Hardcore band Mandible Klaw marked the release of their new tape with a night of local punk rock at Calgary’s Dickens Pub. Before the show on Saturday night, I had the chance to chat with Mandible Klaw drummer Mikey Blotto and bassist Niall Howell about the making of their tape, their punk influences, and their future plans. The band’s new cassette, What’s The Matter / Live at SBC, features six tracks from different recording sessions.
This year’s New Year’s Eve was spent on a plane from Ottawa to Calgary reading The Disaster Artist (an incredible read which goes much deeper – and darker – than the film adaptation). My delayed flight gave me time to fire off a bunch of rambling tweets about everything I liked about 2017, which I have since expanded upon in blog format. (I know I’m a bit late with this post – I wanted to hold off until I’d seen The Shape of Water, which I correctly assumed would make the list).
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named this year’s potential inductees this October, honouring fifteen influential artists including Joan Jett, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed, NWA, and…Greenday. Shockingly not included? Jethro Tull, everyone’s favourite flute-playing folk-prog act. Greeting the Hall of Fame nominations with skepticism has become something of an annual tradition for me.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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