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NARDWUAR: Who are you? FEIST: I am Feist. Feist, tell me, is it true that you are responsible for making Justine from Elastica show her underwear in public? I'm probably one of the few people who can claim they've done that, yes. Could you please explain the situation? How did you, Feist, force Justine from Elastica to show her underwear in public on stage? I was not there when she bought the jeans. It was not my choice that she buy jeans that were so low-slung, but I was there when she was gyrating around wearing a WWF-style metal wrestling belt that was up on her waist and her jeans were down a little bit lower. And then all of a sudden there was thong. There was thong! And this is when you were playing with Peaches. Yeah! Actually, that show was a Daddy Szigeti/Feist duo bill. We did a cross-Canada tour where we shared a band featuring The World Provider, who I know that you've recently done an interview with, who is playing tonight as well in Vancouver. It was our homecoming show at the Ted's downstairs/Collision/Wrecking Yard/whatever. Peaches and Gonzales were in town too and they crashed the party. They basically literally just showed up and did some songs with us and then three hours after that it turned into a smorgasbord. Peaches, Gonzales, Taylor Savvy, Feist, Bitch Lap-Lap and Elastica were in town so they got in on it,

too. So how did that feel, turning around and looking and did you look at Justine from Elastica? Like, her underwear? And I think it actually fell down a bit too, didn't it? I think there was not very much Elastica in the elastic of her elasticated thong. Leslie from the band Fei... ...st. Feist, what was your role exactly in Peaches? Like, were you the hype-man? Were you the hype-man? If I had had an enormous clock I wear around my neck that's the sort of character I would have been playing. I was the representative of the audience on stage. I was there to sympathize with them and to have them sympathize with me as kind of wide-eyed oh-my-God-what's-happening and yet somehow getting with it. That's what any audience member would do if they got up on the stage with Peaches. They'd wanna be game, they'd wanna be in it, but they'd also be a little shocked. I was like a sympathetic figure to draw people in and keep them more unaware. And then once they were in, Peaches could do the double one-two punch. Now Feist, I was wondering what are the recommendations to the people out there who want to be the hype-man or hypewoman? What do you say? Like during Peaches you'll be like, "What's up, Peaches?" What are the words you use to be a good frontperson hype-person? Well, I think that one of the most important

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things is that you can't get too attached to the microphone. You have to do a lot of miming. You have to do a lot of physical hyping. You've gotta leave the mic to the person who has the voice box, the person who's there to deliver their message. Peaches being that person. So a lot of the time I would purposely take the cable out of my microphone and then do the hyping without any microphone, but with the prop microphone. Leave the talking to the woman who's there to deliver the goods. Feist, do you remember doing a gig with Da Bloody Gashes? No. This is a gig that Peaches played with Da Bloody Gashes and what I wanted to ask you about is nudity and rock 'n' roll. I understand they were opening for Peaches, they got nude and then you guys decided "Wow! Do we need to get nude?" When is nudity necessary in rock 'n' roll? Oh, I see! It's slowly coming back to me! There were a lot of hijinx at those early gigs. Those art gallery, underground, after-hours gigs. Let me just set the stage. So Da Bloody Gashes are up there, they kind of get naked and you're in the audience with Peaches and you think, "Hmm, do we get naked for the show? 'Cause if we get naked for this show then everybody will want us to get naked for every show we do!" CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 FRESH BREATH OF MINT Summer 2008

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Jan 11 – Barcelona, Spain Jan 12 – Madrid, Spain Jan 15 – Liege, Belgium Jan 16 – Hamburg, Germany Jan 17 – Berlin, Germany Jan 18 – Frankfurt, Germany Jan 19 – Nurnberg, Germany Jan 20 – Mannheim, Germany Jan 21 – Prague, Czech Republic Jan 22 – Zurich, Switzerland Jan 23 – Dudingen, Switzerland Jan 24 – Rorschach, Switzerland Jan – 25 Innsbruck, Austria

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hen we arrived in Barcelona January 10, I was still sick from a flu I had suffered the past few days. We went out for some food and drinks with Luke’s friend Carlos. Carlos was a little weirded out that we wanted to eat supper so early, it was only 8:30pm! So the Spanish eat late, that was our first lesson. In fact, it was a bit of an issue even finding a restaurant that was open before 9pm. Isn’t that odd? Anyway, we all had a great time but after one drink I could no longer remain conscious so I went back to our hotel to sleep.

took the four of us for dinner at 9:30 and we arrived at the club for soundcheck around midnight. Forgive the detailed timeline here, but I just found it really striking how late they did everything. The show was awesome. Tons of people showed up to see us, some from as far away as Sweden. (We will make it to Scandinavia soon, we promise.) We practiced our basic, drunken Spanish and went to bed feeling like stars at 5am.

and the opening band, Wild Honey, was great.

We had a day off following our Madrid show. That almost never happens on tour and if it does, it is usually in the worst city possible, so we were glad. We went to the Prado art gallery then met up with Wild Honey for tapas. Good times. Do all Spanish people have a hard time with English words ending in “gn”? Because in Barcelona, this record company guy kept saying that he was singing bands or that a band had already singed. And then in Madrid, the Wild Honey people said “foreign” as though it was pronounced “foringe”. So we ended up talking a lot about foringe people and foringers. We didn’t correct them, does that make us bad people?

Martin and I got up early to see another of Gaudi’s creations, Parc Guell, and were really glad we did. It is spectacular. The four of us had breakfast and said goodbye to our proThe next morning, I felt healed by moter/host and got on the train to Madrid. Barcelona’s balmy climate. The sun’s rays Madrid’s aesthetic motif is compleeeetely difwarmed us as we walked around town in ferent from Barcelona’s. Instead of quirky our t-shirts. We saw the Poble Español, a and relaxed, you get glorious and powerful. I pedestrian area where they have recreated guess that is where all the pillaged Aztec gold the old Spanish village kind of vibe. We went. The show in Madrid helped keep us touched the Mediterranean Sea. We stared up at Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia (look it up if modest. We played to an intimate crowd, We were loving the pace of the tour: lots of especially compared to the night before. It you don’t already know it). Then we went back to our hotel to meet our tour compan- was still a good time, though, the 40-50 peo- time off, no vehicle to worry about and nice climate. Unfortunately, it was not to last. ple who were there were very enthusiastic ion and merch guy, Martin. The promoter THAT MAGAZINE FROM MINT RECORDS • www.mintrecs.com

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Prado Art Gallery, Madrid Yes, she is spraying breast milk into Kathryn’s mouth

Switzerland... Absinthe!

We flew to Germany to pick up our van and gear. The GPS system was in German and got us really lost for a long time. It was dark and cold and there were no tapas to be found, we were a little testy at this point. However, we eventually figured out the GPS navigation, switched it to English and named it Dotty. We are very grateful for Dotty’s helpful guidance. Our show in Belgium was fun. Everything about Belgium is so nice and quaint. They have waffles in vending machines on the street, chocolate ones too! Now that is a fantasy land, that is definitely the country I would have designed as an 8-year old. On to Germany. In Hamburg we opened for a Danish band called The Figurines. There are really cool Scandinavian-sounding prog-pop stuff. It was a nice show. We walked around Hamburg in the morning and laughed really hard when we saw the “Hamburger Bank”. I mean, I know it makes perfect sense: the bank for the people who live in Hamburg, but come, the Hamburger Bank?!? Yes, I would like to make a big withdrawal today. I am feeling very hungry. Could I have that in large veggie burgers, please? Anyway, we also played with the Figurines the next night in Berlin. We walked around and saw some sites. Our friend Liz met up with us. We went out for drinks after the show and discussed German frankness. In general, Germans seem to feel that it is their duty or right to tell you exactly how they feel about something in a way that Canadians maybe don’t. Exhibit A, someone at a show says to Kathryn: “Hello, I must say your singing voice is very nice but your speaking voice is very high and

