A successful day in the big (sh)city for me and my Dad! Lots to tell, but it’s late, I did a lot of driving and walking (I’m tired) and there’s work and getting the kids to school in the morning… Still, the least I can do is report back on today’s adventures real quick…
Traffic was non-existant (Mike, our next trip should be on a Sunday!), the weather said rain but we got sunny and warm, and the city was alive with people and festivals and awesome.
Parked up at Bloor, saw that Honest Ed’s is gone. The signs are still there but the store is empty. End of an era. I hit up BMV and Dad went off and did his thing. I could have spent SO much in BMV, it’s crazy. Really quality stock, as always. I was thrilled to see they have turned all their CDs with spines up so you can scan the titles without flipping – an excellent development. I didn’t get a whole of time with the LPs, but they have a ton…
Here are my BMV Scores (all CD):
Soooo much greatness here, eh? Wowzers!
NB: The Iron & Wine, Chuck Brown/Eva Cassidy and Jeff “Tain” Watts came from the 3-for-$10 bin.
NB: I wish Watts had a song called “Bartók” on his Bar Talk album. Alas, he does not. Missed opportunity, that.
Dad and I then met at Paupers for lunch (awesome as always), and walked down through the Annex to Chinatown. Kensington Market was jammed with people, as some sort of Art Festival was going on. The whole area was blocked off to cars, and people were dancing and singing and doing things (one lady was a Poet For Hire. Give her money and a topic, and she would type you out a new poem on the spot on her old Underwood). I hit up Sonic Boom while Dad went off and did his thing.
My Sonic Boom Scores (all CD):
Holy mackerel, what a pile of awesome! And again, as is always the case with Sonic Boom, several of these were either $0.99 or $2.99. And I could have spent soooo much more in there, too. I had a basket full and made myself go through and put stuff back. It was painful.
NB: The Buddy Guy is a high school nostalgia grab for me. I loved that set then, and I bet I will now.
NB: The 10,000 Maniacs was one I said I’d watch for when I put Quit on the three records of theirs I have (during their All The Everything series post, a while back). And here it is! It’s a hits disc and a rarities disc together. Right on.
NB: Granelli is a jazz drummer. DJ Stinkin’ Rich is a Buck 65 alias. Oh baby.
NB: The Evens includes Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi). With my three (3!) Fugazi scores at BMV as well, it was an Ian MacKaye kind of day.
NB: Though it was new CD full price, the Cowboy Junkies had to come home. Check out who guests on it: Skydiggers, Sarah Harmer, Hawksley Workman, Jason Collett, Doug Paisley, Lee Harevy Osmond, The Good Family, Martin Tielli & Dave Clark, The Screwed, Reid Jamieson, Harlan Pepper, Jessy Bell Smith, The Potion Kings, Ivy Mairi… Wow!
NB: The Greg MacPherson… I texted James did he need it, it was only $0.99. Nope, he had it already and likes it alot, said I should get it for myself and if I didn’t like it, he would give me $0.99. Challenge accepted!
NB: The Jam tribute is cool. Yes, it has Oasis twats on it, but it has Beastie Boys too so that makes it all better.
So then we walked back up to the car, blasted out of town. Quick bite to eat in Orangeville (watching some of the Memorial Cup hockey game on TV – Windsor beat Erie 4-3), then home.
And there you have it. A busy day encapsulated in one short-ish post. You’ll see all of these albums in the All The Everything series, eventually. At least now you know from whence they came. Also, sad to report I did not find one single Grail List item for anyone. Sorry, folks. I tried! I really did (the list was in my phone)! Ah well, next time.
This record sees Ian MacKaye let his funky side go for a run, and it’s absolutely great. Some die-hard Fugazi and Minor Threat fans will probably say that this record is weak, not heavy or fast enough, or that fatherhood has made the man lose his edge. They’d be dead wrong.
Here we have a fantastic collection jazzy, rippling tales of woe and angst, hope and observation, offered up by the hyper-talented duo of MacKaye and Amy Farina. It’s groovy and it’s thoughtful, with tons to say and with drums that’ll get into your blood and make you move despite yourself.
I loved this record. It’s perfectly realized and anyone who scoffs at how their hero has grown should please suffer their own arrested development silently, for the sake of the rest of us.
Highly and completely recommended.
01 Cut From The Cloth
02 Everybody Knows
03 Cache Is Empty
04 You Fell Down
05 Pushed Against The Wall
06 No Money
07 All You Find You Keep
09 Get Even
10 Dinner With The President
There’s still an edge to his voice, but here it’s expressing itself in a very different way from what we’re accustomed to… and it’s great! We all know by now that Ian MacKaye’s brain is restless, indignant and brilliant, and this is a completely worthy addition to his growing discography. Amy Farina (Warmers, Ted Leo)’s drumming is stellar, and their voices meld perfectly into each other. The lyrics are smart and interesting. The music is inventive and gorgeous. What more do you need to know?
The Evens are awesome, and you should own both of their records. It’s maybe not what you’d expect when you think of the music MacKaye has made in his life, but it’s completely awesome because it is so different, and because the songs he and Farina have created here are so incredibly and undeniably strong.
Get it and love it.
01 Shelter Two
02 Around The Corner
03 All These Governors
04 Crude Bomb
05 Sara Lee
06 Mt. Pleasant Isn’t
07 Blessed Not Lucky
08 If It’s Water
09 Until They’re Clear
10 On The Face Of It
11 Minding Ones Business
12 You Won’t Feel A Thing