Wednesday, July 29, 2009
leaky lifeboat

On Sunday, I checked out the second day of VFest, making it just in time to hear the last of Awesome Color's songs while waiting to get in.

Jarvis Cocker was the first act that I actually saw. Jarvis, who wasn't exactly dressed for the weather, was his usual charming self, pulling mostly from his latest disc.

Future of the Left, whose latest disc I quite like, were on the side stage after that, but I opted to move closer to the mainstage, since Sonic Youth were playing there right after.

SY, who had Mark Ibold (ex-Pavement) playing bass with them, pulled almost solely from the Eternal, throwing in a pair of tracks from Daydream Nation ("Cross the Breeze" and "Silver Rocket"). While the set displayed that the newer stuff holds up pretty well against older tracks live, I could have done with a little more variety... but beggars can't be choosers.

I bailed just as Metric were finishing off their set. I wasn't huge on their latest, but they've definitely still got live chops.

Thanks to the Clips for playing Damaged Goods on Friday. And sorry, once again, that the DJ started playing music accidentally before you guys were actually finished.

Cartographers, Streetlight, and Wilderness Years play Funky Winkerbean's tonight.

On August 1st, there's a benefit for Goonies (at Goonies, of course) that features Candles, Nihilist Party, Shipyards, Gross Xmas, and Half Chinese.

Also on August 1st, Quintron & Miss Pussycat play an early show at the Media club with thee Manipulators.

Little Mountain is showing the Speculative Frontier on August 6th, a night that also features music by Jeffrey Allport and Empress.

Sex with Strangers, Combine the Victorious, Accost, and the Keeper play the Rail on August 8th. The Skinny will be there to make you laugh as well.

Kidnap Kids, Nihilist Party, Half Chinese, and Payday Millionaire play Lugz on August 14th.

Bats for Lashes play Venue on August 25th. (thanks Reilly)

Busdriver is at the Media Club on September 1st.

The Brunettes are at the Media Club on September 21st.

The Manic Street Preachers play the Commodore on September 22nd, which is their first visit to Vancouver since before I even got a fake ID, let alone reached the age of majority, which is a long ass time ago.

Kid Koala is at the Commodore the next night.

Brasstronaut play the Biltmore on September 23rd.

Holy Fuck play Venue on September 24th.

Pink Mountaintops are at the Rickshaw on September 27th.

"Monsters of Folk" (Conor Oberst, Jim James, and M.Ward) are at the Orpheum on October 13th.

Grizzly Bear plays the Vogue on October 14th. (thanks BunkleLife)

A Place to Bury Strangers are at the Biltmore on October 20th.

Yo La Tengo are at the Commodore on October 21st.

The Gossip plays the Ballroom the next night.

Built to Spill are at the Commodore on November 18th.

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Monday, July 27, 2009
love lice

Regulars: July 27th - August 2nd

Skinny Mondays @ the Biltmore: unknown (looking for a new venue?)

Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: back on August 4th
Sailing @ the Astoria: Makeout Videotape and Student Teacher

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: Man Club & Anju, Glaciers, n213, Yo Raid, and Whip the UFO
The Beehive @ Honey: the Parallels and the Split Ups
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: Minto, Lord Beginner, and the Weathered Pines

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: the Wicked Awesomes, Manic Attracts, Mutating Meltdown, and Timecopz

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Fake Shark-Real Zombie
Far Away @ the Media Club: unknown
Phantom Islands @ Hoko's: back at the end of August

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Pro Nails
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Walter TV and Makeout Videotape
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Elephant Train and Wild Palms

now playing: Wilderness Years - Prison Yard Single


Thursday, July 23, 2009
turkey sandwich

I was at the Biltmore last night to catch Mika Miko, making it down a little too late to see Nu Sensae, unfortunately (I was finishing a speech for a wedding this weekend).

The headliners were pretty great, and since I was sick when they came last with No Age, it was my first time seeing them, but they were shown up a little by White Lung, if you ask me.

The Audacity were sandwiched in between the two and played some fun, good enough, punk tunes. It's nothing that I'd go out of my way to see again, but it wasn't bad either.

Tomorrow, Plus Perfect, the City Streets, and the Falklands play Pat's.

No Bunny, Dead Ghosts, and B-Lines are at Pat's on the 28th.

Fake Sleep makes it's return on July 31st at VIVO. This time around, the night of drone features Freida Abtan, Empty Love, Secret Pyramid, the Robot Rim.

