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  • There comes a time, when you grow up...

    28. Okt. 2010, 2:58

    After years of suppressing my love of this genre due to trying to impress some people and getting a boyfriend who listens to an awful lot of it, I have come to realize I will never evade my love of country music. A result of my upbringing with only one radio station and an emotional connection with a few songs, I will always have a place in my ipod for country, albeit only a select playlist. Because while I do love country, I don't particularly love the pop-country of today. My list below reflects that (hopefully):

    In no order,
    1. Alan Jackson - Drive (For Daddy Gene)
    2. Zac Brown Band - Colder Weather
    3. Garth Brooks - That Summer
    4. Tim McGraw - Please Remember Me
    5. Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down
    6. Kenny Chesney - I'm Alive Feat. Dave Matthews
    7. Reba McEntire - Fancy
    8. Reba McEntire - The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
    9. Keith Urban - Only You Can Love Me This Way
    10. Gary Allan - Songs About Rain
    11. Doc Walker - Rocket Girl
    12. Corb Lund - I Wanna Be In the Cavalry (Reprise)
    13. Corb Lund - The Truth Comes Out
    14. Brooks & Dunn - Indian Summer
    15. Brad Paisley - Waitin' on a Woman
  • Favourite Hawksley Workman Lyrics (simple title, extraordinary talents within)

    8. Apr. 2008, 20:28

    Continuing the theme of me writing a journal entry whenever I have studying to do, I have a calculus final exam worth 50% of my grade tomorrow. But, instead, I'm going to compile my favourite Hawksley Workman lyrics. This may bleed over into other artists, but just know that it started out as only words written by this artist:

    - What loving can't fix tonight, the whiskey certainly might. I must have whispered your name 65 times ~ Even An Ugly Man

    - I wish the telephone had not been invented 'cause I keep picking it up to say stupid things to you ~ Wonderful and Sad

    - Wish that happiness could just be pretended. The closest thing to that is a bottle of whiskey, dear ~ Wonderful And Sad

    - You slept through the last small town. I'll wake you up when the next one comes around. Your eyes are closed, like you truly believe you're safe and sound with me ~ Safe and Sound

    - Who'll give you time to cry and time to find yourself ~ Smoke Baby

    - Oh, prostrate to this unending grind. Sure you'll make a lot of money, but you'll never make time ~ The City Is A Drag

    - ...and you wanna feel bad for 'em or cook a meal for 'em ~ Girls On Crutches
  • Hawksley: Half-Unplugged and Acoustic, Half Crazy

