Thursday, June 29, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
Trans Canada Highway is the usual Boards of Canada fabulousness - they somehow manage to consistently make the ultimate chill out music (no matter who you are or what you listen to) without sounding canned and generic (I won't mention any names - cough- Thievery Corporation). The first track is also on their latest full length release, Campfire Headphase, but the rest of the tracks are new and sweet. Sit back with your intoxicant of choice on a sultry summer night and lose yourself in the groove.
Do you like Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb, Adult. and so on? This is for you: Black Turtleneck makes an impressive first release, although one of the members is the talented Solvent, and the experience shows. Crunchy angular electro-synth-pop that may not be incredibly original, but good listening. The opening track Discontinued Parts is a beauty, more tracks like this please! Music for when the party is just getting off the ground, cleaning, or wandering around the more industrial parts of the city. I think I remember hearing an interview with them on CBC Radio3 where they said that the name of the band typifies the anticipated wardrope staple of their anticipated musical audience.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
I always see the guy above on Queen St., guess he's relocated temporarily to Kensington Ave. for this event. Beautiful, incredibly detailed work as always.
Also caught some amazing slam poetry on Baldwin St. This guy was amazing, and hot! Check out the next poetry slam at the Drake on July 22nd, always a good time.
My friend pointed out to me this little noticed, but very clever pride decoration. Considering that the Steamworks in one of Toronto's classiest bathouses, this pearl necklace deco was all too appropriate.
And of course, the usual food/drink vendors were there. Every year I never miss getting a great, mixed before your eyes fruit shake from these Jamaicans. This year it was pineapple mango (mmm.....pineapple mango).
It seems that every year there are more and more men on Saturday, what is supposed to be the "womens' day" of pride. In fact, not only was I there with two gay men, but I ran into a guy I knew from high school. He wasn't out then, but I sure had no doubt that he was out when I saw him on Saturday. Gay as fuck. I've been a hag in training for a long time, is all I can say.
I also caught some great performances, but couldn't really get close enough to take good photos. the Greek/Arabic sounds of Masa Meze, the Indian/jazz sounds of Autorickshaw, the queer-positive pop of the Wet Spots (their "do you take it in the ass" song will remain in your head for days after you hear it..from the last link, go to their music page and hit "do you take it") and the Skin Tight Outta Sight Burlesque troop (hosted by my friend, the lovely Miss Kitty Galore) were all fantastic.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Finally saw Capote tonight (surely you've all seen it? I don't need to provide you savvy internet users with the link, right?). Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a very gifted actor. See Love Liza if you're not sure about this, even after seeing Capote.
Best (approximate) quote by Capote from the film, in reference to one of guys accused of murdering four people: "I feel like we grew up in the same house, except that he went out the back door and I went out the front door." I feel this way (with respect to myself) about so many people, I can't even tell you.....
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
"Now, driver's licenses sit expired in friends' wallets, and come out only for comic relief when they feel like showing off some bad pictures."
I was so happy to see this. I sometimes feel like a second class citizen because my license has been expired for many years now, so I can't really use it for identification. Because my passport is also expired at the moment, and I still have one of the old health cards (without the photo), I sometimes find myself unable to prove that I am who I say (and know) I am. Having an expired license also means the odd lecture from my parents about how I should "really take care of that", etc. Kudos to Spacing for legitimizing us folk who have deliberately let their licenses expire, and instead, can enjoy the streetscape on a much different (and, I would argue, more enjoyable) level than drivers.