Archive for December, 2013


  • I continued looking at mountains in Vancouver. Did I mention the mountains?
  • I went north, kind of, flying in to Whitehorse for two bright nights in June. It was awesome and beautiful and disorienting.
  • I visited Portland and San Francisco again. Portland had a very warm Labour Day weekend and Voodoo doughnuts (from the second, east side, indier location, natch). San Francisco had a wonderful October and excellent brunches and a BART strike and hipsters were out in force in Dolores.
  • I spent a lot of time in Seattle, developing coffee shop preferences. Bauhaus, Victrola, Roy Street.
  • I got under one hour on the Grouse Grind — but just barely under, and couldn’t improve on it much.
  • The summer went by entirely too fast.
  • I went to a Canucks game and they lost, naturally.
  • I watched more live music (,, continuing the trend of not much music in 2010, lots in 2011, and not much in 2012. This is one thing I’ll want to change.
  • I saw Stars twice, for the sixth and seventh time, on the same day. I saw The xx touring their second album. I saw Sigur Rós at Deer Lake in Burnaby in May, and yes, it was raining. I watched a grown man dance in his underpants when I saw !!! at Fortune Sound Club. A few months later, I saw Ólafur Arnalds there: he got the audience to sit on the floor like in kindergarten and enchanted us all. I saw Arkells and You Say Party in Stanley Park. I saw Godspeed You! Black Emperor and nearly fell asleep at their concert twice in as many times. I saw CHVRCHES the next night, two weeks after discovering them. I saw Young Galaxy at a semi-homecoming show; saw The Naked and Famous and their light show at Showbox Sodo, the nearest thing to Polson Pier I’ve yet found. I waited until midnight for Braids to deal with “equipment problems” and really wished for non-floor seating at Fortune. I saw Brendan Canning and it felt a bit like I was the only one interested in actually listening to the music (t). Then I saw Basia Bulat among a Rio-Theatre-ful of hipsters and wrapped up the year with a Said the Whale hometown headline show. And I missed Field Trip and Osheaga but it was excellent nevertheless.
  • I didn’t listen to as much recorded music: my earphones gave up the ghost in 2012 and I couldn’t get myself to listen much on headphones. I’m a little scared I missed on associating music I was into with walking around Vancouver as I had with San Francisco and Toronto.
  • What I did listen to was mostly familiar: Broken Social Scene, Stars, FM Belfast, Do Make Say Think, and The Rural Alberta Advantage formed the top five on CHVRCHES’ Recover was the top scrobbled track. Of Vancouver groups, I only really got into Japandroids and Said the Whale.
  • Like 2011, 2013 really ended in late January. I flew out of Vancouver on January 30.
  • It is all for them.