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DO EVERYTHING YOURSELF
words by Natalie Dee // illustrations by Eva Dominelli
photos by Konstantin Prodanovic
Shay Hayashi, one-half of duo Phono
Pony, shows up three minutes late to this
interview. The reason? She stopped on
her way to pick up freeze-dried ice cream.
Upon sitting down, she offers some to me,
her bandmate Michael Kenyon, and our
waitress at Sophie's Cosmic Cafe. The consensus: surprisingly creamy, the perfect
appetizer before we indulge in breakfast at
lpm.
Over the next couple hours, it becomes
clear that the duo is rife with creativity, elaborating on idea after idea. They
describe themselves as 'indie strange,' a
term coined by a friend that stuck because
"We're a bunch of weirdos,' Hayashi readily
admits. Not only is creativity bursting from
their seams, but they both have the skills
to realize their ambitious ideas. Hayashi's
smoky vocals and talent on drums provide a formidable backbone, while Kenyon seems to play every other instrument
under the sun to round out their rockish
sound. Kenyon has spent approximately
the last five years working in production
studios, and that gained experience has
allowed Phono Pony to handle every aspect
of the production of their own music.
While recording their forthcoming
debut EP Phonography, they worked with
Mariessa McLeod at Raincity Records.
But aside from her involvement, decisions
were left to Hayashi and Kenyon. Because
of Kenyon's experience working at studios, they were able to take full advantage
of the free studio time he had accumulated. "I was able to be hands-on and we
got exactly what we wanted," Kenyon says,
noting the lack of outside influence — he
PHONO  PONY is credited as both producer and mixer on
the EP. "I got to make all my own input
sheets, choose all my own mics, and pick
the gear we used."
This close collaboration between
Hayashi and Kenyon is of course also found
within their songwriting process. "It's like
a bidding war," Hayashi says once asked
about it, with Kenyon chipping in, "The
best idea wins." Both of them seasoned
musicians, they know that what is best for
the song is more important than catering
to their own musical egos. "I would never
have come up with some things without
Michael's style and vice-versa," Hayashi
states, Kenyon nodding beside her.
Kenyon and Hayashi first met at The
Woods community studio in Vancouver, and began playing together as part
of now-defunct Still Creek Murder. The
two have begun afresh with Phono Pony,
their ambitions and sounds grounded in
the present and looking forward. Being a
part of The Woods has also provided them
with some unique opportunities to play a
few early live shows, at times with unusual
company. In late February, they played
alongside sword-swallowers and fire-eaters. Hayashi has no reservations about
sharing the spotlight: "[Phonography] is
not a huge release. We want to get it out
there, get some feelers out."
"It's interesting as a new band. When
we first started playing shows we didn't
have any music out, so it's nice that our
friends were wanting to support us," Kenyon says. Their first-ever live performance
as Phono Pony was at CiTR's Live at Lunch
series in September 2015, but they are seasoned veterans when it comes to live performances. They speak at length about the
importance of pleasing both themselves
and the crowd. Hayashi takes inspiration
from writer Seth Godin on the subject:
"When you're onstage basically you're vulnerable... it's like exposing yourself naked
PHONO  PONY "WE ARE JUST
EXHIBITIONISTS AT HEART"
and that's your gift to [the audience]."
It's this idea of vulnerability that
inspired Phono Pony to appear nearly
naked on the cover of their EP, save
for strategically placed vinyls and electronic equipment. "That, and we're just
exhibitionists at heart," Kenyon is quick to
quip.
Phono Pony has plans to further incorporate this spirit of exhibitionism by making some "renegade" field recordings to be
released once their polished work is out for
consumption. A video of them singing in an
empty Sydney Opera House shows they're
off to an ambitious start. "We didn't break
and enter... but we entered and stayed,"
Hayashi says, mischievously. They've also
recorded in caves, and managed to get an
acoustic guitar onto a Ferris wheel, "which
was nice, I didn't think they would let us
do that," Hayashi muses, wistful. Between
her spirit and Kenyon's technical skills, it
isn't doubtful that they will be coming up
with more bizarre places to record with
whatever equipment they have on-hand at
the time.
It shouldn't be a surprise that they
have no plans to be stationary, either.
This spring, plans are coming together to
hit the road and play a few shows in support of Phonography. Phono Pony has no
lack of optimism, but they're careful not
to get ahead of themselves. On the lookout
for a label, they want to get a feel for how
their music is received by a wider audience
before they surge forward. "We recorded
[Phonography] ourselves, make our own
videos, and do everything else, so hopefully somebody's willing to get on board
with that," says Kenyon. They have the
whole music video deal covered, thanks
to Hayashi's background as a film school
major. She speaks gleefully of getting her
bandmate to dress up for an upcoming
music video — making it "is giving me
more purpose in life, which is awesome,"
she adds.
It's clear that Phono Pony has all the
resources they need to create the art they
want to make. There's no lack of skill, creativity, or enthusiasm toward any aspect of
the project from either member. "Michael's
got the sound side of stuff and I've got the
video side of stuff," Hayashi says. "It's nice
to have a business partner that's on the
same page as you, and also happens to
play really good music."
Phonography is available at
phonopony.com. Phono Pony will be performing alongside Jenny Benai, Wallgrin
and Sam Tudor Band at The Woods Studio
on March 12. They will also be performing
and releasing a music video at Railway
Club on March 13, supported by Opposite
Shore. Phono Pony is also supporting the
Danger Thrill Show (sword swallowing)
with Fish Soup at The Woods Studio on
March 27.
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illustrations by Gillian Cole
photos by Han-Yu Lee
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the unassuming Kensington Cedar Cottage neighbourhood of East Vancouver
and you'll find Spartacus Books, a nonprofit run by a dedicated volunteer collective. Here lives everything from $2 copies of
Harry Potter books, local zines and social
justice publications. The store is also a
venue for events as eclectic as accordion
and fiddle nights. It's a curious cross
between used bookstore and community
chill-out centre, with a very D.I.Y store sign
that reads more like a doodle on a banner in black paint. Curious about queer
literature, beginner's guides to Marxism,
environmental justice, or the latest issue
of Jacobin? You've come to the right place.
Grab something off the shelf, help yourself
to a cup of coffee, and slide onto a couch
for as long as you like. There's even a guitar to play with, and a row of computers
with free Wi-Fi.
Spartacus began as a book table at
Simon Fraser University in 1972, offering
alternative titles that couldn't be found
in the mainstream. The current location
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VENEWS on Findlay Street is only a year and a half
old. The collective was "gentrified out" of
its previous location in a historic building on East Hastings Street, according to
event coordinator (and self-labelled "shift
nag") Alan Zisman. Spartacus won some
press as a result, bringing attention to the
importance of maintaining a non-profit,
collective-run, literacy-driven community space in the Downtown Eastside. The
collective's determination and passion for
their cause is clear — Spartacus has lived
through a lot in four previous locations,
including a fire that destroyed a member-written log of the community's history.
This logbook concept has been revived, fortunately, along with a guestbook you can
contribute to located in the washroom.
Books in Spartacus come from all sorts
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used and donated, others are given by local
publishers and authors. Finding something to read is affordable — the average
price of a book is $5, and few things cost
more than $30. "Our niche is books about
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and I found two new and shiny copies of
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can find "the cheapest leftist pocket organizers in North America." There are also a
wild plethora of records, CDs, and local
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The Spartacus calendar is chock-full
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Most events are literacy-related, like book
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with milk crates and plywood. "Somehow
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accordion player in The Gram Partisans,
"I hope we have more music stuff happen." Volunteer coordinator Meika Johnson adds, "the [shows] are small scale, but
still super fun."
Because intimacy and community is
key. Spartacus is run by a collective of volunteers; everyone does a little bit of everything, and all sales proceeds go towards
the maintenance of a community area. It is
primarily a bookstore, but also a space of
intersection. As collective member Ethan
Reyes describes it,  "[There are]  lots of
VENEWS
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out with, and meet and collaborate with."
The collective itself is a small but passionate group of individuals, many of
whom were simply hew to the city and
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them.
"People join with great intentions, and
partly they want to change the world,"
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bookstore] and changing the world can get
a little unclear."
But that's okay; Spartacus' emphasis since the '70s has been on commurir
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almost every day of the year, through several location changes. Walk in, and who-
ever's on shift will probably say hello, welcome you, and maybe even invite you to
play music here if you're a new band in
town.
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THE PURPLE PRINCE
words by Sachin Turakhia II illustrations by Brandon Cotter
photos by Pat Valade
"It's an alternate identity from the
strength of a certain time period of my life,
a thing I can use to be creative." It may
have started out as just a nickname he
earned for wearing two purple shirts to a
recording session, but the Purple Prince
has manifested itself into an alter-ego
for Fergus MacConnell, more commonly
known as Iceberg Ferg. The Pacific artist
is known for blending country and blues
with his falsetto, and is no newcomer to
pseudonyms - he's been Iceberg Ferg for
the majority of his performing life.
It's a name that Ferg traces back to
a blues festival he attended with friends.
They signed him up to play in an open-
mic section as "Ferg, The Iceberg, MacConnell." Ferg believes this stems from his
onstage persona: "I think it's just how I
present myself, I sing high and I'm pretty
inward on stage."
It eventually became Iceberg Ferg and
now he has just released his fourth record,
In The Valley Of The Purple Prince, released
on February 3rd. He recorded the album
at The Dispensary on Salt Spring Island, a
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ICEBERG  FERG
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Connell (Slam Dunk) and Robert DiNinno
(Freak Heat Waves). This studio is where
Dark Glasses and Pat Flegel (Cindy Lee)
have recorded LPs, and where a number
of Built To Spill videos were shot. Here,
Ferg assembled a dream team, so to speak,
of familiar artists from Victoria's music
scene. Duncan MacConnell, DiNinno,
Shawn Trail and Chris Newman all play on
the album. It is mastered by Julian Marrs,
who in addition to playing his own music,
worked on Cult Babies' recent EP Off To
See The Lizard. DiNinno primarily played
bass, but also recorded a few harmonies -
you'll have to listen carefully to hear those
vocals, as Ferg is bound to secrecy: "He
doesn't want me to tell anyone where!"
This line-up allowed Ferg to come to
the studio with the majority of the songs
written, but let the finishing touches happen organically in the process. "I just feel
comfortable with these people," says Ferg.
Album   opener,   "Between   The   Mimosa
Flowers," is a perfect example of where
Ferg "had the guitar piece, and Chris just
did his thing."
Another Victoria musician, drummer Luke Postl (Slam Dunk), did not play
on the recording of the new album, but
joined Ferg on a recent tour from Seattle
to Las Vegas, opening for Idaho's Built To
Spill. This meant playing larger, sold-out
venues. Despite describing himself as "not
a natural stage person," the larger stages
didn't phase Ferg. He credits this in part to
previously opening for Built To Spill at the
Commodore Ballroom last July, but also to
Luke: "It's good to have someone up there
with you, you know." During these shows,
he and Luke showcased a mixture of old
tunes and songs from In The Valley Of The
Purple Prince. This blend was due to only
having a month to prepare for the tour and
"it was easy for Luke to slide in and play
drums" on older tracks that just fit well
with percussion.
ICEBERG   FERG
15 After recording In The Valley Of The
Purple Prince, the persona he adopted
inspired a creative phase for ^erg, and he
hopes to be back in the studio to record
his fifth full-length album in June. Despite
the influence of the character, the future of
the Purple Prince or potential new identities remains undecided. "It'll be different
next time," Ferg explains, "Or maybe it will
pop up again."
Fem will, however, certainly be explor-
lg more guitar duets on future record-
*gs, a sound which Ferg himself can't get
enough of: "I just love listening to guitar,
acoustic especially. I've always been prel'
adamant that's the one that feels y*
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hoping these future pieces will hap
a similar organic and collaborate
ion as In The Valley Of The Purple .
