Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
As I mentioned, last Thursday was my first day back from my HBR summer hiatus. Good news for all you far flung folks though. CKLU is now streaming on the world wide web!! That means you can log on and listen to HBR every Thursday from 6 -8pm should your little heart desire. Click here to link to the live streaming.
* denotes Canadian talent
italics denotes a new release
- Otis Redding -- Respect -- Live in Europe (vinyl)
- Woodhands -- I Wasn't Made For Fighting -- Heart Attack *
- United Steelworkers of Montreal -- Union Man -- Kerosene & Coal *
- Entire Cities -- Cop Song -- Deep River *
- Winter Gloves -- Glass Paperweight -- About A Girl *
- Calexico -- Dub Latina -- Feast of Wire (vinyl)
- Statues -- No Time -- Terminal Bedroom *
- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds -- Today's Lesson -- Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
- Wilco -- Either Way -- Sky Blue Sky (vinyl)
- Fleet Foxes -- White Winter -- S/T
- The Stolen Minks -- Bring It -- High Kicks *
- Teenage Head -- You're Tearin Me Apart -- Teenage Head w/ Marky Ramone *
- The Kinks -- Till the End of the Day -- Greatest Hits (vinyl)
- The Stills -- Everything I Build -- Oceans Will Rise *
- The Paper Cranes -- Laughing Sickness -- Halcyon Days *
- Eric's Trip -- What I Meant (Belong Session Outake - March 1992) -- Bootleg (vinyl) *
- Chad van Gaalen -- Bones of Man -- Soft Airplane *
- The Violet Archers -- You and I -- Sunshine at Night *
- Cat Power -- I Believe In You -- Jukebox (vinyl)
- My Morning Jacket -- Highly Suspicious -- Evil Urges *
- Fembots -- Good Days -- Calling Out *
- Neko Case -- Andy -- Canadian Amp * (vinyl)
- Sheesham & Lotus -- Lost John -- Everytime! *
- Justin Rutledge -- I'm Gonna Die (One Sunny Day) -- The Devil on a Bench in Stanley Park *
- Tom Waits -- Red Shoes by the Drugstore -- Blue Valentine (vinyl)
- Elliott Brood -- Write It All Down For You -- Mountain Meadows *
Notes this week
- that Entire Cities record might be my new favourite record at the station;
- new Statues stuff??? Yay!! Check them out, they're from Sudbury and they're amazing!
- Marc brought me back that Eric's Trip record from Toronto months ago and this was the first chance I've had to listen to it as our turntable is stuck on 45....
- Listening to that Cat Power album on vinyl while alone is really a shame.....
- Please tell me the rest of that new My Morning Jacket record doesn't sound like "Highly Suspicious"....
- I know I say it everytime but Day-um!! Tom Waits is sexy on the cover of that album...
- New Sudburian Nathan Lawr is all over the new Fembots record and recorded a chunk of it in his very own basement! Good on ya Nathan!
So a few weeks ago Marc told me we were in the midst of a lemon juice shortage and I thought he was fibbing. Well this weekend the grocery store man confirmed this for me. Obviously a bad crop of lemons is the reason for this and as a result, lemon juice concentrate shelves around the world are empty. Shelves are expected to be restocked around late September. I like to call this The Great Lemon Juice Shortage of 2008.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
You can get these doors for $400, the screens for $200 at the Etobicoke ReStore and they can make cool headboards when done right. The planter below is $100 and the pretty glass things are priced from $2 - $30 at the East York ReStore. Also at that ReStore are the coffee tables below which I think look great outside.
You can buy it all over the UK and online at these places asos.com, debenhams.com, figleaves.com, next.co.uk, littlewoodsdirect.com, simplyyours.co.uk.
Shannon I say you pay a visit in person and give us the real lowdown.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday we got to squeeze in a viewing of Bill Maher's documentary Religulous which was so worth it. Basically a documentary focussing on the questions "Can we be good without god?" "Is religion a calling or a mental illness?" "Were Jesus, Moses and Mohammed prophets and visionaries or crackpot nut cases who today would be put away?" "Is religion an obsessive-compulsive disorder?" It was hilariously funny and scary and a great way to spend the afternoon. If you can't laugh at religion, what can you laugh at?
Spent the rest of the night at our annual big, giant, super cool party we throw during the festival that translated to a bedtime just shy of 4AM and a wake up call of 9:30AM. Saturday kicked my ass followed by a Sunday asskicking as well. Well played Cinefest....well played. Somehow we managed to drag our sorry butts to a movie Sunday afternoon that I think we all napped through. A U.K film called A Deal is a Deal that really had its work cut out for it. Fed up with city life and driving tube trains Paul Callow longs to commune with nature and novels, but that's easier dreamt than done. The trauma of having two people fall under his train in as many weeks does little to impove his mood, until he hears the 'Three And Out' rule: three fatal accidents in a month qualifies you for early retirement with 10 year's salary - as a lump sum! All he needs now is to find his third 'victim' and make a deal.Even the best movie ever would have been hard pressed to keep my attention at that point and this movie just didn't have the chops to stand a chance. Cute though it was at times.
