I have a nasty cold. On the bright side, because I had nothing better to do than sit at home and 1) read 2) watch hockey highlights on YouTube and 3) comb the internet, I finally rediscovered this article, that I'd been meaning to comment on for ages.
As Wired reports, the head of Warner Music, Edgar Bronfman, caught one of his seven(! - hope they don't all take after dad) kids downloading music illegally.
"I explained to them what I believe is right, that the principle is that stealing music is stealing music. Frankly, right is right and wrong is wrong, particularly when a parent is talking to a child. A bright line around moral responsibility is very important. I can assure you they no longer do that."Now consider that his kid got a stern talking to while today the RIAA very charitably offered college students the opportunity to pay a discounted settlement for the same practice this week.
Speaking of right being right, perhaps Mr. Bronfman will run into the same type of karma that's currently afflicting Handsome Dick Manitoba. You may remember that Dick sued Dan Snaith (now known as Caribou) over the use of the "Manitoba" name. Well, it seems that Dick's now in some legal trouble of his own. Some people that moved in above the bar he owns weren't to keen about the rock 'n' roll coming from downstairs, and the bar recently lost a hearing and can no longer host live music. Now normally, I'd be completely onside with the venue owners, and not the idiots who moved in right by a loud night club only to complain later (condo owners near the Morrissey take note), but in this case the assholes sort of deserve each other. In the immortal words of Justin Timberlake, what goes around comes around.
Only points out that You Say Party! We Say Die! will grace this month's Exclaim!... at least in the West. Everyone East of Alberta will see Malajube and Chromeo smiling back at them when they pick up the March issue of the freebie mag. Now, putting aside the question about why they would have regional covers in the first place, how exactly does giving a band cover exposure in its native territory help them more than throwing them up on the front page in places that they're less well known? It's not like the covers match up with the forthcoming Exclaim tour either, as YSP!WSD! is playing every date across Canada, and Malajube is playing every date except for Victoria.
Thanks to Matt for reminding me that I still haven't mentioned that George Clinton's at Plush this Sunday. At $63 a ticket, you better hope you get a whole year's worth of funk in one evening.
The Black Angels are at Richard's on May 25th, ahead of their appearance at Saquatch.
Priestess are at the Plaza on March 29th with Pride Tiger.
Ron Sexsmith is at UBC's Chan Centre on April 15th.
Tomorrow, I'm returning to my Alma Mater to judge the UBC Battle of the Bands. It'll either be awesome or terrible, or perhaps awesome in its terribleness. If you're interested, it starts around 8:30pm
And finally, do you know where your children are? Are they emo?
now playing: Sparklehorse - Don't Take Away My Sunshine
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
like a piggy bank, this is one penny
Please help Graham and I sleep better, by either confirming or denying this: Wikipedia claims that KRS-ONE made a cameo on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I swear I would remember something like that. And I can't find any further on-line confirmation.
As a consolation for being unable to provide footage of the Blastmaster with Will Smith, I give you this clip of Bell Biv Devoe with DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.
now playing: Boogie Down Productions - My Philosophy
Monday, February 26, 2007
my moon, my man
Feist is at the Orpheum on May 16th. Pre-sale starts on Wednesday at 10am. Regular on-sale is Friday at 10am. I don't know the pre-sale password, but if it's seated I recommend hitting the latter on-sale anyhow. (thanks Shea)
For some reason you can only freebie download the pre-release single from the Reminder in France. But if you look around a little (very little) you might find it.
Seu Jorge is at the Commodore on July 4th.
Damien Rice is at the Centre for the Performing Arts on April 24th.
Elizabeth headlines an all-ager at the Ukrainian Hall on E. Pender with the Cape May, Love and Mathematics, and Cran this Friday.
Gizmodo is calling for a RIAA boycott for the month of March. Seems a little short notice for it to pick up enough steam... and wouldn't the idea work better if it was in line with the quarterly sales cycle? I certainly concur with the sentiment though.
