“Ravel” by Mary Dalton (a cento from Hooking, 2013)

This weekend I’m giving a talk at the Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Technique of Cento Texts, hosted by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The poem I’ll be discussing as a case study is “Ravel” by Mary Dalton, from her book of centos, Hooking (Véhicule P, 2013). I’m sharing an annotated copy of that poem here so other delegates can read it, since it is hard enough to find in Canada, never mind elsewhere. (I’m sharing this copy under educational fair dealing auspices, and will delete it from this post after the weekend.)

Ol’ Dirty Cohen and The Wu Tang Wang Chung Clan

Recently, a colleague accidentally referred to Wang Chung as the Wu Tang Clan, and to Leonard Cohen as Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Most took this as a good joke. I took it as a DJ challenge. Here’s an hour-long mix in which Cohen duets with ODB and Wang Chung jams with the Wu Tang Clan.
You do two-tone your way, I’ll do mine.

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New post at my other blog: “On fielding a press inquiry about how pop culture depicts the oil industry”

English professors don’t often get press inquiries, but a writer for EnergyWire, an oil business-facing news service, contacted me last week to ask what I think of the video for Justin Bieber’s new song “Holy.”…

A Shoegaze Abecedarius: new music mix & tracklist

An A-to-Z of my shoegaze faves, from Asobi Seksu to Zoon.
Because shoegaze is an August 2020 mood.
Complete tracklist below.

 

Drum & Bass Country: a new #TwoTone or a crime against nature?

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Just in time for #CanadaDay, I thought I’d share a DJ mix in which I improve US country anthems (by the late great Kenny Rogers, and Taylor Swift, among others) with infusions of UK drum & bass (and, yes, some CanCon rock too — cue to the 20-minute mark to hear The Guess Who meet Shy FX).‬#PlayItLoud #BlameCanada

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Stay At Home Dance Party Megamix

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One year ago today, I DJ’d ACCUTE’s annual Congress dance party, then held at UBC. In lieu of The 2020 ACCUTE Dance Party That Wasn’t, here’s two and a half hours’ worth of random, mashed-up jams and grooves (75 min at about 112 bpm, then 75 min at 127 bpm).

In recognition of the Congress theme that we still need — viz., Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism — this mix kicks off with Rascalz, Kardinal Offishal et al’s “Northern Touch” remix by A Tribe Called Red; the mix also includes vintage Eric B and Rakim, and Run The Jewels’ “Early,” a sharp critique of police brutality and racism. Black lives matter.

Stay at home and play it loud. Dance in your PJs; lace up your roller skates; vogue on the veranda. You do you. Next year in Edmonton.

Track list:

