Happy Sunday, everyone. Just in time for classes to resume tomorrow, I’m frozen under an inch of ice and several inches of snow.
- Dialectic Sines
My buddy Ben, who makes quality electronic music under the name Dialectic Sines, just released a new album. Check it out on Bandcamp and probably on K7 or some other physical medium soon.
- Cultural Geography Specialty Group Awards
The CGSG, for whom I am excited to be part of the leadership committee this year at the American Association of Geographers, have just announced a pair of awards to be announced at this year’s conference in Denver. They are open to students at the PhD and MA level. Those interested can find the application for the Research Grant here and the application for the Paper Award here. The deadlines are February 16th and 23rd, respectively.
Your Weekly Validation comes in the form of The Outcasts on 70’s French TV. Who said YouTube wasn’t good for anything?
Very Be Careful live in Los Angeles (12/28/19)
Welcome to my new weekly column experiment, Sonic Sunday, where I’ll be posting some items of relevance over the previous week. I thought about posting these on Monday mornings, but Sonic Sunday just sounded better, and I imagine people have more time to browse the web today.
- BiG MiSTAKE
Big Mistake (stylized as ‘BiG MiSTAKE’) were a ska/punk/pop/hardcore band from New Britain, CT, active between the mid-80’s and mid-90’s. I was too young to see them play during their heyday, but I recently discovered a website one of their members set up to archive their history as a band. If you’re interested in what may be the single most insane story I’ve read about indie band life before the internet, check out the story behind their single full-length album, i.
- Very Be Careful
I spent the holidays in Los Angeles this year, and a close Angeleno friend brought me over to Silverlake to see the local cumbia group Very Be Careful. I could think of fewer experiences more quintessentially “LA.” It gave me hope to see such a party happening in Silverlake, which, on the surface, appears to have completely fallen to the hipsters years ago. VBC have been performing locally since 1997 and touring internationally as often as they could pull it together. You can read more about their history at their website here.
Of all the academic organizations I fell into in 2019, IASPM is the greatest. They circulated some new CFPs, one of which was for a conference on Music in the Spanish Civil War. Neat.
- Brain/Salad Comic
Popula has emerged as one of my favorite newer opinion sites on the web. Politics aside, they provide cogent analyses that are meant to be read and finished and thought about and discussed. Jef Harmatz wrote a great comic, inspired by Derf’s Trashed (which I include as required reading in my Intro to Environmental Studies course), that breaks down the dilemma every environmentally conscious person goes through when they think about the footprint of their eating habits. Subscription may be required.
- Vinyl Rants
If anybody here is interested in such things, I posted some thoughts over on Instagram about recent reissues by The Wedding Present and Paul Westerberg.
Have a great week, and Happy New Year!