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that his older brother, Caiuni Ma» Ooimeil,
has been working on. Though he's quick to
point out, he doesn't "ever want to have a
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alternating bass style. In fact, Ferg recalls
one of the first albums he remembers his
dad owning was an Elizabeth Gotten record. This inspired Ferg to include a cover
of Cotten's "I'm Going Away" on his own
album, as a tribute to the great artist.
There is also a cover of bluegrass artist Johnnie & Jack's "Ashes of Love" on
In The Valley Of The Purple Prince. Ferg
and his partner, Jacqueline Tevlin. wer~
taught this song at a bluegrass harmony-
vocal class in Victoria. "There's a lot going
on with that song," explains Ferg, as it relationship and singing with that person,
so it means a lot to me." The harmony that
he and Jacqueline achieve is a sound he
will be looking to explore more on his next
record.
Jacqueline also shot the cover photograph for the album, showing the Purple Prince walking through Mount Douglas Park on Vancouver Island surrounded
by purple blossoms. The shot would look
great on a 16" vinyl. Despite being a big
fan of the format, this is the first LP Ferg
has not had pressed: "We were going on
tour and I just wanted to get it out digitally." There are plans to do this as soon as
possible, however, as Ferg believes "guitar
and vocal sound especially nice on vinyl."
With this pressing on the horizon, his
fifth album, and a local tour pencilled in
for the end of May, the Purple Prince is
most certainly in a purple patch.
To listen to In The Valley Of The Purple Prince, or previous Iceberg Ferg albums,
visit icebergferg. bandcamp. com. TRYING TO SHO
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THE MAKING OF A POP PRINCESS
words by Brit Bachmann II illustrations by Alisa Lazear
photos by Lukas Engelhardt
"This is my first official interview that
isn't a job interview."
And it shows. Savana Salloum, a.k.a.
Plazas, plays it cool, but a subtle quiver
in her lip tells me that she's got more to
share.
Search Plazas on Google, and you'll
have to scroll more than a few pages to find
the Soundcloud link to Salloum's music.
Until releasing "Silent Empires," the teaser
track off her upcoming EP Ernpathy,
Plazas' Soundcloud has been quiet. Her
first EP Internal was released over a year
ago, conceived and produced as Salloum's
final project for the Digital Music Production program at Langara College. Salloum
credits this program with providing a
strong footing for the music industry: "I
took it because I wanted to be able to do
everything myself."
Independence and self-sufficiency
seem to define Plazas. Every aspect of production from the recording and mixing, to
the album art is done by Salloum herself.
It is a personal project. Though the name
Plazas is inspired by Salloum's fascination with the uses of public space spanning civilisations, Salloum summarizes
the name's significance simply as, "I like
the mood of it."
Salloum began her music education at
three years-old with the violin, and took up
the piano shortly after. In terms of music
discipline and focus, Salloum had a turn
ing point in high school. "I realized that
when I was practicing I was playing less
of the material and more improvised writing." Salloum continues, "I realized I could
actually make stuff up, and that's when I
started wanting to get my ideas out there."
Plazas is electro pop, and Salloum
is quick to admit it is influenced by '80s
new wave. Yet unlike new wave that relies
on guitars, Plazas uses exclusively synthetic sound. For Salloum, this decision
is obvious: "A guitar is the most conservative instrument in the world. I am trying
to show people that a laptop is an instrument, and it makes way cooler sounds
than a guitar ever could."
I ask Salloum her thoughts on Grimes,
and she lights up. Salloum's love of Art
Angels was a slow seduction. She admits
hating it so much at first that she couldn't
listen to the album as a whole. As months
passed, however, certain beats and lyrics
stuck with Salloum, and she developed
an appreciation for Grimes' ambition.
Salloum explains, "I think what really
changed for me was that I realized I also
want to be making pop music, so hearing
how someone can totally embrace [pop]
in their own aesthetic, and do narrative
storytelling with it and develop characters,
it's pretty incredible."
Before aspiring in music, Salloum
wanted to be a filmmaker. Imagining
scenes has remained part of her creative
process. "I have a different process of writ-
PLAZAS
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ing. Sometimes I will play something on a
keyboard and I can visualize a movie scene
or character," Salloum adds, "But [music]
is a lot better because I don't have to go
through the trouble of making a movie,
and I still get the visuals through the
sound."
Plazas tracks are meticulous and precise when recorded, yet intuitive and spontaneous when performed live. While the
Soundcloud may have been neglected over
this past year, Salloum has been busy
sharing her sound with small audiences.
Plazas first performed at Happy Hour
Radio at 303 Columbia last May, opening
for Whitney K, Mesa Luna, and Gal Gra-
cen. Mesa Luna took special notice, and
invited her onto their newly-formed nbd
label. Salloum remembers, "They were
like, 'You have an EP, right?' And that's
how it happened."
Almost a year later, the EP is finally
ready. Though Internal was technically
Salloum's first release, Empathy is her
true debut. The 5-track EP will be available on cassette and digital download. It
is atmospheric synth pop at its best, with
Salloum's vocals breathing ice between the
beats. Empathy is a strong and confident
statement that marks her coronation as
Vancouver's latest pop princess.
The official release party for Empathy is
March 31 at the Lido, with live performances
by Plazas and Poshlost Visit nbdlabel.com
for more information and updates. You can
also follow Plazas at soundcloud. com/
plazasmusic, or @plazas.wav on Instagram.
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20
PLAZAS # Along the wall of Lacey McRae Williams' studio hangs a map, a particularly
local cross section of False Creek and the
surrounding area. Superimposed on its
geography is a winding path of copper
wire, beginning at the shore, and quickly
cutting over roadways, through buildings, and along other stretches of urbanity before finally closing the loop it began
back at the water's edge. While the route
at first appears to be an unsuccessful
attempt at cartography, its significance
comes not from what is on the map, but
rather what could have been — the lost
shoreline of False Creek, a history imperceptible to most, but vividly apparent to
Williams.
Currently enrolled in the Master of
Applied Arts program at the Emily Carr
University of Art and Design, Williams is
fascinated with the idea of "a history that's
invisible in an urban space."
"I come from an urban planning background, and there's a lot of concealment in
cities," she says, "I like the idea of under
standing what was here previously and
how we can use art to get people to think
about the places they're standing on."
For Williams, that idea has become
something of a colossus. Originating in
Toronto with her involvement in lost river
walks, a project committed to tracing
the city's relationship with its forgotten
streams and rivers, the artist and urban
planner has taken the lessons learned out
east and transposed them transnation-
ally with her current work rediscovering
the background of Vancouver's vanished
waterways. As a result of her youth and
artistic eye, Williams realised that the
ideals surrounding lost river walks could
be worked into something with greater
sense of aesthetic and accessibility.
v- "I noticed that with certain causes,
you tend to speak to an audience that
is already converted to the message —
they're already interested in what you're
trying to share," Williams observes of her
time in Toronto.
Her desire for outreach extends beyond
just the general public, however, with
designs on effecting the wills and whims
of the city's elite.
22
LOST RIVER ARTIST iBH 7 THINK THAT MY ROLE AS AN ARTIST IS
TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE ART EXISTS,
EVEN IN BUREAUCRATIC PROCESSES."
"I figured maybe there's a way to
interrupt the system by using art to not
only engage public audiences, but also to
tug on the heartstrings and the interests
of politicians and decision makers, and
to get them to understand that there are
more opportunities for different types of
projects in the city that they may not think
about," she explains. "There's almost an
ignorance to creative possibilities that isn't
their fault. They just think, This is my job,
this is what I do, and I know it works at
some level.'"
The intersection of art and urban planning which Williams describes seems to
permeate throughout her thoughts and
plans on all occasions. In many ways, her
work has become less of a juxtaposition
between these two separate focuses, and
more of a synthesis between them. Despite
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LOST  RIVER ARTIST the two sides of her life operating in different languages, and belonging to different
groups of people, Williams is still wont to
find parallels.
"I think that my role as an artist is to
understand where the art exists even in
bureaucratic processes," she posits.
As such, Williams' most strident task
comes not from reconciling her position
as an urban planner and her work as an
emerging artist, but rather figuring out
how to harmonize her experiences exploring the city into what she wants to create
between four walls and a roof.
"Sure, this is my studio, but also that,"
she says, pointing to the aforementioned
map on her wall, "is my studio. Walking
on the invisible shoreline of False Creek —
that's a studio spade."
Williams' struggle encompasses not
only composing a piece of art from her
intangible process, but creating something
she feels is meaningful by virtue of it being
exploratory. To simply create some sort of
proxy of her walks, she argues, does not
capture the experience embedded within
physically travelling through space.
"I'm just learning how to bring what I
do outside inside. That's a huge challenge,
that might be the hardest part of this practice," Williams laments.
"I like to think of buildings as pages
in a history book. So you're walking down
the street — which stories are being told to
you? And which ones aren't? I hope to help
insert some pages."
Williams' work consistently emulates a
sense of duality — the urban planner and
the artist, to be sure, but also the storyteller and the historian, the institutional
critic and the student within an institution. Forthrightly, she dismisses the
obvious label of "environmental artist"
ascribed to her as a result of her work and
ideology, seeing such labels as a diminutive interpretation of what she hopes to
accomplish. "I don't want to define myself
by those terms. I hope there's a complexity to the work that crosses boundaries
... There's this idea that you carry a story
and once you learn it, it's your responsibility to carry it forward in a good way, and
maybe the work I'm doing doesn't show
that explicitly, but I'm exploring through
how to negotiate that pretty uncomfortable
space."
It's that sense of exploration, that
desire to collect experiences and share
stories, that commitment to getting out in
the real world and discovering what is and
isn't there, which truly drives Williams'
artistic fervour. Through her walks and
her works, one can hope that the shoreline which False Creek lost might just be
able to be found again.
Want to see Lacey's work up close and
personal? Check out the ECUAD Interim
Grad Show at the Concourse Gallery from
March 11-18, or join her on "The Traces
Between Us" walk along the former shoreline of False Creek happening on March
16 at 2pm. Visit laceymcraewilliams.com
for more information, or @lostriverartist on
Instagram.
LOST  RIVER  ARTIST
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LEFT SPINE DOWN /
KOBAN
FEBRUARY 2 / VENUE
More often than not, Granville street
evokes images of barefoot drunk girls holding their heels in their hands, their arms
linked in a display of inebriated camaraderie, painstakingly avoiding the futile catcalls from the packs of wild bros prowling
the crowded Granville strip. Fortunately,
tonight is not one of these nights. Tonight is
a Tuesday. Which means that the hordes of
collar-popped frat boys and cocktail dressed
sorority girls are safe in the suburbs, or
their dorms, dreaming of the weekend. This
absence exposes the natural state of the
Granville strip: that unwielded potential to
actually host events worth your time. The
streets of this usually busy entertainment
strip are instead almost vacant besides the
army of black clad goths outside of VENUE,
exposing this district's potential to serve
more than just empty weekend distractions.
I arrived at VENUE right on time to catch
most of local crowd pleasers Koban's set.
Subverting the role of any opening band, the
post-punk duo started with an immeasurable
amount of energy, the seemingly endless
bar line was compelled to the stage front
and center by the pull of the quasi-devil-worshipping-pied-piper effect of their music.
Koban's sound is most easily described as
what would happened if you dipped a True
Romance DVD in black paint, painted a pentagram on it and played it in reverse, creating the perfect soundtrack for all your satanic
drifter murder fantasies.
The cyberpunk sounds of Left Spine Down
came up next, sounding like a lost track from
the soundtrack of a '90s dystopian movie.
Their performance left a strong impression.
I can't really say I've seen a megaphone
ever used in front of a microphone as a filr
ter (their decorative mic stand was made to
look like it was made of chains, mind you) or
amps adorned with "POLICE LINE DO NOT
CROSS" tape, but even though it was my
first time experiencing it, there was something cliche about it. The energy was there
and the commitment to the theatricality of
the performance almost sold it to me, but
unfortunately LSD's complete absence of a
tongue in cheek self awareness made it hard
to give them more than just an A for effort for
their performance.
