About Me
I'm a Canadian PhD student living in Scotland, where I study music, media, and culture at Stirling University.

My Work
Curriculum Vitae
PhD Abstract

Academic Articles:
The rough guide to critics

Conference Papers:
Down Beat vs. Rolling Stone (IASPM Rome 2005)

Web Articles:
Sounds Prohibited
Brain Machines

CD Reviews:
Proffessor Undressor

m.t.brennan at stir.ac.uk
Friends With Websites:
Dru (The Dominion)
Sylvia Nickerson
Inez Templeton
Inez: the blog
Clark Richards
Tara Wells
Max Liboiron
John Haney
Eva Bartlett

Musical Friends:
David Myles
Jamie (Near Earth Astronaut)
Jay (Proffessor Undressor)
Jim (Shotgun and Jaybird)
Jon (Rhume)
Kirk (Orchard Hill Road)
Mark, Mike (Barriomatic Trust)
Matt Johnston
Pat (Random Andy)
Troy (Pimp Tea)

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mad science (4)
media theory (4)
music biz (10)
other (6)
personal (12)
powers that be (7)
travel (4)
visual creativity (9)
words (1)

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May 2006 (1)
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December 2003 (2)

April 2006

April 11, 2006

Glasgow Snow

glasgow 12mar web - 03.jpg

I think Canadians naturally crave a bit of snow in the wintertime. Normally I have to settle for my fix when I'm back home over Christmas holidays. Central Scotland rarely gets the white stuff, and if it does it's only a centimeter or two, and disappears within a day.

But 12 March 2006 was a wondrous exception. The city of Glasgow got a foot of snow in a matter of twelve hours. I hadn't seen snow like this in all of my three years living in Scotland, and folks on the street said the same. The city simply wasn't prepared for such a downfall; Saturday night revellers were stuck in the city centre overnight, and the bus station was converted into a shelter for stranded scantily clad clubbers.

On Sunday, the entire city was out in force, initiating snowball fights with strangers, sledding down streets that would otherwise have been filled with traffic, and making snowmen with wild abandon. I caught someone skiing in the Botanic Gardens of the city's west end. Never had I witnessed so many Glasgwegians so full of good-natured giddiness.

I walked all around the west end that day taking photos, and by the time I got back the snowman at my local grocery store was already melting into a puddle. Less than forty-eight hours later all the snow was gone. Check out some photos of Glasgow's snow day here.

Posted by matt at 12:53 PM

April 03, 2006

The man in black is trendy as can be


Johnny Cash seems to be everywhere these days. My band (the Distractions) recently played a charity concert with a bunch of other artists at the Bongo Club in Edinburgh, and paid tribute to the man in black. Our band's special repertoire for the evening included punked out versions of Folsom Prison Blues and Jackson, as well as a tune called "Let the Train Blow the Whistle" from my favourite Johnny Cash album of all time.

Since I moved to Glasgow, I've been trying to meet musicians and get involved in a few new musical projects. I've met a talented guy named Michael John from Cork, Ireland. His band in Cork was called Elephant and we're trying to get a few tunes together and perhaps play a little gig in the near future. But we need a band name. Got any suggestions?

Posted by matt at 04:45 PM