Friday, July 31, 2009

Critical Mass just passed the shop's front door, bells ringing. About twelve minutes of traffic silence, broken only by some middle-aged dumbass shouting "Assholes!" from the sidewalk, and the whap-whap-whap of a news chopper hovering high overhead. I saw young cyclists, old cyclists, men and women of every color and sexual preference, some friends and store customers among them.

I like Critical Mass a lot; it looks like democracy to me.
Thursday, July 30, 2009

Splinter in Your Eye

Lee Bacchus' and Bernie Lyon's splendid composite photo-cartoon-text portrait of Vancouver in transition, with occasional guest appearances by others, including cranky and witty former Vancouver Sun critic Lloyd Dykk, one of the few ex-Pacific Press writers worthy of the name. My late friend Bruce Serafin would have loved Splinter's careful attention to physical details.

(Photo: Lee Bacchus, Nine Doors on Cambie Street, 2009)

The Fucking Weather -- amen, brother.

(courtesy John Armstrong)
New CSA Space website built by yours truly, still very much a work-in-progress. Eventually the site will contain a comprehensive list of exhibitions, reviews, texts of CSA publications, & etc. Though there hasn't been much posted here lately about Vancouver's hottest (40+ degrees Celsius yesterday!) independent project space, the gallery is still ticking quietly along, with upcoming exhibitions by Kika Thorne, Mohamed Somani, Isabelle Pauwels, Sylvia Grace Borda, and others.

Ben Ratliff thinks hard about Aja:

"The songs on Aja have multiple strains and fascinating bridges; the horn and guitar solos often worked with entirely new sets of changes. It has light surfaces and deep rhythm-pockets with whispers of disco. It is one of the all-time great drumming records. It’s also one of the all-time-great how-good-is-your-stereo records. Its perfectionism could seem oppressive or fishy, lab-based and possibly android. Hearing its songs on the radio reminds me of the smell of new plastic.

But all seven songs on Aja — three on the first side, four on the second, as Ms. Leonhardt’s ritual trips to the turntable reminded you — are quite beautiful in motion."
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On vacation with L. and two Incredible Talking Cats in the Shuswap, the Monashees, and maybe even eastern Washington state.

Back Tuesday.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
CJB [of departing local painter]: I like that guy.

KITS MANAGER KEITH D.: He was in Kits last week. Wearing a tea cozy on his head.

CJB: He's in art school somewhere.

KD: I could have told you that.
Monday, July 13, 2009


Science proves that cats 'exploit' humans by purring.

Next up: proof of gravity.

"Dr Karen McComb, the lead author of the study that was published in the journal Current Biology, said the research was inspired by her own cat, Pepo.

'He would wake me up in the morning with this insistent purr that was really rather annoying,' Dr McComb told BBC News.

'After a little bit of investigation, I discovered that there are other cat owners who are similarly bombarded early in the morning.'

While meowing might get a cat expelled from the bedroom, Dr McComb said that this pestering purr often convinced beleaguered pet lovers to get up and fill their cat's bowl."
Saturday, July 11, 2009

"Summer's here!" says special guest blogger Rose T. Cat.

(photo courtesy L.)
Thursday, July 02, 2009

Moon, 2009

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