Ketch Harbour Wolves, crafter's of the no. 1 Canadian EP of 2008, are celebrating the release of a new album, Anachronisms, at the Horseshoe on Saturday, 8 May. Well, sort of: The album won't be released for real until June, but you can hear the new songs and pick up an advance copy of the new disc at this show.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
This is the fifth installment of my interview series with people in and about the Toronto music scene. Previous ones featured Mitch Fillion (Southern Souls), Mike Smith (Muskox, etc.), Randal Ball (WreckingBall Entertainment), and Ben Mueller-Heaslip (What's All This Then?! podcast).
Jen: When did your start the label, and why? What were your intentions for it?
Robert: The label started mid July 2008. Long story short, I moved to Toronto and found myself in the middle of an unbelievable selection of bands. A bunch of bands that honestly seemed like the sweetest people ever. They all partied together and support each others artistic dreams. I just couldn't believe that bands like The Hoa Hoa's, The Disraelis and Action Makes did not have anyone in the business behind them.
I just thought - all these bands and this scene needs is a platform. A place where they can all unite and have someone do all the "business" stuff and shit bands shouldn't have to do themselves. They all seemed to fall loosely within the psych/garage genre, my favourite! So, it made sense.
We don't have any specific intentions for it. I mean, we wanted distro and we've managed that with the help of Outside Music. We want to continue to add artists have the same ideas as us an get the music heard by as many people as possible. That's about it.
If it gets bigger, we'll totally embrace it and if we just kind of maintain where we are now - well, that's fine we're quite proud of how far we've come in less than two years.
Jen: Yeah, for sure. The label and its bands seem to have a devoted and ever-growing group of supporters. How you do decide which bands you want to sign?
Without getting in to too much detail, I look for bands that a) have tremendous music that fits into the genre we've become known for and b) have some start up money of their own. As a label, I don't pay for a band's manufacturing. They do. And, together, we make it a priority to ensure that all money taken in is filtered to the band and paying off the debt from manufacturing costs first and foremost. After that, any profit made is split fairly. And by "fair" I mean, a large majority of it goes back to the bands.
In return, I offer them the advantages that the label has managed to amass: the name, studio space, distribution, media contacts, US and Canadian college radio contacts, industry contacts, booking, promotion, publicity, festival gigs and, of course, participation in any of our "unique venue" shows that we've become kinda synonymous with.
Jen: Your latest release is from an American band. Are there special challenges or rewards that comes from working with a group not located in your home city?
Robert: Magic Shoppe is Josiah Webb. We met him at a Hoa Hoa's and Disraelis gig in Buffalo, NY and he was just the biggest fan of what we had going on. We partied with him all night and when we woke up he was on the label. I swear that's how it went down . . . I think.
Regardless of where a band is from, like I said, if their music is what we're after - we're interested. He recorded, mixed, mastered and manufactured his debut Reverb EP a year or two prior to The Night In Buffalo and was just looking for the right place to release it. Optical Sounds was in and we couldn't be happier with it all. He even went as far as to suss out some USA colleges for us that we should be targetting. We're both in agreement that the label and the band are better off with the relationship in place.
Specifically, the distance is a bit of a challenge - he lives in Boston, MA now. So, getting together to chill and hash out ideas isn't convenient. BUT, we now have a place to crash in Boston and the label has made a small imprint in the States!
Jen: You guys were pretty busy recently, showcasing at CMW, in New York City, and then down in Austin. What's the value for your label and its bands of such trips?
We hope our bands get the opportunity to do a lot more travelling in the future. You hear that, all you agencies and booking managers? ;)
Jen: Now that you've been at this for a bit, what are the major lessons you learned or misperceptions you had about running a record label?
Robert: Well, first and foremost I've learned too much to list here in detail. Basically, I knew absolutely nothing about the music business. I had a taste in music and people around me who were in great bands, that's it. Everything from managing band personalities, budgets, manufacturing, distro, publicity, booking, networking, etc., etc., etc. have all been learned on the fly. I'm learning every single day from everyone around me - the bands, industry friends and new people I seem to be meeting all the time. I must be getting old because I am consciously enjoying every bit of this new knowledge.
