Monday, June 07, 2021
i stay polite. it keeps me alive


now playing: Laura Stevenson - State

Tuesday, March 09, 2021
he offers us a ride. i reply, "no, that's alright"


What a beautiful, gut punch of a song.

now playing: Lucy Dacus - Thumbs

Monday, January 04, 2021
after those who mean it. and do it to survive

Here is some music I really enjoyed this year.


Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Freddie Gibbs - Alfredo

Frances Quinlan - Likewise


Laura Stevenson - After Those Who Mean It

John K. Samson - Fantasy Baseball At the End of the World

Phoebe Bridgers - Garden Song

Waxahatchee - Ruby Falls

Sun June - Karen O

Boldy James feat. the Alchemist and Benny the Butcher - Scrape the Bowl

Idles - Mr. Motivator

Tobe Nwigwe feat. Royce da 5'9" and Black Thought - Father Figure

Soccer Mommy - Circle the Drain

The Killers - Imploding the Mirage


Frances Quinlan and Mary Lattimore @ the Fox

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
good news

I'm sure this will come up a lot as this exercise goes on, but that Bad Channels record really made me nostalgic. I actually played with them (with a different band--we just shared a bill) twice in 2012 and these days I barely pick up my guitar. Also, Brent remains a great friend and around this time last year, I "DJ'd" he and his wife Cindy's 10th anniversary party at the ANZA.

As for the music, it's exactly the type of music I think of when I think of Brent. He actually has a really wide range of things he likes, but these poppy punk songs that straddle the line between modern and classic sound like the amalgamation of what I think his favourite sounds are (minus Motorhead).


Going through all of these records in alphabetical order made me realize I actually don't own Julien Baker's sophomore record, Turn Out the Lights. I was going along thinking that I was still buying all the records I really, really liked in the era of streaming, but that was definitely one of my favourites of 2017 and I never ended up picking it up.

It's been awhile since I sat down with her debut and I honestly couldn't remember how much I'd listened to it when it was released. Turns out, it was a lot, as every song was instantly familiar. And while she's grown a lot as a songwriter in the last 5-years, it's still a strong listen front to back.

now playing: Julien Baker - Ballad of Big Nothing 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
hey meet me in the city


I have to admit that I had the Babe Rainbow EP running at the wrong RPMs, but even (not chopped, but) screwed Cam's weirdo instrumental jams are something I like a lot. It's not the type of thing I'm going to wear out nowadays, but definitely a record that I can see myself going back to more often than some of the harsh noise records that have/are yet to come.

Whenever I think of the Babies first record, I think of New York, because "Meet Me in the City" was on a playlist that I listened to more or less on repeat as I zipped around the 7 boroughs, the first time I was there in 2011. And that song in particular, makes me think of the L train emerging from underneath the East River as it rumbles into Manhattan. Which is a long way of saying, both of these albums made me feel a hit of nostalgia. 

Kevin Morby's songwriting's become more refined over the decade since, but back then he could still write a helluva hook and they're all over both of these albums.

now playing: Boldy James feat. the Alchemist and Benny the Butcher - Scrape the Bowl

Thursday, December 17, 2020
in the red


This isn't the type of music I'll ever get sick of. And further to that, 10-months after the last indoor show that I've seen, listening to this pair of B-Lines records, made me long for being crammed into a sweaty venue, where beer cans are flying and beer may or may not be being spit into the air. 

As I continue the march into middle age (I'm 39 tomorrow), a typical B-Lines show is the type of thing I figured I'd be less and less inclined to attend, but after being cooped up in the house for months, it'd be a dream to be able to let loose and fire back the same kind of adolescent energy that these songs are firing at you.

now playing: Chubby and the Gang - Chubby and the Gang Rule, Ok?

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
and since there's no one else around, we let our hair grow long

I remember the months before Funeral came out--or maybe even the months before it leaked--because there was so much clamour for this band from Montreal. And it's the first time I really remember music blogs driving this hype cycle that, before that, was mostly the realm of the British music press. I can't remember if I felt like it lived up to that hype, but I do remember being thrilled to grab tickets to their two shows in Vancouver, one at the Commodore and an all-ager at the Mesa Luna (RIP). 

I can't remember the last time I listened to an Arcade Fire record, and while I've for sure heard songs on the radio when I'm running errands in an Evo or in the supermarket, I haven't really felt compelled to do it for years. With that said, other than When the Pawn..., it's probably the record I've enjoyed the most from front-to-back on this journey so far. 

From the three today, Azure Ray's third record was the biggest surprise though. I remember it was very soft sounding and very emo and I wasn't really expecting much, as I threw it on between work meetings. But I liked revisiting the record a lot more than I thought I would and "These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue" is a song I'd forgot about completely, but as it turns out, still love.

I don't know what else to say about the B-52's debut. It still sounds incredible. Simultaneously of a time and somehow exciting. P4K did a nice job of revisiting it a couple of years ago, so I'll leave it at that.

now playing: Katy Kirby - Cool Dry Place




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
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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

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