Monthly Archives: May 2010

Chasing Content – The Best of June

I’ve decided to launch a new feature here on Silent Cacophony.

This is how it is going to work. I’m going to look back at the posts I did last year at this time and highlight some of the best ones from that month.

I will start off every month this way so we can look back at the month that was and anticipate the great content for the month that will be.

This feature is going to be called Chasing Content because there is no reason these posts should just sit in the archives.

You can read all of the posts I did last June or you can click on the links below to read these notable ones. I’d appreciate new comments on these posts as well. Thanks!

Learning Doesn’t Stop in the Summer – I gave my students homework at the end of the school year last year. I plan on doing the same thing this summer and I hope to get a better return on it.

The New Cities – I got a chance to interview this major-label band. It was the first non-rap interview I had done in years and I was honoured to be asked to do it.

J. Michael Straczynski Autograph – I met this amazing writer at a comic book convention and was honoured to get his autograph.

Drug Mart Sign Confusion – I love this post. I never did write that letter to the editor but this post sparked some discussion online and at my school.

A Day in the Life of a Supply Teacher – A great guest post that received some amazing comments and sparked another teacher to write a follow-up post. Any teachers out there are welcome to write something for my Teaching Tip Tuesdays feature.

It Took Me Injuring Myself to Realize… – It’s a long story that I told over a few different posts but I really hurt myself last year at this time. I’m so glad that I was able to recover from what could have been a serious injury. It really makes me appreciate my health and all that I do have.

3 Reasons To Always Back In

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Here’s a safety tip – Never pull into a parking space that you can’t get out of by simply driving forward.

I know that it might seem like a hassle to back into parking spaces all the time but it really is the safest thing that you can do.

I’m writing this post in response to a few very tragic stories that have been in the news recently, stories of children being accidentally run over by a vehicle.

I always back in to any parking spot because it’s safer for a few different reasons. Number 1, people can see you coming and when they see you start to back up, they will keep their distance. Number 2, when you are driving, you have a great view of all that is around you. When you back up, you will already have done a cursory scan of everything in the area.

Backing into a spot allows you to pull out of it immediately. You don’t need to check and see if there are any hazards behind you. Ideally, you should walk around your car prior to getting in to see if there are any obstructions in front of you. Then you look carefully before you pull out.

I realize that there are times when you will need to pull into a parking spot. If you can’t find a pull through spot or you cannot back in, please take extra car when backing out. People around you might not realize that you are going to back out.

The best thing you can do is to roll down your window so you can hear what is going on around you. Next, you should “never go faster than a young child can walk.” This was the advice given by Amanda Blitz on CHCH News last week.

I’ve always backed into parking spots but it wasn’t always for the above reasons. I used to think that putting the car into reverse right away was bad for the engine. I used to think that I might need to jump in my car and go somewhere so quickly that I wouldn’t want to waste time having to back up. These might be good reasons, they might not be but the reasons I mentioned previously definitely are.

So please, take care when you are operating a vehicle. And always back in.

Joe Quesada Autograph

Joe Quesada is the editor in chief of Marvel comics. He has also written and drawn Daredevil comics. I bought this single comic because it was left out of Volume 1 of the hardcover collections.

I met Joe Quesada at a comic book convention a few years back and I got him to autograph this book for me.

This is the the second post where I have shown you some of My Daredevil Collection. I have a few more things, including some more autographs that I will share with you here in the future.

Have a great weekend!

MC Moore Interview Wraps Up

This is Part 2 of the MC Moore interview I did at the Jack Richardson Music Awards last month. If you missed Part 1, you can go back and read it now. You can listen to the interview right here (there is a player at the bottom of this post), you can read the transcript, or you can download it for free. Enjoy!

Chase: “The current way we consume music is almost killing the album. Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins says he isn’t going to release albums anymore. He’s gonna release 44 songs, release them gradually, and make an opus out of that. Ivan Ives is doing the same thing. He’s releasing one song on the first of every month. I’ve been buying those because I love what he’s been doing and I’ll be putting it in a collection and at the end of the year so I’ll have a ‘First of the Month’ album.

I like albums. I don’t just want to listen to singles. I’m bumping Brother Ali’s ‘Us’ like crazy and quite a few different albums right now.

