Monthly Archives: June 2011

Link: Don’t Be the Worst: The Fight Against Whimsy Men’s Lives: GQ.com

blunt. very blunt. does anyone else have any thoughts?

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June 30, 2011 · 12:10

Why hello bambi’s mom. Enjoying the weather?

Why hello bambi’s mom. Enjoying the weather?

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June 24, 2011 · 15:05

Indie Fest.

Yet another episode of procrastination at its finest brought to you by yours truly. 

I have a paper that was due on Monday morning for quite possibly the worst class I have ever taken, that I decided to just start now. Awesome. The current time is 0300hr and yes, this blog is taking precedence over my term paper about the motor, cognitive and social implications of deficits in early motor development if they are not appropriately identified and resolved. 

Tonights headliner topic, personal music preference with specific interest in the “indie” music genre, can attributed to a conversation sparked by MaggieC. 

It all started with…

Maggie: Random question, what kinda music do you like?

Andrew: Everything but metal and country.

Andrew: But a really big fan of classics. What do you like?

Maggie: Bahahaha. Top 5 artists?

A: I can’t say. We’re not that close yet.

M: Bahahahahaha. ashamed?

A: No…Obviously not. You first.

M: Lies! umm. All time or current?

A: All time.

M: That’s pretty hard. Arcade fire, the strokes, tribe called quest. Haha

A: Weak. These are all current/modern bands/artists. So indie-hipster.

M: Tribe called quest is not modern, puhlease. And neither are the strokes, their first album was released in like early 2000s!!

M: Phoenix…cat power and…feist

M: Hahahaha.

A: Ya well I’m so indie I listen to bands that don’t exist yet.

M: Please do tell.

A: All time or current?

M: All time.

A: Kesha, JoBros, Hannah Montana, Tswizzle & Jbiebs.

M: You disgust me. Good try though.

A: Can I count me as an artist? My discography consists of my car kareoke-ing

M: You are being deliberately evasive! Hahaha!

Conversation continues….

A: Nuh Uh. Get off your indie high horse. I’ll have none of this music elitism biznaz

M: Hahahaha. I’m not on an indie high horse

M: I don’t really listen to the radio in recognition of its servitude to the popular music industry

M: I’m a communications student. Its my duty. 

Which brings us to here. Before I go any further, please understand that I am simply making a statement with no purposeful intention of undermining or belittling anyone’s taste in music, given that I am no expert on music. I also acknowledge the fact that I am completely ignorant and negligent to sociocultural hierarchal norms in regards to the music industry and pop-culture . If I offend anyone, I apologize in advance. 

Let’s say some ground work here and start off with a couple definitions.

Pop music – Popular music.

Popular, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, refers to adapted to or indicative of the understanding and taste of the majority. Intuitively, popular music then, is music that appropriately reflects the taste of a majority of the general public at any given time. 

Correct me if I’m wrong, but from my understanding, the term “indie” is coined from the word independent, with specific regard to artists/bands signed to independent labels. In a more current definition, can we say that indie no longer upholds its original meaning. Now, indie simply refers that genre of music (or if you prefer that “sound” of music) that isn’t played in the downtown clubs. Its that music you can’t really put your finger on, its not rock, its not alternative, its not music you can dance to, its just…indie.

How many times have you heard statements along the lines of:

  1. Oh. I don’t listen to top 40s music. I’m more of an indie kind of person.
  2. Omgawd. This band is totally legit. Their local and no one knows who they are so I’m going to listen to them.
  3. Person A: I thought you were a huge fan of [insert name of random artist/band]. Person B: Oh. Everyone started listening to them so it totally ruined it for me. 
  4. Oh I totally started listening to [insert band name] first. I started listening to them [insert date] (sometimes a random date when the band didn’t even exist). bahaha. fail. 
  5. Sasquatch festival!!! FTW! or something like that. I stopped paying attention after the first 1000 facebook status updates.

I am so sick of the “indie” music scene and their pretentious attitudes towards music preference. To quote my friend Devon, “Get off your effin’ high horse”. Indie music is popular. And even if the bands that you listen to aren’t, simply the act of you going out of your way to listen to bands that aren’t popular IS popular. Get over yourselves. I’ve run into so many people who have actually stopped listening to bands because everyone else started listening to them or because the radio stations that they don’t like started playing them. Honestly, who cares!!! I am so tired of hearing about bands that are “amazing” but when I go listen to their stuff all I hear is undeserving fame from talentless noise. On so many occasions, I’ve felt like listening to these bands/artists is the college students poor excuse to indulge in substance abuse and to climb up the social ladder with no regard for actual musicianship and talent. Where is the appreciation?! At this point in an argument, I would go on to list examples of bands and artists that fall under this category, but I feel like I might make a lot of enemies if I do that.

