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Melissa Fong: Electronic music, raves & Toronto’s moral panic on drugs

…they do the work because they want to re-produce the type of city they want to live- the type of city that is worth living in. … …not all entertainment is built the same- some of these very worth while performers and promotors can’t jump through your hoops, or will grow tired doing so. These local, smaller-name talent will seek other places with fewer restrictions- and those other cities, their citizens and tourism will benefit from it. You have local artists just trying to build a city they want to live it- why are you squashing their efforts? One of the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Vatican Rag

Pushing the envelope back when doing so was not such a fashionable undertaking. Hurrah for Tom Lehrer!


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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Oooh, shiny….

Religious texts are full of admonitions about avoiding temptation. The Lord’s Prayer tells God to “lead us not into temptation.” Fat lot of good that does. Not only do we lead ourselves there, we go willingly and eagerly. Pushing and shoving aside those who stand in our way to reach temptation. Ever see the crowds […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Bach, Goldberg Variations (No.26)

Another something that is about a million years away from my playing ability. Woo hoo!

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PostArctica: Pretty Boy Floyd

Saw Dan Bern on stageit tonight and he played this song.

Who are today’s outlaws? More than a couple billion people on the wrong end of the pen, my friends, it could be almost everyone.

Pretty Boy Floyd Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

If you’ll gather ’round me, children, A story I will tell ‘Bout Pretty Boy Floyd, an outlaw, Oklahoma knew him well.

It was in the town of Shawnee, A Saturday afternoon, His wife beside him in his wagon As into town they rode.

There a deputy sheriff approached him In a manner rather rude, Vulgar (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Band of the Month: Revelstoke

Happy Spring! We made it!!

Today’s band is Revelstoke.

Revelstoke, inspired by a sleepy town nestled in the foothills of the Rocky’s, and propelled by the influence of the Toronto urban soundscape. His first ep, ‘My oh My’ is a gentle journey through memorable vocal refrains, guitar looping, and occasionally accented by frantic and unconventional banjo layering. Revelstoke depicts the wonderfully patient and beautifully brooding marriage between the calm and the chaotic.

Check it out!

My-Oh-My by Revelstoke

Band of the Month by Greg O’Toole

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Beethoven, Violin Sonata No.8, 1st Movement.

For many classical music lovers, Beethoven’s eighth violin sonata lives in the long, fiery shadow of the ninth, better known as the “Kreutzer”. This is easy to understand, as the Kreutzer is a prime example of the stormy side of Beethoven—the one many listeners see as his most exciting and revealing trait. However, just as his eighth symphony is the kinder, gentler companion to his towering, formidable ninth, the eighth violin sonata, shorter and less aggressive than the ninth, shows a more lyrical side of Beethoven.

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Thinking about a new ukulele

I’ve been thinking seriously of adding another ukulele to the herd. A tenor resonator, or resophonic, like the Kala shown above. That’s the re-designed 2014 model. I’ve played earlier models, including the 2013 version with the strings attached to a tailpiece (see photo below, left). The 2014 design (shown above) anchors the strings back into […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – LOTR – Gandalf’s Lament

I just happen to have the sheet music for this piece. Now I just need to persuade TIO that she’s really an alto, and we’ll be set.

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: CPLUG songs and more

CPLUG – the Collingwood Public Library Ukulele Group – has so far proven a very popular group. We started with 17 people at our first monthly meeting and more have attended each time: 34 people came out last month! I’m hoping to continue this trend and see as many this week at our next meeting […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Ballad of Magellan

Yakko: There once was a man, his name was Magellan. A Portuguese skipper, the girls found him cute. He sailed with five ships to find the East Indies Then come back to Spain with a bounty of loot. The Warners: Whoopi-ti-yi-yo, oh, happy Magellan! Starting your journey with hardly a care! Whoopi-ti-yi-yo, strong, brave Magellan, You’ll find the East Indies, you just don’t know where! Yakko: They crossed the Atlantic and spotted a country. Magellan said… Magellan: It’s the East Indies at last! Yakko: But then someone shouted… Wakko: Hey, that’s Argentina! Yakko: (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #TellItToTheJudge Because #TellVicEverything Went Sideways

Vic Toews becoming a freaking judge was the most predicted patronage appointment since Harper put Duffy into the Senate, and we know how well that turned out.

It looks terrible. The bench should not be used as a retirement home for burnt out politicians. That’s what the Senate is for, and certain consular offices.

