Old Fellas New Music Notes for Episode 39

https://www.mixcloud.com/paul-mcguire3/old-fellas-new-music-episode-39-jan-25-2023

Episode 39 – our notes!

Bob’s notes

Martin Courtney – Sailboat

Martin Courtney is a member of the Brooklyn based band Real Estate.  This track is taken from taken from his second solo album,  “Magic Sign”.   Pitchfork always a Real Estate supporter, gave a fairly positive review of the album.

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/martin-courtney-magic-sign/

“Sailboat” is reminiscent of 80’s REM  

I also include one of my fave Real Estate tracks   

Nina Nastasia – Afterwards

Nina Maria Nastasia is an American folk singer-songwriter. I first came to know her from legendary British DJ John Peel’s online archives.  She is prominently featured on his radio shows from the early 2000’s.  As of 2022, Nastasia has released a total of seven studio albums.  The latest, is “Riderless Horse”  Much of the writing on this album was apparently influenced by the suicide Natasia’s partner in 2020. 

Stereogum has an excellent interview with her regarding “Riderless Horse”

Gwenno- Anima

This is a first for old fellas.  We have a song in Cornish!  Gwenno Mererid is a Welsh musician, known by the stage name Gwenno. . Tresor is her third album from July 2022.  All the songs on this album are entirely in Cornish except one song, “N.Y.C.A.W.” which is in Welsh.  The album’s name comes from the Cornish word for “treasure”. The album was shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize.  The video is very cool as it is reminiscent of  Terry Gilliam’s animation work in Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  

For all her mysterious Cornish esoterica, it’s surprising to me that Gwenno used to be a member of The Pipettes!   

MJ Lenderman – SUV

Jake Lenderman goes by the moniker as MJ Lenderman.  He is an American singer, songwriter, and musician based in Asheville, North Carolina. In April, 2022, Lenderman released his third studio album, Boat Songs. He has been compared to John Prine, Neil Young  and The Drive-By Truckers’s which is always a good thing.  Here he is playing the crunchy little number SUV,  live in Austin Texas. 

Let us get to know MJ Lenderman!  https://fortherabbits.net/2021/03/25/get-to-know-mj-lenderman/

This week’s playlist

Gord Downie, Bob Rock – Is there nowhere

Martin Courtney – Sailboat

July Talk – When You Stop 

Nina Nastasia – Afterwards

Master KG, Burma Boy, Nomcebo Zikode – Jerusalema

Gwenno- Anima

Andy Shauf – Wasted on You

MJ Lenderman – SUV

Fast Romantics – Outta Love

Gord Downie, Bob Rock – Is there nowhere

This is totally new to me, but it is not every week that we get to feature a Gord Downie track!

By Alex Hudson

Published Nov 22, 2022

Late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie and mega-producer Bob Rock made an album together that never saw the light of day, but that is finally about to change. Following the single “Lustre Parfait” last month, Arts & Crafts has now shared two more songs and confirmed the details of the full-length. Lustre Parfait will be out May 5.

As a taste of the album to come, A&C has released the three-song collection The Raven and the Red-Tailed Hawk. It includes the title track, plus last month’s “Lustre Parfait” and the B-side “Is There Nowhere.”

The sessions for Lustre Parfait followed the two Hip albums produced by Rock, 2006’s World Container and 2009’s We Are the Same. According to a press release, Downie asked Rock if the producer had any music he could write lyrics for, and Rock created these raucous arrangements for the vocalist to accompany.

Rock said in a statement, “First and foremost Gord was my friend, and having the opportunity to work with him on these songs was one of the biggest highlights of my professional life. I am grateful that I got to witness his genius in such close proximity.” 

Exclaim

Premiere: July Talk’s ‘When You Stop’ captures everything about the band that we love

Great to see July Talk featured on NPR. The band will be here in Ottawa at the NAC. Looking forward to this!

I included extra video material. The second one – After This is terrific!

Almost a decade ago, World Cafe went to Toronto for our Sense of Place series in search of new music discoveries. We found one in the indie rock band July Talk. At the time, the band had just released its self-titled debut album. We became instantly enamored of the band’s music. With co-lead vocalists Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis, the energy has always brought about an equal balance of beguiling tension. The twin guitar playing of guitarists Ian Docherty and Josh Warburton, and double drummers Danny Miles and Dani Nash, round out the band, who release their new album, Remember Never Before, tomorrow.

Today, World Cafe is premiering, “When You Stop.” From the band’s new album, it captures everything about this band that we love: the decadelong relationship between Goldstein and Derimanis that has brought about both light and darkness in the way their vocals work together, the co-mingling and interlacing of the guitar playing, and the understated yet powerful push and pull of the rhythms.

It’s been three years since their last album, Pray For It, and we asked them how the pandemic affected the making of this record. In an email, Goldstein said: ” In a lot of ways we feel we already released our pandemic album in July of 2020. Pray For It was written between 2017 and 2019 and was our way of processing the reality of a very uncertain new world. One that saw what felt like a global shift toward darkness, baseless hatred, intolerance, bigotry, fear-mongering, climate doom, etc.”

July Talk – When You Stop [Official Lyric Video]

July Talk – After This [Official Music Video]

Master KG, Burma Boy, Nomcebo Zikode – Jerusalema

Jerusalema” is a song by South African DJ and record producer Master KG featuring South African vocalist Nomcebo. The upbeat gospel-influenced house song was initially released on 29 November 2019 after it garnered positive response online, with a music video following on 21 December. The music video of the song has generated half a billion views on YouTube. It was later included on Master KG’s second album of the same title, released in January 2020.[1]

What is so interesting is the viral challenge the song has created

Some examples below

The #Jerusalemachallenge has finally arrived to Jerusalem! During these challenging times of social distancing we have all gathered to dance together, so we can reunite. 

Holocaust survivors, elementary school students, youth from both east and west of Jerusalem, university students, and municipality workers along with the mayor, Moshe Lion. Watch how good we dance during times of social distancing ♥

#jerusalema #jerusalem #dance #challenge #happy #socialdistancing #viralvideo #15M #dancing

Master KG – Jerusalema Remix [Feat. Burna Boy and Nomcebo] (Official Music Video)

Jerusalema Challenge in Jerusalem!

Jerusalema Dance Challenge – Ärentunastallet Uppsala Sweden #jerusalemachallenge #horse #stable

Andy Shauf – Wasted on You

This is such a great sone – hard to believe he has eight albums out.

May 20, 2016 by ROBIN HILTON • Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Andy Shauf is the kind of guy you’d find laying low at a party, maybe tucked into the corner of a room with a drink in his hand, keeping to himself but taking everything in. He’s soft-spoken and reserved, more comfortable delivering the news than being a part of it (though “comfortable” may be too strong a word).

Shauf’s latest album is, appropriately enough, called The Party. It’s an emotionally remote collection of character studies and bent observations made during a gathering of drunken fools, smooth operators and the painfully self-aware.

Andy Shauf recently brought The Party to the NPR Music offices for this quietly affecting Tiny Desk performance. His set opens with “The Magician,” a song about a poser schmoozing his way through a crowd, followed by “To You,” a slightly comical but awkward confession of unrequited love. Shauf closes with the relatively propulsive “You’re Out Wasting,” a meditation on greed, selling out and late-night anxiety; it’s from his 2015 album The Bearer Of Bad News.

“Wasted On You” was the lead single for Andy Shauf’s eighth studio album, Norm. The lyrics are from the perspective of the Christian God, who asks nonbelievers upon their arrival to heaven “Was all my love wasted on you?” In A 2016 interview, Shauf says he grew up Christian but became nonreligious in his twenties. He has touched on religion before, such as on his 2022 single “Satan”, usually with a dry sense of humor.

Major tour – Ottawa – 04-28 Ottawa, Ontario – The Bronson Centre

Andy Shauf – “Wasted On You”

Andy Shauf has announced a new album: Norm is due February 10 via Anti-. The Canadian singer-songwriter has also shared the lead single, “Wasted on You,” along with a music video directed by V Haddad. Check it out below.

