The TSURURADIO Community Presents… nobleybones’ Christmas Whiskey Means Good Cheer Mixtape!!!

December 24, 2010
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Well, wouldn’t you know it? It’s already that time of year again….

That time of year when little kids all over Amorica start wanting a bunch of crap you couldn’t afford the other 11 months.  The time of year when you are suddenly compelled to buy that person who you don’t know at work some crap “but keep it under $20!”… The time of year when you got to give your boss, who makes, lets say, at least 2 or 3 or 5 times as much as you, a gift.  The time of year when you can sponsor this person, help that person, and basically constantly shell out money.

It’s also the time of year for eating.  And eating.  Aaaand more eating.  At dinners, parties, dinner parties, soirees, shing dings, team lunches, team dinners, team snacks, your lover’s team lunches, team dinners, team snacks, and the flood of homemade comfort foods.

Yep.

It’s time again for Kwanzaa.

I know what you are thinking…

T-dog… don’t you mean xmas?

Fuck no.  Xmas is dead, man.  You can find Santa’s cholesterol-ridden corps right next to Jesus’s.  Xmas used to be something.  It used to be about commercialism, about getting cabbage patch kids and a transformer or two.  But it’s done changed.  It’s all smartphones and other smartphones. It’s about iPads and other useless “tweener” gadgets.  It’s about gift certificates because what the hell else can you give someone who don’t need nothing except the joy of going out and getting more crap?  No, fuck Xmas, I’m moving on to Kwanzaa.

It’s my heritage anyway, so why the hell not, right?  It seems to combine what I love when I practiced Judaism during that one year in college (oh my crazy college years) and the date around Xmas so I’m naturally in holiday mode already!  Unlike Chanukah which lard only knows when that is each year…

No, I’m sticking with Kwanzaa. It’s something I can get behind. It’s about love.  About candles.  There’s fruit involved somehow…

Who doesn’t like fruit & candles and maize? Seriously, I don’t think there’s enough miles possible in the year to kill off the calories these fair-weather christians throw at me every year.  Always something dipped in chocolate with peanut butter in it…. YOU KNOW THAT’S MY WEAKNESS!!!

Sigh.

Well, I’m about to go hop on the bike for another billion miles in the snow to try to dump this spare tire.  So, while I’m out there, and while you head out to the malls to run with the cattle for some last minute smartphones, before you go, looky what we got here.  Our good friend and mixologist nobleybones has once again donned us with his gay apparel, fa la la la laaaa la la la laaaa with another sweet ass Xmas cheer mixtape full of 80 proof goodness!  Here’s what you need to do, throw this bad boy on yer iPod, go ahead and head out to the maw-maw, turn this bad boy on full blast and slowly make your way through the mess.

Watch as the herds become bit players in a weird surreal holiday video (it will even be in 3D).  Laugh as Velvet Underground sings “Jesus” while some soccer mom fights over the last Pillow Pet

Get done, make your way home, load it up there while throw a little brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and a giant bottle of red wine on the stove for some Vin Chaud, then sip and enjoy the pending forced quiet of Xmas before you pack up the family and do it all over again on Sunday — yay returns! yay gift card!

Merry Kwanzaa everybody as…

The TSURURADIO Community Presents..

nobleybones’ Christmas Whiskey Means Good Cheer Mixtape!!!

(Full Zip)

1. Little Hands – Beck & Wilco
2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
3. Christmas Time (Is Here Again) – Liverpudlian Lads
4 White Crismas (Reggae Version) – Bob Marley y The Wailers
5 Ginger Snaps – Dean & Britta
6 Winter Rose – The Bees
7 Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree – The Magnetic Fields
8 Holiday Face – Dent May
9 Just Like Christmas – Low
10 Your Christmas Whiskey – Minus 5
11 Snow Days – Real Estate
12 Egg Nogg – Luna
13 Gin Rummy – Nellie McKay
14 Jewish Curses – Tom Waits
15 Jesus – The Velvet Underground
16 Christmastime In The Mountains – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
17 Transcendental Light – The Black Lips
18 Behind That Locked Door – George Harrison
19 Graycourt – The Love Language
20 White Christmas (Skiffle Version) – The Cotton Jones Basket Ride
21 Snowalker – Pepper Rabbit
22 Snowstorm – Galaxie 500
23 Happy New Year – Camera Obscura
24 Same Time Next Year – Paul McCartney

Cheers,
The TSURURADIO Community!

VIDEOS: It’s almost a 3 day weekend…. LET’S GET NAKED!!!

December 23, 2010
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WOOT

First up, “Bombay” by El Guincho! A mesmerizing naked romp through out…

EL GUINCHO | Bombay from MGdM | Marc Gómez del Moral on Vimeo.

And then there’s “X” by Le Femme that came to us via the good folks at Listen Before You Buy

LA FEMME – X from lafemmeressortt on Vimeo.

Of course, some Flaming Lips “Watching The Planets” seems rather apropos, eh?

The Flaming Lips – Watching The Planets from Delo Creative on Vimeo.

And finally, an oldie but a goodie, “Lust For Life” by Girls..

Girls – Lust for life [nsfw] from sage brown on Vimeo.

And really…. would it be wrong to put up one of my own little films we made set to our vinyl rip of Neko Case’s “Magpie In The Morning”? I say nay and therefore I say YAY!

TSURUFOTO Presents… Tyler & Meiko At Capital Motel (NSFW) from TSURUFOTO on Vimeo.

So naughty! So scandalous! Time for a cold shower!

Cheers,
T…

VIDEO: The Last Living Rose by PJ Harvey

December 22, 2010
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Mmmm.. new PJ Harvey!

Beautiful. New album, Let England Shake, coming in Feb! WOOT!

Cheers,
T.

We made a zine!!! Let’s celebrate with tsuruloosies!

December 21, 2010
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Zine by TSURUFOTO!!!

Busy busy boy thanks to crazy work action and short weeks! BUT…that didn’t stop us from releasing our very first zine that you see up above and over to the right!!!

