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    Show Review: My Son The Hurricane

    What happens when you cross R&B, a Marching Band, a little Ska and a pile of Hip-hop? St. Catherines’ My Son The Hurricane happens. Thanks to Fortnight Music I was able to see this great band live, for the second time at eBar, Guelph, May 10th, 2012.

    Some of you might be familiar with MSTH from Hillside 2010. I first saw them open for U.S.S. last summer courtesy of GAIN Music. They were slightly (members of U.S.S. were body surfing two songs in) upstaged by the headliner so I couldn’t give them a fair revue then. Now I can say that MSTH are anything but just fair. In fact, I think that FANTASTIC should be the only “F” word associated with the act. I know how hard it is for most bands, being three to five pieces, to co-ordinate themselves in the process of writing music, recording it and performing it live. I can’t fathom what MSTH must go through, playing with a ten to a staggering fourteen person line up, on any given night. Your standard rock band instruments are there. Bass, Drums, Guitar, but add to that, extra percussion, Trombone, Sax(es), Trumpet(s), Tuba and not a singer, but an MC. Maybe I confused you. I was confused the first time someone tried to explain to me what MSTH were like. Are they Hip Hop? Not really. Are they R&B, Soul or Motown? A little. Here’s a taste of what My Son The Hurricane do so well. CAUTION: INDUCES DANCING!
    I usually try to pick a highlight of the night or favourite part of a performance but in this case it’s biased. From start to finish My Son The Hurricane were high energy, great sounding and most of all fun. During their performance the whole band engages the audience, with  Jacob Bergsma, the MC, sharing the spotlight with whichever horn or stringed instrument is being showcased during any given song. The crowd, which should have been sold out for a band of the calibre, started dancing within the first song and didn’t stop until the show was over. Even the rhythmically challenged in the back were tapping their toes and bobbing their heads in perfect time. As I said however, my highlight is biased. About halfway through the set they dropped a cover of Metallica‘s “For Whom The Bell Tolls”. One of my favourite Metal songs. Most the crowd didn’t know this.

    My Son The Hurricane have a sound that is full, fun and most importantly original. Their subtle fusion of so many styles and their engaging and in-your-face live show should have you coming back every time they play in your area. Just remember your dancing shoes.

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    EP Review: Mandroid Echostar

    Almost two years in the making, Guelph band Mandroid Echostar‘s first EP was released on their Bandcamp page for free download (I highly recommend donation, though) on April 22, 2012. I was lucky enough to get an advanced CD copy of this 4 track EP and have listened to it almost constantly since.

    Right out of the gates, Kingdom And The Crown, starts quickly and surprises the listener. Maybe not every listener, but me anyway. The song, and whole EP actually, is clean and uncluttered sounding. Nothing seems mixed down too low or up too high. Every instrument is clearly heard and balanced, including the vocals. This gives the EP a fresh dynamic, or at least one you haven’t heard in a while. Instead of everything being drenched in distortion and overdubbed to make the music stand out or “Heavy”, Mandroid Echostar have taken a different approach, using riffs, balanced production and a vocalist that actually sings rather than whines. Kingdom And The Crown grabs you with it’s uptempo riff right away and within a minute thirty, of the 5 minute opening track, you’re already treated to a really understated, but perfectly situated guitar solo. If that’s not your kind of thing it’s okay, you get a blistering fast solo about half way through Kingdom And The Crown.

    Were Mandroid Echostar bold enough to launch with a concept EP? Lyrically you start to notice certain themes woven throughout. Lost Luminaries gives you a completely different flavour musically. Tempo/tone changes, almost choir-like vocal backing at some parts, that growl that only, guest vocalist Adam DL Lambert of Farewell To Freeway, can deliver, and bongo drums(?). You might be able to hear The Precursor on any rock radio station. It’s hook is simple and catchy but also has all the elements of a great rock song. It makes you a little sad or thoughtful about two minutes in, but turns those emotions into hope or determination, with a guitar solo and a sing-a-long, chant-like, fade out, lead by singer Michael Ciccia. And then there is HEXATON!