The Soft Moon rose upon us soon after.
After Killing Joke had to cancel their headlining tour spot due to health issues, one
would've thought that The Soft Moon's spot
as a co-headliner was going to get tossed
down the pipe. Instead they stood up to the
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31 situation and became the headliners of the
tour. And their effort was totally rewarded,
providing a landscape that felt like a punk-
ier, faster, and harder version of a John
Carpenter soundtrack. They provided a
hypnotic energy that dominated the atmosphere. While offering a primarily instrumental set, the few times that Luis Vasquez took
the microphone provided an enigmatically
pulling performance that was both alienating
and relatable at the same time.
The crowd subsided eventually and my
friends and I were able to enjoy one of the other main perks of being on Granville during a
Tuesday night: it was now Wednesday and that
marked the Whopperest day of the week, ending the night festering away at BK before splitting
into cab squads, heading our respective way.
—Inaki Gorbeha
JULIA HOLTER /
CIRCUIT DES YEUX
FEBRUARY 4 / THE COBALT
As the opening act for Julia Holter at the
Cobalt on February 4, Circuit Des Yeux did
an impressive job of ripping through the distracted din of the crowd. Haley Fohr, the creator of Circuit Des Yeux, performed the set
solo, with the help of only a 12 string guitar and a few pedals. Starting slowly, Fohr
carefully picked at each string on the guitar
with intent, glancing up at the crowd every
so often from behind a dark mass of hair.
She was focused and sincere - but also
reserved, and distant, as if she were mentally removed from the space itself.
As the songs grew heavier, Fohr's skill
on the guitar was clear. It is likely this would
have been the most captivating part of her
performance, had the increasing intensity of her deep vocals not demanded all of
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REAL  LIVE ACTION my attention. As the set progressed, these
vocals became almost weaponized, growing
louder until Fohr was nearly screaming into
the microphone.
Toward the end of her set, I was surprised
when she paused to address the crowd:
"You guys are not easy to win over, are you?"
before returning her focus to performing. At
the peak of her final song, the crowd, perhaps overly excited for the next act, began
to clap prematurely. To my delight, she
replied to this with a severe "shhhhhh." The
song concluded as Fohr slowly lowered to
the floor, half-yelling, half-snarling into the
microphone, holding herself at the centre of
a jarring yet mesmerizing collection of noise.
When Julia Holter came on stage, I was
curious to see if she would be able to further
diminish'the chatter and fuss in the Cobalt.
By the time Holter's smooth, sharp vocals
came to the end of the first song, the room
was beautifully silent.
For the set, Holter was joined by a drummer, a bassist on an upright bass, and an
electric viola player. Each musician seemed
to be in their own private world on stage,
consumed by their creations. And yet, they
had no problem fitting these worlds together
and bringing the electronic, pop and sometimes unsettling sounds of Holter's songs
to life. Holter herself was a confident and
relaxed performer, but like Fohr before her,
she seemed to be in a place other than the
Cobalt. Her gaze rested slightly above the
crowd throughout the performance, as if she
were performing to a different crowd, city,
memory.
The band ran through several tracks from
Holter's fantastic new album Have You in
My Wilderness including "Lucette Stranded
on an Island" and "Betsy on the Roof as
well as Traged/s "So Lillies." Watching the
set, the satisfaction of Holter's compositions
was made clear. Her songs built up towards
a seemingly unavoidable mess of noise,
threatening a breakdown. But before they
could reach this moment, Holter swept in
and directed them to a carefully constructed finish. As the performance came to an
end, Holter commended the crowd for their
attention, going so far as to claim that people
seemed hypnotized. Judging by the silence
in the room, I had to agree. I definitely was.
—Eleanor Wearing
MIKE WT ALLEN
PRESENTS SPACE
ELEVATOR / ONLY A
VISITOR
FEBRUARY 12 / FOX CABARET
When you hear there's an experimental
19-piece big band playing in a theatre near
you, you go. it's as simple as that. For the
spectacle alone, you go.
And so, when I heard of Space Elevator,
the newest showcase of local saxophonist/
clarinetist/ jazz-head Mike WT Allen's compositions for big band, I was immediately on
board. I wasn't alone, either.
On a rainy Thursday evening, the Fox
was crammed to capacity, not counting the
20 musicians who crowded the stage. "Did
you bring ear plugs?" an older woman who
had managed to find a seat at one of the
few tables in^he venue asked me. "My son's
performing and he warned me it's going to
be loud." I hadn't but I wasn't worried. I've
been to plenty of loud punk and noise shows
before, and this was just a big band.
Opening act Only A Visitor ran through a
handful of light, intricate, and carefully composed songs to start the night off. Playing
to an already crowded room, the avant-
pop quintet glided through their seemingly quaint, but musically intimidating set.
The three part vocal harmonies, mixed with
restrained upright bass and drums, and clas-
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33 sfcally-tinged keyboard lines made me feel
as though I was seeing the Dirty Projectors
playing a renaissance fair somewhere in the
woods. Definitely enjoyable, and definitely
no need for earplugs there.
After a hearty round of applause, and a
surprisingly quick stage overhaul —19-piece
bands have a lot of things to set up —
Space Elevator was ready. With Allen front
and centre, he primed the audience with a
joke-riddled introduction to his compositional tour-de-force to come, pulled out a bulk
box of earplugs and threw them into the
audience, put down the microphone, raised
his hands, and began conducting what was
one of the most awe-inspiring demonstrations of musical prowess that I have ever
experienced. While quantity was definitely
present in the compositions, calling for five
saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones,
two guitars, two full drum kits, one bass, and
one man playing five synths, quality was not
overshadowed. Each song was a display
in both the musicality of the players as well
as Mike Allen's compositional and organizational skills. In addition to the masterful
solos by some of Vancouver's most talented jazz musicians—notably Brent Mah on
saxophone and Nikko Whitworth on bass,
to name a few—Allen presented interludes
between songs, designed to highlight the
various instruments and players that made
up Space Elevator.
Allen got to flex his compositional muscles
throughout the performance, but he certainly flexed the hardest for "Bagel", the loudest,
most complex, and most impressive piece of
music of the evening. With every one of the
nineteen band members playing their instruments as if for the last time, "Bagel" was a
thorough demonstration that the big band
isn't just for swing dancing, and that I probably should have brought ear plugs.
—Jasper D Wrinch
PARQUET COURTS /
DUMB / DEFEKTORS
FEBRUARY 20 / RICKSHAW THEATRE
Vancouver veterans Defektors opened
to a sparse audience. Their sound saluted Emergency Room-era garage punk —
heavy drum, endurance guitar riffs, blown-
out vocals — but it lacked the Defektors'
zeal. Their set was too tight. In an empty
venue, the expansive sound seemed awkward. They attracted some fans to the floor,
who showed love with head bobbing, foot
tapping, and the occasional camera photo. By the end of the set more people had
trickled in, and the energy was higher. While
Defektors have no doubt earned this stage,
9pm was perhaps a cruel slot to give them.
The atmosphere transformed for Dumb,
with people preemptively crowding the floor
in support. It was Dumb's first performance
on a stage this size, and it was christened
with screaming friends.
It was impossible not to dance; the crowd
was generous and meshing. Dumb played
most of the songs off their new album,
Beach Church, a set of upbeat, punk songs
with hints of surf. Dumb's performance was
over-enthusiastic at times, but assertive.
Vocalist and guitarist Gal Av-Gay led confidently, and drummer Felipe Morelli didn't
miss a beat.
When Brooklyn-based Parquet Courts
took the stage, the audience was electrified. The band came out strong, and stayed
that way. They played all the favourites
from Light Up Gold, Sunbathing Animal,
and Monastic Living as well as some newer
songs from their upcoming album, Human
Performance. The crisp and commanding
vocals of Andrew Savage and Austin Brown,
over PC's characteristically skittish guitar
and drum beats kept the audience moving.
"Bodies Made Of" was especially hot.
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REAL  LIVE ACTION There was not one, but three crowd surfers being torn apart above the dancefloor to
the lyrics, "Bodies made of sparks and dust/
Slumped and prone to lore and lust." But the
visceral sex appeal of their lyrics and melodies were noticeably absent in their newer
songs, which had a tamer and cooler quality
to them.
Parquet Courts were dressed dapper and
scholarly in button up shirts and pullover
sweaters, as if they had just read a David
Foster Wallace essay and sipped espresso
in the green room. It was perhaps too classy
for the mayhem of the Rickshaw, which featured classic can-tossing neanderthals and
a smelly, sticky dance floor.
While beer tossing is not justified, the
action of throwing a can into a crowd like
a tantruming toddler is definitely worthy of
pause, Vancouver, are you so bored with
bands that spraying yourselves with beer
and using musicians as target practice is the
only way you can enjoy yourselves at live
shows? You certainly give that impression.
But honestly, if you're growing tired of watching bands play the same guitar-heavy, post-
punk sound, I empathize with you.
A couple songs before the end, Brown
said with a stone face, "I hope you like it,
cuz that's all you're gonna get." Parquet
Courts left the stage with barely a goodbye,
and gave no encore. Bassist Sean Yeaton
tossed a sunflower into the audience that
was tossed back on stage. But with a set
that drew on slightly too long, and an impatient and rowdy crowd, nobody questioned
it. The gluttonous audience got what it came
for — they chewed up Parquet Courts, and
spat them back out.
—Leigh Empress
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Four years since releasing their last full length
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deliver Swooner. Duo Zachary Gray and Tom
Dobrzanski have added Cody Hiles and Parker Bossley — with whom they toured last year
— to the band's lineup for this album. Swooner
mixes familiar indie rock guitar and song structure
with of-the-moment pop sensibility. Even though
expanded electronic components and the addition
of two band members have changed the sound,
Swooner is never on shaky sonic ground.
The record plays like a booze and music
fueled night out in the city: Think the soundtrack to
Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist brought up to date
with the deep bass and '80s pop revival synths
that are cropping up on big name records like Taylor Swift's 1989 and Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion,
the most underrated pop album of 2015 (for which
Gray wrote "LA Hallucinations").
An outstanding feature of this album is lyricism. On "Swooner," the hilarious chorus line
"Someone like you don't come around every
dynasty" is a blatant snag from the end of Mulan.
Other highlights include "10 000 years / And
we're breaking up like this" from "This Changes
Everything" and "I play your body like a feminine
Nintendo" on "Male Gaze."
The lyrics in "Molotov Girls," and even "Frieda
on the Mountain" explore the female perspective
and acknowledge a feminist ideology. The former
boasts "Gonna do what I want and that's what's
up / Ain't looking for a man to hold me up" and references Pussy Riot. The song "Male Gaze" is a
reflexive critique of the nature of the male gaze,
and an acknowledgement of the idealization of the
female subject in "Swooner" and "Why Do I Wait
(When I Know You've Got a Lover)."
The final tracks "This Changes Everything"
and "Why Do I Wait" wind the album way down
after the high energy of the first eight tracks. They
feel like the end of a long night, when you lay in
bed and your ears are still ringing from blaring
speakers, your head is spinning, everything is
quiet and loneliness hits you. On "Why Do I Wait,"
Gray sings with a lump in his throat and just before
he burst into tears on the track, the song dissolves
into a lush slow jam with an R&B undercurrent.
Here, the album recalls its party-hard beginnings,
ready to begin again.— Keagan Perlette
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The Ridge
(Paper Bag Records)
Everything, physical, spiritual, follows its own
course into existence. It's called birth, and sometimes it comes with expectations of a specific,
steadfast attitude based upon pre-defined attributes. Ask the violin and you shall know. Its hourglass shape usually made of ebony, spruce or
maple, along with its varnish predispose towards
classical music and nothing else.
