On this Labour Day

September 4, 2017 at 7:47 pm (Uncategorized)

The last long weekend of the summer. The day to start packing up the cottage. The day before school restarts (in Canada at least). A day to celebrate labour.

In both Canada and the United States, Labour Day has been celebrated as a day of recognition for the struggles and achievements of working people since the 1880s, but it always feels like the milder little brother (or sister) of May Day. Peaceful legal. May Day always seems a little more radical.

So here’s a thought for this year,

All revolutions run into history, yet history is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers of revolution come, thither they return again

— Guy Debord, Pangyeric volume 2




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Music Notes Labour Day Edition, 2017

September 4, 2017 at 7:46 pm (Uncategorized)

OK, the last weeks of August were extremely busy for me, and the monthly music notes post completely slipped my mind.  So, this isn’t the August pitch, but will serve as a (retro) stopgap. Hope to be back on track in September.

1 Dions- “Runaround Sue”

Now who are those people in the audience, and why does he have his uncles in his band?

2. The Spinners – “The Carnival is Over”

Just a beautiful song.


3.  The Exciters- “Tell Him”

A trip to the zoo with the Exciters



4. Squeeze – “Up the Junction”

A stunning kitchen-sink drama in the form of a three minute pop song.

5.  Shonen Knife – “Riding on the Rocket”

Hilariously awful video masks terrific song


6. The Honeycombs – “Have I the Right? ”

Joe Meek classic with Honey Lantree on drums

7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “Deena”

Looking totally demonic



8. Gene Chandler – “Duke of Earl”

Nothing can stop…

9. The B-52s – “Give me Back my man”

I love black and white. And this is a great song.


10 Elastica – “Stutter”

In the brief moment they were cool, Elastica were the coolest.


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