Grading Supercrawl

FRIDAY:

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Lowell: C+  Playing to only a few people in a parking lot compared to the crowds at Time in July changed Lowell a lot for me. The music still sounded great but the just didn’t seem to be having as much fun. Should have been on later in the day.

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The Zilis:  B- The Zilis brought a nice tight set to the local stage at Supercrawl. Some simple rock tunes were played extremely well to a crowd of support. Nothing that blew me away but still nice.

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Illitry: B While the chill air and setting sun made for a cool show. One thing for sure is the Illitry sounds better in an indoor venue. They played some unreleased stuff as well as “Follow Me” & “Runaways.” They were still tight and impressive but the sound wasn’t totally the same with the open air. 

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The Dirty Nil: A Hometown punk rockers, The Dirty Nil took to the main stage for the first year and played a short powerful insane set. The band’s live show keeps getting better & better. Rolling though stuff from their EP, old singles, & some new stuff. They hit all the right notes and put on a hell of a show.

Arkells - James St. North, Hamilton ON, September 12

Arkells: B Arkells came home and brought out the biggest show of the weekend. Playing the hits from their albums to a packed main stage, the excitement waned as the sound cut out for 3 songs. The show was fun & their love for their home town was beautiful but these sound problems really dampened what should have been the best set of the weekend. 

SATURDAY:

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Hachey The MouthPEACE: B Beatboxing, loops, and a few rhymes kicked off Saturday in style. In my first time seeing a beatbox show, Hachey impressed the hell out of me with a fun creative set and some witty banter. The rhymes were textbook but it was still fun.

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Tongue Fu: C+ Tongue Fu, a new super group of Hamilton rock faces played to a fairly busy local stage. Too bad the music was pretty boring. Their front man was lively and having fun but the rest of the band seemed to be phoning it, making for a very average set.

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Jessy Lanza: A+ The two best sets of Supercrawl were back to back this year. Up first was Jessy Lanza opening the Hyperdub showcase. She was phenomenal flying around stage with samplers, her laptop & keys all while singing tracks from last year’s “Pull My Hair Back.” The show kept everyone intent and had people dancing to her tight and well organized set. A highlight of the weekend.

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How To Dress Well: A+ HTDW brought another highlight to the weekend. Playing a sunset show on the chilly Saturday evening. HTDW floored everyone watching him with a beautiful & haunting set of emotion. Really feeling the music, Tom gave it his all and the audience gave their full attention to him.

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Scratcha DVA: B+ The Hyperdub showcase starting late lead me to seeing him play. And I’m glad I did. He played a solid DJ set of loud beat heavy songs to a curious group of onlookers, who joined in and danced soon after.

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Ikonika: A- DJ Ikonika brought the best DJ set at Supercrawl for her second year at the festival. An almost perfect mix that got everyone dancing after the sun went down. Playing in mostly the dark, she was focused and calculated playing an insane set of mostly dub. A really fun dance party on the street.

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Kode9: B Hyperdub founder Kode9, taking the place of the last minute drop out of Four Tet brought a very mixed show. From dub to reggae to chiptune he brought a lot to the table and while in didn’t all land perfectly the parts that did got a warm reception from those watching and dancing.

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Spoon: B+ Saturday night was headlined by Spoon who brought out an set of hits & cuts from their new album. “They Want My Soul.” The excited audience danced and sang along to the hits and later on a surprising amount of people took a stab at crowd surfing. The professional show at times felt text book but everyone was having too much fun to care.

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Dinner Belles: B This year was the first year of Sundays at Supercrawl. It was a bag of acts I mostly haven’t heard of, like dinner belles. They were a fun & sunny alt-country act that had a lot of heart and fun. Some of the songs sounded very much like other acts in the genre but their energy brought a whole different aspect to the set.

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Bry Webb: C-  As a Constantines fan, I went to check out Bry play a solo set at Supercrawl. But man, is he boring solo. He seemed out of it and bored himself playing in a very robot like fashion. The songs were slow and tedious at times. Their were parts that shined, but it wasn’t enough to save this set. A huge disappointment. 

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Antibalas: B The last minute border troubles resulted in me missing Charles Bradley, but resulted in me catching this Afrobeat band. Not having any knowledge of them before, the size of this band made me nervous but they pulled of a fun set of tunes that brightened up the day of a crowd that was completely screwed over by border troubles with bands.

