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Did you play an instrument growing up? Maybe you took some piano lessons, maybe you played the recorder along with your Grade 5 class in school.

In music, everyone has to start somewhere — and that includes your favourite musicians!

To celebrate Music Monday, an annual event that recognizes the importance of music education, we asked some famous Canadian musicians what their first instruments were, why they chose them and how those instruments shaped them and their careers as musicians. 

Oh, and we also asked for photos. They are really, really, really cute. You've been warned. 

Related:

Music Monday: Jann Arden, Dan Mangan, more thank their top teachers

Torquil Campbell to Cadence Weapon: Canadian musicians on 1st records they ever bought

 

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garfielduk
#1 posted by
garfielduk
on May 06, 2013

Good Morning

 

Lana Gay
#2 posted by
Lana Gay
on May 06, 2013

Morning! How adorable are those photos!?

 

garfielduk
#3 posted by
garfielduk
on May 06, 2013

@Lana #2, Very!

jdurley
#4 posted by
jdurley
on May 06, 2013

OMG yes, those photos are so adorable!  Hannah's cat sweater!  Chilli's eyelashes!  Jay's rocker stance!  ACK!!

marie_curious
#5 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

Is everyone having a case of the Mondays, or is it just me?

tea&cartography
#6 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

@marie

I poured half my tepid tea on the bus driver.

He took it rather well considering.

Is it Friday yet?

garfielduk
#7 posted by
garfielduk
on May 06, 2013

@MC #5, Don't look at me, It's a May Bank Holiday Monday

garfielduk
#8 posted by
garfielduk
on May 06, 2013

here

marie_curious
#9 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@T&C: I discovered this morning that I only had "caffeine free" teas left.

@Garf: I'll have one of those, please.

tea&cartography
#10 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

@marie

shitty.

 

I am going to focus all my energy on being successful at work, and little to none on the blog.

marie_curious
#11 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@T&C: That was my attitude for the first hour of work.

TheRadioHead
#12 posted by
TheRadioHead
on May 06, 2013

DFA 1979 Yes.

Makes me think you still have some say in your playlists, Lana. Radio3 rarely rocks any more.

I can't normally listen in the morning, but I am on my last day of holiday and I am waiting for the rest of the house to wake up.  It is seventy degrees at 7 am where I am.

stevierayk
#13 posted by
stevierayk
on May 06, 2013

I have a sunburn. It's about time.

marie_curious
#14 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

*swooooon!* ... I miss Library Voices.

xcanuck
#15 posted by
xcanuck
on May 06, 2013

@TRH - wow. You go from being despondent on the blog to gloating! But I'd gloat, too, if I were in your shoes. It was in the 80s this weekend in MI and we finally had a nice dinner out on the deck.

Loved the pictures of musicians as kids. We all start somewhere! My parents made me take piano lessons when I was 5 and I stuck with it for 10 years. It was quite possible the best thing they ever did for me.

TheRadioHead
#16 posted by
TheRadioHead
on May 06, 2013

Yes, Xcanuck. I cannot tell you what the heat has done to my spirit.  And it does appear the worst is over at home. I normally can bear our winters just fine, but this year was brutal.

I promise to quit complaining ;)

TheRadioHead
#17 posted by
TheRadioHead
on May 06, 2013

PS, I am glad that it is warm where you are, too. Nothing like getting outside after being trapped indoors for months.

marie_curious
#18 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

My Grandma tried to teach all of her grand children the piano, but I wasn't really interested in learning; I just wanted to play songs. I got as far as Mary Had A Little Lamb and Chopsticks.

Later in life I played violin and flute, which didn't really stick to me either.

Now, I'm teaching myself to play the piano, and it's really really hard. They say it's the easiest instrument, but not when you are functionally illiterate with sheet music.

 

erinev
#19 posted by
erinev
on May 06, 2013

Love Hannah Georgas' sweater!!! adorable!

Cicero
#20 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

Hey Y'all!

tea&cartography
#21 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

@STEVIE

i HAVE ALOE HERE, iF YOU WANT SOME.

tea&cartography
#22 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

crap caps lock

stevierayk
#23 posted by
stevierayk
on May 06, 2013

I started on guitar when I was 15, 28 years later I’m still plugin away. In that time I’ve taught myself some keyboarding (just enough to get around), and now its drums. I really want to be good at drums, but they’re tough.

 

Cicero
#24 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Marie_C - I started learning the piano when I was 11, but my older brother was waaaay more musically talented than me, and I was hugely competitive, so it was really discouraging. So after a year I quit, and my brother moved onto Bass guitar, and then Guitar, and now my little brother plays slide guitar, and I sing badly (To occasionally well). I might get myself vocal lessons in the future, we'll see.

Cicero
#25 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

I'd also like to learn the bodhran drum.

Cicero
#26 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Stevie - I have a sunburn that's evening out to a decent tan! It's going to be like, +30 in Calgary today!

marie_curious
#27 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

Do vocals count as an instrument? Because, if so, I can play those.

Cicero
#28 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Marie - I'd say they do. And awesome! Are you a good singer? I can only sing a few genres, and never the stuff I really, really want to sing. No Joni Mitchell or soft singer songwriter folk for me. Boo.

marie_curious
#29 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@Cicero: I'd call myself a decent singer. Not excellent, but I can carry a tune far enough. I've always wanted to sing for a band.

Lana Gay
#30 posted by
Lana Gay
on May 06, 2013

@TheRadiohead I'm happy to see your name up here! I know it's early out there for sure/ vacation is always nice (and so is playing a little DFA 1979)

Cicero
#31 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Marie - That's impressive. I'm generally okay leaning towards terrible. But I've always wanted to be able to sing much better. I can belt out classic rock and some bluesy stuff, sometimes some twangy country but not enough. Basically, I can sing decently in the car, the shower, and during Rock Band. Other than that, I'm kind of terrible.

Benoit from Ottawa
#32 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

m_c (good morning), why don't you get together with a "pickup band", and see how it feels? Being you're shy (I've heard from, um, you), a garage band of sorts might be a good way to ease in.

smalliebigs
#33 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

Fact: "spring" did not exist in Dirt City this year. We went right from temperatures below 0 last week to those in the 25+ range since the weekend. I sure didn't see that sunburn coming after a quick Sunday coffee on the patio.

Lana Gay
#34 posted by
Lana Gay
on May 06, 2013

@smalliebigs From parka to shorts - that's quite a jump.

tea&cartography
#35 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

@smallie

Here too!

I was gardening and put on sunscreen when I went out in the morning, and now have a wonky sunburn (where I am still bright pasty white where there was mud on my arms)

 

marie_curious
#36 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@Benoit: Not to sound like a Debbie downer, but that's probably not going to happen. Ever.

Cicero
#37 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Smallie - Same in Calgary - Although instead of the sunburn (or too much of one) I just got heat exhaustion and ended up with a massive headache. I AM NOT ACCLIMATIZED YET! (Granted, I did spend like, 3 hrs in full sun drinking margaritas)

tea&cartography
#38 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

not quite parka to shorts, but definitely spring jacket to shorts.

carlyg
#39 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

Good morning! I wish Hannah Georgas still had that hairdo. She was so hip!

Benoit from Ottawa
#40 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

m_c: well, certainly, given that attitude...

Perhaps you could try and favour your wants over your natural fears... trying things in private, you know, not in front of an audience.

 

In any case, my suggesting things is really easy to do. But doing it is not easy.

Benoit from Ottawa
#41 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

Upcoming cure for gray hair

Yes, people care about it.

CDNz1
#42 posted by
CDNz1
on May 06, 2013

Good Morning!

carlyg
#43 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

Banjo O'clock still happens? This makes me really happy.

 

PLUS, I love this song!

VancouverIsAwesome
#44 posted by
VancouverIsAwesome
on May 06, 2013

It's Christine! I'm making today's playlist for VIA, but I have to say...maybe I should get up early more often. LANA I MISS YOUUUUUUUU!

And yay banjo o'clock.

 

Morning everyone!

smalliebigs
#45 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

I discovered a worthwhile cover of "Anthems..." not long ago. Here it is

CDNz1
#46 posted by
CDNz1
on May 06, 2013

I started with the piano.

carlyg
#47 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

@Smallie - your photo is awesome! Way to show off your killer dance moves.

tea&cartography
#48 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

@smallie

If you haven't you should check out 'catapilah' by the aforementioned band.

It is pretty fun/motivating.

 

JonDixon
#49 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

Good morning team.  I'm not prepared for another work week, I would like 2 to 3 more weekends please and thank you.

smalliebigs
#50 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

@Carly: ha, I'd thrown that down on Friday after telling a story from that night--Coles Notes: I was dancing all night then later my wonky knee gave out and I lunged forward, basically throwing a gigantic glass of red wine at my roommate who was, naturally, wearing a white blouse-ish thing. 

carlyg
#51 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

I wish I played an instrument when I was a kid. I did play the clarinet in middle school band, but I hated it. I would like to know how to play the piano.

 

@Smallie - You are a class act! :)

JonDixon
#52 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

I didn't play an instrument growing up, no one in my family was/is musically inclined.  During university I lived with 4 other guys and three of them played guitar, so we would get home from the bar and they would sit around and play guitar.  I felt left out so I bought a cheap acoustic and learned to play.  I'm still not all that great, but I enjoy playing.  I suck at singing though.

My wife grew up singing a lot, she is a pretty good singer, although she won't sing infront of people.  I try to get her to sing along while I play.

TheIceman
#53 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013
flannel tom
#54 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

Hello, good morning, Hi how are you? I mean really, how aaaaaaaare you?

Aieeeet, nevermind, I'm sundrunk and it's fabulous. Or as that rapper might say, Fab-o-los.

flannel tom
#55 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

My first instrument was the Recorder. I had a solo during the recital in grade primary or grade 3 or whatever grade that was.

