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Hey guys! I decided that, since tomorrow is vinyl nerd Christmas, it makes more sense to give you the rundown of how Toronto is celebrathing this beloved annual holiday today in leiu of TGIF this week – so you can prepaire accordingly.
I am currently on my way back home to Welland to celebrate Easter with my fam – why oh why did this day land on the Easter weekend? Come on, guys… what am I gonna do in Welland to get my fix? No Record Store Day limited editions for me this year. So please, please, enjoy it for me.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening where and when, starting with stores that aren’t going as RSD crazy and ending with the best spot to hit up – so you don’t miss a thing tomorrow. Thanks to my amazing intern Sebastien for putting the list together! Let us know in the comments if there’s a store we missed that you think deserves a shout out.
- 642 Queen Street W
- 12 pm – 9 pm
- Neurotica’s website has a ticker of featured and rare vinyls that they have in stock to help the hunting process. Refresh the page a few times to and see if anything there might interest you.
She Said Boom
- She Said Boom has two locations, one at 393 Roncesvalles Avenue, and one at 372 College Street
- They’re open from 11 am – 7 pm at both locations
- They recently promised a forthcoming list of releases on their Twitter (though time is running short), so keep an eye out there for what you might want to buy!
- Kops Records also has two locations, the most well known one being at 229 Queen Street W, and the other at 592 Bloor Street W
- Open from 11 am – 8 pm at both stores
- Kops records has not been forthcoming with details of what will be in stock. I guess that means you’re just going to have to head there to hunt things down. But it’s Kops, so you’d be crazy not to anyways.
- 801 Queen Street W
- 11:02 am – 7 pm
- Unless your ear is much lower to the ground than mine, this is another record store that it seems you’re just going to have to go to to find out what they’ll have in stock. Again though, it’d be hard to believe you weren’t intending on heading down there in the first place.
Play de Record
- 357a Yonge Street
- Open 12 pm – 8pm
- Play de Record has gained a reputation for it’s Unique selection of hip hop and electronic music. With DJ’s spinning music in honour of Record Store day, Play de Record is a necessary stop in your travels and hosts a substantial selection of turntables and DJ equipment, for the gearheads that intend to be out browsing this weekend.
- 784 Yonge Street
- 8:30 am – 9pm
- Not only do Sunrise card holders get in early, but if you buy or renew your ID Card that day, you will get a vinyl sticker added to your card. That’s good for your ID Card discount + an extra 10% Off all non-RSD vinyl for the next year.
- Sunrise has been showing off their warehouse stock, which includes Childish Gambino’s Because the internet , Chvrches Recover EP and many others on their facebook page. Give it a gander, and see what tickles your fancy.
- 662 College Street
- 11 am – 9 pm
- June Records will have DJs spinning music all day to accompany your browsing experience
- So far they’ve released exactly two albums that they’ll have in stock. Frank Zappa’s Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow and Alexander Robotnick’s Vintage Robotnicks. Head down there to see what else they’ll have.
Cabin Fever Collective
- 1669 Bloor Street W
- 8am – 8 pm
- Cabin Fever is pulling out all the stops, and was a serious contender for the number one spot. Not only are they giving out free coffee all day, they have a liquor license in the evening to accompany a live show that includes a performance by Papermaps.
- They’ve been hosting a few contests on their twitter page, with one of the prizes being a chance to be first in the store. They’ve made an effort to bring in as many record store day releases as possible, so this prize may be a boon to those of you with an eye out for that super rare release!
- Sonic Boom has two locations, one in the Annex at 782 Bathurst Street, and one in Kensington at 201 Augusta Ave
- The Annex location will be open 10 am – midnight, while the Kensington location will be open from 11 am – 9 pm
- The Annex location, however, is the place to be this year for Record store day. With an event hosted by Chart Attack and Fuelled by Pistonhead Lager, pay a visit to Sonic Boom and be sure to catch any of the free live performances taking place throughout the afternoon. A full lineup can be found on their Facebook page.
