Guilt Parade – The Canadian band Guilt Parade was one of the bands that really influenced us back in the late 80's when we were finding our feet -- we always thought they bridged the gap between the punk bands we liked and the metal bands we worshipped, without really belonging to either "genre". If you listen to their LP "Coprophobia" and then listen to all of our early recordings, it's pretty obvious we essentially wanted to be Guilt Parade. Still do actually! So this is a pretty awesome thing to read. Thanks to Ian for sending the link! (12/26/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Angela James Blazes Into the Hockey Hall of Fame – The latest issue of The Dominion has a cool feature on Angela James, the first women to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hey, it only took 65 years! (11/24/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Australia Welcomes Asian Refugees with Detention in For-Profit Jails — Or by Just Allowing Them to Drown – We somehow got mentioned in the first paragraph of this Australian expose of the treatment of refugees by first-world governments and private corporations, but that is by far the least interesting/ important/ harrowing part of this article. A must-read. (10/19/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Chris earns $2000/second as guest vocalist on Antillectual recording. – Dutch band Antillectual are currently streaming a new song called "Cut the Ground From Under Our Feet", featuring yours truly singing about 3 1/2 seconds of lyrics near the end. I only charged them $7000, which is nearly half my usual rate for "guest vocals". Sometimes i just feel really generous! (09/13/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Propagandhi = Justin Bieber – To be honest i'm not even sure i know who Justin Bieber is, but as you can see in this interview with Junior Battles, we have been mentioned in the same sentence. This pisses me right off. I think. I assume. (09/09/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
William Blum: The Most Sensible Broken Record in America – Too bad more people can't seem to tune in to hear it. (09/02/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Oh No! Not Another Post About Animal-Rights! – How much more can the poor, persecuted supporters of the animal-exploitation industry take?!? They already endure the torture of world-wide vegetarian oppression! Now they have to face this interview with Todd and Chris about veganism on the internet?!? It's the equivalent of a holocaust! Won't somebody save the defenseless meat-eaters from these heinous studs advocating a plant-based diet?!? Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! (08/27/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
For Good Reason – Critical Thinkers of the World Unite! D.J. Groethe, formerly of the Center For Inquiry, has a promising new podcast known as For Good Reason, which intends to encourage listeners to think critically about the central beliefs of society, focusing on supernatural, paranormal and psuedo-scientific claims. You can check out episodes here. (08/16/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Are the Days of the Full-Time Novelist Numbered? – Robert Sawyer is one of the most successful speculative fiction writers on the planet, and certainly one of the most successful fiction writers in Canadian history. He has a talent for broaching very big ideas within a very accessible, fast-paced format (once in a while at the expense of the aesthetics of a more seasoned SF audience). I've read most of his books and outside of Kim Stanley Robinson, i'd have to credit Sawyer with fueling my intitial interest in what i think is the most exciting and important genre of writing we have. He keeps a blog that i visit once in a while and i thought this post about the end of the full-time novelist was interesting enough to share, in part because of the analogies one can make to the music industry, which is of course, also in free-fall. Generally, i think the music industry is getting what it deserves for producing so much utter garbage over the years that people simply aren't willing to front their hard-earned money for something that sounds exactly like 4000 other records that already exist and that as a matter of design, doesn't take the listener anywhere new, intellectually or spiritually. Still, his comments towards the end of the post concerning "lengthy, ambitious, complex works works that take years of full-time effort to produce" are worth thinking about. (07/27/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
G’Day Mates! – If you were to subject me to a snap quiz in which i had to name the current elected/ appointed/ inherited leaders of all the world's 190+ nations, i would probably score less that 5% correctly. The fact that i admit this does not make it any less embarrassing. Once in every very long while, i make a half-baked effort to skim through the CIA Factbook and see who the latest crop of clowns are who are running various countries into the ground across the planet. Then i promptly forget, displacing these facts with more important things like the names of recently drafted professional hockey players.
One place i tend to pay a tiny, tiny, tiny bit more attention to is Australia. Partly because in many ways it is an analog to Canada. Partly because i used to live there when i was 5. Partly because outside of central/ south america, it is the place on the planet where we have been most warmly received as a band. I know many Australians visit this site. So i thought i'd post a link to the this very short and provocative piece about some of the players in post-Rudd Australia. In the words of Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes, "food for thought!". (07/23/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Bad times at the Calgary Stampede. – 4 animals are dead within 24 hours at the Calgary Stampede.
Hmm..I thought they said that abusing animals for fun was one of the signs a kid might grow up to be a serial killer? Oh well, everybody's doing it!
Sure the Stampede is a tradition in Calgary, so is Agribition in Regina and, in some other places, so are cockfights, dog fights and bear baiting. I understand; I used to have my own gun holster, hat, vest, and chaps, my favorite uncle was a stampede pick up man, I even had the rodeo queen come with me to school for show and tell once but there is a time when we've got to come to terms with the fact that the unparalleled joy of watching cowboys twist steer necks and menace poor bulls and horses to the point that the animals jump around like maniacs must come to an end. There's no use in trying to extend our demented childhoods beyond their expiry date.
Feel free to rope each other, tie things around your nuts (if you've got them) or the nuts of your willing, yet bucking, friends if you want to but leave the poor animals out of it. Thanks. (07/13/10 by The Rod #)
The Immoral of the Story… – ...is that when you are a Western soldier occupying Arab land, you are absolutely free to annihilate civilians. Just don't fuckin tell anyone about it. (07/06/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
The Anti-Empire Report – Sometimes when i read these reports, i wonder if William Blum is actually Jord writing under a pseudonym. This one is especially satisfying in the shadow of the annual patriotic orgies we just endured here in Canada and the USA. (07/05/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Potemkin City Limits – well, here's a seemingly banal article with an interesting ending that even I (the guy who wrote the song) didn't know about. Francis' final stand was even sadder that I imagined. as an aside, would people please stop calling us a "veganarchist" band. it's silly. we prefer "satanic". thanks. (06/27/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
Happy World Refugee Day! – Here is a list of World Refugee Celebrations that are happening in Canada today. Have a good one! (06/21/10 by The Rod #)
We in Da Club! – Go here to Dr. Ossify's webpage and scroll down his media player till you a tune called "It's a New Day" featuring Gem-In-Eye. See if you recognize anything. (06/20/10 by Jesus H. Chris #)
June 20th is World Refugee Day! – Winnipeg is celebrating a day early for good times sake! This Saturday, June 19th, come on down to the World Refugee day celebration in downtown's Central Park. The party starts at 12:00 PM. I hope to see you there! (06/15/10 by The Rod #)
Z Magazine/Z-Net An incredible web-site and resource for anyone interested in investigating, discussing and/ or taking up the struggle for radical social change. A must-see. The best source of progressive ideas and activism i am aware of. GO NOW.
Kent Monkman We used Kent’s painting “The Triumph of Mischief” for the cover of “Supporting Caste”.
Electronic Intifada The Electronic Intifada will equip you to challenge myth, distortion and spin in the media in an informed way, enabling you to effect positive changes in media coverage of the Palestinians and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Democracy Now! Democracy Now! is a national, listener-sponsored public radio and TV show committed to bringing the voices of the marginalized to the airwaves on issues ranging from the global to the local.
Vegan Outreach VO is working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of illustrated booklets: Why Vegan, Even If You Like Meat, and Try Vegetarian.