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Toronto, I Love You Mix

July 29th, 2013 | The Mix | 4 Comments

So…I’m back in Israel. I’m not super happy about it. I had such a great time being back in Toronto with my friends and family and everything and it just made me realize even more how shitty army life is in this place. I feel like I’m heading back to prison. But on the other hand, you realize just how great it is being able to live safely and freely when you’re made to understand the alternative…

Anyways…I made this mix for the city I love, the city I grew up in. It’s got a mix of most of the city’s styles (except rap…). This is what Toronto sounds like to me.

1. Miracle Fortress – Have You Seen In Your Dreams?

2. Hidden Cameras – She’s Gone

3. Crystal Castles – Crime Wave

4. Final Fantasy – This Lamb Sells Condos

5. Fucked Up – The Recursive Girl

6. Huckleberry Friends – Visions

7. Marvelous Darlings – Teenage Targets

8. Spiral Beach – Voodoo

9. Odonis Odonis – We Are The Leftovers

10. Ohbijou – St. Francis

11. Still Life Still – Can’t Decide On Birth (Demo)

12. The Two Koreas – Diamond Geezer

13. Broken Social Scene – Anthems For A 17-Year-Old


Have You Heard The New…Doldrums?

January 21st, 2013 | Features | 0 Comments

The now-Montreal based, once-Toronto-based samplegazer Doldrums (aka Airick Woodhead) has a new album on the horizon called Lesser Evil, and the shit I’m hearing from it sounds pretty cum-your-pants-tastic. I’m like not even brown-nosing, this shit really is fucking killer; there’s a reason Pitchfork is pissing itself to write about him.

The song we’ve all got to analyze today is “Anomaly”, a word that most people (myself included) probably learned after watching The Matrix Reloaded and pulling out a dictionary to find out what the fuck the Architect said to Neo in the scene where they have their conversation. Anyways, the song actually (to my great delight) finds Woodhead moving more towards the ‘gaze’ than the ‘sample’ – everything here swoons and moans – it’s pretty beautiful and sexy stuff. And Woodhead weaves a great vocal melody on top of the shifting, swirling whole. Interesting – are we to expect an album more in this vane than the more manic, sometimes Bollywood-inspired sounds of his past work?

Whatever the case, it seems each new develop with the post-Spiral Beach crew brings more impressive surprises. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it hitting critics top-ten lists. Long time since The Drake Hotel shows, eh guys?

NXNE Review [17/06/11]

June 19th, 2011 | Features | 1 Comment

Another awesome day of NXNE. Although perhaps we didn’t see as many awesome bands (or, more accurately, bands as awesome) on Friday as on Thursday, a good time was still most definitely had by all.

Marc: I started my day of NXNE-ness with some films from Australia at the National Film Board Center. Shout outs first and foremost go to The Bedroom Philosopher‘s hilarious LATFH-worthy music video “Northcote (So Hungover)”. Amazing.

After that there was some mildly funny short called The Game and then they screened Rainman Goes To RocKwiz, a great, short documentary about Mark Borebach, a 40-year-old man with Asperger’s Syndrome who can remember the Australian singles chart placings from the entire 1980s. People can ask him to tell them the top five for the first week of April 1983 and he can toss ‘em off like nothing. He competes on an Australian game show called RocKwiz and wins, but more interestingly, he writes and records Daniel Johnston-like music and draws pictures of the dreamworld he inhabits when he goes to sleep, in which he is a rock star who controls the media and has a family. When he goes to sleep in his dreamworld, he wakes up in the real world and vice-versa. Pretty headtrippy stuff, but very interesting, and Mark himself appears as a very benevolent and intriguing character.

The next film on the schedule was 6Ft. Hick: Notes From The Underground, a documentary about the wild Australian garage-rock band of the same name as they tour Europe. This film was actually kind of disappointing, as the band’s music is kind of lame and even their wild stage antics are shamelessly Iggy Pop-derived. Footage of the band’s two frontmen brothers doing weird performance art in their younger days was far more fascinating than anything the band did in the more recent years shown in the film.

