Thursday, February 18, 2010

Who's up for a road trip?

The New Yorker Festival dates have been announced.

We’re pleased to announce that the eleventh annual New Yorker Festival will take place on October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, in New York City.

Check back here in the coming months to find out more about the 2010 Festival, or sign up for Festival Wire to receive e-mail updates.

For more information, and to watch events from previous years, visit

And below, watch a recap of last year’s New Yorker Festival.

Album of the day: The Hidden Cameras - The Smell of Our Own

And this album doesn't only rock because of lyrics like, "That there is splendor in the harshness of bum".

It isn't available on the torrents, so I'm gonna host it here for a bit. If you haven't listened to it, you are in for a real treat. It's a classic, and you'll have a new found band in The Hidden Cameras, who play their home town Toronto quite often. Highlights include tracks 1, 2, 6, and 7, but all 10 are pretty great. I'm pretty sure most of you have heard this album, but as it has snuck into my top ten recently, I thought I'd reshare.

Download here. (ok, link down for now.. apparently there has been a hack attack!)

Ban Marriage, live and AWESOME.

"Acoustic" version of Ban Marriage.

Golden Streams, plus interview, on Q

This one sent shivers down my spine.

With Owen Pallett and Mike Olsen (Arcade Fire) I think.

It's an older album, but fundamental. Hopefully the above convinces you to download and listen.

Cheese of the Day: Dofino Jalapeno Havarti

I don't know about you, but I'm always on the look out for some good, everyday, cheap cheese. Something I can always have around the house and use on basically everything, from spaghetti to cereal. I think I've found one of those multi-purpose cheeses.

At No Frills an 800g brick will set you back $11, and it's good.

Movie of the day: Gigantic

Just watched this movie, and I gotta say, it was pretty good! Reviewers seem to either hate it for it being 'too indie' and cookie cutter (which it isn't) or like it for its constant and layered metaphors. I liked it; the characters were developed and great, story was above average, and there is a lot going on unsaid.

Anyway, cheap rental, or download it here (how to download a torrent). Here's the Times review.

Happy audio/visual day, apparently!

Song of the Day: Liz Phair - Mesmerizing

Great Liz Phair song off the Exile in Guyville record.

I remember walking in Tokyo listening to this song. My friend Eric had to work during the day, and by the time he got off I was walking down around the Ginza area. Anyway, we were on opposite sides of the area, it turned out, and texted to meet in the middle for dinner and then to head to the Tokyo tower. As I was walking this song came on, and I remember consciously thinking that not only was it a great song, but I wanna associate this moment with this song. So, walking toward the agreed vending machine hot pot spot I kept this song on repeat. Apparently we were a bit further away from eachother than I anticipated, and I must have listened to it eight or nine times straight. I finally ran into him, and will probably never forget everything in me and around me then.

Speaking of/about time, Mr. Eric, when are we doing our Skype 'n' beer night?