Sing with Reckless Abandon

Three months.  I can hardly believe how fast time is getting away from me these days.  I have always been a workaholic so it never surprises me when I loose touch with everything but I love this blog, and it almost scares me that my real life has been able to tear me away for as long as it has.  As much as I love my current position and the work that I do, the one thing that I struggle with is the fact that there is no music allowed in the office. Actually, there is no music in the facility at all… So I am sure that you can appreciate the excitement felt when the day is finally done and I can rush out to my car, close the door into my own kind of serenity as I reach over, turn on the car, and crank my stereo as loud as I possibly can.  Singing with windows and lungs open alike to whatever is in the CD player or on the radio releases all the tensions of the day for me, sheds the stress or the negative emotions and anxiety.  Music is truly the only therapy that completely heals me, and in just a short drive home. This weeks Sunday Seven is in honour of the songs I wail with reckless abandon to heal whatever my soul needs release from. Some will surprise you I am sure… they still surprise me 🙂 

Cheers 

 

THE PRETENDER

Artist: FOO FIGHTERS

Album: ECHOES, SILENCE, PATIENCE & GRACE

Website: http://www.foofighters.com/ca

FOUR LETTER WORD

Artist: BEADY EYE

Album: DIFFERENT GEAR, STILL SPEEDING

Website: http://www.beadyeyemusic.com/

SEVEN

Artist: SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE

Album: DIARY

Website:http://www.myspace.com/onedayistoppedbreathing

AIN’T NUTHIN But A G THANG BABY

Artist: DR. DRE & SNOOP DOG

Album: THE CHRONIC

Website: http://www.drdre.com/#!all

WHAT’S MY NAME

Artist: RIHANNA

Album: LOUD

Website:
http://www.rihannanow.com/

STEREO LOVE

Artist: EDWARD MAYA

Album: THE STEREO LOVE SHOW

Website: http://edwardmaya.com/

BARELY BREATHING

Artist: DUNCAN SHEIK

Album: DUNACH SHEIK

Website: http://www.duncansheik.com/

For the Birds – Issue #4


I miss my blog. I miss the music. I miss thinking about music and the way it makes me feel. I have come to the realization that my neglect to my blog space has also meant that I have neglected my love of a casual Sunday listening to music and doing nothing else. So today, for the first time in 2012, I did just that on this Sunday. Nothing. Well, almost nothing… I ate some yummy German Roulades and Dumplings and of course will write this Sunday Seven, but the majority of my day was spent listening to new music, old favourites and chilling on my couch. For some reason the women of my music catalogue got me today and I realized quite often I overlook the talented women who inspire me with their unique sound and enormous talents. So today’s Sunday Seven is dedicated to some of the “Birds” of the music world. Cheers!
~FF

SETTLE DOWN

Artist: KIMBRA

Album: VOWS

Website: http://kimbramusic.com/

BYRDS OF PREY

Artist: BERTIE BLACKMAN

Album: SECRETS & LIES

Website: http://www.myspace.com/bertieblackman

DANCE DANCE DANCE

Artist: LYKKE LI & BON IVER

Album: YOUTH NOVELS

Website:http://lykkeli.com/

3 TURN ME ON

Artist: NORAH JONES

Album: COME AWAY WITH ME

Website: http://www.norahjones.com/

BOTH SIDES NOW

Artist: JONI MITCHELL

Album: CLOUDS

Website: http://jonimitchell.com/

SOPHIA

Artist: NERINA PALLOT

Album: YEAR OF THE WOLF

Website: http://www.nerinapallot.com/

VIDEOGAMES

Artist: LANA DEL RAY

Album: BORN TO DIE

Website: http://www.lanadelrey.com/

Local Love – Issue #3

The summer of 2011 has come and long gone on the swift wings of beautiful weather and an alcohol induced haze. Looking back, it is difficult to say where time went, but one thing is for certain along with the patio lanterns and sandy beach glory, it was a blissfully musical season. It is the ultimate joy of a band girl. The ability to do the watermelon crawl home from ones favourite watering hole, outdoor festival or concert after listening and falling in lust with a new amazing talent. Being able to savour that happy glow of something new and interesting as you enjoy the breezy warm night air and the heightened conversation, that is always uniquely intense after an amazing show. This Monday I am adding a Special Edition of the Sunday Seven…. which is actually going to be a Sunday Ten. A variation of this blog post is going to appear on Live Nations Facebook page in and around December 31st, 2011 and I wanted to ensure it graced my own blog site first. The bands in this Sunday Seven which is actually a Ten and on a Monday, all hail from Ontario, Canada. All ten were newly discovered this past summer season and all ten were lust at first listen, either for their amazing live performance or brilliantly unique sound. Cheers!

