Soundtrack of my Life: Ten Best Elvis Costello Songs


If I want some snark, some verbosity, some damn fine songwriting, I turn to Elvis Costello. There is something about how his songs play out. He’s fearless about genre (and occasionally language itself). And sometimes he shows up in the most random of places. Austin Powers cameo? Sure, why not! Host my own talk show* … More Soundtrack of my Life: Ten Best Elvis Costello Songs

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”


I watched The Mary Tyler Moore Show long after it had left the air ( the show ended two months before I was born). It was at my maternal grandparents house over one summer. They had Nick At Nite on their cable package. I also watched some of The Dick Van Dyke show while I was there, … More “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”

Soundtrack of my Life: “The Unicorn” by the Irish Rovers


My Irish side is hidden by my very Danish name. It’s the side of melancholy, lamb stew, and whisky. It’s also the side of black humour, sarcasm, and avoidance. But the Irish side of me is what probably fuels my love of music, as the very first music I remember, aside form what I heard … More Soundtrack of my Life: “The Unicorn” by the Irish Rovers

Soundtrack of my Life: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” by Bob Dylan


As we are all very aware now, I love Dylan. So very much. But this song choice is basically coming down to this: It’s fine. It’s cool. I get it. Really I do. You win. I give up. And that is that.   It’s pointless to fight for something when it only seems to really … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” by Bob Dylan

“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”


I can’t find the words. I cried. God, how I cried. I curled up on my bed and cried until my eyes could no longer produce tears. But my body still rocked from sobs even then. I couldn’t stop. Maybe my already fractured state I couldn’t take one more loss, one more piece of sadness. … More “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

Set List: Tragically Hip, Rogers K-Rock Centre, August 20, 2016


Fifty Mission Cap Courage (for Hugh McLennan) Wheat Kings At the Hundredth Meridian In A World Possessed by the Human Mind What Blue Tired as Fuck Machine My Music at Work Lake Fever Toronto #4 Putting Down Twist My Arm Three Pistols Fiddler’s Green Little Bones The Last of the Unplucked Gems Something On Poets … More Set List: Tragically Hip, Rogers K-Rock Centre, August 20, 2016

Sister Blog Notice!


If you are so inclined, take a wander over to our new sister blog, Noise That Thinks. I am literally writing about my vinyl collection. It’s more like a diary with entries sprung from the album I’m writing about that day. Take a gander, follow if you like. Remember, my Twitter is still palais1977, my … More Sister Blog Notice!

Soundtrack of My Life: “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” by Simple Minds


There is only one correct answer to the question “What is the greatest John Hughes movie ever?” The Breakfast Club. It is always The Breakfast Club. The others have charm and are good, but The Breakfast Club is superior to whatever your so-called favourite John Hughes film has. Plus, it has “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” … More Soundtrack of My Life: “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” by Simple Minds

J.J. Cale 1938-2013


Songwriter, singer, and guitarist J.J. Cale has passed away at the age of 74. He famously wrote “Cocaine”, memorably covered by Eric Clapton, but I always preferred Cale’s version. A live version below.

Polaris Blogfest


It is time, once again, for Canada’s Polaris Prize, where a jury tells us what album over the last twelve months has been the peak of artistic triumph or something like that. I’ve had a crap day. This will soothe the troubled soul. 6:02- Grant Lawrence and Lauren Toyota pay tribute to Sam Sniderman, who … More Polaris Blogfest

Hitch


“The essence of the independent mind is not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks,” -Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011 So long. Farewell. And thanks for the words you wrote.

The Album List #20: Neutral Milk Hotel “In The Aeroplane Over the Sea”


One of the best things about the recent OWS protest in Zuccotti Park was that Jeff Mangum, NMH’s erstwhile leader, played music. In the twelve years since the band famously just stopped, Jeff has been a mercurial creature. Recent activity might indicate a future for the brilliant man to come back to. He curated ATP … More The Album List #20: Neutral Milk Hotel “In The Aeroplane Over the Sea”

The Album List: #71 Prince and the Revolution “Purple Rain”


I have a very complex relationship with this album. I have stop and started this piece all week. I hate what Prince became after Purple Rain– a hateful, vengeful, misogynistic, derivative pop star who would alienate many of his former fans with his prickly personality. He would never be as good as he was in … More The Album List: #71 Prince and the Revolution “Purple Rain”