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Metric

Metric has a special place in my heart.  Not for any particular reason, I just like the band.  I’ve got both of their first two albums (2003’s Old World Underground, Where are you now? and 2005’s Live It Out), and I love them.  I had a chance to see them play on my birthday a few years ago but I decided to pass on it and celebrate somewhere else – big mistake, I assure you.  I still haven’t seen them live.

They’ve got a new album out April 14 called Fantasies, on the Last Gang label in Canada.  I’ve only heard one track from the album, Help, I’m Alive I thought it was a great track and really lives up to their previous work.  I’m really glad that it’s not coming out until April, because it means I can set aside money to pick it up.  There are a lot of albums I’ve skipped over but I will do my best not to skip this one.

I learned of a pre-order incentive from Chart Attack: pre-order Fantasies by March 2nd on Metric’s website and you’ll get a free mp3 copy of Help, I’m Alive.  Until then, check out their MySpace page to hear it now (it’s really great I promise).

Also check out their website for a cool, free acoustic version of Help, I’m Alive.

Here’s the track list (which is unfortunately a little on the short side but I’ll deal with it)

“Help I’m Alive”
“Sick Muse”
“Satellite Mind”
“Twilight Galaxy”
“Gold Guns Girls”
“Gimme Sympathy”
“Collect Call”
“Front Row”
“Blindness”
“Stadium Love”

Almost 60 years anyway.  Probably closer to 50, I’m not sure.  Check out Attack of the Movies! where blogger Matt goes back to 1950 to review one science fiction movie from each year leading up to present day.  The blog is updated weekly, and he’s already into 1951 – so hurry over before you’re too far past the 50’s!

I like this blog because it’s well-written, and I enjoy sci-fi movies myself.  On top of that, Matt is exposing the movies that aren’t so well-known.  For instance, rather than reviewing 1951’s The Day The Earth Stood Still, he opted for Flight To Mars.  Unfortunately, however, Flight To Mars is apparently not a good movie.

I find Matt to be very well-versed in movie knowledge and he certainly shows it in his reviews.  Like I said above, he writes well too, and makes his reviews very accessible.

If you’re looking for some different movies to watch, Attack of the Movies! might point you in the direction of a hidden gem.

I always find the searches that bring people to my blog to be quite amusing.  For a long time, people getting to my blog were getting here because they were looking for a picture of somebody wearing a sombrero (much like I was a while ago when I made my post about diamonds from tequila).  Lately, it’s people looking for Oprah holiday hits cover art.  So mostly, image searches.

Moving along, I just wanted to point people toward a new blog showcasing a unique art form: dry-erase marker paintings.  Check out Art-Erased for some pretty cool stuff!

A website you may want to check out if you’re looking for some different Christmas music is 25 Songs of Christmas.  I know the author from a common forum we frequent, and he is very well known there for some great Christmas mixes.

You won’t find the standard Christmas songs there, instead there will be some of the most obscure stuff ever found.  Each post has a link to a song plus a write-up and rating.  Get your unique Christmas fix at 25 Songs of Christmas.

Image from book/daddy

Image from book/daddy

I received a nice comment from yesterday’s post from JRoller; I checked out his website (a book review blog) and found some nice listings there so it inspired me to do a post about books.  I talk about all the other media out there so I thought I’d give one of my old favourites a go.

Just a quick note though about JRoller’s Online Book Reviews though.  I took a closer look at the site and I like the concept.  Write a review, submit it, and it gets posted online.  If you have a website or a blog, you might get some extra traffic from it.  I think I might just write one myself!

Well first up is a book I found on JRoller’s blog: The Facebook Book.  I like it because it’s a book about a new media (social networking – not brand new I know, but I’m talking in the last 5 years new), and I always find it fun when there’s a new book about something that’s supposed to replace books.  I don’t mean social networking is supposed to replace books, but the Internet was supposed to.  I think publishing is still a very lucrative industry (I can’t find exact numbers but a 2006 Statistics Canada report pegs it at $235 million for Canada alone).

A book I finished reading not too long ago was The Game: Penetrating The Secret Society of Pickup Artists, by Neil Strauss.  I know, I know – what am I reading this for?  I’ve got a girlfriend I don’t need to pick up girls.  I actually picked this up because I enjoy a TV show called “Keys to the VIP” on the Comedy Network; it’s based on this book, and it is funny to watch.  What I enjoy about this book though is that it looks like a guide at first (it’s designed to look like the bible), but it is actually a compelling story about Strauss’ adventures learning this “trade”.

Other books pointed in my direction that I want to check out are A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel, and The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton.  Both are recommended if you’re looking into investing for the first time – I look forward to finding them at the library.

At the moment I’m trying to finish reading Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  I’ve also got all the Harry Potter books to finish (I’m in the middle of Goblet of Fire – though I don’t know where my copy of it is).  I also got a free copy of Ted Rogers’ autobiography (you may have heard he was admitted to hospital; reports say he is doing better now), so I have that on my list as well.  I also want to check out the unauthorized biography, just as a second opinion.  That one is called Hire Wire Act: Ted Rogers and the Empire that Debt Built by Caroline Van Hasselt.

Some notes of interest, non-book related:

Teenager Changes His Name to Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined

Robert Johnson’s soul was up on ebay and sold for $60

So in the last couple of days, this blog has been receiving quite a large number of hits – 87 today, alone.  Most of it seems to have come from image searches for Rise Against – Appeal to Reason; I really only mentioned the album in passing, so I’m hoping people came to my site and browsed around after finding the album art.

Today’s post is just bits and pieces:

– Fellow Ontario residents!  Keep your eyes open for a missing wallaby – his name is Wendell.

– Do you remember years back when Smarties had a contest revolving around “stolen” red Smarties?  Seems the Halloween candies have fallen victim; of the three mini-boxes I’ve had this year, I have only come across one red Smartie.  Strange!

– So November is looking like awesome movie season has returned for 2008.  Some highlights out this month: Bernie Mac’s last movie Soul Men, Role Models, Quantum of Solace (aka 007), Bolt (for the kids), and big-budget Australia (at least I think it’s big-budget – Baz Luhrman is the director).  Man I could go on.  But I won’t.

I knew it was a good idea to write this post until I got to my laptop.  I have a folder in my bookmarks labelled “music”, and while I have a good list of free resources, a lot of it is actually bands that I found with free music.  But one site on the list is a gold mine and I forgot I even had it.

It’s the Ultimate List of Free & Legal mp3 Music Downloads.  I like this list not only because it is very thorough, but for this exerpt from his mission statement (so to speak):

Although stealing music is fairly easy, it’s not as fun and fulfilling as having a legitimate library of tunes. By compiling an exhaustive list of legal alternatives, I hope it will suppress your desire to pirate music and be caught with the penalties. I personally think digital and music law needs reform, but we should be cautious of some of the illogical interpretations of the law so we don’t get into trouble. There are trillions of audio files roaming around the internet in a legal haze of lawsuits, and whether on purpose or not, I’m sure you’ve stumbled across them.

Definitely check out that site.  It is not a complete list but it is just about perfect.


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