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 SUMMER FESTIVAL PREVjfw?^iift  TWINES
IT • GREEN BURRITO RECflfcDS^IRp SMlW SASQUATCH EDITOR'S NOTE
Whether you are five or 35, June, July and August are three months when we,
especially in this part of the world with distinct seasons, are compelled to do
one thing, and do it a lot.
Get out of town.
As a kid, my parents ran a seasonal eco-tourism company that peaked in
the summer, so we didn't leave home much between June and September.
Even though visitors flocked in from Europe, Asia, and all over Canada and
the United States, venturing outside of our North Island hovel was a highlight
growing up. We usually took off for a week to go camping, and often ended up
in Tofino, a metropolis compared to our boardwalk village. It wasn't exotic,
but it was different.
The park in downtown Tofino had a mini zip line. We had an eclectic
smattering of family friends named after crustaceans who kayaked often, and
lived in houses resembling tree forts. My brother and I went boogie boarding
(surfing for pansies) everyday. My head got plowed into the sand as often as
I caught a wave to shore. These were all exciting things because they were
condensed into that one week, in that one place, once per year.
While Disorder's palette is varied within our community, it made sense to
venture outside our geographic boundaries in this issue. Promoting our local
music scene and the artists that make it are what we do most and best. But
with festival season in full swing and a plethora of contributors eager to share
their adventures from Washington, Texas, and Calgary, it's the perfect time
to push this little mag out of its comfort zone for a few months: a summer
vacation for the publication.
Our first stop takes us south of the border to Sasquatch Music Festival
to explore the inner workings of its culture through the eyes of a festival
veteran. Next, CiTR's Stereoscopic Redoubt host Darren Gawle takes us to
Austin, Texas for a dusty, sun-dried foray into the three-day Psych Fest Finally,
we venture back into Canada for Calgary's Sled Island Festival, where three
of us Discordians dove into non-stop music mania hosted at pool parties,
house parties, theatres, and bars, for four days, uniting under the banner of
promoting good tunes.
As much fun as it is to jump ship for a while, I admit there is no place
like home. And fear not, that's still where Discorder's heart is. Part two of
our Summer Festival Preview gives you a couple great reasons to stay put. In
August, Vancouver also celebrates Pride Week, the second largest in Canada,
with a slew of events that promote and support our vibrant and creative
LGBTQ community.
In our local band scene, cover group Hot Panda chatted with us about hot
sauce and hot animal sex. And if you are looking for something otherworldly
while sitting right here, check out our feature on eight-piece instrumental
powerhouse, V. Vecker Ensemble.
So now that I've completely confused you about staying or going—you've
got plenty of reasons to do both—I assure you this: wherever your adventures
take you this summer, you've got a soundtrack for them. And a darn good
one at that.
Read on and stay rad,
Laurel Borrowman
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05
Summer Festival
Preview, Part II
The sequel to last month's guide, part two of
our festival roundup indulges you in the folky,
the hippie, the eclectic and the electronic.,;
"Bored" has no place in your vocabulary for the
next three months.
09 Hot Panda
Discorder sits down with the Vancouver-via-
Edmonton quartet to wax philosophic about
deep, meaningful matters like slangin' hot
sauce, writing food blogs,.and the ultimate battle
for panda greatness.
11 V. Vecker Ensemble 3Bt
The comparisons are flooding in about supergroup V. Vecker Ensemble, and here's another:
The Captain Planet of Vancouver indie music
scene. "No Gold, Basketball, Nu Sensae,
Aquanaut! With your powers combined, I am V.
Vecker Ensemble!"
13 Austin Psych Fest
Discorder takes a journey to the far reaches
of the continent for three mind-bending
days of psychedelic mayhem in the American
music mecca.
irj Green Burrito Records
& Ryan Smith
Maybe you use your cassette tapes to level your
tippy kitchen table, to play fetch with your dog,
or as inanimate conversation pieces in your
living room. Good news: Ryan Smith can both
update your collection and get you jazzed on
playing them.
18 Sasquatch&The
Psychedelic Mating
Dance
Four days without showering.' A constant
sheen of sweat, 95 per cent of which isn't
yours. Mid-day lawn naps, and all-night
campsite parties. Dozens of bands from nearly
every genre. Welcome to Sasquatch Music
Festival through the eyes of Discorder.
REGULARS
04 Filmstripped
07 Veneius
20 CdlendaT   AlexHeilbron
22 Program Guide
25 Art PrOJeCt   Aaron Moran
29 Under Review
32 Real Live Action
3 8 On The Air David uvt^ms
39 Charts BETTER THAN
SOMETHING:
JAY REATARD M
directed by
ALEX HAMMOND &
IANMARKIEW1CZ
by ARIEL
FOURIER
illustration by
TYLER CRICH
Jay Reatard once punched an overzealous kid at
a concert in Toronto, but this movie is not about
that. Better Than Something: Jay Reatard takes a quieter look at a musician who was known for both
amazing pop-driven punk and insane fits of rage
onstage. In 2010 he had been signed to Matador Records and released one of his most poppy
albums, Watch Me Fall, when he died at the age of
29. The Memphis native, born Jimmy Lee Lind-
sey Jr., lived hard and died young, but this movie
allows itself the room to move away from just
exploring that aspect of his character.
The challenge that Better Than Something is
acknowledging the musician's troubled reputation, without dwelling on his less gracious
moments. Directors Alex Hammond and Ian
Markiewitz do a beautiful job of providing
OVER A SLICE OF APPLE PIE COVERED II
PROCESSED CHEESE HE BLURTS OUT,
"I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY DON'T GET IT
I'M NOT JOAN-FUCKING-BAEZ."
insight into Reatard's musical process as well
as a look into a thoughtful though obviously
troubled person.
Originally conceived as an album promo
video, the film focuses on one long-form interview with Reatard. It is surprising how candid
Reatard is in the film, especially since his entire
life story is covered through a few conversations
with the filmmakers. At first the film sets you
up with what seems like an amateurish formula:
outwardly asshole musician has heart of gold. It
opens with Reatard being
interviewed by some poncy
MTV-style hosts, and hating it. This is followed by
a series of interviews with
friends talking about how
wonderful and how kind he
was deep down, so immediately you get the message that Reatard seemed like a snotty punker,
but maybe there had a hidden well of tenderness
inside. But the Better Than Something evolves into
something much more subtle.
The film's best moments are when Reatard
turns from a quietly reflective adult into an
outright juvenile. In one scene he tries to explain
his principled devotion to noisy garage music.
Over a slice of apple pie covered in processed
cheese he blurts out, "I don't know why they don't
get it I'm notJoan-fucking-Baez."
His analysis in the film of his own music and
what drives his work is elegantly interspersed with
asides about his childhood, his performance style
and his relationships. And the soundtrack, composed of Reatard's music, weaves together the
narrative of his life nicely.
This is probably one of the best rock documentaries I have seen to date. Ids a haunting look at
Jay Reatard's life, and would be a deeply affecting
portrait even if he had not died at 29. Better Than
Something made me wish he lived to make more
music, and gave me some unexpected insight into
why he didn't VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 13th to 15th
THEFESTIVAL.BC.CA
WHO: Dan Mangan, Geoff Berner and more.
BRING: Marijuana and the whole family!
FUN FACT: Though officially curtailed to prevent
folk-related injuries, the B-500 (Birkenstock 500)
used to kick off the Saturday of the fest in its early
days. Eager folkies raced to get a good spot to lay
their blanket for the evening concert, but now the
official policy is (speed) walk—don't run.
35 years went by fast didn't it? Oh wait, were
you not born when this festival started? Well,
the Folk Fest can be young at heart and cool. So
give it a chance.
The Folk Festival in recentyears has been trying
to rebrand itself as something a little younger and
edgier with varying degrees of success. This year
is bigger and arguably hipper (not hippier) than
ever with Dan Mangan, The Ban Brothers and
K'Naan. It has also become more international
over the years, but the Vancouver contingent is
still there. Klezmer punk Geoff Berner performs
along with the super-young and charming Good
for Grapes.
It's not cheap ($80 a day, $150 for the weekend),
but it is fun as heck. Every stage has something
different and it is totally appropriate to wander,
stop for a bit dance like a loon and then move
on. People often lay their blankets in front of the
stage so elaborately that it seems like they plan on
starting a new life right there on the beach. And
some probably would if they didn't get kicked
out at the end of each day. The Folk Fest has a
huge nostalgia factor and some of the performers
have played almost every year. There is a strange
camaraderie at the event and if you have the cash,
it is definitely worth seeing first hand.
—Ariel Fournier
ARTSWELLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
August 3rd to 6th in Wells and Barkerville, BC
ARTSWELLS.COM
WHO: Jasper Sloan Yip, Bidiniband, Rae Spoon,
Fish & Bird, and a burlap-sack-full more.
BRING: Nine hours of road trip games and a
sturdy lawn blanket
FUN FACT: Barkerville, population 5000, was
once the largest city north of San Francisco and
west of Chicago.
Get out of town this BC Day long weekend. Skip
#S11
the ferry-line chaos and peak season Provincial
campground insanity. Pack up the car with your
buds and your camping gear and hit Highway 97
to Barkerville and Wells (neighbouring towns,
about two kilometres apart) for Artswells. Think
all-encompassing weekend-long camping/music
experience without the hipster headdresses and
glowstick-weilding twenty-somethings.