    30. Mär. 2008, 5:49

    Sat 29 Mar – Hawksley Workman

    My background with Hawksley goes like this:
    I have this cousin (whom we will refer to only as M.) who is a major supremo volunteer at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and has been for the last 11 years. She is a real music lover/appreciator (like myself), and volunteers at the festival only because she truly loves music. So last year, at my birthday, M and her brother (who will be known as I.) informed me that they were giving me a ticket to a Hawksley Workman concert as their gift. I was excited...well, actually, I tried to be polite and appear excited, but in fact I had never heard anything from him except the song "jealous of your cigarette" that was played on Much Music a few times. And its not that I didn't like the song, I just didn't like the chorus. Sooo, going from that knowledge only, I was a little unsure of what I was getting myself into when they picked me up at my apartment to go to the concert that night.
    I got there, and we're sitting in the first balcony (apparently a traditional spot for my cousins, as they had been to 6 or 7 concerts put on by Hawksley), waiting patiently because his set started late (apparently another tradition), and I was starting to get excited as my cousins talked animatedly about how much they loved his music and how much they knew I was going to like it.
    The show starts, and no lie, I was completely blown away. No other way to describe it, and I am not exaggerating. It was the year he did an acoustic/unplugged show, and it was completely amazing. He always puts so much of himself into everything he sings, so much emotion. Some of his songs, as I found out that night, were MADE to be played on a darkened stage with only Hawksley Workman, Mr. Lonely, a piano, and an electric guitar.
    So I just got out of the concert this year (as you can probably guess, I am now a HUGE fan), and as always it was amazing. As I was listening and watching, I was trying to come up with an appropriate way to describe a Hawksley Workman concert. All I could come up with was that, no matter if you have heard the material before, there is something about seeing him perform live that makes each song sound new, like you'd never heard it before, the same feeling I had at that concert nearly one year ago.
    But (and yes, there is unfortunately a but), I wasn't as impressed as I was last year. The beginning of the concert was the way it had been last year except maybe a bit darker (only candles illuminated the stage because of the "Earth Hour" that was being observed across the world) and that was really nice. Hearing him play You and the Candles in that ambience was awesome. But, he only played like that for half an hour, till Earth Hour was over, and then he and the band moved to their instruments. And, some songs, in particular "Don't Be Crushed" are, in my opinion, not to be played with a band. It just didn't have the same emotion as it did last year. None of the songs did. The only song that made me glad he was playing with a full fiddle, bass guitar, electric guitar, drum, piano, tambourine band was when he played "Addicted" and "The City Is A Drag." But otherwise, in my opinion, I preferred last year.
    One thing that I was really really really disappointed with was the fact that the megaphone was hardly used. Like only used once, in the whole 2 hour 40 min set. Very sad about that.
    When I told M my opinion, all she did was shake her head at me and said "You can't even compare them." And all I said to her was "Yes I can, and I liked last year better." She said I had been spoiled by last year's performance, but my opinion is that Hawksley wrote those songs to be enjoyed in the dark with the bare minimums. And songs should be performed the way they were meant to be heard.

    Some high points of the concert: the beginning acoustic performance of three (?) songs; the use of the baby grand piano and mini drum set purchased at toad hall in downtown winnipeg; the 'Addicted' performance in the green coveralls; the spur-of-the-moment decision that he would 'buy' the Burt (aka The Burton Cummings Theatre); and the random story told in the middle of everything upon request from an audience member.

    Oh, and by the way, the 'Half Crazy' part I referred to in the title was his performance of Addicted, where he started talking about trying on shoes and sucking on toes or something. Completely random, but at least it made everyone laugh.
  • give me the heart, soul, and poetry.

    9. Mär. 2008, 2:52

    Does anyone ever wish that they were born in a different era?

    I hear the music that has been coming out lately (Jonas Brothers, Amy Winehouse, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, and all the other overrated and sometimes overinfatuated-with music "artists" out there today), and it makes me hate commercialism. Maybe hate is strong word...loathe? Maybe that's an even stronger word.

    I hate (loathe?) how it seems that the media controls what kind of music we can like. Case in point, Amy Winehouse. All the critics say she is genius in all her grammy-award-winning yada yada nonsense, but I don't see it. Maybe that means I listen to critics too much, and I'm sorry if I do and I need to stop that, but that's what I mean. Commercialism has even gotten to me, and I don't like it. It's a known fact that pre-teens and teenagers are impressionable, so I suppose we can blame them for every hot little tart that gets a music contract for being a pretty face and being to lip sync well along with mr.computer in the corner over there. Because if there wasn't that demographic using their allowance or first measly little paycheck to feed the commercial monster, it wouldn't exist.

    And trust me, I know not all young people buy into the hype, but a lot of it is coming from them...and people who are trying to be 'cool' and only listen to what is hip, which spans all age demographics.


    I miss the time when only truly talented artists got record contracts...even though I know for a fact I wasn't alive when that was the norm. I want to be in the time of the Johnny Cashs, the Jimi Hendrixs, the Elviss, the Beatless, and many more truly talented artists. And no, I don't even listen to all of those artists...but I do not deny the fact that they are talented. That's the thing: talent is there in those people, whether everyone likes it or not. I want to be in that time, when talent is undeniable, not computer-programmed.

    There are some talented musicians out there from my generation (though none really come to mind at the moment), but for every one of them, there are at least three 'robots'/'every little girl's role model's making money hand-over-fist putting out their useless garbage to play on our tvs, computers, radios, and everywhere in between.

    The saying goes, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Well I say, "If you can't give me something substantial, get a real job."