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squeaky. Welcome to Germany.” Or: “Your set was very good but I did not like the cover song, you do not deserve to play that cover song. Thank you very much.” We were trying to figure out if it was a language barrier or a cultural thing. Hard to say, really. When we arrived in Frankfurt the next day, we went straight to a pub for some apfelwein (apple wine). It was served with mineral water, it’s weird, they drink all their booze mixed with water or soda pop (which they call lemonade). Luke asked for the herring and the waitress said, No I think you should have something local to our region... I will get you the potatoes with sauce. That was funny and maybe served to illustrate a point from the night before. The show in Frankfurt was awesome. The small room was crammed with people. We were the only band so we played for an hour and a half or so. We were getting to the point in the tour by then where we know the songs again without thinking and we have settled into a set list that works well. I can’t wait to play in Frankfurt again. On the road to Nurnberg, we stopped in one of a zillion cute old German towns. This particular one was Rothenberg auf der Tauber. Everything was beautiful and well over a million years old. At least compared to Canadian buildings. The meat-eaters ate massive sausages for lunch and Kathryn and I had salads. That night our show was with a local band that advertised themselves as Hungarian, sneaky devils... They were good, upbeat gypsy music. The woman running the club offered to do our laundry for us, which really won us all over. Thank you! We were also very well fed, as

with everywhere on the trip. The hospitality for bands in Europe cannot even be compared to the pathetic attempts that pass as hospitality here. Everywhere we went, we were greeted with snacks and drinks. Sound techs were nice, which is rare in N. America. Food was delicious, bountiful and free. Hotels were clean and included breakfasts and the other little things at no charge. It was like we were... valued. Very different from the attitude toward musicians where we are from. Well, there is that rant! But it had to be said. North America really sucks in some ways. Next day, next stop in quaint old town. This time, we took our break in Bad Wimpfen. We climbed to the top of the Blauer Tower and were rewarded with a beautiful view that could have been from 500 years ago. I think it is healthy to see all these cute countryside places in between rock clubs every night. In Mannheim, we were double booked with a Big Band and came out on the losing side so we ended up playing in a cafe instead of a proper venue. Everyone was so nice though, and the food was so good, that it didn’t faze us. The audience packed themselves into the cafe and we had a great show. In a way, I am surprised how well-received we were. People seem so excited compared to audiences here. Luke and Martin really got into the spirit of things and ended up sleeping on the couch in the venue while Kathryn, Liz and I enjoyed the spacious hotel. The next morning, Liz steps in Martin’s vomit on the way back to the venue to pick the party boys up. Then Martin pukes on Kathryn’s bag of clean laundry in the van.

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Brooke in Barcelona eating the most sour orange he has ever tasted

Luke and Martin both swear off drinking for a while. Which ends up being about 4 hours. We drive to Prague. Prague was beautiful. We watched the changing of the guards at some castle or other. It is always some castle or other. We drove around and gawked at the nice old buildings then went to the venue. We were playing at a club on the university campus, which, in contrast to the city of Prague, is the ugliest university campus I have ever seen in my life. Our tour itinerary from the agency listed the opening band as Tower of Dudes and we had spent the last few days jokingly speculating what this band could possibly be like based on their weird name. We assumed first of all that there must be an overwhelming language barrier for them to have chosen that name. And of course some big eastern European moustaches seemed fitting. Actually, I kind of pictured them to be 5 olympic wrestlers in those one-piece wrestling costumes who would twirl their moustaches and adjust their crotches in between songs. We also had a feeling there might be a firehose involved. However, our hunches betrayed us and, small as the world is, they ended up being from Victoria. The show was amazing. Tower of Dudes had hilarious songs like “Dude! Man! I can’t wait for junior high school, man!” The audience was wonderful and on their insistence we went way past the club’s curfew. Like Czech money, Czech people are colourful and interesting. We left Prague without our travel companion, Liz. She had the luxury of hanging around the wonderful city for a few more days. The remaining four headed to Switzerland for our show in Zurich. The problem with writing a tour diary about

Rothenberg auf der Tauber

Europe is that the words old, beautiful, grand and the like lose all their meaning. Okay okay, everything is old and beautiful! It may get tiresome in description but somehow it stays impressive when you are actually there. Zurich was... old and beautiful. We played at a restaurant/venue with a view of the lake. It was awesome. We thought at first that people hated us because they were dead silent the whole time, but by the end of our set they were going crazy for an encore. The Swiss reserve cannot be underestimated I guess. After Zurich was Dudingen, a small town no one has heard of, even in Switzerland. It is tiny. And to be completely accurate, the club was not even in Dudingen. It was in the countryside, in between a few pastures and a lake (it’s all about the lakes with them). We strolled, we ate, we played to another reserved Swiss crowd, we drank absinthe and we went back to our hotel. The absinthe we had was not the proper stuff, but was a pretty god approximation. We sure giggled a lot. The following day we played in Rorschach, Switzerland. The venue was apparently a converted strip club but it looked more like a banquet hall. It was one of the nicer looking venues we have had the pleasure of playing. The crowd here changed our minds a little about the Swiss. They had a great time and so did we. We headed into Austria for our last show of the tour. The mountains dominate the landscape. On all sides are the majestic snow-capped Alps. Oddly, there was almost no snow anywhere else in Europe. I mean, it is January, you would think you could expect a little snow. That is global warming

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for you! Innsbruck is a nice enough town. The club was small and dank and the sound system left something to be desired, but the crowd was nice. We drank and chatted and had a great time. We said goodbye to ol’ Martin, our tour companion and merch guy, in Innsbruck, where he is staying with his relatives. It was a little sad. You really get used to being around someone when they are on tour with you. You share all kinds of running gags and inside jokes and everything about them becomes soothingly familiar. Martin and I were really good friends 20 years ago and it was fantastic to have the chance to spend the quality time together again. Anyway, off to Munich for a day off then a flight home. We arrived in Munich in high spirits. The tour went so well! We met up with our nomadic friend Liz again and booked ourselves into a nice hotel. Food and oversized beers were our two orders of business, so we went to an awesome restaurant called Prinz Nishkyn or something like that that I found on happycow.com, then headed to the Hofbrauhaus. The Hofbrauhaus is a very famous beerhall filled mainly with tourists. There are probably 2000 seats and it was jam-packed. You can hear loud Australian accents and various national anthems being sung at the tops of voices. An oompah band in lederhosen and silly hats plays great traditional music. We squeezed in at a table with some Germans and Americans and ordered ourselves each a litre of beer to start. Over the course of the night, it occurred to us that we need to write an album of Canadian drinking songs! Our sleep that night was too short and the flight was predictably horrible, but then we were home. The end. FRESH BREATH OF MINT Summer 2008

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10. The Weather

So obviously we were excited to be sent down to Austin to enjoy all the things SXSW has to offer, but we were probably even more excited to get into our bikinis and jump in the hotel pool! Alas, it wasn't quite as hot as we had hoped, not to mention that the hotel pool wasn't heated (it's supposed to be so hot there they don't usually need ridiculous things like pool heaters), so we ended up only taking one quick dip. Either way, it sure was nice to walk around in the sunshine for a change. And speaking of which, Mint had the brilliant idea to help us market ourselves by ordering Vancougar sunglasses for us to give away. They flew like hotcakes! Hot boys all over America are wearing our band name! YES! 9. Frito Pies Found only at Beerland, one of the only bars that boycotts SXSW by not signing up as an official venue, yet capitalizes on the influx of rock n' roll bands coming to town by booking them for unofficial shows. A Frito Pie is simply a masterpiece of American junk food: they cut open a bag of Fritos, throw in a dollop of veggie chili (probably canned), a sprinkle of cheddar cheese (probably processed), and a smattering of sour cream and jalapenos. Insert plastic spoon and eat. Best part? No charge. Worst part? Having to go back to your hotel room and curl up in a little ball until the Pepto kicks in. 8. Aging Pop Stars The chances of catching one in action at some point are pretty high. A recent dance party obsession with Hall & Oates led me to venture out on my own to see Daryl Hall perform at a makeshift country bar set up in a studio room at the convention center. Somehow I found myself six feet from him at the front of the stage. Did you know that 'Maneater' was originally written as a reggae tune? Apparently Oates brought it to Hall and Hall changed it up. Oh Oates. How I wish you had been there. Also, I was walking back to the hotel one night pretty late and, upon hearing the hit song "Mirror In The Bathroom" coming from a bar, stopped to look inside and lo and behold, The English Beat themselves were performing it live! Now that's the kind of thing that only happens at SXSW. Coolness. 7. Whole Lotta Foods It might sound crazy but I have never been so happy to see a health food supermarket in my life. After days of tacos, pizzas, burgers and other assorted American specialties, the Whole Foods in Austin (apparently the flagship store) was like an oasis in an eternity of desert sands. Not only is it huge and hosts an array of salad bars and delis, but you can buy a box of Emergen-C for $9.98! And if you know us, you know that we like our Emergen-C, and we like it cheap. 6. Showhopping 101 Definitely one of the best parts of performing in the festival is free admission to all the shows. You can actually get stressed out trying to figure out which shows to hit, but once you get hopping from one to the other it's super fun! Eden and I caught a sweet instore performance by Moldy Peaches' Kimya Dawson (responsible for most of the much heralded Juno soundtrack), and Megan and I enjoyed watching Harlan T. Bobo (formerly of Memphis band Viva L'american Death Ray Music) play an understated solo set in the parking lot of a cafe. Also, our show at the brand spankin' new Trailer Space Records store was really awesome. It was a bit out of the way and not a lot of people were there but it was easily the most punk rock set we've played in ages. And that's always a good thing. 5. Chaos Country Try to imagine about 6000 bands, 17 000 music

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industry people, 68 950 members of the media, and 1400 or so innocent music fans all converging in a ten-block area to drink 943 275 lime margaritas. That's what walking up the main artery of 6th St. felt like on Thursday night at 11pm. Now imagine what Saturday night must've been like. Eden and I ended up spending that night in our cozy hotel beds watching Grease 2 and America's Next Top Dance Crew while Becca and Megan were pulling teenagers out of car wrecks. No joke. Megan's got a hole in her new jeans to prove it. 4. Things We Learned About Austin They're obsessed with bats there. A slew (what's a group of bats called again?) of them fly out at sundown every night from beneath a bridge and boatloads of tourists float around waiting to take pictures. They also really like armadillos. I bought a stuffed one for my roommate. Not a dead stuffed one, sickos, a toy plush one! Mmmm, they have real Mexican food there. Well, okay, MexicanAmerican. We ate some of that deliciousity the day we left (finally!). We've said it before and we'll say it again: you just can't get that here! We're talking tortillas de maiz, that pickled salsa with the cactus, aguacate, runny eggs, frijoles and a Mexican soap opera playing on the TV. 3. Random Brilliance Discovered My favourite part of the whole weekend was a 15 minute set by a band called Black Diamond Heavies. I had no idea who they were, I just happened to be there by accident thinking my friends were about to play. The organ/pianist (who, by the way, played his Fender Rhodes through a Big Muff pedal) looked like Lemmy from Motorhead, sang like Tom Waits, and slayed the keys like Jerry Lee Lewis, and the drummer did more than keep up. What else can I say, they blew my mind! So much so that I bought their LP and I don't even have a record player! Also, we had the pleasure of seeing Johnny and the Limelites twice and boy do they ever bring the pizza to the pizza party with their matching red tuxedos and fifties rock vibe! Check them out! 2. Free Tequila And Cheese Plates Courtesy of Six Shooter Records, who every year host a Hootenanny in conjunction with Mint. Everybody from that label was so damn nice, and I'm not just saying that because we got free shot glasses! The Hootenanny was our first performance of the weekend and we have to say it was a blast and thank you to the kind folks who lent us their gear and fed us grapes and havarti. Also, it's a bit of a blur but we also did an acoustic performance for XM radio at the house that the Six Shooter folks were renting. Was that also their doing? Come to think of it they offered us fruit and eggs and mimosas. I have a feeling we owe them our lives. 1. But Not As Much As We Owe Mint Because without them we wouldn't have made it down there. Well, we might have made it down there but we wouldn't have had the Hootenanny and all its assorted food and beverage accompaniments. Or the official showcase show that got us into the festival. Or the grant money that having the official showcase awarded us. Or the Hotel Pool that came with the Hotel that we stayed at thanks to the grant money. Or the extravagant Mint Dinner at a trendy Chinese fusion restaurant. Or the flights that got us to Austin in the first place. Or the borrowed gear. Or the unconditional love. Or the good times! Or the Vancougar candle! You gotta see this thing, it's choice. So yeah, basically... Thanks!!

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Becca & her Frito Pie @ Beerland

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Megan and Mint Beez @ the Mint/Six Shooter Hootenanny drinkin’ Thunderbird

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Nardwuar: Who are you? Iggy Pop: If I am not a myth, whose legend am I? You are Iggy Pop! Well, yeah. You are the Iggster! Pop: I am Iggy. How old are you today, Iggy? Today I am forty-eight years old but I’ll be forty-nine very soon. My birthday’s next month. I once saw you on the Arsenio Hall Show. The Arsenio Hall Show. The Arsenio Hall Show. Do you remember being on that show? Yes, he’s a tall black man. That was the craziest. You walking on the Arsenio Hall Show with this neat kind of vest on and no shirt. Mmmm. And I noticed you look a lot like Mark Arm of Mudhoney. There was like— —I do not! Huh-hee huh-hee! (laughs) He might look a little like me. There was a photo shoot of you two guys together a few years ago, and he looked like your son kinda. I see. Well, yeah. There are a lot of people around who look like my kids. On your new album, Iggy, you have a song called “Pussy Walk.” Yeah. You also have an older tune called “Cock in My Pocket.” Yes. When you played the UBC SUB Ballroom here in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, I guess around 1980, guess what you showed? Uhhh, was it like my cock? Yeah! Ohh. And a couple weeks ago apparently on the BBC show “White Room,” you wore

some plastic see-through trousers which revealed your... Was it like my cock? And, during the Big Day Out Festival in Australia, you flashed your... Uhhhhh, you mean my cock? Now, Mr. Pop, did you really show your cock-ring to Tina “Ginger” Louise from Gilligan’s Island fame? Hoo hoo hoo hooo!! (laughs) Uhhhhh,... What are the circumstances surrounding that— Ginger, my idol, Ginger? It was a slow day by

the pool in Beverly Hills. Was she frightened? Like totally frightened like when you said, “Boo!” to Brian Wilson? Hee hee hee hee!!! (laughs) I don’t know how she felt. You would have to ask her. You did once walk up to Brian Wilson though, Iggy Pop, and say, “Boo!” didn’t you?

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Hoo hoo hoo hoo!!!! (laughs) Is that what Brian says? Apparently that is the legend. Iggy Pop scared Brian Wilson, big time! It’s possible. I like Brian. He is very nice. I have met Brian and he is very nice. We spent an evening together. Have you mentioned the word “boo” to him at all? I don’t remember the “boo” but, you know, as you pointed out, there are so many children who look like me-ee-he he (laughs), I maybe don’t remember all the things I do. Iggy, where did you first pop out your cock on stage? When was the first time? Do you remember it? Ha ha ha ha ha ha! (laughs) Yeah. It was in a town called Romeo. What year was this? 1968. Were you the first guy ever to do this on stage that’s been documented? Because a lot of people try to do stuff, but then people are told, “Iggy’s already done that.” Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! (laughs) I’ve already done everything, Nardwuar. Yeah, you’ve done everything! Were you the first guy to show his cock on stage? Or were there other people? I don’t know. I wasn’t thinking about it. What do you think, Iggy, of G.G. Allin? He was totally inspired by you. Iggy, you started it and G.G. finished it! Did he get the “GG” like from my “GG’s” in “Iggy”? Probably. I’m not sure. But I know he was totally, totally influenced by you. That’s what somebody told me, that he called himself G.G. from my “GG’s”. What did you think of him? Did you ever listen to his stuff? Did you ever see him? FRESH BREATH OF MINT Summer 2008

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Well, yeah, but I mean, you know, I’m the attention, like the MC5, the Scot going to elaborate on that here. Richard Case. As far as I was concerned, Okay. William Shatner. Do you rememnobody except Bob Seger had a single ber James T. Kirk? ounce of talent.” This was what Glenn Yes. Frey said. Did he once “hit on you”? That is because Bob Seger was the only guy Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!! (laughs) who would hire Glenn Frey. Ha ha ha! Was that like in the National Star or some- (laughs) thing? Yeah. What the hell was he talking about, Oh, it’s just little undercurrents, somebecause at that time the Iguanas were thing like that. around! Iggy, your first band the Iguanas! I never... if he did, I don’t remember. You had shaved eyebrows, dyed platinum Apparently he hit on you or one of the hair, wore pajamas, all while drumming Stooges, and he is a Canadian too! in the Iguanas! This is amazing! Ha ha ha! One of the Stooges! (laughs) And he is a Canadian! And you’re in Toronto! Ohhh, Canada! Track six on Naughty Little Doggie,—you ARE the naughty little doggie, you ARE the naughty little doggie you are Iggy Pop—-is called “Keep on Believing.” Now, man, I keep on believin’ and .com w.nortonrecords oto courtesy ww wonderin’ , The Iguanas! Ph “Where is James 1965! Williamson? Is he Pre-Stooges! really a lawyer in Northern California Glenn was bummed because he wanted to doing computer music?” start a band with me and I turned him No, he is a computer executive in down. Northern California in the Silicon Valley, How excited or how wild did the Iguanas and I don’t think he does computer music get? How wild were you in the Iguanas, or has a law degree. He does apparently your first band? play a lot of tennis. The most wild thing about the Iguanas was Did you once get angry at him for tryI had a twelve-foot drum riser. ing to make New Values a disco record? You were way up there! He he he. That was actually Soldier. Yeah, I was way up there. Oh yeah, and then after he got carried away. He wanted to make it we left school, yeah that’s right, I got busted. 48-track, bring in an orchestra. I thought I got pretty wild but they didn’t. They all it was a bit much for a song like “Dog wanted to go to college and stuff. Food” or “I Snub You.” Because according to Iguana guitarist Will Williamson be involved in the proDon Swickerath, you did not start masposed Stooges reunion, Iggy? turbating until you were twenty-five— Uhh, I doubt that very much. He doesn’t —That’s true. play. What I had planned was to get —and the church council in Petosky together with the guys who actually started wouldn’t allow the Iguanas to play “Louie the band. Louie” until after midnight for fear that So no tennis players or computer execs you would do “The Pussy Walk” on the on the proposed Stooges reunion. locals. No, no.... The Label Rep here is squirming That’s true. Ha ha hew. (laughs) and making a movement that says, “We are And then he also said this is the legend of at an end.” Okay. the Iguanas, your first band, totally unerOh, Iggy, just a few more quick quesappreciated. You charmed the Wrigley tions here. I am dying to know this. Chewing Gum family’s daughters? Glenn Frey said, “In the late 1960s, I think it was Reynolds Aluminum and Detroit was in a fake music boom. There Wrigley’s Chewing Gum. were all these terrible bands getting all They let you have the run of their manTHAT MAGAZINE FROM MINT RECORDS • www.mintrecs.com

