Posts Tagged ‘Canada’


Thursday, March 25th, 2010


This working for a living thing is putting a real damper on regular posting this week.

Over the last couple of months I believe I have done a swell job laying low on the Douglas Coupland fanboy-isms . . . so I am going to let it fly right here:

Douglas Coupland has a new book about Marshall McLuhan which is part of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series. It has already been said — but if there is one notable Canadian author who should be writing about Marshall McLuhan, it is Douglas Coupland.

Macleans magazine has an excerpt for your reading pleasure here.

Some other random Coupland notes I could offer:

+ I was in a local used cd/dvd emporium with Vyn over the weekend. They had the first and only season of the CBC produced series, JPod. $14.99. I didn’t buy it. I watched this show, with a group of assembled individuals, in my basement every week when it originally aired . . . I caught all episodes with the exception of the last two.

Rick has the series on dvd, so I’m planning to borrow it from him one day and bring closure to that chapter in my life.

+ After not buying JPod on Saturday, I went by the local library and checked out the newly minted, revised edition of Coupland’s City of Glass. City of Glass is a fun, visual meandering of Coupland talking about his favorite city — Vancouver.

+ Last night I talked to Vyn about Generation A. He just finished reading it.

+ Done.

Fucked Up.

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I am saying this publicly. I am happy that Fucked Up was awarded this years Polaris Music Prize. Although, I wonder if holding that opinion places me in the minority of people who think the same. After browsing through the bands blog and linking to this article, and browsing the comments, it would appear maybe that is so.

If you have listened to punk rock at all in the last twenty years, you have probably come to realize that the Chemistry of Common Life is a great record. However, punk music isn’t the most easily accessible musical genre, those who don’t understand it can be so quick to write it off as nonsense. Ah, but what does it all matter?

Fucked Up was honored with a great award here in Canada, in doing so, the anonymous internet shit talkers have come out of the woodwork to voice their displeasure (which they have done, some people can be awfully mean). It is satisfying, though, a band who has received heaps of adoration in the US, the UK, and throughout Europe finally getting some recognition back home. Canada needs to do more of that.

Speaking of which, did you hear that Metric song in this weeks episode of Entourage?