Tuesday, January 27, 2009
basic instructions

The GZA returns to Vancouver on March 24th. This time around the Genius rocks the Commodore. Unlike last time, he'll be pulling from his entire catalogue throughout, rather than performing Liquid Swords front-to-back.

DD/MM/YYYY are at the Biltmore on February 18th with Sylvie and Twin Crystals.

Memewar Magazine celebrates the release of their 8th issue at the Railway on February 19th with the Creaking Planks, Wintermitts, and the Ballgag N Chain Gang.

Jody Glenham celebrates the release of her latest at the Biltmore on March 3rd with Analog Bell Service, Laura Smith, and Bad Moves

The Sadies do a two night stand at the Biltmore on March 13th and 14th. Julie Doiron opens the first night, Rich Hope the next.

The Ting Tings are at the Commodore on April 11th. (thanks Rachel)

Dan Deacon is at Richard's on April 26th with Future Islands and Teeth Mountain.

On April 27th, a second Bloc Party show's been added. It's also at the Commodore and also features Hot Hot Heat as openers.

now playing: TV on the Radio - Wear You Out


Friday, January 23, 2009
fourth of july

Dean Wareham, currently of Dean and Britta, but perhaps more notably of Galaxie 500, is doing an in-store at Zulu on January 31st at 4pm.

Tonight, Dylan Thomas & Your Vancouver Vipers play the Know?Show wrap-up party at the Chapel with Tight Solid and the Schulz Trio.

Also tonight, Junior Major are having a CD release at the Biltmore with the Paper Cranes and the Good News.

Tomorrow, fittingly, the Tomorrows play with Bad Moves at the Railway.

On January 26th, Buffaloswans play the Beaumont Theatre (at 5th & Alberta).

On February 3rd, they're at the Railway with Make Love (feat. Andy from Secret Mommy, etc) and Dixie's Death Pool.

On February 6th:
- Jackfruit, Bend Sinister (who'll debut their new lead guitarist), and Adaline are at Richard's
- Connect_icut, David Grove, Solars, and Empty Love are at the Western Front for a Friday edition of Fake Jazz
- Chris Smith, Woodpigeon, and Jody Glenham are at Little Mountain
- The Biltmores (featuring members of Gang Violence, CH 3x4, Nu Sensae, Mutators, Sex Negatives and Ian Wyatt) are at... well, guess.

The Good News play Glory Days on Valentine's Day DJ Skeet Skeet flies up from LA as the guest DJ for the night.

Steve Aoki is at Celebs with Paul Devro on February 20th.

Great Lake Swimmers are at St. James Hall on March 29th and at the Norm Theatre on the 30th. (via Bunkle Life

Crystal Antlers open the Cold War Kids Show. In addition to taking them on tour, they'll teach them how to cope when the internet stops hyping your band.

Empress open for Gregg Kowalsky.

And White Lung are off the Glory Days bill on February 7th.

now playing: Sleater-Kinney - Get Up


Thursday, January 22, 2009
everybody knows that you're coast to coast kid

The Clips - "Space Kidz" (via Pitchfork TV


Tuesday, January 20, 2009
tokyo eye

Japanese Graffiti, Nihilist Party, and Blouse play at Neapolitan on January 23rd.

The Peanut Gallery hosts Luka from Basketball's going away party on January 24th (he's taking off to Spain to meet up with the other 2/3rds of his band). Luka plays with Andy Dixon and No Gold and Healthy Students round out the bill. Double duty for Andy.

Haunted Beard do Hoko's on January 30th with Shipyards, Kidnap Kids, and Loup Garoux.

Shearing Pinx are at Video-In (which I should really start calling VIVO two years or so late) with Treasure Mammal, Sex Negatives, gr8-2000, and Stamina Mantis on January 31st.

The same night, Keep It Clear, Dichotomy, Gone But Not Forgotten, Healthy Students, and Vacant State play at 648 Kingsway.

Also on the 31st, Vapid play Glory Days at the Biltmore.

Sorcerers and Adelaide are at the Biltmore on February 3rd.

Dylan Thomas, who's now being backed by Your Vancouver Vipers, plays the Biltmore with Minto Chipman, Red Cedar, and the Greff Band on February 5th.

Japandroids are at the Cobalt on February 7th with Terror Bird, White Owl, and Tight Solid.

Also on the 7th, White Lung and Fornix play Glory Days at the Biltmore.

O Paon (aka Genevieve Castree, but probably best known as Woelv) brings the romance to St. James Hall for a Valentine's Day all-ager. Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman (ex-Yellow Swans), who play as Diadem, and Aaron Read support.

Helio Sequence are at the Biltmore on February 19th.

The same night, You Say Party! We Say Die! do one for the kids in the 'burbs, when they play Abbotsford's Yale Secondary with Hard Feelings.

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are at Richard's on March 13th.

On March 18th, Plants & Animals are at the Biltmore.

Ariel Pink is at the Media Club on March 21st.

AIDS Wolf are back at the Biltmore on April 4th.

On April 18th, Black Kids are at the Commodore with Mates of State.

Bloc Party play the Ballroom on April 26th Hot Hot Heat.

And Animal Collective are at the Commodore on May 24th. They have the 21st-23rd off. How much do you want to bet they're doing Sasquatch on the 23rd?

now playing: Notorious B.I.G. - Party and Bullshit (Ratatat Remix)


Wednesday, January 14, 2009
golden tombs

Odd strategy, but ultimately good news.

now playing: Death - Politicians in My Eyes


Tuesday, January 13, 2009
police and thieves

So, as Jonny mentioned in the comments a couple of posts back, the ER show this past Saturday was, in addition to being their 2nd anniversary, also the last show in the space. I was asked not to make a big deal out of that fact, which is why I didn't post it on the main page after he kindly commented about it.

