This is interesting: The Ontario law placing a price cap on concert tickets has been deferred until…who knows?

The information was simply displaced on the government’s website where it was completely ignored over the Canada Day long weekend. Could it be that someone in the Ontario Government came to their senses and is perhaps ready to remove the stupid and unenforceable 50% price cap on the sale of concert tickets on the secondary market? What’s this? Much, much worse. (Thanks to Chris for the heads-up!)
 
 
  Well, well. Transparency laws around the maximum capacity of a venue
Guarantees regarding the location of the seat being sold. A guarantee issued by a secondary seller or operator of a secondary ticketing platform of a full refund for the ticket purchaser if,
i. the ticket is counterfeit, or
iv.  We have paused the implementation of this section until we can review this provision in full to make sure it is in the best interest of Ontarians.” (Via FYIMusicnews.ca)
Meanwhile, all the other measures are now law. Maximum amount
(2) Despite subsection (1), no person shall make a ticket available for sale on the secondary market or facilitate the sale of a ticket on the secondary market for an amount, including any applicable fees or service charges but excluding any applicable taxes, that exceeds the ticket’s face value by more than 50 per cent of the ticket’s face value. Details on the powers of enforcement and adjudication. 33, Sched. But hold on. It appears so. the ticket does not grant the ticket purchaser admission to the event for which it was issued, unless this failure is due to an action taken by the primary seller or venue after the ticket is sold,
iii. Disclosure rules involving fees, taxes, and services charges. 2017, c. The use of ticket-buying software bots is now illegal in Ontario. 3 (rolls of the tongue, don’t it?) went into effect as scheduled on July 1. Any other prescribed guarantee or confirmation. 3. So far, so good. 1. More reading at the CBC. the ticket does not match its description as advertised or as represented to the ticket purchaser. This gives the new Ford administration a chance to step in to make changes, perhaps after further consultation with ticket sellers, ticket resellers, venues, and other interested parties. I refer you to Part II: Ticket Sales and Software:
Ticket Sales
Ticket sale on secondary market above face value
2 (1) Every person who makes a ticket available for sale on the secondary market or who facilitates the sale of a ticket on the secondary market for a total amount, including any applicable fees or service charges but excluding any applicable taxes, that exceeds the ticket’s face value shall provide one of the following guarantees or confirmations to the ticket purchaser. Late Tuesday, Ford’s people had this to say: “The previous government attempted to institute a cap on ticket resales with no way to enforce that cap, resulting in less consumer protection. There’s also this story at The Toronto Star. So the controversial price cap provision is still here but it has not been enacted. A confirmation from the primary seller that the ticket is valid, provided directly or indirectly through a service that offers to confirm for any person in Ontario, for free or for a single, standard fee, whether or not a ticket that was originally made available for sale by the primary seller is valid. the event that the ticket provides admission to is cancelled before the ticket can be used,
ii. 2. That part of the law won’t go into effect until the Lieutenant Governor says it does. (I’ve written extensively on the new legislation with much emphasis on how a price cap on a discretionary item like concert tickets will do nothing for the fan. No press release was sent out. Note: Subsection 2 (2) comes into force on a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor. Interesting, no? Let’s see how this all plays out with the new Conservative government. In fact, it will make things worse. In fact, it appears that between the time the Conservatives were sworn in on Friday, June 29, someone let it be known that officials needed to hold back on the date the price cap would go into effect. You can read all my objections here and here.)
The new law, formally known as Ticket Sales Act, 2017, S.O.
This is interesting: The Ontario law placing a price cap on concert tickets has been deferred until…who knows?

Random music news for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bono is really, really worried about the existence of the UN, the EU, and NATO. Creating a website for your band? At the Disco sold 150,000 physical copies of their Pray for the Wicked album in its first week on sale in the US. Has Tupac’s murder been solved? Worried about being surveilled by facial recognition software? This. RIP singer-songwriter Richard Swift, who worked with the Black Keys and The Shins. Looks like no one wanted to play Donald Trump’s 4th of July event. And then there’s this #MeToo issue about Russell Simmons that just won’t go away. A 52-room mansion with its own strip club? ICP and the Juggalos have it all figured out. this time last year: Total albums, -17.1%; digital albums, -22.1%; physical albums, -13.8%; CDs, -18.7%; vinyl, +70.2%, streaming, +53.2% (1.199 billion streams). Quite the spread, no? Let’s reflect on the release of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run 40 years later. What’s it about? Trent Reznor’s Bad Witch finished second with, er, 26,000 copies. Want to turn down the volume on the world? Read this first. Netflix has ordered a music-based romantic drama called Mixtape. Wait–what? A climate change mural inspired by…Wu-Tang? But the world doesn’t stop for your Independence Day, so here’s music news for July 4, 2108. This is an interesting approach to turntable technology. Maybe. A Trump tweet in 3…2…1…
Spotify users: “ENOUGH WITH THE DRAKE ALREADY!“
Meanwhile, Apple Music is seeing some serious user engagement thanks to Drizzy. Fiddy likes it, but he’s disappointed with the low price. These earbuds will do it. What is this rape case involving the Backstreet Boys that everyone keeps ignoring? Canadian music sales last week vs. What are the most popular iOS apps of all time? Happy birthday, ‘Merica. Here’s a list. Yep. Panic! Meat Loaf is going on tour, but he’s outsourcing his singing to someone else. It looks like Facebook offered up more user data than they initially told us. That’s pretty good these days. No, Dave Grohl doesn’t want to play for Rush.
Random music news for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

More Music From The Inbox 4 Jul 2018 Shame, Neon Waltz, Catholic Action and More!

Artist: Shame, “Dust On Trial”
Album: Songs of Praise

One of the best things I’ve heard in ages – out of London
Sounds like:  post punk f*&^ing awesomeness
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Artist: Neon Waltz, “Watch It Fade”
Album: Bring Me To Light

Awesome sounds out of Scotland
Sounds like:  personal atmosphere
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Artist: Catholic Action, “Little Girl”  
Album: New Year

I seem to have unearthed a treasure trove in Scotland lately
Sounds like:  Retro forward bliss
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Artist: Inheaven, “World on Fire”  
Album: Inheaven

Alt-rock bliss out of London
Sounds like:  because it is
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Artist: HMLTD, “To The Door”
Album: N/A

Happiness out of London
Sounds like:  as intriguing to watch as listen
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Artist: Mothers, “Blame Kit”
Album: Render Another Ugly Method

Bloody interesting stuff out of Philadelphia
Sounds like:  something we all carry
Link/Listen/Watch:
More Music From The Inbox 4 Jul 2018 Shame, Neon Waltz, Catholic Action and More!

The best music of the year so far as chosen by the writers of A Journal of Musical Things (Part 3)

Maybe it’ll become the next anthem for Parquet Courts’ adopted home team New York Red Bulls!  
Gilles LeBlanc, ROCKthusiast and occasional site contributor
1, Jack White, “Over and Over and Over”
Eccentricities aplenty were revealed on Jack White’s Boarding House Reach. One more shot of opinion regarding the best music of 2018 so far by the writers of this site. The result is a body of work that is innovative, confident, and overall uplifting: everything I have loved about their past indie rock releases and more! If you missed parts one and two, you can go here and here. (PS, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. The accompanying film (which stars herself alongside Tessa Thompson and depicts an android trying to break free from a totalitarian society) only further proves what a boundary pushing artist and visionary she is. Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer
Dirty Computer is an album that not only uplifts and entertains, but also addresses important themes of race, gender, and sexuality with a masterful grace. 5. 4. Morgxn, Vital
Morgxn’s debut album Vital is unforgettable in its vulnerability and grandeur. 4. Yeah, their time as rock revolutionaries has definitely passed, but it’s still good to hear a (hopefully) healthy Craig Nicholls cussing and howling again. The Vines, “Slide Away”
In all the hoopla surrounding Drake’s Scorpion, a lot of song streamers may have failed to hear how The Vines of all artists dropped a new album. The Voidz, “Leave It in My Dreams”
Julian Casablancas is still known for being in The Strokes. Son Lux, Brighter Wounds
Son Lux does not make passive music: unless you are a robot be ready to feel everything while listening to Brighter Wounds. The first ep compilation called Moonlight Baby is out now and it is everything I love about their music: anthemic, dynamic, and impossible to not move along to. Parquet Courts, “Total Football”
It’s too bad the United States didn’t qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as they had this ready-made rah rah sis boom bah-er available to them. The Dig, Moonlight Baby EP
The Dig are totally making my 2018 the best by releasing one song per month all year. 2. This is a cathartic and empowering dance party, a place that is very distinctly Morgxn’s own, but also somewhere where everybody can belong. 3. He also fronts The Voidz, who bring a hazier hallucinogenic quality to his compositions. Ty Segall, “She”
A laid-back Californian is the music antithesis of who Ty Segall is. put out another solo record called Francis Trouble in March which ain’t too shabby either.)

3. Zoe Orion, Curator of Thursday’s “New Music from the Inbox”
1. He’s released eleven full-length albums in the past ten years alone encompassing a range of rock styles, with Freedom Goblin’s “She” seeing him go glam metal for a full six minutes. 2. To Kill a King, The Spiritual Dark Age
To Kill a King’s latest album The Spiritual Dark Age is more experimental and willing to take risks than their previous work while at the same time more polished and anthemic than ever before. This latest album is an exceptional maturation of their sound (think: orchestral pop with complex rhythms- then think farther) as well as an honest and refreshing product of the world’s current climate, which makes it a perfect album for life in 2018. “Over and Over and Over”, however is a straight ahead ripper whose riff supposedly has roots as far back as 2005 with Jack’s old band The White Stripes. 5.
The best music of the year so far as chosen by the writers of A Journal of Musical Things (Part 3)

What if you accidentally left a record playing on your turntable before you left for the long weekend?

As he prepared to leave the house, he put his treasured copy of Nirvana’s Unplugged on the turntable–and forgot about it. I look closer and its stuck on track seven, “Polly,” And its got vinyl dust lining both sides of the groove (pictures don’t do it justice as this was post wipe). Good thing it wasn’t a copy of the Sex Pistols “God Save the Queen” on A&M. We were listening to Nirvana Unplugged while playing Hot Wheels and mini hockey sticks with the kids in the basement. So it just sat in an endless loop for the entire time. This was this past Wednesday around 7 pm. It hits me what happened. Once the stylus tracked to midway through “Polly,” it got stuck. I have three kids under four. And that wasn’t all. Trevor writes:
I know how to handle vinyl. About 120 hours’ worth of dust. We left for Canada Day weekend holidays the next morning, the record was still turning. Unknowingly, the record was still turning. I pressed the universal remote off button and marched the circus of kids upstairs for bedtime. And no, I don’t have a rare/fancy “cool kid” record player. The turntable is on. Here’s what Trevor found upon returning home Monday night. That meant from the night of Wednesday, June 27, to the evening of Monday, July 2, the stylus followed exactly the same path, cutting a deep groove and ruining the record. Trevor was so anxious for the Canada Day long weekend that he made plans to start early. Things get broken. Fast forward approximately 120 hours later. I headed to the basement and something caught my eye. It just spun and spun and spun. Somehow the track didn’t run out, at which point the tonearm would have been automatically been kicked back up to a resting position.  
 
  In the day and age where one button turns 99.9% of home theater equipment on and off, I got caught with the 0.1%. That’s what happens when you drag a diamond through a narrow plastic trench. I’ve been collecting for years and have some rare records. Oh, well. This time I can’t blame this one on the kids.
What if you accidentally left a record playing on your turntable before you left for the long weekend?

If you thinking bringing back the cassette was a dumb idea, look at this

If you thinking bringing back the cassette was a dumb idea, look at this
“Floppies are cheaper than cassettes, they don’t have to be tediously dubbed, they look appealing, they’re available in a lot of colors and have cool designs that people like,” says Matthew Isom, 40, of San Diego plunderphonic vaporwave label Power Lunch, who notes that floppies also cost substantially less to ship overseas than cassettes. If you were around in the days before Windows software was shipped on CD-ROMs, you might remember having to go through an installation process that required three dozen of these things. The cassette needs to be euthanized once and for all. For a very, very brief time in the 90s, some brainiacs thought that these floppies would be great for distributing music (or music-related material), despite that their maximum capacity was less than 1.5 megabytes, Yes, MEGABYTES. “The first one that I did was this vaporwave artist called Cat System Corp and I had a run of like 20 floppy disks. His new venture is Strudelsoft, a label that releases music only on these old floppies. You know, these things. Yet Sterling Campbell of Cornwall, Ontario, thinks that the 3.5 floppy is not dead. There are less convenient aspects to the format, of course, but floppy aficionados have found ways to work within its limits. It’s dumber than trying to dig up the 8-track or even to raise the 78 RPM record from the dead. Keep reading. A label in Cornwall, Ontario, is trying to bring back music on 3.5-inch floppy discs. That sounds impressive until you look at the raw numbers. Rolling Stone reports:
The misty, Internet-fueled subgenre has long thrived on nostalgic physical formats. In all of Canada, a total of 4,000 cassettes have been sold this in all of 2018, compared to 1,700 at this point last year. The last time I had a computer with a drive capable of reading one of these things was about 15 years ago. The cassette is old, hateful, obsolete technology that deserves to die. Show a 3.5-inch floppy to anyone under 30 and the might identify it as the icon that you use to save some kind of document. According to the latest sales figures from Nielsen Canada, sales of pre-recorded cassette tapes are up 135% from this time last year. However, I’ve found something that’s even sillier than an attempt to resurrect the cassette. Now a boomlet of patient and creative label owners are recovering an even more esoteric medium: the Eighties and Nineties artifact once used for Windows installations, AOL trials and sessions of Doom. “I discovered, after playing around, that you can actually release about 11 minutes and 38 seconds of 8-bit audio MP3 on a floppy disk,” says Campbell, who has released six floppies so far via Strudelsoft. In other words, whoop-de-do. The idea when nowhere, of course. They probably have no idea that we used these things to back up and transfer data from computer to computer. They sound awful, jam up machines, melt in the sun, and have cases–the dreaded J-box–that broke if you just looked at them the wrong way. Those who fetishize it cannot have been around when it was the only portable music format we had.  
  Vaporwave’s sound, often produced by slowing down and/or reverb-drenching existing songs to walk the line between the sentimental and the sinister, is a perfect match for cassette tapes, those beloved relics of hissier times. And it fuckin’ sold out in 8 seconds.”
Weirdly, Sterling is having some success with these things.

“Dancing Baby” lawsuit over; baby is now 12

Once upon a time, long, long ago, a mom was playing some music while home with her kids. Eleven years later, the lawsuit filed against her for this less-than-30-second video has been finalized and everyone is parting ways wiser and with a good amount of disbelief. The Lenz case helped us to develop a fair and tempered process for evaluation of potential takedowns.”
Lenz refers to Stephanie Lenz, the mom who got way more than she bargained for when her kiddo, now 12, did something cute and she instinctively grabbed a camera. Oddly, there’s no detail in the statement about what UMPG’s current process is, how it’s changed, what’s different and what new steps will be utilized to determine whether there’s justification for issuing a takedown notice. Because it’s the 21st Century, mom posted the video to YouTube. “UMPG takes great pride in protecting the rights of our songwriters,” said David Kokakis, UMPG’s chief counsel, after the agreement was signed. Universal Music Group says it now has a smarter and more “fair” process for when it will issue a takedown notice, demanding someone to remove a YouTube video that might infringe on a copyright the music company owns. A Prince song came on and the youngest, a toddler in a wheeled walker just getting the hang of moving around, started to bop and dance in that adorable way little humans do. What we do know is that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in California, agreed that the video should fall under fair use because she wasn’t trying to present the song as a new creation or something brand new at all, it was just her kid dancing around while a Prince song happened to play in the background. “If UMPG’s current process had been in place 11 years ago when I posted my video of my young son dancing, I probably wouldn’t have had to contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation,” she said, an internet and freedom of speech organization that tried to take her case to the U.S. Both of these comments come from a joint statement published June 27. Supreme Court. The court told Universal at the time that the copyright holder “must consider the existence of fair use before sending a notice.” It’s the infamous “Dancing Baby” case, all over a snippet of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” and the weird, wild, murky world of digital rights and what constitutes fair use. “Inherent in that objective is our desire to take a thoughtful approach to enforcement matters.
“Dancing Baby” lawsuit over; baby is now 12

This New York Times op-ed by Shirley Manson is one of the most honest things you’ll read this week

In this op-ed about her personal demons, she will become even stronger in the eyes of many more. He was tall and handsome and harbored some serious, unresolved anger issues toward women. Keep going. Having flunked out of school, I had no set future in mind. I didn’t even know it was a “thing.”
I had never heard the phrase “self-harm” back then, in the mid-80s in Scotland. I was having sex with multiple partners, experimenting with drugs and drinking copious, alarming amounts of alcohol. A secret that was mine to keep. The article is called “The First Time I Cut Myself.”
I didn’t know I was a cutter until the first time I chose to cut. I would often fall foul of crushing depression, struggling to get out of my bed before 4 in the afternoon. I was holding down a mindless part-time job at a teen fashion store, playing keyboards in a band more or less on the weekends and generally feeling pretty miserable about my lot in life. It was a secret. It was something I came to naturally, privately, covertly. I didn’t tell a soul about it. I met a strange, tightly wound boy one night at a club called the Hoochie Coochie. There were no support groups for people like me or any progressive, sympathetic op-ed pieces about the practice of cutting in my local newspaper. I was in my late teens, darkly in love with someone who wasn’t in love with me. This is an important read.   I should have run for the hills, but I didn’t. Shirley Manson has always been a strong female role model.
This New York Times op-ed by Shirley Manson is one of the most honest things you’ll read this week

What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a concert ticket on the secondary market?

What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a concert ticket on the secondary market?
(It shouldn’t because it’s bad law for so many reasons.)
But let’s move on slightly. We’ll see if that part of the law ever goes into effect. This is discretionary spending of disposable income. Here’s my question: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a concert ticket on the secondary market? While Ontario’s new laws surrounding the sales of tickets on the secondary market went into effect July 1, the one thing missing was a hard date for enacting the much-maligned (and deservedly so) plan for imposing a 50%-above-face-value price cap on tickets. A CBC/Toronto Star story on the subject produced this infographic. Keep in mind that no one is being forced to buy any of these tickets at these prices.

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 190: Canadiana Day

Geeks and Beats podcast, episode 190: Canadiana Day
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Visit the Geeks and Beats website to sample all kinds of geeky goodness provided daily by our crack staff of writers and contributors who are offering up fascinating content every single day. Canada Day viral video star Brittlestar joins the geeks to look at Canada’s contributions to comedy and music. Okay, so we’re a little late with this. Take a listen. Or maybe we’re celebrating Canada Day on July 4 as a poke in the eye to Donald Trump. Most likely, though, this is just the result of bad planning. In any event, we’re okay with it. We uncover the loophole that created Bob and Doug Mackenzie, how Barenaked Ladies channeled our own Michael Hainsworth, and review the top songs that celebrate Canada. If you’d like to support the show (please?) go here. But we still have our fixed costs.

Can you solve this musical mystery?

Can you solve this musical mystery?
Er, that’s it. All efforts to identify it over the decades have come to naught. It’s almost certainly Cancon. Those have been consulted seem thing recall that the name of the artist begins with some initials (like JJ, but necessarily that). A reader of this website came to me with a mystery: a song he’d recorded from the radio years and years ago has languished unidentified. Here’s what we know:

It was heard on Montreal Top 40 radio around 1975. Can anyone figure this out?

Random music news for Thursday, July 5, 2018

This Tragically Hip cannabis event sounds like it was a great time. Crate digging for disco. This new Apple store in Macau looks pretty sweet. (I was invited, but the timing just wasn’t right for me. Too soon. Too soon, people. (More from Tom)
Into vinyl? (Tom again)
Real news about fake Bruce Springsteen. The Sony Walkman just had a birthday. I had no idea Kate Bush did this. Tina Turner’s son has committed suicide. We need to do this for famous Canadian musicians. Just in case you need even more about Drake and his Scorpion album, here’s an analysis by an astrologer and an entomologist. This is a good idea: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a new exhibit that highlights the common history between rock and pinball. Hey, they do it in places like London, Liverpool, and Manchester. Still with old formats, did you know that the Voyager spacecraft were equipped with 8-tracks? Who’s still got a fetish for VHS tapes? (Via Tom)
The day Michael Jackson went grocery shopping. Psy says he almost didn’t upload “Gangnam Style” to YouTube. A good question: What, exactly, is “stereo?” The answer is more complicated that you might think. Alone. The Warped Tour will come to an end after this summer. But Vans, the shoes, will still be with us. Gene Simmons isn’t happy about streaming payouts. Really? And now, music news for July 5, 2018. Here’s an explanation. The newest, hottest thing for record collectors? Why do band t-shirts cost so much? I got my first back-to-school school supplies email yesterday. Here’s how to make your records sound better. Cool! Dammit.)
Half of American adults believe that their smart speakers are recording their conversations to collect data for targeted advertising.
Random music news for Thursday, July 5, 2018

New Music from the Inbox: The Milk Carton Kids, Nana Adjoa, Inner Wave, and more!

New Music from the Inbox: The Milk Carton Kids, Nana Adjoa, Inner Wave, and more!
Sleepy vocals and the white noise from a computer fan (the delicate Spanish guitar parts were recorded directly into her laptop) add to the intimacy of this song about the connection between Adjoa and her 2 siblings. Listen:

Artist: The Milk Carton Kids
Song: Younger Years
Album: All The Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn’t Do
The Milk Carton Kids make folk music that is just so comforting to listen to. Artist: Nana Adjoa
Song: Three
Ep: Down At The Root (Pt. Listen: This is a track that masterfully balances between the otherworldly and the anthemic. Listen: 

Artist: Kingsbury
Song: All Gone
Kingsbury grapples with her fear of death on this gritty synth pop. Watch/Listen:

Artist: Inner Wave
Song: Whoa
A relaxed song with rhythms that will keep you on your toes and a refusal to stick in one genre. It’s a place that is blissfully safe and warm. This wistful tune shows off their beautiful harmonies and impressive instrumentation. Whoa is right. Listen:

Artist: Wildhart
Song: Over & Over
Album: Caught In A Fisheye
This Swedish duo’s teetering melodies and rhythms are both intriguing and catchy; captivating in their confusion. 2)
This genre defying song has an honest, refreshingly unique vibe that is difficult to find. The enchanting and unique sound of this self-produced track cements Kingsbury’s place as an artist to keep your eyes and ears on.

Bono is worried about the end of the world as we know it.

Bono is worried about the end of the world as we know it.
I mean, what’s left? The G7 is being threatened. She believes in the United Nations. The WTO is being threatened. It is an honor for this troubadour to be in such esteemed company. And I’ll tell you: I don’t take for granted that it exists. What is that…
Keep reading. I couldn’t be prouder to share the stage with this Taoiseach and this Tánaiste, who are, infuriatingly, younger than me — younger than the rock singer, and smarter! That is unusual, very unusual, and that’s what we had last night. Because let’s be honest, we live at a time when institutions as vital to human progress as the United Nations are under attack. I was honored to speak last night at the United Nations at the launch of Ireland’s bid for one of the temporary seats on the UN Security Council. Fuck! Or that it will continue to exist. His views on the subject have been distributed through Medium. At least you were not shouting at each other; I thought that was good. Not just these institutions, but what they’ve achieved is at risk — Paris! The European Union is threatened. I love that it exists. She is not just a star of our little nation; she is a star of the United Nations. And not just these institutions, but what they stand for — an international order based on shared values and shared rules — an international order that is facing the greatest test in its 70-year history. Iknow it’s unusual having a rock star hanging out at the UN Plaza but I’ll tell you what’s really unusual: having a load of ambassadors jumping up and down shouting their heads off at a rock and roll show. I love the architecture. When she’s in the room you can feel her love for the place. I love this building. Because it’s real, she feels it. These are perilous times — not just for these institutions, but for the shared values and shared rule of law they represent. Bono is most concerned about how the United States (read: Donald Trump) continues to pull at the threads binding the western alliance together. NATO is being threatened. I also have to say that I’m excited to be on a stage with the real rock star around here, Mary Robinson. The UN has never been more important and I spoke about the threats we are seeing today to critical multilateral institutions like the UN, the EU, NATO — and what they’ve achieved, including the Paris Climate Accord. And so do I.

Joy Division boots? Yes, please

  Details here. As someone with something of an interest in cool footwear (even my wife makes fun of my shoe collection, which should tell you something), I’m always on the lookout for items like this to go along with some of my other Doc Martens. Want. The company has just announced the introduction of a Joy Division (8-holer) Unknown Pleasures boot.
Yes, please Joy Division boots?