Thursday, November 13th, 2003

You Have Been Eaten By A Grue

The tail end of the little rain/windstorm last night knocked out the power in my apartment tonight, leaving things decidedly on the pitch side of black (for those just joining us, I live in a basement with a modest amount of natural light on the best of days). I’d anticipated this scenario and had dug out my bicycle headlights (no, I don’t own a flashlight) so I was still able to get see somewhat, get around my apartment and confirm that I had absolutely nothing to amuse me without any power. And I was hungry. I wanted popcorn. So, after sitting around for a little while hoping the power would come back on, I got my coat and umbrella and headed out into the night.

First thing I saw in the sky were the spotlights from the Paramount or the Air Canada Centre or wherever the hell it is downtown that has spotlights going every night. It seemed this blackout wasn’t very widespread. In fact, it didn’t even extend down my whole block let alone my street – just the stretch of houses around mine. Nice. So as I trudged toward the 7-11 a few blocks away (I was craving popcorn, remember), the street became more and more lit up – by the time I got to the store and its excessive fluoresence, I was feeling like a Morlock creeping out from the sewers to feed on the Eloi… or their popped corn, at least. I grabbed the foodstuffs I needed and lurched back into the darkness. “My preciousssss…”

Thankfully, the power came back on about 10 minutes after I got home and I didn’t go feral or anything.

Excellent Online has a feature they’re calling “PopKIDS”, which is basically 4th graders offering their unvarnished comments on random indie/alt songs. Initial targets are Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham and The Salteens, and The Lucksmiths and From Bubblegum To Sky.

Neil Halstead talks to Penny Black Music about Spoon And Rafter and also mentions the possibility of rereleasing a pile of Slowdive material in the near future. That would be nice for everyone who’s had to pay upwards of $50 on eBay for a copy of Pygmalion. And this is coming from someone who’s sold a few copies of Pygmalion on eBay for upwards of $50…

Just a quick note to Torontonians – Joel Plaskett is doing a free instore at Soundscapes on College St at noon next Saturday, November 22.

I just checked my Air Miles account. Over four years of collecting the things now and I’ve accumulated enough miles to almost get me to the airport.

np – The Wrens / The Meadowlands

By : Frank Yang at 9:41 am
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  1. Five Seventeen says:

    Frank, I just found out you can go through and get airmiles through amazon you get 20 bonus points if you place a purchase before the 15th too. That should get you all the way there.

  2. Claire says:


    Instead, Frank should evaluate the site and find out how little miles you need to throw a house-warming party.

    (with popcorn)

  3. becky says:

    house warming!

    we’ll always have the black out of 2003.

  4. Claire says:

    Frank is overdue to warm up his apartment, of course. But don’t let me be the only person to sugest it… It’s really not my business, but I did miss the black/out of 2003.

  5. Frank says:

    my basement is actually pretty warm, thanks.

    It’s a sad sad day when people need me to give them an excuse to have a party. Sad indeed.

    If anything happens, you will all be duly notified.

  6. five seventeen says:

    we are sad sad people frank.