May 30, 2008


Sad but true. I watch this show. Shamelessly addicted to it. And just when I thought it couldn't get any crazier, the season finale proved me wrong. SO wrong. Now I have to wait it out til January.

Nerding out beyond belief.

May 29, 2008

No one does it like Chaka.

May 28, 2008

New Housemate?

Hell No. Not if I can help it.

Today, for the first time in my place, I saw a mouse. I watched it scurry along the living room and go somewhere towards bedroom land. I froze. Then came my delayed scream. I grabbed my cell phone, not really knowing who to call. Or what to do. I thought about grabbing the broom and hunting it down. But mostly, I sat frozen on the couch. A little distraught. Ok, a lot.

I don't think myself to be a wuss, but really, I guess I am. Except that I'm a RUTHLESS wuss. I want this thing dead. We've trapped up the place, and I'm hoping come tomorrow, there will be a furry pest in one of them. A dead furry pest.

God. What is up with Toronto homes and mice? ARGH.

May 16, 2008


is a Bronx-born artist of Iranian descent.
haunting voice. haunting sound.
some call it "Psychedelic Sufi Trance Rock"
i say, listen to it without the labeling.

check her here and here.

May 13, 2008

In the Moment

under red light
bedside lamp
contours of your face
pull me in
to trace your presence
with the tips of my fingers
                  breath bares skin
behind my neck
the small of my back
in this instant
in the red glow
of this present
i unravel

May 6, 2008

Iranian Musical Alternatives

I come from a lineage of musicians, namely singers of traditional (classical) Iranian music. The sound of mashreq is in my blood. And sonically, nothing moves me more. Having said that, Iranian pop music (LA styles) has never been my thing. I can appreciate moving my hips to it at a family gathering but not really trying to follow the latest hit by the Black Cats or whatever. Over the last few years, some solid groups with an alternative sound (whether it be pop, rock, etc.) have been surfacing. Mainly part of the underground music (musiqi'e zirzamini) scene in Iran. One of which is Kiosk, which recently had to leave Iran because of their politically progressive lyrics. A mellow rock band, reminiscent of Dire Straights. Something like Knopfler meets Leonard Cohen.

Another group I adore are The Abjeez, two sisters based in Sweden (via Spain via Iran). Heavy dub influence. Alternative, Manu Chao-esque, pop rock music? Forget the labeling, just listen.

Both groups are socially/politically progressive. They are influenced by other sounds and rhythms, as well as their Iranian cultural/musical roots. I respect what they're doing. And I love their music. I just hope there's more of us pushing musical boundaries (and political ones too) without sounding too "world music-ish." Either way though, both groups are sadly going to be lumped into that category. World Music. What a messed up categorization. I will blog about that another time.
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