Now Streamable! 50 Perfect Songs for Summer 2015

Anthony's Playlist for the Summer of 2015

2015 Summer Playlist Cover Art

Okay. I know I’ve already posted my Summer 2015 Playlist. But here’s the thing: I know you. You’re lazy. You don’t want to have to click here and there to hear those songs. That’s just too much work. And then, some of those links have those damned ads you have to endure.

Well, my friend. I have a treat for you. Call it Radio-AFI, call it AFIRadio, or just call it crazy! Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can listen to the Summer 2015 Playlist through iTunes on your very own computer!

And – as an added bonus – there are 4 bonus tracks! That’s right. The original playlist consisted of only 46 songs, but this special streaming edition is padded out to a perfect 50! AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!

Click Here —>  Summer 2015 Playlist Stream Here’s what you do: click on the link above. You’ll see a dialogue box like the one below. Click ‘OK’ download Once you click ‘OK’, your iTunes will open and, Bob’sYourUncle, the music will play!

Now, I would suggest you put your iTunes on random. In standard play, the stream will play the songs in alphabetical order – except for the bonus tracks at the end.  Nothing wrong with that. But I find Random the fun way to do things. And just so you don’t feel like those bonus tracks are just padding to make a nice round number, I have to tell you that I was ashamed that they weren’t in the original list of songs. So— Enjoy!

Wait…. What? You don’t… you don’t want to stream them? You just… you just want to have them??? Some people are never happy… well… alright… Tracks 1 – 10 Tracks 11 – 20 Tracks 21 – 30 Tracks 31 – 40 Tracks 41 – 50 Each Zip file is about 50Mb. Don’t say I never did nuffin fer ya. But take advantage quick. The stream will stay up, but the zips will only be here for a couple of weeks.

Now, seriously. I want to know what you think of the playlist. What would you get rid of? What would you add? Does it work for you? Or… Do you have any questions about the list? I’d be happy to answer anything you ask.

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Summer 2015 Playlist – Yes! It’s here already!

Yes, I know it’s not technically summer yet. But I can’t wait.

I’ve been pining for golden heat for weeks now like a norwegian blue pines for the fjords. So, in an effort to push things along, I sat down and put together my 2015 Summer Playlist. And I’ve been listening to it non-stop for a week now.

Put it on random – that’s the best way. There’s a number of tunes that have been kicking around the lists for a while – I call them perennials; you know, like the flowers. There’s a couple of real old tunes and some new ones. It’s all very ‘UP’ music. What I like best is when a song just makes you want to open your chest and let the warm world in. Most of these songs do it for me.

So… Here you go – in alphabetical order by artist name.

Let me know if you give the list a try and what you think of it.

updateokay, someone asked for UTOOB links to songs… so I’ve added those I could find.

Anthony's Playlist for the Summer of 2015

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1. Anya Marina – Miss Halfway
2. Anya Marina – Not a Through Street
3. The Beatles – It’s All Too Much
4. Blue Lu Barker – Don’t You Make Me High
5. Bob Dylan – Narrow Way
6. Bob’s Your Uncle – Closet Door (link not available)
7. Danny Michel – Another Love Song (link not available)
8. David Lindley – Mercury Blues
9. Electric Light Orchestra – All Over the World
10. eX-Girl – E-Sa-Ya
11. The Flaming Lips – Turn It On
12. The Flaming Lips – Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
13. Hans Conried & Chorus – Dressing Song (Do-Me-Do Duds) – from the soundtrack of ‘The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T’
14. The Kinks – Harry Rag
15. Klaatu – Perpetual Motion Machine
16. Klaatu – Sub-Rosa Subway
17. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Elenor
18. Mickey Gilley – The Power of Positive Drinkin’
19. The Mighty Sparrow – Drunk and Disorderly
20. Molly Johnson – One Hundred Cigarettes (the video in the link is NOT Molly Johson)
21. Mose Allison – If You Live
22. Paul McCartney – Another Day
23. Peter Gabriel – Big Time
24. Petty Booka – The Tide is High (link not available)
25. Pink Turtle – Sultans of Swing
26. Puffy AmiYumi – Boom Boom Beat
27. The Pursuit of Happiness – Looking for Girls
28. Ringo Starr – Snookeroo
29. The Rubinoos – Surf Trek
30. St. Vincent – Cruel
31. Holly Partridge (Streets & Houses) – Dear Hilary
32. Holly Partridge (Streets & Houses) – Come Back Radiator
33. Talking Heads – The Big Country
34. Timbuk 3 – Grand Old Party
35. Tom Waits – Lucinda
36. Tom Waits – Young at Heart
37. U2 – Wild Honey
38. U2 – Paint It Black
39. U2 – Everlasting Love
40. U2 – The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
41. Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians – Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee
42. XTC – All You Pretty Girls
43. XTC – My Train Is Coming
44. XTC – Hold Me My Daddy
45. XTC – Let’s Make A Den
46. XTC – I’m the Man Who Murdered Love

