Sunday, January 29, 2006
Hey! I've moved! Check out the brand new Pregnant Without Intercourse @ www.pwithouti.com
Saturday, January 28, 2006
"Your call is important to us, please stay on the line..."
Justaminit! We're fixin' things technically, like. The new site will likely be up next week. Keep an eye peeled for www.pwithouti.com Toodles F to tha C
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Can you lend me a hand?
I'm looking for (a) web and/or graphic designer(s) with an outsized love for music (particularly Canadian independent stuff) and a desire to give back to that community (i.e. ply his/her/their trade for below market rate). A non-profit organization of my acquaintance is looking to set up its corporate identity (logos, websites etc.) and, like all NGOs, there isn't much in the way of a budget. Compensation would be a mix of money (not much) and contra-adverts as well as - potentially - some time spent with some cool musicians, not to mention that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you feel you've done the right thing. Drop me a line in the comment box (or via e-mail: fatcitizen nospam (at) gmail (dot) com) . Speaking of web-type stuff, I'm reaching the end of my proverbial rope with bandwidth issues (despite the heroic efforts of my man Cammy, we're about to come up face to face with another incident of "30 days of bandwidth lasting only 25 days"). I'm wondering: A) If any of the 200-300 of you who visit me every day have an idea of where I might get solid web service (lots of storage, LOTS of bandwidth...) for relatively little cash; or, B) What you'd think of me reducing the podcasting archives to, say, the last five shows. I could offer archived shows on special arrangement, but I'd reduce the ongoing server demand of new subscribers digging through the vault. That said, I'd love for you to be able to access the vault too. Anyway...feedback sincerely appreciated! Pregnant Pause The nominations are in for the 2006 Bloggies. I'm definately voting for Frank, Sean/Jordan/Dan, and Rannie. So much else to say, but so little time...I'll try and catch up with y'all soon...
Sunday, January 22, 2006
"...et le vote ethnique"
Not sure why more people haven't noticed this little gem from Nicolas Van Praet's article in today's Gazette: (subscription only) "Nine of the 75 candidates the Bloc is running in this election were born outside Canada (including) Maka Kotto, a Camerooninan...When he was introducing some of those candidates and finally spotted Kotto...Duceppe joked that he couldn't see him in the dark. Everyone laughed." Not that there's enough time before les elections tomorrow, but maybe somone ought not to let Msr. Duceppe off the hook for this...
Saturday, January 21, 2006
That Shit is DOPE
Three things you need to know about this week's episode of The Podcast Without I...(to which you can subscribe by simply cutting and pasting http://www.pwi.racknine.net/podcast.xml into your copy of iTunes or iPodder. Or, if you'd like, you can subscribe to it through the good folks at Odeo). 1) There are more songs about drugs then there are about the election on Monday. 2) That's a good thing 3) I'm on the lookout for any subscriber to the cast who might be having trouble with their xml files. I thought I'd ironed out all the kinks a while back but some people may be downloading shows (which should be about an hour each) coming in as less than 30 minutes worth of file. Pregnant Pause This page seems to have the text of a Citizen article on the closure of Record Runner. (Just don't get me started on my feelings toward the sport of Ultimate - or, as I like to call it, Fetch).
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Condos kill another music landmark...
No, not that one. On January 21st, Ottawa's Record Runner will close its doors after more than 30 years of slingin' some of the Capital's best vinyl, acetate and silicon-wrapped, laser-etched aluminum. The entire block of Rideau street where the store currently resides (a block which also includes The Capital Music Hall, Ottawa's largest non-stadium live venue) will soon be cleared to make way for a two-tower condo development. It's kinda sad and I'll tell you why. Turning people on to new music is one of my passions. There's nothing like the feeling you can get when you help a friend discover art that improves their life. Whenever someone in Ottawa confided in me with a "I really know nothing about music, where should I start?" My response was always the same: "Hit the back wall at Record Runner." That back wall was a compendium of solid advice delivered $11.99 at a time, the Rock and Roll equivalent of a tiny mom and pop hardware store. On it, hung a collection of pretty much everything you needed to build a sturdy record collection: old-school hammers (Zeppelin, Maiden, Sabbath); modern-rock nails (The Pixies, The Clash, The Replacements); song writing hardwood (Neil Young and Leonard Cohen); rock-hard foundation materials (Howlin' Wolf); bright swirls of the greatest instrumental paint (Miles Davis and Charles Mingus) and some of those doahickies that you never quite know how to use but wouldn't want to live without (like Tom Waits and Laurie Anderson). My girlfriend's first Tom Waits album was purchased off that wall. I gave it to her as a test. She passed. One of my best friends has a copy of London Calling from the back wall. I bought it for him to fill a glaring gap in his otherwise encyclopaedic record collection. Not only did he forgive me for being a patronizing prick (I think my exact words at the time may have been "Well, without London Calling it's not really a record collection then, is it?") he thanked me for adding Rudie Can't Fail, Lost in the Supermarket and Death or Glory to his life. Though Record Runner's owner says he'll try to lease a new location in the next while, I fear this closure is yet another sign of greater trends in technology and commerce. In fact, I'm pretty confident that in another decade or two what we know as a record store will probably pretty much cease to exist. Every week, we as listeners are more and more comfortable with music being an ephemeral thing; liner notes have been replaced by website bios, stores are closing to focus on websites and some of the record shops that have remained open are placing garbage cans outside their doors for iPodders to toss away their extraneous jewel cases and cover art on the way home to their computers. None of this is the end of the world; I'm ready for the change. But I sure am gonna miss that back wall.
