Friday, May 19, 2006
you won't go home alone tonight

A pair of Friday (local) music recommendations:

I didn't now much about Blue Grey Dots when I included them in my Tyee Music Pix last week, and since then I haven't really learned much more.

Here's what I can tell you:
They're from Vancouver.
They're three guys and a girl.
I've been playing out the three songs available for download on their MySpace.
They sound like they could be the new torchbarers of that very characteristic Vancouver no-wave sound.
They're playing on June 1st at Pat's as part of Music Waste.
You should go check them out.

From a very different part of the musical spectrum come Lions in the Street. If you're a MySpace user you know that every couple of days some random band adds you. And, more often than not, said band is pretty shitty. So, it was with great skepticism that I opened my ears up to this Vancouver foursome, after receiving a message and friends request on the 'Space.

They're definitely not reinventing the wheel, but they're pretty damn good at following in the footsteps of some pretty damn good bands (right down to the fashion sense). "Already Gone" was the first track that I sampled, and I immediately thought of Exile... era Stones. If that doesn't convince you to at least check them out, I don't know what will.

After getting the screwjob by some major label, the band packed it back home to Vancouver and DIY'd an EP in a basement onto an 8-track. The process shows in the sound, but if you ask me, that's a good thing (the rough around the edges sound, not the screwjob). This is what I thought the new Primal Scream record - a collection of songs in a similar vein - would be... y'know... "good."

They're giving away their entire EP on their website for free. Giving away! For free!

Alternately, if you like good ol' fashioned cds, you can pick up a hard copy ( for free! to the first 100 people) at the Lamplighter this Saturday (as in tomorrow) night. $10 cover... and $3 cans of PBR. How... "indie." Robert Dayton's djing too.

now playing: Blue Grey Dots - Future Cougar

6 Comments:

Free Lions in the Street? That's a pretty good deal...as you said, they'e not horribly original, but they're good at what they do.

By Anonymous matthew, at 9:39 AM  

i've decided that i'm not hip enough to drink pbr. i had a couple of them when i was in the states recently -- at a show, no less -- and i found that stuff to be undrinkable.

By Blogger Hanson, at 1:31 PM  

Sam Roberts Band & Broken Social Scene - Deer Lake Park, July 25th
Tickets $36.50 +s/c
There's 2 presales going on: Fan Club (May 19-25) & CFox (May 24-25). General public sale starts May 26. I hope to update you on presale passwords soon.

Sam Roberts?! I guess I will have to live through it for BSS

By Anonymous Cy, at 6:55 PM  

i'm guessing you won't have to live through sam roberts, 'cause there's no chance that bss will close the show...

By Anonymous Chris, at 7:48 PM  

That's true considering on Ticketmaster it directs you to Sam Roberts. I think it's a weird pairing... and I wish it was a headlining show without Sam Roberts. Okay, whatever, I need to get over it.

By Anonymous Cy, at 11:37 PM  

yessss bss
is deer lake park an okay venue? i've never been...

By Anonymous jenny, at 1:15 AM  

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