Dec 10, 2009

Filkoe – Shooting Stars

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  1. Awesome art! I need more credit for my card.

  2. busted nut

    I think its horrible but thats me…

  3. zoën

    I cant be objectif but i really like this CD, it’s weird, it’s folk, it’s filkoe, and “shooting stars” is a hit, for sure.

  4. Besides the cover art, it’s a little weird that this is being ebayed (at a starting price of 12 with no BUY IT NOW…am I missing something?). A Frederick Jamesonian critique might be in order…regardless, dude is talented.

  5. bobandi

    I dont like the way this picture depicts clowns

  6. Royal-T

    I’m sure it wasn’t intentional but how can you not realize that certain people could potentially find that cover art offensive? wowee

  7. Chaps

    Love Filkoe but this cover art is offensive and not cool.

  8. bobandi

    you can’t do anything nowadays without people calling it offensive it seems

  9. hahahahaha…

    the cover art is supposed to be offensive…
    i’m offensive..

    its a metaphor for a confused boy…

    everything is fucked…i’m bored.
    lets die.

    thanks for your words dudes.

  10. ceschi

    if you listen to the record the cover art makes more sense…
    there’s a song about how filkoe is a “wannabe wild indian boy”…to me the cover’s a joke on himself….
    this is a great ep…more folk than anything..but i’d still call it folk hop or something
    i really like it….

  11. the guy in zoëns living room

    Im going to steal this album from Zoen. I see it right here on the stereo. It has always been my dream to own an album with a little boy shooting a bow and arrow dressed as an indian except in my fantasy it was always Michael Jackson in that outfit and he was shooting McDonalds happy meals insteqd of stars.

  12. Hey ignorant Americans: Indians are from India you shitheads. Filkoe is dope, his first album was really good, but this cover is offensive and not funny. And Filkoe saying he purposely wanted the cover art to offend natives just makes a bad thing worse.

  13. mann…
    dudes..
    it’s not that serious…

    and thanks ceschi!

    and CeeJ…
    i in no way wanted to offend natives…
    jeez …come on now…
    and why is not offensive to cowboys?

    the cover is a joke on myself…
    and also…
    a play on the tootsie roll, tootsie pop “indian shooting a star” lucky logo.

    how many licks does it take?
    quite a few…

  14. 15 Years Hapkido

    ‘It’s not that serious’…

    Famous last words.

    Fools be touchy round these parts.

  15. i hope they’re just kidding filkoe, because no reasonable person would find your cover racist. it’s a cowboy clown wearing a headdress, shooting an arrow into the sky.

  16. ceschi

    i hope im not fueling the fire here…
    but fuck it…this is interesting…topics like these aren’t brought up every day

    it amazes me that this is such a sensitive and reactionary thread…
    i know most people haven’t listened to this record…
    but anyone who has heard it should know that Filkoe’s cover is a post-modern mockery of the “cowboys and indians” imagery that has exemplified this racist dichotomy…
    part of him wants to be this romanticized “wild indian boy” but “he can’t deny his french side”
    it’s a really poignant tune…
    and it’s not offensive to make others aware of clashing dichotomies that are a product of conquest and capitalism…

    In the US it’s a topic that’s barely even discussed….and I commend Filkoe for having the balls to acknowledge the hypocrisy of North American re-appropriation and romanticism of Native culture.

    If we’re getting picky about words – it’s true that many Natives in the US call themselves American Indians or Indians…I know it’s ridiculous…but this same History forced this upon these people…killed these people off and created myths

    Filkoe’s song is pure commentary…he’s the clueless Cowboy clown trying to become some mythical Native…

    aside from the actual topic at hand
    the most intriguing thing about this post to me is the Canadian reaction to the topic –
    maybe it has to do with the years of Canadian aboriginal slavery or the blatant racism
    that is still so relevant up there…it’s not something most US Americans encounter on a daily basis – where I live Native Americans consist of 1/16th or 1/32nd Mohegans and Pequots who run Disney-sized-Casinos…it was slaughter and largely forgotten…
    let’s not ignore it now

  17. wow…
    exactly why ceschi is where he is right now.

    i couldn’t have said it better myself…no…really… i couldn’t say that better.

    also…
    the song “wanna be wild indian boy” …was kind of a Jonny Cash channel.

    He had believed in his younger days that he was mainly Irish and partially Native American. Even after learning he was not Native American, Cash’s empathy and compassion for Native Americans was unabated. These feelings were expressed in several of his songs, including “Apache Tears” and “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”,

  18. im curious exactly why people are feeling offended. we heard the other side from ceschi (and filkoe)… but no one really explained what was offensive to them?

  19. 15 Years Hapkido

    Basically if there is a First Nation/Indigenous person on a record cover, it’s offensive in Canada.

  20. Tactilian Rapskillian

    I think it’s the fact that the headress is on a clown using a traditional indiginous weapon. Kinda says “Hi, I’m a native clown.” but hey, if it’s a play on something then it’s coincidental obviously.

  21. epic

    I went to a high school in Saskatoon of 1000 people. there was not one indian. In grade 11 an indian registered for school. he basically got his assed kicked every second day until he quit. the city was 20% indian yet try find an native canadian working at a grocery store or at a clothing store at the mall. This was the 1980s and alot has changed for the better in Saskatoon. alot of hard work by people. they are revitalizing 20th street. But if you come on a western canada rap message board with a picture like that I think that you should take the time to explain what it means. basically at least to me it is an offensive cover until it is explained different. espcially with all the ugsmagers that are Native Canadians. incidentally i am 1/8 indian but my cousins are like 5/8. i use the spend the summers in buffalo narrows hanging out with my cousin. cause he was a northern citizen he got on with the potash corporation. there is just too much at stake here its more than rap. i don’t know just my opinion. incidentally Filkoe love that fucking guy 100%. anytime filkoe comes up here don’t even worry the homies will take care of him. i think the leafs are my second favorite team. there i said it.

  22. ceschi

    Thanks for writing that Epic…
    I had a strong suspicion that it was like that…
    when I went to Saskatoon we went to “the other side of the city” where it seemed like a many poor Natives were living…
    it seemed separated from the rest of the city…
    and there was a underlying racist tension against Natives that is unseen where I’ve lived in the US – sadly because most Native traditions (and people) were eliminated, segregation was forced and don’t forget christianity…
    It’s pretty common for people to claim Native heritage in the US but most people don’t have any link or give a fuck…if they do – it’s in the form of romantic re-appropriation..
    that’s why Filkoe’s song/cover are interesting…it’s a critical stance on a very U.S. view of things…

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