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Saturday, April 12, 2008

EMP Pop Conference Friday Highlights

posted by on April 12 at 12:16 PM

A quick best of:

-Attending a panel about rioting while the Dalai Lama was speaking on the other side of Seattle center (with backup from Dave Matthews). Peace is great and all, but riots make for better music.

-Charles Mudede veering away from his prepared notes (shock horror!) about Brixton and Linton Kwesi Johnson to discuss the situation in Zimbabwe and why he’s a Marxist (“I don’t believe in all this neo-liberal stuff. It’s bullshit, and it makes me angry!”)

-Joshua Clover discussing MIA, Jonathan Richman, Cornershop, Asha Bhosle, the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, Bird Flu, Tamiflu, the Asian financial crisis of 1997, etc. Clover was equal parts poetic and academic; I feel like I have to stop trying to talk about MIA after seeing how it really should be done.

-Dancing with the stars.

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