Monday, November 30, 2009
easy bake oven

Thanks to Manta Ray-Gun for playing Damaged Goods on Friday. These two are becoming one of my favourite local bands (which is why we had them back, of course), so if you couldn't make it down this past weekend and haven't checked them out yet, do yourself a favour and go see them next time they play.

In the meantime, you can check out their set on Thunderbird Radio Hell here.

Thanks also go out to Horsefly, who Manta Ray-Gun brough along with them this time out (not only do they rock, but they consistently bring awesome opening bands with them when they play). It's fitting that Ian's rocking a Dinosaur Jr. tee in that photo, because that influence is easy to hear in the band's music, right down to being epically loud. Keep your eye out for them.

Heads up: No More Strangers is at the Balmoral this week.

Regulars: November 30th-December 6th


Shindig @ the Railway: Bleating Hearts, Pro Nails, and Hidden Towers
Sailing @ the Astoria: unknown

The Beehive @ Honey: back on December 23rd(?)
Rock N Roll Pizza Party @ the Biltmore: back on December 16th
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: Makeout Videotape and Machu Picchu

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Modern Creatures, Twin Crystals, Pompoir, Tight Solid
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: Born Lovers

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: the Good News and the WZRDZ
Good Burger @ Babar: unknown
First Friday @ the Eldorado: Black Wizard, Stryker, Merciless Onslaught, and Slaughter Hollow

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Blue Violets
Night Shift @ the Astoria: ?
No More Strangers @ the Balmoral: Little Girls, Walter TV, and Cat Attack

now playing: Jim James & Calexico - Goin' to Acapulco (Bob Dylan Cover)

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Thursday, November 26, 2009
city lights

Bend Sinister, who in addition to being great guys, are a great band who penned one of my favourite local tunes ever (see above), and they're up for $150k in a contest put on by the Peak.

Why not help them out by voting here. It's really quick and there's no arduous form to fill out or personal information to give or any crap like that, so if you've got a second, help them get some money so they can afford to put out more records and concentrate even more time on putting out great music.


santa claus is back in town

I usually just post shows chronologically, but the Mental Beast Christmas Party and Eggnog Experience Compilation Release deserves a special mention.

On December 18th (hey, that's my birthday--sweet timing!), Machu Picchu, Fine Mist, Makeout Videotape, World Club, Needles & Pins, Analog Bell Service, Rose Melberg & Nick Krgovich, Brasstronaut, Basketball, Tight Solid, Vancougar, Apollo Ghosts play the Biltmore along with some comedy from Bronx Cheer, Manhussy, Pony Hunters, the Sunday Service, and VTSL.

They're all getting together to celebrate the finale of Mental Beast, a comedy series about a radio station on the verge of collapse at Christmas and the release of the Eggnog Experience, a compilation of thirty of Vancouver's finest musicians getting together to cover holiday tunes.

The first episode of Mental Beast premiere's on on December 7th and the following bands are lending their talents to the compilation: Lightning Dust, B-Lines, Dylan Thomas, Adjective, Secret Mommy, Al Boyle of Hard Feelings, Collapsing Opposites, Kellarissa, Dandi Wind, Noobie Noobinson, Blue Violets, Machu Picchu, Fine Mist, Makeout Videotape, World Club, Needles & Pins, Analog Bell Service, Rose Melberg & Nick Krgovich (of No Kids), Basketball, Tight Solid, Vancougar, Apollo Ghosts, Lust, Jody Glenham, Brasstronaut, Fanshaw, Haunted Beard, No Gold, Paul Anthony, Yukon Blonde.

Plus, all the money raised from the compilation and the show goes to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (cover is $10, but you can get in for $5 with a canned food donation).

I really can't tell you how psyched I am for this.

Kick Evrythng, and Eeek play Smiley's tonight (Thursday).

Haunted Beard, Telephone Girls, and MT-40 play the unveiling of a mural sized collaborative collage at 2026 Wall St. on Saturday.

On December 5th, Little Girls, Walter TV, and Cat Attack play the Balmoral re-opening party.

