Monday, June 29, 2009
doomsday girl

It's a bit of a slow week with a lot of bi-weeklies being on their off week and a couple of other weeklies taking a week off. Speaking of, they don't do live bands, but if you were planning on checking out House Party on Tuesday, you should know that they're taking the week off too (the Biltmore is hosting Jazzfest stuff this week).

Regulars: June 29th-July 4th

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

Tuesday
Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: back on July 7th
Sailing @ the Astoria: no live act

Wednesday
Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: back on July 8th
The Beehive @ Honey: back on July 15th
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: back on July 29th

Thursday
Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: B-Lines and Heavy Chains

Friday
Phantom Islands @ Hoko's: back on July 30th
Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Defektors
Far Away @ the Media Club: unknown

Saturday
Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Barn Burner and Jaws
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Shove and Needles & Pins
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Cosmeteics and Petroleum By-Product

now playing: Wilco - Via Chicago

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Saturday, June 27, 2009
die slow

I started off yesterday by catching (or I guess "attempting to catch" is more correct) Monotonix at Tubby Dog (aka the best hot dog place, this side of Japadog). It took us a little longer than expected to saunter our way down there, so unsurprisingly, the rather tiny "venue" was packed to overflowing when we arrived. One thing about hearing Monotonix while not being able to see them is that you quickly notice that they're much better performers than they are a band. Speaking to the former though, they made sure all the people stuck outside didn't go home disappointed by dragging all their gear out onto the sidewalk to hammer out a few riffs. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've seen anyone dive off of a mailbox to crowd surf.

We took it easy for a couple of hours before heading to the mainstage (at the Olympic Plaza instead of the sprawling Mewata Field this year) in time to see Liars. I thought they were a little ill-suited to the venue the last time I saw them on a big stage (opening for Radiohead), but they were pretty great last night in a place that, while smaller, was still pretty huge.

The Breeders were up next on the mainstage. I felt the same way about last night as I did about their performance at Sasquatch a year or so ago. The old material was awesome, but it sort of made the newer stuff they played seem boring by comparison. They were once again worth seeing though, if only for "Divine Hammer."

After a quick stop at our hotel, we made it down the block to the Marquee Room(a great little venue in the same building as an arthouse theatre) and caught Puberty's last few songs. The female fronted group played pretty straight up garage punk pretty well. Keith from Sex Negatives lent his sax skills to their last track.

Twin Crystals repped Vancouver and repped it well next. I'm a fan of Jesse's keyboard playing, but he rocked a guitar for their entire set, which meant they were even more intense than usual.

HEALTH headlined the Marquee and were absolutely awesome. They tore through a set that balanced out stuff from their s/t debut and new songs, presumably from the forthcoming Get Color. If you were into the first record, you'll be stoked on the next one, by the sounds of things

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Friday, June 26, 2009
arthritis sux

So does 10-hour drive induced back pain, but I digress...

Real quick update from my first night at Sled Island:

After grabbing some rather splendid BBQ, we made it to the Legion to catch Japanther. I guess I haven't really paid attention to their lyrics before, because I was sort of taken aback by how "positive" they were for a band with such a loud, fuzzy sound. I have to say that I was most impressed by their set closing cover of "Do You Wanna Dance."

Vancouver's current favourite sons, Japandroids were up next. The guys were in top form and it was sort of awesome to see an out of town crowd get so into them. As far as the internet tells me, it, indeed, is raining in Vancouver, and as of now, I don't give a fuck. Don't hold it against me, huh?

We split from the Legion and hit the Drum & Monkey to catch the Coathangers. I wasn't expecting a whole lot, having not heard them before, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise. If you're around Vancouver on Sunday, check them out with the always wonderful White Lung at the Astoria.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
we'll find a little place by the water/worry all our friends back home



That's a paper mache pinata representation of my friend Neil and I. The guy's been one of my best friends for the last few years and during that time he's always talked about ditching Vancouver to get out and see the world. Today he's finally leaving to do it.

I was going to post this song with a different write up, but, especially with the weather, it seems most appropriate now.

Travel safe, buddy.

download: Japandroids - "Sovereignty" (zshare)

Speaking of Japandroids, Brian did a "Guest List" for Pfork that ran today.







