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Feb. 24th — Banned/Band Books

In uncategorized on February 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

You can hear hour one here:
and hour two here:

BBC World Service / Ads and PSAs

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Intro: Toni Esposito – Breakfast
Funkadelic – I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody’s Got a Thing
Beausoleil – L’Ouragon
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In acquired and read, Dan’s broken a few genre barriers with some fantasy by Patrick Rothfuss called The Wise Man’s Fear. With his tongue in his cheek, Dan’s sold his books to even moderate fantasy fans by promising that Rothfuss would supplant Tolkien on their lists. That’s quite a claim, but people would come back for more! Until now, though, there hasn’t been any more. But Dan gulped down the latest of the Kingkiller Chronicles “like lemonade” after it hit the shelves last week.

Peter challenged Dan to a battle to the death: science fiction books vs. fantasy books. Dan took it down a notch and challenged Peter to just read 150 pages of Rothfuss.

In response, Peter lent a book Dan: Darin Strauss’ Half a Life. It recounts Strauss’ struggle to live after having struck a woman with his car and killing her as a teenager. Though he went legally unpunished, the incident haunts him still, and haunted him enough to put it to paper. Dan’s response is gratitude, not just for the book loan but because it’s freedom to read week: thank goodness for having the freedom to read about a variety of cultural experiences, he says. Doing that kind of reading builds empathy, and we are lucky to be able to do it.

Peter admits, since the theme has become baring the soul, that Half a Life is published by McSweeney’s…because we can’t get through a show without paying homage! Speaking of which, later in the show we’ll talk to Dan Nelson of All Known Metal Bands, also published by McSweeney’s.

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Western Terrestrial – Loose Mistake
Laura Gibson – Where Have All the Good Words Gone?
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Next, Dan and Peter talked to Ann Carter, author of the young adult novel, the Shepherd’s Granddaughter. It’s a story set in the West Bank. 4 times, curious about Palestine (had lived in Israel). Carter wrote story of farming family she stayed with. Story of a fifteen year old girl with aspirations. granddad teaches her to herd, learns a bit more about her political surroundings. what it’s like to live in Palestine since 1967 gets telescoped into this story, but it includes truths about peaceful protest and non-violence even in the face of some weighty, indifferent occupation. Similarly, Carter expressed dire fears of going (due to suicide bomber/terrorist images and based on a real history), but on the Palestinian side of the wall she was met by a very ordinary group of people who expressed anger at the occupation, but not hatred of Israelis.

Carter was also aware of the danger to herself as an author.  She doesn’t write from a journalist’s perspective, which might make the writing difficult, but she wrote this book because she cares about this situation. As such, Carter tried to structure the novel very carefully and sensitively. However, the Shepherd’s Granddaughter has been labeled a “challenged” book. For every negative word that someone had to say about the book, Carter received some positive feedback, making the book controversial. For example, she faced resistance to her project here in Canada after a speech and presentation in Vancouver, but she also received thanks from a handful of Jewish authors. In Ontario, a letter drafted by the school board was sent to Toronto principals that said the book could promote hatred, if not read with caution. Luckily, those responsible for deciding the fate of her book in schools actually read the Shepherd’s Granddaughter and found it not only to be good literature, but literature that raises important discussion (although this discussion should be heavily monitored). Meanwhile, a blog called “Good Reads” allowed an anti-Israeli sentiment in the comment section. That negative comment was taken out of context – the commenter admitted that, by the time she finished the book, the book had changed her mind! Carter says that the book speaks for itself, so she decided not to intervene by replying, even though she found the comment offensive, since the nature of a blog is to entertain different comments and the other comments were all so positive. Although Carter has received negative feedback, she has also won awards for the Shepherd’s Granddaughter, one of which is for peace.

Peter, Dan and Ann closed with a discussion about the positive and negative effects of banning books. The consensus was not to whitewash books that require kids to struggle with ideas and difficult issues, and not to shy away from writing those books in the first place.

