A trip the vet? well I hope you like the beach boys…’cause you’re gonna hear nothing but pet sounds while you wait.

A few days ago, Ariel showed me Castle in the Sky. It’s maybe reasonable to say I liked that movie. In fact, I think it’s also reasonable to say she’s uncomfortable speaking with me after my reaction to that movie. Watching it basically reverted me to year 2001 when I was eight years old and liked to play a lot of Final Fantasy. Also, the music sounded like Final Fantasy. I mean, let’s get this straight, it was a fantastic movie, but also the “final fantasy does all these things” factor made it even better.

Every so often, I get scared that I’m getting too rock and pop centric, and so I challenge myself to write some song that doesn’t sound like that. In this case I wanted to rip off some Final Fantasy music, because I’ve been in a Final Fantasy kind of mood. If you didn’t notice. I wanted to do music like the series used to, when it still got most of its ideas from ripping off Studio Ghibli movies. The ps1 era games increasingly focus on a “cool” atmosphere, rather than a “classy” atmosphere. I figure the best of the games are the ones directed at college aged nerds. By 2000s, college aged nerds wanted to be cool, so videogames acted cool. I’m not saying that the shift in atmosphere is a bad thing, I just think there’s something to be said for a fun adventure with drama and action. And airships and dragon powered steamboats. And magic crystals. These earlier games were usually made by ripping off old adventure movies, and so the music was very old fashioned in that respect. Specifically, the theme of love from Final Fantasy 4. People always like to bring this up when they try to legitimize videogame music because it’s taught to japanese schoolchildren, much like the freaking scherzo every grade 9 student has burned into their brain. (can’t remember which one, but I could still play it from memory)

so I initially was just ripping off the theme of love, but I figure my perspective on it is coming from a different angle. I’ve noticed my instrumental stuff seems to be shifting to a dainty and feminine place, like a 1960s romance movie. I’m okay with this. In fact, I encourage it, and I encouraged it here. It’s like when you watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the romance scenes in an old episode of Star Trek. There’s an ooze of strings, and a flute drifting above, and then some little bits of mallet percussion and stuff to make it shimmer. That’s my “musical analysis”. Hand that into a prof. 100%. boom.

Anyway, I’m still actually not confident in my ability to write like this, but I think in this case, it ended up being successful and I like it.

Do you have what it takes to become the Idol master?

Last night at 4 in the morning I wrote probably my most intimate sounding song.

Then today I listened to it and was like “bro this shit is lame, rock ‘n roll” and so I drank coffee, smoked a cigarette, felt really twitchy and “on” because I have the constitution of a housecat, and wrote this song. I’d been tossing around the idea for a while now.

The chorus popped up in my head pretty much fully formed while I was walking down the street. See, I live in not-so-great-area of North York. The kind of place where people get stabbed at your workplace. (as in, someone got stabbed at my ex workplace). You see a lot of burnt out looking people walking around on the street. They’ve all got this dead look in their eyes. The flipside of this is a ton of really angry drivers. I’ve seen guys honk and shout at funeral processions, and then flip off the cop who shouted “shut the fuck up!”. I try to ride my bike as opposed to taking the bus, which is a bit frightening in its own right because people tend to cruise around at absurd speeds, and there’s plenty of traffic, and all of these people skipped the driving lesson on “how to deal with cyclists on the road.”. I’m not saying everyone wants to kill me, but I think one or two people might want to kill me.

I wondered to myself, how this area could just come to be filled with assholes and burnouts and eventually the best I came up with was “well they live in an area full of assholes.” People either get burnt out dealing with assholes or become an asshole as a defence. I feel like that probably is applicable on a much larger scale as well, but I figured the line “this city does things to people” was a really cool sounding line to use as a refrain.

In terms of the actual song, this is probably as rock and roll as I’ve ever gotten. It’s very much a ripoff of Joel Plaskett’s style, in both sound and feel. I wanted to try and capture the crunchy-punchy production style of Ian McGettigan, which I definitely failed at, but I think I managed to achieve a certain blown out-ness that I also was looking for.

