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November 29, 2012

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings at the Vogue Theatre

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In all honesty, I’d like to have seen Blackie and the Rodeo Kings at their recent show at Swift Current, Saskatchewan’s beautiful and small Lyric Theatre. An alternative choice would have been Port Dover, which I could have attended with my Uncle who, despite quite a bit of crossover in our musical taste, I’ve never seen a show with.

Alas, poor me: I had to settle for seeing them at Vancouver’s gorgeous Vogue Theatre. This, of course, is the very definition of a first world problem. I took it in stride.

My review is at No Depression, or you can just read it below.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ most recent album, Kings & Queens, is a series of duets with some of the best voices in the music industry including Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. An album like this poses an interesting problem: how does a band whose core members are three guys tour an album on which every song includes a female voice—some of them, frankly, seemingly irreplaceable.

The answer, naturally, is to release a new version of the album with even more duets and then bring some of your friends along for a road trip. The Rodeo Kings brought their travelling road show to Vancouver with guests including Kendel Carson, Amy Helm, Exene Cervenka and Matt Anderson (decidedly not a female voice, but whatever.)

Continue reading "Blackie and the Rodeo Kings at the Vogue Theatre"

Posted by skooter at 10:24 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Amy Helm, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Exene Cervenka, Kendel Carson, Matt Anderson, Vogue Theatre

November 22, 2012

Steve Earle: Burning the Walmart Down

No one’s ever accused Steve Earle of shying away from issues he considers important. Burning the Walmart Down is particularly, but not only, appropriate in honour of Black Friday.

Posted by skooter at 6:15 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Steve Earle, Videos, Wal-Mart

November 19, 2012

The Biblio-Mat: Mystery Books for you—Two Dollars!

The Bilio-Mat is in Toronto, and I haven’t seen it but there’s a pretty fun video of it on Vimeo complete with a Tom Waits soundtrack. You can see it below.

I love it, because I love the concept of the mystery book for a twonie (a word, incidentally, that I’ve never quite been able to figure out how to spell—a hyphen makes it look awkward, and every other version I’ve used seems strange to my eye.) People don’t buy books as much as they used to. People have Kindles and they licence content instead, or they steal content, or they get free ebook versions of books that are out of copyright.

Books, though, those are getting a bit less common in people’s lives. So is mystery for that matter, and this is a Rube Goldberg contraption that brings a little bit of both back into your life all in exchange for a single shiny coin.

The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small on Vimeo.

Continue reading "The Biblio-Mat: Mystery Books for you—Two Dollars!"

Posted by skooter at 7:05 PM This entry is filed under Books.
Tags: Books, Reading, Toronto, Videos

November 12, 2012

Ron Sexsmith - Secret Heart

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Tags: Music, Ron Sexsmith, Singer Songerwiters

November 11, 2012

Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl

I think it’ll be time to see Emmylou again this year.

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Remembrance Day

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Tags: RCAF, Remembrance Day, World War I

November 8, 2012

We’ve Got Tonight: Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

I’m a bit obsessed with this right now. The highlight comes at 2:36 seconds in.

Posted by skooter at 12:49 PM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Country, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Videos, We've Got Tonight

November 6, 2012

American Election Day

It’s election day in the United States. These days it seems as if that throws more Canadians into a frenzy than our own elections do, and that may be one of the problems with the country I call home.

It’s not that the American election result isn’t important in Canada: the leader of our monolithic neighbour and largest trading partner has a significant impact on our lives. I just wish Canadians would express as much interest in the leader they can vote for as they do in the leader they can’t.

Here’s a classic television piece on the electoral college. Americans have, in my experience, long lived under the fiction that they were voting directly for the president. Most recent elections—Barak Obama’s first victory excepted—have been close and electoral college vote distribution has been a major factor. This one’s going to be no exception, and we aren’t going to know until very late tonight.

Good luck President Obama. You deserve a second term.

Posted by skooter at 5:55 PM This entry is filed under Politics.
Tags: Barak Obama, Mitt Romney, Politics, United States