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  1. Hey there! There's been almost no press at all about this event, the only online mention I could find was burried in a listing in NOW mag's site: quote: GLOBAL ROOTS FESTIVAL International entertainment, arts and crafts, and more. Today noon to 7 pm, tomorrow 9 am to 6 pm, Sep 23 noon to 6 pm. Free. St Lawrence Market, Front and Jarvis. 416-368-8743. Apparently there's gonna be lots of cool music, including my guys and girl from Uncle Seth. Wanna hear Jay talk about the history of the harmonium, or explain how his keyboard sitar works? Then check out the main stage today at 5! Peace, Mr. M.
  2. Apparently I'm Calico James Bonney. And appropriately enough, someone sent me this yesterday - apologies to those who missed the special day - arrrr. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Pirate talk could shiver your timbers By Dave Barry Every now and then, some visionary individuals come along with a concept that is so original and so revolutionary that your immediate reaction is: ``Those individuals should be on medication.'' Today I want to tell you about two such people, John Baur and Mark Summers, who have come up with a concept that is going to make you kick yourself for not thinking of it first: Talk Like a Pirate Day. As the name suggests, this is a day on which everybody would talk like a pirate. Is that a great idea or what? There are so many practical benefits that I can't even begin to list them all. Baur and Summers came up with this idea a few years ago. They were playing racquetball, and, as so often happens, they began talking like pirates. And then it struck them: Why not have a day when everybody talks like a pirate? They decided that the logical day would be Sept. 19 because that -- as you are no doubt aware -- is Summers' ex-wife's birthday. Since then, Baur and Summers have made a near-superhuman effort to promote Talk Like a Pirate Day. As Baur puts it: ``We've talked like pirates, and encouraged our several friends to, every Sept. 19, except for a couple where we forgot.'' And yet, incredibly, despite this well-orchestrated campaign, the nation has turned a deaf shoulder to Talk Like a Pirate Day. In desperation, Baur and Summers turned to me for help. As an influential newspaper columnist, I have the power to ``make or break'' a national day. You may recall that almost nobody celebrated Thanksgiving until I began writing about it in the 1970s. I have given Baur's and Summers' idea serious thought, looking for ways to improve it. One variation I considered was Talk Like a Member of the Lollipop Guild Day, on which everybody would talk like the three Munchkins in the film version of ``The Wizard of Oz'' who welcome Dorothy to Munchkinland by singing with one corner of their mouths drooping down, as though they have large invisible dental suction devices hanging from their lips. But I realized that would be stupid. So I have decided to throw my full support behind Talk Like a Pirate Day, to be observed Thursday, Sept. 19. To help promote this important cause, I have decided to seek the endorsement of celebrities, and I am pleased to report that, as of today, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Britney Spears, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, the Osbournes, Tiger Woods, Ted Koppel, the Sopranos, Puff Doody and the late Elvis Presley are all people who I hope will read this column and become big supporters. I see no need to recruit President Bush, because he already talks like a pirate, as we can see from this transcript of a recent White House press conference: REPORTER: Could you please explain either your foreign or your domestic policy? PRESIDENT BUSH: Arrrrr. To prepare for Talk Like a Pirate Day, you should practice incorporating pirate terminology into your everyday speech. For example, let's consider a typical conversation between two co-workers in a business office: BOB: Hi, Mary. MARY: Hi, Bob. Have you had a chance to look at the Fennerman contract? BOB: Yes, and I have some suggestions. MARY: OK, I'll review them. Now let's see how this same conversation would sound on Talk Like a Pirate Day: BOB: Avast, me beauty. MARY: Avast, Bob. Is that a yardarm in your doubloons, or are you just glad to see me? BOB: You are giving me the desire to haul some keel. MARY: Arrrrr. As you can see, talking like a pirate will infuse your everyday conversations with romance and danger. So join the movement! On Sept. 19, do not answer the phone with ``hello.'' Answer the phone with ``Ahoy, me hearty!'' If the caller objects that he is not a hearty, inform him that he is a scurvy dog (or, if the caller is female, a scurvy female dog) who will be walking the plank off the poop deck and winding up in Davy Jones' locker, sleeping with the fishes. No, wait, that would be Talk Like a Pirate in ``The Godfather'' Day, which is another variation I considered (``I'm gonna make him an offer that will shiver his timbers''). But the point is, this is a great idea, and you, me bucko, should be part of it. Join us on Sept. 19. You have the buckles, darn it; don't be afraid to swash them! Let's make this into a grass-roots movement that sweeps the nation, like campaign-finance reform or Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I truly think this idea could bring us, as a nation, closer together. But not too much closer. Some of us will have swords. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dave Barry writes for the Miami Herald. Write to him C/O the Miami Herald, One Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla. 33132.
  3. Oh yeh baby! Her new live album's pretty good too, particularly the second disc, although I'd still totally recommend Living In Clip from '97 as one of the most under-rated live albums ever. Scary, wonderful acoustic guitar, wild jams, weird stories, and more angst than you can shake a stick at. Do yourself a favour, if you've never heard this stuff, check that one out! Peace, Mr. M.
  4. Oh man - I went into a dollar store in Ohio a couple of months back, and I couldn't believe all the tacky "USA" crap - huge bowties, stupid plastic banners with the stars and stripes, lawn... thingies I can't even really explain, on and on. Whatever you think (pro or con) about many American's perhaps over-developed sense of national pride post-Sept. 11, I cannot believe the crappy stuff they choose to use in expressing those feelings. Boggles the mind... this is patriotism? Peace, Mr. M.
