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Ditch TV: 90s Canadiana, Gorillaz, Feist, More



And yet there are still more video playlists I curated while Ditch TV was still actively a thing:

Brilliant Rap Songs From 2003

Albert Hammond Jr. Goes Solo

Living Vicariously Through GWAR Videos

Feist Is A Modern Classic

32 Things ’90s Canadian Music Fans Know

Johnny Cash Is Still the Coolest

Gorillaz: Best Animated Band Ever

Brilliant Rap Songs From 2002

Remembering Lollapalooza 1997

Aziz Ansari Loves Music


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Ditch TV: Joan Jett, Dandy Warhols, More

The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols

Here’s yet another batch of videos I curated while Ditch TV was still actively a thing:

Remembering Madchester

32 Things ‘90s Alt Kids Will Know

17 Rockin’ Rolling Stones Performances

Kimmy Schmidt: Still Unbreakable

Joan Jett Is Rock Royalty

The Wisdom of Mindy Kaling

Swedish House Mafia Dance Party

Dandy Warhols Like You

15 Ridiculous Eurodance Hits

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An Academic Analysis Of Nate Diaz’s Trash Talk

Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz

One of the favourite story devices of Team Risky Fuel is to get actual experts in something to analyze the work of dilettantes and tourists in that field.

In the most recent case, Sarah assembled a team of savvy literary types to look at the sophistication level of the trash talk spouted by pro fighter Nate Diaz.

The results were… illuminating.

To read the full story head over to Fightland by clicking here.

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Ditch TV: Lee Fields, Tom Green More

Lee Fields

Lee Fields

Here’s another batch of video playlists I curated for Ditch TV:

14 Great Yo Gotti Videos

Brilliant Rap Songs From 2001

Remembering Lollapalooza 1996

Lee Fields: Ultimate Soul Man

Depeche Mode are the Greatest

Here Comes Your Dilly Dally

Gary Clark Jr.’s New School Blues

Remembering Lollapalooza 1995

The Ongoing Legacy of Tom Green

Marilyn Manson is Misunderstood

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Ditch TV: Caribou, Swearnet, Santigold And More



Here’s another batch of video playlists I curated for Ditch TV:

Get Chill With Chet Faker

13 Amazing Lips Sync Battles

Brilliant Rap Songs From 2000

Your New Favourite Twisted Brit Sitcom

Swearnet’s Messed Up Universe

16 Times Chvrches Were Pop Perfection

Caribou’s Psychedelic Techno Math

This Is Santigold

Sharon Jones Will Make You Move Your Ass

Blondie Were Cooler Than You

13 Great Foals Jams

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Ditch TV Playlists: Broad City, 50 Cent, Charles Bradley, More

Broad City

Broad City

Here’s another batch of video playlists I curated for Ditch TV:

21 Great Kids In The Hall Moments

Trailer Park Boys Life Lessons

David Cross Is Everywhere

Charles Bradley: Ultimate Soul Man

Remembering Lollapalooza 1994

When 50 Ruled the World

Brian Posehn: Giant Ogre Metal Nerd

Brilliant Rap Songs From 1999

Broad City Teaches You About Life

LL Cool J is the Greatest

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Gord Downie Loves The Trailer Park Boys

Trailer Park Boys

Trailer Park Boys

In anticipation of the release of the new Tragically Hip album, In Between Evolution, and the Hip’s big Canada Day Concert at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre, ChartAttack is declaring June 25 – 30 ” Tragically Hip Week.”

For the next three news days, we’ll be posting stories culled from a recent interview with Hip singer Gord Downie. Here’s the second installment:

The Tragically Hip may have a new record called In Between Evolution coming out and a marquee Canada Day show, but lead singer Gord Downie has something more important to talk about — the Trailer Park Boys. The conversation begins innocently enough, revolving around the mention that the new record is littered with references to gunsmoke and bullets.

“Yeah,” confirms Downie, “and swearing. No nudity, though. Unlike past records.”

Which means that, despite its dangerously high rocking level, church-goers can probably still dig the record.

“That’s right. So I don’t get the full Trailer Park Boys warning — dope references, nudity,” says Downie, before bursting forth with a most entertaining tangent. “Well, that’s the thing actually. They [the Trailer Park Boys] are trying to make a movie. I was saying to [producer Mike] Clattenburg, ‘You get to open up a whole new area of offensiveness.’ Well, not offensive. I think it’s beautiful. Most people love it. It’s great.”

For those of you still willfully oblivious, Trailer Park Boys is a Showcase/BBC America mockumentary that follows Ricky, Bubbles and Julian, three petty criminals whose drunk/stoned shenanigans end up causing some form of televised hilarity each week. Canada’s elite level rockers have all but deified the show’s protagonists in recent years. Alex Lifeson of Rush was kidnapped on one episode of the show and on another crooner Rita McNeil was forced to harvest marijuana for the Boys. The Boys have also appeared on tour with Our Lady Peace and have been featured in The Hip’s “The Darkest One” video. Also, thick-glassed Bubbles real-life alter-ego used to play in a genuine East Coast rock band whose name starts with an S, ends with an X, and has seven letters.

One of the Boys’ main adversaries is the character of trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey, a drunkard whose gift for shit metaphor is unparalleled. The mere mention of Lahey’s name sends Downie into a giddy line-for-line recall session.

“‘We’re heading into a full-fledged shiticane!’ ‘Pull up the jib, Randy, because it’s about to be covered in shit.’ But the ones they discard… Mike’ll tell ya. The one’s they’ve come up with, it fuckin’ hurts you laugh so much,” Downie enthuses. “And we haven’t even talked about J-Roc [a white hip-hopper played by Jonovision‘s Jonathan Torrence]. I don’t know. They’re just so funny.”

Beyond the dope humour and hijinx though, Downie figures there’s another reason why folks love the Trailer Park Boys.

“I think, more than the broad, sweeping idea of Canadian, we tend to relate to the people we grew up with,” he says. “This is a country of small towns, right? Let’s face, even Toronto. I think that the Trailer Park Boys, everybody knows someone like them.”

The Tragically Hip play Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre July 1. In Between Evolution hits stores tomorrow (June 29).

This story was originally published June 28, 2004 via Chart Communications.

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