sions and their daughters! That’s true. Yeah. You naughty little doggie! Ha ha ha ha ha!!! (laughs) Swift Meats also. Recently some Iguanas stuff has been rereleased. Are you aware of that? Vaguely. Have you got one? I’ve ordered it. Who were the Iguanas’ main rivals at that time? Who were you fighting against? The Rationals were our main rivals. Did you ever get to party with or see Suzi Quatro’s Pleasure Seekers? I did. Yeah, I knew Suzy and I thought her whole band was real foxy and I wanted to just jump on them all. Were they punk? No, they were just foxy, kinda like Shampoo. Just bad girls, you know. Was Ted Nugent weird back then in the days of the Amboy Dukes because they were out of Detroit? You betcha he was. I’ve gotta go now, Nardwuar! Oh! Oh! Just quickly! Label Rep: I’ve got to take him away. Sorry. Please don’t take him away, Iggy! Just quickly! Please, Iggy, please don’t leave! Iggy, please! Please don’t leave, Iggy! Please! Iggy! Iggy! Please! Label Rep: Thanks, guy. Bye. Please! Please! Iggy! Iggy! Iggy, please! Iggy! [click] [dialtone] Iggy! Iggy? For more info on Iggy and The Iguanas, visit nortonrecords.com Illustrations by Mitch Clem. To hear this interview hop to www.nardwuar.com Also check out Nardwuar’s new Welcome to My Castle 2-Disc interview DVD!

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Hi, this is Charla from Bella. I was just wondering, what happened to old-time radio? Like when radio was good, wholesome, family event sort of thing? What happened to those days, you know, when the radio contained good wholesome scheduling? Charla of Bella

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harla, thank you for your question/observation. A lot of people I talk to around here at the CBC seem to echo your sentiment. So much so that I decide to delve into the CBC archives, into the vault, as I often do. And, I began researching some of these "wholesome shows of yesteryear." And I found at least one, from the 40's or so, that seems to challenge your sentiment that things were a lot more wholesome before. Now, maybe I'm completely misinterpreting the slang of the day, I'm no expert, but, this one show I discovered, it was called "Keester Full of Hot Jazz", starring Ceryl Bore and Mabel DuBris. It seems pretty racey, even by today's radio standards. Let's listen to random excert of "Keester Full of Hot Jazz"‌

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Ceryl: Mabel, wake up candy-pamper, my bean shooter is jammed and need a favour. Mabel: Not now, Ceryl, I'm sleeping off a Turkish camel dance and I'm sore all over. Ceryl: Nothin' new pearl popper. Now close that yap on my tickle stick and make like a shootin' dice with those models. Mabel: Well not until you kneel down for a moustache fitting and take me on the trombone-train down to wigglesville. Ceryl: First things first bed-spread. I'm going to fill your pan with oyster fruit and then I'm going to make like a tambourine basher and peel the paint off your palimino. Mabel: Why I have a mind to grab those berries and give you a taste of your own shimmy shake. Ceryl: Now you're whistlin' a tune I can carry, Mary.

Well, actually, on second listen, it doesn't seem that naughty at all. I guess I must have been reading way too much into it before. It doesn't seem that bad. Well, I guess maybe standards have slipped since the good old days. You deserve more from your radio. So, until they invent a time machine that actually works (thanks for nothing eBay), you're stuck with shows like Dear Shane and I hope that you can make do. I'm just one man here, doing the best I can. For anyone else out there who would like to leave me a message, please do so at 1 877 955 6565 extension 2 and it just might be you who gets to bask in the glory of my wisdom.

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ello Faithful Fresh Breath of Mint Readers. It's nice to see you again. Thanks for the continued support. ¶ I thought I'd tell you about last summer when I went to the Lucier Hot Springs, near Radium B.C. with my Albertan friends. ¶ Here's what happened the morning after a vigorous night of hot springing and falling down on rocks:

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eirdre, Brendan, Shawna and I disassembled camp, had some instant oatmeal and coffee and bounced back out on the logging road. I had to make it to Cumberland by Friday and going to the hot springs had been a little bit of a detour. So worth it, but a detour nonetheless. My inner blue healer was at full attention. Also, we all had to poo. We got half a mile up the road, back to the part where it's a huge cliff on one side only to find a huge line-up of cars and trucks. A logging truck had turned over about a half-mile up. Might take three or four hours to flip it back over and clean up the logs. I looked back at Brendan. He said there was another way out and since moving always feels more productive than waiting ("Action based on hope just feels better than the paralysis of certainty" to quote Christopher Moore and whoever he stole it from…); I figured we ought to try it. Only thing was we had to turn around. Two-lane road. Cliff on one side and the long nose of the Aspen. O boy. And of course the men. I have a thing, an ISSUE if you will about this very scenario: a lot of men yelling when you're a lady trying to drive. I turned to Dierdre and

announced with a figure eight mouth that I was going to cry. She said that would be just fine with her. And so a sixteen-point turn with this one dude in particular waving me forward with gloved hand and leering grimace. The thing about driving is that from being in traffic, you tend to think about your car beginning and ending with the bumpers and so everything in my lizard brain was screaming that it was wrong to have the nose go over the cliff. I guess, now that I'm home and semi-rational I can see that the car, in that case, would begin and end with the tires but try telling your brain that. It was very freaky. Right when we got Gluggy turned around and were breathing a sigh of relief; the guy slammed his hand down hard on the roof of the car, which sent our hearts up in our mouths and adrenaline to our veins. What an asshole! Later, when Brendan caught up with us, he told us that the guy had been bragging to the other stranded drivers how much he had scared us. Ooh it takes a big man to scare a lady in the woods. So glad we could make his day.

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We let Brendan lead the way in the 4X4. The road got shittier and shittier with huge potholes and giant ruts and switchback turns. As we curved around we could see a tiny stream running down the side of the road. As we progressed the stream widened into a sizeable flow of water. Eventually the road itself turned into a rushing river. Brendan didn't think the Aspen would make it. It felt like a car ad — "The 1979 Dodge Aspen — You never know where you'll end up in a day!" I wanted to go for it but Brendan convinced me not to. Maybe if we'd had a towrope he could have pulled me out if I got stuck, but we decided to head back the way we'd come in. The logging truck had been cleared off the road and a pile of logs lay on the mountainside in memoriam. We stopped at the outhouses by the hot springs, which made everything seem a lot less urgent. Headed down the mountain, crossed the Fraser River, back to paved roads and civilization and stopped for gas. Gluggy kept stalling out in the parking lot. He had a lot of dust and bugs in the grill from the crazy drive so maybe it was because of that. Brendan 'flipped my cookie' — the lid that covers the carburetor, the one with the wing nut, and bought me some fuel conditioner. Like me, the car, only had problems when slowing down or stopping. So onward my FRESH BREATH OF MINT Summer 2008

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friends, onward! Dierdre was a fabulous travel companion. Short red hair, a lingerie-based wardrobe, lived on the streets for a while, into philosophy, just recovering from a break-up, still believes in love. We got on famously which is good because it was a long drive. And boiling hot. We talked about boys and fashion and Nietzsche and Dierdre mended things and sewed some of her lace onto my slip because she's so sweet and I drove 130 the whole way but Shawna and Brendan in the 4X4 always ended up way ahead of us. Stopped in Revelstoke for gas at the Frontier trucker hotel and ran into The Derangers on their way to the Salmon Arm Folk Festival. It's always so exciting to run into fellow music soldiers on the road. We were rounding the corner just past Salmon Arm. I was passing on the inside lane going 140 when the explosion happened. "Fuck. That's the car!" I said because I had thrown a rod before and it sounded like that and I know how quickly a car becomes a giant purse on wheels and how useless they are when they don't go but when I opened my eyes, I noticed that Gluggy was still running. "Maybe it was a tire?" suggested Dierdre. We poked our heads out the windows and sure enough pieces of rubber were scattered in our wake down the highway and it smelt like Manhattan on September 12th. I crossed the highway and pulled into the nearest driveway. We got out and looked at the shredded tire, took a deep breath and opened the trunk. The tire had exploded so mightily that it had taken a portion of the car off. Gluggy was a rusty piece of shit but we were in love. It was boiling and there were wasps everywhere. "I hate wasps," said Deirdre. "I mean I really hate them and they always bite me."