Finally, when you got bed tonight pray/make a wish/cross your fingers/knock on wood that the Rock the Bells tour at least makes it to Seattle with the the Wu-Tang Clan on the bill.
now playing: Saturday Looks Good to Me - Since You Stole My Heart
Labels: show announcements
Sunday, February 25, 2007
the earth is not a cold dead place
Over the last four or five years, I think I've seen Explosions in the Sky dates for Vancouver at least three times (on their official site, pollstar, and even their booking agent's site), and each time that date was removed. So maybe you'll want to take it with a grain of salt, but the band's scheduled for an all-ager at the Croation Cultural Centre on May 5th. In all seriousness, it's probably a sure thing, since they're actually selling tickets this time around - $25 at Zulu and Scratch.
!!! are at Richard's on May 4th. That'll be a hell of a week. (thanks to Dave for the heads up)
According to his MySpace, My!Gay!Husband! will spin at UBC's annual end-of-school-year party, Arts County Fair, again this year. Also according to his MySpace, he'll be joined on April 12th at TBird Stadium by Sam Roberts, Aaron Pritchett, Pride Tiger and one would presume, two more tba bands. It's all-ages again with the beer in the back.
Speaking of Pride Tiger, they were the perfect way to cap off an evening that I started off with many beers at my friend Josh's birthday. And it had been way too long since I'd been to a show at the Cobalt.
Speaking of My!Gay!Husband!, Half Alive (where he spins every Friday with Tyler Fedchuk and Tony X) is moving again. In what seems to be an ongoing quest to find the strangest possible venue, starting on March 30th, they'll be at Smiley O'Neals on Howe and Pender.
Zulu and the band's booking agency has Junior Boys listed as playing Richard's on April 22nd, but Ticketmaster still has the Klaxons at Dick's on that date. Your guess is as good as mine.
Chet (who are actually from Victoria) are at the Lamplighter with Shindig! winners Victoria, Victoria! on March 3rd.
The Choir Practice round out the bill.
Only's throwing a party for themselves. Mutators, No Feeling, and a "secret band" bring the noise at a benefit for everyone's favourite local once-a-fortnight magazine at the Emergency Room (Hastings and Hawks) on the same night. That's one busy evening.
I've been blogging here for two years, last Tuesday. Thanks for reading.
now playing: the Affair - Red and White
Saturday, February 24, 2007
If you're an old school video game fan or a Cadence Weapon fan (or even better, both), you'll probably share my excitement about his newest video for "Sharks." Rampage! Shit yes! And if you haven't already heard, Rollie got signed to Epitaph.
Keeping with the YouTube theme, if you were wondering what those puppets that Beck has on tour with him get up to on their night's off, you can wonder no more:
You might have also noticed that Viacom "forced" (or perhaps gently pushed) Google's hand, and they've deleted about a billion videos from the site. When writing an article for next month's Discorder, I was searching for the clip of Kanye's tirade at the MTV Europe Awards when Justice took video of the year over "Touch the Sky," and found that it's been pulled (though it's still on iFilm). How being able to watch that hurts MTV's bottom line is beyond me, but I thought I'd point out an irony that was revealed to me when I interviewed Xavier of Justice. When the ceremony was taking place, they were on a plane to Chicago for a gig. And when they landed and were shocked by the fury of text messages saying they'd won, they went to their hotel and watched the ceremony on, you guessed it, YouTube.
Thanks to Jason for finding out that Regina Spektor is still on and that you can buy pre-sale tix starting Tuesday from here.
Maybe you'll get a sweet deal, like this one that Rob got on his Lily Allen pre-sale tix.
During a visit to Zulu to blow far too much money on show tickets (and a used copy of Eric's Trip's Forever Again - huzzah!), I found out that the Frames show is at the Red Room... even though it's still listed as the Plaza all over the web.
The Game is doing two shows on March 1st. The guy that's probably creeping Dr. Dre out more and more everyday will do an early all-ager at the Croatian Cultural Centre and a 19+ show at Plush.
In gangsta rap related news, does anyone else find it weird that the people's champ Paul Wall is opening for Fall Out Boy at the Coliseum on May 6th? +44 and two other bands you probably don't care about round out the bill.
Is the Swishahouse/Fall Out Boy connection less weird now that the latter's been remixed by Kanye? (via buzznet)
Patrick Watson is in the Gallery on March 23rd.
And Finally, not only is Goldie still making music, but he's at the Plaza on March 13th.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
they'll make statues out of us
Regina Spektor is at the Commodore on April 21st with Only Son for - believe it or not - her first visit to Vancouver.
Circlesquare is opening the Girl Talk show.
Canned Hamm is opening the Bobby Conn show.
