Just a quick heads up to say that Seapony lead singer, Jen, has the flu, so they won't be playing tonight at the Cobalt for No More Strangers. If you were looking forward to this one like I was, you'll get your chance in April.
Fine Mist move up to headline the show and Candles will now play after Little Jungles, so it's definitely still worth checking out.
Plus, those Winnie Cooper dudes have had a tough week between this and the Das Racist cancellation, so come down and buy them a beer*
now playing: RadioZero
*Note: they probably have a bar tab, so just come down and drink beer and party hard to cheer them up.
Labels: no more strangers
Thursday, January 20, 2011
take me away to nowhere plains
So, I rarely point out new shows, just because pointing out every new show takes a ridiculous amount of time, but it's worth noting that the Pixies are at the Orpheum on May 3rd, where they'll play Doolittle front-to-back. Presale tix are on tomorrow at the ungodly hour of 9am EST (yeah, you read that right) at their official website and the regular on-sale is a week later (though at 9am local time).
The first time I saw the Pixies on their initial reunion tour, I didn't think I could pick a better setlist--they played pretty much everything I could have dreamed of hearing. But now that this reunion seems to have become pretty permanent, I can't think of a better tour to see them on than this one.
Monday, January 17, 2011
between the bars
There are a pair of open houses this week, where the City will be presenting its progress on a review of live performance regulations for Vancouver and soliciting feedback. Among other things, this will effect the sort of quasi-legal (to just straight up illegal) venues that have been popping up and, subsequently getting busted, for years and making it easier for combination studio/performance spaces (and the like) to run legitimately.
The first one goes down tonight at.. er... right now (sorry) until 7pm at Mt. Pleasant Community Centre. It's a drop-in thing, not a formal meeting with a set agenda, so if you're reading this at work, you can still drop by after.
The second one is Wednesday at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Salons (650 Hamilton St.) from 4pm-7pm.
now playing: Robyn - With Every Heartbeat (Acoustic)
Labels: no fun city
Saturday, January 15, 2011
raindrops in the cold
From the Biltmore:
It's terribly unfortunate that we have to make this announcement. After a wonderful show Thursday night, Red Cedar had their van broken into and thousands of dollars worth of gear was stolen.I'll try to get better descriptions, but if you see a deal on one of these fine instruments that seems to good to be true, it might be. Get in touch with the band here or the Biltmore here.
Below is a list from the band of what was stolen. Any help in recovering any of these items would be hugely appreciated! If you see any of these items suddenly appear anywhere, please get in touch!
Fender Precision Bass
1974 Fender Mustang Guitar
American Fender Stratocaster
Custom Fender Telecaster
Boutique Guitar Pedals
Digital Hammond Organ
now playing: Spiritualized - Stay With Me
Labels: red cedar
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
this will be our year, took a long time to come
Rose Melberg (feat. her mom) - "This Will Be Our Year (Zombies Cover)"
I was going to post a big rambling thing about how this song is near and dear to my heart. Instead, I think I'll keep it brief. I thought about this song a lot this past year, and I can't think of a better way to usher in the new year than with Rose's cover of it.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
there's nothing but rain here on the west coast
Jody Glenham - "Snow in New York City"
One of the things that sort of turns me off a lot of singer/songwriter stuff is the way it's produced. I guess, save for maybe alt-country types, there's not the same "jump in a van and tour" culture as there is for bands of other stripes, so, even in today's climate, they're more likely to feel like they have to "play the game" when it comes to making records. With that said, I really love the way this track sounds. There's nothing slick about the bedroom recording (and, Hell, there's nothing complex about the lyrics, either), but what it does have is all it needs. I was saying yesterday (and have said before) that one of the things that I love about Spoon is the fact that they know when not to play and this is a great, non-Britt Daniels, example of that.
Perhaps the timing is a bit off, since there is supposedly going to be snow out here on the West coast this week, and if it's anything like this it might be prettier than New York. This is still a great song though. Cop it on iTunes
Completely unrelated, but at least equally awesome: Music Waste is now accepting submissions for this year's festival. Send a link to your music (and I believe the official request was to forgo press releases or EPKs or press photos and that kind of junk--just the goods) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope 2011's treated you okay so far, internet.
now playing: Spoon - Everything Hits At Once