Friday, October 28, 2011
all this horror business

A quick rundown of what's up this Halloweekend:


The Waldorf kicks off an entire weekend of events that culminates with the venue's one year anniversary and Ice Cream Social's sixth birthday soiree.

Beat Connection, Too High Crew, Teen Daze, and Blood Diamonds are at the Electric Owl. Tix are nearly sold out, but there will be handful at the door.

A Hard Days Night of the Living Dead (the SSRIs as the Beatles) play the Rickshaw. With "Ice Cream Social vs. East Van Soul Club" behind the decks.

One Baby (members of Baptists, Congress, and Slow Learners covering Nirvana) play a special Friday night edition of one of my favourite monthlies, Junior High.

And, Mode Moderne, Korean Gut, members of Sutures, the Courtneys, and (again) Mode Moderne, members of Bummer High, High Drops, and Timecopz, and members of Indian Wars, My Friend Wallis, and Student Teacher are rocking another covers show at 360 Glen.


The Rickshaw hosts the Defektors as AC/DC, White Lung as the Wipers & Misfits, Peace as the Cramps, and Aquanaut as Sabbath.

Glory Days hosts its annual Halloween dance party.

Man Your Horse, Blake, Tasty Animals, and Whiskey Tooth play Montmartre Cafe.

Square Root of Evil play Zoo Zhop.

Chariots, N213, Lief Hall, and Colby Sparks play the Astoria.


Bitch Moves, Night Mirrors, and Zoo play Zoo Zhop.

And the Biltmore hosts the Ramores (Ramones covers) and Teenagers from Mars (Misfits covers).

now playing: Chelsea Wolfe - Demons

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Obviously, the appropriate first post in a month on your blog is about your own bands show.

This is tonight at the Biltmore. Check us out on Bandcamp and come down to the Biltmore.

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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Three more sleeps!


Thursday, August 25, 2011
it goes on and on and on

I don't really post 90s R&B songs here all that often, but on the 10th anniversary of Aaliyah's death, I think it's worth reminding how completely ahead of its time this 15-year-old gem is. A lot of the credit has to go to Missy and Timbaland's production work, but Aaliyah was the perfect foil to that (at the time) complete off-the-wall approach to pop music (and her enthusiasm for the track was one of the reasons that it got released in the first place).

Anyhow, with all the pop revivalism going on, it's not rare to find an old song that would do well as a new release. This, however, is a different sort of beast. It's a song that could be released tomorrow and it would still be a hit today, but it wouldn't be due to retro appeal or nostalgia, because it still sounds positively modern.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011
nikki don't

So, I know Obits (with the always awesome locals, Hard Feelings) is also tonight. And, I'm not going to lie, that show will slay pretty hard. Also, I haven't seen Royal Baths live, but the local support for this show is on par, it's outdoors (and there's only so much summer left), and you can saunter over to C86 Night in the Tiki Room afterwards, which is what sold me on a tough decision.

This also helped...

download: Bummer High - Cough Syrup

Dave from Bummer High was nice enough to send over three unreleased songs. They're all great, but this one grabbed me the hardest. Enjoy.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
end of the cause

Sorry, it's been summer, so, well, you know how it goes.

Anyhow, if you haven't already heard, the Victory Square Block Party line-up is out. And, as usual, it celebrates some of the best the city has to offer. Also, this year it's on a Sunday, which means you get a stat holiday the next day to work of your park drunk/after party induced hangover.

Speaking of great local festivals, Olio, which goes down from September 22nd-25th also has their line-up out.

Also, huge apology to Aunts & Uncles, as I totally forgot to plug their EP release show last week. I can, however, suggest that you check out the actual EP:

now playing: Jody Glenham - Daydream Believer (Monkees Cover)

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Thursday, July 28, 2011
in the red

Some catch up:

First off, Cults on Thursday was, oddly, the first time I'd been to Venue since it changed from the Plaza. I didn't think it was possible for the sound to be any worse than it was pre-renovations, but, hey, I've been wrong before. Pretty solid performance marred by godawful sound. The band had their own sound guy but the opening band, who used the in-house guy had similar problems, so I'm going to chalk it up to the room.

Second, hopefully you made it out to Khatsalano on Saturday. It was gorgeous out and the music stages, curated by Zulu, made it like Music Waste (if it were one day, free, and in Kits). There's a pic of B-Lines up there playing where I'd never expected to watch them, at the corner of 4th and Maple.

Wednesday, I made it down to the Biltmore for Junior High. The relatively new (it started in June) monthly features 90s hits (which I'm more into than I realized) from the "Gal Pal" DJs and last night they welcomed Love Cuts, who played a short, but sweet set. They weren't super tight, but they've got some good (and a couple great) songs, notably this one.

This weekend looks to be a busy one. There's the Neverland Boat Cruise tomorrow, Needles & Pins/Peace at the Astoria and Chains of Love's release party at the Biltmore after that, while Saturday sees Scratch/Interurban hosting a huge record sale in the afternoon, Goody hosting and outdoor BBQ with 7 live acts, another outdoor show at the Waldorf with Iceage, Cults of Youth, White Lung, and Nu Sensae, an early Ty Segall show at the Biltmore, plus late shows at the Astoria and Pat's. So, if you're sticking around town, go see something besides fireworks.

