Jay Reatard

I’ve never heard of this guy, Jay Reatard, but I bought his CD from Sonic Boom Records just for the amazing cover art

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Disco toilet at Otto’s Berlin Doner

It wasn’t long ago that Otto’s Berlin Doner opened in Kensington Market. I’d heard word from a few people that it was worth visiting for the restroom alone. I’ve since been a couple of times and aside from the great German fare, I was very happy to see their disco toilet

This was from my first visit (which happened to be the second disco toilet I’d seen in Canada after Restaurant Mozza in Montreal):

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The second disco toilet I've seen in Canada

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And I went back a few months later where I realized there was a second disco toilet stall next door:

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Press the red button! A return visit to Otto's Berlin Doner in my beloved Kensington Market

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Also be sure to check out my post for Otto’s Bierhalle which has since opened up at Queen & Dovercourt and has a similar themed toilet


Back to the S**t!

Millie Jackson

Back To The S**t! – a toilet-themed record cover by R&B songstress Millie Jackson that’s occasionally voted the worst cover art ever!

When I first heard of this a few months ago I just knew I had to get it for my friend Alex for his birthday. I looked in every record store in Montreal but it was nowhere to be found & I gave up. Finally, less than a week ago I chanced upon Sonorama, a store I’d never been into before, they had a Millie Jackson section but not this specific record. I was about to leave but decided to ask a staff member if he’d seen it, just in case. He reached down under the counter and there it was 😀


Disco toilet

Spanning a number of blocks along Saint Catherine East in Montreal is The Village, famed for its LGBT-friendly strip of bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

I visited the rather elegant Restaurant Mozza Pâtes & Passions along said strip and was very impressed to discover this disco toilet, complete with a playlist featuring 80’s gold such as Cyndi Lauper, Abba and Sylvester.

This is toilet art at its finest!

Restaurant Mozza 1

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Restaurant Mozza 3

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Restaurant Mozza 5

 

And in case you feel like dancing along to some Abba, here’s a short video I took inside this very welcoming washroom:

 

Big thanks to the community at Reddit for suggesting this as one of Montreal’s most impressive washrooms.


Fast Forward

I love finding a toilet when I least expect it. In this case, while browsing the shelves of Amoroso Music, I stumbled across this CD cover art by a British-born, New York-based composer called Fast Forward:

Fast Forward

Same Same is an experimental release consisting of three tracks, ‘Simultaneous Music,’ ‘The Yin-Yang Merger,’ and ‘Feeding Frenzy,’ recorded live in NYC between 1990-1994. As explained at AllMusic.com:

Three wonderful ensemble compositions from the uplifting, lighthearted, and generous mind of Forward. Simultaneous Music is for six players who prepare their parts independently, never rehearse together, and are asked not to listen to each other for cues, etc. In this recording, the combination of melodic strings with percussion, voice, electronics, pedal steel, television sound, telephone books, dishes, turntables, stamping, etc., provides some rare moments. The Yin-Yang Merger is intended as “a meeting ground for acoustic and electronic music” and is scored for a battery of percussionists, voice, electronics, and Ben Neill’s “mutatrumpet.” Feeding Frenzy is a project about the “fabrication, composition, and consumption of food” — food and cooking hardware are used as instruments, and the score for the work is a set menu listing each of the courses. A delight for the unhurried.

It’s definitely interesting avant-garde music, to say the least! A great $10 spent for a very unique addition to my music collection.