Archive for March 2014

The History of Punk, Class #22


The History of Punk
Monday 24 March 7:30PM
Location: Humanities Centre 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages & All-Welcome


Idle No More

It’s generally agreed that punk started in reaction to mainstream music and politics. Looking back on early rock ‘n’ roll with nostalgia, participants in the punk community set out to create their own cultural forms instead of consuming what was put in front of them. Disregarding what they were supposed to like put punks at odds with cultural, economic, and political institutions.

Of course, punks weren’t the first (or last) to do this. Understanding the tenets of punk, however is useful because it opens up a new way of learning, and examining a range of issues, movements, and cultures.

In this class, we will be taking a punk pedagogical approach to studying Canada’s treatment of indigenous people during and after the country’s Indian Residential School System was in operation for 116 years (1880-1996). Following Prime Minister Harper’s apology for Residential Schools in 2008,  the inter-generational impact of the residential school system was brought into the public consciousness. With the onset of the Idle No More movement, the anger at the residential school system moved to resistance – and to a resurgence of aboriginal culture.

This class is timely, because it is happening on the eve of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Alberta National Event in Edmonton. Running from March 27th to the 30th, it is the seventh and final national event.

“Duncan Campbell Scott: The Poet Who Oversaw Residential Schools”
“Hungry aboriginal people used in bureaucrats’ experiments”
“White Skin Didn’t Save Loretta Saunders From Colonial Violence”
“Fire Safety is Out of Bounds in First Nations”
“Idle No More protesters block QEII Highway”
“Historic Apology for Aborigines”
“John Howard restates opposition to indigenous apology”
“Ottawa forced to turn over reports of electric chair use at residential school ”

Midnight Oil – “Beds are Burning”
Midnight Oil – “Blue Sky Mine” 
Alexisonfire – “Dead Heart”
Neil Young – “Pocahontas” (live 2014)
Rellik – “Idle No More (feat. Nathan Cunningham)”
Blackfire – “Downfall” 
Blackfire – “Is this Justice”
Propagandi  – ”Oka Everywhere”


The Benefits of Music


Are you one of those people? You know, the type who used to go to a lot of local shows, but now there are kids to raise, house upgrades to worry about, and, most importantly, a new series of Cosmos on television?

So nowadays, maybe you’re one of those people who needs a really good reason to get out of the house and go to a show. You want to enjoy music like always, but also gain the sense of accomplishment you feel when you get the kids to bed on time, fix that leaky socket, and watch Carl Sagan’s protégé Neil deGrasse Tyson stick it to the creationists.

Luckily, a concert that will do EVEN MORE than that is happening in Edmonton on April 5th. Five amazing acts, F&M, The Gibson Block, Two Bears North, Jesse Northey, and Bombproof the Horses are ALL performing at the wonderful Avenue Theatre. Normally, that should be enough to get the biggest couch potato bolting to the gig, but wait: there’s still that really good reason to tell you about!!!!

All of these bands are getting together to raise money and awareness in support of the fight against Friedreich’s ataxia (FA).

Joel Kleine, from Bombproof the Horses, has been living with Fredreich’s ataxia for seven years. Although it has taken away his ability to walk and restricted his balance and coordination, it hasn’t stopped him from performing music. Nor has it prevented him and his wife Amanda from raising nearly $30,000 for the Friedreich’s ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).

“When something like this is so rare, and has such a strange name, it’s difficult to get momentum outside of your own community circles.” says Kleine.

That momentum, however, is vital to helping folks with FA.  

This event on April 5 will help support grow. It is bringing together bands across genres from folk to pop to rock, in one of Edmonton’s nicest venues. It’s not just connecting great music to the wider community, but also to a disease everyone should be helping to cure. Especially when helping can be so fun!     

All ticket proceeds from the concert will go to FARA. You can also find out more, and donate at the FARA website:

And join the Facebook event and spread the word about the show!

Cure Concert

CJSR Playlist 4


Here’s my fourth playlist on CJSR, from Friday 7 March!

1. Hooded Fang (Toronto)- “Clap”
2. The Suppliers (Calgary)- “Simple Man”
3. The Frolics (Edmonton)- “Ripe”
4. Wool on Wolves (Edmonton)- “Unsuspecting Ways”
5. Scenic Route to Alaska (Edmonton)- “Mountains”
6. Tyler Butler (Edmonton)- “Morana”
7. F&M (Edmonton)- “This Winter Revisited”
8. The Provincial Archive (Edmonton)- “Common Cards”
9. The Skips (Edmonton)- “Tightrope Walker
10. Dana Wylie (Edmonton)- “Tiny White Girl Blues”
11. Billie Zizi & Cam Neufeld (Edmonton)- “Cold Like That”
12. Colleen Brown (Edmonton)- “The Great Divide”
13. Tinariwen (Mali)- “Tinadrit in Sahara”
14. Vance Joy (Melbourne)-  “Riptide”
15. The Replacements (Minneapolis)- “I Hate Music”
16. Husker Dü (Minneapolis)- “Eight Miles High”
17. Prince (Minneapolis)- “When Doves Cry”
18. Choke  (Edmonton)- “Momentary Relapse”
19. The Smalls (Edmonton)- “Pity the Man with the Fast Right Hand”
20. Brothers Grimm (Edmonton)- “Hey Jude”
21. Public Enemy (Long Island)- “Most of my Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamps”
22. KRS One (South Bronx)- “Sound of Da Police”
23. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel (South Bronx) – “White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)”
24. Antony and the Johnsons (New York City)- “Shake that Devil”
25. The Frank (Red Deer)- “Slick Your Hair Back”
26. Shout Out Out Out Out (Edmonton)- “Never the Same Way Twice”


The History of Punk, Class #21


The History of Punk
Monday 10 March 7:00PM
Location: Humanities Centre 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages & All-Welcome


In this class, we will be looking at the characteristics of punk communities. This includes the elements that shape scenes, such as geographical location,  to the local institutions that exist, such as venues. We will also examine the factors involved in  a community’s development, such as marketability and innovation.

From New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Prague, Vancouver, to Edmonton, we will discuss the ebb and flow involved in a scene’s existence, and why communities eventually hit a crescendo.


Backlash on Nirvana


Bleach Review

Review of the Nirvana album Bleach in the Seattle Fanzine Backlash.