Moodymann – It’s 2 Late 4 U & Me (2010)

My eyes opened to the world of electronic music but a few years ago. Aside from classical, it was the general genre of music I knew the least about. One of the first people I got turned on to it is this man below, Kenny Dixon Jr. Detroit techno, poetic, sexual, druggy, black power, classic hat.

Via Fact

BONUS:

One of my favourite tracks below from the year ’96. Legend has it Moodymann used to give away joints at his shows, which sometimes featured people having sex behind a backlit curtain. These are called parties in every sense of the word.

Today in Alberta History: First female Métis Senator

Photo courtesy of NAIT

Photo courtesy of NAIT

Thelma Chalifoux was the first female of Métis descent to be appointed to the Canadian Senate on November 26, 1997. Born in Calgary, she was also the first Métis woman to receive the achievement award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (now known as Indspire). She retired from the Senate in 2004, and continues to work closely with her Métis community in St. Albert.

Yes, important work likely is done in the Senate, however, I’m of the belief that this kokum has touched more lives through her work in and with the Métis community.

Is anyone surprised?

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch blames everyone but Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch blames everyone but Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.

Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old is dead. His killer walks. Is anyone surprised? The military police state in St. Louis County, Missouri and America in general play by their own rules: rules written by and for them to exercise any amount of force without much fear of consequence.

Here’s Charles Pierce’s take on the matter:

The Name Means Honor, Respect?!?!?!

Via The New Yorker

Via The New Yorker

History can be a harsh mistress, and it will judge petulant child Daniel Snyder accordingly.

Eighty-three percent of people would not use the term redsk*in in front of a Native person, yet, well, you know. The latest cover for The New Yorker rightly skewers those that most deserve it: white, wealthy owners of sports franchises.

Today in Alberta History – Radio firsts in Alberta

The man, the legend, Grant Stovel

The man, the legend, Grant Stovel

I missed the actual day of this happening, but it’s still a retroactive share worth bringing up.

On November 21, 1927, the CKUA Radio Network signed on. Since then, the station has grown into the cultural fabric of not only Alberta, but Canada. Here are a couple firsts from CKUA:

  • Canada’s first public broadcaster
  • First school broadcast (likely in the form of distance learning)
  • First FM station in Alberta
  • First Canadian station to stream broadcast online

CKUA moved from the U of A campus to downtown Edmonton years ago. And within the last couple years, they moved once again to their current location in the redone Alberta Hotel on Jasper Avenue and 98 Street.

As someone involved with CJSR over the years, there’s a symbiotic big brother-little brother relationship between the two stations. They share talent and they sometimes promote the same (or similar) events. Either way, CKUA hopefully continues to be thee alternative to awful corporate FM radio.

Here Come the Oilers

My gawd, how awful have the Oilers been for the past, oh I don’t know, several years?! They’re firmly ensconced in playoff drought-dom, now the team with the longest stretch between post-season appearances.

I didn’t watch the game against Chicago, and boy, am I glad. Fans aren’t even bothering to throw jerseys on the ice; they say what they feel right to the places faces. Take a look at the surreal video above.

The Edmonton Oilers are like the Alberta PC party: mismanaged by a bunch of old boys with little connection to the world past 1985. Nothing is going to change in Oil Country until we dump Lowe, Mac T and anyone connected with The Past. However, Katz wields such a huge stick I don’t see any of this happening.

Via Deadspin

BONUS:

Edmonton ex-pat Mike Winters and his Cartoon Machine have been lampooning these easy targets for years. Do yourself  a favour and check him out:

Via Cartoon Machine

Via Cartoon Machine