I'm a little behind, but thanks to Healthy Students and Shove for totally slaying at Damaged Goods last Friday.

Tomorrow, Zaimph, Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans), Magneticring, and Solars are at Little Mountain.

Shipyards, World Club, Sharp Ends, Stamina Mantis, and Endangered Ape are at the Rickshaw on July 4th.

Watercolour Paintings, Iji, Rose Melberg, Bleating Hearts, and Collapsing Opposites play the Shed (815 E. 10th) on July 6th. Unthank Cinema is screening Macunaima and Klink Versus Superman before and after (respectively) the music.

Frog Eyes are at the Media Club on July 11th.

Silversun Pickups play August 18th and 19th at the Commodore.

Fruit Bats and Johnny & the Moon play the Media Club on August 19th.

Pissed Jeans are at the Media Club on August 22nd.

Sea Wolf play the Media Club on September 11th.

John Vanderslice are at the Media Club on September 16th.

Sunny Day Real Estate reunite for a tour that hits the Commodore on September 17th.

The Hold Steady play an all-ager at the Vogue on September 19th.

There's a second Girl Talk show at the Commodore the same night since the first one sold out so fast.

Thanks to White Whale for letting me giveaway a pair of tickets to their anniversary show tomorrow and a bunch of CDs. I'll be in Calgary for Sled Island, but if you're in town, go welcome those guys back into town.

Speaking of Sled, since I'll be there, I'll only update if I can find internet in the morning before the music starts.

now playing: Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire

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Monday, June 22, 2009
sonic you

Regulars: June 22nd-June 28th

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

Tuesday
Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: Vacant State, War Hero, and Unfun
Sailing @ the Astoria: World Club

Wednesday
Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: Baboon Torture Division, Nihilist Party, the Barcelona Chair, Burrow Owl, and Robert Anton Pizza
The Beehive @ Honey: unknown
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ the Media Club: What's Wrong with Tohei?, the Spinoffs, and National Affair

Thursday
Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Safety Show, Plus Perfect, and Hermetic

Friday
Phantom Islands @ Hoko's: Cryptozoology, Half Chinese, Nihilist Party, and the Lost Lovers Brigade
Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Crushed to Death
Far Away @ the Media Club: unknown

Saturday
Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Slim Twig
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Petroleum By-Product and Adjective
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Piper Davis and the Virgin Space Cadets

And Sunday, there's a special edition of Night Shift with the Coathangers and White Lung

now playing: the Replacements - If Only You Were Lonely

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Thursday, June 18, 2009
spooky eyes

Tight Solid and Makeout Videotape play Blastramp at the Bourbon tonight.

Safety Show, Plus Perfect, and Hermetic play Honey on June 25th.

Rah Rah, the Sleepless Nights, and the Superfantastics are at the Railway on June 30th.

Lightning Dust is at the Biltmore on August 27th with Lost Lovers Brigade and Sipreano.

Gang Gang Dance is at the Biltmore on September 4th.

Girl Talk is at the Commodore on September 20th.

And the Mono show has been moved from October 5th to October 8th.

now playing: Spacemen 3 - These Blues

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
stumbling through the city with the ordinary birds



I probably should have been tipped off earlier by the airplane on the show flier, but yesterday someone let me in on the secret that was the "very special guest" at the Ladyhawk/Lightning Dust show down at the Lifetime space down on 5th Ave. And, as it turns out, it was one of my favourite bands. I was planning on taking it easy this week post-Music Waste, but I sure as hell wasn't going to miss the Cons.

Lightning Dust opened the show. It was actually my first time checking them out live. Unsurprisingly, Amber Webber's vocals take centre stage, but unlike in Black Mountain, she's a little less Grace Slick, though that may be a product off the backing tracks. Everyone's used to hearing her wail over big, psychedelic riffs, but Lightning Dust sees her crooning (still) 70's style over folkier arrangements.

Ladyhawk are still one of my favourite live acts and they didn't disappoint. They did, however, play a set that featured almost entirely new material. Would I have liked to hear "the Dugout" and "Faces of Death?" Yeah. But I'm even more psyched on the next record now.

The Cons played a set pretty similar to what they turned out last time I saw them (when they opened for the Weakerthans), but they were playing in a place the fraction of the size. It was probably 7 or 8 years ago the first time I saw them and I don't think I've ever seen them somewhere this small before, so, as you can imagine, it was a pretty big deal for me.

