Twenty years ago today, a few friends and I snuck out of our nosebleed seats at the Maple Leaf Gardens and made it onto the floor just as Nirvana took the stage.
Things like Project Ukulele Gangsters (as well as Choir! Choir Choir) are hacks that bring spontaneous happiness to unexpected places
Ready for Gold Pony at The Silver Dollar Room
Maureen Interviews J Mascis
With Kim Gordon getting a hagiographic profile in The New Yorker, Generation X has officially asserted its its takeover of the major media channels from the Baby Boomers.
Does this mean, then, that Sonic Youth is going to become as over-discussed as The Beatles were at then end of the 20th century?
There’s an implicit politics to that collectivism, but it was also an instinctive, pragmatic and even somewhat sentimental alternative to the hopeless state of the Canadian music industry: If getting signed by a major label was both improbable and a career trap, another way to accomplish things might be to pool resources. The commercial formula is that bands need an obvious point of focus and personality, but if those ambitions become void, it seems natural to play with as many of your friends as possible. And that feeling might have been especially strong in the years of 9/11 and the second Iraq war – a quest for supportive community in frightening times, while belligerent governments were doing exactly the opposite.Carl Wilson’s forward to An anthology of stories riffing on the songs of Broken Social Scene
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