A couple hours later I went over to the Kapisanan Phillipine Centre For Arts and Culture for Snakes And Ladders‘ barbecue showcase show where I met up with Gold Soundz team-member Danny Burger. I only had time to catch the end of TOPS‘ set and the first song of Moon King‘s, unfortunately. TOPS (formerly Silly Kissers) are a great, kind of colourful, indie-pop band from Montreal with a strong synth presence. They’re signed to the solid Arbutus label. Moon King, the new project of Daniel Woodhead and Maddy Wilde (both formerly of Spiral Beach), playing their ‘third first show’, sounded a little on the rough side for their first song, which was partly for reasons due to the technical sound, but as we were leaving, the levels were better for the second song and things started to jell a bit more. I wish we could’ve stuck around for more, since they clearly have a number of great songs as one can tell by the EP and single up on their bandcamp, but we were already running late for our next event.

Colour Me Obsessed is a film about the legendary 80s rock band The Replacements, a band that made several widely-acknowledged classic albums but never had a hit or sold all that many records. The film documented the history of the band with reflections on the band and their work from friends, fans, and rock critics. Unfortunately, as interesting as the things everyone said were, the lack of any band music, videos of the band, interviews with any of the original members (three of the four of whom are still alive and hopefully well), and even more than a handful of photographs, severely weakened the film. It was borderline painful to hear all these people talk about certain songs and albums and not be able to hear even a snippet of the song, or even see the fucking album cover! And all the great stories you hear about the band getting crazy onstage would’ve benefitted infinitely from some – any – footage. All in all, the film was dissapointing because of that.

Assunta: I went to see the film (Colour Me Obsessed) for a little bit, but I’ve known about Art Brut for so long now and never seen them live, so I left early to catch some of their set. When I got to the Mod Club, the band was onstage but not playing; an omniscient voice was narrating a story about the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Turned out it was singer Eddie Argos, just chilling amidst the crowd, vividly telling his story. At one point he got everyone around him to sit down and then jump up altogether. It was great. Oh, there was music also.

Eddie Argos is a funny guy and as his Van Gogh museum story shows, he likes to tell his little anecdotes but it gets repetitive. Live, however, his knack for entertaining fully works in the band’s favour. While Eddie by himself was captivating enough, the other band members were fun to watch also, with everyone getting really into whatever they were playing. Also interesting – at the end, Eddie asked everyone to put up their hands. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show where everyone, including the last row and the sides, participated, but here it happened.

After their set, I biked to Lee’s Palace for Dirty Beaches, who I was really excited to see. Of course, the place was packed, given the buzz he’s been getting. Maybe I expected too much, or my slightly drunken state ruined it for me, but I was not impressed. In fact, I found his performance really depressing. On record his music fosters a tranquil sense of nostalgia, but live that feeling was cancelled out by Alex Zhang Hungtai’s strange performance. The way he was standing there in the middle of the stage, fully immersed into his music, he looked like he was 30 years older, disillusioned from several divorces and too much alcohol. He looked like the kind of guy that would hang around Clinton’s: a sad figure holding on to his music and disconnected from the outside world. Yeah, makes for a great atmosphere…This was a rare instance in which I preferred the record over the live performance. It might have been just me, but he simply lacked the force needed to capture peoples’ attention. His voice was also pretty drowned out by the guitar, which was unfortunate; his Elvis-y voice is one of the best things about Dirty Beaches.

Marc: With some time to spare before Swervedriver – my one must-see band of the night – we stopped over at Cameron House to see Montreal’s Pang Attack, a solid three man band fronted by Alexander Hackett that sang sophisticated pop songs cloacked in a shoegazey aesthetic.

After their set ended we continued on our route to The Great Hall (where Swervedriver was playing at 12:00), making a detour up and going into The Garrison (where Assunta met up with us again) to catch some of Braids‘ set. I’ve always thought the Montreal samplegazers were overrated since first seeing them as unknowns playing a Wavelength Sunday show years ago and I still think so. Performance-wise they were fine playing to a packed house, but their songs just don’t have strong enough melodies to hold my attention. We left after a couple songs.

