Wednesday, March 25, 2009
picture bloodbaths in elevator shafts



I made it down to the Commodore for the GZA last night. I'm reviewing it for Discorder, so I'll keep it brief here. The Genius was in fine form, although the setlist was a bit front-loaded with Liquid Swords stuff, and while I do like his new material, it's hard to top Liquid Swords, so the pacing was a bit awkward. As with all Wu-related shows, his own material was interspersed with verses from some Clan classics, including the crowd taking most of Inspectah Deck's verse on "Triumph" before GZA did his. The highlight, however, came when Talib Kweli was invited on stage (what he was doing in Vancouver, I have no idea) to freestyle for 10-minutes or so. He remarked that he was "too drunk for this," but an intoxicated Kweli can still get by.

I'm sorry for that terrible pun.

Creaking Planks, Al Mader, the Minimalist Jug Band, Eryn Holbrook, Ehren Salazar, Paul Hendriks, John Barbour, and magician Travis Bernhardt all perform at the April Ship of Foold Birthday Celebration at Cafe Montmartre on April 4th.

Sebastien Grainger plays Richard's on April 5th. Ahead of that, he'll do an instore at Zulu at 3:30pm.

Jon-Rae Fletcher is having a belated CD release party for his latest, the very good, Oh, Maria on April 10th. The Sleepy Sun and Darcy from Ladyhawk support.

Laura Barrett plays Blim on April 11th with the Phonemes and Prairie Cat.

On April 17th, Apollo Ghosts, Collapsing Opposites, Search Parties, Zombie Pistolero are playing at Mel Lehan's Provincial Election campaign headquarters (at Broadway & Trutch). Lehan's attempting the noble, yet rather daunting task of unseating Gordo in May.

Handsome Furs are at Richard's on June 4th.

The next night, Camera Obscura is at the Commodore.

Death Cab plays the Coliseum with the New Pornographers and Ra Ra Riot on July 16th.

Black Lips play the Commodore with Deerhunter on July 23rd. This sounds pretty awesome.

The Church of Very Bright Lights has been added to the Women bill on the 5th.

And, a correction on the May 30th Chain & the Gang/Hive Dwellers gig. It'll now be at Little Mountain. Rose Melberg is now playing as well.

now playing: Fine Mist - Stop or Start

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4 Comments:

i thought black lips werent aloud in the country? guess they worked that out, rad double bill.

By Anonymous jordan, at 10:28 PM  

I think I remember reading that too, but it's a LiveNation affair, so I imagine they've got all of that in order.

By Blogger Quinn, at 10:29 PM  

Holy effing shit. That bill knocks my socks off.

By Blogger iurbansk, at 11:58 PM  

Talib played a show at Gossip (the old Plush, Rage, etc.) on Monday night.

By Anonymous Chris, at 10:02 AM  

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