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Canary Records is one of my favorite record labels.

Here's a recently published compilation of American immigrant music recorded between 1917 and 1947:

Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant gave our new album 5/5 stars :blobkissheart: :blobkissheart:

Just ran 10K on the beach in the rain and it was awesome

Great egret, photographed today with my phone through binoculars.


Our new record is out today!

My part is relatively small, I play drums on the first eight tracks, but I'm pretty proud nonetheless. Everything was recorded live with no amplification.

Two young foxes in the Waterleidingduinen near Amsterdam. Photo by Inge Duijsens

Many of these were of course donated in the decades before. Some of them were centuries old.

After the war, the library was rebuilt according to the original building plan, and today it houses more than four million books. (6/6)

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During the second World War, Belgium once again failed to remain neutral when Germany invaded the country in 1940. And again, Leuven was especially hard hit. British fighters that were stationed in the town fought an artillery battle with the German army on the square in front of the University Library. The ensuing fire that damaged parts of the building destroyed virtually every single piece of the more than 900.000 books and manuscripts that were in its collection. (5/6)

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The library of the Catholic University of Leuven and every book and manuscript that was in it was destroyed in the fire. This was devastating moment in the war – the whole world spoke ill of the atrocities by the Germans and the event was used by the British to stir up hatred for the Germans – but the reason I'm thinking about this now is because of what happened after. (3/6)

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As you may know, Belgium tried to stay neutral during WWI, but was invaded by the German army, who wanted to use the territory to invade France. Leuven was especially hard hit, since the Germans believed it harbored a group of resistance fighters. The whole town was laid in ashes. Only the town hall remained standing. (2/6)

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I just heard that several international museums are going to donate pieces to the damaged museum in Brazil to help it rebuild its collection. This is of course good news, but made me think about the history of the University Library of Leuven (Louvain) in Belgium. (1/6)

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