I met some wonderful people at a Flaming Lips show last summer who introduced me to lots of new great things. I never knew what a following Wayne Coyne and his band have, though I suppose with all their stage theatrics and glitter that I should have known. One of these wonderful people is Sally Shaar, the lead singer of a band called Ginger Ale and the Monowhales. I was lucky enough to see them play an excellent show last night, as they opened for a band called Spaceface.
Spaceface is fronted by Jake Ingalls who is also a guitarist in the Flaming Lips (no surprise there either), and the band is so awesome. It's kind of a mix of electronic music and psychedelic rock and I am digging it so hard. Check it out:
I also got a really cool poster that I want to frame and put up in the space corner of my apartment.
I finally released a new China Travels post last week, with only three more to go. I also had quite the weekend (probably enough for two weekends – since I'll be out of town next weekend anyway), chasing fireworks, eating sweetbreads (tasted like bacon), scaring ducks at high park, trying a vegan donut, biking around Toronto Island and seeing two amazing bands play.
I was able to practice cycling standing up and with only one hand, both of which are going pretty well! I also created a Trello board for all of my ongoing projects, and I'd like to assign myself a day to start working on something.
I also finally bought a new iPhone. Just ripped the band-aid off and walked into an Apple Store (on a Saturday?!), so I consider that one to be the biggest accomplishment.
I'd like to release a new China Travels blog post this week, and get my iPhone set up. It'd be good to start working on my little exercise of making a data usage app as well. But mostly, as I am going fishing this weekend, my goal is to relax and enjoy the sun!
Random Thought: The New Beat
I've been out and about in my neighbourhood lately, and I've noticed that I've been recognizing the faces of people on the street. On the one hand, it's pretty cool since I'm starting to feel like a part of my community. On the other hand, I wonder if they're noticing me at all. It's also a bit creepy of me, I suppose. But I rarely forget a face.
That said, there is a storefront on my corner called The New Beat that I have been wondering about. Every Friday night, there are a bunch of creative-looking twenty-somethings hanging out on the stairs that lead down to whatever's down there, drinking beer and laughing. They seem like my kind of people. So I googled the name, and found out that they're a creative agency that makes all sorts of great stuff! From music videos for Yukon Blonde to commercials for Kevin O'Leary to menu designs for Insomnia and everything in between, I was so excited and surprised to find that all this is happening only three postal addresses away from my home.
Inspiration: Ginger Ale and the Monowhales
As I mentioned above, Sally Shaar is amazingly talented. I was so impressed, not only by the extreme amount of musical talent of everyone in the band, but also of their ability to get the crowd so hyped and into the show. Sally threw confetti from a cardboard box, sprayed us with silly string, called out to us through a megaphone, and passed out pool noodles for everyone to shake as they danced. It was quite an evening. I tried to remember to take some photos of the night as it progressed, but there was just too much going on. This is what I snapped:
And of Spaceface as well:
They even had a parachute with balloons! It was definitely one of the most entertaining shows I've been to in a while.