Author Archives: Dub Vulture
Baseline Brain Waves – Tim’s Electronic Music class at the Robin Hood Association – have a CD at number 1 on the CJSR Electronic chart! Number 5 in their Top Ten! Congratulations crew!
Forget Barrack Obama, Grant Hart taught me the true meaning of Hope. Duncan and I were playing in the Maykings in the middle of a tour with Hart and preparing to leave Nelson B.C. when our punk rock hero demanded a driving shift. He’d been spending a lot of time talking about his passion for Studebakers, so we figured he’d probably putter along like the responsible Middle Ager he resembled in his cardigan. I mean, how much mayhem can an Eisenhower era family sedan inspire? Apparently the Studebaker has the soul of a rocket sled fuelled by curdled demon blood.
Hart blasted us off into dense long-weekend traffic, bumper to bumper rvs and pick-ups towing speed boats winding along a tight mountain highway. Everyone in his path was a mortal enemy who needed to be banished to the rearview mirror. At every opportunity he swerved into oncoming motorhomes to barrel ahead of whomever he’d been tail-gating then wedge back into a car-length gap that often only existed because surrounding motorists were braking in horror at the suicidal spectacle. Every time he risked our lives with this gut churning maneuver he’d triumphantly shake his fist out the window at the vanquished, now a full second behind us and probably spewing curses at the fist-waving maniac ahead.
When we stopped in Hope (see what I did there) to let the smoking brakes cool drummer Marek, who’d been bouncing around the backseat and was now whiter than any of the Caucasians in the band, sternly said, “He is not driving anymore.”
In addition to trying to kill me and my friends one day on a B.C. highway (and that was just one of the many tense episodes on our little trek), Grant Hart also made some of the most important music to me over the last thirty-years – moving, passionate, kick-ass rock and roll – not just with the Huskers but right up to his last couple of records, the songs on which stand up to anything else he created. The guy was greatness (as long as you hid the car keys), and his untimely passing is a sad loss.
The talented crew in Tim’s Electronic Music Class at the Robin Hood Association have compiled a year’s worth of tracks and uploaded a full-length album on Bandcamp. Check it out!
Friday, October 6, 9 PM
Freemason’s Hall, 10318 100 Ave NW, Edmonton
Like 98% of U.S. citizens (including the President), I am the descendant of immigrants—my great-grandparents came to America from Russia and Lithuania as teenagers and worked in sweatshops until they were able to afford to bring the rest of their families over. Most everyone you speak to in this country has a similar story to tell, because we are, in fact, a nation of immigrants, bound together by a shared belief in justice, equality, and the freedom to pursue a better life. In this context, last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States is not simply immoral, it violates the very spirit and foundation of America.
Contrary to the assertions of the current administration, the order will not make us safer (an opinion shared by the State Department and many members of Congress including prominent Republicans). Christian religious leaders have denounced both the ban, as well as the exception prioritizing Christian immigrants, as inhumane. It is an unequivocal moral wrong, a cynical attempt to sow division among the American people, and is in direct opposition to the principles of a country where the tenet of religious freedom is written directly into the Constitution. This is not who we are, and it is not what we believe in. We at Bandcamp oppose the ban wholeheartedly, and extend our support to those whose lives have been upended.
And so all day today (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions.
As another way of showing solidarity with the immigrants and refugees from the seven banned countries—as well as those impacted by the construction of the Mexican border wall—we’ve compiled a list of albums made by artists from the affected countries (Bandcamp may be incorporated in the United States, but we host artists from every corner of the world). We believe that knowledge and empathy are crucial weapons against fear and intolerance. We hope that, as you listen to these albums, you’ll not only discover some great new artists, but will also gain a further appreciation and understanding for the way music transcends all borders, and remember that, even in the darkest of times, there is more that unites us than divides us.
— Ethan Diamond, Bandcamp Founder & CEO
CLICK IMAGE FOR LINKS TO TRACKS FROM MEXICO, SYRIA, IRAQ, IRAN, LIBYA, SUDAN, YEMEN, and SOMALIA.