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Relevant to Your Interests #028

November 19, 2009
  • The University of Waterloo may be losing their campus radio station, after students voted to cut all financial support from CKMS FM. The station will broadcast until December 4th, but its future beyond that date remains uncertain, as staff and volunteers scramble to stay on the air. From The Waterloo Record:

    Fewer than 5,000 students of a total of 25,500 voted, and the station lost its proposal for funding — $2.50 per student each semester — by 455 votes.

  • The building on the corner of West and Agricola Streets in Halifax which was once home to The One World Café burned earlier this week. The property had been sold and stood vacant for several months. Rumour is the current owners plan to tear down what remains of the structure and erect an office building on the site.

One World CaféPhoto by Locals user GollumHFX

  • Nick Cave’s novel The Death of Bunny Munro nominated for Bad Sex award. From the BBC:

    The annual prize, awarded by Literary Review magazine, focuses on “redundant passages of sexual description”.
    “Frankly we would have been offended if he wasn’t shortlisted,” a spokeswoman for Cave told The Guardian.

  • Listen, you’re getting kind of fat. Maximum RockNRoll advises you to quit smoking and hit the gym already.
  • Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl: a love that will echo through the ages.
  • Carrie Brownstein recently moderated a panel discussion on the changing role of record labels. Participants included people from Matador, Merge, Kill Rock Stars, Saddle Creek, and Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans. Has the label’s status as taste-maker been supplanted by blogs and services like Last.fm? Do music fans still want to buy whole albums, or just iTunes singles? Are intermediaries between artists and fans still necessary? Do people even give a shit about labels at all anymore? From Mac McCaughan (Merge):

    The Internet allows you access to all the music you could want, and that’s the problem — if you don’t know what you are looking for, it’s like trying to find a good record in a thrift shop.

    What do you think?

  • How Black Sabbath killed the hippie dream. Hint: it has to do with amplifiers and factory life in Birmingham.
  • Ian Svenonius interviewed Jon Spencer at Kutshers Country Club during ATP NY as part of VBS.TV’s Soft Focus series. From the description:

    …if you weren’t into Pussy Galore or Boss Hog or Blues Explosion at some point, you are not a badass. Sorry.

    True fact.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. passerine songs permalink*
    November 19, 2009 3:37 pm

    What do I think?:

    “Fewer than 5,000 students of a total of 25,500 voted, and the station lost its proposal for funding — $2.50 per student each semester — by 455 votes.” :( x the number of C&C stations in Canada.

    The role of record labels as tastemakers or informers is still valid. Your post on the grunge era last week got me thinking about the role of the music source, like labels or certain broadcasts or shops or whatever being a reliable means for one to explore one’s tastes. Sure the internet has everything ever, but most people don’t seem much better informed about any of it. There’s still all kinds of stuff we’ve never heard, and wouldn’t, if there weren’t labels putting it out there. Thus, intermediaries: probably not necessary like in the past, but, they’ve never been a bad thing. As for albums, meh, not every band needs an album.

    Sabbath, man, Sabbath.

    And, it would seem (probably not surprisingly) that I am not a badass.

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