Tuesday, September 29, 2009
never in a dream

I was sick (on my day off, even) yesterday, so I kept the internerding to a minimum, but here's the weekly listings, in the nick of time.

So, it's with some sadness that I compile the weekly listings today, as this week marks the end of one of the most important venues in the city, the Cobalt. The bar's welcomed the kind of music that's mostly un-welcomed by most other "legitimate" venues in town, so it's sort of fitting that Fake Jazz Wednesday plays it out tomorrow night. If you can't make it down for Boosh tonight or Fake Jazz tomorrow to raise a glass in person, I hope you'll join me in thanking Wendy, the staff, and all the people who've booked and played shows there over the years.

Regulars: September 28th-October 4th


Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: B-Lines, Nu Sensae, and Two Cabins
Sailing @ the Astoria: unknown

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: Deep/End, Aerosol Constellations, Black Mage, Reflektionss, Ahna, Horde of Two
The Beehive @ Honey: The Good News and Witch Water
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back on Octber 7th
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: B-Lines, Healthy Students, and Keep Tidy

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Catamaran and Aunts & Uncles

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Colour & the Shape
Far Away @ the Media Club: Manta Ray-Gun
Good Burger @ Funky Winkerbean's: unknown

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: no live act
Night Shift @ the Astoria: no Night Shift. Astoria Soul Club and Ting are teaming up for Astoria "Customer Appreciation Night"
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Treelines and Cairo

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Friday, September 25, 2009
plays to please

Just a quick heads up that the Final Fantasy show scheduled for tonight at St. Andrews-Wesley Church has been postponed due to illness. It will be rescheduled, but I don't have anymore details... just don't go showing up there tonight.


Thursday, September 24, 2009
motorcycle emptiness

I've been out a lot in the last week, which means that while I have a lot that I could have blogged about, blogging has been low on the priority list. But here's a quick and dirty recap...

I booked it, so I'm biased, but Techromancer kicked ass at Damaged Goods on Friday. Thanks to Calli and Andrew for playing.

On Saturday, I caught one of my favourite bands, the Hold Steady, at the Vogue. It wasn't really the best venue for the band, but I guess it was the best suitable all-ager they could find (though it didn't look like there were too many kids in attendance). The band played a nice mix from their whole catalogue, also throwing in a handful of new songs, including one that was performed for the first time. I've seen them quite a few times and it was the first time they've played "Positive Jam," so that was nice to hear, but the highlights were a pair of b-sides: "Girls Like Status" and "212 Margarita."

Exactly 10 years ago, Tuesday, I tried (and failed - it was sold out and I was underage) to see the Manic Street Preachers. So, this Tuesday at the Commodore was a long time coming. They played pretty much exactly what you'd expect a band that hasn't been on the continent in a decade to play: a smattering from the new record mixed into what was largely a greatest hits set... which was fine with me. I've been waiting to hear "Faster" live forever, but "Motorcycle Emptiness" and "Design for Life" were pretty epic ways of opening and closing (respectively) a show.

And, last night, I caught Brasstronaut, who were their usual charming selves, at the Biltmore. The opening band, whose name currently escapes me, sort of sounded like Tegan & Sara (minus one female harmony and plus a male one), which is fitting, as Tegan apparently produced their record.

Tomorrow, Slaves and Cloaks play at Solder & Sons.

Wooden Shjips, Von Bingen, and Solars play the ANZA on Sunday.

Jeffrey Lewis plays the Rickshaw with Ora Corgan on September 28th.

City Center, Tigerhead, and Haunted Beard play Little Mountain on October 1st.

Kidnap Kids, Fine Mist, Candles, Magician & the Gates of Love, and Half Chinese play Goonies on October 3rd.

Nadja, Empty Love & Scantintone, Ahna play the Rickshaw the same night.

Adjective, Fake Shark Real Zombie, and Hard Feelings play the Media Club on October 5th.

now playing: Fine Mist - When No One's Home

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Monday, September 21, 2009
why can't we meet in the middle?