The Blues Stones

From: WINDSOR, ONTARIO

Genre: BLUES ROCK ALTERNATIVE

Bandies: TAREK JAFFER & JUSTIN TESSIER

Album: THE BLUE STONES (Self-Titled)

Discovered: CALL THE OFFICE – LONDON, ONTARIO

Website: http://www.thebluestones.ca

Worthy Because:

Call the Office in London, Ontario is a place where everybody who is anybody has graced the stage on his or her rise to glory. It can be an intimidating location to play to say the least. The venue was as full as it had been all night when The Blue Stones took the stage just after midnight. It has been a stellar night of local talent and these two young gents had a lot to live up to in order to keep the frenzied vibe of the night going. Within minutes of starting into their set they had dismantled my ageist and otherwise groundless skepticism with their tight bass/blues infused rock sound. Tarek’s simplistic guitar work complimented his falsetto vocals, and it became clear as I glanced around why the front of the stage had become infested with woman. The guy’s voice and stage presence is pure chick-magnate; whether engineered or by divine design, it melts hearts. Justin’s impressive, tasteful and minimalist drumming grabs your attention, and holds you through the entire set. This duo are classy, multi-talented and with years ahead of them have unlimited potential.

A Little Taste of Love:

Whale Tooth

From: TORONTO, ONTARIO

Genre: Hip Pop!

Bandies: ALEX DENIKE, ELISE LEGROW, MICHAEL MCCREARY, NORM MASHCKE & SEP NOOROZI

Album: WHALE TOOTH (Self-Titled)

Discovered: ECHO BEACH – ONTARIO PLACE – TORONTO, ONTARIO

Website: http://whaletoothmusic.com

Worthy Because:

Picture this: it is a gorgeous sunny day, you are standing along the stage at a brand new venue that looks and feels like a seaside beach, on the glorious Toronto harbour front. Sipping back cold Corona, enjoying the company of the growing crowd that is forming in front of the stage, and people watching with your sunglasses on. Looking around you can’t help but think, “Man it is truly a beautiful day to be alive”. With the first notes of their first song you are instantly catapulted out of your summer daze and straight into the fiery set of Whale Tooth, by their enigmatic energy, their soulful touch and a natural ability to lure you in. Whale Tooth possesses a happy magic that doesn’t come easy. A rare talent that is derived from something innate, and real. Lead vocalist Elise is an absolute phenom on stage, not just for her velvety vocal talents but because she is a huge ball of energy and remains fueled up on octane and adrenaline from start to finish. This group stole the night for me; every band after them fell short of their charm and style, including Sloan, who we had all showed up to see. If you have the chance to catch them live, DO IT.

A Little Taste of Love:

Saigon Hookers

From: KITCHENER, ONTARIO

Genre: ROCK N’ ROLL

Bandies: TOMMY SMOKES, ROB CYBULSKIE, TOMMY GUNS & LEE BROOK

Album: TRUTH, NO REASON

Discovered: THE NITE OWL – LONDON, ONTARIO

Website: http://www.myspace.com/saigonhookers

Worthy Because:

Sometimes in life, as a true blooded band girl, it is imperative to see a band live because rumor and urban legend dictates that it is the only way they should be heard. So you stuff your slightly drunk body into an overheated, tiny space full of very-drunk bodies that for some reason are always super sticky and wet. This is how Hookers need to be seen… in a small sweaty bar… full of last call drunks. No strangers to the music scene, Hookers have an undeniable chemistry, creating dripping rock that tantalizes and teases while embracing the blue collar approach that one should work, and work hard for the craft they love. Filled to the brim with talent, aggression and enough testosterone to kill the cast of Jersey Shore, Hookers are in fact becoming one of Southwestern Ontario’s hottest commodities.

