Ego and Ink by Chris Cobb

Ego and Ink by author Chris Cobb, who also happens to be a journalist himself, is a very intriguing documentary describing the start up daily newspaper, the National Post a paper owned by the proprietor  Conrad Black.

Ego and Ink weaves its way through the planning, organizing, and managing required to prepare for releasing of a national daily, but also dove right into some of the battles that went on between the competitors: the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. Continue Reading →

Live at Woodstock by Jimi Hendrix

As a teenager, and a guitar player, I clung to Jimi Hendrix like a god…. ok fine, I still do! It was something to do with his expression, his release, his distortion, his control of his instrument, and the era that he lived in that I think captured my imagination. I know, that’s a pretty far out list. Continue Reading →

Joe Purdy @ Rio Theatre

On Saturday, May the 7th, 2011 I had the pleasure to see Joe Purdy play at the Rio, an old theater just off of Commercial Drive on Broadway in Vancouver.

Joe Purdy has been a huge inspiration to me, as well as a beacon of hope during all those lonely hours along the road. Continue Reading →

Dummy by Portishead

When I wake up I’m in either one of two moods. One: I don’t want to be up, just sit here and numb for a while. Or two: Alright, today is a great day, lets get this train rollin. Today was a train rollin kind of day. What did I put on? Portishead of course. Continue Reading →

Both Sides of the Gun by Ben Harper

Ben Harper is one of the most inspirational people I follow on a regular basis. His discography spans back to 1992, with Pleasure and Pain (one hell of a record I must add). In 2006 he came out with Both Sides of the Gun. It was a solo show, which means without his standing band The Innocent Criminals. No problem. Continue Reading →

Kiss Each Other Clean by Iron & Wine

Samuel Beam, from South Carolina, I guess Texas now, is the genius behind Iron & Wine. His work is strong yet not abusive. It’s a mix of big band sound, and soulful introspective.

The album is Kiss Each Other Clean, and its his 2011 release. I enjoy this album.

Iron & Wine is a band that you listen to when your in-laws are over for dinner. It’s smooth, yet a bit risky; it’s not like some wild indy stuff that’s out there, It’s an easy thing to listen to.

Monkeys Uptown has a funky keyboard in there like some Stevie Winwood, reminiscent of the funky disco days.

Then Half Moon takes you on a delightful waltz through time and space. It’s a walk with a lover through the park, butterflies flying lazily around.

Rabbit Will Run is another much more upbeat song, that sounds like its infused with some Jethro Tull, flute included. It’s great.

Godless Brother In Love is another great song. It’s very emotional and soft. It sounds like mostly just a guitar and piano, with harmony singers. So beautiful.

I would really enjoy to sit through a concert of Iron & Wine’s. Maybe it’s just me becoming more peaceful with life, but this stuff is beautiful. I enjoy songs where it’s just the singer up there with a guitar, real raw and really from the heart.

Wikipedia says that Iron & Wine tours with a full band sometimes, which is needed for most of the songs on this album. I’ve read countless articles on bands that are 2 or 3 piece bands, and they express interest in trying things out with a larger band. I can see how only a 3 piece band could be fairly restrictive, but also it could create a really interesting scenario for some amazing stuff to be created. Sometimes its easy to get taken away by all the gizmos and forget about where your roots are, but that is also creation… What do you think?

I enjoy this album, and I sure hope you let me know how you enjoy it too!?

Up From Below by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are a very tasteful band. Their creativity makes me feel like I’m flowing through some sort of magical mystery, with only floral patterns, old tea cups, and phonographs. To be short, I like the album Up From Below. Rather, I love it. Continue Reading →