what would a non-commerical website be without a big, rambling,
self-indulgent list of links?
For links to the source publications for
the articles, see Source List. For links to some artists and bands that have
worked with TPOH, see Pursuit Pals. For almost but not quite everything else, you're
in the right place.
TPOH-related sites / bands / music
sources of information / geek
tools / miscellany
- The Wonderful www
of The Pursuit of Happiness
- As noted elsewhere in this site, Rob Winder
is a tenacious web surfer whose ability for digging stuff up continually astounds
me and my fellow mailing listers. At the time I started work on my site, Rob
was doing some first-class scrounging for his own links list. While I've used
some of his links for my nefarious purposes, some fell in the cracks for me,
but are worth your own bout of treasure-hunting.
- Loveslaves: The Pursuit
of Happiness Mailing List
- We're not a very boisterous lot with a
bunch of wacky dreams and theories to stuff your inbox, but we're bright kids
with great dedication and a hell of a lot of patience. If this sounds like
you (you poor thing), our fearless leader, the charming life-force known as
Amit Saha, has now moved us to Yahoo Groups so you can conveniently jump on
rickety train of love.
MonkeyX TPOH Reviews
- (this site is moving, and is unavailable
right now. We'll let you know when it's back, and you can get its Monteforte
mp3s on the Monteforte page.) While this lovely
music webzine isn't strictly about TPOH, the career overview, reviews of all
the albums (including Summer's Over) and Monteforte
page earn it a place here.
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- The Real Danny Michel Page
- Musician, singer/songwriter, webmaster,
ex-Starling guitarist/keyboardist, YakBak sampler, slot car and Columbo devotee,
Bowie disciple and the cutest damn tennis ball boy in all of music video.
(AND NOW HE'S NOMINATED FOR A FREAKIN' JUNO AWARD! WOO-HOO!)
He once opened for Moe, who later turned me on to him, and I'm eternally indebted.
Each gig leaves my heart light, my smirk softened and my brain gently shaken.
And Incompletely Conspicuous may not have gotten up without his clear
CD in my CD-ROM drive. If you load up this snazzy-ass flash
site (though you can get good info from the entry page beforehand), you can
hear three tracks off his current album, but we also recommend clicking on
the phone for the excellent answering machine messages.
Sitio Web de Falsificacion Danny Michel
- This is allegedly a fansite for Danny
made by these wacky kids who met him when he was on vacation in Mexico and
adored him so much they took over his .ca domain that he'd had before he got
his present snazzy-ass flash site listed above. Yet somehow they happen to
have a lot of the very neat stuff that was on his old site (foreign radio
interviews, etc.) and a brilliant "Who the hell is Danny Michel?"
video cut with ultra-exclusive footage taken throughout his long and storied
career. Hmmmm..... Mystery and hilarity closely aligned.
- Ben Folds Online
- Fine, so my second favourite band on Earth
has broken up, but its leader is back in the fray. Get news and samples from
the solo album Rockin' the Suburbs.
- Frank Maynard's Ben
Folds Five site
- Still keeping up with everything involving
my second favourite band on earth (which, again, has broken up...sniffle sniffle)
is the wise and very patient leader of the Magical Armchair mailing list.
- "Moe wrote short simple and
meaningful songs about life / And most of the time he got it right / Words
like conciousness over A, G and D / After two albums faded into obscurity...."
So wrote Anthony Mackey in "I Thought You Were Dead," by these scruffy
Irishmen with the lo-fi sound and the power-pop brain. You just have to visit
a site by a band that wrote a song about the Pursuits and has had a guitar
player named "Six Cans For a Fiver," even if they didn't have cool
- Nine Inch Nails
- Yeah, it doesn't fit in this list, but
you gotta be visceral sometimes. And it's a Cleveland thing. Also not the
least obscure band on the web - the link above is to the more-or-less official
site in association with nothing records. There's also the fan site (though
that term seems an injustice) Painful Convictions. As far as websites are concerned,
these guys are grad students and I just made it outta kindergarten, Front
Page Express in my Elmo backpack.
- The band that first kicked my head in
so I'd notice I had a brain in there. (And they never officially broke up...sound
familiar?) This Dutch site is simple but thick with info, kinda like the site
you're at now. The Stingchronicity
site is snazzier, but c'mon - Sting is in the title, for God's sake!
Arts Centre Orchestra Tour 2000 Multimedia
- So my friend in Ottawa filmed their tour
of Europe and the Middle East, and I discovered possibly the most kick-ass
website for any orchestra anywhere. Quit whining. Download the Beethoven Symphony
No. 1 mp3s and thank me later.
- The purest power pop this side of Marshall
Crenshaw with a website every bit as ingenious and cute (with brilliant artwork
by Toronto legend Kurt Swinghammer). Never mind the fact that Maury (one of
the most in-demand bassists in T.O.) has played with Danny Michel in Starling
and the Wedding Band, and Graham unwittingly contributed a sound card to the
birth of I.C's MP3 of the Week.
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- Sure, links for this are all over this
site, now that TPOH and Moe Berg have their own little home there.
But it's worth noting here because more and more, this is becoming the place
to be for Canadian artists who seem to fall through the marketing cracks.
Enjoy all the bios, sounds and merch from an array of genius Canucks from
Cowboy Junkies to Hawksley Workman to Moxy Fruvous to Rheostatics to that
Danny Michel kid listed up above in this list. Look for many of the Pursuit
Pals there too.
- Chart Attack
- Powered by my old buddies at Chart Magazine,
this is the best source to learn about what's going on in Canadian music,
onstage and in the boardrooms. Also has the listings for Love Junk and "I'm
an Adult Now" among the Top 100 Greatest Canadian Albums and Singles of All Time.
