Sunday, February 27, 2005
do you wanna be entertained?



Sleater-Kinney was superb tonite... shame on you if you missed it. Lots of new songs, but a healthy dose of the old stuff to balance everything out. The crowd was into it, the band seemed to be having a blast, and openers Viva Voce were great.


Corin Tucker


Carrie Brownstein


Janet Weiss


Anita Robinson of Viva Voce


Kevin Robinson of Viva Voce

the setlist: the Fox/O2/Wilderness/Jumpers/Get Up/Everything(?)/Modern Girl/Rollercoaster/What's Mine Is Yours/Steep Air/Step Aside/Let's Call It Love/Night Light/Entertain
encore: One More Hour/Sympathy/Oh!/You're No Rock n Roll Fun

Youth Decay was in there somewhere... but it's not on the setlist and I can't recall where exactly.

Finally, in non-S-K news, 3 more tracks have leaked from Fiona Apple's indefinitely postponed third album... download them: here

now playing: Fiona Apple - Not About Love

Friday, February 25, 2005
combat rock



After nearly five years, Sleater-Kinney make their triumphant return to Vancouver this Saturday with husband-wife duo Viva Voce in tow.

Playing the Commodore two months ahead of (the official) release of new record the Woods, concert goers should look for the girls to pull a lot of the set from the forthcoming long player (at their recent New Year's Eve show with Wilco and the Flaming Lips, the band played all new tracks). Also, be prepared for slightly new sound. Corin Tucker described it as "psychedelic" when I got the chance to interview her a couple weeks ago, and I've since read interviews with Carrie Brownstein where she's said the same thing. Bikini Kill meets Pink Floyd? Not quite. All the elements of the S-K sound are still there, but be prepared for a more sprawling sound on new stuff and some looser arrangements of older tracks.

Long story short, don't miss this one. You don't want to have to wait another five years if you do.

download: Viva Voce - Alive With Pleasure (superb opening track from The Heat Can Melt Your Brain via the band's official site)

In case you missed it, Joanna Newsom played "the Sprout and the Bean" on Jimmy Kimmel and your new favourite band the Futureheads performed "Decent Days and Nights" on Conan.

In related news, the Futureheads will also be re-releasing their selftitled debut. The CD will contain the radio edits of "Decent Days and Nights" and their cover of Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love," and will come with a DVD that sports the bands 5 promo videos, 4 live videos, an interview, and making of the "Hounds of Love" video (which sees the band in the woods with a predictably large number of dogs). The updated version of the record is out March 7th in the UK (coincidentally the same day they're here in Vancouver). No North American release date is set yet.

now playing: Regina Spektor - Us

photo: John Clark, courtesy SubPop.com

Tuesday, February 22, 2005
get'em high

Kanye West and Bloc Party have just been added to the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge (in George, Wa) on May 28th. One (or maybe two or three) upping last year's spectacular lineup that featured Sleater-Kinney, the New Pornographers, Cat Power, the Shins, and the Roots, among others, this year's festival boasts the Pixies, Wilco, AC Newman, Joanna Newsom, the Arcade Fire, Be Good Tanyas, and Modest Mouse, along side Kanye and Bloc Party.

Pre-Sale starts tomorrow at 10am and goes til Friday at 5pm. Regular onsale is Saturday at 10am. Full lineup and tickets available through the Sasquatch website. Password = yeti.

In semi-related news, Miss Joanna Newsom will be on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel this Thursday (the 24th).

now playing: the Arcade Fire - Wake Up (video)

Sunday, February 20, 2005
oh, goddamnit.

Someone hacked Paris Hilton's sidekick and found, not just the semi-predictable set of naughty photos, but also all of the Simple Life-ers private phone numbers and emails. oops, oh my. (from Brooklyn Vegan)

Ever wanted to call Christina Aguilera? (banners on site not work safe)

In more local news, the Futureheads may be making a return to Vancouver shortly after their upcoming March 7th show at Richard's to support Hot Hot Heat at both the Croation Cultural Centre and the Commodore. Louis XIV is already scheduled as an opener. When/if it gets confirmed look for it on the sidebar.

In related HHH news, Dante (the bands recently departed guitarist) opens for Leroy Stagger at the Media Club on Tuesday. (thanks to Shea for the heads up on the last two)

download: Hot Hot Heat - Move On (b-side from Make Up the Breakdown)

Metric will be in town to play Arts County Fair. Matt Good, K-OS, and Tupelo Honey round out the boozefest at UBC.

R.I.P. Hunter S. Thompson

now playing: the Futureheads - Decent Days and Nights


we are nowhere and it's now

I was going to start this blog with some sort of description of what was to come. But then I stumbled upon this on a Radiohead message board, and it seemed as good a place as any to begin.

Our generation's Bob Dylan (or Graham Parsons, depending on what magazines you read), Mr. Conor Oberst circa 1995. Harry Potter is totally biting his style.

now playing: Bright Eyes - Landlocked Blues

Saturday, February 19, 2005
mp3s and photos

A brief note on mp3s:
Any mp3s that are from an official or otherwise legitimately commercially available release are for evaluation purposes only. If you download something and like it go out and support the musicians that made the music (preferably through one of the great independent retailers in the sidebar). All officially available mp3s are posted through YouSendIt and expire in 7 days or 100 downloads, whatever comes first ZShare and are removed after 7 days. Generally speaking I won't be reposting anything, but if you've missed something that isn't commercially available I'll glady email it to you. My email address is in the sidebar. Just unobfuscate it. And please make sure you actually email me. If you comment on a post left months ago, chances are that I'll never know. If you are the owner of a recording I post and would like it removed, please contact me and I will take it down asap.

A brief note on photos:
Feel free to use any photos that are posted, but please don't direct link (ie. upload them to your own host). I use photobucket, so my bandwith for photos isn't huge. Also, if you want, a photo credit with a link back to this site would be appreciated.

contests

music

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

legend:
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
shindig
the biltmore
fortune
pat's
the railway
the red room
venue

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

local favourites

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

consume
dandelion
red cat
scratch
zulu

formed a band
the abramson singers
basketball
bison
black mountain
brasstronaut
the clips
destroyer
fine mist
jpndrds
koban
ladyhawk
mt-40
no gold
nu sensae
twin crystals
white lung

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

everything else
beyond robson
chez nous presents
citr
cjsf
ion
linds & nicola
only
ryan walter wagner
safe amplification site society
scout
swak
the straight
timbre
twee death
urban diner
vancouver is awesome
vanity presents

everywhere else

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gorilla vs. bear
i am fuel, you are friends
i (heart) music
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more cowbell
music (for robots)
my old kentucky blog
the outernet
palms out sounds
pop (all love)
popsheep
rock, paper, pixels
ryspace
said the gramophone
soul sides
stereogum
songs: illinois
swedesplease
ttiktda
weird canada

you ain't no picasso
zoilus

sites
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pitchfork
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previous posts
all this horror business
Obviously, the appropriate first post in a month...
Three more sleeps!
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i'd never heard someone say that before
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