Spanning 12 tracks, Norm follows Shauf’s surprise-release album Wilds from last year and 2020’s The Neon Skyline. He performs every instrument on the new LP himself and shaped the lyrics around an invented, eponymous person. “The character of Norm is introduced in a really nice way,” Shauf explained in a statement. “But the closer you pay attention to the record, the more you’re going to realize that it’s sinister.”

Shauf will hit the road early next year in support of Norm. His 2023 North American tour will kick off on February 21 in Columbus, Ohio and see him stop at major cities across the United States and Canada. Find the complete list of dates below.

Pitchfork = Andy Shauf Announces New Album Norm, Shares Video for Song “Wasted on You”: Watch

Fast Romantics unveiled new single & video for “Outta Love”

Just love this band – I think this is the first time we have featured them on our show. I have included a 2020 recording at the height of the Pandemic – interesting to see what we were doing just a few years ago. This is a great concert to watch if you have a few minutes.

Toronto-based, Fast Romantics have been waiting patiently for 2023. Since 2017 they’d been traveling as a six-piece band, fronted by Matthew Angus and Kirty, around North America as unrelenting road warriors. NPR had declared their hit Julia “triumphant,” and they found themselves unexpectedly in Apple Music’s top ten. In those ensuing years of touring and radio charting, they perfected a larger-than-life live show, endearing fans to their unique brand of irresistible pop hooks and frontman Matthew Angus’ personal and emotive approach to lyricism.

They returned with their first new music in three years via a big and buoyant new sing-along single, “Outta Love,” that cleverly serves up a sublime sleight of hand with cutting lyrical cynicism belying the celebratory chorus vocals and lush instrumentation. The accompanying video was directed and produced by Raven Shields at Cheval Studio.

Fast Romantics – “Outta Love” (Official Video)

Fast Romantics – “Live From a Pandemic” (Full Show, Live from Dakota Tavern)

Fast Romantics – “Live From a Pandemic” (Full Show, Live from Dakota Tavern)

On August 20, 2020, Fast Romantics faced an empty Dakota Tavern in Toronto, Canada. Lights went up, director Jared Raab started filming, and the result was broadcast live to hundreds of people streaming it from their houses and backyards.

It was the thick of the pandemic. No audiences allowed. But the band gathered some close friends to join them in celebrating the release of their also pandemically-released album “PICK IT UP.” A year later, we’re releasing the entire concert, uncut from its original live broadcast.

And here is a shorter a clip from the concert – Julia

Old Fellas New Music Episode 38

Episode 38 

Julia Jacklin – I was Neon  

Arctic Monkeys – There’d Better Be a Mirrorball

Men I Trust – Billie Toppy

Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band – Grace and Eddie

OMBIIGIZI, Status/Non-Status, Zoon – Cherry Coke 

Sister Ray – Visions

The Handsome Family – Gold 

Lizzo – About Damn Time

Fontaines D.C. – Jackie Down the Line

Bob’s Notes

Arctic Monkeys – “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball”

The Arctic Monkeys are a band formed in Sheffield, England in 2002.  They are sometimes mentioned as one of the first bands who gained their initial buzz and popularity due to the internet.  As a result in 2006,  “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” became the fastest-selling debut album in UK history.  The band became a Brit. fave winning numerous awards but it wasn’t until 2013 that the band became more universally known with the release of its 2015’s album AM. The song featured here is taken from The Car, the seventh studio album. 

Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

Lizzo, is an American singer and rapper from Houston, Texas.  She attained immense popularity with the release of her third studio album, Cuz I Love You (2019), which peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200. About Damn Time” was lead single from the album Special released earlier this year. The song was nominated at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards for Song of the Year, Best Pop Video, and Song of Summer. The song also received three nominations at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.  Here she is performing “About Damn Time” on SNL. 

Fun fact- Lizzo is also a classically trained flautist.  Back in September, she caused the American right to get all huffy when she played James Madison’s silver flute.  

Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band – “Grace and Eddie”

Michael William Head is an English singer-songwriter and musician from Liverpool, England. He is most famous as the lead singer and songwriter for Shack, The Pale Fountains and Michael Head & The Strands. Some have described him as a lost genius and among the most gifted British songwriters of his generation.  In 2013 he formed Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band. In 2017, Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band released an album called Adiós Señor Pussycat. It reached No 1 in the UK independent album chart and No. 57 in the UK Albums Chart.  The new one, Dear Scott was released in June 2022.  The tile is apparently inspired by a note F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to himself.

  

The album peaked at number 6 in the official UK chart, making it Michael Head’s highest-ever charting album.  Here’s a version performed live.  I don’t know who Grace and Eddie are.

Flash back to the early eighties! Michael Head in The Pale Fountains 

Sister Ray – “Visions”

Sister Ray is the stage name of Ella Coyes, a Métis singer-songwriter. They were born and raised in Sturgeon County, Alberta. Their debut full-length album Communion was released in May 2022.  Exclaim explains:

Also, though four years old, this interview provides excellent background to Sister Ray.

Here’s the strangely beguiling video.  

Paul’s Notes

Julia Jacklin – I was Neon

This is her third album Pre Pleasure – “Pre Pleasure is an easygoing album from a mind that rarely stops racing.

One of the songs from the album, not the one I am playing, is #94 on Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2022

The Australian songwriter’s empathetic, understated rock songs sift through a litany of relationships and beliefs, seeking a balance between thinking about life and actually living it.

“I Was Neon,” in which she wonders if a version of herself has been lost to time. “I quite like the person that I am/Am I gonna lose myself again?” she repeats, voice roiling with equal parts anxiety and excitement. If she could reach through the photograph and make contact with that incarnation of herself, what would she say?

It seems like many of the artists I am choosing are writing about being lost.

Julia Jacklin (born 30 August 1990) is a singer-songwriter from the Blue Mountains, Australia. Jacklin’s musical style has been described as indie pop, indie folk, and alternative country. from Wikipedia

Men I Trust – Billie Toppy

(singe 2022, last album Untourable Album 2021)

The information about this band is somewhat dreamy, and so is their music. It is interesting that the two founders of the band actually played with a rotating series of lead singers, settling on Emma Proulx, the face of the band some time in 2015.

From their dreamy Bandcamp article:

Mixing dreamy atmospheres, wistful extended chords, and funky, low-key dance grooves, Men I Trust was the brainchild of then-Laval University music students Dragos Chiriac and Jessy Caron. The Montreal, Canada D.I.Y. project made its full-length debut with Men I Trust in 2014. While the duo’s first two albums employed a variety of guest vocalists, singer Emmanuelle Proulx has been an official member since 2015. Their third studio album, 2019’s Oncle Jazz, was long-listed for 2020 Polaris Music Prize. Untourable Album followed in 2021 and was ultimately accompanied by a tour.

In June 2021, the band announced the release of their 4th album “The Untourable Album” along tour dates to support the release. Men I Trust posted on their social medias about the release and the tours, elaborating on their context:

Cherry Coke – OMBIIGIZI, Status/Non-Status, Zoon

Another song I like more every time I hear it. I think we have played Status/Non-status before, but Zoom is new to the show.

Zoon and Status/Non-Status have shared a new single, “Cherry Coke,” under their collaborative project, OMBIIGIZI. The track comes from their forthcoming debut album, Sewn Back Together, out February 10th via Arts & Crafts.

“Cherry Coke” is a dreamy, shoegazy tune with smooth instrumentals that allow OMBIIGIZI’s smooth vocals to take the lead. Lyrically, the song is about Zoon’s Daniel Monkman’s childhood.

“I used to get into a lot of fights at school when I was younger,” the band’s Daniel Monkman explains. “One of the schools was called ‘Happy Thought’ which ironically was filled with racist rural farmer type folk. I think as a type of punishment my Mom sent me to live with my Dad on the Rez, so he could show me how to be a ‘man.’ Although my Dad was a very complex human, he was very compassionate towards me, especially when I explained how the kids would tease me for being Ojibway. He’d always let me stay home with him and oftentimes we’d go to the Rez store for chips and pop; I’d get Cherry Coke or Vanilla Coke. The lyrics and song title are inspired by these memories of my childhood and of my father.”

Indie 88 FM

After quoting 88FM, I had to look them up. A very interesting station from Toronto. They are doing some interesting work featuring indie bands.

and the OMBIIGIZI video for Cherry Coke

Gold – The Handsome Family

I heard about this band last week when Bob played a Phoebe Bridgers cover of their song So Much Wine.