Artswells includes over 100 music performances
from folk, jazz, hip-hop, country, and roots genres
on nine stages. There are workshops, film screenings, art exhibits, and even a play festival. An all-in
weekend pass is $110, and the camping is only
twenty bucks for the whole weekend.
Try something new this August long weekend.
Bring out your inner eclectic, soak in some BC
history, bond with your friends, and do it to a
fantastically colourful soundtrack at Artswells.
—Laurel Borrowman
NEW FORMS FESTIVAL
September 13th to 16th
NEWF0RMSFESTIVAL.COM
WHO: Dan Bell, Von Bingen, Lief Hall and more.
BRING: An open mind and a book (for a little perspective on the bus ride home).
FUN FACT: Last year's New Forms Festival happened exclusively at the Waldorf Hotel.
There is nothing timeless about Vancouver's
New Forms Festival (NFF). At NFF the year is
illustration by
MARK HALL-PATCH
2012 and the culture is digital. Challenging your
standard festival format, NFF is a traditionally
eclectic celebration of electronic music and art.
Running September 13 through 16 at the Waldorf
Hotel, New Brighton Park and the Masters of
Digital Media Building at the Centre for Digital
Media, NFF highlights the talents of both local
and out of town artists and musicians.
At NFF you can expect to have the progress of
everyday life thrown back in your face as the modern world of entertainment and social media is
creatively challenged. With both workshops and
performances, NFF aims to promote the use of
multi-media as a modern tool in both expanding and
expressing art Part of a broader, international movement, NFF will venture into its twelfth year focusing
on "livinglabs." Adarkand electronic affair, those
not too drunk at NFF will find themselves increasingly conscious of their home in technology.
This year the line up of musicians includes
Actress, Dan Bell, Veronica Vasicka, Von Bingen,
Kodeg, Pilooski, Sinjin, Hawke, Larry James and
Cloudface, with accompanying AV and exhibition
artists Lief Hall, Nicolas Sassoon, Sean Arden,
Patrick Cruz and Tyler Fedchuck, Rafael Puyana,
and Merlyn Chipman. So leave your nostalgia
behind and prepare to knock the mundane out of
this science fiction world we live in. Tweet it, post
it, text it NFF is back.
—Alex de Boer Va*hmals
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by CHRIS YEE
A vacant property on the edge of Chinatown at
Abbot and Pender, once a Budget Car Rental office,
sits unused for three years, at the mercy of weeds
and vandals, in dire need of rehabilitation.
Video artist and Chinatown resident Mairin
Cooley, had enough of it So in June, the non-profit
Dropout Video Arts Society (DOVA)—of which
she is a founding member—took out a 16-month
lease on the property. Cooley began fixing up the
depressing "ugly" and "un-humanistic" collection of stumps—and not much else—in front of
the building.
The result of Cooley's work is the NINES, which
she bills as a "Slow Food and Culture Club." The
NINES is a concert venue, a gallery, a classroom
and meeting space. It will also house a cafeteria,
which will serve locally-sourced organic meals.
Naming the space after its address at 99 West
Pender Street, she enlisted the help of friends
along the way, like boyfriend Patrick McManus,
an industrial design student from Calgary, and
local food writer Leanne Kriz.
A five-minute walk from Stadium-Chinatown
Station, the NINES' glassed-in lobby is open
and inviting, affording views of the surrounding streetscape when it's not covered in colourful
translucent film for atmosphere and protection
from prying eyes.
Graffiti-covered light boxes, which previously
marked the Budget office, face the street Cooley
hopes to use these for artwork, but for now they
await a cleaning or new Plexiglas.
As the light boxes' dilapidated condition
might indicate, the NINES is still a work in
progress. Cooley continues to repair a planter
outside; there is now a small bench made out of
driftwood affixed to the edge of the small concrete box, along with new saplings replacing
its old tree stumps. Cooley says McManus will
also paint an overhead sign for the space and
make a pair of custom tables for the cafe\
The venue is an extension of Cooley's artistic
practice, of interventions in the urban landscape,
and as she puts it "a discussion to make things
better" in the city.
"If you walk by something enough times, do
you ignore it? Or do you decide that there's some
work to be done and [that] you want to do something about that?" she asks, and adds that this d. i.y.
approach is common in Vancouver's artistic community. Cooley also says that the NINES is an exercise in personal and community development
"In Vancouver, we see lots of people starting
up pop-up stores, galleries, and doing a lot of
gardening around the neighbourhood, so I'm not
the only person who feels this way," Cooley says.
" [The NINES] is as much of a project to learn what
I want to do with my life as it is to set an example
to other people [on] how they can start businesses
and take advantage of property in the city."
No stranger to entrepreneurship, Cooley
illustration by JOEL RICH
also runs the Lions Den gallery at 79 East
Pender, and works as a freelance professional
videographer. Cooley is already renting the
NINES as a classroom, and a few customers
have shown interest in the opportunity, including an ESL teacher who wants to use the space
for his conversation classes.
Music Waste marked the NINES first shows,
with Johnny de Courcy, Nam Shub and Gal Gracen
(Patrick Geraghty) playing official festival shows
on June 8, and Juice and Tight Mike playing a Go
Your Own Waste gig on June 9.
The June 8 and 9 events also featured video
projections from artists including Liz Van
Allen Cairns, Ashlee Liik with Mel Paget Tom
Whalen and Chase Porter-
Later in June, the NINES hosted the works of
Saskatoon-based artist Jon Vaughn, with a collection of'90s Canadian trash films, video art
installations, drawings and collages, evoking the
late-twentieth century ephemera of the artist's
childhood.
Upcoming events at the NINES include an
unveiling party for McManus's new sign and a
summer concert series. Starting July, when the
venue officially opens to the public, the NINES
will be open for events from 6 to 10 p.m. on
Wednesdays and Fridays. The cafe*, open for
brunch and dinner, will also open in July.
For more info, visit niners.ca.
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JOEL RICH
Nearly mid-June and pissing rain outside.
Typical Vancouver, but for Mint Record's Hot
Panda there are no dampened spirits because of
the crummy weather, even after just returning
home from a fun-filled two month European
tour. They were in Barcelona a mere week before
sitting down with Discorder. Though likely jet
lagged and longing to bask in the sun again, all
four members of Hot Panda cozy up at a local
cafe, eager to talk about their upcoming album
Go Outside, their dream music collaborations and
finally, who would reign supreme in an ultimate
panda showdown.
Chris Connelly (vocals, guitar), Maghan
Campbell (drums, vocals), Catherine Hiltz (bass,
vocals) and Heath Parsons (guitar, keyboards)
are the four-piece eclectic group. Praised for
their original mash-up of just
about every genre you could think
of, the band's third album, Go
Outside, surprisingly reveals the
band's more focused side.
"It is the least eclectic record
that we've done, but the songs
are a little more interesting just
themselves," says Connelly. "They
don't need as many tricks, I feel.
With a lot of our other songs it
was almost like to make it more
interesting we'd just switch it off
in a crazy different direction... this
time, things are a little more subtle
and more thought out The songs
themselves are richer without having to throw in a
bunch of curve balls."
The result is a gritty, rock-pop album laced
with funky bass lines and spastic David Byrne-
inspired vocals. With a satisfying balance of
bouncy dance tracks and mellower sonic blisses
like the beautiful outro song "Boats," Hot Panda
find their stride without relying on crazy genre
changes or audacious lyrics like in "Fuck Shit
Up/Hell Hey Hex," from their sophomore album,
How Come I'm Dead?
But don't worry. Hot Panda still makes music
they want to make, they haven't lost their charm-.
ing spontaneity and ability to surprise fans. Just
take a look at the album cover. The photo, taken
by local photographer and Discorder-contributor
Robert Fougere, is eye-catching, to say the least "Present yourself and who you are out there to
the world. That's a pretty good image to represent that idea. Just a guy jumping buck naked
into a pool," Connelly says. But who is the
naked dude on the cover? Turns out to be a
friend of a friend. "I don't know if I could ever
get to know him now," says Connelly, amused
at the idea of seeing him in person. "It would be
weird... I know what his penis looks like."
Hot Panda are a touring machine and have
been on the road with an array of bands ranging from the Von Bondies to Art Brut. It made
Hot Panda draw inspiration from all sides of the
musical spectrum. They embrace eccentricity
and like doing things differently. They had their
very own brand of hot sauce (apparendy there
may be one case left somewhere in Olympia,
WA) and had a personalized food blog. Right
now they've got a travel blog going where you
can read about their tour and how Campbell
managed to fall into River Esk in England, twice.
So as the afternoon comes to a close and coffee mugs are emptying, the interview ends with
a question we thought the band would appre-
"Yeah, Hot Panda would just have sex wi±
Kung-Fu Panda," Parsons adds, "and then
Kung-Fu Panda wouldn't want to fight anymore.
They'd just have babies and fall in love."
It was settled. Hot Panda wins. And finds a
romantic companion.
So whether it's a panda with flames, a super
sexual panda, or a talented, energetic quartet
from Edmonton (with an infectious sense of
humor to match) one thing is for sure—Hot
Panda comes out on top.
"WAIT. ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ACTUAL PANDAS, OR US FIGHTING THE BAND GOLD PANDA?"
ASKS CONNELLY. "BECAUSE GOLD PANDA IS JUST A DJ. WE COULD TAKE HIM."
us wonder who'd they like to collaborate with.
