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The History of Punk Show 64: Mean things Happenin’


On the History of Punk Show #64, Dr. Daniel Johnson picked the tunes and discussed SARS, media, Treaty 6, colonization, US politics, and, of course, how folk = punk.

Show 64 originally aired on CJSR 88.5 on 8 February 2016.

Here’s the playlist!

  1. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “Note to Self”
  2. Blackfire (Flagstaff) – “Mean things Happenin'”
  3. Bruce Springsteen (Long Branch) – “John Henry”
  4. Chris Brown and Kate Fenner (Toronto) – “Oklahoma Tape Deck”
  5. Gil Scott-Heron (the Bronx) – “New York is Killing Me”
  6. Gil Scott-Heron (the Bronx) – “Winter in America”
  7. Odetta (LA) – “Easy Rider”
  8. Kris Demeanour (Calgary)  – “One Show”
  9. Hurray for the Riff Raff (New Orleans) – “Everybody Knows”


And here’s show #64!

The History of Punk Playlist #49


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 26 October, when Tyler Butler and his Handsome Friends played a LIVE SET in studio!

You can also catch TBAHHF at The Mercury Room this Wednesday, 28 October. All the info can be found…HERE!

And remember – FOLK = PUNK!

1. George Ireland and the Willie Nillies (Edmonton) – “Minka Minka”
2. Joe Vickers (Drumheller) – “Weatherworn”
3. Tyler Butler & His Handsome Friends (Edmonton) – “Bury me in the Garden” (Live in Studio)
4. Tyler Butler & His Handsome Friends (Edmonton) – “Ben” (Live in Studio)
5. Tyler Butler & His Handsome Friends (Edmonton) – “Cradle Robber” (Live in Studio)
6. Jesse & the Dandelions (Edmonton) – “Looking at the Sun”
7. Eamon McGrath (Edmonton) – “Canadian Shield” (Live at CJSW)
8. Art Bergmann (Vancouver) – “Drones of Democracy (Live at CJSW)


The History of Punk Radio Show #18


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 26 January!

1. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (London) – “Johnny Appleseed”
2. The Clash (London) – “Capital Radio” (Live)
3. The Dils (Carlsbad) – “I Hate the Rich”
4. Blackfire (Flagstaff) – “Mean Things Happening in this World”
5. Billy Bragg and Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) – “Against th’ Law”
6. Woody Guthrie (Okemah) – “Dust Bowl Blues”
7. Scott Cook (Edmonton) – “The Lord Giveth (And the Landlord Taketh Away)”
8. John Prine (Maywood) – “Sam Stone”
9. Phil Ochs (El Paso) – “Talking Cuban Crisis”
10. Mike McDonald (Edmonton) – “Lying to an Activist”
11. Billy Bragg (Barking) – “A New England”
12. Hüsker Dü (Saint Paul) – “Newest Industry”
13. The Nightwatchman (LA) – “Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine”
14. Dan Mangan (Vancouver) – “Vessels”
15. Anatomy Cats (Edmonton) – “Tear Them Down”

kills time

The History of Punk Radio Show #17


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 19 January!

1. The Smugglers (Vancouver) – “Nardwuar vs. Kim Fowley”
2. Kim Fowley (LA) – “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”
3. Billy Bragg and Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) – “Jolly Banker”
4. Phil Ochs (El Paso) – “Bound for Glory”
5. Pete Seeger (New York) – “Joe Hill”
6. Bill Bragg (Barking) – “I dreamed I saw Phil Ochs Last Night”
7. Leon Rosselson (North London) – “The World Turned Upside Down”
8. Woody Guthrie (Okemah) – “Tom Joad”
9. Bruce Springsteen (Freehold Borough) – “The Ghost of Tom Joad”
10. Rage Against the Machine (LA) – “People of the Sun”
11. The Nightwatchman (LA) – “Union Song”
12. Avail (Reston) – “Order”
13. Tim Barry (Richmond) – “Avoiding Catatonic Surrender”
14. Ramshackle Glory (Tucson) – “Any Place (Growing Up)”
15. Pat the Bunny (Tucson) – “Times Worth Living (The Tension)”
16. Fire Next Time (Edmonton) – “We Are The Streets”

Whatever it takes

The History of Punk Radio Show #16


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 12 January!