The Handsome Family is an American music duo consisting of husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks formed in Chicago, Illinois, and as of 2001 based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1] They are perhaps best known for their song “Far from Any Road” from the album Singing Bones, which was used as the main title theme for the first season of the 2014 crime drama True Detective. The band’s tenth album, Unseen, was released on September 16, 2016, the first new release on the band’s own label Milk & Scissors Music[2] and through long-time label Loose in Europe

(Wikipedia)

And, to top all this off, Rennie Sparks is an artist. She has done a wonderful series of dog paintings – I have included one here.

HOLLOW, their tenth studio record, is planned to be released in 2023 with live touring hopefully to follow.

Website

Jackie Down the Line – Fontaines D.C.

The Irish post-punk band’s most demanding and musically adventurous album is also its most open-hearted,  striking a perfect balance between tough and tender.

The year 2019 already feels like the distant past for most of us, but for Fontaines D.C., it really must seem like another lifetime—and that has less to do with the pandemic than their own skyrocketing success in spite of it. Pretty much everything that defined this band three years ago, when they dropped their debut LP, Dogrel, has already changed. Once the scrappy underdogs who ironically declared “I’m gonna be big!”, the Dublin-bred quintet have headlined arena shows for crowds of 10,000 in the UK, appeared on CNN, scored a Grammy nomination (outside the Alternative category ghetto, no less).

Pitchfork

Fontaines D.C. are an Irish post-punk band formed in Dublin in 2017.[1][2][3] The band consists of Grian Chatten (vocals), Carlos O’Connell (guitar), Conor Curley (guitar), Conor Deegan III (bass), and Tom Coll (drums).

The band’s debut album, Dogrel, was released on 12 April 2019 to widespread critical acclaim; it was listed as Album of the Year on the record store Rough Trade‘s website,[4] voted Album of the Year by presenters on BBC Radio 6 Music,[5] and was nominated for both the Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize.[6]

The band’s second studio album, A Hero’s Death, was written and recorded in the midst of extensive touring for their debut, and was released on 31 July 2020. A Hero’s Death was later nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Their third album Skinty Fia, released in 2022, became the band’s first to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart and Irish Albums Chart.

Its title refers to an old Irish saying that drummer Tom Coll’s great-aunt used to say. The phrase “Skinty Fia” translates to “the damnation of the deer”. Both the title and the cover art allude to the extinct Irish elk, also known as the “giant deer”

Wikipedia

Old Fellas New Music Episode 37

This is our 37th episode and the music is staying interesting for sure

show 37 link: https://www.mixcloud.com/paul-mcguire3/old-fellas-new-music-episode-37-dec-16/

  1. Jim White and Mary Margaret O’Hara – And the Angels Sing (Rising Singles Club)
  2. Panda Bear, Sonic Boom – Edge of the Edge
  3. CMAT – Every Bottle (Is My Boyfriend)
  4. Cole Pulice – City in a City
  5. The Beths – “Expert In A Dying Field
  6. Weyes Blood – Grapevine
  7. Porridge Radio –   Birthday Party
  8. Ethel Cain – American Teenager
  9. Phoebe Bridgers – So Much Wine https://www.mixcloud.com/paul-mcguire3/old-fellas-new-music-episode-37-dec-16/

This is our 37th episode and the music remains always interesting. This show is a little bit longer – the tracks were mainly 5 minutes of more.

As always, I am including the notes we used to put together the show. Bob’s first, then mine.

Bob’s Notes

Jim White and Mary Margaret O’Hara – “And the Angels Sing”

First up is a sort of Christmasy tune from Mary Margaret O’Hara and Jim White.  Jim is an Australian drummer, songwriter, and producer.  He has worked with Warren Ellis in the Dirty Three and collaborated frequently with Nick Cave.

O’Hara is from Toronto and of course, is the sister of comedy legend Catherine O’Hara. O’Hara made a huge splash in 1988 with her album “Miss America”.  This song is their contribution to the Rising Singles Club. Rising is an annual festival that takes place in Melbourne Australia. 

MARY MARGARET O’HARA & JIM WHITE / RENA ANAKWE

The song they tackle was first recorded in 1939 by Benny Goodman. here are both versions:

CMAT – “Every Bottle (Is My Boyfriend)”

Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson is  known professionally as CMAT, is a singer, songwriter, and musician from Dublin, Ireland. Her debut album, If My Wife New I’d Be Dead, was released in February 2022 and entered the Irish Album Charts at number one.  The Guardian wrote of her music; “Her songs are mournful yet accessible, emotionally literate and cleverly crafted, but, crucially, with a huge sense of humour…” She is a little reminiscent of Jann Arden.

Porridge Radio –“ Birthday Party”

Porridge Radio are a British indie rock band formed in Brighton in 2015. The The Guardian listed them among their top 40 new artists of 2018. Birthday Party is a track taken from the 2022 album, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky”.

The All Music Guide discusses : https://www.allmusic.com/album/waterslide-diving-board-ladder-to-the-sky-mw0003677449

here they are performing the song in Manchester. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EVReNd0NAM

The Beths – “Expert In A Dying Field”

This is the third or fourth time The Beths have made an appearance on the podcast.  The Beths are a New Zealand powerpop group. Formed in 2014, the band consists of Elizabeth Stokes (vocals, rhythm guitar), Jonathan Pearce (lead guitar, vocals), Benjamin Sinclair (bass, vocals), and Tristan Deck.  This is the title track from their 2022 release.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KACt6YhOyY

Both Rolling Stone Magazine and  Paste Magazine love them.   So do we….  https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/beths-expert-in-a-dying-field-1234584653/

https://www.pastemagazine.com/music/the-beths/expert-in-a-dying-field-album-review/

Phoebe Bridgers – “So Much Wine”

Phoebe  Bridgers is a Grammy nominated singer/ songwriter. Bridgers is also a member of the musical groups Boygenius (with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus) and Better Oblivion Community Center (with Conor Oberst)

Here, Bridgers tackles The Handsome Family 2001 Xmas song, “Too Much Wine”.  Bridger’s version is a one-off single to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

https://pitchfork.com/news/phoebe-bridgers-covers-the-handsome-family-so-much-wine-listen

Here’s the original 

Paul’s Notes –

based on some of the reading I did for the show

Weyes Blood – Grapevine

her real name is Natalie Mering from California. Big article in the most recent Exclaim! Magazine.

Her first album 2011. She also did an interesting cover of Your No Good (Linda Ronstadt)  for the movie Minions: The Rise of Gru soundtrack.

had to put this in here

some of the recent writing

Weyes Blood Reflects on Life’s “Sublime Violence”

Songwriter Natalie Mering talks her new album ‘And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow’ and why “California is a little bit like the canary in the coal mine”

By Kaelen Bell

Published Nov 17, 2022

Opening the door to Weyes Blood’s And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow, you’ll encounter the king and queen of loneliness, angels and dueling flames, an Emotional Cowboy looking to kick the moon’s ass. It’s a wonderland of sorts, a world awash in deep purples and reds so bright they blur white. 

Possessed of a grounded warmth that pulls the cosmic swirl of 2019’s Titanic Rising somewhere closer to a slowly burning Earth, Natalie Mering’s latest opus dresses modern terrors — climate disaster, digital disconnection, apathy and fear for a future that may not come — in great swathes of velvet, silk and bloodied chainmail.

Exclaim

Video for Grapevine

Panda Bear, Sonic Boom – Edge of the Edge

Album Reset 2022

I think this is Pitchfork – interesting article, the guys are neighbours in Portugal – didn’t see them though

Panda Bear and Sonic Boom Wring Joy Out of Terrible Times on Their Collaborative Album Reset

When the Zoom window opens, giving me a peek into Noah Lennox’s basement studio in Lisbon, Portugal, the psych-pop pathfinder best known as Animal Collective’s (Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland. Its members consist of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Geologist (Brian Weitz), and Deakin (Josh Dibb). The band’s work is characterized by an eclectic exploration of styles, including psychedelia, freak folk, noise, and electronica,[5] with the use of elements such as loops, drones, sampling, vocal harmonies, and sound collage, alongside complex production techniques.[6] AllMusic‘s Fred Thomas suggests that the group “defined the face of independent experimental rock during the 2000s and 2010s.”[7])Panda Bear and journeyman producer Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) sit in semi-darkness, a single mic stand casting a stark shadow on the wall behind them.

