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atm-pop montreal

YESSS!!! Another favorite time of the year for me, Pop MTL! Happening from Sept 30 – Oct 4th, this event boasts artists such as: Fever Ray, Sufjan Stevens, Joel Plaskett, Glass Candy, Yo La Tengo, and more! Check out the poster and the website above for the full lineup, ticket prices, and schedule!!! After the jump for my tentative schedule and coverage of this great festival!

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yay-jeremy liebman

Alright folks, gonna write this fast because I am off to see Telefon Tel Aviv in like, 30 minutes.

This is what I think:

It is pretty much the same effort as American Gangster. There are a few songs (the ones I am sharing after the jump) that have siiiiiiiiiiiick beats or a really good chorus. There are so many cameos: Kanye, Alicia Keys, Mr. Hudson, Drake, Kid Cudi, and even a dude from Empire of the Sun but, the star power doesn’t really make the album any better.

I LOVE “Venus vs Mars”. The beat is slow, sexy, and creates a wave like rhythm that is so grandiose that it stops conversation. Problem is, the lyrics SUCK. Mon dieu, the worst chorus ever. The equivalent of Beyoncé’s “it’s too big, it’s won’t fit yada yada yada”. There are defs hits on this album, the already released singles, “D.O.A.”, and “Run This Town” got nothing on “On to the Next One” and “Empire State of Mind”. But, Jay-Z is exactly as he says, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business man!”. His level of innovation only goes so far when emotional investment isn’t solely put on producing this album…and it shows.

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atm-drake 02

Truthfully, I never knew who Drake was before I heard “Forever”. I know! Slap on the wrist for me. How did this guy get so huge without a record? Internets. THE INTERNETS BABYYYY!!! As I listen to his mixtape So Far Gone, I realise that I do know who he is, with nearly half the songs striking some familiarity with me. Especially the song “Successful” which has a Kanye “Say You Will” 808s and Heartbreaks feel to it. And now that I’m starting to catch up with my blog reading and hearing more and more of his music I realise, this guy IS the next big thing. I came across a great article about him on The Fader:

“On September 7, 2008, Lil Wayne stepped onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards and then stepped decisively away from the words on the lyric sheet circulating in the audience with the following lines…

I’m on my Disney thang, goofy flow/ I’m Captain Hook on the beat and my new car is Rufio/ Damn where my roof just go/ I’m somebody that you should know/ Get to shakin’ somethin’ cause that’s what [deleted] produced it fo’/ I make mistakes that I don’t ever make excuses fo’/ Leavin’ girls that love me and constantly seducing hoes/ I’m losing my mind like, Damn where my roof just go/ Top slipped off like Janet at the Super Bowl

Then, as Leona Lewis launched into the hook of Nina Simone’s “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” he croaked, “Drizzy Drake: I love you, bwoy!” That namecheck was the only clue to most attendees that Wayne had just blatantly violated the unwritten rules of his own freestyle game by spitting another artist’s words. Though almost lost in host Russell Brand’s commentary on promise rings and presidential politics, it was a coronation moment rarely seen in the arena of rap, and with one verse, Wayne introduced the name of his protégé to the mainstream in dramatic fashion. Amongst those already familiar with the various Wayne-affiliated rookies collectively known as Young Money, the lines sparked a fierce debate over whether Drake was in fact ghostwriting for the master (he and Wayne both still claim he never has), but by the time the rap blog drama blew over, one thing seemed clear: Drake was the next big thing, heir apparent to Wayne’s multi-platinum throne and Young Money’s most likely flagship artist…

For the full article and a Drake MP3, after the jump, yo!

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atm-drake

I know I’m a few days late on this…but JESUS this track is killer. Taken from Waffles: Drake spits indignantly, independently, triumphantly; Kanye compares himself to Obama and tires of fame; Wayne’s orbit gets a little more eccentric.  Eminem comes with an intricate rhyme scheme and a flamethrower, incinerating this song and laying down what may be the verse of the year.

Look for this track on the soundtrack for the new LeBron James Documentary soon to be released, More Than Just A Game.

Eminem OWNS this song. So sick.

