa religion. Apparently he took it all back, probably when he realized the show would boot him and sue him?
- Reasons why Los Angeles is the worst place ever This article got a lot of comments on Twitter, most people agreed with it (as I certainly do), and even people that live there found it funny, but there were some defensive types. I get it, when the rest of Canada shits on Toronto I get annoyed too, and LA does have its good points (weather, ocean – but really that’s it) but no one is going to convince me it belongs on my top 10 cities list. My LA experience was as close to a nightmare as it gets. It’s so weird to me that NYC gets the rep of “rude people” when LA was the one American city where I felt completely helpless and on my own – New Yorkers have always been amazing to me.
- Least influential people of 2012 Mitt Romney. LOL.
- The Onion: Grandson has long hair Hahahhaha. The best.
- Finally, Poor Young Things have a new video for one of their best songs, check it out: