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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!

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The Whole Ball of Wax: Behind The Blogging

Posted in People with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2011 by Jordan

After 9 months of blogging, The Whole Ball of Wax’s has reached a significant milestone with the publication of its 100th post.  The Editor and Chief of The Whole Ball of Wax (Jordan) could use this opportunity to write something profound, but if The Simpson’s has taught Jordan anything it’s that when you reach a milestone you take that opportunity to reflect on your production to date.  Jordan also learned that the milestone episodes of The Simpson’s are traditionally the worst ones. Consequently, he apologizes in advance if this milestone post is a snoozer.

 

The Whole Ball of Wax was a lingering brainchild in the back of Jordan’s mind for a long time but never amounted to anything tangible until his pure hatred for the show Friends served as a starting point for the type of blogs he wanted to produce.  As a result, on April 2, 2010 the first article for The Whole Ball of Wax was published called Friends? Still?

 

Over the next month Jordan dabbled in as many topics as he possibly could in an effort to fulfill The Whole Ball of Wax’s mandate to be an all-encompassing source of information.  Jordan provided commentary on the Tiger Woods scandal; he showed his serious and historical side by addressing the anniversary of The Battle of Vimy Ridge, and produced the first of many “Grind My Gears” topics about how the saying, “it is what it is” really bothers him.  Despite the popularity of all these posts, it was his post called, “Battle of the Butts” that gave The Whole Ball of Wax and Jordan real notoriety.  This post about a dancing fart exploited the public’s perception on the topic and redefined the direction of The Whole Ball of Wax.

 

It became apparent to Jordan that he could try as hard as he wanted to educate his readers about historical and political events but what his readers really wanted to read were posts about farts, poops, and other low brow topics.  Consequently, The Whole Ball of Wax began publishing numerous posts about B.O., puke, and Jordan’s pooping habits.  These posts were received with unanimous approval; however, Jordan knew that he needed to get more out of his posts to satisfy his personal need to write about meaningful topics.

 

By the time Jordan realized The Whole Ball of Wax was no longer heading in the direction he wanted it was mid-November.  By this point Jordan was over-worked, exhausted, and in no position to change the direction of The Whole Ball of Wax.  To make matters worse, Jordan started abusing Fun Dip and Swedish Berries… His life was spiraling out of control.

 

By mid-December it had been a month since The Whole Ball of Wax had published an article. Luckily for Jordan and The Whole Ball of Wax, the LC got Jordan out of his hostile environment and took him to Ontario to spend Christmas with his family.  During the holidays, Jordan remembered why he started The Whole Ball of Wax in the first place and published a State of the Union article vowing to get things back on track and committed to publishing more articles.  It was on this day that Jordan shook the Fun Dip for good and switched from Swedish Berries to sugar free Big Feet.

 

Jordan is back in Halifax healthier than ever and Fun Deep free.  The Whole Ball of Wax has slowly regained the prowess it maintained in the early fall of 2010 and is showing signs of taking its posts to the next level.

 

State of the Union

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2010 by Jordan

Fellow Ball of Waxers

The premises for which The Whole Ball of Wax was establish requires that its faithful readers be addressed from time to time on the State of its Union.

From the time of its creation some eight months ago, The Whole Ball of Wax has sought to deliver posts on a tri-daily if not bi-daily basis.  In the first month we hit this mark only to find ourselves falter in the next two.  After a steep learning curve we found our stride in July producing 16 posts and topped it in September with 17.  Although article posts were down in the month of November, it was the only month where The Whole Ball of Wax had daily activity thanks to our successful Movemeber campaign.  Despite this great productivity, it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to notice the lack of production on this site in the month of December.

Over the past few weeks, visitors have navigated to The Whole Ball of Wax hoping for something new to read.  Instead, they continue to read the heading Ballsy Journey. This stagnant state has prompted the rumor mill in Whole Ball of Wax Land to turn frantically.  Today we set out to crush these rumors and to set the record straight.

Some have suggested that the recent Nor’easters that pounded the Halifax area cut off our Internet connection.  Although the strong winds from the storm did blow a lady into oncoming traffic last week leaving her in hysterics, the Internet has remained in tact.  Others have speculated that the writers of The Whole Ball of Wax have left to write for The Whole Ball of Yarn over in Dartmouth.  Although the offers were lucrative, all full time writers remain with The Whole Ball of Wax.  Finally, readers have suggested blogging is dead.  After weeks of research, we have decided this statement is untrue… Wikipedia said so.

