Archive for June 2012

A wHole lotta…Grundge?

2012/06/28

Flagpole Magazine, 24 July 1991.

Can you see Hooded Fang?

2012/06/19

If you don’t have a microscope handy and can’t quite make out what this poster says, you should know two things: 1) carrots don’t help your eyesight, so don’t feel bad about not eating vegetables anymore. 2) Hooded Fang are coming back to Edmonton, and they’re one Toronto band you should keep on your music plate.

One of the first bands ever featured on this blog , they’ve been through Edmonton before, playing with groups like The Rural Alberta Advantage and Cuff the Duke. They’ve also been on some list that starts with the word Polaris.

Check them out when they hit the Wunderbar on Thursday night, June 21st. They’ll be playing with Parlovr and Goose Hut as part of the Pop Off Tour.

And if you turn into a pumpkin at night or aren’t old enough to vote, they’ll also be playing in Churchill Square as part of the Works Festival earlier in the day, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

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Art with the Works

2012/06/19

The Works Art and Design Festival starts this Thursday, 21 June, and runs until Tuesday, 3 July. It’s in Edmonton. It’s downtown, and full of enough music, art, and design to revitalize Mel Gibson’s career.

Take a gander at the full schedule at www.theworks.ab.ca

Punk Podcast

2012/06/19

Dr Lucy Robinson, from the University of Sussex, has graciously contributed a podcast lecture for the Edmonton Free School’s History of Punk course. Entitled “Gay Punks in T-shirts: AKA ‘I’ve sucked rock,” the talk delves into issues involved in gay identity and punk identity, as well as what the meaning of this picture is:

Please feel free to watch the lecture, and ask questions and leave comments on this page or in the History of Punk Facebook group.

Here’s a link to the lecture that should be open to all. Contact me if you have any problems:

http://echo.uscs.susx.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/525ec90f-cd53-4b4b-954a-72aa855715f8

Hopefully this will be the first in a series of punk podcasts, so stay tuned. A special thanks to Dr. Lucy Robinson, and happy learning!

The History of Punk, Class #7

2012/06/19

The Edmonton Free School
Saturday 23 June 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Not All Quiet on the Western Front: Punk in Eastern Europe during the Cold War”

During the Cold War, Western music had subversive implications for Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. In this seminar, we will examine what happened when the punk got through the Iron Curtain. Specifically, we will look at Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the USSR. We will also look at what happened when the Eastern Bloc variants of punk traveled to the West.

Just like last week, we’ll start with a short lecture, and then transition into our intellectual picnic format – so bring food to share if you can!

Readings:
Tomáš Pospíšil, “Making Music as a Political Act: or how the Velvet Underground Influenced the Velvet Revolution”
“Hungary Scene Report” Maximum Rocknroll #39
“Hungary Scene Report” Part II
Czech Scene Report – Maximum Rocknroll #42 November 1986
“Radio Free Lithuania” Flagpole Magazine
Dropping the Iron Curtain
“Personal Expression vs. the Powerful’s Repression”

Playlist:
The story of The Plastic People of the Universe
Plastic People of the Universe – ‘Podivuhodný Mandarin”
Plastic People of the Universe – “Slavná nemesis”
DOA – “General Strike”
Beats of Freedom Trailer
Dezerter – “Szara Rzeczywistość”
Bix – Saves Neapgausi


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One time, back in punk history…

2012/06/18

My friends just received this as a housewarming present. Their pal had carried it around with him since the show…

The History of Punk, Class #6

2012/06/14

The Edmonton Free School
Saturday 16 June 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Racism, Gender, & White Male Punk Privilege”

The punk movement is often generalized as largely male, white, and straight. Such a view, however, excludes many participants. This seminar will examine Riot Grrrl feminism, Homocore, and scene members that didn’t fit the typical stereotype.

This week we will be starting with a short lecture, and then moving outside to discuss things in our usual intellectual picnic format. Bring food to share if you can!

*Following the class, we will have a podcast lecture from Dr. Lucy Robinson, The University of Sussex, posted online.

Readings:
Lester Bangs – “The White Noise Supremacists”
Not Just White Noise Supremacy: The Diversity of the Underground Punk Network in late 1970s-early 1990s America
Kurt Cobain’s Interrogation of Hegemonic Masculinity
Gimmie Something Better, pp. 409-419
Grunge is Dead, pp. 303-314
Top 5 songs to play for someone attending a white pride rally
Joining the 27 Club isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be

Playlist:
The Replacements – “Androgynous”
Pansy Division – “Groovy Underwear”
NOFX – “Jamaica’s Alright if you like Homophobes”
Propagandhi – “the only good fascist is a very dead fascist”
Nirvana – “Been a Son”
Bikini Kill – “Double Dare Ya”
7 Year Bitch – “The Scratch”
The Gits – “Insecurities”
The Offspring – “Cool to Hate” 

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