Monday, June 13, 2005

The Weekly, Volume Five

Album
War of the Wakening Phantoms (The High Dials)
Oh, you haven't heard? They're the next big band out of the (way over-hyped) Montreal indie scene. Their second full-length is an unabashedly upbeat little gem, filled to the brim with strong, hooky songwriting. Choice cuts include "Our Time is Coming Soon" (though beware of the atrocious sitar solo), the jaunty "Sick of the Old Fire," and "The Lost Explorer." Though the band definitely takes stylistic cues from The Byrds (by way of The Beatles and The Who), their sound is a breath of fresh air when considering the glut of self-conscious, hyper-stylized, posse-based music that's become the city's trademark of late.

Book
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
This book probably doesn't require any extra hype. It's been out for more than a year and certainly garnered its fair share of praise. Its status is not undeserved. This story of two competing magicians in 19th century England is simply engrossing. Clarke's writing and sensibilities are akin to Jane Austen -- which might put up warning lights for some -- but her subject matter couldn't be more thrilling. Characterization is also a considerable strength in this 800-plus-page tome.

Board Game
Crokinole
Apparently invented in 1860s rural Canada, the most addictive curling-style game since, well, shuffleboard. Yesterday I played this game for four hours in the sun.

3 Comments:

Blogger bertmos said...

my grade 7 teacher had a crokinole board that we used to play during lunch. we had tournament style play with set partners.
suffice it to say, we all got pretty good at flicking those pucks into the centre 20.
man, i loved that game.

6/13/2005 11:10 p.m.  
Blogger The Fresh Young MikeyD said...

I'm lovin' your love for the new High Dials disc. I wish I could've been at their NxNE performance 'cause Chart said it was a rockin' show. Alas I had previous plans with friends. There's always next time.

6/15/2005 1:42 p.m.  
Anonymous CĂ©lina said...

Oh my God! My Dad had an old crokinole board that my sisters and I played when we were little. I didn't even know what the game was called... but we loved it. Used to flick the things so hard sometimes that we'd injure ourselves... lol
Did you buy this recently? Or is it an old one from years ago?

6/16/2005 2:52 p.m.  

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