Woolworm, Aunts & Uncles, and T-T-Tracey are doing a free, all-ager at Our Town Cafe on August 2nd. Starts early (7:30pm).

Discorder presents Fine Mist, Role Mach, and Humans on August 5th at the Astoria.

The Frustrations are at Pat's with Defektors and Manic Attracts on the same night.

Adjective, Defektors, Animal Bodies, and Katastroya are at the Rickshaw on August 8th.

Katastroya plays the next night as well. They're at Red x Red (apparently it's a vodka bar?) with Girlfriends & Boyfriends and Sevens Nines & Tens.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
shut it down

Really quick: Shows that were originally scheduled for Richard's and where they've been moved.

Tonight - A-Trak is at Venue

July 30th - Blitzen Trapper is at Venue

August 1st - Alejandro Escovedo is at the Red Room

August 7th - Japandroids is at the Rickshaw

September 7th - Maximo Park is at Venue

Monday, July 20, 2009
neon eyelids lift me up to the sky

The Clips haven't played in Vancouver since November of last year, so I'm really excited that they agreed to play Damaged Goods this coming Friday. If you've heard their record or seen them live, I probably don't need to say much more than that.

I'm going to optimistically suggest that you should get there early, because this really should be a packed show.

Regulars: July 20th - July 26th

Skinny Mondays @ the Biltmore: unknown (looking for a new venue?)

Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: the Falklands, Plus Perfect, What's Wrong With Tohei?
Sailing @ the Astoria: Half Chinese

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: The Two Dads, Feral Children, Mind Kontrol Ultra, Human Shield, Knots
The Beehive @ Honey: back on July 29th
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: back on July 29th

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Stamina Mantis, Nihilist Party, and Role Mach

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: the Clips
Far Away @ the Media Club: MT-40
Phantom Islands @ Hoko's: Stamina Mantis, Payday Millionaire, Air Castle, and Sajia Sultana

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Hard Drugs and Adelaide
Night Shift @ the Astoria: back on August 8th
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: the Magician and Girlfriends & Boyfriends

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Friday, July 17, 2009
nun or bawd

On Sunday, OK Vancouver OK, Feral Children, Collapsing Opposites, Holzkopf, Garland & Yarn, and Mixylodian play Hoko's.

The Job, Crosstown Rivals, and Adjective are at the Railway on July 23rd.

Haunted Beard and Jarrett Evan Samson play at Solder & Sons on July 25th.

The SSRIs are back from tour and playing the Biltmore on July 30th with Ghost House, Hermetic, and Char2d2.

Damo Suzuki is at the Biltmore on August 8th with Sex Negatives and Defektors. It's an early show. Glory Days is after, as per usual.

On August 28th, Chez Nous presents Smooth Sailing at the Biltmore, which features a whole wack of bands (check the Facebook event) covering various yacht rock tunes. It'll be smooth.

Cuff the Duke are at the Biltmore on September 24th with Zeus.

Final Fantasy plays St. Andrew's Wesley Church on September 25th with Timbre Timbre.

Most Serene Republic are at the Biltmore on September 26th with Grand Archives.

Chad VanGaalen plays the Rio Theatre on October 15th with Castle Music.

And the Dodos play the Biltmore on October 24th 26th (thanks. I can't read, clearly) with the Ruby Suns.


Thursday, July 16, 2009
reality check

Sorry for the lack of posts (and weekly listings), I was on vacation and unable to secure internet access... or at least unwilling to actively seek out internet access.

Tonight, Manta Ray Gun, World Club, and Puberty play Honey for Honey Lung Thursday.

They also play Pat's tomorrow with Murder She Wrote.

Also on Friday:

Modern Creatures play Damaged Goods at the Astoria.

Walter TV play Far Away at the Media Club.

Patrick Brealey hosts his CD release at St. James Hall with the Abramson Singers.

The Rita, Sick Buildings, Burrow Owl, Taskmaster, Sade Sade, Anju Singh, Flay Grey, Rusalka and DJ Tapes play the Secret Location.


The Paper Cranes celebrate the release of their latest, Chivalry's Dead at Glory Days at the Biltmore.

Falcao & Monashee and Buffalo Swans play No More Strangers at Funky Winkerbean's.

B-Lines, New Values, and the Famines play Night Shift at the Astoria.

And Made in Mexico, Magick Daggers, Sex Negatives, Shearing Pinx, and Fortress are at the Secret Location.

