Last night I (finally) checked out the wonderful creative space in Bushwick known as Silent Barn. Aaaaand I’m planning on hitting it up again tonight for an awesome weirdo bill featuring Elisa Ambrogio (of Magik Markers), Nathan Bowles, Palberta. It also features the lucky winners of the pre-show blog post, Brooklyn punks Surfbort, whose most recent album, the ridonculously titled R.I.P. DIE OLD, presents them as a bunch of badass too-cool-for-school goofballs with a love of fuzz pedals. Should make for a fun live show.
Toronto peeps Programm used to be known as Volcano Playground, but it looks like they’ve been hard at work since those days trying to bang their sound into shape for the big time – or at least bigger time than the underground shows I used to book them for. They’ve got a new EP dropping next month and they just put the title track’s music video on the internet for everyone to gander at. Admittedly, their sound has lost a bit of its homespun colour since the old days, but the loss is offset for the most part by amped up No Joy-esque shoegaze stylishness.
Here in New York, our ‘historic’ blizzard turned out to be a historic dud. There’s a bit of snow outside, but nothing worse than the average winter day in Toronto. But in any case, I put together a little mix for the occasion. It is almost entirely songs by Canadian bands (the one exception is from Scotland). Cuz snow is kind of our thing, y’know.
Margret is the experimental, mostly-acoustic project of Montreal’s Chris Hauer. His most recent album, Enough Time To Do Nothing, was released in August, but seems more like the cold, moody bedroom albums young Canadians make in the wintertime.
Some Montreal peeps called Notta Comet make weird music. The reverb is cool.