Tuesday, May 26, 2009
smiling off

Here's a really quick recap of the weekend (and then some)...

Last night, I made it down to the Biltmore to catch Black Dice, Wolf Eyes, and Sade Sade. Wolf Eyes were their usually great selves. I was really into Black Dice, but they sort of edge close to dance music like HEALTH, which I'm all for, I just wish people would move a little more when they're playing (although, I was pretty bagged by the time they came on, so I probably shouldn't talk). It was my first time seeing Gabriel Saloman's (aka Sade Sade) post-Yellow Swans output and I was pretty stoked on it. He did a half hour droney, experimental piece that drew all of it's source noise from a blank tape played through a cheap, old walkmen. The result sounded like the audio equivalent of a Rorschach test. As my friend quipped, "you'd have to have been in the right mood," which I was. Interesting stuff, either way.

Saturday, I was at the Astoria for Night Shift. My friend Todd plays in Timecopz, so I was simultaneously excited and a bit nervous to see them play. I have trouble lying about music (and in general, when it comes to personal opinions), so friends in bands can always lead to potentially awkward situations, but I'm happy to report that I thought they slayed. They don't do anything terribly original, but they play loud, no frills, punk rock really well. Looking forward to seeing them at Music Waste again. Also, not terribly original (not that much is), were Mode Moderne, who headlined. I'm really not a fan of dudes who sing like Ian Curtis, save for Ian Curtis (and sometimes the guy from Interpol), so I wasn't really feeling it. Although, if he just sounds like that, I suppose there's not much he can do about it. At any rate, sounding like Ian Curtis is better than naturally sounding like the guy from Creed or something.

And Friday, I helped put on a show. Thanks to Fine Mist and Candles for playing.

On June 7th, Savannah Leigh plays the Railway with Dustin Bentall and Kent McAlister & the Iron Choir.

June 13th marks the last ever at Seylynn Hall. Ghost House, Circles, Healthy Students, Woolworm, and Set to Go all play.

Ladyhawk and Lightning Dust are playing at Lifetime (Manitoba & 5th) on June 16th. (via Vancouver is Awesome)

The Evaporators and Andrew WK have teamed up for a split 7" and are also teaming up for a pair of shows on June 23rd. They'll play a free all-ages instore at Neptoon at 4pm and play the Biltmore with the Vicious Cycles later that night.

Gift of Gab is at the Biltmore on June 24th.

Cage plays the Biltmore on July 14th with Yak Ballz.

Elvis Costello is at Malkin Bowl on August 24th.

And, way in advance, Mono plays the Biltmore on October 5th with Maserati.

now playing: Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Moya

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2/14 The Ballyntines and Pleasure Cruise (TT) @ the Biltmore
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2/19 The Asteroids Galaxy Tour w/Vacationer @ Venue
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3/17 William Fitzsimmons @ the Biltmore (early)
3/18 Magnetic Fields @ the Vogue (AA)
3/21 Plants & Animals>/b> @ the Rickshaw
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3/27 The Ting Tings @ the Commodore
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4/7 Heartless Bastards @ the Media Club
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4/8 Gotye @ the Vogue (AA)
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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
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