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YES YES YES!!! TODAY MARKS THE START OF THE MTL JAZZ FEST WHICH I WILL BE COVERING FROM HEAD TO TOE! TONIGHT! MR. STEVIE WONDER! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!! COME BACK FOR A RECAP OF THE NIGHT! I LEAVE YOU WITH SOME OF MY FAVES OF HIS! GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

MP3: Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely

MP3: Stevie Wonder – Superstition

MP3: Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

MP3: Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke

EDIT: I AM HOOOOOME FROM STEVIE AND I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY! AFTER THE JUMP FOR MY RECAP!

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I’ve been meaning to share these videos for quite some time now, especially the “Devoid of Yesterday” video, which is one of the sickest videos I’ve seen next to the Phillips Carousel video this year. Though it is an old video, apparently it is the first of it’s kind where it is a still photograph and motionography got done ONTO it. My friend who is a motion graphics designer said that this video changed a lot in the industry. I can definitely see why. This and few more stop motion videos below! Enjoy!

Video #1: Devoid of Yesterday; Directors: Rob Chui, Chris James Hewitt, Ben Lukas Boysen

To see a better version go to the original website here.

Video #2: DEADLINE; Director Bang Yao Liu

Video #3: TXT Island; Director: Chris Gavin

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atm-bonnaroo stage at night

This is the most overdue post ever. I’ve been meaning to get this whole thing published after one week the festival ended…over two weeks ago jaja. Sigh, so much I wanted to do in between but I kept on saying to myself, NO you need to give PART II. And so here it is. As y’all know, I recently moved and it’s been busy and by busy I mean lounging around in Montréal’s brutal humidity whilst looking for apartments whilsts chilling with awesome flatmates drinking beer whilst have dance parties. So as you can see, very very busy. But here it is! the second half of a most wonderful weekend trip twenty hours south of the MTL.

My recap, MP3s, and live video footage all after the jump!

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Fans of Michael Jackson dancing at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto on Friday June 26th, 2009. For more visit “The Daily Dose of Imagery”. Link is on the side!

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In the words of Bob Marley, one good thing about music is when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bonnaroo, one of the largest eastern festivals in North America hosted more than 70 000+ people this year with headliners such as Bruce Springsteen, Beastie Boys and Phish. But really, these were just headliners and in my opinion, not the real headliners of the festival. With performers ranging from Of Montreal, the Decemberists, Animal Collective, and Grizzly Bear to Femi Kuti, PUBLIC ENEMY, Erykah Badu,and Murs, you could easily be a neutral fan of the Boss and Phish–or in my case, not a fan at all–and still have a fuckin’ awesome time. It was overwhelming as to how many people there were in comparison to festival sizes I’m used to like Coachella or Bumbershoot. The tent grounds were absolutely ridiculous, with over 10 massive camping sites–mine took over 20 minutes to walk to Centeroo.

Throughout the four days, I kept making comparisons with Coachella, I couldn’t help it. Coachella is a big festival with a small festival feel. The campgrounds are tinier, less people and less crowded. Free showers (Bonnaroo showers cost $7) and sinks and sanitizer outside of porta-potties. But Coachella is anal as hell. At Bonnaroo, you can bring in anything you want, as long as it’s not glass. And that includes drinks! Food! You could bring a skillet or a BBQ and cook your breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and late-night snacks if you wish. In terms of music, I still think that all other North American festivals just simply cannot beat Coachella’s great headliners and great diversity. Best of all, Coachella has an amazing electronic representation with the Sahara tent and I think now, the other festivals are starting to catch on and are beginning to add their versions of the Sahara tent. Bonnaroo mainly has bluegrassy, rock, folk, indie, and some hip hop but barely any reputable electronic or experimental acts. The same goes for Lolla and ACL as well.

