The Blind Leading The Blind

BinocularsEvery so often, I get a fixin' for old time blues. Whenever I'm unsure of the artist, a good guess is that it's Blind something-or-other. In my collection there are several "Blind" artists.

  • Blind John Davis
  • Blind Willie McTell
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • Blind Willie Johnson
  • Blind Blake
  • Blind Boy Fuller

More recent acts are Blind Melon and Third Eye Blind, but that ain't da blues. When you're in the mood, sight is not a prerequisite.

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Suicide Songs

MusicThe title of Pearl Jam's new song got me thinking aboout other suicide songs. There are five songs in my collection with the word "suicide" in the title.

  • Shampoo Suicide - Broken Social Scene
  • Suicide Blonde - INXS
  • One More Suicide - Marcy Playground
  • Like Suicide - Soundgarden
  • Pop's Love Suicide - Stone Temple Pilots

To be or not to be...

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My Ten Favourite Episodes of The Simpsons

HomerI've spent a great deal of my life in Springfield, living precariously through my favourite tv family. I was fifteen when "The Simpsons" debuted and I was on it like Troy McClure on a trout from the beginning. I even remember them from "The Tracey Ullman Show" in the late 80s.

Well over 300 episodes later, coming up with a top ten list is most difficult for a mega-fan like myself. There are just too many gems to choose from. How do you whittle it down to a mere ten?

Here are my current top ten episodes of all time:

  1. Last Exit to Springfield
  2. Homer the Heretic
  3. A Streetcar Named Marge
  4. Marge vs. The Monorail
  5. Rosebud
  6. Bart vs. Thanksgiving
  7. Lisa's Substitute
  8. The Telltale Head
  9. Itchy and Scratchy Land
  10. Behind the Laughter

Agree or disagree, just keep in mind how completely subjective this practice is. If you're a fan of "The Simpsons", don't forget to check out Homer's quote of the week, lovingly updated every Saturday morning.

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My Ten Favourite TV Shows of All-Time

TVTelevision shows seemed better when I was a kid. After school, I could become immersed in crap like "The Facts of Life", "Who's The Boss?", "Growing Pains" or "Silver Spoons". Then, there were old-school favourites like "The Dukes of Hazzard", "WKRP in Cincinnati", "Three's Company", "Night Court" and "The A-Team".

Over time, as one ages and matures, sit-coms lose their allure and formulaic dramas lose their zest. Shows you really, really like grow fewer and far between. Your newly defined list of your ten favourite television programs rarely changes.

Here is my current top ten:

  1. The Simpsons
  2. Six Feet Under
  3. The Sopranos
  4. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  5. Oz
  6. Seinfeld
  7. The Larry Sanders Show
  8. Kids in the Hall
  9. Arrested Development
  10. The Family Guy

Agree or disagree, just keep in mind how completely subjective this practice is.

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My Ten Favourite Bands Of All-Time

CDTracking ones favourite bands used to be a far easier practice. As a teen, I could ring off my ten favourite bands of all-time without hesitation or doubt. In my 30s, it seems to change by the hour or mood.

Here is my current top ten:

  1. The Tragically Hip
  2. Pearl Jam
  3. Nirvana
  4. Public Enemy
  5. Alice in Chains
  6. System of a Down
  7. Soundgarden
  8. Foo Fighters
  9. The White Stripes
  10. Arcade Fire

Agree or disagree, just keep in mind how completely subjective this practice is.

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My Ten Favourite Movies Of All-Time

MoviesI've seen a lot of bad movies in my life, but I've also been lucky enough to see a lot of great ones. I've always maintained a list of my ten favourite flicks of all-time, which is a surprisingly difficult challenge. For short periods of time I might be completely into one movie or another, boosting them into the top ten, but over time the same core of movies seem to persevere.

Here is my current top ten:

  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. Goodfellas
  3. Reservoir Dogs
  4. The Shawshank Redemption
  5. Fight Club
  6. Kill Bill - Volumes 1&2
  7. The Usual Suspects
  8. Office Space
  9. The Godfather: Part II
  10. Big Fish

Agree or disagree, just keep in mind how completely subjective this practice is.

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DocumentationI use the word "cool" a lot. I always have. I even have James using it. As it turns out, "cool" is a rarity in the world of slang. It "remains the gold standard of slang in the 21st century, as reliable as a blue-chip stock, surviving like few expressions ever in our constantly evolving language. It has, despite the pressures of staying relevant and trendy, kept its cool through the centuries -- even as its meaning changed drastically."

