There are always certain topics of debate that people with similar interests can find themselves having. From sports to music to politics, there is generally always room for opinion and debate — sometimes even too much room. As a music lover, specifically I guess under the “rock and roll” genre (which we could debate about too) there is one question I am trying to pin point an answer for. No it isn’t which version of Hurt is better, Johnny Cash’s or Nine Inch Nails’, although I still debate the question often, but rather one even more broad — what are the top 10 timeless rock tunes? When I say timeless I mean songs pretty well everyone in the room would know if it were to be played in a social setting, songs a majority of people can agree one. However, just because everyone knows the song doesn’t mean the song is good  or to be auto considered for the top 10, so we must also include a level of greatness in regards to the musical talent within the songs.

The following are my top 10 timeless rock tune picks, in random order —

1. Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”
This was a toss up between “Wish You Were Here” and “Comfortably Numb” — both such gems, but which one is superior to the other? I chose “Wish You Were Here” partially because I think more people would know it, and partially for the classic “we’re just two lost souls living in a fish bowl, year after year…” lyric. This does not disregard the brilliance of “Comfortably Numb”.

2. The Beatles – “Eleanor Rigby”
This one may be a bit bias, okay they all may be, but I particularly love this Beatles song. I realize The Beatles have a multitude of music, and I am an avid lover of them, but there is just something about the melody and quickness of this song in combination with the lyrics that gets me every time. Also, who doesn’t love some violin? “Eleanor Rigby” is a 2 minute bit of perfection, in my mind.

3.The Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”
I know a few people who actually tell me they don’t enjoy The Ramones, however, this song is brilliant (I already used that word to describe something already but it really is brilliant). I tend to have a thing for songs that reference historical events and/or monumental things, thus, how can I not love a song titled after a German tactic from World War II?

4. The Strokes – “Last Nite”
I flipping love this tune! Anytime this song comes on the radio or in the bar I feel happy. It may be that I associate it with good memories but I really do think this song is timeless. Anyone who is cool would know it and sing along with me! Tis one of a kind.

5. Neil  Young – “Rockin’ in the Free World”
Another artist who makes it difficult to chose a best song from — also Canadian! This was a toss up between my final selection and “Heart of Gold”. I feel like more people definitely know “Rockin’ in the Free World” and it just feels good to belt out and dance around too. What person hasn’t gone through a phase of far left peace loving empowered by “Rockin’ in the Free World” and like songs?

6. Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog”
Gotta love Led Zeppelin and their never ending songs. Strangely this song is unusually shorter than many of their other masterpieces. Another toss up between this pick and “Dazed and Confused” or “Stairway to Heaven”. I don’t know what to say about this song and why I picked it, other than saying it is awesome, and pumps any person in their right mind up! Oh, snap I sound like such a loser, but we’re all friends so let’s sound like losers together and “Ahhhh ahhh ahhh ahhh” together. “Stairway to Heaven” is such a long song, I often wonder if people ever listen to it completely through.

7. Nirvana – “In Bloom”
I am a huge fan of the early 90s grunge, so I had to include some of that goodness. Although I am slightly obsessed with Pearl Jam, I do think Nirvana is more timeless in certain aspects — don’t hate me Eddie. I am sure you may tire of my telling you about the dilemmas I had choosing, but again, Nirvana has so many gooders — “Polly”, “Rape Me”, “Come As You Are”, “Heart Shaped Box” and the list goes on. “In Bloom” however is that classic one, suitably agnsty and catchy enough that people love it. Again, I am sure many of you have been caught singing this out loud at one point or another in your life, if not — you will!

8. The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
Jack white is pretty damn awesome, one of his many projects needed to make my list. I pick “Seven Nation Army” because that infectious drum beat with the guitar paired in is pretty unmistakable. The song is no doubt a classic, although newer than a lot of the aforementioned, it won’t be dying anytime soon.

9. The Rolling Stones – “Paint it Black”
Hell yes I love this one too, go figure?! This is an epic song, the fact that my boss can strum it on his guitar quietly in our office one day and suddenly have everyone around singing along says something. I bet you sing this song in your head when you seen red doors, don’t deny it!

10. Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Simply because this song is so dynamic. Additionally, it’s fun to sing or watch other people sing. Power to all the Freddies out there!!

Songs such as Journey – “Don’t Stop Believing” got automatically disqualified from selection due to the fact that I am actually tired of hearing it. I’m sure Journey doesn’t mind the popularity of their hit since Glee killed it into the brains of youth everywhere, but I do. Furthermore, it was quite difficult for me not to include Blue Oyster Cult, because I love me some cow bell, but I am not convinced everyone else does enough to argue it as timeless.

