2007 Local Disc Guide

Scope folks Geoff Younghusband, Rachel Jean Harding, Tom Power, Anshuman Iddamsetty, Andreae Prozesky, Emilie Bourque, Sarah Smellie, and Elling Lien pick some of their favourites from this year’s local offerings. Illustration by Paul Tucker

Storefront 12/06/07

Wherein Emilie Bourque watches folks turn sawdust into burnable, gold bricks. Reduce, reuse, reheat? After a Scopefan noticed a compressed brick made of recycled wood bits at a friend’s house, he tipped me (thanks Dad!) to investigate. Turns out they’re ‘Manufactured Right Here’ by Classic…

Behold a pale horse

Jordan Canning ventures into The Coen Brothers’ nihilistic No Country For Old Men Over the last twenty years, the Coen Brothers have firmly established themselves as visionaries, and they have created a canon of unforgettable films and iconic characters. Their films are indisputably Coen—which makes…

Paper Covers Rock 12/06/07

Anshuman Iddamsetty is kicking bums off his beachfront property. Damn kids. Synth kids prep new EP Local new wave poppers Mercy, The Sexton (Chris Johansen, Jon Hynes, Duncan and Luke Major) are prepping an as of yet unnamed, eight-song EP. Pre-production work on the EP…

Track review: The Hot Springs — “Headrush”

Track review: The Hot Springs — “Headrush” From Volcano (2007) Montreal, Quebec www.hot-springs.ca Darcy Fitzpatrick: Pull the tab on this more or less generic can of rock-o-cola and decide for yourself if you like the way the carbonated vocals tickle your tongue on the way…

A truffling matter

Andreae Prozesky brings the mirth, the cheer, and the truffles. No matter how crooked someone might be about the lights and the decorations and the horrible tinned Christmas songs and the throngs of shoppers, that person’s anger will mollify when holiday treats come out. Even…

The Wiggly Wizard

It was in September 2006 that Nicholas Gurewitch’s syndicated comic strip first appeared in The Scope. The first panel of the four panel strip showed a poster of a boy sliding down a rainbow and into a book. The next two showed a group of…

DIY: Standup

Guest columnist Paul Warford tells you how to stand up, comedically. Well. Hello there. I’m not normally on this page. I’m supposed to advise you fair people on how to get started in standup comedy. My giving advice on hitting the brick wall now sort…

Crossedwalk

Elling Lien makes the call. CROSS A few nights ago I watched two people almost bite it as they walked across Military Road at Victoria Street. They were midpoint on a crosswalk when a car sped right in front of them. Now, I don’t think…

Mummers Parade, Stack and Associates

325 Duckworth Street Local painter, sculptor and clay miniature virtuoso Thomas Hutchings has done it again. On Tuesday, December 4, he unveiled another window display at the law offices of Stack and Associates on Duckworth Street. No stranger to Nooks and Crannies, Hutchings is the…

Well hidden

Toronto music group The Hidden Cameras will be performing in St. John’s for the very first time on Saturday, December 8. The “gay folk church music” collective, known for their provocative, sexually explicit lyrics and quirky, catchy melodies, often put a theatrical spin on their…

Free Will Astrology 12/06/07

 Scope astrologer Rob Brezsny brings the new roses, new roses, new rose-coloured glasses. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) A man in Santiago, Chile won $250,000 in a contest held by his bank. There was only one catch: In accepting the money, Mario Habit…

Hot tickets

Some of our picks of the fortnight Sing and to Share BC singer-songwriter Ferron was once described as the Johnny Cash of lesbian folk singing, and an early album cover featuring a profile shot of Ferron dressed in a stiff black collared shirt holding a…

Savage Love 12/06/07

Sex and love columnist Dan Savage reveals his devious plot. Dan! I can’t believe you wrote that response to Hawt And Royally Depressed! He wrote because his wife of 10 years had “let herself go.” Men and women were hitting on him and he had…