If you're looking for something to do tonight, Modern Creatures, Hard Feelings, and Vapid are at the Railway tonight.

Violet Flame Meditation, Fancie, Fanshaw, and Prophecy Sun are at Hoko's on July 18th.

now playing: No Age - Teen Creeps

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
the life of dreams



I was at the Biltmore last night covering Julie Doiron for Discorder.

I got there in time to catch the last half of Dog Day's set. They hail from Halifax, but they have that sort of big pop sound (see: BSS, etc) that usually brings Central Canada to mind. Pretty good stuff.

To tell the truth, if I hadn't committed to reviewing it a month ago, I probably would've passed on this show. It's not that I don't love Julie, but after five straight nights of Music Waste, I was overdue for a quiet night in. But, while it wasn't "in" it was pretty close to home, and it was the kind of quaint, intimate sort of show that was actually the perfect change after I chose to take in most of the loud, noisy bands at Music Waste. That's not to say that Doiron and her band her sedate though. In fact, compared to some of her records, they were downright raucous. The band was still finding their way through some of Julie's nine album catalogue, but even the rough renditions featured arrangements that really breathed new life into old favourites. It's hard to pick a stand out, but "The Wrong Guy" segueing into "No More" and back into "The Wrong Guy was definitely up there.

The Ladyhawk dudes must be big fans, because they were all scattered around the front of the crowd... I only mention that because I've got to run, grab some dinner, and head to their show. Word is the "very special guest" is someone you won't want to miss, so if you're deciding between that and Jay Reatard, you might want to go for the former (though Jay Reatard will undoubtedly rock).

Modern Creatures, Hard Feelings, and Vapid play the Railway tomorrow.

Twin Crystals, Nu Sensae, Sex Negatives, Ahna, and Mime Control play the Rickshaw Theatre on June 19th.

The Bloggers play their last show ever on June 20th at Hoko's with Shipyards (and probably a few more to be announced).

The Fresh & Onlys play an early show (11:30 curfew) at Pat's on June 21st with Sex Church and Mode Moderne

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beat up, beat down, wet ground, but too drunk to feel it











During the last two nights of Music Waste there weren't many surprises on my itinerary, so I think I'll just let the photos do the talking, other than saying that while I obviously enjoy Japandroids live, they were even better in front of a crowd that knew their songs.

now playing: Guided by Voices - My Kind of Soldier

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Monday, June 15, 2009
teen mouth



Since I'll be in Calgary for Sled Island next weekend, I got to book the bands for this week's Damaged Goods at the Astoria. This time around, Healthy Students, who are coming off one of my favourite performances of Music Waste, and Shove, who'll be playing their very first show, both agreed to play. If you want to talk about a who's who of the local music scene, you don't need to look much further than either of these two bands, so I'm psyched that they're both going to be playing.

Oh, and my good friend Neil is moving across the Atlantic, so he's going spin some records for the last time. Come out to see him off too.

Regulars: June 15th-June 21st

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

Tuesday
Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: Mt. Royal, Slam DunkRole Mach, and No Gold

Wednesday
Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: Aerosol Constellations, Yagin, Anju, and Manta Ray Gun
The Beehive @ Honey: back on June 24th
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ Richard's: back on June 24th

Thursday
Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Fortress and Ahna

Friday
Phantom Islands @ Hoko's: back on June 26th
Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Healthy Students and Shove
Far Away @ the Media Club: unknown

Saturday
Glory Days @ the Biltmore: No Age and the Goat
Night Shift @ the Astoria: Dozal Brothers and Twin Crystals
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Colourbook and MT-40

now playing: the Rolling Stones - Miss You

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Sunday, June 14, 2009
take cover


Photo by Greg Slick

Contest: Luxury Pond Giveaway

Vanity Presents is bringing the soft sounds of Toronto's Luxury Pond to Blim on June 20th with Chris Smith and they're letting me giveaway a pair of tickets, silkscreened posters, and silkscreened CDs from the headliners.

In the midst of the all the Music Waste chaos (more on that in the coming days), I kept pushing this back, but this is going to be a really cool show, so jump on this contest by emailing your name to me at quinn.omori AT gmail.com with the subject line "Luxury Pond Giveaway" before Thursday night at midnight.