 Shot through with Beach Boys harmonies, sleigh bells, and toy-like synths, it’s infused with a naive, almost childlike spirit. “It’s one of those records that’s for children of all ages,” Kember says.

The two men clearly share a strong bond: After multiple work trips to Lennox’s adopted home of Lisbon, Kember—a lifelong resident of the English market town of Rugby—moved to Sintra, on the outskirts of the Portuguese capital, in 2018.

When you actually pay attention to the lyrics, they’re singing about the fact that they can’t get tea and they can’t get rice, and the police and the gangsters are indiscernable, but they do it in this really awesome way. I think we were trying to—”

Lennox interrupts him: “Make lemonade out of lemons.”

Video Go On from the album

Cole Pulice – Scry

Cole Pulice is a composer, saxophonist and electroacoustic musician from Oakland-via-Minneapolis. Following their debut album “Gloam” and two duo collaborations with Lynn Avery and Nat Harvie, Cole Pulice returns with their sophomore album “Scry”. 

It’s a record that, for me, resonates strongly with this sort of “between-ness:” it began in Minneapolis, and was finished in Oakland, bridging pre-pandemic life with the “new normal” of current times; being genderqueer and navigating the spaces between and outside of the masculine and feminine binary; wandering through a musical interchange station that is interconnects improvisation, “song,” and collage experiments . . . multidimensional yet woven together by similar aesthetic threads.

“To scry” defines the practice of foretelling the future through gazing into a crystal ball or other reflective surfaces.

Bandcamp

Ethel Cain – American Teenager

From what I could find, here earliest published material came out in 2019

From a Pitchfork interview – I am not sure how much I have learned about this musician, but I think we will hear more from her in the future…..singer, songwriter, and producer Hayden Anhedönia discusses her witchy alter ego Ethel Cain, her stifling Baptist upbringing, and her desire to soothe listeners even as she unsettles them.

Though Anhedönia was raised in a tight-knit Southern Baptist community—her dad was a deacon, and she and her mom sang in the choir—at this point, the 23-year-old’s relationship with religion is complicated. She left the church at 16, a few years after she was first ostracized for being gay, and a few years before she would come out as a transgender woman and start making harrowing music under the name Ethel Cain. She insists that her choice to live in a former place of worship—and to sometimes explore the nightmarish side of Christianity in her work—was made not out of spite but rather in the spirit of… 

Here is American Teenager – great song

Episode 36 Old Fellas New Music

This week’s episode

And our Spotify playlist!

Episode 36

here are our songs for this week:  

1. Benjamin Clementine – Difference

2.Alvvays – Belinda Says

3. Bria – Where have all the Cowboys Gone

4. Alex G – Runner

5. Tierra Whack – Dora

6. Bad Bunny, ‘Titi Me Preguntó

7. The Sarandons – Letting On,

8. Steve Lacy -Bad Habit

9. Busty and the Bass – all the Things I Couldn’t Say to You

Bad Bunny

BOB’s Notes

Alvvays 

Alvvays – Belinda Says   # 1 Pitchfork

has been probably been featured on Old Guys as much as any artist.  They are a Canadian band based in Toronto.  The track, Belinda Says is from their third album, Blue Rev, was released on October 7, 2022. Pitchfork Magazine named this song #1 in its top 100 songs of 2022. To quote “ Alvvays frontwoman Molly Rankin recently cited the Canadian short story master Alice Munro as an influence, noting the way the writer’s work can “knock the wind out of you.” Rankin and her band offer their own bracing wallop with “Belinda Says,” a heartbreaking sketch of an unexpected pregnancy that’s also a modern power-pop classic. She only needs one line to render vivid scenes: a warm vodka cooler chugged behind a hockey rink, a tense phone call with a would-be father, a forlorn move to the countryside soundtracked by Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.” Like a heroine in one of Munro’s timeless stories, the narrator’s life is altered forever by a single choice of impossible magnitude”

Allvays are a Canadian band who are clearly creating a stir outside the borders of their home and native land.  The Blue Rev album is showing up in many end of years best of lists.  here is the MUCH Music parody video for Belinda Says

Alex G – Runner

Alex G is an American musician who has recorded 9 albums.  He started releasing his stuff on Bandcamp.  He later signed to Domino in 2017.  His ninth lp God Save the Animals was released last September.  A track from this album, Runner was considered by Pitchfork Magazine to be the #4 song of the year.  You be the judge.  Watch him perform the song on The Tonight Showhttps://pitchfork.com/news/watch-alex-g-perform-runner-on-fallon/

Bad Bunny, ‘Titi Me Preguntó  Pitchfork #9  Rolling Stone #1

Bad Bunny is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio. he is a Puerto Rican rapper and singer. After doing a little research, this Old Fella has discovered that right now,Bad Bunny is one of the most popular performers on the planet.  He became the first non-English language act to be Spotify’s most streamed artist of the year twice.A brief translation of the opening lyrics:

Ey, auntie, asked me if I have a lot of girlfriends, a lot of girlfriends

Today I have one; tomorrow I’ll have another,

hey, but there’s no wedding, there’s no wedding, auntie

Auntie asked me if I have a lot of girlfriends; he, a lot of girlfriends

Today I have one; tomorrow I’ll have another

The song title roughly translates as “Auntie asked me”

This song is Rolling Stones #1 song of the year while Pitchfork placed it at #9. Here’s Bad Bunny performing 2022’s VMA’s.

Though not my cup of tea, I can see how the energy and sass of Bad Bunny works for others.  Here’s an interesting take from one of my fave blogs, Burning Wood , on why possibly new music isn’t as good as old music.

https://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/2022/12/not-bad-is-new-amazing.html

Steve Lacy -Bad Habit   Rolling Stone #3  Pitchfork #27

Steve Lacy is an American singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He has worked with Frank Ocean,  Solange Knowles and Kendrick Lamar. The song “Bad Habit”  became Lacy’s first song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after going viral on TikTok.  He received two Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Rolling Stone called in the #3 song of 2022.

The NME has good primer to Lacy.  https://www.nme.com/features/music-features/steve-lacy-best-tracks-bad-habit-3344101

Paul’s Notes

Benjamin Clementine – Difference

Difference, meanwhile, is a meditation about making a difference in the world, a song that’s as rueful as it is catchy.

After winning the Mercury prize with his 2015 debut At Least for Now,

From his newest album

His last release was as the Clementines, a duo with his partner, Flo Morrissey. Written, played and produced exclusively by Clementine, And I Have Been is a more straightforwardly elegant listen than I Tell a Fly. Melodies abound, orchestral elements trade off with electronics, and Clementine’s still-startling voice, an elastic tenor capable of shock and awe as well as succour, is front and centre.

 Bria – Where have all the Cowboys Gone

Set for release on 24th February 2023, Bria (Salmena) has announced her new ‘Cuntry Covers Vol. 2’ EP, sharing her take on Paula Cole’s 1997 single ‘Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?’

Also plays with Orville Peck and the covers EPs were done with Duncan Hay Jennings

Original by Paula Cole 1996 (best new artist 1998) 25 year career with 10 albums out

“Physical space and environment have greatly informed each iteration of Cuntry Covers” shares Bria Salmena. “With Vol. 1 (2021) we had acres of beautiful farmland in summer to explore. With Vol. 2 we had a small apartment in Toronto during the dark winter months that created a kind of claustrophobic creative energy.”

Speaking about ‘Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?’, she adds, “the song stuck with me – I found Cole’s delivery to be both brooding and chilling. The lyrics all together are confused; discovery, disillusionment, despair. I wanted to make it even more dystopian by turning it into a dreamy dance track. This track became the first song to inspire the “Homage” approach to these covers, embracing the spirit of experimentation. We wanted to stretch this song as far as it would go while honoring the elements of it that make it memorable.”

