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City and Colour can Suck it and Keep on Suckin’ it!

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by Jordan

The 2011 Canada Games concluded in Halifax yesterday after two weeks of competition.  I took in a couple of hockey games and watched some long track speed skating at the outdoor oval one afternoon. The actual sports of the Canada Games did little for me (the athletes were young teenagers and the elite level of competition just wasn’t there for the most part) but I was a fan of the nightly free concerts put on by the games. Throughout the two weeks I took in four of the free shows, including; Joel Plaskett, Sloan, Hey Rosetta and City and Colour.  The concerts were all outside and other than Joel Plaskett’s show on Valentines Day the temperature was pretty cold for every concert.  However, it wasn’t until City and Colour took the stage last night that I heard a single band complain about the cold temperatures and essential let it ruin their show.

Going into last night, I had seen City and Colour play once before.  It was on other a brisk September evening a couple of years ago in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.  At this concert, Dallas Green commented after every song about the cold and how it kept affecting the tune of his guitar.  As their first song came to a close last night, I turned to my brother and said, “I guarantee you this band complains about the temperature and says that it keeps putting their guitars out of tune.”  Within five seconds of me saying that Dallas Green says, “We’re going to be taking a little more time than usual between songs because the temperature keeps putting our guitars out of tune.”  It was nice that Dallas didn’t make a liar out of me but he and his band followed that comment up with countless others like it throughout the night in addition to long delays between songs, stopping a song halfway through it because Dallas’s guitar went out of tune and taking a five minute break to warm up after playing just four songs.

I get that playing in -10˚ C temperatures is not ideal and that playing the guitar is tough when your hands are cold.  However, City and Colour did themselves no favors last night.  They failed to put their hipster image aside for one night and dress appropriately for the frigid temperatures.  Dallas was wearing a denim jacket with a scarf while the other guitar player wore a three-piece suit and a top hat.  To me, the incessant complaining fell on deaf ears for a host of reasons.  One, the girl that opened up for City and Colour in the exact same temperatures didn’t say a word about how cold she was, probably due to the fact that she wore a winter jacket and a toque.  Two, Sloan played in temperatures close to -30˚ C the week before and absolutely killed their set without muttering a word about how cold they were.  Again, these guys dressed appropriately by wearing parkas, toques and gloves with the fingertips cut out.  Last, City and Colour had several fans blowing hot air on them throughout the entire show.  From what I could tell, Sloan had just one bush league heater on the stage that the one guitar player occasionally heated his hands up with in-between songs.

I’m not saying that City and Colour is a bad band because they’re not…. they write some of the best “sui watch” songs in the business.  What I am saying is that they are a bunch of pussies and complainers that can’t handle less than ideal playing conditions. I have now seen City and Colour play two outdoor shows, neither of which was without complaints about the temperature.  Consequently, if you plan on watching an outdoor City and Colour show you best not waste your time unless the outside air temperature equals room temperature (roughly 20-21˚ C).  Because of this, City and Colour can suck it and Leah Miller can keep on suckin’ it!

Indian Idol Will Rock You… Sing it!

Posted in Music, Television with tags , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Jordan

I have no idea how many years American Idol has been around but if I had to hazard a guess I would say about 10.  I’ve never really gotten into American Idol but I have tuned in enough throughout the years to have a handle on the state of the show. I think it’s safe to say that “Idol” has become rather stale in recent years and has correspondingly spawned very few stars (if any) since Carrie Underwood.  That said, the addition of the humorous and eccentric Steven Tyler to this season has been a nice touch.   He is after all, Jim Henson’s greatest creation.

 

In an attempt to find some actual singing talent, I’ve been forced to abandon American Idol and engage some of the other national “Idol” shows.  I tried Canadian Idol but it has been downhill since Kalan Porter (Not like Kalan Porter was a real high point in Canadian music… am I right or am I right?).  I gave British Idol a go but it produces nothing but Liam Gallaghers who dump beer on the judge’s heads or Chris Martins who just seem to make the Brits seem a little bit gayer.  Consequently, it wasn’t until I stumbled across Indian Idol that I actually found something worthwhile.

 

Rather than have a billion Indians show up to a cricket stadium to audition for the show’s top 20 contestants, preliminary contestants send in their audition tapes.  The Indian Idol judges sift through millions of tapes and release only the best of the best to the Indian public.  We at The Whole Ball of Wax have gone through the best of the best and in our opinion this is the Best of the best.

 

Enjoy!