I was under the impression that Swervedriver were a little known band from the 90s that kind of got passed over in their time despite one kickass classic album (1995′s Mezcal Head) but apparently they’ve got a shit load of fans in Toronto (almost all probably over 30, at least) because The Great Hall was at capacity, and that’s not a small venue. After a couple minutes in line we got in and squeezed to the front. The band looked aged, but respectable. Although they were for the most part solid performers, they played very few of their best songs (e.g. the ones off the aforementioned album) and I was kind of feeling of a just-another-day-on-the-job vibe emanating from them; this definitely was not the unwashed-looking young badass shoegazers from the 90s I wanted to hear. To make an unfortunate fan insider pun, it did seem as though the band had lost that feeling…

Ending the night with another shoegaze band, No Joy‘s 2:00 AM performance at the Silver Dollar was great. Lots of noise. Lots of sex appeal from the two bad-ass hipster-looking chicks with long, blonde hair obscuring their faces. Few melodies to get in the way of the onslaught. Usually I’m a stickler for melody (see Braids‘ set review above), but No Joy is just really fucking cool. I like them. A couple of us actually thought their performance was the best of the night.


July 25th, 2010 | Mp3 Posts | 1 Comment

Everyone from Toronto’s beloved Spiral Beach has gone on to new things since the band dissolved last year. Guitarist Airick Woodhead has perhaps pursued the most interesting path with his kaleidoscopic-rock project Doldrums. Not only does the new project sound like a surrealistic collage of warped synths, IDM beats, samples, and found sounds, but Woodhead’s been experimenting with a visual component, and his first release is (of all things) a VHS Tape mix called Parrot Talk.

It’s not for everyone, but for those who can stomach it, it’s wildly exciting stuff.

Check out some of Parrot Talk below.

Download the entire mix at the Doldrums blog.

Alphabot/Vincat/Spiral Beach at La Casa Muerte Academy Of Sciences, Oct. 9th

October 10th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Once again, Bo’s Academy of Sciences is possibly the coolest venue in the city of Toronto. Seriously cool place.
The show didn’t even start till midnight, and then I didn’t see any bands onstage for quit sometime…though me and my friends did go to McDonald’s for a bit while stuff was being set up, not sure if we missed anything.
First set I saw was Alphabot‘s. As usual: quirky, charming, very enjoyable keyboard-loop pedalness. I’m looking forward to seeing him with his full band soon, not that he’s not good solo, I’m just curious as to how the full band set up sounds.

Next up was Victoria, BC band Vincat who were spacey, trippy and awesome-y. They concluded their set with a nice bit of noisy, jam squalor. If you dig High Places or weird shit like that you might want to check these guys out.
Last band we saw was Spiral Beach, sounding pretty much just as awesome as ever. Some of the new songs (or at least I hadn’t heard them before) were sounding REALLY good. We had to leave kind of midway through their set because it was already almost 3 am and we had shit to do today so…yeah, we couldn’t stay till like 5 am because we’d just basically still be asleep now if we did.
And yeah, solid night. Other highlights included two free cups of beer with admission, seeing the always awesome Kevin Drew (apparently in a good mood), teasing some chick who looked like Leslie Mann (when I told her, she thought I was talking about the CBC newcaster, not Judd Apatow’s wife) and yeah, just having a good time.

Spiral Beach/Hey Ocean at The Seahorse

April 17th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I’ve never seen a lineup outside The Seahorse. As I approached it and saw this huge group of people, I wondered if it could be possible that so many smokers would be congregating outside of the bar and at only 10:00. As it turned out, they were in line, so I got in line and tried calling Ryan, Maddy and Airick to see if they could get me past the line and in for free. None of them answered. I sent Ryan a text and he called me back a couple minutes later letting me know that he’d put me on the guestlist (he’s such a sweetheart) but that he couldn’t get me in past the line. Oh well. 

Once I got in I went over to the little backstage area and who should I find lounging, reviewing their set-list there, but Airick and Daniel Woodhead. We sit, we talk, we shpeil for a bit. I ask the Woodheads about the new Spiral Beach album. They’ve finished it and it will be released in June. They’re liking it, and Ryan will later describe it to me as more “in your face” than their previous releases. They also imagine lewd versions of the titles of their songs: “We Suck Ghosts” anyone? 
We joke around a bit and determine that I’m going to introduce them to the Halifax crowd. I go and hang out with Ryan while they’re setting up and say hi to Maddy and Dorian. Once they’ve set up, I go up and do my little introduction and then Spiral Beach just barge right into it.

