Top 10 Neil Young Covers

1. Wooden Shjips – Vampire Blues (From On the Beach)

2. Sonic Youth – Computer Age (from Trans)

3. Chromatics – Into The Black (from Rust Never Sleeps)

4. Cowboy Junkies – Powderfinger (from Rust Never Sleeps)

5. Buddy Miles – Down By The River (from Everybody Knows this is Nowhere)

6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Helpless (from CSNY – Deja Vu)

8. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (from After the Gold Rush)

9. The Isley Brothers – Ohio (CSNY single)

10. Nicolette Larson – Lotta Love (from Comes a Time)

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disBand

Today I started my first petition. Much Music: Bring Back disBand http://www.thepetitionsite.com/908/840/470/much-music-bring-back-disband/

If the US election cycle taught me anything, it is BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE.

instead of bothering my friends about environmentalist shit that none of them really care about (ha!), I started a petition to get MuchMusic to bring back my favourite TV show: disBAND.

For the uninitiated, disBAND lasted two seasons and 33 episode.

Here are some FACTS about disBAND

– 33 Canadian bands were featured.

– 8 Bands got “MAJOR LABEL” contraxxx out of their appearance on the show:

Dean Lickyer (Hamilton) – Signed to Underground Operations, currently inactive

Stereos (Edmonton) – Signed to Universal, currently disBanded

Mean Tangerine – given an official disBAND from judges on the show, but later signed to Fontana and curently disBanded

From the official Mean Tangerine webspace:
Seriously, bad things just kept on happening and Mean Tangerine just started giving us really bad vibes, and too much was changing and it just didn’t feel like “Mean Tangerine”. It was supposed to be fun and sick, and it started being such a chore, an expensive, frustrating, mind numbing chore. Too many bass players, and no van that works properly will really put an end to a band quick I tell ya! Ha, I was thinking about it, Mean Tangerine was a band longer than The Beatles were ever a band (Obviously not that I’m ya know, comparing us or anything, I just mean time wise….) We did it for 8 years, and it was fun as hell for most of it but that’s just too long to be a band, with really not too much success to show for it.

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Famous Depressives

Woody Allen, Jim Carrey, Maria Bamford, Rodney Dangerfield, David Letterman, Patton Oswalt,

Raymond Chandler, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, William Faulkner, Michel Foucault, Henry James, William James, Kurt Vonnegut, David Foster Wallace, Ernest Hemingway,

Bon Jovi, Rivers Cuomo, Leonard Cohen, Ian Curtis, Kurt Cobain, Kool Keith, Sheryl Crow,

John Hamm, Alec Baldwin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ewan McGregor, Brangelina,

Queen Elizabeth II

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Melancholy, the subject of our present discourse, is either in disposition or in habit. In disposition, is that transitory Melancholy which goes and comes upon every small occasion of sorrow, need, sickness, trouble, fear, grief, passion, or perturbation of the mind, any manner of care, discontent, or thought, which causes anguish, dulness, heaviness and vexation of spirit, any ways opposite to pleasure, mirth, joy, delight, causing forwardness in us, or a dislike. In which equivocal and improper sense, we call him melancholy, that is dull, sad, sour, lumpish, ill-disposed, solitary, any way moved, or displeased. And from these melancholy dispositions no man living is free, no Stoick, none so wise, none so happy, none so patient, so generous, so godly, so divine, that can vindicate himself; so well-composed, but more or less, some time or other, he feels the smart of it. 

 

Movember!

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It’s Movember and time to make a difference.

Men’s health is a cause I am passionate about but in order to make a difference I need your help. My commitment is to grow a moustache for the month of November and in doing so, raise vital awareness and funds for prostate cancer and male mental health.

I am asking you to help support my personal journey by making a donation. The size of which isn’t important, every little bit helps Movember to continue its funding of world class programs.  If you want to know more about what you’ll be helping to fund, you can visit http://ca.movember.com/about/funding-overview/.

To highlight the importance of what I am doing, take a look at these statistics:
•       1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
•       This year 26,500 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed
•       1 in 5 men will experience a mental illness this year

If you’d like to help change these statistics, please donate to me here: http://mobro.co/4715717

If you’re interested in the work being done take a look at the Programs We Fund section on the Movember website: http://ca.movember.com/about/funding-overview/

Thank you in advance for supporting my efforts to change the face of men’s health.

Paul Lawton

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George A. Romero and the lack of meaning.

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Went to see the amazing George A. Romero speak at a TIFF Halloween double feature (A conversation with George followed by a screening of his 1982 collaboration with Stephen King “Creepshow”).

The conversation with Romero and TIFF programmer Colin Geddes was fine, though a little unsatisfying because Geddes was (I think) hyper-conscious of the fact that Romero has talked about his filmography so many times previously and also due to the relative Romero-nerdom present who had watched all of the Romero movies WITH commentary tracks. For example, when Romero came on stage, someone started cheering with a round of “BRAIIIINS,” to which MULTIPLE people corrected (loudly) “Romero zombies never said BRAINS” and “You are thinking of RETURN of the Living Dead, which is not a Romero movie” and “Shut up, you are embarassing yourself” and finally “NERDS!”(from me).

Thus, the hardcore fans got hard hitting topics like how Romero scored his films and… uhh… other topics. The Q+A was mostly fluff, standard Q+A fare with some insight (most interesting for me was that Romero was originally going to be in charge of the Resident Evil franchise) when someone stood up and asked what Romero thought of The Walking Dead.

The room noticably bristled at this question. Clearly, these were hardcore zombie fans whom I guarantee watch that show. But the elephant in the room had been addressed. That is, a lot of people were making a lot of money off of Romero’s universe. The Walking Dead is set in a post-Romero Zombie apocalypse that Romero himself wasn’t invited to be involved in.  A few audible gasps and oohs and silence on stage. Romero shifted in his seat a few times. The room got a little chilly.

Finally: “It pisses me off”

Which was then followed by a leveling of all of the modern zombie-dom. Romero’s take on The Walking Dead is that it is a gore-filled soap-opera, and most modern zombie fare is dull in that it lacks any social critique or meaning.

I livened up at this discussion. My favourite zombie film is Dawn of the Dead, set in a suburban shopping mall, and thought the movie is obstensibly about the dreaded “zombie apocalypse”, it actually works really nicely as a biting social critique of modern consumer culture.

I’ve watched a few zombie films since I really got into the Romero films as a teenager, and I find most of them extremely boring precisely because these films are all about the gore and they forget to say anything. I suffer through The Walking Dead for some reason and am bored to tears half the time because it is exatly as Romero says – a gory soap opera.