The article also lists slang terms that haven't held up. Below is their list and whether I still use the term occasionally or not.

  • Groovy - I only use this one when I'm intentionally trying to sound out of touch
  • Neat/neato - I do use these once in a while
  • Hip - I use this one all the time
  • Slick - I use this one all the time
  • Keen - I don't really say this
  • Chill - I must confess to saying "chill" almost daily
  • Excellent - I still use this... is it really slang?
  • Heavy - I use this term once in a while
  • NOT - I never said this
  • Outta sight - I don't say this
  • Far out - I don't say this
  • Top drawer - I never said this
  • Buttah - I never said this
  • Dynamite - I rarely say this, unless I'm quoting "Pass The Mic"
  • Phat - I never said this
  • Off the hook - I never said this
  • Sweet - I say this pretty regularly
  • Radical - I still say this quite often
  • Gag me with a spoon - I never said this
  • Super - I say this once in a while
  • Gnarly - I say this but when I say it I'm well aware it's no longer copasetic
  • The cat's pajamas - I never said this
  • Def - I don't think I ever said this
  • Copasetic - The only time I ever used this expression was three lines above
  • Trip - I rarely use this one
  • Fab - I never said this
  • Da bomb - I said this in an ironic fashion
  • Rad - Is "rad" different than "radical"? I admit to using it
  • Beat - I don't use this
  • Classy - I don't use this
  • Wack - Only Kriss Kross used this one, I think
  • Square - I don't use it, but I think I'll start
  • With it - Once in a while, I'll throw down this expression
  • Burnout - Nah...
  • Right on - Occasionally I'll use this one
  • The fuzz - I prefer "pigs"
  • Copper - I never said this
  • Nifty - I rarely said this
  • Out of this world - I never said this

Admit it, this entry was the cat's pajamas.

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Losing Songs

MusicWe're down 2-1 after one period. Will this be seven in a row? Here are my favourite losing songs....

  • Losing My Religion - REM
  • Losing California - Sloan
  • I'm Losing You - John Lennon
  • Angels/Losing/Sleep - Our Lady Peace
  • Losing Hope - Jack Johnson
  • I Can't Stand Losing You - The Police
  • The Losing End (When You're On) - Neil Young

It wasn't that long ago that I was bragging about how I spent my Christmas vacation. This has to stop eventually, right? Have mercy.

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Edge 102's Top 102 of 2005

RadioOn New Year's Eve 2005, CFNY Edge 102 counted down their top 102 songs of the year. I would have posted their list earlier in the year, but I couldn't find it on their site. I finally wrote Alan Cross about it and he got me in touch with the guy at Corus who maintains the site who sent me here.

Instead of just listing the 102 songs, I'm gonna throw my two cents in the mix. What the hell, it's my site.

