Monday, December 28, 2009
the music's loud, in your room, turn it down

Weekly listings are still pretty slow, so why don't we start with that New Year's thing.

Love & Electrik and All My Friends play No More Strangers' New Year's party at the Lion's Den.

Telephone Girls and Manta Ray-Gun play Gam Gallery's New Year's Eve party and silent art auction.

Good Burger hosts their NYE soiree at 112 E. Hastings.

The Ice Cream Social takes over the Biltmore again this New Year's. Between the sockhop jams Defektors, Terrorbird, and Dead Ghosts all play. Advance tix are already sold out, but apparently there'll be 100 tix available at the door.

The Astoria hosts a NYE edition of Astoria Soul Club.

Myths and MT-40 ring in 2010 at Roy G Biv.

And, if you've recovered by Saturday, Glory Days is apparently the party that doesn't rest. They host Animal Bodies on January 2nd.

now playing: Fine Mist - I Can't Stand It

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

So, with that whole Christmas thing happening this week, most of the regular weeklies/monthlies/etc are on hold, save for Glory Days, who ring out their last party of 2009 on Boxing Day with Pro Nails. Oh, and Sailing is still on, but there's no band tonight.

There's no live act, but also on Boxing Day, my friends Duncan, Parmida, and Hywel are DJing at 112 W. Hastings at a party to benefit W2 (a community arts centre that's slated to go into the new Woodwards building. Also the place where the party is, conveniently). It's sliding scale and there's post-xmas re-wrapped gift swap.

The Endless Bummer plays an all-ager at the Shed on the 27th.

On the 29th, The Belle Game, Aunts & Uncles, Unreliable Narrator, and Olenka & the Autumn Lovers play Cafe Deux Soleil.

Woodpigeon and Chris Smith play an early show at the Biltmore on January 16th.

Phoenix plays the Orpheum on January 22nd.

Eyedea & Abilities and Dosh play the Biltmore on February 5th.

Belle Orchestre, Brasstronaut, and Certain Breeds play at the Great Northern Way Campus on February 18th.

now playing: Fine Mist - Out of Sync


Sunday, December 20, 2009
i should just drink instead

The lovely and talented Kate Henderson took this photo. More here and here.

Just a quick post to say thanks to Cam Reed (who is in Mexico right now, hopefully riding a jet ski), Conor Holler, and everyone involved in making Mental Beast and the Eggnog Experience Comp happen. Though some of my memories are a bit hazy (it was my birthday, okay?), yesterday really was one of those things that makes me so happy to live in Vancouver.

If you didn't make it down to the Biltmore or if you weren't there in time to catch the Mental Beast finale episode, I imagine it'll be up on at some point, and it's definitely worth watching. You can also still download the Eggnog Experience compilation, which is also very much worth checking out and very worthy of a donation to the food bank if you download it.

Also, I know part of the reason Fine Mist's usual set-up is so minimal is because Megan and Jay were tired of packing around tons of gear to gigs, but I would love to see them play with a full band again, especially if it involves members of Japandroids, Brasstronaut, the SSRIs, and Cam Dales.

now playing: Jody Glenham - Oh Holy Night

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Thursday, December 17, 2009
i want a dj for christmas

Mental Beast Prologue from the shots on Vimeo.

The Eggnog Experience Compilation will be up for download anytime now. So, do yourself a favour and grab it at

Edit: it's up now!

Do yourself another favour and get down to the Biltmore on Friday for the Mental Beast/Eggnog Extravaganza Party.

Daniel from Discorder was kind enough to include me in a round up of local music blogs.

Speaking of Discorder, they also ran a poll to find the Best Vancouver Bands of the Decade. As always when these things happen, there were some notable exclusions... although I guess I can't complain too much, since they asked me for my two cents.

Phonecalls, Cat Attack, and Pompoir play the Balmoral on January 16th.

Kool Keith is at the Biltmore on January 31st.

Nu Sensae and White Lung are having a tour fundraiser at the Eldorado on February 5th. Black Wizard supports.

Do Make Say Think is at the Biltmore on February 6th.

Muse plays the Pacific Coliseum on April 1st. Didn't they play the Commodore when they were here last? Did they score some giant hit I don't know about?

now playing: Fine Mist - Out of Sync

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Monday, December 14, 2009
this time every year

As the holiday season gets into full swing, the amount of weeklies (and monthlies) taking a break increases, so it's sort of slim pickings on that front this week.

I was actually supposed to book bands for Damaged Goods this week, but there's this sort of okay show planned for Friday and it's for charity and we really didn't want to compete with a charity event (translation: the Mental Beast/Eggnog Extravaganza is going to he amazing and most of the bands I thought about booking are playing it).

Also, on an entirely unrelated note, Fine Mist are opening for Sloan tomorrow night at the Commodore. If you're checking out the Money City Maniacs, go early and give Jay and Megan some love.

