Archive for January, 2010

Tom Verlaine

January 31st, 2010 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

This week’s artist of the week is one of rock’s most revered cult artists. He is also my favorite guitarist of all time. Period. This week’s artist of the week is…

TOM VERLAINE!!!
Most people know Verlaine as the leader of the band Television, who in 1977 released Marquee Moon, one of the greatest albums of all time. If you haven’t heard it, get on that immediately. I’ve never been a real guitar guy, even though I’ve been playing the instrument for nearly ten years. I don’t care how fast Eddie Van Halen can play, Stevie Ray Vaughn is a shlameil, Hendrix is ok, more often than not Eric Clapton is just alright (the exception being his work on Layla And Other Love Songs), Steve Vai is lame and Yngwie Malmsteen is just dumb, but Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd’s guitar playing on Marquee Moon blew my fucking mind. And they’ll blow yours. Hear it. Immediately.
It’s not the speed or technicality of their playing, it’s the inventiveness. It’s like they approach playing lead guitar in a way that’s not descended from blues or jazz or anything you might be familiar with, but outer space music or something. And apparently legendary Atlantic Records guy Ahmet Ertegun even said about the band, “that isn’t Earth music.” So yeah. Whatever it is though, it is fucking cool, and you can hear its influence when you listen to The Strokes, Razorlight and others.
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For most people that’s where the story ends, but even after Television’s so-so second album Adventure, Verlaine still went on to make a lot of great music. Dreamtime and Flashlight were two of the first vinyl records I ever bought. You can still find them easily for very cheap at used record stores and they’re both great albums with Verlaine’s signature playing, symbolist lyrics and great great songs like “The Scientist Writes A Letter” or “Without A Word”. Nearly all the other records he released range from good to excellent. The man just makes really great music, and even his last album, 2006’s Songs and Other Things shows he’s still got it.
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And if, like me, all that still doesn’t satisfy the newfound craving you have to hear more of Verlaine’s work, check out Patti Smith’s song “Break It All Up” on Horses which he co-wrote and plays on, or his work with The Million Dollar Bashers on the I’m Not There soundtrack.

http://www.thewonder.co.uk/

http://www.myspace.com/tomverlainetelevision

Click here to buy Marquee Moon off Amazon.

The “Are You A Hipster?” Quiz

January 29th, 2010 | Features | 1 Comment

If you read this blog, you know that I actually quite like hipsters. They like good music, they’re fun to look at, a lot of them are great artists, and they’re often cool people. But what constitutes a “hipster”? This seems to be a prevalent question in our culture as we try to determine who is and who isn’t a hipster. Here’s a little five-question quiz that will simplify it and help you at least determine if you yourself are a hipster.

1. Clothing

a) If you have never shopped at and do not own anything from American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Value Village and various novelty and thrift stores, you’re probably not a hipster.

b) If you sometimes shop at or own some clothing from American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Value Village and various novelty and thrift stores, you might be a hipster.

c) If everything you own is from American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Value Village and various novelty and thrift stores, you’re probably a hipster.

d) If you work at American Apparel or Urban Outfitters, you are a certified hipster.

2. Music

a) If you walk into an independent record store and don’t know any of the bands whose records are on display, you’re probably not a hipster.

b) If you know some or most of the bands whose records are on display, you might be a hipster.

c) If you know and dislike all the bands whose records are on display, you’re probably a hipster.

d) If you walk into the store and the clerk hates you because you’re always asking for records by bands he’s never even heard of, you are a certified hipster.

3. School

a) If you are in school and taking something practical like engineering or sciences, you’re probably not a hipster.

b) If you are in school and taking something less practical like English or Philosophy, you might be a hipster.

c) If you are in school and taking something like The History Of Dada Art or German Expressionism In Pre-WWII Film, you’re probably a hipster.

d) If you live in the basement of your art school, you are a certified hipster.