# Artist Song My 2 Cents
102 Linkin Park/Jay-Z Numb/Encore 5/10 - Not a bad combo, just underwhelming.
101 Projet Orange Tell All Your Friends 5/10 - This was an okay tune, it just failed to resonate.
100 The All American Rejects Dirty Little Secret 2/10 - I had little interest in this one.
99 LCD Soundsystem Daft Punk Playing At My House 7/10 - I thought this was pretty cool.
98 Arcade Fire Wake Up 10/10 - #98?!?? Was it punished for hitting the charts too late in the year? It was my favourite track of the year. Appeared on SLS14.
97 Slipknot Duality 7/10 - I was a big fan of this single from Slipknot. I still shout out the refrain when I hear it. It appeared on SLS13.
96 Disturbed Stricken 6/10 - Not bad but not great. This was the final tune selected for SLS14.
95 The Music Breakin' 5/10 - The Music sound bored me. I just couldn't get into it.
94 Bloc Party Banquet 8/10 - I'm sorry I didn't throw this one on SLS14. It will likely appear on SLS15. I love it.
93 Depeche Mode Precious 3/10 - Wake me when it's over. Zzzzzz.
92 The Chemical Brothers Galvanize 1/10 - I'm giving this one a low score simply because I don't remember it at all.
91 Audioslave Your Time Has Come 7/10 - I thought this was a fantastic album and I put this tune on SLS13.
90 Mobile Montreal Calling 6/10 - A friend of mine urged me to put this single on SLS14. It didn't make the cut, but it's not a horrible tune. It's sort of catchy, I suppose.
89 Alexisonfire Accidents 2/10 - Shouldn't I like Alexisonfire? It's CanCon, yet I don't dig it. Accidents happen...
88 The Waking Eyes On A Train 3/10 - This was rather forgettable.
87 Goldfinger Wasted 4/10 - I used to like Goldfinger. Now their releases seem boring.
86 Thornley Beautiful 4/10 - If Thornley was American, we would never have heard this song on the radio.
85 Fall Out Boy Sugar, We're Goin' Down 5/10 - Not bad... At times, I enjoyed this one but it got tired pretty damn quick.
84 K-Os W/ Sam Roberts Dirty Water 6/10 - I don't consider this one of the stronger cuts on this fantastic K-Os release. Having said that, it's still pretty good. The album is fantastic.
83 Hedley Villain 2/10 - Mr. Canadian Idol pales in comparison to that cover of Levon the albino guy did in season one.
82 Death Cab For Cutie Soul Meets Body 8/10 - This song deserved a much higher ranking. It's pure sweetness and it appeared on SLS14.
81 The Used All That I've Got 5/10 - I can take it or leave it.
80 Metric Monster Hospital 7/10 - Another catchy number from Metric. It made SLS14.
79 Matthew Good Oh Be Joyful 8/10 - I really liked this song that appeared on the recent Matt Good greatest hits album. It easily made SLS14 because the ears want what the ears want.
78 The Bravery An Honest Mistake 4/10 - I tried and tried to dig it, but I guess it's not my scene.
77 Rise Against Swing Life Away 3/10 - Rise Against didn't get a rise out of me.
76 Alter Bridge Find The Real 4/10 - Post-Stapp Creed isn't terrible, but is completely unnecessary.
75 Switchfoot Stars 4/10 - I'm not going to trash Stars, I'm just going to pass Stars.
74 The Waking Eyes Beginning 4/10 - Another forgettable tune from 2005.
73 Unwritten Law Save Me 5/10 - Save me.
72 White Stripes My Doorbell 9/10 - So catchy it should be illegal. Once you start singing it, you can't stop. Consider yourselves warned.
71 Foo Fighters D.O.A. 7/10 - I supposed I'm biased but I liked this tune. It appeared on SLS14.
70 Theory Of A Deadman Santa Monica 4/10 - They still play this almost every morning. I'm just tired of it. It wasn't that strong to begin with.
69 Louis XIV Finding Out True Love Is Blind 8/10 - I had a lot of fun with this single and put it on my top ten of the year. It appeared on SLS13.
68 My Chemical Romance I'm Not O.K. 3/10 - I don't get the whole My Chemical Romance thing. I don't think I'm missing anything.
67 Coldplay Fix You 6/10 - Nice tune and all, but you're better off just spinning "Don't Panic" on a continuous loop.
66 The Mars Volta The Widow 8/10 - This was one of my ten favourite tracks of the year and it appeared on SLS13.
65 Collective Soul Counting The Days 3/10 - Are these guys still around?
64 Matt Mays & El Torpedo Cocaine Cowgirl 5/10 - Depending on my mood I either thought this was a pretty cool tune or a waste of time. It's the epitome of 5/10.
63 Simple Plan Me Against The World 1/10 - Will Simple Plan please go away.
62 Jakalope Feel It 4/10 - I left this tune off of SLS13 because it's simply unworthy. It's okay, but okay isn't good enough.
61 311 Don't Tread On Me 4/10 - This is a truly mediocre single by 311. There's enough mediocrity in this world.
60 Bif Naked Let Down 3/10 - I used to really like Bif Naked but now she's a wannabe pop princess. #60 is awfully flattering for this song.
59 Nine Inch Nails Only 6/10 - It's been a while since I really liked a NIN song, but I really liked this one. It appeared on SLS14.
58 U2 City Of Blinding Lights 3/10 - I've been done with U2 for a while now. This is another fine, nice song from my Irish brothers. Whoopie.
57 Franz Ferdinand Do You Want To? 6/10 - It's catchy and good enough for SLS14.
56 Staind Right Here 4/10 - These guys disappoint me. They show so much more promise than they deliver. They could be great.
55 Kaiser Chiefs I Predict A Riot 7/10 - This was a cool track I was happy to put on SLS13. I think it's better than #55.
54 Kasabian Club Foot 6/10 - I almost put this track on SLS13 but it got cut at the last second. It's not bad.
53 Garbage Why Do You Love Me 4/10 - This is another band I used to really like but no longer admire. They're stale now, offering less than stellar material.
52 Franz Ferdinand This Fire 9/10 - When this song was fresh, it was fantastic. It's still good, even two thousand spins later.
51 Keane Somewhere Only We Know 6/10 - If you want a mellow track, you can't do much better. It's sweetness.
