Archive for the ‘music’ Category

RIP Alan Vega

Monday, July 18th, 2016

RIP Alan Vega of the band Suicide. I’ve had a crush on him all this time. Goodbye, Alan, goodbye. 2016, you are a pitiless year.

America, America / Is killing its youth:

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I Can’t Stand The Rain – Ann Peebles, 1973

Friday, July 8th, 2016
Ann Peebles, blonde fro

For friends in America in these terrible days, a favourite from my childhood, probably because of the combination of Ann Peeble’s voice and the sound effects of the production. If you like Al Green or Southern soul in general you will probably like this.

Wherever we see racism and violence, may we step in the way of it.

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The women of the cast of Hair on Broadway, 1968

Monday, July 4th, 2016
Female cast members of Hair on Broadway 1968 - in Esquire Mag

Back row standing: Suzannah Norstrand, Melba Moore, Marjorie LiPari, Lynn Kellogg, Emmeretta Marks. Middle row: Natalie Mosco, Lorrie Davis, Diane Keaton. Front row sitting: Shelley Plimpton, Leata Galloway

Progress isn’t a straight line, so feminism isn’t on a straight line either. There is something in this photograph that now seems entirely lost.

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Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Purple is associated with mourning as well as all the better known things—royalty, magic and spirituality etc. Somehow I’d forgotten this until Prince died.

I am so gutted by this news, I don’t even know what to write. I’m just going to think of every comma as a paisley from now on, in his honour.

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This is what the 80s were really like: a permanent Rickroll

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

I was there; I should know. As one caption to this video read, very accurately, “this is what it was like 24/7.”

I went looking for clothes the other day but everything was 80s, badly printed shirts and high waisted jeans the colour of skim milk.  Looking at this stuff I had a visceral memory of the daily Rickroll that was living through that decade.

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Album: Native North America Vol. 1

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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.

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