Efrim Manuel Menuck is a Canadian musician involved with a number of Montreal-based bands, most notably Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. Menuck is a frequent record producer and engineer, working with musicians from Montreal and abroad. Menuck was born in Montreal but grew up in Toronto, he moved back to Montreal. His father was a doctor and his mother was a nurse, he attended Hebrew day school from first to ninth grade. After dropping out of high school in 11th grade, Menuck was homeless and jobless and had a nervous breakdown at age 20. Menuck has mentioned that as a teenager he once lived in a flooded basement with "two other lost kids" and "a litter of feral kittens, that all were unfed". In 1994, Mauro Pezzente, Mike Moya, Menuck founded Godspeed You! Black Emperor, an influential instrumental rock ensemble, their first album, All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling, is the earliest recorded document of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Self-released in December 1994, the cassette was dubbed only 33 times.
It was not until the release of their official debut album, F♯ A♯ ∞, that they began receiving recognition for their work. Menuck is responsible for the creation of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, along with fellow Godspeed You! Black Emperor alumni Thierry Amar. Conceived as an aid to Menuck in learning how to score music, the group has since blossomed into a regular collaboration; when He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms... debuted, it was notable in that it included vocals by Menuck and his band mates. Black Emperor. However, Constellation states on the biography for Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band that Menuck did in fact sing vocals before the creation of the group on a "rare 1996 GYBE cassette release". While the music of Godspeed You! Black Emperor was marked by its sampling and symphonic development, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band more incorporated lyrics as well. Menuck confessed to being at odds with the role of the singer in bands, noting that lyricists are featured as the main attraction at the expense of their bands.
He felt uncomfortable with his own singing, but has since overcome that feeling. Menuck shares vocal duty with all the other members of A Silver Mt. Zion; the lyrical style of Menuck is best described as poetic. The topics of his lyrics range from the fear and loneliness experienced while driving alone on an American highway at night to urban decay, a tribute to a deceased pet dog. Indeed, "This Is Our Punk-Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing, the third album by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, was created as a requiem for open and abandoned spaces in Montreal, as well as for similar loss and decay around the world, due to either urban development or military action. Menuck is known for integrating politics into song titles and album cover art for A Silver Mt. Zion; as such, references to anarchism and anti-war viewpoints are expressed. While Menuck sometimes utilizes religious imagery in the lyrics and albums of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, described the recording sessions of He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms... a "Jewish experience", he does not consider himself an adherent of the Jewish faith, quoted in one source as saying "I don't go to synagogue, I don't believe that there's a God in heaven, I don't believe in any of that stuff".
With the title of Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward, the band references the Book of Job Ch. 5:7. Menuck has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli government. X. O. Criticize Ariel Sharon's 2000 visit to the Temple Mount. Along with Howard Bilerman, Radwan Moumneh and Thierry Amar, Menuck owns and operates the Hotel2Tango, a loft space that acts as a practice area, recording studio, one of the few non-commercial venues in Montreal capable of accommodating live concerts; the studio was confined to the recordings of friends and the bands of the people who own it, but has of late opened its doors to a multitude of other bands. In 2006, with Sophie Trudeau and Thierry Amar, assisted in the recording of Carla Bozulich's first release for Constellation Records, Evangelista. On August 5, 2009, Silver Mt. Zion violinist Jessica Moss gave birth to Menuck's baby; the couple took him on tour with Vic Chesnutt. Menuck's first official solo project was released via Constellation Records on May 24, 2011.
The album is entitled Plays "High Gospel". His second solo album titled Pissing Stars was released on February 2, 2018. Pissing Stars was released on Constellation Records; the following is a list of musical equipment used by Efrim Menuck. Gibson Les Paul - Gold Top Fender Jaguar – Sunburst, modified with a humbucker in the neck position and a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece Travis Bean Mosrite'The Ventures' Mach 1 Gibson ES-225 Ampeg V4 head Mesa/Boogie Rectifier Trem-O-Verb head Fender Dual Showman Screwdriver All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling demo F♯ A♯ ∞ aMAZEzine! 7" Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada EP Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven Yanqui U. X. O.'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Asunder and Other Distress "Luciferian Towers" He Has Left Us Alon
Joseph McKenna was an American politician who served in all three branches of the U. S. federal government, as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives, as U. S. Attorney General and as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, he is one of seventeen members of the House of Representatives who subsequently served on the Supreme Court. Born in Philadelphia, the son of Irish Catholic immigrants, he attended St. Joseph's College and the Collegiate Institute at Benicia, California. After being admitted to the California bar in 1865, he became District Attorney for Solano County and campaigned for and won a seat in the California State Assembly for two years, he retired after an unsuccessful bid for Speaker. After two unsuccessful attempts, McKenna was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1885 and served for four terms, he was appointed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1892 by President Benjamin Harrison. In 1897 he was appointed the 42nd Attorney General of the United States by President William McKinley, served in that capacity until 1898.
He was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to succeed Justice Stephen J. Field. McKenna took his seat the next day. Conscious of his limited credentials, McKenna took courses at Columbia Law School for several months to improve his legal education before taking his seat on the Court. Although he never developed a consistent legal philosophy, McKenna was the author of a number of important decisions. One of the most notable was his opinion in the case of United States v. U. S. Steel Corporation which held that antitrust cases would be decided on the "rule of reason" principle—only alleged monopolistic combinations that are in unreasonable restraint of trade—are illegal. McKenna was known to be a centrist, was one of the most vigorous members of the Supreme Court, he authored 614 majority opinions, 146 dissenting opinions during his time on the bench. His passionate rebuttal to the denial of "pecuniary benefit" to a wife whose husband had been killed while working on the railroad was among those which brought a change to the Employer Liability Act.
His most noteworthy opinions are Hipolite Egg Co. v. United States 220 U. S. 45, in which a unanimous Court upheld the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, In Hoke v. United States, he concurred in upholding the Mann Act, a/k/a "White-Slave Traffic Act". However, four years he dissented from the Court's opinion in Caminetti v. United States, which held the act applied to private, noncommercial enticements to cross state lines for purposes of a sexual liaison. According to McKenna, the Act regulated only commercial vice, i.e. "immoralities having a mercenary purpose." While McKenna was quite favorable to federal power, he joined the Court's substantive due process jurisprudence and voted with the majority in 1905's Lochner v. New York, which struck down a state maximum-hours law for bakery workers, This decision carried broader implications for the scope of federal power, at least until the New Deal and the 1937 switch-in-time-that-saved-nine West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish. McKenna resigned from the Court in January 1925 at the suggestion of Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
McKenna's ability to perform his duties had been diminished by a stroke suffered 10 years earlier, by the end of his tenure McKenna could not be counted on to write coherent opinions. Justice McKenna was one of 14 Catholic justices in the history of the Supreme Court. McKenna married Amanda Borneman in 1869, the couple had three daughters and one son. McKenna died on November 21, 1926. in Washington, D. C.. His remains are interred at the city's Mount Olivet Cemetery. List of Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States List of law clerks of the Supreme Court of the United States List of U. S. Supreme Court Justices by time in office United States Supreme Court cases during the Fuller Court United States Supreme Court cases during the Taft Court United States Supreme Court cases during the White Court United States Congress. "Joseph McKenna". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Department of Justice, Joseph McKenna Attorney General. Joseph McKenna at Find a Grave Joseph McKenna at Supreme Court Historical Society.
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