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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Eight Miles High

Music blog turns eight, pauses, gets on with it

Photo via CBCCBCHere we are – another September 2, another blogiversary and another year in the books of doing… whatever this is. I have to tell you, there’s a great temptation on my end to use this occasion to get into some existential angst about where this site has been, where it might go and what on earth I’m going to do when it all inevitably ends (I’ve no idea and that’s terrifying), instead I’m just going to say fuck it, I’ll cross or fall off that bridge when I come to it.

For now, I’ll take some satisfaction in the fact that eight years is a long time in the real world – some of my blogging peers today weren’t even in high school when I started, for goodness sake – and a veritable eternity in internet time and extend my thanks to all of my readers who’ve been along for the ride at any point along this journey. This is nearly as much fun when no one reads it. Besides that… hell, I don’t know. Every year I tell myself I’m going to prepare something special post-wise or even event-wise for the anniversary but instead, it ends up being a case of, “oh shit, what day is it again?”. I actually did manage to put something proper together last year. All you get this year is a cover of this post’s namesake by this blog’s namesake.

MP3: Ride – “Eight Miles High”

And in other news. The Toronto International Film Festival opens up next week and coinciding with it is the grand opening of the festival’s new headquarters, the Bell Lightbox, down at King and John. Which in and of itself isn’t that significant hereabouts (though a functional building is always nicer than a construction site) but to mark the occasion, they’re throwing a block party on September 12 from 11AM to 4PM with all manner of goings-on, including performances from three of the ten Polaris shortlisters – Karkwa, The Sadies and Radio Radio. They’ll be playing from 12:20PM to 2PM and at 3PM, they’re promising another musical act who is one of “Canada’s hottest global superstars”… guesses, anyone?

Beatroute interviews Win Butler of Arcade Fire.

Shout Out Out Out Out have a date at Wrongbar on November 4. Their last album was 2009’s Reintegration Time.

Video: Shout Out Out Out Out – “Coming Home”

A bunch of new videos released today that up the Can-con quotient of the internet. First there’s a clip for “Quarry Hymns” from Land Of Talk’s new album Cloak & Cipher. Exclaim has posted some more of their interview with Liz Powell than appeared in this month’s cover story. Land Of Talk play Lee’s Palace on September 16.

Video: Land Of Talk – “Quarry Hymns”

The Acorn has a wonderful new stop-action clip from No Ghost. They’re releasing a remix album entitled Make The Least Of The Day on September 14 – details at Exclaim.

Video: The Acorn – “Restoration”

Black Mountain have released a second vid from Wilderness Heart, which will be out September 14. Beatroute has an interview with the band, who will be at the Phoenix on October 31.

Video: Black Mountain – “The Hair Song”

PitchforkTV has a Tunnelvision feature on Diamond Rings, whose debut Special Affections will be out on October 26.

Tokyo Police Club’s David Monks talks to Beatroute. They’re at the Ricoh Coliseum on October 22 in support of Phoenix.

By : Frank Yang at 8:40 am
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  1. Kyle says:

    Big ups Frank. Happy Blog Birthday. Go buy yourself some expensive camera gear as a present.

  2. K says:

    Happy blog birthday old guy! Keep up the great work.

  3. Ro says:

    Happy blog birthday. Enjoy Peelander Z tonight….

  4. robert says:

    8 canadian years. what is that in the US?

  5. Brad says:

    Congrats on the milestone, Frank. Keep on keepin’ on.

  6. Mike says:

    My favorite blog by far. Long live Chromewaves!!!

  7. giselle says:

    congrats frank … this is one of my favourite websites so fingers crossed that you have another 8 years or so in you … must admit, that every time i hit your blog, i look at your showlist and think about moving back to toronto, which is something i never thought would be possible, but then i think how cold the winters are and how lovely the trees and mountains in vancouver are and well, the lustre wears off a bit … but, thank you so much for all your hard work, passion and great writing, it is appreciated

  8. blureu says:

    Congrats! Here’s the top selling toys for 8 year olds. Pick one from the list!

    http://www.ebeanstalk.com/single_gifts.php?ageID=26

    and where did the Ride Byrds cover come from? Don’t recall hearing it before.

  9. Frank Yang says:

    @blureu – info on the Ride cover here: http://scumfactor.blogspot.com/2006/11/ride-eight-miles-high.html

    I knew it existed but didn’t know I didn’t actually HAVE it. Hooray for the internet and people not taking down links even after 4 years!

  10. muruch says:

    Happy 8 years! Glad you’re still around, there aren’t many of us oldtimers left (Muruch turned 10 in July). :)

  11. Jeremy says:

    Eight years in eternity on web — well done! I love the blog, and should leave thankful comments more often. Great source of music and news, and the writing is thoughtful and real. Cheers!

  12. Bruce says:

    Kudos on the anniversary, Frank! My lifeline to all things musical – indispensable and always appreciated. I dropped in five or six years ago for the show reviews and haven’t left since! And your readers count themselves lucky for now, knowing that one day you might have to Leave Them All Behind. ; )

  13. Tim says:

    Wow, just wow! Congrats on this Frank – 2002 was so far ahead of the curve.

  14. cb says:

    Congratulations Frank! Your great taste in music and consistent blogging makes this site a daily “must read”. Thanks

  15. vicky says:

    Thanks for all the hard work Frank! As a reader, I WAS in high school when Chromewaves started. It helped point me in the right musical direction when I moved to Toronto for university.

  16. Chuck says:

    Big congrats on another solid year!

    FWIW, some guy on Twitter said Nelly Furtado is the big “global superstar” playing at Bell Lightbox….so…..yeah…..

  17. JiM says:

    Congratulations, Frank. Like you said, 8 years is quite a milestone out here. Keep up teh superb work.

  18. thomaus says:

    So when are you transitioning Chromewaves to an iPad version?

  19. Scott says:

    Congrats! This site kicks ass, keep the great tunz coming!

  20. Lars says:

    I started reading your writings in 2004, just after arriving in Taiwan – and Chromewaves has been keeping me real ever since. Thanks and keep it up if it continues to make shit real for you, and me, and people and stuff.