Alberta politics and a sense of humor

First off, I would like to thank Paste Magazine, my daily does of pop culture, for cottoning me to this article.

Three Alberta politicians, Alberta premier Rachel Notley, Edmonton mayor Don Iveron and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, have revealed a partnership to make Alberta better.

Part of their announcement was the reveal of a t-shirt showing off the partnership of

Notley

Iveron

Nenshi

Or, NIN for short.  No word yet on the thoughts of Mr. Trent Reznor, but now that this is on my radar, I will find out what I can.

Notley created a similar uproar a couple of years ago with her re-election campaign shirts, asking her to become a part of her Notley Crue.  Why can’t US politics have a sense of humor like this?

http://www.unionproud.com/shop/ndp/notley-crue-ndp-t-shirt/

My favorite banal political quote of the past few years is when Gen. Wesley Clark said, “I don’t know much about rap, but I do know that Outcast can ‘make you shake it like a Polaroid picture”.

Welcome back, Beirut

One of the several bands my girlfriend introduced me to, Beirut are an avowed indie band who happen to have a new album coming out on September 11, 2015.  The title track to the album, ‘No No No”, just saw the release of a video, which is posted at the end of this note.

Funny anecdote about the band, when my girlfriend first told me she liked the band, the first thought that came to my head was the band from the Top Gun soundtrack, Berlin.  I thought it weird that somebody interested in the indie music scene would be singing the praises of “Take My Breath Away” somewhere in the neighborhood of 23 years after it was a hit, but I was very quickly glad to know that I was mistaken.  instead, I was introduced to a band with pop sensibilities that has basically continued to fly under the commercial radio radar for the 5.5 years that have come after my being introduced to them.

I wish the band success on their own terms in the future, whatever their definition may be.

For those interested, you can order the album on cd and vinyl directly from the band’s label here:

http://shopusa.4ad.com/featured-4ad-homepage/no-no-no

It’s just marriage now

I’ve been reading a whole bunch of articles over the past day about the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in all 50 of these United States.

All committed couples are now allowed to follow their own pursuit of happiness, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health.

The article below was the best I’ve read, detailing specifically how cities/counties reacted across Texas.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-County-Prepares-for-Same-Sex-Marriage-Ruling-310043781.html

There is no longer heterosexual marriage and same-sex marriage, no marriage and civil unions, it’s just marriage now.

Rowan Atkinson teaches us all a master class in physical comedy

Rowan Atkinson, best known as Mr. Bean, but with many other famous roles, showed everybody in 3 minutes or less how to make you split your side and be in awe while barely speaking a word.

This scene from Johnny English Reborn shows one of his best physical comedy performances, all set to the music of “In The Hall of the Mountain King”.

Sure it was staged, but the guy brings it.

Welcome back, Failure

In 1996, a little band by the name of Failure released an album titled Fantastic Planet that even at 19 years later, I still listen to.  The singles, “Stuck On You” and “The Nurse Who Loved Me” were quirky yet memorable tracks on alternative rock radio that year.  The album worked as a cohesive unit, flowing from one track to the next, often with segue songs.

Then they dropped off the face of the earth.  Maynard James Keenan’s second band, A Perfect Circle, covered “The Nurse Who Loved Me” on The Thirteenth Step, but Failure was never heard from again.  And then, for Mr. Keenan’s 50th birthday, one of the presents he wanted from his friend, the lead singer of Failure, was for the band to perform at his birthday party.  Which they did.  Afterward, they decided to get back together, go into the studio and see what would happen.

The result, The Heart is a Monster, comes out on Tuesday June 30.  I don’t yet know whether there will be new classic songs by the band, but the first single is available for viewing below.

Patsy Cline’s Hologram to tour in 2016

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/patsy-cline-to-return-as-hologram-in-2016-20150622

In a first-of-it’s-kind move, Patsy Cline’s hologram will be going on tour in 2016.  It is being described as an interactive performance.

Previously, holograms of Tupac, Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson have performed at one off events, but this tour puts hologram musicians in an entirely different game.  Word is, holograms of Liberace, Buddy Holly and Selena are also in the works.

If this goes off without a hitch, my wet dream is that The Beatles would book a run of shows at the biggest venues in the world, maybe 10-12 shows.  With The Beatles, though, the best step would be to do a run of shows at The Cavern Club.  The possibilities are massive and wholly unfathomable unless of course you accidentally fathom them.

Carrie Brownstein to release memoir

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594486638/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=0Q0GQZH1ETZFW08AYPGB&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2105317182&pf_rd_i=desktop

Carrie Brownstein of Sleater_Kinney and Portlandia is releasing a memoir on October 27.  Although I’d personally rather be reading a Corin Tucker memoir, I don’t think I can resist this one.  I just put it on hold at the library where I’m 36th in line on 10 copies, but the number of copies will probably be increasing as they realize the high demand.

I’ll write a brief book review of this book once I’m done reading, which probably won’t be until the Thanksgiving time frame.  Not exactly breaking in the review front, but I’ll take what I can get.

Thank you Consequence of Sound

So, I was searching through the recent headlines at another blog, Consequence of Sound, when I came across two that caught my eye.

One, apparently on Friday night, Eddie Vedder joined long-running Seattle band The Supersuckers on stage at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard for a rendition of The Ramones song “I Believe in Miracles”. The show will be the last for The Supersuckers for a while because lead singer Eddie Spaghetti was diagnosed earlier that day with Stage 3 throat cancer.  There’s currently a crowdfunding site setup to help him in surgery and recovery.

http://www.youcaring.com/eddie-spaghetti-373610

As of when i copied/pasted, the fund is 1/2 way to their goal.

The other story that caught my attention was the trailer/scene from the Wilco documentary “Every Other Summer” about their curating the biennial Solid Sound Festival.  Apparently, the weekend festival is always headlined by Wilco on both nights, and one of those nights is a “unique” performance.  For example, the 2013 set was all covers.  They recently announced that the 2015 set would be their first all acoustic set.

Anyway, the aforementioned trailer/scene features them practicing and then covering Pavement’s 90s classic about the fickleness of the music scene, “Cut Your Hair”.

Last night I had an odd dream

Last night, I had a dream that I was at a Pearl Jam concert.  It was a day time outdoor concert, and I got there early enough that I was able to get close to the stage.  At some point in time, I was able to interact with Eddie Vedder and suggest that the band should cover Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up”.  Great song, but this will probably never happen.

Why was I dreaming of a song called “Wake Up”?  Why wasn’t I just at an Arcade Fire show, where it’s regularly one of their encore songs?  Hell, if it had to be a cover, The Roots did a great job of it with John Legend on lead vocals..

Maybe I was thinking of this song:

If anybody with influence over the boys in Pearl Jam ever reads this, guys, make this so.  I’d rather have had a premonition than just know I spend way too much time obsessing over music.