Archive for January, 2009

Final Fantasy review – Eye Weekly (1.29.09)

January 31, 2009

Owen Pallett covering the music of Alex Lukashevsky on Final Fantasy Plays to Please = pure gold.


Patrick O’Dell interview – UKULA (1.28.09)

January 30, 2009

When I show up at Studio Gallery, a few people are still cleaning up after an apparent mad rush to hang Patrick O’Dell’s photographs for his solo show, To All My Friends. The painfully white room on the second floor of this College Street space contains a single strip of framed photos stretching the full length of opposite walls, with a massive photo collage at the near end and an untended bar at the other. Most of the photos are easily recognizable from O’Dell’s Vice Magazine work and his Epicly Later’d photo blog. But photos of other photographers (presumable photo-bloggers) in the midst of shooting subjects and a number of desert landscape shots break up the customary pukers and potential injuries.

I’m told that Patrick has gone out for a smoke; that he forgot his passport and had to rush back to his apartment before boarding the plane from NYC, so he’s a little frazzled from barely making it to Toronto. After waiting around for a while I get a call from a friend who just happened to run into Patrick on the street. I decide to split and come back in a little while.

When I do finally meet up with Patrick he’s polite and friendly, but super shy. We step out onto the fire escape overlooking the alley and scope out the schoolyard basketball scene. Since he doesn’t seem all that comfortable with being interviewed, I ask him what it’s like being on the other end of the questions when he’s talking up skateboarders for VBS. “I’ve been doing it a long time now,” he says. “I’m older than a lot of them … I have seniority.”

The Bush Tragedy – Eye Weekly (1.20.09)

January 26, 2009

A look at Jacob Weisberg‘s Shakespearean insight into the life and times of Dubya: The Bush Tragedy.

Critics Poll – Eye Weekly (1.15.09)

January 18, 2009

dd63a9ff4e0d8d29e43bd3f78587We asked Canada’s critical elite, and overwhelmingly they agreed: Portishead’s Third was the best record of 2008. Here are all the results, as well as my commentary.

AIDS Wolf – Eye Weekly (1.8.09)

January 13, 2009

Montreal noisenicks AIDS Wolf play the hated music.

Blood Ceremony – Eye Weekly (1.1.09)

January 4, 2009

Meet: Blood Ceremony. The Toronto occult-rockers mix Sabbath-worthy riffs and the flutes of JT (Jethro Tull, that is) for one sacrifilicious sound.