This is what it seems to have affected, the
violinist Sarah Neufeld's debut solo album, Hero
Brother, where her improvisations, narrow and
fuzzy like a newborn's vision, hesitantly explore
and lightly manipulate that preassigned sound
path. But life happens along the way, and eventually changes too. In her second LP The Ridge,
Neufeld scales the expanded ribcage of her violin, vigorously slides on its unmarked neck and
reaches the bridge — from the highest arching
point she fearlessly dives into the core. There,
into the deepest places of her instrument, she discovers its youthful heart eager to try on different
behaviours and appearances, to form new relationships with other instruments and music textures, to risk in order to find what it is and how far it
can go. In Neufeld's safe, virtuosic hands, the violin manages to express its identity development,
translating its inner air currents into unbridled,
probing phrasing.
The opening song, "The Ridge," is enthralling — a spellbinder. The frequencies produced by
that unparallelled, fresh combination of feral mar-
teles and robust tremolos form a feeling of wild
happiness and an exciting mood for life-changing
adventures — fear is not an option here. Energetic,
uncomplicated drums, subtle electronic drones
and sparse, feathery vocals are interconnected
into a minimalistic electro pop structure, serving
as a foundation that gives prominence to the violin's ingenious, fast impulses. In the words of the
finicky listeners, this is a promising beginning.
"We've Got A Lot," is reminiscent of Irish folk
songs that recount stories of great sea travellers,
the kind of stories which can plant the seeds of
wisdom in youthful minds. The artist interprets
this traditional reference in a modern, alternative
way, blending eerie vocalisations into it, simplifying the strings by shifting much of their playfulness into the percussions and achieving a vibrant,
rhythmic balance in a clean-cut context: no frills,
no unnecessary ornamentations. "They All Came
Down" presents Neufeld as "talkative" as ever. A
minute and a half break where for the first time
in her solo career, her spectral singing overlaps
her violin. "Glow" is an inspiring ode to pizzicato
which seems to be interrupted by sudden amplified lashes on plastic mattresses, outer space
noises and glitch sounds.
The charm of "Chase the Bright and Burning" on the other hand, unfolds during the song's
second half where the violin acts almost like a
slow-moving, concentrated pontiaki lyra (Greek
Pontic kemenche) preparing for the Dionysiac
ecstasy. The album continues with a series of
fast bow movements and intense staccatos, ending with the calming vibrations of "Where the Light
Comes In." Like a nuclear brain reaction that questions not only the status-quo, but also itself, generates new ways and ideas, then relaxes.
Sarah Neufeld's solo violin, becoming gradually more comfortable in its own skin, builds a
causeway across The Ridge to meet its early
adulthood.— Theano Pavlidou
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43 Living Hour
Living Hour
(Lefse Records)
While Winnipeg is seemingly the furthest point
from any sun drenched ocean, and their winters
are some of the coldest in the populated world,
somewhere deep in a basement buried beneath
layers of mosquito repellent and ice, incredible
dreamy surf-pop tunes (or is it surfy dream-pop
tunes) are being carefully crafted by Living Hour.
The result Is an impressive debut that just may
leave you sun soaked by the end,
Formerly known as The Hours, who gave us
the psychedelic surf ballad Through Glazed Eyes"
(which re-appears as the fourth track here), the
band has smoothly and effortlessly picked up the
momentum to offer a full length dream-pop shoe-
gaze concoction that will undoubtedly be distinctive from much of the other noise online. Anyone
can make ethereal fuzz sound good, but powerful
noise-art is rare.
Perhaps it's the feeling that the band was
inspired by the unique wide-open Manitoban landscape, which stretches exponentially and seemingly forever; Living Hour's infinitely shimmering
guitars and reverb loops equally stretch our sonic
perspectives Into dream like trances in the same
way as driving through the prairies might with our
visuals.
Perhaps It Is how the album conveys raw
emotion by trapping then releasing themes of love
and longing behind a wall of luscious sound and
continuing the rhythmic cycle throughout the 45
minute journey as if the very record itself is a living
entity. And as it breathes and gently moans, Living Hour lulls us into submission to a point where
one is not conscious of the boundary between the
vocals and instruments. It's like a choir in a cathedral where the lyrics are ultimately not as important as the explosiveness and power of the sound,
which in and of itself provides a sort of spiritual
uplift. Living Hour adopts this very aesthetic on
their exceptional finale "Feel Shy." The band forgo
lyrics altogether and leave us with guitar gold dust
and vocal meanderings that tickle the spine like
some gentle drug that peacefully lets you float off
into the sunset, a prairie sunset no doubt.
— Slavko Bucifal
You Say Party
You Say Party
(Paper Bag Records)
You Say Party feels like the proverbial morning after; the morning after the party the night
before - a party spanning almost ten years and
three albums of thunderous musical anarchy. It
pinpoints a large musical shift from dance punk
darlings You Say Party! We Say Die! to electronic
pioneers and experimental tastemakers You Say
Party. Though distinctly quieter than their bratty
dance debut Hit the Floor and sophomore album
Lose all Time, You Say Party have created sounds
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able beats, for more expansive, cool and sophisticated melodies.
This record has a strong prog rock vibe about
it —- the band opting for extended arrangements
over the vim and vigor of previous releases. In
this case, less is definitely more, and lead singer
Becky Ninkovic skillfully works both wafer thin
vocal nuances and powerful/voluminous choruses
to break up the album's instrumental bias. This can
be seen in opening track, "112" where her ghostly
vocals become more and more prominent with the
rising swell of synthesizers and guitars.
Whilst "112" hooks the listener with its bassy
intro, key tracks "Ignorance", "Sleepyhead" and
"Heading in the Direction of the Rising Sun" parallel the dreamy synth-pop stylizations of bands
like Desire and The Chromatics (as featured in cult
films, Drive & Lost River), mirroring their melancholic ambience and romanticism in carefully layered delay and reverb.
You Say Party's use of synthetic drums on this
album is most noticeable on "Friend," with all other
instrumentation in this song, sitting lower in the
mix. The song grows from its quiet intro—the keys
echoing bright and solitary like sonar — and rises
with the crestfallen vocal refrain, "I can't see my
friend no more / He's gone for good / He's gone for
sure," climaxing around 2:47, before gently receding again. The emotion felt behind "Friend" can be
left to individual interpretation. It feels as if the collective subtleties within the lyrics and instrumentation serve as tribute toward the late Devon Clifford,
You Say Party's former drummer.
This album is an endearing and somewhat
magical creation. Though it closely aligns the band
to musical contemporaries, Lapsley and Daughter,
it maintains a semblance of originality and flair and
separates itself from being labeled amateur or a
derivative of its peers.— Victoria Canning
Dil Brito
Astro
(SelfReleased)
Dil Brito's new album Astro seems to be an
exercise in artistic anonymity. If it weren't for a few
vigilant blogs that picked up on its existence in early
February, it would probably have disappeared into
the ether like so many other one-time bandcamp
releases. But now, with neither contact nor context
we find ourselves with twelve short tracks of decidedly good noise folk.
Astro Is difficult to define. It's reminiscent
of washed out effects music, except the 'wash'
Is somehow acoustic. You can imagine it as the
result of a pop star like Jason Mraz falling down the
stairs after a bad acid trip. In between the croony,
sun-bleached vocals and flamenco-esque guitars,
one gets the impression that ribs might be snapping as a singer songwriter misses a step and
tumbles towards the basement. To clarify, this Is
a good thing.
Finding something to be critical of in this record is also confusing. To be sure, there are things
to offend the ear. The sound quality smacks of
built-in computer microphone and often it feels
like someone tossed sounds at a computer hoping
they'd meet up down the road. But the dichotomy
is that any obvious 'problems' also seem meticulously placed. Guitars drift in and out and lazy
vocals sink below suspended chords. It may be
less that It's a mess and more that it has the sort of
intricacy requiring multiple very close listens, Even
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45 so, it would be interesting to hear these songs
stripped to their core — within all the instrumentation is a distinct voice that could benefit from a
sparser approach.
One of the most memorable songs on the
record is "Down My Lane." The lyrics match the
instrumentals in that they are intense, crowded,
and not overly concerned with causality. A male
voice sings, "Keeping time by screaming wild
songs at blank lines hoping I'll survive by sleeping sound on high roads floating down my lane."
The beat poetry barrage is especially intriguing1
within such a gentle song. A reliable baseline and
an eerie guitar counter melody feels like cage bars
keeping the words in place.
Astro is a record that inhabits its own space.
Like a cult movie, it is good precisely because it is
indefinable. It is both too much and too little, and
that is what makes it special. I eagerly await the
future projects of Dil Brito, whatever shape they
end up taking.— Sam Tudor
Jo Passed
Out
(Craft Singles)
There is something deeply pleasing and satisfying about an artfully crafted experimental rock
album. Between psychedelic sliding guitars and
polished-perfect melodies, Jo Passed's newest
release Out is an album full of exploratory pop
sounds to revel in. Fronted by songwriter and
multi-instrumentalist,   Joseph   Hirabayashi   (for
merly from neo-psychedelic band Spring who disbanded in the summer of 2015), the Jo Passed
outfit has a similar style but is more cultivated and
melodic. And absolutely, Hirabayashi's unique
lyrics and outstanding attention to detail can be
credited for this album's commanding presence.
Out begins with "In," distorted guitar bashing
that is reminiscent of psychster Ty Segall during
his earlier days. It abruptly shifts to the perfectly
layered ruckus of a steady beating drum stacked
with guitar riffs that can only be described as delicious. It's an excellent start, and sets up nicely
for an album full of cunningly blended alternative
sounds and accessibility.
Hirabayashi slows things down for the second
track, "Rage," without laying a hand on the volume. Between the distorted guitars and echoing
vocals, it's a hefty dose of well-groomed quirky
sounds to drown yourself in. Despite the fact that
it's a little unsurprising that the following song (and
best named track) "Lego My Ego" is a sudden jolt
in energy in comparison to "Rage," its thumping
drum kicks and bouncing bass line are catchy and
animated.
The final song, "Spring," seems to be, a homage to Hirabayashi's old relationship with his
former band, Spring. Notably his creative relationship with Elliot Langford, who Hirabayashi
played closely with for years, may be on the back
burner for the moment. However, he seems hopeful that they'll collide musically once again, singing "Something could happen, it almost worked
before, we just have to try harder, we can make
it work." It's a rhythmic, buzzing end to a highly
entertaining album. Out is an explosive blend of
harmoniously grungy pop and exquisitely crafted
melodies. It's pop music for those who like it a little
rough around the edges.— Evangeline Hogg
46
UNDER  REVIEW The Painters
Specks of Dust
(Egg Paper Factory)
Specks of Dust opens with a driving rhythm
that reminds me of the beginning of a road trip —
that specific sense of venturing with an unflagging
resolve into the unknown. The opening could also
double as the backlight of an unsure, yet searching and determined final scene of a Sofia Coppola
movie. The sentiment, "Which way I am coming
or going /1 never really can tell" from "Stuck in the
Middle" seals in this tone of the album.
This disorientation lends well to the aesthetic
of bohemian youth and existential ennui fostered
by the third album from The Painters, a space-
folk, pop-folk band from Montreal. Since their first
album was released in September 2015, the band
has evolved from a dreamy, psychedelic, Tame
Impala vibe to a more DIY, stack, Mac DeMarco
one.
While some lyrics verge on the melodramatic
— "Everyone is dying" and "Am I alive" — the rest
of The Painters' lyrics are tender and honest in a
way that feels relatable and soothing. Specifically
in "Changes," draped with extensive instrumental
interludes and a dreamy repetition of nostalgia, "I
was younger then /1 was younger then" hints at
the forlorn yet peaceful solitude of the album. The
whole album warmly lights the internal narrative of
a young adult, in repose, looking for a place to be.
What I love about this album is that it not only
tells a relatable story and asks a lot of questions
lyrically, but it also provides a nurturing musical
atmosphere as a salve to these larger anxieties
and experiences. "How can I tell that you love me?"
in "Somewhere," "Tell me what kind of person I
will be" in "Specks of Dust," "Always undecided /
Is it just bad timing /1 wish I was excited / Excite
me" from "On the Ceiling," all these lyrics craft a
nuanced and complex consciousness of young
life.