I think because I knew so little, I had very few expectations to begin with, so there are only so many glaring misperceptions. Because we're a DIY, startup label that is still relatively new, we all knew full well that we'd be learning everyday, sometimes taking a few steps back to take one giant leap forward.
The most glaring misperception I had at the beginning that we had to be a "professional" as possible. I assumed we needed this shiny, cutting edge website, publicity, someone to do pro photoshoots, a graphic designer, etc. Turns out, we don't need any of it. If the music is strong enough, fans will find it. And, if the personalities involved are engaged and helpful, these things find a way to get done.
Jen: That's good to hear. Still must be a ton of work, though! What's in the works for Optical Sounds for the rest of 2010?
Robert: So far this year, we've done CMW, SXSW, and released a Magic Shoppe EP amongst other shit . . .
We're excited for the rest of the year. I'm expecting new releases from Action Makes, Planet Creature, The Hoa Hoa's and (fingers crossed) Postcards. We're also close to confirming the addition of Revolvers to the label and we'll re-release their incredible debut (Apocolypse Surfin') that they released themselves last year. The Disraelis are in a bit of a crossroads right now and we'll know more about their plans soon. They're either going to re-group and record some of the best music this city has heard in a while or totally dis-band. Which would suck, but these things happen.
We'll be celebrating our 2 years of existence in mid-July and anyone who has taken in our "unique venue" parties in the church, legion, loft space, etc. will be happy to hear what we have planned. Stay tuned for that.
A website I've been trying to re-launch since forever will be ready this year too. Finally.
Lastly, while we're passing on NXNE this year, Halifax Pop Explosion is all set up, so, some of our bands should have their first gigs out East.
Diemonds, Rusted Dawn, and Fog Of Leprosy @ Bovine, 9pm, $5.
Fourlines @ 12:00a, Counterpoint @ 11:00p, Everyone’s Talking @ 10:00p, and This is Bombs @9:00p. Lee's Palace, 8:30pm, $6.
*Kevin Kane, Sean Macdonald, and Shelby Lamb @ Cameron House, 9pm, $10.
Ian Blurton's Happy Endings, Reverse Mount Rushmore, and DJ Vania @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.
State of Mind @ 12:00a, Stagehands @ 11:00p, and tba @ 10:00p. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $8. If anyone wants to buy a Stagehands' CD, just mention "historyjen" and you'll get it for $5 instead of $8.
Shatter The Hotel: A Dub Inspired Tribute to Joe Strummer - Official Canadian Launch Event feat. Dubmatix (live), Prince Blanco & the Clash Assassins (live), Citizen Sound (DJ set), Nate Wize (DJ set), and special guests @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $8 or $15 incl. CD. Proceeds to Strummerville: The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music.
Fred Spek's CaMp CoMbO @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
Frailfragment, Bella Clava, and Broken Suns @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 7pm, $5.
* English Words, the Love Machine, and Davey Parker Radio Sound @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6. Download English Words' EP for free here.
Elvis Monday feat. The Caraways, Kuru, Caramel, the People Of Canada, Radio Belle, and Jilted Lovers Club @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Go see Born Ruffians all over North America in June. I'm aiming to be at their tour kickoff on 28 May at the Horseshoe Tavern.
Circle Research recently released a new album, Gardiner Express. Here's a video for one of the songs on it, "You Don't Know Me."
Monday night I had the privilege of going to see the Sadies perform a short but blistering set at the intimate Rivoli for an invite-only audience. The Sadies are, I think it's fair to say, Toronto music legends. Their new album, Darker Circles, is out on 18 May. You can listen to it over at Outside Music. The band---headed by brothers Dallas and Travis Good, with bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belistky---knows how to provide a stand-out live performance complete with impressive musical tricks. Catch them at Lee's Palace on 22 May.
