Archive for April 2012

Scott Cook: a storyteller to bring you back home

2012/04/27

If Albertans were superheroes, our power would be the ability to drive really long distances. Really. Talk to someone from the United Kingdom, and they’ll tell you driving somewhere more than a mile away is “really far.” Albertans, on the other hand, won’t even be fazed by a quick round-trip from Edmonton to Calgary, or a jaunt to Vancouver to see a band that doesn’t feel like crossing the Rocky Mountains.

On these long drives, soundtracks are as vital as caffeine and gasoline. Music not only keeps you awake, but adds something to the drive that makes it mean more than just a journey from point A to B.

Fellow Albertans, or anyone else that has this power to drive really, really, far: you know when you’ve been on the road for what seems like forever and you’re finally on the last few miles until you’re back home? The sun is starting to set, the other passengers are asleep, and you know you’re just about there?

That’s what Scott Cook’s music sounds like.

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Vote for Joe!

2012/04/27

Joey Keithley lives his life by a basic formula: Talk – Action = 0. Since the mid-1970s, he’s not only played in a great punk rock band, but he’s usually out on the front lines of important causes before other “activists” can even organize a photo-op. Now he’s taking his inspirational attitude straight into the conventional political arena.

Last week, he told the crowd at his free acoustic show at Permanent Records in Edmonton he was thinking of running for the NDP in the next B.C. election. This was followed by a tweet last night which said: “I am working on winning an NDP nomination for the next provincial election in my beloved BC We can change this world into a better place.” And, in the National Post, an article appeared under the headline “Prominent punk rocker seeking NDP nomination.”

No word as of yet if Keithley will be using his nickname “Shithead” during his nomination campaign, but one thing is for sure: it’s about time punk rock hit Canadian politics, and there’s no one better suited to do it than him.

Top 5 things to remember when voting in the Alberta Election

2012/04/23

1. Even Ayn Rand died on social security.

2. You might be healthy now, but what happens if one day you aren’t?

3. There is a difference between free speech and condoning hatred.

4. When it comes to the planet, Science is a pretty reputable field.

5. Schools need $300 way more than you need a night at the pub.

we’re just a material province in a material world

2012/04/22

Look up from your computer. Now, don’t look back again. Instead, look at the person walking by wearing the nice hat. Sure looks like a normal, well-adjusted individual, hey? So nice they might even be volunteer coach for the local adolescent sports team. Don’t be fooled by this friendly exterior, because it might only be hiding something dark and sinister:

A hatred for the arts.

Who would have thought?

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Class with a Mosh Pit!

2012/04/05

Recently, The Edmonton Free School got up and running. It’s just like it sounds – a free university in Edmonton that anyone can participate in. Also, there aren’t any grades. I’m putting together a course on punk, and since the trifecta of punk is DIY, community, and participation, the more people that get involved the better.

So go have a look at the course proposal, come up with some ideas, and let’s get learning!

http://edmontonfreeschool.com/new-course-proposal-punk/

this IS for you…to read.

2012/04/03

Here’e a link to my MA thesis, This is Not For You: The Rise and Fall of Music Milieux in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, 1950s -1990s.