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

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  • 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.
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Written by Randy McDonald

April 12, 2018 at 10:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Anthro{dendum} links to a roundup of anthropology-relevant posts and news items.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shows how the impending collision of galaxies NGC 4490 and NGC 4485 has created spectacular scenes of starbirth.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the upcoming stream of new observatories and satellites that will enable better charting of exoplanets.
  • Kieran Healy shares a cool infographic depicting the scope of the British baby boom.
  • Hornet Stories shares the amazing video for the fantastic new song by Janelle Monáe, “Pynk.”
  • JSTOR Daily notes what happens when you send Frog and Toad to a philosophy class.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the obvious point that abandoning civil rights of minorities is a foolish strategy for American liberals.
  • The LRB Blog shares a reflection on Winnie Mandela, and the forces she led and represents.
  • The Map Room Blog links to detailed maps of the Rohingya refugee camps.
  • Marginal Revolution takes issue with a proposal by Zeynep Tufekci for a thorough regulation of Facebook.
  • The NYR Daily notes how Israel is making full use of the law to enable its colonization of the West Bank.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla reports from inside a NASA clean room where the new InSight Mars rover is being prepared.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer talks about what is really wrong with a Trump Organization letter to the president of Panama regarding a real estate development there.
  • Strange Company looks at the life of 19th century fraudster and murdering John Birchall.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Humboldt, Hamilton, Kingston, Berlin, Sidangkou

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  • At MacLean’s, Meaghan Campbell reports on how the devastating crash of the Humboldt Broncos has hit that small Saskatchewan farm town.
  • Hamilton police announces the arrest of local anarchist Peter Hopperton in connection with the actions of a crowd bent on vandalism on that city’s Locke Street. CBC has it.
  • Queen’s University is participating in a summit with the city of Kingston on how students and long-term residents can be accommodated in the changing city. Global News reports.
  • Attacks by right-wing groups in the Berlin district of Neukölln make many locals worried. DW reports.
  • The small Chinese centre of Sidangkou, in the area of Tianjin, has become a world centre of saxophone production. The New York Times reports.

    [URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Lower Bay, housing, Villiers Island, Saigon Flower, Little Jamaica

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    • blogTO reports on an upcoming concert scheduled for the TTC’s Lower Bay station on the 11th of March.
    • A new student residence for Ryerson University with prices actually comparable to prevailing rents for a studio apartment downtown seems like not the best solution to student housing issues. blogTO reports.
    • The upcoming formation of a new island, Villiers Island off the mouth of the Don, as part of the Port Lands renewal is very cool. blogTO reports.
    • Julien Gignac writes at the Toronto Star about the Saigon Flower, a Vietnamese restaurant on Queen Streeet West in the shadow of the Drake with an owner who refuses to sell. I have eaten there, and enjoyed it; I applaud her.
    • The disruption being inflicted on Little Jamaica, an enclave stretching along an Eglinton Avenue West being disrupted by Crosstown construction, is sad. Is there any alternative, though, if we want more transit? What can be done for the neighbourhood? The Toronto Star reports.

    [MUSIC] Five music links: #toronto100, Depeche Mode, Giampiero Riggio, old iPods, pop vs rock

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    • We’ve got 15 more notable Toronto-related songs that did not quite make the shortlist for the #toronto100, over at the Toronto Star.
    • This article on a dad who has a Depeche Mode covers band with his children is adorable. VICE reports.
    • What happened to Giampiero Riggio, Italy’s answer to Bon Iver? Vice reports.
    • This James Bareham article at The Verge about how, rediscovering his 2002-era iPoD, he reacquainted himself with his preferred music of the period, is very readable.
    • Alan Cross writes at Global News about the idea of a thirteen-year cycle, in which pop alternates with rock. Are we up for a rock-heavy moment?

    Written by Randy McDonald

    March 22, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    [BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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    • Anthropology.net’s Kambiz Kamrani looks at the classical Mayan trade in pets, dogs and cats particularly.
    • Dangerous Minds shares some vintage cheesecake ads for video and arcade games from 1980s Japan.
    • Dead Things considers an examination of the thesis that the fabulous horns of some dinosaurs were used as sexual signals.
    • Hornet Stories nominates some queer people to get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    • JSTOR Daily tells the story of Bobbi Gibb, the woman who in 1966 crashed the Boston Marathon.
    • Language Hattells of Toty Samed, an Angolan musician who writes songs not in the now-dominant Portuguese but in his ancestral Kimbundu.
    • Steven Attewell at Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the ways in which the metaphor of mutants has been used by Marvel Comics to explore themes of racism and marginalization.
    • At the LRB Blog, Matthew Porges notes how European Union opposition to the annexation of Western Sahara by Morocco is counterbalanced by the need to keep Morocco as a partner.
    • r/mapporn shared a beautiful map of the Great Lakes, Nayanno-Nibiimaang Gichigamiin or “The Five Freshwater Seas”, from the Ojibwe perspective.
    • The Map Room Blog shares Christian Tate’s transit-style map of Middle Earth.
    • Marginal Revolution links to an essay arguing against the United States’ dropping the penny and the nickel, on the grounds that these expensive coins are loss-leaders for currency generally.
    • The NYR Daily takes a look at early 20th century Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyan, a man whose influence is visible in the Putin era.
    • Drew Rowsome takes a look at the eye-catching male photography of Ekaterina Zakharova.
    • David Post’s analysis at the Volokh Conspiracy of the contract between Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump is a must-read.
    • Window on Eurasia notes how the Russian government has failed to cultivate soft power, or wider influence, in the West.

    [NEWS] Five music links: Annie Lennox, Stevie Nicks, Solange, Kate Bush, iPod

    • Raju Mudhar and Ben Rayner share their list of the top 100 songs related to Toronto, over at the Toronto Star.
    • Charlotte Gush at VICE shares her insightful interview with Annie Lennox. I did not know that she had been recommended to become a teacher, for instance. More here.
    • Drew Rowsome engages with the new autobiography of Stevie Nicks, Gold Dust Woman.
    • Kristin Curry links to a profoundly interesting interview with Solange about her art and her identity, over at VICE.
    • I rather like this Emma Madden guide at VICE to the music of Kate Bush, guiding listeners through her various moods and themes and styles.

    Written by Randy McDonald

    March 15, 2018 at 11:35 pm