MC Moore: “See, that’s the thing. If the music is there people will want it. That’s what’s so awesome about this digital revolution because all you need is a laptop. If you make a bad album, everyone’s heard it before it’s come out. I’m really interested to see what happens in the next 10 to15 years with all these trends.”
Chase: “A few years ago, I thought this was going to destroy new music because I didn’t think anyone would want to release new music when everyone steals it. But almost the opposite has happened because there is a lot of new music coming out. And just like the old days, you gotta dig to get to the good stuff because what you’re served on pop radio or Much Music or MTV or any of those things is not necessarily the good stuff. You gotta dig for it.”

MC Moore: “And if you want to sell it, you have to take it out there yourself, you gotta take it on the road, you gotta meet your fans and sell them your CDs. Some people call that the hard way but that’s how it’s done.”

Chase: “But that’s not the hard way, that’s how it’s done. Even at the panels, they were saying that you have to have your live show and that has to be tight, and you have to go out there and get known from that before you even think about selling anything.”

MC Moore: “I’ve heard CDs where it’s amazing but then I see a live show and-”

Chase: “Yeah, well they can trick you because they have all
sorts of trick they can do in the studio. But you have to have that live show. In the old days, we called that ‘paying dues’ whereas nowadays, I see too many artists who have a MySpace and a Facebook and they’ll be rhyming over someone else’s track.”

MC Moore: “This goes back to why I’ve been ignoring MySpace and Facebook. I see the hottest looking Facebook or MySpace page. ‘I got all this going on and I look so awesome,’ and some of them, their music is fast food.”
Chase: “Well, we pretty much live in a disposable culture, especially in music. I’m a blogger and I work at the radio station so I get stuff sent to me all the time. It’s almost like the listeners expect us to play new music all the time too. Well, you know what? I still wanna bump Blu and Exile from 2 years ago because that album is just so amazing. I know that Daddy J really likes to spin Frankenstein and his old stuff too. Good music is timeless and we don’t always have to be focused on what’s new and hot.”

MC Moore: “A lot of people call me a purist. I don’t really think I am but I pretty much only listen to pre ’94 hip-hop, I’m sampling records, I record on a hard disk still too.”

Chase: ‘Wow, that was a golden era though.”

MC Moore: “There’s something about it, even just the analog sound, the crunch of the drum, the short sample times that made people really innovative as to how they made their music. You have people now who have days of sample time, if they’re even sampling. The music that is coming out now just seems like it’s fast food.”

Chase: “Exactly.”
MC Moore: “There really is good music but it seems harder and harder to come by.”

Chase: “That’s the one thing I like about podcasts because there are so many good radio shows. I used to tape CFMU shows and I’d tape the Mastermind show every week on Energy 108. And now I don’t need to do that because there are good shows outta Ottawa and Montreal and Hamilton and the UK and I listen to those podcasts all the time.

Here at DOPEfm, we spin that purist kind of stuff but it’s the new stuff because it is still being produced. If you listen to our signal, I think you’d be surprised and might actually say ‘This new stuff is pretty good.’ A lot of the new stuff we play, no one has ever heard of. Gamma Krush is constantly digging through the Internet to find good music.”

MC Moore: “It gets tough too because when you are so focused on your own music, and you got your friends dropping albums so you’re squeezing those in, it gets harder and harder to find new music. You go to shows and you meet people and you’re getting so much music just from hand-to-hand from meeting artists. I mean, I don’t even turn my radio on anymore.”

Chase: “I never listen to the radio either, just the podcasts really. I never listen to an actual radio signal, it’s weird.”

MC Moore: “I haven’t had a computer for over a year now. I need to catch up. I know that. I’ve just been doing shows and getting stuff hand-to-hand and doing it that way. Like I said, I just got sick of going online and seeing all these overproduced MySpace pages from people who have never even rocked a stage, have never even been on a stage.”

Chase: “That’s wrong. You gotta pay your dues. I know that is old school but you really do need to get out there. You can’t just produce music in your basement.”

