Thursday, April 30, 2009
if you strike me down in anger, here i stand

It seems like ages since I've posted about any shows I've seen. Well, it has been ages, actually.

Between then and now, I managed to catch Leonard Cohen (who was brilliant--check out Elaine Corden's review), Boogie Monster (whose wicked set included some noisily re-imagined covers of Kanye and Japandroids), and Piper Davis (who was in her usual fine form at Glory Days).

Between then and now, that thing up there also came out (although, they didn't have it at RedCat yet when I went the other day, so I don't have the real thing). Some people whose opinions hold a lot more weight than mine really like it.

The guys were out on tour when Brian had to be rushed to the hospital, which you may have read about. Hope you'll join me in wishing him a quick recovery.

Lions in the Street are at the Media Club on Friday with Chris Read & the Pool Hall Gospel.

Hermetic play Little Mountain on May 2nd with Collapsing Opposites, Search Parties, and the SSRIs.

The same night, Jaws and No Gold play the Astoria.

Bravo Juliet play the Railway on May 6th with the Blue Violets and the Good News.

Bend Sinister play the Biltmore on May 7th with Language Arts and We Are the City.

The same night, Man Your Horse, Aunts & Uncles, and the Armadilettantes are at the Backstage Lounge.

Julie Doiron is at the Biltmore on June 14th.

Slayer and Megadeth are at GM Place on June 24th. Epic.

Three Mile Pilot are reunited and at Richard's on July 21st.

Kings of Leon are at GM Place on August 15th.

And, it's out of town, but the Cap Hill Block Party features the Jesus Lizard and Sonic-fucking-Youth as headliners this year. Two days for $40 USD. See you there?

Oh, and go, Canucks, go!

now playing: Sonic Youth - Antenna

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Sorry for the lack of updates. I had a busy week.

Regulars: April 27th-May 3rd

Skinny Mondays @ the Biltmore: Duval Star, Blue and White Van, the Living Deadbeats

Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: Back on May 12th

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: the Dead Are Those Who Have Died, Drawnire, Frozen Stake, Ptarmigan, Darren Williams
Inept Wednesdays @ the Astoria: unknown
The Beehive @ Honey: back on May 6th

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Hermetic, Cairo, and Treelines
Weirdness @ the Biltmore: returns next month

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: the Grave Life
Far Away @ the Media Club: unknown

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Gang Violence, Love & Electrik, Vincent Parker
Nightshift @ the Astoria: returns on the 9th
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: returns on the 9th

now playing: Chicago vs. Calgary - Game 6

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Monday, April 20, 2009
get well bomb

I'm booking the band(s) once a month for Damaged Goods, which goes down every Friday at the Astoria, now. The first one of those nights is this Friday. And, as you can see from the above flyer, the lovely guys in Boogie Monster agreed to play. They don't really fit the flow of a dance night, but personally, I think a loud, noisy band with DJs on either side is the best of both worlds. Oh, and the Astoria is finally allowed to stay open until 2am again, so come early and stay late.

Regulars: April 20th-April 26th

Skinny Mondays @ the Biltmore: Poolhall Gospel, Wild Life, and Closely Watched Trains

Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: Pink Noise, Tight Solid, Peace, and Bad Fate

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: Bird Costumes, Mattress, Robe & Allied, and Ahna
Inept Wednesdays @ the Astoria: Petroleum By-Products
The Beehive @ Honey: unknown

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Stamina Mantis, Pompoir, Mattress, and Litter Bearer
Weirdness @ the Biltmore: returns next month

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Boogie Monster
Far Away @ the Media Club: unknown

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Piper Davis
Nightshift @ the Astoria: White Lung, B-Lines, and the Bloggers
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Local Natives and the Union Line

now playing: Chicago vs. Calgary - Game 3

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Friday, April 17, 2009
i'm quality like whitney's bobby/i'm skating on blades like sidney crosby

Sorry for the lack of updates. I had a bunch of other writing to do and got invited to help sort through the Music Waste submissions (it's going to be another great fest). Plus, the bulk of the rest of my free time this week has centered around hockey.