I picked up a guitar for the first time in grade 7. I still suck!

TheIceman
#56 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

RE: 54 - Apparently it was in Estevan Saskatchewan.

carlyg
#57 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

@TheIceman: Sure was in Estevan! We are all kinds of awesome here in Saskatchewan.

flannel tom
#58 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

Sounds like Motley Crue has hit the big time, playing places like Estevan.

darbarspecial
#59 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

I wanted to play piano when I was young, but the fact that we didn't have a piano seemed like a big deal to my parents. They wouldn't get me a pony either. I played clarinet for a few years instead. My mother started playing piano in her 60s, so never too late.

carlyg
#60 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

Motley Crue played the lamest venues on this entire tour.

flannel tom
#61 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

It's like when I saw Trooper in Kentville, I thought wow, haw far they have fallen.

But in the end, what do I care? They are still doing what they love (presumably) and going up on stage and rockin' out then shagging strippers backstage. Oh wait, it's not 1986 anymore? Ok, nevermind.

Cicero
#62 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@JD - When my brothers are home, it's like a big ol' family band. Both my parents are decent singers, my sister-in-law is a GREAT singer, and my brothers play guitar. I attempt to sing along (without sucking too hard), so I figure I should probably learn an instrument. something percussive. A drum kit seems scary, so I think I just want a Bodhran drum, or something like that.

darbarspecial
#63 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

I am currently learning how to play conga drums. Alex Cuba starting on the clave caught my attention. Not growing up on latin music or listening to it much, that clave timing is hard for my brain.

flannel tom
#64 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@darbar - They wouldn't get you a pony? Unbelievable!

My mom just started playing the saxophone about 2 years ago, she's closing in on 60 I think, so yeah, it's never too late! (she played oboe or something along those lines ages ago.) She's even in a spring concert thing at the Marigold Centre for the arts in my hometown! Rockstar Mom!

darbarspecial
#65 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

When I was in grade 4, a boy in grade 6 played Wipe Out on his drums. I fell in love with him and with drums. My parents wouldn't get me drums either. :p

Cicero
#66 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Darbar - Conga drums hey? That sounds fabulous!

flannel tom
#67 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

I really like playing the drums, I'm always tapping on things at home, at work, in the car, etc. I wish I owned a kit.... I feel like I have rhythm etc, it's just the fills and stuff that I really suck at but that's just practice. Plus beating the shit out of a drum kit is super fun!

darbarspecial
#68 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

@Tom - Woot! Go Moms! My mother played accordian for years, so the transition to piano may not have been as hard as starting from scratch.

flannel tom
#69 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@cicer0 - ahem. It's fab-o-los.

smalliebigs
#70 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

I am so envious of really musical families. One of my many surrogate families includes people who can play the piano, violin, guitar, flute, saxophone, bass and several great singers. It doesn't take much at a family gathering to get everyone to start playing and it is SO GREAT. Last summer there was even a brief piano/fiddle version of Already Yours by Bahamas. I almost lost it. 

darbarspecial
#71 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

Pounding on the drums is really fun and cathartic and a bit of a work out. Ok I really need to get back on this kit. I suck but I do enjoy it.

canadajanes
#72 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Good morning! My mum taught me piano from a very young age, was stupid enough to quit in high school. However, a recorder may have been my first instrument.

Also, hello from LA! Hung out with the R3LAX crowd last night!

Snarf
#73 posted by
Snarf
on May 06, 2013

I am also jealous of musical families.  About the only thing that runs in my family gardening. And maybe swimming.

Snarf
#74 posted by
Snarf
on May 06, 2013

Hello canadajanes!

darbarspecial
#75 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

There are five of us in this conga group and we are working on performing at the Cathedral Arts Festival coming up. I am more than a bit nervous.

Benoit from Ottawa
#76 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

Is this Hilotrons, Halifax Something?

Cicero
#77 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@FT - My apologies. Fab-o-los, indeed.

laurita.snow
#78 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

howdy folks!

my mom doesn't play music, but she is the most avid music-lover I have ever met, and most of her stories about her university days at McGill involve some mention of what she was listening to at the time. She's also kept a good portion of her record collection from that time, and  brought me up 'teaching' me about it, in her ridiculously, unorthodox way  (i.e. while drunk on wine on Christmas Day etc.)

Lots of my friends play some sort of instrument recreationally (no superstars, mind) and on my coworker's last day of work last week, he and I tried to play Jasper by Aidan Knight, with the sun, and all the kids at work dancing.  It. Was. Awesome.

mcfflyer
#79 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

Grant?  Are you live?  You didn't say "Live" in your opening like you usually do.

Benoit from Ottawa
#80 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

MEGABLOGGGG (Give me more typeface modifiers.)

canadajanes
#81 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

I'm actually going to be performing a song on my uke for my friend's wedding in Vegas next weekend. The fun thing is that the worse I am, the better the song works!

darbarspecial
#82 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

@laurita.snow- Your mom reminds me of my dad. He loves music and had an awesome record collection, but doesn't play anything and has the worst singing voice I have ever heard. This does not stop him from singing with joy and abandon and I love him for it.

smalliebigs
#83 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

@Andy: what song!?!

Gah, I really need to learn to play an instrument. Ridiculous work and a hectic personal life have temporarily railroaded my plan to learn the BANJO. 

kirkofdoom
#84 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

Did you play an instrument growing up?

I told this story briefly last week for some reason, but when I went in to Grade 7, I had the option of taking band or some sort of music history class. I opted for band. 

When it came time to choose instruments, I got a trumpet (i have no idea why, seemed cool at the time?) and the first few classes went... okay

After those couple classes the music teacher decided that I was not able to play trumpet properly and took it away from me, giving me a baritone instead. Not only was that kind of soul crushing for a young kid who just wanted to play, but as you all know, bass is boring as shit

So that kind of killed my interest in playing an instrument right there. 

nitz
#85 posted by
nitz
on May 06, 2013

mcfflyer - doubt he's live, sounds too peppy after the Canucks shitfest last night. Live Grant would probably have mentioned it.

laurita.snow
#86 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

Hmmm. why guitar? I don't know. there's something  quite personal about it. if you put your finger in just a slightly different spot, you get a totally different sound. and if you do it on another guitar, that won't sound the same, either. acoustic guitars just soothe my soul, man. like ice cream sundaes.

laurita.snow
#87 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Darbar: awwww. your dad sounds like the coolest :)

fictionjunkie
#88 posted by
fictionjunkie
on May 06, 2013

Hi

I took piano lessons for a few years (grade 7 for a year or so and grade 11 & 12). I never really got the hang of reading music. My piano (heirloom from my great-grandparents) is arriving at my house May 15 and I am planning to take lessons and make my kid learn.

mcfflyer
#89 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

FYI - I'm trying to enourage Andy to visit Death Valley this week before Vegas, not afterwards, as temps starting this Friday will exceed 100, up to 109 on Sunday.  But those Candians can be a stubborn lot.  We'll see, we'll see...

TheIceman
#90 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

My family growing up was not musical, despite attempts from my parents. Following my sister's prompting, we threw the boiled potatoes we hated in the piano, causing it to be turned into firewood.

I am happy both my kids went to a school with an enhanced program including music, They both took piano lessons. I bought my son's growing family a keyboard, and my daughter a Ukelele, and her boyfriend a banjo. I started taking guitar lessons, because it's something that I wanted to do. I am progressing and have a determination to continue.

canadajanes
#91 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Smallie - It's the song "Day Man" from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There's a fun back story with that song, weddings and this group of friends.

Also, I'm hoping that the uke will be a gateway to the banjo for me...

kirkofdoom
#92 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

Lee/Nitz, isn't Grant doing his TV gig this week? Co-hosting Urban Rush, or whatever it's called now? 

laurita.snow
#93 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ CJ: yaaaaaaaaaaay! go banjo! and uke! and travelling!

canadajanes
#94 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Lee - The hotter it gets, the greater the range of temps we can say we suffered through...

nitz
#95 posted by
nitz
on May 06, 2013

kirkofdoom - yeah, he's TV boy this week apparently.

PhilipST
#96 posted by
PhilipST
on May 06, 2013

My first instrument was the phonograph. 

mcfflyer
#97 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

Thanks, Kirk.  I it was so jarring not to hear him say, the magic word "Live".  Gosh, this is the first time he's pre recorded a radio show in months and months.  Must have come in over the weekend to record it.

stevierayk
#98 posted by
stevierayk
on May 06, 2013

My wife’s family is very musical, a few years ago her parents played for the Queen in Dieppe.

 

flannel tom
#99 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@canadajanes - sweet, a Vegas wedding! Please tell me Elvis is officiating?

Funhog
#100 posted by
Funhog
on May 06, 2013

Grant - How odd that you choose this topic today! Just this past weekend, I went to a house party concert and was asked to bring my Tenor Saxophone. Besides bringing it out to show my son, I haven't really played since high school (Grade 10). But I was playing it in a real live band on Saturday! They band was really thankful for my participation and was very supportive and want me to come to their next practice.

 

flannel tom
#101 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

it's going to be hilarious when the Sharks sweep the 'Nucks, just like I called it!

laurita.snow
#102 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Funhog: heh, the last guy I dated played Saxophone, and he always swore that tenor beat alto right out the park. he was pretty cranky when I got my 11 year old cousin reeds for an alto for Christmas.

Grant Lawrence
#103 posted by
Grant Lawrence
on May 06, 2013

BLOG!!! Doing double duty today, co-hosting a TV show as well this week, just to keep you in the loop!

kirkofdoom
#104 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

Pretty sure RoboGrant did a show a couple fridays ago, but I can't remember which day or for why...

canadajanes
#105 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

flannel tom - I don't believe so, unfortunately. It's one of the guys friends who'll "officiate" but that will mostly be them signing the paperwork. Pretty un-traditional wedding, especially since they'll have me on the uke that I just bought a few weeks ago...

