Love the holidays, but not being in the stores

I enjoy the holidays a lot - visiting with friends and family, time off of work, giving and receiving presents, the world junior hockey championships. What I do not enjoy is the shopping itself.

I liken being in a popular mall or chain store to being in the environment of a casino crossed with a carnival. You have the constant noise of cash registers, salvation army bell ringers, people bustling every which way, high sugar and deep fried food items as substanance, and a lessened sense of time with store hours extended.

Now that I am nearly done my shopping, I hope to start earlier next year and order online : )


Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

The entire wikileaks story is intriguing to me and will set a major precedent in how similar future events are handled. After September 11th, an event now so ingrained in us that it needs no year, I was enthralled in the show 24 which had tense terrorist plots and torture techniques.

Now as the leader of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is being held in prison on probably false charges, the US Republicans express their hate of him and the need of new freedom of speech restricting laws, one wonders what will come of this all. A good article about the insanity of it all is available at Times Colonist.

On a technical level, it is interesting to see how the 'cloud' is censoring his site, visa, mastercard are not supporting it, DoD attacks have tried to stop it, but it keeps multiplying into more and more mirrors. You can't censor data in our new technical world. You can't forget what has been exposed.


Luke Doucet and the White Falcon show at Amigos

Tressa and I saw Luke Doucet and the White Falcon play the second of back to back shows (November 3rd and 4th) at Amigos in Saskatoon. It was a fun evening.Luke Doucet and Tressa

The opening band was Sunparlour Players, whom I had not heard before. There opener number was folky and reminded me of mumford and sons or frightened rabbit and so I enjoyed it.

A banjo was played in an upcoming song, but except for a a cool usage of percussion - using a steel drum, chimes tied to the end of a guitar and hitting a keyboard stand, the next songs were mediocre to me. The last song the trio played, called dyin' today, used two drum kits and the lead singer playing a bass. Than half way through the song, they switch back to their regular guitar/bass/drum formation. The lead singer than put on a slide and played a very bluesy riff with desperate hell escaping lyrics. It was very entertaining.

The great guitarist and songwriter Luke Doucet than hit the stage and opened with the bluesy-desert-surf riff of Emily, Please. Some of the songs I can remember being played are "For Joy Division fans" The Ballad of Ian Curtis, Take You Home, Mitzi's, Long Haul Driver, It's not the liquor I miss which was sung with a local woman from Saskatoon, Cleveland, First Day (in the new hometown), The Day Rick Danko Died, You gotta get it, Sundown, Dirty Dirty Blonde, and the encore of the great song Blood's too rich.

Luke Doucet at Amigos, Saskatoon Nov 4, 2010 Of these many songs, the best moments for me were You gotta get it and Ballad of Ian Curtis off of the new album, the harmonica on take you home, the fact that the very old song Mitzi's was played and the encore Blood's too rich.

I had seen Luke Doucet and White Falcon at Broadway theatre about a year and a half ago. It was a good show musically, but a Sunday night and you had to remain in your seats. So this show was much more energetic (despite less people) and funner to sit or stand as we felt. I appreciated the mix of older songs played and Mr. Doucet graciously posed for some pictures after the show.

Very good performance, will make me relisten to the new album. 8/10Luke Doucet's sweet guitar


the unsettling

perilously on a cliff
looking down, down below
waves crash against the rocks
contrast the ebb and flow

you and i stand above
but down, down we shall go
palms sweat, lips dry, hearts race
faster and then they slow

pumping adrenaline
feeding courage we need
over the precipice
gathering breakneck speed

lifting in the stomach
a buckling of the knees
fear and the unsettling
falling free, falling free

 

written by Brian Danchilla, October 22nd, 2010


The Five Best Concerts I Have Been At

I have been to quite a few shows and concerts in my day. They have been quite varied in sound quality, energy level, performance length, venue feel, number of people at the show, seating/standing, etc.

Here are my five favourite, in alphabetical order:

Collective Soul - summer 1999, Craven, SK "Rock'n the Valley". I remember that it was a very hot day, people were squished for the headliner. The set started with the sun still out and hoses to water down the fans and ended with Ed Roland coming out alone with a single acoustic guitar, strumming away as he left the stage at the encore.

David Gray - spring 2010. This was a timely show - the 2009 album, Fugitive, was my favourite of the year. We had great seats - 3rd row from the front. The concert was at TCU place (moderately sized, good sound). The highlight of the show was the mesmorizing, extended version of Nemesis. More details of the concert were described in a previous blog entry.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - fall 2006. I tried to remember the setlist in a previous blog entry. This show was after the double cd Stadium Arcadium came out and I was musically in love with John Frusciante. It was a great show - I just wish I had floor seats.

Tragically Hip - early 1998. My first taste of music was earlier the previous summer at MuchMusic's EdgeFest. There were some decent acts at that - Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Tea Party, Sloan and a fairly new Foo Fighters. However compared to this show, it all seemed amateurish. The Hip were the real deal. A piece of Canadiana. Gord Downie was a genius and a raving lunatic at once. I remember the guitarist, Rob Baker, and his long hair - somewhat outragish to a conservative 16 year old version of me. I remember the way the bass player was in his old world. The rhythm machine of Johnny Fay and the backing vocals of Paul Langlois. The show came after the Phantom Power (1998) and Trouble at the Henhouse (1996) albums and was to me, the pinnacle of the Tragically Hip's fame.

TV on the Radio - summer 2009. This was at the Odeon (small club) and it was hot outside and felt like 35 degrees inside. I wanted to be close to the stage, so I sweated a ton. There was so much energy at this show. The acclaimed album Dear Science was out and I was a big fan of it. Highlight was the song DLZ.

Honourable mentions: Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Constantines, Plants and Animals


Spotlight Album

Tom Petty - Waiting For Tonight ()

Just out walking, letting my mind roam
If she hung around too much I might take her for granted
But when I was away, she seemed an angel
The only one who really cared about me
The only one without an angle
For so long I've been lonely
Now I'm too weak to fight

I've been waiting for tonight
I've been waiting for tonight



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