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February 11, 2010
    Help I'm Alive | Metric

  • Metric decided they’d be all benevolent (for once) by designing a tshirt and giving the proceeds to the Canadian Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund. Good. If I can scrounge up a few bucks to donate to Doctors Without Borders, so can rock stars. Except they thought it was a good idea to include the slogan “Help, I’m Alive” on the shirts. While it happens to be the title of one of their songs, and following some backlash the band has apparently scrapped the design and are going with something else, still. Ew.
  • Jenocide drama! Last week Ed Renzi had some choice words for former Jenocide bandmate Jen Clarke, calling the project “self-centered, hipster-fashion feminism.” Ouch. There’s lots more here, but the Coles Notes version is that Ed said he hasn’t been compensated for his work both in terms of due credit and cash money, was holding Jenocide’s MySpace hostage, and either quit or was kicked out of the band. Despite Ed’s best efforts, the thread wasn’t even all that dramatastic, and the story ends with Jen getting access to the MySpace again and Jenocide continuing to play shows. I missed them in Fredericton last Thursday which was the first show after all this happened, but anyone who was there should leave a comment and tell us how it was.
  • Kathleen Hanna recently started a Bikini Kill archive project. She’s looking for submissions (stories, photos, videos, whatever) from fans:

    Please add your Bikini Kill story to this blog! It can be totally off the top of your head and doesn’t need to be fancy. Maybe it’s your reaction to a song we wrote, something weird that happened at one of our shows, a personal anecdote or just WHATEVER. Feel free to send images too!

    To contribute, you can email Kathleen or leave a comment somewhere on the blog.

  • The BBC is making a biopic about Culture Club singer Boy George. 6-year-old me is stoked beyond belief.
  • Radio Free Canuckistan has posted part one of a two-part interview with Liz Worth, author of the recently released Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History Of Punk In Toronto And Beyond. Highlights:

    RFC: There’s always been a loogan aspect of punk that gets glossed over in a lot of Greil Marcus-y, academic discussion of punk: an over-glorification of the working-class element without mentioning the flip side of that, which can be quite redneck… I’m amazed at how much animosity exists in these people’s quotes, 35 years later, between the art crowd and the street crowd, for lack of better terms. Were people still holding a grudge?

    LW: Some people were, which really surprised me. For some of them, they still feel those rivalries and resentments toward certain band members who parted ways on not the nicest of terms. People hold on to things. Not all of them; some people are quite neutral, but others would spout off… This is obviously a very important time for a lot of these people, and these events took place at a time when everything was important. It was an age when you’re having a lot of your first experiences, so it’s going to resonate a lot more than something that happens to you when you’re 40.

    RFC: In histories about British punk or American punk—less so American—the shock value of Nazi imagery is glossed over, especially in academic approaches, because it doesn’t jive with what they want their intellectual approach to punk to be… What did you learn about that, and what, if any, were your hesitations in addressing it?

    LW: I had no hesitations. To me, the Nazi stuff has always been a part of first-wave punk. I don’t care about being politically correct or offending people. You don’t want to intentionally offend someone by being malicious, but I feel like we live in such a sensitive time now, when people don’t want to talk about anything. And just because you don’t talk about it doesn’t mean that it’s not real, that it’s not part of the story. I feel like it doesn’t help anyone to not talk about stuff. What’s the point?

  • Like everybody in Oregon, The Thermals have a crush on Canada. They even wrote a song about us! Canada likes you too, Thermals.
  • Sinaloa are doing a European tour next month and releasing a new 4-song 12″ EP. For fans of angular, at times sparse, 90s-style post-hardcore. Or something. MUSIC!
  • Hank Rollins doesn’t much like those tea-bagger people infesting his country. I can’t blame him.
  • Bowie’s in spa-ace.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. passerine songs permalink*
    February 11, 2010 12:53 pm

    “The highly experimental glam space program—dubbed Project Starman—has been in development for exactly five years.” Bravo, The Onion.

    Haven’t had the chance yet, but I’m really looking forward to reading Worth’s book.

    • February 11, 2010 1:11 pm

      I’m very curious about it too, but I have a horrible track record with those “oral history”/Legs McNeil-style books. The fragmented style is a hurdle for my ADD-addled brain and I usually end up not finishing them. I apparently need some kind of structured narrative to keep the characters straight, so I wish more people would write books like Dance of Days.

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