Cicero
#106 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Laurita - I never really thought about that with guitars. That's pretty cool though. I wish I could play, but moreso, I wish I could sing. When I was little I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, but that didnt's stop me from caterwauling - I used to sing that one part from The Little Mermaid over and over and over, until my mom got so sick and tired of it she told me to stop because, and I quote "You sould like a dying cat choking on a hairball, drowning in a pool of acid." I stopped singing around othe rpeople after that, but in middle school,we were doing the Wizard of Oz play, and I was cast as the understudy for Dorothy, and my mom came to some of the rehearsals (the real dorothy suuuucked, but whatever), and my mom got all huffy and was like "You're such a better singer than that actual Dorothy, you hit all the notes - you just need to sing louder." and I went in for the kill. "You mean I don't sound like a dying cat choking on a hairball, drowning in a pool of acid?" aghast,s he demands to know what evil person has said this about my singing, and I just laughed and laughed when I told her it was her - the look of mortification on her face was golden.

 

I'm still pretty unconfident about my singing voice though...

canadajanes
#107 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Kirk - You aren't going to NXNE are you?

Laura Beth
#108 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

Good morning ya'll.  My first instrument was the piano. My parents are professional musicians so I was surrounded by music and spent a lot of my childhood at various venues.  Actually, they worked on cruise ships for a time so I spent a lot of time on cruise ships!

flannel tom
#109 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@kirk - I like playing bass! You can look really cool while doing it.

And plus, there's only four strings, how hard can it be?*

*tongue in cheek. I have some friends who are masterbassists and I know they would slap me across the face for saying such a thing.

darbarspecial
#110 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

Thanks for the update Grant. That answers that question and puts an end to the speculations.

smalliebigs
#111 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

@ANDY: ARE YOU EFFIN KIDDING ME!?! THAT IS SO AWESOME AND ONE OF MY FAVE THINGS FROM ALWAYS SUNNY! Please get this on the Youtubes!

flannel tom
#112 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@canadajanes - well, it sound like a blast, either way. My friend got married in Las Vegas, with of course, Elvis doing the deed for them.

The photos were amazing.

Funhog
#113 posted by
Funhog
on May 06, 2013

Laurita.snow I just want to clarify that I don't really call myself a tenor saxophone player (yet). Ownership does not infer prowess.

laurita.snow
#114 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Cicero: ahahahaha yikes! going for the jugular! it is kindof amazing when you get to do that with your parents. and awww, you shouldn't be embarrassed to sing in public! just pretend you're Dorothy again ;) if it makes you feel any better, I get a huge blow to my confidence every time I try to play with people, because usually they kick my ass, AND I get stage fright for god-knows-what-reason as well. people are weirrrrd.

laurita.snow
#115 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Funhog: details, details. you'll learn! and it will be awesome!

darbarspecial
#116 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

@Cicero - Ha! My son likes to throw back things I said at me. I swear I would never have said such a thing as he claims. I think he clearly must have heard me wrong. Oh the damage we parents can do without realizing.

smalliebigs
#117 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

I love the bass. I think that to the extent that I have any kind of rhythm (as demonstrated in the dance moves in my current blog pic, if you were there) it's due, in part, to my playing of tuba in junior high band. Rhythm and soul...in kind of an oom-pah-pah sense. 

canadajanes
#118 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Smallie - I've learned three chords for it so far, that'll probably be all I need. I'm also planning on having all my other friends there stand up and sing along for the end.

FT - We could still probably change his mind and get Elvis at the last minute...

Funhog
#119 posted by
Funhog
on May 06, 2013

I did my best to dress like a tenor saxophone player though.

laurita.snow
#120 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Cicero: and jaysus, that is a pretty intense thing for a mom to say. I mean, my mom's probably said that kinda thang too, but yeeesh. glad you called her on that one!

Funhog
#121 posted by
Funhog
on May 06, 2013

poser

Cicero
#122 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Laurita - I purposely sing badly in public now, because it's fun, and its *supposed* to be bad! But I think we're going to have so much fun when you come down!!! There will be so much jamming!

kirkofdoom
#123 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

janes,

unless i make a major decision in the next month, it's doubtful :(

tom,

heh, i was half being a smartass, but half being serious. there were times where i literally played the same two notes for the entire song. Bass guitar might have been okay, but a baritone horn, only slightly smaller than a tuba? No way to look cool playing that!

laurita.snow
#124 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Smallie: you played tuba?? I love that instrument! it makes me laugh uncontrollably. I literally can't help it; it's like being tickled. 

laurita.snow
#125 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

not that I don't like the tuba! it just provokes this weird reaction...hm.

Cicero
#126 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Laurita - It was after probably a week of non-stop "ahhhAAAAAHHHHAWWWAaaaaaahhhhh - aWWWWahhhhhaaaahhhAWWWWAHHHH!!", so I think it was a valid criticism. That and an attempt to remain sane.

laurita.snow
#127 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Cicero: SO much fun!

canadajanes
#128 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Kirk - Ok, cool! Sounds like Grant and Cmac will be gone when we're in Vancouver, wanted to make sure there would still be a few people around!

darbarspecial
#129 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

My son's doctor played in an all tuba band. Haha!

mcfflyer
#130 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

@Kirk and other Vancouverites - You would feel right at home here in Sacramento today.  Gray and drippy.  And to think we hit 95 on Saturday, its only going to get to the mid 70s today.  (Conversion: 35C on Saturday, and 24C today.)

smalliebigs
#131 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

@Laurita: not only did I play the tuba, but at the time I played it I looked exactly how a kid who plays the tuba is supposed to look--according to hurtful stereotypes. It was all quite awesome. 

@KOD: "Tuba Goodning Junior" of the legendary Roots crew makes the playing of a tuba look cool in my books. 

Cicero
#132 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Laurita - I cannot wait!

laurita.snow
#133 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

also also: hey blog! I sadly don't have enough money right now to go to VanCity like I'd planned :( BUT I DO plan on visiting Calgary/Cicero for CFF for a few days in July! got a few more months to save up and then YAYYYYY! so y'all better prepare yo' selves. or something. y'know, if you feel like it.

 

canadajanes
#134 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

At various times in my young life I've dabbled in piano, violin, guitar, trumpet, percussion and now uke. My favourite may have been the timpani. There's nothing like banging on those giant things.

laurita.snow
#135 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Darbar: I am so incredibly amused by that. and not in a condescending way, I swear. but it's a good thing I couldn't hear them, or I'd be rolling on the floor having a giggle fit.

@Smallie: that sounds so perfect. and yes, I can picture that. I've seen that guy.

Cicero
#136 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Blog re [133]: Basically, Prair3, y'all should come down for CFF, or brunch, or something like it, because Laurita will be down to rock your world!

Cicero
#137 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@CJ - I would love to play a Uke! They seem relatively easy to play, hey?

canadajanes
#138 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Cicero - So far, yes. Haven't worked at it very much yet...

Funhog
#139 posted by
Funhog
on May 06, 2013

Anytime I listen to Planet Smashers, I get inspired to start tooting on my sax.

mcfflyer
#140 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

Answering the question, when we moved from California to Kansas when I was in Grade 5, I did so poorly in music that my parents rented a piano and gave me piano lessons.  Net results, went from Ds to As in music.  In Grade 6 and 7, I played a clarinet at school, but after two years, I stopped.  (But the clarinet survived to become my daughter's when she was in school.) 

Big regret: When I was 14 my parents gave me a guitar.  But they did not get me something that I desperately needed: lessons.  Maybe someday, I'll get a new guitar and take it up again.

laurita.snow
#141 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Blog: what Cicero said. she is way better than me at saying these things.

Cicero
#142 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@CJ - That might be something fun for me to pick up. I'm going to look for one. I'd like to learn....

kirkofdoom
#143 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

As for instruments I want to play, I've always wanted to learn the theremin. Seriously.

 

I'm also pretty sure I would be not-bad at drums or keyboard. I know Guitar Hero/Rock Band skills are not transferable to real life, but I picked up drums really quickly on that.

Plus, both drums & keyboard are mopre or less variations of "press the right button at the right time", and a lifetime of playing video games has trained me well for that. 

flannel tom
#144 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@kirk - If someone could make a horn looke cool, I'd think it would be the bearded batman!

VancouverIsAwesome
#145 posted by
VancouverIsAwesome
on May 06, 2013

WHAT IS THIS NOISE?! (It's still christine, and i'm still working on this giant playlist......)

flannel tom
#146 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

theremin is the thumb piano thing?

Funhog
#147 posted by
Funhog
on May 06, 2013

kalimba is thumb piano thing

Funhog
#148 posted by
Funhog
on May 06, 2013

theremin is move object around to make weird sound thing

canadajanes
#149 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Also, I can see how being on Pacific time makes it hard to be on the blog in the "morning". Damn, 4 hours makes a big difference.

kirkofdoom
#150 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

theremin is the one you play by not touching it at all. you just wave your hands

carrieg
#151 posted by
carrieg
on May 06, 2013

Good morning all!

currently watching the live broadcast of Cmdr Hadfield live from space....this is crazy amazing!

flannel tom
#152 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

Pardon me for a moment while I recite the poetry of KJ Jansen:

Hair of Black

Skin of Copper

She spoke English like a trucker

She was hot as napalm

she didn't think I liked her for her

She said

I got Spanish (I've got Spanish, I've got Spanish)

Fever

Laura Beth
#153 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

@kirk my cousin has a theremin, they are SO much fun to play around with! 

mcfflyer
#154 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

Theremin: think Beach Boys' Good Vibrations.

flannel tom
#155 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@funhog - good to know!

tea&cartography
#156 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

@carrie

is it on the internet/ do you have a link?