MC Moore: “Paying your dues is not a MySpace page, paying your dues isn’t having all your friends as your fans on Facebook, and not going to a hip-hop show. I’ve missed maybe 3 hip-hop shows in the past 3 or 4 years. ya know what I mean?” That’s paying dues.
How many shows have me and NGA played? empty shows, dues are being paid, learning your skill, meeting each other, ya know, we met at an empty show. That’s paying dues. It’s not a MySpace page.”
Chase: “Good advice for any up and comers out there.”
MC Moore: “Totally. You don’t want you music being viewed by the world when it’s premature.”

Chase: “Yeah, too many people will say, ‘I recorded this. I gotta put it out.’”

MC Moore: “Of course when you drop an album, I dropped my first album in Grade 11 and of course, you think it’s the hotness. But when I listen to that album now, I thank God that there was no MySpace.”
Chase: “Yeah, Classified has a lyric like that. He says, ‘My fourth record was the first I really liked’ and you can’t find his first three unless you really search for the. He’ll give you the last four though.”
MC Moore: “He has a selected discography. But it’s a natural progression.”
Chase: “But that was a cool way to pay dues because when he first started, the Internet was so young and it was just message boards back then and I remember seeing his name all over the place. It was several years later before I actually saw him. He actually paid his dues. He took a long, hard road to get to where he is at.”
MC Moore: “Well for years, he was hitting every single town, regardless of the population, regardless of anything. He went from town to town, paid his dues, and kept meeting people. And here we are today and he’s selling out every time.”
Chase; “It was crazy the crowd he drew here.”

MC Moore: “He sells out every time he comes. He’s a perfect example of how it’s done. You make your music, you do it yourself, you take it on the road, you sell it, you keep going, you go home, you make another album, you go out, do it again, there’s 5 more people at that show, you do it again, there’s 15 more people. Here we are ten years later and he sells out shows everywhere. It’s a success story.”
Chase: “It’s good to see that Canadian hip-hop has grown too. Before it was a handful of names and now there’s quite a few.”

MC Moore: “The music is absolutely phenomenal that’s coming out of Canada and it always has been. It’s just the industry is now here. That’s just the way it seems to be.”
Chase: “That’s why I’m impressed with these Jack Richardson Music Awards and how they are recognizing hip-hop because a lot of Awards don’t. Well. good luck at the awards tonight and thanks for taking the time to sit down with me. We’ll spin some of your tracks now and wrap this up.”

MC Moore: “Thanks.”

Chase: “Alright, peace!”

MC Moore Interview

I had the chance to interview MC Moore at the Jack Richardson Music Awards last month. You can listen to the interview right here, you can read the transcript, or you can download it for free. Enjoy!   

Chase: “Alright everybody, this is Chase March and I’m here with MC Moore. You’re nominated for a JRMA tonight.”

MC Moore: “Yup, for the second time.”

Chase: “So you are in a few different groups and you’ve released some solo material as well too.”

MC Moore: “I haven’t really dropped a solo album since ’07. I dropped a mix tape in ’08. I’ve been doing a local hip-hop night every two weeks in London. I got the Mullet N Steps out now and the band that I’m in, The People, we just dropped an album and toured it too.”

Chase: “You’ve worked with some underground legends like Fritz the Cat, Fresh Kils, and Ghettosocks.”

MC Moore: “That whole crew just took us right under their wing and just completely took care of us in the best possible way. I have nothing but good things to say about the whole Backburner posse, Alpha Flight, and Top Billing posse. We did one track with Toolshed with Fresh Kils and that lead to that whole album pretty much.”

Chase: “So how long have you been emceeing?”

MC Moore: “I did my first show when I was 18 but I’ve been rapping for almost 10 years now. Ya know, ya freestyle for a couple years, then you get into writing raps, and doing songs-”

Chase: “And then you get a bit more serious about it and then it takes off from there. You said you just came back from a tour?”

MC Moore: “Yeah, with The People. We just did 7 shows just in Southwestern Ontario and had a great time. It was our first tour and it was a lot of fun.”

Chase: “What kind of a response are you getting on the road?”

MC Moore: “It’s awesome. We’re quite the mix, I mean, we all rap but our guitarist sings and out drummer was in a punk band. We have a bassist who raps and plays bass. We have DJs. So we have people who don’t like hip-hop who seem to be feeling what we’re doing. And of course, people that are into hip-hop feel it too. So, it’s working for us.”

Chase: “That’s cool. Do you have an online presence?”