 

Worst 1st Overall NHL Draft Pick Ever

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by Jordan

Every NHL draft has had its fair share of busts in it.  It’s not uncommon to look at a list of first rounder’s from any past draft and not recognize half the names on it. What is uncommon is for the first overall pick of the NHL draft to be a bust.

 

The annual NHL draft began in 1963 with the Montreal Canadian’s selecting Garry Monahan from the St. Michael’s Juveniles… that’s right Juvenile!  Since 1963 there have been 47 first overall picks and just three have never played a single game in the NHL.  All three of these players were selected in the 60s when NHL players made like 20 bucks a game so I don’t really care about them.  So, rather than analyzing all 47 first overall picks to determine the worst one ever I am only going to focus on the 26 that have occurred in my lifetime starting with Mario Lemieux in 1984.

 

When I look down the list of first overall picks since 1984 there are some pretty big names on that list including; Wendel Clark, Mike Madano, Mats Sundin, Eric Lindros, Joe Thornton, and more recently Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos.  In addition to these names I’ve mentioned there are a host of other studs that are equally as impressive.  However, three names stand out as the worst; Alexandre Daigle, Patrik Stefan and Rick DiPietro. These three guys are without question the biggest NHL first overall busts of my lifetime.

 

The Ottawa Senators selected Alexandre Daigle before Chris Pronger and Paul Kariya in the 1993 Draft.  It is reported that the Senators even passed on a deal with the Quebec Nordiques that would see them acquire Owen Nolan, Peter Forsberg and Ron Hextall for their first overall pick.  Instead, the Senators selected Daigle and offered him a five year $12.25 million deal, which was the richest entry level contract in NHL history at that time.  Daige amassed just 327 points over 11 seasons while playing for six different teams.

 

 

Patrik Stefan was selected first overall by the Atlanta Thrashers in the weak 1999 Draft ahead of the Sedin twins who were basically the only bright spot of the 99’ draft.  Stefan racked up a feeble 188 points over seven seasons while playing for the Thrashers and Dallas Stars.  Lack of accomplishments aside, Stefan is probably best known for one of the most memorable bloopers in NHL history.  While playing for the Stars, Stefan over handled the puck on an empty net breakaway and then watched the Edmonton Oilers collect the lose puck and score at the other end of the ice forcing the game into overtime.

 

 

Both Daigle and Stefan were bad first overall selections but to me the worst NHL first overall draft pick since 1984 was Rick DiPietro.  The New York Islanders made history when they selected a goalie for the first time in NHL history as the first overall pick in the 2000 draft.  Islanders GM Mike Milbury traded Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers for the first overall pick and the right to secure DiPietro with the first selection.  DiPietro came out of college with a lot of promise and for the most part lived up to the hype in his first couple of season in the NHL while playing on a bad team.  DiPietro was rewarded with his solid play in 2006 when he signed a 15-year $67.5 million contract with the Islanders.  What makes DiPietro a bust in my eyes is that he showed the potential of being a premier NHL goalie, signed a big contract, and then literally fell apart after sustaining injury after injury.  In the last three seasons DiPietro has played just 34 games and accumulated just 10 wins.  DiPietro is the quintessential boom player that cashed in big and went bust in a hurry.  There is no way Mike Milbury can look at DiPietro today and say he has come even close to living up to his potential.  He certainly can’t say DiPietro for Luongo was a rewarding deal for the New York Islanders.

 

Grease II is a Cool Rider

Posted in Movies, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2011 by Jordan

When I was in high school the song “Summer Nights” was played at every high school dance I went to despite the fact that the movie Grease came out six years before I was even born.  Even more peculiar than the playing of “Summer Nights” was that everyone seemed to know all the lyrics to it.  Despite the fact that my peers had an acute knowledge of this jam, I always found myself faking my way through the entire song.

 

You see, while everyone was going crazy upon hearing the opening lyrics, “Summer lovin’ had me a blast”  I was  standing there thinking “I could really go for some ‘Cool Rider’ right about now.” Why was I thinking this?… because I have yet to watch the movie Grease nor do I care to watch it because there’s no possible way it could be as good as its sequel Grease II.

 

Grease II embodies everything a good high school musical should embody.  The action is focused around the prestige and thrill of motorcycles, but is complimented with a well-choreographed bowling scene and an unpredictable Luau.  It has hot chicks, a guy with an English accent, and a youthful Shooter McGavin with his collar popped constantly.  There is no possible way the first Grease could ever live up to the success and critical acclaim of Grease II.  As a result, I will never watch the first Grease and accept the fact that John Travolta was once skinny.

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