"Through the Blinds" impressed me the most.
Verging on synesthesic, the shimmering ensemble of soft guitar and bass chords in addition to
elements like whistling creates the visual environment of waking up in the morning light next to
someone you love. The whole album really is a
dream — a vivid photo album of youth. "You know
what I'd be with you once again / If I could just stop
blowing in the wind."— Callie Hitchcock
Lydia Hoi
Heading North
(Self-released)
I have a big place in my heart for female folk
singers. I listened to Michelle Branch's Red Album
in the car on my way up to sleep over camp in the
Rocky Mountains of Colorado when I was 13 and
this love has flourished and evolved into an appreciation for Joni Mitchell, the early Nelly Furtado,
Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, Laura Marling,
and most recently Kali Uchis. Something about a
woman and a guitar to me is the ultimate confession, the ultimate expression of truth.
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47 Lydia Hoi's Heading North seems to strive for
a similar kind of self-exploration; heading north
into the unknown frontier of the self. But, lyrically,
Hoi doesn't push herself at first. Lyrics such as
"Your ammunition is my motor," "Home is where
the heart is," "Life is short but it sure feels long,"
don't really probe or explore as deep as the album
title entices.
Even musically, the songs don't offer a wide
variation of chord progressions bar the more jazzy
"Could've Been the Wind." The pace and general
melody stays fairly uniform throughout the album;
which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The songs are
comforting and soothing in their own right. You
can expect tight melody and beat throughout.
The glory and success of this album lies in
"Heading North" and "The Loneliest Word." They
both traverse notions of the self, yearning, desire
for oblivion and escape. She demonstrates the
eternal paradox of feeling that "There's a belonging / Longing for someone like a fever / Pulls you in
at night" while also knowing that "I'm getting tired
of all this noise / It's a pollution / And its robbing
me of joy / You are a fine man who asks too much
/1 am free bird / Scared by a gentle touch." The
reconciliation of both wanting connection, and yet
needing solitude to discover more depths of the
self feels like a complex breakthrough.
I'm not convinced that Lydia Hoi makes it into
my personal female vocalist hall of fame but she
does burrow down to her own nugget of creative
self-searching, which is healing and important. I
only wish she made higher stakes either vocally or
lyrically. It misses the mark for me at a visceral gut
level.— Callie Hitchcock
/Wait& See
Majical Cloudz
Wait and See EP
(Matador)
Their second release in four months, Maijical
Cloudz's Wait and See EP comes hot on the heels
of their successful second full-length, Are You
Alone.
Though maintaining their trademark earnestness and intimacy, Wait and See is something
different, a collection of songs recorded at different times through Are You Alone's creation that,
according to Majical Cloudz's Tumblr ultimately
"didn't fit on that album for one reason or another."
Only one clue is offered: "there is a feeling that
links them all together." For fans and new listeners alike, listening to the five-track EP becomes an
attempt to piece these songs together; to put a finger on what feeling makes them a whole.
The collection drips with a pain missing on
the full-length. Wait and See feels more private —
suited to lying on the flpor of a dimmed bedroom.
Imbued with themes of loneliness, death, mental
illness, and social exclusion, the songs feel like
the soundtrack to a disembodying depressive episode, but one you don't mind indulging in.
Opener "Wait and See" is chillingly cinematic
— the distorted string lines sound as if they're
quickly being reabsorbed into the ether as fast as
they come out. The heavy drum hits that underline
Walsh's closing counsel to "wait and see" suggest
that even this is no guarantee that things will be
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disappearing now / You're disappearing friend"
encapsulate the EP's lingering feeling.
Welsh's lyrics express insecurity; "Pretty" finds
him asking "Do you love me / Or am I wearing
you out." Even when shreds of hope are offered,
the permeating melancholy seems insurmountable — "You are near me / Oh no one gets close."
On "Heaven," happiness can only be experienced
through its proximity to death: "When we're dead
/ We will dance." The limited happiness offered is
quickly undercut with fatalism: "You laugh standing in the mirror / In a day, you'll never be this
young again." Even in tracks which offer some
hope through their narratives, like closer "My Heart
Soaks Up Every Drop of Your Blood," the motifs
continue to brood.
Majical Gloudz continue to do here what they
have historically done so well: Matthew Otto supports Welsh's lyrical starkness and bright vocal
tone with ethereal and fuzzy synth work, and it has
resulted in a tight pack of downhearted-but-entrancing tunes. So be warned, Wait and See establishes its mood so well that you should only listen if
you're ready to be sucked in.— Elizabeth Holliday
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49 THE JAMIE AND SARAH EXPERIENCE PROJECT
IN GOOD HUMOUR
words by Evan Brow
photos by Lukas Engelhardt
They're actors. They're teachers.
They're DJs. It sounds like a sitcom, but
it's the story of Jamie Taylor and Sarah
Faye Bernstein. Comprising The Jamie
and Sarah Experience Project, the two
have an energetic, art-based best-friendship comedy duo. Meeting in a clown class
(as comedic performers do) while both
enrolled in the SFU BFA Acting program
in 2011, Taylor and Bernstein enjoyed
how each other willingly accepted failure,
didn't take themselves too seriously, and
used self-deprecation for people's enjoyment. In addition to performing, both are
teachers: Jamie works as a teacher-on-call
in North and West Vancouver, and Sarah
is completing her Bachelor's in Education at UBC studying high school drama.
Together, they DJ monthly at the Bilt-
more Cabaret, and they collaborate on an
'experience project' that produces honest,
funny videos and alternative theatre.
Bernstein grew up on the move, her
parents living in Malaysia and parts of
Africa throughout her childhood. As a
result of her travels, she became very
close with her brother and sister. Bernstein began making videos at the age of ten
with the intention of making her siblings
laugh, adopting the "sense of humour of a
fourteen-year old boy" that her mom possessed. Bernstein moved to Vancouver
from Calgary in 2009 to pursue her BFA.
Taylor grew up in Vancouver, recording her own mock radio shows on cassette tapes as a kid, and impersonating
hosts and the songs they would play. She
wanted to be a performer when she was
young, but also realized a love for teaching. In 2007 Jamie joined the Acting program, and in 2013 took a B.Ed in primary
school at UBC.
The Jamie and Sarah Experience Project began in 2013 when the two agreed
to perform at BLiNk, a cabaret-style show
of performances. They came up with a
bizarre and lovely idea:
"We wanted my big golden retriever,
Ollie, to just be in a sweater. We thought
it'd be funny for him to walk around in a
sweater," says Taylor. "So we made t-shirts
with Ollie's face on them, wore the same
outfit [as Ollie], and showed the audience
that Ollie can do a trick. The trick was that
Ollie could sit, and then we made everyone
applaud. The whole rest of the sketch was
getting everyone to keep clapping for us,
but it built up to me giving Sarah flowers
and an award, her doing an acceptance
speech, and us nodding our heads in that
'actor way.'"
In 2014, the duo produced their first
short video. "How To Live Like Jamie &
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special. There are millions
and millions and millions
of people who are copies
of us. There are so many
people who have the same
thoughts as us. So when
someone says something
that connects you to them,
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for connections. We're saying, 'Do you do this too?'"
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51 Sarah" portrays an exaggerated version of
Taylor and Bernstein presenting their odd
philosophies to life, like an abstract Martha Stewart video.
"We wrote it based off a tampon commercial," says Bernstein. "We were laughing at tampon commercials and how they
were all filled with inspirational quotes,
like, 'Dance like nobody's watching.' What?
So we started making fun of inspirational
quotes, saying stuff like, 'Life's a game.
It doesn't matter how hard you play, you
win.' We used the quotes and the tampon
commercial as a structure, and then filled
in the gaps."
Building on its success, the pair
wrote and produced "Jamie & Sarah Get
There" in 2015, a short video that opened
Bock Away, Slowly, a theatre collaboration between SFU alumni and Theatre
Replacement at the Shadbolt Centre for
the Arts last June. They credit their success with amazing film partnerships with
up-and-coming directors like Daniel Jef-
fery, Vladimir Fedulov, Mackenzie Warner,
Joel Salaysay, and Brendan Prost.
"If you want to be an artist, volunteer your time with people you admire,
because they will help you out," says Bernstein. "We're so lucky. We buy them beer
and pizza and say 'Thank You! Thank You!
Thank You!'"
Right now Taylor and Bernstein are
working on a new project with theif^ilm
collaborators, tapping into a passion or
self-exploratory video.
Bernstein explains, "Jamie and I wrote
a five-part series called, 'Jamie and Sarah
Make A Play.'" She continues, "We're getting back to poking fun at theatre. It starts
with Jamie and I saying we want to make
a play. Each episode is a different step in
making the play There is coming up with
the idea, rehearsing, doing auditions,
doing promotions, and then actually doing
the play. But the thing we're most excited
about is that we're getting a different director to produce each episode." Though
their web series mocks certain aspects of
theatre, it is all in honest fun. The content
of the episodes is based off actual experiences that have shaped them as artists.
With their work in video and onstage,
Jamie Taylor and Sarah Faye Bernstein
have created a united comedic identity in their own friendship that is open,
engaging, and hilariously revelatory.
Because they appreciate their own devotion to self-based humour, the two have
become characters in their own passion,
like Bill Nye or prnest. I sincerely hope
they are able to befriend many more with
their brand of comedy.
Check out Jamie and Sarah's website
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IN  GOOD  HUMOUR CRIMES AND TREASONS
ON THE AIR
words by Homeboy Jules, Jamal Steeles,
and Lucky Rich
illustrations by Nicolette Lax
THE TROUP!
For this installment of On The Air, Discorder welcomes Crimes And Treasons to
share the names of artists and groups helping to define andredefine the local hip hop
scene, many of whom have been featured
on the program. C&T airs uncensored profiles of rap artists from around Vancouver on CiTR 101.9FM every Tuesday night
between 9-1 lpm.
For over a decade, Crimes And Treasons has been interviewing and playing
hip hop from our rainy city. Current hosts,
Homeboy Jules, Relly Rels, Jamal Steeles,
Lucky Rich and Horsepowar have been
venturing out to build a platform for local
artists to shine. With hundreds of interviews and guest DJ sets in the archive,
C&T offers an introduction to the unique
rap sounds of Vancouver.
ON  THE  AIR
53 SETH KAY
Formally from the rap duo District 36, Kay
is now venturing solo as part of the 'New
Era' in the Vancouver rap scene. Those
familiar with Vancouver creative Jaykin
will appreciate that Kay's melodic hooks
and catchy bars truly speak to being 'on
vibe.' He has the ability to make tasteful
and discerning music with just the right
amount of wordplay to match the beats.
One of his talents is to give all quality and
no filler. His most recent EP SEE UINL.A.
will carry forward as some of the best work
in the city. Kay's impressive use of visuals in his videos such as those for "Direction" and "WSUP" help to bring out the
cinematic quality of his music. The artist's
videos, produced by Dixon Lee, are not
your standard R&B videos with the artist singing directly into the camera, but
rather thoughtful, reflective, and slow-moving pieces about our city and the City of
Angels. Kay is currently working on a new
project, and has most recently dropped
a remix of Erkyah Badu's "Phone Down."
Be sure to listen for Seth Kay in studio on
C&T in April.
ROM!
ROMI is a duo comprised of Futonious
Don III and SoulBoi (a.k.a. Real Smooth).
The group's name is an acronym for Rise
Of My Inspiration. ROMI is Vancouver's
answer to the new currents of soulful
trap and experimental sounds in hip hop
music today. With many in the city comparing their sound to that of the Soulec-
tion collective, ROMI continue to show
great stage presence as well as having
some of the crispiest studio sounds Van-
city has to offer. Futon's verses vibe out
and speak to some deeply personal and
refreshingly transparent thoughts. You
can hear the sounds of the Futon Don on
the Chapel Sound Compilation Vol. 1 and
on the Crimes And Treasons Best of 2015
mix. The duo's new music features local
artist LaGo, an R&B artist whom they
met serendipitously at a local gym. Listen to an archived interview with ROMI
and LaGo, as well as exclusive premieres
of their respective upcoming projects on
the C&T archived episode for February 16.