In terms of the final result, I’m a bit conflicted because I think my production leaves a LOT to be desired, but on the other hand it really is the best I can do right now. It just shows me how much longer I’ve got till I can make a rock song without terrible production, that still kicks you in the face and explodes your dick. It’s a very specific endgoal. I didn’t have as much of a blast recording it as I typically do with rock music because I wasn’t allowing myself to be quite as loose. I gotta say though, as ashamed as I am to admit it, I did kind of feel like a badass recording the guitar parts to this. This is the kind of song that would probably be a bunch of fun playing with a band. Which I don’t have.

Ariel tagged me for a thing. Oh baby..

You can tell a lot about someone by the music they listen to. hit shuffle on your ipod/iphone/itunes/media player and write down the first 10 songs. then pass this onto 10 people.

I actually see this going around and secretly wished someone would give me an excuse to do this. I’m going to follow ariel’s self imposed rules where she opted to skip songs (so didn’t put them on the list) if they came from the same album or artist as a song that previously came up. 

1. Apples In Stereo - Crimson Early 2000s indie rock, this is a little instrumental thing that’s 20 seconds long so I wont bother linking it. I will say that I like the album
2. The Beatles - Honey Don’t  Really early Beatles. I didn’t like this at all, but I actually gained a huge appreciation for their early stuff about two years. I just kind of listened to it all day at work and eventually the songs didn’t feel so doofy and corny to me.
3. Katie Kim - BLOOD BEAN that weird acoustic ambient stuff where a girl whisper sings into the mic and it sounds like it was made with a laptop mic. I’m not USUALLY in the mood for music like this, but sometimes I get in moods for it, and I remember I bought this album
specifically for and at one of those times.
4. Thrush Hermit - 1991 HELL YEAH, THRUSH HERMIT! Thrush Hermit is a Canadian band from the 90s that I love very much. They only put a few albums out, but there is no better place to look for fantastic rock music sung by angsty teens. They kind of fit in with that 90s alt rock scene, but they’re a bit more poppy. If you like Sloan then you’ll like this. Also it was fronted by Joel Plaskett, Canada’s “hardest working national treasure” according to CBC radio. He’s also fantastic solo. These guys are a bit like old Weezer where they are so incredibly uncool in their music that it not only becomes endearing but it actually loops back around and you can’t help but think “hey… these guys are pretty cool”
5. The Dandy Warhols - TV Theme Song This band also rules. I haven’t taken the time to get into them much, but Adam showed me them and I loved the album that he gave me. It’s very much alt rock with plenty of noise. If I was someone who smoked a lot of weed, I’d probably listen to this album while smoking a lot of weed.
6. Kanon OST - Where the Wind ReachesThe ending to a visual novel that I really enjoyed. Kanon’s got a fantastic soundtrack, but this is actually one of my least favourite tracks in the game, but man oh man, this brings back memories of playing through that game, in my basement at 4 in the morning.
7. Eat Your Birthday Cake - The Sound Couldn’t find a stream of it anywhere. It’s a really shitty song so don’t worry. I like one song by these guys and I don’t really like that one anymore either. I was in University and wanted to find some really gentle dreampop sort of stuff. This is gentle, but that’s about it. Maybe play it at someone you’d rather not talk to and they’ll go comatose?
8. Delorian - Whatever Happened?This is some quality lounge music. It’s like, really chill electronic music with a good beat to it. This is the kind of stuff I like to listening to if I’m actually working on something that requires me to be paying attention but want music. If I knew how to draw and liked to stream myself drawing, I’d be playing this.
9. Lou Reed - Goodnight LadiesLou Reed is dead now but he’s still the man. It’s this little weird showtime interlude. I think this song is probably supposed to be a jokey thing on the album, but I like it in its own right. It feels like there’s a bit of a hopeless feeling under the surface. The entire album is fantastic though. It gave us songs like Walk on the Wild Side, Satalite of Love, and Perfect Day. (As you may have heard in that call of duty commercial that played everywhere)
10. Parappa the Rappa OST - Cheap Cheap the Cooking Chicken’s RAP Parappa the Rappa is a sweet game. What a great way to finish this off. It’s no block/kick/punch rap but it’s something. If you haven’t played this game then you need to. I gotta warn you, it’s hard though. This game doesn’t forgive timing like guitar hero and ddr. At very least, watch that video.
I’m not going to tag anyone because there’s no one I really interact with that isn’t already tagged. That said, wow fun.