They sounded fantastic; they always do. The crowd at the Sea Horse took maybe a song or two to get into it, but once they did they got into it in a big way. Meighan Donaldson (who I produced a great song with called “Dance Partner (version 2)”, which can be heard over at her myspace) had never heard them before but said that they were her new favorite band. 
Hey Ocean went on next. They started off with a cool little percussion mathinger and later on had horns and stuff but it was all just too fruity and clean-cut. And for some reason it all sounded very Australian to me (even though they’re from B.C.)…The crowd was getting into it at first but as their set went on, the crowd seemed to sort of quiet down a bit. They’re a solid set of players but the music they make is simply too safe. Maybe if Disney ever makes an indie High School Musical they should look these guys up. 

I left the Seahorse and head back to King’s, still my home for at least until Monday, at which point I’ll be heading back to Toronto, the city in which I’ll live and likely die. And that’s ok, because Toronto kicks ass, as Halifax has taught me. 

My Halifax Pop Explosion Experience

October 31st, 2008 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

In case you don’t know, the Halifax Pop Explosion was a music festival that took place last week in my current hometown of Halifax. Over 140 bands played at 12 different venues across the city between Monday the 21st and Saturday the 26th, including Jay Reatard, Laura Barrett, Holy Fuck, Islands and my hommies from T-dot, Spiral Beach!!!

Interestingly enough, I get a Facebook message about a week or so before the festival from this girl I met at V-fest a while ago and had since stayed in touch with (see my note on V-fest…you’d have to go waaaaay back though…) asking me if I can hook her friend up with a place to stay. I tell her I’ve got a lovely floor and her friend says, “I’ll take it!” In return, she hooks me up with a press pass to the festival…sweet…

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see the first two days of the festival due to uNfOrtunate cIrcumstances beyonD my control at the time. So for me the festival started at around four on Wednesday when I got to see The Diableros play a short set at Taz Records.

It took them fucking FOREVER to get set up, though they have my sympathies, as they were setting up in the back room of a record store that was not set up with in-store performances in mind (I can’t imagine how people pull it off in Soundscapes back home, that place in tiny…but awesome). When they finally did get set up they played a great little set of melodically charged indie-rock to a whole like 7 people…very lame turnout for a very awesome band. I couldn’t even find anyone to go with! Sorry Diableros, hopefully your night set at Coconut Grove was better; the people of Halifax don’t deserve your awesomeness.

On Thursday, my guest, Sari, arrived. I showed her my room, we chilled for a bit and then we headed over to the Citadel Hotel and picked up our festival passes.

Fast forward a bit to that night and we went to St. Mathew’s Church to see Spiral Beach. We got there before the band started and I ran up to say hi to everybody. They were all like “oh, hey marc/grub,” but it was clear that the entire crew was running on empty. They’d driven something like 15 hours straight or something to get to Halifax just in time to play their half-hour set and then they had to drive another 10 or something hours right away to get to Ottawa to play some other show. I heard Maddy complaining about being really, really hungry so I went out to Venus Pizza and bought the band a pizza. Yes, I know, a little kiss-ass but my experience knowing Spiral Beach has been so rewarding in so many ways that it was really only an attempt at returning a favor to buy these guys a freakin’ pizza.

Anyway, even sleep deprived and starving they played an awesome show and managed to get the entire front row of the church onto their feet and dancing…no small feat. After their set, The Meligrove Band went on and they did their nice little indie-pop thing also. I was a little distracted because when they went on, Laura Barrett and Rich Aucoin both walked in and I just thought it was too cool that they were all there, chillin, and that they all remembered me (yay!).

After The Meligrove Band, Sari and I headed over to Coconut Grove to see Boxer the Horse. I can’t say I was that impressed by them or the band that came after, The Rural Alberta Advantage, but I guess they were both at least ok. For me, they were both just too interested in making weird noises than they were in writing good songs. While I was not-listening to those two bands I was talking to Hilary Beaumont (of the Dal Gazette) about the problem with music nowadays; talking to Rich Aucoin about what he’s up to now and meeting the members of Ruby Coast, who are all very nice, nice boys.

