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So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
If this were the last night of the world/ What would I do? / What would I do that was different / Unless it was champagne with you
— Bruce Cockburn, Last Night of the World
January 30, 2012

Black Dub: Surely

Posted by skooter at 7:47 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Black Dub, Daniel Lanois, Videos

January 26, 2012

Wilco: Dawned on Me (with Popeye)

Who knew Swee’Pea was such a great dancer? Genius. I know Allison would say that violence is never the answer, but that Wilco brand spinach really sparks Popeye up.

Posted by skooter at 10:55 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Dawned on Me, Popeye, The Whole Love, Videos, Wilco

January 24, 2012

Whitehorse at the Rio Theatre

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Whitehorse played the Rio Theatre in Vancouver a few nights ago. My review of the show is on No Depression or you can read the text after the break.

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Posted by skooter at 7:32 PM This entry is filed under Camera, Music.
Tags: Luke Doucet, Melissa McLelland, Rio Theatre, Six Shooter Records, Whitehorse

January 23, 2012

Wilco: Immortalized by Popeye

Wilco Spinach in a Popeye Cartoon Wilco made an appearance in the most recent Popeye strip, immortalized as a brand of spinach. In the last panel at the back of the line that’s the boys in the band unloading the ship.

Posted by skooter at 6:26 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: comics, Popeye, Wilco

January 20, 2012

Daniel Lanois and Emmylou Harris: The Maker

Despite the fact that I have a well deserved reputation as a Wilco fan, it really just takes one track with Daniel Lanois and Emmylou Harris to tear me away.

Posted by skooter at 1:13 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris, Videos, Wilco

January 10, 2012

Bill Cosby: 50 Years in Showbiz

The New York times posted a great article celebrating Bill Cosby’s 50 years in show business. The man’s been receiving accolades for years, and they’re all deserved. In a day and age where being funnier seems to be a synonym with being louder (I’m looking at you Sam Kinison) and crasser (I’m looking at you Chris Rock) Bill Cosby has remained a very funny while staying clean. I’m not saying those other guys aren’t funny, it just seems like a cheap, easy way out sometimes.

I saw Cosby live once. It was the end of a very hard summer for me. I was fifteen, and things weren’t good at home for me largely due to circumstances of my own making. I’d asked to leave Toronto and wanted to move to Cranbrook to live with my father. There was screaming, there was shouting and in the end my mother let me do what I wanted. She packed my stuff and put it on a bus and I was gone.

As these things so often happen, what I thought I wanted wasn’t what I actually wanted and things didn’t work out in Cranbrook. After a few weeks and before the end of the summer I finally screwed up the courage to call my mother and tell her I wanted to come…home. We talked for a few minutes about the trouble I’d been causing and she said yes without evening thinking about it. That’s what parents do. Good ones anyway. That was a hard call to make. She could have made it harder. She didn’t.

When I got home she asked me if I wanted to go see Bill Cosby with my Aunt & Uncle. She’d bought three tickets for a show at Exhibition stadium and she was giving up her own so I could go. It was a warm, dry memorable night in Toronto. The Blue Jay’s were on the rise and shortstop Tony Fernandez and outfielder and home run legend George Bell were in the audience. Cosby took the stage in a Jays jersey. He joked with the players, ran through some material and closed his show with his justifiably famous The Dentist routine. I’d probably heard that routine dozens of times but seeing it live was an entirely different thing. That man is capital F Funny. If he has an equal, I can’t think of who it might be. Lily Tomlin? Steve Martin? Maybe.

I’m sure I didn’t realize how much that night made me feel like I was at home at the time. Typical of most teenagers, I suspect it just felt like another night.

I’m not sure if my mother ever got to see him live. I don’t remember her mentioning it. I might have to make up for that sometime.

Cosby’s performing days are winding down—and tickets cost an abolute fortune I’m sure—but if he comes to your town don’t miss seeing him. You won’t regret it. That’s my commitment to you.

Posted by skooter at 12:59 PM This entry is filed under Entertainment.
Tags: Articles, Bill Cosby, New York Times, Television

January 8, 2012

Wilco & Mavis Staples: “The Weight”

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to see Mavis Staples sing The Weight live on a pretty magical night of live music. I’m not sure I’d ever anticipated hearing that, and it’s a fond memory of the year.

Mavis singing The Band classic with Wilco live in Chicago? I think my mind would have been blown. It’s probably a good thing I wasn’t there. This will have to do for now (though you can hear the live version in the Roadcase on the Wilco site for now.)

Posted by skooter at 10:08 AM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Chicago, Mavis Staples, Videos, Wilco

January 2, 2012

New Year’s Weekend on Salt Spring Island

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Posted by skooter at 8:48 AM This entry is filed under Camera.
Tags: Holidays, Ruckle Provincial Park, Salt Spring Island