Thing. Dierdre and I both wanted to be awesome bitches and fix it without having to ask any man for help. But we needed a tire iron. There was a house at the end of the driveway with a pick-up out front. We approached. There was a puppy in the fenced in yard, wagging but not barking. You got the feeling that if he barked he would get the shit beaten out of him. Very submissive. We went up the front stairs and knocked on the door. The screen door opened and a big man with yellow-green eyes holding a baby appeared.

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We lowered the car and I put the tire iron around one of the lugs. "I just have to get mad enough." I reefed and reefed on it but nothing budged. There was a tiny squeak, which was almost promising so I kept trying with the four ends of the tire iron and then Dierdre tried and then we tried together with all our combined might. I even stood on it and jumped. Nothing. Fuck. Maybe our tire iron was the wrong size and wasn't grabbing the nuts tight enough? We both eyed the house and shuddered. We needed help. We went back knocked on the

"Yeah?" he said glaring. "My friend and I just popped a tire on the highway and I don't have a tire iron, may we borrow one?" "Well, You gonna fuck off with it?" "Heavens no! Heheheh," I laughed nervously. He emerged and descended the stairs, holding the baby and dragging a little girl wrapped around his leg. We looked in the box of the truck and I saw he had one of those big industrial orange jacks. "Hey, think we could use that too? It's way better than mine." I asked. "You gonna FUCK OFF WITH MY JACKAL?" he glowered. "N-no!" He handed it to me. "Watch your fingers. And bring it back."

Late August is when they're so mad about dying that they want to take you with them. It weighed like 200 pounds. I did my best to They got nothing to lose. pretend it didn't, thanked him and walked We emptied the trunk, and placed our bags with long arms back down the driveway to and the guitar and camping crap and shop- the car. ping on the gravel road. Everything was Dierdre and I were shaking. He was so covered in dust. I pulled out the spare and the jack and poked around for the tire iron tough. And those eyes. Okay the jack. Firstly where to put it. The car was so rusty I got special for the trip. No sign of it. I pulled up a piece of firewood and a sheet of the options of purchasable places were limcardboard and found huge gaping rust holes ited. The bumper seemed like a good spot. But the jack itself was another mystery. in the trunk. "Maybe it fell out while we Together we figured out that the clicky were bouncing along those logging roads," thing reversed the up and down part so it said Dierdre. felt like a small victory when the car started rising. "What do you mean maybe?" I got that tire iron special from my tire guys. I felt betrayed. I had Done the Right

don't turn," I remembered.

door and explained out tire iron problem. He shook his head, told us to wait a minute, and shut the door. In a moment he came out, put the kids in his truck, and drove out to where Gluggy and our all our crap was strewn. First thing, he moved the jack to where the bumper joins the car, which is great to know and he kept testing it to see if it was holding. And then he tried a lug.

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you could count on in this world! I guess maybe while we were sewing nightgowns and baking eggs in home-ec class, the dudes were learning that up until 1980 or so, all Chrysler products came with "Mexican Threads" as in Righty Loosey. What a world! The kids were playing in the truck putting on Daddy's helmet and work gloves. The girl was pretending to drive calling "Daddy! Daddy! Look at me!" As he was about the put the spare on after getting the blown apart one off, he muttered something about the rim being the wrong size. The holes didn't match up with the nuts. The one I'd got special from my

were both holding back tears at the sight of this gruff man holding his son and helping us wayward ladies. At one point, he said, "Well I don't know you but I know you're not going to fuck off with him,' and went to hand me the baby, but me and the baby took one look at each other and both got freaked out so he kept him on his hip. He took his jack back, loaded up the truck and drove back to the house. I was on the cell phone to CAA to get a tow so I didn't really get to thank him properly but Dierdre did. I got a lady on the phone and we argued about the semantics of our location. "Well are you still in Salmon Arm or are you in Sorrento?" Well, sister, it's kind of a grey area, a little of both. Finally we convinced them to come and she said it'd take about and hour so we killed some time by walking up the highway to find the hubcap. No dice but it felt kind of good to be walking. It was SO hot. Sweat dripped down our faces.

would probably take a long time because the traffic was backed up for miles to the West. Just then the tow-truck showed up. I thought RV woman would move her car and then Mrs. Yellow Eyes could squeeze past us and then we'd deal with the towtruck, but when RV lady pulled out the tow guy barged right on in so now Mrs. Yellow Eyes, after going to work and getting stuck in traffic had to wait for us to move our free-spirit asses before she could go home to her kids and husband. We felt terrible and uncomfortable and kind of like we were living in a Corb Lund song but the tow guy was awesome. It was one of those ones where they lift the whole car onto a platform. King cab. Air conditioning. CD player. Sean was the name; saving girls' asses was his game. He told us some stories of other people he had rescued and seemed to just generally dig his gig, which is always so nice to be around. He looked out the back window of the truck at Gluggy, half turned to me keeping one eye on the road and said, "So other than the tire, how's she running?" "As you would imagine," I said.

We headed back to the car. I had one Mexican beer in the cooler so I figured now was the time to drink it. I opened it and my guitar case and the crazy thing is that the logging roads and all the bumps had tuned my guitar to open E! The guitar had tuned itself! And so there I was sitting on my suitcase with a guitar in open E playing slide with a beer bottle by my broken down car realizing for the first time where The Blues come from! I made up some words to amuse Dierdre "Woke up this morning on top of the world etc" and I thought she was digging it until she started doing this this crazy twitchy dance when she got stung 4 times on her armpit by a vicious wasp that Gluggy got stuck up her sleeve. "I'm sorry, I'm going to cry," she announced. Go for it sister. I'm tire guys! When I went to see them before I owed one from this morning with the cliff. left, I thought it was kind sweet of them to There was a field of tall itchy grass so I have hired a retarded guy but now I'm not went to pee and scratched the hell out of so sure. my legs. A woman pulled up in a hatchback. Mrs. Yellow Eyes we thought. But "Hey listen, I got some Dodge trucks out instead of going to the house, this woman back and maybe one of them's got a tire you can use to get you to the next town but went to the R.V. by the front of the driveway and joined some other people in lawn I wouldn't trust it myself. Give me a sec." chairs. He pulled away in the truck. Me and Dierdre looked at each other and shrugged. Hmm. She'd have to move when the towtruck showed. Soon after another hatchback He came back with a big tire that didn't fit. driven by a younger woman, Mrs. Yellow Eyes, showed up. We ran to apologize for He did all he could and helped us put the blocking her driveway and said that the old tire back on HOLDING THE BABY tow-truck was on its way. She said that it while he tightened the lugs. Dierdre and I THAT MAGAZINE FROM MINT RECORDS • www.mintrecs.com

Before the trip I had got the Prestige CAA card, which meant he could tow us 350 miles. He said he could take us to Hope (!) and then we wouldn't have to do the notoriously engine punishing Coquihalla Highway. Dusk was falling and it felt great to take a break from driving but still be moving. Luxurious even. On the run, seated comfortably. My favourite state. He even stopped for snacks and was just pervy enough to keep us on our toes. We called Shawna and Brendan with the update. They were of course way ahead of us and said they'd get Hope ready for our arrival. We dropped Gluggy at a tire place Sean recommended, thanked him elaborately and found our companions. They were at the Greek restaurant. Dinner was ordered and in take-away bags on the warming shelf and Shawna was on her third glass of wine and surrounded by children and dogs and crayons and the waitress was offering to sell her lingerie and sex toys from her trunk. What a woman! I saw the waitress' son take one look at us and mouth the word "weirdos" to his mother. I told him that us weirdos were pretty good lipreaders and he blushed. Went to the hotel and ate on the beds, showered and fell asleep watching TV. Just another day at the office. xo C.M. May '08 FRESH BREATH OF MINT Summer 2008

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Recipes

for a Mint Family Summer BBQ! El Sangria Novillero

Start with an inexpensive, medium-body red wine (Spanish Tempranillo for the true “Novillero” Sangria) Add: Juice of two oranges Juice of 1/2 a lime Juice of 1/2 a lemon 1 1/2 cups any kind of fruit juice (may we suggest blueberry-pomegranate) 4 oz fruit based liqueur (Cassis or Chambord) 2 pinches of cinnamon (use a whisk to mix it in) Finish with Sprite or Club Soda for some bubble Chill and serve over ice in large wine glasses. Garnish with citrus slices, and/or cherries.

El Sangria Diablo

Hot Panda’s Tofu Scramble

1/2 Red Onion Diced 8-10 Brown Mushrooms Quartered 1/2 Medium Zucchini Diced 1/2 Large Red Pepper Diced 1/2 Green Onion Bunch Sliced 1/4 Cup Tomato Salsa 2 Garlic Cloves Minced 1 Pkg. Extra Firm Tofu Well-Rinsed, Diced 1 Tablespoon Turmeric 3 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Sea Salt to Taste In a large frying pan, add minced garlic to olive oil and sauté at medium heat for 2 minutes. Add red onion, mushrooms, zucchini, red pepper and green onion to pan. Add sea salt and black pepper and sauté for 3-4 minutes. In large mixing bowl, add turmeric to diced tofu and shake until all tofu is yellow in color. Add tofu to frying pan and stir well. Add tomato salsa. Cook for another 3-4 minutes and serve.

