Archive for October, 2009

Metalocalypse interview – Eye Weekly (10.21.09)

October 26, 2009


A chat with the voice and mind behind Dethklok, the world’s most brutal metal band (on the animated Adult Swim show Metalocalypse anyway).


Ad Hawk Activism – Eye Weekly (10.7.09)

October 21, 2009

Rami Tabello has won a lot of battles in his guerrilla war against illegal billboards — and, soon, city hall will have his back

Riding with Rami Tabello when he’s on illegal-billboard patrol is a harrowing adventure. Acceleration comes in brief, block-long bursts. Equilibrium-shifting U-turns are a regular occurrence. No gap in traffic seems too tight for him to squeeze his red Mini through. No amount of honking deters him from creeping through an intersection in order to observe the distances between two rooftop signs, and his four-way flashers get heavy use.

He drives like a man on a crusade, and behaves like one too: an anti-hero operating above the law to bring down the companies who have covered Toronto in illegitimate advertising.

Stick Tabello in a City Hall committee room, surrounded by councillors, billboard lobbyists, concerned citizens and public-space advocates and he’s less brazen, but equally driven. Normally clad in a black leather jacket and button-down shirt, which add to the crisp GQ stylishness of his perpetually shaved head, Tabello looks, if not out of place, a little too intense for something like a public consultation.

Still, there’s a reason the city’s licensing and standards chair, Howard Moscoe, considers Tabello a public hero, and why he occasionally defers to him during meetings about billboards. That’s because for two and a half years, Tabello has been doing, in his spare time and at his own expense, what a whole city department gets paid to take care of — and he’s been doing it better.

Flaming Lips: Embryonic review – EYE (10.7.09)

October 13, 2009


“Finally, the punk rockers are taking acid… again!” At least that’s what The Flaming Lips’ double disc worth of epic weirdness Embryonic sounds like to this critic.

Meet: Monotonix – Eye Weekly (9.30.09)

October 13, 2009

The roving DIY punk rock party that is Monotonix return to Toronto in support of their new album Where Were You When It Happened?