Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
This shot was a little tricky as it was such a bright day and he was in the shade under a tent. I used center weighted metering and added .3 EV to bring up the exposure.
I started this post months ago. When I first heard that Guy Berryman of Coldplay and Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane were joining separate supergroups.
Apparatjik is a group that consists of bassist Guy Berryman from Coldplay, guitarist/keyboardist Magne Furuholmen from a-ha and singer/guitarist Jonas Bjerre of Mew.
Mt. Desolation is a alt country group formed by Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin from Keane that consists of
Jessica Staveley-Taylor - BVs
John-William Scott - Bass, Guitar
Phil Renna - Fiddle, Keys
and also feat:
Ronnie Vannucci - Perc, good vibes (from The Killers)
Country Winston Marshall - Banjo (from Mumford & Sons)
Charity Quin - BVs
Jayne Rice-Oxley - BVs
Francois Deville - Pedal Steel
I was quite excited that some musicians that I love would be coming out with more music (without breaking up their original bands), but my enthusiasm waned when I heard the first few songs they released. Just because I love Keane and Coldplay, it turns out that I don't necessarily love the music of Mt. Desolation and Apparatjik.
At that point, I let this post go...but I kept hearing of new collaborations or new solo projects. It frustrates me sometimes that I hear about an album release months before it's actually released. Sometimes, I forget about it when it actually does gets released.
So to help me remember about these new releases, I decided to finish this post.
Tired Pony is a group that features Gary Lightbody (of Snow Patrol), Richard Colburn (of Belle & Sebastian), Iain Archer, Jacknife Lee, Peter Buck (of REM), Scott McCaughey and Troy Stewart. It turns out that this is also a country inspired group. I remember reading that country music was becoming popular in Great Britain. I am NOT a country music fan, so this does not excite me...but I will give it a chance.
Before hearing Mt. Desolation, I did say that if anyone could get me to like country music, it would be Keane. I haven't loved the first few songs I have heard, but will keep giving it a try.
The best "supergroup" of the year has to be Broken Bells composed of artist-producer Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer from The Shins. High Road is one of the best songs of 2010 in my opinion.
Freebass consists of Peter Hook (New Order and Joy Division), Gary (Mani) Mounfield (The Stone Roses and currently in Primal Scream) and singer Gary Briggs (Haven). Andy Rourke (The Smiths) was originally involved, but may not involved with them at the moment. Years after first announcing the project, they have released an album and toured a few dates. In Canada, an EP Two Worlds Collide was just released a couple of weeks ago.
Beady Eye isn't really a supergroup...but I didn't know where else to include them. They consist of Oasis members minus Noel and are set to release a single in the fall followed by an album in early 2011.
Noel Gallagher is said to have been in the studio recording drums for an unnamed musician last week. Is this the beginning of another supergroup? Or will he go solo to continue the gigs he has been playing this year? Time will tell.
If some groups are mixing it up, other groups are having reunions.
Gavin Rossdale is rejoining Bush and releasing a new album in October.
Robbie Williams and Take That are getting back together.
Soundgarden have reunited and performed together.
Roxy Music will be touring next year.
And finally some singers are going on their own.
Brandon Flowers of The Killers will be releasing a solo album in September and playing concerts....but uggg, I should have completed this blog earlier. I just found out that he's performing at the Mod Club in Toronto on Wednesday. There was a contest to win tickets, but it's closed now. Oh well, if he comes back, I'll hopefully buy tickets. I can't complain. I saw The Killers from quite close last year and I won tickets to see Coldplay's buzz gig in 2005. I can't win them all. I quite like his first single so am looking forward to the album.
Fran Healy of Travis also has been touring on his own. After touring with Travis last year (which I saw at Sound Academy), he and Andy Dunlop toured for a while as a twosome (which I missed when they played The Mod Club) and now, Fran didn't want to stop. I saw him last month at Molson Amphitheatre in a mini festival. He's so great live and he followed the festival tour with a headlining tour including dates in Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. He has a solo album coming out this fall and from the sounds of it at the concert, it will be great!
Not necessarily a band member going solo, but I read that Hugh Laurie recorded a blues album. If you're interested, you can do the research on this one ;-)
I read that Peter Hook will be taking Joy Division's classic album 'Unknown Pleasures' on a tour of the US. I'm not an expert on Joy Division but from my understanding he may have already been doing that in the UK. Again, if you're interested, check it out.
I am so relieved to finally finish this post. I'm sure that there are many other supergroups, reunions or solo projects so don't be surprised to see a part 2...but for now, I am happy to finally get all this written down and out of my head!