Download: Young Doctors in Love, "Eloise and Her Sister Marta" (5 Golden Greats EP, 2010).
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Watch this: Daniel Romero w/ Misha Bower (live), Great Lake Swimmers, The Ghost is Dancing (live), Dan Mangan (live).
Thanks for Matthew McAndrew for this lovely video. Matthew's review, photos, and another video from the recent Daniel, Fred and Julie show are up on blogTO.
Great Lake Swimmers have a new video:
The Ghost is Dancing perform "Battles On" during their Third Floor Session, a project of Ryerson University students. You can also download the entire live session for free.
Dan Mangan. I can't put my finger on what that guy has, but he's go it. So much of it. Just great.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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THURSDAY (22 apr)
Blocks Recording Club presents Thursday Night Confidential feat. Animal Monster, Shadow Self, and Hoover Party, w/ DJ Rob Gordon @ The Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 9pm, free.
Massey Harris, Mona Dhanjal, and Yawn Temiseva @ The Imperial Pub, 9pm, pwyc.
WreckingBall Entertainment presents HeartCore, the Dress Whites, and Whosarmy @ The Piston, 9pm, $5 w/ canned food donation. The Dress Whites are on at 11pm.
Paint, The Black Fever, and In Support of Living @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
Earth Day Show feat. Young Doctors In Love, recordbreaker, Volenska @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.
Devil Eyes, The Soupcans, Potions, Dildoniks @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
* The Untold City presents Robots////US III feat. PDF Format, Put the Rifle Down, Green Splat, OPOPO Rmx, and DJ Matt Weed @ Wrongbar, 9pm, $7.
Regression (Wolf Eyes), Spykes, Dog Lady, Drainolith @ Teranga, 9pm, $7.
Paper Bag Acoustic Sessions feat. Adam Green, the Music Project, and Kiersey Rand @ Supermarket, 7:30pm, $8.
Unknown Funk Hero Presents The Beat Lounge feat. Circle Research (CD release) @ The Rivoli, 9pm, $5.
Download: Circle Research, "Out of This World" (Single).
FRIDAY (23 apr)
Cousins, Jon McKiel, Duzheknew, and Wolfcow @ Whippersnapper Gallery, 8:30-11:30pm, $?
Vesper Hours, Tommy & The Tall Girls, Gentlemen...The King!, and Nitty Gritty @ The Piston, 9pm, pwyc.
Missing Matter, Space With Air, Macro Fiesta @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
Drunk Woman, The Hunting Horns, and Turantula @ The Silver Dollar, 10pm, $5.
APE (CD release) @ 12;30p, Tenth Planet @ 11:30p, Volitionaire @ 10:30p, and Wentworth @ 9:30p. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $7.
* Yukon Blonde, Sports: the Band, and Fox Jaws @ The Garrison, 9pm, $8 adv.
Wild East 2 feat. Jumple, Wordly Savages, and DJs Gypsy Viking and Medicineman @ Bread & Circus, 9pm, $10. You could get in for $5. Details here.
SATURDAY (24 apr)
* Heavy Trash (in-store) @ Sonic Boom, 2pm, free. All ages. Bring a canned food donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Sarah Greene and Abigail Lapell @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 7-9pm, pwyc.
Turdfest feat. John Milner You're So Boss, Birth Defelt, Hell Hell, Snake Pit, and Induced Labour @ Creole Ballet School, 375 Dovercourt Rd, 9pm, $3. All ages.
* City Mouse Records presents Ryan Masters & the Pinnacle People, Secret Connection (Rajiv Thavanathan), and Kira Sheppard @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8-11pm, $5.
WreckingBall Entertainment presents The Ninja Funk Orchestra, Slave to the Squarewave, and Dream Jefferson (formerly Owel Five and Corboe) @ The Piston, 9pm, $5.
Canadian Indie Movement (9pm), Tia Brazda, Carly Manley, and Beth Moore (6pm) @ The Central, 9pm, pwyc/$5.