Greenbelt, Half Chinese, Bench/Dawn Optimist, Aunts & Uncles, and Ok Vancouver Ok play an all-ager La Casa del Artista on December 12th.

Beekeeper, Steven Nelson, Ben Gorodetsky, and Max Katchetsky play the Backstage Lounge on December 15th.

now playing: Sonic’s Rendezvous Band - City Slang


Monday, November 23, 2009
it's raining in vancouver...

Contest: Japandroids Ticket and Album Giveaway

Everyone knows how much I love Japandroids, so I'm pretty psyched about this contest and you should be too, because the prize is awesome. Brian and Dave are back in town to play the Biltmore on December 2nd to close out the latest leg of their never ending tour in support of Post-Nothing, the always fabulous Basketball are opening, and their label, Polyvinyl has graciously offered up two prizes for two lucky winners.

One person gets a pair of tickets to the show and Post-Nothing on CD and vinyl. And one runner up gets the album on CD and vinyl. Sweet deal, right?

If you want to win, just send me an email with the subject line "Japandroids Contest" to quinn.omori [at] before noon on Sunday, November 29th and I'll pick two winners at random.

now playing: the Undertones - Girls Don't Like It

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mr. lightning

Manta Ray-Gun were so great last time they played Damaged Goods that we decided it would be rad if they played again. Also, last time they brought one of the bands they're friends with (the wonderful Cat Attack) that I hadn't heard, and they've graciously offered to do that again. This time with their buddies in Horsefly.

Manta Ray-Gun's also playing Shindig tomorrow, so if you can get out to the Railway, go and cheer them on, then come down to the Astoria on Friday to help celebrate what's hopefully a trip to the Shindig finals in December.

There's always a ton of great stuff to talk about in the weekly listings, but I thought I'd also note the White Lung and Womankind show at Honey on Thursday, which should be all kinds of awesome.

Check back later tonight for a sweet contest and in a few days for a ton more show announcements... and maybe another contest too.

Regulars: November 23rd-29th


Shindig @ the Railway: Kidnap Kids, Manta Ray-Gun, Lengthy List of Lovers
Sailing @ the Astoria: Telephone Girls

The Beehive @ Honey: Little Sister & the Time Machine and Dylan Thomas & Your Vancouver Vipers
Rock N Roll Pizza Party @ the Biltmore: back on December 16th
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back at the beginning on December 2nd
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: ?

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: White Lung and Womankind
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: Mt. Royal

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Manta Ray-Gun and Horsefly
Good Burger @ Babar: unknown
First Friday @ the Eldorado: back on December 4th

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Myths
Night Shift @ the Astoria: back in December
No More Strangers @ Smiley's: Sean Nicholas Savage, Jasper Baydala, and Makeout Videotape

now playing: X - Poor Girl

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Thursday, November 19, 2009
december '93

This Friday and Saturday at the Railway features music, visuals, and magic (yes, magic!) utilizing all three rooms. Fond of Tigers, the Sorrow and the Pity, Michael Red, No Horses, Cris Derksen, Mariachi Los Dorados, Phinder Dulai, and Hugenelk all play Friday and Main Offenders, Sangha, Cloudsplitter, October Trio, D Trevlon, Blind God, Ora Cogan, Chin, Teresa Trovato, Love & Electrik, and the Skinny on Saturday.

Also tomorrow, Twin Crystals, Stamina Mantis, Shearing Pinx, and Ahna play 223 Main St. tomorrow. It's an early show, so get there by 8pm for the first band.

Peace, All Purpose Voltage Heroes, and Muscles play Heist Lounge on November 24th.

The XX play an in-store at Zulu on November 26th before they open for Friendly Fires at the Commodore. I probably should have mentioned that before it sold out. Sorry.

Bad Fate, Flash Palace, Mt. Royal, Half Chinese, and Nihilist Party play the Woods on November 27th. The all-ager is a fundraiser for the Safe Amplification Site Society.