I had to include this video too – sends shivers up the spine

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore (original The Walker Brothers)

Tierra Whack – Dora 

Dora

I like my nice things
Buy me nice things
Give me compliments
Please have common sense
Open the door, tell ’em that you ready to explore
Yeah, Aventador, yeah, I had to chalk him, I got bored
I need support, like a sports bra, bae, I need support
I say less is best but I need more
Shoulda took me shoppin’ to the store

A school poetry assignment sparked Whack’s interest in writing for herself. Being given the choice to write about whatever she wanted (“just to express, freely”) was a revelation. She resolved to write every day, filling notebooks so quickly her mum began to buy in bulk, to save herself multiple trips to the store. From her obsession with Dr. Seuss books, Whack already knew she loved the feeling of reading rhyming verse aloud; then, she had an epiphany. “I’m in the backseat of my mom’s car. She was playing rap music: DMX; Jay Z; Biggie, she loves Biggie so much; 50 Cent – and I’m like, ‘Oh, they’re rhyming. Rhyming is rap. Poetry is rap. Rap is poetry’.” Whack asked her uncle to burn her a CD of beats, and she began to write bars.

Daze

The Sarandons – Letting On

 The Sarandons hail from Toronto. Influences like Wilco, The Band, Kurt Vile, Dr Dog, Dylan and The War on Drugs percolate through their brand of rock & roll, which spans neo-psychedelia, roots rock, Americana and indie rock. Formed in early 2018, The Sarandons is the fully collaborative endeavour of Toronto music stalwarts Damian Coleman (vocals, bass), Edmund Cummings (vocals, keys), Craig Keeney (lead guitar), Phil Skot (drums) and Dave Suchon (vocals, guitar). With strong ties to Toronto’s west end music scene, The Sarandons are vying for the title of official band to The Junction.      

Busty and the Bass – all the Things I Couldn’t Say to You

Busty and the Bass

is a Canadian electro-soul and hip hop band from Montreal, Quebec. The band is known for its unique brand of music, which incorporates two vocalists, a horn section, and a diverse range of musical genres.

Having met while attending college at McGill University, seven of the nine founding members are still with the band: Evan Crofton a.k.a. Alistair Blu (vocals, keyboards, synths), Scott Bevins (trumpet), Chris Vincent (trombone), Louis Stein (guitar), Milo Johnson (bass), Eric Haynes (keyboards, piano) and Julian Trivers (drums).[1] 

Part of the reason for the diverse sounds on the album has to do with the sheer size of the band, who originally met at as students in the jazz program at McGill University. Video –

Busty and the Bass, STS – Everything Comes In Waves

Can we teach history in a social media world?

At a time where credibility is measured by how many upvotes you get, is it possible to teach one history and expect our students to accept this as credible?

I don’t have an answer to this question, but in a world where what is credible is often decided through community consensus I think this is a good question to ask. Jason Steinhauer asks this and other questions in History Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past. (2022)

History is no longer the purview of the professional historian or even the history teacher. Public history captures the imagination like no textbook ever could. Where do teachers go now to teach their students? It could be one of the Crash Course History videos by John and Hank Green. The course commits to help students to become more informed, engaged and productive citizens of the world. It could be Hip Hughes History whose videos are engaging forays into a vast collection of historically significant topics. History Cool Kids @historycoolkids on Instagram offers daily engaging photographs of the past with background information and links for more information.

From August 2020 post – For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. When you are 14, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday with 22 million people killed. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until you are 20. Fifty million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.

Steinhauer offers many examples of how social media offers so many sites, blogs and podcasts mostly produced by public historians who do not come from an academic background. But, any history teacher reading this post could offer a plethora of other sources of on-line historical information that they use to engage their students in recounting the past.

What is now considered credible is a community consensus on what holds value. History Cool Kids is credible because it has over 1.4 million followers. Wikipedia articles have credibility because there is a community that rejects what is unfounded and promotes what can be cited.

Xavier de Petta, one of the creators of @Historyinpics points out the importance of social media history – “you no longer need to read 140 pages, you can read 140 characters” and most importantly, “you don’t need expertise to be heard”. (Steinhauer, p. 47)

This is something important to note. How relevant are academic historians if they have no voice? The road to academia is a privileged one taking many years and thousands of public dollars to achieve. Once granted the Ph.D. the newly minted academic gains the right to produce material that is rarely read by the general public or educators charged with teaching history in our schools. Steinhauer points out that there is a deep and ever growing rift between academic history and the public history created on the web.

This is real and we should recognize this. When I taught history teaching methodology at the university, all the sites we looked at would be categorized as public history. Some were produced by academics like the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History series that is written by Canadian professors thus bridging the tenuous gap between the university and the public realm. I hope this is not the exception, but most of the material we looked at came from public, not from professional historians.

This leads me to another question based on Steinhauer’s arguments. Does the professional historian play any role in the education of students? Is history a subject that could actually be self-taught utilizing the material that is currently being used in the classroom. Has social media destroyed our traditional approach to teaching history textbook in hand or has the internet opened us all up to new interpretations and viewpoints outside the exclusive realm of the academic?

What is relevant, what is credible, whose voices do we actually listen to?

A diminishing respect for the truth

Have we become nostalgic for a time when it was simpler to discern what information possesses credibility?

Yes, I think so, but at the same time with so many different forms of information out there it has become more of a challenge to judge what represents a trustworthy source. There is no rulebook here. No one is going to guide you through the miasma of fake news.

These trends along with changes in the media environment such as the diminished role of gatekeepers and vastly expanded opportunities for circulation of both information and misinformation in the Digital Age make exposure to inaccurate information both more common and more difficult to detect.

Can you honestly say that what you read is credible? What the person next to you reads is trustworthy?

Barzilai & Chinn (2020) characterizes the new post-truth world as one with a diminishing respect for the truth. People give up trying to uncover the truth when confronted by overwhelming waves of information. In some cases, the truth becomes secondary to one’s political or social beliefs (Buckingham, 2019).

Maybe we can all hold to our own truths now.

The infamous alternative facts interview with Kellyann Conway

The task of investigating the elements of post-truth stretches back well before the term was first used in 2016 (Buckingham, 2019). At the beginning of the millennium, Wineburg (2001) studied the responses of high school students and academics to a series of primary and secondary sources chronicling the Battle of Lexington. In ranking eight documents, the academics placed eye-witness accounts written at the time of the battle as the most credible. The textbook included as one source of information was ranked last

The students viewed the text as the most credible source of information on the incident (2001). According to one student, the credibility of the text came from its reliance on “straight information”. The text, one student explained, was “just reporting the facts – ‘The rebels were ordered to disperse. They stood their ground.’ Just concise, journalistic in a way, just saying what happened” (p. 68, 2001).

The difference between the students and the academics came down to their “sense-making abilities”, in other words, their ability to source or look at where the document came from, make efforts to place each document into context and compare the various documents with one another (Wineburg, 1991, p.77 ). For these students, authority came from the established text – it was the one source for accurate information. Unlike the academics in this study, they lacked the discernment skills that would allow them to ask important questions about their evidence (Wineburg, 2001).

These results are reflected in other studies that show students incapable of judging legitimate digital information from sites designed to confuse or deliver a particular partisan message (Chinn et al., 2021; Kahne & Bowyer, 2017; Macedo-Rouet et al., 2019; McGrew et al., 2017; McGrew et al., 2018; Pérez et al., 2018).

I am a teacher, I am not (or ever will be) an academic. Studying the problem without offering a concrete plan or path out of the swamp is not good enough.

Researchers suggest that students and teachers need to be taugh explicitly how to discern what is credible. McGrew et al. (2018) suggest that what is needed is civic online reasoning instruction. The components of this instruction include:

  • determining who is supporting or sponsoring the author of an article
  • investigating possible conflict of interest on the part of the writer or source
  • practice on how to evaluate evidence
  • learning to discern if a claim is supported by the evidence

I have not yet seen a program that actually does all these things for students and teachers. With even a hint of encouragement, this would have been a really interesting area to research. Traditional media literacy methods do not seem to be up to the challenges of the post-truth era. We need something else to develop teachers and students capable of identifying credible sources of information.

Without a new tool chest, the democratic values that underpin our society will increasingly be threatened. The freedom convoy and the January 6 assault on Washington are just two examples of where this leads.

So if we understand the problem – where do we go from here?

