Poor Young Things

Poor Young Things enjoy sitting together

This video was recorded during NXNE. I had made some unwise choices the previous evening and had a pretty terrible hangover when it was shot.

When I had arranged to film this video of Thunder Bay boys Poor Young Things and I playing Quarters, several days prior, I didn’t realize that Quarters was a drinking game. I don’t know how this happened. But it did. Here are the results:

Poor Young Things make rock music. If you’re a fan of Teenage Kicks, you’re going to like these dudes. Here’s the video for their song “Blame It On The Good Times”, which shows Toronto a lot of love:

If you dig it, comment below – I’ve got a an autographed copy of their 7″, Let It Sleep (as well as the CD of the same) – to give away to one of my readersYou can also buy the record now on iTunes.

Poor Young Things - Let It Sleep

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The Pack A.D. and Raina

The Pack A.D.

Disclaimer: If you don’t like ham, this might not be your kind of awesome-video-with-totally-rad-women-from-a-great-band.

Maya and Becky of The Pack A.D. come by to play a game of Rad Libs. Yes, Rad Libs. (Not affiliated with Mad Libs.)

Even better than their love of ham? Their music:

Oh, so good.

Catch them live at Edgefest on July 14th at Downsview Park! And check them out at thepackad.com.


Brendan Canning (of Broken Social Scene, Cookie Duster and Generally-Being-An-All-Around-Awesome-Dude fame) dropped by the apartment right before NXNE 2012 to talk about the NXNE Record Fair, who he’s going to see at the festival, and how you’re probably saying NXNE all wrong.

Oh, and we make a very practical record-related craft together.

You can catch Brendan’s DJ set at the NXNE Record Fair, which is happening Saturday, June 16th from 10am – 4pm. For all the info you need about NXNE go to NXNE.com.

Also, make sure you check out Brendan’s new project, Cookie Duster. They’ve released this video for their song “Two Feet Stand Up,” and it’s perfect if you’re looking for a poppy, fun song to dance to this summer.

Stay tuned to Rain’s World this week for more NXNE coverage! I’ll be telling you what I think you’ve gotta see and hear during this year’s festival.


Finally, My Deepest Secrets: REVEALED!

The rad folks over at Pink Mafia sent me 20 questions to answer – and, like the question-answering person that I am- I answered them!

So, if you’ve ever wondered what my biggest regret is, the best live shows I’ve ever seen are, or whether I like blondes or brunettes – today is your lucky day! Go forth and read!

HERE: http://pinkmafia.ca/blog/2012/05/23/20-questions-with-raina-douris-of-rains-world/


Papermaps on Rain's World

The highly lovely Dean Marino and Wendy Leung of Papermaps joined me in my kitchen for a little vegan cookery recently! It’s the second time grilled cheese sandwiches have made an appearance on Rain’s World (the first time was with Tokyo Police Club) – but it’s the FIRST time they haven’t actually involved ANY REAL CHEESE!

Caution: this video might change the way you view vegan food forever. Also caution: Dean and Wendy are really really nice people.

By the way: The Olympic Sized Triple-Double Decker Avocado Caramelized Vegan Grilled Cheese Speciale is TRADEMARKED. Don’t even try to steal that catchy title.

Papermaps, by the way, will be playing NEXT WEEK at the El Mocambo! May 25th, to be exact, at 10:45pm. Doors open at 9, and they’ll be joined by Mercy Now, Goodnight Sunrise and Rulers of the Moon.

They’re also going to be rocking NXNE, of course! Catch ’em June 14th at Two Way Monologues’ Showcase at Rancho Relaxo! Their set it at 11pm sharp and you can pick up your tasty NXNE wristbands right HERE.

Wait! One more thing before we go!

The beautiful and avocado-slicingly skilled Wendy has JUST released a new album by her side project, Wendy Vs. called Crayone Wars. Dean’s part of it as well, and you can buy the whole album on the Wendy Vs. bandcamp… right HERE!

Here’s what it sounds like. I think you’re going to like it a whole heap of a lot. I do!

Look out for Papermaps’ new album, they’re hard at work on it, and it’s gonna be rad.

Keep up to date with ALL things Papermaps at their website: PAPERMAPS.NET


Rebecca and Nathalia of Chains of Love graduated from charm school with top honours.

The lovely, well-mannered ladies of Chains of Love stopped by the apartment during Canadian Music Week to play a very civilized game of “Marry, Fuck, Kill” – which, for the uninitiated, is basically what it sounds like: you get three options (in this case, dudes), and you decided which one you would marry… which one you would have sexual relations with… and which one you would dispatch from this mortal coil. Also included: a hot girl burping on command.

Be warned: this is NSFW because of highly salty language. (Honestly, the word “Fuck” is in the name of the game… so if you don’t like it… don’t watch. Or turn down the volume and imagine that it’s the Care Bears theme playing over top instead.)

If you’re a fan of fuzzy, sexy, beachy, babe-y rock, you can download and stream Chains of Love’s album Strange Grey Days HERE, as well as check out their 7″ releases.

Follow them on Twitter at @ChainsofLuv, and find their Tumblr (the RIGHT one), HERE.

And as always, you can follow me at @RahRahRaina and LIKE me on Facebook!

CBC Radio 3 Interview

The dashing AND charming Graham Wright was kind enough to invite me onto his CBC Radio 3 show, RADIOGRAHAM, this past weekend to chat about Rain’s World. 

We talked about the challenges of creating an interesting interview, the joy of touring with a band and SO! MUCH! MORE! 

Listen to it here, in all of its auditory glory.

BIG thanks to Graham and CBC Radio 3!