Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bike Thiefs "Buffer" Video

L-R: Eric Levac, Kris Pandeirada, Marko Woloshyn
Hey readers!

I just saw the hilarious new Bike Thiefs video for their single "Buffer" off their "Bloated" EP, and wanted to share the awesomeness!!

My fave part of the video is definitely where Marko (the lead singer) eats ice cream... watch the video (below) to see what I mean.

The "Buffer" vid was produced and directed by Canadian director, Nick Pusic, shot and color-graded by Tobe Darton, and makeup & set design by Adam Newhook.

In case you don't know, this Mississauga-based trio plays the Rivoli in Toronto tomorrow (Wednesday August 20) at midnight.  Check them out!!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jamsterdam Top 10 Countdown: August 4- 10, 2014!

JAMSTERDAM TOP 10- August 4-10, 2014! 

#10. "Supreme Action"- J.I.
#9. "We Got The Beat"- FROSTIE Feat. LKEYS

#8."You Know"- Lenox feat. Just Jah

#7. "Shine"- Ya Boi TC

#6."I'm A Smoker"- Dopetrackz

#5. "Hideaway (Remix)"- Stori x Kiesza

#4. "Leave Earth"- N3bula

#3.SJ Beats, Ian Smith, That Kid Era, 45 Grizz, Joe Black, Raider, Dusbus- Jacson 4 FT, Ian Smith 

#2. "Best of All Time"- Pacific Dub

#1. "I Keep Staring"- A Dog aka Annikhan feat. Fred Nice

Click "Tune In" at the top of this page this week at 10am EST or midnight EST to find out who took the #1 spot on the Jamsterdam Top 10 countdown!

Want to potentially be part of this list of the top 10 best tunes you've never heard?  Email finished tunes in mp3 format to jamsterdamradio@gmail.com

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pacific Dub Climbing

Cali reggae rockers Pacific Dub are climbing the Jamsterdam Radio charts, check out their video below for their 2012 hit titled "Wasted". Tune in at 10am and midnight for the Jamsterdam Top 10 best tracks you never heard.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Online Superiority Complexes

Hey readers!

  Lately, I've noticed an online trend of people stating how others should live their lives, based on their own standards.  It is absolutely ridiculous when I see things like:

      - "If you listen to this kind of music, you're a loser"
      -"If you're not living life the way I am, you're not living"
      -"If you use this app, you're a lonely asshole"
      -"If you make less than x amount per year, you're nothing but a waste of perfectly good oxygen us important folk need to get through our real money making days #balling"
       -the attitudes of "I'm better than you are because I'm best friends with <Insert a slew of name-droppage here>", or "I'm better than you are because I just dropped $2,300.00 on a bag to lug my useless shit in... so here's a pic of my purchase because I'm so cool and materialistic like that", or "I'm such an open-minded, liberal pro-choicer, yet having a baby isn't one of my choices... pro-life people are just a bunch of bible-thumping, conservative idiots who make me want to eat my own vomit"
       -"If your body type is like this <Insert photo of undesired body type here>, you're not good enough for me"
       -"If you post this, that, and the other thing, that my holier-than-thou-ass-whose-shit-don't-stink considers 'classless' and 'below me', I'm threatening to delete you off my social networking", etc...

  When was online bullying okay?  Who died and made you the Gods that dictate all that other people
Just like logging into social networking...
choose to do with their own time?  Why can't people have their own standards of living happily without you shitting on their parade?  It's one thing to speak your mind especially when your opinion will actually benefit the greater good, but it's another when you speak your mind, while in the process of trying to make those online who see the shit you post feel inadequate, just to make you feel better about your pathetic life.  Makes me think there's a void you're trying to fill in your own life by putting others down.

  Were you bullied real bad in the past, and so you have to take it out on the world?  Is this superiority complex you to struggle with here to stay?  Is this "I'm better than you in every way" attitude the norm, and we have to embrace and accept it?  If you think any of this is acceptable behavior, you are precisely what is wrong with the world.

That is all.



Monday, July 28, 2014

Jamsterdam Top 10 Countdown: July 21- July 27, 2014!

JAMSTERDAM TOP 10- July 21-27, 2014! 

#10. "N3bula"- N3bula
#9. "Grumposaurus"- Bike Theifs

#8. "Our Last Day On Earth"- Good Nite Gillian

#7. "Hideaway"- STORi x Kiesza

#6."I Keep Staring"- A Dog aka Annikhan feat. Fred Nice

#5."Who Do You Love"- Rizzo

#4. "Best Of All Time"- Pacific Dub

#3. "Stop 'N' Go"- I HATE TODD

#2. SJ Beats, Ian Smith, That Kid Era, 45 Grizz, Joe Black, Raider, Dusbus- Jacson 4 FT, Ian Smith

#1. "You Know"- Lenox feat. Just Jah

Click "Tune In" at the top of this page this week at 10am EST or midnight EST to find out who took the #1 spot on the Jamsterdam Top 10 countdown!

