Mixed Tape: They’re Back

This isn’t the tune I was planning on sharing this week, but being a hardcore U2 fan, I  always find it difficult to resist sharing the U2 love when a new song comes out. For those of you who don’t know, Bono and The Edge have been working on the Broadway musical Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark since 2010; the rock musical was previewed 180 times and its opening postponed several times before ‘they’ went back to the drawing board (I don’t really know who ‘they’ are) because it didn’t fare too well with critics or audiences. Personally, I hate musicals, and the thought of Spiderman singing and flying for two hours really doesn’t appeal to me, even if Bono and The Edge did compose the music. Anyway, the new opening date is (allegedly) June 14th.

So, without further ado, RAnnDomized presents Rise Above 1 – as featured on American Idol (no official video yet). If you dig this tune as much as I do, it’s available for purchase on iTunes.

Mixed Tape: Ode to my Birthday

On my way back from my torture session earlier this week (I saw my chiropractor about my ongoing sacrum injury) , my mind traveled back in time. What retro song did I revisit? Since the world is scheduled to explode on May 21st, one might think that I’d opt for R.E.M’s It’s the End of the World – but since I think that’s bullshit (the end of the word, not the song), I’m going to stick with my original thought: The Birthday Song by The Dik Van Dykes. Since Saturday (May 21st! The world is ending!) marks my 30-something birthday, I can think of no better song to feature on Mixed Tape today – can you?  Actually, I was looking for the version that Montreal band The Gruesomes did way back in the 90s, but alas, it was not to be found.  Mum, I think you know this one…!

(Note: there’s no official video by The DVDs for this song, but this one is entertaining, to say the least!)

So, happy birthday to ME! I wish me all that my heart desires, in particular, health, inner & outer strength, spiritual well-being, clarity, joy, lots of yoga, plenty of Zenitude and a few new Lululemon pieces. Thank you me, for those heartfelt wishes! I am welcome!

New Series – Looking for Name!

Earlier this week, I mentioned that I would be starting a new series that will focus on music; well today is that day (can I hear a round of applause?)! Now, I must admit that I have not yet decided upon a name for this series, so I’m open to suggestions. For now, I’ll be categorizing this in MBA until inspiration strikes. OK? OK.

I’m sure this will come as a big surprise to my friends (and mom), when I say that this first installment has nothing to do with U2. I just heard several gasps at once, and am presently visualizing what I believe to be looks of sheer puzzlement on certain peoples’ faces 😀   Don’t worry, U2 will likely make several appearances in this series – but I don’t need to tell you that.

Today I picked a tune that dates back to 1994:

Sonic Youth did a cover of Superstar on the tribute album If I Were a Carpenter, along with several other artists, each covering a different Carpenters’ song. I love this cover – mainly because I feel like it’s a good portrayal of Karen Carpenter – Sonic Youth’s cover is somewhat melancholic, and I’ve always viewed Karen Carpenter as being sad, despite her wonderful ability to sing.


Here’s a thought: WordPress is really pissing me off by not allowing me to format my page the way I want to. Yes, that was random. Also, it’s Friday the 13th. Who here is superstitious? I walk under ladders so…. that rules me out 😉

Happy Friday!

Pic of the Day (Sort of)

As you all know, I’m a big fan of Trey’s work. That said, the below photo may not be on my list of top ten favorites, but it  is another great idea for a runaway spot – one where I can practice yoga in the middle of the forest without interruption from TOM, Dick or Harry (but mostly Tom).  Anyway, for those of you who are interested in joining the Runaway Crew, it looks like we’ll be hitting up Zhangjiajie next (located in the southern part of China). This will of course only take place once I’m done with my Ibiza runaway. Given how attached I am to beaches and that great yoga spot in the middle of the ocean (see pic in above link), we may not run away to location #2 just yet – so you’ve got time to start saving up.  If you want to join the Runaway Crew, comment below!

Photo: Trey Ratcliff

 In other news, I’ll be starting a new category/ series – whatever you want to call it, that will revolve around music. This is something that I meant to do from the moment I started this blog, but just didn’t get around to. As you all know by now (or at least, you SHOULD), music is a huge part of my life so I’ll be sharing the musical love starting tomorrow. As of now, I don’t know what I’ll be calling this new series, or what the first post will be, but hey – I like to fly by the seat of my pants. What other way is there?  I’m hoping the new series will be more of an interactive medium, where your suggestions will be welcome and occasionally featured on this here blog 😀

Happy Thursday everyone!


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Musical Genius

Hello boys & girls of RAnnDomized!

Who here loves music? Please come forward and share your musical preferences with me and your fellow RAnnDomizers – we’re always interested in discovering (or rediscovering) good bands.  While we wait for you, let’s talk about me and my music, shall we?

I used to have this poster!

I’m a hardcore fan of music in all of its forms.  In recent weeks, I’ve gone old-school, perusing through my old CDs and reminiscing about the days when my bangs were higher then Robert Smith’s. I’ve been listening to old favorites like The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Sex Pistols, Joy Division, Molodoi, The Stoneroses, The Cure, Ministry – just to name a few.  Personally, I’ve always felt that the best alternative and industrial bands emerged in the 90s;  in some cases, I only discovered them at that time, though they may have existed prior to the 90s.  Back in the day (I was in high-school), I discovered my absolute favorite DJ ever, on CHOM FM: Claude Rajotte. He was my alternative music guru, and introduced me to bands that I didn’t even know existed (think The Butthole Surfers, The Gruesomes and Nitzer Ebb).  Every Monday night, he was on air between 9pm-12am. It was musical bliss.  Anyway, while I was thinking about how fabulous the 90s were musically, I thought it might be fun to make a list of all the bands that I’ve seen live – those I can remember, anyway. So, put on your thinking caps people because you will be tasked to a) tell me who some of your favorite old-school bands are and b) tell me about your favorite concert (or your very first concert – whichever works best!).

Check out my concert list:


The Answer
The Arcade Fire
Beastie Boys
The Breeders
Chainsaw Kittens
Dashboard Confessional
Depeche Mode
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprosy
Econoline Crush
The Flaming Lips
Foo Fighters
George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
Great Big Sea
Green Day
Gypsy Kings
Jesse Cook
Luscious Jackson
Massive Attack
Me, Mom & Morgentaler
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
No Doubt
Peter Cetera (I know, he doesn’t fit in to my repertoire of fabulous music!)
The Pixies
PJ Harvey
Porno for Pyros
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Remy Zero
The Rolling Stones
The Smashing Pumpkins
Snow Patrol
The Tea Party
Tripping Daisy
The Verve
Third Eye Blind
The Watchmen
Violent Femmes

I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but I think that list is pretty respectable, wouldn’t you? My last show was in September’09, when I traveled to Toronto to see my #1 band of men: U2.

So now it’s your turn! What bands are you still listening to, and how many shows have you been to? What was your favorite? Last show you went to/next show you’re going to?