Parsons instantly suggests Flo Rida, which
Connelly enthusiastically agrees with.
"Yeah it'd be great to have him guest on
something. We'll [also] get Nicki Minaj on the
track." Hiltz opts for the Beatles and Radiohead,
creating a super-group collaboration, whereas
Campbell, who contemplates for the longest,
finally says Iggy Pop.
"He does some bad collaborations now
though," Connelly points out.
Campbell shakes her head, "No, no it
wouldn't be now. It would be Iggy Pop in the
seventies. We'd transport ourselves."
As eclectic as their sound, the members of
ciate. Who would win in a panda fight: A) Hot
Panda B) Gold Panda or C) Kung-Fu Panda?
"Everybody dies," Parsons says confidently.
"Hot Panda on fire, lights the other two pandas
on fire." Not everyone is convinced though.
"Wait. Are you talking about actual pandas
or us fighting the band Gold Panda?" asks
Connelly. "Because Gold Panda is just a DJ.
We could take him"
After some clarification and then careful consideration, Connelly has the answer,
"Actually, pandas have a really tough time mating.
They have to be shown like, panda porn, so they
know how to do it. So I think if you actually had
a panda that was hot and ready to go... "
The Waldorf Hotel hosts Hot Panda's Go Outside
release parry on July 14. Can't make it? The album is
available in stores and online on July 17. Also, check
out Hot Panda's tour bloa, at hotpanda.ca. N-S-FrtBL-E
photos by
KATAYOON
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lettering by
ALEX HEtLBRON
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As this article goes to print, Vancouver will be
wrapping up the 2012 International Jazz Festival. When I met up with Keith Wecker (a.k.a.
V. Vecker) at his East Vancouver home, the
Vancouver-based V. Vecker Ensemble are only a
week away from kicking off the 10-day festival
at Ironworks Studios.
"We're stoked on it It's nice to be asked
[to play at the festival], and not have to apply,"
Wecker tells me between drags of his cigarette.
With their new 12-inch set to be released on
Majorly Records this summer, the group has
been concentrating on getting ready for the
live show.  .
Since his days studying visual art at Emily
Carr, Wecker has spent more time writing
music than oil painting. "I once had an art
teacher who accused me of going to art school
to start a band," Wecker laughs, but at the time
he claims he had nothing but art on his mind.
But when he discovered electrical outlets in
the underground parking of Granville Island,
Wecker dove head first into music. The parking
garage, infamously known as "The Emergency
Room," was the breeding ground for The Sex
Negatives, Wecker's previous project and later
V. Vecker Ensemble.
Not long into our discussion, we're joined
by David Rogers, V. Vecker Ensemble drummer, who cracks open a can of Pabst Blue
Ribbon and lights a cigarette. Noise from a
nearby construction site dominates the conversation and when a firetruck speeds by,
Rogers carries on as if this were merely background music at a dinner party.
"The Emergency Room was a place where
everyone came together, even if they didn't normally hang out in the same scene." V. Vecker Ensemble is but one by-product of this musical
cross-pollination. The result is a "plethora of
people playing different styles of music in their ;■
own bands, but together really pushing their
boundaries musically to create something new,"
Rogers describes.
The ensemble came together for the first
time in 2010 as an incarnation of Wecker's
solo project. To date, the eight member
ensemble comprises Corey Woolger (drums)
from the Cowards, David Rogers (drums) who
also plays with Basketball and Aquanaut, Liam
Butler (bass) from No Gold, Andrea Lukic
(bass) and Brody McKnight (guitar) from Nu
Sensae, Daniel Presnell from Von Bingen (guitar) and Luka Rogers (santur), also a member
ofBasketball.
When asked in a recent interview what
the V. Vecker Ensemble wants to accomplish,
Wecker joked that their only goal is to be nom-
inated for the Polaris Music Prize, "because
only bands with six or more members win that
thing," he laughs.
But if there's one thing Wecker is serious
about, it's ensuring that together the eight
members create a sound different from their
own bands. Re-lighting his cigarette, Wecker
paraphrases band mate Presnell, who said that
no one in our lifetime will ever make "new"
music, "but if we weren't trying to do something outside of the collective consciousness of
the group, for me this would be redundant," he
explains. "I might as well go to a temp agency
and get a desk job."
David jokingly offers an unlikely alternative.
"Or start a house blues band."
The ensemble has found a place of their
own, not intersecting with the member's other
projects. "I'm not going to start, all of a sudden,
making everyone play something that would
be like Basketball with V. Vecker playing organ
or No Gold with V. Vecker playing saxophone,"
Wecker adds.
Listening to the ensemble's latest offering, In the Toiler, it's evident that Wecker took
this vision seriously. The album, a 20-min-
ute continuous track, was composed and
arranged by Wecker.
The 12-inch was mixed and mastered by
Josh Stevenson after a one-night recording
session at the Media Club in Vancouver. The
first half of the track is nimble and delicate,
the santur giving a lyrical quality to the otherwise entirely instrumental piece. The subtle
addition of instruments, perfectly in key and
in perfect time as Wecker calls each player
in and out, creates a concentration of ever-
escalating energy that builds up to the midway mark where things slow back down. The
second half becomes less tonal as the energy
builds again and the timing, more disparate.
You sense the players losing themselves in a
sort of head down, head banging kind of way
that drives for In the Tower's duration.
"The way the vinyl is cut is quite nice," David
describes the way the santur enters at the bridge
of the movement's second half, which will also
be the beginning of the second side.
The camaraderie between David and
Wecker is obvious, as they spit witty remarks
back and forth, dropping the occasional inside
joke about band mates who couldn't make it
to the interview.
Wecker admits coordinating all eight members is a challenge. But it looks like once the
dust has settled from the Jazz Fest and impending album release, the ensemble will try to
schedule a tour.
"It is a lot of people," I say. Pausing for a
moment, then in a mocking voice, Wecker
rebuts, "Broken Social Scene did it, bro."
V. Vecker Ensemble u>ill hold the qfjicial release/or
In the Tower on July 27 at the Astoria. Austin, Texas, is a different kind of place. With climate like Alberta in a
Dutch oven and liquor laws for which the words Neo-Calvinist don't apply—
you can legally set up a bar on your front porch—Austin is almost spooky.
And aside from the weird, half-buzz half-whistle calls of wild-eyed grackle
birds in heat, it's unusually quiet. The sun filters through a layer of smoke
drifting inexorably across the border from Mexico, bleaching sandstone
buildings that seem to be prominent in the older part of the city.
Austin has a tradition of being different. It's a liberal oasis in a sea of
bible-belt conservatism and it's that tradition which has given rise to the
Austin Psych Fest. It's three days and almost 60 bands paying homage to
the rebellious, psychotropic spirit of the mid '60s which midwifed local
legends the 13th Floor Elevators.
The staggered roster of bands played between two venues incongruously
situated at either end of a strip mall by the Colorado River. The cavernous
Emo's East could have housed a big-box retail oudet in a previous incarnation, and the ever-sparkly Beauty Ballroom, which was more diminutive. On
Friday, a dynamic made itself apparentwhich remained through the weekend: with a capacity of 1700, Emo's might be too much venue for some of
the more laid-back or inexperienced bands. Unfortunately, a lifeless Psychic
Ills fell victim to this on Friday. On the other hand, Emo's size wasn't an
issue for Dead Meadow, who highlighted the evening with a set akin to a
greatest hits package, backed by the best light show of the weekend.
On Saturday, things didn't begin well for Vancouver-bred Steve McBean's
Pink Mountaintops. Setup was a protracted affair, with apparent monitor
problems for hired gun Gregg Foreman's sequencer. It cut well into the
duo's allotted 45 minutes. When the venue's DJ packed it in long before
the issues were sorted, it was even more uncomfortable for all concerned.
The painful process played out for a restless audience, and there was little
for McBean to do but stand and ruminate until the technical issues were
sorted. But then, he blew the roof off the venue.
Once he got going, it was practically magical. No mean feat for two guys,
a guitar, and a sequencer, but McBean is no beginner, and he commanded
the crowd's attention. The set—while understandably shortened —was
the intricate work of a journeyman performer and a showcase of what the
power and legacy of great songwriting can accomplish. Unreleased track
"You Can Dream" shimmered with added sitar, courtesy of Rishi Dhir of
Elephant Stone, and "While We Were Dreaming," from 2009's Outside Love,
got a brilliant reworking with something like the best organ sound this
side of Notre Dame cathedral. The moment that brought it down to earth,
though, was McBean's single statement between songs, a piece of smartass
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sarcasm that anyone at any Vancouver venue, watching any band, could
identify with: "Yeah. Maybe somebody could getme a beer?" It was a trying
day at the office, and he needed a drink. We've all been there.
Over at Beauty Ballroom, there were more than a few pleasant surprises,
such as Dallas's psych-country four-piece The Cush and Deerhunter spinoff
Lotus Plaza. But the weekend belonged to a one-two punch from the Boston
area: MMOSS and Quilt. MMOSS did their homework and recreated the
sounds of obscure '60s bands like the Freeborne, while Quilt opted for a
light, fetching sound that recalled the best moments of ±e Grateful Dead.
At the end of Sunday night, Austin legends the Golden Dawn concluded
the events with a performance of their classic 1968 album Power Plant, in
its entirety.
