“When Hipsters Dream of the 1890s” – an abridged version of my hipster essay is now in Briarpatch Magazine

May 7th, 2015 by LB

Briarpatch Magazine, one of Canada’s oldest lefty political mags, has published an abridged version of my earlier essay on heritage hipsters and colonialism redux. If you want to read the original and longer post (with a far drier title) it is here: Settler & pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, &c. Thanks to Briarpatch for republishing this essay & thanks to its chief …read more

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.  You can listen to their banjo-esque non-Northern-Ontario-ish neo-bluegrass murdery numbers at the link above. Music aside—and the imported Appalachia sound is a whole other issue—here I’m just going to look at their fashion, promotion and visuals. Identity stuff, in other words. Check out their bio (thanks to Braden …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”? When I then watched it again and had a fantasy of Tina Turner swaggering in there and knocking something over, a table maybe, or the narrative. Mountain Dew’s new soft drink is Dewshine, (click the link – it’s amazing), which they’re calling a “backwoods original.” I didn’t foresee Mountain Dew™ getting in on …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