A Little Taste of Love:

The Dyadics

From: LONDON, ONTARIO

Genre: POWER POP/ROCK

Bandies: KEVIN KENNEDY & MATT WESTON

Album: THE DYADICS (Self-Titled)

Discovered: CALL THE OFFICE – LONDON, ONTARIO

Website:http://thedyadics.com/index.html

Worthy Because:

Keen in keeping brilliant company on the stage, local filmmaker Rob McCallum welcomed The Dyadics to open his benefit gig for the film Unearthly, and they did not disappoint. London Ontario has been fortunate enough to watch this band grow and develop and it’s without a doubt they’ve truly found their stride. Lead Kevin Kennedy has developed an endearing persona onstage whose vocal range and passion emanated throughout the room, enhanced further as the bodies began to pour in. Matt Weston’s uncanny rhythm section is almost as amazing to watch as it is to listen to ask he plays the percussion bass and the drums at the same time. The band knows how to write a quality song, a rare trait that would normally make a band stand out alone, but for The Dyadics it is just one of many things that makes them a pleasure to experience again and again. They were truly the perfect opener to a phenomenal evening.

A Little Taste of Love:

Those Gulls

From: OTTAWA, ONTARIO

Genre: ROCK, INDIE, POST-PUNK ALTERNATIVE

Bandies: ANDREW GROSVENOR, PIERCE McKENNIERY & PETER ZACHAR

Album: THOSE GULLS (Self-Titled)

Discovered: FACEBOOK

Website: http://www.thosegulls.com

Worthy Because:

Do you have a road trip CD? You know, that album that you play over and over LOUD, singing into your thumb/microphone, enjoying every single song on repeat? This is the self-titled CD by Those Gulls for me this summer. I found these gents by clicking on a link on a friends Facebook page and instantly fell in love with the charisma, chemistry and raw talent of this trio. There is a lot of heart in this hard working band from Ottawa, whose infectious surf punk/indie alternative sound is a sensory assault that is too fun and too groovy to ignore. If this band stays on the trail they are beginning to blaze, they will be the best thing to come out of Ottawa since…. well… help me out here?

A Little Taste of Love:

The Marrieds

From: LONDON, ONTARIO

Genre: FOLKY POP

Bandies: JANE CARMICHAEL & KEVIN KENNEDY

Album: THE MARRIEDS (Self-Titled)

Discovered: APK LIVE – LONDON, ONTARIO

Website: http://www.myspace.com/themarriedsmusic

Worthy Because:

This little folk pop duo creates music that is beautiful, heartfelt and never fails to transport me to a happier place. Jane’s understated and delightful vocals are perfectly complimented by a mix of ukulele, guitar and the pure poetry of their lyrics. This husband and wife duet embraces the heart of folk and pop and infuses it into an energetic and powerful concoction. The overwhelming sheer talent of this twosome is beautiful to watch live and has brought to life some of those little Canadian tidbits this country has become known for: diversity & heart.

A Little Taste of Love:

The Hippy Mafia

From: TORONTO, ONTARIO

Genre: URBAN ROCK/FLOWER PUNK

Bandies: OOBLO22, CASTRO, SHAMROC, MOLASSES, FITZDVYNE & DR. KAHUNA

Album: FIRST ALBUM COMING SPRING 2012

Discovered: SOUND ACADEMY-TORONTO, ONTARIO

Website: http://www.thehippymafia.com

Worthy Because:

There are few bands I’ve romanticized  more so then The Hippy Mafia. They are sexy and dirty and very urban and unapologetic, which makes them a force to be reckoned with on during their live performances. These gents are the perfect example of what happens when a group of very talented, musically gifted manfolk get together and create something truly unique and special without bias of music genre holding them back. The absolute inimitability of their indie electro hip-hop rock n’ roll is like raw heat that ripples off the stage and onto the listener transporting them into the messages of their music, messages of peace love and oneness without borders. This multi-national group was so surprising, so overwhelmingly sexy and divine on stage that I forgot that I had actually shown up to see Beady Eye. Looking so forward to these gents returning from their United Kingdom tour and showing Southwestern Ontario a little Hippie love this spring.

