Shrimp Confession

Confession: At tonight’s software demo event it was ME who ate all the shrimp.

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Hip Hop Proverbs #8

Of course constructive criticism isn’t always appreciated and yet, hindsight reveals a profound Hip Hop Proverb…truth:

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CanCon 8: The New Deal

For the record while Nickelback and Bieber Fever are Canadian exports, it was Americans who made them big. Just saying we all played a part in that sad tale. And yet there’s so much good music coming out of Canada. I’ll be in the US Grandpa Simpson rambling about some band that’s HUGE in Canada and earn blank looks. Who or what are you talking about? So that’s the purpose behind this CanCon Column every Tuesday at 9am…to provide illumination of Canadian music: retro, past and present/future. Any suggestions email or use comments below.

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Fresh Fridays: Big Black Delta “Side of the Road”

From the NewMusic Ten Archives…a Fresh Friday with Big Black Delta:

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Hip Hop Proverbs #7

Existential questions include: Who Am I? Why do I feel so alone in this world? And…what does this Hip Hop Proverb even mean?

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CanCon 7: Ivana Santilli

For the record while Nickelback and Bieber Fever are Canadian exports, it was Americans who made them big. Just saying we all played a part in that sad tale. And yet there’s so much good music coming out of Canada. I’ll be in the US Grandpa Simpson rambling about some band that’s HUGE in Canada and earn blank looks. Who or what are you talking about? So that’s the purpose behind this CanCon Column every Tuesday at 9am…to provide illumination of Canadian music: retro, past and present/future. Any suggestions email or use comments below.

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Fresh Fridays: Wordburglar “Drawings with Words”

From the NewMusic Ten Archives…a Fresh Friday with Wordburglar:

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RE: U2 “Invisible” (RED) Edit Version

You pay attention when Mark Romanek issues a new music video.

This is the mad-visionary behind Cash’s “Hurt” video. And of course Jay-Z’s stark “99 Problems,” and the Thunderdome styled “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz. (Shame he’s not worked with Bowie often, just imagine what those 2 brainiacs could cook up!).

Mark Romanek knows how to forge engaging music videos (which makes his feature film work so utterly disappointing, it’s charged with being boring, one of the more grievous Artistic sins to commit). Happily Mark is back in the Director’s Chair with U2’s Invisible. (An edited version of which aired during ye old Super Bowl).

Smartly and simply designed the illuminated countdown kicks off the sonic party. Smoothly rolling into a black and white light show bathing an intimate U2 gathering. Maybe it’s because I’m immature and still attracted to shiny objects but the projected firework sparks draw my eye. That just looks…warm. And inviting, like a fireplace at a cabin.

I dig the ending: what should have been a simple rock band video shot in a Santa Monica airport hangar, Mark gives voice to the crowd who chant: “There is no them, there’s only us.” A kind of a reverse Occupy gathering.

Nice. Well done Mr. Romanek.

Pop Culture Tangent: Cash’s Hurt video was like, the last time we all agreed on something…like everybody: critics, fans, casual observers…we could point to that visceral video and admit: that’s fresh. Cash’s Hurt works because it’s a bonfire of images, we watch his iconic life goes up in flames. U2 also have an empire of images and depending on how their story ends…they too have a Hurt slash bonfire of images video in them.

They’re one of the few bands that could pull off a final bonfire poignant video. Radiohead, Dylan, Stones maybe. If Romanek is not available for the end of U2 then hopefully there will be an enterprising and engaging director so that we can gather together around the YouTube and watch it all burn. Together.

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Hip Hop Proverbs #6

Who knew Vanilla Ice could be so inspirational? This Hip Hop Proverb is like after-school-special gold! In the school of life…not everyone deserves a participation award:

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CanCon 6: Bass Is Base

For the record while Nickelback and Bieber Fever are Canadian exports, it was Americans who made them big. Just saying we all played a part in that sad tale. And yet there’s so much good music coming out of Canada. I’ll be in the US Grandpa Simpson rambling about some band that’s HUGE in Canada and earn blank looks. Who or what are you talking about? So that’s the purpose behind this CanCon Column every Tuesday at 9am…to provide illumination of Canadian music: retro, past and present/future. Any suggestions email or use comments below.

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