Hope you weren’t expecting too much of a post, but I just noticed this will be our 500th.
Recently, we asked our readers on Twitter to suggest interesting questions for us to answer on this momentus occasion. We got no responses. Our reaction in song form:
We decided to come up with our own questions instead.
1. What song do you wish you wrote/could perform?
K: I have this fantasy where I’m Basia Bulat, wearing a long, faded dress printed with Prairie Roses, playing The Shore (Heart Of My Own, 2010) in an old, dark church hall with tall, arching stained-glass windows peering into spiny October trees scrabbling against the glass. Basically, she’s a huge inspiration for me – as a multi-instrumentalist, as a folk artist, as a normal girl who does extraordinary things. Her collaborations with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra have given me hope that the integration between classical and indie music can inject revenue and listenership into an aging genre. Basically, I just really want an autoharp now.
S: It was between two Kevin Drew songs, but I ended up going with Big Love, because it’s a song I love but also something I would likely never come up with on my own.
2. If you could swap out the singer for your favourite song, who would you choose?
K: Kathryn William’s 2004 cover of Big Star‘s Thirteen is simple, sweet, and ever so sad. Almost better than the original? (Don’t slap me, purists)
S: One of my favourite songs of all time is Ceremony by New Order. No one can really touch the original, but Thom Yorke did an awesome cover, so he would be my pick.
3. If you had to get any CD cover tattooed on your body, which album would you pick?
K: I’d like a tattoo of an old-tymey swallow suckerpunching an owl under a silhouette of birds-on-a-wire smoking cigarettes, except instead of a wire, it would be a felt banner propped up by two cakepops. But for an album cover, the next best thing would be MGMT‘s Congratulations on my ass.
S: The thought of actually having to do that gives me anxiety… (I have no tattoos) but I’ve always really liked the cover art for Broken Social Scene’s self-titled album. Fleet Foxes have some beautiful artwork, and I’m on a Tame Impala binge right now, and their artwork has that cool instagram-y vibe?
4. If you could feed any instrumentalist to a pool of sharks so that you’d never have to hear that sound again, which instrument would you pick?
K: I would destroy all saxophones except this one:
S: I never took any musical lessons as a kid, so I’m always envious of people who can play an instrument and kind of think they’re all cool? Maybe auto-tune (if that’s considered an instrument) but even then I kinda enjoy it when people have an auto-tune moment.
5. Best concert you’ve ever been to?
K: Caribou at the London Ontario Live Arts festival 2010. Others described the concert as having “beautiful huge sound” which would be an apt description of the experience.
S: The last memorable one was the Black Keys with Arctic Monkeys, just a great night overall. Also, when I saw the Pixies a few years ago that was pretty great.
6. Favourite Toronto concert venue?
K: Is it just me, or have the kids gotten taller these days? I covet a venue that offers a clear line of sight to the stage, and if I’m also granted a healthy berth for dancing, I’m basically in concert heaven. I enjoy The Opera House, The Great Hall, Mod Club, and Lee’s Palace. I can’t stand The Phoenix, and yet it seems like all my favourite bands wanna play there! (Caribou, Joanna Newsom, Rilo Kiley, tUnE-yArDs)
S: Now that I’ve gotten older, it’s a place that you can drink at but also has seats. WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT ME?!?