Back at Emo's, Saharan African combo Bombino practically stole the
show with their joy for being there, but it was the have-they-still-got-it
anticipation for the Brian Jonestown Massacre's set that had the room on
edge. Frontman Anton Newcombe sat to sing and strum for most of the
set while micro-managing the band's tuning abilities, but guitarist Matt
Hollywood—writer of older BJM tunes "Oh Lord" and "Not If You Were
The Last Dandy On Earth"—was back with the band after 10 years and Joel
Gion was up front and centre with his tambourine and an arsenal of one-
liners. They captured the fractured, desperate, lonely beauty of the best of
'60s folk rock, seemingly with ease.
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by ALEX DE BOER
Long condemned by negative connotations,
today the words "warbled"s|jidi "scratched" turn
and wind with a certain charm. No longer deviants and escapees from the guards of clean
recorded sound, the acqukedqualities of aging
music mediums find new hope in listeners as
endearing characteristics. Vinyl records have
been tremendously re-popularized. Praised for
their analogue sound and audio warmth, they
are also applauded for being first on the home-
listening scene. But are records an anomaly?
What about those funny plastic rectangles that
survived into the '90s? The cassette tape, it
would appear, is also making a comeback. Fifty
cents at Salvation Army, one dollar at Value Village and five bucks on the merch tables of up-
and-coming bands, cassettes are suddenly something to reconsider collecting. With growing
demand for this music medium comes significant space for creativity.
Vancouverite Ryan Smith's Green Burrito
Records is what that creativity sounds like.
Arriving in Gastown at 8 Cordova Street, I
find myself at a small, colourful bodega. The
front window is splashed with comical signage advertising WiFi, Hot Coffee, White-Tees,
Live Bait, Fortune Telling, Cheezies, and Legal
Advice. Provided generously by local art supporter Scott Hawthorn, this nameless corner
store is Smith's own business-shaped art installation. Decorated by his creativity until July
15, the bodega currently stands adorned by a m me*
handful of Green Burrito produced cassettes,
while a mixed tape sings in the background.
Inside, Smith sets up for the day. With a variety of merchandise as random as the window
advertising, Smith sits contently as shopkeeper, but only one topic of conversation
seems appropriate: cassettes.
Smith loves them, and his fondness for
them inspired him to launch a cassette label.
Well, not an actual label, because the bands
are unsigned, but a cassette production company called Green Burrito Records. Begun in
2010, he has produced cassettes for 12 Vancouver bands to date, including Johnny de
Courcy, the Courtneys, Mac DeMarco, Weed
and Two Towns.
"It was the love of home recording and the
simple quality of making mixed tapes," Smith
says, which proved his compatibility with cassettes. This Realization combined with his experience touring with Makeout Videotape and his
discovery of tape duplication solidified Green
Burrito Records as an official project for Smith.
And when he found himself holding Green
Burrito's share of his first 50-cassette release
for Capitol 6, he liked the way it felt.
Growing up in the time when tapes and CDs
overlapped, Smith's relationship with cassettes
owes little to nostalgia. Like so many twenty-
somethings, the allure of cassettes isn't about
reliving fading memories, but about having new
ones in a fading context.
"The era of the cassette was super kick ass
and then it disappeared," Smith says. "Tons of
good music was put on cassette first. That's why
you can find so many good albums on cassette."
Its is how an era of music was supposed to be
heard. I ask Smith what it is that he loves about
the sound of cassettes.
"There's the analog hiss and, well, [that] is
the big thing. You can just hear the hiss and it's
got some cracks and warbles." These characteristics produce, "a certain quality" that have
charmed him.
But as times change, reproducing the past
becomes an act of incorporating the present.
Smith records music from digital form, into
the tape deck and then records that music
onto a new cassette. That's his standard production method and it's certainly not the way
things were done 30 years ago.
"That's just a sign of the times." Aware it's
2012, Smith continues, "It's just like the white
iPod headphone is the perfect headphone to
test the music, in my mind. If it sounds good
there, it will sound good played anywhere." So
both the recording and sound quality testing on
Green Burrito Records are indebted to a digital era, but as long as the product is physical,
Smith has no complaints.
Indeed, as much as Smith is pleased that
new music is more accessible through sites
like Bandcamp and Sound Cloud, he says
music "should be heard live at a show or on
a physical format." Though empathetic, his
thoughts on digital music remain that "it
will never hold anything stronger than a
record or a tape or a CD, or anything physical for that matter." This motivates Smith to
find good music a home on hard copy.
So with permanence in mind, Smith continues making cassettes for local artists. After his
first trial run of 50 cassettes, Smith upgraded,
"100 was a good number to me. Not too little,
not too much." With 50 tapes given to the
band and 50 tapes kept by Smith, Green Burrito
cassette production does not mean mass production. Thegoal isn't to make 500 cassettes
and have 300 sit somewhere, it's to distribute
music on a realistic scale. So despite the fact
that almost all his releases have sold out, Smith'
doesn't expect to get rich with Green Burrito.
"I'm not trying to make any money, just trying to
jam out, have a good time," he says.
That said, despite having made over 1,200
cassettes last year, Smith has no delusions
about the popularity of his products. Though a
growing niche among young people in the city,
generally, "people don't like them that much."
Their sound quality may be defective, but Smith
isn't too concerned about battling the subjective. With Green Burrito, his time is reserved
"to have fun, make music and not think about it
too much."
Rich in debt, friendship, and great tunes,
Ryan smiles and laughs. "Just let the good
times roll." photos by
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SASQUATCH
by DANIEL
THOMAS
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This year in Quincy, WA, The Gorge
hosted what was rumoured to have
been the largest Sasquatch Music
Festival to date. Last year, it was
easy to see the growth approaching.
Strictly regulated parking and camping along with a detailed count of
cars were telltale signs of the upcoming capacity increase. Since 2007,1
have not missed a Sasquatch and can
tell you that there just simply isn't
such a thing as "overflow" camping
anymore. All land that could hold
camping was accounted for. There
was no extra room.
Sasquatch dealt with more people and vehicles than ever before. Funnelling through one
entrance with staff checking each four-day pass
became an obvious bottleneck and was abandoned. Thousands of people in hundreds of
cars lined miles of roads. The need to get them
in the campground became greater than the
idea of checking for tickets. This was the first
year I saw the line of cars grow so long that
Washington police were forced to divert traffic,
creating two lines, each holding festival goers in
anticipation for hours.
Having eliminated the option to buy single
day passes, many of the people I normally went
with stayed home. It was Sasquatch's most
expensive bill, nearly doubling the $170 price
tag of only two years ago. To be fair, the festival
has added an extra day, but with no option to
pick and choose, it's no longer the poor-man
vacation it was in the past. In my fifth year of
making the pilgrimage over the Columbia River,
we travelled with our smallest group yet, down
to four from about 15.
So why is this happening? Why are the numbers climbing for music festivals? Maybe it isn't
the real answer, but I want to say it's because
the '70s are coming back. It's the promise of
the year's first tan. The minimal issues with
authorities and the resources to get over whatever anxieties you left at home. Long grass,
dust-matted hair, group after group of smiling
faces, freedom to dress and act like a complete
idiot, and this year, a small tornado to toss plastic bags and tents alike.
The majority are still going for the bands.
It's the same reason I used to go. The music:
There are those of us however, who are going
to participate in one of our generation's largest
communal stages.
The days start early. The nights go late.
Endless possibilities float through the air, you
can smell it, wafting on the breeze and thrown
about as the wind grows wild. With a 60 of cheap bourbon in hand, small
crews can cause quite a stir. Smaller packs
migrate through the herd and are easy to spot.
Quickly, they enter and exit new scenes with
new casts at will.
Ask a stranger sincerely, "Are you mad at
me?"
Nine out often times the answer is no.
"Why would I be mad at you?" they ask with
genuine concern and confusion. Of course,
they don't know what you mean. Of maybe
they do. It's nonsense for the sake of nonsense. Individuals can be sussed out almost
immediately with vague interviews. New
friends can be found almost as fast. Some people will detest this behaviour. The joke is lost
on them and you can move on.
The psychedelic mating dance continues.
The soundtrack played at a far offstage, washed
out and wavy, floating in an atmosphere thick
with romance. We find each other.
It's the festival mentality; a feeling akin to
invincibility. Everyone has what they need with
extra to share. You could incinerate American
currency and leave your guilt on the shelf. Like
traveling, you can be yourself as much as you
ever could, like you've never felt shame.
I could tell you how the shows were. I could
and I couldn't The way I see outdoor shows has
changed. Bands I would have given anything
to see five years ago, I can now watch from the
back. I can hear them across the field in a way
I've never heard before, as a soundtrack
to a larger event. The electric feeling,
like summer, comes from all angles.
Jack White was remarkable. The
man can play with Meg White, or he
can play with 12 members, and still
commands full attention. Explosions
in the Sky again proved to be my
favourite way to take in a sunset. If
you can get past Zach Condon's ego,
Beirut puts on an amusing show.
If you ask me, the best music took
place in the campground when Seattle
duo The Grizzled Mighty set up an
amp with a generator and full drum kit.
Without the benefits of available electricity or a stage, the pair took us well
into the night and set the tone for the rest of
the weekend. Their raw guitar and wrecking-
crew female drummer drew comparisons to the
White Stripes and the Black Keys, and sure it's
not off base to say, but it's a lazy dismissal. The
same as I saw Whitney Petty of The Grizzled
Mighty, I'd love to see Meg, sitting at her drums
in a crowd, having bourbon poured into her
mouth by a fan, but that just won't happen anymore. The Grizzled Mighty are still approachable, still looking for that break. It's a sincerity
that fleshes out their sound. Book more bands
like this in Vancouver. I promise I'll go.