I am a sucker for a bearded man singing a good tune full of humility. I thought I would share these lovely melodies with anyone else who may feel the same because I can’t seem to get them out of my brain!

Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
Love this band, and this song is amazing. I think the video sort of makes it all better because it is quite clever, despite the fact that I don’t generally pay attention to music videos.

Right Away, Great Captain – I’m Not Ready to Forgive You
This is the solo project of Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra  that I fortunately just stumbled upon. I love his voice and there is even more sincerity and emotion throughout all his solo material, I love it! Simple and beautiful.

Dan Mangan – Post War Blues
A lot of people have given this new album some flack and this song in particular but I happen to love it! Dan Managan is arguably one of the best artists I have seen live and I genuinely enjoy listening to his voice and the unique sounds he comes up with. This video is also quite clever…

The Arkells – On Paper (acoustic)
Another freaking awesome band. Although I love their “regular” stuff I also really like their acoustic versions like this gem.

Pearl Jam – The End
Often times older bands who had their peak over 10 years ago don’t release very good new material, PJ is definitely an exception for me. There are some very heart breaking songs on their Backspacer album and this one is one that I can’t stop listening to. Ahh…

I am wired and fading, looking blind and blaming, following and trailing words you might be saying. Altered expectations, long anticipation, everything is changing. I am tired of waiting. We could run with the best of them… if you don’t second guess, and you go with it. Think of me as a helping hand, nothing more nothing less. Trying to build a bridge across my heart’s divide caught between two opposite sides. I want it all, but I can’t decide if I should leave you here, or stay with you a while.

Music is the best companion anyone could have — always there with words of wisdom, agreement or solace, you no matter what mood you are in.

I thank the Trews for this blog:

The Trews – Tired of Waiting
The Trews – Sing Your Heart Out
The Trews – Man of Two Minds

I am having a moment, one of those which alter your ability to cohesively gather your thoughts. I have so many things I feel like I want to say about so many random and various topics I don’t know where to start or where to go with it all. As a result the following is really just a muck of mind wanderings (this is truly a mind wanderings blog!!).

I said I would boycott the Olympics and it definitely did not last long, starting with the opening ceremonies. Good job Ashley.  I am glad Canada is doing really well in their events, but I almost feel bad for a lot of the athletes as it seems like there has been a lot of drama for them to sift through (huge injuries, shady practices, etc.).  Needless to say, as interesting as I have found the games to be this past 2 weeks I don’t see why it is necessary for the mall to have giant TVs in the middle of the building with a lounging area set up, nor do I see why my work needed to move a TV into the lobby for people to lounge around the bank all day watching Olympics.

Does it seem somewhat upsetting that free thinkers never get the kudos they deserve until after they are gone? Then again would they have been as significant if they were recognized in their time? Did their persecution have a large affect on the way they are perceived now? Are they only “recognized” years later because their beliefs aren’t seen as great of a threat? Does the time that has elapsed give more room for “safe” interpretation? Has “freethinking” become trendy? How many of the people who currently claim to challenge the norm will be married middle aged people with 2 kids and a dog in the suburbs? Just some food for thought that came rushing into my mind during Tuesday’s history lecture, sadly I have more questions than answers on this one.

The job market and I are not getting along, I am getting so worried that I won’t find something I love. I realize people say that you will have many careers in your lifetime but I don’t want to keep working jobs I don’t enjoy once I am done my degree otherwise what was the point of going to school and acquiring 25k in debt? I want so badly to land a rad job with some sort of international focus and positive aim, is that so hard to ask?

Dating is such shit, I have endless bad dating stories it seems. I love getting to know people but lately I am so intolerant of the people I have been dating. Figuring out whether they are worth exploring or all wrong for me has never seemed to easy, and it is a good thing but also sort of irritating because I have never felt so bummed to be having a conversation with another person. I went for coffee the other day and as soon as I gulped my drink I was ready to leave, none of that filler convo was flying with me. Today on the other hand I encountered a lovely boy, who I wasn’t on a date with but had such easy, interesting (although brief) conversation and for the first time in a long time he left me wanting more! Why do the ones I want to stick around never stay and why do the ones I want to rid of never go away? Ohhh life you are funny!

Yesterday my horoscope said that people will tell me to lower my standards and that I should tell them they need to raise theirs. That is seriously the story of my life and partly why I am proud of where I am, I wonder though what aspect of my life that could be referring to: love, career or all? I feel like I am way too young to settle for anything just yet so what’s wrong with having expectations? The hurt of disappointment is obviously the easiest answer but I also see a catch 22 with the whole situation because without expectations I won’t have goals to give me the drive I have to do anything useful, and with them I will be bound to see some sorrow. How to work the ways of the universe is something I just have not yet mastered. My blog will just become something like a bad novel people will be curious to see play out, the denument is usually the part people are most interested in isn’t it? Am I already climaxing, or is there more to come?