A Little Taste of Love:

Hawkeyes

From: DOWNTOWN KITCHENER & UPTOWN WATERLOO, ONTARIO

Genre: RAD, HEAVY & SLOW

Bandies: PF, STREETKNIFE, RA, BLACKOUT, SS & KAISER

Album: NUTHIN YET…. BUT ONE CAN HOPE SOON!

Discovered: THE HIVE – KITCHENER, ONTARIO

Website: FACEBOOK OR REVERBNATION

Worthy Because:

One could argue that given Hawkeyes musical resume, it’s almost as though they’re cheating, but no one ever read me the rules of rock n’ roll. SS is in his true element behind a drum kit. The man was born to hit things, and to hit them exceptionally, ear-shatteringly hard. Guitarist Streetknife rocks harder then 99% of the music community, which is why I am certain this man will one day be revered as a god. Guitarist PF played centre stage and though he may look nothing like his fellow Hawkeyes, PF is what really holds this force of a band together. RA’s hilarious stage antics and contradictory sexy cool demeanor creates a down to earth feeling about the band that despite their experience and obvious talent they don’t take themselves too seriously. Finally rocking bassist Blackout lends to the absolute swagger of the band that can be defined only as “doomy and loud”. Kaiser the other, other Hawkeyes guitarist was sadly absent from the performance I caught this summer. Living on the edge of their mantra of “Tune Down and Turn Up” this band coaxed the late night crowd into a tripped out ambiance, performing with every sense of their collective being.

A Little Taste of Love:

HUE

From: TORONTO/LONDON, ONTARIO

Genre: INDIE POP

Bandies: DANNY PATON, ANDREW SCHMIDT, DARCY FINCK, JESSICA PATON & ANDREW JONES

Album: STARTING FIRES

Discovered: CALL THE OFFICE – LONDON, ONTARIO

Website: FACEBOOK & MYSPACE

Worthy Because:

Danny Paton has a smoky, cowlick howl supported by an energetic and authentically interesting band that evokes excitement and fervour.  The Toronto/London, Ontario based six-piece have an extremely energy-driven, sometimes haunting tension about them, a presence that is illuminated by the sweet sounds of such an array of talent coming together. The thing about Hue is they know how to work together, whether it’s when playing softer tracks like the amorous “Follow” or the amped up intensity of tracks like “The Bump,” they never lose their spirit, in fact, they refreshingly play off of each other and build their performance based around this chemistry. It makes for an enigmatic, unforgettable show that promises greater things. This is not a band to miss.

A Little Taste of Love:

The Beauties

From: TORONTO, ONTARIO

Genre: FOLK ROCK

Bandies: JUD RUHL, SHAWN CREAMER, PAUL PFISTERER, DARRIN McCONNELL & DEREK DOWNHAM

Album: THE BEAUTIES (Self-Titled)

Discovered: THE DAKOTA TAVERN – TORONTO, ONTARIO

Website: http://www.myspace.com/thebeautieslive

Worthy Because:

I have to digress here, just for a moment, to discuss how amazing the crowd at The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, Ontario is on a Sunday night. It is a testament to the power of a band as talented as The Beauties in their ability to mesmerize and capture a room. The crowd sang and, more importantly, felt every song the band played. An inherent attribute to The Beauties success is simply their ability to move you – to make those fine little hairs on your arms stand up as a shiver creeps down your spine. They make you happy, they make you sad, and it comes across so naturally time ceases to exist. Performing with an elegance and ambiance that comes with confidence in ones craft and maturity I am giving them total kudos for making a stuffy venue packed to the core feel so empowering.

A Little Taste of Love:

Poorly Tied Laces and Mistimed Places – Issue #2

You may not be her first, her last or her only.  She loved before, she may love again.  But if she loves you now, what else matters?  She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give.  Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you made, and miss her when she’s not there.  Sunday Seven has been extended to seventeen because my fluff-possessed brain couldn’t select just seven today.  Cheers!

