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Band concert - The high school bands had a concert tonight to let family members hear the pieces they'll be playing at the regional competition next week. K is in two of the three bands so, of course, we were there. We last...

Links - DJ Earworm has posted his 2009 mashup of the top 25 Billboard hits. The long longlist for the National Post's impromptu Canada Also Reads competition is up. McNally Robinson is closing two of their four stores. It's interesting that the...

Free - Vanguard Records is offering up a free holiday sampler with artists such as Serena Ryder, Joe Purdy, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, and (my favourite) Josh Ritter. They are not Christmas songs (maybe one is, I can't remember right now)...

Pending - I could go on and on about the weather (cold, snowy, storm on the way) or about how J's throat is sore again or I could post this, which I think is more interesting: Canadian Recording Industry Faces $6 Billion...

Boring - I miss the days when the American Music Awards were edgy and kinda wild and half the winners were drunk or high and you never knew what people were going to say. They were fun then. I have my doubts...

Music Fest - Tonight, we attended Music Fest at the high school. K's band, along with four other bands from schools in the area, each played two pieces of music and then they joined together in a massed band for three more. It...

Music - Dose.ca has a free mix available. Become a fan of iTunes Canada on Facebook and get a "back to school" sampler....

Three - Did you know that the piano parts on BTO's Takin' Care of Business were played by the pizza delivery guy? Wikipedia says it's not true but Randy Bachman himself told the story. Very interesting documentary. Rehearsals for the girls' play...

Josh Ritter - On Friday night, Ice, Newt, Maryann, and I went to see Josh Ritter at the London Music Hall. It was an almost last minute thing because I didn't hear about the concert until the Monday before and then only because...

Needed: coherent sentences - Had a great time at the Josh Ritter concert tonight. Too tired at the moment so will post details tomorrow....

NxEW - Yes, I typed that correctly. North by East West "a geographically impossible blog for a geographically impossible country". Find music news, upcoming events, podcasts, free music downloads, and all sorts of other things. And, if you're so inclined, you can...

Life is a cabaret - Tonight, the music department at the high school held a cabaret night. K played with the concert band and there were also performances by the jazz band and the students from the music classes. We sat at tables and there...

A surprise - Tomorrow, J is competing in the Kiwanis Festival again. The kids have the day off school so the girls are coming along too (let's just pretend they're doing that voluntarily and not because I told them that if I couldn't...

April Fool's Day - I didn't spend much time looking around today but, of what I saw, NIN's latest release was my favourite. Watched the series finale of Life on Mars tonight. After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I checked Twitter...

Junos - I think I have a crush on Michael Buble. Not his music so much, just him. Russell Peters wasn't very funny this year. Dallas Green scared me. Kathleen Edwards looked and sounded lovely. The show wasn't nearly as bad as...

Treasure or trash - When we bought this house, we told the former owner (a retired doctor) that he could leave some things behind if he didn't want them anymore. One of those things was a rather large collection of vinyl albums. Ice is...

Last.fm - The other day the team behind Last.fm announced that streaming would no longer be free for those who do not live in the U.S., U.K., or Germany. No more streaming your neighbours' music or your friends' or your recommendations or...

Making noise - K's band is having a sound-a-thon at the end of the month. The plan is to make music for 24 hours straight, from noon Friday to noon Saturday. The kids will be playing in shifts and when it's not their...

Audio diaries - I introduced L to the movie Almost Famous recently. It's one of my favourites and I wanted her to understand why I always laugh when I yell "Don't take drugs!" when she's going out with her friends. Ok, I haven't...

Notes on the Grammys - It was too long. The talking bits were pretty bad. The audience stood up so often it became meaningless. It kinda seemed like the Brit awards at times. Katy Perry wasn't that good live but her boobs looked great. There...

Lullabies - This afternoon, L & I were talking about music when she mentioned that she really liked Superman's Song by the Crash Test Dummies. She said that she has it on a playlist that she uses when she's having trouble sleeping...

iTunes - I've had iTunes for a while but I only used it to buy things, not to play my music. My growing frustration with keeping my playlist up-to-date in Winamp (and Winamp's inability to exclude specific directories from the media library)...

Reduced to randomness - The girls helped with grade 8 night at their high school tonight, K with the band and L leading a tour. I reminded L to smile but forgot to ask if she did. K doesn't need reminding since I think...

It gave me goosebumps again - I've known for some time that the Internet Archive has live concerts available but I never bothered to check them out. I'm not crazy about live recordings and I figured they would mostly have shows by relatively unknown bands. I...

Danko Jones - Coming home from baseball (yet again), Ice turned up the radio for one particular song. Said he really liked it but he didn't know who it was. FM96 DJs seem to have this thing about telling you the name/artist for...