Archive for March 2012

Top 5 songs to play for someone attending a white pride rally

2012/03/23

I’ve never met a white supremacist, or at least a vocal one, but I’ve often thought about what I’d say to them if I did. I figured maybe – as a favor of one Caucasian to another – I could help debunk all their racists myths. You know, show them the holes in the articulate arguments used to support their hatred, such as the profound statement: “deyy toooke arrrrr jeeeeeeeebbbbs!”

And we ain't talkin' about Steve here.

Yep, getting into a socio-economic-political-and-other-hyphenated-words discussion was one option, but I have friends that have tried that and had their lives threatened, so I thought I’d maybe go with a more indirect approach. You know, just play them some songs and let them think about stuff for themselves.

So, if you are trying to get through to someone that is down on their luck, maybe blaming personal misfortune on others, directing their potential towards bad instead of good, or just a racist jerk – this might help. And if you live in Edmonton, now might be a good time to do this since there is a white pride rally planned for this Saturday.

These songs can be played in any order, but I’ve strategically arranged them for maximum impact:

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Vegemite Playlist

2012/03/13

You know when a song hits it big, and there’s that one person telling you they knew about it before everyone else did? That may have happened to you (unless you were that person, congrats) with the breakout of Gotye, and the song “Somebody That I Used To Know”, and the cover by Walk Off The Earth, and the cover of that cover. That person may act like a know it all hipster that’s got their finger on the pulse of what’s cool. Really, though, all they needed to know how to do was google “Australia.”

something else you might get if you google Australia.

Gotye’s breakthrough in North America was preempted by success in Australia – where everyone had already known about him for years. Thanks to important on the ground research I did, and the best radio station in the world, Triple J, I’ve assembled a playlist of Australian music that could very well include the next song covered by six people playing one guitar. You never know. At the very least, maybe you will get to be the hipster next time.

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Personal Expression vs. the Powerful’s Repression

2012/03/12

Personal expression takes on many forms. Got something to say? Write a song. Draw a picture. Compose a poem. Do a dance. Heck, you can even express yourself by going for a run – as proved by Kevin Bacon in the film Footloose. As everyone knows, Bacon used running and dancing to not only express himself, but to help solve his problems and save the youth in his town from the repression of Jon Lithgow. Oh, and I guess he used gymnastics too.

pick up your Sunday shoes, Kevin.

Lithgow thought he was keeping kids safe from the dangers of rock ‘n’ roll. He decided that music and dancing threatened youth, and used his authority on the Town Council to get them banned. He connected personal expression with societal ills that were a blight on respectable values, and kids’ safety. Dancing was a gateway drug to trouble.

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“Kony 2012:” Our Generation’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit?” Or is that still around the corner?

2012/03/08

Yesterday afternoon, I watched a 30 minute video. You’ve probably heard of it. It was slick, pressed all necessary emotional buttons, focused on an important topic, and carried a clear message. Since it also utilized all the right social media innovations, it was clear the video was going to go viral. It even said it would. Participation in the video event was based simply upon sharing it. By nightfall, it seemed like everyone with a computer had watched and passed it along. By morning, debate had polarized over what its popularity showed about an entire generation.

I’m not going to add anything to that discussion here, but what I am going to bring up is the other thing that is clearly on everyone’s mind: the music industry.

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Les Paul was a Pirate?

2012/03/06

(via WFMU, who got it via Modern Mechanix)

Edmonton is my Jam

2012/03/05

Say, have you heard about the new website, This is my Jam?

Don’t pull a Ron Burgundy and be fooled by the question mark I added in – it actually has a very descriptive name. All you have to do is join the site, pick a song you want to tell people about – and it becomes “your jam” for up to a week. Then you pick a new one. Since I’m lucky enough to have friends with their fingers on the pulse of stuff that’s hip, I found out about the site and started jammin’ about a month ago.

A very good, yet different kind, of jam.

Now that I’m getting the hang of it, I’ve decided all my new jams will have something in common: they’ll all be by bands from Edmonton. There’s so much cool stuff going on in the music scene here, it would be a silly shame not to showcase some of the songs, and use alliteration whenever possible.

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