After that the rest of the day is kind of a blur. I napped my face off, had pancakes for dinner and watched the Emmy's while eating the remainder of Saturday nights 3Am potato chips.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Started off the day by seeing a movie in the afternoon that I'd prefer to forget ever seeing. It was horrible so let's move on.
The gala for last night was Stone of Destiny directed by Charles Martin Smith. I mentioned yesterday that the director is here for the festival and seeing him you immediately recognize him as Agent Oscar Wallace from The Untouchables and Terry "the Toad" Fields from American Graffiti. Not to mention the million others things he's been in as a character actor. This film tells the true story of four Glasgow University students who plot to retrieve the 400-pound Stone of Destiny - the ancient coronation stone of the Scots that was seized by the conquering English almost 700 years earlier and kept in Westminster Abbey. This film was great and a lot of other movies could take their cue from this one. It was exciting, suspenseful, funny and clocked in at a perfect 96 minutes. This story clipped along at a great pace with nothing superfluous slowing it down and bogging up the plot. Simple characters, gorgeous scenery, and little to complain about.
From there we moved right into the screening of The Brothers Bloom starring Mark Ruffalo, Adrian Brody and Rachel Weisz. One great movie followed another with this one. Your standard con movie, these guys make a living off of swindling millionaires for all that they're worth with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. When Bloom, the younger of two notorious sibling con-artists, announces his plans to leave the business and go legit, his brother Stephen implores him to carry out one last swindle. Despite his plans to leave his criminal past behind, the reluctant scammer finds that his brother has masterminded one last scheme to claim the wealth of an eccentric millionaire (Weisz).
I liked this movie a lot. It was clever and unique, gorgeous to watch with characters you can't help but love. Me, I personally can't stand Rachel Weisz and wouldn't cross the street to see a movie of hers for free. In this movie however, I wanted to eat her up she was so adorable and likeable. Unlike the shiny, glossy, "look at us we're so clever clever" heist movies like all the Oceans 11 garbage, this film really remained quaint and different and actually had something to offer. If I had to pick something to complain about, I'd say this film started stronger than it finished with something said early in the film by a lead character giving away the entire ending (if you were paying attention). Even with that, I still thought this movie was great and I can't say the ending really took away from my enjoyment of the film. On a sidenote, the wardrobe in this movie is to die for and I thought Marc was drooling more than a little bit at the fine tailoring of all the men's suits.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
After that, a mockumentary called Let Him Be about a young couple off to discover if John Lennon is really alive and living on a farm in Northern Ontario. Not a great film but you can appreciate what he was trying to do. That and he got all weepy in the Q&A after the film and that was kinda cute.
On to the gala presentation of Fifty Dead Men Walking, a really really good film about the story of Martin McGartland who lived the double life of a secret agent to the IRA and the British goverment. This film was intense and hard to watch at times but moved quickly and did a good job capturing the rawness of that time in history. It also stars the handsome handsome Jim Sturgess who, even though he's playing this scruffy, dirty and grubby guy, you still want to smooch him up. And any movie starring Ben Kingsley has to be good. If I had to complain, it would be about some of the more graphic torture scenes which made me do the "Eeek!" and then arm punch to my boss sitting next to me, and the inclusion of Rose McGowan the most useless actress in the world.
Today we saw a movie about meth-addiction called Run Rabbit Run that sadly killed the buzz of the great gala the night before. This movie tried really hard to be edgy and graphic and succeeded in being only mildly interesting. The cast was here and we got to meet them and while they were lovely, polite and gracious, the movie itself didn't jive with me. It did make me never want to go anywhere near crystal meth though so maybe it did achieve its goal after all.
And that's it for me so far. There's some good movies playing tonight but I really can't go anywhere near them. I already took a giant nap right after work and I suspect I may have another before the night is done. Tomorrow I'm off to some other Northern Ontario stuff during the day and then perhaps the gala film of Stone of Destiny (who's director Charles Martin Smith is here at the festival -- he was in The Untouchables!!) and then The Brothers Bloom.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Well maybe let's talk about it a little bit -- I stayed home while Marc went out to his friend's place where they spent the night canning 2 bushels of tomatoes. That's right. My husband spent his Friday night canning tomatoes with another man until 1:30am. I mock now but come February when I have lovely fresh tomatoes at my fingertips, I'll be mighty thankful.
