The Battle of Los Angeles

“Rusted from the Rain” was a shit video, though Billy Talent have consistently had terribly boring music videos, so I’m not at all surprised. Someone needs to introduce them to the Patron Saint of Music Videos, Marc Ricciardelli. First of all, two of the videos he did for the Cancer Bats, the ones for “French Immersion” and “Hail Destroyer” are probably two of my favorite music videos of all time. Now that I’m thinking about it, the one for “Pneumonia Hawk” seems to be in keeping with his style, so that was probably him too. And he just did the video for Alexisonfire’s “Young Cardinals” which was so fucking epic that it actually made up for the fact I think its a pretty bland single.

Its here and you need it in your life:

I love this man’s ability to take some mundane thing/activity (riding a bike, a wolf, being a lumberjack, riding a tour boat in Niagara Falls) and make it look so fucking hard. I’m sure the fact that Cancer Bats and Alexisonfire are pretty hard rocking bands fucking helps (and I don’t give a shit if you hate Alexisonfire, their live show is fucking amazing) but I think a lot of it is just him being awesome.

I’m clearly starting the Marc Ricciardelli fanclub here in case anyone wants to join.

Also you know you have seen MOD too many times when you can state with certainty that the video premiere is going to be at 5:45. I’m way too aware of how this show operates.

Totally went to the Eaton Centre today and pissed away a couple hours buying trash bags and light bulbs for my burned out lamp and a plate because I’m ghetto as shit and am living in summer res without proper supplies and finally realizing that some time within the next four months I will have a real place that I will need to buy real plates for. I also tried on a couple pairs of Cesario Highs that I just bought off Zappos for more than $115 less than they were at Town Shoes.

Ran into Chris on the way back from Tim Horton’s (the sandwich run went on as planned, unfortunately). Apparently he’s taking a fifth year because there are no jobs. Fucking great.

Deerhunter/Times New Viking


Saw Deerhunter with Times New Viking on Wednesday at Lee’s Palace. For some reason I had this idea of Lee’s Palace as being a box with a stage at the front, so I was pleased to find it was more architecturally complex than that.

Deerhunter were fucking great, I had some fears about what they would sound like live, the electronic thing just didn’t seem like it would translate well. To be completely honest my whole fear was based on one experience seeing Panic! at the Disco when I was fifteen when all their pre-recording techno shit crackled through the sound system the entire night. Then again Deerhunter aren’t really electronic, they just have synthesizers, I just assume anything that doesn’t sound like a guitar, bass or drums is made by a computer.

Whatever, point was it was good.

Times New Viking were equally great. Too bad their album is unlistenable. I should have known when they were first described to me as sounding like “a really great band behind a wall of fuzz.”