If you ask me, the best show was the four day
set. It was the times I could hardly tell if I was
eight or thirteen or twice that. I
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British pop music from all decades.
International  pop  (Japanese,
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walis, pop and regional language
numbers.
BREAKFAST WITH THE BROWNS
(Eclectic) 8-1 lam
Your   favourite    Brownsters,
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blend of the familiar and exotic
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(Talk) 12-1:00pm
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that help you remember why you're
here: to have fun!
TECHNO PR0GRESSIV0
(Dance) 8-9pm
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(Dance) 10pm-12am
Hosted by dj Smiley Mike and dj
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Psytrance, Hard Trance and Epic
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Deep Trance, Hard Dance and even
some Breakbeat. We also love a good
Classic Trance Anthem, especially
if it's remixed. Current influences
include Sander van Doom, Gareth
Emery, Nick Sentience, Ovnimoon,
Ace Ventura, Save the Robot, Liquid
Soul and Astrix. Older influences
include Union Jack, Carl Cox, Christopher Lawrence,
PARTS UNKNOWN
(Pop) l-3pm
An indie pop show since 1999, it's
like a marshmallow sandwich: soft
and sweet and best enjoyed when
poked with a stick and held close
to a fire.
THERIB
(Eclectic) 4-5pm
Explore the avant-garde world of
music with host Robyn Jacob on
the Rib. From new electronic and
experimental music to improvised
jazz and new classical! So weird it
will blow your mind!
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Formerly on CKXU, Canada Post-
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anything your host Pbone can put
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SORETHROATS, CLAPPING HANDS
(Rogue Folk, Indie S/S) 6-7:30pm
Lyric Driven Campfire Inspired:
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EXPLODING HEAD MOVIES
(Cinematic) 7:3Q-$pm
Join gak as he explores music from
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and any other cinematic source,
along with atmospheric pieces, cutting edge new tracks and strange
old goodies that could be used in
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. prime-time jazz program. Hosted
by Gavin Walker. Features at 11 pm.
July 2: Celebrating the Birthday of
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(Roots) 6-8am
Bluegrass, old-time music,
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and the lovely Andrea Berman.
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(Eclectic) 10:30-ll:30am
Fuzzy and sweet, a total treat! Tune
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' MORNING AFTER: SHOW
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An eclectic mix of Canadian indie
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Latin America and Europe. Hosted
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INNER JOURNEY
(Folk/Experimental) lpm-2 pm
A sou rce text for where sonic experi-
' mentation meets the folk tradition.
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(World) 2-3pm
Sample the various flavours of
Italian folk music from north to
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(Talk) 1-2 pm
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Terry, That wanted to make people
wary, Of things going on In the world
that are wrong without making it all
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(Talk) 2-3pm
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END OF THE WORLD NEWS
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llam-12pm
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INK STUDS
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Underground and indie comix. Each
week, we interview a different creator to get their unique perspective
on comix and discuss their upcoming works.
THUNDERBiRD EYE
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Your weekly roundup of UBC Thun-
derbird sports action from on campus and off with your host Wilson
Wong.
MANTRA
(Eclectic) 4-5 pm
Playing various Mantra music, this
show is about personal and global
transformation through chanting
and utilizing sound vibration for the
development of higher consciousness. Hosted by Raghunath with
special guests.
BUTTA ON THE BREAD
(Eclectic) 5-6 pm
It's like mixing unicorn blood with
Christopher Walken's tears, and
then pouring it into your ears.
ARE YOU AWARE
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6-7:30pm
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RADIO HELL
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around the world.
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remixes of classic soul hits.
MS'Ientacles
(Eclectic) 12-6am
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word, rock, the unusual and the
weird, or it could be something
different. Hosted by DJ Pierre.
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HUGO
(Eclectic) l-2pm
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FRIDAY SUNRISE
(Eclectic) 7-.30-%m
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hop and reggae to bring you up with
the sun.
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Hosted by David Barsamian.
SOUNDS OF THE CITY
(Eclectic) 10-11 am
Promoting upcoming live concerts
and shows in Vancouver, be they
local, national, or international
acts.
STEREO BLUES
(Blues/Eclectic) llam-12pm
Every Friday host Dorothy Neufeld
sinks into blues, garage and rock
n' roll goodies!
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Vancouver's longest running metal
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spectrum, then you'll like it. Sonic
assault provided by Geoff, Marcia
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The best of mix of Latin American
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NASHAVOLNA
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News, arts, entertainment and
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MORE THAN HUMAN
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Strange and wonderful electronic
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Music from parallel worlds.
SYNAPTIC SANDWiCH
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THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF INSOMNIA
(Generative) 2am-Sam
Peter Courtemanche. Music ever-
different and changing, created by
a system. A constantly evolving,
never repeating, mix. 100% local
and new.
GENERATION ANNIHILATION
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On the air since 2002,
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spectrum. Hosts: Aaron Brown,
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KEEP TIDY
(Pizza Pop Records)
Keep Tidy's second foray into the
world of hardcore has everything
you wouJd expect, and something
a tad out of the ordinary: restraint.
Throughout Keep Tidy's first EP, Basement Mold, they relentlessly pushed
the gas pedal to the floor with manic
fury. BudsBuds retains the same kind
of grit and sensibility of anarchy, but
elects to present its weapons with a
more strategic pulse than its previous cousin.
The lone and lead female of the
four piece, Shmoo Richie, appears
more confident and less fuzzed out in
BudBuds than before. During the self-
tided track, the guitars and drums
unify under the banner of mayhem
while Richie delivers the story with a
slighdy reserved aesthetic. The same
can be said of the opener, "Follow
Through," where Richie sings, "My
deck is dealed/my fate is sealed," in a
lower registry, following the contours
of the guitar work.
There is a sense that things could
explode at any moment on BudsBuds,
and vocally they do on "Fuck It," but
only for a brief moment as Richie's
wail returns to a more subdued form.
The changes from track to track in
vocal delivery and overall feel keep
things fresh and interesting and
demonstrate the band's growth, but
Keep Tidy remain at their best at full
throttle.
"You're Awesome" tops the highlight list beginning with a quasi-tribal
call and forging ahead with an intense
array of speed coercing the listener
into involuntary spinal spasms.
Richie's cry of "i, 2, 3, fuckin' 4, 5,
6," is super infectious, and it becomes
quite normal to count this way for a
few hours after listening to the track.
"You're Awesome" typifies what the
band is all about: punchy guitar licks,
aggressive lyrics and manipulated
mayhem.   /
The sophomore effort from
Vancouver's Keep Tidy serves
, notice that hardcore is alive and
well. BudsBuds shows maturity and
growth from their first effort, slowing down just enough to fully enjoy
the energy and fury when the band
truly lets it fly.
—Slavko Bucifal
SARAH JANE SCOUTEN
(Independent)
With a hint of Southern drawl and
an old-time country feel, you'd never
guess that this country-folk songstress actually hails from Montreal.
Her roots in Bowen Island, B.C.,
indeed inspired some of her folk
background. In classic country tradition, Sarah Jean Scouten's latest
album has thoughtful lyrics that will
make you long for sweet romance,
but not before cursing the pain that
it caused you first
With influences from greats
like Emmylou Harris and Gillian
Welch, Scouten holds her own. Her
vocals can be strong and fiery like
on "Poverty Wind," and then make
a complete turnaround and surprise
you with a vulnerable and quivering
voice like on "Bad Weather." Even on
the lighter "Until the Wheels Come
Off" followed by the bass thumping, "Twenty Dollar Bills," Scouten's
clever and blunt lyrics maintain her
distinct personality. But, it is most
clearly on "Ballad of the Southern
Midwife," which tells the tale of a
rebellious woman who escapes her
traditional and sheltered upbringing,
that Scouten's song writing comes
alive and reveals an old, wise soul.
Along with Scouten's rich and
provocative vocals/lyrics, the album's
string arrangements drive the album.
Her band, which includes mandolin, violin, guitar and bass, provide
a stripped down feel making each
guitar buzz, shaky vocal or screeching
violin note audible. It's raw and honest and impressively executed by what
could only be a group of seasoned
musicians.
We've heard it from artists like the
Secret Sisters and the Omaha Sound
Gang, both dabbling in classic, old-
timey Americana roots. Like these
peers, Scouten isn't just a nostalgic
feeling. Her point of view is personal
and relevant, and reminds the listener
why the genre so beautifully exposes
one's deepest emotions, out there for
our yearning ears to grab on to.
—Angela Yen
ELVIS WAS A BLONDE
(Independent)
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to this album, I didn't realize what \
all the fuss was about Then I real- j
ized I'd listened to it twenty times, !
and had to concede that the boys j
behind the now-defunct Women of
Britain have something here.
Hazily described as psychedelic cabaret dance-punk,
the first release from Elvis Was
a Blonde is four songs of in-
your-face, conjuring a little bit
Pixies, a little bit dirty tequila
bar. Opener "Gin" is a smart,
sub-two-minute introduction
to the group's interesting gypsy
instrumentals and Alex Smith's
melodramatic yelping. The song
itself might be about over-imbibing
(the wacky, off-kilter tempo certainly
lends to the idea) but the real theme of
the track is one that perpetuates itself
across the whole EP: these songs
don't take themselves too seriously,
and shouldn't be enjoyed without
dancing shoes on.
