Essential Tracks – April 30

So there is no question that I listen to a lot of music. I think maybe aside from air, it’s the one thing I probably can’t live without. Which makes this week even harder because I can’t seem to find my headphones, which means I’m travelling around town without music… sigh, I feel deprived haha.

So todays post is inspired by music, more the lack of it and 5 tracks I feel that are essential to everyone’s life (mainly ones that I am missing). Now these songs are a bit of a departure for me, well 4 of them, one of them fits with my constant folk-song listening M.O., but change is good right?

1- Toast this Life – Grayson Matthews and Andrew Austin: Now this song appears in an Alexander Keiths commercial (it was written for it) but a full length track has been released. Now I loved this song when I heard it in the commercial, and I have listened to it 4 times already this morning. Folk-sy and wonderful

2- Over the Love – Florence and the Machine: This song is part of “The Great Gatsby” sound track which is being released next week and includes a bunch of new music from artists like Florence. This song is consistent with her style and just lovely.

3- I love it – Icona Pop: Now I am told this song has been around for a while (thanks Josh) and is only starting to make it big on the North American charts. This song is upbeat and a lot of fun (this song is one I am shocked I like so much)

4- Just Give Me a Reason – P!nk ft Nate Ruess: Climbing its way through the pop charts, this stunner by P!nk and F.U.N lead singer Nate Ruess is an easy song to listen on repeat… and be amazed when mid-way through this song there is a “who can singer higher sing-off… hint its pretty much a tie)

5- Bombom – Sam and the Womp: Now this is fully Josh’s influence… but this song is now appearing in Joe Fresh ads all over the place.

I was going to post the biggest song fail that I have heard all week.. but I cant find a decent version, but I am sure when its available, I will probably do a whole post on how terrible it actually is.

Happy Tuesday!

Insert – technology

I am not going to lie, I have been having a bit of a mental block this morning, creatively (ha!) I have had no idea what to write.  Luckily – insert technology. I saw this posted last week, but didn’t really get a chance to read it… but I did today and it’s pretty awesome.

The Smithsonian Institute was able to recover a voice recording from Alexander Graham Bell (yes, that one) which was made in 1855! The audio was originally recorded on a cardboard disc coated with wax. The grooves on the wax, similar to those on a vinyl record, were recovered using high-resolution digital imaging.

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory created a map of the disc, then processed the image to remove any marks or damage that could cause skips or scratches during playback. A computer then calculated the sounds that would have been played back by a stylus moving through the grooves.

You can listen to the recording either here on Wired or here on CBC

How cool is that?!

Chick fil-a

It’s a beautiful Sunday Morning, well least it looks that way from my window.

I’m still reeling a bit from a bar deciding to play porn as it closed. So here’s a video to entertain you while I enjoy the outdoors on this Sunday 🙂

oh drag queens..

The internet and you.

I ran across an interesting article this morning while bumming around the internet and felt like I needed to share.

Now ever since the creation of social media, people have been writing articles warning those on sites like Facebook and twitter to be careful of what they post, since their internet past may come back to haunt them. Now having grown up in the 90’s, I know how terrible it can be when a picture resurfaces of you and your friends posing as Vanilla Ice.. or heaving forbid, Hanson. But I have always been skeptical of how much damage a Facebook account can be to someones reputation outside of those running for say, political office.

Now obviously there are limits to this, if you spend your spare time as part of a cult, or partaking in illegal activities with photographic evidence (clue 1- you’re an idiot), or you’re bad mouthing everything and everyone. But as a general human being, who, with the exception of a few drunken pictures, or that album from your university days, in my opinion, whats the harm? I mean didnt we all go through that phase at one point or another? (some are still going through it, not pointing fingers)

The article that inspired this was posted to Gizmodo, and can be found here.. what are your thoughts about your internet identity?

 

Music Review Fridays – Harmony review

Good Morning!! It’s Friday, finally which means we made it to music review Friday! I know you’re all very excited, I definitely am! Today’s album is Harmony by Canadian songstress Serena Ryder.

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Now this album isn’t exactly new to me… I have had it on my phone for a while, but it’s definitely one of my favourite albums to come out within the last year. I’ve been following Ryder’s career since 2006 when she released “Weak in the Knees”, a song I still listen to today.

Standouts for me on this album is Please Baby Please a piano-esq ballad, Stompa the first release from this album, which gets stuck in my head and makes me want to stomp along, and Heavy Love a song that would definitely hold its own along an adult alternative hit.

I will say that this album isn’t the most cohesive album that I have ever heard, it’s clear that Ryder is experimenting with her sound after years in the music business. This is displayed by the folksy sound of Circle of the Sun or Baby Come Back, to the Nina Simone-esq For You. That being said, the tracks independent of each other are fantastic.

Harmony shows a new maturity to Ryder’s sound. I can’t wait to see where she goes with album number 7!

Harmony is available through iTunes and in music stores across the country.