Same as above but add one or two ounces of vodka.

Dave Gowans’ Summertime Potluck Fun

1 Kiddie Pool 1 Garden Hose 1 pair of sunglasses 2 bags of ice 1 cooler 12 cold beers (preferably of the Brooklyn or Phoenix Lager variety) sunscreen sun hat portable tape player (classic new wave cassettes not included) Apply sunscreen, hat and shades. Fill up pool with garden hose and add 1.5 bags of ice, put rest of ice in cooler with beer. Press play, get in pool, open beer and remain in pool until feet start to look like prunes. from Dave Gowans The Buttless Chaps

Hot Panda

Bella’s Tiffany’s Mom makes Ambrosia Salad!

It’s a cup of the following things: pineapple chunks (1 can drained), mandarin oranges (1 can drained), miniature marshmalows, coconut, and sour cream. You can double the reciepe to make alot more!

“The Bachelor”

1 cup of organic (Avalon!) chocolate milk 1 ounce of Baileys a splash of good quality Scotch from Dan Gaucher The Buttless Chaps

Miller’s Fried Egg of Doom 1 egg 2 pieces of rye bread butter Hot Sauce

Fry the egg. Toast the bread. Put egg on one piece of bread. Pour hot sauce all over it. Put other piece of toasted bread on top. Now, eat it.

Tofu Scramble

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THIS GREAT WHITE NORTH All Canadian – All The Time

Fridays 4:30-6pm CST

on 91.7 KOOP FM in Austin Texas www.KOOP.org Hosted by:

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It all started with...

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Fruit Cake Cookie Recipe

Something tells me you may all be familiar with this one... You'll need the following: a cup of water, a cup of sugar, four large eggs, two cups of dried fruit, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts, and a bottle of whisky... (and of course, one rabbit, to be under your feet at all times...) Sample the whisky to check for quality. Take a large bowl. Check the whisky again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again. Make sure the whisky is still okay. Cry another tup. Turn off the mixer. Break two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the whisky to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares? Check the whisky. Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find. Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out of the window, check the whisky again and go to bed from Jenn The Choir Practice

Matt's Mmarvellous Mmushrooms

Matt Leddy plays with The City Streets from Edmonton where all real gentlemen come from. In a medium size frying pan, quarter a couple hand fulls of Portabello or Oyster mushrooms and toss them in a pan that has 2 tablespoons of butter in it. Coat the mushrooms in the butter for a minute or so, then add pepper, garlic salt (not too much), and add Sriracha sauce. Fry until the mushrooms are juicy or moist, whichever you prefer. Eat!

Miss Cathy's Corn Chowda

Spicy Sangria

PREPARATION: Cook bacon in a heavy pan over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, then add onion, peppers and garlic to bacon fat (if not using bacon, saute in butter or olive oil if vegan) and cook, stirring, until onion and pepper are softened, 8 to 10 minutes.

PREPARATION: Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lime and lemon into the wine. Toss in the watermelon cubes (leaving out seeds if possible) and add Rum and hot sauce to the mix.

Boil 6 cups of water for potatoes cook potatoes til al dente do not drain. then add onions, peppers, garlic, corn and coconut milk.

Cheers, Jesse Ghosthouse, Operation Makeout, The Hive Studios

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup diced bacon (optional) 2 cups diced (1/4-inch) sweet onion 3 or 4 cloves garlic 1 red sweet bell pepper diced 1/2 lb potatoes (about 3 or 4), cut into 1/4inch dice (skins optional) 2 fresh thyme or basil sprigs 3 cups corn (from about 6 ears) or if out of season 2 tins canned corn will do 1 can creamed corn (not optional!) 2 cans coconut milk 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

If you're cooking for yourself then I would suggest The National's 'Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers' and a gin and tonic short with a lime (squeezed in, rind and all).

Simmer uncovered about 30 minutes. Add basil/thyme sea salt and pepper, then stir in bacon. simmer on very low heat until ready to serve.

If you are with your lover then I would suggest Neil Young's 'Harvest' and a bottle of chilled Retsina.

Serve with booze and rock and roll

INGREDIENTS: 1 bottle of red wine (your preference, but I always just use the cheap stuff that comes in a box, you can’t screw up Sangria) 1 lime cut into wedges 1 lemon cut into wedges 2 cups of watermelon cut into cubes 1.5 tsp hot sauce (choose a fairly neutral sauce, tabasco tends to work in drinks) 1-2 shots of Rum (or add to taste, it makes up for the booze thats diluted by the pesky soda you’re about to add) 1 2-litre bottle of ginger ale. Any other fruit that may tickle your fancy

You can leave this overnight if you have the time, but you know...you only live once.

Thanks to all our recipe contributors!

Bon appetit

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ne of the most interesting personality tests a band and its members could endure is the loss of a rehearsal space. It can be a tragedy, a blessing, or a good excuse for the weak ones to quit. The Ramblin' Ambassadors lost their rehearsal space to a committee that — on Friday nights, and Friday nights only — would join hands and cross swords for the game of Magic. Those of you who are not familiar with this game of wit and might have no imagination so nevermind. I guess they needed the other six days to lick their wounds. The space was under a comic store and we shared it with The Von Zippers. We moved the gear to my "rustic" 1912 bungalow's basement and set up shop there. You

know you have a good woman when she can study for a law degree while your band is playing at club volume downstairs. Unfortunately, a neighbour in the apartment building next door was not as tolerant. I actually saw the coward put this in my mailbox : MY FIRST AND LAST NOTICE I HAVE BEEN IN THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD SINCE SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER. AND DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME — YOUR 'DEAFENING MUSIC' HAS STOLEN MY PEACE & REST COMPLETELY. YOU HAVE NO CONSIDERA-

TION FOR OTHERS. I HAVE BECOME MORE SICK AS A RESULT YOUR BLARING MUSIC THAN MY OPEN HEART SURGERY. I HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED BY BOTH THE RCMP AND MY LAWYER TO ASK YOU POLITELY — TO LOWER YOUR STEREO VOLUME, FAILING WHICH, LEGAL ACTIONS WILL COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY AGAINST YOU FOR 'DISTURBING PEACE AND ENJOYMENT'. YOU'LL BE SUED FOR DAMAGES. I WILL NOT WARN YOU AGAIN. I WILL


SIMPLY CALL THE COPS AND THEN SUE YOU. YOUR SICK NEIGHBOUR So we kept playing at my place. Fuck him. Oddly, when the police did come, they came to take my "sick neighbour" away. He had called a bomb threat in to Telus from his home phone. At the time, I was working for the distributer of a new, very popular energy drink that was just allowed into Canada. I would drive around in a van, open and service accounts, get speeding tickets, and think of a quick death. One of my accounts was this massive go-cart track. They had a full-on roller rinkesque concession area and my drink was a good seller. I guess it unleashed the inner Andretti. Anyway, on one of my routine visits to this account and in the midst of my usual blither I started talking about the band and the jam we were in. I then received an unexpected response. Now, if you have ever been in need of rehearsal space you know the excitement of that moment when you hear of space available — for cheap. That moment when you hear something and it feels so good you are climbing rope.

thwap thwap of steel conveyers and slurping of rubber boots ceases? You rent a room to one lucky sonofabitch. Only up until about a year ago they just couldn't get the smell out. We had become so accustomed to it that only when we had a second air reference, such as a car or house, a piece of gear would ignite with the peaceful aroma of old dead flesh. It didn't matter, and doesn't matter for that matter about that matter. Nor do the lost souls of troubled cattle wandering around the place. They don't scare me because they don't have hands. In this city you got to take what you can get. Do most bands name their jam spaces ? I

don't know. Who cares. We didn't. Ours is a long rectangular room in the building's basement which is head to toe concrete . A great place to be with your girl and tomato soup when they drop the bomb. In the past, guts and stuff would drop down a chute in the An efficient kill floor in a large meat packing plant can sometimes yield up to 5000 good 'n' ceiling (which is still there, only now encased in concrete) to be rendered. Then it was dead head in a two shift day. A large meat trucked off to the land of the unicorns. Gear packing plant has many rooms that assist in is moved up to the main floor via a large servorganizing a productive slaughter. But what ice elevator which, only sometimes, works happens when the music of the screaming properly. If it does, it's fun to ride. If it doesherd is silenced ? When the jingle jangle

n't, there are stairs (not so fun to ride). There are two bands that practice here: The Ramblin' Ambassadors and Life Like Cobra. Ron, the bass player for L.L.C., engineered the massive concrete echo chamber into an acoustically sound room for loud music, using large baffles on the walls and ceiling. At each end of the room there is a band split up by a couch, a couple of "Three's Company" wicker chairs, a sister rocker chair to the couch, and a couple of desks for recording gear. Recording in the place you practice lends to a more "casual Friday" way of doing things. When The Ramblin' Ambassadors recorded Vista Cruiser Country Squire, we didn't even move our gear. Actually, I don't think anybody changed strings. Russ (Broom) set up shop in the middle of the room, plopped some microphones in front of us, and we played. Just like every Friday and lack there of. The recording is completely live off the floor with the exception of some of Brent's stuff and percussion MSG courtesy of Mr. Broom. Often when the comfort level was about to explode, we would all just sink into various chairs and talk about the Sagas, the sweet drumming of Bob Peart from the Rushes, or the golden age of Toto. Are there any good stories about the record ? Listen to it and make some up. You have our permission. Recently I have taken an interest in taxidermy. More so, rogue taxidermy. You know, Jackalopes, two headed creatures, still — art fight scenes. The pieces are all one of a kind, albeit odd. Just like our room. We will be there as long as it will have us. And like the furry creatures of fantastic-ness that are stuffed everyday, we hope that it has the same lifespan.

