Euro Trip was one of those underrated coming of age road movies that came out in the early 2000s. I think Vik bought it in the discount bin or something. The premise is as always, high school seniors decide to go on one big jaunt through Europe before going to college where their friends will all inevitably end. Not quite sure who was the star of the movie but I remember Buffy’s sister/Georgina Sparks was in it as well as the smoking hot Kristin Kreuk, someone who I’ve always thought would have had a better career than she did (maybe the Chun Li movie was a nail in the coffin?)
Anyways, Kreuk has a cameo in the opening sequence where the lead character discovers that Kreuk has been cheating on him and he learns this via a song…. sang by Matt Damon. The song itself is your simple So Cal punk track, titled Scotty Doesn’t Know. The song is by some band named Lustra who promptly disappeared off the face of this Earth after the track. Still, it was a funny movie and an underrated movie music moment. Check it out.
I sat aboard the dilapidated and ancient seats on the TTC subway, heading to Kennedy station once again and I got to thinking – what can I do to better my time on this journey? I’m not entirely sure if this is a better way to spend it, but I decided to write down my thoughts for each track that comes up on my iPhone. Sadly, I only decided this was a good idea when I was at Broadview Station but here we go!
(these entries have been edited, otherwise it wouldn’t be very readable)
Bluetones – Autophilia.
This song is the underrated britpop band’s ode to the automobile from their 2000 album Science and Nature. Autophilia (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Car) has a laid back, playful feel to it with a whistling solo at the end. I discovered this track (and The Bluetones) while trading best of compilations with random irc people on the internets. The good ole days.
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Stairway to Heaven
If you have never heard of Mexican duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela, do yourself a favor and watch some YouTube videos of them. they are simply amazing and put on a rockin live show. This is their instrumental flamenco cover of the classic Led Zeppelin song. It’s fantastic as expected and I’m a bit surpirse the shuffle would pick this as I just discovered the deleted scene in Almost Famous yesterday where the song gets played in it’s entirety. Sometimes I think my iPhone is psychic.
Timbaland – Give It To Me
It’s only fitting that my iPod picks a hip hop diss track as I enter district known as Scarborough (AkA Scarlem). Remember about four years ago when Timbaland, Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake were just destroying the charts? This track was released right in the middle of that and was a direct attack on Scott Storch, an up and coming producer who thought it was a good idea to attack one of the most popular hip hop icons out there. Bad move. This track has some hilarious lines, especially when sang by Justin Timberlake.
To still day, still my favorite Cribs song. I really liked the first Cribs record (pre Johnny marr) and this a pretty straight forward pop song with a catchy hook and more importantly, lyrics that get stuck in your head. I think memorable lyrics are underrated and The Cribs have always been good at writing those types of songs. Now if only they will stop ruining Kate Nash’s career.
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
One of the seminal early 90s hip hop tracks. This Tribe Called Quest song arrived when a large amount of intelligent hip hop was gaining prominence, eager to balance out the gangster rap acts on the hip hop prejudice scale. This is probably the most famous tribe called quest song but really, it’s good because of the Lou reed sample. Might be one of the most used samples in movie trailer history.
Toronto – In an interview published earlier today by esteemed online music journal Pitchfork Media, Kevin Drew of the popular Canadian rock band Broken Social Scene declared that the band was going on hiatus indefinitely after concluding their current tour for their most current LP Forgiveness Rock Record. Arguably one of the most significant bands to emerge in Canada in the past fifteen years, the 67 members of Broken Social Scene have done their part in shaping the landscape in Canadian music for years to come. Alumnus of the band have gone on to great success, especially bands such as Stars, Metric and of course, Feist. The abrupt news of their impending hiatus is sure to bring tears of sadness to many music fans all around.
My own experience with this Toronto band has surprisingly been quite minimal. I only saw Broken Social Scene once. It was 2009, during SXSW of all places. I was walking back to my hotel (the Sheraton..yeah THAT one) and it was about 1:15. As I was approaching Stubbs, I quickly remembered that BSS was playing there. Having never seen the band before, I decided to break my SXSW rule (never see a Canadian/Toronto band in Austin) and check out this act. Forgiveness Rock Record was about to be released later on in the summer and I was lucky enough to hear the track The Sweetest Kill performed then. It was a track I enjoyed. Kevin Drew then introduced some very special guests – Emily Haines and James Shaw to perform Anthem for/of/? a Seventeen Year Old Girl. The crowd went kinda nuts, and I was like “really? is this surprising? Metric is also playing at SXSW, what was the odds of this happening? 1 to 1?” Anyways, the two came out and then performed a beautiful rendition of the track. I then got hungry and went and got a panini, thus ending my first BSS experience.
My second/third BSS experience happened last year during the NXNE charity soccer game, Brendan Canning was on one team and I was on another and I ran into him almost full speed during the game. I kind of expected his seemingly frail body to collapse in a red hairy heap, but it turns out Brendan Canning is a beast on the soccer field so instead, he took the ball away and ran with it. He would later score a goal or two. This year I was in the same soccer game and at the barbecue afterwards, he made me a cheeseburger and I was rather happy about that, even though they used processed cheese instead of the real thing.
There you go, not only were Broken Social Scene important musicians to the industry, they are also people. People with real lives who have to move on, just like you or me. I never saw BSS here because I figured they would always play Toronto, and they would always bring random people on stage to sing songs, and I would always be able to roll my eyes and say ‘that’s so obvious’. Only now, it’s over and I lost my chance. That’s life I guess. The only blessing is that we won’t get to see any more crappy concert films disguised as some weird drama films like the one released last year. For that, I am thankful.
Best of luck to the band in the future, we’ll see you at your eventual reunion.
I first experienced the song If You Leave while watching the early 2000s prime time television drama The OC. In the scene, supposed uber nerdy but secretly cool Seth Cohen had just chosen the uber attractive valley girl Summer Roberts over uniquely hip but slightly less attractive but really only by tv standards Anna. In response, Anna decides (as you do, when rejected in grade 10 by a high school crush) to move back to whence she came from, Pittsburgh (where she is no doubt a 10 whereas she’s probably a 6 or 7 in la). Perhaps exhibiting buyers regret, Seth rushes to the airport (is that possible in LA?) and unsuccessfully attempts to sway Anna Stern into staying. The song, a cover done by Nada Surf, is played in the background as the two friends tearfully say good bye. Naturally, the actress playing Anna Stern was unable to find greener pastures elsewhere (although she had a multi-episode stint on Entourage, before they hired the YTV chick to play E’s love interest), so the good bye was short-lived and she would make some occasional guest appearances here and there over the remaining few seasons. Sad that I knew all this without looking it up.
Of course, this song was originated by English act OMD and was a big hit everywhere due to it’s inclusion in the seminal 80s movie Pretty in Pink. The track features not one but two different types of Ohhs. The longing backing track Ohhhh and also the “Ooooohhh If you leave”. Two different types of Ohs? I say that’s a great moment in Ohs. Also, like I said before, it was in the OC. get it? listen to the song.