Friday, March 09, 2007

Facts for Friday

Today, there is only one fact. Basically, I'm pretty sure working at Canadian Music Week is the only possible way that all the following things can happen within a 36-hour period:

1. Hanging out with all the music industry types while witnessing Jully Black check out her own booty while hosting The Indies at the Docks. ("You know you've got a booty when you can turn around and actually see it.")

2. Seeing performances by Wolfmother, Priestess, Jacksoul and Fefe Dobson. (The latter of which was surprisingly good--Fefe Dobson might not be much to look at, but the girl's got stage presence. I was really impressed. She kind of reminds me of the lead singer of the Noisettes.)

3. A bartender randomly giving us all free shots (maybe she felt bad that we all had to dress alike?) followed by an impromptu hip-hop dance party where we were the only people dancing, and guys draped us in Mardi Gras beads.

4. Being hit on by three 18-year-old Colombian boys with the worst fake Albertan IDs I've ever seen in my life. This is Sebastian and Alex.

This is Mauricio. Alex kept asking for my cell phone number. When I asked why, the boys conferred frantically with each other in Spanish before concluding, "You are an older woman, so perhaps you could teach us?" Maybe something was lost in the translation, but. . .no, nothing was lost in the translation there. It was a pretty straight forward proposal.

5. Shutting down some CMW volunteer who accused me to selling out to a major corporation. "You know something? I might be a corporate whore, but I'm also getting paid to watch bands for free," I told him. There was no further argument from his side.

My CMW pick for music: Under Byen, from Denmark. Their music could only be described as etheral, and I was a fan of their two drummers, cello, violin and saw. They're on the cover of Eye Weekly this week, although I haven't had a chance to check out the article. (The band was headlining Eye's CMW showcase.)

Alice's pick: Harmonica is a group from Norway. Alice described them as "really cute." I just think their music is fun.

Bonus pick: If you're looking for something that reminds you of the Cure, with a lead singer that wears the shiniest red shoes ever, check out Australia's Bit by Bats.

Next up: The Canadian Breakdancing Championships tonight.

Facts for Friday: Better on Your Coffee Break


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  3. i'll float you the Under Byen cd at our next meeting... it's pretty good. Basically it sounds like Sigur Ros fronted by Bjork but 10x more post-apocolyptic. Great. And apparently Under Byen is pronounced "oo-duh boon". Danes.

    Also I should tell you that I am on my coffee break, and yes, it was better.

  4. I actually bought it last night at the show. Thanks though!

  5. Anonymous4:33 PM

    Hahaha! I love the initiative of those Colombian kids.
    I think I might try that approach. Only for me it'll be more like "You are a younger woman. Perhaps you could refresh my memory?"

  6. Hey, speakin' of Canadian music, I've been diggin' on a Stompin' Tom Conners' tune -- "Bud the Spud" -- for the past few days. That's song's got everything!

    I went to see this guy on Wednesday:
    David Lindley

    Blew my mind, he did! Played every type of stringed instrument you can imagine, and a few you can't. I've been meaning to blog about the shows I've seen recently, just haven't had the time. Going to see Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard tonight in Vegas.

    "What was I doing here? What was the meaning of this trip? Was I just roaming around in a drug frenzy of some kind? Or had I really come out here to Las Vegas to work on a story? Who are these people, these faces? Where do they come from? They look like caricatures of used car dealers from Dallas, and sweet Jesus, there were a hell of a lot of them at 4:30 on a Sunday morning, still humping the American dream, that vision of the big winner somehow emerging from the last minute pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino."