Archive for February, 2011
Friday, February 25th, 2011
What we know so far is that the crew is headed to Bangkok for Stu’s wedding.
Mel Gibson was supposed to play “Tattoo Man” until the rant recordings came out…Liam Neeson is now in, Gibson is out. Characters of interest include Ken Jeong back as Mr. Chow, Mike Tyson is back for round 2, Bill Clinton will play himself and it looks like Juliette Lewis will also have a role as well.
Release date is scheduled for May 26, 2011 in Canada.
We found a sneak peak for you! Let’s just hope it turns out to be as good as the original.
Thursday, February 24th, 2011
One of my favourite websites is funnyordie.com. When you have some time check out ‘Between Two Ferns’ with Zach Galifianakis, side effects include tears of laughter and stomach pains from extreme humour overload!
Everyone has their opinion of who should win the Oscar Awards…Mike Tyson shared his very original take on this topic with Leonard Maltin. Check it out along with other laughs on funnyordie.com
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Danko Jones did a show recently at a club called the Barracuda Pretty in St. Catharines. Best live show ever! These guys know how to rock hard!
I went to the club early to chat with Danko and get the scoop on their sexually charged lyrics, how they pick the singles and their thoughts on music in Canada.
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
I recently picked up the new book, The Top 100 Canadian Singles by Bob Mersereau. He is also the author of The Top 100 Canadian Albums. I own a lot of books about music, but until Mersereau put out his two books, there weren’t a whole lot of books about Canadian rock, particularly list books, which I am a huge fan of. There’s just something about ranking songs and albums that opens up a great debate among music fans. Below I offer you Mersereau’s Top 20, as voted on by a panel of musicians, broadcasters, reviewers and other music industry types:
1. American Woman/No Sugar Tonight – The Guess Who
2. Heart Of Gold – Neil Young
3. The Weight – The Band
4. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
5. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
6. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
7. If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot
8. Takin’ Care Of Business – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
9. Four Strong Winds – Ian & Sylvia
10. Snowbird – Anne Murray
11. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
12. Tom Sawyer – Rush
13. Try – Blue Rodeo
14. New Orleans Is Sinking – The Tragically Hip
15. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
16. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
17. Life Is A Highway – Tom Cochrane
18. These Eyes – The Guess Who
19. Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot
20. Underwhelmed – Sloan
And now…my list:
1. Hey Hey, My My(Into The Black) – Neil Young (It’s all about the riff and one of rock’s most legendary lyrics)
2. The Spirit of Radio – Rush (If this song doesn’t make you stand and flash the devil’s horns, nothing will)
3. Three Pistols – The Tragically Hip (The snarl of Gord Downie’s voice on this track makes the hair stand on my neck)
4. No Time – The Guess Who ( I know American Woman will be the choice of many, but this one always struck a chord with me since I heard it on a K-Tel album as a kid)
5. Coax Me – Sloan (An alternative rock gem, and any song that uses the word “cajole” has got to be cool)
6. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen (A beauty of a tune by a Canadian legend – the Jeff Buckley version still brings a tear to my eye, especially after a cold beer or twelve)
7. Hasn’t Hit Me Yet – Blue Rodeo (The imagery in this song bleeds Canadiana)
8. I’m An Adult Now – The Pursuit of Happiness (Who wants to grow up anyway?)
9. New Orleans Is Sinking – The Tragically Hip (The groove that made them legendary)
10. Freewill – Rush (I played this album to death at a club I used to spin at as a teenager)
11. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot (An epic from Canada’s finest storyteller)
12. Big League – Tom Cochrane and Red Rider (C’mon, it’s a song about hockey!)
13. Raise A Little Hell – Trooper (The perfect party tune)
14. Say Hello – April Wine (Bubbles and I both have this on our lists – it must be good!)
15. Starseed – Our Lady Peace (The first time I heard this song I had the cops at my door..I really should learn to turn it down…Nah!!)
16. At The Hundredth Meridian – The Tragically Hip (Can you tell I’m a Hip fan?)
17. Everything Is Automatic – The Matthew Good Band (The man can paint a picture and set it to a wicked riff)
18. Lay It On The Line – Triumph (I’ll quote Don Cherry here; “it’s a Beauty!”)
19. Home For A Rest – Spirit Of The West (I would compare this to an Irish wake – it takes melancholy and turns it into a celebration!)
20. The Maker – Daniel Lanois (U2′s favourite collaborator launches a solo career)
Here’s Vicki’s top 10:
1. American Woman-The Guess Who
2. New Orleans is Sinking- The Tragically Hip
3. Ohio- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4. Tom Sawyer- Rush
5.Summer of ’69- Bryan Adams
6. Diamond Mine- Blue Rodeo
7. Hand Me Down World- The Guess Who
8. The Hockey Song- Stompin Tom
9. Wild Eyes- Stampeders
10. You Oughta Know- Alanis Morissette
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Right now The Fox is visiting ice shacks in the area handing out pizza and prizes with the Fox Show Us Your Shack contest. Full details are in the contest section. This has got to be our favourite submission yet. A little cold weather is not going to get these guys down! Here’s Sam Elliott and his crew on Callander Bay!
Monday, February 14th, 2011
I had the chance to head out of town with my husband to see Danko Jones in St. Catherines at a club called the Barracuda Pretty this past week. It was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen!
We also went to Niagrara Falls to check things out, and I was surprised to see Lundy’s Lane ripped up. I guess they do quite a bit of construction now because it would be too crazy in the summertime with all the tourists. Quite a few stores and attractions were closed as well. One thing was the same though; the falls are still falling in Niagara Falls.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Copyright infringement is the topic today.
Involved in the case are Econoline Crush with their song “All That You Are” from the 1997 album “The Devil You Know” and Nickelback with their song “Figured You Out” from the 2003 album The Long Road.
Econoline Crush are suing for copyright infringement, basically claiming Nickelback ripped them off. You can imagine they are looking for mega money for said violation.
I have attached a clip of the two songs. What do you think? Are the similarities obvious or is this nothing more than a cash grab or maybe a hope at a comeback?
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
I was saddened this morning to find out that guitarist Gary Moore died on the weekend. Early reports say he passed away after a heart attack Sunday in Spain. Though he was not as well known as guitar gods like Hendrix, Page and Clapton, this is one Irishman who could play the blues. Moore put out a solo album in 1973 then joined Thin Lizzy before continuing his solo career in 1979. May he rest in peace. Check out one of my favourite Gary Moore solos in this video for “Still In Love With You”.
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Bed Intruder now has some competition. Another TV news clip has gone viral. Check out the crazy cat lady in Kansas City. She’s “Backin’ Up”!