Want to potentially be part of this list of the top 10 best tunes you've never heard?  Email finished tunes in mp3 format to jamsterdamradio@gmail.com

Why Are There So Many Stuck People Who Work In the Shops in Kensington Market??

Hey readers!

  I haven't been to Kensington Market a while, and used to have a blast going digging for vintage when I was
younger, so my sister and I decided to drop in yesterday to check it out.  I couldn't believe the lack of good quality customer service in a lot of those shops!  No "Hi", no smiles, nothing.  Just cold, snobby employees in almost every store we went into.

  We were starving and wanted pizza, so the first pizza place we saw was on College Street, called Planet Pizza.  The first guy greeted us with a smile, but that was probably because it was his first day on the job (dude, if you're reading this: please don't lose that great attitude), but then when I asked where the bathroom is, he pointed it out, then the older guy who was sitting in a chair by the cash register chimed in and said "It's out of order", while giving me this dirty look.  Then I asked where the nearest bathroom was, I had to ask him 3 times before he suggested the 711 somewhere nearby (when he could have suggested maybe Second Cup across the street). Rude.  The pizza had old-looking pepperoni, the slices were a decent size though (like a quarter of a pizza sliced into 3), and the dipping sauces were not refrigerated, so that must have been what got me sick later in the day.  I don't even recall being asked if I wanted a drink, nor was I pointed in the direction of where the drinks were.  If it weren't for the new guy being so nice, I'd rate the customer service and overall experience a negative 3 out of 10.  Horrible.

This car was awesome.
  I've walked into shops where staff members would be doing stuff on their smart phones, rather than being attentive to customers walking in.  I've been to this one huge shop called Exile (that happens to have the best selection of vintage that I've probably ever seen in that part of the city) where one of the older, blonde women who worked at the back of the store was on her cell phone complaining about how she's stuck at work, while gossiping- call me crazy, but something about that screams unprofessional.  The staff at the cash register were nice though.

  Other cashiers in smaller shops would just stare at you like a corn child and not say a word, so I would step in, feel uncomfortable, then walk over to the next shop.  It's bad enough the shops are tiny and a nightmare to claustrophobes like me, but if I actually got a warm welcome, maybe I would have toughed it out to scour the racks and shelves of vintage gems.

  This one shop called Courage My Love, that has a reputation of housing unique beads (a jewelry maker's dream), as well as vintage threads, had a few girls working there: two of which were just sitting behind the counter talking to each other, not even paying attention to the customers.

  I have no complaints about the cheese shop, the Army Surplus, the shop with all the Indian rugs/belly dance
costumes/decorations, the former Hotbox Cafe (now it's a coffee place), or Roach-O-Rama (where the new Hotbox Cafe is located behind).  I'd say we skipped maybe 5 stores in Kensington.  The art work you see while walking around on the streets is awesome, as usual.

  After all that, we headed to Queen Street and had better experiences there.

  So, people who work in Kensington: why so stuck up and miserable?  Is this just Kensington, or is this a city-people-working-in-retail thing?  I get it:  it's not glamorous working in a small, stuffy space that smells musty.  Some stores (the non-vintage shops) smelled like 10 dogs urinated on a carpet.  Regardless, it's not like you're any better than the people who go there to buy old, used (yet, awesome and cool) crap, but are also the reasons why you have a job in the first place!   If you don't like to deal with people, don't get a job that requires you to deal with people!!  If you've got enough balls to act like you're too good for the place you work in, then quit if that's the case.  Customers don't need to feel your shitty energy while trying to enjoy a day of shopping.

  I remember a while back there was news of Kensington Market being shut down and replaced with a WalMart... shouldn't there be more happy people working there, or are all these staff members just a bunch of trust-fund babies who took on a retail job to make it look like they're actually useful to society?  If that's the case, these snobs should do us all a favor and maybe give up their jobs to people who will actually make the customers feel welcome.

  Either way, I am glad Kensington Market is still up and active, but proper customer service, and general friendliness needs to me taught, apparently.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Got The Blues?

It's normal that us idiotic humans feel sad about something then try to find distractions, or drown our sorrows in depressants such as booze. When you're finished drinking, and your distractions aren't there anymore, you're still left with that problem you've been running away from. 

My advice is to sit down and either talk about it, or shut up and cry about it till you're numb. Just fucking deal with it until it gets boring, then you can move forward a lot easier without all that baggage.