Monday, January 16, 2006
So much to say, mais aucun temps pour le dire
Hey y'all, sorry for the delay in checkin' in...I'm once again buried under accents circonflexes (and other - even more fun - stuff which will be revealed in due time) Faithful subscribers to the podcast will have noticed that Episode 14 went up on Sunday. You Johnny (and Janey) come latelys can get ahold of it here or join the cool crowd and subscribe by dropping http://www.pwi.racknine.net/podcast.xml into your browsers. This weeks' episode features brand new stuff from Montréal's Islands as well as Belle and Sebastian, Cat Power and The Glass. It also includes a visit from two of my favourite songwriters NQ Arbuckle(who has a show at the Cadillac Lounge in Toronto on Saturday February 11th) Jason Colette, whose show at The Main Hall Saturday night was a great mix of solid songwriting, well-chosen arrangements (remember when everyone had a saxaphone player just like Colette's band? Now all the cool kids are playing violin) and (really) soft-separatist politics ("Now I'm from Toronto," Colette confessed, "but I've given it a lot of thought and I've decided to vote Bloc.") Overall the show was a great time. If anything, I got what I expected from Colette and was genuinely and pleasantly surprised by the work of opening act (and Colette backup group) Paso Mino which featured some swooningly-good Hammond organ bits and a well-burnished barritone singing lead (I'd tell you the lead singers name, if it was available ANYWHERE online...Dear Paso Mino, I rather like your band, please write a press kit!) Pregnant Pause 11 Great Reasons (OK, 13 if you include Radiohead and the Fugees, but I don't) to be excited about the music of 2006 (Via LHB)
Friday, January 13, 2006
The International Federation of Competative Eating (IFOCE) Research Division, in response to dozens of requests from eaters and fans, has announced that it will seek to determine the exact weight of David Hasselhoff’s head. In other scary Friday the 13th news: When chatrooms for "romantic older men" go bad: "He just came in slamming on me, saying all kinds of derogatory crap: that I was a fat, bald, broke old man who sits around in a rusted wheelchair," said Charpentier, who has a chronic back injury. "I don't even own a wheelchair." (Via Metafilter) Killer shrimp! Cat Power is streaming all of her new album on Myspace (actually, it's not scary at all, it's actually quite good).
Thursday, January 12, 2006
My name is Fatcitizen and I am a "pro-user zealot"
Ok folks, been really busy the last couple of days working on a new, exciting, super-secret radio-type project. Can't wait to tell you more about it, but until the wraps are off...there's more almost-musical news This just in: Sam Bulte (ibid) may well be officially losing her shit. Last night at an all-candidates meeting, Bulte, the MP for Parkdale/High Park, and lead author of Canada's last two pieces of draft copyright legislation, referred to people who disagree with her approach to copyright law and conflict of interest as "Michael Geist and his pro-user zealots." If it weren't so hilarious (I mean, shouldn't we all - particularly our elected officials - be in favour of consumers? What's the opposite? A "pro-record industry zealot"?) it would be kinda scary. Come to think of it, "Michael Geist and His Pro-User Zealots" sounds like it might be a decent - if somewhat clunky - name for an independent band. Think of a kind of 21st century techno-blues review. The Blues Explosion meets The Polyphonic Spree meets Kraftwerk... Anyway, Prof. Geist, and the rest of us, I guess, have become the target of Ms. Bulte's ire by suggesting that someone who writes copyright legislation (Sam, that'd be you) shouldn't take money from the industries who benefit most from restrictive copyright law (that'd be the folks like the Canadian Recording Industry Association and other entertainment industry types who are throwing Sam a $250/plate fundraiser next week). Sounds simple to me, but I'm not a Liberal MP. Anyhoo, Accordion Guy has the video evidence from last night and, from what I've heard, future all candidates meetings will also be recorded for posterity. More info to follow. On a non-political note, Montreal's late-winter concert calendar seems to be shaping up quite nicely. (Just check out how lucky the 27th of the month is in January AND February. There are worse dilemmas than those , I assure you). In the shorter term, I'm looking forward to Jason Collet's show at Main Hall this weekend and, if you like genuine songwriting and warm guitar sounds, you should be too. Photos and a review to come. I recommence my French education on Monday...wish me luck! Pregnant Pause Yo! Wanna wrestle? Patterson Hood on his future in the music business: "As long as you can't download a tee-shirt, I'm gonna be ok." (Via LHB) Oh, and LHB also has this cool link to a preview and track listing for the new DBT's album. (I've said it before, I'll say it again, I have NO idea how David does it. Every day, almost every story that matters. Keep up the good work, friend)
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Two minutes for hook(er)ing
<--- This may be the coolest looking hockey horror picture I've seen since this one. ----> The accompanying feature article in New York Magazine by Keith Gessen isn't too shabby either.
