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Epic musical discovery: Mumford and Sons

In keeping with my habit of posting music videos on Fridays, I decided to share my latest musical discovery with you. I absolutely love these guys and need to buy this album. I feel silly for never having heard of them before, so if Mumford and Sons is old news to you… be gentle in your mockery.

For a summary of how they sound, I feel that the band’s bio says it best: “They create a gutsy, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with the might of Kings Of Leon, and their incredible energy draws us in quickly to their circle of songs, to the warmth of their stories, and to their magical community of misty-eyed men.”

And it gets better! I was crawling around the band’s website and I discovered that they also appear to be active bloggers. Ben is a foodie blogger, Marcus has a book club blog (squee!), and Ted has a photo blog. Add this to the band’s official blog and you have a pretty active little band of bloggers.

Must. Buy. Album.

I picked a few videos to give you a taste. Enjoy, and have a happy Friday!


Cardboard warfare

This is awesome.


Because sometimes you need a lolcat to get you through your Monday.

funny pictures of cats with captions

And another:

funny pictures of cats with captions

Fireflower (Project 265 Day 24: July 3, 2010)

Powerup. Fireballs. Yeah.

Deer sculpture (Project 365 Day 23: July 2, 2010)

There’s a mau5 in the hau5. (Project 365 Day 22: July 1, 2010)

I attended a concert on Canada Day with Lopert and the crew, and deadmau5 was the headliner. It was pretty freaking epic. The mau5 is pretty darn talented and a real pleasure to watch, as he mixes on the spot and is a very engaging performer. He remixed Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name“, which made my night. 🙂 There was also a chick near us who had made her own deadmau5 head out of papier mache, and she got to go up on stage which was cool.

I took this crappy picture with my iPhone camera, and even though it didn’t turn out well, I am posting it anyways. Because when I look back on a year’s worth of photos, I want this to be one of them.

There are more pictures of the deadmau5 show on my Flickr page, which you can access by clicking the image above.

If you aren’t familiar with deadmau5, he is a Canadian electronic music producer. I’ve included one of his music videos below, in case you are curious. I recommend that you listen to it with high quality headphones or speakers, because even though the sound quality on the video is not quite as good as you get on the album, you need to be able to pick up a full spectrum of sound to really appreciate the song, I think. Turn it up. Enjoy.

Oh, and here is deadmau5’s Twitter profile picture, which will link you to his Twitter account. He’s worth following, even if only for his tweetrage nights. Highly amusing, let me tell you.

That’s a happy electrical box. (Project 365 Day 21: June 30, 2010)

This is a very popular form of graffiti in Ottawa. Pieces such as this one are seen all over town.

Blast from the past

For whatever reason, a friend of mine happened to be reading the online archives of Caucus, the uOttawa political science magazine. We are fairly recently acquainted, so he’s never really known me with an appearance other than my present one, not that I have ever done anything to radically alter it.

He sent me a link to the Winter 2007 issue with the message: “You should grow your hair long again.” I disagree, but I was nonetheless surprised to find he had found my image next to a response I provided to a student journalist in a random on-campus survey. The last page of the magazine always featured student responses to political questions. In this instance, the question (in French) was “What do you think of when you hear the word revolution?” I had completely forgotten about that day.

The moral of the story is that once something is online, it will never go away. This instance was harmless and somewhat entertaining as it conjured up fond memories, but it reminded me to always keep in mind that whenever you consent to have something published on the internet, it may come back to you later. Because look at that: it’s me in 2007.

Iron Fist flats (Project 365 Day 20: June 29, 2010)

Yeah, I took a picture of my shoe. Meh.

Starbucks Surprise (Project 365 Day 19: June 28, 2010)

I grabbed a cardboard sleeve for my morning coffee, and didn’t notice that someone had added some artwork and returned it to the stack. It brightened my day.

You may have noticed that I like taking pictures of random artwork that I find in unexpected places. I’ve been doing it since my stint as a tourism writer for, during which one of my assignments was to document street art and graffiti in certain neighborhoods. I tend to favour less elaborate, more random acts of creativity.