Geddy is whispering into Joe’s ear - “Make sure they know how grateful I am for their support and help”. AND HE ISN’T THE ONLY ONE.
Today my faith in humanity was, with the exception of one crappy incident at work, entirely renewed. The past twenty four hours have been amazing and overwhelming and totally crazy. People from all over the world (seriously!) supported us both financially and emotionally. We received some incredible messages and emails from strangers. And friends. And its all so much, and so good, and so FEELINGS.
I am pleased/amazed/in awe/grateful to say that we have raised enough money to cover Geddy’s vet bill almost entirely. More good news - some of his test results came back today, and his big ol’ heart is the result of what the vet hopes is an infection in his airway that can be treated with antibiotics. SO HE’S ALMOST 100% GOING TO BE FINE.
Again, we cannot thank you guys enough. Thank you to everyone who saw, liked, reblogged, read, clicked through, emailed, messaged - you’re all incredible people.
We no longer need any help financially. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED.
If you are moved to share your hard earned paycheque with an animal or family in need this season, please make the effort to do so. Local SPCAs, rescue/adoption agencies, food banks, shelters, children’s programs as well as international relief, health, animal and education agencies are all in need of support year round - and especially during the holidays. But you already knew that. Because you are a smart and good person, because everyone is good, and all is right in the world for this instant.
Keep your hearts real big and open like that. xo
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This is my best friend, Geddy. Over the weekend, Geddy was at the vet for a cough when it was discovered that he has an enlarged heart - quite possibly from loving everyone so much. In order to figure out if something was actually wrong, they took some samples for testing, as well as did a series of x-rays on him. At the end of the day, they sent us home with a prescription for Benadryl (the people kind!) for his cough, but we are still waiting to hear about what might be causing his heart to take up so much of his little doggy chest.
In order to recover from the cost of this little adventure, I have put my two guitars up for sale. Selling one of them will get us to where we need to be financially, so when one sells they will both be off the table. I love them almost as much as I love Geddy.
If you know anyone in Victoria, or somewhere close (Vancouver!), who may be interested in purchasing either of these beauts, please advise them to my situation post haste.
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"JULIA WITH BLUE JEANS ON" by MOONFACE // (Out 10.29.2013 via Jagjaguwar)
REVIEW: For the last dozen or so years, Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake) has been about as prolific an artist as one could imagine. His creative output is downright staggering in that he’s released more than 25 albums in which he’s been either the primary creative force or an equal parts contributor. Looking over those releases, it would be easy to say that Krug’s bread and butter are synth and piano-heavy songs with lush, electro-tinged, layered production. Perhaps that’s why his latest album under his Moonface alias feels like such a departure.
“Julia With Blue Jeans On” is comprised of mostly two things. Krug’s pained, haunted vocals and a lonely piano. Each song is a stripped back affair that goes for a less-is-more approach and the final result is a lovely ten song confessional that feels more intimate and personal than anything in Krug’s catalog to date. Once again, Krug’s brilliant songwriting takes center stage - only this time there’s little room for error, or hiding blemishes under production - and his ability to consistently craft memorable hooks that pack an emotional punch is why he often stands head and shoulders above his contemporaries. All it takes is one listen to the album opener, “Barbarian” to know that this is not your usual Spencer Krug. A sense of melancholy fills the spaces between each breath. At no point do you get a peak at the artist who crafted such wonderfully soaring anthems as “I’ll Believe in Anything” and “California Dreamer”. In his place is an older artist who believes he can still move you with more personal words, and less production - and he’s absolutely right.
Where does “Julia With Blue Jeans on” rank in the Spencer Krug catalog? To be honest, it’s hard to pinpoint without spending a few more spins inside it’s stark, somber walls. I can say without question, the album contains some of the best Krug tracks that he’s recorded since the early days of Wolf Parade. I love the minimalist production, but I can’t help but wonder how these songs would sound fleshed out with a full band as good as Wolf Parade. All that said, I can’t help but love the raw nature of these ten songs. With or without an arsenal of musical instruments and session players at his disposal, Krug can still craft beautifully haunting music that challenges and rewards listeners with infectious melodies and powerful lyrics.
KEY TRACKS: “First Violin”, “Dreamy Summer”, “November 2011”