Free Acorn Album Online!
Cool News! Kelp records heroes and PWI alt-folk/post rock faves The Acorn have made a special Christmas album available for free on their website. The album: Live in Royal Albert Hall was "recorded live" with "Jim O'Rourke" and features some kick-ass covers of Ottawa- valley favourites which normally I'd save for the podcast...but I can't. This wonderful version of The Fiftymen's For the Sake of My Pride has to be heard now, today, immediately... Listen to For the Sake of My Pride by The Acorn ...and perhaps again on the podcast this weekend. Pregnant Pause Repeat after me: PWI is not a political place, PWI is not a political place, PWI is not a political place...then again, the Tories still scare the hell outa me. It's not perfect, but this online singing machine is pretty cool and it still sounds better than most of the karaoke I've been forced to listen to.
Monday, January 09, 2006
"Smoove, that's how we do it..."
Miami Vice, the Movie. Bad? Likely. So bad it's good? TBD.
It burns...it burrrrrrrns!!!
I've said before that PWI isn't a political place, per-se, but: 1) This whole worsening Sam Bulte fiasco (check out my colleague David Fewer's interesting analysis of it) has me thinking (perhaps idly): When can Canadians expect to elect a Prime Minister who's the best choice instead of the better of two evils? (clarification courtesty of OC in the comments) 2) I've been wondering for much of the last few weeks what to do with my vote as an english speaking federalist in a riding where the once and future MP is the guy in the hat. 3) I really needed an excuse to run this picture of Martin boring the skin off a group of seven-year olds. Updated concert schedule to come later this week.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Yngwie Malmsteen's not dead! His spirit is alive and well and living in Japan if this video can be believed...(thanks Scott)
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Can't Win for losing
Can I think of anything less palatable than wearing my number 12 Mike Fisher jersey and an ill-fitting Ottawa Senators touque (either I bought a child's size or my noggin is officially larger than the holes in the Sen's current lineup) to this debacle? Yes, yes I can. How about hearing the Arcade Fire's Rebellion (Lies) in an ad on the Molson Centre big screen for Cold-fX (the faux-drug endorsed by Don Cherry and, surprisingly, Margaret Atwood)? Yup, the Arcade Fire in an ad, and not even a tasteful VW commercial either, but rather a glorified powerpoint presentation with pictures of the Canadien's trainer being quoted on the powers of "the Cold-fX system" or some such nonsense. The way I'm thinking, either somebody's made a commercial without consulting the band and that somebody's gonna get GOOOOD and sued, or Win and the gang have changed their minds about licensing their music in the strangest of ways... Anyway, I promise that there is no content about cold remedies or disappointing hockey results in this week's podcast, but there is a little bit on Win and Regine's tendency to stalk my girlfriend and I. (It's a true story, and not a surprising one, I mean, just LOOK at the guy, it's Cape Fear all over...am I right?) If you're just downloading this episode, please Right Click, Save As or better yet...plunk http://www.pwi.racknine.net/podcast.xml into your iPodder or iTunes.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Letterman gets political?
OK, now I know the world is going upside down. In case you haven't already seen it, here's the video (wmv) of David Letterman eschewing years of goofiness and neutrality to go after Bill O'Reilly (not a bad idea, mind you, but I still find it rather surprising). Quote of the day "I'm not smart enough to debate you point for point on this but I have a feeling that 60% of what you say is crap."
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
I leave you guys alone for ten minutes...
...and while I'm gone the MP in charge of writing Canada's New Copyright Legislation
sits gets ready to sit down to a $250/plate fundraiser sponsored by CRIA and the rest of the copyright lobby.
Says here Sam Bulte is a "champion for artist's rights." I guess that means she left an extra tip for the working musicians waiting tables at her corporate fundraiser.
HAPPY New Year!
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Take us to your dance floor!
Hey! Happy New Year! Still on the left coast (fatbrother set us up with some tickets to the big hockey game this afternoon so I won't be back in Montreal until tomorrow). Fear not, however, there's still a podcast this week featuring some of Ottawa's latest and greatest including Boycrusher, The Hi Lo Trons and a new demo from Jim Bryson. You can download it (Right Click, Save As...if you please) or, even better, subscribe to the show by plunking http://www.pwi.racknine.net/podcast.xml into your iTunes or iPodder. Hold on tight! 2006 is going to be an amazing year!