Thursday, July 06, 2006
a nervous tic motion of the head to the left

This post begins with what they call a "shit sandwhich." For those of you who are uninitiated, the shit sandwhich is usually used when dumping someone, but the same premise can be used for most anything, when one needs to break potentially bad news. Basically, you start with some good news, then you break the band news, and then you come back with good news really quickly. So, here we go Vancouver...

Andrew Bird plays the Media Club on September 29th with Cass McCombs. This is Andrew's first visit to Vancouver, but if you've been lucky enough to see him elsewhere, you share my excitement. My first exposure to him was when he opened for the Magnetic Fields in Toronto. In all honesty, I think it was the first (and only) time that I've been so taken by an opening act that I couldn't wait til the end of the show to pick up their record, and I bolted to the merch table between sets. If you have written off every suggestion I've ever made on this blog, I implore you to take this one to heart, and pick up a ticket for this show (they're onsale on July 14th).

download: Andrew Bird - Dark Matter (live on MPR)

Jason Grimmer is moving to Montreal. Now, I have zero interest in the personal lives of musicians, but this information is of note because it affects not one, but four local acts. The Nasty On have been sort of AWOL for awhile, and I have no idea if the most recent Countless Jibes show was their last in their current configuration (actually, it was Saelan's debut... so first and last in their current configuration), but I know for a fact that you have one more chance to see the Anemones and two more to see the Christa Min in their current forms. The Min open for the Battles this Friday (which should've been up in the listings, but probably got eaten when I screwed up the template a couple weeks ago) and for Six Organs of Admittance on the 30th. Anemones are now going to open for Oneida at the Red Room on the 20th. Anemones are all set to continue with a retuned lineup, I have no idea what's up with the Min or the Countless Jibes. I think its safe to assume that this is the final nail in the coffin for the Nasty On though. Head over to their MySpace and mourn the fact that those demos are rad, and are never going to be on a proper album.

Sufjan Stevens returns to Vancouver on October 14th with Asthmatic Kitty labelmate, My Brightest Diamond. They're playing at St. Andrews Wesley Church, which is one of the nicest places to see a show in the whole damn city.

That, my friends, was a shit sandwhich. Here are a couple of more good things though...

In anticipation of the September release of Fading Trails from Magnolia Electric Co., the fine people at Secretly Canadian have sent along this preview .mp3 to whet your collective appetites.

download: Magnolia Electric Co. - Lonesome Valley (via Secretly Canadian)

You're also reminded that they play Richard's on the very busy night of July 30th with Ladyhawk. So, if you're not going to Six Organs of Admittance or the Buzzcocks, definitely check this out. I'll be at MEC... I think.

The Immaculate Machine show on July 29th is being opened by The Paper Cranes. Which is awesome, though it ruins my plans to roll in to the Media Club late after work that night.

Finally, if you happen to come here because you mistakenly think I'm on top of things, musically speaking, here is another example of why you're wrong. I think I heard one song by Voxtrot ("Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives"), which I then proceeded to delete without any further investigation into the band. Then, late last night, I'm hit with 20 seconds of lo-fi streaming audio on the Kork Agency website, and now I have a new favourite song of the moment. I bet a lot of you have heard this already, but if you haven't, take a listen to this four-and-a-half minute slice of perfect pop from Voxtrot's Raised By Wolves EP.

download: Voxtrot - The Start Of Something (via

now playing: Voxtrot - The Start Of Something


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By Blogger minx, at 5:24 p.m.  

Mail from HOB:

Sam Roberts Band & Broken Social Scene with guests The Stills buy tickets
Special Offer Weekend!

From Sat July 8 @ 10AM - Sun July 9 @ 10PM tickets are only $25 plus s/c, go to the buy ticket link during this time and use the password : broken

This offer will be also be available in-store only at Zulu Records during business hours July 8 & 9th.

By Blogger minx, at 7:29 p.m.  

Sufjan is playing! Hopefully this means he's doing a full tour, and he'll come somewhere near this side of the continent, too...

By Anonymous matthew, at 9:36 p.m.  

matthew: i got the date off a local promoter's site, so i have no idea what the other dates are... crossing my fingers for you though.

db: gah.. i got that email, and cursed myself for buying tix early.

By Blogger Quinn, at 11:31 p.m.  

Any idea when the tickets go on sale for sufjan?

By Anonymous vanmega, at 9:37 a.m.  

July 14th.. for Sufjan, Andrew Bird, and Final Fantasy.

I *think* they're all GA

By Blogger Quinn, at 9:59 a.m.  

august 4th: precious fathers, the mohawk lodge & yukon at the railway

By Blogger liam, at 5:37 p.m.  

pitchfork lists a bunch of other dates as well now for Sufjan...

By Anonymous Jason, at 5:47 p.m.  

I think that Andrew Bird show you speak of was uploaded to If it isn't there... I've got it somewhere. It was a marvelous show. Somewhere, I've got the Mag Fields from that evening too.

By Blogger Five, at 10:49 a.m.  

I was there for the second of (three?) nights... at least two anyhow. I think it's the first night that's up on the Archive.

By Blogger Quinn, at 2:13 p.m.  

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