And, since Vanity's so good about finding all-ages spaces for the shows they bring to town, why don't you tell me what your favourite kid-friendly Vancouver show was?

now playing: Luxury Pond - Life Line

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Friday, June 12, 2009
isabella rossellini











Real quick, because game 7 is starting.

Techromancer had a slow start, but they got better as the set went on and their closer was unreal. If you were going to pick a band from Music Waste that could make it (not that that's the point of Music Waste--quite the opposite--but there's nothing wrong with "making it" either), it's probably these two.

I caught a bit of Kidnapping before heading taking off. I'd heard that Sean's vocals didn't really mesh with what the band was laying down behind them at the show they played with Women, but he's really found his groove now. Good stuff.

In fact, I probably should have stayed for their whole set instead of going to Honey. It's not that Makeout Videotape's performance was bad, but the sound was brutal. I'm psyched to see them again in a place better suited to live music.

I caught MT-40 at Night Shift about a month ago and was pretty impressed, but they absolutely killed it last night. There's still two days left, but their's is definitely the set of the fest thus far. They were so good, you hardly noticed the drunk girl (see the blur above) that climbed on stage behind them do a little interpretive dance.

London Drugs were pretty good. Plus, they score major nerd points for generating most of their noise from Nintendo DS's. It was hard to follow MT-40 though.

now playing: Pens vs. Wings

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Thursday, June 11, 2009
processing plant











I spent the entire second night of Music Waste at the Cobalt as well. That wasn't my initial plan, but I got to Shudder Gallery just as Prophecy Sun was set to start and it was packed and I bailed on heading over to Honey to finish off the evening since Sex Negatives and Boogie Monster were on last at the Cobalt.

Speaking of the latter, they were definitely the highlights of a pretty good night all around. If you read this fairly regularly, you know that I'm not opposed to seeing the same bands over and over if I really like them, but one thing about seeing Sex Negatives is that it's always different, sometimes markedly so. Boogie Monster just get better every time I see them.

It was also my first time seeing Ahna (although I think I've seen Anju play solo once or twice), who were awesome.

Chip's Not Dead is a charity run that benefits the BC Children's Hospital. You can find out more and register for the run HERE, but you should also know that there are some bands playing. Daniel Wesley, Run GMC, Armchair Cynics, and Current Swell all perform.

On June 26th, Collapsing Opposites, Fanshaw, Julianna Barwick, and Tally Ho! (Rose Melberg and Larissa Lloyva) play Funky Winkerbean's.

Discorder presents a Canada Day party at the Astoria with Gang Violence, MT-40, and Reflektionss.

Grouper, Empty Love, and Diadem are at St. Andrew's Wesley Church on July 18th.

Mika Miko play the Biltmore on July 22nd with Audacity, White Lung, and Nu Sensae.

And, Bert Jansch is canceled. No word on why. (thanks Rachel)

now playing: the Rolling Stones - When the Whip Comes Down

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
used up burnt out



I caught three of the four bands at the Cobalt to kick off Music Waste last night.

Tight Solid was about halfway through their set when I arrived. Shmoo (formerly of the Organ among other bands) is now playing bass with them and the extra bit of low end really helps round out their sound.

Healthy Students were up next. For a myriad of reasons, this was the first time I've been able to catch them, despite being really excited to do so since hearing Greg describe the band as "Andy, Al, Steve, and I doing some hardcore songs." They definitely lived up to my expectations. Collectively, these four have been in some of my favourite local bands, so it's not that surprising that the results would be pretty awesome when they decided to pool their talents.

Hard Feelings, who I've also never managed to catch until now, closed out the show. They were hard, fast, and loud, and definitely weren't trying to re-invent the wheel, but they were good, and that's what counts.

They should've got Ghost House on this bill to make it Al Boyle night.

Show announcements and, of course, more Music Waste tomorrow night.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
rockers east vancouver



Music Waste 2009 Picks
Honestly, the fest is pretty great from top to bottom this year, but here are a few of my "must-sees," keeping in mind that you'll be able to see some of them again and you may have seen some of them already.

