Happy Birthday To Me (MBF® Canadian music Treatzzza Pizza)

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I’m 26 years old today. AM I MATURE YET??????**

 

**No

 

My mom gave birth to me when she was 27. That’s one year from now. To put it in perspective, the other night, I ate an entire box of pizza and washed it down with a Stiegl Grapefruit Radler (the perfect grapefruit draught for summer). The only thing I am close to becoming pregnant with is most of a red velvet birthday cake decorated to look like my boyfriend’s face. Yes, I will upload a picture of us eating him. Yes, The Edible Woman is one of my favourite books.

Here are some cool tunes by Canadian bands to celebrate my b-day.

 

Love Solo – Heaven For Real (Halifax) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Ash Mound – Each Other (Montreal) – Bandcamp | Facebook

 

Rough Palms – Faux Fur (Calgary) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Wasteland – Hooded Fang (Toronto) – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Don’t Remind Me – Jay Arner (Vancouver) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

THERE IS MIST IN THE VALLEY – Zacht Automaat (Toronto) – Soundcloud | Facebook

 

Leap Years – Sunny Pompeii (Vancouver) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

Landform II (Shield)Herons Wake (Ottawa) – Bandcamp | Facebook

 

Dead Things PT II – Skye Wallace (Vancouver) – Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

 

Cannons – Little Scream (Montreal) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

OKAY BYE NOW I HAVE TO GO MAKE MY BOYFRIEND’S HEAD CAKE

 

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Musicians I love (and my own creative existential crisis)

Lately I’ve been struggling with creative inspiration.

I’ve been late to reply to emails, shoddy at fulfilling writing commitments, sluggish to decide on music submissions, and absent on my own podcast. I haven’t written a song in months, my journal pages have been blank since January, my mixed media project is 75% complete, and I have a stack of unread library books by the front door. The other day, I couldn’t decide on a movie so I just watched an hour and a half worth of trailers, most of which were from the 80’s and 90’s (I came this close to watching Working Girl).

Basically, I feel mentally bankrupt and the only thing that I can muster up the energy to do is put on my blank, anonymous artist’s glaze and sketch strangers on the subway. At least in crowded café and clustered streetcars, I feel like no one is expecting anything, no one is judging, no one is watching with a critical eye.  I am finally free in an outlet all my own.

As many of you know, Sasha and I celebrated our blog’s fourth birthday this month, and with that came the realization that with much potential comes missed opportunity. I was reviewing past posts and wondering, “Could you have tried harder here? Could you have written more, explored this discography in greater depth? Could you have done a custom illustration for this feature? Could you have agreed to that interview?” A more ambitious version of myself is kicking the sandwich out of my current’s self’s hands.

Sometimes I wonder how other bloggers & journos do it. How does one wrap 1000+ neat words into a pithy post complete with a pleasantly drôle yet incisive b&w sketch? I feel like I need to learn Adobe Illustrator and a billion other complex design programs (as well as five coding languages) just to stay relevant.

What can I offer at the party? A side-scrolling verbal wrap-up of current events? A dumb and erratic dance sequence? Crumbs on my tits?

At this point, I’m looking for something to inject me with a sense of purpose. But for now, since this is a music blog, I want to clean out the inbox. That’s mainly the point of these Grab Bag Posts – it’s my effort to stay on top of things (failing miserably). One day, I will find the right balance of posting exactly what I want and honouring our obligation to undiscovered musicians. I am searching for it every day.

Sometimes I consider yanking down our blog email address, but then I wouldn’t have met the absolutely LOVELY GEMS of First Rate People, Delta Will, Walrus, Sheepman, High Diner, The Planes, The Blank Tapes, Ketamines, Jay Arner, Faux Fur, Michael Rault, The Dirty Nil, Yoofs, Lost On Purpose, Adam Torres, plus people like Leaning Trees RecordsGraveyard Orbit, Mike of My Boy The Riot Girl, Jason of Astral Travelling, ect.

So this post goes out all of you who have connected with me as a human idiot, or with Music Between Friends. I think of all the genuinely cool people that I’ve had the chance to meet, and I am glad.

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Indie-licious Tues Jan 28th 2014

1. Animal Totem (Chants Remix) – Cock & Swan
2. Phantoms – K H U S H I
3. Return To Lonely Mountain – The Holy Mountain Analog Band
4. Dreamers – Scavenger Hunt
5. The Wire – HAIM
6. Coffee – Sylvan Esso
7. In Search Of The Miraculous – Mark McGuire
8. Burnt – Faux Fur
9. Heat Distraction – Women
10. Creation – The Shine Brothers
11. Passing Out The Pieces – Mac DeMarco
12. Colours To Life – Temples
13. Help Me Out – Jacco Gardner
14. Some Time Alone, Alone – Melody’s Echo Chamber

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