Archive for September, 2007


Linkage #1: Up-Beat

I’ve never played Guitar Hero, but I imagine that Up-Beat is kind of like it. You can “play along” to some songs with the keys A,S,D, space, J, K and L. It takes a few minutes to get accustomed to it, but then it’s a lot of fun. I especially like I Think We’re Alone Now and Today’s The Day. Enjoy!

Up-Beat at


Umbrella by… Tegan and Sara?

You gotta love Tegan and Sara. Two days ago, on September 22nd, 2007, at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver they played a cover of Rhianna’s Umbrella. Of all the hits that were produced in the music industry this year, I believe that song is probably the best. It sounds somewhat dark, has a very catchy chorus and I even like the lyrics:

“When the sun shines
We’ll shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
That I’ll always be your friend
Took an oath Imma stick it out ’till the end
Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we still have each other
You can stand under my Umbrella
You can stand under my Umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh)”

If Jay-Z weren’t rapping at the beginning of the song, it’d be even better. And if they had never made that video where Rhianna (who was born in 1988, I can’t get over that) is dancing like a… well, like a professional dancer. Ahem. It’s quite evident that talent isn’t sure to get you anywhere fast in the music business, you also have to show some skin. Sad.

Anyway, so Tegan and Sara did a cover of Umbrella, and some nice person made a video of it and uploaded it to YouTube, and some other nice person made an MP3 from it and uploaded it to sendspace. I’m still hoping that sometime soon a version with better sound quality will surface, or that they’ll record the song in a studio in a version where Sara doesn’t temporarily forget the lyrics of the chorus.

Tegan and Sara – Umbrella (Rhianna Cover) at YouTube

Tegan and Sara – Umbrella (Rhianna Cover) as MP3 at Sendspace:

Tegan and Sara – Umbrella (Rhianna Cover) as MP3 at Mediafire:

EDIT: Well, it’s not a studio version, but it is of a lot better quality:

Tegan and Sara
Afternoon Show
Commodore Ballroom
Vancouver, BC, CA


Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut

Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Either Vonnegut has a unique style of writing, or I just haven’t read anything from the guy he stole from yet ;) Seriously, it’s hard to describe what his books are about. Timequake, for example, is basically about an occurrence that made everybody live through the past seven (I think) years again – just this time without their free will. But then, at the same time it’s not really mainly about that. You’d have to read it to understand, and it’s very much worth being read. describes him as “novelist noted for his pessimistic and satirical novels that use fantasy and science fiction to highlight the horrors and ironies of 20th-century civilization”. But don’t be scared now! He’s nothing like the typical science fiction. My point is, go get one of his books (preferably Timequake), read it and see for yourself. I guess the book he’s probably best known for is his Slaughterhouse Five in which he describes (in his unique way, satirically) his time in Wold War II, in Dresden during the bomb attack. (Look inside the book at