  5. quote:Originally posted by treyter: is that skeletor???Indeed it is! Wacky stuff, eh? "By the power of Greyskull, I summon the Village People" Peace, Mr. M.
  6. A few years ago I was in Okinawa Japan at a karaoke bar. While I will maintain that 20 drunk off-duty Japanese security gaurds singing the Japanese lyrics of "YMCA" and doing all the actions was perhaps the funniest thing I've ever seen, this is pretty close: http://www.malevole.com/mv/misc/tribute Be sure to turn up your speakers! Peace, Mr. M.
  7. Oh man, Giger is SO cool! His own site is at: http://www.hrgiger.com/ I also have to give a shout out for my man Michael Murtanovski, a very talented TO painter: http://www.kebapi.com/art/ Peace, Mr. M.
  8. quote:As far as Trey being cocky??? I had the opportunity to party with him and all of those guys at CK5's birthday party in '99. Trey was anything but cocky...more like very drunk and very humble and nice---just one of the guys.Yeh, I'm sure it's true - I suspect a lot of the stuff in the film was mugging for the camera. Damn funny thou!
  9. Oh, and the thing they do with the phans who want to get them to pose in a photo with them, and they aim the camera so the heads are cut off?!? What bastards! Can you imagine following Phish all the way from Buttsville USA to Italy or where ever, you see them on the beach and you think "now's my chance to get a picture with them" and then you develop the film and the heads are cut off?!? What a riot!
  10. I really like singing along with old King Crimson 'cus I have the same vocal range as Greg Lake, and I really like singing along with new King Crimson 'cus Adrian Belew is just friggin' brilliant! Talk, it's only talk babble, burble, banter bicker bicker bicker brouhaha, balderdash, ballyhoo it's only talk Come ON, how much fun is that to sing? Peace, Mr. M.
  11. Personally, I actually enjoyed it more on DVD than when I saw it at the Bloor. I find music movies are always cooler on DVD 'cus you can jump to the parts you like. Don't know how many times I've watched that ver of "Punch You In The Eye". One thing that kills me every time I put on that film is what a funny, cocky prick Trey can be! If he had his own show, it would kick the crap out of Tom Greene. Peace, Mr. M.
  12. Yo! FYI there's a review of the new Uncle Seth disc Lame Suburban Poetry in the U of T Independent Weekly today: http://www.independentweekly.net/view.php?aid=640 Peace, Mr. M.
  13. P.S. I'm not sure if they are even still around but DO NOT deal with a mail order company called TFE Industries and/or Just Imagine Computers (they go by different names depending on which ad you respond to.) As Comic Book Guy would say: "Worse company EVER!" - Mr. M.
  14. Hey Puddles I'm not sure where you're at in relation to Toronto, but for your money I'd recommend going with used. These guys would be my pick: http://www.pcused.com/ My wife got a used laptop there around Xmas - we had some weird driver problems when we got it home so I took it back down, they were very cool about it and fixed us up in about 10 minutes. Peace, Mr. M.
  15. Hey Velvet, great thread! quote:Originally posted by Velvet: If you could send one album to all your friends in an effort to introduce/reintroduce them to some fantastic music they might be missing out on, what would it be? I'll have to put two: 1) anything by the Sisters Euclid, a Toronto band featuring star guitarist Kevin Breit, and they play every Monday night at the Orbit Room...Absolutely! And Breit featured heavily on two of my picks, Big Boy and Up and At 'Em by amazing TO harmonica player Carlos del Junco. Carlos takes the Howard Levy thing and extends it into blues and latin music - extremely cool! quote:Originally posted by Velvet: The Brothers Creeggan. Yep, the bass player and the former keyboard/conga player for the Barenaked Ladies have released three albums together, and it is some of the more creative pop stuff you'll hear in a while. And yeah, it's pretty much just bass/congas/piano/vocals. Yeh, what these guys do is very different from BNL. They're actually doing the Peace by Peace benefit at the Reverb in Toronto on September 26th - check out their site at www.brotherscreeggan.com. Peace, Mr. M
  16. Sweet, thanks Brad! I'll have the boys give him a shout. Peace, - Mr. M.
  17. Hey, how about a band covering itself? Did anyone ever hear the version of 25 or 6 to 4 that Chicago re-recorded in the 80s? YUCK! The Police redoing Don't Stand So Close To Me in '86 was also pretty unnecessary. What was it about the mid-80s, too much coke? Peace, Mr. M.
  18. Hey all! The band Toronto band Uncle Seth (www.musicface.com/uncleseth) is looking for a new bass player. The band plays mostly original music in a sorta Blues Traveler/Widespread/Big Sugar/DMB mold with a female vocalist. They have just released their first CD, and have regular gigs at Reilly's and elsewhere. They're looking for someone who can commit to at least one rehearsal a week, the Toronto gigs and in the near future, various gigs around southern Ontario. The long range goal is, of course, world domination. Check out the tunes online at www.musicface.com/uncleseth/media/songs.html and if you're interested, give a shout to guitarist Jeff Jones at 416-283-6944 (best) or via email at uncleseth@musicface.com" target="_blank. Peace, Mr. M.
  19. quote:Originally posted by bouche: I had a read on Rocket 88 and found an interesting little piece on it...a little info on "the first rock and roll song" dilemma. read meYeh, good points in there - that's the main reason I put that it was arguably the first! I guess it's always hard to say what's really the FIRST when you're talking about something like rock'n'roll which encompasses so many styles. But that was definitely an important moment nonetheless. Peace, Mr. M.
  20. Yo! Gotta go with 1951, Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner record the great Rocket 88, arguably the very first rock song. Everything since traces back to that, babies! Peace, Mr. M.
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