Tag Archives: the ’80s

Sixx Appeal

I do a lot of reading in my spare time. Obviously I am super into books about music, but I also love young adult fiction. It’s one of my favourite forms of escapism. I order lots of books online and as such I receive e-mails all the time from my bookstore, generally with titles such as “Sizzling Summer Reads for Teens” and the like. I usually delete these (my go-to source for YA book recos is the awesome blog Forever Young Adult) but one e-mail caught my eye recently, as it had the words “Nikki Sixx” in the title.

It would be an understatement to say that I’m a huge fan. Mötley Crüe: The Dirt is my favourite music bio of all time and pretty much the inspiration for this site, and Nikki Sixx is the top grade in my Book Review Grading system. So you can imagine my excitement when I opened the e-mail to find out that the man himself was appearing live in person at my local Chapters to autograph copies of his new book, This Is Gonna Hurt. To be honest with you, it wasn’t even on my radar that he had a new book published. But I read The Heroin Diaries a few years back and really enjoyed it, so I was stoked to get my hands on a copy of This is Gonna Hurt, and the added bonus of coming face to face with one of my idols was an opportunity not to be missed.

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You, you were on a moonbeam…

You guys! The long weekend is almost upon us!! This is most excellent news. I’d like to send a shout-out to good old Queen Victoria. Thanks for being born, lady!

Things have been pretty hectic around LTRV headquarters. It’s the beginning of cottage season (or what I like to call “the only time of the year that actually matters”) so we’ve been hightailing it out of town on the weekends, sans access to technology or internet connections. Sometimes a man’s just gotta hang out in the woods, y’know? As such, our posts have been a bit sparse of late. We promise to step things up in the upcoming weeks though. We have LOTS of good stories lined up for you, dear readers, and some book reviews on tap as well.

One thing we are very much looking forward to is NXNE, which kicks off on June 13th. We’re quite excited about the various free shows that’ll be taking place, including Devo and Men Without Hats at Yonge-Dundas Square on June 18th. In the spirit of this upcoming event, I am posting a video here for your enjoyment. This tune came out in ’87 and was one of 11-year-old Spencer’s fav songs. I used to listen to it on 64 Lite Rock, the Ottawa radio station of choice amongst my middle school peers (thanks to this station I also developed an early and enduring love of Bananarama, Rick Astley, and Gowan, among others).

Wishing you a happy & safe holiday long weekend! Don’t do anything we wouldn’t do! 😉

Shazamit! Vol II


If you read my first Shazamit! post, you know how scared fascinated I am by “the computers” and the many ways in which they are slowly but surely taking over the world. Soon they will be doing all of our thinking for us. For now, they must content themselves with worming their way into our lives by performing dazzling tricks, such as instantly identifying random songs that we hear playing in the grocery store or Starbucks. This is actually a critically essential service. It’s very important when you hear a song to be able to find out immediately who the artist and album are so that you can go and buy it, thus further lining the pockets of Steve Jobs contributing to the convalescence of the global economy. Shazam even has a convenient link to iTunes. How helpful is that! Thank you, computers! I love you, and I fear you. Obviously a very healthy relationship.

Anyway, as previously mentioned, I use the Shazam app a lot. It has led me to some really good music over the years, and also some not-so-great songs. Working in chronological order from my previous list, here are my next 10 tags…

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Happy Birthday Doolittle!


Aw, you guys! Our little Doolittle is all grown up! It was released 22 years ago today, on April 18th, 1989. Thinfinn and I just so happened to see the band play the album in its entirety tonight at Massey Hall and let me tell you, it has aged beautifully. As Kim pointed out during the show, at 22 Doolittle could be in college by now! Perhaps it’s lounging around in its dorm room right now, listening to itself on college radio. I certainly hope so!

Our review of the Pixies show to follow soon… For now, Happy Birthday old friend!

LTEV Photo Shoot: Star Wars

As a companion piece to our Spotlight on Style: Star Wars feature, Donkeysuit and I attempt to re-create an image from the movie.



Holochess on the Millennium Falcon


holochess, LTRV-style

Spencer as C3P0, Donkeysuit as Chewie

holochess pieces

Spotlight on Style: Star Wars

star wars style

Look, guys, I know what you’re thinking. What does Star Wars have to do with music, right? Um, hello, it only has the BEST MOVIE SCORE of all time (John Williams I ♥ u 4ever). To this day, whenever I hear the 20th Century Fox intro at the beginning of a movie I get chills, because it’s so closely linked in my mind to the opening bars of the Star Wars theme.


Best. Movies. Ever.

There was just so much to love about the first three (Episodes IV, V, and VI, that is). Intergalactic warfare. Rakish smugglers. Droids!! Ewoks, bounty hunters, a city in the clouds. The dark side of the force. Darth vader. Yoda. A love triangle (at least, until the incestuous aspect of it was revealed. Ew). Good vs. evil. Jedi masters, fighter pilots, the Death Star….

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shazamit! 1

i don’t know about all of you, but i am kind of obsessed with shazam. like…your phone listens to songs and tells you what they are, instantaneously! if this isn’t a sure sign that the computers are taking over, i don’t know what is.

anyway! shazam is one of my most frequently-used apps, and every once in a while i like to take a little scroll back through all of the songs i’ve tagged.  some have become standard faves, while others i can barely remember looking up.

i’ve decided to open up my shazam history for your viewing pleasure. since i have over 50 tags i’m gonna break this up and do a few at a time. for our first shazamit! outing, please join me back in november of 2008…a time of wonder & merriment, when i first got my iPhone…

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