Old Fellas New Music Episode 35 Thursday, November 17

Episode 35, Thursday, November 17

This is episode 35 of Old Fellas new Music. Nine great songs all newer than 2015 along with fun conversation. We hope you give this a listen!

This week – Nine new songs!

Cedric Burnside – Get Down

Khruangbin with Vieux Farka Touré – Tamalla  (2020) – Austin City Limits & KEXP 

(2022) (CBC The Block)

Valerie June – Shakedown

Trinidad Cardona, Davido, Aisha – Hayya Hayya (Better Together)

Gwenifer Raymond – Sweep It Up

Beatrice Deer – The Storm

Buffalo Nichols – How to Love

Julian Taylor – Wide Awake

Joachim  Cooder –  Heartaching Blues

Cedric Burnside

Get Down  First up is a nice party track from Cedric Burnside. 

Burnside is an American electric blues artist. He is the grandson of late blues great R. L. Burnside. He even toured with the elder Burnside at the age of 13 as a drummer.  From the 2021 lp “I Be Trying”  

The National Endowments for the Arts has a nice feature on him  https://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/cedric-burnside 

Hayya Hayya (Better Together)

26,827,786 views  Apr 1, 2022

This is the first single of the multi-song FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Official Soundtrack. 

Artists: Trinidad Cardona, Davido and Aisha. Such a great song. I am sure you will be hearing this a lot over the next few weeks. Oh and make sure you watch the video!

Valerie June

is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Memphis, Tennessee.  The track, Shakedown come from 2017’s “The Order of Time “ album.  Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at No. 24 on their “50 Best Albums of 2017”  Shakedown is a nice southern blues and gospel-based groove.  https://www.popmatters.com/valerie-june-shakedown-singles-going-steady-2495403955.html

Beatrice Deer’s ‘SHIFTING’ Is a Multilingual Merger of Darkness and Light (Exclaim)

By Jordan Currie

Published Dec 08, 2021

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer understands how to merge opposite worlds to birth a fresh, inventive new one. A blend of modern folk tales with traditional Inuit ones serves as a landscape for her music, where the sounds of classic indie pop and rock are interwoven with Inuit throat singing. On top of this, the half-Inuk, half-Mohawk artist also sings in three languages: English, French and Inuktitut, at times switching between multiple within one song. Her approach to bringing these elements together is skillful and graceful on her sixth studio album SHIFTING, where she explores the emotions surrounding getting older and moving on to another phase of life.

On paper, SHIFTING may sound daunting and overly complicated for those who only speak one language, but Deer’s ability to craft a seamless flow between her songs and highlight universal themes of transformation and growth can lead any listener to enjoy the journey. “Emotionally, spiritually, and physically, the transition towards our authentic selves continues,” she shared of the album. “As I shift into the position where I’m meant to be, I want to keep using what I’ve learned to help others.”

CBC Q

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-50-q/clip/15883464-beatrice-deers-album-combines-inuk-musical-traditions-modern

Canadian singer-songwriter Beatrice Deer joined Tom Power to talk about merging her Inuk-Mohawk heritage with indie rock sounds on her latest album, Shifting.

Aired: Dec. 9, 2021

Gwenifer Raymond – Sweep It Up  

https://guitar.com/features/interviews/gwenifer-raymond-welsh-acoustic-virtuoso-and-game-designer/

Gwenifer Raymond is a Welsh guitarist originally from Cardiff Wales but now living in Brighton, England.  Critics are categorizing her style as following in the  American Primitive genre like forbearers John Fahey.  In addition to being an accomplished musician,  she has earned an MA and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics. She also is a computer programmer, first in artificial intelligence, and later as an audio programmer for video games. She continued to study and play gigs in coffee houses and pubs.

From 2018’s You Never Were Much of a Dancer,  “Sweep it Up”   

Here’s more! Gwenifer Raymond at the Brighton Toy Museum. 

Khruangbin with Vieux Farka Touré – Tamalla  (2020) –

I saw this band first on Austin City Limits & KEXP 

Khruangbin and Vieux Farka Touré have announced a new collaborative album. Ali is in honor of Vieux’s late father Ali Farka Touré; the artists recreate and pay homage to his work across the new album. It’s out September 23 via Dead Oceans

Khruangbin is an American musical trio from Houston, Texas. The band comprises Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson Jr. on drums.[2]The band is known for blending global music influences, such as classic soul, dub, rock and psychedelia.[3][4] Their debut studio album, The Universe Smiles Upon You (2015), draws from the history of Thai music in the 1960s, specifically from Luk thung, while their second album, Con Todo el Mundo (2018), has influences from Spain and the Middle East, specifically Iran.[2] Speer, Lee, and DJ also host “AirKhruang” radio shows on NTS Radio and Facebook Live.[5] In September 2022, the band released the album, Ali in collaboration with Vieux Farka Touré, featuring songs by Vieux’s father, Ali Farka Touré.

Buffalo Nichols – How to Love 

Blues performer Carl ‘Buffalo’ Nichols was born in Houston, Texas, but was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Per Wikipedia,  Growing up in Milwaukee, Nichols found his place behind the guitar. In poring over records from other artists, he would sometimes listen to a song as many as 200 times to understand the chord or riff and play it. Nichols traveled across West Africa and Europe, discovering how tradition could be updated for contemporary listeners. That’s his mission in releasing Buffalo Nichols. “Part of my intent, making myself more comfortable with this release, is putting more Black stories into the genres of folk and blues”, he said. “Listening to this record, I want more Black people to hear themselves in this music that is truly theirs”.  From 2021’s self titled lp   

Here’s a nice comprehensive article on Nichols from Rolling Stone Magazine.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/blues-buffalo-nichols-1296676/

Julian Taylor – Wide Awake

Seeds by Julian Taylor

an excerpt that gives you some idea of the work Julian Taylor has done over the years.

It’s rare in this era to see an artist build slowly and reach a new level of widespread acclaim two decades into their career. But Julian’s ethos, work ethic, and artistry has always had a timeless quality to it. And so, he’s built things slowly in a DIY fashion, withstanding highs and lows along the way, ultimately reaching the peak of his powers with his latest solo work. Fans and critics have noticed, granting Julian the Solo Artist of the Year honour at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (and nomination in the English Songwriter category), plus two Juno Award nominations in 2021, as well as a Polaris Music Prize nomination. 

https://juliantaylormusic.ca/about

Joachim  Cooder –  Heartaching Blues  from 2020’s On That Road I’m Bound

Joachim Herbert Cooder is a  percussionist and keyboardist best known for his collaborations with his father, Ry Cooder. His primary instrument is the electric mbira, a variation on the traditional African thumb piano. This gives you an idea of what he plays.  

 Here, Cooder covers an old Uncle Dave Macon song  Heartaching Blues. 

For comparison  here’s Uncle Dave Macon version   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Msk98ITgJG8

What is credible? How do you know?

In an increasingly complex post-truth world, people in general – students and teachers in particular – struggle to discern credible sources of online information. Their ability to judge multiple sources of information has and will have a major impact on their collective ability to make decisions in a modern, democratic society.

This is the area of research I have been working through over the past month.

We need to better understand the challenges presented by a post-truth. As a term, post-truth is relatively new. Most of us probably became aware of post-truth with the 2016 election of Donald Trump. He didn’t invent post-truth but Trump and other politicians have used alternative facts as an every day tool with impunity.

What strategies and techniques can be developed to provide educators and students with appropriate tools to effectively evaluate what is credible and what is baseless information? Is this even possible to do?

In a world that possesses an abundance of information, more readily available than at any other time in history, we swim in a sea of disinformation, suspicion, and confusion (Chinn et al., 2021). Accordingly, our ability to make decisions that affect our everyday life is severely hampered (Barzilai & Chinn, 2020). This is the world of post-truth; here, the forum of political debate can be filled with half-truths and outright lies. What is ‘true’ is up for debate on every news channel (Buckingham, 2019). The challenge of acquiring information has been complicated by several factors including the increased prevalence of misinformation; the outright rejection of established claims; the discrediting of facts over personal beliefs; a declining trust in the institutions that provide us with information and the fragmentation of that information (Barzilai & Chinn, 2020). 

