Built to Spill screenshot

I mean, I can tell you how to book time in a studio, but that’s neither here nor there.

Read the full Doug Martsch interview in Spin.


“It is to struggle to refuse to live in a country that cuts the lives of the most vulnerable to enrich those who already swallow everything, a struggle against the destruction of the environment by exploitation of resources known to be harmful. It is to struggle to ensure that children have access to education that is stimulating and diversified, with competent teachers not near burn-out. It is to refuse a certain economic vision, to refuse an austerity presented as necessary when other solutions exist, and when the IMF, which contains no angels, has denounced it as have negative impacts on the population.”

Originally posted on Language and Dissent:

By Gioia Cazzaniga
Originally published on March 26, 2015
See original French text here: http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/gioia-cazzaniga/lettre-a-ma-mere-pourquoi-je-fais-greve_b_6942712.html

My Dear Mother,

I know you are a bit far from here, from Montreal and the hot spot of the protest. You only have access to mainstream media, to [Education] Minister Blais who threatens students with cancelling the semester and right-wing commentators who are bent on pointing out spelling mistakes instead of listening to the message. Only if you would inform yourself a bit better, you would know we are more than 50 000 on strike, without counting the one-off strike mandates and the votes yet to come. Even medical students will take a day or two to denounce the measures of [Health] Minister Barette. Many unions also have their collective agreements ending next week and for them too, it smells strongly of protest.

It is not a question of illusions, it is not a…

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Mammoth Cave Recording Co. is closed

Paul Lawton on arts grants:

“You should be supporting the infrastructure, and enabling more people,” Lawton says when asked about an alternative model. “If we’re in a fragmented universe, and my taste is not the same as your taste, if we cannot agree on any of that, then that money intended to promote Canadian culture and Canadian art making should be supporting infrastructure in terms of rehearsal lessons, music lessons, supporting independent, non-bar-based performance spaces. It should be for recording studios, things that allow people to make and produce and share art.

“If the purpose of it is to keep Canadians interested, it should be about enabling people to do that better,” he says. “As opposed to giving the lion’s share going towards one label or band or group, because we think they’re the surest thing.”

Read in full: What the demise of Mammoth Cave Records means for CanCon

Ephemeral Prince


Rich Aucoin, best partymaker and master of videos, has written an album to sync up with this late 70s claymation adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s Le Petit Prince.

Valid questions


You have probably heard, by this point, the news that Harper Lee is finally releasing a companion novel for To Kill A Mockingbird after over 50 years. Pretty exciting news, right? Her publisher has probably had a lot of time to figure out their publicity rollout and has also definitely made sure that she wants them to publish said companion novel, yes? Especially since Harper Lee has always made it very clear that she would not release another book, and since Harper Lee is currently in a nursing home, and since her sister and lawyer died last year, and several third parties have begun suing one another for the right to use Harper Lee’s name…you would definitely think they would be sure to have all their ducks appropriately rowed before making such a significant announcement, right?

At the very least, they would have talked to Harper Lee about it, right? To get her, you know, permission?

Read in full at The Toast: Questions I Have About The Harper Lee Editor Interview

Full interview on Vulture.


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