CBC Music presents their September music preview!

The preview includes 15 new albums from: 

Rose Cousinsthe Wooden SkyZeus,In-Flight SafetySloanSlow LeavesRich AucoinDeath from Above 1979the Wilderness of ManitobaAdam CohenLeonard Cohen,LightsSaukratesthe Rural Alberta Advantage and Buck 65.

Hit their site to stream these new tunes. 

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durgapolashi:

"Pop stars traffic in symbology, so when white girls like Miley, Katy, and Lily Allen hide behind the claim that they just didn’t know any better, it seems insufficient. Maybe they didn’t, but somebody around them at some point should have. Which is why it felt tone-deaf when Taylor Swift put out a music video for her new single that featured a couple of scenes in which she used black dancers as props to offset her own clueless whiteness."

(…)

"Into this humid cultural climate strolls Nicki Minaj, whose new video for “Anaconda” isn’t technically a response video to “Shake It Off,” but might as well be. The “Anaconda” video is an extremely self-aware deconstruction of twerking as a trend. Nicki inverts the Miley paradigm, putting her own body front-and-center and surrounding herself with dancers of all races. “Anaconda” turns Nicki’s butt into a literal force of nature, causing earthquakes in a jungle setting. After parodying the idea of exoticism by opening on a jungle scene, she shifts into a workout setup with comically small weights. All of these setups make the same point: Nicki’s body is the modern ideal. And because Nicki is spitting rapid-fire jokes the whole time she is onscreen, it’s impossible to feel like she’s been reduced to a mere body."

Molly’s Nicki piece x Ayesha’s Nicki tweets

I went to Gillian Bennett’s website deadatnoon.com and read her essay/last memoir regarding the state of law in Canada, wills and testament, and strains on the Canadian system by a growing elderly population. 

I’m frustrated in my respects too, I see a huge issue in the future if we don’t make new rules. After watching my grandmother die in more pain than I can physically imagine (a perforated bowel that killed her over 5 days). At the time she was at the Bethany Center that is partially government paid for, she ended up there after a long wait period after being in an elderly living center that was helping her as the dementia was making a lot of independent living things hard. She’d had 3 strokes and 2 minor heart attacks over the last 15 years. By the time she was in the Bethany Center she hardly knew herself. Memory Lane at the Bethany Center basically locks their patients into the building because they can’t be trusted to leave on their own without supervision. But because they don’t have enough supervision, she is like a caged person. Grandma had other health issues too, but it was the dementia that really hurt her. She was a very social person. Moving to the Bethany Center made everything worse it seemed. The first day she arrived we sort of tricked her, and she couldn’t remember being taken there. So for 2 years it was groundhog day. She thought it was her first day there every single day. It was a nightmare. 

Also she couldn’t use the phone freely. My Grandma used to receive regular phone calls and regularly phone family every day a few times a day. So moving to the Bethany Center was like her saying goodbye to her friends and family (most of whom didn’t live in Calgary) prematurely, and they said so at her funeral. I’d felt similarly. I had a hard time seeing my grandma after she entered the Bethany Center. It wasn’t her, she wasn’t the person I grew up knowing. I missed her phone calls, and hearing about her shopping excursions and trips.

My grandmother had signed a DNR several years earlier when she realized she was going to go the same way her mother went (via Alzheimers in a hospice). She had all the financials and legal specifics figured out with the help of my mom. I think if the option had been there, she would have rather died than go to the Bethany Center. One time I phoned her and they let me through to her, and she begged me to come kidnap her.

My point is that these hospices are not a place anyone would choose to live, and Gillian Bennett has a point. There should be a way to choose how you die in your will, and legally as a society we should be allowed to offer that. 

What I mean, is that if you are so sick you are mentally and physically incapacitated permanently you should be able to make a choice whether your body continues living that way, and a doctor and lawyer should be able to execute that choice for you. At the moment, you can only end your life if you go about it yourself, 100%, with absolutely no aid. If someone assists you, they are considered to have helped murder you and that’s illegal. 

Gillian Bennett may your legacy live on. Here is to starting a conversation. 

- Llu

Admission.
I worry about disrespecting my clothing’s egos when I put them away. The pretty things need to be with other pretty things, and the more casual or business-y items with the like.

What an insult to put a casual cotton dress on the same hook as fashionable party dress, or jeans on the same hanger as dress pants. I feel like my fancy items judge me. 

I have thought this way since I was little. Funny habits. 

Genie. You’re free.

Okay I found my voice. 
Robin Williams was idol of mine for most of my childhood, and later an inspiring icon. Did you know he wrestled? I found that out years after I fell in love with him as an actor. So he became a new inspiration for me later in life with his well documented mental health issues and his career choices. It is amazing the breadth of his work. There are so few actors and actresses that span the genres of work, and audiences he did. He was loved by small children, young adults, and even the elderly for both completely different and the same reasons. He had so much to give, and it is incredibly upsetting he left the world the way he did. I hope Robin’s life serves as an example for others to better understand mental health issues.