~FF

I Know It’s Over

Artist: THE SMITHS

Album: THE QUEEN IS DEAD

Website: http://www.last.fm/music/The+Smiths

Her Space Holiday

Artist: JAPANESE GUM

Album: THE YOUNG MACHINES

Website: http://www.japanesegum.net/wp/

For Real

Artist: OKKERVIL RIVER

Album: BLACK SHEEP BOY

Website:http://www.okkervilriver.com/

3 Rounds and a Sound

Artist: BLIND PILOT

Album: 3 ROUNDS AND A SOUND

Website: http://blindpilotmusic.com

I’ll Fight

Artist: WILCO

Album: WILCO (THE ALBUM)

Website: http://wilcoworld.net/#!/

Can’t Go Back Now

Artist: THE WEEPIES

Album: HIDEAWAY

Website: http://theweepies.com/

Trouble Sleeping

Artist: THE PERISHERS

Album: LET THERE BE MORNING

Website: http://www.myspace.com/theperishers

Always Like This

Artist: BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

Album: ALWAYS LIKE THIS

Website: http://www.myspace.com/bombaybicycleclub/music

Lover I Don’t Have to Love

Artist: BRIGHT EYES

Album: LIFTED

Website: http://www.myspace.com/brighteyes

Possibility

Artist: LYKKE LI

Album: TWILIGHT SOUNDTRACK (BLEH!)

Website: http://lykkeli.com/

A Girl, A Boy & A Graveyard

Artist: JEREMY MESSERSMITH

Album: THE RELUCTANT GRAVEYARD

Website: http://jeremymessersmith.com/

Hiding My Heart

Artist: ADELE

Album: HIDING MY HEART (SINGLE)

Website: http://www.adele.tv/

Lackluster Love

Artist: KYLE ANDREWS

Album: FIND LOVE, LET GO

Website: http://kyleandrews.com/

After the Storm

Artist: MUMFORD & SONS

Album: SIGH NO MORE

Website:http://www.mumfordandsons.com/

Almost Lover

Artist: A FINE FRENZY

Album: ONE CELL IN THE SEA

Website:http://www.afinefrenzy.com/

The Ladder

Artist: ANDREW BELLE

Album: THE LADDER

Website:http://www.andrewbelle.com/

The Way It Ends

Artist: LANDON PIGG

Album: GREY’s ANATOMY SOUNDTRACK

Website:http://www.landonpigg.com/

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Ten Movies to See Over the Holidays – 2011

I am not really sure what the reasoning is…. but I always seem to go to the movies A LOT over the holiday season.  It may be because I actually despise this time of year and find solace in the quiet theatre vs. out in the malls or driving around being blinded by the “holiday cheer”throwing up all over the place. I dislike mall shopping on a GOOD day, but after November 1st I break out in a nervous sweat at even the thought or a mention of having to cross the threshold into one of the local consumer frenzy houses, with people pretending to be jolly and carols playing over the intercom systems just loud enough to make my ears want to bleed and my gag reflex to kick in.  Now that I have shared how I will be spending my Tuesdays and Fridays for the next month or two, I thought today I would share with you the Ten Movies I am most excited to see this holiday season.  The are ranked 10-1…. 1 being the film that has me most excited…. there is one film in the list not coming out until the first week of January but … the despair and bankruptcy of the holiday season are still pretty fresh the first week of the new year, so I have left it included.

10. Arthur Christmas 

Release Date: November 23rd

Starring: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy

Directed by: Sarah Smith

Synopsis:On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission.

Thoughts: OK… OK! I have to have one cartoon Christmas movie…. and the old Santa’s humour cracks me up in the trailer…. I will give it a go…. just this one though….

Trailer

9. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Release Date: December 9th

Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Synopsis: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons.

Thoughts: The book was fantastic, which means the movie will probably be dreadful, but the book was fantastic ….

Trailer

8. The Devil Inside 

Release Date: January 6, 2012

Starring: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth

Directed by: William Brent Bell

Synopsis: In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcism during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism

Thoughts: Well, the trailer scares the beegeezus out of me… and if the trailer scares me… I can only hope the film does the same. Besides, it is about religion which is kind of like Christmas, non?

Trailer

7. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Release Date: December 21st

Starring: The Gay Midget Dwarf, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton

Directed by: Brad Bird

Synopsis: The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.

