Canyons of Static: “Take Heart”
by Will Wlizlo · Published · Updated
Take it from a recovering post-rock fanatic: Plodding military drums, walls of sound, and cathartic crescendos are orgasmic, musical crack. Although it’s getting harder and harder to get a fix as the classic form of the genre fades out of fashion, we’ve still got a scrappy gang of got-it-when-you-need-it epiphany-dealers just around the corner. Canyons of Static, a Milwaukee-based instrumental rock quintet, is one of the last stalwarts of the brand of post-rock popularized by Explosions in the Sky and This Will Destroy You, among others. But unlike their peers, Canyons of Static incorporate (somehow) both the brooding low-end-foliage of shoegaze and carefree jubilation of freakout.
—Will Wlizlo (@willwlizlo)
Daily News (Los Angeles, CA) March 25, 2005 The real story Re “$3 = breaking point” (March 20):
Gas is not even close to $3 per gallon. Stations charging that much are just another example of the gouging that is occurring at the retail side of the industry.
According to the California Energy Commission, as of March 14, 2005, the wholesale price of gas was $1.68 before taxes. The approximate cost to dealers was $2.18 per gallon, which includes all taxes. The stations charging $3 per gallon are gouging and making a killing, 82 cents per gallon gross profit. (The average dealer gross profit is 11 cents per gallon.) In a “free market,” they have the right to charge whatever they want to, and consumers have the right to shop wherever they want to. If consumers choose to pay $3 per gallon, so be it, but do not complain and do not make it a news item.
– Jeff Willis Canyon Country No breaking point Fuel would have to go up a heck of a lot more for me to stop traveling. Let’s look at the facts. To fill up my 2000 Honda Accord when new cost about $20. Yesterday, it cost about $30. I can travel from L.A. to San Francisco on one tank of gas, or about $10 more for a day’s drive. I will happily spend the additional $10 a day for fuel to get the wife and kids out of town and spend some quality time with them. And if everyone would just slow down a little, I’d probably break even.
– Dale Chaloukian Chatsworth Benefit of the doubt Re “Let her go” (Your Opinions, March 18):
In expressing his frustration with the continuing legal battle over Terri Schiavo’s fate, reader John Kurt opines that her case is about “the right to choose.” Whose right to choose? Certainly not Schiavo’s, since she hasn’t expressed an opinion one way or the other. Absent her expressed “choice” to forgo the feeding tube that sustains her, what Kurt is really asserting is that someone else has a right to choose whether or not she should die, even though she has been convicted of no capital crime!
He ends by urging us to “let her body go where her mind has already gone.” But this begs the very question that has to be answered: Has her mind, in fact, already gone somewhere? The answer is, we don’t know. All we do know is that, in her current state, her mind is unable to express its thoughts and intentions. We do not in fact know that her mind has no thoughts or intentions, that it is “gone.” And not knowing, shouldn’t we err on the side of caution and give Schiavo the benefit of the doubt, and of life itself?
– Richard Euson La Crescenta Is this living?
Terri Schiavo has not tasted food, had a conversation, read a book, watched a movie or even got out of bed for 15 years! Does anyone truly believe that this can be considered living? I understand what a difficult situation this family is in, but I wonder if someone told its members that they would have to spend the next 15 years of their lives living as Terri is, would they be so willing to embrace it? website 2000 honda accord
– Sisson Stewart Lancaster No responsibility Re “Woman’s tobacco judgment upheld” (March 22):
The only issue upheld by the court in this case is that individuals are not personally responsible for their own actions or behavior and that they can win unearned inheritances for themselves and their families by suing large corporations. Perhaps the public should sue these “winners” for exposing all of us to their destructive personal addictions.
– Severn Day Moorpark It’s not ‘PC’ Re “Drop those PC ethnic accents” (Viewpoint, March 20):
Rob Asghar wants people to believe that “political correctness” is the cause of some Americans’ accurately pronouncing foreign words. Incorrect pronunciation shows ignorance. The fact that other languages share the same symbols (letters) as English does not imply that the symbols are pronounced the same way that they are pronounced in English. For example, my mother, never having studied the German alphabet, always said BEEt-ho-ven. Asghar also offers the idea that the use of “non-American” pronunciations is the cause of the destruction of the great American melting pot. In reality, it has always been the great American salad bowl – different ingredients, retaining their uniqueness, but through symbiosis acquiring greatness. go to website 2000 honda accord
– Theodore Dent Chatsworth Scared Democrats The Democrats are doing everything in their power to prevent any Social Security funds from going into the stock market. Why? Because if the average Joe becomes affluent, the ground will be swept from under their feet. Their only agenda is promoting victimhood.
They know that cautious use of the stock market is one of the best financial investments you can make. Where do you think rich Democrats keep their money? In a piggy bank? Where do all pension plans keep their money? In the freezer? Where do insurance companies keep their reserve funds? Under the mattress? Be scared on this one, Democrats. Be really scared.
– Wilma Bennett Reseda Special interests abound Re “Union dues may fuel fight against Arnold” (March 20):
My mind has yet to comprehend what our governor means when he says “special interests.” It appears that any group of two or more that does not agree with him becomes a “special interest.” We see nurses, teachers, firemen, all government employees, all retired government pensioners, Indians, those who are unemployed and on and on.
I guess that I am very fortunate to be a part of many special- interest groups by virtue of being retired, a teacher, a veteran, a U.S. citizen, a pensioner, a Republican and a bald, short-of- stature concerned voter. It is too bad that our governor is so blatant about his use of the paintbrush “special interests.” – Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills What religion is that?
Re Portfolio (March 16):
Steve Benson’s political cartoon about having the Ten Commandments on government property begs the question: What religion is the government trying to push down our throats? The ancient tablet is respected by all monotheistic religions: namely, Jews, Christians and Muslims. Remember in the Quran, Moses is a respected prophet. And he’s the one who gave the tablets to the Israelites.
Jews don’t say the name of the Supreme Being. Christians call him Yahweh or Jehovah. Muslims call him Allah. Native Americans call him the Great Spirit. And atheists (those who aren’t former Christians who hate God) find the whole thing irrelevant. But we all know that the foundation of the moral and economic system that has made this country great is based on Judeo-Christian beliefs and principles. Revisionist historians, like Benson, are the real problem.
– Maureen C. Wiggins Lake View Terrace On ANWR Re “Oil crazy” (Our Opinions, March 18):
I have been a reader of the Daily News going back to when it was the Greensheet. It is one of two papers I read everyday (unlike a certain someone who claims with pride that he does not read a newspaper – our president). I considered the Daily News to be a conservative newspaper. Now, I am pleased to read that the editorial staff does not approve of the recent inclusion of a Senate bill that will allow drilling in ANWR. That the Daily News supports a shift from reliance on oil to alternative sources of energy is sign of foresight, respect for the environment and an understanding of the link between oil dependence and terrorism. Add the decision to endorse John Kerry for president, and I am heartened by this direction.
– Norwood Price Burbank Little loss, big gain If we drill in ANWR, the effect will be twofold: First we will not see a reduction in the price at the pump, and this will drive innovation to alternate energy sources. Second, we will be 10 percent less dependent on foreign oil while we are pursuing these alternate sources. Also, the amount of land actually used for the drilling is unpopulated tundra and will be .001 percent of the stated oil field acreage, or 2,000 acres. This is not even as big as Los Angeles International Airport.
– Bob Burson West Hills The old ballgame Babe Ruth’s home-run record is starting to look better all the time – dead ball, larger ballparks, 154-game season and, oh, yes, steroid-free players.
– Sol Taylor Sherman Oaks