That’s right… a zine!  Appropriately titled TSURUFOTO NUDIEZINE, we essentially took the idea of a classic playboy (photosets combined with articles) and the old punk zines, mixed them together, tsuru-style, built a 16-page (including the cover) 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ closed, black & white photocopied zine with 3 photosets, our zine-exclusive review of the Decemberists The King Is Dead, a tribute of sorts, a craft activity, a new Bears Retweeting, as well as other goodness, ALL for only $4!!!

ONLY $4!?!?!?

Yep!

We’ve already shipped out 6 of them since it was released on Sunday.  All orders are shipped with a TSURUFOTO button (while supplies last) and a link to the pdf version for your e-zine needs!!

Hot damn, eh?

If you reeeeally don’t want to do it through etsy, just email me and we’ll work it out!

Now… in celebration, I figured we’d go through some of those hot & hyped songs floating around on the intertubals of love canals and try to get a little caught up on what you kids are jammin’ to this chilly ass winter solstice!  So hows abouts we gets to its????

Alright!  First up….

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Stamp

Wow. Wow… I can not WAIT until this album!!! Leak. Now. Please.

Turbo Fruits – Keepin’ On

Ah, surf cut with whistle action sounding like it was recorded in a hall way in the 60s. Missing that Turbo Fruits pop & kick but pretty sweet nonetheless.

Wye Oak – Civillian

Hmm… quiet and slightly awkward start, but settles in pretty quickly to a sweet sound. Can’t go wrong with an organ keeping things in line. Her voice sounds so fragile. Then BLAMO! Now we are grooving. Such a lovely juxtaposition in her voice with the band. Kinda meanders along but it works!

Young Galaxy – Cover Your Tracks

Ah, Young Galaxy, where you guys been? Been a long time. Let’s see what we got here. Ooo.. very 80s start. What is that, calypso? Steel drums and synth? I think these guys are shape shifters, from a spacey vibe to a dance thing on their last album to this trippy thingy. Pretty nice, kinda haunting in a old school way. Nice…

Alright, that’s good for today, eh? Time to get back to work! Those zines ain’t going to make themselves! WOOT!

Cheers,
T…

Tsuru & The Bride Present… Aaron Loves Meghan: December In Paris Mixtape & Film!!!

December 17, 2010
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All photographies by me

As you could probably tell from the posts this week (unless you are reeeeeally not paying much attention), we are back! The unimitatable TsuruBride (aka Baby) and I spent last week in Paris (with a day trip to Lyon on Baby’s birthday to visit our friends Isa & Ben from Our Society). What an amazingly awesomely awesome trip it was!


Paris Graffiti No. 1

Epic…. So epic…. but unfortunately with a week off from work and the impending time off for the holidays, work is doing a double-time, if not a triple-time, on our asses.  So, though the posts may be a little few & far between until things settle down a bit, we’ll do what we do as much as we can do it…

But back to Paris. I’d never gone before, Baby had gone a few times — it is her favourite place and like I said it was her birthday (the big 3-0), so really, what better way to celebrate?  – Exactly, there is no better way.

What can I say about the trip?  It’s fucking Paris!  It’s beautiful, it’s romantic, it was rainy & grey & amazing!


Chauds

Ah, all things chaud, all things chaud.  Yes, it was chilly — though really, crappy weather in Paris kicks crappy weather in Columbus’s ass any day of the week — so that may have had something to do with it, but I’d never had “vin chaud” before — nor chaud crepes with motherfucking nutella — and, well, let’s just say, chaud & I are now intimately familiar with each other.

Wait, that sounded weird.


Rue Mouffetard

I’ll tell you what… instead of my jibber-jabberin’ and really offending even more Parisians — yeah, that was me who spilled his red wine on the group of Parisian business men at the table next to us when we deeked into a cafe on Rue Mouffetard — how we get to the good stuff? You see, I brought you back a little sumtin-sumtin…

No, it’s not much, just a little thing we “picked up”.  A little mixtape and a little film I made, you know, no biggie.

So, while I get to work so I can get this weekend on — 3 xmas parties… hooray (I’m tired already) — how about you load up our little film, then load up our epic mixtape and come along with us down the rues of Paris (and a little Lyon), where the vin is chaud, the baguettes are hard — lol — where the croques are extra cheesy, and the mustard ain’t really all that yellow as….

Tsuru & The Bride Present…

Aaron Loves Meghan: December In Paris Mixtape & Film!!!

(Full zip)

Aaron Loves Meghan: December In Paris from TSURUFOTO on Vimeo.

NOTE: We went to a few museums, so there are a few “nsfw” bits thanks to some awesome artists!

01 Camera Obscura – Intro / Let’s Get Out Of This Country
02 Noah And The Whale – Shape Of My Heart
03 The Rural Alberta Advantage – Dont Haunt This Place
04 Loch Lomond – Elephants & Little Girls
05 Carla Morrison – Compartir
06 Leonard Cohen – Take This Waltz
07 Madeleine Peyroux – Dance Me To The End Of Love
08 Cracker – Happy Birthday To Me
09 Oh No Oh My – Walking Into Me
10 Girls – Thee Oh So Protective One
11 Beirut – Nantes
12 Beat Radio – The World Is Ours
13 Charlotte Gainsbourg – Le Chat Du Cafe Des Artistes
14 Death Cab For Cutie – Love Song (The Cure)
15 Bright Eyes – Tourist Trap
16 The Bees – I Really Need Love
17 Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (All Things Chaud, All Things Chaud) / Outro

Hope you enjoyed! Here’s a couple more photos from the trip! Until next week…

Cheers,
Aaron & Meghan


Sacre Coeur!


Paris Graffiti No. 2


Lyon, France!


Paris Graffiti No. 3

New REM! Download “Discoverer”!!! My fanboyism is set to WOOOOOOT!!!!

December 15, 2010
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Let my fanboy hype begin!!! New REM song “Discoverer” is available for yer downloaderin’!!! I’d tell you my thoughts, but I’m still waiting on the fucking email to come through. LOL.

