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Comments: 0Tuesday, November 15, 2011 09:16:52 AM
It's Tuesday.  And Tegan and Sara is my pick of the litter this week.  Get Along looks like a pretty cool package.  Songs, two documentary films and a concert video.  If you know a Tegan and Sara fan - give this to them for their birthday or for no reason at all.I dunno....looks like the doc could be pretty freakin' boring, but if there's a concert video, I wou
Comments: 0Saturday, November 12, 2011 03:47:15 PM
A new album can seem like a great gift from the cosmos; like a religious nut receiving grace, you just want to tell everyone about it.  It can also be super disappointing.  That artist you love who puts out their sophomore slump album is a real bummer.  Of course, it’s fun to discuss these too. I keep a folder in my iTunes labeled “Heavy Rotation.”  It&rs
Comments: 0Tuesday, November 8, 2011 11:23:38 AM
Sure, the loss itself wasn’t unexpected: it was clearly a David vs. Goliath-style battle, the oddsmakers had predicted a win for the favourites well in advance, and even diehards like myself weren’t holding out much hope, although we perhaps weren’t saying so publicly. Basically, we were just praying they’d keep it close.Instead, my stupid New York Islanders get hammer
Comments: 0Monday, November 7, 2011 02:35:07 PM
Sure, if public opinion polls of late are even anywhere close to correct, this election’s gonna be a landslide for the Sask Party, and a devastating ass-kicking for the NDP, when it comes to the province as a whole — but Saskatoon looks like it’ll be exciting! Can Cathy Sproule hold Saskatoon-Nutana for the NDP after the retirement of NDP icon Pat Atkinson? Will Sask Party s
Comments: 0Friday, October 28, 2011 04:35:45 PM
You know what excites me most about Prince coming to Saskatoon...a chance to hear him play guitar.  He's freakishly good!  The bummer?  Last time he was supposed to be here it was scheduled for TCU Place, and this time is CUC.  Crap!  On the other hand...this will likely be the best concert  that we'll see in the city for a long long time.  So get tickets
Comments: 0Thursday, October 27, 2011 03:08:24 PM
Right, this is a bit late in the day, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.Nomeansno has been around since 1979, and people are still struggling to figure out just how to categorize them: punk/ progressive /jazz /art / math rock?Whatever. Here’s betting they don’t give a flying fuck, and neither should you: brilliant doesn’t need a nametag.If you have to call them something, the
Comments: 0Thursday, October 27, 2011 06:09:55 AM
I don't know why I don't think this toy is funny.  Maybe it's because toys that aren't interesting annoy me.  This looks like another gimmicky piece of shit that will sucker about half a million North American parents into spilling 40 bucks for the 3 laughs it's gonna give gramma at Christmas dinner. Don't buy it.  Just watch the video below  twice then
Comments: 0Tuesday, October 25, 2011 12:45:54 PM
Planet S' editor is a huuuge fan of wombats. Why? We don't know. But this video from The Guardian is dedicated to him. 
Comments: 0Wednesday, October 12, 2011 01:19:53 PM
NOTE - A reponse to the response of the response from an article published in Planet S RE: A Value Village planned for the Stonebridge neighbourhood.Read that article HERE.Having relocated from Montreal back to Saskatoon on the cusp of prairies summer, I parked several boxes of vinyl records and garbage bags full of clothes in a friend’s spare bedroom in his newly purchased condo.I was going
Comments: 0Wednesday, September 28, 2011 04:12:02 PM
I wish I could say I was surprised that Saskatoon-Dumboldt Conservative MP Brad Trost was attacking an excellent, lifesaving group like the International Planned Parenthood Fund — but that would be a lie, as he’s been doing so for years. Bad Brad’s evangelical anti-abortionism (stupid enough to start with) is so virulent that he’d wants to deny funding to a group that
Comments: 0Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:20:42 PM
Francophone music seems to be experiencing something of a boom in the prairies lately. On Wednesday, Montreal’s Karkwa, recipients of the 2010 Polaris Prize, will be making an appearance at the Roxy Theatre as part of their headlining tour across Canada. While the band’s fourth album, Les Chemins de verre, was recorded in Paris, France, it caught the ear of audiences in both Quebec and
Comments: 0Tuesday, September 20, 2011 07:11:36 PM
Like every other local Internet-obsessed music nerd, I was refreshing Twitter during Saskatoon’s Pearl Jam concert when I heard the news: Arcade Fire had won the Polaris Prize.I sighed quietly, reluctantly showed the Tweet to my cohorts, and braced myself for the tsunami of rants and reactions that were certain to result from the announcement.Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs walked away with
Comments: 0Tuesday, September 20, 2011 02:06:14 PM
While most people were heading off to see Pearl Jam last night, myself and a group of my friends took it to a nerdier level, heading off to see Kool Keith, an underground rapper from the Bronx.  He’s a founding member of the Ultramagnetic MCs and somewhat of a legend to music nerds.  My first taste of Kool Keith was the Black Elvis/Lost in Space album.  Keith is both silly and
Comments: 0Saturday, September 17, 2011 02:05:11 PM
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with several Polaris Prize-nominated bands at the End of the Road Festival in Dorset, UK. Following a stellar, otherworldly performance, I was introduced to members of Toronto-band Austra and Timber Timbre. While everyone was more than cordial – most members kept an inconspicuous profile, sipping on tea backstage in a yurt &
Comments: 0Friday, September 16, 2011 04:19:12 PM
Hey true believers!Rather than more on San Francisco, I’m going to write a dining column about the rest of our experience in an upcoming issue.What I want to talk about today is something near and dear to my heart --- community radio!  In what must be a conflict of interest, in addition to being a Planet S scribe, I am also on the Board of Directors with CFCR Community Radio. Sure,
Comments: 0Tuesday, September 6, 2011 11:34:56 PM
Of Craig Silliphant in San Francisco – Travel Diaries, Entry 2 – The first few days…going back to Cali…After getting to town, we had a vague schedule, as well as some flextime planned.  Mark Twain once famously said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco.”  Thankfully, Jenny and I arrived to pretty nice weather.We’ve done
Comments: 0Saturday, September 3, 2011 02:33:24 PM
In the U.K., it seems that bands are treated exceptionally well, bars close at midnight — and nobody wears sunglasses. The UK is a really amazing place for a band to tour through — especially given the fact that driving to the next major city shouldn’t take you any longer than two hours. Tellingly, like every tour, Slow Down Molasses learned through massive trial and error the do
Comments: 0Friday, September 2, 2011 12:35:53 PM
Planet S prides itself on having the best local coverage of everything from news to issues to entertainment.  But when I told our intrepid editor I was going to San Francisco, he gave me his best J. Jonah Jameson gravel voice and said, “Harumph.  A travel blog you say?  Parker --- make everyone jealous that you’re going to San Francisco!   Really sell it!  