Regulars: September 21st-27th


Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: Fine Mist, Tight Solid, and Wild Palmss
Sailing @ the Astoria: MT-40

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: Deep/End, Fortress, Stamina Mantis, Nihilist Party, and Sick Buildings
The Beehive @ Honey: back on September 30th
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back in the first week of October
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: back at the end of September

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: back on October 1st

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Thighs
Far Away @ the Media Club: no Far Away at the Media Club this week
Good Burger @ Babar: unknown

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Gang Violence
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Dead Ghosts, the Suspicions, and the Manic Attracts
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Walter TV and tba

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
a minor bone of contention

From the comments on this article in the Straight about Hoko's shutting down on August 22nd:
I was in Hoko's on Saturday, August 21st and the inspectors were in there giving him a hard time on that night too. They've clearly got an agenda to shut Hoko's down. On this night, there was maybe 10 college student's having some drinks and dinner. It was pretty quiet, no band. The place was kind of dead. Everyone had ordered food including myself. Hoko looked like he was going to have a meltdown. The inspectors were going through everyone's reciepts and generally being a nuisance. I was amazed at what I was witnessing so I wrote down the details including the name and email address of one of the inspectors laying down the no-funs.

I should also mention that just getting to Hoko's was a GONG SHOW of crack heads, prostitutes, and people tweeking on meth. We all know this area and what it's like at night. You can do pretty much anything.

This is where your tax dollars are going Vancouver. Paying some twit to go through the bills of a handful of Karaoke singers on a Saturday night while the REAL problems in this city rage out of control.

The guy harassing Hoko that night was named: Edward Osei-Appiah and his email is: edward.oseiappiah@gov.bc.ca

A beer on the stage. puhleezze. Oh and you can't dance at Hoko's either, that's illegal too. Where's Kevin Bacon when you need him.
If you're back at school at UBC (or if you work there like me), you'll be pleased to note that CiTR is presenting bands at noon on various days throughout this month. Gang Violence unfortunately got rained out last week, but Hermetic plays Tuesday and Fine Mist plays Thursday. "Live at Lunch" goes down outside the South end of the SUB.

Rah Rah plays WISE Hall on Thursday with Red Cedar and Yukon Blonde.

Adjective, Peace, and Spectres are at Pat's on Friday.

Empty Love, Holzkopf, the Worker, Frozen Stake, Jarrett Evan Samson, the National Shield, and Dr. Dad's Sound Lab play the Shed on Saturday the 26th.

Octoberman, the Abramson Singers, and Bells Clanging are at the Railway on September 24th.

That reminds me that the Abramson singers have a new album out and as of right now, you can only get it direct from Leah. Details are on her MySpace. I still need to get my copy.

Red Cedar, No Horses, A Pale Blue, Adelaide, and the Shilohs play WISE Hall on October 11th. If a night of great tunes isn't enough for you, you should note that there's also a pig roast before the bands go on.

Former Ghosts are at the Media Club on October 21st.

Alea Diane and Marissa Nadler co-headline the Media Club for an early show on October 23rd.

Regina Spektor is at the Orpheum on November 2nd.

Art Brut is at the Biltmore on November 3rd.

Bishop Allen plays an early show at the Media Club on November 6th.

Shout Out Out Out Out play the Rickshaw on November 13th.

The Fiery Furnaces play the Red Room on November 17th with Cryptacize.

King Khan & the BBQ Show play the Red Room on November 23rd.

And Japandroids play a homecoming show at the Rickshaw on December 2nd.

Oh, and I was under the weather last night, so I wasn't there, but can report that Aunts & Uncles won the first night of Shindig.

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Monday, September 14, 2009
epic battle

This week at Damaged Goods, I have the distinct pleasure of helping welcome Victoria's Techromancer back to Vancouver. They were awesome at Music Waste, but went on at an all-too-un-rock'n'roll hour and suffered through some technical glitches at No More Strangers last month, so we're bringing them to town to show off their stuff at a more party friendly time with (cross your fingers) all the sound sorted out.