 

This is not a new situation. Many generations have had to contend with information sources designed to distract and misinform. Thomas Jefferson witnessed the increased flow of political pamphlets brought about by the advent of movable type. While this technical innovation allowed for the spread of cheaply produced rhetoric and opinion, it also opened the door to a more questionable collection of reading material. Jefferson’s solution then is as relevant today. Rather than ban the half-truths and false claims of the pamphlet, Jefferson argued that people needed to be taught to discern truth from fiction (Wineburg & McGrew, 2019).

What are some features of a post-truth world? One common theme focuses on the inability of people to spot unreliable information. They may rely on a single source for their information or have little experience with fact-checking sources (Chinn et al., 2021). The widespread availability of digital information can also make it a challenge for people to decide who possesses expert information (2021). It cannot be taken for granted that the public has the skill set required to assess the trustworthiness of the experts they are reading. There exists the tendency for people to ‘choose’ their own expert opinion, especially when the information confirms previously held beliefs (Barzilai & Chinn, 2020).

This is an area that I would love to learn more about. Authors like Sam Weinburg and Jason Steinhauer who recently wrote History Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past are writing for a non-academic audience. Both, I think, would call themselves Internet entrepreneurs (Weinburg, p. 8, 2018). Both write for a general audience because it is this audience that needs to acquire the tools to assess what is credible information and what is a potentially dangerous fantasy. This is not an academic debate.

These few paragraphs were written as part of a doctoral paper. The more time I spend with academics, the more I am convinced that we need to have this debate outside of the academy. Over the next few posts, I will include more from this paper in the hope that someone finds this discussion important. Maybe this will encourage more discussion. Otherwise, what value does this piece really have?

This is a problem for everyone, but for educators how we develop 21st-century critical thinking skills is becoming an essential feature of their professional lives. How well do we understand this?

Old Fellas New Music Episode 34

This week

Week 34

Aysanabee – War Cry 

Allison Russell /Brandi Carlile  – You Are Not Alone

Born Ruffians  – I Fall in Love Every Night 

The Heavy Heavy –  Miles and Miles

Rosa Linn  –  SNAP 

Darling Congress  –   Lazarus

Breeze:  – Come Around ft. Cadence Weapon

Yot Club –   U Dont Kno Me

Bells Larsen –  Double Aquarius

Aysanabee: War Cry Exclaim!

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Evan Pang made sure to check in with his grandfather in Thunder Bay.

“It was important for me to record some of this, because not only were there outbreaks happening, but his health wasn’t so good at the time,” he said.

But soon, those conversations became deeper, uncovering family stories and setting Pang on a new journey of personal reclamation. So, with his grandfather’s blessing, he started recording their chats.

“We spent the first year kind of getting to know each other in a way that we never had before,” the Toronto-based musician told Unreserved host Rosanna Deerchild. “I basically spent the first year of the pandemic interviewing my grandfather.”

A lot has changed since then. Pang now goes by Aysanabee, after reclaiming his family’s name. He left his career in journalism to become a musician. He’s so far performed at nearly 100 shows and festivals, and signed with Ishkōdé Records, an Indigenous, women-led record label.

CBC

Allison Russell /Brandi Carlile – You Are Not Alone

Montreal native makes a second appearance on the Old Fellas podcast. At this point, “You are Not Alone” is a standalone 2022 release.  After having a fairly traumatic childhood, Russell sings songs of strength and positivity. She is joined on this song by American multi award winner Brandi Carlile.    

https://www.killbeatmusic.com/media-releases/2022/8/18/allison-russell-sharesnbspyoure-not-alone-featuring-brandi-carlile

Born Ruffians: I Fall in Love Every Night (2020) Verge – Juice

“I Fall In love Every Single Night” is the opening track from Born Ruffians’ new LP, and is their first single since their 2018 album Uncle, Duke & The Chief.

Guitarist and vocalist Luke Lalonde says of the new single, “When the darkness isn’t fully engrossing me, I feel very fortunate for the world we live in and the people I have in my life. It’s easy for me (and I think for a lot of people) to take things for granted. There’s a constant narrative I’ve noticed being pushed that the world is a big, mean, scary place. We’re constantly being drilled by bad news, perpetual fear. You can forget how beautiful the world is and you can forget to even notice the person right next to you… I’m feeling a renewed sense of love not only in my relationships but with the world in general. There is an overwhelming amount of love in the world, you just have to focus on it every once in a while.”

The Heavy Heavy – Miles and Miles       

The Heavy Heavy:have described their sound as the “The Rolling Stones meets The Mamas & The Papas”. The band reminds one of Bob Welch era Fleetwood Mac as well.  The track “Miles and Miles” is taken from the Brighton UK based group’s sole ep.  The tune sounds as if it could be blasting from an AM radio station circa 1973. Here they perform on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Me  website. 

The Heavy Heavy are creating a stir in the music press as well.  https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/jul/16/one-to-watch-the-heavy-heavy-life-and-life-only

Rosa Linn:SNAP (2022) Verge

Snap” is a song by Armenian singer Rosa Linn, released on 19 March 2022.[2] The song was written and composed by Linn, with Larzz Principato, Courtney Harrell, Allie Crystal and Tamar Kaprelian.[3] The song represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. (Wikipedia)

It’s not those numbers that count towards the chart, though – but users are going on to streaming platforms – which do contribute to the figures.

“Everything is going crazy and it’s a dream come true,” the 22-year-old told BBC News.

It’s the second-highest charting song from this year’s competition, behind the United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder, who got to

At the grand final in Turin, in May, Snap finished in 20th position out of 25 – receiving no points from the UK in either the public or jury votes.

“That was my first time on a big stage but it felt so right. It felt like home,” Linn explained.

(BBC)

Darling Congress – Lazarus from album Jubilant Blue 2022

Taken from the 2022 album Jubilant Blue, Lazarus, was a long time in the making as COVID interrupted the album’s production.  Darling Congress is Peter van Helvoort bassist for The Glorious Sons and one time a member of Teenage Kicks.  “Lazarus” apparently deals with that bands break up seven years earlier when the song was actually written.

Breeze: Come Around ft. Cadence Weapon (2021) Verge


Toronto-based producer and artist, Josh Korody (Nailbiter, Beliefs) who works under the moniker, Breeze is sharing his new single, “Come Around” which features a guest appearance from the tipped Canadian rapper/artist, Cadence Weapon who found acclaim from Stereogum, FLOOD, Brooklyn Vegan, Bandcamp Daily, Exclaim and more for his recent album, Parallel World – listen below. The new single arrives in line with the news of Korody’s second album under Breeze titled Only Up, set for release via Hand Drawn Dracula on August 26, 2021.

Yot Club -U Dont Kno Me 

Yot Club is a lo-fi bedroom pop project from Mississippi. The band is solely old Ryan Kaiser, writing and recording everything.  Kaiser came to the public’s attention withe Tik Tok viral sensation, YKWIM?,” (You Know What I Mean). Apparently it’s had over  two million streams on Spotify. “u dont kno me” is the first single off his forthcoming debut album Off the Grid. To quote, “The song is about outgrowing one’s environment—a feeling that Kaiser knows well, having relocated from Mississippi to Nashville last year.

The video is good deadpan fun.   https://floodmagazine.com/104526/yot-club-u-dont-kno-me-first-listen/

Bells Larsen Double Aquarius (2022)

Bells Larsen (they/he/il) is a Montreal-based singer/songwriter. Larsen’s songs weave together deeply cathartic lyrics and memorable melodies, distilling the personal within the universal. In the fall, Larsen will release their debut record, which was made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. This music explores the theme of queer loss in its many guises.

Old Fellas New Music Episode 33 – notes

Welcome!

St Vincent –Candy Darling

Booter –  10/10

Divine Comedy – Don’t Look Down

Rostam – 4Runner

Maria McKee- Let Me Forget

Alyona Alyona – Дикі танці – Wild Dances

Father John Misty – Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution.

Dear Rouge – Small Talk

Local Natives ft Sylvan Esso – Dark Days

Alyona Savranenko was born in Ukraine. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one of which comes from the Gregory Skovoroda Pedagogical State University of Pereiaslav. Before doing rap, she worked as a teacher at “Teremok” kindergarten of Baryshivka, Kyiv Oblast. Alyona then headed the kindergarten of the neighboring village of Dernivka.In total, Alyona worked for four years in kindergartens and left the job once she gained popularity.