HORSEPOWAR
Jasleen 'Horsepowar' Powar is one of five
hosts on C&T, and is venturing on her
own musical endeavors. This Desi rapper
not only has clever wordplay and playful
lyrics, she also uses the theatrics of Bollywood, visually and sonically, to take the
audience on a journey from her hometown of Richmond to the bustling streets
of downtown India (where she is currently touring). With the release of her
latest mixtape Out2Lunch dropping earlier
this month, the artist known as Horsepowar finds the balance between mysterious
poetry and tongue twisting bars. Horsepowar has dropped numerous D J sets on air,
and has interviewed artists Jamie XX, Just
Blaze, Nacho Picasso, and Vialz. Horsepowar, alongside C&T host Homeboy Jules,
will be performing at the SXSW Showcase
in Austin, Texas this month.
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ON  THE  AIR CHAPEL SOUND
Chapel Sound is a Vancouver supergroup. Think The New Pornographers, but
'Triiiiippy Mane!!!!' This collective of DJs
and artists have continued to give their
loyal listeners a wide range of sonic sounds
for the past five years. Their latest releases
have hip-hop, trip-hop, house, trap, electronic, ambient and experimental tracks
from some of Vancouver's best producers,
who all reside in their camp. Clearly this
army of DJs have a bright future in front of
them, which is probably why they all rock
shades. What's really impressive is the size
of the crew — it includes dozens of artists that voltron into one cohesive entity.
Artists on the label include WSUPTIGER,
Shaunic, Jolin Ras, Joseph L'Etranger,
Kutcorners, all of whom have dropped DJ
sets and exclusive tracks on C&T. Chapel
Sound exists not only as a collective of producers, but also as a group of individuals
who set up unique events and late night
parties in the Vancity area. Be sure to catch
Chapel Sound and their affiliates heating
up the dancefloor at your local after-hours.
To learn about more artists, or browse 12
years of C&T podcast archives, visit
citr.ca/radio/crimes-and-treasons. Crimes
And Treasons airs every Tuesday between
9-1 lpm on CiTR 101.9FM. INTERVIEW WITH A GHOST
words by Bryce Warnes ■/■/ illustration
| h o s t i'n g joins me over Skype from ghostin g's first tape, Telenic
inside   of a   car  parked   somewhere     released online initially via Dream C
limits.  On     log
on  Greater Vancouver's rural limits.  On logue    and    later,     physically,     through
his end, the sound of pouring rain, plus Toronto label Adhesive Sounds, is a work
Jack FM playing at a barely audible level, of  plunderphonic   laux-nostalgia.   On   it,
forms  an ambient background wash  as g h os ti n g takes TV commercials from
ack FM playing at a barely audible level,
3rms an ambient background wash as
; h o s ( i n g and 1 — for reasons explained
of  plunderphonic   faux-nostalgia.   On   it,
g h o s ting takes TV commercials from
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There are actually whole communities
out there who trade VHS tapes of just commercials," he says. "And they'll think this
stuff is gold if you have a box of VHS tapes
in your garage that no-one has ripped."
ghosting doesn't trade VHS, but
he admits to a love of the medium, which
started by listening to YouTube channels
curated by the tape hoarders he describes.
"I used to just [play them] in the background while doing other things. It's really
soothing," he says. "You know how some
people listen to white noise? ... That's my
white noise."
When jingles from these commercials began to embed themselves in
g h o s t i n g's brain, he started to experiment, sampling them in warped compositions that he posted on YouTube. It wasn't
long before he was contacted out of the
blue by HKE, the figure behind vaporwave
clearinghouse Dream Catalogue. At the
time, Dream Catalogue consisted of only
twenty or thirty releases; ghosting
was one of the earliest artists to appear on
its roster, ghosting would later rere-
lease a remastered and audibly softer ver
sion on Adhesive Sounds, this time with a
physical tape.
This world of online-only labels and
anonymous personas is de rigeur for
vaporwave, a genre which got its start in
the early 2010s but was first articulated —
in a widely-read way, at least — in a two-
part feature by Adam Harper in Dummy
magazine titled, "Vaporwave and the popart of the virtual plaza."
In it, Harper focuses on the work of artists such as Fatima al Qadiri, INTERNET
CLUB and James Ferraro to define a genre
of "pastiched techno-capitalist stock promotional music for the era of the personal
computer and of bum-bags full of Apple
devices." In computing, vaporware is software that has been publicly announced
and hyped up, but never released. Similarly, vaporwave takes the early-'90s promise of an incorporeal, pastel-hued future
reality on the World Wide Web, and plays
with it to produce work that is alternately
sarcastic, nostalgic and foreboding.
"I've always called it sound collage,"
says g h o s t i n g. He doesn't go for labels.
"I don't think you need to name everything.
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ghosting ... I've seen people call DJ Screw vaporwave. And, I mean, what are you gonna say
about that?"
He considers himself a fan of "2008 -
2010 hypnagogia music," and says that's
what influenced his work on Telenights. He
points to the work of Luke Perry (a musician, not the actor), Sam Meringue and
James Ferraro as indicative of that genre's
specific qualities.
James Ferraro is an interesting one. A
prolific electronic artist, he has pumped
out releases under various pseudonyms
that define huge swaths of the trash
tune genre. His 2011 release Far Side
Virtual is often cited as the foundation
— or at least an early, formative expression — of vaporwave. Others plumb
sources more akin, musically, to what
ghosting explores on Telenights,
sampling New Age and smooth, jazz that
wouldn't be out of place in a shopping mall
circa 1993.
This genre, or constellation of genres
— whether you want to call it hypnagogia, vaporwave, or any of the sub-categories enthusiasts have traced out for each
— is placeless. Countless releases show
up on Bandcamp or Soundcloud, almost
always under aliases, rarely gaining attention beyond the creator's Twitter following.
As such, there is no local "scene." This is
especially true for g h o s t i n g's locale,
a part of the GVRD considerably distant
from venues, arts spaces, or anywhere
else people who make weird music might
congregate.
"People get turned off by weird. They
don't like weird," he says. "I don't think
there is any scene here, period."
That's where the whole internet thing
comes in. ghosting was initially making
music in isolation. A few songs on Soundcloud were enough to draw the attention
of HKE from Dream Catalogue, initiating
the process that would lead to Telenights.
That was g h o s t i n g's first contact with
someone interested in what he was doing.
In summer of 2015, he started a Twitter
account, and has since begun to collaborate and communicate with other artists.
"It's good to finally talk to people who
know more about music," he says.
ghosting's next tape just came
out via Adhesive Sounds. Titled 2D FUN AT
GRID WORLD, it diverges from Telenights in
that almost all the music was composed by
ghosting. It includes occasional, warped
vocals taken from VHS, but the actual "TV
trash tunes" (his words) were composed by
ghosting himself with a BOSS SP-202
sampler, a Roland SP404-SX, and a Micro-
korg synth. While he has a background in
playing drums, his musical knowledge is
mostly self-taught, just "messing around
with gear and computers."
The tunes may be original, but 2D FUN
AT GRID WORLD has the same weird, dis-
placed-in-time quality as Telenights. The
latter sold out within a couple of months; a
secondhand copy recently resold for three
times its retail value. It's not unreasonable to expect a similar reception for 2D
FUN AT GRID WORLD, especially now that
ghosting has established a name for
himself. No matter how well it does, though,
he is determined to remain anonymous, a
spectre in a genre populated by spectres,
without a scene, or live shows, or a face to
attach to the name.
"If I were making more traditional
music, it would be the same," he says. "I
just don't like attention like that."
7b hear 2D FUN AT GRID WORLD, visit
adhesivesounds.banfcamp.com    You    can
also follow g ho s ting at:
soundcloud. com/ghost-ing
or on Twitter — @ghosting_tv
ghosting
59 -   ^,
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ASS MARRI AC
YOUR TRUTH
words by Jonathan Kew // illustrations by OlgaAbeleva
photos by Evan Buggle
You can find poetry on Mel Paget's personal webpage. One poem starts "Strawberry Soda" continuing with a succession
of two lines, their margins uncomfortably
overlaid, "Strawberry Denim / Strawberry
Swastika." Looking at each subsequent
strawberry succession run into the line
above, you can imagine the wall-of-sound,
the tension of grinding teeth and overlapping alarms. Elsewhere, two mirroring
images read respectively, "a breath of the
perfume counter" and "freedom in a shopping bag." It's cheery and matter-of-fact:
blackened truisms, botox smiles. Another
poem reads, "I like the word 'hysteric' / I
dislike the word 'sensual.'" "Euphoric" is
another word this voice dislikes.
These poems imply the psychological
mores of Mass Marriage, the repository
of Mel Paget's multi-disciplinary practice
since 2011. Though native to Vancouver
Island, Paget has been an essential element of the Vancouver noise scene for
years. She's currently completing a degree
in visual arts at Emily Carr University of
Art + Design. As Mass Marriage, Paget is
working on a lathe 7" to be released on
L.A. label Claimed Responsibility, and a
book is beginning to coalesce.
If there is a kind of music that gets at
the underlying violence of the everyday,
it's noise. Those who don't listen to much
of it will just hear the extreme dissonance
and volume. But by niche standards, Mass
Marriage makes tempered music, focused
on teasing out the mutating artifacts of
atonal repetition, and meditations of electronic clamour. Paget's 2015 release, Moda
c20, features harsh oscillations over an
unrelenting drone. Tracks from years past
like "Orchard" sample melodic swells that
teeter on poignant, with an alien beauty
imbued through layers of feedback and
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MASS MARRIAGE distortion. Paired with visuals, the impression can be a kind of waking nightmare,
the depressive isolation of being at a party
on psychedelics, or submission in a bout
of sleep paralysis.
It's late afternoon when I meet with
Paget at Elysian on Broadway. We're both
sick. She describes a head-cold, gauzy
ears; I have a disruptive cough. We start by
talking about the origins of Mass Marriage,
and Paget tells me, "I was making videos
and animations and I wanted soundscapes
for them. I just did it for myself, not for
shows, until some time later." Now much of
her personal work falls into the discourse
of Mass Marriage; photocopy burnt visuals
complementing washed out snapshots,
collages of want and VHS memory. Mass
Marriage's Tumblr reads, "Paget's work
envisions a manic character obsessed with
female identity from high fashion to the
female body in popular culture, to prostitution, all embroiled in a world of bizarre
European genre cinema. These fixations
are appropriated by Paget from various
media sources and heavily processed into
vivid, concentrated, abstract and abrasive
sound and video..."
I ask Paget about these themes, and
she explains, "I've gotten into exploring
that more. I'm interested in female identity, where people fall into good or evil. I
was very interested in models, fashion,
that industry, females in films or horror
movies. How can I say without sounding
like a total flake... I've always been drawn
to the tragic female figure in literature,
film; the hysteric woman."
Paget also touches upon fashion
and consumerism, women as an industry. "I've always been interested in avant-
garde fashion. I grew up during early '90s;
Fashion Files, supermodels ... When I was
younger I'd watch and be so enthralled by
that world. I guess I have an interest in
how it's kinda vapid, but it's also this art-
form. It shapes people into different people
... [Fashion is] selling an idea of what kind
of person someone wants to be. I like looking at older advertisements, like from the
'80s. Things were very money, opulent.
That's the era of fashion I'm interested in,
when things, economically, were at such
a boom."
Themes of ideation pair with Mass
Marriage's inclination to explore psychological states: Paget's video for the track
"NOTHING UNDERNEATH" features a clip
from 1991 pink film Sweet Honey Juice.
