Thursday, February 25, 2010
camera talk

Koban, Glorywhore, and the Hobosexuals play the Purple Crab tomorrow.

Caving and MT-40 play the Lion's Den on Sunday.

Like Animals Again, the Barcelona Chair, and We Just Stole a Car play an all-ager at Little Mountain on March 5th.

Cool Kids play the Commodore on March 10th. (thanks Brad)

Greenebtl Collective, Bad Fate, and Michael LaRoy play a SafeAmp fundraiser at Little Mountain on March 10th.

Diplo and Paul Devro are at Venue on March 14th.

Adam Green plays an early show at Venue on April 1st. Sort of fitting, no?

Surfer Blood and Turbo Fruits play the Biltmore on April 5th.

Horse Feathers and Megafaun play the Media Club on April 16th.

Local Natives are at the Media Club on May 28th.

now playing: Olympic Curling - Switzerland vs. Norway

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Monday, February 22, 2010
curmudgeons club

Regulars: February 22nd-February 28th

Monday

Tuesday
Sailing @ the Astoria: Blood Blades

Wednesday
Rock N Roll Pizza Party @ the Biltmore: back in March
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back in March
Faithful Neighbours @ the Astoria: Shearing Pinx>, Stamina Mantis, Flat Grey, Shipyards, and Ahna

Thursday
Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: off until the Olympics are over
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: no live act

Friday
Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Hermetic
Deadbeatz @ Roy G. Biv: Channels 3+4 and Myths
First Friday @ the El Dorado: back in March

Saturday
Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Hard Feelings
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: WZRDZ
Good Burger @ Gam Gallery: Telephone Girls

Sunday
Dream Date @ the Astoria: no live act

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Thursday, February 18, 2010
either way

So, despite all the SNAFUs leading up to it, I've been pretty caught up in this Olympic thing (it's here and we're paying for it, we might as well enjoy it), which means, more streaming snowboarding and speed skating at work and more venturing downtown (which is pretty awesome right now) on weekdays and less blogging.

Speaking of the big O, Wilco was pretty awesome on Saturday, rain and all. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't super stoked on seeing Wilco with a bunch of people who, for the most part, probably didn't care much about Wilco when they got there, but the audience was great and the band was in their usual top form. Also, kudos to my friend Alison, whose expert alcohol smuggling also helped keep us warm inside the venue.

I tried to catch Cadence Weapon at Alberta House last night, forgetting that Alberta House, despite some sparsely placed heaters, is almost entirely outdoors, so we ended up bailing for warmer pastures before he went on.

There's still a bunch of great, free shows going on (the Cons, Julie Doiron, and Girl Talk, just to name a few), and, like I said, you're already paying for it, so you might as well go out and get your money's worth.

But here are a few non-Olympic things going on before the end of the games...

Tomorrow, Basketball and Sex Negatives play 12 Water St.

Also tomorrow, Moon Duo, the Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band, Stellar OM Source, and Magneticring play the ANZA.

Von Bingen, Haunted Beard, Flash Palace, and nR play the Biltmore on February 25th.

Jeff Andrew, the Creaking Planks, Marie-Josee Houle, and Jason Webley are at Little Mountain on February 28th.

now playing: Canada vs. Germany Women's Curling

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Monday, February 15, 2010
4 years

Regulars: February 15th-February 21st

Monday

Tuesday
Sailing @ the Astoria: Makeout Videotape and Walter TV

Wednesday
Rock N Roll Pizza Party @ the Biltmore: Needles & Pins, Mode Moderne, and Blood Blades
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back in March

Thursday
Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: off until the Olympics are over
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: no live act

Friday
Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: Animal Bodies and Petroleum By-Product
Deadbeatz @ Roy G. Biv: back on February 26th
Good Burger @ Goody: ?
First Friday @ the El Dorado: back in March

Saturday
Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Twin Crystals and Babe Rainbow (DJ set)
Night Shift @ the Astoria: back later this month? Next month?
No More Strangers @ Brandiz (back at Funky's for the next one): Listening Party, Slam Dunk, and Eeek! And it's Tristan's birthday!

Sunday
Dream Date @ the Astoria: no live act

now playing: Travis Porter - Turnt Up

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

John Wiese, Lasse Marhaug, the Rita, and Sex Negatives @ Roy G. Biv originally scheduled for tonight is canceled.

I'm not sure why.

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shaolin barhop

Why don't we start with this, because it's one Hell of a show: it's hard being a print rag these days, so Discorder got some of their favourite bands (and some of mine) to lend them their talents for a fundraiser at the Biltmore on March 5th. Apollo Ghosts, Fine Mist, MT-40, Koban, Fanshaw, and Boogie Monster are all performing live, Brian and Dave from Japandroids are doing a DJ set and Radio Zero's Cam Dale's and Tyler Fedchuk are spinning the rest of the evening.

Love & Electrik play "Casual Encounters" at the newly reopened (and, I imagine, somewhat different) Cobalt tomorrow.

Cat Attack, Dirty Beaches, and Burnside (Tight Solid) play the Astoria on February 15th.

The Luyas and Aunts & Uncles play the Western Front on February 20th.

Apollo Ghosts and Role Mach mark the release of their split 7" on February 26th at Zoo Zhop. Gross Xmas and Bad Fate are also playing to help them celebrate.

Headlinghts and Blank Cinema play the Railway on February 28th.

The Smith Westerns play the Media Club on March 7th.

Immaculate Machine, Sun Wizard, and A Pale Blue play the Biltmore on March 19th.

