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Femion » 2006 » July

There’s a Heartbeat Missing in the City

July 13th, 2006

Every week I want to have an entry about pop music, and since last week I made readers suffer through my rant about Nelly Furtado, I think I’ll talk about one of my favourite bands.
This is Sam Roberts. He comes from Montreal.
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He is a (very cute!) singer-songwriter. He has a band. It’s called The Sam Roberts Band. No, not something pretentious that doesn’t make sense to anyone outside of the band, and not one of the “The [insert plural noun here]” such as The Killers, The Hives, The Raconteurs, The Zutons, The Vines, The Raves or The Sums (haha, remember that old Sum 41 video?). Just The Sam Roberts Band. Like the old time bands I like, for ex. The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Anyway, Sam Robert’s follow-up album to We were born in a flame, called Chemical City has been out for a couple months and the first two singles, The Gate and Bridge To Nowhere are already tearing up the charts. Unfortunately there are no good versions of the music videos on Youtube yet, so I can’t have the player in this entry to force you to look at them, but you can watch high quality quicktime versions of them off of their website. You should watch them, if you haven’t seen them already. Now.
Apart from the name, I love this band because Robert’s lyrics are like songs from Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel or Joni Mitchell: they sound great even without the music, as if it was meant to be poetry. Not that I’m saying that Sam Roberts is at the same calibre as those guys. But it gives them the quality of intellect without seeming pretentious or unrelatable as some “snob appeal” bands these days. The Sam Roberts Band is not indie, it’s major label, but since when did people decide that the only original music could come out of independent bands? The videos, as you can tell if you watch them are very stylish, although I realize that fact could be no fault of the band.
Last August, The Sam Roberts Band were supposed to give a nearly-free concert in Columbus field, but it got cancelled. Poo. I really hope they come to Halifax when I’m at Dal.
PS: There will probably not be any updates for the next couple of weeks because I will be somewhere within the confines of this red area.
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If you don’t know where that is, you seriously need a better Geography teacher. If you’ve already graduated from high school, go hang out with Pierre for a while. He probably knows more about the world (or at least its shapes) than most of the teachers at the Regional.

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Consolations from Canada

July 12th, 2006

Dear Ryu,
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Our thoughts are with you in this time of need, as you head out on your first day of your last year of high school in Japan. We hope that you find some joy in the nearly ten hours for six days a week in classrooms with almost 40 students in a high school which you must get to via a long bicycle trip through a very crowded city. Unfortunately, we will not be able to share in your grief seeing as we have already graduated from elementary school, and have about a month and a half of vacation time left.
Sucka. (Just Kidding)
Yours Truly,
The Regional Royal Graduates

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Getting Rid of Seventeen Year’s Worth of Junk

July 11th, 2006

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Tomorrow morning is the day of the drop-off for the local hospital’s charity flea market on Saturday, so this afternoon my mom and I collected all the things we wanted to get rid of and made a huge pile in the dining room. Included in this pile is a eighteen-year-old Epson Equity LT which my parents had in England when I was a baby. It boots off of a floppy disk, and apparently the only thing they did with it was word processing and data management. Seems like a waste of plastic to me. We’re also getting rid of:
- a almost completely gutted computer tower from 1995 (power button not always working)
- a Canon bubblejet printer, from the same year
- a scanner with a broken lid, possibly from 1997
- a DVD player from 2000
- a tape player
- too many audio and video cassette tapes to count
- lots of software designed for Windows 3.1 and 95
- two boxes of children’s paperback books
- a toddler pottie and a toddler-sized rocking chair
- two Smithsonian science activity sets
- a large white and blue teddy bear.
Where am I going with this? Well, I suppose the lesson learned is that technology is a lot like children’s toys and stuff: really only cool for a couple of years, and then it’s just junk that gets stashed in your attic, resurfacing once and a while to embarrass you.

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View from Chez Deslauriers

July 10th, 2006

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Me: It looks like the curve of Pomquet beach and the dirt road are making the shape of an s.
Mom: Are you dyslexic?

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Dwellington Murder Mystery

July 9th, 2006

…and now, we introduce Robert Dawe III to the world of acting.

Yeah, mom. It’s just another silly video. I guess I really do have nothing to say.

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Every 5 Books: JPod, Inkheart, and Teen Trash

July 8th, 2006

I’ve signed up for the adult summer reading program at the PARL, which means I get a raffle ticket for some unknown prize for every five books I read. Just to prove I’m legit, I’ll give you a quick review.
jpod.jpgJPod, Douglas Coupland. This book is a riot, but you may have to be in the right generation to really appreciate it. Mom didn

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Greeting

July 7th, 2006

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Whoa, Nelly, you’ve gone to far!

July 6th, 2006

I know I’m probably just repeating what most music reviewers have been saying, but I just felt like I needed to share in my disgust over this recent transformation. Do you remember Nelly Furtado a few years ago, when her Folklore record came out? When she was all ethnic and folksy and singer/songwriter-ish (though still mainstream) and she sang about things like loosing your identity and growing up, and being controlled in a relationship? I was a fan of hers then. I just let it pass when people called her “Nelly Retardo” because they just hadn’t gotten over her I’m like a bird days. If you need a reminder, here are too of her old songs. By the way, although my favourite song, Explode, never got to heavy rotation on muchmusic, it was animated in Halifax.
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And now, she’s gone and done this:
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Maneater

She dropped her last name and picked up a new career as a hip-hop singer/rapper. She started pumping out songs with 0 substance just to gain popularity. She used to be a role model, but now she’s another tool.
Nelly, drop the rap act and start using your last name again, please! Hip hop’s already got a Nelly who raps novelty songs like Hot in Here and Grillz. Do you really want to be confused with that?
On another note, Age of Mythology is a really fun game, although it’s been causing me to vegetate in my room for a while.

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Do you know what that means? Do you know what that means?

July 5th, 2006

Toast.
I was cleaning up files on the old computer when I came across this video. I’m guessing that it’s almost two years old.

The Moral of this video:
Shorter Hair,
Same ol’ Pierre

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Happy Independance day!

July 4th, 2006

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Happy Birthday, USA! I will never be ashamed to call you my parent’s land. All haters from Canada can deal with it.
I went to see Superman Returns last night. I thought the movie was great, although if I thought about it too much I probably wouldn’t have liked it as much (wait, Lois must have been a real slut if she was able to convince Richard that Jason was his son, and shouldn’t a Pulitzer prize winning writer be able to spell catastrophe? are they trying to say that she’s only a good writer because she’s a woman and Superman likes her? and how exactly does Superman fly?…). The experience was ruined by two things: the film rolled off the projector right before the most climactic moment, and the audience was full of kids. Ah, you’ve got to love kids. Without them, your movie experince would be incomplete. Who would say “Ew!” during the kiss scene, laugh when Superman is at death’s door, burp very loudly, and argue over whether an animal on the Kent farm is a cow or a goat?

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