Friday, December 26, 2008
cause i got wheels and you wanna go for a ride

Hard Feelings and Nu Sensae need a hand moving gear to the Peanut Gallery tonight.

From Al from Hard Feelings (and Taxes):

hey so Hard Feelings and nu sensae needs a bit of a hand. we are gonna try to play the rent benifit for the peanut gallery. But we need wheels. can anyone help?



hopefully we can still play…

Wednesday, December 24, 2008
used up burnt out

The Peanut Gallery is having a bit of trouble making rent this month, so this Friday they're having a fundraising party. Healthy Students (Andy and Greg from Winning/Secret Mommy and Al and Steve from Taxes), Hard Feelings, Nu Sensae, and Make Love are all donating their talents.

On Sunday, the SSRIs, Brother Nature, and the Farley Mowats are at the Rail.

Lugz Coffee on Main is now hosting live bands (and also serving alcohol) and on January 9th they welcome Pompoir, Stamina Mantis, and Fortune.

On January 15th, Falcao and Monashee are at Pat's with Fine Mist and Chris-a-riffic.

Adjective play the Media Club on January 17th with Sex with Strangers, the SSRIs, and Accost.

On February 7th, the guys over at Twee Death are throwing a show at Little Mountain Studios. Gregg Kowalsky, Darwinsbitch, and Sade Sade (Gabriel Mindel Saloman, ex-Yellow Swans) all play.

Simian Mobile Disco is at the Commodore on March 12th. (thanks Nick)

16mm passed along that they recorded a cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" to get you in the holiday mood. It's on their MySpace.

Also, the "Juvie" on all the flyers for NYE at the Biltmore stands for Juvenile Hall. They have a MySpace, if you were wondering.

And, the Land of Talk show originally scheduled for February 7th at the Biltmore is canceled because Liz Powell needs to get throat surgery. I hope you'll join me in wishing her a quick recovery.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Taking a break from music, just for today.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008
slow hand of death

Thanks to everyone who came down to the Biltmore on Sunday. The band situation got a bit mixed up at the last minute, so apologies if you came down to see Edo play (his keyboard was stuck in Little Mountain Studios) or read the posters that said Gang Violence would be on the bill (posters went up and something came up for them). Thanks to the bands who played and everyone who brought stuff down to sell. And a big thanks to the Kitchen Coup for cooking up some amazing snacks. Also, a special thank you to Jody Glenham, who filled in for Edo and his MIA equipment at the last minute... and also Edo, who let me help out and did most of the real work.

And now for some catching up...

If you missed night one of the Mint Records Christmas party a few weeks ago, you can still catch Andrew WK's surprise performance here, here, and here.

My friend Gord did a great interview with Women for Narwhal Magazine. You can check that out here.

I wrote about Transmission over at Chart. Though if you want the short version, the locals really stole the show. Bison, Ladyhawk, and Twin Crystals were all amongst the best performances over three days. Woodhands were great as well.

I was also pleasantly surprised by Wildbirds & Peacedrums. Pfork already gushed about them earlier this year. But if you didn't take their recommendation, you should really check them out (though the records don't do their live show justice).

Love & Mathematics is at the Biltmore on December 17th.

Collapsing Opposites, Aaron Read, Stefana Fratila, Ben & Gorodetsky, and the brilliantly named Ghost Face Killers are at Hoko's on the 18th.

Snailhouse are at the Peanut Gallery on December 20th with the Old Familiar and Brasstronaut.

Terrorbird plays Glory Days at the Biltmore on the 27th, replacing the Clips (who were originally announced on that date).

Speaking of Glory Days, despite the snow, it was pretty good on Saturday. Gang Violence were in their usual fine form.

Speaking of the Biltmore, they're hosting "Ice Cream Social vs. the ER" on NYE. Defektors, Gang Violence, and Juvie all perform and the Ice Cream Social DJs share the turntables with Justin (ex-Mutators, Sex Negatives, the closest thing the ER has to management). Tix are $15 in advance at Zulu, Scratch, Red Cat, and Beatstreet.

The Supersuckers are at the Biltmore on January 2nd with Carpenter.

Wovenhandis at the Biltmore on January 17th with Silver Summit and Sinoia Caves.

The Clipse are at Richard's on January 21st.

Beach House is at Richard's on January 25th.

The Murder City Devils have their original line-up back together and they're at the Commodore on February 13th with Past Lives.

Kool Keith is at Richard's on February 17th.

AC Newman is at the Biltmore on February 20th with Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele.

Antony & the Johnsons do an all-ager at the Vogue on February 27th.

Hawksley Workman is at the Commodore the same night with Chad VanGaalen.

Turbonegro is at the Commodore on April 14th.

Cold War Kids are at the Commodore on April 21st.

And the Weakerthans are at the Ballroom with the Cons on May 1st and 2nd.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
conduit for sale

For the first time, I'm helping organize a show. Considering the focus of this blog, I guess that's a long time coming. Needless to say, I'm pretty excited. Plus, this show's a little different than your typical affair.

The whole thing goes down on Sunday, December 14th at the Biltmore from noon-6pm and in addition to bands, there'll be a swap meet featuring some fine local retailers, artists, and craft makers, plus you (well, potentially you) and food (pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, and fries) will be sold by the Kitchen Coup (aka Cohen, formerly of the Clips).

