Murder Murder

April 28th, 2015 by LB

Apparently this is not a renegade settler war party, it’s a new “bloodgrass” band from Sudbury in Northern Ontario called Murder Murder.  Listen to their banjo-esque non-Northern-Ontario-ish neo-bluegrass murdery tunes at the link above. From their bio (thanks to Braden for pointing this out to me): “Murder Murder is a Bloodgrass band (Bluegrass + Outlaw Country + Exclusively Murder Ballads) hailing from the frozen forests of the Ontario Northland. Their …read more

Mountain don’t

April 23rd, 2015 by LB

As a friend pointed out upon seeing this ad, “do we really need Mad Max meets Deliverance”? Then I watched it again and had a fantasy about Tina Turner swaggering in there and messing something up, preferably the narrative. Its new soft drink is Dewshine, (click the link; it’s worth it), which they’re calling a “backwoods original.” I didn’t foresee Mountain Dew™ getting in on the heritage hipster thing too, …read more

Craigslist: “For Sale: Vancouver City Hall. Cash only, please. No Questions asked.”

April 6th, 2015 by LB

__________________________________________________________________ Ha ha. Sadly, this Craigslist ad was quickly taken down, but not before lots of us took  screenshots and copied the text (a friend uploaded it to her Facebook). The ad only lasted only 23 hours; someone must have flagged it. Considering that it only went up on Easter Sunday and was taken down Easter Monday, some City Hall employee or Vision Vancouver party functionary must be pretty vigilant. …read more

“In the lonely cockpit of our lives” by Bifo Berardi

April 4th, 2015 by LB

Franco ‘Bifo’ Beradi, author of Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide, responds to the Germanwings crash, which is believed to have been intentionally crashed by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz I think this is essential reading on the Germanwings suicide crash. It is the only piece of writing that has echoed my own guess at what happened. This is an excerpt only; click here for the original article at Verso Books. “It seems …read more

Album: Native North America Vol. 1

March 9th, 2015 by LB

This is a superb and historically important album, a compilation of music by indigenous musicians in Canada 1968-1985. It’s telling that I had only heard one of these tracks before hearing the album; it points to a disturbing lack of airplay of native music during those years. This album belongs in every music collection in Canada and beyond. The record has received uniformly rave reviews. Read the Guardian article, and …read more

DSquared’s provocational fashion line & #Dsquaw hashtag

March 5th, 2015 by LB

Despite all the backlash to Ralph Lauren’s genocide chic advertising campaign last year, it seems designers have either learned nothing, or conversely they’ve learned that outrage is free and effective PR in the fashion world. This time it is a Canadian designer using racism and cultural appropriation to sell clothes. Not only is the new line shown by DSquared at Milan Fashion Week a creepy mashup of Inuit and First …read more