The clip opens with an audio excerpt from
the 1985 giallo film Nothing Underneath:
"A body, a face, a little bit of makeup, a
beautiful dress, and nothing underneath.
That's all people ask of a model: nothing."
Paget slows the footage to a snail's
pace, framing a woman's face as a hairdresser grooms her. The music of Mass
Marriage dominates the scene's affect — a
call and response between stuttering roars
of sound and Paget's own piercing vocals.
The woman looks slightly off-camera,
vaguely smiles. There's an absolute abyss
between the viewer-voyeur and whatever
thoughts occupy her repose.
The noise is a numb dialogue, it roils
and bristles against itself. Again, unlike
many noise musicians, Mass Marriage
is inclined to lock into a groove and contemplate a scene: "I don't listen to a lot of
harsh noise in my spare time ... I want
[Mass Marriage] to be more atmospheric
than static.n Among venerated outfits such
as Atrax Morgue, Mauthausen Orchestra, Mayuko Hino, Macronympha, and
Rusalka, Paget lists Ramleh as a heavy
influence, a group which made similar
moves away from outright cacophony and
towards moods. She also references Vancouver's own harsh noise wall innovator
Sam McKinlay, a.k.a. The Rita.
"I saw [The Rita] play for the first time
and it really kinda made me realize how
MASS  MARRIAGE
61 "I'VE ALWAYS BEEN DRAWN TO THE TRAGIC FEMALE
FIGURE IN LITERATURE, FILM; THE HYSTERIC WOMAN mood altering you can make sound and
how it's not just listening. It plays with
the space you're in ... So, that made me
pay attention to spacing in noise. Before,
I wanted it to sound as crazy as possible."
Mass Marriage shares its interest in
genre film and the ideation of femininity
with The Rita, which begs a question. The
Hysterical Woman is an often invoked figure in darker electronic fare, from techno
to industrial — these genres tempt controversies around misogyny, exclusivity and the appropriation of women's
voices. However, Paget's experience sheds
another light. "It's definitely a more male
than female ratio; on paper, I guess. But,
I think I haven't had any experiences with
that community, where I feel like I've had
a gender issue. I think because it's already
such a small scene, people are happy anyone's doing anything. The more trouble
I've had is with people from the outside.
Like, 'Oh, you're in the scene and it's such
a boy's club,' or 'You're female, why are
you into that music that's so aggressive,
why aren't you making nice dreamy pop?'
or something. So in that realm I've had
more of a hard time with outsiders than
insiders."
As of this article, Paget will have completed a show with Blair Fitzpatrick and
Sam RSA as Leather. They will have
opened for LA grindcore trio, Sissy Spacek,
which features the artist and noise luminary John Wiese. This world has extended
Paget's reach down the West Coast, into
the U.S., connecting her with label heads
and prominent figures. "I've been lucky
... In places like L.A. people are supportive of experimental music, definitely Portland too. I think Vancouver is getting better. People are flourishing right now who
aren't just bands or DJs."
It may be the mutual ailments, the
busy thrum inside Elysian, or the high
concentration of conversational noise as
I sort through my recording, but I feel
that Paget resists extrapolating at length
on Mass Marriage beyond the bold artist's statement. The messages carry themselves, and Mass Marriage is a bursting
dialogue that resists neat conclusions.
That said, we have a new 7" on Claimed
Responsibility to look forward to, featuring more atmospheric material, suggesting another anchor of the Mass Marriage project.
With such high highs, I feel it's appropriate to end on a suitably euphoric note,
with Paget explaining the origin of her project's name. It suggests, at the least, the
degree to which expectations lend themselves to interruption. "I guess I just chose
the name because it was a joke for myself.
At the time I noticed bands with names
like Mass Genocide and Mass Grave ... you
know, real negative vibes. And I thought it
was funny to be Mass Marriage."
It's hard to say whether that's a Ha Ha
funny or something more askew.
Follow Mass Marriage on Tumblr at
massmarriage.tumblr.com, and listen at
rnassmarriage. bandcamp. com.
MASS  MARRIAGE
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Trance Anthem, especially if if's remixed. Current
influences include Sander van Doom, Gareth Emery,
Nick Sentience, Ovnimoon, Ace Ventura, Save the
Robot, Liquid Soul, and Astrlx. Older influences include
Union Jack, Carl Cox, Christopher Lawrence, Whoop!
Records, Tidy Trax, Platipus Records, and Nukleuz.
Email: djsmileymike @trancendance.net.
Website: www.trancendance.net.
■   DIFFICULT
BEPI CRESPAN PRESENTS...
SUN. 7 AM
Bepi Crespan Presents... CiTR's 24 Hours
Of Radio Art in a snack size format! Difficult
music, harsh electronics, spoken word, cut-up/
collage and general Crespan© weirdness.
Twitter: @bepicrespan.
Blog: bepicrespan.blogspot.ca
■ DRAMA/POETRY
SKALD'S HALL
FRI. 9 PM
Skald's Hall entertains with the spoken word via story
readings, poetry recitals, and drama. Established and
upcoming artists join host Brian MacDonald. Interested in
performing on air? Contact us on Twitter:
@Skalds_Hall.
■ ECLECTIC
A FACE FOR RADIO
THU. 10 AM
A show about music with interludes about nothing.
From Punk to Indie Rock and beyond.
ARE YOU AWARE
ALTERNATING THU. 6 PM
Celebrating the message behind the music:
profiling music and musicians that take the
route of positive action over apathy.
AURAL TENTACLES
THU. 12 AM
PROGRAM   GUIDE
66 It could be global, trance, spoken word, rock,
the unusual and the weird, or.it could be
something different. Hosted by DJ Pierre.
Email: auraltentacles@hotmail.com
BREAKFAST WITH THE BROWNS
MON. 8 AM
Your favourite Brownsters, James and Peter,
offer a savoury blend of the familiar and
exotic in a blend of aural delights.
Email: breakfastwiththebrowns@hotmail.com.
CHTHONIC BOOM!
SUN. 5 PM
A show dedicated to playing psychedelic
music from parts of the spectrum (rock, pop,
electronic) as well as garage and noise rock.
FEMCONCEPT
FRI. 1 PM
Entirely Femcon music as well as spoken word content
relevant to women's issues (interviews with campus
groups such as the Women's Center, SASC, etc.).
Musical genres include indie rock, electronic and punk,
with an emphasis on local and Canadian artists.
LIVE FROM THU.NDERBIRD RADIO HELL
THU, 9 PM
Featuring live bands every week performing In the
CiTR lounge. Most are from Vancouver, but sometimes
bands from across the country and around the world.
THE MEDICINE SHOW
FRI. 11 PM
, A variety show, featuring musicians, poets, and
entertainment Industry guests whose material is
considered to be therapeutic. We encourage and
promote independent original, local live music, and art.
THE MORNING AFTER SHOW
TUE. 11:30 AM
The Morning After Show every Tuesday at 11:30(am).
Playing your favourite songs for 13 years. The
morning after what? The morning after whatever you
did last night. Eclectic show with live music, local
talent and music you won't hear anywhere else.
NARDWUAR PRESENTS
FRI. 3:30 PM
Join Nardwuar the Human Serviette for Clam Chowder
flavoured entertainment. Doot doola doot doo...doot doo!
Email: nardwuar@nardwuar.com
PEANUT BUTTER  N' JAMS
ALTERNATING THU. 6:30-7:30 PM
Explore local music and food with your hosts,
Brenda and Jordie. You'll hear interviews and
reviews on eats and tunes from your neighbourhood
and a weekly pairing for your date calendar.
RANDOPHONIC
SAT. 11 PM
Randophonic is best thought of as an intraversal
jukebox which has no concept of genre, style, political'
boundaries, or even space-time relevance. But it does
know good sounds from bad. Lately, the program has
been focused on Philip Random's All Vinyl Countdown
+ Apocalypse (the 1,111 greatest records you probably
haven't heard). And we're not afraid of noise.
THE SHAKESPEARE SHOW
WED. 12 PM
Dan Shakespeare is here with music for your ear.
Kick back with gems of the previous years.
SHINE ON
TUE. 1 PM
An eclectic mix of the latest, greatest tunes from
the Vancouver underground and beyond, connected
through a different theme each week. Join your host
Shea every Tuesday for a groovy musical experience!
SOUL SANDWICH
WED. 8 PM
A myriad of your favourite music tastes all cooked into
one show, from Hip Hop to Indie Rock to African jams.
Ola will play through a whirlwind of different genres, each
sandwiched between another. This perfect layering of
yummy goodness will blow your mind. It beats Subway.
STUDENT SPECIAL HOUR
FRI. 10 AM
Tune in to learn about on-campus events and
initiatives in-between sweet tunes.
SUBURBAN JUNGLE
WED. 8 AM
Live from the Jungle Room, Join radio host
Jack Velvet for an eclectic'mix of music,
sound bites, information and inanity.
Email: dj@jackvelvet.net.
■ ETHIOPIAN
SHOOKSHOOKTA
SUN. 10 AM
A program targeted to Ethiopian people that
encourages education and personal development.
■ EXPERIMENTAL
KEW IT UP
WED. 3 PM
Fight-or-flight music. Radio essays and travesties:
Sonic Cateschism / half-baked philosophy
and criticism. Experimental, Electronica, Post-
Punk, Industrial, Noise: ad-nauseum
MORE THAN HUMAN
SUN. 7 PM
Strange and wonderful electronic sounds from
the past, present, and future with host Gareth
Moses. Music from parallel worlds.
POP DRONES
WED. 10 AM
Unearthing the depths of contemporary cassette and vinyl
underground. Ranging from DIY bedroom pop and garage
rock all the way to harsh noise and, of course, drone.
■ GENERATIVE
THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF INSOMNIA
SAT. 2 AM
Four solid hours of fresh generative music c/o
the Absolute Value of Noise and its world famous
Generator. Ideal for enhancing your dreams or,
if sleep is not on your agenda, your reveries.
■ HIP HOP
CRIMES & TREASONS
TUE. 9 PM
Uncensored Hip-Hop & Trillish. Hosted by Jamal
Steeles, Trinidad Jules & DJ Relly Rels.
Website: http://crimesandtreasons.blogspot.ca.
Email: dj@crimesandtreasons.com.
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PROGRAM   GUIDE NEW ERA
ALTERNATING THU. 7:30 PM
Showcases up and coming artists who are considered  /
"underdogs" in the music Industry. The show will
provide a platform for new artists who are looking
to get radio play. Hip-Hop music from all over the
world along with features of multi-genre artists.
VIBES & STUFF
TUE. 4 PM
Feeling nostalgic? Vibes and Stuff has you covered
bringing you some of the best 90s to early 2000s hip-hop
artist all in one segment. All the way from New Jersey
and NeW York City, DJ Bmatt and DJ Jewels will be
bringing the east coast to the west coast throughout the
show. We will have you reminiscing about the good ol'
times with Vibes and Stuff every Tuesdays afternoon from
4-5 pm PST. E-mail: vibesandstuffhiphop@gmail.com
THE LEO RAMIREZ SHOW
MON. 5 PM
The best of mix of Latin amerlcan music.
Email: leoramlrez@canada.com
■   LOUD
FLEX YOUR HEAD
TUE. 6 PM
Punk rock and hardcore since 1989. Bands
and guests from around the world.
POWERCHORD
SAT. 1 PM
Vancouver's longest running metal show. If
you're into music that's on the heavier/darker
side of the spectrum, then you'll like it. Sonic
assault provided by Geoff, Marcia, and Andy.
■   INDIAN
RHYTHMS INDIA
ALTERNATING SUN. 8 PM
Featuring a wide range of music from India, including
popular music from the 1930s to the present; Ghazals and
Bhajans, Qawwalis, pop and regional language numbers.
■   JAZZ
THE JAZZ SHOW
MON. 9 PM
March 7: We begin a month of Jazz Features by some
lesser known but excellent players. We start with
Atlanta's gift to music, pianist composer Duke Pearson.
