by carl wilson

Quiet Village


1. Eerily, I had just finished writing a column about (in part) "exotica" when news hit that Martin Denny had died at 94.

2. People keep asking what's the 411 on Brave New Waves. Beyond what I said , I don't know much: As far as I'm aware, the powers that be haven't told the show anything definitive so far. There are union grievances and other complexities involved. If BNW did survive, it seems it would be with a whole different staff, and not in Montreal, and those breaks in continuity would, I think, just make it a new show under the old name. I'll check up on the state of things next week and report here.

3. As rumoured, the delay of M.I.A.'s Arular was due to deal-signin' time. It now will be out March 22, on Interscope, and tour will follow.

Speaking of M.I.A., the way people always are, here's a little report on where she stands back in the homeland, from my main man Doug Saunders, who was in Sri Lanka for awhile post-tsunami:

By the way, people in Colombo wear MIA t-shirts. Of course, in that city they're all either Sinhalese or Muslim Tamil (i.e. anti-Tiger) .... her politics warrant almost no discussion, though her ethno-linguistic identity is well known. In actual Tamil territory, north of the firing line, nobody's heard of her. The Tigers keep everyone so isolated from western culture - it really is a North Korea-style totalitarian quasi-state up there, with picures of the Great Leader on every wall and his slogans on every billboard (The latest: "We support asymmetrical federalism" -- because Bob Rae and David Cameron recently visited and gave them some Canadian ideas) and nobody gets anything from the west. Some of the Tigerettes commandeered our van for a day once (I should say the LTTE Women's Squadron or whatever - maybe 16 years old and perfectly uniformed and carrying AK47s and really scary) and they started giggling when they heard us speaking English, and it emerged that the only cultural figures they knew anything about were U.S. presidents. Not even movie stars, and certanly not anything in music. Back south, I don't think people actually listen to her (M.I.A.) very much - it's not a sound that works well on the local sonic palate, which even among the rebellious tends to the cloying, from my tiny judgement.

News | Posted by zoilus on Friday, March 04 at 1:58 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (7)



FYI, Toronto's Hagood Hardy played vibes for many years with Martin Denny in Honolulu. I don't know if he was on the records or not.

Posted by al mair on March 11, 2005 10:32 AM



Mr. Considine,

Not trying to order history into a word play , rather, pointing out what can become of simplification of entire cultures. “Depersonalization” (yes, the military has the worse word play around) begins at home and, yes, even on a Martin Denny record. There are also, several different phonetic approximations, in english characters, of said village’s name. Mi Lai or Mai Lai was not that village’s name, as “they” knew it, only as history knows it. And history, as you pointed out, is an unreliable narrator.

Posted by Brian on March 5, 2005 5:02 PM



I haven't listened to Brave New Waves in AGES but I was just wondering, what's going to happen with BNW host Patti Schmidt? She's been with the show FOREVER.

Posted by mike on March 5, 2005 3:55 PM



hey carl hit up my email if you want some grime tunes/video footage for research purposes.

Posted by luca on March 5, 2005 2:42 PM



"...the distance between a Mai Tai and a Mai Lai is not so far." Cute wordplay, that. Unfortunately, I suspect you're thinking of Mi Lai, which was the village where Lt. Calley and his troops massacred all those civilians. Doesn't rhyme with any cocktails, I'm afraid, but history can be messy that way.

Posted by JD Considine on March 5, 2005 12:11 PM



Martin Denny was still alive??? I hated Denny for two reasons:

1. I once had a completely unhinged roommate who filled a 90min cassette up with different versions of Hawaiian War Chant.
2. Nothing stinks worse than old appropriation. It smells like the smug rot of assumed superiority that led to Vietnam and turned ‘Quiet Villages’ into ‘Strategic Hamlets.’ Once the process starts, the distance between a Mai Tai and a Mai Lai is not so far. Looking forward to your column.

Posted by Brian on March 4, 2005 9:46 PM



Concerning the Brave New Wave bit. The CBC made similar move with the french show "Bande à Part" in that they basically threw everybody out for a brand new staff with devastating results. The old staff was a bunch of hungry young music fans that were extremely dedicated in bringing forth new and interesting Quebec music to the people. The show was simply awesome, the website as well and the short lived ArtTV show a breath of fresh air.

For some reason the CBC thought important to bring in Claude Rajotte who is an experienced journalist and who is an encyclopedia in terms of pop music but certainly doesn't have the drive nor the willingness to continue to bring the show outside its radio boundaries like the old staff did.

Posted by blawa on March 4, 2005 3:03 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson