When
· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · February
· · · · 06 (2 entries)

Emersonapalooza · Oh my good­ness gra­cious. We had an elec­tion here in Cana­da last mon­th, and the Con­ser­va­tives (“Tories” for short) threw out the Lib­er­als, to the gen­er­al sat­is­fac­tion of an ir­ri­tat­ed pop­u­lace, but failed to get a ma­jor­i­ty in Par­lia­men­t, to the gen­er­al sat­is­fac­tion of a cau­tious pop­u­lace. My own rid­ing, Van­cou­ver Kingsway, had been held by Lib­er­al David Emer­son, a sea­soned pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor ex­ec­u­tive who’d been parachut­ed in but won it fair and square, and has al­ways been in the cab­i­net; he held the seat for the Lib­er­als last mon­th. This morn­ing, we awoke to the news that he’d “crossed the floor”, joined the Tories, and been re­ward­ed with a se­nior Cabi­net post. This change sub­tly shifts the com­bi­na­torics of pow­er in par­lia­ment and will be very use­ful to the gov­ern­men­t. The coun­try in gen­er­al and my neigh­bor­hood in par­tic­u­lar is pret­ty flab­ber­gast­ed. I got my jol­lies when I picked up my morn­ing cof­fee and some TV news crew was wait­ing out­side ask­ing passers-by what they thought. I splut­tered, tele­geni­cal­ly I hope, if they run it and any­one sees it, let me know. Cana­di­ans in search of some po­lit­i­cal snick­ers and a his­toric but im­per­illed doc­u­ment can read on for more ...
 
5✭♫: Burning Farm · Sho­nen Knife formed in Osa­ka in the ear­ly Eight­ies and, a decade lat­er, sud­den­ly had a North Amer­i­can au­di­ence; it helped that they opened for Nir­vana on a 1993 tour. Burn­ing Farm was the ti­tle of their first record but al­so of a song; the ver­sion I have is off of 1993’s Let’s Knife, prob­a­bly the group’s es­sen­tial al­bum. It has a lot of good songs with great melodies, su­perb light-hearted vo­cal­s, high-energy per­for­mances, punk gui­tar, and ami­able Ja­panese looni­ness; but Burn­ing Farm stands out. (“5✭♫” se­ries in­tro­duc­tion here; with an ex­pla­na­tion of why the ti­tle may look bro­ken.) ...
 
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