Rewind: Top 10 Albums of 2010

December 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

I recently came across Fred Wilson’s blog with his Top 10 Albums of the past year to spark the idea for my latest entry.  A new tradition for me perhaps as well? So here it is, my favourite albums of 2010:

Cha Cha Cha by Fred Eaglesmith – My album of the year.  I’ve been following Fred for years now (thanks to my close friend Ryan).  Cha Cha Cha doesn’t dissappoint with a new sound supported by The Fabulous Ginn Sisters.

Rest of my Top 10…

Asterisk to Ron Hawkin’s 10 Kinds of Lonely.  It was actually released in 2009, but I was late picking it up. A ‘country-folk’ album from Ron Hawkins?? Love it.

Seeing a band live is big for me, usually that is what makes me decide to buy their music or not. The Hold Steady and Crowded House being the only bands on my list who I haven’t seen live (yet).  I finally saw the Drive-by Truckers for the first time in 2010 during their Toronto stop at Lee’s Palace. Amazing.

Looking forward to what 2011 will bring!


My Top 10 Gift Ideas

December 1, 2010 § 2 Comments

This entry is a special one for the majority of my blog readers — Shel, Mom/Dad — as we get ready for the Christmas gift giving season. Or if you happened to stumble upon me, this list may give you some ideas for that special mac/music/sports enthusiast in your life.

So here it is, my top 10 gifts this Christmas…

Tech Stuff:

Geneva Sound SystemsClick here for the ultimate ipod/iphone amplifier.

Apple TV – It’s only $119 ($99 in the US).  Nice device to easily stream Netflix and iTunes around the house.

Apple’s Battery Charger – Another inexpensive Apple gift idea.  Read here for a review in a recent Mac|Life.

DVD/CD Ideas:

ESPN 30 For 30 Box Set, Vol. 1 – This collection will be perfect to have around the house as my kids get older and start asking questions about Terry Fox, Muhammad Ali or the Gretzky trade.  Awesome stories not to forget and to look back on as years go by. (Excited already for Vol. 2)

The Remastered Shakespeare My Butt… – A must-have CD for anyone that grew up with the 90’s Toronto (or Canadian) music scene.  Click here for a great review via

Drive-By Truckers Austin City Limits DVD/CD – Many say the bands best documented live performance to date.  Looking forward to DBT’s next new album due out in early 2011.

Book Ideas:

(Shel – hope you found the links useful)

Of course this list is for fun, most important thing is getting everyone together over the holiday season. Nothing beats Christmas morning with my kids and then getting together with our families.

Here’s to a great holiday season!

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