As much as I try to forget, my “formative years” (read: elementary and middle school (read: the part of my life I try to forget happened)) were mostly in the early to mid 2000s. Keep in mind I graduated highschool in 2011, so those ten years central to music discovery were spent in the dark ages of emo, and nu-metal. Obviously you had bands like the Strokes, Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys, but I sure wasn’t cool enough to enjoy or even know about them back then. My point here is that I (thankfully) never had an embarrassing emo phase and never got into nu-metal. I mostly just spent the 2000s claiming that “there wasn’t any good music since the 1970s” which is an entirely different kind of embarrassing type of person.

When I did start discovering music, it was the mid 2000s and I was lucky enough to have older brothers in college that listened to the indie music of the time. In the 2000s a lot of american indie rock was really cutsey and twee. I think the first album I ever really got invested in was Dog Problems by the Format. I still actually very much enjoy that album, though it’s very terribly recorded. Early DIY digital stuff. Bleh. The important takeaway here though, is that as much as I try to avoid it, there’s always been this really cutesy twee-undercurrent in whatever I write. I’m not cool enough to make the type of music that I most like to listen to.

For this song I decided to embrace that and make something entirely cute and fun. I combined that with my simpler fast paced songwriting, and ended up with something that is a bit too close to modern hipster retro-rock music for comfort, but I guess it’s relevant which I’ve never really had going for me before. I think the end product was actually a bit rougher than I expected, mainly thanks to the guitar.

Right from the start, I wasn’t hugely serious about writing this song. I actually wrote, recorded, and produced the song in about three hours. It’s not really inspired, but I think it’s at least a bunch of fun both to listen to, and the actual process of recording.

Doing this made me think it might be fun to just record an album of simple rock songs like this. Not get so wound up writing songs like I usually do. It’s fun to listen to, and easy to write.

Lyrics under the break because people ask me occasionally and these are some terrible lyrics to start with.


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Treble clefs by (L to R) Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel.
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all musicians across all time periods: “fuck how does that thing go”

Beethoven didn’t even try

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dad-rock-davos:

transhumanisticpanspermia:

rachellebutler:

Treble clefs by (L to R) Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel.

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all musicians across all time periods: “fuck how does that thing go”

Beethoven didn’t even try

Get your shit together Beeth.

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Anonymous said: yo do you really work at tim horton's? what was the process like? did you have a lot of job experiences listed on your resume? sorry for all the questions im trying to get a job there haha

I always figured this place was kind of like the mcdonalds of coffee in that they’ll probably give you a chance and it’s tough to get fired. A word of warning, I’ve heard nothing but bad stories from people who have worked there, but stores are individually managed so I’d imagine it’s a bit of a lottery. 

People complain about the guests, but I haven’t really had any horror stories. There’s the occasional unpleasant person, but people are actually pretty friendly, or at least not antagonistic. 

I’ve had nothing but bad times with my managers and they’ve gotten themselves in trouble with the head offices, so I’m actually not going to stay much longer. Come on down to north york and take my job!

(OFFICIALLY NOW A LOW LEVEL CAREER ADVICE BLOG.)

Also, obligatory, I signed a thing agreeing to not write anything bad about the franchise online and it specifically mentions blogs. I think the place has got issues as a whole but don’t snitch on me braj

also also I don’t like their coffee but that’s because I’m an asshole.

lead rhymes with read, but lead rhymes with read.

English is fucked.

Okay, there’s plenty of things to hate about working at tim hortons, but I’m not going to talk about those right now. Just, we gotta talk about your training videos and their use of the term “latte art”. I’m not mad or anything. I just think you’re embarrassing yourself. 

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