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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, New York City, Atlanta, Barcelona, Copenhagen

  • Montréal may yet get a new park to commemorate victims of the Irish famine of the 1840s. CTV reports.
  • CityLab reports on the new spectacular Hudson Yards development in Manhattan.
  • The nightclubs of Atlanta in the 1990s played a critical role in that decade’s hip-hop. VICE reports.
  • CityLab reports that, dealing with a housing crisis, city authorities in Barcelona have taken to finding the owners of empty buildings.
  • Guardian Cities reports on how civic authorities in Copenhagen hope to create an offshore archipelago, a sort of floating Silicon Valley.

[MUSIC] Five music links: Peter Hook, Aimee Mann, Mongolian hip-hop, Bruno Capinan, John Lennon

  • Dangerous Minds notes that Peter Hook has put his vast personal collection of music-related memorabilia up on the market.
  • Dangerous Minds notes that the Aimee Mann song “No More Crying” was inspired by her relationship with Al Jourgensen of Ministry.
  • Ozy reports on the thriving Mongolian hip-hop scene.
  • NOW Toronto notes the importance of the music of Bruno Capinan at this fraught time for Brazil.
  • Folio reports on the possibility that the lyrics for the famous John Lennon song “Imagine” were inspired by a conversation with the Cree activist Lillian Piché Shirt about her grandmother.

[MUSIC] Five music links: Seventeen, HMV and Sunrise, lo-fi hip-hop, Aretha Franklin, Matthew Lien

  • Noisey looks at the deep interest of pop music with the age 17.
  • HMV stores have been saved in Britain, as they have been in Canada, by the purchase of many remaining stores by Sunrise Records. The Guardian reports.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at how lo-fi hip-hop became such a popular genre for students to listen to as they studied.
  • Joshua Jelly-Schapiro at the NYR Daily writes about the grace drawn from religion that marks Aretha Franklin the musician.
  • MacLean’s introduces its readers to Yukon-based musician Matthew Lien, a huge star in Taiwan but still unknown in Canada.

[MUSIC] Five music links: Tom Lehrer, Toronto hip-hop, TTC music, Ladytron, Eurythmics

  • This Nature feature on the musics of the brilliant satirist Tom Lehrer is a must-read.
  • Lidia Abraha argues at NOW Toronto that more investment needs to be directed towards the burgeoning hip-hop talent of the city.
  • Transit Toronto notes that auditions for the next crop of musicians licensed for TTC stations are now ongoing.
  • Ladytron is back, Noisey notes, with a new video for their new single “The Animals”.
  • This article in The Independent interviewing Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox about their joint musical achievements in the Eurythmics, as their albums are set to be reissued on vinyl, makes me want to buy a record player.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 12, 2018 at 10:30 pm

[NEWS] Five culture links: animals, Ferox of Mars, Blockbuster, Please Stand By, Higher Brothers

  • This argument in favour of recognizing the inherent rights of animals as moral persons, to not be property, seems compelling to me. Open Democracy has it.
  • This documentary project by Nicolas Polli about Ferox, an imagined third moon of Mars, sounds amazing. Wired reports.
  • Blockbuster in McAllen, Texas, is closing up shop. A once-mighty retail chain is going under. Global News reports.
  • This Slate review of the new Dakota Fanning Trekkie film, Please Stand By, makes it sound amazing.
  • VICE profiles Higher Brothers, a Chinese hip-hop band from Sichuan making it big in Shenzhen.