By the way, you should take a peek at the Freedom To Read website…

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Boswell Sisters – I Can’t Write The Words
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Peter and Dan introduced the next interview topic and interviewee: Band Books with author and musician Mike Soret. Soret’s book, Confessions of a Local Celebrity, is a short account of his life as a scenester during the swing revival movement in the 90s.
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Molestics – H Is For Happiness
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Soret’s cynicism lead him to start off by saying that his band is forgotten, and so the book is likely going to be ignored as well. If that’s true, said Peter, then who is the book designed for? Soret said it’s for the people who were in the scene with him (although he thinks they probably hate him even more now that he’s written the Confessions, since he airs a lot of his audience’s dirty laundry!). Dan wanted to know about this cynic’s tone – about whether it comes naturally and whether there’s some song material as a result. Soret said yes, the cynicism can’t be helped, but that he’s done on producing music for other people. He’s a spare-time artist for himself and his friends, but not for profit. Soret claimed that his time has past. Peter asked Soret about the other stories he’s written but not published, and Soret talked about two other autobiographical short stories. One that sounds intriguing (but that Soret swears he’ll never publish) involves a shoot out with the police at his grandmother’s house as a result of some kind of love triangle and lead to the last man ever hanged in Manitoba. Peter wanted to know what the driving force behind publishing Confessions was, then, if Soret is so reticent to be published. Soret said he was asked to do it by some friends and fellow scenesters and initially said no, but eventually hunkered down and in course of a couple of drunken months, produced the book. Dan asked Soret about his theater training (since Soret mentioned that the drunken months were also a little bit of method acting) and about whether that meant that the Confessions are less-than-true. Soret said no – it’s all bloody true – but it wouldn’t really matter either way. It’s not supposed to be an accurate series of shout-outs or a time line, but an account of an experience written as if the author is still going through that experience. Peter asked Soret if he regretted the content of the Confessions – Soret said no – so Peter asked him if he had any advice for other bands traveling through Canada. Soret recommends learning a trade………because your band plans will probably fail, and you don’t want to end up a fry cook. Also, he says, don’t take it too seriously and get as much out of it as you can. Dan tries to lift a little bit of the dark spirit by asking: don’t you feel just a little bit proud of what you’ve put out (musically and in writing)? Soret admits that he does, sometimes, but only because all people “look at their own crap and think it smells nice.” Peter asked whether his arc of celebrity, being over, meant that he could lead a normal life in Vancouver these days. Soret says no: he stepped on a lot of toes while he was part of the scene, but people are just mostly glad he’s gone. Peter asks about how many books were published and sold, and Dan consoles Soret when he realizes that he’s 1/30th of the way to a Canadian bestseller.

For a copy of Confessions of a Local Celebrity, visit: http://molestics.blogspot.com.

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Molestics – Selkirk Avenue Bounce
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Dan brings us back with a reading from “somewhere in the middle” of Confessions of a Local Celebrity. Dan and Peter talk about why they enjoyed Soret’s book as a band book, and then talk a little bit about the music and history of Soret’s band, the Molestics. They talk a little bit about band writing (including but not limited to criticism). Peter and Dan drop some names of their favorite music writers – and even critique one or two.

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Daniele Patucchi – Motivi Psichedelici
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We came back with an interview with Dan Nelson, author/curator of All Known Metal Bands. Dan (bookshelf Dan) asked Nelson about the idea of being a “multimedia artist” and Peter got Nelson to talk about coming from a family of artists. Then Nelson talked about music writing and music criticism…and about not taking it too seriously! The primary thing, he said, is to just listen to music that you like, without worrying about justification. The value he finds in music writing is a social/political context for music that he’s already interested in – writing that’s going to put him in a certain place and time. Peter (who, don’t forget, loves McSweeney’s) asked Nelson about how All Known Metal Bands came to be and how it came to be published by McSweeney’s. Nelson said he just bugged them until they published it! Peter described the book – a 6 inch x 9 inch (glorified cigar box?) containing black paper and silver ink that lists all known metal bands in alphabetical order. Peter wanted to know whether everyone loves this book as much as he does, or whether people just don’t get it. Nelson said that the majority like it, but that some (in their 20s, usually) ask: what’s the point? Nelson says his favorite band name is “Black Darkness,” but most people like the overly absurd names. A minority of people just don’t understand why this book is interesting because it seems like a waste – it seems like this list would be more useful online. Dan and Nelson agree that the digital format is strong in the sense that everything can be linked to everything else, but that it leaves something to be desired in terms of spending time with a piece of art. Peter asked about how many names are in the book (about 51,000!) and said that he feels that there are that many stories, at least!, contained in the book because you’re left wondering about the bands in a way that you wouldn’t have to wonder if the book was digital (Nelson agreed. You could just look the band up, if the book was digital – see their photo, hear their music, etc.). Dan asked Nelson about what his take on the publishing world is and whether he thinks the industry is in trouble (and whether that impacts his publishing plans). Nelson said that he believes books are experiencing a parallel to the decline of records, but that he thinks that books will always be around. He sympathizes with bands and writers who are trying to be compensated for their art, but he says that the model is changing and artists need to embrace that and change their methods with it. Dan and Peter asked Nelson about his music (under his own name and the name “Boron”). Dan asked about whether Nelson thinks that people generally have fantasies about joining bands. Nelson said yes, and that ties into his next project, “Your Name Here,” a kind of sequel to All Known Metal Bands. It will be a list of made-up band names contributed over Nelson’s web site. Nelson’s other ongoing project is called, “Make an Artist a Millionaire,” in which he asks visitors to his site to donate one dollar. After one million donations, he hopes to quit his day job.