Regulars: December 14th-20th


Shindig @ the Railway: back next year!
Sailing @ the Astoria: unknown

The Beehive @ Honey: back on January 13th.
Rock N Roll Pizza Party @ the Biltmore: the Tranzmitors, the Manic Attracts, and Student Teacher
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back in January

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: unknown
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: Tight Solid

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: back on January 8th
Good Burger @ Goody: Myths
First Friday @ the Eldorado: back in January

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: 1 year anniversary show with White Lung
Night Shift @ the Astoria: back in January
No More Strangers @ Goody: Hermetic, Eeek, and Woolworm

now playing: Best Coast - When I'm With You

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Friday, December 11, 2009
all my friends have just quit trying

Since it's Friday, why don't I start with last Friday (because that is super timely), when I caught Califone at the Rickshaw. While they did play a regular set of music (which was great), the show was a bit different, as it featured the band performing a live score to All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (also the title of their rad latest LP), a film written and directed by singer Tim Rutili.

I'm not much of a film critic (or a music critic, for that matter), but I will say that while the film wasn't mind blowing, it was certainly entertaining in and of itself; if you rented it on DVD, you wouldn't be disappointed. And, combined with the bands live performance it was truly something special.

It was one of the best things I've seen all year, and despite the fact that I'm usually too lazy to write about them, I still see a lot of shows.

Speaking of shows, congratulations to Hidden Towers, who took home top prize at Shindig on Tuesday. I was pulling for Pro Nails in the finals, but they were my second choice.

And before we get to show announcement stuff, make sure you're keeping up with Mental Beast, so you're all up to date for the finale and, of course, the accompanying show on the 18th.

It's not Vancouver without some bad news, so let's go with that to start. Unfortunately, No More Strangers is once again homeless and this week's show, originally scheduled at the Balmoral is off. The guys are going to take some time off, but look for them to be back soon.

On the bright side, Good Burger, which goes down at the Lion's Den tonight, now hosts Sex Negatives.

Jody Glenham, Aidan Knight, and Small Fame play the Lab Magazine Xmas party at the Media Club on December 12th.

Fanshaw, Poema Flamenco, and Analog Bell Service play a fundraiser for Megaphone on December 15th at Cafe Deux Soleils.

The Racoons and the Good News play Fortune Sound Club on December 15th.

Prophecy Sun, Holzkopf, Haunted Beard, Glaciers, and Shipyards play 223 Main St. on December 21st. Bands are on at 8pm.

Novelle Vague are at Venue on February 5th.

Vivian Girls and Best Coast are at the Biltmore on February 12th.

El Perro Del Mar plays the Biltmore on February 27th.

now playing: Best Coast - When I'm With You

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Monday, December 07, 2009
in the city

Slow(er) on the regular show front this week, but there's a bonus band in the Shindig finals tomorrow since there was a tie last week. That also means things are going to get stared a little bit earlier at the Rail this week (translation: Ben will actually stick to the planned 9:30pm start time).

Regulars: December 7th-13th


Shindig @ the Railway: Kidnap Kids, Half Chinese, 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: back in January

Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: unknown
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: no live act

Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: the Parallels
Good Burger @ Babar: no live act
First Friday @ the Eldorado: back in January

Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Lakefield
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Vapid, Petroleum By-Product, Sick Error
No More Strangers @ the Balmoral: Seven Nines & Tens, Jakartah, and Glorywhore

now playing: the Replacements - If Only You Were Lonely

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Let's start with some free music.

Jay Arner (from Fine Mist, International Falls, Poison Dart, and probably some other things I'm missing) had a few extra songs that didn't become Fine Mist material that he recorded solo, and he's giving the resulting four song EP away for free. Jay Ferguson from Sloan guests on one track and Dave from Japandroids sort of guests on another (Jay sampled his drumming) and like his last solo EP (that you can still get here), it's pretty great.

Download it in mp3 or Apple Lossless on his tumblr.

Also worth noting, is an unprecedented tie at Shindig yesterday between Hidden Towers (sweet, instrumental metal) and Pro Nails (sweet, spazzy, synth punk), which means there's going to be four bands for the finals on Tuesday... so get their early (or plan to stay late--I'd imagine the former though).

Prairie Cat plays Little Mountain on December tonight.

No LA Kill, Boogie Monster, and Shipyards are at Zoo Shop (223 Main St.) on Friday.

Luke Top plays the Media Club with Sun Wizard and the Shilohs on December 7th.

Parlour Steps and Aidan Knight play the Biltmore on December 14th. It's $10 to get in, but if you bring a donation of new underwear or socks (that the DTES Women's Centre and the Salvation Army will later give out to Vancouver's homeless), you get in for free.

Congress, Bogus Tokus, and Dead Meat play the Biltmore on December 21st.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone are at the Biltmore on January 8th.

Frog Eyes, Apollo Ghosts, and Tyranahorse are at the Biltmore on January 22nd.

White Denim is at the Media Club on January 23rd.

Bowerbirds and Julie Doiron are at the Biltmore on January 23rd.

St. Vincent and Wildbirds & Peacedrums play Venue on February 4th.

Four Tet is at the Biltmore on February 24th.

now playing: the Abramson Singers - Take a Camera

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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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