Monday, March 30, 2009

Re. 1050 CHUM

RIP 1050 CHUM.

CTVglobemedia has decided to re-brand the famous Toronto radio station. It is now known as CP24 Radio 1050. The new station will basically broadcast CP24's audio feed on the AM frequency.

Of course, the previous attempt to re-brand 1050 CHUM failed miserably. Remember The TEAM 1050? However, even though it was an all-sports station, there was still a website that maintained CHUM's oldies format. Sadly, it appears that won't be happening this time.

It's the end of an era.

- ER

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Re. "Kids" by MGMT

Had to post this video. It was done by a university student who was taking a music video class in California. MGMT saw the video, liked it and adopted it. The filmmaker and actors were invited to meet the band and be part of another video.


- ER

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Take Only What You Need

As always, new entries on my Super Playlist are in red.

1. Kennedy Killed the Hat - Buck 65
2. I bought some books - Black Boot Trio
3. Watching the Wheels - John Lennon
4. Vacation - The Go-Go's
5. Like a Prayer - Madonna
6. Night Swimming - REM
7. Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
8. Ring, Ring - Abba
9. Call on Me - Eric Prydz
10. November Rain - Guns N Roses
11. Cruel Summer - Bannanarama
12. Hung up - Madonna
13. 463 - Buck 65
14. Judy is a Punk - The Ramones
15. The Laws have Changed - The New Pornographers
16. Portland, Oregon - Loretta Lynn feat. Jack White
17. Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
18. The Card Cheat - The Clash
19. Canadian Railroad Trilogy - Gordon Lightfoot
20. Boys in the Bright White Sports Car - Trooper
21. Mandy - Barry Manilow
22. Let's Get Together - Al Green
23. Mickey - Toni Basil
24. Bodies - Drowning Pool
25. Folson Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
26. Bawitaba - Kid Rock
27. Losing Grip - Avril Lavigne
28. City of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie
29. Pump it - Black Eye Peas
30. Lonely Old Eyes - Neko Case
31. Immigrant Song - Led Zepplin
32. Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
33. Don't Walk Away Eileen - Sam Roberts
34. Bring the Noise - Public Enemy & Anthrax
35. Maneater - Nelly Furtado
36. Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
37. My Immortal - Evanescense
38. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
39. Welcome to the Jungle - Guns and Roses
40. Bad Habit - The Offspring
41. LDN - Lily Allen
42. Man I use to Be - K-OS
43. Lolipop - Aqua
44. Banquet - Bloc Party
45. The Sign - Ace of Base
46. Rise Above - Black Flag
47. Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
48. Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver
49. Hello - Lionel Richie
50. River - Joni Mitchell
51. Romantic Rights - Death From Above 1979
52. Knock on Wood - Amy Stewart
53. My Heart Skips A Beat - Buck Owens
54. Levon - Elton John
55. Use It - The New Pornographers
56. The Boy In The Bubble - Paul Simon
57. Graceland - Paul Simon
58. Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
59. Head Over Feet - Alanis Morrisette
60. Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
61. Inside And Out - Feist
62. Crosseyed And Painless - Talking Heads
63. Give It To Me - Timberland feat. Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
64. Intervention - Arcade Fire
65. I'm Afraid Of Brittany Spears - LiveonRelease
66. For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica
67. Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
68. Hard To Concentrate - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
69. Sabotage - Beastie Boys
70. Diamonds From Sierra Leone - Kanye West
71. One Thing - Finger Eleven
72. Changes - 2pac
73. Gone Away - The Offspring
74. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
75. 1234 - Feist
76. Relax, Take It Easy - Mika
77. God Save The Queen - The Sex Pistols
78. The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
79. Miami - Will Smith
80. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
81. TV Party - Black Flag
82. Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead - Crash Test Dummies
83. 99 Problems - Jay Z
84. Sorrow - Bad Religion
85. Body Count - Body Count
86. What's the Frequency, Kenneth - REM
87. What Do I Get - The Buzzcocks
88. 9 Crimes - Damien Rice
89. New Slang - The Shins
90. Wait For You - Elliot Yamin
91. Needy Girl - Chromeo
92. Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
93. When The Levee Breaks - Led Zepplin
94. Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkle
95. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - The White Stripes
96. The Love You Save - Jackson 5
97. Your Ex-Love Is Dead - Stars
98. What Is Life - George Harrison
99. Time To Pretend - MGMT
100. Daughter - Loudon Wainwright
101. Take Me To The Riot - Stars
102. Leave It Behind - The Offspring
103. More Human Than Human - White Zombie
104. Six Days - DJ Shadow ft. Mos Def
105. The Con - Tegan and Sara
106. Universal Soldier - Buff Sainte-Marie
107. Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
108. Let's Get Crazy - Prince
109. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron
110. Striptease by Hawksley Workman
111. Jolene by Dolly Parton
112. Kids by MGMT
113. Spaceman by Bif Naked