JonDixon
#157 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

dafuq is this bullshit?

marie_curious
#158 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

Is it me or does the music suck today?

carrieg
#159 posted by
carrieg
on May 06, 2013
nvp
#160 posted by
nvp
on May 06, 2013

 

i'll have to catch the Urban The Rush reruns, i'll bet Grant makes a great co host.  anyone remember the MOV thing with Charlie Demers?  Grant basically took over as host, once he was on the stage as a guest.

i wish Grant would have seen The New Pornographers on Saturday, i would have loved to hear his live commentary of Dan Bejar popping on stage for his songs and then going back into the bus to presumably, continue drinking.

Christine McAvoy
#161 posted by
Christine McAvoy
on May 06, 2013

Okay, I think I'm done. It consists of 188 Vancouver(ish) bands...over 3 years of my column.

 

 

@GRANT did you get your 3 day old package from the front desk yet?

TheIceman
#162 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

Now that I am learning the guitar, I am interested later on in learning piano and bass. So far no desire to learn the drums.

Christine McAvoy
#163 posted by
Christine McAvoy
on May 06, 2013

steam y u no want to stay consistant?!

kirkofdoom
#164 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

NVP, every time I have seen The New Pornos, Dan has done that.

In a way, it makes sense to me. For the songs he's not singing on, he would just be awkwardly standing on stage...

Christine McAvoy
#165 posted by
Christine McAvoy
on May 06, 2013

christine y u no want to spell consistent right?my brain is already fried today...too much sun yesterday! 

rebbey
#166 posted by
rebbey
on May 06, 2013

My first instrument as a kid was a keyboard! played piano for years, until my mom got so sick of fighting with me to do the theory homework that I stopped taking lessons. My biggest regret. But making up for it with drums, uke and kalimba now regardless! haha

nvp
#167 posted by
nvp
on May 06, 2013

 

@Kirk, yeah definitely makes sense.  he does not seem like a stand-on-the-stage-and-play-the-tambourine guy.  but i had never seen them before, and assumed he'd be absent for the show since he wasn't there for the first song (or two?).  very amusing when he just kind of wandered up to the mic from the bus to start singing the "Dan" songs.

rebbey
#168 posted by
rebbey
on May 06, 2013

Unrelated: my body hates me and I am so hungover and craving poutine like something fierce. someone deliver to me, please. 

binsy
#169 posted by
binsy
on May 06, 2013

@flannel tom #101

Can't wait to get out the ol' Canuck broom! It's been a while, but I knew I would need it again soon enough. 

It's like the universe is back to it's natural order. I'm sure even David Suzuki is pleased. 

Christine McAvoy
#170 posted by
Christine McAvoy
on May 06, 2013

My first instrument was the piano. 

Like several sports (figure skating), once I hit the level where it was a competition (ie recitals) I didn't find it fun anymore.

Not only that, but my mom could play the piano and would sit beside me when i tried to practice and yell at me when I got stuff wrong.

So I quit, because it wasn't fun.

 

HOWEVER. That little bit of theory and the ability to read sheet music meant that when I got to Grade 9, and took up the alto saxophone, all I had to do was learn the fingerings for the notes and I could play basically the entire Year One book.

Eventually I was in Concert AND Jazz band...and I loved it. (also, the only thing my mom could do was TELL me to practice, since she didn't know how to play it).

In my last year of school/music class, you had to learn a second instrument. I learned the Baritone (aka mini tuba thing).

I still have the muscle memory to play Star Wars from heart on it (and a trumpet because they're the same fingering) and the saxophone.

 

I wish I could play it (my sax) more often...still grateful to 41st and Home for giving me music to learn and letting me play with them on stage a few times :D

flannel tom
#171 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

SUZUKI LOVES IT

hedgeway
#172 posted by
hedgeway
on May 06, 2013

Just finished watching the Canuck game from last night.

lol... Corey 5chneider.

binsy
#173 posted by
binsy
on May 06, 2013

And how aboot this quote:

"I only lost one tooth. I wish I could lose another one if we could win the next game," said Pageau.

laurita.snow
#174 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

ooooh! I quite enjoy this song!

 

binsy
#175 posted by
binsy
on May 06, 2013

Good one hedgeway!

laurita.snow
#176 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

oh, Montreal. city of so many things. *sigh*

flannel tom
#177 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

re:tickling the ivory: first song I learned to play was either House of the Rising Sun or Yesterday... I can't recall. The first riff I learned on a guitar was Enter Sandman by Metallique. Pretty awesome. Paranoid by Sabbath followed shortly after!

Christine McAvoy
#178 posted by
Christine McAvoy
on May 06, 2013

EVERY TIME!

Me: What?! Is this Our Lady Peace?...oh...right...Raine Maida.

TheIceman
#179 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

How about that Montreal/Ottawa series? It's like a re-enactment of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

deiru
#180 posted by
deiru
on May 06, 2013

Looks like I might lose my bet at work. I said the Canucks would lose the series in game 6, but with the way things are shaping up they wont even see game 6.

MSteve
#181 posted by
MSteve
on May 06, 2013

I almost listened to it.    Takes me a good 10 sec for me to recognize the hate.

flannel tom
#182 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@iceman - I don't think they like each other very much.

laurita.snow
#183 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Iceman: holy crap I KNOW! I watched a game with my coworkers on Thursday, most of whom are die-hard Sens fans, and one of whom is a die-hard  Habs fan. Myself and the only other woman watched them yell and chew their chicken wings/pizza and were...conficted...

JonDixon
#184 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

First song I learned on guitar - I learned 3 at once: Stay Together for the Kids by Blink182, Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd and Time of Your Life by Green Day.

MSteve
#185 posted by
MSteve
on May 06, 2013

@laurita

There's a reason I don't like to watch with other people.  Its not pretty.

TheIceman
#186 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

Hopefully there is no violence in the stands or outside the arena. A Maple Leafs fan was sent to hospital in Boston after he was attacked by a Bruin fan.

canadajanes
#187 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

TheIceman - Shit, man. That's crazy. I love the Leafs, but goddamn, it's just sports people.

hedgeway
#188 posted by
hedgeway
on May 06, 2013

Montreal got sort of embarassed in more ways than one last night.

Christine McAvoy
#189 posted by
Christine McAvoy
on May 06, 2013

@TheIceman he got knocked out and had staples put in his head.

Grr...

 

Sounds like something that would happen in Barffalo...

MSteve
#190 posted by
MSteve
on May 06, 2013

I am told here were a lot of throwing of beer cups (empty I hope) at the Sens/Habs game last night.

PhilipST
#191 posted by
PhilipST
on May 06, 2013

What, Grant teases people? 

canadajanes
#192 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Cmac - Hello again! Still sad that we're not crossing paths!

carrieg
#193 posted by
carrieg
on May 06, 2013

@Grant - where are you?  The Rush has a repeat episode on right now...no sign of you.

Christine McAvoy
#194 posted by
Christine McAvoy
on May 06, 2013

@Andy I know :'(

carrieg
#195 posted by
carrieg
on May 06, 2013

Hey @Andy - listen to McFlyer - go to Death Valley!! 

Looking forward to seeing you in June!

kirkofdoom
#196 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

Speaking of people who are insane when it comes to hockey (a slightly less... violent story)

An 11 year old girl wasn't allowed to wear her Sens jersey to school.

binsy
#197 posted by
binsy
on May 06, 2013

Well. 

Off to my first year English class!

I hope you'll all notice how much my language skills have improved in a few weeks. 

Christine McAvoy
#198 posted by
Christine McAvoy
on May 06, 2013

"An 11-year-old girl from Montreal was outraged"

who wrote this story, Grant Lawrence?!?!?

canadajanes
#199 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Carrie - Definitely! This trip is so amazing, especially all the people we are meeting!

canadajanes
#200 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Cmac - And I was hoping against hope that we'd be able to watch a Leafs game together in Van, been awhile since I've seen a game, let alone watched one with another fan!

JonDixon
#201 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

@kirk oh La Belle Province strikes again!

marie_curious
#202 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

From shaw.ca: "Rush keeps viewers up-to-date on the trends, fashion, web, technology, food, celebrity buzz, music, arts, and what’s making headlines in Canada."

Great, so... what's Grant going to talk about?

jdurley
#203 posted by
jdurley
on May 06, 2013

Wait, are we still sharing "first songs we learned to play"?  Because mine is a piano classic:

Do-Re-Mi

Had a tree

Full of apples

As Can be

TheIceman
#204 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

@Marie_C 202 - Blog Schogs.

TheIceman
#205 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

How do they pick people to host those "E Weekly/Entertaimment Tonight" type shows, herd a bunch of sheeple into a room and find the most annoying one?

kirkofdoom
#206 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013
Christine McAvoy
#207 posted by
Christine McAvoy
on May 06, 2013

@Andy awwww I'm SO bummed...i wish I could be in more than one place at once. *sigh*

 

I'm excited for this game today! Fingers crossed!!! 

Christine McAvoy
#208 posted by
Christine McAvoy
on May 06, 2013

Alright bloggies! I'm off to exercise class...i will need luck on my side this time since I burnt my back yesterday...my skin hurts!

MusicSoop
#209 posted by
MusicSoop
on May 06, 2013

First instrument: Drums.  But for some mysterious reason I could never convince an adult to buy me a real drum kit, so eventually I switched to guitar and played in bands in high school and went to University for it and still play all the time now when writing music for TV shows or for other people's projects.  Also, Spotify and Guitar Rig make it so easy to play along with all sorts of bands. This weekend I was rocking out as the third guitarist in Zeus, The Sheepdogs, and, um... Night Ranger.  Fun times.