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he shop was founded by Greg Davis, an accountant with a passion for music who could no longer put up with Tcrunching numbers. The founder's love for music started in his teens when he would make classic rock mix-tapes for road trips but intensified one fateful evening when he tuned into campus radio and had his mind blown by the Jesus & Mary Chain and other "shoegazing" bands from the early '90s. The musical epiphany arising from that moment was that there was a world of music beyond what was played on mainstream radio & TV. From that point forward he wanted to learn everything he could about music, spent much of his free time in music shops and began plotting for the day when he would open his own music shop. That day was July 31, 1999. Soundscapes started with two primary objectives: to carry the best in music of all styles and to help people discover all this great music. Its shelves are stocked not only by the tastes of its knowledgeable staff, all of whom have a passion for music, but also through suggestions from customers. Discovering music is a social activity and what better source is there than our like-minded music-loving clientele!

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is an independent music shop located in the Little Italy neighbourhood of downtown Toronto. The shop is known for its quality selection of CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, and concert tickets and is a strong supporter of the Canadian independent music scene.

In keeping with the epiphany that led to the shop's existence, Soundscapes' selection has always veered left-of-the dial with titles you won't find in most shops, including reissues and imports. In addition, there are interesting genre categories such as psychedelic/garage rock, prog/art-rock, experimental/noise and americana. To aid our customers in discovering music we have many listening posts, a rack of music magazines (including Mojo and The Wire) and Toronto's best selection of music books, including artist biographies, guidebooks and critical anthologies. We also have regular in-store performances of local and touring musicians and have hosted performances by Feist, My Morning Jacket and Mint's own Immaculate Machine amoung others.

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is one of the most flexible and original venues in Toronto. The space has welcomed performances by major darlings of the indie music scene and has hosted some of the cities most memorable performance artists, cocktail parties, launches and fashion shows.

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he Drake's entertainment space has been designed with one thing in mind: creative flexibility. This spacious venue features a modular stage, digital projectors, screens, dance floor lighting, personal computers and state of the art 5.1 Surround Sound PA system manned by experienced technical staff. The underground is a cutting edge venue for a crowd that is ahead of the curve. Over the last 4 years, the Underground has rolled out the carpet for legends Carole Pope, Beck, Burton Cummings and Negativland, rubbed shoulders with local rock royalty Broken Social Scene, Peaches, Metric + Stars, and shone with rising stars Gogol Bordello, Living Things, The Killers, Wolfmother, MIA, The Presets, MSTRKRFT, Thunderheist, KT Tunstall + We Are Wolves. "...adventurous, eclectic programming..." NOW 2006 "the Underground, has become the de facto home of the city's independent culture scene, and the site of some of the most vibrant, eclectic cultural events Toronto has to offer" - Toronto Star

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NARDWUAR VS. FEIST – CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 Well, that's the thing. When someone's opening who's taken it to another level, if you try to follow them you're going to fall flat right on your face. You've gotta stick to your plan. You've gotta stick to your thing. Nudity is not necessarily on the Peaches menu. It's like she goes everywhere but there. It's always a matter of what you don't give up that people want a little more, a little more titillation. Peaches is intelligent that way. She's not doing it in the Playboy simplicity style. I understand that after you got up on stage there, after Da Bloody Gashes, you guys fake stripped. Like you wore Da Bloody Gashes tank tops. Do you remember doing that? Oh my God! You're opening portals in my memory with creaky, rusty hinges! Like, I could barely open those portals. So that kind of comes back or not really? It sort of does because then I think I owned that tank top for a while, but I don't think I could remember... I loved it at the Junos a couple years ago where you stopped playing or there was some kind of technical difficulty, wasn't there? I love it! I'm sorry. I didn't mean to say I loved for you to go through with that, but I loved the emotion that was shown. You just went on with it. It was so extreme that it couldn't be anything but funny. I mean, I think there was 20,000 people in the arena, and then there was a million, billion, kazillion watching the TV and then all of a sudden, the p.a. explodes and starts to make airplane crashing noises and everyone starts screaming because of what's going on. And I kept playing and everyone's running... This is good. I can set the record straight now finally. Now's my chance. The p.a. exploded and apparently there's a broadcast mix and there's an in-the-place-where-I-am mix and I had no way to know that on the broadcast mix nothing had gone wrong. But in TV land people were eating their popcorn none the wiser to what was going on. But meanwhile, just under my vision, there was all the techs running, freaking, running, like yelling, screaming, tossing cables at each other. And then all of a sudden they all stopped and it was like slow motion, like in a movie where everything just slows down and I thought, "Well, they stopped, so I guess we must not be live to air anymore." So I stopped sort of calmly. And everyone's screaming. Nothing musical's happening anymore. So I leaned in to the guy down there and said, "So what, you guys stopped?" And he looks up at me with these big eyes and [whispers] "No, we're still live" with these beautiful eyes. Cuz if he had been panicking, I would have panicked. And I just laughed and got up and tried to finish the song. But what pisses me off is that as it went further west, they had the chance for the further time zones, they cut it out to look like I screwed up. They didn't let the moment have its moment to show that it actually wasn't my fault. Or at least give people slight hints that it was not just me

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messing up the song on national TV. Feist, are you erotic? Um, yes. What is erotic, Feist? What is erotic? That's something that does not require a microphone or video camera. Cuz, what I was wondering, Feist. Jack Spicer, who is Jack Spicer? And why is he erotic? Uh, Jack Spicer is a poet. And he's erotic I guess, probably because he's a human who had the full range of human abilities. But I can't say especially why he would be more erotic than any other poet or person. I was curious about him because he did some famous Vancouver lectures and I understand he's sort of the inspiration, or he's maybe going to be utilized somewhat, I know he's dead and all, some way on your next CD. No way. In no way is that the truth. I have his book and I love it. Introduced to me by the Apostle Of Hustle, Andrew Whiteman. He's a great Jack Spicer fan. And he introduced me to Jack Spicer's books. Not Jack Spicer as a man. But no, you're barking up the wrong tree. Feist, I wanted to ask you about this thing here, that appeared in Chart magazine. I want to know if you can hold this for a second. I don't know if you've seen this at all. It says "Who I have the hugest crush on" by Alex Chow of Islands. Oh, oh, I met this guy. Aww. Yes, and here's his story: "Feist. I have the hugest crush on Missus Feist." Missus? "... As I like to call her. She is my true number one." Wow. "She is the foxiest fox from Foxville." [giggles] "She stole my heart when I met her at a Broken Social Scene show." Uh-huh. "I went up and introduced myself and then thought for a moment that she cared." I cared! I cared! "Months after, she came to a Metric show and didn't even acknowledge my presence. Ah, I call that true love." Well, I guess love, the fires of love, are always stirred through someone ignoring you. So do you remember at all, Alex Chow from the band Islands, who calls you one of his favourite crushes? And he apparently says we're going to get married and live in some suburbs. I censored that part out from you. ... in Newfoundland. And I'm going to have two children with him. Is this guy psychic? Because if it is, I better get his phone number or something. I can provide you with that, actually. The thing is, that Alex Chow of Islands had two things about him that made him very recognizable. One was a completely white suit and the other was a violin. Oh, and the other was, I guess, he was backstage, in the dressing room marked "Islands." So in that situation I knew who he was and I was able