Lullabyes.net has some pretty sweet show recordings up.
Tix for the Ed Banger Party should be on-sale at Zulu any day now (if not already) for $25.
Jarvis Cocker tix are on-sale Friday at 10am.
In a move that's so predictable it's sorta not, the password for Thursday's Lily Allen pre-sale is "lilyallen."
now playing: Tigarah - Japanese Queen
Labels: show announcements
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Just running out the door to do an interview, but I had to post this:
Stereogum has the Sasquatch line-up
Manu Chao Radio Bemba Sound System
The Hold Steady
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Black Angels
Tokyo Police Club
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
Minus The Bear
Uhhh... Bjork, Mirah, MIA, the Hold Steady, Arcade Fire... etc etc etc! Goddamn!
Tix are on sale March 3rd. More acts to be added.
Labels: show announcements
knock 'em out
Lily Allen is set to make her Vancouver debut at the Commodore on March 27th. Tickets are on-sale this Friday at 10am, but there's a Georgia Straight pre-sale that starts Thursday at 10am. I'd imagine you'd have to sign up for their newsletter to get the password.
download: Lily Allen - Oh My God (Kaiser Chiefs Cover)
Mew is at Richard's on April 3rd.
Peer Pressure are at Salbourg (at the Royal Unicorn) this Saturday.
Lo-Fi-Fnk is rocking 1/2 Alive (at the Columbia) on March 9th with Certified Bananas. My jury's still out on the former, but this thing's probably worth going to for CB alone.
I got the heads up on that last one from ChalkedUp, which reminds me to tell you to go over there, because they just relaunched, and the site looks rad.
Sorry for the lack of updates, but I haven't really been to any shows lately, and I've been working on a whole bunch of stuff for next month's Discorder.
now playing: the Fiery Furnaces - Here Comes Summer (KEPX Version)
Labels: show announcements
Thursday, February 15, 2007
nothing is the only thing you ever seem to have
Man Man are at Richard's on April 1st. They sorta blew my friggin' mind at the Media Club. Hopefully things translate as well at Richard's.
Dead Meadow are at the Plaza on March 25th with Spindrift. I saw the headliners in Toronto a few years back, and remember thinking that I probably would've enjoyed myself more if I were the type to indulge in heavy drug use.
Amon Tobin is at the Commodore on June 22nd.
PFork reports that Kill Rocks Stars is releasing an Elliott Smith Rarities comp on May 8th. I don't really go out of my way to mention such things (since there are a billion other places that do it better and more regularly), but I'm pretty enthused that my absolute favourite Elliott tune, "Angel in the Snow" is track 1 on disc 1 (of the two disc set), which marks the first time that it's received an official release.
If you still have money in your old-dudes-playing-ridiculously-expensive-shows fund after Police tix go on sale this Saturday, you might be interested to know that Roger Waters is at GM Place on June 21st.
StatusQ, over at Beyond Robson, thought I'd make an interesting interview subject. I think he was mistaken, but his efforts are appreciated.
Anybody make it to Sparklehorse tonight?
now playing: Sipreano - Golden Ears
Labels: show announcements
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
two hearts in 3/4 time
I'll Make You a Tape (Vol. 5 - Extended Valentine's Edition)
1. Justin Timberlake feat. T.I. - My Love
2. CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above (Spank Rock Remix)
3. Daft Punk vs Yeah Yeah Yeahs - World Maps (Along Came Jones Edit)
4. Annie - Heartbeat (Phones Maximo Remix)
5. Madonna - Hung Up
6. Teddybears - Yours to Keep (Annie Remix)
7. Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
8. M.I.A. - URAQT (Diplo Mix)
9. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head (Soulwax Elektronic Remix)
10. the Blow - Parentheses
11. the Stone Roses - She Bangs the Drums
12. John Lennon - Real Love (just the chorus)
And so nobody feels left out, if...