But I still miss playing drums. Whenever I'm around them I'm kind of drawn to them. Then I play for 20 minutes and totally wear out all my forearm muscles and it's wet spaghetti arms for the rest of the day.

jdurley
#210 posted by
jdurley
on May 06, 2013

@TheIceman - I'm just catching up on the comments, and wanted to say that #89 was one of the best comments ever.  You and your sister did WHAT to a piano??  And now your support of your family's musicality - just awesome!  

flannel tom
#211 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

1st overall CFL pick is a dude named Gaydosh. He's heading to the Hammer.

Regina is getting antsy for some football, I can tell you that musch.

erinev
#212 posted by
erinev
on May 06, 2013

yeahhh! ottawa is totally underrated for its ability to rock! we arent allll boring bureaucrats..

JonDixon
#213 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

I LOVE Alan Cross.  I can remember many a weekend road trip ending with listening to the Ongoing History of New Music on a Sunday evening...I miss that show

Laura Beth
#214 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

Apparently Zeus played at the AGO last week- any Torontonians go? 

jdurley
#215 posted by
jdurley
on May 06, 2013

@JonDixon - that was a good show.

jdurley
#216 posted by
jdurley
on May 06, 2013

@LauraBeth - I wanted to go, but illness prevented me.  *Regret*

Laura Beth
#217 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

@JonDixon that sounds amazing, was it CBC?

Laura Beth
#218 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

@jdurley- I'm sorry, I hope you're feeling better?  I didn't find out about it until the next day :(.

JonDixon
#219 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

@jdurley you used to be able to stream them on demand, but that got shut down due to copyright issues, which was heartbreaking.  For a while you could get them as podcasts too, but then those also got shut down due to copyright bullshit.  

Fucking Lars Ulrich.

JonDixon
#220 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

@laura Beth no, it was on the Edge (102.1 in Toronto) and a BUNCH of other stations all owned by the same company.  I can't remember what other stations they own, but there's a bunch.

deiru
#221 posted by
deiru
on May 06, 2013

Today's show makes me think of my friend who is currently traveling to all the remote villages in Nunavut teaching kid who to play the fiddle. Here is a link to the story, what I found surprising is that this program is sponsored by the government of Canada!

flannel tom
#222 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@JD - apparently you can get that show as a podcast... I can't say for certain by my friend was telling me that she's been listening to it a lot lately or something and I should too.

laurita.snow
#223 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Deiru: that program and your friend sound  fantastic!

laurita.snow
#224 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

what song is this??? it's so happy!

Benoit from Ottawa
#225 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

Hello, peepuls. How is everdobby? (Some of you recouping, I read...)

If you have a chance, go see und hear Lindy Vopnfjord.

Really intesresting; good; resonant; novel; really nice guy, also

laurita.snow
#226 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@BfO: are you going to see Rose Cousins next weekend?? eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

laurita.snow
#227 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

*At the Sheep

MusicSoop
#228 posted by
MusicSoop
on May 06, 2013

Are there any updates on whether Laurita Snow will be attending NXNE?

deiru
#229 posted by
deiru
on May 06, 2013

@laurita this is the second cool program he's done this year that makes me jealous of him. Earlier this year he was doing a few pieces for NASCAR!

Laura Beth
#230 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

@JonDixon ohh, Chorus Entertainment? It's too bad it wasn't CBC it would probably be in the archives. 

JonDixon
#231 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

@FT really?  I thought they got yanked from the podcast scene as well.  Must investigate.  He did something crazy, like a 10 show run on Nirvana and the influence they had on music.  Note - Alan Cross LOVES Nirvana

laurita.snow
#232 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Soop: sadly, no :( I has a poor. I  am attending Calgary Folk Fest this year though, and going to stay with Cicero and be our silly selves,  and that's going to be tight to pay for as it is. You going??

@ Deiru: GAH! I need to do more things with my life like that!

stevierayk
#233 posted by
stevierayk
on May 06, 2013

when is the R3 NXNE picnic?

laurita.snow
#234 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Soop: and OBVIOUSLY going to attend Ottawa Folk Fest this year, although I don't know how they can top last year's lineup.

carlyg
#235 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

@Laurita - You are going to CFF?!?! That's awesome. I just bought my ticket yesterday!

erinev
#236 posted by
erinev
on May 06, 2013

laurita [234]- i'm pretty sure last year's OFF lineup will never be topped! also, HI!

laurita.snow
#237 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Carlyg: YES!!! and YAYYYYYYYY! we should all meet up!

laurita.snow
#238 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Erinev: I agree; it was just far too awesome. also, HI BACK!

MusicSoop
#239 posted by
MusicSoop
on May 06, 2013

Laurita: Bummmmerrrrrr

Stevie: NOON Sat 6/15.

JonDixon
#240 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

Hey, what is a decent pixels/inch resolution for pictures on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets?  I have a report that is 47 Mb and that is way way too big.

flannel tom
#241 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

who's all playing at the Calgary Folkie Fest? Lassdt year Beirut was there and I'm still punching myself in the tenderloins for not going.

mcfflyer
#242 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

Morning, StevieRay - when's The Kramden's first summer gig?

cathyort
#243 posted by
cathyort
on May 06, 2013

Inlet Sound is playing NXNE.

carlyg
#244 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

@Laurita - Deal! I was just looking at the schedule and the Steve Earle/Elliott Brood conflict on the Saturday night is not cool... not cool at all!

laurita.snow
#245 posted by
laurita.snow
on May 06, 2013

@ Soop: I know, sad  :(

alrighty folks, off to work wit da coconut heads! talk t o you later!

smalliebigs
#246 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

CFF's lineup is pretty solid as always. I will be in Calgary but, once again, will miss the festival for a wedding...at the Palliser of all places. La-dee-dah. 

flannel tom
#247 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@JD - drop it right down to like 150, should be good.

Benoit from Ottawa
#248 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

laurita 226: yes, Friday!

(I won't littlegirlscream, but I AM looking forward. She's great fun.)

carlyg
#249 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

@Tom - You can check it out here. It's pretty outstanding. ALABAMA SHAKES!!!

Laura Beth
#250 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

If anyone wants to attempt to learn guitar online, there's currently a Coursera course running called Introduction to Guitary (run through Berklee College of Music).  Sign up! https://www.coursera.org/course/guitar

carlyg
#251 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

@Smallie - Ditch the wedding.

Laura Beth
#252 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

*guitar, not guitary.

Benoit from Ottawa
#253 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

232: you and Cicero are going to be LITERALLY awesome together, a Force of Nature! That much is obvious.

Strangers beware!

smalliebigs
#254 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

@Carly: the guy getting married is my first university friend. He's a special lad. Also: he introduced me to Jason Collett, which led to all sorts of other cool things. I cannot miss the wedding! Also: I'm breaking out a new suit! 

JonDixon
#255 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

@FT ah, ok, thats what the default is for the pdf program when you optimize, I'm sure the photos that are in there are nuts.  I had a look at the page count and its 148 with some 24x36" drawings, so its no surprise.  I will just extract the pages I need and send them.

Good to know that 150 is reasonable though.  Also - just doing that dropped the size from 48 to 30 Mb

erinev
#256 posted by
erinev
on May 06, 2013

smallie, are you dancing on a table?

jdurley
#257 posted by
jdurley
on May 06, 2013

Aw, weddings are great!  You might get kind of sick of them in your late 20's early 30's, but then it dries up, and all you can hope for is one of your nieces and nephews to give you the pity invite.

CDNz1
#258 posted by
CDNz1
on May 06, 2013

Do we have an approximate headcount for the SteamWhistle brewery tour?

Drop a note on the #R3NXNE FB pages if so.

carlyg
#259 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

@CDNz1 - During NXNE? I am in! I don't know day or time, but I guarantee I am in!

carlyg
#260 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

@Smallie - Fine. I guess.... :)

marie_curious
#261 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@smallie: That is a really great photo!

MusicSoop
#262 posted by
MusicSoop
on May 06, 2013

Carly I like your photo! So many great people in there.

CDNz1
#263 posted by
CDNz1
on May 06, 2013

Thursday is usually easiest.

carlyg
#264 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

@Tim - It was a really fun day!

darbarspecial
#265 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

@carly/tim - I tried to get in that photo too, but failed. haha

kirkofdoom
#266 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

re: carly's picture

I am pretty sure it's Christine's goal to always take pictures of me while I am tweeting.

(that's one of cmac's, right? when she was on matty's shoulders?)

Benoit from Ottawa
#267 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around the low post count.

(That is all.)

JonDixon
#268 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

@kirk perhaps it is your goal to always be tweeting while CMac is taking pictures?

JonDixon
#269 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

@BfO #267 RoboGrant.

carlyg
#270 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

@Kirk - That is a cmac photo! She was on Matty's shoulders.... that seems terrifying....

smalliebigs
#271 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

@Erin: I have a little more class than that. I was dancing on a bar. ;)

@Marie: thanks! I think that some of the very best photos are those in which the subjects are having a lot of fun. I was on the verge of having TOO much fun in that shot. 

@Carly: you'll likely have had your fill of me following NXNE!

pinky_leigh
#272 posted by
pinky_leigh
on May 06, 2013

@ grant   we have no way of stopping you

kirkofdoom
#273 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

Jon, my goal is usually to look directly at the camera while no one else notices

<------

stevierayk
#274 posted by
stevierayk
on May 06, 2013

@soop - thanks

@lee - June the 8th

JonDixon
#275 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

stevie why are you talking in italics?

I always read italics like someone is whispering or telling me a secret.  Shh

stevierayk
#276 posted by
stevierayk
on May 06, 2013

@JD –it’s a secret.

TheIceman
#277 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

@Russ 258 - Which group are you talking about the Picnic Page or the regular NXNE CBC R3 page?

Cicero
#278 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

...so, I just bought a pink ukelele on ebay....

Benoit from Ottawa
#279 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

JD: ah, thx!

pinky_leigh
#280 posted by
pinky_leigh
on May 06, 2013

@cicero that makes me a little jealous

JonDixon
#281 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

One of the watches I ordered on amazon has shipped.  Soon I won't have to wear this casio to work...

mcfflyer
#282 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

@StevieRay - How's the recording session go?