WOOT!

Cheers,
T…

VIDEO: Texico Bitches by Broken Social Scene! Can we rename it BP Bitches?

December 15, 2010
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Gotta love mud-wrestling… Or is that oil? Texico! I get it! HOORAY! Can we rename it BP Bitches?

And yay, tour dates! Boo, no Ohio…

12/16/10 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
12/17/10 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
12/18/10 – Monteal, PQ @ Metropolis
12/19/10 – Quebec City, PQ @ Imperial Theatre
01/16/11 – London, ON @ The Music Hall
01/18/11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
01/29/11 – Edmonton, AB @ Freezing Man Festival
02/10/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
02/11/11 – Tampa, FL @ Ritz
02/12/11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Hall
02/13/11 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
02/15/11 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitinaís
02/17/11 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
02/18/11 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
02/19/11 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
02/20/11 – Tulsa, OK @ Cainís Ballroom

Cheers!
T.

Comment diversion: What are your favourite concept albums?

December 14, 2010
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Still listening to Illinoise, a kinda concept album, right?  Concept albums are one of the bravest and most self-indulgent and most awesome and most horrible kinds of albums there are!

So, for a little comment diversion… What are your favourite concept albums???

The weather outside is frightful, so I’m listening to Illinois by Sufjan Stevens!

December 14, 2010
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Photography by eddyzone

The weather outside is indeed frightful, sub-zero Fahrenheit wind chills, snow, and general nastiness. I don’t even have the right gear to ride my bike, it’s so cold. Is there a better time for Illinois?

No… No there isn’t. You ever been to Decatur? Yeah, this is Illinois weather.

Sufjan Stevens – Chicago

DOWNLOAD ILLINOIS!

Cheers,
T..

VIDEO: Chicago by Sufjan Stevens (Live on KCRW)

December 13, 2010
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Chicago by Sufjan Stevens (Live on KCRW)… Just came across this, absolutely my favourite song by this guy.

G’night!
T.

Kaputt by Destroyer leaked… and I’m a believer!

December 13, 2010
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Dude’s been watching way too many 70s “foreign art films”… but holy shit this is amazing!  I was worried when I first heard “Chinatown”, but now it all makes since.  Destroyer and ambient 80s disco?  Yeah!

Destroyer – Chinatown

Cheers,
T.

TSURURADIO Presents… The 25 Most Awesomest Tsururific Albums Of 2010 with Accompanying Mixtape (and Video)!!!!

December 3, 2010
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Photography by ME!

Well oh well oh well… here we are, once again. at the “end” of another exciting and fun and musically awesome year! What? You don’t think this was a “good year for music”? You know what we always say about that right?

If you ain’t finding music your digging, you ain’t digging deep enough.

With the sheer (shear?) wealth of albums out there, from the label releases to the self-released albums on the bandcamps and blogs and world wide intertubals of love canals, I firmly with all my heart & penis that it’s impossible not to find, if you look, at least 10 albums that fill your ears & brain wires with love & joy & happy & WHEEE!

Because, as I see the list popping up, the suggestions for us here at TSURURADIO, the blips on the Facebooks & Twitterins, even after all the music we’ve talked about, shared, discussed, hated, etc, it’s barely & narry a tip in the metaphorical vagina or butthole — depending on your preferred orifice, my philosophy? There are no bad orifices.

This is a BIG post, taking days to write, written in Notepad, in my notepad, on scraps of paper, old receipts, the back of my hand, and on the right side of a witch’s teet, so how about we shut the fuck up with this intro jibber-jabber and get on with it as…

TSURURADIO Presents…

The 25 Most Awesomest Tsururific Albums Of 2010 with Accompanying Mixtape (and Video)!!!!

25? Yeah, not intentional, built a mixtape of all my favourites, counted them up, found we had 25 albums. That’s our most even number yet! Inching ever so closer to the mainstream! Oh noes! But, clocking in at #25, the mammer-jammer that just made the cut goes to…

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25. Allo Darlin’ by Allo Darlin’

Twee boy-girl pop and a nod to Pinkerton? Yeah, I’m in. This sacchrine sweet album of polaroids, love, chili, and what is most likely (I mean, it kinda has to be) a ukelele pulled my tender heart strings and gave me three cavities! But I still love it…

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24. The Violent Blue by Electric President

A bit eeeeelectronical for my normal happy trail, but there was something smooth & easy, kinda like a Sunday morning, about this. Like a late winter ride of glorious harmonies & beautiful melodies, sun still setting early, the sky thick with the colour of grey…. Mmm

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23. Volume Two by She & Him

No-brainer. Imma zooey-sexual.

Can’t help it. If she put an album out of her and Will Ferrell as Buddy singing “It’s Cold Outside” 10 times, it would probably still make the list. Sorry. Get over it. Her voice and her songs bring a smile to my face.

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22. Wilderness Heart by Black Mountain

There’s an old school Stone Temple Pilots flavoured with strong female vocals meets some alt.country & blues meets classic rock bad assness that douche-nuggets like Kid Rock wishes they could wish to wish to try to want to wish to make.

Yeah! Snaps, indeed!

In your face!

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21. Avi Buffalo by Avi Buffalo

Young little whipper-snappers make a gem of an album, including what may be many people’s song of the year, “What’s It In For?”! It’s a diverse album that seems to live in the treble range — high pitched voices and lots of chiming guitars.

Time for the slightly condensending music cricket comment, “I predict great things for this band in the future!” But yeah, I really can’t wait to see where these guys go next!

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20. Flamingo by Brandon Flowers

Indie-cred…. DESTROYED!!!!

Yeah? Well.. EAT ME! Brandon Flowers goes Neil Diamond and I love this Vegas-inspired cheeseball!

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19. Oooh La La by Crash Test Dummies

Indie-cred restored? I mean, is Crash Test dummies so post-mainstream, so post-US-one-hit-wonder, that they are now super-indie? There’s certainly less mainstream than Arcade Fire, right? Or am I just another aging fan boy?