You're fine with VDay, but you don't like dancing...
download: REM - At My Most Beautiful (from Up)
You reject the crass consumerism of this Hallmark holiday, but still have a life partner who shares your radical values...
download: the Smiths - Shoplifters of the World Unite (from the Singles)
You prefer to stalk your "objects of affection" from afar...
download: the Stone Roses - Standing Here (from the Complete Stone Roses)
Those objects of affection are much younger than you. Perhaps you meet them via instant messenger or MySpace or because you're R. Kelly or a Republican congressman...
download: the Affair - Jailbait Date (from Yes, Yes to You)
You long for the company of someone much younger than you. That someone is also dead, and perhaps played by Kirsten Dunst...
download: Air - Playground Love (from the Virgin Suicides Soundtrack)
You are in love with the person described above...
download: the Magnetic Fields - The One You Really Love (from 69 Love Songs, Vol. 1)
You are single and relieved...
download: Fiery Furnaces - I Broke My Mind/Single Again/Here Comes Summer (live in Toronto) (album version from EP)
You are single and lonely...
download: Amy Winehouse - Love is a Losing Game (acoustic) (only avail. on the US version. jerks.)
You are rich and lonely...
watch: the Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love (from A Hard Day's Night)
You are emo and lonely...
download: Bright Eyes - Lover I Don't Have to Love (live at Bonnaroo 2006) (album version from Lifted...)
You are single and bitter...
download: Swan Lake - the Freedom (via Jagjaguwar - from Beast Moans)
You take out your bitterness by crafting a nine minute video featuring Scarlett J, that is directed by John Cassavetes less talented son, where you run poor Scarlett of the road in your Porsche...
watch: Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around Come Around (Director's Cut) (from FutureSex/LoveSounds)
Happy Valentine's. I will spend mine watching Lost with my girlfriend, because she doesn't have cable, and therefore, I cannot watch the hockey game. That, my friends, is love.
And if you're my lovely girlfriend...
download: Sam Cooke - Nothing Can Change This Love (live from the Harlem Square Club) (from One Night Stand: Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club)
As always, if you like what you hear, go and buy it. I'm sure they'll make great last minute gifts for your significant other.
now playing: Wilco - Jesus, Etc
Monday, February 12, 2007
Everyone's favourite punctuation lacking Swedes, Peter Bjorn and John are at the Commodore on May 12th. Do that many people know about them? That's a big room, but if they fill it it'll be great.
I just interviewed Paul Devro for an article for next month's Discorder that I'm pretty amped about. Among a whole bunch of other exciting stuff he's got lined up, he let me know that the Ed Banger Records Party on March 25th will be at Caprice. You can still grab the radio rip of the forthcoming Justice single at Discobelle to get yourself psyched up. And you can grab a bunch of Paul's older remixes at his site or hear him spin every Saturday at Salon des Bourgeoisie.
Only has a swank looking new website up.
And, as you've probably heard, the reunited Police are at GM Place on May 28th. Tix run $50-225. Ouch.
now playing: MIA - Bird Flu
Labels: show announcements
Sunday, February 11, 2007
sound of silver
LCD Soundsystem are at the Commodore on May 3rd with James Murphy and Pat Mahoney sticking around town for a DJ set at a venue tba the next day. I've been listening to Sound of Silver over and over for the last couple days for a review I'm writing, and after being initially impressed, but not blown away, I'm definitely coming around on the record. It certainly doesn't grab you and shake you like their debut (or the singles that preceded it), but once you let it sink in, it's probably a better record overall. Plus the drums on "Get Innocuous" are the time of thing that melts your brain (in a good way).
The Acorn are at the Gallery on March 28th. I haven't gotten around to checking them out yet, but Matthew has sung their praises numerous times.
Lastly (and also probably least), in an ongoing attempt to be cutting edge circa 2002, I was fiddling around with AcidPro and made a mashup using the most ubiquitious indie club night track ever and also the new Avril Lavigne single. Seriously.
download: Le Tigre - Deceptacon (From Blown Speakers' Robot Girlfriend Edit)
Thursday, February 08, 2007
i need a lover with soul power
I can understand the split between fans of Of Montreal. Depending on my mood, I tend to gravitate between the fuzzy indie pop of the band's earlier releases and the buzzing pulse of their new stuff. Live, however, I can't see how anyone would take the former over the latter. As much as I dig the Gay Parade, none of the songs feature a two bass groove or a disco stomp, both of which have featured prominently since Satanic Panic in the Attic.
Since the last time they shot through town, the band's picked up a mess of extra stage props, including a couple of odd lighting fixtures, a plastic owl, and a video screen that alternated between shots of the band and animations based on the liners from Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?. The evening also featured its share of requisite Kevin Barnes costume changes. The visuals - while pretty cool - thankfully didn't overshadow the aural portion of the experience though.