Shonica
#283 posted by
Shonica
on May 06, 2013
Good afternoon everyone!
cathyort
#284 posted by
cathyort
on May 06, 2013

@Ian #277, should be the regular page.

darbarspecial
#285 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

@JonDixon - That reminds me. Since I clicked on your watch link, I have a lot of ads for Seiko watches from Amazon everywhere I look on my browsers now. It could be worse.

pinky_leigh
#286 posted by
pinky_leigh
on May 06, 2013

ooohh amazon that will help me slack off at work...  i thank you for that one @jondixon

canadajanes
#287 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

Cicero - Mine is powder blue!

Cicero
#288 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Pinky - It was kind of a splurge buy...I've been toying with the idea for a while, and a friend of mine wants to learn too, and it seems like a relatively easy instrument to begin with. I also really love the plinkity-plink sounds. And then I heard Manitoba Hal's song, Poulet Shack done on Uke, and I was like "SOLD!" Plus, Laurita'll be staying with me this summer, and we'll jam a bit. Now I'll have something to play (badly, but still!)

 

@CJ - You've inspired me! This one's mine!

JonDixon
#289 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

@darbar it could indeed!  They are nice watches...I can't wait for mine to get here.  I've even been thinking about building myself a little box to keep them in!

@leigh you are quite welcome. I spent some last weeks time cruising through there, as well as watchuseek.com.

Cicero
#290 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Jdurley - Should I ever get married, I will swing an invite your way!

Cicero
#291 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Pinky - Also, I came up with the greatest band name for an all-girl uke band: The Ukeladies.

kirkofdoom
#292 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

I haven't worn a watch in years, but I want a new pocket watch.

I had one for a while, but then the chain broke and I never bothered to fix it or get a new one :(

darbarspecial
#293 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

@JD - Velvet lined box?

@Cicero - Love The Ukeladies!

fresh ginger
#294 posted by
fresh ginger
on May 06, 2013

ohai all.

Grant: you're working double time this week!! What about this unseasonable summer? Hopefully you get to spend time outdoors too?

TheIceman
#295 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

Funny, there was a story circulating about tickets for the Rolling Stones had dropped to as low as $70, then someone did a check on the show at the ACC $624.50 for Reserved Floor Seats. Hahaha

JonDixon
#296 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

@darbar heh, possibly, or felt since I'm cheap and not good with textiles.

Snarf
#297 posted by
Snarf
on May 06, 2013

waaay off topic.  I was thinking of making business cards for my pending job search (i.e. not for my current employer).  I came up with 'creative' idea that my business card could have the image of a coffee ring on it.  A quick google search shows that about a billion people have already had that idea.

Cicero
#298 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Darbs - I do too! I need to start a band just to use that name! Hopefully I learn how to play the ukelele well enough!

jdurley
#299 posted by
jdurley
on May 06, 2013

@cicero - Thanks!  I will make you my honourary niece.

kirkofdoom
#300 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

snarf,

when i was trying to think of a name for my blog, i had a half dozen brilliant ideas for names that were squashed by a quick google...

canadajanes
#301 posted by
canadajanes
on May 06, 2013

I somehow missed CanConFreak when I was in Arizona.

Cicero
#302 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Jdurley - YEAH!!! You are officially my new favourite auntie. (Poor Aunt Leona, but seriously, you are waaaaaaaay cooler.)

TheIceman
#303 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

Uh oh here we go with Grant telling stories making stuff up embellishing.

pinky_leigh
#304 posted by
pinky_leigh
on May 06, 2013

@cicero BEST BAND NAME EVER

Cicero
#305 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Pinky - Ha! Thank you, thank you *bows*

mcfflyer
#306 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

Indeed, Ian.  Indeed he is.  ;)

fresh ginger
#307 posted by
fresh ginger
on May 06, 2013

loving this song. (Crumbling Hearts/Combine The Victorious)

TheIceman
#308 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

@Lee 306 - We can say whatever we want about Ghost Grant, since he is notably absent today.

marie_curious
#309 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@Cicero: Can I join your ukelele band??? (I can't promise to learn the ukulele...)

mcfflyer
#310 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

Yeah, but as we know, Ian, it isn't a much fun if he's not here to give us an Grant-appropriate response. 

flannel tom
#311 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

I just wanted to let you guys know I've invented a word: Gothentic.

It's used to dexcribe anything gothy that's cool and real and good.

e.g. Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas is the most Gothentic movie ever, perhaps only rivaled by The Crow.

CDNz1
#312 posted by
CDNz1
on May 06, 2013

HOW DARE WE!

fresh ginger
#313 posted by
fresh ginger
on May 06, 2013

wait, it's Robo-Grant?

Laura Beth
#314 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

Is there an NXNE Picnic page? 

marie_curious
#315 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@FT: Gothentic: I like it, and would like to use it regularly, but it seems to only be applicable to The Nightmare Before Christmas exclusively.

darbarspecial
#316 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

Ooohhhh love Search Party!

kirkofdoom
#317 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

Gothentic: pretty sure Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds would fall under that, too. 

darbarspecial
#318 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

I need a big vacation out of this place myself.

jdurley
#319 posted by
jdurley
on May 06, 2013

@marie_curious - it's too early to say yet, but Gothentic may also apply to the new Hidden Cameras release "Gay Goth Scene".  It is being previewed first as a short film.  Intriguing!

Old Abe
#320 posted by
Old Abe
on May 06, 2013

Hey Folks! Pretty busy here today, thought I would say hi. 

Oh, and Old Abe has a new ride!

pinky_leigh
#321 posted by
pinky_leigh
on May 06, 2013

@darbar where would you go vacationing?

jdurley
#322 posted by
jdurley
on May 06, 2013

@old abe re new ride - what'd ya get?  (so I can live vicariously through you)

 

TheIceman
#323 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

NXNE CBC Radio3 page

NXNE Radio3 Picnic page

Who else thinks that all Joe Plaskett songs on Radio3 should be dedicated to The Radio Head?

TheIceman
#324 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

That is some nice crunchy guitar on that JP song.

tea&cartography
#325 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

Indiegogo

shitharperdid.

tea&cartography
#326 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

@theiceman

I am a luddite and don't have facebook.

I am interested in the Picnic.

Cicero
#327 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Marie - Totally! You are in! You can be vocals!

Ballack13
#328 posted by
Ballack13
on May 06, 2013

Haha Grant you are going to give the Radiohead a bad reputation! Out was a pure innocent lunch with great food and conversation. Her son and daughter-in-law also came.  Anyone else want to visit? I will bake you my rosemary shortbread. Pat I hope you shared with your family! 

CanConFreak

darbarspecial
#329 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

@pinky - I have been trying to get to Ottawa/Montreal to check things out with my son for months, but life keeps throwing things at me. For bigger vacations I would go anywhere, I just want to go somewhere. New Zealand and Ireland have always been on the top of my list though.

flannel tom
#330 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoiRIZHrB2I

kirkofdoom
#331 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

yeeeaaaaahhhhh new we are the city!!!

TheIceman
#332 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

@T&C 326 - We can send updates by carrier pigeon if you like.

Cicero
#333 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Marie - I really just want to be Manitoba Hal now, but I think Bluesy ukes would be awesome. Can you sing bluesy?

flannel tom
#334 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

Whoops! Ignore #330. Actually, it kind of applies to the statement T and C made in #326. I meant to paste that into an email for my brother, as he is joining the 21st Century and getting a cell phone.

darbarspecial
#335 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

We Are The City! So good!

tea&cartography
#336 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

@iceman

I already have a loft for them to recuperate in (bike/garden shed)

kirkofdoom
#337 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

If I had access to the new We Are The City album, I would be listening to it non stop and telling everyone it's going to be one of the best albums out this year.

If I had access to it.

*shifty eyes*

Backwater Brewery
#338 posted by
Backwater Brewery
on May 06, 2013

Very good song...was getting worried about new hits this spring dang.

CDNz1
#339 posted by
CDNz1
on May 06, 2013

Email me (gordon dot russ at geemail dot com) eef you weesh...

TheIceman
#340 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

@T&C - The page is just for updates and such. The date is 6/15 at Noon in Trinity Bellwoods park. I'm not sure whether the location has been decided yet, last year we moved location because there was so many of us. I'm thinking there will be even more this year. Bring your own blanket, food, libation if you wish. Any other questions?

mcfflyer
#341 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

Well then.  Kirk must be reaping those rewards for the facial hair.  Although he's exceeded the 10 day period. 

TheIceman
#342 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

Who did this survey Grant? Beards Magazine International?

darbarspecial
#343 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

That is just looking at them. I may like how it looks, but I don't like having my skin rubbed raw from kissing someone with stubble.

tea&cartography
#344 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

@theiceman/cdnz1

I was going to say, all I really need is the time and date and location, and I should be able to figure things out.

 

smalliebigs
#345 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

I am getting ridiculously excited for NXNE. It's going to be my first bit of time off in a while, with wicked music and fantastic people in a city I love. 

Old Abe
#346 posted by
Old Abe
on May 06, 2013

@jdurls #322 - 2012 Nissan Versa SL

I have never owned a new car.  It is still a bit weird for me.

marie_curious
#347 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@Cicero: Bluesy... I can probably sing -bluesy-, I just can't sing -raspy- bluesy.

TheIceman
#348 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

@Grant - You'll never be allowed to go near the baby unless you shave. Babies have very sensitive skin and will get all kinds of irritation from scruffy faced Grant.

jdurley
#349 posted by
jdurley
on May 06, 2013

@old abe - pretty!  congrats!!

Laura Beth
#350 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

@TheIceMan - thanks! Excited to meet some R3 people in real life at the picnic!

