Archive for June 28th, 2009

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The Kitchen Vixen

June 28, 2009

I just want to take a moment to refer you to a blog run by a friend of mine. She’s a Toronto journalist who sidelines as a food diva, and her blog is always fun to check out. Even if you’re someone like me, with the culinary tastes of a five-year-old, you’ll discover something new and exciting to try.

The Vixen writes about food. Period. Sometimes it’s recipes, sometimes it’s advice, sometimes it’s exploration of how to shop for the right ingredients. It’s just about food. She makes up my holy trinity of foodism (along with Crimes Against Food and Croosh, but hey, they’re British, and this is Canadian, with poutine and everything).

Park yourself at the Kitchen Vixen’s table here.

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Headpins: Don’t It Make You Feel Like Dancing

June 28, 2009

Here’s one more music video tonight, a gem from the early days of music video. It’s a lot of fun. I hadn’t heard this in decades. When I was about 14, the Headpins opened for somebody or another in my town, and a TV commercial selling tickets featured clips from this video. The song was all over radio that year, but the band faded away pretty quickly. Or so I thought. I just Googled the Headpins and discovered three facts:

  • Singer Darby Mills (that’s her in the video) was the band’s second singer
  • The group was a Chilliwack side project. If you don’t remember Chilliwack, you probably aren’t a Canadian over 35.
  • The Headpins are still touring.

I was never a fan, and I never owned a Headpins recording, but the first few moments of this song yanked me right back to small-town Canadian summers in the early 80s, with a BMX bike, Pop Shoppe pop and a Pac-Man game at the pool hall.

Don’t it make you feel?

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Best Music Video Ever Of The Week: Black Planet

June 28, 2009

More than 20 years since I first saw it, I continue to enjoy this Sisters of Mercy video for five reasons:

  1. That’s the Monkees’ car.
  2. George Barris took part in the making of this video. George Barris!
  3. I love the Sisters, man.
  4. Andrew Eldritch can’t actually drive, so all the scenes of him driving are either (a) shot with the car on a flatbed or (b) shot with a stand-in wearing a Cher wig and a cowboy hat.
  5. Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams sleep through the whole thing. They would depart soon after to form The Mission. And while I love the Sisters, I bow down to The Mission.

Sabotage was going to be the Best Music Video Ever Of The Week, but I couldn’t make up my mind, so I just put it out there as a Star Trek thing.

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Sabotage

June 28, 2009

I like this version of one of my favourite music videos. The cusswords are muted, but the additional footage makes up for that.

If it’s good enough for James Tiberius Kirk, it’s good enough for me.