The band pulled a lot from their latest, and almost entirely from their last three. The highlights, predictably, were the danciest numbers with "Requiem for O.M.M.2," on the heels of a cover of Love is All's "Make Out. Fall Out. Make Up." being a pretty spectacular one-two punch. That being said, there wasn't a single part of last night that was disappointing in the slightest, except perhaps what they didn't play.
If you're heading down tonight, however, I'm sure you'll hear the few "hits" that we missed yesterday ("Wraith Pinned to the Mist..." and "Disconnect the Dots")
now playing: Jamie Lidell - Game for Fools (Mara Carlyle Ukulady Mix)
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
it's high time we stepped outside...
Here is the abridged version of things that have gone down in the last 4-5 days:
Menomena: great performance, crappy sound. I've never seen Pat's so packed. I was watching the Canucks "play" (or more accurately limp through three periods with) the Flames so I missed Victoria, Victoria! And I brought my camera without recharging the batteries, but I couldn't really see anything from where I was standing anyhow.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is at Richard's on April 20th with Mute Math and the Cinematics
Apples in Stereo are at the Media Club on March 27th.
Bobby Conn is at the Media Club on May 19th.
Klaxons are at Richard's on April 22nd.
Stereogum reveals Greg Gillis' (aka Girl Talk) day job in the first of a series.
Jagjaguwar's set May 22nd for the release date of Ladyhawk's Fight for Anarchy EP (six songs - 12" vinyl only).
Rob asked for a moratorium on Prince Halftime related posts, but Aaron's is pretty great. If you tried to click on that YouTube imbed you'll notice that it's been removed at Universal's request... cause that video wasn't going to remind you that you should probably buy at least one Prince record if you don't already own one.
download: Prince - Super Bowl Medley (ripped straight from a capture of the HD feed)
now playing: Pixies - Head On (Jesus and Mary Chain Cover)
Monday, February 05, 2007
let's go crazy
The game was boring as hell after the first half (which was more a comedy of errors than anything else - albeit an entertaining one)... but holy jesus, Prince killed it.
In case you somehow miss this everywhere else:
Regular type content tomorrow.
now playing: Prince - Best of You (Foo Fighters Cover)
Friday, February 02, 2007
that's my dj
Girl Talk hits Richard's on June 9th for a night of ritalin fueled bastard pop that will no doubt culminate in Greg Gillis taking his shirt off and inviting half the crowd on stage.
Electrelane are at Richard's on May 27th with the Blow. I haven't really checked out Electrelane (that is, until right this second), but the openers have me excited enough.
The Ponys are at Richard's on April 11th with Deerhunter
Calla are at the Media Club on April 2nd.
Silversun Pickups are at Richard's on April 12th.
Keren Ann is at the Media Club on June 13th.
Lyrics Born is at Richard's on March 4th with the Coup. This just made me realize that I have no idea where my copy of Party Music is.
The Hella show is March 4th, not the 3rd. Apologies for any confusion.
McLean's has a music blog featuring Paul Wells, Adam Radwanski, Dafna Izenberg and Aaron Wherry. I'm not familiar with this Dafna character, but I'm curious about Wells' music tastes.
Congratulations go out to Jenny from Vancouver, Evan from Vancouver, and Evan from Chilliwack, who can all expect a pretty looking k-os 12" in the mail soon.
For the record, Jenny's favourite rebellion is the Arcade Fire's (clever) and her favourite fictional locale is Asteroid B612 (where Le Petit Prince
resides, with his three volcanoes and his beloved rose). Evan from Van's are the New York Revolt of 1712 and Amaterasu. And Evan from Chilliwack's favourite rebellion is the 1837 rebellion involving Upper and Lower Canada.
In addition to getting some sweet vinyl into people's hands for free, this contest also forced me to look up about a dozen rebellions and a couple dozen fictional places. Learning and giving!
If you missed out, you're SOL on the picture disc, but you can grab the four songs by picking up Atlantis: Hymns for Disco pretty much anywhere that sells music. Thanks to EMI for providing the prize.
And finally, if for some reason you haven't seen this, you should check out this video of the Arcade Fire doing a very special rendition of "Wake Up."
now playing: Lucinda Williams - Mama You Sweet