"Funeral Jack" gets off to a slow
start with ragged, bar-room-piano
plinking and stop-start verses, and
never really picks up enough steam
beyond its cantankerous vaudevillian
beat to be as massively entertaining
as the other tracks on the EP.
Considering the album was
Jjamiflfg mostly live and mixed by
the band, everything on the self-tided
debut sounds remarkably good, especially in closer "Walking Wolf" and its
dirty, surfy guitar crunch. Elvis Was A
Blonde have a raunchy, off-the-rails
summer hit on their hands. '
—Fraser Dobbs
HARD FEELINGS
(Independent)
At long last Vancouver's Hard Feelings have released their second slab
of poignant punk rock. Named for their late drummer Devon Clifford, DRBC takes the sounds and
ideas from the band's gritty 2009
self-titled release and expands and
refines them into seven precise,
intelligent punk rock tracks.
DRBC opens with the explosive
"Ah Snake," a reworking of one
of the strongest tracks on Hard
Feelings' earlier self-titled release.
When comparing the two tracks, one
can quite easily notice that the quartet grew immensely between the two
recordings. While both manifestations of the song share the same guts
and aggression, the newer version is
huge in comparison to the former. It
is not just a difference in production;
it is a difference in musical maturity.
DRBC's version (a minute longer than
the original) is thick with swarming
riffs, driving rhythms and urgent
vocals that set the pace for a dynamic
and progressive album.
With DRBC, Hard Feelings take
a passionate journey through the
diverse world of punk rock, melding
influences into a sound very much
their own. While every track stands
tall on its own, the same care and
attention to detail, and the same
dose of unrefined emotion in each
unifies them into a complete statement It is always refreshing and
exciting to hear an energetic album
like DRBC, and there is a satisfying
sense of pride knowing the album
was made by a bunch of guys that
call Vancouver home.
Most importantly however, DRBC
serves as a righteous testament to
the memory of dedicated and talented musician.
—Mark PaulHus
PURITY RING
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Shrines—Purity Ring's debut—has
been a long time coming, and the
Montreal-based duo have kept us
waiting, releasing Internet tracks
for over a year to rabidly waiting
fans and critics. Three of their
songs have earned approval from
indie tastemaker Pitchfork, and
this year they signed to the prestigious label 4AD, played Primi-
vera festival and headlined shows
across North America. After all
the anticipation, their album does
not disappoint.
Musically, Purity Ring have been
rightly compared to the Knife, but
they also share qualities with fellow
Montreal and 4AD artist Grimes.
It's grim electro-pop, noir-with-a-
smile. "I'll stick red toothpicks in
my dirt-filled heart," sings Megan
James on "Grandloves," in a deceptively feminine voice. Lyrically, the
album is full of eye sockets, dead
birds, sweet flesh and skulls, all
while Corin Roddick's electronic
beats roll like a bent bicycle wheel:
disorienting, but with momentum.
Most of the praise for this band
seems understated. Their music is
so big and dark that you can crawl
inside and live there. If it wasn't for
my iTunes play count I wouldn't be
able to say how many times I've listened to Shrines in a row (three and a
half, for the record.) Ifyou need
convincing, put on the standout
single "Fineshrine." Its catchy
melody is laid over a stuttering
beat, casually creating a lush
sonic environment
This is not a varied record,
and the lyrical content is almost
always violent and tactile. The
rhythm rolls and the vocal melodies shift the mood similarly on
every song, but that uniformity
is warranted by the gorgeous
style in which it's all done.
Now, go see if this album really
does live up to all this hype. Then
sing along with James: "Get a little
closer, let fold/Cut open my sternum, and pull." But, maybe you
shouldn't sing that too loud, even
if "Fineshrine" makes you want to.
—Jeremy Stothers
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(Moniker Records)
Hot & Cold is a band of two brothers,
Josh and Simon Frank, but if you put
the album on, you will hear up to four
or even five instruments. How could
they ever do ±at? Especially at a live
show? The answer is that they use a
method called looping that loops a
sound bite so that it repeats, potentially endlessly.
Sarcasm aside, this looping is
done to the extreme; usually in rock
music it is a tool, but Hot & Cold
have almost made it a genre in itself
and the result is monotonous. Each
song's structure is the same, it starts
with a short bass riff which repeats
through the song. The beats and
vocals are introduced early, one at
a time, low in the mix. Keyboard or
fuzzy distortion, when present, play
against the bass and serve to take up
space. It's a bluesy, original kind of
post-rock that doesn't offer itself to
simple comparisons.
The most redeeming track here
is "No Dreams Tonight," where the
bass almost seethes and the simple
repeated lyrics sound like they are
hiding something deeper. The following song, "Vanish," is a little darker,
a little sparser and just as intense.
But from there, the record goes
downhill.
At best, a few songs here
feel like a prolonged sneer,
but most settle for being an
ambivalent shrug; they rest on
a bass riff that can't support
their weight The main problem here is actually not that
the music is simple and repetitive. Instead, if s that the riffs
lack depth that would support
their repetition. And the only thing
that can make a tepid four-second
riff any worse is to hear it continuously for three long minutes.
—Jeremy Stothers
(Independent)
Even though it would be easy to
classify No Gold's latest EP, New
Recipe, as simplified house music
with lo-fi sampling for after-hours
enthusiasts, equal parts German
techno and Brooklyn noise, there
is more to it than that The EP's
seventeen primitive minutes blends
these elements to create what could
easily be mistaken for 8-bit micro-
house, whose samples have been
taken from early Super Nintendo
games. Uncomplicated and engaging, New Recipe gets by on a spartan
selection of noises and stripped
down beats that rarely evolve.
The Vancouver trio's second effort
plays with raw analog noises that are
liable to send any paleontologists'
imagination into a Pavlovian slobber. And since scientists haven't yet
discovered how to reproduce the
sounds dinosaurs once made, New
Recipe's instrumental repertoire is
the next best thing, as the EP's abrasive samples rendervisions of a dusty
canyon where dinosaurs square off in
the battle for paleolithic prowess.
Reminiscent of Black Dice's
Broken Ear Record, No Gold have gone
in a completely different direction
from the tropicali of last year's self-
titled release. The trio has abandoned
their sense of rock 'n' roll and done
away with vocals entirely, replacing
them with snappy hi-hats, roaring
delay pedals and subtle bass beats.
The basic sounds No Gold work
with and the way each fits with the
splashes of abstract noise makes for
a very strange, very good, late night
dance party.
—Robert Catherall
COLD WARPS
(Noges)
Based between Halifax and Ottawa,
four-piece band Cold Warps have
found a striking balance with their
new seven-inch vinyl, Slimer, in a
messed up time warp that has '60s
surf pop overwhelmed by garage rock
riffs that prove to be addictive, memorable and probably popular.
"Slimer," the first of the two
songs, pays homage to the transitory period when punk rock arrived in
California in the mid '70s. First enters
the punk influence, the Ramones-
style electric guitars with solid, simple hooks from Dominque Taylor
on guitar and Ryan Allen on bass.
Then the clean collar lyrics come in,
clearly twisted by the sounds and
sentiments of the d.i.y. ethic. This
song is roughed up, and with vocalist
Paul Hammond's Weezer-esque lyrics
resonating sounds of the Beach Boys,
it's easy to mumble your way through
the indiscernible bits and catch on
quickly to the chorus.
The second song, "Dream
Creepin'" is right on cue with the
times. The guitar sounds feel typical
to the local Halifax garage scenes:
gritty, simple, and hard. It's a Misfits
on downers kind of sound that feels
both clean and dirty, in perfect harmony. It's sound is comparable to
Nirvana's "Breed," but in a clearly
unique manner. Lance Purcell's
drums aren't overly complicated, but
they're done well and give the
song a strong backbone.
Cold Warps are aware of
their target audience, choosing to release their lo-fi songs
oh tape and vinyl, and the zine-
like cover art completes the time
warp of this release, referencing
late '50s cinemagraphic interests in science-fiction horrors,
like wads of slime and giant
blobs. While Cold Warps have
room to grow, this release is a great
summer vinyl.
—Monika Lovenmark
PLANTS AND ANIMALS
(Secret City Records)
Don't let your first listen of The End
of That fool you. This isn't a country
album, despite the first third of the
record's attempts to convince you of
the contrary. The tide track's checklist
of western music cliches:—twangy
tube-driven guitar riffs, Johnny Cash-
esque rumbling and percussive walking bass—are all ticked off, but the
tracks become progressively deeper
as the LP progresses. This is an indie-
rock record for the softer-spoken,
a humble but anthemic tribute to
changing seasons and sunshine.
"Song For Love," with lines like,
"The mountains in the distance look
so fake/1 can't believe it's not real
mountains," is a poetic masterpiece
backed by simple instrumentation
and a welcome brisk drum clap. It's
not often I can get sucked into the
lyrical delivery of a tone, but guitarist
Warren Spicer has a great rhythmic
method to his singing that fits as The
End QfThat evolves.
Standout track "Lightshow"
(Superbowl-commercial epic) is
followed by "Crisis!," a murky
number better suited for an over-
40s bar, with an almost honky-
tonk chorus. Even if the first act of
The End of That varies in quality, the
rest of the album makes up for it in
grandiose set-pieces and almost-
humble bright-lights indie rock.
