Thursday, September 21, 2006
they took a vote and said no

From the Best of the Straight
New Local Band
1. On Holiday
2. Art of Dying
3. A Sheep at the Wheel (tie)
3. Marianas Trench (tie)

Local Band
"Bif Naked—not a band, but she's our best local musician!"
1. Nickelback
2. New Pornographers (tie)
2. 54-40 (tie)
3. Stabilo (tie)
3. Hot Hot Heat (tie)
Ok seriously... dear god that's terrible. I think I've heard of Mariana's Trench, but who the hell are the other three bands? It's like some parallel, evil, local music scene exists in some parallel, evil, alternate universe (which, in retrospect, is probably those venues on Granville St. that aren't the Yale or Commodore). And, people actually like Nickelback? And are willing to admit it? I thought people from Vancouver were embarrassed about that. I always tell people they're "actually from Alberta - makes sense now, doesn't it?" I'm baffled.

1. The Roxy Night Club
932 Granville Street
these results are starting to make sense now. Similar to the "liking Nickeback" thing, I didn't think anyone willingly admitted that they go to the Roxy either. I'm starting to think I live a sheltered life.

now playing: Regina Spektor - Us


I've seen On Holiday. They were atrocious. What the hell?

Then again, if Nickelback won in the other category... well, it gives a good idea of the Straight's standards.

By Blogger luisairene, at 5:49 p.m.  

Funny enough I've seen all of those bands except On Holiday..

A Sheep at The Wheel won the UBC Battle of the Bands 2 yrs ago...pretty sure it's Christian Rock.

Art of Dying was one of those Fox Seeds bands I think - they sound like Nickelback (more than most)

By Anonymous Shea, at 7:54 p.m.  

Hey Quinn, PLG has the Final Fantasy Vancouver show available to download:

By Anonymous Sean, at 8:26 p.m.  

ok, that torrent isn't moving for me, but mp3s are here:

By Anonymous Sean, at 9:17 p.m.  

LOL. I just got home, grabbed the straight on the way. Now, you've made me afraid to open and read it. Nickelback, seriously??? its all i can say. I met this guy at school and asked him what his favorite band was and he said either nickelback or theory of a deadman. I just stared at him and thought poor poor boy.

If anyone should have one, it should be the new pornographers. Their show at the commodore should be awesome!

By Anonymous jessica, at 11:28 p.m.  

^^ Edit: Plaza... i forgot.

By Anonymous jessica, at 11:29 p.m.  

To me it's just more evidence that the Straight is WAY WAY not an alternative weekly anymore. And hasn't been since 1970.

By Blogger Kaitlin, at 1:47 p.m.  

eww that's terrible! nickelback and bif naked ehhhhhhhhh.

By Blogger fenny, at 9:22 p.m.  

lol, this is hilarious... nickelback makes sense cos they're (unfortunately) very popular, but 54-40? really? do these people actually pay attention to the music scene?

and the best new local band... looks like some people got a bunch of friends together and decided to stuff the ballot box... out of the four, i've only heard of marianas trench -- and i saw them back in 2003, so they're not that new (and not very good, iirc)

best new local band (1 record or less): bella

By Blogger Hanson, at 12:53 a.m.  

When you have a tie for second place you're not supposed to have a third place; you're supposed to skip to fourth.

By Blogger Jeremy Lagrange Gryffoyn, at 12:23 p.m.  

@ Kaitlin, True but its the most alternative we have here. And its free so i guess we can't complain that much about the way they present it.
@ Hanson, Bella is amazing. I saw them last night and they are super nice.

By Anonymous Jessica, at 12:32 p.m.  

The Georgia Straight is the most alternative free mag Vancouver has? What? It may be the most widely distributed, but Only magazine is arguably way more in touch with local alternative music, events, art, etc. The Straight is hopeless by comparison, even though it's published twice as often and actually has the budget for decent coverage and writers.

By Blogger luisairene, at 4:41 p.m.  

I agree, Bella is the best new local band. Go see them with The New Pornographers on Oct 22!
-Jane L.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:11 p.m.  

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