Archive for May 2011

Krystle Dos Santos live at the Bend Lounge

2011/05/30

History doesn’t have the best memory

2011/05/28

The Second World War: While often remembered as “the Good War” in Western historical memory, it sure had a lot of not so good things happen in it. Contentious debate has arisen over the memory of the war (what we learn in school, and what we see in Steven Spielberg productions) versus what actually happened. For example:

From the top: An invading Nazi army? Nope, that’s the Red one – heading into Poland in 1939 to help Hitler carve up the country. Stalin was, of course, an ally of Nazi Germany until the Soviet Union was invaded in June of 1941. The next one: A starved civilian in German or Japanese occupied territory? Nope, that’s an image from the famine in British India in 1943. And the next: That’s the German city of Hamburg after the Allies bombed it to bits. The bottom picture is from Berlin in 1945, after Germany’s surrender.

Is World War II Still ‘the Good War’?
By ADAM KIRSCH
May 27, 2011, The New York Times

Wool on Wolves put on a video

2011/05/26

Wool on Wolves, no strangers to articles on this here blog, have made a video. Its shots are immersed in the familiar sights of Edmonton, and it carries a good tune. It’s a mix that shows all the brightness one can find in a city caught in the depths of winter.

An American Composer in Prague

2011/05/26

In 1970, a young American composer named Martin Bresnick traveled to Prague to present a short film. He had written its score. As a member of the Students for a Democratic Society and a musician, Bresnick was no stranger to the relationship between politics and music, especially directed towards protest of the Vietnam War. Behind the Iron Curtain, he experienced this relationship again – in a city that had shorty before suffered a harsh reprisal for attempts at liberalization.

“Prague 1970: Music in Spring”
By MARTIN BRESNICK
May 25, 2011 The New York Times

GERARD LEROUX/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The above picture is from 1969, and highlights a tragic, and far too common form of protest:  “people of what was then Czechoslovakia paid tribute to Jan Palach, a student who had set himself on fire to protest Soviet occupation.” (thanks nytimes)

Turn up your radio!

2011/05/18

Like punk? Like radio? Than you are going to love Punk Radio!

http://www.punkrockers.com/radio/

The past IS unwritten: National Jukebox plugs listeners into the sounds of the past

2011/05/13

Recently the Library of Congress plugged in the National Jukebox, giving people with an internet connection access to its music archives.

You can give the jukebox a kick from here: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/

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When a university degree just isn’t enough

2011/05/09

So the other day, the most important (and only) writer for this very blog was interviewed by the Globe and Mail for an article on the merit of a Bachelor of Arts degree.  So before starting with the jokes, here’s the article. And by the way, whatever “hilarious” jokes you think of, from getting a job at McDonald’s to making a really good latte – they’re already in the comments section.

“When a university degree just isn’t enough” by James Bradshaw. The Globe and Mail, 9 May 2011