Thoughts: So I despise Tom Cruise almost as much as I despise Christmas, but I have to admit that after seeing the trailer for this film, I want to see it. And since it is full of explosions, car scenes and other amazing special effects to make up for Cruise’s inability to act, it needs to be seen on the big screen.

Trailer

6. Hugo 

Release Date: November 23rd

Starring: Asa Butterfeild, Chole Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Synopsis: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Thoughts: While still promising to be dark, I have always wondered what a “family friendly” Scorsese film would look like. Definitely a must see.

Trailer

5. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Release Date: December 16th

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Thoughts: Loved the first film.  Love Downey as Holmes and Law as Watson, and love love their chemistry. Downey will forever in my mind be “the come back kid”, and I can’t help but support all of his efforts, even the ones that might not be so fantabulous.

Trailer

4. We Bought a Zoo

Release Date: December 23rd

Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Synopsis:Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Thoughts: Cliché or not, I have been a fan of Crowe since Almost Famous. The movie spoke to me on every level, and I have been waiting, and hoping for another Crowe film to speak to me again. I am not sure this is going to be it. First off Matt Damon is in the film, secondly there are children involved, however, as a full supporter of Team Cameron, I will spend the $12.00 to catch this on the big screen, and sit with my fingers crossed that he will whisk me away once again.

Trailer

3. A Dangerous Method

Release Date: November 23rd

Starring: Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Synopsis: A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Thoughts: You are CRAZY if you don’t want to see this one… pun intended.

Trailer

2. The Muppets

Release Date: November 23rd

Starring: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fonzi the Bear & Gonzo

Directed by: James Bobin

Synopsis: With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.

Thoughts: Do I really need to explain why you need to get out and see this film? Take your date, take your children, take your grandma, take a stranger, I really don’t care. It is the Muppets. Do it!

Trailer

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Release Date: December 21st

Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig

Directed by: David Fincher

Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Thoughts: The trilogy of books by Stieg-Larsson is one of the best series I have ever read. I admit I was slightly distressed when I heard that this film was being “Americanized”, but after watching the transformation of Mara to become Lisbeth Salander I am convinced Fincher will do justice to the character.

Trailer

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Sunday Seven – Issue #1

I spend a lot of time on time on the internet on Sundays, especially during the NFL football season.  Checking my picks and watching the games not available on the local cable stations, I sit in my office chair and stair at the screen for hours, literally. Phone calls, blog postings and reading the news break up the monotony of staring at the monitor, however, the one thing that makes time fly by and has become a tradition/sick addiction of my Sunday surfing, is listening to a LOT of music online. Searching music catalogues and exploring the deep dusty corners of music I have loved in the past, brings about a whole lot of nostalgia and one or two new album additions to the redonkulous iTunes collection.  I thought it might be agreeable to share with you my fellow bloggers, and people who stumble onto this site, my musical finds of the day with a Sunday Seven List.  It will be a mixed bag of genres and stylings as I listen to anything and everything and have a very wide appreciation and love for music.  If you don’t like it, you don’t have to listen…. The songs on this list are either new to me, or were an obscure part of my past that have come back to life.  Unlike some other lists on this blog, they are not posted in any particular order. Cheerios!

Family Waves

Artist: DINOSAUR FEATHERS

Album: FANTASY MEMORIAL

Website: http://www.myspace.com/dinosaurfeathers

Kiss With a Fist

Artist: FLORENCE + THE MACHINE

Album: LUNGS

Website: http://florenceandthemachine.net

Beach Front Property

Artist: UMBRELLAS

Album: BEACH FRONT PROPERTY

Website: http://www.myspace.com/umbrellas:

Awake

Artist: BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB

Album: B.R.M.C.

Website: http://www.blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com

Bless the Weather

Artist: JOHN MARTYN

Album: BLESS THE WEATHER

Website: http://www.johnmartyn.com

Entrance Song

Artist: THE BLACK ANGELS

Album: PHOSPHENE DREAM

Website: http://www.theblackangels.com/index2.php#/news

Love You Madly

Artist: CAKE

Album: COMFORT EAGLE

Website: http://www.cakemusic.com

All videos and music in this blog post are property of the artists. 

Ten Pretty Hawt Women in Hollywood!

