The Arts

WRPK in New Albertastan

by on November 13, 2015


WRPK in New Albertastan

A pair of lovable know-nothing zealots engage in hilarious hijinks as they battle creeping socialism and corporate welfare in the prairie heartland.

Episode 1: A Pair of Ducks

Scene: WRP HQ

Derek: (sitting at a computer station) I hate this.

Brian: (walking by) This what?

Derek: This Twitter thing, these people keep yelling at me.

Brian: (looks over Derek’s shoulder) Wow, that’s a lotta frowny faces.…
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Elvis Costello on Margaret Thatcher

by on November 4, 2015

Reposted apropos of, oh… I don’t know.

Her life’s work long since accomplished, and her ideological legacy our present, it seems the octogenarian biological life form of Margaret Thatcher (unable to attend the Royal Wedding) may not be long for this world. While her death is unlikely to be met by orgiastic throngs of gleeful, flag-waving patriots, many will not be sad to see her go …
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At Cannibal Cafe, It’s The People You Meat

by on August 10, 2015

Junior Gone Wild serve up an SNFU chili bowl at the Cannibal Cafe. Fortunately, Paltry shutterbug Marc Chalifoux was on hand to record the event.

Innocent diners eat a strange form of meat that transforms them, while music lures them to an isolated barn where they face an unknown fate. Edmonton legends Jr.Gone Wild put their own spin on S.N.F.U.’s quirky 1985 classic Cannibal Café.

Enjoy the video, and then, …
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Slab of Fruitcake?

by on December 14, 2014

Do the words to Walking in a Winter Wonderland make you feel like our species deserves a long, dark, ice age extinction? Me too. But don’t despair, this holiday season relief is at hand. I’m on my way out gift shopping, but rather than expose myself to the festive tunes on the store PA’s, I’ve got my earphones in and I’m going to listen to this song on repeat, over …
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The True Meaning Of Zappadan

by on December 4, 2014

It’s December 4! Blessed be your Zappadan!

For the uninitiated, Frank Zappa’s birthday is December 21, but he shuffled off this mortal coil on December 4, leaving a seventeen day period of transition between the two for his disciples to bridge in any way that they could. Zealots to the last, they opted to use this period  to celebrate Frank Zappa’s life, work and persnickety genius. This is sort …
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Our Laurence Miall ~ Blind Spot

by on September 26, 2014


We are delighted to announce that regular Paltry contributor, Laurence Miall has produced his first novel, Blind Spot which came out on Newest Press last month. In Edmonton to launch the book, he stopped by CJSR FM88 for a chat on the Ipso Factory. The interview begins at the 0:05:18 mark but I recommend letting Robbie Fulks’ Night Accident provide the introduction. The song hits the right mood and, …
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Geoff Berner ~ Festival Man

by on January 30, 2014


Travel in the entertaining company of a man made of equal parts bullshit and inspiration, in what is ultimately a twisted panegyric to the power of strange music to change people from the inside out.

At turns funny and strangely sobering, this “found memoir” is a picaresque tale of inspired, heroic deceit, incompetence, and – just possibly – triumph. Follow the flailing escapades of maverick music manager Campbell Ouiniette at

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The Tall Tale Of An Alternative Burn’s Supper

by on January 24, 2014

Haggis: live and prepared

There were none but Scotsmen present at the event in question so we cannot claim to have a reliable account of what went on, but, according to at least one scurvy Caledonian, it began with a general malaise that settled on the city of Glasgow. A restless dissatisfaction held the entire population in its grip. Blandly and blindly, the people went through their daily routines, stopping …
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The Genius Of Jersey Shore Declared

by on January 17, 2014

Santino Fontana and David Furr of the Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest deliver some Jersey Shore witticisms in Wilde character. Whilst ever Jersey Shore can be satirized, hope yet remains.

Many more after the jump.…
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10.2 x 10: Interview with comedian, author, activist Charles Demers

by on January 17, 2014

I am delighted to bring you the second edition of our Paltry Sapien interview series, 10×10, this time with the multi-talented Charles Demers.

When I was about 18 I got a tattoo of Charlie Chaplin down the length of my right bicep. There’s probably no ‘meeting-of-worlds’ that I’ve spent more time thinking about than I have the space where politics meets comedy.

1)    You wear three distinct hats as comedian,
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Jerry Jerry ~ Mayor of Smart City

by on January 14, 2014


My ongoing efforts to broaden the Youtubular footprint of Mr. Jerry Jerry have yielded further strange fruit in the form of this video for Smart (I’m Smart) from the stripped-down solo effort The Sound and the Jerry (1997). I had thought to go with the Marx Brothers, or maybe mad scientists (saving the immortal Herbert West for when I tackle Wierd), but for reasons that surpass my own understanding, …
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A Look Back With Mr. Doo-Dah

by on December 31, 2013

Ring in the New Year with Vivian Stanshall, of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the man who says “Grand Piano” at the 19:48 point (save that for later in the night).

Of Pomp and Circumcision

Assuming that that clip has only whetted your appetite for Doo-Dah Da-Da, below is Crank, broadcast in 1995 as an obituary salute and touchingly introduced by John Peel.

I have to admit

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