—Fraser Dobbs
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THAT X.
SLED ISLAND 2012
June 20-23 • Calvary, AB
Like a prairie dust devil, Sled Island
swept through Calgary again this year
and evoked a paradise-oasis of music,
art and debauchery in a city typically
known as a cultural black sheep. Even
in its sixth year, Cowtown is still an
unexpected host for the crowds who
traveled there to bask in the brilliance of their idols and to discover
new favourites.
Since 2007, for four days in late
June, a palpable wind of energy has
caught hold of the city's inhabitants,
buzzing them around like ions and
propelling them from venue to venue
as they try, often desperately, to see
and hear everything. This was my
first trip to Sled Island, and I traveled with two of my fellow Discorder
editors. I slept on a floor only once
and discovered that it's possible to be
drunk on three separate occasions—
no more—in a given day and still be
functional.
Thankfully Calgary is a great
city to see music. Most venues are
centrally located and close enough
together to see an opening band at
Broken City, catch the middle two
sets at Dicken's and watch a headliner
at #1 Legion. Most of them are great
venues, a fact that frequently made me
pause to reflect on Vancouver's lively
but cloistered music scene. This is
what it feels like to be in a city that's
wholeheartedly immersed in its own
cultural scene, and for a few days,
dusty Calgary is an Austin, Portland
or Montreal.
Although I missed some headliner
shows like Timber Timbre, Thurston
Moore and Feist, it was always at the
cost of seeing something equally
mind-blowing. Hot Snakes, Boris,
Cousins, Each Other and Shabazz
Palaces each played amazing shows,
some of them back to back in a single
day. And after the club shows were the
all-night house parties where bands,
often right after playing a scheduled
set, set up shop in packed living
rooms, on decrepit back decks or in
sweaty basements, creating an atmosphere of activity that was palpable
as bitumen.
While this maelstrom of activity
occurred, however, I also realized that
the streets of Calgary aren't entirely
paved with gold during Sled Island.
Undoubtedly, the homegrown festivals still in its infancy and will face
some growing pains as it tries to find
its comfort zone. For example, the
number of bands booked this year
was reportedly lower than in previous years, and there certainly wasn't
any visible press hanging around,
snapping photos and interviewing
the minor celebrities that could be
seen hanging outside the Fairmont
where most of the artists stayed.
Also, I noticed a single thematic vein
could be traced through the long list
of bands that represented a rootsy,
rock 'n' roll or hardcore punk sound,
revealing a lot about the city's culture. It was why I wasn't as shocked
as despondent at how few hip-hop
acts were booked; although, Shabazz
Palaces alone filled the space of a
dozen others.
But these are minor gripes. Sled
Island, despite all odds, is fantastic for
western Canada. Being immersed in
Calgary's music scene was a genuine
pleasure, thatforme, occurred within
the haze of alcohol; floated 525 ft in
the air on a glass floor, and was felt
in ±e vibrations of the walls; it was a
blissful glee that was felt until the last
resonance of the final note.
—Jordan Ardanaz
THE WIND UP RADIO
SESSIONS/THE NEVER
SURPRISE/JASPER SLOAN
YIP
June 6 ■ The Railway Club
On an evening where the opener
would garner more attention than the
headliner, the Railway Club seemed
relatively uninterested in the upcoming events. The red motif of draped
sheets and luminescent bulbs cast
the dying light of the windows away,
and marked the stage with a glowing ember. The lackluster audience
helped little to stoke that ember, and
it would be up to the performers to
keep the flame alight
Although they had traveled across l<
the country to be here, the Wind Up
Radio Sessions headlining bill would
fall short in popular opinion to that of opener Jasper Sloan Yip. Not only a
talented guitar player, but also a gifted
vocalist, Yip's recent live absence,
predicated by his current work on
new material, has evidently left his
committed following clamouring for
his next performance.
Granting the audience what they
were waiting for, Yip and his band
started off strong with a new song
titled "I Don't Know What to Say to
You AboutMe." Yip's charm, bordering on the overzealous, marks him as
a competent frontman with the ability
to work the gallery. But despite his
personal charisma and tuneful, Yip's
backing band is as crucial to the music
as he is. The next song, "Today," had
pumping bass drum and beautifully
placed cello, intertwined with Yip's
soothing voice to complement his
songwriting. While his unaccompanied bout "Lie to Me" fell short of the
solitary captivation he had intended,
it became clear that what makes his
sound so approachable is not merely
his artistry, but the aggregation of
instrumentation on stage.
The end of Yip's set left only a
portion of the audience behind, so
the Wind Up Radio Sessions had a
much less boisterous audience to
handle. Despite the lack of fanfare,
the Montreal group proved to be anything but disappointing, and eased
the room into tranquility. At times
reminiscent of local legends Spirit of
the West, it is hard to imagine such
a folk-induced sound emanating
from the trendy streets of Montreal
and not our very own in Vancouver.
Performing their new album, Bird Eyes,
the multi-instrumental arrangement
of each member proved the group's
understanding of the music they
conducted. Lead singer Dan Kiely,
on both guitar and drums alongside
brother Marc (guitar), showed more
than just a duel skill set: he accompanied and controlled the band.
And with Matt Lazenby switching
from bass to guitar to torn drum, and
Dave Crosbie from guitar to slide, it
was crucial for all four members to
maintain meticulous synchronicity.
Playing the first song, "Little Bird,"
off the new album, one could grasp
all this and more. The power emitted
through such a gentle song was palpable, and the down-to-earth nature
of their folk roots created nostalgia
that is not necessarily a part of one's
own past. When the unexpectedly
rock-driven "Nairobi" roused the
audience to attention, they proved
their musical versatility. Although the
Wind Up Radio Sessions celebrity has
not traveled west their sound and
passion imparted a celestial feeling
that suggested they have gone unnoticed in a city they could very well have
captivated.
As opener The Never Surprise
concluded the show, having been
asked to perform last, the crowd had
all but completely disengaged, and
the stage's ember faded black.
—Sam Hawkins
THE ALASKA/VIOLET AGE/
SWANSONA
Jitfie^i-joe's Apartment
Joe's Apartmentis like the Jersey Shore
of the Granville Strip: fake, brainless,
and dumbed for the masses. I knew
what I was in for as soon as I saw
the red carpet and velvet rope barring
the entrance, but the chance to see
local shoegaze, post-rock and prog
on a single bill was enough to get
me past the doors. Just make sure
you have equally good reason if you
ever venture inside.
For a club on the Granville, the
lineup for their Summer Solstice
Festival was pleasantly alternative.
Swansona opened promptly at 8:30
p.m. with a beautiful set of crescendo rock. Icicle-like, tremolo-
picked leads and massive waves
of echoing power chords made up
the bulk of Swansona's set, ebbing
in and out of spurious climaxes.
The group was obviously weaned
on a steady diet of Explosions In
The Sky, Godspeed You! Black
Emperor and Mono, and they play
well within the post-rock genre.
For a band with more effects pedals than teeth, the quartet never
sounded muddy or overpowering—
impressive dynamics considering
how much noise was going on in
their set. Even if Swansona aren't
breaking new ground, their wall-
of-guitar energy and epic 15-min-
ute sonatas are a welcome addition
to Vancouver's instrumental scene.   :
Violet Age provided the pleasant
surprise of the evening. Described
as "the poppier side of shoegaze,"
their performance dripped with '90s
nostalgia with a lush, reverb-backed
nod to My Bloody Valentine or the
dronier side of Yo La Tengo. Jason
Wong, guitarist and singer, has a
completely unobtrusive, dreamy way
of inserting mellow lyrics into each
track that float on top of beautiful,
if sometimes cacophonous, instrumental progressions. Even when the
four-piece clicked on all the overdrive,
their music never lost its peaceful
sense of pace and flow.
The Alaska, a prog-rock band
from Abbotsford, had a lot of good
hype behind them, but despite their
obvious talent the performance
felt forced. Sunny Banipal (vocals,
guitar) seemed insincere as a front-
man, whose singing only got in the
way of the rest of the band. Songs
trended towards The Mars Volta with
too many palm-muted breakdowns
and axes-to-the-sky dad-rock riffs.
There's nothing wrong, per se, with
The Alaska's live act except a disconnect between them and the bands
like Tool that they sometimes tried to
emulate. A little too much bro-rock
adrenaline had me edging towards
the door by the end of their set
—Fraser Dobbs
HOW TO DRESS WELL/
BABE RAINBOW
June 13-TheWaldorf
The air of anticipation before How To
Dress Well's Vancouver performance
was thick. Though Tom Krell—the
man behind the R&B project—is a
native of Brooklyn-via-Chicago, the
midweek show at the Waldorf was
akin to a homecoming after five
dates on the East Coast. After all,
it's here in Vancouver over the past
month where Krell first teamed up
with locals Cameron Reed of Babe
Rainbow and multi-instrumentalist
Aaron Read to rehearse and work out
the kinks for a secret June 1 show, also
at the Waldorf, prior to the tour.
The practice practically made
perfect as How to Dress WeU offered
up a transcendent set of what may be
the best voice to belong to a philosophy grad student Backed by an array
of violins and synths, Krell stood
before a transfixed crowd, wearing
an oversized Elite Gymnastics shirt,
and offered a dissertation on early
'90s R&B and maybe even 21st century gospel.
