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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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

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