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Baby, It's Cold Outside

Baby, It's Cold OutsideMy buddy Erin Davis wrote an interesting blog entry about Baby, It's Cold Outside, a song you'll hear often at this time of year. Baby, It's Cold Outside isn't a Christmas song, but a "cold weather" song, and since it's so good, it gets lumped in with holiday favourites like White Christmas and Silver Bells.

Erin commented on the pushback that Baby, It's Cold Outside is a little "date-rapey". After all, the songstress says "I simply must go, the answer is no" yet her pursuer persists with the charm and continues to pour the alcohol. Today, it's less "no means no" and more "only an explicit sober yes means yes".

The tune is fantastic and, as these seasonal songs go, this is one of the best. Everyone has a favourite version (mine is Ray Charles and Betty Carter from 1961).

When it comes to music, it's best we don't over-analyze the lyrics. I'm not offended by the lyrics of Baby, It's Cold Outside any more than I'm offended by the use of the slur "faggot" in my favourite Christmas song of all-time. If we were to only listen to music with 100% safe and politically correct lyrics, we'd be left with a whole lot of Kenny G.

Oh, but baby it’s cold outside.


Everyone Loves Red

Everyone Loves RedI just heard Treble Charger's Brand New Low on the radio. As I was singing along I thought, "I dig this tune, but it's no Red".

With Treble Charger on the mind, I quickly thought of American Psycho, Friend of Mine and Even Grable, all great tracks (especially the fantastic Even Grable), but none as good as Red.

Everyone loves Red.



USS at the RHCPA: James's First Concert

USS at the RHCPA: James's First ConcertMy daughter's first concert was Selina Gomez, but my oldest son chose a different sound. Last night, we enjoyed Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

They were amazing, as always. Damn I dig their sound. It's rock, it's hip hop, it's EDM, it's folk, it's awesome.

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The best part was experiencing it all with my boy. I can't wait to do it again.

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Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams Have the Same Birthday

Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams Have the Same BirthdayBryan Adams celebrated his birthday earlier this week.

On that same day, Ryan Adams celebrated his birthday.

Isn't that mind blowing?

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Jeff Healey's Grave

Many moons ago, an old Irish relative was visiting my grandmother while I was visiting her in Gilford, Ontario. This gentlemen proceeded to tell me that jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist Jeff Healey was related to us somehow. I forget the details, but Jeff Healey was supposedly my second cousin twice removed or something to that effect.

Today, while visiting Park Lawn Cemetery, I found Jeff Healey's grave site and took a couple of pictures.

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It's worth noting that in the early stages of planning my wedding, while we were picking the music, I made an impassioned plea for Jeff Healey's Angel Eyes. It didn't make the final cut, but I still think it's a sweet ditty.


54-40 Was Great - What's the Best Free Concert You've Ever Seen?

Last night, I saw 54-40 at a free concert in Colonel Samuel Smith Park. They sounded great, playing all their hits (and there were many) and we had a blast.

54-40 have a shitload of hits

It was this little dude's first concert.

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As a kid, I saw several "free" concerts at the old Ontario Place forum, but you had to buy tickets to the park to see the show, so it wasn't really free. As a young man I biked to Yonge and Dundas to watch Sloan perform a free concert outside the Edge 102 studio. I thought that was pretty awesome.

What's the best free concert you ever attended?


Questions for Jeremy Taggart

Questions for Erin DavisI will be sitting down next week with Jeremy Taggart, best known as the drummer for Our Lady Peace from 1993 - 2014. He'll be dropping by to record an episode of my podcast Toronto Mike'd, and I get an entire hour to ask him anything I want.

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I know what questions I'll be asking him, but I'd love to know what you would ask him. What questions would you like me to ask Jeremy Taggart?


In Praise of Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker

In Praise of Ubiquitous Synergy SeekerLike many of you, I first heard Ubiquitious Synergy Seeker when 102.1 started playing the mess out of "Hollowpoint Sniper Hyperbole" about six years ago. I loved that single, caught them live a few times and scored myself a copy of Welding the C:/.

I loved every track on Welding the C:/. This Parkdale-based duo rocks a sound that totally appeals to my sensibilities. It's this unique rap / rock / folk / electronica hybrid I can't seem to get enough of.

Questamation was great. Approved was great. And now I'm enjoying their new album, Advanced Basics. You likely heard "This is the Best" a million times on 102.1 or "Yin Yang" on the radio and TSN's NHL playoff coverage. Here's the official video for the extremely catch "Yin Yang".

I don't care whether it's cool to like USS or why they're not a bigger deal, all I know is that when I need to get my heart pumping and my feet pedalling, nothing does the trick faster than throwing on a tune from these guys.


My Favourite '90s Songs Were A Bunch Of Filler Garbage


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Bob Geldof and the Telex Machine

Bob Geldof and the TelexI've been listening to Scot Turner's Spirit of Radio Sunday on 102.1 the Edge and it's great. Earlier today, they played I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats, a song that references a telex machine.

If you're my age or younger, you've likely never seen a telex machine. A telex machine is a printer that receives and prints text messages in the pre-fax era. In January of 1979, Bob Geldof read a telex report at Georgia State University's campus radio station, WRAS, on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children in a school playground at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California. Her reason for killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer? She didn't like Mondays.

The story struck such a chord with Bob Geldof that he wrote I Don't Like Mondays and included this lyric that ensures every generation will ask the question "what's a telex machine?"

The Telex machine is kept so clean
And it types to a waiting world

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