- Like their friends MapleMusic, Umbrella
is all about fabulous Canadian music, but they're also all about multimedia:
news, interviews, videos and radio streamed on Windows Media Player and lots
of mp3s (hey, they're the ones who tipped me that there's a WMP for the Mac!).
Admittedly, there's a smattering of old-fashioned text in the form of commentary
and a message board.
- Muchmusic's Much
- The best part of the Muchmusic site (though
the interview transcriptions are pretty cool) is this frequently-updated list
of entertainment stories, even including handy categories. When looking things
up, you'll likely run across lots of other bookmark-worthy sites.
- MTV News
- Man, I remember the days I could go online
every week and get the transcript to "The Week in Rock". It was
like I could hear Kurt Loder's world-weary voice embuing me with knowledge.
(Wistful sigh.) Well, it's still a pretty useful place.
- North By Northeast
- Younger sister to South By Southwest in
Austin, Texas, this conference and festival takes over Toronto every June
with hundreds of bands sharing wisdom (or lack thereof) and playing their
asses off. Of course, TPOH has played in it, and Moe is a perennial panel-member.
Oh, and be nice to the helpful volunteers, cuz I've been one of them.
- Songwriters Association
- In our Features section, particularly
through the columns Moe has written for Canadian Musician, Incompletely Conspicuous
fancies itself as providing a bit of wisdom for songwriters and bands about
somehow making it through your chosen wacky life. If you're Canadian, the
SAC can really help you. Known best as the gang who put on the Bluebird
North series, they have a variety of services to help you find your voice
and fight for your rights.
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sources of information
- Yes, this is also on the Source List for all the articles from the Sun newspapers
of Canada and for the TPOH biography in the Canadian Pop Encyclopedia, but
there are a myriad of other things to discover in there. From the Soundscan
charts to live streaming to original comedy to the hockey pool to the stocks
to the TV listing database, these kids have the country covered.
- An addictive TV station called CP24 is
the best idea Citytv god Moses Znaimer has come up with since...well, that
thing where the anchorpeople have no desks and stuff. If you want to know
what's happening in Toronto RIGHT NOW (news, weather, traffic, etc.), this
is where you go.
- For the weekly vibe on what's going on
in this fabulous town, there's Now and eye (the latter especially for the
club listings grid), and you can check for them in the Source
List. For the daily update, however, as well as more touristy
things, this is the first place to go. Also associated tightly with The Toronto
- The Canadian arm of Britain's Virtue Broadcasting,
these guys provide fine live and archived streaming from the worlds of music,
film, comedy and even business. Thanks to them, lots of folks around the world
have seen Moe in this year's NXNE Songwriters Circle. Also the place to find
the wacky Trailervision.
- Ahh, the Mother Corp. Tax dollars well
spent. Encorporating all the wonders of CBC TV and Radio. News like crazy,
and everything about every show under their banners. My fave sites here are
for the radio shows Definitely Not the Opera and Radiosonic (the latter counts Moe among their many
friends, for good reason).
- It's helped me find gigs on more than
a few occasions.
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- For every platform, for every level of knowledge: news, instruction, downloads coming out the ass. There should be a button on everyone's browser that goes directly to this thing.
- For Dummies
- Yup - most of my webmaster expertise came
from my reading Creating Web Pages For Dummies on a train ride from Winnipeg
to Toronto. (Hands up - who could tell? Yeah, I thought so.) That's also where
I got some of the utilities that nudged me forward: the Ant Template, Paint Shop Pro, WebLater and
- My transition from PC to Mac has been
not unlike puberty - ick. This magazine has been my Judy Blume. News, hints,
reviews, communities, hand-holding and the requisite snarkiness. Also, the
kids at Apple home office are pretty good at helping out, so it's well worth
going to their Support
- Absolutely invaluable, despite the fact
you may never be able to tear yourself away from it. Among the zillions of
links are my beloved TheCounter.com and
the Cool Graphics site I have linked at the bottom of this site's home page.
- Web Developers Virtual Library
- Helping out this very slow learning curve
of mine, there's wisdom there for every level of knowledge.
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- CIC Canada - Immigrating
- So why on Earth would someone from the
U.S., let alone anyone else, want to immigrate to Canada? Ideally, one just
does. That's how it was with me. If you want to as well, God help
you, and check out this government site.
- So last fall, we were at a 6 Ross party, and someone said, "Hey, have you
seen the Homestar Runner site?" And Chris Murphy and us said, "uh, no." So
we went upstairs to the computer and they cranked it up and we all laughed
so hard we cried. And that was more than two months before Entertainment
Weekly said it was cool. We swear. No lie. Really. Strong Bad emails
rock wicked hard.
- Even if you don't subscribe to their Premium service (buggers!), there's
plenty of intelligent writing to feast on in this online everyday Sunday paper.
And since you're a TPOH fan, the Sex section is always a must.
- Vice Magazine
- One could call this a "men's" magazine, if it didn't sometimes do things
that were so frigging brilliant. Fashion, music, sex; lunkheaded, offensive
and genius observations on everything. And Charlie Rose wrote a nice
letter to them, for God's sake! And if nothing else, check out the "Vice
Guide to Happiness."
- The Official Peanuts
- Because before there was Moe Berg, there
was Charlie Brown.
- Hint Fashion Magazine
- A fashion site so cool, it's unlikely any of us are really cool enough to
be looking at it, but that's the beauty of the internet. Highlights include
the "Inside Trax" music section and "Chic Happens," the
nastiest fashion gossip column anywhere.
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