A collection of thoughts ... from a[n exploding] boy in Toronto.
60 Richmond Housing Cooperative @ Toronto, Canada by Teeple Architects.
OMG. I want to live here someday.
” This striking 11-storey co-op at 60 Richmond East won Teeple Architects an Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award in 2010 and a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence in 2007. The LEED Gold building offers 85 one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom units. On the ground level there is parking for 40 bicycles, 9 privately-owned cars and one Autoshare car – a true downtown building.
But there’s another reason to celebrate 60 Richmond East. It is the only co-op built in Toronto since 1995.”
April Ludgate: I don’t want you to go back to London
Andy Dwyer: Just remember every time you look up at the moon I, too, will be looking at a moon; not the same moon obviously that’s impossible.
Took my first bike spill in ~16 years (because I haven’t ridden a bike regularly since then) = scraped knee, swollen lip, and twisted handle bars. It’s hard to breath and stay focused while biking when you’re wearing a balaclava because it’s fucking cold out, you’re tired, and your bike is awkwardly balanced because you have all these groceries in your rear basket and school stuff in your backpack! Not sure if I feel like Puff Daddy in the “I’ll Be Missing You” video (the first song I learnt all the lyrics to), or the kid in the Danny Brown “Grown Up” video(?)
Kid Koala spins “Moon River” (with some tricks) which was orignally from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Have never seen that movie still and not sure if I care too…
“Music makes its way to me (as it probably does to you) in so many ways…through scavenging, promo mailings, hand-to-hand, on the advice of friends. I totally disregard any sense of “shelf-life,” that is, the hipster mentality of “been there, done that, on to the next.” I’m just as likely to be into crunk music 10 years from now as I am to be discovering European DIY stuff 30 years on. Once a form of music gets into my DNA, it’s there for life, be it hyphy, funk, or garage rock. Everyone else has moved on to this musical horizon over there? That’s fine, I’ll discover it on my own time, and with my own filter, rather than because that’s what I’m “supposed to be listening to.” Hip-hop will always be my first love, and it’s the Bambaataa aesthetic that still shapes my musical life: “listen to the music that was not necessarily intended for you.” Sometimes I’m the first to the party, sometimes the last. Such is the vastness of music.
While I do expend a lot of effort to seek unheard music, Shadow Radio is NOT about, “look at me and my fancy record collection.” It’s not about rarity, value, or prestige, it’s about finding music from the past and present that helps speak to my (our) experiences and how to cope with them; circumstantially, there are lost classics and unknowns in equal measure. Music has shaped me socially, politically, emotionally, and spiritually. In every real sense, music has “saved me.” I consider it a great honor and responsibility to share the power of music with as many others as possible; it’s why I became a DJ. I LOVE exposing genius to the weary, cynical ears of friends, peers, and the public at large. When it comes down to it, what we all seek from music is TRUTH, not packaged, pre-fab fast food for the brain and soul. Consider Shadow Radio, then, to be the antidote, a placeholder for much better things to come as musicians emerge from the current cultural wasteland to inspire us once more.
Oh, one last note: I detest irony in music, and as such, none of my selections are “ironic.” You can be sure that if it appears on Shadow Radio, it is a full-fledged endorsement of the artist’s vision, even if selected in jest, or in a context probably not originally intended. Without the occasional chuckle, music would be dull indeed…and as such, I feel that even unintentional humor is cause for celebration, and is a worthy component of our shared musical experiences.”
I like this / can get down with most of this except…
- I can sympathize with music having a shelf life. Though this certainly makes me question how vapid and fleeting the essence of the music is then. I read an interview with the vocalist from Heartsrevolution, and she said something loosely along the lines of “do you really want to be listening to the same songs you listen to now in three years?” I thought that was rather discouraging to hear a band say, and one that I like. Ten tears later I still like the old Senses Fail albums. I also thought I would like trance music forever (how can you get tired or pretty, euphoric sounds?), but those beats just got played out and boring over time for me, and the cheesy lyrics may have caught up to me. It’s strange how trance music, which I listened to like 8-ish years ago, has become mainstream nowadays. (this is my, “I was there first to the party” snooty-ness. Except I was at the party on my own. I don’t like feeling alienated, but I also like feeling alienated. Mostly the former, especially right now.)
- I’m pretty sure actively searching for unheard music actually has a bit to do with the value of “rarity”, which Shadow critiques. He seems to contradict himself here (and is maybe not entirely coherent in other points, too). I think rarity is a legitimate value in track selection. Reminds me of the quote: ~”if we were all to read the same books, we’d all think the same way” (that’s meant to be in a negative sense, but could be argued otherwise I guess). And no one wants to listen to the same music as their oppressors! (I might be alone on that insistence)
- Having the stated purpose or responsibility of exposing “musical genius to the “weary, cynical ears of friends, peers, and the public at large” = majorly daunting. I have long thought that if I ever get to making a mixed set, I would want to do zero pandering. Maybe that’s hardline. I might be tempted to pander a tad bit (since I doubt anyone would be totally MFEO into my mix), but not tooo much!
