Archive for August 2011

Thankfully & Sincerely: F&M is Here

2011/08/30

“Wish you were here.”

If you can think of a better term to invoke nostalgia, you’re a better thinker than I. It’s something people say when they miss someone, it’s the name of a Pink Floyd song, and it’s the title of the new F&M album.

And like it or not, nostalgia is something that a lot of people are going to be feeling over the next little while. With the 10 year anniversary of the attacks of 11 September 2001 only days away, self and societal-reflection over the past decade has already begun – its probably filling up your twitter feed, facebook statuses, and maybe even your thoughts.

As people look back, however, they can also look forward – and that’s exactly what F&M’s Rebecca and Ryan Anderson have done on their new album. Not only do they revisit three of their earlier songs, “Amsterdam,” “Walk to You,” and “I Pray for the Fog,” they create a beautiful rendition of the outlaw tragedy “Streets of Laredo.” The new music starts the album with “Music by the Sea” and “Old Photographs” and finishes it with “Goodnight” and “I Wish You were Here.” The blend connects the listener to a past seen in a new light, and leaves them pondering the future.

The Andersons, aided by Bryan Miot Reichert,  who all together could make soup from a stone, instill a depth of emotions that leaves the listener in a daze, and yet somehow refreshed. They also make blog writers compose extremely cheesy sentences, which is a power not many superheroes even have.

Oh, and speaking of nostalgia, 11 September 2011 also marks the 10 year anniversary of Nickelback’s Silver Side Up album, which of course, contained the single “How you Remind Me.”

Instead of getting out your old records from those ol’ boys from Hanna, Alberta – give F&M’s new album a listen. Coincidentally, it comes out today. Years from now, it won’t be a decision you look back with anything but warmth.

Find it here: Wish You Were Here on iTunes & CD Baby & Tix on the Square


F&M on the web: www.fandmtheband.com
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F&M on the CBC 3: http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/FM  

Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change

2011/08/25

On September 15th and 16th, I’ll be in Foggy London Town reading a paper at the Subcultures, Popular Music & Social Change conference. Folks like Dick Hebdige and Caroline Coon will be there too. Will you?

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Joe Strummer is spinning in his grave: Billy Bragg on Why Music Needs to Get Political Again

2011/08/24

Billy Bragg recently wrote an article for the NME on the need for alternative commentary in the wake of the rioting in London. The full version of the piece is up on his website and can also be found below.

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YEAH! Magazine: An Alternative to the Telephone Pole

2011/08/18

Seattle. The summer of 1987. Local musician and writer Wendi Dunlap decided to start a fanzine documenting the city’s flourishing music scene. Calling it YEAH! Magazine, Dunlap intentionally focused on the bands that other publications didn’t cover, like the Squirrels and the Fastbacks.

The Internet. The summer of 2011. Wendi Dunlap starts putting up digital versions of YEAH! Magazine online, over at her fantastic blog Slumberland. Giving the ‘zine a gander opens a doorway into the history of a diverse music community – that was right on the verge of making a huge impact on popular culture. Not all the bands made it big, but they all played a part. Dunlap helps shed light on their story.

www.slumberland.org
24 Years ago this week: YEAH! Magazine
24 Years ago this week: YEAH! Magazine #3

YEAH! Magazine #1
YEAH! Magazine #2
YEAH! Magazine #3

Wool on Wolves go out on Tour!

2011/08/18

Wool on Wolves are headed out on a Western Canadian tour. Here’s the dates:

Sept. 9 and 10 – Edmonton AB
Sept. 16 – Calgary AB
Sept. 17 – Camrose AB
Sept. 18 – Lethbridge AB
Sept. 19 – Penticton BC
Sept. 20 – Kelowna BC
Sept. 21 – Nanaimo BC
Sept. 22 – Victoria BC
Sept. 23 – Duncan BC
Sept. 26 – Vancouver BC
Sept. 28 – Kamloops BC
Sept. 30 – Grande Prairie AB
Oct. 1 – Red Deer AB
Oct. 3 – Winnipeg MB
Oct. 21-24 – Whitehorse YK

AND NEW DATES ADDED:

Thursday, October 6th – This Ain’t Hollywood – Hamilton, ON
w/ The Treasures

Friday, October 7th – The Dakota – Toronto, ON
w/ The Treasures

Saturday, October 8th – Maxwells Music House – Waterloo, ON
w/ The Treasures

www.woolonwolves.com
www.facebook.com/woolonwolves
http://twitter.com/#!/woolonwolves

“Somebody needs to figure out a new way to smash a guitar”

2011/08/04

it’s been a while

In the 1950s, we had beatniks and rebels without a cause.
In the 1960s, we had mods and hippies.
In the 1970s, we had glam rockers and punks.
In the 1980s,  we had metal and…other stuff.
In the 1990s, we had flannel and more flannel.

not just for lumberjacks

Then starting in the 2000s, we had…everybody dressing up like their favorite character from the last fifty years. The fashion became the passion, and folks with no connection to the subculture those styles came from regurgitated rather than invented something of their own. Often, these styles drew from music communities that formed around a particular grievance or attitude, – a relationship that can be symbolized by, say, reggae music and dreadlocks. Of course, the foundation for both of those was Rastafarianism, and anybody that knows anything about that branch of Christianity knows how stupid an affluent white person with dreads is. Or at least they should be stupid for not being informed on their stylistic choice, but nowadays there’s no meaning behind the styles – the superficial is all that matters.

This may be the reason why I’m still wearing the same clothes I had in high school.
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