Comments: 0Friday, September 2, 2011 12:29:04 PM
Sure, it's a Hollywood flick, and yeah, it does feature Katie "Mrs. Tom Cruise" Holmes, but we’ve got a fine reason to pick this movie (aside from the fact that it’s a pet project of the brilliant Guillermo Del Toro—its director, Troy Nixey, is from Saskatoon! Below is an interview intrepid Planet Smovie reviewer Jorge conducted with Nixey on the eve of his bab
Comments: 0Thursday, September 1, 2011 02:47:35 PM
For the love of crap — this is truly moving from horribly sad to horrifically surreal. On Wednesday, 35-year-old Saskatoon native Wade Belak became the third NHL “tough guy” (some would say goon) to die in tragic circumstances this summer, joining Derek Boogaard (National Post) and Rick Rypien (CBC). Boogaard was 28, Rypien was 27. In all three of these situat
Comments: 0Monday, August 22, 2011 10:53:23 AM
The last time I saw Jack Layton I was standing in a throng of 1,300 cheering people in downtown Montreal. We were attending the 2011 NDP rally – a cause celebration it would turn out.Earlier that afternoon we had lined-up around the block and down the street, hands jammed in our pockets on a brisk spring day, waiting to enter the Olympia Theatre – a venue known for and suited for rock
Comments: 0Friday, August 19, 2011 11:35:14 AM
It lurches forward, surprising agility though it carries itself on a frighteningly huge, furry, muscular frame.  It sees the girl, through one monocled eye... it grabs her...and...it feasts! It is the thousand year old terror that fuels the legends from the old villages of Germany!  It has come to Saskatoon to wreck havoc, devour virgins, and dance! It’s...Wolfenstein!Sas
Comments: 0Wednesday, August 10, 2011 07:32:45 PM
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Comments: 0Wednesday, August 10, 2011 05:36:22 PM
So The Sheepdogs made it to the cover of the Rolling Stone – too bad nobody warned us about what was to happen on the inside of the magazine, past the pretty picture on the front.Within the span of a few incendiary paragraphs, Saskatoon is exposed as a cesspool of bad drugs, bad bars and a backwater attitude to boot – and none of this is helped by The ‘Dogs’ own words, whic
Comments: 0Friday, August 5, 2011 05:37:38 PM
The most raucous, mean, drunken and hilarious night of the Fringe has come and gone. Now if you missed it, and you’re really embarrassed about being so lame, don’t worry! Here’s what you need to know:The venue was hot and sweaty. The lighting created a dangerous atmosphere, especially when the boys performing a bonus spoof of the Blue Man Group blew a fuse. Jem Rolls and Berkley
Comments: 0Friday, August 5, 2011 04:10:11 PM
BIG SHOTVictoria School Upstairs Auditorium***** (out of 5)At the beginning of any Fringe festival I’ve ever gone to or ever reviewed plays at, I always wonder how many of those plays will truly embody the spirit of the word Fringe. How many are really going to present something outside the norm, not only in terms of the ten-day festival, but in terms of theatre and storytelling in general?
Comments: 0Thursday, August 4, 2011 03:45:43 PM
 Remember how I got you when you were barely six months old, after your mom went missing, and it turned out you had distemper? I rushed you to the vet as soon as I found you behind the couch and saw your entirely glazed eyes and your grey, drying tongue. When we got there, they said it didn’t look good and you would almost certainly die, but they could try and treat you — and
Comments: 0Wednesday, August 3, 2011 02:10:00 PM
Last night about half of the performers from the Fringe invaded the Colonial on 8th Street for some karaoke. The dancing was ridiculous and the singing was bloody fantastic. Some highlights of the evening include:Joel Crichton (from the musical Twenty-Five) belting the creepy Tom Jones tune Delilah from the top of a speaker.Jeremy Banks (my Ben & Jess better half) circling through the crowd of
Comments: 0Wednesday, August 3, 2011 11:20:05 AM
I hold this truth to be self-evident: not all Saskatoon Fringe Venues are created equal. Not even close actually. Which means that the venue a performer is assigned has an enormous effect on their show. Imagine that the Fringe is actually a big race. Some people get to run on the rubberized track and others have to run in Jell-O.Let me explain. . .I’ll start with the powerhouse: the Broadway
Comments: 0Tuesday, August 2, 2011 09:46:28 AM
Yippee Sheepdogs!  What great news.  Meanwhile, another great Saskatoon band, Deep Dark Woods has a major label release out today.  I'm really excited for these fellers.  Buy their CD and experience enrapturement.  This is (maybe) my favorite song from the CD.As for the other one hundred billion releases this week, here's the list.