to compliment him on his playing and he actually serenaded us, me - I would like to think me - and everybody else backstage with an amazing classical piece. But, uh, take the man away from his props and what is a man? I'm sorry, Alex, that I didn't recognize you at the Metric show, but my eyes were glued to Jamie Shaw. Leslie, how did you learn your French? Was it cereal box French? Definitely "lait, milk," "paine, bread." It was Calgary French. Product French. Has this come to haunt you? I don't understand. You know French, but people in France don't like your French? They don't like you singing in French, in France? Cuz I don't actually know French. When you know Calgary French, that's not actually knowing French. Do they actually say to you, "Feist, you speak Calgary French?" Is that worse than Quebecoise French? There was a turning point for me in understanding how I was going to get by in French, if at all. It was one time I was having dinner with some people after a show in some little town somewhere when I was touring around Europe with my compadre Gonzales. And everybody was saying, "Where are you from?" And I was saying, "I'm from Calgary." And they were like, "Ah." They didn't understand. And then jokingly and over-emphasizingly I said, "Caaal-gar-eee" and they all went, "Oh, Caaal-gar-eee." And I just thought, "Oh, you gotta get with the guttural. You gotta get with the throat tonsil gymnastics and you gotta get with the rrrrrrrr. And all of a sudden I was having a much easier time being understood. Leslie Feist, who is Clement Greenberg? Oh, Clement Greenberg is an art critic from New York City. Or at least he was residing and working in New York, who I suppose in a strange way, was my father's mentor. He's a very famous art critic. And your father's a very famous artiste. Can you explain a bit about your father being an artiste? Like, being collected by Clement Greenberg, who is one of the most famous art collectors in the world. Your dad is collected. Yeah, my dad, uh... Not that you're not collected. Are you collected? Well, I'm not quite the vintage to be collected yet. But no, my dad, he was a painter. And for whatever reason, Clement Greenberg took a shine to him and came by his studio. I wasn't born yet but there's stories of my little brother in the high chair and Clem hanging out. I get the feeling that he was sort of my dad's enabler. In the way that someone can enable you to feel like you, like someone who you respect understands what you're doing, therefore, full steam ahead. You are collected though, aren't you Feist? You go to YouTube and there's tons of videos. Do you feel collected? Or is there any instances where you feel collected?

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Y'know, somebody has a lot of your stuff, seen a lot of your videos. Every gig that you now do is being taped or something. Well, now it's a little bit like when you see the cellphone being held up. In the past I naively thought it was someone going, "Jenny, check it out, it's that song you played me once!" But now I realize they're making a video. But as long as it's not butterfly pins in the corkboard, I'm OK to be collected. A little while ago, winding up here with Leslie Feist, I saw a video on YouTube of you in Hollywood and it was an amazing backdrop behind you. And were you backing up some bigger artists in Hollywood, in Los Angeles? Or do you travel with a backdrop? Oh, that amazing light board? Let's just say it's mine. Yeah, it's mine. It cost one million dollars... [breaks into giggles] No, that was at the KCRW Evening Becomes Eclectic show and it was the most stupendous light board I had ever seen in my life. And since then I've gotten wool blankets and Christmas lights and poked it through and tried to create the same effect... to little effect. Do you feel pressure to have a banner? Is there a Feist banner that goes behind you when you play? Do you feel pressure to get a banner? Do you like banners? No, I had a terrible experience in By Divine Right where we were opening for The Tragically Hip in all these enormous enormo-domes - and that was actually the birth of DJ Cheesetray - you were talking about how you loved cheese? Well, my lactose-intolerant drummer Mark Goldstein, also a poet, he became DJ

Cheesetray on that tour. That was one of the memorable stories amongst many... But the other was that we decided we needed a banner so that all the people filing in with their beers and their, like, foam hats, their foam "insert beer here, let's go watch the Hip, woo-hoo" hats, so that they would know who this band was who was playing. And who they didn't care about. And someone's friend of a friend of a friend made the most heinous banner. It was just like bubble letters. We looked like we were Hanson or something. And since then, you can't. No banners. Have you seen any band with banners that you do like, just going on the banner tip? Wrapping up here with Feist. I'm just fascinated with banners. [Nardwuar get motioned to rap up the interview] You don't have to tap the shoulder. I'd stick with Nardwuar for, like, months. This is like, I've been waiting years for this, but thanks Gary. OK, winding up here, Leslie. OK, banners I like. OK, well, there's a, not a banner, it's a prop that Jason Collett uses with his band. And he took an old dresser he found on the side of the street - and he's a carpenter - so he took all these drawers out and he put hinges in special places and because they play an electric piano and they want to create the effect of an acoustic piano, they just put the piano behind this wood and they just hear what they see. And all of a sudden it just sounds like a piano because there's this wood in front of it. And I thought that was pretty ingenious. Feist, Leslie Feist, lastly. Can you please tell me the importance of the BeeGees and Little

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House On The Prairie? Uh, there's not much importance to me personally to the BeeGees. Except for Grease. I loved Grease when I was a kid. It was always Star Wars or Grease, you had to pick your team, and I was always a Grease kid. In fact, on a recent Air France flight, they showed Grease and I was in heaven for those two hours. But Little House On The Prairie's a whole different story. Like, I don't know if it's warped or positive, but my childhood was formed by the Engels. Like, there I was living in Calgary with my single mom and all of a sudden I was Laura Engels in my imagination. I don't know if it's good to dream so far away from your reality. Have you met any cast members from Little House On The Prairie? No, but I did date a guy in France for awhile who looks uncannily like Charles Engels and when I realized that, it was over. It was just too close to la maison. Well, thanks very much for your time, Feist. Anything else you want to add for the people out there at all? No, but huge respect to Nardwuar The Human Serviette. Well, thank you very much Feist, really appreciate it. And keep on rockin' in the free world and doot doola doot doo... Doot-doo! To hear this interview, hop to www.nardwuar.com Also don't forget to check out Nardwuar’s new 2-Disc interview DVD "Welcome to My Castle"! Feist drawing by Mitch Clem www.mitchclem.com

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was in a car with a realtor, near Maple Ridge Park the other day. "The view will be fantastic when all of these trees are cut down," she said. I thought of the smiling faces in the newspaper I read, which gazed upon a bear cub up a tree in downtown Maple Ridge. Downtown Maple Ridge, now what's a little bear doing there? Silly thing! Wouldn't you rather be snacking on a toddler's picnic basket in your old back yard, little bear? Probably just lost. Stupid animals, and stupid trees, always getting in the way of progress. Kind of like all of those stupid old movies keep getting in the way of my progressing towards seeing any new films in the theatre. Silly old movies! Taking up all of my time lately. I've watched so many old movies that I have become pig-ignorant of what's coming up this summer in theatres, except for Indiana Jones, which I'm sure the odd pig even knows about. Especially if there is a fast-food breakfast menu tie-in. My favorite was seeing McBurgers pictured above the title "Dead Man's Chest". I console myself by thinking that's why Johnny Depp was smiling in all the little photos. It's the blatant heart attack warning, or he's smiling because he can tell his children, "See Daddy's teeth in that photo, that's what will happen if you eat too much of that kind of food." You never know.

Some great Criterion releases, 3 Janus short films, many French films, MGM westerns, and lots of Sinatra on DVD. Plenty to get us through the summer, and then some. Sinatra: The Golden Years is a DVD boxset including a romantic comedy fave, The Tender Trap. This gem is about Sinatra, a talent agent of sorts, falling for Debbie Reynolds during her audition. She is uninterested at first, then she hears him sing, next thing you know he's hiding all his other girlfriends and 'getting blind' at engagement parties. Just when you think the wrong people are getting together, everything ends up as it should and the film ends, literally with a blue sky horizon of song and dance. The same way the film began. Three half hour long films were released by Janus films, on DVD, early in May. The Red Balloon follows a young boy and a balloon around Paris, and reminds of empty days when learning to fly was still a possibility. Paddle to the Sea is a Canadian short film, that I remember seeing many times on the one or two channels rabbit ears on the TV could offer. It is the story of a small canoe toy a young boy carves, and engraves, 'my name is paddle to the sea, please put me back in the water,' on the bottom of the canoe. It's a beautiful

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film that has to be seen or re-watched. The third short film Janus films released is called The White Mane which is about a young boy who tames a horse ranchers haven't been able to catch. Cannes winner in category, and a beautiful film. Robert Mitchum is in one MGM western release of note, Man with the Gun. Mitchum plays a gunslinger who rolls into town to calm and restore order, but not before becoming the law himself and the new terror the town has to fear? Great ending, great supporting cast. Mitchum also stars in The Way West, which is one of only two films that shows you how men and horses came down the other side of the mountain, before roads, and it involved ropes and pullies. Two films by Louis Malle were released by Criterion early May; The Lovers, and The Fire Within. Both potent pictures of love, art, and infidelity. The Lovers is dated only if you factor in the shock the Jeanne Moreau character delivered in its day, and the fire within is Louis Malles' Hour of the Wolf. Pound for pound, the great unwashed would consider Jean-Luc Godard's La Chinoise, and Le Gai Savoir two of the most unwatchable films ever made. Two of Godard's early political films, after Le Petit Soldat, are both beautifully filmed, and leave you humming songs about Chairman Mao and the little red book, 'that makes it all move'. Check out some good old films, shower often, and send questions or comments to Brother John via contact info at happybatscinema.com.


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