Monthly Archives: March 2013

Carl’s Tuesday Musics: Michelle McAdorey, “Line Across My Heart” (2013)

by Carl Wilson

Michelle McAdorey was one of the first Toronto artists I ever wrote about, after moving here; I’m very pleased that she has new music out (and reportedly more to come) and that she’s performing again, beginning with a Wavelength show this Thursday (with Iceland’s Valgeir Sigurðsson and Toronto’s Prince Nifty). This song is so pretty it’s almost hard to listen to. You start holding your breath, knowing something is going to break.

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Little Boxes #132: Magnits

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(from Thimble Theater, by E. C. Segar, date unknown)

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Tea With Chris: Giant Drag

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: Michael Deforge’s unsettling “Leather Space Men” strip now has a mix to accompany it, full of obscure Minneapolis Sound jams chosen with fetishistic care.

Carl: You may already have seen this mini-documentary that recently surfaced from the 1990s of 13-year-old “dirty girls” who don’t (mostly) give a fuck what the other kids fucking say. They are very pleasant to get to know and the camera is patient with them. I assume by now they’re less sad, or sad for different reasons.

The mean girls called them dirty girls but they called themselves riot grrls. People remember Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney but a lot of the associated bands had less aggressive sounds, like Tsunami, and actually asserted a different kind of gender rebellion that way – an ambiguity that (like some boy-fronted bands such as Beat Happening) didn’t submit to the idea that “heavier” (i.e. mas macho) was cooler. Giant Drag, who haven’t put a record out for a decade, was and is that kind of band. They just released a new one this week, Waking Up Is Hard to Do, and you can listen to it in full.

Kacey Musgraves is that kind of musician too, in her own way, but also not – as her album title has it, Same Trailer, Different Park. And you can listen to it as well, and read Ann Powers’ lovely appreciation, at NPR Music.

Meanwhile, as the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair whispers in Washington the things about pipelines he should be shouting at home, this story struck me as rich with Canadian historical contradiction, starting with the name “HudBay Minerals” alone.

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Margaux’s Friday Pictures – Jay DeFeo’s The Rose (1958–66)

 

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Carl’s Tuesday Musics (belated): Jim Guthrie, “The Rest Is Yet to Come” (2013) (Animation by Dan Berry)

From the upcoming album Takes Time.

“Fire all the hired guns –
I know I’m not the only one.”

Dan Berry on vimeo.

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Little Boxes #131: Comics Win Again

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(from “The Shit Eaters,” by Gilbert Hernandez, 1995)

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Tea With Chris: Isn’t Not

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: “In this light, the selfie isn’t about empowerment. But it also isn’t not about empowerment. Empowerment, or lack thereof, is not part of the picture. Neither is narcissism, as either a personal or a cultural moral failure. And the selfie isn’t about the male gaze. The selfie, in the end is about the gendered labour of young girls under capitalism.”

There is a certain virtue in directness, and the new (very, very not-safe-for-work) blog Gay Manga! makes a point of it, punctuation and all. The Tumblr partly serves to preview The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, an unprecedented English-language collection of work by the eponymous XXX manga master, forthcoming from art-comics publisher Picturebox in May. But it’s full of explicit selections by like-minded cartoonists as well, and there’s historical/theoretical background material to contextualize the smut. (I came across the blog while doing some research on Tagame himself.)

Here, for example, is Tagame explaining his preference for burly Tom of Finland figures: “It is easy for heterosexuals – who never experience anything that is homosexual – to understand if gays are attracted to men who are ‘as beautiful as women’ or ‘with beauty beyond sexual differences.’ I have no intention to deny it, but it is merely the result of viewing homosexuals or gays from the outside, or the result of surmising abstractly. However, the reality of gay sexuality is far more diverse.” And Gay Manga! abounds with body hair and male bulk, if either of those happen to be your things.

One might assume that macho aesthetic places these comics at an opposite extreme from yaoi, the genre of male-male romance manga more familiar in the West, which is drawn primarily by women for women and whose protagonists stereotypically look somewhat androgynous, even feminine. But as the blog’s programmer Graham Kolbeins notes, the two traditions are hardly alien to each other, with artists and readers increasingly venturing between genres. If literary taxonomy isn’t the subject that immediately fascinates you here, though, he also posted this jingoistic poster from the Russo-Japanese War, employing a propaganda technique I can’t say I’ve ever seen before.

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