June 17th, 2008
To get Coldplay!
Dropping today, the much-anticipated fourth album Viva La Vida (meaning “long live life,” a phrase from a Frida Kahlo painting) delivers less falsetto and a more dark and dirty sound from Chris Martin.Produced by the legendary Brian Eno and recorded in an English bakery, nunnery, magic shop and church (according to the sleeve), it was lauded for its “fairytale lyrics” by Rolling Stone.
Such as “Violet Hill” in which Martin asks in the chorus, “If you love me will you let me know?”
Yes, Chris, we sure do.
Purchase Viva La Vida at Amazon.ca ($11.99).
Download Viva la Vida today from iTunes ($9.99)
June 10th, 2008
Herewith, our top for the Pops, from $20 to $200.
2. For the retro-rock dad, the new Eagles album The Long Road Out of Eden along with this month’s Rolling Stone. $19.99 (exclusively online) at Chapters.
1. For dapper dad, a gift certificate for a straight edge shave, hot towel treatment and scalp massage ($25) from retro-chic Farzad’s Barber Shop in Yaletown. #126-1208 Homer St., 604-408-0060.
June 5th, 2008
We took a quick sprint to Seattle and bunked at one of Emerald City’s only luxury waterfront hotels, The Edgewater.
Drop your bags with a friendly valet (and warm your hands by the roaring outdoor fireplace) and step into urban wilderness scene—Whister-meets-Washington State!—complete with wood-cabin-chic décor and striking views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
Get hippie happy with a weekend of 60s rock star nostalgia in The Beatles Suite (from $850/night), a 700 square foot room on the 2nd floor decked out with a photo gallery, rock memorabilia and state-of-the-art stereo system (to blast Revolution, of course). Look for the infamous photo of The Fab Four fishing out of the window of this very suite. Fans were so eager for a piece of John et al., one even attempted to swim up to the room via Elliot Bay.
Yoko, was that you?
Rooms from $219/night, Edgewater Hotel, Pier 67, Seattle, 1-800-624-0670, www.edgewaterhotel.com
April 26th, 2008
Baby Beluga begone!
The Barenaked Ladies come to the rescue with their fist kids CD, Snacktime that drops May 6.
Full of laugh-out-loud lyrics (“I have some orange pants. I wear them when I dance. But I don’t get out much anymore”), classic BNL rhyming (“Ribbit, ribbit, it’s a tadpole exhibit”), and silliness (“ I don’t speak Chinese but I do parle Francais, in fact I parled some today…”).
We paraphrase but you get the idea. Trust us, just buy it.
Preorder the CD ($10 with free shipping until April 28) at http://www.bnlmusic.com/
April 9th, 2008
Musical repertoire need some dusting off? That Timbaland you’re listening to is soooo last summer. Spring clean your iPod with new playlist ideas (each with 12 songs) from www.muxtape.com.
We found some new French artists and cool compilations, like this 33-minute mixtape mastered by Spacemonkey.
Help! We can’t stop!
March 28th, 2008
Finally, Glastonbury Music Festival gumboot glam is coming to our very own Pemberton Valley with the summer music festival to end all festivals.
From Coldplay to Jay-Z to Tom Petty to The Crystal Method, everyone in your group will have something to rock out to.
Weekend passes ($239-$599) go on sale tomorrow and though local lodges are already booked up, we hear that Fairmont Chateau Whistler (from $207) is the hot place to stay—complete with VIP heli-transfers to the Fest. Lets just hope you get on Chris Martin’s flight.
Tickets go on sale Friday March 28, 2008 at 10 a.m., www.pembertonfestival.com
February 17th, 2008The premise: The editor of French Elle is offered a book deal, then suffers a massive stroke that leaves him totally paralyzed. He then goes on to dictate a bestseller from his hospital bed, by blinking his left eye.
The brilliant visual artist Julian Schnabel’s brilliant film based on the brilliant novel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is nothing short of, well, brilliance.
It’s already swept the Golden Globes and Cannes and is set to do the same at the Oscars, with an impressive four noms.
Deeply moving and cinematically stunning, with a killer soundtrack (listen for the song sung by Roman Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner, who is also the film’s female lead).
The butterflies, we assure you, will be aflutter in your stomach.
View the trailer and hear the song here.
January 9th, 2008
Now that you’ve done sex, drugs and rock & roll, how about Sexsmith, Feist and the VSO?
Valentine’s date anyone?
7:30 p.m, February 12, 2007. Tickets from $59. For more info and to order, click here.
November 7th, 2007
Worried about sifting through the newspapers looking for live music only to end up at a KFed Karaoke concert?
Now that’s one hot ticket.
Chalked Up, http://vancouver.chalkedup.com/events
October 17th, 2007
Our music stylist created a custom soundtrack for our national launch party in Toronto and we love to share.
Download songs (99 cents each) from iTunes and your party guests are guaranteed to play well with others. Please report back.
10. “I Luv U Babe” Gwyn Jay Allen
9. “Driving” The Dining Rooms
8 “Misread” Kings of Convenience
7. “If Ever I Feel Better” Phoenix
6. “The Talk” Erlend Oye
5. “Darlin’ Do Not Fear” Brett Dennen
4. “Seven Sunny Days in June” Jamiroquai
3. “Wishing on a Star” Paul Weller
2. “Mon Amour” Louie Vega
1. “They” Jem