MC Moore: “I’ve basically been off the Internet for a few years now. I’m just in a big transition period where I haven’t dropped anything solo in a while. I’ve been all over the place and I’m just really enjoying making music with The People and I’ve just been letting my solo stuff slide, which is getting fixed in the next year.”

Chase: “It’s good to see you making moves but you do need to be on the Internet in this day and age because if people hear about an artist, that’s one of the first places they go. And when I went there to check out your stuff, all I found was your old stuff and had I stopped there, I wouldn’t have paid you much attention. I’m glad I looked further though and met you because I really like your Mullet N Steps disc and work you are doing with The People.”

MC Moore: “Mullet N Steps is on MySpace. We have our own website for The People at That’s all taken care of, you know what I mean? Rappers are lazy, man. Like it or not, rappers are lazy. I’ve just been letting my own, the MC Moore stuff-”

Chase: “It’s not just rappers, it’s musicians too because a part of this weekend’s events were seminars. I went to one on how to market yourself as a musician and it was primarily musicians there. I think I was the only one from the media. Anyway, it was interesting to see because they asked the audience, ‘How many people have an email list?’ and no one put up their hand. So I guess musicians in general want to focus on their music, they don’t want to focus on the business side.”

MC Moore: “Exactly. You need people. But it’s a natural progression where it’s gotten to the point now where I’m looking for someone to take care of that for me. I’m looking for that, all in conjunction with working on a new solo record. But like I said, I’ve been up with the Mullet N Steps and The People lately and been having a lot of fun with it.”

Chase: “So how do you go about writing your songs? What’s your process?”

MC Moore: “For years I used to just take a beat and sit on it and try to figure out what that beat was saying to me. Ya know, what that vibe was on that beat and trying to match the proper vibe with that beat. That used to work until recently. We’ve gotten into digging records now, we’re sampling, we’re making our own beats instead of getting beat CDs from people we know. We’re taking it back and I’m really enjoying that.”

Chase: “Yeah, I think sampling is something that has been missing in hip-hop lately.”

MC Moore: “I see it coming back. Look at Kayne West. He’s sampling soul records.”

Chase: “Of course, the only problem with sampling is that people want to be greedy and charge you crazy amounts to use a sample.”

MC Moore: “In the game we’re in though, no one is suing you unless you’re making money. Canadian hip-hop, especially people that are sampling, it’s pure. No one’s clearing samples. How many labels are there in Canada even that are pushing it out on the radio, know what I mean, and getting it heard to the point where people will pick up on it.”

Chase: “Even so, I think that sampling has its place and sampling is not necessarily wrong. I mean, if you’re taking some old sound and you’re making it new or you’re chopping it up so that it’s almost unrecognizable, but someone recognizes it, ya know, you’ve done something new with that.”

MC Moore: “Yeah, you’ve made a new composition. Have you see the movie ‘Copywrite Criminals?’ That movie is out right now and I only caught the tail end of it but that’s what the whole movie is about, taking something and turning it into something new and whether that’s a crime or not.”

Chase: “Well, that’s been done all throughout history in every art form. What’s interesting is that I read a blog post recently where there was a book released where somebody took other authors’ works like paragraph for paragraph and put in into a new book, a completely different thing, and just footnoted them all at the end. I think rap needs a footnote system because if we credited them so people could see it then maybe we wouldn’t have to pay for it.”

MC Moore: “You gotta think too, if it wasn’t for hip-hop, would people even be paying homage to this incredible artists? Really? I mean, of our generation? Would people even still be buying that many records? All the heads I know, they got crates and crates and crates and crates of records, and they know their music and they know who played bass on what record and would did drums there.”

Chase: “And that’s missing today because everyone just downloads and there’s no liner notes, nobody knows anything about it. The music almost, to me, doesn’t mean anything unless I have the product. I appreciate that you gave me your CDs here because I can flip this around, I can read it, I can touch it. Ya know, with an MP3 you can’t do anything with it really. I think that limits some people’s perceptions on the music because music is just everywhere. It’s like, ‘Oh, I download this, I don’t care about it,’ move on to something else. So if you have the product and you go to a show and meet the artists, then you’re more invested in it as well.”