Hopefully you picked up a pass already, because as of right now they're completely sold out. If you slept on it, they'll have a few more printed up for tomorrow and they'll be sold at select shows on a first-come-first-served basis, with all the details revealed at the Music Waste Blog sometime tomorrow.

A full list of set times can be found here.

And, I was going to do a MW mixtape, but some far more capable people already beat me to it:
June 9/10th Mix by Tony X
June 11th Mix by Logan
June 12th Mix by Tyler Fedchuk
June 13th Mix by Ian Wyatt

Sarah Cordingley took the first third, fifth, and eighth photos up there... the rest I stole off of MySpace.

Oh, and I didn't post weekly listings on Monday, since all of the regulars are taking part in Music Waste.

Tuesday

Graham Clark @ Cafe Montmartre (starts @ 9pm, without specific set times)
I'd be lying if I said I took in enough comedy to give an educated opinion of it, but Graham Clark is a funny, funny man. Also, I voted for him in the last election (protest vote *insert obligatory bad "better than those other clowns" joke here*) and if I could vote for the guy, I can surely recommend that you go see him.

Healthy Students @ the Cobalt (11:30pm)
When Healthy Students are on, you won't have any other Music Waste affiliated choices, but even if there was something else to see, chances are, it wouldn't be better than this. Healthy Students is Andy and Greg from Secret Mommy/Winning/the Red Light Sting and Al and Steve from Taxes playing hardcore punk, which means Andy will be riffing hard on guitar and Greg will be screaming his balls off. Go see this so you'll be psyched enough to come see them on the 19th, when they play Damaged Goods.

Wednesday
Sex Negatives and Ejaculation Death Rattle @ the Cobalt (Fake Jazz starts at 10pm and goes non-stop on two stages)
Sex Negatives are hands down one of the best noise bands in the city. And, this being Vancouver, that's saying a lot. Ejaculation Death Rattle were probably the highlight of Fake Jazz at Music Waste last year, which is also saying a lot.

Thursday
Makeout Videotape @ Honey (11pm)
To be honest, I'm not really into the idea of bands being lo-fi on purpose. When Robert Pollard questioned why anyone would purposely produce themselves like old Guided by Voices, when all they wanted to do was sound like the Who, he sort of hit the nail on the head, if you ask me. That said, I'm pretty sure you could throw this band in Mushroom Studios with Rick Rubin behind the boards and it would still sound awesome. Muddy, pristine, fuzzy, or crystal clear; great songs are still great songs and these two seem to have a lot of them.

Techromancer @ the Biltmore (9:30pm)
I should start by mentioning that I know and like one half of Techromancer. But, I should also mention that I had no idea Calli was in this band when I heard them for the first time and they were the only Music Waste submission that was an unknown act that was also a unanimous 'yes' when the shortlisting was taking place.

Friday
All the bands at the Biltmore (first band at 11pm)
If you missed out on passes and you're only willing to pony up for one show on Friday, this is the one. You'll be seeing some bands that have been around the block, but White Lung, Nu Sensae, and Modern Creatures are some of Vancouver's finest. And, since it wouldn't be Music Waste without some (mostly) unheard talent, you get Needles & Pins' second show ever.

Ghost Bees @ the Secret Loft (11:15pm)
I've been telling people that Ghost Bees sounds like "Coco Rosie if Coco Rosie didn't make me want to stick paring knives in my ears," but maybe that's not the most convincing description. Think of them like a slightly less orchestral Joanna Newsom with harmonized vocals. Oh, and if you're not a Joanna Newsom fan, note that those vocals are less of an "acquired taste" as well.

Fine Mist @ the Media Club (10:30pm)
It's about time Vancouver's "indie" scene produced an honest to goodness pop act. More DJs need to get their hands on "Stop or Start" so it can this year's "Je Veux te Voir" for me: we can't leave the club til they play it. Barring that, you can hear them do it (and more) live.


Timecopz @ the Astoria (10:15pm)
I also know one of the guys in Timecopz, but again, heard them and gave them a thumbs up before I realized the guy yelling/singing was my friend Todd. These guys do no-nonsense punk as well as Todd pulls dekes in street hockey. And he's a big man with Kyle Wellwood's hands.

