by carl wilson

Thursday Reading:
HolyP-Orridge BonnieTyrannaLove

Holy Fuck responds to Eye's Marc Weisblott on being dragged into the Tory arts-cuts controversy. To paraphrase, "Oh, shit, here we go again."

This feature about Genesis P-Orridge (ex-Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Temple ov Psychick Youth, etc) from the latest Radar magazine is the saddest, strangest, most stirring piece of music journalism I've read in a long moment. Further thoughts later if there's time. Caution: May produce tears.

I review the latest Bonnie Prince Billy joint, belatedly, this week in the Globe and Mail.

Vintage '78 Toronto punk band Tyranna (get it?) opens vaults, reunites for one-off Friday night at the Silva Dolla.

Audio interview with Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love (of The Thing with Ken Vandermark and other nord-meets-midwest projex). Nilssen-Love appears with saxophonist Frode Gjerstad on Thurs Aug 21 at the Imperial Pub (54 Dundas St East), 8 pm, $12. As promoter Ron Gaskin (Rough Idea) puts it: "In the vicinity of former jazz HQ the Senator, the oldest becomes the newest jazz room, within the neon shadows of Yonge-Dundas carnage." Stu Broomer of Cadence magazine says of the saxophonist: "Gjerstad has a voice of his own: he is a singer and a storyteller with his horn, with a talent for extended improvisations in which motifs are developed incrementally."

The New Yorker's Ben Greenman gives a holler to Ontario country-rock firebrand Fred Eaglesmith, whose new gospel-themed album Tinderbox is, incidentally, his best in a few, which is saying loads.

General | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, August 14 at 4:51 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

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That sounds reasonable. I guess I could see how it might be possible that it wasn't as calculated as I was suggesting.

Posted by scott on August 15, 2008 2:47 PM

 

 

Though I'm not sure, my suspicion, Scott, is that Holy Fuck never expected to be successful enough for this to become an issue. Aside from his stint in By Divine Right, head Fuck Brian Borcherdt's previous efforts have been no more than cult successes - I don't think they realized that their more accessible sound with HF would see them playing Coachella and Glastonbury and touring the world. By that time, sticking with the name became a matter of principle, or pride, or stubbornness, however you call it.

Just my guess.

Posted by zoilus on August 15, 2008 12:05 AM

 

 

Aren't Holy Fuck being more than a little disingenuous here? I mean, what sort of response did they expect, naming their band "Holy Fuck"? Right, that suddenly the media would have no qualms with the f-word, and everyone would just focus on the music? Isn't one of the reasons a band calls themselves "Holy Fuck" to garner precisely the sort of response they've gotten? Sorry, just not buying their woah-is-us line (or "get over it, society" line). I think it's a pretty funny band name, actually (and I like the one song I've heard by them) but they really didn't think this would be an issue?

Posted by scott on August 14, 2008 11:24 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson