Live Shots: Plants and Animals – NXNE


Plants and Animals have come a long way since the release of their self-titled debut in 2002. Although the Montreal-based trio initially began as a fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants instrumental project, the band has called upon new sounds (and voices) over the past decade to create what they refer to as “post-classic rock.” Plucking inspiration from Mick Jagger, Arcade Fire, and Hunter S. Thompson, Plants and Animals wowed NXNE fans at the Yonge-Dundas Square stage.

Plants and Animals Press Shot: Plants and Animals

The Slacker’s Guide to Xmas Shopping


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, sat a panicked music journalist frantically clicking a mouse…

If you’re also burning the midnight oil scouring the lists of old Saint Amazon in search of a few last minute gifts, don’t panic just yet, we’ve got you covered with our Slacker’s Guide to Christmas Shopping:

For the Music Nerd:


Crosley Portable USB Turntable – $160

Paste Magazine Weekly MPlayer (Weekly Mixtape) – $0.99 an issue or four issues for $2.99

Will Hermes – Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York that Changed Music Forever – $19

The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 Vinyl Complete Singles Box Set – $155

Lego-inspired portable iPod/iPhone Speakers – $19.99

Paul Frank Skullcandy Earbuds – $24.99

Jim Jerome – All Access: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Photography of Ken Regan – $42-$47.25

For the Handlebar Mustache Wearer:

Chunklet Industries’ The Indie Cred Test – $18

Mr. Mustache Tote Bag – $20

For the Art Collector:

Arcade Fire Lithograph – Via PencilPaperInk on Etsy – $15

Quentin Tarantino Set of 3 Art Prints – Via MonsterGallery on Etsy – $10

Baby Bowie Lithograph – Via The Mangusta on Etsy – $15

For the Fashion Conscious:

Vintage Grandpa Cardigans – $0 (if they’re real Grandpa hand-me-downs) – $60

The Descendents Festive Holiday Sweater – $? (These puppies are currently sold out on the band’s webstore, but we’re holding out for a second run)

Vintage Levi’s Denim Jacket, the Older the Better – $5-$50

(Ryan Gosling is unfortunately not included)

Vintage Oxfords – $5-$50

Clarks Desert Boots – $110

Retro Casio Watch – $30

Tortoise Shell Ray-Ban Wayfarer – $129-$190

Reindeer Ring – $7

For the Musician:

Wilco Guitar Strap – $65

Rocksmith for Xbox 360 and PS3- $59.99

Standard Guitar Picks – $0.99-$2.99

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 – $69.99

For the Boozehound:

Kah Day of the Dead Tequila – $45.99

For the Environmentally Conscious:

Threadless Water Bottle – $11.99

For the Student:

Kikkerland Retro Pens – $4.49

Swiss Army Messenger Bag – $20-$30

Molskine Notebook – $5-$15

iPad 2 – $499 – $699

For the (Unisex) Skincarer:

Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Cream – $12.99

St. Ives Apricot Scrub – $2.99-$3.50

J.R. Watkins Lip Balm – $2.30

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