Where there are boys… there are girls.  In effort accommodate what I hope is a multi-gendered readership,I have written a Ten Pretty Hawt Women in Hollywood list, in follow-up to my men’s list.  I am not going to apologize for leaving off my list some of the women that have hit the top ten for GQ, Askmen, etc., because although their bodies are undeniably “hot”, in many cases the personalities or bad habits of some of these hotties are a total turn off, especially for a mostly straight woman…. Below is a list of women who offer something more the just a great rack, nice set of legs or a bunch of hot sex scenes, although most of them clear all three categories as well.  Add your favorites in the comments section as always…. and Cheers!

10. Emmanuelle Chriqui

Hawt Because: Sexy and desirable not just for her looks, or for being a Canadian native, but for her ability to remain mysterious in an age where paparazzi-driven over exposure is de regulieré. Reminiscent of old Hollywood culture, this beauty has taken the professional highroad leaving her personal life just that, personal.  Hitting every sexy or hot list known to man in the last two years, this stunner, who looks good in everything she puts on, leaves a lot to the imagination, which is definitely part of the allure.

Movies: Taking Chances, 5 Days of War, Girls Walk Into a Bar

See Her Next In: A Sci-Fi due out in 2012 called Omphalos.

Hottest Moment: Have you seen the episode of Entourage called “Bottoms Up!”  The anal sex scene where she calls E “a pussy” …. hahahaha!


9. Yvonne Strakovski

Hawt Because:  She is sexy secret agent Sarah Walker on the NBC series Chuck, where her co-stars have given her the nickname “Starhotski”.  This girl is tall (almost six feet in heels), lean and muscular in a very feminine way, as well as bodilisciously stacked to the nines.  With an adorable Australian accent and a humble and charming way about her in interviews, I was thrilled  to see her finally starting to diversify by showing up on the silver screen this year.  Bonus Points are totally given to her for always being drop dead gorgeous regardless of costume or fight scene.

Movies: I Love You Too and Killer Elite

See Her Next In: A comedy with Seth Rogan and Barbara Streisand called My Mother’s Curse due out in 2012.

Hottest Moment: Definitely the Belly Dancing scene from this past season of Chuck.  She is adorable…. as is CHUCK by the way.

8. Emily Blunt

Hawt Because: The girl has a physically toned body that would make it easy to mistake her for a world-class athlete at the top of her game, and yet she is known for her ability to act not her smokin body.  Adding to her appeal is her adorable British accent and perhaps her equally adorable marriage to John Krasinski.  Emily taught the women of the world about what a sleeze bag Michael Bublé truly is and therefore sky rocketed forward as one of the coolest ladies ever.

Movies: The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau, The Young Victoria

See Her Next In: The Muppets as Miss Piggy’s Receptionist!

Hottest Moment: So, maybe not her hottest moment, but certainly her most endearing moment, is her role in The Devil Wears Prada as the tragically stylish and hilarious Emily!

7. Marion Cotillard

Hawt Because: Marion has an elegance about her and a radiance that sets her apart from other Hollywood starlets.  With an inviting gaze that says “Comment ca va?” and, let’s face it, a body that says “Voulez vous couche avec moi?”, she is an alluring wonder that is hard to resist.  Bonus points to her for being an avid environmentalist and a spokeswoman for Greenpeace.

Movies: Public Enemies, Nine, Inception, Contagion

See Her Next In: Rust and Bone in 2012.

Hottest Moment: Her role as Louisa Contini in Nine.  Amongst a stellar cast of powerful women, this little lady stood out like a shiny little diamond in the rough. Just rewatched the clip for the first time in ages…. she is amaze ballz.

6. Zooey Deschanel

Hawt Because: Measuring in at a modest 34-25-35, Zooey has been called a super beauty for the “hipster set” with eyes that have the power to stop a man in his tracks.  Despite her lack of bombastic curves and the fact that she doesn’t undergo drastic transformative changes every other month, the girl is something of a chameleon.  Round-eyed and girl-next-door one moment, a boyish waif the next, heavy metal vixen at one turn, and Hollywood glamour at the next.  She steals a strippers good name in that she can be who ever you want her to be, with little change.