But you know what? It’s not ALL about the music. It’s about the experience. And I think I know that’s where Bonnaroo beats all the other festivals and why 70 000 people come back every year. The people at Bonnaroo from the staff to the fans are so effin’ nice. Everywhere I went people were starting conversations with me not out of some unforseen or awkward obligation but out of genuine graciousness and curiosity. Random strangers offered me a drag and everyone had an awesome time together. Sure, lots of people go to festivals alone and festival connoisseurs push these people to go reasoning that they’d be with XX, 999 other friends. It’s generally not true with most fests but with Bonnaroo it really is. I met so many people that totally made my festival weekend, shout outs to Nathan, Nick, and Sean from Texas for good laughs about taking prunes, shits in the BBQ, fweee fweee fweee beeep booop and of course, sharing the weed. It was sweet. It’s the people at Bonnaroo that make the experience and the music comes somewhere along the way. That’s why I’ll come back. That’s why I’ll drive another 20 hours down from Montréal to Manchester—in one shot—for four days of mayhem, memories, and of course, music.

I recap my four days along with pics, MP3s, live footage, and awards for Bests after the jump!

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atm-public enemy

Alright y’all. In two days time I am roadtrippin’ down to Manchester, TN to check out this year’s BONNAROO FESTIVAL! What. UP?!?!?! The lineup this year, admittedly, is not as good as previous years, in my opinion. But to be honest, the REAL reason in me going…is to see the one and only PUBLIC ENEMY. I was supposed to have seen that at Coachella but final exams and tight fitting flight schedules made it not nearly impossible but impossibly expensive for me to make the trip down to Palm Springs this year. So, now that I have moved to the east and the drive to Manchester is a mere 20+ some hour drive, Public Enemy, as well as many other groups, are going to feed my hungry ears! MMHMMM!

I will be missing Thursday ’cause it’s noooot that great so I’ll post my (tentative) schedule for the next three days as well as some quick thoughts on some of ’em! I don’t think I’ll be able to make day by day posts ’cause I won’t be bringing my laptop but expect a massive update after I get back in a weeks time! Is anyone else going? What bands are you excited for?!?!

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atm-free hug

It’s been a long time (long time), I shouldn’t have left you (left you), without a dope beat to step to. Freaky freaky! A’ight folks, these are reviews I’ve been meaning to do for a LONG freakin’ time. I mean it. Some of them I’ve been wanting to get out since March. Damn my laziness! I’ll be doing a super quick opinion piece of bands that are getting lots of attention like Passion Pit, Miike, Snow, Neon Indian, Bell Orchestre, the Prodigy, and a few others. Not that “mainstream” isn’t cool, well to hipsters it’s probably not ’cause it’s SO last year Vampire Weekend HYUK HYUK!, but I wanna cover artists that are less mainstream in the blogosphere like Zee Avi, Ebrahim, Flunk, Trickform, and a few others so that they get a bit more exposure…that’s what we’re all here for, right!?! But let’s hope it’s not too much at once so that we can avoid a Wavves disaster. More after the jump!

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atm-santigold

I originally wasn’t going to go to this concert because Santigold is playing at the Bonnaroo Festival next week. But, I looked at the B’roo Festival schedule and realised that Santigold, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear and a few others were ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Ugh, I hate conflicts. AND yesterday night Santigold, Grizzly Bear, AND Sarah Slean were all playing, but at different venues, of course. So I had to do some researching and sacrificing and decided to watch Santigold in Montreal, YYYs at B’roo, and catch Grizzly Bear at Lolla.

How do I afford all this? Well…I don’t eat. Ever. More after the jump.

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atm-stevie wonder

Aaaaah yes! the Montréal Jazz Festival, a yearly delight featuring over 400 bands of which 350 of them are FREE. Yes, those stats are for this year, and last year, I remember it being 500+ bands of which 400 were free. Simply amazing. This year, the headlining artist to start off the festival is STEVIE EFFIN’ WONDERS. OOOOOOOOO EEEEEMMMMMMM GEEEEEEEEE!!!

I’ll be covering this festival from head to toe! The official schedule will be released in a few days but go after the jump to see the list of artists. Grab an extra pair of pants while you’re at it. Tee hee =)

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