* The Holy Cobras w/ Tundra Fun, and the Mutters @ Silver Dollar, 10:15pm, $6.
The Crazy Dreams Band (Mouthus), Cousins Of Reggae, Karaoke, and Dentata @ Teranga, 9pm, $7.
The Dyadics, The Standstills, Cure Gravity, and Bangladesh @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $10.
The Cliks @ 12:00a, The Framework @ 11:00p, and tba @ 10:00p. Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10.
SUNDAY (25 apr)
* Gather Round w/ Hamilton Trading Co, the Strumbellas, Laura Peek, and Irene Chu @ The Boat, 9pm, pwyc.
* The Weather Station w/ Lisa Conway and Arkana Music @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10:30pm, pwyc.
BBtBB4 presents The Roman Line, Streetcore, The Honkies, and Brooklyn Fletcher @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.
Heavy Vessel presents Rouge and the Cry Break @ Teranga, 8-11pm, $5.
MONDAY (26 apr)
* Daniel, Fred and Julie (in-store) @ Soundscapes, 7:30pm, free. All ages.
Elvis Monday feat. Drunk Hussy, the Whole Entire Universe, Broken Bricks, Little City, and Rob Moir @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.
Shoeless Monday feat. Tedd @11:15p, Manic 27 @10:15p, and Coldjack Band @9:15p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.
* An Horse and Hannah Georgas @ The Garrison, 9pm, $10.
Van Noise Promotions presents The Go Time w/ Grand Scale, Night of The Snake, and Illuminate the Sky @ Sneaky Dee's, 7pm (early show), $10. All ages.
TUESDAY (27 apr)
* Hannah Georgas (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6pm, free. All ages.
The Edge 102.1 Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nites feat. The Red Boy @11:40p, The Mississippi Kings @10:50p, Lifestory @10:00p, The Scenario @9:10p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free.
Toonie Tuesdays feat. Nightmares, City Sweethearts, Chang-A-Lang, and the Get Nuns @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $2.
Locomotive 8, Tribulations, Nate Siegler & the Gentiles @ Bread & Circus, 9pm, $5.
Freebie, Laura Peek, and Pkew Pkew Pkew @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
Stephen Staley (Lowest Of The Low) @ C'est What, 10pm, $6.
WEDNESDAY (28 apr)
Fat as Fuck, BF Soul, and Juice @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $2.
Canyon City and MJ Cyr @ The Boat, 9pm, $5.
The PiNG presents SPACE TOURiSM feat. Pholde, dreamSTATE, BETA Beta Cloud, and General Chaos Visuals @ Supermarket, 8pm, $6.
* Horse Feathers w/ the Wilderness of Manitoba @ The Drake, 8pm, $10 ($8.50 adv).
Harlem @11:00p, Teenanger @10:00p, Tropics @9:00p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, $10 (or $9 adv).
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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This past week I took in the Low Anthem and the Barr Brothers on Saturday (review here) and then Krupke on Tuesday night. The latter was just as bizarre as I expected, but I found myself enjoying their quirky pop tunes more and would like to see what comes next for them. Loved the clarinet player!
THURSDAY (15 apr)
5th Projekt and Peter James Project @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $5.
Dubbs w/ Serb Superb and The Dirty Nil @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.
WreckingBall Entertainment presents People in Grey and Amber Long @ The Piston, 9pm, $5 w/ canned food or nonperishable food item donation.
Mia Sheard w/ the Low Notes @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.
TMW presents The Working Title, The Bulletproof Tiger, Life in Vacuum, The Charming Ruins @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.
Queen Licorice @ 12:00a, Retro Radio @ 11:00p, Electric Karma @ 10:00p, and Opendoor @ 9:00p. Lee's Palace, 8:30pm, $6.
* Parks & Rec, Luke Nares, and Kate Rogers Band @ Supermarket, 9pm, $7.
Supersoulsound Funk Review presents the Main Thing w/ friends and DJ General Electric @ Wrongbar, 10pm, $10 (or $5 before 11pm).