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My Answers to 4 Questions about ‘The Whipping Man’

Pacific Theatre’s publicity folks sent me some questions about the show I’m about to direct for them. The great thing about this sort of thing is that it helps me focus on the play in a different way than just visually. Hopefully, something in my replies will tempt you to come see the show.

Here’s a brief blurb about the play:

The Civil War has come to a bloody end. On the eve of Passover, a critically wounded Confederate soldier returns to his ruined home – where two family slaves wait, and the three men must sort through the sordid legacy of slavery.
Featuring Tom Pickett, Carl Kennedy, and Giovanni Mocibob
“Haunting, striking, and powerful.” New York Times
“Masterfully grapples with issues of family and freedom during an era of uncertainty and fear.” Huffington Post
STRONG LANGUAGE AND PHYSICAL TRAUMA

And here’s the Q&A:

What excites you about this story?
As Canadians we generally consider ourselves free of racism. We’re quite smug about the racial tensions that bubble up within the USA, thinking that we’ve gotten over that sort of sordid squabbling up here. But really, our form of racism is more insidious and subtle. It expresses itself through entitlement, cultural segregation and appropriation, and a laziness with regard to exploring and understanding other cultural perspectives. And I see these themes being scratched at in this story where people of two minority groups are struggling with how to deal with each other once a new regime has been announced. Through a simple story – and there is really nothing remarkable about the story at all – we’re giving a multi-faceted look at racism on both a personal and systemic level. The story is framed – both historically and ritually – within events of reconciliation; yet, there’s a tenuousness and fragility that is really quite frightening.

Slavery is often seen as a historical issue, how does this story connect to current issues?
I think slavery is really only a symptom of one of the worst of human characteristics: this tendency to separate into distinct groups and demonize those other groups; and slavery is just one step away from genocide on the demonization spectrum. The fact that some Canadians are delineated as Asian-Canadian, Afro-Canadian or Indo-Canadian and yet, for some reason, I am entitled – as a person of northern european descent – to be delineated as “Canadian”. Why are these hyphens necessary for some people and not others? Why can’t every Canadian citizen be called “Canadian”? This, in my mind, is an example of the notion that “some are more equal than others”, and it’s an issue I wrestle with myself. I think that as long as we have this notion of difference, we are still subject to sliding down that spectrum of demonization.

Another part of slavery is the issue of rights. We’re a culture that’s big on “rights”: free speech, religion, privacy, the list goes on. However, we often demand these rights at the expense of the rights of other people. We forget that with every right comes a responsibility: a responsibility to afford those same rights to all others and consider how exercising those rights affects the lives of those around us. If I have a right to carry a weapon, I have a responsibility to ensure that no-one is threatened or harmed unduly by that weapon. I have a right to express myself in any manner I desire – but I also have a responsibility to recognize the effect my words may have on how others think, feel and act. I think this is quite relevant to the here and now – especially in light of terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and media outlets deciding whether or not to run potentially offensive cartoons. As a society, and in a world that keeps getting ‘smaller’, we’re still trying to figure out how to balance this tension of rights and responsibilities – and the characters in The Whipping Man are just starting that journey.