"Spoiler Alert" is competing with Fine Mist's "Stop or Start" for dance jam of the Summer, so if for nothing else, show up to shake it to that.

Regulars: September 14th-20th


Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: Joel and the Last of the Neighbours, Plus Perfect, and Safety Show
Sailing @ the Astoria: Peace

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: David Slave, Stefana Fratila, Wundershnausen, the Sorrow & the Pity
The Beehive @ Honey: back on September 30th
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back in the first week of October
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: back at the end of September

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Manta Ray-Gun, Cat Attack, Student Teacher

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Techromancer
Far Away @ the Media Club: unknown
Good Burger @ Babar: B-Lines

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Ninjasonik, Totally Michael, and Mad Rad (and it's Jason's birthday)
Night Shift @ the Astoria: back on the 26th. Astoria Soul Club is on this week.
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Half Chinese and Student Teacher

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Monday, September 07, 2009
war on jazz

Regulars: September 7th-13th


Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: unknown
Sailing @ the Astoria: Student Teacher

Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: The Fake Jazz 3rd Anniversary Party: bring an instrument/amp and make some noise (see the link for more)
The Beehive @ Honey: back on September 30th
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back in the first week of October
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: back at the end of September

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Haunted Beard, Candles, and Nihilist Party

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Basketball
Far Away @ the Media Club: The Tough Alliance (DJ set) and Machu Picchu

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Needles & Pins
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Detention and Crystal Swells
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Canaries and the Colour and the Shape

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Brasstronaut is heading over to Iceland in October for the Iceland Airwaves Festival. They'll be blogging for ChalkedUp and Radio 3, but Edo promised me some pics as well.

Accordion Fest returns for it's second year next weekend, running from September 10th-12th. Hit the website for the full schedule.

Rose Melberg is celebrating the release of her latest, Homemade Ship at Little Mountain on September 18th. Angelo Spencer and Aunts & Uncles. I don't ever really review albums here, but K Records sent me Homemade Ship and it's pretty good. If you were into her previous releases (solo or otherwise), you'll want to check this out.

Fanshaw, Shipyards, and Running 5k play Little Mountain the next night.

Matt Barber, Jody Glenham, and Rose Ranger are at the Media Club on September 28th.

You Say Party! We Say Die! are at the Biltmore on October 2nd.

Land of Talk is at the Biltmore on November 7th.

Pinback plays the Commodore with the Homosexuals on November 9th.

Thunderheist and Winter Gloves are at the Biltmore on November 20th.


Thursday, September 03, 2009

Last minute things that I missed:

Os Mutantes has been moved from the Rio to the Commodore tonight.

Fortress, Congress, and Gross Xmas are at Honey tonight.

Amanda Blank plays Blastramp tonight.

Petroleum By-Products play Far Away at the Media Club tomorrow.

Haunted Beard, DNGROUS ADDRESS, and Artency are at Goonies tomorrow.

Makeout Videotape, et al on Saturday has been, due to the Hoko's closure, been moved to Leeside. Bring a couple bucks to help pay for costs (ie. generators, etc).

Sam Shalabi, Magneticring, Flat Grey, Pack Animals, In Turn, Michael Red play the Sinking Ship (your going to have to ask somebody for the address) on Saturday.

Also Saturday, is "Play & Make Noise" at the Western Front, which among other fun things (toy instruments, a pillow fight, stuff for sale) features "live drawing" by Eden Veaudry and live vocal improv by Leah Abramson.

And speaking of Saturday, the guys at Winnie Cooper and No More Strangers sent along the latest installment of WinnieTV, which features one of the three acts playing at Funky Winkerbean's this Saturday, Stefana Fratila:

Winnie Tv Episode 6 - Stefana Fratila take away from Winnie Cooper on Vimeo.

And Sunday, after Safari goes down at various parks, keep your ears peeled for an after party with Basketball. If the weather miraculously holds, it should be a hell of a night.




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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