Brad gets a bunch of children’s instruments, gets Ellen, and makes a beautiful and kinda bittersweet album. Keep on trucking your baritone whiskey drinking Canuck!

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18. Meet Me At Muster Station by PS I Love You

Indie-cred officially restored.A new find, via Shoey, a new love affair…. a noisy rock love affair that is… will it be a love to remember (shouldn’t they all?) or one I’ll soon forget? Maybe it’s the newness, the sweaty discovery that permeates my ranking?

Who cares?

Great fucking album.

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17. Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph by Frog Eyes

Oh my. What an album! As yelpy and sporatic and spastic and bombastic and mood-fluctuation-inducing as you would expect from Frog Eyes. These guys are on a different plane two dimensions away from Sunset Rubdown, keeping them in the shadows, out of popularities sight. If I can steal a cliche as it’s so literally true, these guys march to a different drummer and it’s unreal.

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16. Teen Dream by Beach House

Speaking of “unreal”, with this beauty from Beach House we fall face-first into a gorgeous dream land… If not forgotten — seriously, in blogland years, this came out years ago! — this should be on the top of many lists. It’s daydream escapism at it’s finest…

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15. Beauregard by Pepper Rabbit

Speaking of dreamy…. what about the organic dreamscapes of Pepper Rabbit? (Ir)regardless of how accurate that description may be, this is just a beautiful album… From the opening notes that sound as if they are being played down the hall of a long-abandoned house, to what is one of my personal songs of the year, “Older Brother”, which sounds like a memory buried in a dream, Pepper Rabbit crafted something special.

Hey… can I say “dream” one more time?

DREAM!

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14. Big Echo by Morning Benders

Though we LOVED their last album, it was this one that got them all the blog love out there, gave them momentum, and made them a point of conversation amongst all of us in Indieland!

Good for them!

These guys keep their big fat hair toe dipped in the bucket of the past, then balance it with living quite solidly in the present! You like that? I said absolutely nothing useful in that sentence! Hooray for music cricketing!!!

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13. Congratulations by MGMT

Oh MGMT, how you pissed off the critics and your dancin’ friends by going from making a dance record that enjoyed a couple songs off of to a trippy psychedelic gem that is fucking amazing. Follow your heart guys, not the critics, you may not find mainstream success, you’ll find plenty of personal happiness & tons of artistic integrity, and, in my book, that’s worth more than all the P4K 10.0s in the world…..

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These blurbs are funny… Okay, let’s move on, time for a “big ticket” item!

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12. High Violet by The National

Great album, eh? From the first hey-is-this-a-bad-stream-rip-sounding “Terrible Love” I was hooked. But it was the roadtripping (through Ohio, of course) “Bloodbuzz Ohio” that got me listening in the first place. The emotional music with the dry Morphine-esque voice juxtaposition — Ooo… big word! Look, it’s The National. For many, if Suburbs isn’t number 1, this will be. National fans and Arcade Fire fans have a lot in common, you emotional bastards!

*smooch*

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11. Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You by Lightspeed Champion

Holy shit, where you been LC? I avoided the hell out of you with your first album (sorry, that album cover just screamed “Hey Tsuru, RUUUN!” but man, was I wrong. And with Life Is Sweet! I was even wrongerer! Your over the top theatrics pulled at my heartstrings and opened the curtain of my wrongheadness to your amazingly talented world! Wonderful!

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Holy shit guys! We are at Number 10???? Wow! Let’s keep this mother truckin’, eh?

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10. Heart Of My Own by Basia Bulat

Raw, organic, passionate, Bulat and her quavering powerful voice created a folk gem! Now, I’m not talking tender and quiet introspective folk (though there is some of that in there), think more like Irish/Scottish folk, except from Canada, which can fly at you faster than you wish you can river dance.

Stunning album. Punches you in the gut stunning.

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9. I Learned The Hard Way by Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings

MS… SHARON JONES! MS… SHARON JONES!!! MS!!! SHARON!!! JONES!!!!!

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8. The Suburbs by The Arcade Fire

Yeah… I lived in the suburbs a little during some parts of my childhood and again during parts of my adult life. Suburban kids think they got it tough, “FML”, etc, and all that. Hate your boring parents, rebel, move out, “straighten up”, become your parents, time to eat turkey, watch football, and hang up the lights, rinse, and repeat. It’s tradition, BLAH!

Arcade Fire captured it pretty good, wouldn’t you say? I do… Well, except that “Month Of May” song. Oof. Totally kept this out of the top 5, to be honest.

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7. Sunset Psalms by The Shivers

Oh man, this one took me by surprise… read some blip, sounded interesting, had no idea it would be this quirky Lou-Reed-esque bluesy-awesomeness. There’s a swagger about these guys, dripping of sex and probably some drugs, the good drugs, the looove drugs. I don’t know but man, yeah….

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6. Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene

Big bands can make a big mess of an album, Broken Social Scene somehow has the ability to do this yet somehow make it all work. They revel in the chaos of 4,000 musicians “doing their thing” and I revel in their revelry!

WOOT!!!

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Top 5! Getting there! Here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! La la la la la………….

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5. La La Land by Plants And Animals

Yeah, I’m obsessed with “Bye, Bye, Bye”, it’s showed up on how many mixtapes now? But I don’t LOOOOVE their last album, I like it sure, but it’s not love love, you know? So though hopes were high, expectations weren’t when La La Land came to my metaphorical doorstep, but holy spring-rollies! From the awesomely clumsy “Tom Cruz” to the 1-2 punch of “Swinging Bells” & “American Idol” to the end, it’s got a epic classic rock capital-A Album rocker groove to it that just never lets up! So good…

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4. The Sleep Tape by The High Wire

Nervous strings start us off on the dreamy journey filled lulling beats & rhythms, enveloping harmonies, whispering vocals, and a clustercuss of imagery that have gripped our minds since we first heard this on a whim (I liked the album art).

