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It’s the Juno Awards!

March 27, 2011 2 comments

I love music; almost as much as science!

Yes, the Canadian version of the Grammys is being broadcast tonight. The Junos celebrate excellence in Canadian music, though “excellence” is defined very loosely.

Generally the award categories are dominated by the likes of Nickelback, Michael Buble and Justin Bieber. But thankfully, there is a lot more to Canadian music than these guys.

Nickelback at the 2009 Juno Awards.

The Arcade Fire was awarded “Best Alternative Album” last night at the awards gala (they also won the Grammy for Best Album this year) which was great.

Said the Whale was awarded “Best New Group” who have some really catchy tunes like “Black Day in December” and “Camilo”.

There are a couple of categories I will be watching closely: “Best New Artist” and “Songwriter of the Year”. Hannah Georgas has been nominated for both, and I think she deserves to win. Seriously, you can’t listen to “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” without getting it stuck in your head. (The video is pure low-budget gold!)

So even though some of the awards are clearly based on record sales and not talent (Katy Perry won for ‘Best International Album’. Seriously??) I hope some talented songwriters and singers get the recognition they deserve.

Rock on!

Congratulations to The Arcade Fire

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The Arcade Fire, winners of the 2010 Grammy for Best Album entitled "The Suburbs"

I’m digressing from my usual science-y content, but in my internet travels it has been brought to my attention that even though they won the Grammy for Best Album, many people have never heard of the Arcade Fire.

Ok, not just Rosie O’Donnell, but others as well. (This Tumblr page made me want to bang my head against the wall)

The consensus of these people seems to be: “I have never heard of them, therefore they suck and I hate them!”

Whoa there, let’s all just relax.

Now, since The Arcade Fire are from Canada (you can listen to many of their songs for free on CBC Radio 3), I have been a fan of them for several years. But I guess they don’t get the exposure from Ryan Seacrest and Top 40 stations in order to break into the American music scene.

Just because you haven’t heard of them, doesn’t mean they aren’t great. In fact, isn’t one of the best things about music is the discovery of a new band that you enjoy?

So hopefully you will give them a chance. I’m sorry if you haven’t heard of them before, but there’s a lot more to music than Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

Yahoo’s Most Searched Terms in 2010

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Yahoo! has released its top 10 searches of 2010. The list is:

1. The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster

2. The World Cup soccer tournament

3. Pop singer Miley Cyrus

4. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian

5. Singer Lady Gaga

6. Apple’s iPhone

7. Actress Megan Fox

8. Singer Justin Bieber

9. “American Idol”

10. Singer Britney Spears

Now, should I do my typical geeky, anti-pop culture rant about this? I will try and restrain myself.

But #1 Oil Spill, #2 World Cup, #3 Miley Cyrus?

C’mon people! Have you seen the internet!? There’s way cooler stuff than Miley Cyrus!