We Are Wolves and Parlovr play the Biltmore on April 15th.

Deer Tick is at the Biltmore on April 21st.

Jonathan Richman plays the Biltmore on May 6th.

And Mono plays the Biltmore on May 12th.

now playing: Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere (Paul Devro Refish)

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Monday, February 08, 2010
long way home

I made it down to First Friday at the El Dorado to catch White Lung, Nu Sensae, and Black Wizard.

It was my first time at the El Dorado since they started putting shows on. The stage is only about a foot off the ground (a la Pat's before they raised their's), but the sound was decent, and the beer special was cheap.

It was my first time checking out Black Wizard, who were already half way through some sweet stoner-metal jams when I showed up. By the end of their set I was sort of kicking myself for waltzing in late.

Daniel and Andrea were their usually wonderful selves: loud, fast, and heavy.

White Lung finished things off with a set of mostly new songs that are making me even more excited to hear their forthcoming debut long player. I was worried when they lost their guitarist, but after seeing them a couple of times with Kenny, it seems that everything sounds just fine.

Oh, and in case you haven't noticed, that "Olympics" thing starts on Friday. I was gong to get something together, but got too lazy to wade through the Cultural Olympiad website (for all that money, you think could design a better website). Don't fret though. The Straight's got a calendar of free shows and Discorder has their picks up (from free up to really expensive) in the latest issue, and I'm sure both of them do a better job than I would have. Let that be a lesson to you: if you procrastinate long enough, someone will do the job for you.

Regulars: February 8th-February 14th

Monday

Tuesday
Sailing @ the Astoria: unknown

Wednesday
Rock N Roll Pizza Party @ the Biltmore: back on February 17th
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: back in March

Thursday
Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: off until the Olympics are over
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: no live act

Friday
Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: back on the 19th
Deadbeatz @ Roy G. Biv: back on February 26th
Good Burger @ Goody: Gang Silence (Gang Violence still don't have a new singer, so they're playing instrumentally)
First Friday @ the El Dorado: back in March

Saturday
Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Sun Wizard and Makeout Videotape
Night Shift @ the Astoria: back later this month? Next month?
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: Techromancer and the Zolas

Sunday
Dream Date @ the Astoria: no live act

now playing: Beach House - Take Care

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010
trucker's prayer



If you've caught the Abramson Singers play in the last little while, you may have copped this from Leah directly (and she still has some CDs to sell at shows, I think), but if not, it's out today on iTunes, Zunior, and via White Whale (where it's only $5).

I haven't seen Leah play solo or with a band in ages, and since I mostly stick to live stuff here, I don't really mention her all that often, but I still play her last record, Bedroom/City, at least once a week, and I'm pretty sure the story's going to be the same with this one.

You can check out five songs from the album (plus two from Leah's last one) on her Myspace.

Memewar celebrates the release of their 11th issue at the Railway on February 9th, featuring readings by Tony Power, Allen Gurling, Shannon Rayne & MemePress authors and music by Stefana Fratila and World Club

Man Your Horse, Ford Pier, and Hermetic play the Railway on February 10th.

On February 13th, the Astoria hosts "Fuck, I Love You," a Valentine's party featuring Muscles and B-Lines, and also a screening of Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains.

Foreign Born and Free Energy play Fortune on February 27th.

Think About Life are at the Media Club March 31st.

Dead Meadow and Imaad Wasif are at the Biltmore on April 2nd.

Pierced Arrows and Lullabye Arkestra play an early show at the Biltmore on April 3rd. I haven't managed to catch Pierced Arrows then they've rolled through town yet and I love Lullabye Arkestra, so I'm pretty psyched for this.

Jonsi (of Sigur Ros, who's apparently like Madonna or Prince or something) plays back to back shows at the Vogue on April 6th and 7th.

The Moondoggies and the Shilohs play the Biltmore on April 17th.

Shearwater and Hospital Ships play the Biltmore on April 28th.

Girls and Dum Dum Girls play Venue on May 26th and 27th.

Oh, and while it's not a music show, Andy Dixon is having an opening reception for his art show, "Such Events Have Led Us Here," at Grace Gallery on Friday

now playing: Best Coast - This is Real

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Monday, February 01, 2010
brown boots, black hair

Thanks to Fine Mist for playing Damaged Goods on Friday. And, if you made it out, thanks for packing the Astoria! That was awesome.

Regulars: February 1st-February 7th

Monday

Tuesday
Sailing @ the Astoria: MT-40

Wednesday
Rock N Roll Pizza Party @ the Biltmore: back on February 17th
Discorder Presents... @ the Astoria: Sex Negatives, Phonecalls, and MT-40.

Thursday
Honey Lung Thursday @ Honey: Phonecalls, Katastroyka, and Animal Bodies
Blastramp @ the Bourbon: no live act

Friday
Damaged Goods @ the Astoria: The Orpheans
Deadbeatz @ Roy G. Biv: back on February 28th
Good Burger @ the Peanut Gallery: Walter TV
First Friday @ the El Dorado: White Lung, Nu Sensae, and Black Wizard

Saturday
Glory Days @ the Biltmore: Terrorbird
Night Shift @ the Astoria: back later this month? Next month?
No More Strangers @ Funky Winkerbean's: back on February 13th

Sunday
Dream Date @ the Astoria: ?

now playing: Makaveli - To Live and Die in LA

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contests

music

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
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history

on repeat
i'll make you a tape
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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
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