Fake Shark-Real Zombie plays an all-ager at the Rio Theatre on April 25th with the Good News and the Heard.

Jay Reatard is at the Biltmore on June 16th.

The next night, Au Revoir Simone are at Richard's.

No Age plays Glory Days at the Biltmore on June 20th with the Goat. There aren't any advance tickets, so it's $15 at the door, first come, first serve.

The Decemberists are doing a pair of all-agers at the Vogue on July 21st and 22nd.

Way in advance, Band of Horses is at the Commodore on September 4th.

And there's a bunch of stuff going on for Record Store Day tomorrow that I'm too lazy to detail... but that gives you an excuse to visit Scratch, Dandelion, Zulu, and Red Cat tomorrow to find out for yourself.

Go, Canucks, go!


Monday, April 13, 2009
telephone wires

Regulars: April 13th-April 19th

Skinny Mondays @ the Biltmore: The Intelligence, Sex Church and Gang Violence

Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: Hard Feelings, What's Wrong with Tohei?, and Womankind

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: back on April 22nd
The Beehive @ Honey: back on April 22nd

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Boogie Monster, Crystal Swells, Shipyards
Weirdness @ the Biltmore: returns next month

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: All Purpose Voltage Heroes
Far Away @ the Media Club: unknown

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Twin Crystals
Nightshift @ the Astoria: back on the 25th
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: back on the 25th

now playing: Celebration - Our Hearts Don't Change

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Saturday, April 11, 2009
never get old

I made it down to the Astoria late last night to catch most of Colourbook. It seemed like every time they made it over from the island for a show, I already had tickets to something else, so I was pretty psyched to finally check them out. They'd been recommended by multiple friends and last night explained that. The game's back on, so I'll leave it at that.

Tomorrow, Aunts and Uncles (featuring members of the SSRIs, Friends from School, the Rub, and the Barcelona Chair) play their debut show at the Media Club. They'll open for Koro Kidinga and Man Your Horse, with Ford Pier rounding out the bill.

The guys behind Ice Cream Social are throwing a party at the Rio on April 18th. They'll be spinning, of course, but there'll also be a screening of Hard Day's Night and "the Ice Cream Socialites" (Ice Cream Social DJs Trevor Risk and Justin Gradin along with Louise Burns) will play a set of cover tunes live.

Also, the show originally scheduled for the Kits Showboat is now at the original ER, due to the (apparently) coming rains.It's back at the showboat. 9pm start.

And a reminder that April 15th is the deadline to submit to Music Waste:

now playing: the Canucks vs. Avs

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
the boys are leaving town

Here's a super fast recap of the last little while:

I made it out to the Media Club last night to catch White Denim. Their debut's a nice blend of soulful garage rock and parts of a bunch of other things, but it sounded a little flat, which is the exact opposite of what they sounded like live. Last night they were raw, energetic, and really loud.


Japandroids played their last show in Vancouver until near the end of May. They're on tour on and off for the foreseeable future, so tell your out of town friends.

On Saturday, I was at the Biltmore early for AIDS Wolf show. The show was rather sparsely attended, which was a bummer, since they were their usually great selves.

Because of the lack of an audience, all the bands got pushed back a bit, so Shearing Pinx played on the floor to let AIDS Wolf set up on the stage behind them at the same time. Having the amps out on the floor made them even louder than usual, which sounded great at times, but also got close to uncomfortable at certain points. Teaches me not to pack around my ear plugs.

Twin Crystals started off the evening. Because the start got pushed back, they had their set time shortened. It didn't hamper their performance though. The guys just ripped through 20-minutes without letting up. Great stuff as usual.

I stuck around after to check out Modern Creatures at Glory Days, which turned out to be a great move. I was pretty fond of the band to begin with, but they really killed it on Saturday with a set that might have been the highlight of a pretty great evening of music.