Saturday
Japandroids @ the Biltmore (10pm)
Because Pitchfork said so, obviously... and it'll be your last chance to rock out to "Young Hearts Spark Fire" and "Sovereignty" live until they return home from conquering North America in August.

The Abramson Singers @ the Secret Loft (9:10pm)
I don't cover that many singer-songwriters here. At least, I don't cover enough to make a dent in the sizable local scene. But I listened to Leah's first record at least once a day for about 4-months after I finally got it and after hearing just a handful of songs from her next one, I'm pretty sure I'll be doing the same when that drops in a week too.

No Gold @ Funky Winkerbean's (11:30pm)
We're in Vancouver. Summer finally arrived. And No Gold is playing in a sweaty E. Van bar. Jump on your beat up road bike and pedal your skinny-jeaned ass over to see them.

Twin Crystals @ the Astoria (12:30pm)
It's fitting that Twin Crystals have the distinction of closing out the official portion of this year's Music Waste, because they're always one of the city's finest live acts and on some nights they're its very best.

See you out there!

now playing: Japandroids - Heart Sweats

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Monday, June 08, 2009
heart of lovers



As previously announced, White Whale Records is marking their 5th anniversary with a series of shows this Summer, and June 25th marks a return to the label's birthplace here in Vancouver for a party at the Biltmore with Mohawk Lodge, Octoberman, Precious Fathers, and Eamon McGrath.

To help celebrate, they're letting me giveaway two great prize packs consisting of: a pair of tickets to the anniversary show and the latest disc from each of the performing acts. Sweet deal.

If you want to win, just shoot me an email at quinn.omori AT gmail.com with your full name and the subject "White Whale Contest" before June 22nd at noon and I'll pick two winners at random.

now playing: Miracle Fortress - This Thing About You

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Sunday, June 07, 2009
fire engine dream

I made it down to the Rock and Roll is Good for Kids fundraiser last night, getting to the Astoria in time to catch most of Brasstronaut's set. They were joined by a friend on clarinet for a few numbers, but also welcomed another guest, Shad K, who took the stage before his headlining set to drop a couple of verses. Twin Crystals were up next and killed it as usual.

I had to bail before Shad K played his proper set.

Virgin Festival hits Deer Lake Park on July 25th and 26th. Downside: apparently somebody considers an Our Lady Peace reunion headliner material. Upside: Sonic Youth and Jarvis Cocker are playing the day that doesn't include OLP. Downside: Ben Harper is headlining that day and tickets are really expensive. Upside: You can beat the traffic back from Burnaby by leaving after SY are done.

The Jesus Lizard are at the Commodore on October 24th. Yes!

Speaking of reunion tours, Os Mutantes are at the Commodore on September 3rd.

On Monday, Makeout Videotape, the Armadilettantes, and Man Your Horse are at the Biltmore.

Litterbug plays an in-store at Zulu on June 13th at 5pm.

Memewar is celebrating their 9th issue on June 20th at Goonies with Candles, Fine Mist, and Haunted Beard.

Holy Ghost are at Celeb's for DJ set on June 26th with Mike Simonetti from Italians Do It Better.

Rose Melberg, Bible Belts, Kidnap Kids, and the Sunshines play a benefit for the Safe Amplification Site Society on June 29th at Hokko's.

Bison BC are at the Biltmore on July 8th with Lazarus AD and Bogus Tokus.

Foreign Born are at the Media Club on July 9th with the Veils.

The Handsome Family are at the Biltmore on July 15th.

Cowboy Junkies and Son Volt are at the Centre on July 21st.

Blitzen Trapper are at Richard's on July 30th. (thanks BunkleLife)

And The Pretenders, Cat Power, and Juliette Lewis are at Malkin Bowl on August 26th. (thanks DB)

now playing: Women - Lawncare

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009
backhouse

This weekend, the only live music that I caught was White Lung at Glory Days at the Biltmore. They were great, as usual, and the only out of the ordinary part of their set was when a drunk girl jumped on stage and attempted to dance with Mish, who was laughing so hard she had trouble singing for awhile. Catch them, perhaps once again with unscheduled visual accompaniment, at Music Waste next week.

Speaking of Music Waste, have you picked up your pass yet?

Speaking of passes, if you're looking for a road trip, Sled Island just added a bunch of acts and released their full roster. Lots of Vancouver representation, along with with lots of non-Vancouver acts to make the trip out to Calgary worth it.