    The intro to Hexaton is like a guitar telling you the saddest story it knows, but you lack the empathy to understand why the story is sad. So the guitar, bass and drums build into desperate frustration to explain, getting faster and more intense. You still don’t understand. The vocals come in, calming everyone else down, to try to mediate the situation, but to no avail. Now all the members of Mandroid Echostar are working together in a passionate frenzy in hopes that you may have the emotion within you to understand WHY the intro guitar’s story was so sad. And then it happens. Mandroid Echostar slap your ears across the face (yep, Adam DL Lambert again). And then it’s over. It’s silent and you suddenly realize how sad the story was but it’s too late.

    Is that kind of story telling is too dramatic for you? Then you might not be ready for Mandroid Echostar. With dynamic musicianship, production and song writing that is refreshing  this EP was worth the wait. Mandroid Echostar use their imagination to take you on an adventure that you won’t regret.

    See Mandroid Echostar live in Brantford, May 11, and Guelph, May 30th, 2012.

    Download Mandroid Echostar for free on their Bandcamp.

    Mandroid Echostar


    Music Monday April 16th

    (Editors Note: This post was written Monday. We realize it’s Wednesday but I had some technical difficulties. It’s my fault it’s just going up now. Also, since the original post the video has been taken down but I’m sure you saw it. I selected the photos for the post to replace the video. Anyways, Teresa (@thebandiswithme) is a great addition to our blogging team as she has a lot of knowledge on the inner-workings of the music scene. And she loves music. That’s kind of a prerequisite around these parts. Please welcome her with me. – Aaron)

    If you’re a music nerd I’m going to expect your opinion on this….

    When Aaron reads a sentence containing ‘music’ and ‘nerd’ this photo gets posted.

    Music Monday: I know I already posted this video today, and it’s all over the internet everywhere, but I’ve been thinking about it all day and I’d love to hear some other opinions. This past weekend at Coachella, after a killer set with Dre and Eminem, Snoop performed with a life size hologram of Tupac, and it was pretty damn good. As someone heavily involved personally and professionally with live music, I’m intrigued/worried about the ramifications of something like this, not to mention the amount of labels that are probably salivating over the acceptance of such an advance. No actual artist on stage means lower compensation, no crew, minimal tour overhead, and not to mention that very little actual musicianship is needed to make a hologram of someone who sounds and plays better than they do in real life. All that said, it doesn’t change the fact that the performance that stole the show at the renowned festival this weekend was from someone who isn’t even alive.

    I don’t think I need to tell you how much this changes fan interaction with someone after they die; will living on through just music be enough in the future, or will a physical connection always be important? All this has led to me to wonder: Would you go see a hologram concert of your favorite artist? What about ones that were deceased/no longer performing?

    Stuck In The 90s

    I may very well be stuck in the 90s. That’s where I first heard 75% of the musicians I still regularly listen to. So last week I was hanging with none other than THE Dylan Awesome from GAIN Music. Somehow we ended up listening to 90’s tunes and taking turns on Youtube trying to what only can be described as “Out 90ing” eachother.  Here’s a few tunes we played that day that you may have forgotten about.

    Where’s My Self Control?

    What a great pop song. It’s pretty much perfect in all aspects but for me I love when it’s over. Rather than dragging the song out repeating the chorus twice at the end like a lot of songs do, it sounds like Age Of Electric is about to start another verse. Then the song is over. Timing is everything…Or not.

