January 2, 2009
A.C Newman - The Palace at 4 AM As the lead singer/songwriter for the New Pornographers, AC Newman is releasing a new solo album (Jan 20th, 2009) loaded with pure indie pop songs. 
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January 3, 2009
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January 4, 2009
A Few New Albums in 2009

Been looking over the various album release lists for 2009 and noticed a stack of new music being released that I’m looking forward to hearing. Here are some bands releasing new music this year:

  • January 20 - Bon Iver
  • January 27 - Bruce Springsteen, Franz Ferdinand, Andrew Bird
  • February 10 - Ben Lee
  • February 17 - M. Ward, Morrissey
  • March 3 - Neko Case,  U2
  • March 10 - Madeline Peyroux
  • March 24 - The Decemberists
  • March 31 - Great Lake Swimmers
  • April 14 - Dave Matthews Band
  • April 22 - Depeche Mode
  • May 5 - The National

Other bands expected to release new material (dates not set):

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Beastie Boys
  • Blur
  • Doves
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Starsailor
  • The Strokes
  • Sonic Youth
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Our Lady Peace
  • The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • Radiohead
  • Silversun Pickups
  • Stone Temple Pilots

This is just a small list…. they will be lots of great indie stuff that will be released throughout the year that you probably don’t want to miss.

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Spectacular Space Photo of the Christmas Tree Cluster
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Shad - Compromise I rarely listen to rap/hip-hop… so posting a song like this is a bit out of the norm, however, this song from a Canadian hip-hop art
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January 5, 2009
Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ”Patriotism” is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by ”patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare /never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.
Erich Fromm
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Sam Roberts - Where Have All the Good People Gone Oh the Milky Way has gone a little sour The leaves dried and the flower fell away I’ve been sitting, I’ve been waiting for a sign Inhuman beings taking up all of my time
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January 7, 2009
Dear AAPL re: offer to upgrade to iTunes+ at $0.30/song: Go fuck yourselves. I took your stupid DRM off myself, too late to bill me

Clay Shirky (via vruz)

I second this…

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Song of the Day: Leonard Cohen - Democracy “Sail on, sail on O mighty Ship of State! To the Shores of Need Past the Reefs of Greed Through the Squalls of Hate Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on.”
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“Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight.You gotta kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight” Bruce Cockburn, “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”
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When I am dead, let it be said of me: ‘He belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, least of all to any regime except the regime of liberty.’
Gustave Courbet
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January 8, 2009
Morrissey - All You Need Is Me (Taken from Years of Refusal) The new Morrissey album has leaked ahead of its February 17th release date. Listening to it now and it is definitely some of his best work in years.  Take a listen… “
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Liberty is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake,… of searching and experimenting,… of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, social, and even political.
Ignazio Silone
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January 9, 2009
collectiverevolution: dopezombie: (via wisefool)
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Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.
Gerard K. O’Neill - From the 1981 book,  2081: A Hopeful View of the Human Future
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fear is the mind-killer. fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. i will face my fear. i will permit it to pass over me and through me. and when it has gone past me i will turn to see fear’s path. where the fear has gone there will be nothing. only i will remain.
dune by frank herbert (via elevatordreams) (via suddenly) (via gaseousbrain)
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January 10, 2009
Morrissey - Black Cloud (Taken from the Years of Refusal) Here’s another track from the (leaked) upcoming release… I like Morrissey when he is at his rocking best.
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Human history begins with man’s act of disobedience which is at the very same time the beginning of his freedom and development of his reason.
Erich Fromm
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But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness — each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked — each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity.
Herbert Butterfield
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Corporate Code of Conduct
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apartmentone: LOVE THIS (via moltoamorosa)
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The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
David Friedman
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January 11, 2009
The Smiths/Housemartins Mashup - The Charming Caravan I’m not a huge fan of mashups… they might be good to listen to once at most. I’m sharing this one only because I like both bands and this mashup works. If you want to
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The refuge of the morally, intellectually, artistically and economically bankrupt is war.
Martin H. Fischer
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The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.
Omar Bradley
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January 12, 2009
When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.
Robert A. Heinlein from If This Goes On
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Hannah Georgas — Let’s Talk Amidst the noise of pop culture, nothing is better than discovering real talent buried in all that noise. Hannah Georgas, based in Vancouver by way
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Heard this song on the radio this afternoon… good old Stompin Tom Connors singing “The Hockey Song” which really should be Canada’s national anthem. Watching the old footage in this video takes me back to those Saturday ni
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snuh: Rage Against the Machine: Guerrilla Radio And it happens to be Zack de la Rocha’s birthday today! 
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Japanese Maple
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Where did summer go? Please come back… 
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January 13, 2009
The size of the financial markets … has become so monstrously huge, there is no other means of maintaining stability than to establish a psychology of confidence. The governments themselves can only project to the markets a sense they know what they’re doing.
David M. Smick
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Using Play Tagger to Share Music