- Gorillaz at Air Canada Centre, Oct 14th. Really looking forward to this one - I'm going with my son and have lower bowl seats. I have a DVD of their Demon Days concert and the performance is wonderful. With all the guest musicians and singers and orchestral elements I have no idea what this Toronto show is going to be like, but it's a must-see for me.
- The Boxer Rebellion at Horseshoe, Sept 27th. Getting some well deserved attention because of their inclusion on the Going the Distance soundtrack. Pop melodies that could be compared to Coldplay. We have tickets to this one.
- Katie Mulua at The Mod Club, Sept 8th. I've always liked her soft tunes and songwriting. Not for everyone, a little Kate Bush mixed with Carole King perhaps. She hasn't played hear ever/for a long time and has a new album coming out. Perfect venue choice.
I'm still a little disappointed I missed Buckwheat Zydeco last week. It made one NOW Magazine's shows of the week, but it coincided with my Wed night ultimate game. Priorities got a little tangled. If Buckwheat is coming to your town, make sure you see him !
- The Mod Club - perfect size, high stage, great sound, always a great atmosphere. Lots of pre and post options in the Lil' Italy neighbourhood.
- The Horseshoe Tavern. Old, dirty, low ceilings, hot and often too loud. But you can't beat the energy of the old place and they let me in with my DSLR camera.
- Koolhaus - large, unseated, warehouse-like venue. Large enough for some big name acts and decent light shows.
- Lee's Palace - fun old joint, good size, good viewing angles and decent sound. Seems to attract a lot of once great bands coming back for an encore.
- Phoenix Concert Theatre - gets pretty jammed, pretty quickly, but hosts some great artists. Sound is usually good, but security is very strict and lineups are often a problem.
- Molson Amphitheatre - large outdoor venue. Sound is pretty poor from the lawn, but can be very good in the closer seats and in the general admission area.
- Air Canada Centre - large arena, ok sound if you're in the lower bowl or up front.
- Sound Academy - this place gets a lot of good artists, but the layout is all just wrong and the sound is suspect. Above all, difficult to get to if you're not driving and if you are driving, a nightmare parking lot.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Don Yeomans' "Where Cultures Meet" with iPod - #281/365, originally uploaded by PJMixer.
Although photography in the gallery is restricted, there are some interesting pieces on the grounds and in the entrance hall. This piece from Don Yeomans I found interesting as it intersected traditional totem art with a modern materialism.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
After choosing my favourite shot which was this tighter composition I noticed the distinct colours and was pleased that the composition coincidently matched the colours of the Italian flag.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I slowed the shutter speed down to 1/15 sec to capture some motion and got lucky as I snapped the fast little boy in the frame.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
My Mom is in town for the theatre and as I won't be with her to celebrate her birthday in a few days, I took her shopping with a stop in Yorkville for a little lunch and some people watching. I walked across the street to capture a telephoto pseudo-paparazzi shot and caught her as the wind picked up and messed with her hair. We had a lovely time and I think the shot captures her youthful looks and attitude.
I had a few challenges with this shot and keeping it "in-camera". The shot was a little overexposed and Nikon's D-Lighting feature couldn't help. Although I "trimmed" the shot in camera I still wanted to capture a full length shot of my Mom, but my backpack was rather distracting as it is bright red. Nikon's in-camera monochrome conversion to sepia came to the rescue. It got rid of my red backpack distraction and it seemed to help slightly with the exposure (although I know that's not possible, but it "appears" to have helped perhaps by some subtle sepia contrast effect).
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Jean Jacques is 80 years old and after 4 years of construction, has completed building his own airplane. He told me a lot about the difficulty of reading the engineering directions and starting out in his basement workshop. He persevered through the directions and only needs his registration completed before he can take it for a maiden flight. Like many of the projects he's undertaken in his life, he's now rather disappointed the construction is complete, I could see in his eyes he's already thinking of his next project.
After our discussion about the airplane, he took us inside to meet his wife Fleurette. I was immediately impressed by their beautiful wooden home and wasn't that surprised to learn Jean Jacques had built it too.
We talked about lots of different subjects, including languages, travelling, technology and photography. We talked a lot about the 100 Stranger project and I told them many stories about the strangers I'd met. Looking around their home, you can tell Fleurette and Jean Jacques keep up with technology very well for their years - I even commented on their stereo system which had a vertically aligned turntable. Fleurette spends a lot of time on the internet and feels lost if she loses her connection. When I asked where they'd like their picture taken for my 100 Stranger project, she decided that beside her computer would be perfect.
We picked some apples off their trees before saying our thank yous and goodbyes. I really enjoyed my visit with this wonderful old couple and hope to see them again on a future visit to Northern Ontario.