Bad day? Black Lips.

Let me tell you a story.

I’m three weeks away from moving into my new apartment in Toronto, so I decide it would be a good idea to get my G license before I sell my car.

I wake up on a gorgeous sunny morning. The night before, I was super Type-A and replaced my indicator lightbulbs and topped up my fluids. I make my way to the testing center with some homemade chocolate trail mix and an apple in my pocket.

I wait on standby and luckily, someone cancels. My tester gets into the car and we breeze through all the checkpoints (I even did a parfect parallel park without scraping nearby cars).

I’m flying down the highway at a conservative 100 clicks when I notice that my car has begun making a choking tutter, like a disapproving mother-in-law. I realize the radiator is drier than dust and it’s cooking the motor. I’m white-knuckling the steering wheel as the tester mouths instructions. We’re less than a kilometer back when the car completely dies in an intersection in front of a police officer. She storms out of her vehicle threatening fines while I stammer that my car won’t move. Luckily, some guys push me into a nearby abandoned lot as rush hour traffic whizzes by. The driving tester shakes her head, rips my test, and tells me I’ve failed. My car gets towed away to the wrecking yard.

Now I have no car, no G license, and no way to get to work for the next 3 weeks.

How do I cope? Black Lips on repeat, forever.

I want to laugh and I want to cry
I want to spit, but my mouth is dry
I want to run but I can’t cause my legs don’t go.
Where did they go?

Goodbye Summer! A playlist by indie-licious and Music Between Friends

What a perfect way to celebrate the end of summer – by listening to great music. My friends have been at me to put together a playlist, so finally I buckled down and slapped together a few of my favourite tracks from the summer of 2011.

In this one, you’ll find brand new releases from Neon Indian, Ducktails, and Extra Happy Ghost, noisy tracks from Wise Blood, Nikkiya and Tobacco, soothing jams from Digits and Beirut and “Hey, I heard that in Urban Outfitters” tracks from Bombay Bicycle Club, Lykke Li, and Black Lips.

Grab it before it’s gone :)

Track Listing
01 Changes - Digits
02 2 All The Girls Who Have Trusted Me - Wise Blood
03 Teenage Girls - Bad Sports
04 Mercy, Mercy - Extra Happy Ghost
05 When I Was High - Nikkiya
06 Six Royal Vipers - Tobacco
07 Kelly - When Saints Go Machine
08 Love Out Of Lust - Lykke Li
09 East Harlem - Beirut
10 Art Vandelay - Ducktails
11 What Would I Want? Sky - Animal Collective
12 Modern Art - Black Lips
13 I Wanna Do It - Sonny and the Sunsets
14 Polish Girl - Neon Indian
15 Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club
Download playlist
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Indie-licious Podcast! July 19th 2011

For those of you who may have forgotten, I do a weekly radio show on CFMU on Tuesdays from 5-6pm called Indie-licious. I finished tomorrow’s show early, so check it out! I was in a bit of a goofy mood, as you will see when you listen to me speak… in a variety of character voices…

Indie-licious – July 19th 2011

Tracklist:

1. Menopause ManAriel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
2. You Will Always Bring Me FlowersShannon and the Clams
3. I’m Gonna TryShimmering Stars
4. In Tall GrassTara Jane O’Neil
5. Fog EmotionVetiver
6. Family TreeBlack Lips
7. MarriageGold Panda
8. Oh, Ivory!Light Pollution
9. Ah!Oval
10. Some WrittenMetronomy
11. Hands In The SkyHere We Go Magic
12. Midnight RunnerCut Copy
13. All Die YoungSmith Westerns
14. Flashy StormCandy Claws
15. BelongWashed Out