He started off testy, quibbling
with the engineer over the lights,
but it was just his perfectionism that
permeated the whole show, from the
floor-to-ceiling visuals to his second
mic designed to sound like an echo
in a canyon. Belting out melodies
with his eyes closed and one hand
up his shirt Krell had a clarity not
quite found on previous How to Dress
Well recordings.
Mixed with the older stuff came
new songs like "Running Back,"
featuring an Ashanti sample that
looped and danced around the beat,
appropriately ghostly. Another new
song ended with Krell repeating a
laundry list of lost loved ones from
Andrew to Micky to Donna to Jamie
that was perhaps the emotional high-
point the show. The crowd stood still,
dead silent and entirely devoted; for
the encore, Krell treated them to a
solo performance of "Decisions,"
one last soulful treat before his fans
were flushed back into the real world.
Yet you could see sadness in Krell as
though he realized he had to return
to reality after the song was over. As
much as the audience had been transported and reformed, so had Krell,
and both were temporarily lost when
the house lights came back up.
If it's true that this tour was a
prelude to How to Dress Well's much
bigger tour after the release of Ibtal
Loss—his sophomore full-length
slated for release in the fall—then
word of mouth might put Krell in a
bigger venue than the Waldorf when
he strolls through Vancouver again.
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with DJ David "Love" Jones
intra, interview and photo
by CHIRAG MAHAJAN
lettering by TYLER CRICH
The moment after David Jones
heard the first record he bought
in the early '70s, he must have
known music would become his life. Now older
and wiser, David has gone from owning records to
running Vinyl Records, a great place to buy some
of the most soulful grooves on vinyl||]Vancouver.
But if radio is your thing, you might know that DJ
David "Love" Jones has long been airing all this
soul and funk, along with the rarest of grooves, on
CiTR's African Rhythms since 1994. And just like the
first hit record he bought, The Sound OfPhiladelphia
by MFSB—the most famous theme song of the 3 5
year-old American TV show Soul Train—it seems
David "Love" Jones is on a smooth soul train himself, one that will keep on spinning.
Discorder: Where did your name get its "Love"
from?
David "Love" Jones: I used to work at Manhattan Books, a bookstore on Robson, where I met
this gentleman named Dennis Mills who was the
lead singer of the Jazzmanian Devils, a local jazz
and funk band. I made them a rare groove funk
tape, and so Dennis asked me to DJ for them in
between their sets. That became one of my first
professional gigs. Dennis said we needed to have
a name for me and so, out of the blue, he said
"Love Jones!" At first I was weirded out; I didn't
want to call myself "Love" because people would
think I'm a Casanova [laughs]. But Dennis was
all about the entertainment and knew that being
called David Jones was not enough. So I went
along with hand, over time, it just became a part
of my persona.
You have a long history with vinyl: you worked
at your first record store at the age of 17; you
joined Odyssey Imports in '82 and started
DJing underground events; you started African
Rhythms in '94 and took over Vinyl Records in
'99. After all these years, what does the sound
of vinyl mean to you?
I think I've always been sensitive to the sound
and quality of vinyl records and that has always
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been meaningful to me. Early on,      I
I learned how different types of     j
records can enhance the sound&^J
differently, and I began to appreci||§||l
ate the unique soundscapes of one      1
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example, British pressings from tto|||yl
'60s had fantastic dynamic range
from certain labels. So, in my life,
as a purveyor and a DJ and a radio host, the quality
of the vinyl means the world to me.
How did you start African Rhythms?
When I was working at Odyssey Imports, as far
back as 1984,1 met Mike Johal, who was a CiTR
host on Friday nights. He invited me to CiTR to
do a spotlight on his show. I thought that was
great since I wanted to do my own show, too.
After I did two oyhree of those spotlights, Mike
encouraged me to go further. I also knew Don
Chow who was also on CiTR's Friday nights at
that time. Around 1993, Don told me about a spot
on CiTR that was opening up and he encouraged
me to go for it. I definitely remember my first
show: a friend of mine, Bill Reiter—a famous
radio voice who started the show Grooirin' Blue [on
CKLG-FM] in the late 1960's, playing R&B, Soul,
Funk, Jazz, and Blues—was actually on my first
show, along with Don and Nardwuar. From day
one, Nardwuar was really supportive of what I
did. It definitely helped to have such people as
mentors, because they cared enough to facilitate
my creative energies here.
What has been your most memorable on-air
moment?
There are two instances that have been highlights
of my radio life. One of them was a three hour
Black History Month special with guests Riley
Inge—a local soul singer who was formerly with
the Temptations—and Andre Benjamin, both of
whom sang and read poetry on air. It was a magical
&•■»■
moment. I would also have to mention Bobby
Taylor & the Vancouvers. Bobby was a famous
local soul singer. He once invited me to his gig
to interview him. At one point, in the dressing
room, I got him singing Marvin Gaye's "What's
Going On," something even he hasn't recorded.
I worked hard to put together that interview for
my show, by adding his music and overlays. I gave
Bobby a copy of that and he said I did a great job.
It felt good to hear that from him.
If you could only bring one album to a deserted
island, which one would it be?
That would be The Show Must Go On by Sam Dees.
What is your favourite CiTR radio show, besides
your own?
I definitely look to Nardwuar [on Nardumar the
Human Serviette Presents] for inspiration. I enjoy
his humour, his angles, his preparation, and his
post-production work.
What does the future hold for African Rhythms?
When you've been doing a show for 18 years, there
are moments when you start to lose your momentum, or moments when you find it hard to
have the same inspiration. It can be intimidating,
but I always find ways to get around such things,
especially by keeping connections with the local
and international community. They make it worth
putting all the hard work into making shows that
will be heard for years to come. //CiTR 101.9 FM CHARTS
STRICTLY THE DOPEST HITZ OF JUNE
 #_
ARTIST
ALBUM	
LABEL
#
ARTIST
ALBUM
LABEL
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Humans*+
Traps
Hybridity
26
Magic Bullets
Much Ado About
Mon Amie
2
Apollo Ghosts*+
Landmark
You've Changed
27
Andre Williams &
The Sadies
Night and Day
Outside
3
White Lung*+
Sorry
Deranged
28
The Deadly Hearts*
The Deadly Hearts
Transistor 66
4
Hard Feelings*+
D.R.B.C.
Self-Released
29
Best Coast
The Only Place
Mexican Summer
5
Japandroids*+
Celebration Rock
Polyvinyl
30
Doldrums*
Egypt
Arbutus
5
Beach House
Bloom
Sub Pop
31
Evy Jane*+
EvyJane
King Deluxe
iR!
Brasstronaut*+
Mean Sun
Unfamiliar
32
From Birch to Yew*+
Whisper in the Trees
Self-Released
8
Twin River*+
Rough Gold
Light Organ
33
King Tuff
King Tuff
Sub Pop
9
Capitol 6*+
Pretty Lost
Light Organ
34
maQLu*+
Futureghosts
Self-Released
10
Chris-A-Riffic*+
Bible Beats
Self-Released
35
Lemonade
Diver
True Panther
11
Hellaluya/Cartoons*
Hellaluya/Cartoons
Split
Daps
36
Needles//Pins*+
12:34
Mammoth Cave
12
Hermetic*+
Civilized City
Self-Released
37
Mount Eerie
Clear Moon
P.W. Elverum & Sun
13
Liars
WIXIW
Mute
38
White Poppy*+
1 Had a Dream
Not Not Fun
14
Grass Widow
Internal Logic
HLR
39
Dent May
Do Things
Paw Tracks
15
Teen Daze*+
All Of Us, Together
Lefse
40
Fanny Bloom*
Apprentie Guerriere
Grosse Boite
16
Lower Dens
Nootropics
Ribbon
41
The Ketamines*
Spaced Out
Mammoth Cave
17
The Courtneys*+
K.C. Reeves
Green Burrito
42
The Wind Up Radio
Sessions*
Bird Eyes
Self-Released
18
Pow Wows*
Nightmare Soda
Get Hip
43
Ty Segall Band
Slaughterhouse
In The Red
19
Diamond Rugs
Diamond Rugs
Partisan
44
Cold Warps*
Slimer b/w Dream
Creepin'
Fundog
20
Facts*+
Like A Living Being
Self-Released
45
Father John Misty
Fear Fun
Sub Pop
21
Broken Water
Tempest
Hardly Art
46
Mode Moderne*+
Strange Bruises
Light Organ
22
Chains of Love*+
Strange Grey Days
Dine Alone
47
Gossip
A Joyful Noise
Columbia
23
Weed*+
Gun Control
Cruising USA
48
Spiritualized
Sweet Heart, Sweet
Light
Fat Possum
24
Hey 0cean!*+
Is
Nettwerk
49
Nam Shub*+
Cascadia
Self-Released
25
Willis Earl Beat
Acoustmatic Sorcery
XL Recordings
50
The Mynabirds
Generals
Saddle Creek
CiTR's charts reflect what's been played on the air by CiTR's lovely DJs last month. Records with asterisks (*) are Canadian and those marked (+) are local.
Most of these excellent albums can be found at fine independent music stores across Vancouver. If you can't find them, give CiTR's music coordinator a shout
at (604) 822-8733. Her name is Sarah Cordingley. If you ask nicely she'll tell you how to find them. Check out other great campus/community radio charts at
www.earshot-online.com. ■
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