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MixtapEPs #11 & 12

Hey after about four months of languishing, MixtapEPs - the music video blog that I do with Audra - is back in effect!  We had pEPisodes 11 & 12 pretty much finished for months, and it was just formatting them for the web that I was dragging my feet on, and I finally got it all done, so they’re up now.

Go and follow it!  The playlists for 13 & 14 are compiled and the responses are being written “now,” so they should be posted “soon.”

Here is what they feature (and if it seems out of date, bear in mind that we started these in May and June, respectively):

pEPisode 11, Jesse to Audra:

  1. The Magnetic Fields, “Andrew In Drag”
  2. Madeon, “Pop Culture”
  3. Dream Jefferson, “The Ghosts Of San Simeon”
  4. THEEsatisfaction, “QueenS”
  5. Rae Spoon, “London Destroyer”
  6. Kool A.D., “La Piñata”
  7. SWOOP, “COVE”

pEPisode 12, Audra to Jesse:

  1. Fiona Apple, “Every Single Night”
  2. Ana Tijoux, “Shock”
  3. Le Loup, “Planes Like Vultures”
  4. La Sera, “Devils’ Hearts Grow Gold”
  5. French Films, “You Don’t Know”
  6. Bruce Peninsula, “In Your Light”
  7. Rapsure Risin, “When The Lights Go Out”
hottiesinanimalears:

Today I woke-up to a phone call from Nolely-Nole that he had just gotten off the Greyhound from Montreal and he was in Ottawa and coming over. Amazing.I spent an hour trying to update his OkCupid to make it more hip-hop and feminist. (aka to make it more like me)Then he found the hat Audra ordered me from Lithuania for my birthday and Percy had to take our picture.Nolely is newly single and amazing, ladies! 

My grandson and Young K and Hazer AKA Hugh Grant The Dog.

hottiesinanimalears:

Today I woke-up to a phone call from Nolely-Nole that he had just gotten off the Greyhound from Montreal and he was in Ottawa and coming over. Amazing.
I spent an hour trying to update his OkCupid to make it more hip-hop and feminist. (aka to make it more like me)
Then he found the hat Audra ordered me from Lithuania for my birthday and Percy had to take our picture.
Nolely is newly single and amazing, ladies! 

My grandson and Young K and Hazer AKA Hugh Grant The Dog.

Is this surreal life?
Audra: I met Vanilla Ice today.
me: lol wut
Audra: There is this reality show he judges called Canada Sings
Audra: (for who knows more about singing and Canada?)
me: lolllllwutttttt
I've been meaning to ask and have been reminded by the recent video: What is the meaning of the list of addresses/cities listed near the end of the Girlfriend song? Are they where you two lived at various times?

Yup!

Audra owned a house on Bilby Street in the North End of Halifax when I met her, and I lived with her there from spring 2006 until the beginning of 2007.

Then she moved to Ottawa to start working for the Canadian Union of Public Employees at the same time that I got my own place in Halifax (sheerly because I was coming out of a nine year relationship in my mid-20s and had never lived alone), and after we did what you might call “the long distance thing” for a few months, and two of the three jobs I refer to in the intro track all ended for various reasons (record store closed; contract with youth drop-in reached maximum extension), I decided to hold my breath and live a little and move away from the only place I’d ever called home.

Audra found a sublet in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood of Ottawa, on Nelson and Laurier.  Even though we had cats back in Halifax, Zoe and Sam (in the video) were being watched by the kids Audra was renting her house to, and we had to live with this weird subletted cat named Pooks.  Pooks hated us.  Pooks’s litterbox was on a balcony.  It was probably not super fun being Pooks.

After four or five months like that, though, Audra’s job at CUPE shifted into a similar position at the regional office in Edmonton, Alberta.  We didn’t really have roots in Ottawa that were hard to pull up, and Edmonton is my ancestral homeland on my father’s side and CUPE uh pays really well which was good because I was making only about seventy-five bucks a week as a newspaper columnist (writing about Halifax hip-hop for a Halifax paper, living in different provinces; scared to come clean) and less than THAT as a rapper.

Once again Audra found an apartment. I flew out to make sure it was as good as it looked online, and it was.  We swooped back to Halifax to pick up the cats and have a release show for Verba Volant so I guess it was only autumn of 2007?  That show was AMAZING.  Sam escaped out my old apartment’s window though and we had a scary night looking for him and trying to figure out if we were going to miss our flight or what.  Then he was under some stairs, like an idiot.  It was okay.

We moved to 80th Street in Edmonton.  It happened to be the street my father grew up on, which we didn’t learn until later.  There are a lot of different streets in Edmonton, so this felt providential.  For some reason.  Our apartment was SUPER WEIRD - two of the listed “bedrooms” were literally too small to fit beds into if you wanted, so one of them became my studio and the other a TV closet.  The bedroom was on a higher level and had an interior window that clearly used to be exterior, overlooking the living room/foyer.

