Tuesday, December 23, 2008

my baby don't tolerate

A lot of people told me that having worked the nightshift for over two years, I'd be ready for the sleepless nights. That's like saying working 9-to-5 prepares you for not sleeping during the day.

Winnipeg's Paper Moon have a new EP out in advance of a forthcoming long-player due in the new year. The album will be Only During Thunderstorms, the EP is What Are You Going To Do With Me? and it's available, like, now at the Endearing online store. EP includes this rad cover of everyone's favourite Hot Little Rocket song.

mp3: "Down With Safe" by Paper Moon

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The new lady in my life

Lillian Simone Matheson, born 6:07 a.m., Sunday, Dec.7/08 at BC Womens' Hospital in Vancouver. Birthweight: 7 lbs, 14 oz

Everyone's healthy, no one's sleeping enough.

mp3: "Sweet Child of Mine" by Luna

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Yeah but we're gonna chicken out, cuz we don't like to fight...

I can't believe I got up at 6 a.m. (PST) for this. When Harper walked out of Rideau Hall with his prorogation, I let out a pre-emptive yawn the size of Meech Lake.
Short term, well, good for Harper. Long term, what's the strategy? He's burnt his bridges with the Liberals and NDP, and he's done even worse with the Bloc, which otherwise would be his only chance of getting a budget passed.

The highlight of the morning, though, was Don Newman talking to John Baird, Minister of Transport in the House of Commons. Baird laid out a bunch of the typical "separatist coalition" party line, and Newman called him on it every time, saying Baird either hadn't read or hadn't understood the coalition accord. Baird continued saying blatantly unfactual things, and Newman called him on it every time. Even the Newsworld anchors seemed unsettled at how many bald-face untruths came out of Baird's mouth. It was nice to see the media holding politicians accountable for what they say. Feels like it's been a while.

mp3: "Rats' Revenge, Part 2" by the Rats

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Pot, meet Kettle...

Stockwell Day, ladies and gentlemen, the gift that keeps on giving.

Meanwhile, Harper booster Stephen Taylor says, "not a single person voted for a coalition government." Is it just me, or did half the country just forget what a Parliamentary system entails? This is what it's all about folks. Stephen Harper was elected with a minority mandate, which means the will of the Canadian electorate was that the Conservative Party work with the Opposition parties to run the nation. When Harper, Flaherty and Flanagan tried to put their collective loafer to the Liberal Party's financial throat under the flimsy flag of dealing with the economic downturn, they showed nothing but contempt for that expressed will of the people. They had a chance to govern, and they blew it. Big time.

A coalition government, right now, is the best possible outcome for Canadians. The current members of Parliament have been elected and it's time to let them do their jobs. Whether or not the Liberals and NDP will be able to keep it together long enough to actually pass a bill is another question, but the Conservatives have abused their opportunity to govern and deserve to lose it.

In happier news, here's a vid of Brian Borcherdt covering Kim Mitchell. And here's a track from Borcherdt's swell new EP, Coyotes.

mp3: "While I Was Asleep" by Brian Borcherdt