Saturday we puttered about the house and waited for the arrival of our latest doggy ward. This time around it's Cobe, an Irish Wolfhound/Shepherd cross and he'll be spending the week with us. Cobe is ginormous, a huge baby, soft and furry and basically a big sweetheart. He's got a bark on him that would make the toughest man step back and he looks like a big black wolf but he's all softie on the inside. He moans when he lays down, walks offleash like a dream, and is all about the early morning cuddlefest. I think it'll be a fun week sharing the house with a small pony. Saturday night we laid low and watched The Science of Sleep which was just a lovely, charming movie. We both really, really liked it. To be the production designer on this movie would have been loads of fun I think. This mix of reality and dream worlds of knitted ski slopes and entire cities made from toilet paper rolls....so perfect. There's virtually no computer effects and most of the effects were done by the crew themselves and by hand. It was just lovely. Gael Garcia Bernal and Paris?? What a combo...
Sunday we further unravelled the mystery that is Cobe the dog (he's like an onion) and I made a yummy dinner of Turkey Meatloaf and Roasted Nutmeg Cauliflower all from Ellie Krieger's book The Food You Crave. I bought this book on recommendation from the good folks at 24 Boxes and it's been worth every penny. Basically it's a collection of healthier versions of all your favourite stuff and follows the rule of "often," "sometimes," and "rarely." So far everything we've made has been delicious. It was no chicken-on-bun dinner but......nothing is really.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Who says being green is just for us humans? The good folks over at Sustainable Pet Design have created the Greenrroof Animal Home for you eco-minded pooch. They claim it smells good, attracts butterflies, filters water, insulates and naturally repels fleas. Dog houses start at $1000 (for the extra small dog) and are custom built and planted for your pet. Made from untreated red cedar, painted with VOC paint and beeswax waterproofed, you can have the greenest pup on the block! Save some money and do it yourself though I say. Or better yet, let your dog sleep in your house with you. Ideally on your bed.
Found by the lovely folks over at Apartment Therapy.
Also posted over at A.T - this picture of a doggy day-care in Pasedena, CA. These are the happiest dogs I have ever seen.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Ontario of course is home to a ton of antique sales -- check out the Style North page for a list of what else is coming up this fall.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Here are their picks:
Zip Front Dress
Absolutely not. I am not a hooker and cannot separate the zip-front dress from that mental image.
Unlikely. Beside the fact that this would look supremely stupid on me I just don't like it. I'll take a knee-length full skirt any day.
The rolled jean
Just because Katie Holmes wore this look for a week straight doesn't make it right. Besides, she looked like ass in it and that should say something. Just buy pants that fit you.
This is another absolutely not for me. And a HUGE one to boot. I think I had that first blazer in 9th grade and I do not wish to relive it.
Ankle Length Trousers
No. Especially not that middle pair.
This is one I can live with. You can stay.
This one too -- although I hate all 3 of their suggested outfits.
This one can stay too -- but only in a super cute peacoat style.
I can get on board with this but only in moderation. That 3rd picture is pretty great.
This might be mainly a geographical thing but under no circumstances am I wearing denim shorts in a Northern Ontario fall. I do pretty much hate them all year long though. Look at that poor girl in the middle -- she knows she looks stupid and she's sad.
Again, this one walks a fine line. Absolutely not the first one but the last two are alright. I'll wear a plaid shirt if it's close cut and fitted and cute -- not slouchy and dad-like. I've lived through that once already and am happy to let that go. Unless I'm raking leaves or hauling firewood. Us Canadians know how to really wear a plaid shirt...
So that's that -- mostly a thumbs down. I'll take Kaili's completely acceptable fall must-have's please and thank you.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Friday brought a lunchtime trip to our RibFest for pulled pork sammich lunch. Needless to say, the rest of the afternoon was spent holding my tummy and crying waiting for 5pm. Quick dash home and out to Windy Lake to meet the gang for campfire goodtimes. Alas, we couldn't stay overnight but even an evening trip to a provincial park is a good thing. Ahhh Ontario where a provincial park is a 20 minute drive away.....
Saturday I confess, we went back to RibFest and I had yet another pulled pork sammich for lunch. I can't help it!! And there were all these different vendors, you have to try them all!! I do think I need to spend the week on a meat hiatus though. That might be a definite.
Saturday night I stole Mina from my parents to keep me company while Marc played a gig in Sault Ste Marie. We went for a nice walk, napped on the couch and she occupied Marc's side of the bed with all 80 pounds of her furry self.
Sunday, Marc returns home just in time for me to show him our bear visit #2. No thanks to Mina for not alerting me to the bear that was a backyard length away. Onwards to BBQ #2 of the weekend thanks to the lovelyness that is Jen and Richard. They have pretty much the best yard ever for BBQ's and campfires and we spent the night chatting and laughing and being serenaded by a mash up of Jean Wells, the Havocs and The Statues. Yay!
Monday brought a lovely long morning visit with my folks and BBQ #3 at my brother's place with the whole family. Horseshoes, blender drinks, sunshine, 2 neighbourhood Golden Retriever puppies and walks. Seriously, long weekend you spoil me. Let's never break up.