4. Social Life

a) If your social life consists of clubs, sports nights and tanning salons, you are probably not a hipster.

b) If your social life consists of limited release movies, drinking at friends houses and going to concerts, you might be a hipster.

c) If your social life consists of getting crunk at house parties where everyone crowds around the avant garde neo-psych synth-pop band/artists playing in the basement, you’re probably a hipster.

d) If you’re crunk and in an avant garde neo-pysch synth-pop band playing in someone’s basement, you are a certified hipster.

5. Response To Being Called A Hipster

a) If you’ve never been called a hipster, you’re probably not a hipster.

b) If when called a hipster you just said something like, “I’m not, but whatever,” you might be a hipster.

c) If when called a hipster you said something like, “Hey man, don’t put a label on me, I’m not a hipster,” you’re probably a hipster.

d) If when called a hipster you said something like, “Dude! I am not a fucking hipster! Just because I wear women’s jeans, low cut T-shirts, have a scruffy beard, ridiculous mustache, an extensive rare vinyl collection and play in an avant garde neo-psych synth-pop band does NOT mean I’m a hipster. Don’t even get me started on how much I fucking hate hipsters,” you are a certified hipster.

Awesome Album Covers!

January 28th, 2010 | Features | 0 Comments

“Do you want your shrunken head to end up on the end of someone’s finger? No? Then don’t do drugs, kids…”

I Told You I Was Groovy Tonight At Tiger Bar

January 28th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments


Groovetastic Presents…

Tiger Bar Groove: I Told You I Was Groovy!

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9:30 – SHEPHERD: Lead guitarist/singer Paul Shepherd from The Tight Ship returns to Tiger Bar groove to dazzle us with synths and pedals.

http://www.myspace.com/wwwmyspacecomshepherd

10:00 – Saskatoon Guitar Destroyer: Jo Landau – brother of Ben Landau from Burn Planetarium – plays idiosyncratic pop with subtle technical intrigue backed up by his band of non-biological brothers.

http://www.myspace.com/saskatoonguitardestroyer

10:40 – Easyboy (Eric Farber of Truman Peyote): Very experiment, very awesome, Eric Farber of Truman Peyote uses a variety of cool toys to make cool music. It looks like he’ll actually be opening for Real Estate and Woods in March…nice…

http://www.myspace.com/easyboymusic

11:10 – The Screamagers: I’ve always loved B movie horrors. Zombies, vampires, lots of blood and gore, grindhouse. The Screamagers take that and put it into music in the form of surf punk. I don’t see how this band could be anything less than really, really fun to see. If you like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, this is probably for you. So, everybody cool basically…

http://www.myspace.com/screamagers

As with all Tiger Bar Groove shows, we’ve got the 1+$1 deal.

$10 for 1 person.
$11 for 2 people.

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Gold Soundz 2.0

January 27th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Hey readers and those who’ve somehow stumbled onto this site.

I’m not sure if everyone is having this problem but from my end the site is loading ridiculously slow. Not sure why, but in any case, in the next week or so Gold Soundz is going to be getting a long overdue update. All bugs and problems will be addressed and there will be some other changes. Not only will the blog look a little different, but it will now focus not only on music but movies and print as well, and there’ll be some feature change-ups. The focus will, however, still be on music and new mp3s by cool indie bands, so it won’t be too radical a change-up.

Now that I’ve returned to Toronto, some people have wondered if I’ll be getting back into concert promotion. The answer is that I probably will put on some shows here and there, but these will be special events or possibly for out of town artists we’d like to bring here. There will not be regular show series like in the past, or at least there are no plans for any. This is partly because I’m pretty tired after just getting back after a year and a half in the IDF and need some serious down time, and partly because I will likely to be moving to NYC/Brooklyn in the fall for law school.

Until then I’m gonna just leave the site alone. But check back in a week or two and the new Gold Soundz will probably be up and running and better than ever.

-MZG