More catching up tomorrow.


Thursday, July 09, 2009

Does anyone know if Pterodactyl is still playing at Honey?

They're on the poster, but no longer on the Honey Lung Myspace or Facebook page and their MySpace says they're playing the ER... which is unlikely (though possible, if it's the old one).

Edit: they're playing

i'm a mountain

On July 23rd and 31st the Biltmore hosts a pair of fundraising shows for the Green Mountain Music Festival. The first night features the Stumbler's Inn, Buffaloswans, the Surf Messiahs, Shiloh Lindsey, and David Chenery & the Lonesome Valley Singers, while the second show boasts Minto, No Horses, Sun Wizard, and Adelaide.

Why does a festival need fundraising? Because all of the profits go to charity. This year it's cystic fibrosis research.

The actual fest is out of town, but if you feel like taking a day (or longer) trip out to Nanaimo, it goes down on August 8th. Check their website for more.

The Safe Amplification Site Society is hosting a fundraising garage sale on Saturday at Main & 10th from 9am-2pm. Check the Facebook event if you have something to donate or for more info.

On the 12th, Sevens Nines & Tens play the Railway with the Patience Project and Maybe Smith.

The next night, Role Mach, Chris-a-riffic, Student Teacher, and Half Chinese play at Lugz Coffee.

Pierced Arrows are at the Biltmore on August 7th with Vapid and Thee Manipulators.

Daniel Johnston is at Venue on September 5th.

Monotonix are at the Biltmore on September 21st.

Sondre Lerche is at the Biltmore on September 30th.

School of Seven Bells is at the Biltmore on October 9th with Magic Wands.

now playing: Wilco - Ashes of American Flags


Monday, July 06, 2009
i guess the lord is in new york

Winnie-tv #5 - Japandroids from Winnie Cooper on Vimeo.

Totally unrelated to the weekly listings, but our (I was going to say "my," but they're your friends too, friends--awww) friends over at Winnie Cooper have been doing Winnie TV for awhile now. That's the latest episode with Japandroids above, but check their site for performances and interviews from Piper Davis, K-Os, Kidnap Kids, and Local Natives.

Regulars: July 6th - July 12th

Skinny Mondays @ the Biltmore: unknown (looking for a new venue?)

Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: Buried Inside, Ken Mode, Mudlark, and Congress
Sailing @ the Astoria: unknown

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: Stamina Mantis, Shearing Pinx, SPK Cool Punk Kidz, Frozen Stake, and Filip Gorecki
The Beehive @ Honey: back on July 15th
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: back on July 29th

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Shannon & the Clams, Dead Ghosts, Nu Sensae, Pompoir, and Pterodactyl

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Plus Perfect
Far Away @ the Media Club: Makeout Videotape (with Far-B-Q BBQ before hand)
Phantom Islands @ Hoko's: back on July 30th

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Autacoid and Humans
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Astoria Soul Club instead.
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Peace and World Club

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Friday, July 03, 2009
everyone's a critic

Tonight, Hotel (165 E. Hastings) hosts C/R/I/T/I/C/S a launch party for a book and 7" collaboration between Justin from Sex Negative and Andrea from Nu Sensae. The opening starts at 7pm and there's a live performance at 9pm. Check the Facebook event for more.

Sevens Nines & Tens play Pat's tomorrow with Yellow Knife and Wild Palms.

Also tomorrow, Hot Panda play the Railway with Allouette Lake & Palmer, the Enemy Feathers, and Way to Go, Einstein.

Tiny Vipers play Little Mountain on July 11th with Lazarus and Glaciers.

Psychic Ills play Little Mountain on July 14th with Indian Jewelry.

Nu Sensae, Defektors, V. Vecker, and Random Cuts are at the Rickshaw on July 16th.

Phonecalls (formerly Pink Noise), Peace, War Baby, Modern Creatures, Stamina Mantis, Katastroyka, n.213, and World Club play an all ager at the Rickshaw on July 30th.

Six Organs of Admittance plays the Biltmore on August 30th with the Intelligence.

D.O.A. are at the Commodore on September 25th. (thanks Bunkle Life)

Dinosaur Jr. play the Commodore on November 10th. Lou Barlow does double duty and opens the show as well.

And Adjective and their drummer, Jenni, have amicably split, so the band needs someone new to keep time. If you or someone you know is interested, hit them up by email at adjectivethenoun AT

now playing: Spacemen 3 - These Blues

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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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