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3. July Flame by Laura Veirs

There is only one word I can think of to describe this album we first heard way back in aught nine when it quietly drip-dropped into our ears. It’s that kinda douchey music cricket kinda word, but man is it every “apropos”! This album is…….. Sublime.

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2. Together by New Pornographers

Ah, I remember when this leaked… long before I got my aging grubby hands on the vinyl with that glorious 12″ x 12″ artwork (oh my), a friend of mine who shall remain anonymous (as google searching for this was blocked) had sent me his copy, track by track, via email. So, as I received each track, in order, I listened.

Two words, my friends: Goosebumps & grins.

From the opening strings Duh-nuh-nuh to the final epic conclusion I was smitten. Add in some horns, tons of Neko and Dan and all the other power-orchestral pop ingrediants and oh me oh my!!!!

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But… as much as I love this album, one album stood above, stood tall, dominating, crushing the competition! So, without further adieu, our number one album is…

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1. Hurley by Weezer!!!!

lol. Just kidding….

*wipes tears of laughter off my cheek*

Oh man… good one, eh? But seriously, here we go!

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1. Light Chasers by Cloud Cult!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yep, Light Chasers is our No. 1 album of the year, top dog, head cheese (ew)!

For the 2nd year in a row, a concept album has taken top spot, taken my heart, and literally blew my mind. Concept albums are tough enough to pull off, but without a full narrative, just the idea of chasing the light, chasing happiness, chasing a freedom, from sadness and misery, from the herded life we plop ourselves in, by opening our eyes and our potentials, and doing it in a way that is at times bombastic, at times tranquil, and at times stunning… Yeah, after about a week or so with this album, I knew I had my top pick, that every challenger that was to come after it had a tough, if not impossible, battle ahead of it…

All this INSPITE of the fact they won’t release albums on vinyl. Yeah, I know, environmental stuff, but man, it’s vinyl! Vinyl is forever and in a good way! Oh well, as los French say, kest la vye… or is that say la vee? ;)

Congratulations Cloud Cult! You win!!!! Expect your completely recyclable, made from recylced LPs made from recycle vinyl shipped in recycled boxes in recyclable trucks to your recycled house any day now!

WOO!  That was fun!  How about a round of applause to all our winners!!!

Nice… nice..

Now, we ain’t done yet!  Any purveyor and peruser of TSURURADIO worth their weight in skin should know that with a Most Awesomest Tsururific Albums Of The Year List comes a Most Awesomest Tsururific Albums Of the Year Mixtape and boy oh boy do we have a dooooozy for you this time!

1.7 hours of tsururific awesomeness!!!  A massive mixtape, too big for a CD, just right for enjoying the year that is, that was, that forever will be!  We bookend it, like last year, with our No. 1 album but between that is a meaty sandwich of fun, beauty, and epic superawesomegoodtimes!!!

But that’s not all! No no no! We got one last little bit, down in the playlist below you’ll find a very special TSURUFOTO Presents video from our Vimeo page! A (momentarily) NSFW “moving photo series”, if you will, of the photography we did for this post, all set to Cloud Cult’s “Running With The Wolves” from the mixtape called “Tabs in… Where The Wild Things Go”!

I know, right? The gift that keeps on giving! So let’s do this as………..

TSURURADIO Presents…

The 25 Most Awesomest Tsururific Albums Of 2010 Mixtape (and Video)!!!

(Full Zip)

PLAY GAPLESS!!!

01 Cloud Cult – Intro / Running With The Wolves

TSURUFOTO Presents… Tabs in Where The Wild Things Go (NSFW) from TSURUFOTO

02 The Morning Benders – Promise
03 Allo Darlin – Kiss Your Lips
04 PS I Love You – Meet Me At Muster Station
05 Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings – Better Things To Do
06 Avi Buffalo – What’s It In For
07 The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
08 The National – Terrible Love
09 Frog Eyes – The Sensitive Girls
10 Laura Veirs – Little Deschutes
11 MGMT – Someone’s Missing
12 The High Wire – Hang From The Lights
13 Electric President – Mr. Gone
14 Brandon Flowers – Magdalena
15 Crash Test Dummies – And It’s Beautiful
16 She And Him – Thieves
17 Lightspeed Champion – The Big Guns Of Highsmith
18 Broken Social Scene – Texico Bitches
19 Black Mountain – Buried By The Blues
20 Basia Bulat – Heart Of My Own
21 Pepper Rabbit – Harvest Moon
22 Beach House – Zebra
23 The Shivers – Afrikaan Passport
24 Plants And Animals – Undone Melody
25 The New Pornographers – We End Up Together
26 Cloud Cult – The Contact / There’s So Much Energy In Us

Like what you hear? GO BUY THE ALBUM!!! It’s good karma, and good karma will get your laid. Nice, eh? Okay boys & girls, that’s it. I’m done. Put a bow on it… Movin on!

OH but before we go!  Remember… next week, Ms. TsuruBride & I will be taking a little time off to re-charge ye ol’ batteries!  So, no post from me, but always keep an eye out, you never know when that rascally paper crane collective will pop up next!!

Cheers and here’s to a wonderful 2011!!! See you all on Monday December 13th!
Tsuru

We are busy looking behind, compiling & building our epic 2010 most awesomest post! So, until tomorrow, here’s some videos!!!

December 2, 2010
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Photograph by Me

We here at TSURURADIO Industries are super busy looking behind — HA! Get it? — compiling & building our epic 2010 most awesomest post (hint: my photo just above this post). And, as you know, when we build our most awesomest albums of whatever year, we don’t just give you a list, we give you an accompanying mixtape AND, this time, another little surprise to boot!

Are you as excited as I am? No? Well then, dude… There’s nothing I can do for you. Anywhosaldoosals….. Until tomorrow’s ridiculousness, how about some viddy vids to get us through and around the day, eh? It’s a small consolation prize, but it will have to do…..