* Jeremy Greenspan (Junior Boys) and Mantler @ The Garrison, 9pm, $10. (?!)
Fred Spek's CaMp CoMbO @ Dominion on Queen, 9pm, $10.
FRIDAY (16 apr)
Nathan Cyprys, Ian Docherty, and Our Little Hourglass @ Rearview Mirror, 8pm, pwyc.
Anagram, Tropics, Doldrums, and Of A Pony And A VCR @ 64 Augusta (enter through back door), 10pm, $5.
Frantic City presents The Flying Bordelos, Shbti, and Hut @ Mitzi's Sister, 10pm, $5.
Thousand Cures @12:30p, The Waxmen (CD release) @11:30p, Rollin Jack Dandies @10:30p, Datura @9:30p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $7.
* TWM presents The Cheap Speakers (EP release), Mark Berube & the Patriotic Few, Lordy Lordy, and Big Crimes @ El Mocambo, 9pm, $8.
Download: The Cheap Speakers, "Tongue" (EP, 2010).
Lullabye Arkestra w/Burning Love, Brave/Deeds, and Reverse Mount Rushmore @ The Garrison, 9pm, $10 (adv). Go get yourself a free EP from the headliners.
Friendlyness & The Human Rights w/ Samba Elegua @ Hard Luck Bar, 10pm, $10.
D-Sisive and Okay City @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $10.
SATURDAY (17 apr)
* International Record Store Day! Deals at Sonic Boom, Criminal Records, Sunrise Records, Soundscapes, Vortex, Slinky, Penguin, Neurotica, Hits And Misses, Song & Script, and Rotate This. Sonic Boom has bands---really good bands---from 3pm until late. And Sunrise has bands, too. Fun!
No Apathy! presents All Ages DIY-Punk Matinee feat. Ancestors, Kale, and !Attention! @ Kapisanan Philippines Cultural Centre (167 Augusta Ave.), 4:30-9pm, $5/pwyc. This is a dry event. All ages.
* Bidiniband and Laura Peek @ Holy Oak, 10pm, pwyc.
Cadre @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
* MJ Cyr, Lara Martin, and Farideh @ The Cameron House, 9pm, $5.
Jojeto w/ Stereokid @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 8pm, $5.
The Effens, Noble Rogues, and Davey Parker Radio Sound @ Silver Dollar, 10pm, $5.
TWM presents LSD Spider, Cursed Arrows, Black Magick Fox, and The Bat's Pajamas @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.
Dustin Bentall @12:15p, The Coast @10:45p, and tba @9:30p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 9pm, $8.
* WreckingBall Entertainment presents Queen tribute night feat. Hamilton Trading Co., Luau Or Die, MJ Cyr, StereoGoesStellar w/ Luke McMaster, Mittenz, The Danger Bees, Stagehands, The Johnson Report @ The Piston, 8:30pm, $8 w/ canned food donation.
The MuseBox presents Living Room pt II feat Meaghan Smith and Zoe Sky Jordan & Colleen Dauncey @ 507 Queen Street West, 8-11pm, $10. Proceeds to the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation.
The Gay Blades, the Press, Julia Set Generator, and Monster Truck @ Sneaky Dee’s, 9pm, $10.
* The Junction, Amos the Transparent, and the Darcys @ Lee's Palace, 9pm, $10.
* P.S. I Love You, Nich Worby, and Madam Raz @ 102 Ossington Ave. (enter through back), 9:30pm, $10.
SUNDAY (18 apr)
MONDAY (19 apr)
Celebrating Steve Reich feat. Professor Fingers (ProF) and TorQ Percussion Quartet @ Salon 21, Gardiner Museum, 3rd floor, 7pm, free. "Space is limited so please register here to guarantee a spot."
Elvis Monday feat. The Lovely Killbots, Julie C, the Whole Entire Universe, Adam Downey, The Wild Core, Adam Sullivan, and Eric Miinch @ The Drake Hotel, 9pm, free.