Tell me about the creative team – what are you looking forward to about working with this group?
Drew Facey always brings in an amazing sense of place and artistry to a production. I’ve not seen a design of his that didn’t serve the script beautifully – even when the production as a whole seems to fail, his designs succeed. Laughlin Johnston has worked deft magic with lighting and he’ll do the same with this one. I get to try out a new costume designer in Amy McDougall and that’s always a frightening and exciting prospect. Jeff Tymoschuk is a master of cinematic soundscapes and this script, with its historical setting, will give him huge scope within which to play.

What do you foresee as the biggest challenge for this play?
I think balancing the personal histories of the characters against the larger historical setting will be something that we have to be very aware of. We think we know what the story is about. It’s about slaves getting their freedom. Well, yes, but that’s merely a generality. We’ll have to be more specific than that. We have to get into what this new set of rights means to these specific people and what responsibilities are conferred to them along with those rights. If the production is to be immediate and relevant, it’s in that struggle that we need to engage the audience. Otherwise, it becomes a mere historical piece.

The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez opens February 27 2015 at Pacific Theatre. Purchase your tickets here.

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Why I’m NOT going to see ‘The Interview’

Okay, let’s get this straight. Sony spends lot of money making a movie and advertising about the assassination of North Korea’s leader. Then, they get hacked and threatened. They decide to cancel the movie because of the threat to viewers. Then the president, yes – The President of the United States – declares that the movie should be released as an act of defiance to those who would try to suppress Free Speech and the American Way. And then! The day before the previously scheduled release date, lo-and-behold: Sony announces that, yes, the movie will see a limited release! Freedom and Democracy are safe! Victory is declared!

The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco

The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco

Have you ever heard of a better marketing plan? And for a movie which is probably a piece of crap, anyway? Americans, out of a sense of duty and nationalism will flock to the theatres tomorrow. To see a movie starring a pair of so-so actors known primarily as purveyors low-brow sophomoric humour.

Maybe I’m just a cynical Canadian with a distaste for jingoism and corporate manipulation, but I have to tell you that I saw it coming a mile away. It’s almost as bad as the production that went into convincing Americans that they had to go to war with Saddam Hussein. I humbly suggest that instead of showing your national pride and belief in freedom of speech and democracy by going to see The Interview, you rent or download or borrow from your local library the Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman masterpiece from 1997 Wag The Dog – a movie with frightening prescience of what a desperate government (or corporation) will do to get public support.

Wag the Dog starring Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman

Wag the Dog starring Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman

And then, VOTE every chance you get. Spend time reading boring policy platforms about what your political hopefuls stand for and want to do. But VOTE.

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I’ve Landed in Calgary!

So, I’ve arrived. Weather is good, insects are biting and I have a nice little walk into downtown to the theatre.

We had our readthrough yesterday and by golly, if it ain’t a good cast. Aside from me, not a clunker in the bunch.

I haven’t found a decent coffee joint yet, but my perambulations have only been in business district. I hope to get a little further afield in the next few days. Sadly, the area around my house is pretty much all houses… no commercial concerns to speak of aside from a 7-11 which seems to have driven a couple of more traditional, independent, mom&pop general stores out of business… ah well.

So, I’m working at Vertigo Theatre, acting in their production of “Farewell, My lovely” an Aaron Bushkowsky adaptation of the Raymond Chandler novel. I love the Film Noir and I just got finished watching a bunch at the annual Pacific Cinematheque Film Noir Festival. I think in the next entry I’ll post a list of my fave FN Films.

Farewell My Lovely

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Have you donated to your favourite theatre lately?

I found this fun quote:

Theatre is life Film is art.  Television is furniture.

If you have cable, you are probably paying $1200 a year for FURNITURE.
If you take a friend to a couple of movies a month and buy popcorn, you are probably paying around $400 a year for ART.

How much is LIFE worth to you?