Unfortunately, the cops weren't as pysched about the party as the loads of people who showed up.

I made it down around 11:30pm and had missed No Gold, which was a bummer. Although, it wasn't as disappointing as finding out that they announced that it would be their last time performing together. I talked to Liam briefly and he mentioned other projects to come though.

I did catch White Owl and Sex Negatives before the place got shut down. It was disappointing that so many other great bands didn't get a chance to do their thing there one more time, but it was great that Justin, who took the lead in keeping the place running for the last two years, had one more go behind the kit that night.

A big thank you to him, the bands, and everyone else who made the ER what it was: one of my favourite places to see live music in this city.

Ryan Walter Wagner has a couple of much nicer pics up on his flickr.

Speaking of Ryan, his new band Tight Solid, which also features Burnside (ex-Treacherous Machete), is playing the Balmoral on the 17th with the Best Revenge, and Elton Bong.

The same day (from midnight that morning to midnight on the 18th), tune into CiTR for 24 Hours of Radio Art, which is a full day of sound collage, audio experimentation, and noise. For more, check the Facebook event page here.

On Sunday, Grace Gallery hosts the release of the book "Fifty One Ways to Make New Friends." In addition to the book release, the evening also features a collaborative performance from Andy Dixon and Basketball's Luka Rogers. Andy describes it as a cross between Basketball and Secret Mommy. Door and bar proceeds go to the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre.

On January 23rd, Centre A Gallery is home to Up With Hope, featuring Corbin Murdoch & the Nautical Miles and Shindig runners-up, the Sappers. All the proceeds go to the Up with Hope Project.

Low Decibel Festival goes down at the Shed on January 31st. The evening features over 20 acts doing two songs each without the aid of any electricity, not even batteries, and not even for microphones. Show starts at 7pm, so get there early if you plan on going. Check the full line-up here.

Cadence Weapon is at the Biltmore on February 28th with Thunderheist. Seeing as it's a Saturday, I'd imagine it's part of Glory Days.

Bonnie Prince Billy is at the Vogue on March 25th.

Acid Mother's Temple is at the Biltmore on April 7th.

And, Lions in the Street have a new EP up for download from their website for the increasingly popular price point of "whatever you want."

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Friday, January 09, 2009
i don't wanna worry about dying

Pitchfork's On Repeat: Japandroids - "Young Hearts Spark Fire"

Fuck yeah, guys!

If you're interested, the demo versions of the songs from their forthcoming full length (out on Unfamiliar in the Spring) are up on their Facebook page.

now playing: Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire


Thursday, January 08, 2009
damaged enough

Really short notice, but Twin Crystals and Nu Sensae are at Honey tonight.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009
no metal

Been a long time. Sorry. My only New Year's resolution is to put a little more time aside for this thing again.

With that in mind, going back to last Tuesday at the Biltmore, there are some photos of Monotonix. It was sort of like Girl Talk. Genre-wise, things were obviously really different, but the spectacle was so amazing it sort of pulled your attention away from the music.

And what about the music? Their album certainly indicates that they've got songs--actual songs--but live it seemed like there was a lot of repetitive riffing, a lot of sporadic drumming (between setting up the kit at various places throughout the bar), and a lot of incomprehensible vocals.

Still, when I think about last Tuesday I think about what Sean said to me the first time I saw Girl Talk: "it's like Vancouver woke up from it's coma." Never a bad thing.

Twin Crystals and Gang Violence took opening duties and were in their usual fine form.

Tomorrow, Hello Shark, Buffalo Swans, Chris-a-riffic, and Shay Roselip are at the Peanut Gallery.

On Saturday, the ER re-opens(!) with a show featuring Twin Crystals, Defektors, Modern Creatures, Nu Sensae, Sex Negatives, White Owl, and No Gold. Don't call it a comeback.

On January 17th, Spenking (sometime Dirty Projector, Spencer Kingman) is playing "the Shed" (815 E. 10th, around the back) with Ruth, Alice, & Dana, the Kidnap Kids, Falcao & Monashee, and Raw Beast. If you're so inclined, you can bring a dish for a potluck brunch, because this sucker gets going at 11am.

The Pets, Dinosaur + the Missing Link, Gape Attack, and Timecopz are at Honey on January 22nd.

Die Rotzz play the Peanut Gallery on January 23rd with the Maynards and B-Lines.

The Metronomy show originally scheduled for the Bourbon on the 25th is now at the Biltmore on the 24th (for Glory Days). Fan Death opens.

The Mae Shi are at the Biltmore on January 29th with Shearing Pinx, Certain Breeds, and Sex Party (good luck googling that band website).

Hercules & Love Affair drop into Celebs on January 30th to do a DJ set with LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums open the Lykke Li show on February 11th. If you plan on going, make sure you get there in time to catch their opening set.

On February 28th, Hard Feelings play the Peanut Gallery with Defektors, B-Lines, and the Parallels.

The Presets are at the Commodore on April 13th.

If you sign up for the mailing list at Piper Davis' website, you'll get a free mp3 every month.

If you head over to Al from Taxes' tumblr, you'll find a whole bunch of new Taxes tunes.

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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

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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