TUESDAY (20 apr)
* Dave Bookman's Nu Music Nite feat. Plants & Animals (CD release) @ 10:40p, The Barr Brothers @9:50p, and Mike O'Brien @9:00p. The Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm, free!!
Toonie Tuesday feat. Sons of the Moon, Jeb Bush 2012, Seven Joint Ride, The Good Times, and more @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $2.
* No Shame presents Rich Aucoin, Bent By Elephants, and Lisa Bozikovic @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.
Burn Down the Capital presents Sightings w/ Young Mother, Roman Pilates, and The Swyves @ The Boat, 9pm, $8.
WEDNESDAY (21 apr)
PWYC Weds w/ Courtesy Blush, Radio Belle, and AVH Colour Team @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, pwyc.
Wednesdays Go Pop! feat. The Autumn Stones (debut), more @ Supermarket, 9pm, pwyc.
Arietta have a new video for "Old Habits Die Young." The guys are hitting up a bunch of different cities over the next few months. If you're into mathy rock with a pop heart, you might dig them. Energetic live shows!
Earlier this year Gentleman Reg released a cover of Stevie Nicks' "Wild Heart" on a digital-only EP (Heavy Head). And now there's a video, shot and directed by Colin Medley and Jared Raab. The video is near-copy of the Nicks' clip that was the inspired. More details here. Love G Reg!
Simone and Ian from $100 performed at last weekend's Dap All-Ages afternoon show. Here's one of the songs they did, as filmed by Justin Beach. More videos from the event---which also featured Doldrums, Maylee Todd & Pegwee Power, and Grand Analog---over at NxEW.ca.
As Simone says at the start, $100 has a headlining show at Lee's Palace on 14 May as part of what's being called the "Blue Fog Revue." Also appearing will be Andre Etheir, Castlemusic, Eiyn Sof, Nordic Nomadic, Rick White, and Wyrd Visions. Advanced tickets are available from Soundscapes and Rotate This for $12, or you can get in for $15 at the door. Sounds pretty great to me.
Beth in Battle Mode played its last set ever a few days ago. I couldn't go (for reasons which escape me now), but thankfully Justin was on hand to record it for me! Ok, not really for me. For all of us. Here's part 1 (of 7). The rest are here.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It's been a little while since I've put up one of these giveaways, but thankfully the Dress Whites have given me the chance to change that!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Download: "Sunken Mountain" (Carta Marina, 2009).
Wavelength co-founder and longtime MC Doc Pickles (Duncan McDonell) has been making music on his own and with friends for many years. And when he's done putting songs together and making some recordings, he shares them with the world, for free. He recently finished one such project, an "audiozine." It's called Move the Cube, and it's available here. In return for downloading the tracks, all Doc asks is that "you make some free songs for people." Anyone who knows him knows Doc's musical philosophy is basically that: Start your own band! Do it now! Do it often!
Friday, April 09, 2010
My favourite live act, Woodhands, have a brilliant new video! I'm so pleased. It features the gorgeous and charming Maylee Todd in a love triangle with band members Paul Banwatt and Dan Werb. Maylee sings a duet with Dan on this track. Just awesome.
I just came across this neat like video documentary of the We Are Busy Bodies show during CMW that featured Japanther, Doldrums, Rich Aucoin, Quiet Hooves, and Boys Who Say No. Looked like a great show. And check out Eric Warner's snazzy new website for his WABB label/company.
Jason Collett, you sexy/geeky man.
Hamilton 60s-inspired pop-rockers Young Rival have an album coming out in short order, and are headed off an a big tour with Born Ruffians in a couple months. Here's their video for their song "Authentic." It's really cute. I approve.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Lots of good shows happening over the next 7 days no matter what your particular tastes. I've highlighted a few that I'm most interested in over at Sticky Magazine. I can't believe I have to miss Old Man Luedecke's free in-store performance this evening!
THURSDAY (8 apr)
* Old Man Luedecke (in-store) @ Criminal Records, 6:30pm, free.