 

I don’t know what other theatre companies are doing but I just happen to have heard that Pacific Theatre is very close to reaching their goal for a matching-funds grant.  You can help them buy clicking the image below!

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I answer 20 Earth Shattering Questions for “Vancouver Presents”

Meet actor Anthony F Ingram who next appears on a Vancouver stage as John in the Bleeding Heart Theatre and Xua Xua Productions presentation of David Mamet’s provocative play Oleanna.

Oleanna plays the Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr) May 6-18.
Tickets and more information is available online at http://bleedinghearttheatre.com.

20 Questions with Anthony F Ingram

Anthony F. Ingram is Vancouver born and bred, having lived away from his home-town a total of one year out of forty-seven when he trained and worked at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. In addition to that training, he is a graduate of UBC and Studio 58. He’s been nominated for Jessie Richardson Awards as a director and actor, winning Best Actor for his performance as a serial killer in “Frozen”. He’s toured across the country with a number of theatre companies and has even played in San Jose California with Electric Company’s “Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla”. In his spare time, Anthony reads extremely long novels, children’s picture books, watches Japanese films, tries to be a writer, and collects odd cover versions of popular songs. Anthony is scheduled to appear in Aaron Bushkowsky’s new play “Farewell, My Lovely” at the Arts Club next season.

Find out more about Anthony online at or follow him on Twitter.

1 Your first job.

My Dad got me a job working for the Safeway Bread Plant that used to be just South of Marine Drive on Fraser Street. I was sixteen or seventeen. He’d worked grave-yard there for years. My first night I had to clean these huge machines, using an air hose to blow all the bread crumbs out of the machines … I was caked in sweat and bread crumbs by the end of the night.

2 The job you always wanted as a child.

I always wanted to be a rock star. – still do.

3 Your pet peeve.

Having started driving again after not having a car for thirteen years, I’d have to say the people who change lanes without signaling in advance or AT ALL, drive me right round the bend. What makes you a good driver is being predictable, so that other drivers can adjust safely to your actions.

4 Your hero.

My wife. She’s constantly coming to my rescue.

5 Your biggest indulgence.

Sleep. I can never sleep too much.

6 One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).

I once spent a night drinking with Kevin Spacey.

7 Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

A subscription to the New York Times crossword, a guitar, and Garage Band.

8 The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

“Bro.” And no, we’re both white and we’re not related.

9 If you were not an actor what would you be doing right now?

Begging for change on Granville Street. Or, feeding worms.

10 Hero or villain?

While I think people who prey on others are completely reprehensible, I’d have to say that, given the choice, I’d choose villain; for the simple reason that it’s probably the less stressful lifestyle of the two. Heroes have to make decisions based on pesky things like morals. They have to make important value judgments all the time, like “hmmmm, should I save the kid from falling off that bridge or should I stop the bomb from going off in the bank?” Villains have it so easy. They just do what they like when they like. That’s the easy life, man.

11 Your life’s motto/mantra.

I have two: “Limitations lead to innovation.” and “Furniture is Death.”

12 Your favourite playwright or author.

Really impossible to pick one person. W.B. Yeats, Howard Barker, Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie, David Mitchell, Noel Coward.

13 The last book you read.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Charles Dickens’ last (and unfinished) novel.

14 If you were a breakfast cereal what breakfast cereal would you be?

Fruit Loops.

15 What will it say on your grave marker?

That’ll do, pig.

16 Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Anyone who doesn’t talk too much, doesn’t expect me to talk a lot, and is going to pick up the tab.

17 Your idea of happiness.

I think I would achieve happiness if I could feel the freedom to live and create without fear of failure and ridicule. This fear is the most paralyzing thing in the world. It’s easy to call it procrastination, but really it’s not. It’s fear. And it’s mortally debilitating.

18 If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?

Find better things to spend your money on and stop trying to act like an adult.

19 The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Ummmm … that I’ve survived. Well … really, I suppose it’s that I’ve been able to get a handle on my depression with the help of a great doctor and a patient spouse and have been able to beat down the demons for the last few years.

20 To be or not to be?

Not.
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