Month: April 2018

From the Picket Line: A Kentucky Teacher Speaks Out

I’m not really sure how to put into words what today meant. It’s hard to sum up something that started just over three weeks ago and see it come together so quickly and perfectly. I got to the capital before the sun had even fully arisen, about an hour before the start of the protest. The group that has served as a sort of leadership think tank, of which I am a member, for KY 120 United met briefly, and for the first time in person. And then we walked together toward the front of the capital building. When...

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Teacher Protests Spread To Kentucky

It is a cliché to point out how hard teachers work.  The thing is, though, this isn’t a cliché.  And teachers are getting screwed.  When I lived in Alabama, my friends and former students who taught spent their meagre wages buying supplies for their classroom, and by that, I mean chalk and erasers.  Even in liberal Massachusetts, my friends and former students who are teachers are left to do the same.  One actually bought his class a set of textbooks, out of his own pocket, because the ones he had were falling apart and there was no money to replace...

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The Breeders: All Nerve

The Breeders All Nerve 4AD I’ve never really bought into the Cult of Kim Deal.  Sure, she was a wicked bassist and all that with the Pixies.  But she did not make the band.  The Pixies still sound exactly like the Pixies without her.  She wasn’t the star of that show, Black Francis is.  And say what you will about the clash of egos there, the idea the Pixies are not as mighty without her is bullshit. BUT.  Kim Deal is a killer frontwoman.  The Breeders are one of the greatest bands of the 90s, and they continued on...

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Julian Calendar: Not Your Standard Rock’n’Roll Band

Julian Calendar is not your standard rock’n’roll band.  Based in Charlotte, NC, the band is led by Jeremy Fisher, who has been doing this for a bit.  Last year, after writing some instrumental music, he approached two friends to provide some lyrics to some demos.  One, Amy Bagwell, is a poet and artist; the other, Jeff Jackson, is a novelist.  As Fisher notes, they did more than provide lyrics, they brought with them melodies and other ideas about shaping the songs.  And Jackson joined the band as singer.  Neither Jackson nor Hannah Hundley, who also handles vocals, have never...

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