MP3: Drake ft. Kanye, Lil’ Wayne and Eminem – Forever

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yay-so i took your ego and fed it to the dog

Ok guys. Long time since my last mixtape. I made TWO. One for ATM, and one for the other amazing blog I contribute to, Ca Va Cool. The one below, is a longer version and IMO a bit better because it has some old school feel to it. The one at CVC is a shorter version, it has pretty much the same songs but less old school groove. Both are GREAT! It just depends how much longer you want your dance party to go on for.

=)

Download ATM’s “Leave Your 9-5 Up On The Shelf” Mixtape

Go to CVC to download CVC’s “Leave Your 9-5 Up On The Shelf” Mixtape
(give it possibly up to a week before it shows)

The playlist after the jump! GO GO GO!

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atm-amanda blank i love you cover

Amanda Blank. She keeps it dirty. Not like Fergie. She ain’t the Black Eyed Peas. She’s a trashy, postal bitch MC. Her rhymes are painful and fresh. Her pussy’s tastin’ the best. She’s a throw-down kind of bitch. She don’t play around. She cuts the fuck up and she knocks the fuck down.

Take it, take it, grab your man up like a thief.
Hate it, hate it, grab your bitches on a leash.
Shake it, shake it, break it like a dime piece.
Fake it, fake it, if that dick ain’t sweet.

She likes her ass sassy. She keeps her man happy. ‘Cos she rides like Kelly Bundy. Yo, she keeps that shit naaaaaaaaaasty.

NASTY.

Ugh, call her Miss. Nasty because I Love You is just fiiiiiiiiiiilth. Delicious, savory filth. Damn, she is dirty and I love it.

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MOTHERFUCKIN’ JUICEBOXXX!!!! I have been obssessed with this Milwaukeean (?) rapper for nearly a year now. This Thunder Jam Kid is about to release 100 MPH on September 1 which has been in the works for two years! Juiceboxxx is:

1. crazy
2. ridiculous
3. probably on amphetamines
4. keeps it real
5. awesometastic. yes, that Awesome.

For the new single and more goodies, jump!

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yay-Retro Goodness

“Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. I also think he is one of the greatest novelists of time. Aaah but this book, this book! Much like his other books (“The Satanic Verses”…etc), it just took forever to finish not only because of how long the book is, but because of how much you consumed while reading it. All encompassing, heavy, deep, and satiating within a few sentences (especially when you’re trying to read it critically…historically…politically…and even leisurely)! This book is a monster. I know it took me the span of 4 months (while traveling, albiet) to finish it when I was already half finished! But, it is the most rewarding experience and it’s such a feat! An achievement indeed…this post is for you Bandukwala!!! Congrats on finishing!

Cheers! Here’s an awesome song to celebrate…don’t judge me. I love it.

MP3: Soulja Boy – Turn My Swag On

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yay-terry rodgers

I just want to rant a bit first before actually writing the review. I was going to do this last night but decided to sleep on it and calm down a bit. But, turns out, I still feel the same way.

Yesterday was a great day. I saw great bands. It was lovely weather. Coldplay was absolutely magical with the fireworks, and the paper butterflies and the big yellow balloon and the various other shenanigans going on. But what do I remember most about last night?

HOW I HAD TO WAIT FUCKING 1.5 HOURS JUST TO GET ON THE METRO. Yeah. It effin’ sucked.

Perhaps you’re thinking, well it would have been a good idea to leave before the show ended, or right when the show ended to hustle your way to the metro to avoid the rush. BUT WHY SHOULD I? I wanna see the encore. I paid for a ticket so that doesn’t mean that I should leave early because Osheaga organizers and the STM couldn’t get their shit together. NO OTHER FESTIVAL, for crying out loud, not even HOCKEY GAMES in Edmonton have this poor organization.

It is not possible to up the speed at which they’re leaving? To run as if they were in rush hour? I get that there are only a few trains that can run max because of the way the tracks are organized, fine, that’s great. What about alternate methods off the island. For example, shuttle buses. Those can fit at least 50-60 people per bus, have 20 some buses going back and forth off the island to alleviate the stress on the metro. Maybe this is too expensive? Maybe this is worsening the carbon footprint? So, fine. don’t have the shuttles.