Reverse Mount Rushmore, Crop Failure, Sleep for the Nightlife, and Whipping Boy @ Bread & Circus, 9pm, pwyc.
Doug Tielli @ Holy Oak, 10pm-midnight, pwyc.
WreckingBall Entertainment presents Broken Bricks, Worldly Savages, and the Lemon Bucket Orchestra @ The Piston (937 Bloor St. W.), 9pm, $5 w/ canned food donation.
Let There Be Art (art exhibits & live music) feat. The Dank, The Vicious Guns, No Brigade, Revolution Love, more @ Neutral, $5
AfterpartY (CD release) w/ You Vs Me @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $5.
Burn Down the Capital presents Man Made Hill (LP release), Pants & Tie, Daniel Francis Doyle, and J FM, w/ DJ Sylvermaybe @ The Boat, 9pm, $7.
FRIDAY (9 apr)
Fake Date, Mindbender, and Andrew Masuda @ NACO Gallery (1665 Dundas St. W.), 8:30pm, pwyc.
Soft Copy, Super Repeater, and Hybrid Moments (debut) @ Teranga, 9pm, pwyc.
Bend Sinister w/ Darlings Of Chelsea and Voodoo Bunny @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.
Clothes Make The Man, The Dirty Tricks, and Solitary Sun @ The Garrison, 9pm, $5.
All Night Long, Commandeer, and DJs Lazy Ray, Pooyan, and guests @ Wrongbar, 10pm, $5.
* Beth in Battle Mode (final show) w/ the Speaking Tongues and Make Me Young @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
* BikeSauce Bicycle Resource Centre fundraiser feat. Abdominal & the Obliques, Hooded Fang, Entire Cities, and Bike Jazz w/ dancers @ Blue Moon (725 Queen St. E.), 9pm, $5-$10.
Sara Kamin, Meaghan Tonjes, and Katey Morley @ the Rivoli, 8:30pm, $10.
SATURDAY (10 apr)
Lovely Picnic 005 feat. Pat LePoidevin, Sarah Keshen, and Nathan Cyprys @ Project 165 (165 Augusta), 3pm, $5/pwyc.
* Daps Duo All-Ages V feat. Grang Analog, $100, Maylee Todd & Pegwee Power, and Doldrums @ Kapisanan Philippine Centre (167 Augusta), 2:30-6:30pm, $7. All ages. Free for kids 12 and under.
Orang Pendek, Holy Mount, and the City Above @ Rearview Mirror, 9pm, $5/pwyc.
Trinket Trance Presents Tripping Hazard, Clara Engel, Little Silver Tabby, and Stripping Buzzard @ The Cameron House, 9:30pm, $6/pwyc.
Life Sized Dream, Picture Me Free, and the Get Nuns @ The Bovine, 9pm, $5.
* The Flowers Of Hell, the Hoa Hoas, and Ostrich Tuning @ The Garrison, 9pm, $8.
Sleigh Bells, Young Empires, and DJs the Frandiscos and guests @ Wrongbar, 10pm, $10.
SUNDAY (11 apr)
Marcel Aucoin and Michael Holt presents the Piano Salon feat. Katey Morley, Dave Meslin (talk), Amy Medvick, and Catherine Brown @ 592 Palmerston Ave., 7pm, pwyc ($5-10 sugg). Snacks and drinks provided, and feel free to bring your own contributions.
* Gather Round feat. Hamilton Trading Co., the Strumbellas, Pat LePoidevin, and Giant Hand @ The Boat, pwyc/$5.
Burn Down the Capital presents Peace,Loving, No White God, The Dead Are Those Who Have Died, Quartetto Graphica, and DJ Random @ Teranga, 9pm, $6.
MONDAY (12 apr)
* Elvis Monday feat. the Royal So and So's, John Milner,You're So Boss, the Whole Entire Universe, the Champion Heartache, the Peace Leeches, and Scarlet Coppins @ The Drake Hotel (Underground), 9pm, free.
