Cheryl’s Year in Review

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Toronto – 2009 was an interesting year for music, but since I’m horrible at making lists (and recalling things) I’m drawing a complete blank.  Off the top of my head, here are some of the musical highs and lows from 2009:

Best concert:
Underworld at the Kool Haus – August 11, 2009
Opener – Damian Lazarus

Runner up:
Metric at Massey Hall -October 22, 2009
Opener – The Stills

Favourite radio singles:
Heads will Roll, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
My Love Was There, The Junction
Sexy Bitch, Akon (sorry, but I can’t get this song out of my head. Oh, what the heck – let’s throw The Lonely Stoner by Kid Cudi in, too).
Last Parade, Matthew Good
The Fear, Lily Allen

Best cover song:
Use Somebody, (Kings of Leon cover) Bat for Lashes

Favourite remixes:
Every Little Earthquake (Yes Giantess Remix), Little Boots
Take Me To The Hospital (The Complete Remix Album), Prodigy
Summertime Clothes (Dam Funk Remix) Animal Collective
Barely Evil (Brain Matters Remix) RQM

Notable albums:
Klang, The Rakes
It’s Blitz, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Artists to watch in 2010:
Yes Giantess
The Zolas
Little Boots

Music Highs:
Radiohead performing 15 Step at the Grammys
Faith No More announces reunion tour

Music Lows:
MJ’s passing
NIN break up
Chris Brown is proven to be an abusive, misogynist motherf*cker – and his record sales soar
Radiohead licenses 15 Step to be used on the Twilight soundtrack

Cooking with Malkin

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Toronto – Asides from the fact that Igor Larionov’s daughter Alyonka is incredibly hot, this cooking video w/ Malkin and Alyonka is just weird..

Brian’s Best of 2009

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If I’ve had a more personally eventful year than 2009, I don’t know when it would’ve been. I started the year unemployed in Toronto. As I write this I’ve just gotten back from a weekend in Copenhagen to my apartment in The Hague, Netherlands, where I’m living for another few months working for a prominent international organization. I’m also spending the Holidays in Amsterdam, Paris, and Rome. So that’s been a bit of a change.

At the start of 2009 I also had all of four articles under my belt at this esteemed website. After press passes to the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Hillside Music Festival and Summerworks, plus a number of movies, concerts, and album reviews, I’m somewhere around ten times that now, despite only writing one post since mid-August. Sorry about that.

I also replaced my old Creative Zen player after it went through the washing machine in the pocket of my shorts with a pair of Etymotic ER-6i plugs, which are just terrific, and a Cowon D2, which is said to have some of the highest sound quality of any portable media player out there. So virtually everything sounds better to me this year than last. This may be worth keeping in mind, as I wax poetic about how amazing a year in music 2009 was…

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Sports Moments of 2009 for Ricky

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Toronto – I’m interrupting the flow of things here with my list of top sport moments of the year. This has been a banner sports year for me, as both my Penguins and Steelers won their respective championships, much to the dismay of almost all my friends. I was probably quite annoying from February to June, and probably had the emotional stability of a 14 year old girl (or Chris Brown) during their playoff runs, but it was probably worth it. My Penguins have not won the cup since I was 12, and the Steelers have not won a championship since I was 27. Anyways, here are my favorite moments of the year (random order):

Evgeny Malkin scores a Hat Trick vs Carolina
I think I jizzed all over the bar at the Tap when I saw this goal. It was right before the Au Revoir Simone concert, and the Pens were putting the finishing touches on the Hurricanes. Beautiful backhander few can even think of doing, and even fewer can do.

Federer Shot thru Legs
My current roommate Pux is an avid tennis fan, I guess he wants to be a stiff upper class white man when he grows up. Either way, whenever you mention Roger Federer to him, his eyes light up like a teenage girls does when you mention Robert Pattinson. He just swoons over this guy. Regardless of this fact, this shot between the legs was fairly impressive.

“The Save” Fleury denies Lidstrom
Quite possibly the biggest save in Fleury’s career, and maybe even the Penguins. It reminds me of Star Wars, when Luke Skywalker had to shoot those missiles into that lil hole to blow up the Death Star, only in complete reversal.

Ryan Clark decapitates Willis McGahee
As a die hard Steelers fan, it is my job to hate every Raven, Bengal and Brown in existence. So it was pretty satisfying to see the Steelers put an emphatic end to the Ravens playoff run by hitting them where it hurts. This was revenge for Ray Lewis taking out Mendenhall earlier in the season.

Superbowl – Two plays
James Harrison does the improbable and takes Kurt Warner pass all the way back to end the first half. You can insert some sort of black man running for his freedom joke here, if you want to.

This Larry Fitzgerald run was simply impressive.

Polamalu 1 handed interception vs Titans
The only highlight from an uber disappointing 2009-2010 campaign from the Steelers.

Patriots gamble 4 and 2
I HATE the Patriots. Just like I HATE Detroit Red Wings. Those two organizations are extremely well run, well coached and well managed. However, Belichuk is an old man and simply, his arrogance in this game will be forever remembered as the ‘jumping of the shark’ of the Patriots. Soon enough, Randy Moss will be late and quit on games and Tom Brady will start thinking he needs to get in on the Giselle action before she gets old.

This is simply awesome.


Other sports highlights:

  • my ball hockey team having an undefeated season and unlike the Pats, actually winning the championship
  • Confederations Cup was good
  • Twins vs Tigers playoff game was amazing, sorry Alli
  • Canada vs Russia, World Junior Championship Silver Medal game

Heres hoping for another good year of sports!