Dan Nelson took us home with a reading from his list of metal bands, taken from the “vomit” section.
Underneath, you hear Dan’s electronic music project Boron, before hearing some Colin Stetson.

Thanks for tuning in to another episode of Books for Breakfast! Our archives will continue to show up right here, but if you’re in Guelph you can tune in live from 8-10am every Thursday morning on 93.3fm, or you can stream it online at www.cfru.ca.

February 17: Be Nice Or Destroy Things

In uncategorized on February 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

More updates to come on today’s packed show, but just to get things out there:

hour one:

hour two:

BBC World Service / Ads and PSAs
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Intro: Toni Esposito – Rosso Napoletano – Breakfast
Judy Nylon  – VA: New York Noise Volume 3 – Jailhouse Rock
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Volume 2: Judges – The Righteous Wrath of an Honorable Man
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we read:
from Deb Olin Unferth’s 5-part flash novella La Peña, from her Minor Robberies collection.

we talked about reading:
Adam Levin’s The Instructions
Don Delillo’s Point Omega
Angie Abdou’s The Canterbury Trail and The Bone Cage.
Matthew J Trafford’s The Divinity Gene

We read again:
From Deb Olin Unferth’s 5-parter. By the way, she has a new book called Revolution coming out very very soon, which we’re all excited about.

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Vampires of Dartmoore – Dracula’s Music Cabinet – Eine Handvoll Nitro
Drumheller – Glint – Quilted Hands
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We read again:
Part 3 of 5 of the Deb Olin Unferth flash novella, La Peña

We talked publishing news:
After the success of the Panorama a year back, McSweeney’s has decided to design and syndicate a comics/games section for newspapers. This can only be good, we say.

For the first time ever, the New York Times Book Review included an e-books best-seller list this week. The future is here?

Tonight at Ed Video Media Arts center, the Scriptwriting Challenge is culminating in a live reading!

We played a game:
Canadianisms! This time, the word was: zing-ping. Dan and Peter confidently made they’re guesses at what “zing-ping” might have once meant to (some) Canadians.

We read:
part 4 of the 5 part Deb Olin Unferth story…

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Friendly Rich – Pictures at An Exhibition – Bydlo
Dorthy Ashby – VA: Dusty Fingers Volume 1 – The Windmills of Your Mind
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we read:
the final part of the Deb Olin Unferth flash Novella, La Peña. Once again, that is from her Minor Robberies collection, which is part of the really pretty wonderful three-part collection that McSweeney’s put out a few years back.

we reminded:
you, dear listener, about our themed flash fiction contest. Get your submission in by March 3rd!

we introduced:
The theme that would carry us through the second hour of the show, and the two self/world help books that we would be pitting against eachother: The Invisible Committee’s The Coming Insurrection, and Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps for a Compassionate Life