50 Arcade Fire Rebellion (Lies) 9/10 - This is perhaps my second favourite song on my favourite album of 2005. It's spectacular.
49 Weezer We're All On Drugs 5/10 - This song bored me.
48 The Trews So She's Leaving 5/10 - I don't think I particularly enjoyed this song, but whenever it came on I found myself singing along.
47 Marilyn Manson Personal Jesus 6/10 - Was this 2005? We slapped this remake on SLS12. It was a weak period - it's not a great song.
46 Sum 41 Some Say 2/10 - Some say Sum 41 are good. I'm not one of them.
45 Sloan All Used Up 7/10 - This was a surprise hit from Sloan and I was happy to hear it. Fun power pop.
44 Nickelback Photograph 2/10 - Sappy, weak song with cheesy lyrics. Pure crap.
43 Jimmy Eat World Work 4/10 - I have Futures, and it's a disappointing disc. This might be the best song, but that's not saying a whole lot.
42 The Offspring Can't Repeat 4/10 - I miss the boys from Smash. Have you seen them?
41 U2 Vertigo 3/10 - If you scroll up, you'll read my U2 thoughts. Lets move on.
40 System Of A Down B.Y.O.B. 9/10 - One of my ten favourite songs of the year. SLS13 was lucky to have it. Bring it on.
39 Lenny Kravitz Lady 4/10 - That's nice.
38 Jack Johnson Sitting, Waiting, Wishing 5/10 - That's also nice. I'm tired of nice.
37 Oasis Lyla 7/10 - I thought this Oasis track was as good as the Oasis I remember. It was truly solid.
36 Stars Ageless Beauty 9/10 - One of my ten favourite songs of the year. It appeared on SLS14.
35 Death From Above 1979 Romantic Rights 10/10 - Does it get much better than this? A heavy favourite of mine and a high finisher in my top ten of 2005. SLS14 was anchored by this gem.
34 Social Code Beautiful 5/10 - A lot of songs get the title "Beautiful", have you noticed that?
33 Modest Mouse Float On 9/10 - How did this make the 2005 list? It appeared on SLS11 which was released in June of 2004. This sucker had legs.
32 Boy Up In This Town 4/10 - I barely remember Boy.
31 Beck Girl 8/10 - This was a great Beck single and worthy of SLS14.
30 Papa Roach Getting Away With Murder 6/10 - This is another tune that seems more 2004 to me than 2005. It appeared on SLS12 which tells you I thought it was pretty good.
29 Hot Hot Heat Middle Of Nowhere 7/10 - Another solid single from Hot Hot Heat scored them an appearance on SLS14.
28 Seether Remedy 6/10 - I've said it before and I'll say it again. This song was written and performed to sound like Nirvana. The Kurt in his delivery is eery but it just makes you miss the real deal.
27 U2 Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own 2/10 - Another U2 song? Argh.
26 K-os Crucial 7/10 - This was a great album.
25 The Marble Index Not So Bright 6/10 - For the longest time I thought this song would appear on SLS13. It didn't, but it was very close.
24 Green Day Wake Me When September Ends 8/10 - Great album and great song.
23 Audioslave Doesn't Remind Me 9/10 - This was one of my favourite songs of the year. It's an instant classic and it appeared on SLS14.
22 Bedouin Soundclash When The Night Feels My Song 3/10 - I know people loved this song, but I hated it. I just thought it was weak. I heard it 100 mornings in a row and it put me in a sour mood every time.
21 Social Distortion Reach For The Sky 5/10 - I'm surprised to find this song so highly ranked.
20 Hot Hot Heat Goodnight Goodnight 8/10 - James and I both loved this song. It appeared on SLS13.
19 Our Lady Peace Where Are You 6/10 - At first I didn't like this song, then it grew on me and I started to like it, then I got sick of it. The new OLP album was rather disappointing.
18 Arcade Fire Neighbourhood # 3 (Power Out) 9/10 - Dammit, every song on this album is mind blowing. This tune appeared on SLS13.
17 Theory Of A Deadman No Surprise 6/10 - I like the fact this song got soccer moms to say "that bitch is killing me".
16 White Stripes Blue Orchid 9/10 - Awesomeness - crunchy style! It appeared on SLS13.
15 Thornley Come Again 6/10 - Not bad at all... It almost made SLS13 too.
14 Audioslave Be Yourself 8/10 - I like Audioslave, can you tell?
13 Beck E Pro 8/10 - A return to form for my pal Beck. It appeared on SLS13
12 Nine Inch Nails The Hand That Feeds 5/10 - I fought against this song's inclusion on SLS13 because I didn't feel it was SLS-worthy. I eventually gave in, but I'm now exacting my revenge by humiliating Trent with a pathetic score of five.
11 U2 All Because Of You 2/10 - U2 again?!?!?! Never has mediocrity been so celebrated!
10 Gorillaz Feel Good Inc. 8/10 - I regret this song never appeared on an edition of SLS. It grew on me late in the game and I opted for "Dare" on SLS14.
9 Coldplay Speed Of Sound 6/10 - This is nice and all, but it didn't rock my world. Try that "Don't Panic" thing I suggested above.
8 The Killers All These Things That I've Done 7/10 - That "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier" part is gold. This song appeared on SLS13.
7 Green Day Holiday 6/10 - I never really loved this song from American Idiot. There were many better.
6 Weezer Beverly Hills 6/10 - Catchy enough to appear on SLS13, I got pretty tired of it fairly quickly.
5 Queens Of The Stone Age Little Sister 8/10 - Solid, straight up rock. It appeared on SLS13.
4 Foo Fighters Best Of You 8/10 - A solid first single from this double album from the Foo. It appeared on SLS13.
3 Green Day Boulevard Of Broken Dreams 8/10 - I preferred this slower single to the high powered opening single "American Idiot". It appeared on SLS12.
2 The Killers Mr. Brightside 8/10 - I'm pretty sure this song peaked in 2004, but I suppose it was strong enough to linger well into 2005. All in all it's a rather contagious single that was suburb when it was fresh. It appeared on SLS12.
1 Sum 41 Pieces 3/10 - Are you kidding me? Is this some kind of joke? What a pathetic choice for #1. I suspect the members of Ajax' Sum 41 have pictures of Alan Cross in compromising positions.

