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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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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Merry Christmas (On Acid)

by on December 24, 2013

If you are dreaming of a brown Christmas, this post is for you. First, a Christmas card from Cyriak, none of his usual fractal madness, just a fairly standard-issue nightmare Noel. Nevertheless, we bid you view with caution.

Second, a seasonal song originally from Radio Free Vestibule, a loon trio from Montreal now going by the more wield-friendly the Vestibules.

Christmas on Acid

And now that …
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Slim Cessna ~ Hold My Head

by on December 13, 2013

Here’s a sinister Pied Piper epic from Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, a gothabilly ensemble out of Denver (still lonesome for her heroes) with a shared ancestry with 16 Horsepower. The clip is not your standard low-grade gig video; The song is killer, and you can feel the crowd-sweat, the ticky-tack dance floor under foot, and even smell the yeasty beer mats. This would have been the kicker at …
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Have A Great Great October

by on November 9, 2013

Whoops, Great October whizzed right by with nary a mention. Have a great belated GO, everyone and enjoy the New New Model Red Army Choir as they lay down some lucky. h/t Jackie Hutter

(According to the comments, these are Ministry of the Interior uniforms)

Not much celebrated in Putin’s Russia, nonetheless it is the Day of the Great October Revolution (November 7), so storm and occupy the Winter Palace …
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GULag Humor

by on September 23, 2013

A new ZEK* arrives in the GULag. Her cellmates size her up, then send over one of their number to make inquiries.

– So what did you get?
New ZEK: I got 20 years.
– What for?
New ZEK: For nothing.
– Aha! You are a liar. They only give you 10 years for nothing.

(Ba-Bom Ching) Thank you very much, you really have been a wonderful audience.

*Labor …
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