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Daniel Martin Moore – In The Cool Of The Day – Dark Road
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we continued:
To introduce and discuss those two ostensibly world-changing books. We mentioned that Karen Armstrong has active followers in Guelph. We are not sure if the same goes for The Coming Insurrection. Kelly went first, describing the Coming Insurrection as a manifesto for escaping the global control of capitalism. She talked a little bit about the mysteries surrounding who wrote the book and the circumstances behind its publication.
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Wire – Chairs Missing – I am The Fly
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the battle raged on:
Dan took up the challenge to defend Karen Armstrong’s work, and described the charter for compassion and peace that she helped draft for TED. Armstrong is looking to have it signed by at least 1,000 religious leaders, worldwide.
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Akron / Family – Love Is Simple – Love, Love, Love (everyone)
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Dan and Kelly discussed their picks for world-salvation further. Kelly said that the Coming Insurrection provided concrete methods for destroying things that deserve to be destroyed, without laying out a rigorous program for every reader to follow. Dan explained how turning inward to seek out and fill gaps in your compassion can lead to practices as simple (but effective) as smiling at a stranger.
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Swans – My Father Guides Me Up A Rope To The Sky – Reeling The Liars In
Angels Of Light – Akron/Family & Angels of Light – One For Hope
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Peter asked us to describe the steps that each of our books suggested that people take to better their lives and the lives of the global community. Dan laid out and explained Karen Armstrong’s twelve steps; Kelly picked some Insurrection suggestions at random, and we talked about what the various values of the two different programs might be.
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Mclusky – Mclusky Do Dallas – To Hell With Good Intentions
Darrow Fletcher – VA: Funk Drops III – Improve
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Dan gave one last plug for Twelve Steps for a Compassionate Life, and Kelly played an interview with an anonymous friend who may or may not be taking up the call presented by the Coming Insurrection. Both sides seemed to agree: there are valuable ideas in both of these books, and it’s possible to read them as if they are engaged in the same kind of project (global change!). Or, it’s possible to be readers that pigeon-hole books based on their titles alone. Either way, we heard some great music and had a lively discussion!
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Dirty Projectors – Rise Above – Rise Above
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we closed:
with a reminder to visit the blog, enter our flash fiction contest, and join us (well, just Peter and Dan. Kelly’s on vacation!) next week when we talk about Banned Books and Band Books. Thanks for tuning in!
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Outro: Gerhard Heizen – VA: Birds Do It – Swinging Singers

Feb 10th: Wordless Storytelling

In uncategorized on February 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Here is a sketch of this week’s show. The music goes like this: Artist – Song. The talking portions go like this.

We started the show off with an introduction of the show’s theme this week, Telling Stories Without Words. We talked over a track called Breakfast by Tony Esposito. Then we heard some summer-y wake-up songs, played in order to counter the nose-hair-freezing effect we experienced on the way from the parking lot, into the station this morning  (Brr…).

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The Felines – Dance With Me
Peach Kelli Pop – Girls of Summer

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When we came back, Peter talked to us about his week in Acquired and Read books. Dan gave Peter a book by Daniel Berkeley Updike called The Well Made Book. It’s a collection of essays and lectures on the importance of form: how a book looks and feels to our eyes and hands. Dan mentioned that the serif/sans serif debate is more than just a hipster past time, it actually makes a difference (according to printers and publishers) in how the reader pays attention to the text. Peter also acquired two quarterlies – The latest Alaska Quarterly Review (in which Peter found and read Don Lago’s Storm Pattern) and issue #12 of A Public Space. Then, spontaneously! Peter and Dan did a reading from A Public Space. You heard Julian Gough’s “Gold and Azure Beasts,” which seems like it might be an elegy for the contemporary book-as-we-know-it, told from some future or alien perspective. And finally, Peter finished The Last Worthless Evening by Andre Dubus – your best internet round of applause, if you please.

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Sun City Girls – Radar 1941

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In the next segment, we turned to our resident expert on publishing world and literary gossip – Dan Evans. He reported on the success of Saturday’s Red Kite Press launch of George Elliot’s Sand Garden on First Beach. The launch coincided with the opening of Renann Isaacs’ art gallery in downtown Guelph. Dan told us that George Elliot tends to be under-read; he apparently “pulled a Salinger” and disappeared until Tim Struthers decided to publish a gym bag full of Elliot’s books. George Elliot passed away recently. Dan also acquired some Gwynne Dyer – a highly intellectual essayist and journalist who focuses on strife and war of all sorts. Dan talked about Dyer’s book on climate war and his new book Crawling From the Wreckage which, despite it’s title, is actually more upbeat than you’d expect. The book puts forth a theory that the 1990s were a time of good climate concern and environmental action, but that this trend tanked in the new millennium, only to be revived in 2010 and 2011. He’s hopeful about that, and about the fact that regimes all across the world are changing of their own accord (i.e.: not dependent or inspired by the U.S. of A. And so the climate war might begin to dissolve accordingly). Dan filled us in on the winner of Canada Reads, Best Laid Plans, the self-published award winning book by Terry Fallis. The CBC is asking all Canadians to read this book in the next year and…discuss!  Finally, Dan told us some upsetting news about Borders booksellers and Powell’s in the States – Borders seems like it’s tanking and Powell’s had to lay of 30-40 workers. Indigo, however, posted 3rd quarter profits (possibly in the chachka section…). Peter introduced our next song, an instrumental made to be the soundtrack for a silent film, launching the theme of Telling Stories Without Words. Peter also gave us a preview of the upcoming Elfin Saddle Experience.