    Fade Away

    Moist’s Silver came out right around the same time I started driving back and forth from Guelph and Bradford. One of my favourite driving CD’s for sure. What I really like about this song is the delivery. There is a certain desperation or panic behind every syllable. The video performance is amazing as well. Learn your craft, rock singers, delivery can make or break you. I feel the words because of the emotion put forth, behind the voice and the facial expressions. It makes me believe every word David Usher says. This can be essential for your audience to feel connected with you. To see this in action, check out Joshua Doherty (be ready for the 1:50 mark of the video) of Among Millions. They play every couple months in Guelph, I’ll make sure I give you lots of notice for their next show.

    Left Behind In A Troubled Time

    I remembering buying Scenery & Fish on impulse, because it was on the charts at Sunrise Records next to Alice In Chains Unplugged, which is the album I had gone in to the store to buy. It quickly became one of my favourite records. Somewhere along the line though, I lost the record. I forgot about it. Until the big breakup of 2006. I took all the money I intended on spending on my ex, it was her birthday shortly, to The Beat Goes On. It was the only time I’ve ever gone through the store A to Z and through the discount bin. I may have walked out with over 30 CDs. Scenery & Fish was $3. $3! I ran into THE Aaron Levy on my way home. We grabbed a few beers and went through the big bag of music. He liked my choices. I miss that guy! What a great music conversationalist.

    Strong & Free
    I just realized this whole list is made up of Canadian artists. Nice to remember the how good the pre-Nickel Back era of Canadian music was. Actually, if you live in the Guelph area, you should check out our homepage. Tonight’s shows are amazing and I’m still having a problem deciding which one I’m going to go to. What a great problem to have!

    What are your favourite 90’s tunes? I need more nostalgia!

    100 Mile Riot!

    This show happening, Saturday, January 22, 2012 @ Van Gogh’s Ear is on our site but I thought that it deserved a special mention for three reasons. The first one being that is for a really good cause, or causes. I’m just going to quote the Facebook page here and add some links because I can.

    ” 100 Mile Riot is an all-day, all-night festival celebrating the amazing diversity of talent of woman-identified people from Guelph and surrounding area.  The festival is a fundraiser for the local Women in Crisis Centre as well as a revolutionary national program in Haiti, lead by a coalition of women activists, that is addressing sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter, and legal services. This festival will be organized in collaboration with the V-Day campaign, which was started by activist Eve Ensler. V-Day has raised over $60 million and distributed the funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls through yearlong events such as this festival and culminating performances of The Vagina Monologues and MMRP (A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer).”

    So there is one reason to support this Saturday. The second reason is (and I pulled all these links myself to make sure I got the best ones possible) the music is amazing! If I had another two hours I’d post every Twitter,  Facebook, CBC Radio 3, etc. link I could for these bands and solo performers. Here’s the list! SheezerRougeJenny OmnichordOlenka & The Autumn LoversThe FolkSarah MangleD Eve ArcherAriadne’s ThreadAmy BronsonNabi LoneyDJ Jungle Cat, DJ Madam D, and Meme Smith. That should keep us beautifully entertained for eleven hours!

    The third and final reason to come to the 100 Mile Riot  is the price. Tickets are ONLY $12! Having seen some of these artists live already and listening to some of there links I’ve posted here, you really can’t go wrong.

    So grab your tickets for Saturday, January 22, 2012 at The CornerstoneUniversity Centre #217, and This event runs all day so you really have no excuse. If you live out of town it’s worth the drive in. 3pm start! All Ages until 9pm. 19+ 9 pm- 2 am. Thanks to V-Day Guelph and Fortnight Music for organizing this event and I hope to see everyone at Van Gogh’s Ear!

