Dan and Ryan Blog

one of the craziest endings to a football game came this past Thanksgiving weekend in the states. Tie game, no time left on the clock. Alabama is about to attempt a 57 yard field goal with their backup kicker.

-R

Music Video of the Week: I Love You - Said The Whale

So as the month of a November comes to a close, the city of Calgary gets hit by a bunch of great touring acts. On Monday, we saw the insanely epic Nine Inch Nails put on a stellar show at the dome. Last night, Head of the Herd took on Republik. Tonight, my high school rugby coach will be playing with his band, Dojo Workhorse, minutes before Said the Whale takes the stage at the MacEwan Ballroom. Tomorrow, Canadian rapper Drake will take stage at the Dome, if you’re into that kind of thing. And to cap off a wild week, on Monday rock legends, Pearl Jam, will take over the Saddledome. I swear concerts hit this city in waves.

Now whenever Said the Whale is brought up, I always like to mention my own personal connection to the band. I have parents. My parents own a condo out on Vancouver Island. One of the neighbors that owns a condo out there is a retired school teacher from Vancouver. She worked with another woman at her school. That woman had a daughter. And that daughter plays keyboards in a band called Said the Whale. And now you know.

I guess you could say we’re pretty tight.

Seriously though, check out the show if you get the chance and enjoy the weekend!

-R

P.S. The music video is a parody of Most Extreme Elimination Challenge so what’s not to love?

Music Video of the Week: Hurt - Nine Inch Nails

So tonight, living rock legends Nine Inch Nails finally pay a trip to the Saddledome. This is the concert I’ve been looking forward to most ever since Mumford and Sons. It’s gonna be wild if you get the chance to see Trent Reznor in person tonight.

Hurt is featured today as my favourite song from the band. I just don’t think you can beat the piano progressions. I also really like this straight instrumental version as well.

The song was actually covered by the late great Johnny Cash in 2002, shortly before he died the following year. Many people feel that Johnny Cash perfected the song but I still feel that NIN does it better. To each their own. Feel free to give each a listen and make your mind up for yourself.

-R

Last week when Winnipeg was in Chicago, a fan stole former Flame Adam Pardy’s helmet. Tonight, Chicago is in Winnipeg and there has been talk of fans might wear hockey helmets to the game in reference to the incident.

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During last night’s game against the Blue Jackets, Reto Berra made a candidate for “Save of the Year”. I just can’t stop watching it.

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Somebody decided to mix this Thai insurance commercial with the Dead Island trailer song. What happens next catches you completely off guard.

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Pretty much sums up hitting on girls at a bar.

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Jimmy Fallon likes to have fun with his guests, and sometimes will play games with them. In this case, he plays a very dangerous game called Egg Roulette with Tom Cruise.

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An incredible solution to rush hour woes, this “zipper truck” adds an extra lane depending on the direction of traffic.

-R

Music Video of the Week: The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES

One of the best bands that I discovered at Sasquatch Music Festival last May was a new Scotish band called CVRCHES (pronounced “Churches”). I think this particular song is a great testament as to why they stood out to most festival goers this year. It was released as a single and has gradually gained momentum giving the band some great international acclaim including a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Recently, X92.9 has been hosting online Music Advisory Panel (MAP) surveys where the listeners could rate a sample of the songs played on the station. Sure that’s great, whatever. But at the end of one of their surveys last month they asked for some suggestions for new songs and I listed a few including this synthetic masterpiece. Cut to last Thursday, I’m driving in my car and hear what else but this song come on as a new cut added to the rotation. I may not have been the only one to suggest this song, but needless to say, I’m pretty proud to say that I at least helped contribute to the station.

-R