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Andrew Downing – Clerk’s Office

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So far on Books for Breakfast, we’d been looking at books in a fairly normal format. So today, we thought we’d try to talk about how to tell a story without words. We chatted about how it seems like pictures take over from words – that stories probably don’t get told often in silence – and so graphic novels and picture books seem like a good place to go for wordless stories. Dan mentioned children’s author David Weisner (Flotsam and Tuesday) and his call for children to use their imaginations to fill in the blanks of a story. This reminded Kelly of something she read in Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics: there’s a tool in graphic novel creation called “closure” that refers to the space between comic panels, where your imagination completes the action between the drawings that you see. Telling stories in this way makes authors out of the readers, whether the reader “gets” what the author had in mind or whether the reader makes up their own adventure in the space between panels. Peter has a card game called Dixit that asks the players to make up stories and guess each other’s stories using beautifully crafted illustrations on the playing cards.

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Earlier this week, Dan went down to the Dragon (Quebec Street’s comic shop in Guelph) to talk to Amy Chop about how graphic novels can tell stories without words. Amy said that, in general, classic comics and strips have always focused on imagery over text. Nowadays, though, we might feel like we’re getting cheated if we don’t get a speech bubble. And comic writers and artists still use a script to direct their imagery. Amy recommended Owly by Mike Thaler and David Wiesner (see: Flotsam and Tuesday, above!) as a textless book for kids who are being introduced to comics and graphic novels because they’re relatively easy to “read,” although they help kids learn to orient themselves on a page of images. She also recommended Korgi by Christian Slade as an example of a story so rich and detailed in expression that it doesn’t even need text. Amy and Dan talked about the wordless story in the superhero genre of  comics, specifically in the world of Spiderman. One issue is a touching response to 9/11. One would think that it would be harder to do a textless story that centers around a man in a mask, since there’d be a lack of expression, but Amy finds this issue especially compelling. Dan and Amy described some panels and pages from Spiderman and the X-Men. The best way to get in touch with Amy Chop is to go to the Dragon on Quebec Street in Guelph.

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John Barry Orchestra – Highway 101

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We came back to talk about storytelling without words in instrumental music. Dan and I asked Peter to talk a little bit about his own work in music. He claims that he doesn’t tell stories with his music (although he admitted that sometimes he is inspired by personal narratives, he tries not to retell those stories through his music), but he wouldn’t object if you projected your own story onto what you heard. We bugged Peter (on and off air) until he agreed to self-promote with a song from his new tape, Scrutineer.

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Scrutineer – Quentin

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We tried to do a flash-analysis of Peter’s songs and then introduced Elfin Saddle: a group consisting primarily of Jordan McKenzie and Emi Honda. They’re multifaceted artists who recently released a twenty-two minute film called Wurld that depicts the rise and fall of human civilization in their backyard, using found objects and a homemade soundtrack.You can find the trailer for the film on our blog or here.

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Elfin Saddle – The Maker In the Garden

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Our interview with Elfin Saddle started with Jordan describing Elfin Saddle as a band and multimedia project. Originally from Vancouver Island but now living in Montreal, Jordan and Emi find objects and make both art and music out of them and with them. Jordan said that there’s a lot of good trash in Montreal, which is kind of an underhanded compliment, since finding the trash might make for a good narrative, but it also contributes in a big way to the industrialization and environmental strife that Elfin Saddle rail against in their film. The film tells the tragic story of our human rise and downfall, but Jordan says it has a tiny message of hope, since the image of static that the Wurld emerges from is also the static that it returns to, in the end. Which means that there’s potential to redo it all…maybe without the mistakes. Tiny message of hope aside, what Elfin Saddle hope we get out of their film is this: we are encroaching on and threatening the fertility of the world around us.