Discorder's throwing a show at the Astoria on May 6th with Nu Sensae, Petroleum By-Products, and gr8-2000.

Clues return to Vancouver on May 30th. They'll play the Biltmore.

Crystal Castles are at the Commodore on June 4th.

Jens Lekman is at Richard's on June 7th.

The Von Bondies are at Richard's the next night. The Racoons open.

Telepathe is at the Biltmore on June 9th.

now playing: Wilco - A Shot in the Arm

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Monday, April 06, 2009
high friends

Regulars: April 6th-April 12th

Skinny Mondays @ the Biltmore: Adjective, Mode Moderne, and Hard Feelings

Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: Grown Man, Congress, and Fortune

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: Coastal, Taskmaster, Rusalka, Sistrenatus, and Greifer
The Beehive @ Honey: the Green Hour and the Trap Doors

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: canceled this week. Originally scheduled bands play Little Mountain (see sidebar)
Weirdness @ the Biltmore: returns next month

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Colourbook
Far Away @ the Media Club: Jeremy Jay

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Baby Control performing as "Babe Patrol" (3/4 of Baby Control and [I think] Greg from Winning/Secret Mommy Quintet/ex-Red Light Sting)
Nightshift @ the Astoria: Modern Creatures and Nu Sensae
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Mexican Drug Patrol and the Rub

- Far Away's been on for awhile (old news to some), but this is the first week they've had a live act as the guest. Tyler Fedchuk, Cam Dales, and Mike Barrow of Radio Zero (among other things) DJ regularly.
- Damaged Goods is now every Friday at the Astoria. Sex Attack DJs regularly.
- Nighshift is now every Saturday at the Astoria. Tyler Fedchuk and Justin Gradin DJ regularly.

And it doesn't really fit with the live music night theme, but after a week off, Ice Cream Social is back on at Shine tonight.

now playing: HEALTH - Die Slow

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Friday, April 03, 2009
in the house

Re-Up sounds like a pretty cool concept: Rico Uno and My!Gay!Husband! playing rap songs all night with some pretty decent drink specials. I just don't get why all the advertising says "Granville & Hastings, alley entrance," instead of "Pop Opera back room, alley entrance." It is where it is, you know?

The Fine Mist, gr8-2000, Nihilist Party, London Drugs show that originally featured Chris-a-riffic and was originally scheduled for last weekend, goes down tomorrow at Little Mountain.

Speaking of Fine Mist, have I mentioned how great their new tune is? I have now. They'll also be opening the Brasstronaut homecoming/CD release show at the Biltmore on the 30th.

The Barcelona Chair, Owl Drugs, and Woolworm are at Little Mountain on April 9th.

Nightshift--that I thought was going to be a monthly at the Biltmore, but is apparently whenever and wherever Justin and Tyler decide, which is cool--presents Modern Creatures and Nu Sensae at the Astoria on April 11th.

On April 15th, Payday Millionaire plays the Railway with Trembling and Bright Light Fades.

Antler plays Little Mountain on April 28th with the Abramson Singers.

The Abramson Singers celebrate the release of their forthcoming album on June 12th at St. James Hall.

Lady Sovereign is at Richard's on May 22nd.

And the Pains of Being Pure at Heart are at the Biltmore on July 24th.

now playing: Radio Zero


Wednesday, April 01, 2009
crossing bridges

Contest: CJSF Birthday Party Ticket Giveaway

CJSF is celebrating six years on the FM dial on April 16th at the Biltmore with Wintermitts, Blackberry Wood, and the Trap Doors and they gave me a pair of tickets to give away.

We'll keep this one simple. If you want a pair of tix to the show, just email me at quinn.omori AT with your full name and the subject line "CJSF Ticket Giveaway" before noon on April 14th, and I'll pick a winner at random. Easy, huh?

Oh, and the show's 19+. Sorry, kids.

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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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