TUESDAY (13 apr)
The Pink & Black Attack presents The Daily Times and Romeo Liquor Store, 9pm, free.
* MV+EE, Chris Corsano & Mick Flower, and Spiritual Sky Blues Band @ The Boat, 10pm, $10 or $5 w/ Josephine Foster/Baby Dee ticket.
WEDNESDAY (14 apr)
Lisa Marie Kruchak, Micheil Gray, and David Solomon @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, pwyc.
Bellewoods, Eve & the Ocean, and David Juliet @ The Garrison, 9pm, pwyc.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Today Guelph/Toronto electro popsters Green Go released their second remix project on the internet. Like the first one, volume II features reworking of Canadian bands. The band remixed one of their own songs ("Watch Your Step") from 2009's Borders, as well as tracks by some of my favourites: Diamond Rings ("All Yr Songs"), Think About Life ("Sweet Sixteen"), Gregory Pepper & his Problems ("7ths and 3rds"), and Woodhands ("Can't See Straight")! Here's the Woodhands' cut, plus the original.
Jennifer LFO w/ Colleen and Paul @ Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), 10pm, pwyc.
* Mantler & Steamboat, Nick Zubeck, and Alex Lukashevsky @ The Piston (937 Bloor St W), 9:30pm, pwyc/$5.
Lisa Bozikovic, Jessica Moore, and Abigail Lapell @ Holy Oak, 9pm, pwyc.
Burning the Day, Russian Roulette, Hallows Die @ Hard Luck Bar, 8pm, $5.
Hot Soup feat. The Swyves, Brilliant Corners, Anthony Bergamin, and Dawne Carleton & D. Alex Meeks @ Labspace Studio, 8pm, $5.
Tempest Thursday feat. Old World Vulture, The Stormalongs, and Adam Weir (comedy) @ Clinton's, 9pm, $5.
TWM presents The People, Wild Fireworks (Kevin Kralik), the Big Deal, and Ryan Warner @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $6.
We Are Busy Bodies presents Past Lives, Doldrums, and Heartbeat Hotel @ The Garrison, 9pm, $10.
Caravan of Hope, Sun Sattelite, KC Roberts & The Live Revolution @ Mitzi's Sister, $10.
Douglas September, Stephen Keeping @ Mitzi's Sister, 9pm, $5.
Magnolious, Fresh Kils, DJ Irrate, Perilelle, Lee Reed @ Rancho Relaxo, 9pm, $5.
The Roman Line, The Video Dead, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, The Hunters @ Sneaky Dee's, 9pm, $6.
Play Deaf, Wentworth @ The Velvet Underground, 8:30pm, $5.
Abyss w/ Illegal, Sakhalin, Molested Youth, and Reality Terror @ Hard Luck Bar, $5.
Vedette, Myke Mazzei & the Mod Villains @ Bread & Circus, 9pm, $10.
Useless ID, Unbelievers, Crookedhook, Old School Politics, and IVS @ Soybomb HQ (156 Bathurst), 8pm, $10. "As usual, there will be refreshments sold in the kitchen, and as this is also our home, I expect you all to be the best guests that we have become accustomed to!"
Whippoorwill and Stacy Burke @ Not My Dog, 9pm, pwyc.
5th Annual New Grunge Unplugged fundraiser feat. Keith Hamilton, Matt Madill, Switzer / Hudson / Garner / Granados, Testrogen, Julian Petti, Nidhan Grewal, Junzi, Reuben O'dell-barkow, Violent Phlegm aka Ian Strung & Roberto Granados, and Jon Sohn @ The Boat, 9pm, $5/food donation. Proceeds to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Sword Heaven w/ Little Women, Induced Labour, and Yukon @ Teranga, 9pm, $8.
KapisananCentre.com Relaunch feat. Maylee Todd, Tonka Puma, Jeremy Glenn and Rod Skimmins (DJ set) @ 167 Augusta Ave., 7pm, $?'