Oh, and if you're not busy tonight, come to this fundraiser. I'm playing some records with Dustin. Dan Moxon's playing a solo set of mostly covers, and a bunch of other cool performers are doing there thing as well.

now playing: Wu Lyf - Brooklyn Girls

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upcoming shows
2/8 Twin Sister, Eleanor Friedberger, and Ava Luna @ the Media Club
2/9 David Choi @ the Rio
2/10 Secret Chiefs 3 and Dengue Fever @ the Rickshaw
2/13 White Buffalo @ the Media Club
2/14 The Ballyntines and Pleasure Cruise (TT) @ the Biltmore
2/18 Grimes w/Born Gold @ Fortune (early)
2/18 Cruel Young Heart, Young Liars, the Oh Wells, and Matiation @ the Dodson Rooms (AA)
2/18 Cursive w/UME @the Media Club
2/19 The Asteroids Galaxy Tour w/Vacationer @ Venue
2/20 Veronica Falls w/Bleached @ the Media Club
2/26 DJ Krush @ Fortune
2/29 Trevor Hall @ the Media Club
3/6 Slow Club w/Signals @ the Media Club
3/7 Cloud Nothings w/Mr. Dream @ the Media Clubr
3/8 Islands @ the Rio
3/10 Memoryhouse @ the Waldorf
3/17 William Fitzsimmons @ the Biltmore (early)
3/18 Magnetic Fields @ the Vogue (AA)
3/21 Plants & Animals>/b> @ the Rickshaw
3/22 Drive-by Truckers @ the Commodore
3/23 White Rabbits @ the Biltmore
3/23 Loney Dear @ the Media Club
3/24 Sharon Van Etten and the War on Drugs @ the Biltmore (early)
3/25 Nada Surf and An Horse @ the Rickshaw
3/27 The Ting Tings @ the Commodore
4/5 House de Racket @ the Electric Owl
4/6 Chairlift w/Nite Jewel @ the Electric Owl
4/7 Heartless Bastards @ the Media Club
4/8 Metronomy @ Venue
4/8 Gotye @ the Vogue (AA)
4/9 Cults @ Venue
4/10 First Aid Kit @ Venue
4/10 Andrew Bird w/Laura Marling @ the Vogue (AA)
4/13 The Odds and the Grapes of Wrath @ the Rickshaw
4/14 The Joel Plaskett Emergency @ the Vogue (AA)
4/24 School of Seven Bells w/Exitmusic @ the Electric Owl
4/26 Justice @ the PNE Forum (AA)
4/27 M83 @ the Vogue (AA)
4/27 Yukon Blonde @ the Commodore
4/28 Neon Indian @ Venue (early)
5/6 Delta Spirit w/Waters @ the Electric Owl
5/9 Yann Tiersen @ the Rickshaw
5/11 Great Lake Swimmers w/Cold Specks @ the Commodore
5/12 The Boxer Rebellion> @ the Biltmore
5/27 Coeur de Pirate @ Venue

AA = all ages
DG = @damaged goods
DFTK = @dirty for the kids
FJW = @fake jazz wed
EN = @easy now
GD = @glory days
HL = @higher learning JH = @junior high
JY= @junkyard
RRPP = @rocknroll pizza party
SD = @shindig
TT = @toonie tuesday
NW = @no worries

more shows
the biltmore
the railway
the red room

club action
culture club
damaged goods
east van soul club
glory days
ice cream social
no more strangers
wild zero

local favourites

mostly music
a day in the life of...
a reminder
chipped hip
duncan's donuts
expressway to my skull
goodnight neverland
hero hill
the indie files
my indie world
radio zero
the skinny
weird pop vancouver
winnie cooper

red cat

formed a band
the abramson singers
black mountain
the clips
fine mist
no gold
nu sensae
twin crystals
white lung

dj kicks
betti forde
cam dales
dg djs
expendable youth
john cougar
paul devro
tyler fedchuk

everything else
beyond robson
chez nous presents
linds & nicola
ryan walter wagner
safe amplification site society
the straight
twee death
urban diner
vancouver is awesome
vanity presents

everywhere else

brooklyn vegan
copy, right
feed your habit
for the 'records'
good weather for airstrikes
gorilla vs. bear
i am fuel, you are friends
i (heart) music
largehearted boy
mad decent
mcnutt against the music
more cowbell
music (for robots)
my old kentucky blog
the outernet
palms out sounds
pop (all love)
rock, paper, pixels
said the gramophone
soul sides
songs: illinois
weird canada

you ain't no picasso

cbc radio 3
coke machine glow
glorious noise
schedule two
tiny mixtapes




on repeat
i'll make you a tape
one song
promo pile

previous posts
all this horror business
Obviously, the appropriate first post in a month...
Three more sleeps!
it goes on and on and on
nikki don't
end of the cause
in the red
when you're around, my heart makes this sound
i'd never heard someone say that before
i love how you love me


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