Monthly Archives: May 2012

Little Boxes #93: Eminent Victorians

(Victoria and Albert, by Kate Beaton, 2008)

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Friday Pictures – Brad Tinmouth, Henri Rousseau & Ben Reeves

 

Brad Tinmouth

 

Henri Rousseau

 

Ben Reeves

 

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Tea With Chris: The Queen of Eternal Disco

Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Thursday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:

Carl: Here is an experimental-music performance that turns into a Donna Summer tribute, by Alan Licht. The combination feels exactly emotionally right for mourning the queen of eternal disco.

Another form of mourning: A grad student posts to YouTube the interview she did with the late Carlos Fuentes on a tape recorder during a car ride in 2006.

And a third: D.C. mourns “its president,” Go-Go Godfather Chuck Brown.

Funnier, but grim in its own way: Toronto writer Sean Dixon encounters the 2012 version of “dog ate my homework”: “Author wdn’t dO my homewrk 4 me.”

Chris: Via Tom Ewing, Patrick Cowley’s 16-minute-long megamix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.” For all that disco’s popular image became associated solely with hedonism (and for all that hedonism has to recommend it), the heights here sound downright empyrean.

Not sure that this will bring Carl around on song-of-the-spontaneous-summer “Call Me Maybe,” but it did mesmerize me for at least 10 minutes at 2 am last night.

First-grade poetry.

“I’ve got a 14-year-old daughter who’s like me reincarnated— it’s the most frustrating thing in my goddamn life right now. She’s brilliant. I remember telling her on Halloween, ‘Why would you want to be Marilyn Monroe? Why would you want to be that white woman? Why don’t you want to be Sojourner Truth or Harriet Tubman?’ And she says, ‘My brother’s going as Freddy Krueger, and you’re not telling him to be Martin Luther King or Malcom X. We’re kids, daddy.’ So she essentially exposed my sexism.” Read this interview with Killer Mike, buy his new album, draft him for Congress.

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Tuesday Musics: “Winter Solstice” by Cold Specks

by Carl Wilson

From the fantastically titled upcoming album, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion. I appreciate that a song with this title has such a springtimey video. Also that like a lot of current hits this song is so sparse on chord progression, but unlike them also restrained in vocal expansion and other gestures. Perhaps another day it would strike me as stingy. Today it feels like it wants to help me think more clearly. It counsels patience, but it’s not making any promises.

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Little Boxes #92: Dog Bites Thing

(from Horrible #1, by Zach Worton, 2012)

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Friday Night Pictures – cloudy day mural at Trinity Bellwoods Park public pool

 

 

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Tea With Chris: Purpled

Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Thursday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:

Chris: I tried to find an mp3 of this new Adiah track (see also: last year’s “Drumz,” summer in a low-fidelity Youtube clip) and all I got was Sarah McLachlan.

The Comics Journal published a number of tributes to Maurice Sendak, both textual and visual. I love Michael DeForge’s illustration:

As I discovered last weekend at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, DeForge is also working on an all-Prince comics zine, to be printed in purple ink on lavender paper. He’s made a companion Tumblr called Purplish, one song a day by Mr. Rogers Nelson or his Minneapolis courtiers.

Carl:It’s kind of amazing that “culture shock” was ever not a commonplace idea, but it turns out that it was developed from a casual term to an actual theory only in the 1950s – by a man who might have gotten the idea from his upbringing in a breakaway Finnish-Canadian communal cult (give or take a little free love) in British Columbia.

“Mumblecore” has to be the stupidest genre label that’s stuck in the past decade (except maybe “mommy porn”). Nevertheless I am exciting about going to see Joe Swanberg present some of his movies in person in Toronto this weekend.

Old-school mumblecore? John Ashbery reading in NYC in 1952, when he was not yet 25. But actually, scratch that: Turns out the younger Ashbery hadn’t yet developed the gently murmuring tone he reads in today. There’s definitely a “listen up!” in his tone. A “whaddya think of that?”

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