- “what we all seek from music is TRUTH, not packaged, pre-fab fast food for the brain and soul.” I was more sympathetic to this thinking in the past. It’s also an interesting reminder mentioned in the "End of DJing" article that radio music used be quality music Ex. Michael Jackson or Prince, or how the 50s, 60s, and 70s were full of good music. However, I am not necessarily as concerned with skill as I am with enjoyability (if we were exclusively focused on skill and/or technical prowess, we should all be listening to Dragon Force or some super heavy/sludgy/brutal metal band). Inspirations like How To Dress Well and FutureCop! and fun/eclectic mixed sets by various DJs, have given me the go ahead from above (“it’s now a-okay”) to appreciate music that is a product of our current “cultural wasteland” as Shadow calls it. I think Rebecca Black’s “Friday” is super fun and good vibes; Carly Rae Jepson’s “Maybe” is super catchy and kind of feel good (same with her collaboration with Owl City), and that Rihanna and Calvin Harris song is kind of grooving too (but I need a bit of a quarantine from it). I’m pretty sure How To Dress Well (it seemed like he was curating the playlist before his show) even put on either “Viva Forever” or “Two Becomes One” by the Spice Girls. Perhaps such songs in moderation, though. After all, I may have found some of these songs annoying at first, due to either my pretentiousness, embarrassment, and/or their hollow/contrived pop aesthetic. And there maay be other songs that I am tooo embarrassed to ever play in public.
- My above point is somewhat irony-related. My liking of those songs is a tad ironic, but they’re still enjoyable songs (at least I think so). Shadow disparages irony. He then goes on to talk about the value of humor (including unintentional humor, which I don’t know what it would look like). I think irony is just that — it can be humorous or I’d say playful. I don’t see any need to always take things so literally and seriously.
Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like music. They have no emotions/soul. But, also, many artists are shitty people who somehow produce great pieces.
On certain days, I really wish I had musical skills. I think a super angst-y/heavy/emotive/eclectic/multi-faceted/fun/movie-like mix would be highly therapeutic on such days. Maybe more so the finished product. I imagine it’ll be a pain to put together, especially if it’s as technical as I’d liked (not simply track after track just faded in and out, or beat matched in the most basic way). I’m returning to the motherland over the holidays when hopefully my good friend will teach me some skilz…
I saw Mysterious Skin a while ago with Joseph Gordon Levitt. It has some pretty nicely shot scenes, but wow intense and unexpected (maybe other people are more intuitive than me. I was hoping for a more inspiring and long lost connection-y/meaningful, sci-fi-ish movie…)
I also finally got to watching the Todd Solondz film Happiness. The trailer looked like an interesting/dark/funny introspection on relationships. The trailer looked pretty decent and with praise like, “Outrageously black, unexpectedly moving” and ”evilly funny”, it seemed pretty compelling. But holy shit — DARK. I thought I liked dark, but this is dark in the disturbing (ex. pedophilia) way. There was maybe some moving scenes, but overall a bit boring and of the “wow, that was it. That’s kind of fucked” feeling afterwards. I assume/hope Welcome to The Dollhouse is better.
Song of the day. Emotional, melodic, soulful. I’d say it’s the stand out song of Friends, whereas their other songs don’t seem to have this depth.
Friends — The Way (pretty sure it’s produced by Blood Orange)
“No one’s waiting for you anyway, so don’t be stressed out (even if it’s something that you’ve got your eye on)”
My favourite songs are often fleeting, but this is what’s up right now. 90s-ish soulful, R & B vibe. Supposedly the lyrics are ad-libbed/improvised. Also, interestingly, he used to be in a punk-ish band called the Test Icicles, but this project is sooo much better. I wish I had the ability to put something/a song together so quickly and (seemingly) nonchalantly, and at the same time so well!
p.s. I can’t seem to find out which Kindness/Adam Bainbridge song he borrows lyrics from
“ “fetishism”: when things, and not people, are seen as the source of meaning and value. …
Retail fetishism clearly affects consumers (Zukin, 2005). Shoppers decide where to shop based on advertised images that are designed to incite desire and that obscure the social relations of production. Race, class, and gender divisions are used by marketers in crafting an image of their store and by managers selecting workers with the “right” habitus to staff the store. Shoppers buy into these distinctions—and reproduce them—when they decide to enter one store and not another. As we have noted, shopping involves making distinctions, such as appropriate or inappropriate, fashionable or tacky, refined or banal, which, according to Bourdieu (1984), are culturally coded terms that reify economic inequalities. Those who shop at upscale stores may think that they are simply expressing their superior judgment and taste, but really they are announcing and legitimizing their place in a social hierarchy.”
— from “Looking Good and Sounding Right”: Aesthetic Labor and Social Inequality in the Retail Industry by Christine L. Williams and Catherine Connell