    Show Review – Ben Caplan, Graydon James & The Young Novelists/Harlan Pepper

    Ben Caplan, Graydon James & The Young Novelists/Harlan Pepper

    January 5th & 12th, 2012. Jimmy Jazz.
    Two shows. Two consecutive Thursdays. Same venue. Same opening act. Based on the last two points I figured I roll my first two live show reviews into one. I’m consolidating the two shows featuring Ben Caplan, solo, as the opening act that were brought to us by Kaleidoscope Promotions, and performed at Jimmy Jazz. The first show saw Hamilton band Harlan Pepper closing out the night on January 5th, 2012 and the second being January 12th featuring Toronto band Graydon James & The Young Novelists.
    That Crazy Gypsy

    We’ll start with the opener both bands shared, Ben Caplan. If you already read my 2011 wrap up, you know how I feel about him. He’s not marketable in mainstream ways, but he doesn’t have to be. His hair, beard mostly, is almost so long it’s ridiculous. With some performers this could distract you from what most live music fans would call the important things, the music & the performance. But with Caplan it actually makes you curious. As soon as he walks on stage you’re intrigued, and then the music starts. His songs start with great storytelling that would make some of the greatest song writers jealous. Then they are mixed with an arrangement that allows the music to be performed on piano, guitar, sometimes banjo (if someone in the audience has one handy), saxophone or with his full backing band, The Casual Smokers. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing all of these things happen and the music was perfectly executed, not necessarily played, every time.

    Ben Caplan performing as Harlan Pepper look on.

    Which brings us to stage presence and performance. Ben Caplan is overflowing with both and his energy spills out onto the stage and out through the audience like he’s trying to drown you. I was at his November show in Guelph by accident and couldn’t take my eyes of him. I can’t quite put my finger on what he does to demand your attention. It could be the way he shakes his head, losing his glasses at least three times per show. It could be the way he emotionally tears his undersized suit jacket off at the peak of his second last song. I really can’t say. What I can say is that everything about Ben Caplan is unique in a way that that you know you were entertained, start to finish, throughout his set, but you’re not really sure why.

    The Young Novelists Do More Than Write Great Songs
    Featured as the headliner for the January 12th show, were Toronto band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. I had seen the band open for Guelph band Among Millions, back in November. I have to say, I wasn’t a huge fan. I’m not sure if I was off, or maybe they were off. I have no idea. What I can say now is that my first impression was wrong! It seemed on this given night in January that a lot of people came to see Ben Caplan, as the crowd seemed to thin out considerably. If you stayed, good on you. If not, you missed out. Their music is an acoustic mix of rock that could be cherished by rock, folk and country fans alike. They mix up the faster tempos to keep people dancing and swaying until it’s time to slow things down, before they take you back up. I really love a live performance with a dynamic set list. Veteran bands will tell you. You can’t play at 11 all the time. Graydon James & The Young Novelists nailed it!

    Toronto Band Gradon James & The Young Novelists

    Musically they had improved by leaps and bounds about the previous time I had seen them. I know they are currently recording an album but they could have saved themselves the trouble and just recorded their set this past Thursday. They couldn’t have sounded tighter. As I said, the crowd did seem to dwindle, but it didn’t seem to matter. The Young Novelists played with fantastic energy, playing for thirty or fourty like they were playing for two hundred. A great performance, that kept my eyes on the stage, connecting with them in a way I couldn’t before. If Graydon James & The Young Novelists are going to work this hard to improve as a live band, there is no doubt in my mind that they’ll be around for a long time. I look forward to seeing them again and I have a feeling they’ll be even better!

    The Kids Are Alright

    Relax everyone, I am not using the word ‘kid’ as any kind of negative connection with Hamilton band, Harlan Pepper, and they are more than just ‘alright’. [Editors Note: For those of you that are musically challenged, ‘The Kids Are Alright‘ is the name of a song, recorded by The Who, in 1965.] Jimmy Jazz saw a packed house on January 5th, with good reason. Harlan Pepper‘s song-to-song styles vary from blues, folk, rock & country that are all done with a sound I can only describe as BIG! Their songs, while sometimes thoughtful and slower paced, have an anthem quality to them.

