Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday's Electric Lunch Hour - Double Bill Birthday Edition

As of a few minutes ago, I am on vacation for two weeks. Real vacation, with nothing planned except for a few birthday-related activities and having my boys in the middle weekend. I know I've talked about about a ride I wanted to do to Mont-Tremblant but reality slapped me in the face and I just can't afford it, which sucks because I know I can do it. But I WILL ride my bike like a crazy mofo, just not anywhere very touristy, and if I go far it will be some place where I know I can crash over. So to celebrate not only my vacation but also tomorrow's birthday (41 physically... about 18 mentally) I'm posting not one, but TWO music videos:

After watching a drum corps practice live and then watching a ton of videos, it seems like the drum corps bug has bitten me again. I'm also a bit jealous of my dad who will be going to the DCI Eastern Championships next week, which this year will have the top 25 corps as the final championships will be only a week later. I would've loved to go with him but short of funds plus no travel passport means no go. I'll do my best to go next year though! So to satisfy my urge to get my face blown off by a horn line I've been scouring YouTube to find the best videos, and good quality videos are a bit hard to come by because of the nature of drum corps performances. But I did find a few, and among those was my second favorite corps' 2008 championship winning show. The sound is a bit low but that's OK because on most videos the audio just gets killed by the sheer power. So crank up that volume and enjoy what a real world class drum corps can dish out. But if you really want to experience it, check out DCI's web site for the competition schedule and go see them live. There's no experience like it! The schedule ends on August 13th, the day of the finals, so with 2 weeks to go the corps are at their very best.

Phantom Regiment, you may take the field for competition!

Even though the festival and the artist have nothing in common, since the jazz festival I've been listening to a lot of Devin Townsend's catalogue, mostly the Devin Townsend Project stuff, and the solo concept album/musical comedy Ziltoid The Omniscient. If you haven't heard this album by all means do so. It's nothing short of brilliant! By Your Command is the second tune of the album after a 1 minute intro. It sets the pace for inter-galactic über-villain Ziltoid in his search for the universe's ultimate cup of black coffee. Any planet who refuses to fetch him his coffee gets smashed. Yes, as you can see, quite the interesting album :)

Enjoy HevyDevy!


Late October 1st edit: some guy reposted Phantom's Spartacus show with full copyrights mentioned. I is happy! 


Knug Lidi said...

Happy B-day!

I hit 44 on Sunday.

Benoit CozmikR5 Gauthier said...

Cool! Happy Bday man :)