Mr. Pearson and an all-star cast with trumpeter Donald
Byrd, tenor giant Joe Henderson and the incredible
James Spaulding on flute and alto. 5 out of the 6 tunes
are by Duke and the album is hot. "Wahoo" tonight.
March 14: Jerome Richardson is not a household
name but he has appeared on thousands of sessions
(Jazz, Pop, Classical). He recorded very little under
his own name but this is a goodie. Jerome is heard
here on tenor and baritone saxes and flute In a quartet
setting. Don't miss "Roamin' With Richardson".
March 21: Matthew Gee was a fine and respected
trombonist with a long musical pedigree but recorded
little under name. This is a rare good one that
has two different bands led by Mr. Gee. I'm sure
you'll like the date. It's called "Jazz By Gee!"
March 28: The Jazz Lab was a fine little quintet that
existed in 1957. Trumpeter Donald Byrd and the (esser
known composer and alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce   \J
were the co-leaders. This is their finest album but
it was never issued in North America! This is solid
and original music. "New Formulas From The Jazz
Lab" will surprise you with it's up to date sound.
LITTLE BIT OF SOUL
MON. 4 PM
Old recordings of jazz, swing, big band,
blues, oldies, and motown.
■   LATIN AMERICAN
LA FIESTA
ALTERNATING SUN. 3 PM
Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Latin House, and
Reggaeton with your host Gspot DJ.
■ PUNK
ROCKET FROM RUSSIA
TUE. 10:30 AM
Hello hello hello! I interview bands and play
new, international and local punk rock music.
Great Success! RS. Broadcasted in brokenish
English. Hosted by Russian Tim.
Website: http://rocketfromrussia.tumblr.com.
Email: rocketfromrusslacltr@gmall.com.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RocketFromRussia.
Twitter: http://twitter.com/tlma_tzar.
GENERATION ANNIHILATION
SAT. 12 PM
On the air since 2002, playing old and new punk
on the non-commercial side of the spectrum.
Hosts: Aaron BroWn, Jeff "The Foat" Kraft.
Website: generationannihllatlon.com.
Facebook: facebook.com/generationannihilation/
■ REGGAE
THE ROCKERS SHOW
SUN. 12 PM
Reggae inna all styles and fashion.
■ ROCK /POP /INDIE
ALBION
TUE. 2 PM
The best new music coming out of the UK along
with the most exciting, Canadian artists British
host Sachin finds as he explores Vancouver.
THE BURROW
MON. 3 PM
Noise Rock, Alternative, Post-Rock, with a
nice blend of old 'classics' and newer releases.
Interviews and live performances.
BVP RADIO
ALTERNATING WED. 1 PM
BVP Radio is Blank Vinyl Project's radio show companion
on CiTR. It features musicians from UBC and its
surrounding community. Interviews, performances
live on air, and advice to developing bands.
CANADA POST-ROCK
FRI. 10 PM
Formerly on CKXU, Canada-Post Rock now
resides on the west coast but it's still committed
PROGRAM   GUIDE
68 to the best in post-rock, drone, ambient,
experimental, noise and basically anything your
host Pbone can put the word "post" Infront of.
THE CATS PAJAMAS
FRI. 11 AM
The cat's pajamas: a phrase to describe something/
someone super awesome or cool. The Cat's
Pajamas: a super awesome and cool radio show
featuring the latest and greatest Indie pop, rock,
lofl and more from Vancouver and beyondl
CRESCENDO
SUN. 6 PM
Starting with some serene chill tracks at the beginning
and building to the INSANEST FACE MELTERS OF ALL
TIME, Crescendo will take you on a musical magic carpet
ride that you couldn't imagine in your wildest dreams.
Besides overselling his show, Jed will play an eclectic
set list that builds throughout the hour and features both
old classics, and all the greatest new tracks that the
hipsters think they know about before anyone else does.
DAVE RADIO WITH RADIO DAVE
FRI. 12 PM
Your noon-hour guide to what's happening in Music
and Theatre In Vancouver. Lots of tunes and talk.
DISCORDER RADIO
TUE. 5 PM
Discorder Magazine now has its own radio show! Join
us to hear excerpts of Interviews, reviews and more!
DUNCAN'S DONUTS
THU. 12 PM
Sweet treats from the pop underground. Hosted
by Duncan, sponsored by donuts.
http://duncansdonuts.wordpress.com.
MUZAK FOR THE OBSERVANT
THU. 2 PM
A program focusing on the week's highlights
from CiTR's Music Department. Plus: live in-
studio performances and artist Interviews!
PARTS UNKNOWN
MON. 1 PM
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.
THE PERMANENT RAIN RADIO
ALTERNATING WED. 1 PM
Music-based, pop culture-spanning program with a focus
on the local scene. Join co-hosts Chloe and Natalie for
an hour of lighthearted twin talk and rad tunes from a
variety of artists who have been featured on our website.
What website?
thepermanentrainpress.com
SAMSQUANTCH'S HIDEAWAY
ALTERNATING WED. 6:30 PM
All-Canadian music with a focus on Indie-rock/pop.
Email: anitabinder@hotmail.com.
SPICE OF LIFE
ALTERNATING THU. 7:30 PM
The spice extends life. The spice expands
consciousness. The Spice of Life brings you a
variety of Post-Rock, Shoegaze, Math Rock and
anything that else that progresses. Join host
Ben Life as he meanders whimsically through
whatever comes to mind on the walk to CITR.
■ ROOTS/FOLK/BLUES
BLOOD ON THE SADDLE
ALTERNATING SUN. 3 PM
Real cowshlt-caught-in-yer-boots country.
CODE BLUE
SAT. 3 PM
From backwoods delta low-down slide to
urban harp honks, blues, and blues roots
with your hosts Jim, Andy, and Paul.
Email: codeblue@paulnorton.ca
PACIFIC PICKIN'
TUE. 6 AM
Bluegrass, old-time music, and its derivatives
with Arthur and the lovely Andrea Berman.
Email: pacificpickin@yahoo.com
THE SATURDAY EDGE
SAT. 8 AM
A personal guide to world and roots music—with African,
Latin, and European music in the first half, followed by
Celtic, blues, songwriters, Cajun, and whatever else fits!
Email: steveedge3@mac.com/
■ RUSSIAN
NASHAVOLNA
SAT. 6 PM
News, arts, entertainment and music for the
Russian community, local and abroad.
Website: nashavolna.ca/
■ SACRED
MANTRA
SAT. 5 PM
An electic mix of electronic and acoustic beats and layers,
chants and medicine song. Exploring the diversity of the
worlds sacred sounds - traditional, contemporary and
futuristic.
Email: mantraradioshow@gmail.com
■ SOUL/R&B
AFRICAN RHYTHMS
FRI. 7:30 PM
Website: www.africanrhythmsradio.com
SOULSHIP ENTERPRISE
SAT. 7 PM
A thematically oriented blend of classic funk, soul,
r&b, jazz, and afrobeat tunes, Soulship Enterprise
has received great renown as the world's foremost
funky, jazzy, soulful, and delightfully awkward radio
show hosted by people named Robert Gorwa and/
or Christopher Mylett Gordon Patrick Hunter III.
■ SPORTS
THUNDERBIRDEYE
THU.3:30 PM
The Inside edge on the latest UBC Thunderbirds
varsity teams' news and results.
■ TALK
ALL ACCESS PASS
THU. 5 PM
CITR Accessibility Collective's new radio show.
We talk about equity, inclusion, and accessibility
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PROGRAM   GUIDE for people with diverse abilities, on campus
and beyond. Tune in every week for interviews,
music, news, events, and awesome dialogue.
ALL EARS
WED. 9 PM
Looking for advice? Hosts Brandon and Mormei
think they can help you with that. All Ears is an
advice radio program where the hosts read real
questions from the UBC community and answer them
live. Other content includes Interviewing students,
consulting experts, and giving campus life advice.
Submit your question at http://ask.fm/allearsubc
ARTS REPORT
WED. 5 PM
Reviews, interviews and coverage of local arts (film,
theatre, dance, visual and performance art, comedy,
and more) by hosts Ashley Park and Christine Kim.
ASTROTALK
THU. 3 PM
Space is an Interesting place. Marco slices up the
night sky with a new topic every week. Death Stars,
Black Holes, Big Bangs, Red Giants, the Milky Way,
G-Bands, Syzygy's, Pulsars, Super Stars...
THE COMMUNITY LIVING SHOW
THU. 9 AM
This show is produced by the disabled community and
showcases special guests and artists. The focus is on
a positive outlook on programs and events for the entire
community. We showcase BC Self Advocates and feature
Interviews with people with special needs. Hosted by
Kelly Reaburn, Michael Rubbln Clogs and Friends.
EXTRAENVIRONMENTALIST
WED. 2 PM
Exploring the mindset of an outsider looking In on Earth.
Featuring Interviews with leading thinkers In the area of
sustainable economics and our global ecological crisis.
LADY RADIO
FRI. 6 PM
CiTR Women's Collective's new radio show! Rad
women talking about things they like. Tune in weekly
for interviews, music, events, commentary, and such.
MINDFUL MATTERS
MON. 7:30 AM
NEWS 101
FRI. 5 PM
Vancouver's only live, volunteer-produced, student and
community newscast. Every week, we take a look back
at the week's local, national and international news,
as seen from a fully independent media perspective.
PETE'S PICKS
THU. 11:30 PM
From the CITR Archives! Our Digital Library Coordinator
Peter Doolan shares selected gems of CiTR history,
digitized from the original audiotape reels!
QUEER FM VANCOUVER:RELOADED
TUE. 8 AM
Dedicated to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transexuai
communities of Vancouver. Lots of human interest
features, background on current issues and great music.
queerfmradlo@gmail.com
RADIO FREE THINKER
TUE. 3 PM
Promoting skepticism, critical thinking and
science, we examine popular extraordinary
claims and subject them to critical analysis.
THE REEL WHIRLED
THU. 11-11:30 AM
The Reel Whirled Is a half hour long escapade through
the world of cinema, focused around UBC Film Society's
program; be it contemporary or classic, local or global.
From our perspective as the UBC Film Society, we
talk about film intellectually, passionately, and goofily.
With select music from our cinematic subjects, we
pull your Thursday mornings Into focus, from bleary
eyed to sharp and worthy of the silver screen.
SHARING SCIENCE
WED.   6 PM
A show by the members of UBC Sharing Science, a group
of students dedicated to making science interesting and
accessible to all members of the community. We discuss
current research and news about a different topic each
week, providing vastly different perspectives based on
the science backgrounds of a rotating set of hosts.
SYNCHRONICITY
MON. 12 PM
Join host Marie B and discuss spirituality, health and
feeling good. Tune in and tap Into good vibrations that
help you remember why you're here: to have funl
UBC ARTS ON AIR
ALTERNATING WED. 6 PM
Ira Nadel, UBC English, offers scintillating profiles and
unusual interviews with members of UBC Arts world.
Tune in for programs, people and personalities In art
UNCEDED AIRWAVES
MON. 11 AM
Unceded Airwaves is a radio show produced by CITR's
Indigenous Collective. The team is comprised of
both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who are
passionate about radio, alternative media and Indigenous
topics and issues. We are committed to centering
the voices of Native people and offering alternative
narratives that empower Native people and their stories.
We recognize that media has often been used as a
tool to subordinate or appropriate native voices and
we are committed to not replicating these dynamics.
VANCOUVER, RIGHT?
THU. 8 AM
Hangout with Alex Biron and Simon Armstrong
as they share personal stories of gigantic
embarrassment and accidental success.
WHITE NOISE
SAT. 8 PM
Need some comic relief? Join Richard Blackmore for half
an hour of weird and wonderful radio every week, as he
delves In to the most eccentric corners of radio for your
listening pleasure. Then stay tuned for the after show
featuring a Q and A with the creator, actors and a guest
comic every week.
Email: whltenolseUBC@gmall.com
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