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What did I do this summer?
Well, although I spent most of the four hot months selling my precious soul to the evils of food court madness, I did manage to salvage my sanity by treating myself to a few artistic moments, free of anything involving Pitas or Pazazz.
Movie theatre prices refused to be anything but unreasonable and a lack of a films caught my eye, so I didn't manage to experience anything cinematically astounding this summer. However, what the film industry lacked, the music industry made up for.
Although I couldn't afford to travel the continent and frolick with fellow music fans at concerts on a daily basis, I was lucky enough to take in a few memorable live performances.
The first and perhaps my favourite concert of the summer involved my favourite band of 2000, finally touching down and playing Toronto's Warehouse when Coldplay performed in front of a sold-out crowd in early June.
I was anxious, as the show was a make-up date for their cancelled show in February, but in the end, the three and a half month wait was well worth it. Thank goodness for the British.
At the risk of being booed by frat boys across North America, the Dave Matthews Band concert in August was merely mediocre. Forgive me for not worshipping the ground Sir Dave walks on. He's a hell of a guitarist and performer, but it just got a little tired after awhile.
Thankfully, the opening band, Afro Celt Soundsystem, provided my ears with great eclectic fusion of electronic and world music. The Soundsystem, along with Canadian band, The Flashing Lights, top my list of great new summer discoveries, and their single, "When You're Falling," featuring the voice of Peter Gabriel, is definitely in the running for best song of the year.
Alicia Keys seems to be the up and coming pretty face and I'll admit her single "Fallin" is slowly growing on me but, then again, anyone other than Destiny's Child is candy to my ears.
Having said that, my summer's music has been all about the sophomore releases. The Crystal Method's Tweekend, Bran Van 3000's Discosis and Rufus Wainwright's Poses are three diverse records that have been in high-rotation in my apartment since their respective releases earlier this year.
Aspects of my musical snobbery may not go over well with members of the masses. I've managed to diss Destiny's Child and downplay the talent of Master Matthews all in one breath.
And there isn't enough room for me to stomp on the horrible "music" Creed and Matchbox 20 are somehow allowed to record, but the bottom line is, it's just my opinion.
I'm sure you've got yours too, so please drop by and tell me how mine's wrong and what you did this summer.