BUT AT LEAST FUCKING COMMUNICATE WITH US. No one knew WHERE to go. I was one of the unfortunate ones that went to the other fork in the path and ended up coming into the metro on the side, and not the other fork, which would have been directly towards the metro doors. Why weren’t there signs telling people to go the other way, or at least staff? Our side took at least 3 times longer to get to the doors than the other. And probably made the other line much more inefficient as well. Why not group everybody in the line that matters? And if this isn’t the case, still! Why not tell us how many trains are going, how many people can get on per train and how long it takes? Perhaps this isn’t they’re job? Communication is the key to from disgruntled, tired, pissed off people, to disgruntled and tired people who accept what is going on. We’ll still complain but at least we’ll know what’s going on. And that’s better than keeping us in the dark.

Osheaga is a festival that is about to terminate. Organizers even said that if this one doesn’t go well, they might not have another one (once I find the source, I will post it). Shit like this, where thousands of us, with our feet literally so brittle from having been on them all day, bodies tired from the sun and from dancing, and our moods utterly in the deep depths of hot pissed off fiery hell, were complaining our asses off and really frustrated in having to wait over 1.5 hours just to get on a train!

Osheaga, it’s great that you organized free transportation for people who have tickets on the metro, but this is fucking shite. Surely, you learned from the previous three years?! That tens of thousands of people waiting for one fucking metro line will take eternity and piss off a lot of people and doesn’t leave us happy? At. All?

I can only imagine all the people behind me…who must have waited 2+ hours…and I don’t know if the train extended their hours either, as the metro usually stops running until 0100. People were running to different connecting lines when I got off at Berri around that time. You would think that they extended the hours, they HAD to, otherwise thousands of people would have been stuck on an island, or at Berri. See? No communication. Where are the posters saying that there would be extended hours on these days so people don’t freak out and panic that they can’t get home without having to pay for an extremely expensive cab ride or have a long walk home?

I am still pissed off. Mainly because I was exhausted yesterday, and standing in the middle of the crowd like that, inching forward a few feet per 20 minutes on feet that were about to crack from overuse, was getting claustrophobic, and required even more energy (barely any left), just to survive brinking anarchy. I am sure I was not the only one.

So fuck you Osheaga and STM for not having organized a way of getting tens of thousands of people off an island. You suck. And I have more things to complain about like how they were taking the caps off the bottles of water (making them unreuseable), having barely any garbage cans or recycle bins on a vast amount of space (making your grounds super dirty, bottles in the garbage and garbage in the recyling, and not to mention extra time and money in clean up crew), and having so little vendors that the line ups for food and drink took a fucking long time (except for Dagwoods, they knew what was coming and prepared. Probably the best organized thing about this festival). But you know, it’s a four year old festival, but you would think they’d learn from their mistakes, learn from the bigger festivals or even MJF…why do people go back to those festivals all the time and don’t have much to complain about? Because it’s well organized. If Osheaga stops next year, or even the next few years, I won’t be surprised if it keeps going the way it’s going.

But you know what, enough negativity. Though the experience wasn’t as good as it could have been, the music was. I feel better now that I have all of this off my chest. I can’t complain about the shows, they were great, they were wonderful. So come back later today for a full review of the first day!

Edit 05 08 09: Sorry this came so late. This ended up being the only day of the two Osheaga days I went to because the second day was full of bands I’d already seen, and plus, I just didn’t want to deal with the metro at the end of the night. In the days between Osheaga Day 1 and now, I’ve been dancing to industrial, learning how to speak Jersey courtesy of my couchsurfers, and reading in the park. But I realise I gotta get this done before anything else. I HAVE SO MUCH MUSIC TO SHARE WITH Y’ALL. But first, the review of the Osheaga Day 1…after the jump!

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atm-fischerspooner

Alright, so today I only wanted to see Silly Kissers, which I missed, trying to redo my last post which vanished because I was stupid and I didn’t save. And also, I wanted to see Fischerspooner but missed quite a bit of that because a big bottle of Australian wine got in the way. Stupid wine.

=)

I did catch a bit of Fischerspooner, the New York duo, before deciding to leave because it was not fantastic enough to keep me there. I knew that today (Day 1 of Osheaga) would be a big day for me…I need to rest. Nonetheless, I still ended up sleeping at 4am. But at least it wasn’t dancing until 4. So I achieved my said rest, sort of.

After the jump for music (including a song from Fspooner) I’ve been listening to a lot lately…though not all of it because I plan on releasing another mixtape and JAM PACKED soon!

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