*smooch*

Christian Kjellvander – Transatlantic from Fredrik Holmgren on Vimeo.

Now wasn’t that fun? See you tomorrow! Cheers!
Tsuru

Is it 2011 already?? People Problems by Oh No Oh My!

December 1, 2010
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Photography “Playground Self-Portrait” by Me!

Is it 2011 already?

Well, no.  But it certainly starting to feel that way as the leaks of 2010 start to dry up and we start to see the sign of the corduroy show up in our album release dates — 11, corduroy, think the wales on the fabric, get it?  We talked about this a bit yesterday, how the coming of US Thanksgiving marks the beginning of list-making season, and boy oh boy, before we head out to vacation, I shoooould be ready to present our very special list to you (with accompanying mixtape, as always).

That’s going to keep me uber busy this week (and force this to be a rather quick post, sorry), but that’s not now, that’s then and until then, we’ve got now and now is the new release from where-the-fuck-have-you-been Oh No Oh My called People Problems!

You can take the debut album genre out of the band, but you can’t take the band out of their debut genre, is what momma always said.  And yeah, Oh No Oh My has done an “about face” musically or something, but you know what…  They are still Oh No Oh My and that makes this boy very very happy…

1. Walking Into Me
2. You Were Right
3. Again Again
4. No Time For Talk
5. I Don’t Know
6. So I Took You
7. Brains
8. Not The One
9. There Will Be Bones
10. Should Not Have Come To This
11. Circles And Carousels
12. Summerdays

Oh No Oh My Love!!! Myspace | Official | Label

Cheers,
Tsuru

Happy US Thanksgiving! How about some videos while the bird’s a-cookin’?

November 25, 2010
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Happy US Thanksgiving everyone!  Baby bird is safe at my place & Mama bird is in route, next up is a dead bird in the oven!  WOOT!  So, while we get on our first traditional US Thanksgiving in a million years — how do you cook a giant bird again? — you guys enjoy some viddys and have a wonderful day!!!

And some vimeoeoeo…

parenthetical girls »young throats« from chris caliman on Vimeo.

Watchman from Peggy Sue on Vimeo.

And later, if you are feeling randy after your trymptophanic nap, a TSURUFOTO video of Tyler & Meiko At Capital Motel with music from the vinyl rip of “Magpie In The Morning” by Neko Case!

TSURUFOTO Presents… Tyler & Meiko At Capital Motel (NSFW) from TSURUFOTO on Vimeo.

Love & Cheers,
Tsuru & family…

The TSURURADIO Community Presents… 59 of Our Favourite Songs Of 2010!!!

November 24, 2010
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Photography by Me! WHEE!

Happy US Thanksgiving Eve!!! Very excited! Tonight, all across America, people will be placing giblets under their pillows with hopes that the Great Gobbler will swoop down their chimneys, exchanging the less-than-pleasanet-though-very-high-in-iron innards for beer & Stove Top Stuffing brand stuffing!

AND… if you’ve been an extra good boy or girl this year, the Great Gobbler will even insure your favourite team has an extra-special juiced-up syringe of steroids, to help them win “the big game”. Here’s the defensive lineman for MY favourite team last year after I spent the entire year donating all my time and money to local charities….

HOORAY!

Not only does US Thanksgiving mark the beginning of “the holiday season” — anyone else think Christmas covers are the cheapest and laziest way to release music and make a few bucks? — but it also marks the beginning of the next year’s leaks — CONGRATULATIONS Lock Lomond! You are the first leak of 2011 as far as I know!

Loch Lomond “Blue Lead Fences” directed by Alicia J. Rose from Alicia J. Rose on Vimeo.

But, maybe more importantly in Bloggy-Blog Land, US Thanksgiving also marks the time in every music geeks life where we start compiling the year that was, start putting together scratch lists of our favourite albums, EPs, performances, etc, etc, etc, and, in today’s case, songs.

Oh, speaking of…

CALLING ALL SOCIETY MEMBERS!!! Time to list your favourite albums of 2010!!! Click here and get yer list up, STAT!!!!

Okay, so yeah, to kick off this most wonderful time of year of music lists, we down in Our Beloved Society collectively listed out some of our favourite songs of 2010, a couple days later, we got ourselves over 60 songs!!!!

WOOOOOT!!!!

Unfortunately, one of the rules was no dupes of bands, so… that “over 60 songs” got cut down to 59. Can’t blame their excitement though, it’s been one hell of a roller-coaster ride this year of music, eh?

Eh, indeed…

I got to tell you, the 59 songs, what an interesting mix! You got yer pop, yer rock, yer dance, yer noise, and really, everything in between. I’m constantly amazed, after all the music we DO listen to and discuss, just how much music I honestly didn’t even know existed! It goes to show you once again, there’s no such thing as a “bad year in music” anymore, if you ain’t hearin’ what yer likin’, you just ain’t lookin’ hard enough!

I say one last thing before we get to the musical libations and this goes to Our Society…

I love you guys! I still can’t believe that we have a board filled with an amazing eclectic mix of music freaks & geeks that somehow, remarkably, remains douchebag-free. The motto of “to each their own” and “there are no right or wrong songs to love” permeates the board like alcohol in my brain late on US Thanksgiving. Pretty amazing group of folks….

So here it is, our collective collection of our 59 (*edit: and then some) favourite songs of 2010!!! ENJOY!!!

The TSURURADIO Community Presents…

59 of Our Favourite Songs Of 2010!!!