    Talented artists should be the only ones allowed to share their art with the world. I'm sick of hearing all the bells and whistles. Give me the heart, soul, and poetry.
  • Bands I wish I liked more than I actually do

    5. Mär. 2008, 4:44

    1. Minus the Bear
    2. Death from Above 1979
    3. Pixies
    4. Ani DiFranco
    5. Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    6. Feist (but that may be a little too 'hip' nowadays)
    7. Alexisonfire
  • The gray area of 'genre'

    29. Feb. 2008, 5:43

    Now, I'm not terribly big on rock, but quite a few of my absolute favourite songs are from that genre. Here is a (somewhat) complete list of them:

    1. Audioslave - Cochise
    I can remember when this song came out. At the time, I was working in my hometown as a maid for a dive motel. Not the best job I've ever had, but at least my boss left me to my work, which meant I could tune the tv to muchmusic and rock out as i cleaned. As for the song, it is like nothing else I listen to. But, for some reason, I've never forgotten about it.

    2. Foo Fighters - The Pretender
    This song gets me hyped up. So much so that I very rarely play it at night. And irregardless of how many times I've heard it in the last little while, I still love it. This is one of those songs that will never get old.

    3. Incubus - Certain Shade Of Green
    Not too long ago, I was a fan of the post-"Make Yourself" Incubus, what may be considered as the "less rock" Incubus. That is, until I started to listen to some of the stuff from S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and now this track is one of my favourites. Though I do still like the new Incubus material as well.

    4. Jeff Buckley - Grace and Lover, You Should've Come Over
    I can't even choose between these two. They're both golden. Even though I'm not quite sure if Buckley can be considered rock, these songs are worth a mention. There will never ever be anything like this again.

    5. Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
    A classic '90s tune...which is actually far before when I started to pay attention to "good" music. So it can be surprising that I like this song so much. But I do. Makes me wish I wouldn't have been so in love with Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys back then. (it hurts to admit that)

    6. Rufus Wainwright - Go Or Go Ahead
    Again, not really sure if this is rock or not. But this song is epic. There is no other word to describe it. I have to give props to my cousin for introducing me to this song. (the same cousin that introduced me to Hawksley Workman)

    7. Kasabian - Fast Fuse
    A genius band. A rocking song.

    8. Mute Math - Typical
    Awesome video + Awesome song = Unforgettable. Now I just need to see them live. Then I'll be satisfied.

    9. Hawksley Workman
    I can't even pick a song. That's how much I love this guy. Glad he's Canadian. Glad he loves to play the city I live in so often.
    Well, come to think of it, maybe I can narrow it down a little. I can pick one song from each album.

    Almost a Full Moon - A House Or Maybe A Boat
    Before We Were Security Guards - Canadian Motorcycle Gangs
    For Him And The Girls - paper shoes
    (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves - no beginning no end/striptease/dirty and true
    Lover/Fighter - Smoke Baby/Ilfracombe
    My Toothless Little Beauties - God Decides
    Puppy (A Boy's Truly Rough) - Singing Like a Bird
    Treeful Of Starling - When These Mountains Were The Seashore
  • how do i love thee? let me count the ways...

    5. Feb. 2008, 1:00

    Just thought I'd give a little rundown of the artists i've discovered/been reintroduced/reminded of/found resources on through last.fm. One of two things can be taken away from this list:
    1) it can be for my personal reference, or
    2) it can be seen as a promotion of the last.fm site and application
    Either way, here it is!

    * * * * * *

    1. The Academy Is...
    2. The Audition
    3. The Band
    4. Bone Thugz-n-Harmony - When Thugz Cry
    5. The Boy Least Likely To
    6. Cake
    7. Delerium
    8. The Donnas
    9. Feeder
    10. Imogen Heap
    11. Institute - Ambulances
    12. James Morrison
    13. The John Butler Trio
    14. John Legend - Alright
    15. Josh Gracin - Favorite State Of Mind
    16. Kasabian - Fast Fuse
    17. Lostprophets album: Liberation Transmission
    18. Matt Nathanson
    19. Muse
    20. Paolo Nutini beyond New Shoes
    21. The Perishers beyond Trouble Sleeping
    22. The Pink Spiders
    23. Radiohead
    24. Raffi
    25. Rilo Kiley
    26. Robin Thicke
    27. Roísín Murphy
    28. The Roots
    29. Ryan Adams
    30. Skillet
    31. Sufjan Stevens
    32. The Sugi Tap - Little Tiny Everything
    33. TLC
    34. Tokyo Police Club
    35. !!!
  • GOOD country? it does exist!