The fact of the matter is, we at The Whole Ball of Wax have succumbed to the pressures of the man.  Long days and long nights have left us sleeping like a dog and with no time or energy for production.  However, with holidays looming and a New Year approaching, The Whole Ball of Wax can say with certainty that we are once again open for business.  It is hoped that diligence and commitment will make up the difference for the month of December and carry us into the New Year.

Thank you for reading and God bless The Whole Ball of Wax.

Sigh No More Mumford & Sons are Here

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2010 by Jordan

If you are one of the few that haven’t heard of a band out of England called Mumford & Sons it’s time to crawl out of your cave and get in the now.  Mumford & Sons is in the process of wrapping up a sold out tour of Eastern North America.  Obviously they didn’t stop in Halifax because Halifax focuses it’s concert efforts on attracting the likes of Colin James and Burton Cummings cover bands.  However, Mumford & Sons did make a stop in Toronto on the weekend and all the reviews I’ve read suggest the show at Sound Academy was nothing short of unreal.  In classic Canadian inferiority complex style one review suggested that Mumford & Sons was the English equivalent of Great Big Sea.  This statement would hold true if Mumford & Sons sounded like a gay Christian band with newfie accents that sucked, but they don’t so the comparison is bunk.  Mumford & Sons stopped by the 102.1 Edge studio while in Toronto to play a couple tunes which apparently created a greater buzz then when U2 stopped by a couple of years ago.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to any of Mumford & Sons tracks go download the album for like 9 bucks.  It’s called Sigh No More and will explore all your emotions except the desire to be a juice monkey or douche bag.  Here’s a sample from their session at the Edge studio.

A Day of Remembrance

Posted in History with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by Jordan

In the two weeks before November 11th it is customary for people in the Commonwealth countries to wear a poppy.  Poppies were amongst the first things to grow following the destructive battles in the Flanders region of Belgium during WWI.  The brilliant red of the poppies is said to symbolize the blood spilled throughout the Great War.  It was John McCrae’s reference in his poem In Flanders Fields that brought the poppy to represent the sacrifices of the armed forces.

Every year I proudly wear a poppy as a means of remembrance.  However, today was the first Remembrance Day I actually had the opportunity to pay my respects at a cenotaph or war memorial.  As thousands gathered at the Sailors Memorial in Halifax to pay homage to the fallen, the waves of the Atlantic crashed along the shoreline.  I found myself travelling back in time to the 1940s and envisioning the convoys bound for Britain leaving the Halifax harbor.  Anytime I try to put myself in the shoes of past heroes I am grateful I was never presented with their situation.  However, it is this gratefulness that ensures I will not forget the efforts of Canada’s veterans.  Consequently, I will gladly wear a poppy every year and leave that poppy at a war memorial on November 11th.

Bowling – East Coast Style

Posted in Sports, Technology, Travel with tags , , on September 12, 2010 by Jordan

Due to popular demand here’s my second video blog.  The LC and I went on a double date to the local bowlarama and I had to record a video of just how ghetto the bowling situation is here on the East Coast.  People in the Maritimes are so in the dark about bowling technology they speak of automatic scoring like it is science fiction and refer to real 10-pin bowling as “Big Ball Bowling”.

Great fisherman on the East Coast though… so they have that going for them.

Lobster Rockstar

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on August 2, 2010 by Jordan

As far as I know the entire country is celebrating a fake holiday right now.  In Halifax they call it Natal Day which is apparently the birthday of Halifax and Dartmouth.  I’m sure it’s not actually either cities birthday but I’ll take the day of work regardless.  The neighbouring cities threw a reasonable party complete with beer tents and free concerts.  The one concert featured Matt Mays so I decided to take it in.  They played a pretty good show (although the sound system was junk for an outdoor concert) and included “Cocaine Cowgirl” in the set list, which is my favourite tune of theirs by far.

As the Matt Mays set concluded and the sky filled with darkness I was reminded of the Pearl Jam video  “Even Flow”.  During the solo of that video Eddie Vedder scales a wall, climbs on some pipes and then vaults himself into the crowd from a private box.  It’s pretty epic and still makes me wish I were a rock star today.  That said, bands on the East Coast do things similar to the Pearl Jam video but incorporate a nautical theme.  For example, half way through the last Matt Mays song, Matt Mays disappeared from the stage momentarily only to be seen moments later scaling a buoy on the shore of the harbor.  That would have been pretty cool on its own but Matt Mays proceeded to set a lobster trap, toss it in the harbor, and fish for mackerel while the trap soaked.  All the while, fireworks were raining down on the hated Mays.  By the time the fireworks were over, Matt Mays was serving freshly boiled lobster and smoked mackerel to the front three rows.  Epic!

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