IN REVIEW:

  • How To Dress Well - A+
  • Jessy Lanza - A+
  • The Dirty Nil - A
  • Ikonika - A-
  • Spoon - B+
  • Scratcha DVA - B+
  • Illitry - B
  • Arkells - B
  • Hachey The MouthPEACE - B
  • Dinner Belles - B
  • Kode9 - B
  • Antibalas - B
  • The Zilis - B-
  • Lowell: C+
  • Tongue Fu: C+
  • Bry Webb: C-

OVERALL FESTIVAL GRADE: B


Grading Time Festival

Time Festival returned to Toronto, bigger than ever on July 19th at Fort York. Here’s my individual grade and quick reviews of each set.

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HOLLOH: B- Less of a set, more of a welcome to the fest. Their set was short but they laid down some good production. They were fairly simple but looked out of their element. Maybe if they let people in on time they would have had more fun?

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Ice Cream: D By far my least favorite set of the day. Their sound was horrible (not their fault, more the sound guys) and their lyrics were all over the place. Didn’t enjoy the vocals or production. Seemed like they were trying to be edgy, but did the exact opposite.

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Lowell: A- Lowell were the first band to truly hit the mark at Time. They had fun playing their hearts out and got the crowd pumped up for the rest of the day. Blazing fun set. Lowell might just blow up very soon.

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Haerts: C+ Many seemed excited for this set, but I didn’t really care for them. They have flare and style on stage but their actual music was very bland and textbook. 

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Sango: B+ The first DJ set of the day was a banger. Not knowing Sango before Time, he impressed the hell out of me with his excellent choices of sample and mixing. From some lesser know music to some crowd chanting songs such as Future’s “Move That Dope”, Sango hit all the bases and brought the much needed fuel for the day.

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Majical Cloudz: A- Majical Cloudz stuck out on this list as a way more slow and less party ready act, but they took full advantage of it. From some truly haunting and pitch perfect renditions of tracks from “Impersonator” to some witty banter (including an… interesting Q&A with front man, Devon) they got the crowds attention and kept it for the full set. Devon is still nervous on a stage this big, but he’s getting better, Too bad they were cut off early.

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Jon Hopkins: A+ Jon brought out his top game for this brilliant set. Playing songs (in full!) from last years outstanding “Immunity” and occasionally dipping his toes in older material, he blew me and many others away. Fantastic cinematic visuals played out behind him as his fingers flew doing amazing live production. He didn’t say a word to the audience, but his music said enough

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Smith Westerns: B- They tried their damn hardest but Smith Westerns’ jangle pop couldn’t catch the attention of an electronic filled festival. They came out blazing but quickly fell apart, with their bassists giving zero shits and barely playing later on in the set. The rest of the band tried to have fun but it was really just a bit sloppy. I love Smith Westerns’ music, but this was not the right festival for them.

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Kaytranada: C- At a festival where DJ sets were the true standout, Kaytranada left me feeling very off. A very boring by the numbers mix and a less enthused crowd than other sets, Kay seemed bored and the set reflected this. Supposedly his after party set was much better though. 

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St. Lucia: B+ St. Lucia took the stage as the hardest rain of the day fell, but brightened it right up. Sure, their lyrics aren’t groundbreaking but they put on a hell of a fun set. They were having fun. The crowd was having fun. The sound was pitch perfect unlike other acts. A real surprise from a band I was never big on in recorded music form.

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Action Bronson: B Action Bronson got one of the most resounding cheers of the day. Their was some sound problems and dillydallying but what do you expect from bronson? He ate a sandwich and jumped right in the crowd. But his rapping was still great. Fun stage antics, fun raps, It was just a fun set to kick off the night portion of Time.

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Flume: A+ Even with second billing, Flume drew the largest crowd of the day. And with good reason, he put on one of the best DJ sets I’ve ever seen. Brought the party with jaw droppingly gorgeous visuals and lights and an insane jam packed set. The crowd was alive singing to his songs such as “Holdin’ On” & “Insane” and going insane over remixes of “Tennis Court” & “You & Me”. He was having fun and was perfect in his production. Flume might have just been the best set of the day.

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Grimes: A Finishing off the day was Grimes. Who brought an insane show. Dancers, mimes, camo cloths, raised platforms. She brought the show. The set was fairly short (Thanks 11pm curfew!) but she played her heart out until then. She also played two new unfinished songs, which were and extra treat to those who stuck it out all day in the rain. A very solid finish to a day that was all over the place

TIME FESTIVAL OVERALL GRADE: B+

Some of the smaller acts missteps couldn’t take away from the rest of the festivals blazing fun attitude and the trio of three of my favorite shows of the year from Flume, Jon Hopkins, & Grimes


Polaris Prize 2014: My Shortlist and What I Think The Real Shortlist Will Be

My list:
BADBADNOTGOOD - III
Mac Demarco - Salad Days
DIANA - Perpetual Surrender
Gorguts - Colored Sands
Tim Hecker - Virgins
Jessy Lanza - Pull My Hair Back
Odonis Odonis - Hard Boiled Soft Boiled
Owen Pallett - In Conflict 
PUP -PUP
Shad - Flying Colours 

