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RT Contest: Win Yelle’s Complétement Fou on Vinyl or the CD

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Whenever I think of Yelle, I’ll always think of regret. To get to the source of the problem, we’ll have to go back in time.

Let’s take the Delorean back to 2009, my inaugural SXSW.

Here we goooooooo

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wow 2009. So long ago. The Black Eyed Peas were still a thing. It was my first time at SXSW and it was the last night of SXSW. Having been to both Interactive and music, I was running on ten days of tacos and beers. It was exhausting. I was exhausted. However, it was the last night and word on the street was that Perez Hilton was throwing a big party at a Safeway just outside downtown. There would be …special guests!! The three of us naturally decided to go to this party, but I was tired. On the bill was Ladyhawke, Thunderheist (I talked to her after and she said she played the show cos of the free booze), Indigo Girls, Pre-Losing You Solange and also, Yelle.

Yelle was a French singer who experience some popularity with the song A cause des garçons. She also was a fury of energy on stage and put on a great show. By this time, I was too tired and drunk and despite Allison’s insistence, I left. I was happy with my SXSW experience. It was a good first time experience. That was until about an hour after I left the venue. Allison then messaged me and said that Kanye had showed up and was doing a set. :(

what does this have to do with anything? I don’t know.

Yelle’s new album is called Complètement fou and it comes out in a week. It’s probably poppy with a fair share of that sweet French electronica sound and it’ll definitely make you want to dance.

Now thanks to With a Bullet promotions, we have a vinyl and a cd to give away of her latest album. To win, do one of three things

1. Retweet this post and follow us on twitter (@panicmanual)
2. Email us at panic at with the subject “I Yelle so hard” and your mailing address in your email
3. Comment on this post in facebook and like us there.

Contest open only to Canadians

2014 Polaris Music Prize Preview: The Drinking Game

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The prestigious Polaris Music Prize is tonight. With previous winners such as Arcade Fire, GSYBE and Feist, you can guarantee that it’ll be a star studded event featuring the greatest Canadian celebrities known only to listeners of CBC Radio and indie 88. The event takes place at the Carlu, a venue known to not host concerts to smaller independent acts, but is gorgeous nevertheless and also, within walking distance of several strip clubs on Yonge for the eventual winner to blow all their money in a desperate attempt to recreate the most marginal of rap videos.

It’s still fun, and what is even funner is sitting at home in your pajamas, beer in hand, watching the event unfold online and making snarky comments on twitter. Inspired by this already happening, I have decided to post the 2014 Polaris Music Prize Drinking game.

Do a shot whenever

  • Someone mentions how pretty the Carlu is
  • Mac Demarco Grin shots (via @JillKrajewski)
  • If Jay Baruchel Mumbles (via @beets)
  • Rob Ford joke
  • Doug Ford joke
  • Streaming problems on Aux.TV
  • Someone mentions lack of diversity in the short list
  • Random shots of music industry people acting awkward
  • Artist presenter clumsily fumbling through their notes
  • Jian Gomeshi sighting
  • Camera pans to the chair where Drake would be
  • They mention the after party

Feel free to add this somewhat lazy post.

Here is a stream of one of the songs I have enjoyed from a Polaris nominated artist/

Song of the Day: Sunset Sons – She Wants

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Sunset Sons comprise of three Brits and one Aussie, or as I’d like to say, the worse combo of people to meet at a hostel somewhere. They are apparently a bunch of surfers living in France who just happened to form a band and get on a good record label. HOW GRAND. This track is off their upcoming EP No Bad Days and has a kind of loose late summer vibe to it. Maybe it’s the single cover, I’m not sure but there is a certain amount of carefree attitude to this song that resonates with me at this very moment. Check it out.

Karaoke Song Reviews (Part 2): Lana Del Rey, Nick Cave, Spice Girls, Sam Smith

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Once again we went to karaoke and once again here my elaborate reports on songs we tried to conquer. (Part 1 is here). We adopted a different format this time because we have no idea what consistency actually means.

Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness

While it’s easy to mock a Lana Del Rey selection at karaoke (or anything Lana Del Rey-ish), it’s hard to deny her strength as a karaoke artist. I think any Lana Del Rey song is good for karaoke, let’s look at the facts:

  • Slow. Lana del Rey songs are paced at a leisurely pace, perfect for reading the song and then figuring out how you want to sing it
  • Simple. No tricky words here. Lana sticks to the basics for her song writing. one to three syllables at best.
  • Gender Neutral: Ldr has a surprisingly deep voice for a lady and so the song kinda lends itself to both Guys and gals

Conclusion: This is a great karaoke song to start with. it’s easy and the. “sa sa summertime summertime sadness” part is fun to both sing and say. Say it right now. “sa sa summertime”. So fun.

Nick Cave/Kylie Minogue – Where the Wild Roses Grow

If you are going to pick a duet you better assess your crowd and make sure that someone else in the crowd knows this track. For future reference, don’t pick a semi obscure Nick Cave song from the 90s, no matter how much you like it. Singing both the nick and Kylie part doesn’t really make sense to your friends and I guess it’s also awkward to sing a song where basically the murders the women he’s dueting with. Still a great song though.

REM – The One I Love

Simple lyrics and a great chorus to scream out with your fellow friends.. why not?

Nicky Minaj – Anaconda

This is a song du jour that will sound dated in about a month but when you pick this song, all you really wanna do is yell out “OH my god. look at her butt” without feeling weird. You don’t even know how the rest of the “song” goes.

Sam Smith – Money on My Mind

Another one of the songs where you have no idea what the verse is but gives you an opportunity to yell out “I got money in my mind, money on my mind” in a falsetto over and over again. It’s pretty fun to yell out shit in your highest voice.

Spice girls – 2 become 1

Nostalgia’s a bitch. Probably everyone’s favorite song of the night and really, quite the dirty lyrics for supposed teeny bopper music. It’s funny because we picked this karaoke place cos they had a healthy dose of indie music and I swear every other song we sang was either 90s pop, Beyoncé or Drake

Placebo – Pure morning

15 years later and I still don’t know what the hell this song is about. that’s the weird thing about karaoke, it forces you to really look at the song writing and Brian molkos songwriting is well, confusing:

A friend in needs a friend indeed,
A friend with weed is better,
A friend with breasts and all the rest,
A friend who’s dressed in leather,

A friend in needs a friend indeed,
A friend who’ll tease is better ,
Our thoughts compressed,
Which makes us blessed,
And makes for stormy weather,

A friend in needs a friend indeed,
My Japanese is better,
And when she’s pressed she will undress,
And then she’s boxing clever


Pulp – Babies

Speaking of lyrics, Babies is a great tune but my fiend who had never heard of Pulp was like “these lyrics are messed up yo”. I guess a song about an adolescent teen hiding in the closet of his crushes house watching her sister get it on can elicit such response. Still this song has some good yea yea yea yea parts and after singing some songs with outrageously weird lyrics, it’s nice to sing something that tells a narrative.

Lessons Learned

Just like we do at my workplace, we have come up with some lessons learned from this recent karaoke session They are

- Be aware of songs that repeat chorus over and over again (it’ll get boring)
- RAP is always, always more difficult then expected
- Make sure people know the song if you intend on duos
- 90′s songs = popular
- Don’t pocket dial your friend at midnight and leave a ten minute message consisting of you singing Whitney Houston and RHCP

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