MC Moore: “It’s getting tough now too. I mean, people are selling download cards and gig sticks. It’s getting to the point now, do you buy big bulky boxes of CDs or a business card case full of download cards.”

Chase: “I prefer the CDs.”

MC Moore: “I prefer the CDs as well. I would love to have a 12-inch at every show but your whole CD collection can also go right here now.”

Chase: “In your iPod. Yeah. Those things are tiny now.”

MC Moore: “I went to the pawn shop to buy a Discman because of my CD collection but I couldn’t do it. Am I gonna spend $30 on a discman or $40 on an iPod. I mean, I just got rid of my walkman 5 years ago.”

Chase: “I love cassette tapes. Before I got this laptop, I actually recorded the Classified interview on audio cassette. I took it to my friend and she put it into the computer for me and digitized it. He thought that was hilarious because he used to have the same tape deck.”

MC Moore: “I miss tapes.”

Chase: “Yeah me too. The problem with tapes is that they do get old, they wear out, and then they stop playing.”

MC Moore: “But so do CDs, so do records. But you can’t beat the sound quality. All the tapes I have in my car, I can’t put them past half.”

Chase: “I remember when CDs first came out. I was like, ‘I’m never buying a CD ever. Compact? How is this compact? I can fit five tapes in my jean pocket, I can’t fit one CD in my hip pocket.’ I used to go out with tons of tapes in my pocket, my walkman, and extra batteries. That’s how I rolled. Nowadays I’ll see kids in my class that have an MP3 player and they only have 20 songs on it. ‘Aren’t you bored of those same 20 songs?’ because I had like 200 tapes and I used to change them all the time. Even with my MP3 player it sucks because I don’t change songs around on it often enough so it’s the same thing all the time.”

MC Moore: “With tapes and records, it also seemed that you had to have a better product. You could listen to the whole tape. You could listen to both sides of the tape. You could bump that tape for six months.”

Well that ends Part 1 of the interview. Come back tomorrow to read Part 2. You can click on the player at the top of the post to hear the entire interview right now. You will also hear some great music by MC Moore and as an added bonus, a nice mix-set after the interview. Check it out and leave a comment below. Thanks!

The LOST Mixtape

“Making a mixed CD is an art. When done well, the end-result is a beautiful, well-constructed piece of work… A true mixed CD requires thought. It’s a recipe, a thought process, an expression.”*

With that said, I’d like to present you with “The LOST Mixtape”

I made it partially because things have been up in the air for me a bit lately. I’ve been feeling kind of lost. That tied in with the LOST television series finale that aired this weekend and sparked the idea for this tape.

This is a mixed tape where all of the songs blend into each other. It’s based on the show and focused around the theme of being lost.

I hope you enjoy it.

Create a playlist at

You can also download this tape for free, Side A and Side B

Oh, and just for fun, please leave me a comment either here or on Twitter about this mix. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the theme, the song selection, the order of the songs, and how they tie in to the LOST television series. 
The best comments will be put into a draw and you could win something. I’m not sure what yet but it will be cool. However, it might just get “lost” in the mail (I’m kidding.)
*Quotation is from “Tape That” by Roxanne Hathway-Baxer from Andy Magazine: 100 Mile Music Issue, Spring 2010

Teaching Tip Tuesday – Super Bucks!

This is a cool art lesson that is aimed for middle or high school students but I have used it successfully with Grade 3, 4, and 6 classes. It builds upon the techniques we touched upon last week here on Teaching Tip Tuesday.

Once the students are familiar with the 5 Shading Techniques and have had a lesson to practise them, they can apply them for this project.

The project is called “Super Buck” and it gives the students a chance to use these techniques to create an original dollar bill. They need to come up with an unusual amount for their currency, a make believe country, a motto, and a picture to go with it.

I make sure that I have examples of dollar bills from around the world to help inspire them as well.

I found a series of worksheets a few years ago that I printed off and I’ve taught this lesson using them. However, I recently found this great website that has those resources and many more.

This is the planning sheet and checklist so the students are familiar with the assignment.

And here is a sheet that guides the students through creating a ribbon to use on their brand new made up currency.

For more detailed instructions and resources on this project, please visit this really cool website.

If you are a teacher and have a great lesson to share, please consider writing a guest post here. Teachers helping teachers is what this is all about.

