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Topic: Canada

One Week

An affecting, offbeat drama


Drama

Rod Lott
Not based on the Barenaked Ladies song, “One Week” begins with young Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson and his perpetual 5 o'clock shadow) being told he has stage IV cancer of the blood, liver and lymph nodes, and thus, little time left to live.
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Get out of 'la la' land


Letters to the Editor

Mickey McVay
Two April 27 letters (“No fooling mother nature,” Ron Ferrell; “Cutting up,” Hannah Harder) to Oklahoma Gazette bemoaned fossil fuels and nuclear-generated electricity.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Super Hybrid

We find it guilty of vehicular manslaughter.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Hey, have you seen this year's new model? I don't even think Car & Driver has covered it yet. Get this: It drives by itself.
 
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

VOTD: Lit-punk? Lit-punk!

Watch some indie-punk Canucks dyin’ on the inside.

You could argue that punk is inherently unambitious music, but hardcore sextet Fucked Up’s recent expansive rock opera, “David Comes to Life," convincingly argues that it can aim high. Watch as David and his gal pal, Veronica, get stalked by a creepy-looking Mad Hatter-in-real-life character while the band walks around on railroad tracks all hipster-like. The track’s called “The Other Shoe.”



Check out the album’s first video, “Queen of Hearts,” for further viewing/listening. “David Comes to Life” is probably going to wind up near the top of most folks’ best-of lists this year, I’m thinking.

by Matt Carney 08.17.2011 2 years ago
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The Weeknd — Thursday

Damaged and menacing, The Weeknd continue to push R&B to its scariest limits.


Hip Hop/Rap

Matt Carney
I was finishing up college when the then-more-mysterious R&B project The Weeknd dropped their first mixtape, “House of Balloons,” for free online. Unfortunately for 21-year-old Canadian Abel Tesfaye (who’s credited as singer and songwriter) not enough has changed in that time to warrant increased praise for “Thursday,” although that’s not to say he’s produced (with the help of veteran Doc McKinney and the also-mysterious Illangelo) a bad album.
 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Good Neighbors

For rent: 1 bed, 1 bath, 1 serial killer. Pets OK.


Thriller

Rod Lott
While the box reads "Good Neighbors," the credits read "Good Neighbours." Regardless of spelling, the Canadian thriller from writer/director Jacob Tierney is intelligent, suspenseful and almost unpredictable.
 
Monday, October 10, 2011

Terra Lightfoot — Terra Lightfoot

This dream-folk debut will induce dead sleep.


Folk

Matt Carney
As the common people have progressed over the last 50-plus years, so has the topicality of their music. Since the development of genres in popular music in the 1950s, contemporary folk music has skewed apolitical, alluring and beautiful.
 
Thursday, October 20, 2011

VOTD: Crown Jools

Catch two of indie’s biggest players giving live-in studio performances on ‘Later with Jools Holland.’

Wisconsin soft-rockers Bon Iver (whose live show I was lucky enough to catch in Kansas City about two months back) and Canadian chanteuse Feist both played “Later with Jools Holland” last week, and additional videos from those sessions have surfaced, now totaling six in all. 

I share because they’ve released two of this year’s most terrific albums and each has an absolute all-star supporting cast behind their live shows. Watch for Colin Stetson and his big, groaning bass sax behind Justin Vernon (dude smashes on “Perth”) and mom jeans-sportin’ vocal trio Mountain Man  bolstering Feist’s choruses. It’s a good thing those ladies’ voices are better than their haircuts.

My picks are “Perth” and “How Come You Never Go There,” but all six are posted below, for your perusal.


















by Matt Carney 10.24.2011 2 years ago
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Astron-6

Hey, remember the ’80s? Astron-6 won’t let you forget!


Comedy

Rod Lott
Reads the cover of the "Astron-6" DVD, "What the @#*! is -- Astron-6." I didn't know, either, but now I'm glad I do.
 
Thursday, December 1, 2011
 
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