I remember having a conversation similar to this at the beginning of grade 12 with, who i didn’t know at the time, would be, my future roommate. This was when the indie scene was in its infancy. But I remember trying to convey this same point across to him. That was definitely a failed attempt. 

This is the way I see it. Indie music is popular. By my understanding, that contradicts most underlying reasons why people listen to this crap. So why do you listen it if you’re no longer making a statement? Take for instance, Arcade Fire. One of the few bands I don’t have a huge problem with and respect some of their music. However, they’re still considered indie music even though I almost guarantee the band’s name is known to almost every household with someone between the ages of 14-30  in North America. I don’t get it!

Now, having said all this, I do realize, not everyone is like this and I am making a massive generalization. I’m just saying. But seriously, does anyone else notice this? Anyone at all?

PS: it is now 0400 hrs and I am still not done my paper!

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June 22, 2011 · 05:03

Study tunes for tonight’s late night essay writing. Dayvan Cowboy – Boards of C

Study tunes for tonight’s late night essay writing.

  1. Dayvan Cowboy – Boards of Canada
  2. Van Occupanther – Midlake
  3. There is a Light that Never Goes Out – The Smiths
  4. The Roots – JuniorJack
  5. End of the Line – Daft Punk
  6. Peacock Tail – Boards of Canada
  7. Hey Saturday Sun – Boards of Canada
  8. Roscoe – Midlake
  9. Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap
  10. I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked – Ida Maria

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June 22, 2011 · 02:48

I think I’m more stoked about this than Ryan Reynold’s movie.

I think I’m more stoked about this than Ryan Reynold’s movie.

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June 19, 2011 · 11:47

Workout Wednesday.

God’s gift to athletes…Chocolate Milk *yum*

Tonight I had the privilege of getting my ass handed to me on a silver platter by a group of 14-16 year olds. A handful of the kids from the local swim club’s A and B group were in swimming at the University’s pool while I was working. Over the past few months, I’ve had the chance to bounce ideas off some of their coaches regarding athlete development from both a coaching perspective and a physiological perspective, trying to medley my understanding of swimming performance, coaching interventions and physiological monitoring. Given the circumstances of the evening, the pool was relatively quiet, so the coach invited me out for a swim and give me some pointers on stroke correction. To say the least, I was stoked to get some extra criticism; or so I thought. 

The theme for tonights workout was Sweet Sixteen, in light of the Canucks game in Vancouver. Sets of 16 because the Canucks needed to win 16 games to obtain the Stanley Cup. Here it was:

  1. W/U – 400 swim choice
  2. Prelim set – 16 x 50s as: 25 kick under water; 25 swim on 1:00 min with fins
  3. Main set – 16 x 75s as: 1.5x100m SC best time (0:46min for me [i’m so slow]) with fins
  4. Get Out and Swim – the infamous challenge given to swimmer’s when the coach is feeling generous. The swimmers have the options of: (1) accepting some unknown swim challenge made up by the coach to shorten the work out or (2) to just continue with the planned workout. However, if the swimmers accept the challenge and fail, they also have to finish the planned workout (boo!) Out challenge was for 3 out of 4 of us to swim better than our 100m SC best time with fins. I know it totally doesn’t sound like much, but remember we’re already 75% the workout for the evening.

This workout was hard and it kicked my ass. I am quite possibly the worst aerobically trained individual on the planet and for me, this was a high-intensity interval training/high volume workout; for the kids, the volume was super low and they found it pretty easy (go me!). And thank God, all four of us made our Get Out and Swim challenge so we were able to cut practice short. Halfway through the challenge, my calves started cramping up from the excessive resistance of the fins; all I could do was clench my teeth, stare at those pool tiles and keep my stroke rate up for another 50m. To say the least, I was a wreck.

Tonight’s workout really motivated me to improve on my swimming; thumbs up for getting beat by teenagers!!! This year at the BC Master’s Swimming Provincials, I got a BC record for my age group in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay. Now I know how hard I have to train to break that record again next year.

I’m spending the remainder of my evening at home, catching up on the highlights of the Canucks game, enjoying my chocolate milk for recovery and rolling out my aching muscles with a tennis ball (myofaschial trigger points). 

Also, good job Vancouver Canucks. That was an excellent season. On the other hand, shame on you hooligans in Vancouver giving Vancouverites and Canadians a bad name. Shame on you. Shame.

Anyways, I’m thoroughly exhausted so I really hope this blog made sense. Thanks for reading!

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June 15, 2011 · 22:50

This looks simply amazing.

This looks simply amazing.

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June 11, 2011 · 12:02