Benoit from Ottawa
#351 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

TheIce: I cry shenanigans! Psychological warfare!

Only stubble, cut on the bias as it is, is hard on anybody's face, let alone baby's. Beards, however, are merely the manly brillo pads of a loving dad!

Cicero
#352 posted by
Cicero
on May 06, 2013

@Marie - No worries! You're IN! :-D

mcfflyer
#353 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

@Old Abe - Congrats on the new wheels!

Old Abe
#354 posted by
Old Abe
on May 06, 2013

Oh, and I went for the 6 speed manual.

Old Abe
#355 posted by
Old Abe
on May 06, 2013

@Lee and Jdurls - Thanks!

carlyg
#356 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

I really dig this tune.

Laura Beth
#357 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

@carlyg ME TOO! I would like him to sing me to sleep.

Shonica
#358 posted by
Shonica
on May 06, 2013
carlyg and Laura Beth, Me too!
marie_curious
#359 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@Cicero: Yay!!

flannel tom
#360 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

ahem, Rah Rah, the Poets not dead. See post #152.

smalliebigs
#361 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

Or see the Nanaimo Bard. I'm only dead on the inside.

marie_curious
#362 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

I like the line, "Like all of us Socialists, born to hope, raised to fail."

kirkofdoom
#363 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

I dunno. Manitou‎ (?) hasn't been around in a while. Maybe the poet is dead.

TheIceman
#364 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

@BfO 351- Grant is perpetually sporting a coarse stubble on his face. Definitely would be like a rasp to a newborn with delicate skin.

carlyg
#365 posted by
carlyg
on May 06, 2013

I MISS MANITOU!

smalliebigs
#366 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

Manitou's spirit lives on in all of us, as a lopsided kiwi, thrown ever so carelessly at the veteran of a war that never occurred. 

flannel tom
#367 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

re: the photo gallery: Terry Clark was pretty hot as a kid.

flannel tom
#368 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@smallie - that's what I'm talkin aboot.

 

flannel tom
#369 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

We had to sing "Rise Again" over and over and over in music class. I have no idea what Grant is talkin aboot with the Good King Wencheslass, must be a different curriculum on the left coast.

marie_curious
#370 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

My keyboard taught me how to play Greensleeves.

...Typing that out makes it seem sad and lonesome.

Snarf
#371 posted by
Snarf
on May 06, 2013

tom - I am not listening, but reading #369 made me shudder with remembrance, so maybe it is a coastal thing.

Snarf
#372 posted by
Snarf
on May 06, 2013

and did I hear a rumour that Manitou was 'banned'? More likely I misread between the lines.

marie_curious
#373 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

I picked up a piano book for Alicia Keys (hey, Keys! I -get- it!) A Woman's Worth, and I have to say, Alicia must either have extra fingers or double-wide hands for her fingers to reach the keys the sheet music is asking for...

tea&cartography
#374 posted by
tea&cartography
on May 06, 2013

@marie

being brought up in a catholic household, that melody was for 'What child is this..." as opposed to Greensleeves.

kirkofdoom
#375 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

Snarf, 372,

I have no idea, but maybe Michael Wynn can shed some light? 

flannel tom
#376 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

If anyone should be banned, i should be me. I'm illegally imported.

marie_curious
#377 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@T&C: I've always wondered about that... Are they the same song, or did someone write Christmas lyrics for a classical tune?

marie_curious
#378 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@FT [376]: They call that "bootlegged"

flannel tom
#379 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@m_c - Bootlegged - just like my favourite variety of bathtub hooch! Super!

stevierayk
#380 posted by
stevierayk
on May 06, 2013

Greensleeves and What Child is this are the same songs are they not? My song book has both names, one in parentheses, can’t remember which.

 

flannel tom
#381 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

Not enough songs about Murphy Brown these days. Let's get that going popular culture hey wha?

stevierayk
#382 posted by
stevierayk
on May 06, 2013

Nothin’ like a slow roasted batch of bathtub Kahlua, mixed with goats milk for an exceptional White Russian.

 

darbarspecial
#383 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

I need more Metz and the ilk around here.

flannel tom
#384 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

I like Metz but it's a stretch to be callin' them Hardcore, Mr Lawrence!

flannel tom
#385 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

381 - yessir, and I use ice cubes made of frog infused swamp water for added health benefits.

neuromancer
#386 posted by
neuromancer
on May 06, 2013

Google +

neuromancer
#387 posted by
neuromancer
on May 06, 2013

nerts. 

nvp
#388 posted by
nvp
on May 06, 2013

 

when i was a kid, we had a boat with an ancient mercury outboard that had a brass propeller.

flannel tom
#389 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

Instagram: we're having new age fun with a vintage feel - lyric from "Being a Dickhead's Cool."

flannel tom
#390 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

Sakes alive I hat ethis Moday M<orning song it was stuck in my head this weekend and I want to set it free.

vraets
#391 posted by
vraets
on May 06, 2013

So what's so great about Instagram? I tried it on Android and didn't really see the point. Is it the filters? Or does it offer some sort of advanced sharing options that iPhones don't have by default but Android phones do? 

CDNz1
#392 posted by
CDNz1
on May 06, 2013

#R3NXNE2013McPICNIC --> Sat, June 15 - NOON

JonDixon
#393 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

Oh man this new sandwich place opened up and its friggin awesome.  I love a well made sandwich.

flannel tom
#394 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

Link to Being a Dickhead's Cool, in case you never saw it before or need to re-watch it. Classic youtube-ism. (also note that at 1:04 of the song is the line about instagram, essentially) (also note that at 1:30 is a picture from JavaBlend in Halifax, the coffee shop that was closest to my house)

flannel tom
#395 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

This french song sounds like it's being sung by a child. Is it?

deiru
#396 posted by
deiru
on May 06, 2013

@Tom how do you not recognize Béatrice Martin's ( of coeur de pirate) voice! And no she is 24 and just had kid.

garfielduk
#397 posted by
garfielduk
on May 06, 2013

<---too soon?

flannel tom
#398 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@deiru - can't say as I ever listen to Cour de Pirate so I wouldn't know what she sounds like.

flannel tom
#399 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

apparently my comment about not listening to Coure de Pirate was so offensive it broke the blog?

darbarspecial
#400 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

The Landfill Harmonic has captured my attention. So cool to give the gift of music to these kids literally living on a dump.

Laura Beth
#401 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

BAHH! I just found out I'm getting sent to Edmonton for work! I'VE NEVER BEEN THERE AND I'M SO EXCITED!

deiru
#402 posted by
deiru
on May 06, 2013

@Tom, yes! Just kidding, everyone is probably on lunch/bored of listening to robo-grant.

darbarspecial
#404 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

I also got involved with Playing for Change last fall and we are planning for another Playing for Change Day this September.

smalliebigs
#405 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

@Laura: are you being sent to Edmonton in the SUMMER? If so, that's not a bad thing! I'm happy to provide recommendations. 

mcfflyer
#406 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

@flannel tom - Hey, I hardly know a word of French, but I ordered Coeur de Pirate's album Blonde from her record company in Montreal.  It's exceptionally good, and she has a terrific voice.  And since the lyrics in the CD are in French, I still don't know what it's about - but I like it!

Benoit from Ottawa
#407 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

During the weekend, I (re)heard the song He's Got the Biggest Johnston On the Lake.

Laura Beth
#408 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

@smalliebigs - in June, I haven't nailed down the dates yet. Is that still not a bad thing timing? I would love recommendations! 

Benoit from Ottawa
#409 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 06, 2013

mcfflyer, she's rather, um, not raunchy, but direct in her sexual references, when there are some (as in the broken love stories which make up at least a couple of her songs)

flannel tom
#410 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

re: 403 - j'aime le Liz Lemon.

marie_curious
#411 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

I like listening to Coeur de Pirate's music. Every so often I catch a few words that I recognise and I get excited, "I understood that! I know what that means!"

flannel tom
#412 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@BfO - Hey you are from Ottawa, as your name obviously states. My sister is moving there in a little while. She's looking in the Vanier neighbourhood apparently. It's got a Waldorf School there for the wee one that's apparently the only "free" public Waldforf in the land.

mcfflyer
#413 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

@Benoit - Ha!  You know when The Matinee was at the house, I think I had on CDP on the stereo when they got there.  They heard the music and saw the CD, and they made a comment on my music selection, and someone said, "Yeah, and she's not bad on the eyes either!  She's beautiful!"  No argument from me.

marie_curious
#414 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

@mcfflyer: Female singer/songwriters in general have to be pretty easy on the eyes, I'm sad to say. I would be hard pressed to come up with a lady artist I who is unnattractive.

flannel tom
#415 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@t and c - it's your favourite! [aa wallace]

darbarspecial
#416 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

414 +1

smalliebigs
#417 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

@Laura: the festivals and such don't get rolling until July, but the weather should be quite nice in June! 

Feel free to drop me a line -- mj dot hughes at utoronto dot CA

(I'm not sure if I did that correctly just now). 

kirkofdoom
#418 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

Temporal Suspension.

What happened to my R3 feed when this song came on.

Because I muted it.

Because I do not like this song.

flannel tom
#419 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

cathat wallace [say wallace like wall ought chee]

TheIceman
#420 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

Oooh so sleepy. Raina play something to wake me up!

stevierayk
#421 posted by
stevierayk
on May 06, 2013

julie dorion ain't too pretty. Amazing artist though and that's what counts

Laura Beth
#422 posted by
Laura Beth
on May 06, 2013

@Smallie, nice, I'm U of T alum as well! I will definitely contact you when I get the dates finalized, thanks so much for the offer!

kirkofdoom
#423 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

I'm not going to name names, but there are a few singer/songwriters that are... not ugly, but more plain.

Though a lot of them are just local and haven't really "broken out"

flannel tom
#424 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

420 - because any of the dj's have control over the music that's played on here!

