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Monty Cantsin

I consider The Ex to be to Punk what Louis Armstrong was to Jazz: innovative and full of spirit. They are incredibly intricate, rhythmic, political, lyrically brilliant, creative and danceable. I had the joy of seeing them play live a couple years ago at Lee's and it was the best show I had ever heard. It was like witnessing an interactive non-stop jam session that coursed through your veins as you tapped your feet.

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Monty Cantsin
26 February 2009 @ 03:33 pm
Murray Hewitt is my favourite part of Flight of the Conchords.

Dad guitar and Mom guitar distinctions:

The review of their half-air guitar'ed show and a formal requisition for biscuits from the Consulate:

And a collection of the best of Murray:

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Monty Cantsin
25 October 2008 @ 01:58 pm

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I think Stephen Jay Gould is one of the most important figures on the 20th Century, for reals, and so finding part of his testimony to the Arkansas Creation Trial with a great soundtrack that makes me think of awesome hip hop kids with their little Critical Science flags and wonderful conviction in their rooms making this video made my moment. Like a variant on the political origins of hip hop and rap - to give a critical voice in a way that gets the message out there. Like, "Bring me back big plastic clock necklaces if it means that this is what will get shit out there."

Monty Cantsin
07 January 2008 @ 03:32 pm

Slightly better studio version video here, with more distortion. Mmm.

"Obstacle 1" - Interpol

I wish I could eat the salt off your last faded lips
We can cap the old times make playing only logical harm
We can top the old lines clay-making that nothing else will change.
But she can read, she can read, she can read, she can read, she's bad
Oh, she's bad

It's different now that I'm poor and aging, I'll never see this face again
You go stabbing yourself in the neck
It's different now that I'm poor and aging, and I'll never see this place again
And you go stabbing yourself in the neck

It's in the way that she posed,
it's in the things that she puts in my head
Her stories are boring and stuff.
She's always calling my bluff.
She puts the weights into my little heart,
And she gets in my room and she takes it apart.
She puts the weights into my little heart,
I said she puts the weights into my little heart.

She packs it away

It's in the way that she walks
Her heaven is never enough
She puts the weights in my heart
She puts, oh she puts the weights into my little heart.
Monty Cantsin
06 August 2007 @ 02:00 pm
"Space Oddity" - David Bowie

"Bowie's In Space"

David Bowie gives advice to Brett in a dream.
Monty Cantsin
04 April 2007 @ 04:57 pm
During my research today on the history of OCAP (Ontario Coalition Against Poverty) for an article I should have written months ago, I came across this:

John Clarke accused of ties with Osama Bin Laden.

Thank you, Department of Homeland Security, for this great laugh today.
Monty Cantsin
28 January 2007 @ 12:15 am
Now I think some pretty numerous things about PETA as an organization. Say, as a protest point group; as shit disturbers; as propaganda-by-deed artists; as animal rights artsy bourgeois whores; as beneficiaries of too many decent, hard-working people's money; as representatives of the stupidest "influence campains"; as loud mouthed masochists who like to start fights for the hell of it; as necessary; as useless; as just as "crafty" as capitalism for picking up on existing relationships and exploiting them for their own best use; as makers of great stickers and leaflets. As a priceless thorn in the side of the general public, or as an embarassment to the very idea that things beyond human flesh deserve respect and the right not to suffer, goodness forbid we forget ourselves. [I would have tried for the "and/or" style up there, but it's already been turned into some very neat poetry by Darren Wershler-Henry, The Tapeworm Foundry (which you can read in its entirety here!) Um, yeah, I just remembered I need to give E back her copy. It's been like 8 months. Damn.]

Believe it or not, there are some people whose morality already demands that no lesser or greater being be exploited for our selfish purposes (I thought it was also called "not being a narcissistic child with no capacities for reason or consideration that requires more than symbolic representation"). If you make compassion open to the lesser intelligent in our species, even if they cannot understand what the hell you're saying or doing, why is it some bleeding heart cause to extend that respect and consideration to other intelligent forms of life?

Now, let's stop for a moment and include gratuitous nudity into our intelligent discussion (thin, white, female nudity of course) and see where that gets us.

See the not safe for work, un-starred, nipples-blazin' version here.

Do I begin with issues of the exploitation of the sexualized, gaunt female body? Or with my issues as an advocate for animal rights? Or with my concern that this is disgusting crap that would only appeal to 16 to 28 (maturity permitting) year-old heterosexual males who like looking at titties and pussy? (Or even the ones who grew up on nudie mags, were too introverted and uncomfortable to ever know a female beyond their sexual object status [and unknown peer], and now like rape porn.) Or do I file all my concerns under the fact that this PETA State of the Union Nude! Tonight! XXX! moral and corporeally masturbatory 6 minute video is a drooling bit of absurdity?

I'm torn: I feel nauseous, heartbroken (by the emotional song and graphic farming/factory farming footage that starts at 3:33), outraged, and immobilized. Whatever this is doing for you, it's just kind of defeatist absurdity from my perspective.

Absurdity is my joy and my hell; I adore it to pieces, but curse it in clear headed times. Absurdity is my dialectical idol, my theory statue, my bittersweet. I just don't like it being portrayed in the name of sophism and ethical imperialism.

The "what the fucking christonastick was that?!"-ness of the in-between, the neutral and middle ground is insanity that makes you giggle; I'm glad I can identify (and giggle accordingly to) overt cases of it already.
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Monty Cantsin
Since I get my domestic American politics and news from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report:

"There are Klingons in the White House ... don't let faux-Klingons send real Americans to war." - Rep. David Wu, Jan 10th 2007.

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Monty Cantsin
01 November 2006 @ 01:51 pm
I thought I'd post some entertaining *and* educating bits for you pretties on this bittersweet excuse of a day. I never cram my veganism down your throats, even though it's something I believe in so strongly you could taste it in my sweat. The least you could do is check out some light resources to at least inform you pretties why I live the way I do, if not why animal consumption and exploitation is killing the earth and our bodies.

A good F.A.Q. on Animal Rights.

The "Try Vegetarian" and "Why Vegan?"pamphlets from the beautiful organization I used to be much more involved with, Vegan Outreach. The questionable (for their uber-symbolic propaganda-by-deed kind of activism that mostly makes news) PETA also gets mention here.

The infamous "Meet Your Meat" video, narrated by Alec Baldwin!

Hundreds of yummy recipes, the semi-famous Post Punk Kitchen, and the huge Vegetarian Directory for most of your veggie restaurant, retailer, and grocery store needs.

For those of you who only listen to blistering rock idols (who helped politicize me... *cough*), here's a very neat Propagandhi video interview. Also, here's them playing "Purina Hall of Fame"! Lyrics here.

Thank you.