Hey peeps! Happy weekend! Hope your week was lovely. The periods of sunshine have been glorious, even if they are almost always followed by rain. I’ll take 60+ degrees and rainy over 12 degrees and frozen. It’s finally beginning to feel normal in the city again.
I’m gearing up for another busy summer as festival season begins in a few weeks! Heads up, I’ll be doing giveaways for the first two festivals – Hot Docs and Canadian Music Week – so stay tuned.
Now, for the links:
- Why ‘My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection’ matters I agree completely.
- Where You Stand at a Show and What It Says About You Where I stand says nothing more than “I’m 5’1 and I can’t see shit all if I don’t make a point to get to the front.”
- CNN Wrote The Worst Kurt Cobain Lede Ever Yeah, that’s a good example of how not to write about someone who is no longer with us.
- Olivia Chow: To fix transit, we need a relief line — and more If you need even more reasons to vote for Olivia, read this.
- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of the Future With Nirvana just being inducted this week, this is an interesting read.
- MDMA could be a cure for tinnitus The idea of a cure for this nightmare of a disease is HUGE news – even if it means doing MDMA.
- How to Talk to Designers If You’re Not a Designer If everyone who ever worked with a designer or a creative of any kind could just read and follow this advice – the world would be a better place. I’ve had to experience first hand just how awful some clueless fools treat designers. It’s a horrific thing to witness the arrogance of laymen who truly think they’re designers.
- How not to talk about rape culture, as demonstrated by Q with Jian Ghomeshi Yeah, maybe don’t give crazy people a national audience to air their psychotic misogynistic views – that’s a Fox News trademark – don’t steal it, Q.
- The Talk – A new sex ed for boys This is so great, if only it could be implemented everywhere.
- Dear parents, you are being lied to Seriously – vaccinate your kids. It’s a disservice to the entire population – particularly the kids with allergies to vaccines – if you choose not to.
- David Letterman Retiring From ‘Late Show’ After 22 Years This was big news to me! But then again, as soon as I heard it – it made perfect sense. He waited for Leno to be off the air – he no longer has a nemesis he enjoys stealing viewers from – I love that he waited until just after Leno was kicked out (again) to announce it. Dave will always remain the gold standard whom I compare all late night hosts to. His harsh sense of humour is sadly a rarity in the hosting department these days.
- Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Will Play Sisters in New Comedy The Nest My ladies are back together. I couldn’t ask for anything more (well, other than hoping it’s actually good!).
- 19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful Get to it.
- Skin Tight Jeans and Syncopation Music theory is pretty cool.
- Music Criticism Is Not “Lifestyle Reporting”: A Response I posted the original article in the last TGIF with some mixed feelings, and I definitely love this response and agree with him completely. Music is about emotions and how it makes you feel – not about technical terms.
- Bluesfest Lineup Announced Check it out! Might be worth the trip up north to Ottawa this summer.
- Here’s a (crap quality) video of Dave Grohl, Krist Novolselic, Courtney Love and Kurt’s mom and sisters accepting Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The reaction to Courtney is of course interesting – but it’s nice that she’s squashing the beef (for now) with Dave. I especially love his mom saying “He’d be so proud – he’d say he wasn’t – but he would be.” Truth, right there:
- Gotta throw in more videos of the ceremony because it was a truly inspired choice to have some of the best females in music taking Kurt’s place onstage for the performances – St. Vincent, Lorde, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett? You know he would have loved this:
Last night I had the true pleasure of seeing this lovely lady live for the first time. Sad to admit she’s one of those names I had always heard but never paid attention to, placing her in the ‘probably too CanRock for me’ category just by way of associated acts. The Rootstock show I was reviewing last night only reaffirmed that unfair categorization, placing her in between Steven Page, formerly of Barenaked Ladies fame, and Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea (someone I would normally avoid ever seeing).