The lease had a clause that said no-one under the age of eighteen was permitted to stay the night, and that if one of us should become pregnant whilst living there, we would have to vacate within two weeks of finding out.  Fortunately that didn’t really impact any plans of ours, but I was annoyed that IF my sister had come to visit, I would have had to make her sleep on the porch!

We lived in Edmonton for eleven months, which was about enough time to be done with it even though we loved some people there, and Audra had opportunities to go forward with CUPE in either Ottawa or Toronto.  We weren’t sure which one to go with - I was hoping to go to school and become a more desirable freelance writer (more desirable AS a freelance writer; not a more SEXUALLY desirable freelance writer), and either city had college courses that would help.  We had friends and allies in each city, but then - as always; as now - Toronto intimidated me, and we decided Ottawa would work maybe even just slightly better for us.

So Audra found another place online, and one of our friends/allies went to take a look at it and confirm it was not at the time of rental on fire or anything, and we moved to Anderson Street.  Right where Little Italy blends into “Chinatown,” the Vietnamese/Korean/Japanese/Indian neighbourhood in Ottawa. We lived together there with our cats for three years, I think.

I worried when we were working on the song that the segment would become obsolete/incomplete.  Then, later, I worried that we would never finish the song at all.  I’m relieved that we did finish the song, but I wish very intensely that we had had the opportunity to make the list of places we have lived together obsolete.

The song is so sweet and yet so difficult to take now.  I thought about changing the name of it to “Bring Your Best Friend To Rap Day,” but it’s not like we ever weren’t best friends since we first started talking in 2004.  So why change anything?  Nothing in the song is less true now than it ever was.

It’s a very true song.

Here’s the download link for the single of “Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day!”
The cover art is one of Shane Watt's semi-fictional maps. (I think this one is full fiction.)
I come from an era when a “single” was a dope 12”, or even a CD-5 (we are glossing over cassingles, yes we are), and it wasn’t just one track unless it was a bullshit movie soundtrack one-off or the label hated you or something.  I expect frills!  I have passed up some of my favourite songs on 12” for not having an instrumental at LEAST.  I have also picked up some real crap because it had an a capella.
I hope you all feel the same as I do, because the single consists of the following tracks:
"Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" (album version)
"Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" (Double Ice Backfire remix)
"Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" (album instrumental)
"Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" (Double Ice Backfire chipstrumental)
"Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" (scratchapella)
Oh no!  Look out!  Just when you were getting used to your new favourite song, someone went and remixed it??  Shael Riley and Ty Guenly of chip-pop combo the Double Ice Backfire ran me and Audra through a couple old Nintendos and we came out a little different after.
And yeah, the a capella (with Bad DJ Budget Cut’s remedial-but-fly cuts still intact) is included for your own remixing pleasure at home.  Mash it up, flip it, rub it down.
The download is free if you want, but the option exists to fling cash my way if you think you’d like to see me continue rapping, eating, and living indoors.
Oh and a high-res file of the video is included, too!
So go nuts with that, please!

Here’s the download link for the single of “Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day!”

The cover art is one of Shane Watt's semi-fictional maps. (I think this one is full fiction.)

I come from an era when a “single” was a dope 12”, or even a CD-5 (we are glossing over cassingles, yes we are), and it wasn’t just one track unless it was a bullshit movie soundtrack one-off or the label hated you or something.  I expect frills!  I have passed up some of my favourite songs on 12” for not having an instrumental at LEAST.  I have also picked up some real crap because it had an a capella.

I hope you all feel the same as I do, because the single consists of the following tracks:

  1. "Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" (album version)
  2. "Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" (Double Ice Backfire remix)
  3. "Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" (album instrumental)
  4. "Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" (Double Ice Backfire chipstrumental)
  5. "Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" (scratchapella)

Oh no!  Look out!  Just when you were getting used to your new favourite song, someone went and remixed it??  Shael Riley and Ty Guenly of chip-pop combo the Double Ice Backfire ran me and Audra through a couple old Nintendos and we came out a little different after.

And yeah, the a capella (with Bad DJ Budget Cut’s remedial-but-fly cuts still intact) is included for your own remixing pleasure at home.  Mash it up, flip it, rub it down.

The download is free if you want, but the option exists to fling cash my way if you think you’d like to see me continue rapping, eating, and living indoors.

Oh and a high-res file of the video is included, too!

So go nuts with that, please!

This is my new music video, for “Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day" featuring Audra Williams (she wrote and kicked her own rhymes and tapdance!), and directed by UK/Toronto filmmaker Charlotte Wolf.

I’m so excited I could scream until I explode.

Mega thanks to Ms Wolf for the vision and the gumption, and to Tyson Burger for the cinematography, for the three PAs who put in mega work, to Josh F’in Lazer for being the greatest in a hotdog suit, and of course to Audra for all the work she put into the song and video as a performer.

Oh my god we’re so good looking, right?

Reblog your little hearts out, please!

Shooting a video for “Bring Your Girlfriend To Rap Day” this weekend in Toronto!