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My Favourite Songs of 2005

MusicIt's the year-end list you've been waiting for. I've already documented my favourite albums of 2005 and now here are my ten favourite songs of 2005.

10. Wolf Parade's I'll Believe In Anything
I only got into this band recently when a friend insisted I listen to Apologies to the Queen Mary. When I first heard this album, I had to hear it again. At the time I didn't know where Wolf Parade was from but their raw sound seemed to capture what I dig about Arcade Fire. The song "I'll Believe In Anything" struck a chord with me and became my favourite cut on this fine disc. It turns out these guys are from Victoria and are based out of Montreal. Go figure... and go listen!

9. The Strokes' Juicebox
This is the new single from these guys and will on their new album. It's that sound I love from these guys - great screaming over a catchy hook.

8. Louis XIV's Finding Out True Love Is Blind
This tune is a little silly, but it's a great single with funky lyrics and a nice juxtaposition between the sexually aggressive male voice and female harmonies. It's pure fun.

7. Elliott Brood's The Bridge
I first wrote about this tune back in November after hearing it on CBC Radio's "The National Playlist". I've since scored an MP3 of the tune and I'm still digging it. It's got a Simon & Garfunkel meets Blind Melon quality to it before it breaks down at the 1:25 mark in a rustic sort of dirty Texas way before sweetly returning to the aforementioned melody.

6. System of a Down's B.Y.O.B.
These guys always have something interesting to say. This was the first single from the first of their two albums released in 2005. It's catchy enough to dance to and angry enough to be vintage SOAD.

5. The Mars Volta's The Widow
Some have called this song pretentious. If an original, jazzy, manic, epic track like this is pretentious, pretent away!

4. Stars' Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
If you hurry, I'm sharing this song right now. Again I like the play between the male and female voices in a raw yet melodious package.

3. The New Pornographers' Use It
Did I mention I like this album? Oh yeah, it's my favourite album of 2005. Guess what's my favourite song on my favourite album of 2005?

2. Death From Above 1979's Romantic Rights
Wow. This is my kind of single. It's got a great beat and a totally raw and rough sound. The remixes of this song are all good too. I could create a playlist of all five versions of this track I have, shuffle them and never get bored.

1. Arcade Fire's Wake Up
I'm not sure this song qualifies for this list, but it's my site and I'll do as I please! From an album that was released in 2004, this was my favourite song of 2005. I've rambled on about it before. It's a perfect single and still a delight to hear. I see it's finally cracked the top ten of the Thursday 30 at CFNY Edge 102. Reaching #1 is only a matter of time.

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