Archive for March, 2014

Grimm Grimm

March 31st, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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London based experimental-psychedelic-folk project Grimm Grimm has an upcoming split with also-experimental electro duo Tapers dropping May 25th on So I Buried Records. Now don’t get me wrong, Tapers‘ contributions were cool too, but it was Grimm Grimm – the project of Koichi Yamanoha, formerly of Screaming Tea Party – and his weird tapestry of reverb-addled sounds that really caught my ear. Below are the Grimm Grimm songs I was really into, but you can listen to the entire split EP here.

Strange Bodies

March 30th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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My cousin told me that Asheville, North Carolina is like a new Brooklyn that nobody really knows about yet. Strange Bodies is a dude who moved there from Hamilton, Ontario. Now he makes cool hazy pop tunes.

Pinkerton

March 28th, 2014 | Print | 0 Comments

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Initially published by Colosse in French, Montrealers Francois Samson Dunlop and Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau’s Pinkerton – now translated into English – is a comic that uses the classic Weezer album as a means by which to explore the way in which today’s indie/intellectual 20-30-somethings, who grew up in the 90’s, approach and understand romance.

Set in their hometown of Montreal, the premise of the comic is that, upon being dumped, one nameless young dude is found by his friend crying alone in his room listening to the Pinkerton. The two begin talking about how growing up in the 90s ruined their romantic lives because all their idols growing up were sad sack 90s guys like Rivers Cuomo, Kurt Cobain and Thom Yorke. When they began their romantic lives all they ever expected was to be hurt and dumped – they weren’t primed for happy, positive relationships.

To combat this and change their fates, the two decide that they are going to go through all the songs on Pinkerton and try to deal with the issues presented by them in their own real lives. In the end, they mostly just end up discussing them at length, winding onto numerous tangents that have nothing to do with the album but are nonetheless interesting and entertaining. Even in one great segment where one guy is encouraged to hit on various apparently intellectual girls (“And-this-one-is-hesitating-between-two-Tsai-Ming-Liang-films-I-mean-one-couldn’t-do-better-really”) he never actually does anything: “I-mean-it’s-like-all-he-can-see-is-sadness-sadness-SADNESS…”

Pinkerton – the comic – is another great little graphic work that, like Scott Pilgrim, appeals to the kind of person who grew up in the 90s and became a college-educated literate indie rock type. Also Canadian. So yeah, I liked it a lot.

“מנגינות ישראליות: “גרמניה

March 23rd, 2014 | Features | 0 Comments

Okay, I left Israel two months ago and I have no plans to go back for at least a year or two – I need a break from that crazy country – but every now and then I come back to this song, which in English would be called “Germany”. It’s by an artist named Dudu Tesa who I know nothing about. Honestly, I don’t really care, because I don’t think he’s that good, but the song is very interesting. I remember hearing it for the first time on the radio one day when the army was giving another lone soldier and I a ride to Jersualem from our base in Hebron. I remember thinking that I didn’t like the mainstream-y radio production, but the song’s odd synth-poppyness and its epic, almost suite-comprised construction all were very interesting. It goes from one section to another, new, totally different, a number of times and each is filled with inventive melodies and lush synth-chestra paddings that at times sound Magical Mystery Tour Beatles-esque.

As for the lyrics, after reading them, it seems as though it’s a story about a guy – presumably Israeli – who’s in a relationship with a girl who wants to move to Germany and maybe start a family there. (Note: this is not an unheard of thing in Israel; for a cool, young person to want to move to Germany where living is easier and there’s more exciting culture – despite the history of the Jews with the country.) The guy, however, does not want to move to Germany – very likely because of the historical stuff – and so they’re arguing about everything and it’s not clear if this relationship is going to last much longer. It’s a very interesting example of how the personal lives of Israelis are so tightly and inextricably bound with politics and history.

A Brief Accurate Graphic History Of The Environmental Movement

March 22nd, 2014 | Print | 0 Comments

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I haven’t updated the Print section in a while, which might lead you to think that I haven’t been reading anything cool. But you’d be wrong. I just haven’t finished reading it…

But right now I’m travelling around a bit, and one thing I love to do when visiting cool cities is check out local comic shops and grab small indie comics or zines that are hard or impossible to find elsewhere. While in Vancouver, I went to a couple comic shops and couldn’t resist some, so I’ll be blogging a bit about what I found in the next couple days as I work through everything.

The first purchase I made was Vancouver comic-maker S. A. Hill‘s little graphic zine/comic A Brief Accurate Graphic History Of The Environmental Movement. For those who don’t know, Vancouver and British Columbia in general is insanely naturally gorgeous, with the rocky mountains, rivers, lakes, the Pacific Ocean, and lots of beautiful forests – it’s no wonder it’s home to a strong environmental movement, not to mention the patron saint of Canadian environmentalism, David Suzuki.

Hill’s little graphic novel does a rundown of environmentalism (mostly in Canada and America) from the 1960’s until today. Her work is kind of on the cute side, with playful use of visuals to make her points. She looks at both the societal issues with environmentalism, as well as the political, focusing less on the science and technical aspects of it and possibly solution aka renewable energy. But she doesn’t really have to – the point she seems to be pushing towards the end of the book is simply that people have to come together and really push the issue to make change, and also stop thinking in terms of environment  vs. economy, which is a point that Suzuki makes also. And it’s true – the economy needs the environment, not the other way around.

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So is her work going to blow people’s minds and change the way they look at the environment? Convert all readers who were thinking otherwise that now they have to go vegan and drive Tesla’s and vote Green? Probably not. But it’s an informative, simple, and well-written work that I enjoyed as a long-time environmentalist, and would recommend to anyone who might want to start learning about the environmental movement and issue.