Delicious (website)Image via Wikipedia

Knowing that Tumblr only allows one song post per day, getting around this limitation is pretty easy. You can post songs hosted by a third-party host (I like http://www.hotlinkfiles.com) and as a heavy delicious user, I just discovered another cool way of sharing music using play tagger from Delicious.

What I like is that I can post multiple songs on one posting… something like this:

Mates Of State - My Only Offer

The D’Urbervilles - Hot Tips

Bon Iver - Blood Bank

All you need to do is grab the one line javascript and throw it into your theme.

As you can see, you can play posted music right in the webpage and you can also bookmark mp3sinto Delicious for future reference, future playback (within Delicious) or for sharing with others. I have tagged my bookmarked mp3s as “sharedmusic” so you will see (and hear) my shared music @ http://delicious.com/gcn1/sharedmusic

I haven’t tried feeding the “shared music” RSS feed into tumblr, but that might be another way to automatically post music that you have bookmarked through your internet travels.

UPDATE (Feb 7th, 2009): Take a look at http://musicfeed.tumblr.com where I have added the “sharedmusic” RSS feed from Delicious into the Feeds tab in the Tumblr dashboard. Now, I can automatically import those songs into Tumblr that I have bookmarked.
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Obama’s Playlist | CBC Radio Canadians choose 49 songs from North of the 49th parallel that defines Canada to the new President.
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Buy, baby, buy
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Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
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I've been tagged...

vruz has tagged me and this is something I haven’t done before… so I’m going to give it a shot.

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 16 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

  1. I love being a father to two amazing little boys.
  2. I love to cook because food brings people together and its a great way to share life with others.
  3. I love technology but am not into gadgets. My only useless gadget purchase was a Palm IIIe which I used for about a week before giving up on it.
  4. My first computer was a Commodore PET and haven’t been without a computer since.
  5. I love music and can’t be in a room without having it on… I also carry my iPod pretty much every I go.
  6. I have visited a few places… Italy, England, US and Canada and the one place I would retreat to in heartbeat would be Newfoundland (or pretty much anywhere on the Canadian east coast) Some of the nicest and most genuine people you’ll ever meet living on spectacular and beautifully rugged lands.
  7. I find writing to be very difficult and am amazed at those who are so prolific at it. I can hear the words but they never come out they way I’m thinking them.
  8. I don’t like big parties. I prefer small, intimate gatherings which fits my quiet, reserved nature.
  9. I’ve been referred to as the ‘keyboard commando’ for  knowing so many computer keyboard shortcuts.
  10. I play the guitar…and know that deep in me is a guitar god just wanting to be unleashed.
  11. I don’t like watching movies… I usually fall asleep after the first 10 minutes. Drives people crazy.
  12. I enjoy a good beer, single malt scotch or red wine over great conversation. I don’t like sweet alcoholic drinks… they make me gag.
  13. I’m a news junkie… politics, economics, finance etc.
  14. Never thought this would happen but I recently started gardening… have grown tomatoes, lettuce, garlic, beans successfully. Great stress reliever!
  15. I like exploring new cities/towns by foot… and I have a keen sense of direction which is always helpful.
  16. I have curly hair which I always wished was straight. Now that I’m older, I don’t mind anymore.

Here are the 16 people I’m tagging. If you have already posted your 16, great! If you don’t want to or don’t care, no worries. Enjoy reading those who have posted.





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Simple Vacuum Helmet Creating a Sensation
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January 14, 2009
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It is really, really cold today here in Toronto… -30c (-22f)…
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