Dead Wild Roses: Friday Musical Interlude

Tom Lehrer is a Renaissance Man of the twentieth century. He’s not only a composer, pianist, and singer, who lectures extensively on musical theatre; he’s also a published and teaching mathematician.

Mystro is a particular fan of Dr. Lehrer’s work and has performed it on several occasions, when our choir replaces rehearsal with Talent Nite.

Last week was our singing teacher’s student cabaret. Upon learning, maybe a month ago, that the Italian aria he had been working on wouldn’t do for a cabaret, Arb had to scramble for some different, lighter repertoire, and decided to follow Mystro’s example. Here’s the (Read more…)

cartoon life: Black cat composition

Drawn moments ago in Musical Paint app

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PostArctica: Salt of The Earth

Lets drink to the hard working people Lets think of the lowly of birth Spare a thought for the rag taggy people Lets drink to the salt of the earth

Lets drink to the hard working people Lets drink to the salt of the earth Lets drink to the two thousand million Lets think of the humble of birth

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Elevator Joy Bomb:

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S.244/2, is the second in a set of 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies by Liszt, and by far the most famous of the set. It offered the pianist to reveal his exceptional virtuoso skills while providing the listener with an immediate musical appeal. Composed in 1847 and first published by Ricordi as piano solo, this work showcases Liszt’s nationalist influences. Its inmediate succes led to the creation of orchestral and duet piano versions.

By the late 19th century, the technical challenges of the piano solo version led to its unofficial acceptance as a standard by which every notable pianist could (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Band of the Month: Ween

Hi readers, February’s band is Ween!

Conceived in New Hope, Pennsylvania by Gene and Dean Ween, Ween has achieved tremendous underground success with a cult following that has taken their music all over the world, yet has never really become well known in mainstream American pop music.

Despite being generally referred to as Rock Music, Ween reaches a quite extensive variety of genres, bridging rock, funk, soul, electronic, psychedelic, just to name a few. As well as being musically proficient, Ween has a noticeably strong element of absurdity and quirky humor.

If you haven’t heard them before, or if it’s (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Mushical Interlude – Aniron

For The Intransigent One. My heart, my love, my life.

O mor henion i dhu: Ely siriar, el sila Ai! Aniron Undomiel

Tiro! el eria e mor I ‘lir en el luitha ‘uren. Ai! Aniron…

******* From darkness I understand the night dreams flow, a star shines Ah! I desire Evenstar

Look! A star rises out of the darkness The song of the star enchants my heart Ah! I desire…

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Rivera, Cumba-Quin

We are sadly out of the CBC Signature series but do not despair gentle readers Stephen Malinowski has been translating some fantastic scores into his visualization process: so today we look at Cumba-Quín, by Carlos Rafael Rivera, performed by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

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cmkl: Pete Seeger is missing, but not really

Pete Seeger has died. It’s trending everywhere. Which in a sense is all the proof I need of my thesis. It’s heartening to see that a life well lived, an inestimable contribution to music and politics will carry on. Kinda like the songbook you know? Well, exactly like the songbook(s), the recordings, the writings and […]

wmtc: thank you, pete seeger. how could we ever thank you enough?

Pete Seeger, 1919-2014Musician, Activist, Environmentalist. Socialist.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – C Major – The Final Key

We’ve reached the summit folks. C major is the final key in the CBC Signatures Series. Thank you to all who have come along for the ride enjoying the music, writing down pieces that caught your ear and generally have a great time listening to wonderful music.

The C major scale (often just C or key of C) consists of the pitches C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. Its key signature has no flats/sharps.

Its relative minor is A minor, and its parallel minor is C minor.

C major is one of the most common (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Techno/house playlist (Requested)

A few people requested a playlist – here you go. Enjoy Guy Gerber Clarian & Guy Gerber Martyn Nautiluss DVS1 tommyfourseven Mickey Pearce Please recommend anything in a similar fashion […]

PostArctica: Courage, Neil Young, And The Future

Neil Young doesn’t have to do what he is doing, there are many, many reasons why he shouldn’t, but he is, and he is showing us courage that most of us can only dream of, can barely imagine. He is taking on the whole corporate structure that is oppressing and beating down people everywhere on the planet. He has taken a stand. And he is making things happen. We, as a nation, as a species, need to stand up too and begin to acknowledge the injustice that surrounds us if we believe at all that we are better than what (Read more…)