    A packed house for Hamilton band Harlan Pepper

    For a four piece band, barely 20 years old, they write and perform at a level beyond them in years. They keep their subject matter close to what they know, the Great Lakes, for example, but the music that accompanies the lyrics is nothing short amazing, no matter their age, or the listeners age. If you closed your eyes and listened you would probably picture a veteran band, like The Sadies, in the place of Harlan Pepper. They have a song-writing maturity and live sound that takes most bands years to perfect. The band’s stage presence is amazing as well. On a small stage, like that at Jimmy Jazz, they were a well oiled machine, always knowing where the other members were and sharing the spotlight accordingly. If you get a chance to see them opening for Elliot Brood in the next little while I highly recommend it.

    Find Ben Caplan performing @Van Gogh’s Ear, Guelph, January 29th.
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    Resolute This

    Have you got your list of New Year’s resolutions? I’m generally not a big believer in resolutions, but I’ll make some up special, just for you. All I really want to do is make sure you listen to good music while reading my blog. Here are a few songs to motivate you through the delicate starting stages of your resolutions.

    Make ‘Em Scream & Shout

    First thing I need to do this year is get more focused. Music Lives seem to have a great umbrella effect taking place. We’re listen to the community we’re serving and trying to adapt. How can we better facilitate musicians, bands and promoters. How can we help get more people to more shows, allowing promoters to throw even BIGGER shows? Being able to bounce ideas off of bands like Wakeless & Among Millions, and promoters, like GAIN Music & Fortnight, has been of huge value. Thanks for having the patience with answering all my questions about the biz! I think a great goal for 2012 is to make Guelph a non-stop tourist attraction, just based on our thriving music scene.

    He’s Ordinary

    Maybe I’ll be more brave this year. I think I’m too scared in a lot of situations. In the past I think that I’ve associated quick thinking and reacting in the moment with increased odds of making mistakes. I’m starting to think that sometimes mistakes can be fun. How am I going to learn anything if I’m afraid to commit to new things? I’m pretty sure I’ve missed out on more opportunities because of my approach then I’ve actually taken advantage of. This year I’ll put more of myself out there and stop over thinking. Like RUSH said, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” I do this all the time. No more!

    Like A Tiger Defying The Laws Of Gravity

    So my last fake (but real) New Year’s resolution is to be more awesome. Less dark, more fun. I will turn down the suck knob and turn up the good. I hate negative people, which I’m not. I rarely ever complain aloud. I keep all my negativity all pushed down deep inside me to fester. This year I’ll try to live exactly like this Queen song. The lyrics are amazing!

    Same In The End
    So it turns out I do have so real resolutions. What started as a joke, as always, managed to become thoughtful and reflective. For me at least. Thanks readers! You’ve helped me out once again. Have any great resolutions you want to share on the internet for all the world to see? Have any ideas to make mine easier to accomplish? Share away! Let’s have a great 2012 and go out with a BANG!

    2011 The Review

    I don’t know about you but my 2011 was nuts. I left my first career, started working for Oaktree Media (Thanks for saving me Kelly!), started Music Lives. I’m sure I did some other stuff too but let’s get down to the good stuff. The music we saw, the hits we loved or plagued us and some of the musicians we lost. Me being me, I’ll start with the sad part.

    The Day The Music Died…

    This year we lost a pile of great artists but here are just a handfull. Gerry Rafferty, hopefully you’re playing now, of Stealers Wheel, and solo fame. Clarence Clemons, who played sax with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street band forever, and also had a #1 hit this year performing the sax solo on Lady Gaga’s Edge of Glory. Losing Amy Winehouse wasn’t a surprise to many although it’s always sad to lose such a talented person. Warrant‘s singer, Jani Lane, and Alice In Chains original bass player, Mike Starr , both fell victim to previous addictions mixed with depression. Check out Rolling Stone’s Memoriam for a better run down. Now, on to happier pastures.