(Full Zip)

Allo Darlin’ – Kiss Your Lips
Kele – Everything You Wanted
Land Of Talk – Hamburg, Noon
Laura Veirs – July Flame
Arcade Fire – Ready to Start
Avi buffalo – Remember Last Time
Basia Bulat – Run
Clinic – I’m Aware
Cloud Cult – You’ll Be Bright (Invocation p.1)
Crash Test Dummies – You Said You’d Meet Me (in California)
Glasser – Home
Hold Steady – Hurricane J
Hot Chip – One Life Stand
Dosh – Gare De Lyon
Efterklang – Modern Drift
Foals – Spanish Sahara (Deadboy Remix)
Four Tet – Sing
Josh Ritter – Southern Pacifica
Junip – In every direction
Kanye West – Runaway (Feat. Pusha T.)
Summer Camp – Round The Moon
Sun Airway – Put the Days Away
The Black Keys – Howlin’ For You
The Books – Beautiful People
LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
Lovers – Figure 8
Menomena – INTIL
Miami Horror – Holidays
Niki & The Dove – Under The Bridges
Parenthetical Girls – Evelyn McHale
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Cauliflower
Darkstar – Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer
Peggy Sue – Yo Mama
Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother
Phantogram – Mouthful Of Diamonds
Yeasayer – Ambling Alp
Philip Selway – By Some Miracle
PS I Love You – Facelove
S. Carey – In The Dirt
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Critical Drain
Spoon – Mystery Zone
Tokyo Police Club – Bambi
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – In Motion
Twin Shadow – I Cant Wait
Vespers – High Hopes
Stornoway – Zorbing
Suckers – Black Sheep
Sufjan Stevens – I Walked
The Gaslight Anthem – Stay Lucky
The Morning Benders – Excuses
The National – England
The New Pornographers – Crash Years
Deer Tick – Christ Jesus
Warpaint – Undertow
Deftones – Rocket Skates
Diamond Rings – Wait & See
The Radio Dept. – David
The Tallest Man On Earth – The Dreamer
Wolf Parade – Cave-O-Sapien

*Ooopah!!! Isa came in with some late adds!!! Since we are seeing her in Lyon, France soon on our vaca, I’m going to brown-nose a bit and add them here (except the Arcade Fire song, we already got them up above). Here’s her picks!!!

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Half State

Jack Rose – Woodpiles on the side of the road

The Tallest Man on Earth – Love is all

The Besnard Lakes – Albatross

Like what you hear?? Head over to GEMM, or Amazon, or your local record shop and buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers,
All of us at the society!

tsuruloosie… Chinatown by Destroyer and when internets collide!

November 23, 2010
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via the folks at Pitchfork, we get the new Destroyer track called “Chinatown”. Honestly, I’m not loving it. It’s the lead-off track, so it setting an interesting tone, but a leak time will tell how it plays when we get the rest! But for now….. 2 wheelies.

Destroyer – Chinatown (via Pitchfork)

Also… since we are in a mellow mode. Via Gizmodo/Gawker, a slow-motion video of a train station as a high-speed train passes through..

Absolutely mesmerizing! Like a million photographs stitched together….

Now, play the video while the song is playing. FUCKING EPIC, RIGHT???? When internets collide! Mmm…

Cheers,
T.

My two winter albums… Hometowns by The Rural Alberta Advantage & Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down by Noah And The Whale!

November 23, 2010
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Photography by Me!

Yes, I may be a winter with my hair & skin, but my green eyes say I’m an autumn. You all know I love autumn, but as the skies turn grey, the wind gets a bit of bite to it, seaping into the layers, and you start to think about studded tires on bike rides.

Though I do my best not to assign specific times of the year for an album, sometimes I just can’t help it and with winter on my mind, I found myself craving, not only hot cocoa & argyle sweaters, but also two albums from years past. Namely, Hometowns by The Rural Alberta Advantage and Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down by Noah & The Whale!

That’s not to say I only listen to these albums in the winter, just like I love a steaming bowl of soup at times in the heat of summer, there’s just something about the overall themes and aesthetic of this album, that call the imagery that is very much like what you see at the very top of this post.

Though I want to say it’s the death & broken relationships of Noah & The Whale and the wintery homeland of The RAA that pulls me into the world of no-slip boots and quilted jackets…

In reality, it’s probably just a matter of “discovering” these albums on a wintery bike ride.

Eggs or chickens, was it the winter that made me connect with the album or was it the album that made me connect it to winter? Who cares, all I know is that I needed them back on my iPod and STAT! Oh man….. it was like pulling on a big ass blanket — are you tired of the winter analogies yet? Me too! — or maybe one of them snuggie things!

Brains are weird things. Weird, weird things. Shouldn’t a good album, a great album actually, be something you should want to listen to whenever and wherever? Why would a few grey clouds and a need for a jacket make you want to listen to an album or two or 40? But here we are, ready to get our winter on!

*happy cozy lip-smacking smiling sigh*

What are your winter albums???

DOWNLOAD HOMETOWNS NOW!!!

1. The Ballad of The Raa
2. Rush Apart
3. The Dethbridge In Lethbridge
4. Don’t Haunt This Place
5. The Deadroads
6. Drain the Blood

7. Luciana
8. Frank, Ab
9. The Air
10. Sleep All Day
11. Four Night Rider
12. Edmonton
13. In the Summertime

DOWNLOAD PEACEFUL, THE WORLD LAYS ME DOWN NOW!!!

1. 2 Atoms in a Molecule
2. Jocasta
3. Shape of My Heart

4. Do What You Do
5. Give a Little Love
6. Second Lover
7. 5 Years Time
8. Rocks and Daggers
9. Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
10. Mary
11. Hold My Hand as I’m Lowered
12. Death by Numbers

MMmmm…….. winter.

Cheers,
Tsuru…

TSURURADIO Loves… The Crafty Cotillion!!!

November 22, 2010
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Photography by me! WHEE!

Howdy and howdy and welcome Monday to you! How was your weekend? Full of fantasmo I hope? Our weekend was spent hanging out with our crafty friends and many fans of the independent arts & handmade movement at Viewfinder where, not only was I Baby’s bag boy & seat-warmer, but also the Bringer Of The Musics!

And let me tell you, my friends, the music was broughten!!!

We sang, we danced — well, okay, I danced — and we sold some metallic leather awesomeness, WOOOT!

All-in-all, it was a fun weekend! I even got a wonderful piece of art from Rob Jones for my mom!