Mint Records hosts its annual "Ridiculously Early Xmas Party" on December 4th at the Biltmore. Aunts and Uncles, Kathryn Calder, Fanshaw, Kellarissa, Vancougar, Hot Panda, Carolyn Mark, and the Pack AD all play.

The Intelligence, Twin Crystals, and White Lung play Fortune Sound Club on December 8th.

On December 12th, Fanshaw, the Lost Lovers Brigade, Sajia, Bleating Hearts, and Friendship & the Fawn play at Blim. It's also a benefit for Safe Amp.

The same night, Shindig's Ben Lai celebrates his birthday in style at the Railway with "Ben's Trip" (members of Apollo Ghosts doing Eric's Trip covers), Safety Show, Fine Mist, and Chad Blue. Even though it's not a contest, I guarantee that the judging will be "really close."


Monday, November 16, 2009
late bloomer

This week ushers in a new monthly at the Biltmore, "Rock N Roll Pizza Party," which, in addition to the bands, as the name implies, features pizza. It goes down the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

Regulars: November 16th-22nd


Shindig @ the Railway: Aunts & Uncles, Half Chinese, the Living Deadbeats
Sailing @ the Astoria: no live act?

The Beehive @ Honey: back on November 25th
Rock N Roll Pizza Party @ the Biltmore: Dead Ghosts, Timecopz, and Indian Wars
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back at the beginning of December
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: ?

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: An Albatross, Sex Negatives, and Hearing Pin
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: no live act

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Gravity Wave and Peter Project
Good Burger @ Babar: Cosmetics
First Friday @ the Eldorado: back on December 4th

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Lovvers
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Astoria Soul Club is on this week
No More Strangers @ Smiley's: Search Parties and Sleep Holiday

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Thursday, November 12, 2009
everywhere with helicopters

SK Robot performs its annual GbV tribute show, Guided by Robots, at the ANZA on Saturday. As always, the band performs some covers and then audience members are invited on stage to do their best Robert Pollard impressions. And, all the proceeds once again go to the Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter, so you can feel good about trying to get to the bottom of that beer tub full of Bud Light's before stumbling up to the microphone for a drunken rendition of "Gold Star for Robot Boy."

Mike Plume, Jody Glenham, and Jana Keeley play the Biltmore on November 16th.

Billy Bragg plays the Commodore on November 21st. Ahead of that, he'll do a free in-store at Zulu.

Wet Hair, Talk Normal, Shearing Pinx, and Terrorbird play Hotel Gallery on November 22nd.

The Rickshaw hosts "An evening with Califone" on December 4th.

now playing: Sloan - Deeper Than Beauty


Tuesday, November 10, 2009
won't you tell me how to get...

Happy 40th, Old Friend.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Regulars: November 9th-15th


Shindig @ the Railway: Blank Cinema, Hidden Towers, and Machu Picchu
Sailing @ the Astoria: Pro Nails

The Beehive @ Honey: back on November 25th
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back at the beginning of December
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: back at the end of November

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: What's Wrong with Tohei?, Jakartah, and the Tom Hanks Explosion
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: Juvenile Hall

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: the Good News and Tight Solid
Good Burger @ Babar: Indian Wars and Timecopz
First Friday @ the Eldorado: back on December 4th

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Sports (late show - drs @ 11pm)
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Gang Violence, Myths, Animal Bodies, MT-40
No More Strangers @ Smiley's: Safety Show and Catamaran

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Saturday, November 07, 2009
touch me, i'm sick

I have the flu, but there are a bunch of good shows going on tonight, so while I am wrapped up on my couch playing video games and watching TV, hopefully you're getting out and seeing some live music.

Tomorrow at the Rickshaw, the film Revival: A Fixed Gear Journey gets its Vancouver debut. Congress plays live.

Raghu Lokanathan, Jenny Ritter, and the Wild Turkeys play Our Town on November 14th.

Peace and Walter TV play the Gallery Lounge at UBC on November 19th. It'll be broadcast live on CiTR's Live on Thunderbird Radio Hell.

The same night, the Evaporators and Kid Kordene play a free show at the Morrissey.