    We’ll Do It Live!
    I have to admit that I’m completely spoiled to have such an amazingly vibrant and diverse music scene right at my doorstep. Guelph rules for several reasons but this is one of them. There is at least 8 live music venues, all within a 5 minute walk of one another. I love it. Some of my favourite shows this year were as follows. Ben Caplan is the the east coast of Canada’s answer to Tom Waits, but a gypsy. A crazy, running around the venue without missing a note, kind of gypsy. I came to this show just to lend a hand to the promoter with almost no intention of actually paying attention to the show as I had other work to do. I could not take my eyes off of him. If you missed the show, which most of you did, you’re in luck. Ben Caplan will be opening for three different acts in January, Guelph. Get out and see him at least once. Two of my favourite live music moments came courtesy of local promoters GAIN Music. One was My Son The Hurricane, that opened for USS. Twelve people on The Vinyl stage. A full horn section. An MC?! Seriously, just watch all their videos and you’ll see the energy and awesomeness that is this band. The other moment I have to mention from this year is the Cancer Bats. AND I got to see them twice! Crazy energy, crowd interaction, great sounding, metal maniacs. The whole place erupted when they busted out their cover of The Beastie Boys, Sabotage, and with good reason. See these guys live before they get any bigger! Just check out this gallery. In fact this whole card was stacked.  Starting Music Lives has really opened my eyes to what makes a show or band connect with people. I could list all the amazing shows I got to be a part of this year, but then I wouldn’t finish this post until next year! Thanks to everyone that let me be behind the scenes of the scene I love so dearly.

    Big Ones

    Now we get to the actual charts. I keep a vague on these but take them with a grain of salt. It was a notable year for a few artists. Katy Perry tied Michael Jackson‘s record for most Billboard number one hits from one album with 5 (and she’s single again! I so have a shot!). If the video I posted, which is stuck at number four, hits number one, she’ll win. That’s quite an accomplishment for any artist. The fact that she writes her own songs makes it that much more impressive. Korn, a band I loved in 2000, was given a lot of metal honours this year, even though they released a Dub-step album. I guess sometimes it pays to take a risk. I’m not the keenest on the album, but I don’t mind the lead off single. You really can’t mention anyone in music this year without mentioning Adele. Not only was her album #1 on every notable music publication and listeners choice awards, but it also spent 50 weeks on the Billboard charts, with over 20 weeks at the top spot. It’s not too often that such a young person can sing with so much soul and put together a whole album that is fantastic start to finish. I believe every word she says.

    Happy New Year!!!
    Have a safe one everybody! I’m really looking forward to what 2012 brings to the table. It’s an exciting time for me in my life and I hope that Music Lives can continue to grow as I am. See you all in 2012. Thanks so much for your readership and support! Feel free to list your favourite albums, songs or concerts of the year below!

    P.S. I have a feeling I’ll be fist pumping to this later!

    Name That Tune Answers, November 2, 2011

    This weeks Jimmy Jazz, Guelph, Name That Tune, came from a post made by Time Magazine showcasing their critics picks since the publication began. I mixed them all up and came up with this! As always, the number next to the song is how long it was played for.

    Round 1
    1. Iron Man – Black Sabbath – 10
    2. Heroes – David Bowie – 7
    3. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga – Less than a second
    4. That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly – 3
    5. Be My Baby – The Ronettes – 13 – Bonus From which OST? Dirty Dancing
    6. Gold Digger – Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – 1
    7. All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem – Played once 1:15
    8. Wake Up – Arcade Fire – 23
    9. I Want You Back – Jackson 5 – 8
    10. God only Knows – Beach Boys – 15
    11. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – CCR – 8 – Bonus Original artist – Marvin Gaye
    12. Rivers Of Babylon – Sublime – 31 – 2 point bonusOriginal artist – Melodians
    13. I Wanna Hold Your Hand – Chris Colfer (Beatles cover, whole point for artist) – 17
    14. One Nation Under A Groove – Funkadelic – 21
    15. Scenario – Tribe Called Quest – 12
    16. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen – 20
    17. Kiss – Prince – 2
    18. Fight The Power – Public Enemy – 24 – Bonus From wich OST? Do The Right Thing
    19. Common People – Pulp – 1
    20. I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones – 5
    21. Rock & Roll – Velvet Underground – 16

