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Tuesday, July 31, 2007 

this is not a fansite, really...



Not to beat a dead horse into the ground, but I spent the better half of today day waiting for a torrent of Daft Punk's live performance in Paris in June of this year. Hey, I'm still coming down from Sunday's Seattle show... I needed a fix and shakey youtube vids can only get you so far. Anyways, because no one should have to wait half a day for music, I'm sharing the bootleg and offering direct http download:

A few things:

  • the best part of the bootleg is listening to the crowd go nuts. night after night, these shows are one big joyfest.
  • the set is, obviously, very similar to the Seattle set. there are differences though, for example, if you listen to the encores they play out quicker.
  • the last 5 minutes of the set is cut off from the recording, I have no idea why.
  • this will be a very limited time download offer... the file is huge, and between this and the fake dj sets, and other random concerts and media I've got up on the site, the servers will be getting a work out. Hey, I even delayed posting the August mixtape... and it's really good this month!

Rest assured, this will be the last I talk about Daft Punk for a while... unless I see you in person, and them I'm gonna tell you about the awesomeness until I'm blue in the face.

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jason lee's coasting point looks like this

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Monday, July 30, 2007 

reviewed: daft punk at the wamu theatre in seattle...













This one of the harder blog posts I've ever had to write.

Every review of every Daft Punk show in the last year can pretty much be distilled down to 3 words: best show ever. Every blog blathers off the same points: the show ruled, and you had to be there.

Guess what!? Hands down this was one of the best shows I've ever witnessed. The best ever stadium show for sure. The whole thing was perfect and euphoric, every detail was immaculately put together. I often find live electronic rigid and reduced to repetitive 4/4 beats. This wasn't the case... the DP set was an endless ebb and flow of every sample and every loop from every song in their catalog. Even better were the visuals. The pyramid set up was phenomenal it was a rapid fire of imagery and lights that I can still see burned on to the back of my eyelids. Despite the millions of photos taken by everyone, the static images don't bring the awesomeness out.

You really did have to be there.

As far as the actual set itself, there were a lot of similarities to the now infamous Coachella set... but this isn't a bad thing. The two (!) encores last night were brand new... and insane. As Pinder said, once the stage went dark and the robot suits lit up red... your brain starts to melt.

Also, the crowd 100% ruled at this show. Everyone was focused, everyone was on the same page. We were in the second row in a room of 7,000+ people and there was zero pushing & shoving or general douchebaggery (that's a word, right?). Just one big sweaty dancey collective freak out. You could actually see the joy on peoples faces. It kinda felt as if it was the last party on earth and people were going for broke... myself included.

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realted:

- what are Daft Punk actually playing inside their pyramid?
- download: my Daft Punk fake dj set
- download: live at Coachella
- quinn's review

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reviewed: Ryan Adams & The Cardinals at the Commodore

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Saturday, July 28, 2007 

adventures in fake dj'ing: robot rock edition...



In case the 374 previous posts on the subject didn't tip you off... Guess what?! We're off to Seattle to see Daft Punk perform.

I'm a relatively jaded calm guy... but I gotta tell ya, I'm pumped (yes, italics) for this show. Like, little kid full of chocolate on Christmas day pumped. The funny thing is everyone else I've talked to about the show fees the same way.

Because I'm a huge fan of overkill, I put together a mix consisting entirely of Daft Punk tracks. I attempted to evenly sample from everything they've done over the past 15 years. The result: 26 fantastic robo-tracks in 38 minutes. Actually, I really had fun putting this mix together... I had forgotten how insane some of their Homework-era stuff really was. Anyways, the track listing:
Robot Rock
One More Time
Oh Yeah
Revolution 909
Face to Face
Voyager
Music Sounds Better With You (Stardust)
Work Is Never Over (Diplo/Kanye Redo)
Phoenix
High Life
Technologic
Crescendolls
Indo Silver Club
High Fidelity
Around The World
Da Funk (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Harder Better Faster Stronger
Aerodynamic (Daft Punk Remix)
Rollin' & Scratchin'
Digital Love (Red Foxx's Bmore Suprise Mix)
Human After All
Superheroes
Burnin'
Too Long (Acid Girls Edit)
Teachers (Soulwax Cover Version)
On Off

*Download the mp3 here* [44MB, right click & save-as]

Or better yet, subscribe to the fake dj set podcast here. (full details can be found here).

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kitsilano's richest person? | today's music depresses me

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007 

fumbling over words that rhyme...



I realize that the rest of the internetworkedwebs are already ablaze over this, but what the hell:
"The new round of "Trapped" videos finds Kelly portraying an old man named Randolph, complete with a pot belly and a fake white beard that nearly falls off mid-scene, as well as a preacher in a gray Jheri-curl wig and garish orange suit. In one of the final chapters, Kelly's Sylvester character talks business with a "Sopranos"-esque mobster who is eating a giant plate of spaghetti."

Based on everything I learned from the first 12 chapters of Trapped In The Closet, I am predicting the entire finale of Trapped 2 (or whatever you wanna call it) right now! THINK ABOUT IT! These words all rhyme with spaghetti:
  • serengeti
  • machete
  • confetti
  • donizetti
  • petty
  • betty
  • bridgit
  • sweaty
  • spaghetti
BOLD PREDICTION: Kells will face off against an Italian mobster (Don Donizetti?) over a girl named Betty. They will later realize their disagreement was over some sort of minor (petty?) misunderstanding. Kells will (shockingly) lose his gun, and resort to packing a machete... and resort to threatening people with said weapon whenever he gets confused by the plot (i.e. every 12-15 seconds). Also, he will somehow contort the notion of confetti falling from the sky into some bad sexual metaphor (see: sex planet). The midget will no longer worry about shitting on himself and will have some sort of perspiration issue.