On yet another note, I registered for my last 2 university undergraduate classes today and booked a grad trip to Mazatlan! What an exciting feeling =) Also I listened to Cuban Cigar Crisis on Pirate Cat radio in San Fran and it was a bad ass station, I got some sweet new tunes from my listening sesh!

TUNESTUNESTUUNNESSSS:
Deltron3030 – Upgrade
Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass
The Shins – Caring is Creepy
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Don’t Haunt this Place
Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon
Iron and Wine – Die

Would it crash blowing 80 miles an hour?

This weekend I finally watched some movies I had been waiting to see for a while, including Hurt Locker and (500) Days of Summer. I always find it rather interesting to watch these movies that get rave reviews after the fact but were never accepted into the mainstream like most of the other junk that does. It really does appear that some (in my opinion most) of the best movies are those that are the initially “unknown”.

Despite the fact that these movies often have fairly well known mainstream actors and actresses, their non-simplistic plots and lack in predictability make them unwelcome at the mega theatre. I find it refreshing to see a film that has a surprising end to it, or that made me think and doesn’t make me regret spending my hard earned cash dollars on seeing it. The only way to ruin them for me now is to make a sequel!

Specifically in accordance to my current life events and emotions (500) Days of Summer was especially intriguing for me.  The story made me reflect on a lot of elements in my own life and almost rethink my last blog. Although the story was beautiful, it was equally tragic.  The greatest point it brought into reflection for me was the point of expectations versus reality:

http://vimeo.com/7580722

Are expectations detrimental to our well being? Are they possible to overcome? Can we really just live in the reality?

The movie also, like many of the “unknowns”, has a rad soundtrack. Some of my songs listed are found on the soundtrack, sweet sweet sounds!

Carla Bruni – Quelqu’un m’a dit
Dan Mangan – So Much for Everyone
The Script – Talk you Down
Mumm-Ra – She’s got you High
Wolfmother – Vagabond
Regina Spektor – Hero

Living on a budget is rough times, thus I make a list of shows coming up I would like to go to and figure out which I can justify budgeting into my allocated entertainment fund:

– Chixdiggit February 14 @ Republik $15
– SNFU March 11 @ Republik  $15
– Vampire Weekend March 13 @ Machall $27.50
– Alexisonfire March 16 @ The Saddledome $50 minimum
– Chris Botti April 13 @ The Jack Singer $50 minimum
– Zion I March 28 @ Republik $25
– The Fray February 20 @ The Jack Singer $50 minimum
– Muse and Silversun Pickups March 30 @ The Saddledome $50 minimum
– Michael Buble August 17 @  The Saddledome $50 minimum

It is a downer that AOF is here as a guest of Billy Talent, I don’t like the idea of paying $50 to see AOF for 20 minutes and then a night of Rusted from the Rain. To add to that, the Saddledome is such a shit venue and I might as well watch the artist on TV which makes the Muse/Silversun and Buble shows a downer as well.  I wish there were more shows at rad lower key locales. It is looking like my budget could be blown real fast, boo to all your mainstream artists who take advantage of fans willing to pay to see you (just kidding, sorta, most are reasonably priced). The other problem is that I also need to manage to find someone who wants to come with me, people may get tired of me razzing them to go to shows. Hmmmm, so many tough decisions in life.

Last night was the big day, I am sure many will be happy to see  me finally cease to tweet, facebook and blog about the event. Despite the fact that the night I had long anticipated started out quite chaotically it turned out better than we could have asked for. It was great to see a line up of over 80 people before the doors even opened and it was equally nice to see people donating beyond the $7 price tag for a ticket. Needless to say we actually ran out of tickets and had to start recycling the old and therefore lost count of how many people were in attendance however it was definitely more than last year.

All the bands (Debra, The Shagbots and Fireside Riot) did a fantastic job, they definitely brought it last night and I am so happy they were generous enough to dedicate their time the way they did. We also had a great turn out of volunteers, so many in fact I ran out of jobs for them to do! It isn’t often that happens, but it was great to see! We ended up earning over $3500 for Save the Children Haitian relief efforts which will be doubled by the Government of Canada resulting in the event earning Haiti in total $7000! That is a fantastic figure anyway you look at it and again I thank everyone for making the night the success it was.



Obviously after last night I am in a music listening kind of mood, thus follows my current play list:
Cold War Kids – Against Privacy
Cold War Kids – Hospital Beds
Cuban Cigar Crisis – Wuthering Heights
Debra – Dr. Strangelove
The Shagbots – Kaolin met Kiln
Lagwagon – Falling Apart
Passion Pit – Little Secrets