Blog #360, FRANZ FERDINAND

WARDEN TRACKS:  I’m back from a quick little Summer vacation and the song I’m featuring today is from a band that I first saw in Seattle WA, shortly after their self-titled debut album came out in 2004.  The global praise that was heaped upon FRANZ FERDINAND for their first record was well-deserved and paved the way for a very fruitful career for this group based in Glasgow, Scotland.  When I first heard the lead single, “TAKE ME OUT,” it blew my mind because it was so refreshing… I couldn’t quite describe exactly what it sounded like; it was truly unique.  Since that famed breakout moment, Franz Ferdinand have kept the momentum going with a ton of super-cool singles and a handful of very convincing albums.  From their second album, “You Could Have It So Much Better,” check out the foolish video for the ridiculously good song, “DO YOU WANT TO.”
BY THE NUMBERS:  4 Amazing BBQ TIPS for tastier & healthier grilling this Summer (MensHealth.com)…  4 Times – so far – SyFy TV has churned out the SHARKNADO schlock (SyFy.com)…  5 Richest NHL arbitration deals signed over the past decade (TheHockeyNews.com)  8 Seasons confirmed for GAME OF THRONES, then it’s goodbye (HeyUguys.com)…  8 Simple Rules only had three seasons but its legacy lives on (GoodMad.com)…  17 Celebrities who think SnapChat’s butterfly crown filter Rocks (BuzzFeed.com)…  29 Delicious cocktails to complement your next BBQ PARTY (MixThatDrink.com)…  30 Facts about SAVING PRIVATE RYAN that may or may not be true (Tickld.com)…  60 Million dollars for JASON BOURNE in estimated opening weekend earnings (EmpireOnline.com)…  300 Metres is the depth of the world’s biggest saltwater blue-hole in China (TheGlobeAndMail.com)
OTHER LINKS:  Watch DAREDEVIL SKYDIVER freefall for 25 thousand feet intentionally without his parachute (Maxim.com)…  KILAUEA VOLCANO “grins” for chopper and spews liquid hot magma into the ocean (CTVnews.ca)…  MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL logo-morphing GIF visually pleasing to even non-fans (TheScore.com)…  POKEMON GO is the worst affliction to hit humanity this century (GQ.com)…  For some (many) unknown reasons, the RIO 2016 Summer Olympic Games are happening, Part 1 (Macleans.ca)…  For some (many) unknown reasons, the RIO 2016 Summer Olympic Games are happening, Part 2 (TheGlobeAndMail.com)
WIN COOL STUFF…  Tickets for Australian comedian, JIM JEFFERIES, on his “FREEDUMB” tour…  Movie passes for the sneak preview of the WWII thriller ANTHROPOID…  Tickets for “Hot August Night” at CASTROL RACEWAY…  Gift Cards for The CANADIAN BREWHOUSE…  The new album from The TRAGICALLY HIP…  Listen from 10am-5pm Mountain time every weekend to score kick-ass prizes…
FUN, FESTIVALS, FOOLERY:  TASTE OF EDMONTON in Churchill Square (July 21-30)…  K-DAYS at Edmonton Northlands (July 22-31)…  Servus HERITAGE FESTIVAL at William Hawrelak Park (July 30 – August 1)…  Edmonton FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL in Gallagher Park (August 4-7)…  ANIMETHON 23 at MacEwan University (August 5-7)…  INTERNATIONAL FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL in the Old Strathcona district (August 11-21)…  INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL at William Hawrelak Park (August 19-21)…  William Hawrelak Park in the beautiful #YEG River Valley (year round)…  WORLD WATERPARK at West Edmonton Mall…  For an in-depth look at LIVE MUSIC throughout Alberta, go here, and for all sorts of stuff happening in the Edmonton area, go here or here
#YEG PRO SPORTS (and some others):  ESKIMOS Football (CFL)…  FC EDMONTON Soccer (NASL)…  OILERS Hockey (NHL)…  Toronto BLUE JAYS Baseball (MLB)…  Toronto RAPTORS Basketball (NBA)…
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