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Elfin Saddle – Wurld Soundtrack (Abridged)

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Peter asked Jordan about a paradox that he saw in Wurld. He noticed a momentum to industrialization that might be indicative of a necessary creativity, but also a kind of anger in the face of that creation. Peter wondered about the fatalistic but angry feeling about the fate that he experienced while watching the film. Jordan mentioned that there was a kind of chaos or spirit of the Earth that lashes out at the industrialization and that maybe that’s what came across as ‘angry’ in the face of fatalism. But, he said, that the focus of the film was really on how Elfin Saddle is angry over the beast that is widespread human disrespect for the environment. He said that the film ends in the present and doesn’t project a future beyond the mysterious static. Next, Peter asked Jordan some more questions about the process of making Wurld, specifically: What did it feel like to make a world? and Did the music come before, during, or after the filming and editing? Jordan replied that they always make worlds, that the destruction of this particular Wurld was inevitable, and that the music came after seeing the Wurld unfold on film. Finally, Dan mentioned that an “elfin saddle” is a kind of mushroom, and asked Jordan to tell the story of how that came to represent the band. Peter mentioned that a bowing mushroom that features prominently in Wurld, and Jordan noted that it was a total surprise. Emi had been filming a seen one day, left the camera in place overnight, and returned the next day to find a mushroom growing in the center of the frame. Spooky! To close the interview, we asked Jordan about his favorite books and authors from the past year. He’s a fan of and inspired by Cormack McCarthy and Knut Hamsun, especially.

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Elfin Saddle – Temple Daughter

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We closed the show today with a reminder about our Flash Fiction Contest – submissions are due March 3rd, 2011! Thanks for listening to Books for Breakfast, and thanks to Jordan McKenzie for chatting this morning.

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Dirty Beaches – West Coast Bird

Upcoming Show Preview: Elfin Saddle Interview / wordless storytelling!

In uncategorized on February 8, 2011 at 6:20 pm

This week on the show, we’ll be talking to Jordan of Elfin Saddle, who have produced an absolutely incredible DVD. Elfin Saddle are well described by Chicago’s WZRD: “Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie began Elfin Saddle after moving east across Canada from Vancouver Island to Montreal…their take on acoustic folk is charged with myth, mysticism, anarchism, and a love of wilderness…the alertness and drive of their luminous songs actually sounds electrified, but it’s not—they’ve prefigured a time in the post-apocalyptic future, after the machines of civilization have ground to a halt and the remaining humans will have to make their music without plugging in…”

Last year they produced a 23 minute video called Wurld, featuring a small backyard garden plot, in which – using stop-motion photgraphy – they recreated their interpretation of the arc of human civilization over the ages. Its a real treat to watch, and its best to forget about descriptions and just link you to the trailer…

WURLD trailer – Elfin Saddle from Constellation Records on Vimeo.

Pretty cool, huh? Well, we’ll be interviewing them as part of an episode about wordless storytelling. Don’t forget to tune in on Thursday morning from 8-10am. But if you do forget, come on back to the blog; as usual, we’ll have the archives up.

Oh, and Elfin Saddle will be performing and screening their DVD (in two separate events) at Kazoo Fest. The screening will happen on April 14th. Peter says: “essential viewing”

Feb 3

In uncategorized on February 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

We had a power outage midway through the second hour and got frazzled. The blog is incomplete, and the archive broke for the second hour because of the power outage, but you can listen to the first hour of the show here:

Playlist (Artist-Album-Song)
The Acorn – Blankets! – Plates & Saucers
The Eels – Blinking Lights and Other Revelations – I’m Going To Stop Pretending that I Didn’t Break Your Heart
Andre Ethier – On Blue Fog – Never Grow Tired of Me
Destroyer – Kaputt – Blue Eyes
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The Olympic Symphonium – The City Won’t Have Time To Fight – State of the Union
By Divine Right – Bless This Mess – Shine So Shine
a few PSAs
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Nick Hornby / Ben Folds – Lonely Avenue – Picture Window
Braids – Native Speaker – Plath Heart
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&!*$! POWER OUTAGE
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White Stripes – Elephant – Black Math
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Hush Arbors – Hush Arbors – Water