Monday, March 10, 2008
golden tombs

On Friday, I was feeling a touch under the weather, so despite the plethora of shows (among other things on my social calendar), I only ventured out of the house for about an hour and a half to catch No Gold at the Media Club and then huddled at home. Their 40-minute set has me convinced that they have healing powers, however.

If you were bummed out that Black Mountain has a) sold out or b) is 19+, rejoice. The band plays another show on April 6th at UBC's SUB Ballroom and it's all-ages. (thanks Jordan)

The Teenagers are at Richard's on April 18th.

3 Inches of Blood are at Richard's on April 7th with Toxic Holocaust and Bison.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are at the Media Club on May 18th.

The Foals are at Richard's on May 29th.

The Von Bondies show originally scheduled for April is now May 31st.

Los Campesinos are at the Plaza on June 1st.

Oh, and anybody know the deal with the Royal Unicorn? Apparently it got shut down on Saturday night.

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was going to shoot be your own pet at the plaza but they got stopped at the border. they have records.

By Blogger Steve, at 4:01 p.m.  

As a concerned logophile, I would like to point out an error in your writing in order to prevent further degradation of our great language. I am referring here to your use of the word "plethora" as in "the plethora of shows". My Apple dictionary widget notes the following:

"According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and most other dictionaries, this word refers (and has always referred) to an overabundance, an overfullness, or an excess. The phrase a plethora of is essentially a highfalutin equivalent of too many —e.g.: “Our electoral politics now is beset with a plethora of [read too many ] players and a confusing clutter of messages.”

"Unfortunately, through misunderstanding of the word's true sense, many writers use it as if it were equivalent to plenty or many. This meaning is unrecorded in the OED and in most other dictionaries. And it represents an unfortunate degeneration of senseUnfortunately, through misunderstanding of the word's true sense, many writers use it as if it were equivalent to plenty or many"

I'm sure you did not intend to imply that there were "too many" shows happening on Friday; in fact, you seem to revel in the number of shows we are afforded as Vancouverites. Perhaps "plethora" is better replaced with "abundance".

Good Day.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:50 p.m.  

There can be too many if you can't hit them all, you nitwit. Overabundance or excess is a subjective concept, as in "your grammar lesson displays excessive reliance on a dictionary widget", or "you post displayed an overabundance of poor taste".

Thanks for coming out... Oh, and your one glaring grammatical error and did a great deal to undermine your assertion, btw.

By Anonymous Chris, at 5:19 p.m.  

actually, i'm able to be in 7 places at once. i guess you didn't notice.

what kind of record could Be Your Own Pet have.. drugs? that's all i can think of.

By Blogger Quinn, at 6:15 p.m.  

Quinn, if you're wondering, that asshat of an OED-quoter WASN'T me. Just so you know.

I'd have kept it to asking you to mind your apostrophes, in any case.


By Anonymous Regan, at 8:02 p.m.  

I'm actually more bummed out that I'd have to go all the way to UBC to see an all-ages show.

By Blogger Matt, at 1:09 a.m.  

What I wanted to make clear in the last post is that most people aren't cognizant of the appropriate use of 'plethora'. It's a very specific word that should be used only when phrases like 'an abundance' or 'many' can't convey the sense of overflowing copiousness of a particular thing.

So it was an attempt to save a great word from possible degradation.

Also, it's important to consider that 'plethora' has negative connotations--when there's a plethora of something, there's more of that thing then you would like. An abundance of something is good; an overabundance or 'plethora' is bad.

Consider the sentence, "despite the plethora of shows, I only ventured out of the house for about an hour and a half to catch No Gold". What he's saying, presumably, is that, "despite it being a night with a great many worthwhile shows, I only decided to see one".

I intend not to offer these suggestions in bad taste or condescension, but rather to point out something interesting and often overlooked about a word that we seem to hear a lot. After all, any good blog should concern itself with style as much as content--that's why we like to get the facts from someone who tells them to us in a engaging and entertaining way. That's why I read Quinn's blog instead of getting show info from somewhere like 'livemusicvancouver'


By Anonymous Grammar Police, at 2:16 a.m.  

"would you say i have a plethora of pinatas?"

come on... where's that quote from? ...anyone?

By Blogger dustin., at 11:34 a.m.

By Blogger Quinn, at 11:36 a.m.  

Metric "Road-Testing New Songs" April 17 @ Commodore, presale Weds 12th 10 a.m. through hob/livenation/ticketmaster, p/w CFOX


By Blogger minx, at 4:16 p.m.  

Ohh lots of good shows coming up. But every time I buy a ticket the show gets canceled. Like what happened to the cure show? I have a ticket to that....probably canceled.

By Blogger rawbean, at 9:55 p.m.  

"...there's more of that thing then you would like."

oh dear.

By Anonymous jodie, at 4:46 p.m.  

oh god damn i feel terrible for anyone who would want to go to a metric show, and even worse if they have fucking billed it as 'road-testing new songs'. you just don't fucking say that. so unfortunate. every band road-tests new tracks. making it explicit is super tacky ha

By Blogger gelf, at 10:53 p.m.  

Holy crap...pemberton festival!

By Anonymous Nathan, at 12:21 a.m.  

"'...there's more of that thing then you would like.'

oh dear.""


By Blogger Quinn, at 1:40 p.m.  

Alright, I was hoping I would see a reason why the Royal Unicorn was shut down rather than a discussion over Quinn's use of the word 'plethora'. COME ON.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:44 a.m.  

I still don't know what happened last weekend, but as far as I know the show this coming thurs is still on, so I presume that means they're open again.

By Blogger Quinn, at 9:52 a.m.  

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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

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