Who I think will actually be shortlisted
Arcade Fire - Reflektor 
Basia Bulat - Tall Tall Shadow
Mac Demarco - Salad Days
Drake - Nothing Was The Same
Fresh Snow - I
Tim Hecker - Virgins
Shad - Flying Colours
Odonis Odonis - Hard Boiled Soft Boiled 
Tanya Tagaq - Animism
Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams


spenditwithyou:

my headcanon right now: after the last scene robin runs downstairs and snatches the blue french horn out of ted’s hands and smacks him with it and then sics her dogs on him while saying, “stop being a fucking idiot, ted. go home to your kids.”

(via poehlergeistfey)


Why the How I Met Your Mother Finale is an Outrage

rromanova:

I was going to let this sit until tomorrow when I (one would hope) might be thinking more clearly—but my anger over the absolute ruination of what is quite probably my favorite sitcom of all time is 100% justified, so I’m going to slam this down right here and now.

Ted and Robin dated in the second season of “How I Met Your Mother,” which took place roughly eight years ago; since then, they have engaged in various on-again-off-again relationships, most of which ended abysmally on both ends. Throughout the series, whenever Ted is at his very lowest—generally between serious girlfriends, and questioning whether or not he will ever find love—he falls back on Robin. If his feelings for her were ever indeed love, they have since then morphed into the unhealthiest kind of obsession possible. And, time and again, Robin responds negatively to his continuing advances (at one point even openly telling him that she has moved past him—that she considers him a friend, and feels that making another attempt at connecting in that way would only end badly). 

Ever since the third season (Barney and Robin first kiss in 03x16) we have watched this relationship progress—and we have watched as, slowly but surely, Barney learns to value himself and others. While Ted and Robin prove over and over again that they are toxic for one another, Barney and Robin learn from one another; their relationship forces them to evaluate their faults and their failings, to grow as people. 

“I love everything about her, and I’m not a guy who says that lightly, I’m a guy who has faked love his entire life, I’m a guy who thought love was just something idiots felt, but this woman has a hold on my heart that I could not break if I wanted to. And there have been times when I wanted to. It has been overwhelming and humbling, and even painful at times, but I could not stop loving her any more than I could stop breathing. I’m hopelessly, irretrievably in love with her. More than she knows.”

As for Ted, episodes as recent as those of the ninth season blatantly portray him as moving away from Robin. One episode focuses almost exclusively on his inability to let go of his obsession, and it ends with him physically dropping her hands, and watching as she floats away from him—a metaphor that evidently has no purpose or meaning now. In the penultimate episode, Ted realizes the scale of Barney and Robin’s love for one another and relinquishes the part of her he had been clutching for so long—the locket. It is also in this episode that Barney overcomes one of his greatest faults (his insistency upon deceiving those he loves, though often with well-meaning intentions) for love of Robin; he not only apologizes, but promises always to be honest with her, effectively allaying the last of her fears regarding their marriage. 

This doesn’t happen once; much of the ninth season revolves around Robin’s and Barney’s respective fears about marriage (Robin worries that Barney is too like her father; Barney pines for his lost days of womanizing); these issues and more are addressed and resolved in season nine. In fact, Barney and Robin’s relationship is arguably more of a focal point for the show’s more recent episodes than Ted himself; they certainly receive more screen-time. 

But even putting aside the idiocy of building up a relationship (and the character development that accompanies it) only to cast it aside abruptly, this episode stumbles too many times to be ignored. 