Speaking of Mish (and also Daniel from Nu Sensae and Louise from Blue Violets), check out Shove (their new band). They'll be playing their first show for the next From Blown Speakers curated edition of Damaged Goods on the 19th (along with Healthy Students!). Needless to say, I'm pretty amped.

The Wooden Birds (featuring members of American Analog Set) are at the Media Club tonight. (thanks Jordan)

Falcao & Monashee play a CD release show at Hoko's on June 6th. The Magician and Zombie Pistolero & His Guns support.

Dylan Thomas & Your Vancouver Vipers play the Biltmore on June 17th with Spoon River and Red Cedar.

Dirty Projectors are at Richard's on July 2nd.

Abe Vigoda is at the Media Club on July 31st with Talbot Tagora. (thanks to Jordan for the last two too)

Jon-Rae Fletcher is at the Biltmore on July 13th with Bruce Peninsula.

Destroyer is at the Biltmore on July 17th.

A-Trak is at Richard's on July 22nd.

now playing: Manic Street Preachers - Me and Stephen Hawking

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Monday, June 01, 2009
the third partition

Regulars: June 1st-7th

Monday
Skinny Mondays @ the Biltmore: Cortez the Killer, the Star Captains, and the Metic

Tuesday
Boosh Tuesdays @ the Cobalt: Revelstoke, Brontosaurus, and Double Wide

Wednesday
Fake Jazz Wednesday @ the Cobalt: David Slave, Her Jazz Noise Collective, Spencer Pierce Davis, Gut Wound, and Colby Sparks & Poibfehr
The Beehive @ Honey: back on June 10th
Gypsy Fade Wednesday @ Richard's: back on June 24th

Thursday
Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: the Barcelona Chair, Man Your Horse, and Tigerhead

Friday
Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Petroleum By-Product
Far Away @ the Media Club: unknown
Phantom Islands @ Hoko's: back on June 26th

Saturday
Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Elizabeth
Night Shift @ the Astoria: back on June 13th. Rock n Roll is Good for Kids is in its place
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Kidnap Kids and Chris-a-riffic

now playing: Shove - Teen Mouth

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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

legend:
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
shindig
the biltmore
fortune
pat's
the railway
the red room
venue

club action
culture club
damaged goods
east van soul club
glory days
ice cream social
no more strangers
re-up
wild zero

local favourites

mostly music
a day in the life of...
a reminder
chipped hip
deftone
duncan's donuts
expressway to my skull
goodnight neverland
guttersnipe
hero hill
the indie files
my indie world
radio zero
the skinny
vanmega
weird pop vancouver
winnie cooper

consume
dandelion
red cat
scratch
zulu

formed a band
the abramson singers
basketball
bison
black mountain
brasstronaut
the clips
destroyer
fine mist
jpndrds
koban
ladyhawk
mt-40
no gold
nu sensae
twin crystals
white lung

dj kicks
betti forde
cam dales
dg djs
expendable youth
john cougar
my!gay!husband!
paul devro
tyler fedchuk

everything else
beyond robson
chez nous presents
citr
cjsf
ion
linds & nicola
only
ryan walter wagner
safe amplification site society
scout
swak
the straight
timbre
twee death
urban diner
vancouver is awesome
vanity presents

everywhere else

blogs
b(oot)log
brooklyn vegan
catbirdseat
catchdubs
chromewaves
cliptip
copy, right
discobelle
feed your habit
fluokids
fluxblog
for the 'records'
good weather for airstrikes
gorilla vs. bear
i am fuel, you are friends
i (heart) music
largehearted boy
macleans
mad decent
marathonpacks
mcnutt against the music
more cowbell
music (for robots)
my old kentucky blog
the outernet
palms out sounds
pop (all love)
popsheep
rock, paper, pixels
ryspace
said the gramophone
soul sides
stereogum
songs: illinois
swedesplease
ttiktda
weird canada

you ain't no picasso
zoilus

sites
buddyhead
cbc radio 3
coke machine glow
daytrotter
glorious noise
pitchfork
schedule two
stylus
tiny mixtapes

scribbles
chart
color
discorder
exclaim!

interact
email
last.fm
twitter

history

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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