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Recording the Edmonton Music Scene

2013/02/17

The other day, my car was broken into. The thief smashed the window with a hammer, and grabbed the bag that was sitting on the passenger seat. The poor guy probably figured there was something of value in it – it was a really nice satchel, given to me by an awesome swim team when I finished coaching with them.

Unfortunately for this robber, just like the bag, its contents were really only valuable to me. It contained a couple notebooks with stuff from the History of Punk class I teach, and guest lectures I’ve done over the past couple years.

Obviously, this isn’t a big deal because I can just copy and paste all the information from Wikipedia again, where like all good academics, I plagiarized it from in the first place.

The only thing Wikipedia doesn’t have that my notebook did, however, was the information I was compiling on the Edmonton Music Community. I had a pretty good database going, with a list of local bands, record labels, activists, venues, writers…basically anything local associated with the scene that I could find.

Now it’s gone, but if there’s one thing a thief can’t steal from my car is the internet. I’ve decided that creating a record of the local community is much safer online than in my Buick. So, I’ve started a tumblr page which lists the great stuff going on here in Edmonton.

Which, by the way, looks like this from space:

Edmonton From Space

Check the Tumblr out here:

And join the Facebook group here:

Please add anything you’d like to the Facebook group…except for classifieds…there’s already lots of groups doing that really well already.

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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You Have a Friend Request. It’s America.

2011/07/05

Ever wonder what would happen if the United States of America joined Facebook?

Well, this here link will take you to a good guess of what would likely be on the USA’s wall: Like it or Unfriend it

Turn up your radio!

2011/05/18

Like punk? Like radio? Than you are going to love Punk Radio!

http://www.punkrockers.com/radio/

When a university degree just isn’t enough

2011/05/09

So the other day, the most important (and only) writer for this very blog was interviewed by the Globe and Mail for an article on the merit of a Bachelor of Arts degree.  So before starting with the jokes, here’s the article. And by the way, whatever “hilarious” jokes you think of, from getting a job at McDonald’s to making a really good latte – they’re already in the comments section.

“When a university degree just isn’t enough” by James Bradshaw. The Globe and Mail, 9 May 2011

London Bridge is…opening its doors

2011/05/03

London Bridge Studio in Seattle. It’s where bands like Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, Blind Melon, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden all went calling to record. And now, it’s opened its doors to tours:

Visit with one of our engineers and see where the iconic 90′s records were recorded. See the small vocal booth where Eddie Vedder, Layne Staley, Andrew Wood, Chris Cornell and Shannon Hoon all recorded their epic vocal takes. Hang out in the lounge where these bands spent weeks on end living while recording. View the Wall of Fame (wall of gold records) and the Wall of Shame (wall of scraps left behind by bands). See the autographed drum heads and LBS guest book.

Looks like another research trip to Seattle might be in order.

More information on the tour here.

And here’s the London Bridge Studio website.

Ceci n’est pas une pipe

2011/04/23

Ceci n’est pas une pipe. Or porn. But the pictures on this website are pure beauty. http://www.thisisnotporn.net/

Hitchcock threw up the horns

Twain played pool with his cat