  1. 00:00  Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal Offishal, Choclair and Thrust, “Northern Touch” (A Tribe Called Red remix)
  2. 03:23 Eric B. and Rakim, “Paid in Full”
  3. 06:13 Sofi Tukker, Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, “Best Friend”
  4. 08:51 The Chemical Brothers, “Loops of Fury”
  5. 14:06 Groove Armada, “If Everybody Looked the Same”
  6. 17:42 Britney Spears, “I’m a Slave 4 U”
  7. 20:42 Daddy Yankee feat. Snow, “Con Calma”
  8. 23:20 Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
  9. 26:35 Adham Shaikh, “Water Prayer Rasta mix” (Matt the Alien remix)
  10. 27:42 Blondie, “The Tide Is High” (samples the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Amputation”)
  11. 31:19 Shakira and Nicky Jam, “Perro Fiel”
  12. 33:57 Doja Cat, “Say So”
  13. 37:25 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Get On Home” (sampling Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Black Heart,” ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and the Sisters of Mercy’s “Lucretia My Reflection”)
  14. 41:03 Carly Rae Jepsen, “Black Heart’ (sampling ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” and the Sisters of Mercy’s “Lucretia My Reflection”)
  15. 43:36 Erasure, “Victim Of Love” (sampling Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback”)
  16. 47:01 A Tribe Called Red, “Suplex”
  17. 49:20 Deee-Lite, “What Is Love?”
  18. 52:55 Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl” (sampling Adham Shaikh’s “Water Prayer Rasta mix” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix])
  19. Lorde, “Teams” (sampling Adham Shaikh’s “Water Prayer Rasta mix,” Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix], and Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria”)
  20. 59:19 Madonna, “Vogue” (sampling Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria” and Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”)
  21. 1:03:38 La Roux, “Bulletproof” (sampling Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria” and Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”)
  22. 1:06:01 Cornershop, “Brimful of Asha” (sampling Panjabi MC’s “Beware of the Boys” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix])
  23. 1:11:24 Panjabi MC, “Beware of the Boys” excerpt
  24. 1:11:41 Morcheeba, “Shoulder Holster”
  25. 1:14:31 My Bloody Valentine, “Soon” (Andrew Weatherall mix)
  26. 1:15:45 The Chemical Brothers, “Free Yourself”
  27. 1:19:31 Ariana Grande, “7 Rings” (Le Brion house remix)
  28. 1:23:17 M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
  29. 1:27:33 The Chemical Brothers, “No Geography”
  30. 1:30:27 T-Rex, “Bang a Gong”
  31. 1:34:27 Bruce Springsteen, “Badlands”
  32. 1:38:00 Sinead O’Connor, “Mandinka”
  33. 1:41:38 99 Souls, Destiny’s Child and Brandy, “The Girl Is Mine”
  34. 1:44:47 Flo Rida and Nelly Furtado, “Low”
  35. 1:47:59 Azealia Banks and Lazy Jay, “212” (sampling Run The Jewels’ “Early” and Taylor Swift’s “Starlight”)
  36. Run The Jewels, “Early” (sampling Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”)
  37. Taylor Swift, “Starlight” excerpt (sampling Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” [Cedric Gervais remix])
  38. 1:55:41 The Almighty Beatfreakz, “Resident Soundboyz”
  39. 2:00:32 RIP, “Jump” (club mix)
  40. 2:04:14 Rogue Element, “Rogue One” (sampling the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man”)
  41. 2:11:01 Go Home Productions, “Velvet Sugar” (mashup of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “The Gift” with the Archies’ “Sugar”)
  42. 2:13:52 Scandal, “The Warrior” (sampling God Within’s “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst),” Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel”)
  43. 2:17:27 God Within, “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst)”
  44. 2:21:30 Inaya Day, “Hold Your Head Up High” (Soul Avengerz vocal mix)
  45. Boogie Pimps and Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody to Love” (Salt Shaker remix; sampling Hunter S. Thompson reading from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

 

 

Shelter in Bass More: Drum & Bass May 2020

An hour and a half of drum & bass–crepuscular, reticulated, dread-fraught–with special appearances by Dr Dre, Pat Benatar and Ezra Furman. Stay at home and play it loud.

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House In The Country: an April Fools mix

So here’s a hot messy miscellaneous mix: hits by everyone from the Dixie Chicks to the Tragically Hip, all banged up with house and techno beats by the likes of 2 Bad Mice and Armand van Helden. (It’s also got “April Skies” for April Fools Day and “Poets” for National Poetry Month.) Play it loud! Dance at home! If you never hear these songs the same way again, you’re welcome.

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Thanks to 49th Shelf for hosting my guest blog post about some poetry sources and inspirations for my own new book of poems, Shape Your Eyes by Shutting Them. Read the post at
https://49thshelf.com/Blog/2020/01/30/Poetry-Can-Only-Be-Made-Out-of-Other-Poems

A #ClimateStrike soundtrack encore: playback link and full track list

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, “A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall”
Bob Dylan, “Shelter from the storm”
Rolling Stones, “Gimme shelter”
Metric, “Black Sheep”
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”
Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Cities in Dust”
The Mission, “Like a Hurricane”
Sisters of Mercy, “This Corrosion” (with sample of Sneaker Pimps, “Spin Spin Sugar” [Armand’s dark garage mix])
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Straight to You”
U2, “Until the End of the World”
Leonard Cohen, “The Future”
The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Sundown”
Moby, “Everything Is Wrong”
Enya, “Storms in Africa”
Enya, “Storms in Africa (Part 2)”
God Within, “Raincry”
Princess Nokia, “Biohazard Butterfly”
Mobb Deep, “Hell on Earth”
Kings of the Rollers feat. Lydia Plain, “The Sky Is Falling”
S.P.Y. feat. Inja, “Landslide”
The Specials, “Too Hot”
Tom Waits, “Earth Died Screaming”
Neil Young, “Vampire Blues”
Bruce Cockburn, “Wondering Where the Lions Are”
Paul Simon, “The Boy in the Bubble”
Midnight Oil, “Beds Are Burning”
Spirit Of the West, “Save This House”
Knife Party, “Bonfire”
Morcheeba feat. Roots Manuva, “Blaze Away”
Civil Twilight, “Fire Escape”
Eurythmics, “When Tomorrow Comes”
Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”
Arya, “Warriors”
Destiny’s Child, “Survivor”
Hot As Sun, “Mother I’m Alive”
Maureen McGovern, “The Morning After”