Of course, as soon as she opened her mouth to start singing, I realized how far off I was. I was immediately blown away by the sheer tone and beauty of her voice. The most famous pop stars of today only wish they had a vocal as captivating and original as hers.
Making the night even better was how she described her songwriting process, and how she came to write the beautiful songs she sang. This one particularly struck a chord with me as I tried to hold back tears, making it the perfect choice for song of the week.
Give it a listen:
Happy Friday, and Happy Spring everyone!!!! Hope you are as excited as I am that it’s FINALLY HERE (even though we might be in for more snow this weekend… …… ugh).
As for fun weekend plans, I will be attending the Prism Prize Music Video Awards on Sunday, so I am saving most of my energy this weekend for that (especially if it snows, as I can’t be outside in that shit for much longer without going completely batshit insane). What fun are you getting into? I have some suggestions as per usual over at Dose! I also heard Foster The People (remember that song about uncool poor kids shooting up cool rich kids at school… ughhh) are playing the Horseshoe tonight, so if you’re into that kinda one hit wonder-y mainstream posing as indie band, it’s a chance to see one of those “big” bands in a tiny venue – but it’s sold out so good luck with that. You’re much better off seeing The Dirty Nil at Silver Dollar or The Big Sound at Adelaide Hall tonight.
Now, for the links:
- Tracks Of Our Tears: 50 Songs That Make Quietus Writers & Artists Cry Not sure I agree with many of these – if you’re gonna list an Elliott Smith song that makes you cry, choosing “A Distorted Reality Is A Necessity To Be Free” is such a weird choice. Like, really, the one song about his general disillusion with the political world (though he definitely never wrote a political song, that song is much more than that – which makes the write up even worse)? Not the one about wanting to die? Or you know, being ready to die? Or feeling like a fucking freak in every social situation? Or forgiving his mother for staying with his abusive stepfather, or the shame and anger that stem from getting blackout drunk, or loving the white lady aka heroin more than love, or you know, almost any other song he wrote? WEAK. Sorry, I did name the blog after one of his (not so sad) songs, so I still get very worked up when I read about him and it feels forced, like, “Oh that Elliott guy made sad songs right?” Googles his albums, randomly chooses a song, plucks it into the list. Fuck that. Have some respect.
- Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, New Order Storm Carnegie Hall for Tibet See the photo above and video at the end of this post for how fucking awesome this must have been. Jesus, what I would have done to have been there.
- 10 Essential Canadian Record Reissues Because we really do need to pay more attention to Canada’s rich music history.
- Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting Interesting article. Obviously, I combine music and lifestyle in a very overt way with this blog, so I am sitting on the other side of his argument, because I was never trained in music so I can’t write about it in these theoretical terms he longs for. I am definitely of the Lester Bangs school in that way, and I don’t see it as such a terrible thing. I agree with him that there is a lack of that kind of reporting, but it is because most people are not trained in technical terms, and if you have to use a dictionary to understand an album review you’re gonna give up on it fast. But I also agree with him that the musicians deserve to have their music reviewed rather than their failed relationships and publicity stunts.
- More Details Revealed in SXSW Tragedy Well this was just awful news.
- SXSW Crash Victim Treated to Private Concert in Her Hospital Room This is kinda cute, even if just a huge publicity stunt for the band (I know, I’m so jaded).
- Six deaths force Future Music Asia to cancel final day More awful music festival news.
- Why Your First Concert Is The Greatest Moment Of Your Adolescence My first concert was a Backstreet Boys concert at the Skydome when I was a tween, so I can’t say that was the greatest moment. BUT, my second concert was SARStock which probably was the greatest moment of my teen years.
- Neil Young on Pono Raising $1.6 Million in 24 Hrs on Kickstarter: ‘There Seems To Be a Market There’ Looks like he really was onto something.
- The complete guide to listening to music at work Love this. I actually have a very hard time writing while listening to any music with lyrics – unless I’m writing about that particular song – in which case it’s required.
- How mishearing song lyrics reveals our subconscious thoughts Makes sense, really.
