A New "Broken Social Scene" Band!

For a decade now, Broken Social Scene has been one of the best bands in all of pop music, indie or otherwise. They are also a band filled with talented artists who are part of other bands on the side, some of which are comparably fantastic as BSS itself. Now Brandon Channing, one of the central BSS players, has a new band called Cookie Duster, and a new video (above) for the song, “Two Feet Stand Up” to introduce their new album, When Flying Was Easy (which is already available digitally and which will be available on CD July 3).

I love the song. I think it sounds like what BSS would be like if they wrote catchy pop tunes. And I love that it has a woman singer because I have not only do I have a general bias towards women singers, but because the minority of BSS songs that have had women on lead have typically been some of the very best they have put out.

And while on the topic BSS side projects, let me take a moment to also draw your attention to the incredible work of Charles Spearin. His band Do Make Say Think makes phenomenal instrumental albums, as good as the best BSS instrumentals. And The Happiness Project is one of my all time favorite albums. In it he uses the notes from normal human speakers and found sounds as the foundation for quirky jazz pieces. Below the fold is a fantastic video introducing the concept and providing samples of the pieces:

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.