Monday, October 19, 2009

Cargo Cults

There are two Tim Hortons right beside each other in Mac Hall. As in, less than 20 feet away from each other. Apparently one of them is owned by the Student's Union and one is owned by the University. These two Tim Hortons are competing with each other, and both establishments are totally lined up at all times. This is the sort of coke or pepsi "choice" that is slowly driving me insane.

I have never bought a coffee from either of these places, and I never will. For an extra 20 cents or so I can buy fair trade coffee from a locally owned business. Sure, my 20 cents isn't changing the fucking world, but if it can help me feed my caffeine addiction without completely selling myself out to the system I hate, then that should be enough.

Also, I've written a ton of songs lately. Like six or so. What the hell? I haven't been writing for months, and all of a sudden I've had a weird rush of creativity. What new thing or person in my life is causing all this creativity? Some days not only do I not know the answer, but I don't think I really know the questions either.

Support: Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights, Daughters - Hell Songs, David Byrne and Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, David Harvey - The Right to the City, HEALTH - Get Color, Horse the Band - Desperate Living and the 1987 Ridge Monte Bello Cab that made last night so fun for me (and is making this morning excruciating).


  1. Good man. That's a lot of songs. I used to worry about my rate of musical proliference(?) When I was in France, I wrote a lot of music, but no words. Now I'm back I'm writing a lot of words but no music. Thank fuck they go together.

    That $0.20 is changing the world. Its changing your world.

  2. Well, to be fair most of them are fragments of songs - about a minute to a minute and half long. I want to start a band that plays really abbreviated hooks/pop songs, like 20 or so in 15 minute set. I want the band to be able to reflect the fragmented nature of modern consciousness and rapid-fire bombardment of media outputs we constantly subjected to. That, and Wire, Minutemen and Guided By Voices were all able to write REALLY good songs in under a minute and a half (30 seconds in some cases).

    As for my twenty cents, yes, it changes (and forms) my world, and so for me, that's enough. Now post some of those songs on myspace or something so I can hear them!! If you do, I'll endeavour to do the same ^o^