MONM 2011, Day 4: Raymond Scott – Soothing Sounds for Baby

Raymond Scott – Soothing Sounds for Baby (Basta Audio-Visuals, 1964) Even if you’ve never heard of Raymond Scott, odds are you’ve heard his music. It appeared in over 100 of Warner Bros.’ cartoons, which had a particular fondness for his “Powerhouse,” especially the bit that comes in at around the 1:30 mark. That track and … Continue reading

#MONM Day 3: Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure

Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure (Island, 1973) This time out, I’ll just focus on the two tracks that really grabbed me – the first tracks of each side of For Your Pleasure. “Do the Strand” opens the album in a marvellously ridiculous fashion, urging listeners who are “tired of the tango, fed up with … Continue reading

MONM 2011 Day 3: Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure

Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure (Island, 1973) This time out, I’ll just focus on the two tracks that really grabbed me – the first tracks of each side of For Your Pleasure. “Do the Strand” opens the album in a marvellously ridiculous fashion, urging listeners who are “tired of the tango, fed up with … Continue reading

MONM 2011 Day 2: OutKast – Stankonia

OutKast – Stankonia (Arista, 2000) One of the things about going through a punk phase (musically, at least) in junior high is that, even once you start branching out, you’re skeptical of anything remotely mainstream. I would’ve been in Grade 12 when Stankonia came out (although I feel like it was around for more than … Continue reading

How to get people psyched for your Halo adaptation

Three easy steps for creating excitement for your low-budget Halo adaptation, courtesy of Wilfrid Laurier University’s student paper interview with director Jared Pelletier: 1. Stress that the project is about the power of art and storytelling: “The idea came from seeing the success of other films based on popular video game content,” said Pelletier. 2. … Continue reading

Month of New Music 2011, Day One: The Style Council’s My Ever Changing Moods

As part of my ever-weakening commitment to keeping this blog alive, I’m happy to announce my second annual Month of New Music, starting today. As with last year, that means I’ll be listening to an album per day that I have never before listened to in its entirety – new as in new to me, … Continue reading