- ER

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Snack Guru

My friend Simon is a part-time actor. Here's a short feature where he portrays....The Snack Guru:

Simon's part of a contest being run by Doritos. The nacho manufacture is looking for a filmmaker who can come up with a name for a brand new flavour and make a commercial for it. If Simon's entry wins, he and the filmmaker, Samy Osman, win a lot of money and the commerical gets aired nationally.

I feel Simon deserves this victory. For crying out loud, he had to make out with nachos. If that doesn't show how dedicated he is to the acting craft, I don't know what will.

To vote, click here. You'll have to register first. Once that's out of the way, you can vote by clicking on the Thumbs Up button.

- ER

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Damn Rays

I'm still trying to digest Canada's poor performance at the World Baseball Classic.

In the meantime, here's my latest article from the Good Point: The Hunter Becomes the Hunted.


- ER

Monday, March 09, 2009

What The Deuce?

Happy Monday.

Not much to say. As I type this, Italy is leading Canada 4-2; very frustrating, but not surprising.

Meanwhile, here's my CD review of Deuce by Ottawa's APlotAgainstMe.

- ER

Friday, March 06, 2009

Re. The World Baseball Classic

Due to work commitments, I will not be attending any of the games. But, I will of course be following the tournament. I already caught a bit of the South Korea/Chinese Taipei match today.

Canada is in Pool C along with the U.S., Venezuela and Italy. Analytically speaking, it's unlikely that Canada will finish at the top of their pool. However, it's possible for Canada to finish second. Remember, the top two teams in each pool advance to the next round. I know for certain that the U.S. will be in first and Italy will be in fourth. So Canada will have to battle Venezuela for the second spot. It won't be easy - Venezuela has a very good roster. Of course, once the first pitch is thrown, all bets are off and anything can happen. Canada has a decent roster, but their pitching looks very suspect.

Meanwhile, just for fun, here are all the Blue Jays taking part in the WBC:

Canada - Scott Richmond

Dominican Republic - Jose Bautista

Mexico - Rod Barajas

Puerto Rico - Alex Rios

Venezuela - Marco Scutaro


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Toronto Nationals

I just found out that Toronto has a new field lacrosse team. They'll be called the Nationals and are part of Major League Lacrosse. Home games will be played at BMO Field, with the first match taking place on May 22 against the Chicago Machine.

From the looks of things, it appears the team is owned by MLSE, which means there's enough finances to promote and operate the team. But don't quote me on that, since I haven't found any confirmation.

It also appears that players from the National Lacrosse League (box/indoor lacrosse) play in this outdoor league as well. There's already a roster and one of the players is Colin Doyle, formally of the Toronto Rock.

Speaking of the Rock, there seems to be a relationship between them and the Nationals.

The Nationals' website isn't up yet. However, here's the Wiki page.

- ER

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Re. The NHL Trade Deadline

Happy Deadline Day!

There are a lot rumours and I'm not sure what will happen. It will be certainly intriguing.

In honour of the NHL trade deadline, here's my latest article from the Good Point: The Deadline Day Obsession.


- ER

Monday, March 02, 2009

Save Radio 3

Like many other Canadian media outlets, the CBC is not immune to the troubling economy/recession. The public broadcaster recently announced that it can no longer afford all of its programming and is looking to see what assets they can get rid of in order to stay financially afloat. One item that may get cut is Radio 3.

There are many products the CBC can do without, but Radio 3 IS NOT one of them.

Radio 3 provides an outlet for Canada's best musicians. It proves that Canadian music doesn't revolve around Nickelback, BNL, the Tragically Hip, Bryan Adams and Celine Dion. Without Radio 3, we would never hear Teegan and Sara, the Arcade Fire, Wintersleep, Buck 65, Broken Social Scene, etc. Best of all, Radio 3 is about music and not advertising revenue. You'll never have to deal with mechanical DJs or a uniformed style. You will hear creativity at its finest.

The only way Radio 3 can be saved is if we all make some noise. Justin Beach has set up an online petition, as well as an ongoing Facebook event. If you care about Canadian music, then please sign the petition and tell everyone about it.

For more information, check out this article by Justin.

- ER