  • The Mother: This show is called "How I Met Your Mother"—but as a tumblr user so wisely observed it may as well have been called “How I Met Your Mother but Then She Died and I Banged Aunt Robin.” Part of what made “How I Met Your Mother” so fascinating was how it played with time, dropping small clues about Ted’s future wife in order to keep the idea of her accessible enough for audiences to continue to want to meet her—to put a face to the name we have heard so much about. The show spends much of its allotted time establishing parallels between Ted and Tracy (the mother). Understandably, to see this phantasm of a woman come to life in season nine was an exciting experience, particularly since her chemistry with Ted was so effortless. It stings that such a multi-faceted and engaging female character has been relegated to the role of a decoy—introduced and teased purely in order to keep viewers in suspense. It stings, too, that the crew chose to quite literally contradict the title of their own show, making nonsense and mush out of its once-consistent story structure and leaving us guessing (much like Ted’s son and daughter) at what the point of all of this was in the first place. But what, perhaps, hurts most of all is how disrespectful this is to the mother—that she should be introduced after eight years of fanfare, then killed and ushered offscreen without so much as a fond farewell, let alone a moment of mourning. The narrative disposes of her completely indifferently, intent on reviving a pairing that most fans would hazard had died years ago. 
  • Lily and Marshall: Nothing in particular happens to Marshall and Lily in this episode—and while that may seem something to be grateful for (given that every other character was royally screwed over) it’s worth noting for the fact that nothing in particular happens to Marshall and Lily in this episode. They have a baby, but we don’t know its name or even see it. Marshall becomes a judge, but we don’t see him at work anymore than we see Lily’s year in Rome. Within this episode, they exist only as complements to the stories of the other characters, reacting to ongoing events but not existing much beyond that. 
  • Barney: In a single hour, years of character development evaporate, and we are left with the Barney of season one—a crude, callow, unattached man, compensating for his insecurities by preying on significantly younger women; he even revives the awful playbook, despite the fact that his decision to make “The Robin” his last play of all time was an enormous step forward for Barney as a character. In a matter of minutes, gone are the many painful self-realizations, the gradual unraveling of years of poor behavior; gone is the man who slept with two hundred women and realized, afterward, that he felt emptier than ever before—that he had grown past such antics, that he had grown as a human being. Realizing this hole in the plot’s fabric, the writers seek to set Barney back on the right path…by having him knock up a complete stranger (one whose face is never cast, and who does not appear in this finale whatsoever) and bond with their child instantly; the baby is never seen again after this, and referenced only vaguely, but evidently this settles the fact that Barney is once again developmentally where he should be—that years worth of development have crumbled and been pieced back together in the blink of an eye. 
  • Robin:The slight on Robin by this show is so awful and so unnecessary that it burns even to talk about it. Robin is a woman who knows what she wants and goes for it—a woman who has spent nine years fighting to reach the very top of her field with the support of both her own determination and the support and love of her friends. For nine years, Robin has graced this television screen as a unique and refreshing female character—a female character who excels at her job but is not only her job; a female character who achieves and achieves and continues to achieve, but also manages to create bonds with others, and to exist three-dimensionally. Robin Scherbatsky climbed the ladder to success over the course of nearly a decade—but the finale has decided that she does not deserve to be proud of her work and how far she has come. Instead, she becomes cold and distant; the work that she once loved consumes her, and it makes her miserable when it never did before. She shuts out her friends, her family, and eventually her husband—and she is left, alone and empty, waiting for Ted to sweep in on his white horse and rescue her from the destruction that all of her backbreaking dedication has caused. 

This finale is an insult—not only because it makes no sense narratively, or because it betrays fans who have followed it so closely and lovingly for so long, but because it disrespects its own characters, because it denies them the ending they have worked for, and the ending that they deserve. This finale is an outrage. 

(via hangofthursdays)


Top 20 Albums/ EPs of The Year So Far (Quarter way through the year)

Hey, it’s March 31st so that means we are about 1/4 of the way through the year. I thought I’d do a quick list of the best albums so far to celebrate this (and because I miss writing for LTNC.) Technically 3 albums on the list come out tomorrow (April 1st) and one comes out April 7th but they’ve been online for at least a week, SO I’M COUNTING THEM. (also the new Swans album leaked today but I haven’t finished it because 2 hours long but it’s good so far so check it out too. I think it will be on the half way list for sure.)

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20. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Wig Out At Jagbags

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19. The Men - Tomorrow’s Hits

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18. Mogwai - Rave Tapes

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17. Future Islands - Singles

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16. Onyx - #WAKEDAFUCUP

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15. Mac Demarco - Salad Days

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14. La Dispute - Rooms Of The House

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13. Avery Tare’s Slasher Flicks - Enter The Slasher House

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12. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron

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11. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams

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10. Speedy Ortiz - Real Hair

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9. Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else

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8. The Pack A.D. - Do Not Engage

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7. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

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6. The Dirty Nil - SMITE

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5. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

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4. Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love

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3. Liars - Mess

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2. The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There

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1. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything


reblog my selfies

I’ll become a complete Brodi fan blog.


made-from-chemicals:

La Dispute | Hudsonville, MI 1956

made-from-chemicals:

La Dispute | Hudsonville, MI 1956


I’ve reblogged next to nothing since like September. Maybe I should reblog something again.


Corey Vidal saying "I Love Grilled Cheese"
Corey Vidal

coreyvidal:

coreyvidal:

bthot:

Corey Vidal saying “I love grilled cheese”

From this video

WHY IS THIS A THING

CORRADO AND SASKIA WON’T STOP BUGGING ME ABOUT THIS IT JUST KEEPS HAPPENING IN THE OFFICE WHEN YOU LEAST SUSPECT IT