If you have garage-sale type stuff to sell, especially records, cds, tapes, band memorabilia, tshirts, etc. then you don't need to book a table. You can simply come down before noon on Sunday and find a nook or cranny to sell from.

If you are a craft makers, vendor, or Do-It-Yourself-er, wanting a feature table, then please email Edo at to book one.... for FREE! (till these spots are all filled).

There are a ton of other shows on the horizon, but here's some stuff that's coming up quick (I'll get to the rest later this week):

Tomorrow (Thursday), Neapolitan is hosting a benefit for Erin from Shearing Pinx's pet McCaul. Ahna, Gabriel Mindel, Les Beyond, Aerosol Constellations, Mr. Ugly, Dullmoofs, Empty Love, The Holee See, Solars, and Rrkkttss all perform.

Also tomorrow, at Little Mountain Studios, is Tell It On A Mountain, a Christmas pageant that my friend Olivia is helping to organize. In addition to her, Chrismith, Louise Burns, Jody Glenham, Chris-a-rific, Zach Gray, Kerry O'Donovan, Aidan Dee, Steven Donald Robert Nelson, Angela Fama, Cris Derkson, Emmett Hall, and Lise Monique Oakley all perform and Taz and Ryan from the Sunday Service host. Cover is $7, but you can save $2 if you bring a donation for the food bank.

On Friday, the Biltmore hosts "Funderwear." Christer, Dan Mangan, Hannah Georges, and Arctic all perform and attendees are encouraged to bring new underwear and socks that the DTES Women's Centre and the Salvation Army will hand out to Vancouver's less fortunate.

On December 18th, Pompoir and Role Mach play Honey.

And on December 20th, gr8-2000, Aaron Read, and Candles are at Little Mountain.

now playing: Wire - One of Us


Friday, December 05, 2008
set us free

Long time, no posts. Sorry, I've been busy.

Bedouin Soundclash are going to try to play a rally for InSite again. This time Black Mountain are on the bill too. Goes down tomorrow at 4:30pm near Main and Hastings.

Weirdness goes down at the Biltmore on December 11th, featuring Sex Negatives, Juvie, Haunted Beard, and the resident Weirdness DJs.

Winning are at the Peanut Gallery on December 14th with Heals and Piers Whyte.

Fear of Tomorrow are at the Cobalt on December 16th with Grown Men and Healthy Students. The latter is Andy Dixon, Gregory Adams (both ex-Red Light Sting/currently in Winning among other things), Al Boyle, and Steve Matheson (both currently in Taxes among other things) playing hardcore punk. Awesome.

Speaking of Andy, another project of his called Make Love will be playing with Dixie's Death Pool at Grace Gallery on December 18th. After the bands, they're screening Rainbow War, which I remember fondly from Expo 86.

MSTRKRFT are at the Plaza on December 28th with Paul Devro. According to the Facebook event, "the Plaza is closing its doors for bigger and better things in 2009." I don't know what that means for live music, but if their idea of "bigger and better" follows the lead of the rest of the Granville strip, it probably won't be good.

The Clips won't be playing Glory Days on 27th. I'm sure a replacement band will be announced soon though.

And Gang Violence are also on the Monotonix/Twin Crystals bill at the Biltmore on the 29th, making an already great show even better.

now playing: Big Black - The Power of Independent Trucking




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

AA = all ages
DG = @damaged goods
DFTK = @dirty for the kids
FJW = @fake jazz wed
EN = @easy now
GD = @glory days
HL = @higher learning JH = @junior high
JY= @junkyard
RRPP = @rocknroll pizza party
SD = @shindig
TT = @toonie tuesday
NW = @no worries

more shows
the biltmore
the railway
the red room

club action
culture club
damaged goods
east van soul club
glory days
ice cream social
no more strangers
wild zero

local favourites

mostly music
a day in the life of...
a reminder
chipped hip
duncan's donuts
expressway to my skull
goodnight neverland
hero hill
the indie files
my indie world
radio zero
the skinny
weird pop vancouver
winnie cooper

red cat

formed a band
the abramson singers
black mountain
the clips
fine mist
no gold
nu sensae
twin crystals
white lung

dj kicks
betti forde
cam dales
dg djs
expendable youth
john cougar
paul devro
tyler fedchuk

everything else
beyond robson
chez nous presents
linds & nicola
ryan walter wagner
safe amplification site society
the straight
twee death
urban diner
vancouver is awesome
vanity presents

everywhere else

brooklyn vegan
copy, right
feed your habit
for the 'records'
good weather for airstrikes
gorilla vs. bear
i am fuel, you are friends
i (heart) music
largehearted boy
mad decent
mcnutt against the music
more cowbell
music (for robots)
my old kentucky blog
the outernet
palms out sounds
pop (all love)
rock, paper, pixels
said the gramophone
soul sides
songs: illinois
weird canada

you ain't no picasso

cbc radio 3
coke machine glow
glorious noise
schedule two
tiny mixtapes




on repeat
i'll make you a tape
one song
promo pile

previous posts
all this horror business
Obviously, the appropriate first post in a month...
Three more sleeps!
it goes on and on and on
nikki don't
end of the cause
in the red
when you're around, my heart makes this sound
i'd never heard someone say that before
i love how you love me


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