MARK MY WORDS: "Spaghetti" is the new "Pears".

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thorpe's notes: r. kelly's trapped in the closet

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 

no books... [updated]



JOY! It appears that the nonstuff podcast has come back from the dead.

As I've mentioned before, hands down this is the best podcast on the interwebnet as we know it. It's a short weekly mix of indie/alternative/whatever songs, most of which vary in obscurity. Or at least, these dudes aren't posting from the same pool of songs most other music blogs do. There's variety, there's something unique going on. It feels like a really well done college radio show... minus the awkward college kid banter, of course. Get up on it.

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BOO! Hey, you going to that Ryan Adams show at The Orpheum on Saturday Sunday? You're most likely screwed. Quinn's reporting that the building will be shut down because of the city strike. There's talk of moving the venue, but no official work has come out from HOB or ryan-adams.com. Your plan B: get out there an see some local bands tear it up at your bar of choice.

UPDATE: It's officially been moved to the Commodore. Doors at 7, show at 8. General admission. Aren't you glad you paid extra for floor seats.

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LOLZ! comics:

- in which howard makes a poor conversation partner
- bloggers through time

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Thursday, July 19, 2007 

non-vampire weekend...



I'm not one to tell you how you should spend your time... but if you're doing the commute from Vancouver to Seattle next weekend for Sunday's Daft Punk show I ask you: have you considered the Capital Hill Block Party put on by The Stranger, KEXP, etc. The festival takes place on the 2 days prior to the Daft Punk show, and eleventy billion fantastic bands playing like John Vanderslice, Matt & Kim, PWRFL Power, etc are playing. But you could even discount all the daytime bands and just zone in on the nightly headlining bands. If you've got the stamina your weekend could play out like this:
Friday night: Girltalk
Saturday night: Spoon
Sunday night: Daft Punk
Best weekend ever? Yes.

Tickets for the Block Party are $20 USD per day (i.e. $18 CDN... Ha!). So much value... I can barely handle it. Also, if you're looking for hotels within stumbling distance from the venues go to sites like hotwire.com 3 star rooms start at about $80. It's like the perfect storm of awesomeness lining up right before your very eyes... assuming your passports are in order.

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video: how to attend an outdoor concert


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Tuesday, July 17, 2007 

law don't go around here, law dog...



HA HA: RIAA's final tab for Capitol v. Foster: $68,685.23

This pleases me to no end. Other than what I saw on Night Court back in the day, I know nothing about the US legal system... can Foster try to sue for damages? I mean she's been in court for over 2 years and was cleared of wrong-doing. That's kinda exhaustive.

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put another dime in the jukebox, baby


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Friday, July 13, 2007 

song of the moment...



I don't know about the rest of y'all(s) but this Vancouver heat is insane. My only escape is going to the future shop and standing in front of their massive display of fans and air conditioners... which, as far as a summertime activity goes, is hellish at best.

Anyhoo... the heat & the unenergetic attitude it brings needs a soundtrack. This is it:

The jazz chordy, timeless feel of this song is MAGICALLY DELICIOUS. Or something to that effect.

Obligatory six degrees of Kevin Bacon: St Vincent has recorded and toured with the Polyphonic Spree. The Polyphonic Spree is playing the Commodore tonight. Anyone going?

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FSJ: the record industry is dying

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007 

couple of quick things...

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Monday, July 9, 2007 

weekend recap: the (last) feast of stephen...













Someone really should give me 10-15 points for going to calgary this weekend and not going stampeding. I think I'm amazed I resisted the temptation(s).

We did it up for Steve's stag... pulled together a mini high school reunion of 20 guys that grew up together, some of whom I hadn't seen in almost a decade. Needless to say stuff was completely out of control, and our 14 hour beer session featured a lot of "inappropriate in public" kinda stuff. Things couldn't have turned out better.

I'll post some more pics on teh flickr, for those who are into that sort of nonsense.

elsewhere

download: decemberists at the hollywood bowl w/ LA philharmonic

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007 

july mixtape = ready to go...



I'm typing quickly because I'm about to jump on a plane... as promised the july mix is now online and it's magically delicious. This month's tape is a tight and mighty set... perfect for pints and patios or whatever it is you do to pass the time (sit in rush hour traffic?). Anyways:

As always this is a limited time offer, get while you can.

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debaser

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007 

weekend recap: cabin fever...





















Be it resolved: I'm moving to Kelowna forever... I'm giving up the big city life and all that stuff. I'm buying a boat and living on a strict diet of red wine and chicken nuggets.

Things to do in order to realize this: win the lottery.

Hmmm.

Also, why didn't anyone previously tell me that this song existed?:

For those who follow the vanmega travel adventures I'll post more weekebd pics on flickr, for the other 87% of those who read this blog for the music related content I'll have the july mixtape up in the next day or so. Then I'm off to Calgary... this summer is outta control already. Bestness.

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oh canada mixtape | somebody please kill this guy

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