    Top Score 21.5/24.5 My Score 22/24.5

    Round 2
    1. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin – 10
    2. Gimme Shelter – Sisters Of Mercy – 48 – Bonus original artist? Rolling Stones
    3. Paranoid Android – Radiohead – 3
    4. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It – R.E.M. – 2
    5. Jolene – Me First & The Gimme Gimmes – 19 – Bonus Original artist? Dolly Parton
    6. Crazy – Patsy Cline – 13
    7. Jailhouse Rock (Live) – Motley Crue – 26 Bonus Original artist? Elvis Presley
    8. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees – 1
    9. Being Boring – Pet Shop Boys – 40
    10. Borderline – Madonna – 11
    11. Girl From Ipanema – Frank Sinatra – 23
    12. Subterranean Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan – 8
    13. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band – 4
    14. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac – 18
    15. Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliot – 4
    16. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash – 5
    17. Master Of Puppets – Metallica – 17
    18. Blue Monday – New Order – 14
    19. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana – 2
    20. Hey Ya! – Outkast – 1
    21. Superstition – Stevie Wonder – 9

    Top Score  22.5/24 My Score 22.5/24

    Winners of the second round also won passes to Lifestory: Monologue’s album release party! If you want to win tickets on Monday, find out how here.

    Lunch Up Guelph, Playlist

    Here is the list of background music from Lunch Up Guelph. If you don’t know what that is, get a Twitter account! I know I broke some rules along the way, but I did only have a few hours this week to dedicate to this playlist. I’ll highlight a few of my favourites along the way.

    Lunch Up Playlist
    1. Need You Tonight – INXS
    2. Sussudio – Phil Collins
    3. Heart Of Glass – Blondie
    4. Call Me Al – Paul Simon Had to be added to due to previous discussion on Twitter. VW bus what?
    5. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presly See what I did there? Paul Simon’s album is Graceland. Get it?
    6. Little Deuce Coupe – The Beach Boys
    7. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel If the music had been louder we intended to do a sing-a-long flash mob/Glee style
    8. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
    9. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Rolling Stones
    10. She’s Electric – Oasis I know Candice hates me for this one!
    11. Love Spreads – The Stone Roses
    12. Orange Crush – Editors (R.E.M. Cover) I played the studio version of the cover but had to post this one. If you’ve never seen Editors live, you are missing out!

    13. Just Like Honey – The Jesus & Mary Chain
    14. Wave Of Mutilation – The Pixies
    15. Pride & Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
    16. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
    17. Earth Angel – The Penguins Yep! These two back to back = Back To The Future reference.
    18. Superstitious – Stevie Wonder
    19. ABC – The Jackson 5
    20. Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers Stevie Wonder cover
    21. Empire State Of Mind – Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
    22. It’s Like That – Run DMC
    23. Council Estate – Tricky
    24. Angel – Massive Attack Yeah, Rob Gordon would totally play this too!

    25. All These Things Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
    26. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    27. Connection – Elastica
    28. The Passenger – Iggy Pop
    29. Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
    30. Have A Cigar – Foo Fighters Pink Floyd cover

    31. Limelight – Rush Played this because Rush rule and they came out and played YYZ with Taylor Hawkins on drums last time I saw the Foo Fighters live!
    32. Like a Hurricane – Neil Young This is where I started slowing things down, to take us all home, so to speak.
    33. Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen
    34. Straight To Hell – The Clash Yep! MIA stole the intro for Paper Planes

    There you go everyone! Thanks to Candice and TRC for organizing the Lunch Up, and to The Bookshelf/E-Bar for having us.