Wednesday, June 21, 2006

It's All Gonna Break

After weeks of flirting with the idea, Pitchfork has finally embraced the video linking format. To usher in this new era, the site has posted their list of 100 Awesome Music Videos. Some of the videos you may recognize from my earlier posts but I digress. Although they omitted many great videos, I did discover some gems that I had never seen before (e.g. Bjork's video featuring a cat in a wife-beater vest, etc...). There has been a lot of concert talk in Toronto this week, here is why:

Random Song 1: Blackstarr - Definition

Bloc Party

Bloc Party are co-headlining the 3rd annual Olympic Island show this weekend with Broken Social Scene. The show is a one-day music festival held on the Toronto Island, which also features Feist, J Mascis, and Raising the Fawn. It has been a little over a year since the Bloc Party released their debut album, Silent Alarm, to critical acclaim. Their appeal is still going strong, which bodes well for the band as they are currently recording material for their follow-up album. Blatantly politically minded, Silent Alarm was a nice blend of art-punk, indie-pop, and a faint touch of R&B. The album featured tracks like Helicopter, and This Modern Love (my personal fave), which displayed the bands diversity. Let's hope they continue to expand on the next album.

“Banquet” featured on Silent Alarm

Random Song 2: Erykah Badu - On & On

Broken Social Scene

First off, it is almost impossible to find a picture that features all the members of this particular Social Scene. Even this Chart Magazine cover is missing a few people. This may be a result of the constantly expanding lineup. When I saw them perform two years ago, I counted 17 artists on stage at one point. Honestly, is there any musician in Toronto not affiliated with this band? Since the majority of the members have their own solo projects and/or bands; it makes recording and touring hard at times for the collective. Still, the group has managed to release three albums over the last few years. Including their sophomore breakthrough album You Forgot It In People which garnered worldwide attention. While their latest album, simply titled Broken Social Scene, is quite good it does not draw you in as quickly as YFIIP did. This album takes a few listens before its subtle charms start to appear. This is partly due to the fact that some of the lyrics on certain songs are indecipherable to the casual listener. Yet the more you hear the song, the clearer everything becomes. This is most evident when reviewing both Ibi Dreams of Pavement and Fire Eye'd Boy.

Keeping with the political theme here is "Cause=Time" from You Forgot It In People

Random Song 3: Final Fantasty - This Modern Love(Bloc Party cover)

Mariah Carey

The last bit of concert new has to do with Mariah Carey adding a second show at the ACC in August. I was a big fan of Mariah when she first started out. Oh the good old days, when she actually just wanted to be a singer. Then as the years progressed I had to part ways with Mariah. She started to go the Whitney Houston diva route and things went south. Oddly enough, the diva thing doesn’t seem to be helping Whitney much these days either. Though I saw the warning signs on Daydream, I loyally hung in there until the release of Butterfly. Then it was time to jump ship. Had I stuck around any longer, I would have been a victim of the Glitter debacle (so bad, I'm not even going to link it). Years later, Mariah is finally getting back to the basic...sort of. She still loves to flaunt what the doctors gave her, but at least she is making tolerable music again. To be honest I enjoyed several of the tracks on her The Emancipation of Mimi album. She is nowhere near her old self yet; but at least it is a step in the right direction.

Oh Mariah, what happen the days when you had a "Vision of Love"?:

Ipod Workout Plan: Fatboy Slim - Praise You from You've Come A Long Way, Baby

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