    5. Jan. 2008, 7:08

    Okay, don't get me wrong. For the most part, I dislike country. But I can break that down a little bit further: I don't like pop country and country rock. So, basically, I don't like modern country. But, occasionally, there are some songs that stand out from the rest and I actually enjoy. Here is a complete list of my favourite country tracks of all time (in alphabetical order):

    - Ticks by Brad Paisley: an EXTREMELY catchy, cute tune that never gets old for me.
    - Life's Too Short by Charlie Major: a very well written ditty, in that it makes you experience the emotions of the characters.
    - Like the Rain by Clint Black: this song seems very powerful to me. I never tire of it.
    - The Truth Comes Out by Corb Lund: a very dark, folky country tune, and the lyrics are amazing. This will always be my favourite Corby tune.
    - That Summer by Garth Brooks: I don't know what it is about this song, but I can't get enough of it. If my hard drive were a cassette tape, I would have worn this song out a long time ago.
    - More Than a Memory by Garth Brooks: I have to add this second Garth song to my list because it seriously blew me away with its power when I heard it. I can feel the heartbreak in his voice. Amazing.
    - If You Could Read My Mind by Johnny Cash: Out of all the Johnny Cash songs I love, I don't know why I pick this one. It just stands out to me in its poignancy. A very powerful rendition of this classic.
    - She Never Cried In Front of Me by Toby Keith: I don't think I understand the magnitude of this song (mainly because some people say they cried when they first heard it, and I didn't), but either way, Keith sings this song with such emotion, such hurt. Similar to Garth Brooks in a lot of ways.
    - Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban: The only slow, sappy, Keith Urban love song I actually like. It makes me want to fall in love.
  • Radiohead: I don't get it

    28. Nov. 2007, 20:03

    Everywhere you go on last.fm, the top artist is always Radiohead. I had never actually listened to Radiohead because they are not even close to what I normally listen to, but I like to think I have an open mind when it comes to music. And since over a million people appear to love this band (at least on last.fm), there must be something amazing about them, right? Wrong! or at least in my primary opinion.
    I just took a little listen to Karma Police and Paranoid Android....and I don't get it. I don't see why they seem to be the most popular band ever. Their music does not blow me away.
    It could be that I am stubborn, and didn't want to like them because then I'd be like a million other people. But I don't think that's it. I like to think I'm not that stubborn. It also could be that I don't want to be anything like my high school English teacher who somehow made it part of a lesson to play part of the OK Computer album in class (i can't recall the name of the track(s), though)
    So what is wrong with me? Why am I not impressed with Radiohead? Am I missing something?
  • sleep mixed tape v2.0

    24. Nov. 2007, 6:04

    I tend to leave my itunes playing when I take a break from studying and have a little nap. These are some of the songs I let lull me:

    1. Death Cab for Cutie - Summer Skin
    2. Enya - Flora's Secret
    3. Eve 6 - Hey Montana
    4. Finley Quaye - Dice
    5. Hawksley Workman - Don't Be Crushed
    6. Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek
    7. Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes
    8. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
    9. John Mayer - The Heart of Life
    10. Johnny Cash - If You Could Read My Mind
    11. Josh Gracin - Stay with Me (Big Brass Bed)
    12. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Tuesday's Gone
    13. Mojave 3 - Bluebird of Happiness
    14. Mute Math - You are Mine
    15. Paolo Nutini - Last Request
    16. Patrick Park - Life Is A Song
    17. The Perishers - Weekends
    18. Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight
    19. Placebo - Running Up That Hill (ft. Kate Bush)
    20. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Gold Finch and the Red Oak Tree