Don Cherry the Canadian blowhard VS Don Cherry the Choctaw cornetist

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White guy from up north with frozen heart and brain

There is something in the local rag and likely other sources about the xenophobia of Canadian hockey broadcaster (and I think sometimes crooner) Don Cherry and him calling people “them” and that recent arrivals to Canada don’t respect the sacrifices of military war dead. Something about poppies.


I have written about the jazz and “new thing” musician Don Cherry, who is black and Native American (Chocktaw) and left the planet too soon and taught at Dartmouth briefly and memorably. Fifty years ago.


I also have a pet project this year learning about NHL hockey and the nation of origin of the players. I think the Sharks have players from ten [ok, six] nations of origin. Very educational.


Besides the swiss Timo Meier, Sharks have citizens of U.S.A., Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden. Ok, five. The league might have 10.



Robert Christgau, my fellow Dartmouthian music guy, and his “Jop and Pazz” round up of top releases of 2018, especially Noname, Superchunk, Amy Rigby and Mekons. I like all those acts and have met all the last 3, but have not heard any of that save “room 25 is best music that’s coming out…”

  1. Noname: Room 25 (self-released) 17
  2. Mast: Thelonious Sphere Monk (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup) 15
  3. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed (Verve) 12
  4. Parquet Courts: Wide Awaaaaake! (Rough Trade) 11
  5. Pistol Annies: Interstate Gospel (RCA) 10
  6. Rich Krueger: Life Ain’t That Long (Rockink) 9
  7. Hamell on Trial: The Night Guy at the Apocalypse: Profiles of a Rushing Midnight (Saustex) 7
  8. Black Panther The Album (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) 7
  9. Tierra Whack: Whack World (self-released) 6
  10. Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic) 6
  11. Mount Eerie: Now Only (P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.)
  12. Superchunk: What a Time to Be Alive (Merge)
  13. Pusha T: Daytona (G.O.O.D Music)
  14. Rich Krueger: NOWThen (Rockink)
  15. The Paranoid Style: Rock & Roll Just Can’t Recall + 3 (Bar/None)
  16. Maria Muldaur: Don’t You Feel My Leg: The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker (Last)
  17. Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing (Legacy)
  18. Riton & Kah-Lo: Foreign Ororo (Last Gang)
  19. Ezra Furman: Transangelic Exodus (Bella Union)
  20. Wussy: Getting Better (Shake It)
  21. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer (Atlantic)
  22. Elza Soares: Deus É Mulher (Deck)
  23. Amy Rigby: The Old Guys (Southern Domestic)
  24. The Mekons 77: It Is Twice Blessed (Slow Things)
  25. Amanda Shires: To the Sunset (Silver Knife)
  26. tUnE-yArDs: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (4AD)

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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