Music discovery & recommendation since 2009; print edition published weekly in Interrobang at Fanshawe College.

Dada Life and monkeying around.


Bobbyisms #82
Monday, September 10, 2012

I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. What’s the worst thing you can think of happening at a concert? I don’t mean deaths or anything negative befalling the performing artist, but rather the experience you have going to a show — what ruins a concert experience for you?

This summer I’ve come to witness the newest low amongst concert–goer infractions. It was Rock The Park in July, and headliner Slash began his fiery set with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators following an afternoon of performances by Monster Truck, I Mother Earth and Bush. About four or five songs into the set, a drunk man weaving back and forth to the music in front of me suddenly half–turned, tucked his penis back into his pants and then disappeared into the crowd as everyone around suddenly realized the terrible truth: he had just peed on the guy in front of him. Sadly, the same happened to a dear friend of mine a couple of weeks ago at a concert in Toronto.

It’s no surprise concert etiquette has changed over the years, and these days concert–goers now have to find patience with people playing with their phones and cameras in addition to traditional concert faux pas. But when fans can’t feel comfortable or safe from assault amongst other fans, the experience as we know it will suffer profoundly.

So what’s the answer? Love thy neighbour at a concert. Treat others the way you would have them treat you. Or, consider the Dada Life philosophy: “Destroy dance music and have fun. Don’t look back in the past. Always go forward. Don’t think too much. Always follow the money. Do the Dada.”

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Graydon James & The Young Novelists celebrating their album release in Toronto.

Graydon James & The Young Novelists celebrating their album release in Toronto.

Arkells, ”On Paper”

Happy weekend, everyone. Here’s hoping wherever you are is near to some good music.

Not only are Toronto’s Modern Superstitions looking forward to the release of their debut self–titled album this October 23, they’re appearing on 6 episodes of LA Complex, beginning on September 10 on MuchMusic here in Canada (and on the CW in the U.S.).

Produced by Ben Cook (Fucked Up) and Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck), the album is the culmination of six years of exploration, the likes of which has shaped their unique sound over the course of three EPs and their recent 7” release.

“It took over a year to figure out what we wanted. Switched seasons and homes, lovers, jobs and desires,” lead singer Nyssa Rosaleen said recently of the sessions. “Sometimes we felt unstoppable. Sometimes we felt homesick. Sometimes we felt heartsick. Sometimes we felt ecstatic. And sometimes we were just bored. But we set ourselves up to be what we are now, a class of our own, a weirdo pop band set against the rest, doing what we want.”

Mother Mother, “Let’s Fall In Love”

No politics.


Bobbyisms #81
Monday, August 27, 2012 

I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. It’s no secret that the music industry is a frenetic landscape, built on a lot of hard work, imagination and daring, however, like an iceberg, the bulk of the action and drama occurs below the surface. Countless people are constantly working day and night to support the cause, whether it’s booking gigs, servicing music to digital sources online or submitting grant applications for tours, recordings and more.

That said, developments and trends in social media in recent years have afforded us more of a glimpse into the process and enabled us as fans to take a more active role in the music we’ve grown to love, and few are as direct as crowd funding — the ability to directly support and finance projects from artists we love is an incredibly powerful thing… just ask The Tea Party.

Formed in 1990 in Toronto by way of Windsor, The Tea Party — multi–instrumentalists Jeff Martin, Stuart Chatwood and Jeff Burrows — rose to prominence blending Indian and Middle Eastern flavours into their own style of psychedelic blues rock, creating a signature sound as well as a name for themselves unlike that of any of their contemporaries. From conception until their dissolution in 2005, the band released seven studio albums, sold over 1.5 million records, enjoyed a number–one single (1999’s “Heaven Coming Down”) and toured Canada and Australia over 30 times combined.

The Tea Party came to recent public attention again last year when the Tea Party movement — the American political movement named for their strict advocacy of the U.S. Constitution and call for tax reduction — expressed interest in buying the band’s Internet domain name. According to Chatwood in an interview with Canadian Interviews in November 2011, the movement and newfound attention had nothing to do with the band’s recent reformation, but rather was a stroke of interesting timing.

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The Rolling Stones revealed the cover art for their new greatest hits album today.

The Rolling Stones revealed the cover art for their new greatest hits album today.

Returning to air.

Hello all. Just a quick note to formally say this blog is resuming publishing; the break over the summer was involuntary, at least at first. Finishing school, finding work and relocating to Burlington had a profound effect on making time to write here, but now that school has returned I can think of no better time to get back into the routine.

So thanks for sticking it out, now let’s get back into talking about music.

Bush perform Pink Floyd’s “Breathe” acoustically at The Edge studios at Sugar Beach, April 22. They performed at the Air Canada Centre that night in support of Nickelback.