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Joel

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    Vancouver, BC
  • Interests
    popular music and applied linguistics

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  • Occupation
    on the non-tenure track
  • Favorite movies
    Say Anything, Reality Bites, Good Will Hunting, Spellbound (the spelling bee documentary) & Rushmore
  • Favorite music
    The Weakerthans, Hem, Stars, Sixpence None the Richer
  • Favorite creative writing
    Lorrie Moore

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  1. What is 21st Century Education?

    All right, homies; I'm back, I have a PhD in education, I work in an education department, and my own kid is in school now. I'm starting to have Opinions About Things a bit. I've delved a little into some educational thinking outside my area and came across this piece by David Jardine. (I have a piece coming out in the collection this will appear in; my piece is co-written with an Iranian-Canadian colleague, and it's about religious education in a secular setting.) I liked this quote below:
  2. The Dandelion Method

    So, it's 13 years later. Here are some recordings we made for fun over the last 5 years. The record referred to earlier in this thread sounds really bad to me now, if I'm honest. I like the songs, but the recordings don't make sense to me at all. We were just learning how to record, I guess. What I like the most is just listening to jams recorded in a room, which is what this (Below) is.
  3. 2016 lists

    Yes, every Weakerthans record is amazing. I honestly can't think of anyone I'd put in the same category as Samson. John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats? Neil Young?
  4. 2016 lists

    Good question - I haven't seen anything from him in a long time! Anyone else know? Here are a few more lists: Me Mischa Willet Opus
  5. 2016 lists

    Yours & others. Here are some of note to me. NYT Popcast albums of the year Alan Parish's top 30 albums of the year
  6. The Mountain Goats

    "a theist who prays to Jesus" - great interview with Darnielle in Christianity Today. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/august-web-only/mountain-goats-john-darnielle-loves-amy-grant-rich-mullins-.html
  7. Jamila Woods - HEAVN

    You might remember her from "Sunday Candy." Her debut record is out and It's really good. Listen / download for free on Soundcloud.
  8. drones

    here's something I tried with ambient drone music! http://unscene.blogspot.ca/2016/06/an-experiment-with-drones.html
  9. New music from my band

    This is really good!
  10. Spammers

    Spam from "MarkP" in the radiohead topic in the music section at the moment.
  11. Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book

    Jessica Hopper becoming a fan of David Dark was a good thing for music writing in the US of A. Still listening through this record. There's been a lot written about it -- it is much beloved by critics. Jon Caramonica on the NYT Popcast talked about how Chance has inherited/adopted the more spiritual aspects of Kanye West's early work (while contrastingly Drake -- whose work I'm not really familiar with -- has carried forward the 'self-doubt' parts of early Kanye). I do think Coloring Book bears some resemblance to the first few Kanye records for sure, and it is absolutey better than what West does now.
  12. Cui Jian--Frozen Light (2015)

    I am not very good at Chinese, but I do find this interesting. Like most rock and roll loving Westerners who spend time in China, I got really interested in the music scene there, and discovered some music that I liked, but my understanding of Cui Jian isn't too different from that of almost anyone I know who has heard of him, which is, "he's important." To be honest though, I can't say I met anyone in China who went out of their way to talk about him or explain why he was important. Certainly very few young people are listening to him -- rock music was still not very mainstream in the years I was living there (2007-2009). It's hard for me to learn more about anything other than bands that the Western media says are "important" in China, which are basically Tang Dynasty and Cui Jian from the 80s-now, and then with the upsurge of interest in China in the 2000s, Carsick Cars. Beyond those bands, there's hardly any English-language press, and I don't really read Chinese. The Rock in China wiki, which now appears to be down, is/was a good resource, but I still feel like I barely scratched the surface. A cool record I got into while I was there is City Weather Sailing by PK14
  13. Remember when Kanye West said The Life of Pablo was "a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing on it," but it wasn't? Well, this record is. Take a look, if you haven't already, at David Dark's piece "I Speak To God In Public: Chance The Rapper's Faith":
  14. Radiohead-"Burn the Witch"

    I'm not feeling "Identikit" and I'm not sure why. I feel bad for Phil Selway on most Radiohead records lately, but maybe I shouldn't I haven't seen them live since HTTT; perhaps he gets to enjoy himself in the live show? Or more likely it is actually challenging and interesting to play those beats? They are touring with Portishead's Clive Deamer as a second drummer again this time, so presumably some cool percussion things happen. Anyway - I need to spend a little more time with the subtler songs on this record, but I'm loving the more dramatic ones, if that makes sense.
  15. Radiohead-"Burn the Witch"

    'True Love Waits' is just gorgeous. The strings and choirs on this record are lovely.
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