1. X (LA) – “I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts”
2. Woody Guthrie (Okemah) – “Pastures of Plenty”
3. Bob Dylan (NYC) – “Song to Woody”
4. The Clash (London) – “Complete Control” (Live)
5. Billy Bragg (Barking)  – “Lovers Town Revisited”
6. Rancid (Berkeley) – “The Wars End”
7. Billy Bragg and Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) – “All You Fascists”
8. Phil Ochs (El Paso) – “One More Parade”
9. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “March of the Crabs”
10. Jim Nowhere (Edmonton) – “Alberta Advantage” (Live on CJSR)
11. Tyler Butler (Edmonton) – “Plover” (Live on CJSR)
12. DOA (Vancouver) – “Billy and the Socreds”
13. Dan Mangan (Vancouver) – “Mouthpiece”

This Machine

Getting to Know your Edmonton Music Community


In the last few weeks, I’ve had the chance to sit down and chat with some pretty rad Edmontonians. I’d like to tell you about three of them, since they’re all up to really good things in the community, and that’s cool.

I met two of ’em at an event put on by the Edmonton Public Library and the CBC. Called the Human Library, it was a chance for people to sign out human books and talk with them. It was like reading a book with lots of pictures, but EVEN BETTER.

OmarThe first guy was Omar Mouallem. You might know him from all the writing he does for little publications like Metro News, Avenue Edmonton, and the Globe and Mail. He’s also the Edmonton Public Library’s 2013 Writer in Residence. Oh, and he also raps – he has two albums out, and has performed at Nextfest and the Edmonton Poetry Festival.

The one thing he doesn’t do apparently, is sleep.

And, he uses his powers for the good of the community. Take this song for example:

In the near future, Mouallem will be putting on rap workshops, participating in Story Slam, and organizing other events for youth and newcomers.

In fact, this Wednesday, 6 February, he’ll put putting on “The 7 Deadly Sins of Bad Writing” at Stanley Miller Library, in the basement at 7PM. In light of him hosting an event on bad writing…I hope he never reads this.

The next guy I talked to was Stephen “Komrade” Goyette. That’s him on the left there, beside some dude who really needs a haircut:

CBC Human Library

I’d met Goyette briefly a few weeks before, at the fifth annual Hip-Hop on the Ave, which happens every year at Avenue Theatre on 118th Ave. Dozens of local artists perform in support of Santa’s Anonymous. For many, it’s their first chance to get on stage.

Goyette organized it. He also opened the doors for youth from the inner-city to attend for free. He understands how important it is to give back to the community, and to give people opportunities. His own music, and the songs he releases with his younger sibling as the Brothers Grim, reflects this. Just check this out:

His plan, Goyette says, “is to stay in the community.” He knows that’s how to really make a difference.

ButlerThe third fellow, Tyler Butler, wasn’t a human book this time around, but you can still learn a lot about what someone is up to when you’re having coffee with ’em. Butler is a folk musician who firmly believes in participating in your local music community, and lucky for Edmonton, that’s where he’s from.

Butler also understand the importance of networks, and being supported by other music communities so you can do things like, you know, tour.

As such, he’s started a new record label made up of like-minded musicians called Cabin Songs. Recently they put on a concurrent 17-city show. Taking place all over Canada, each show was locally organized.

This, you might have noticed, nicely combined the local community with the trans-local network.

Butler believes in taking the DIY ethic to the next level, or DIT. Do-It-Together. It’s community at its best.

Tonight, Tuesday February 5th, is Edmonton’s big Cabin Songs Showcase, with Nick Everett, Tyler Butler, and Mike Tod. It kicks off at the Wunderbar at 9PM.

You can also read more about the label here.

So that’s what those guys are up to. And I’m off to get more coffee.

The History of Punk, Class #5


The Edmonton Free School
Saturday 9 June 2:00PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Folk = Punk”

Traditionally, folk and punk music were kept separate in the literary discourse. Instead of bringing to light any similarities, the differences between the two genres have been highlighted. This seminar turns away from this historical framework. Instead, we will examine a shared sound of protest, and a mutual attitude that spans across genres.  

Folk expert Dr. Michael MacDonald will be joining us for the class, which will again be in picnic form. If you can, please bring some food to share!


Fashion is a Passion, pp. 15-16
I, Shithead, pp. 177-181
Tyler Butler – Folk vs. Punk vs. Punk
Lyndsay Hobbs – The Evolution of Punk
The Many Sides to Nowhere: Blurring the lines between music and art 


Woody Guthrie – “This Land is Your Land”
The Clash – “Know Your Rights”
Billy Bragg – “Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards”
 Joe Keithley – “Playlist for the Planet”
Tom Morello – “This Land is Your Land”
Billy Bragg & Wilco – “All You Fascists”