- Chordify Automatically Extracts Chords from Your Favorite Songs Pretty cool app for musicians.
- How To Accomplish More By Doing Less This is great advice.
- The El Mocambo is up for sale at almost $4 million Booourns. Someone save this place before it’s turned into another condo. Toronto will always be an amazing place despite the constant gentrification, but haven’t we lost enough of our cultural landmarks?
- 20-something’s swap clothes with their grandparents This is my favourite photography project in a very long time. I wish I had a photo like this with my grandma, though she never would have agreed to such a shoot.
- What If Google Was a Guy Heh.
- Finally, as noted above, here is the video of Patti and Iggy covering my dearly departed Lou Reed! I can’t take it! So great:
Hello Friday. And hello March. While you’ve been disappointingly snowy so far, I’m still holding out hope that the rest of the month will finally bring us the long awaited spring weather this city is in desperate need of. Even more exciting – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME returns on Sunday. I know this kinda sucks because we lose an hour of sleep, BUT it means we get daylight and sunshine and evenings back. It means the good times are truly almost here. There’s nothing more depressing to me than it getting dark at 5pm, since, when given the option, I don’t wake up before noon. #nightowllife.
Anyhow, do you have any fun plans for the weekend? My weekly column over at dose has a few suggestions for those of you in Toronto. Personally, I’m heading to the ballet for the first time ever for the opening night of Swan Lake. Very excited! I’ve been to the Opera and the Symphony a few times, so this is my last step in fully embracing grown up art. And the movie Black Swan will finally make perfect sense to me.
Also – FYI, I have a couple vinyl giveaways coming up for both Broken Bells and my favourite, Bruce Springsteen! Stay tuned.
Now, for the link love:
- Olivia Chow all set to enter Toronto mayoral race YESSSS. YESSSSS!!@!@@! I was actually starting to get a little worried that she might not run because she’s waited so long (and she still hasn’t made it official by any means), but as they detail in the article, it’s a smart strategy. I love her almost as much as I love my own mother. Part of the reason Jack was so incredible was because she was by his side. Living in her ward is truly a privilege, and I am more than willing to volunteer for her campaign. There is NO ONE ELSE in this world I’d rather have running Toronto, and she is by far the person most capable of repairing all the damage Ford has done.
- Which ’90s Indie Band Are You? I got Sonic Youth, which is cool with me.
- Big Star’s Alex Chilton Wrote the Script for Every Indie-Rock Recluse He sure did. That’s why The Replacements wrote a song about him.
- The Hipster Music Index Heh. Arcade Fire was definitely thrown off the ‘hip’ bandwagon after winning a Grammy, no one can contest that.
- 10 Great Cover Songs from the Paste Vault I love a good cover.
- The Secret to Creativity: Being Able to Make Connections This concept makes perfect sense. It’s why Evernote is my saviour.
- 10 Ways To Share Your Creativity & Get Discovered A really great read if you ever feel awkward about self promoting/pimping your work. Useful tips.
- How to Make It as a Freelance Entrepreneur Very very good advice for you freelancers.
- 16 Things Every Leader Should Know
- YouTube’s Parity Problem, or Why a Billion Isn’t That Impressive So it goes. This is the new music industry.
- The 11 Smartest Girls In Comedy This list is true greatness. Get to know and love every single one of them. Speaking of funny ladies – Lena Dunham is hosting SNL this weekend! My PVR is set.
- Passenger’s sexist note left on WestJet flight stirs pilot’s heated response And while I just got you pumped up with that awesome ‘yes. women are funny’ article – here is something to help you know there are still sad little men like this in the world that need to be castrated.
- Travoltify Your Name! Hahahhah. Travolta’s butchering of Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars has now spawned its own widget. For the record, my Travoltified name is Leona Leeee. Not bad actually. I might use it as a pen name one day.
- Finally, if you were one of those kids who, like me, always wanted a hoverboard – your dream is (not) coming true. But this is a very smart (if misleading) viral marketing campaign: