Here we are! Week 5, my friend. How’s today for you? I discovered that you can freeze pancakes and then put them in the toaster. I might be the last person on earth to know this, but hey, I’ve never really had the time to make 17 pancakes for myself before work before (I should work on cutting recipes in half thing.)
Regardless, thank you for staying home, I hope you’re feeling well. Here’s today’s list of things to check out.
Watch John Prine’s 2018 Austin City Limits performance
John Prine remains of the most treasured folk singer songwriters who I’d say was a living silver lining. He had a beautiful observational humour and wit, and a hefty amount of wisdom in his lyrics. I’m still so sad about losing him. He died on April 7th at age 73 due to complications from COVID-19.
His 2018 appearance on Austin City Limits is now available in full online and features tracks of his last album The Tree of Forgiveness. Highly recommend.
Hip Hop Family Tree
In 2012 BoingBoing started a regular feature chronicling the history of hip hop one comic frame at a time. Illustrated by the fantastic Ed Piskor, the graphic collections are worth your dollars if you can invest, but you can also dive deep into the archive. I’d begin here, at the start, with Kool Herc’s legendary party in the Bronx that changed music and culture.
Well, here’s a true self isolation story, if I’ve ever read one. In 1978 geologists went to the incredibly remote areas of Siberian taiga to prospect and found a family who had been living in the wilderness for 40 years completely on their own without any other human contact. They were Old Believers who feared prosecution so fled to seclusion in the Sayan mountains in 1936. There they lived 160 miles from civilization on their own, and completely unaware World War II happened. The story of the Lykova family is fascinating.
In 2015 Vice made a documentary about the only living family member, Agifa, who was born in the wilderness. Now in her 70s, she remains in the taiga supporting herself. I have yet to watch it in full, but check it out above if you want to know more.
Give your dance moves an upgrade
Look, as an elder millennial I love social media but all those Youtube ads for Tik Tok are driving me bonkers. I do appreciate that it’s basically Vine (RIP) with music, but the epic levels of dance moves are… awkward? Intimidating?
Regardless, it’s all the buzz and if you want to brush up, here are endless dance tutorials, including step by step ways to tackle the latest TikTok craze.
That’s it for today. As per usual, you can get in touch on social @indie88toronto @lanagay and I’ll be on air 1-5pm today if you want to say hello and tell me how you’re doing, you can call or text 416-588-0881.