Thursday, July 26, 2007

Music Weekly: spotlight on Canada

Canadian music
Originally uploaded by uncascrooge
Music Weekly: spotlight on Canada

Hey - my colleagues Paul MacInnes and Rosie Swash invited me on their Guardian Unlimited Music Weekly podcast this week. Why? Well, it's a Canadian special and they wanted a real-life Canadian in the pod with them. I help review this week's singles, use the word "Chimo" and briefly and ineptly discuss the fluid nature of Canadian nationality. Overall though, I seem to get through it without making a complete fool of myself, so I'm considering this, my first podcast experience, a success.

But, of course, the show is not about me. Rather it's about interviews with Feist, Emily Haines and Chromeo and discussion about Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Michael Buble and Patrick Watson. And Fergie.

You can get it right here. If you want to take a listen, may I suggest you subscribe through iTunes rather than just grab the mp3? Then, we'll climb up the charts...

Monday, July 23, 2007

Puns, gossip, Paul Potts…

Today's Guardian Unlimited Music "in the news" round-up has it all and is written by me. But what I'm really excited about is guesting on the Music Weekly podcast later this week… More on that soon.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

How cool is Google Earth?

OK, you probably already know Google Earth is amazing. But I didn't, really. Thanks to Concordia University's Sandu Baciu, however, my mind is officially blown.

Baciu, from the Department of Civil Engineering, was one of the winners of Google's Build Your Campus in 3D Competition. His department is located on the university's Loyola campus in the NDG area of Montreal, which just happens to be a few blocks away from my house and is where I like to go to walk my dog, Jacqueline. (She's a Bouvier, geddit?)

This campus now exists in 3D in a Google Earth file. So I just followed my old dog-walking route in three dimension. From my flat in London, England. How crazy is that!?! It was so immersive, I almost bent over to poop-and-scoop.

Monday, July 16, 2007

My attitude about Latitude: It was Phatitude!

Scroobius Pip vs Dans Le Sac
Originally uploaded by uncascrooge
Hey - it turns out music festivals are fun! Latitude in Suffolk was a blast, even though we had to leave early yesterday and miss Jarvis Cocker and Arcade Fire.

This is a picture of Scroobius Pip and Dans Le Sac (right, left), who I think are just brilliant and were one of the highlights of the weekend for me.

You can read all about my cheery weekend spent listening to the Magic Numbers, the Hold Steady, Herman Dune, Final Fantasy, Camera Obscura, the National, Au Revoir Simone, Damien Rice and many others over on the Guardian arts blog.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Who killed The Drowsy Chaperone?

The Tony-winning show is leaving the West End less than three months after opening. Is there no room for original musicals in Theatreland? I ask on the Guardian Arts blog.

(I swear, they asked me to write it! My Drowsy obsession is over. Honest!)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Desperately Seeking Susan: the musical

Yes, it is real. And over at the Guardian arts blog, I use it to make an old point of mine: there is nothing inherent wrong about jukebox musicals or musicals based on films. No one's commenting, so if you want to start a fight with me over there, we can have some fun, yeah?
Oh, by the way...

The Drowsy Chaperone is closing on the West End on August 4.

And my friend Alison has a show called Expiry Dating in the Toronto Fringe that is selling out. Can't vouch for it personally, but I'm assuming Alison wouldn't do something bad.

I can vouch personally for the improv troupe Uncalled For, who are my friends but also capable of reducing me to hysterics.

And also, the Sopranos ending was, indeed, a cop out. David Chase cheated. But it's not a big deal, the episode had some great final moments and the series was a resounding success.

And the new Stars album? Torquil is much less annoying when he actually sings, but still too much of his breathy, articulated obnoxiousness. And the rereleased, old Metric album? Yes, more derivative, but a few awesome tracks.

And work? Oh, yes, I'm on my way.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

When in Rome...

When in Rome...
Originally uploaded by uncascrooge
take photographs with your new camera and then post them on Facebook.

(You can see these even without a Facebook account. I think. I have written captions so it's not completely boring. But, really, if you're not my mother or a friend, you'll probably not be that interested.)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Happy Canada Day!

I am, I must admit, feeling a bit homesick today.

But I'll be back, July 28 to August 12, on tour through Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. I can't wait! Well, actually, I can because I have a trip to Rome planned for next weekend and then I'm going to this the weekend after. Summer!