Movies: Failure to Launch, The Happening, Our Idiot Brother

See Her Soon In: A new TV series called The New Girl

Hottest Moment: As the quirky and maddening Kit in Failure to Launch.

5. Emma Stone

Hawt Because: Only her early 20’s and Emma has already hit every possible list for Hollywood’s Hottest, Sexiest, and Up and Coming on the planet Earth.  Actually a blonde, who went red under the direction of Judd Aptow in Superbad and decided to own the look, our little Emma has taken Hollywood by storm over the past few years.  Unlike some of her other “colleagues” Emma has manged to keep a squeaky clean image, proving that “class” still exists amongst the younger generation of actresses.  Totally cute, adorable  and sexy, with amazing comedic timing to boot!, she has been a favourite for quite some time.

Movies: Superbad, Easy A, Zombieland, The Help

See Her Next In: Movie 43 with Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler

Hottest Moment: Again, maybe not her HOTTEST scene….. but definitely one of the reasons she is on this list.

4. Eva Mendes

Hawt Because: A self-proclaimed “girls girl”, this lady embraces everything it is to be a woman.  The men of the world like to ogle this buxom babes fabulous physique, while the women of the world can appreciate the fact that she flaunts her oh so feminine curves.  This is what women who take care of themselves and eat, look like.  Bravo!

Movies: Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Hitch, The Other Guys, Fast Five

She Her Next In: A comedy with Matthew Modine and Patricia Arquette

Hottest Moment: Standing in nothing but lingerie in the movie The Women, telling Meg Ryan that she didn’t steal her husband because “Women don’t steal other women’s husbands, they come willingly”…. ahahaha

3. Rachel McAdams

Hawt Because: Aside from her stellar acting abilities, which have given her a very successful run of films and a wide variety of roles, this little chickadee is pure Canadian, and totally sexy. Part of her charm is that she attempts to lead a regular life when not filming, living in Toronto, and biking around the city and riding the subway like a normal human. She might be more cute and girl-next-door like, then sexy vixen, but I don’t know a single guy that would kick her out of bed. With a killer smile, high cheekbones, and those damn dimples, Rachel commands the camera, which is always very kind to her.

Movies: Mean Girls, The Notebook, The Family Stone, Sherlock Holmes

See Her Next In: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Hottest Moment: The world fell in love with her in Mean Girls playing Regina George, the hilarious creation of the Honourable Ms. Tina Fey

2. Mila Kunis

Hawt Because:  After watching Mila whine her way through eight years of That 70’s Show as the irritating Jackie and voice the awkward and annoying Meg Griffin on Family Guy, it might come as a shock that she hits this list, especially this close to top.  She graces the list for two important reasons. One, she grew up in the Hollywood scene, amongst the rich and notorious and yet has remained almost unknown until her break out role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where we realized that little Miss Mila had grown up right before our eyes without the paparazzi squelching on her every move, without a police record, and without her name scandalously being lit up like a neon sign in headlines for Entertainment Tonight or Access Hollywood, which sends her hotness quotient off the charts.  The second reason, is of course, the sex scene between her and Natalie Portman in Black Swan.  That scene would make any straight woman consider playing for the other team as long as it was Mila calling the shots.

Movies: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Black Swan, Friends with Benefits

See Her Soon In: Seth MacFarlane’s next film with Mark Wahlberg and Giovanni Ribisi

Hottest Moment:  She had some pretty great scenes with Justin Timberlake in Friends with Benefits, but the scene with Portman in Black Swan still blows everything else away.

1. Scarlett Johansson

Hawt Because: Woody Allen has called Scarjo “sexually overwhelming”. Everything from her smokey voice to her famous cleavage, she drives men, boys and most women, bananas.  Aside from her looks, the lady is incredibly intelligent and witty, which has allowed her to move past the typecast of the bossomy bimbo, into creative and diverse roles.  This pretty lady also has a pretty not bad voice, and the song Realtor with Pete Yorn hit the Billboard Top 100 in the summer of 2009 for a short time.

Movies: The Other Boelyn Girl, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Lost in Translation, Iron Man 2

See Her Next In: Iron Man 3 due out in 2013.

Hottest Moment: “Did you just say dry hump?”

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