LOST – End of an Era

First off, there will be spoilers in this post. If you haven’t seen the finale yet, please click away. 

Okay, here goes…

I haven’t been there since the start of this series. I only discovered it on DVD last summer. I whipped through all of the seasons quite quickly so I was able to watch this final season unfold with all of you loyal fans.

I must say that I really didn’t like this season. I felt that they didn’t do a good enough job of providing us answers to the many mysteries that have unfolded over the years.

I was a bit critical of the first five episodes of this season. They almost “lost” me as a viewer. Since I hadn’t put years into watching the show I felt like I could just walk away from it. But I’m glad I didn’t.

Tonight’s finale would have been near perfect if not for a few things. I could break down all the problems with this season, the unanswered questions, or the missing characters and story lines but I’m not going to do that. Instead, I am going to look at this finale as just that, an ending.

A good season finale should tie into the pilot episode. Everwood did it perfectly and to this day remains the best finale of all time. I was hoping that Lost could do the same thing but I knew that it had problems early on this season and wouldn’t be able to deliver that perfection to us. That being said let’s look at this episode.

Jack became protector of the island and he did his best to keep it safe. However, he made a mistake, just like its previous protector, Jacob, had done. Jack knew he had to die in order to make things right and to fulfill his true role. Before Jack marched bravely to his death, he passed the torch on to Hurley.

Jack crawls out from the river and lies down on the grass of the island. This was the exact image we got of him in the pilot. He is just lying there, hurt, but unlike the pilot he is not confused or disoriented. He has completed his mission.

The best part of this scene was that a dog comes out of the woods, just like in the pilot. It’s Vincent. The dog lies beside Jack and we can see that Jack is now happy and fulfilled. He looks up at the sky and sees a plane go by. It’s Oceanic Flight 815. Everyone on it is going to be okay.

Juliet saved them all when she was able to get the bomb to go off and Jack brought it all home with his actions in this last episode.

At the end of the episode when Jack realizes that he has died, his father tells him that not everyone in the church is dead. “There is no now,” he tells him. “Some died before and some died after.”

I really don’t like that this scene took place in a church in the flash-sideways continuum. It would have been more significant for it to be at Charlie and Eko’s church on the island. That would have been perfect.

Nevertheless, I’m happy with how the story ended. I know some people are gonna read the whole story wrong since it ended in a church. I don’t think the story was about purgatory. They weren’t all dead. They needed to learn some things about themselves because they were all lost at one point in their lives.

They are no longer lost.

And Hurley is going to continue to help people by bringing them to the island. We can see this from a few different moments this episode.

First off, Hurley didn’t know what to do when he became the protector of the island. Ben Linus suggested that he let Desmond leave the island. Hurley told him that it didn’t work that way. To which. Linus said something along the lines, “You’re the boss now. You’re good at protecting and helping people. You can make new rules.”

Hurley likes Ben’s suggestion and asks him to help him in that duty, to which Ben says he would be honoured to do.

So we see that the island has a purpose. It helps redeem people who have lost their way. Everyone on that island that we’ve come to know from these six seasons needed that experience. 

We get this from his dailogue with Ben Linus at the end. “You were a great Number 2,” says Hurley to which Linus replies, “And you were a great Number 1.” Perhaps someone else has the job now and they have both found themselves too.

That’s my take on it. I’d appreciate hearing from you. Please leave a comment. Thanks!

Rap Round Table

This is one of the best compliments I’ve ever received. It really made my day and I just had to share it with all of you.

“Washed away in a tide of SEO-grabbing blog posts, there’s actually quite a bit of interesting, entertaining, valuable, and just plain writing out there… if you look for it. Call me a dreamer, but wouldn’t it be great if there was a hip hop magazine that somehow managed to stay in print and keep the following writers on payroll? If only… ’til then we’ve got the Rap Round Table, a new feature that aims to highlight the week in writing. Enjoy:

Profiles and Interviews:

Lucy’Lo of 84.85 Interview; Pt. 2; Wrap Up by Chase March”

from –

I was very surprised and quite honoured to see my name included on this inaugural list. I am thankful that my efforts here are getting recognized by a notable blog.

I would love to be paid for my writing. I hope it happens one day.  It’s pretty inspiring to see a comment like this. Thanks Ivan!