TheIceman
#425 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

We need an "I'm sleepy button" that we can click on to amp up the music.

kirkofdoom
#426 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

To be fair, it's pretty rare than a DJ on any station has complete control over what's played. They have the opportunity to add/remove things, like Grant does and like Lana did when she was in Vancouver, but for the most part, DJs have to go off the playlist made up by the music director. 

flannel tom
#427 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@iceman - or a "caffeine direct to blood" button. Same diff I guess!

@kirk - I was hanging out with a fella who is the music director at two radio stations in Ab. on the weekend. He does one in Calgary and the one in Canmore. He wouldn't hire me on the spot, unfortunately.

kirkofdoom
#428 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

What a jerk!

flannel tom
#429 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

Totes jerk!

darbarspecial
#430 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

downside to sunny warm weather, my windowless basement office gets colder.

flannel tom
#431 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

alllllll righty well, I'm going to bid y'all adieu. Enjoy the sun if it is indeed sunny where you are. Which is most of the land if I'm lead to believe the weather person.

kirkofdoom
#432 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

You know what would really break the tedium of these all-day topics?

If each host had a more specific question. It could still be about Music Monday (or Sloan, or Broken Social Scene, or the CBC Beetle, or whatever) all day, but have Lana, Grant, and Raina all take different approaches to it. Grant could ask the main question, then Lana & Raina ask related questions, or be a little more specific (or obtuse, whichever they choose).

That way you could keep the same topic all day, for the majority of the audience that will just flip in for a little while, but still be able to keep it fresh throughout the day. As opposed to the same single question all day long.

mcfflyer
#433 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

Kirk - as Grant's backseat producer, sounds like a good idea. 

kirkofdoom
#434 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

You'd also get more personality from the hosts, since it's their take on Music Monday (or whatever) instead of all repeating the same question.

TheIceman
#435 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

@Kirk - I agree 100%.

NSandblom
#436 posted by
NSandblom
on May 06, 2013

YEAH!  Rich !!  I was about to swap over to iTunes to listen to him in the homestretch of marking student papers - 2 to go!

marie_curious
#437 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

Yes, but most listeners don't pull all-dayers like many of us blog-denizens do. So to the average listener, the question doesn't get tedious.

marie_curious
#438 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

I like this Aucoin track.

marie_curious
#439 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

Haven't heard it before.

kirkofdoom
#440 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

I know, which is why it's still about the same general topic, but just different variations on it.

Heck, it might even retain people longer; imagine you flip to a station and they're talking about first instruments, then you flip back four hours later, and they're talking about... first instruments. You probably wouldn't stick around. 

kirkofdoom
#441 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

dangit, I had R3 muted, listening to something else for a minute, and you guys tease me with Rich Aucoin, and I flip back to chipmunk dubstep???

 

:( 

marie_curious
#442 posted by
marie_curious
on May 06, 2013

It's your own fault for muting R3, Kirk. How dare you?

kirkofdoom
#443 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

I got a press release with someone describing a band as "DFA1979 being mugged by Simon & Garfunkle"

HOW COULD I IGNORE THAT?!

JonDixon
#444 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

kirk - don't you wish they would just put all that dubstep etc into one set, so we could just mute it and not miss the good stuff?

Please note that I understand the impossibility of this proposal.

deiru
#445 posted by
deiru
on May 06, 2013

I wish I could listen to R3 right now, but the processor in my computer is crying right now due to the computer models I'm running. One of these days my computer will literally burst into flames from the processor over heating.

darbarspecial
#446 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

Apparently someone in Close Talker broke their elbow.

Seen on Facebook: MAY 10 UPDATE - Due to a broken elbow CLOSE TALKER are no longer able to perform this Friday!

Raina Douris
#447 posted by
Raina Douris
on May 06, 2013

Did you know that caffeinated soap exists? But they won't ship it to Canada. It's so sad, because I would buy it all. 

smalliebigs
#448 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 06, 2013

I was unaware. I did buy some caffeinated CHOCOLATE this year, though. THat was fairly exciting. 

TheIceman
#449 posted by
TheIceman
on May 06, 2013

Did you know they have caffeinated coffee?

darbarspecial
#450 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

I use to eat chocolate covered coffee beans. Mmmm.

kirkofdoom
#451 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

My thought process just now was "dammit, what won't the internet caffeinate? Or baconize. Hmm, I wonder... YUP, caffeinated bacon."

kirkofdoom
#452 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

I was sad there was no Neko at the free New Pornos show for that red bull tour bus whatever :(

But Bejar was there, so that was a plus.

Raina Douris
#453 posted by
Raina Douris
on May 06, 2013

Caffeinated coffee is WAY too slow. How can I drink a coffee in the shower? WAY harder than just using soap. 

darbarspecial
#454 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

I need some caffeine now, but there is no shower here. I guess a cup of coffee will have to do.

darbarspecial
#455 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

Some music is just far better loud, the We Are Wolves song is one of those.

darbarspecial
#456 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

And now Black Mountain! Ahhh love it.

flannel tom
#457 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

yo I'm popping back in for a quick minute, because I'm listening to a band I used to listen to and I'm thinking to myself, how it's odd how R3 will promote the heck out of some "indie" stuff and won't touch others with a ten foot pole. I'm particularly thinking of the Supertramp sounding band, Bend Sinister, who gets relentlessly endorsed on the regular here yet can't sell more than 15 tickets to any of their shows outside their hometown, yet a band like Shotgun Rules who used to tour Eastern Canada to packed venues all the time and recently had a sold out reunion show at the London Music Hall don't/have never gotten one lick of airplay. Maybe that's not the best band to use as an example but I am listening to Shotgun Rules right now and the thoughts crossed my mind so I thought I'd share.

darbarspecial
#458 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

woohooo! rockin!

darbarspecial
#459 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

I hear ya Tom. Partly it is up to the band/artist to submit their music to the programming "committee" that decides what new music to add.

darbarspecial
#460 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

It's not enough just to put your music on the site.

Grant Lawrence
#461 posted by
Grant Lawrence
on May 06, 2013

BLOG!!!! "The Rush" airs at 10pm tonight on Shaw. As for my rough shave on a new baby... never thought of that...

JonDixon
#462 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

Mansbridge, you better be playing something better than this...

darbarspecial
#463 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

Hi Grant!

carrieg
#464 posted by
carrieg
on May 06, 2013

Hi Grant - thanks for the clarification - was seeing a repeat this am!

Snarf
#465 posted by
Snarf
on May 06, 2013

who can be uncheered by Doug and the Slugs? (Jon's post made me curious)

kirkofdoom
#466 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

I can, but only when I remember Doug is dead, and a couple months before he died I passed on seeing them live :(

But not the music itself.

In fact, I'm gonna go listen to Too Bad.

flannel tom
#467 posted by
flannel tom
on May 06, 2013

@darbar - well, yes, I suppose you are half right there. But that's not really my point. And there are several examples of songs in high rotation right now that are not anywhere on the site, they were seeked out and put on by the music committee or simply submitted by the record label or what have you. 

The point I think I was trying to make is that there are so many bands that should get airplay/exposure yet it's all Metric and Dan Mangan or whatever.

Personal tastes aside, I think it's lame the direction that R3 has been heading in and so, without further ado, I am "retiring" from the blog. For a while anyway. Sure, I may pop back in now and then to say "hi" but since I rarely am even listening to the radio station these days, I'm going to take a leave of absence.

Have a fun summer everyone!

JonDixon
#468 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

snarf - it was a song that sounded like backup vocals were provided by R2D2

Snarf
#469 posted by
Snarf
on May 06, 2013

thanks, kirk.  next you will remind us that Bob Ross is dead 

darbarspecial
#470 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 06, 2013

I understood Tom and was agreeing with you. I just added that a part of the reason was that they hadn't been submitted. Yes R3 has it's favourite artists and yes it is getting more "mainstream" sounding.

kirkofdoom
#471 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

a couple weeks ago, I had to be the one to break it to someone that Mr Rogers was dead. That was rough.

(On the other hand, I got to confirm Bob Barker was, in fact, alive, so... small victories, I guess)

Snarf
#472 posted by
Snarf
on May 06, 2013

I do not like where this is going....

 

 

Mr.Dressup

kirkofdoom
#473 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

Yeah, Mr Dressup was mentioned too, but we managed to cut the conversation off before it got any more depressing :(

Snarf
#474 posted by
Snarf
on May 06, 2013

yeah, 'people you are sad died' is not a good topic of conversation.

Mansbride is playing Joni Mitchell.  She is still alive.

mcfflyer
#475 posted by
mcfflyer
on May 06, 2013

@Flannel Tom - Sorry to see you go.  I enjoyed your posts.  But I understand.  I rarely stay through the whole day on R3 any more either.  The music is not as compelling as it once was, and of course, I've expounded on the decline of the "radio" portion of the station. 

I won't be going anywhere, as there really isn't any place I'd like to go to, but Radio3 isn't what it once was.

JonDixon
#476 posted by
JonDixon
on May 06, 2013

Welp, I'm going to listen to my itunes library for the rest of the day - peace everyone!

kirkofdoom
#477 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 06, 2013

Last summer, right at the height of Gotye's one hit wonder-ness -- and while every station was playing that song to death -- the station I listen to, The Peak, was trying out a new thing where they played the top three most popular songs on the station based on listener voting. It seemed everyone was sick of that damn song, but guess what was #1 the first week they did the mini-countdown?

Obviously this is anecdotal, and doesn't have everything to do with R3, but every time people complain about songs or artists in high rotation, you gotta remember they're there for a reason...

Grant Lawrence
#478 posted by
Grant Lawrence
on May 06, 2013

@flannel tom sober up! see you in the AM!

nvp
#479 posted by
nvp
on May 06, 2013

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