*no pics – don’t want to spoil the surprise*

Even though there was one booth that would rather burn a few bridges, cut out the show early, and go nap instead of selling their variously coloured maps, everyone else had the sense of community and awesomeness to stick around, stick together, and just enjoy the show!

Which brings me to the reason for today’s pleasin’, The Crafty Cotillion… Not only are they a bunch of hotties:

But, when Tiny Canary decided not to put on a show this year, a very important show for many of the local alternative & independent crafters & artisans, it was the Cotillion which spent a ridiculous amount of hours over the next few months trying to get a band spanking new show off the ground.

AND, beyond that even, not only have they embraced TsuruBride into their ranks, but they apparently have been drinking too much PBR and talking about vaginas for too long because they even let my nekkid photographin’ perverted ass in their group. Even letting me kick off our latest endeavour, Lo-Fi Boudoir by tsurufoto via a coupon in their swag bags!

Granted, it comes with two caveats: 1) I’m their resident free & on-call photographer for all events and 2) they are allowed to bust my balls about photographin’ naked women in the woods at their leisure.

NOTE: They really really take advantage of Caveat No. 2

With that I say thank you! Thank you guys for being absolutely fucking awesome. Love you guys!!! So, in my own little way to say thanks and since everyone seemed to enjoy the tunes this weekend, I randomly selected a shit ton to upload and share with you guys today!

WOOOT!

So…. How about we start this short holiday week off right then, eh?  EH?  Eh!  Because, as we just was saying….

TSURURADIO Loves…

The Crafty Cotillion!

Trains Across the Sea – I Will Meet You There
Traveling Wilburys – Every Little Thing
Twin Shadow – I Cant Wait
Violent Femmes – Crazy
White Rabbits – While We Go Dancing
Wolf Parade – Cave-O-Sapien
Yeasayer – Ambling Alp
Adam Haworth Stephens – Praises in Your Name
Apples In Stereo – Told You Once
Bad Books – Holding Down The Laughter
Bright Eyes – Papa Was A Rodeo
Busdriver – Split Seconds (Between Nannies And Swamis)
Coconut Records – Microphone
Dead Confederate – Run From The Gun
Jenny and Johnny – Scissor Runner
Josh Ritter – Southern Pacifica
Josh Rouse – Lemon Tree
Kevin Drew – Lucky Ones
Laura Veirs – Saltbreakers
Liam Frost And Martha Wainwright – Your Hand In Mine
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
Magnetic Fields – I Don’t Want to Get Over You
Milli Vanilli – Baby Don’t Forget My Number
Neutral Milk Hotel – Naomi
Noah And The Whale – Shape Of My Heart
Of Montreal – Our Riotous Defects
Oh No Oh My – Our Mouths Were Wet
Parenthetical Girls – Evelyn McHale
Pepper Rabbit – Older Brother
PS I Love You – Facelove
Hard Drugs – Aline And Lloyd (Reprise)
I’m From Barcelona – Barcelona Loves You
Talking Heads – Wild Wild Life
The Decemberists – Down By The Water
The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Frank AB
The Thermals – Only For You
Pulp – Common People
R.E.M. – Driver 8
Radical Face – Welcome Home, Son
Red Hot Chili Peppers – My Friends
Rogue Wave – Lake Michigan
Rufus Wainwright – April Fools
The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1
The Holidays – Golden Sky
The Love Of Kevin aka the LK – Tandem Bikes
She & Him – In the Sun
Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
Super Desserts – Hey Operator, or A Tempest, a Shipwreck, an Earthquake
Delta Spirit – 911
EELS – Spectacular Girl
Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Bring Me Down
Flight Of The Conchords – Hurt Feelings
Galactic – Heart of Steel

Lots of great artists up there, hear what you like?  Head over to your local record shop and buy them!

Cheers,
Tsuru..

This weekend is VIEWFINDER at Junctionview Studios!!!!

November 19, 2010
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Riding Shirt by Torn Angel

How are you enjoying your Crane Wife story book? I know, so good, right? Mmm….. Yummy yummy, I’m still listening, 2 days straight now, not sure how long it will last, but hot damn I’m enjoying it while it is!

Well…. before we sign off for the day, just wanted to remind you (in case you haven’t noticed the big ad over to the uppper right) that this weekend is VIEWFINDER at Junctionview Studios!!!

Can I get a WOOOOOT!!!!

WOOOOOOOOOT!!!!

The members of the Columbus Crafty Cotillion, Couchfire Collective, and Junctionview Studios are very excited to announce they are partnering to create a new event in Columbus called Viewfinder!

The show will feature handmade goods by over 30 craft vendors, fine art by Columbus’ creative community, and open studios of resident artists at Junctionview Studios.

Not only with Baby be there selling off her metallic leather accessories (I’ll be her bag boy & seat warmer during bathroom breaks), but check this vendor list!


5 Orange Potatoes
Alison Rose
AmyD
Clinton Reno
Crafty Beavers


Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics
Flamestitch
Igloo Letterpress
Jack Gramann
Kunklebaby
Creux Poche
LP Designs
Maram
Make Believe Monsters
Mary Martineau
Mary Moon Designs


Miss Megan Mac
Nicki Strouss
Out of the Pink Sky
Patrice Lehocky
pattycake bakery
Poshta
Red Clover Clutch
Rivet
Spacedog
These Are Things


Thought Co.
Torn Angel


Tsurubride (aka Baby!!!)
Umbrella Girl Productions
What the Rock!?
Wholly Craft
Zen Tree

Hot damn, right?  That doesn’t even include the Food-cart Food Court, the artists exhibitions, AND the Junctionview artists that are opening their studios all weekend long!!!

It’s 11am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday, this weekend! The show is free, the goods are hand-made, make your holiday presents unique & wonderful & local & awesome!!!!

Junctionview Studios
889 Williams Ave
Grandview Heights OH, 43212

And look… I made you a map!


View Larger Map

And please, when you see Baby & I, say “Allooooo!” See you there!!

Cheers!
T…