When thinking of what to do for my 40th birthday earlier this year, I thought “Why not take a trip to Chicago?” It had been nine years since my first visit there in 2011, and I really enjoyed what I saw of the city (when I wasn’t melting under the sun at Pitchfork Festival). I thought it would be a great way to do something fun, while not making a big deal of it.

With what has happened over the last few months, it obviously meant that a trip over the border was not in the cards. So over the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about what it means to turn 40, and have been doing a lot of reflecting on my life up until now.

Inspired somewhat by Hanif Abdurraqib’s recent playlist project SIXTY EIGHT 2 OH FIVE, I started looking back at the music that shaped meI didn’t go into quite so much detail, as I can’t even imagine how much work and research was involved in putting his site together. Instead, I looked back on music that played an important role in my life and put it together in a chronological (as it relates to my musical discovery) playlist.

My early years definitely skew towards popular music/my parents’ taste but these are all songs I have vivid memories of while growing up (with the obvious exception of “kids songs”).

I was a bit of a movie fan growing up, so some of the musical tastes were inspired by what I was watching at the time, as well as what I was into at the specific time itself. I should also note that there are bands on this list that appear much later than when I first knew of them, or listened to them, but I opted to choose the song from the time in my life that they really became a staple band for me. I should also note this playlist was made with Spotify, so there are a few songs I would have included but couldn’t have due to not being available, such as “All Good” by De La Soul (feat. Chaka Khan), “Parkin’ Rock” by Zoobombs, and “Howl at The Moon” by The Paint Movement (only 2 of which I was able to find videos for).

Anyway, it’s been fun reflecting over these last few weeks, and putting this together. I will continue to add to this list as new songs/bands emerge in my life, and will be posting some photos over the next little while from some of my favourite concert memories (including ones from my pre-shooting days). Thanks for following along.

Photos: Daft Punk @ Arrow Hall. August 5, 2007.

In an effort to sort through and clean up my storage space, I’ve decided to cull through photo sets, trash the completely unusable photos and post a bunch online from shows I have shot in the past. There will be no specific order to this, or designated day for these posts, it’ll just be something I do when I have some spare time.

First up, is Daft Punk from the Alive 2007 tour.

Photos: Cass McCombs w/ Sam Evian @ The Horseshoe Tavern. Mar. 11, 2019.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to photograph Cass McCombs & Sam Evian at The Horseshoe Tavern. The photos were posted last week at Live in Limbo, so give photo a link to see the respective sets.

Cass McCombs @ The Horseshoe Tavern. Click to see more photos at Live in Limbo


Sam Evian @ The Horseshoe Tavern. Click to see more photos at Live in Limbo

Weekly playlist #9: PAUSE

Hey there. Well, in case you didn’t notice, last week I didn’t upload a playlist. A few changes came up in my day-to-day life the last couple of weeks that took a much larger chunk of time than I expected, so for this week I’m presenting a longer playlist without the notes, as I have previously done. I aim to be back next week with a newly updated playlist, for now I present to you Week 9 & 10.

If you have an upcoming event that you would like included in the weekly concert list, or would like your music considered for the weekly playlist, please email me at ryan@tunesinto.ca.