Love & Elektrik and Chris-a-riffic play Shine on the 24th. The Winnie Cooper/No More Strangers guys spin records before, between, and after.

The Evaporators also headline a show at WISE Hall on the 27th that celebrates the end of the CiTR fundrive. White Lung and Mt. Career also play.

On December 3rd at Honey, Modern Creatures, Twin Crystals, and Pompoir celebrate the release of the Modern Creatures/Twin Crystals split LP, the Pompoir LP, and the Reflektionss/n213 split LP. Tight Solid is on hand to help them celebrate.

Former Polaris Prize winner, Patrick Watson plays the Vogue on December 10th.

Speaking of Polaris Prize winners, how awesome is this?

Also on December 10th, J. Tillman (of Fleet Foxes), Pearly Gate Music, and Red Cedar play the Biltmore.

The Pointed Sticks play two shows at the Rio on December 19th. In the afternoon, the Evaporators and Pretty Vanilla open the all-ager and at night the TVees and the Strange Magic lend their support at the evening show.


Wednesday, November 04, 2009
turn the record over

If you're an aspiring DJ, CiTR is hosting their annual "That DJ" competition on November 12th in the Pit Pub... and here's all the pertinent info:
• You must send a demo to enter. It must be under 30 minutes long. Be original! showcase your unique flavor.
• The DJ playing order is determined randomly, by names out of a hat.
• Your score will be determined by 3 things:
our judges’ opinion
your pull (how many people you can bring)
the crowd response

Get your submissions in soon to ensure your spot!!
Send an mp3 file to
Hard copies can be brought or mailed to:
CiTR 101.9 fm
233-6138 SUB blvd.
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1
Thursday (so probably "tonight" when you read this), Prairie Cat, the Counting Heartbeats, We Are the City, and Small Fame play the Rickshaw tomorrow.

In lieu of Night Shift on Saturday, Caving, Calamalka, and Kuma play the Astoria.

The same night, Jonas Reinhardt, Valet, and Sinoia Caves play Little Mountain.

On November 8th, Chris-a-riffic plays the Shed with Rose Melberg.

Little Dragon, Fine Mist, and Nina Mendoza play the Media Club on November 9th.

Sex Church, Student Teacher, Shipyards, and Gross Xmas play Little Mountain on November 13th.

Adjective, Sex with Strangers, the SSRIs, and All My Friends play the Media Club on November 21st.

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Monday, November 02, 2009
you know i need pills when you say 'i love you'

With the Cobalt shutting its doors and Far Away ending things off one a super bad ass note with the Misfits Halloween Party last Friday, Vancouver's down a few regular nights that hosted live acts, so it's good when I can talk about a new one for a change.

First Friday goes down, fittingly, on the first Friday of every month at the Eldorado (Nanaimo & Kingsway) and it kicks off this week with Needles & Pins, Unfun, Detention, and Born to Run, three bands that I haven't heard and one that I haven't had a chance to catch live yet.

But, while I haven't caught Needles & Pins in the flesh, Tony was nice enough to send over some recordings. The whole set is pretty awesome, but this one definitely sticks out as the highlight...

download: Needles & Pins - Pills

Oh, and I haven't got around to drawing No Gold contest winners, so if you entered, you still might hear from me soon!

Regulars: November 2nd-8th


Shindig @ the Railway: Bleating Hearts, Search Parties, and Sevens, Nines, & Tens
Sailing @ the Astoria: unknown

The Beehive @ Honey: back on November 25th
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: Search Parties, Tyranahorse, and Death from Above 1985/86
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: back at the end of November

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: 99 Problems and Shove
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: no live act

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: back next week
Far Away @ the Media Club: RIP
Good Burger @ Babar: Timecopz
First Friday @ the Eldorado: Needles & Pins, Unfun, Detention, and Born to Run

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: no live act (11pm doors - Land of Talk is the early show)
Night Shift @ the Astoria: unknown
No More Strangers @ Smiley's: Modern Creatures and Tight Solid

now playing: Needles & Pins - Pills

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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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