Even though Russian rap music is very popular in Ukraine, Alyona Alyona chose to rap in her native language. (While both languages are spoken in the ex-Soviet state, Ukrainian has become more widely spoken since the 2013 Euromaidan protests.)

To her, it’s a celebration of her national culture: “I want to rap about everyday life, in my own language.”

From – EURO POP

By THE NEW YORK TIMES MAY 22, 2019

European music is more than just the glitz of Eurovision. Turn on your sound to hear 15 of the region’s most important acts, musically and socially, right now.

“We didn’t have any huge fresh names like her in rap music in Ukraine before,” said Ivan Dorn, a popular Ukrainian singer. Alyona Alyona’s early videos, some of which have several million views on YouTube, have a down-to-earth quality, showing her rapping in snow-covered, graffiti-filled landscapes, often dressed in tracksuits and sneakers.

(NYT)


St Vincent –Candy Darling

St Vincent –Candy Darling

St Vincent is the stage name of Ann Clark. She has been releasing albums to both popular and critical acclaim since 2007.  The track “Candy Darling” is from her  sixth album, 2021’s “Daddy’s Home”.  The song is an homage to Andy Warhol transgender “Superstar” Candy Darling who was immortalized in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” and the Velvet Underground’s “Candy Says”  Candy died tragically died at the age of 29 from lymphoma. To quote St Vincent,  “ ’Candy Darling’ was the last song I wrote for “Daddy’s Home.” I can’t explain it, but I felt like Candy was guiding me through writing it all, so it only made sense for me to send her home on that last uptown train with a bouquet of bodega roses.”

https://www.smh.com.au/culture/music/how-andy-warhol-s-darling-muse-inspired-st-vincent-s-next-move-20210608-p57z3f.html

The Velvet Underground  “Candy Says”  

   1969


Booter 10/10

Article in Exclaim!

8 Emerging Canadian Artists You Need to Hear in August 2022(Exclaim!)

Meet Exclaim!’s latest New Faves, including an East Coast heartbreaker and some scrappy power pop by way of Manitoba

On “Crushin’,” Booter’s Alannah Walker (one-half of indie-pop duo Cannon Bros.) sings hyperactive musings about continually falling for the straight girl, never catching that unattainable person’s eye. It’s a theme touched on throughout the quartet’s debut record, 10/10: “There are songs on this album that are clearly gay,” she says of the album, on which she writes queer lyrics openly for the first time. Joined by Tunic frontman David Schellenberg on bass, Hut Hut drummer Ian Ellis and guitarist Brendon Yarish, the Winnipeg-based project’s debut arrives September 9 through Midwest Debris

About (Manitoba Music)

On Booter’s debut album, Alannah Walker sings queer lyrics openly for the first time. Inspired by women writing love songs about women, the Winnipeg musician formerly known for her acclaimed duo Cannon Bros shares sarcastic slacker laments with a universality stretching far beyond the prairies. Joined by members of Tunic, Hut Hut, and Animal Teeth, 10/10 sets her stories of breakups, make-ups, and crushes on straight girls to the nostalgic strains of ’90s indie-rock. Drawing on the time-tested influences of Sloan, The Breeders, and Guided By Voices, each track is packed with hooks while maintaining the quartet’s homespun charms. Producer Cam Loepkky (The Weakerthans, Constantines) and mastering engineer Philip Shaw Bova (Kiwi Jr., Land of Talk) give 10/10 a vibrant boost with its dreamy synths and incandescent guitar solos bursting through Booter’s understated arrangements.

RELEASED Friday, September 9, 2022

Divine Comedy – Don’t Look Down

Divine Comedy – Don’t Look Down

The Divine Comedy are a band from Northern Ireland. Formed in 1989 and fronted by Neil Hannon. Hannon has been the only constant member of the group for all these years. The band has released 12 studio albums. Between 1996 and 1999,  nine singles released by the band made the top 40 in the UK.  “Don’t Look Down” comes from the album Promenade which was released in 1994.  By honest error, the Old Fellas New Music rule of no music older than 2015 has been broken!  Hopefully a severe penalty will be applied. However, here is Hannon performing the song in 2017.


Local Natives ft Sylvan Esso – Dark Days

Local Natives is an American indie rock band based  Los Angeles.  Their debut album, Gorilla Manor, was first released  February 16, 2010. The album received mostly positive reviews and debuted on the Billboard 200 and at No. 3 in the New Artist Chart.

Los Angeles band Local Natives have combined with Sylvan Esso on a new version of an older song, “Dark Days.  Sylvan Esso is an American electronic pop duo from Durham, North Carolina, formed in 2013. They took their name from characters in the video game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery.   https://floodmagazine.com/78111/listen-local-natives-share-dark-days-collaboration-with-sylvan-esso/

The collaboration first appeared on the Kimmel Show during the pandemic…  

Rostam – 4Runner

I love this song!

When Rostam Batmanglij was a kid growing up in Washington, D.C. — “must have been 13 or 14,” he figures — he used to ride around in his older brother’s car listening to a collection of Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hits. So it was probably inevitable that the musician and producer (and former Vampire Weekend member) would end up decades later with a song like “4Runner” from his mesmerizing new album.

A sexy-dreamy bop about two lovers’ road trip up the West Coast, “4Runner” carries some big Boss energy — the propulsive tempo, the images of “stolen plates” and a “blanket on the backseat,” the very “I’m on Fire” falsetto at the end of the tune. Asked if he hears it too, Rostam smiles and reveals that it wasn’t just that formative experience at play: Throughout the process of making his “Changephobia” LP, he was listening intermittently to the audiobook of Springsteen’s memoir, “Born to Run.”

Rostam’s craftiness and his analytical thinking — not to mention his interest in music history — are all over the meticulously rendered “Changephobia,” which mingles fuzzy rock, aquatic R&B and 1940s- and ’50s-style jazz. The album, his second solo disc, arrives after a few years in which he primarily wrote and produced for other acts such as Clairo, Maggie Rogers and Haim, with whom he earned a Grammy nomination for album of the year with 2020’s “Women in Music Pt. III.”


Dear Rouge releases new album, Spirit

By Jenna Melanson on April 8, 2022

Vancouver alt-rock duo Dear Rouge have shared their long-awaited third full-length album, Spirit, via Pheromone Records.

As the band wrote of the record,

“Spirit is the most vulnerable and raw side of Danielle’s inner thoughts, and the line being thrown from these questions and deep reckonings within oneself, urging you to grab hold and hang on for dear life.”

The band recorded Spirit secluded away from busy cityscapes. Drew and Danielle took up residence in a lakeside cabin shortly after the release of PHASES, their sophomore record. The duo found themselves spending their days alone together, and Spirit began to take form over the winter months.

“I had this epiphany,” Danielle shared, “that we needed to come back to ourselves and the joy and comfort we found in each other when we began writing music together.”

Maria McKee- Let Me Forget


Spotify

Maria McKee  is an American singer-songwriter. She is best known for her work with 80’s cow punks Lone Justice and her song “If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)” from the film Pulp Fiction. Last year she recorded the album

La Vita Nuova which was met with generally favorable reviews from critics.

https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/maria-mckee-la-vita-nuova-feature

Father John Misty

Father John Misty – Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution.

Joshua Michael Tillman is better known by his stage name Father John Misty. The chosen song comes from the 2015 album “ Pure Comedy”.  Originally, Tillman included an 1800-word-long essay about its symbolism and meaning in the release announcement email to his fan club. “ Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species’ only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like “love,” “culture,” “family,” etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species’ loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence”  Okay…. It is rather catchy though….  Pop Matters assesses….

https://www.popmatters.com/father-john-misty-things-it-would-have-been-helpful-to-know-before-the-revo-2495383263.html

Some lyrics...

It got too hot and so we overthrew the system
'Cause there's no place for human existence like right here
On this bright blue marble orbited by trash
Man, there's no beating that
It was no big thing to give up the way of life we had, oh
My social life is now quite a bit less hectic
The nightlife and the protests are pretty scarce
Now I mostly spend the long days walking through the city
Empty as a tomb
Sometimes I miss the top of the food chain
But what a perfect afternoon