Some musical odds and ends:
First, about a week ago, I attended an Polaris record salon here in Toronto at the Drake Hotel. The basic idea is to get a whole bunch of music fans in one room to listen to and discuss an album that could potentially be in the running for the Polaris music prize. The main attraction is probably the interview with the band between record sides. If you can’t tell from my exceedingly blurry picture, I got the chance to hear the Handsome Furs talk about their globally inspired album Sound Kapital. I actually have the original Exclaim magazine review of this album up on my wall, if that tells you anything about my opinion of the album (perhaps my most-played album of the summer?).
Also I’m trying to make a point of collecting all of my ticket stubs. I think it would be pretty great to look back in a few years at all of the shows I’ve been to. If only I was rich enough to buy a bigger momento at each show, but this is going to have to do! That list of words is not random, as most visitors to my room tend to think (“why would you put up a paper that says stupid on your wall??”), it’s a Graham Wright setlist. Yeah, sorry Graham, I kind of took it.