The very nice boys of Ruby Coast

Eventually Rich Aucoin gets onstage and sets up his projector and proceeds to rock out. Musically it’s just him and some keyboard-type instruments but Aucoin’s sound is bigger, better and so much more gorgeous than 90% of bands. He plays his beautiful songs synched up to clips of the original cartoon Grinch or some weird old movies projected onto a sheet in front of the stage. At times, Aucoin lets his gear run on autopilot and he marches around the stage, throwing confetti or balloons into the audience. His performance was probably the best of the entire festival; an absolute stunner in every respect.

The Ghost Bees are up next and they are like…really tiny…but really good. Playing guitar and mandolin, the twin sisters harmonize about vampires and old German ghost stories. They’re absolutely incredible and everything from their wardrobe attire to the way they set up the stage with creepy masks and such creates a fantastically creepy-woods vibe. After their set they poured “dream tea” for a couple of us to drink, telling us it would make us dream more. Did it? Not really…maybe a little.

Closing the night was the inimitable Laura Barrett. Armed with a bunch of kalimbas, Barrett coos lovely melodies over haunting kalimba rhythms that she plays with an obvious mastery of the instrument. At one point she tries to create some kind of “dance party” with some kind of old school drum machine type thing. It doesn’
t exactly work out perfectly but whenever anything doesn’t go right, Barrett and the audience just laugh it up, enjoying it regardless.

After Barrett’s performance I call it a night. I meet up with Sari (who was over at The Marquee Club for Holy Fuck) and we head back to my place.

The next night there weren’t really too many bands I wanted to see but I went to St. Mathews Church to check out I See Rowboats anyways, cuz I’d heard good things about them.

First up was The Prospectors Union. They were really great and there were a couple moments during their set that were really incredible though the whole thing really didn’t do it for me. Sometimes that’s just how it is.

I See Rowboats was pretty interesting and great too, though more the former than the latter. They use a lot of interesting instruments and focus a lot on the violins, which makes for a very beautiful sound, though again, they lacked that je ne ce qua that moves me.

Last was The Retribution Gospel Choir, which features two members of Low, which is a decent band. They played some new (and very loud) version of their slowcore rock from the 90’s. Again, didn’t do it for me. After a couple songs I decided to just head back.

The last day of the fest was pretty cool. Sari and I decided to head over to the Zine and Record Fair at St. David’s Church. Only problem was that it wasn’t at St. David’s Church. And that place is really far. So after we’d travelled all the way across the city to get to the place, we realized it wasn’t the right place. The right church was actually only ten minutes from King’s. My amazing sense of direction prevails once again! The good part of the whole getting lost bit though was that I found a new comic book store with better prices and selection than the resident one, Strange Adventures.

When we got to the Zine and Record Fair I bought a couple albums and checked out a lot of the cool stuff. A lot of zines, cool clothing, weird things, etc. It was great; I love that kind of homemade craft stuff.

We then headed over to The Pavillion to catch Islands, who played for like 20 minutes…but it was a really good 20 minutes…

That night we went and saw Picnicface’s HPE performance at the Citadel Hotel and of course it was hilarious. Then we went and had pizza and beer at Boston pizza. I decided I wasn’t going to go to any concerts that night and instead I would work on my essay. Sari however, convinced me to go with her to Coconut Grove for just a bit. We checked out The Bicycles and some rapper dude or something and then decided to head back to my room.

We got there and then we watched Me, You And Everyone we know which, like, BLEW MY FREAKIN MIND and scared the fucking shit out of me. I had been depressed that whole day and that movie only made it so much worse. I think the depression was caused by me drinking two Brava’s that day and for some reason I’ve become like caffeine intolerant. Weird. Anyways, yeah, good movie.

All in all it was a very awesome festival. I wish I could have seen Holy Fuck and Jay Reatard and Ruby Coast but whatevs, what I did see was awesome. I might even go so far as to say it was…explosive? Just maybe…

Spiral Beach

June 18th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

This week’s band of the week is very special. They’re a band that’ve been with me through the good times, the bad times and the inbetween times. They’re a band that I respect, admire and enjoy. They’re a band I see just about everywhere I go…because we live in the same city and like to par-tey. They’re a band called…


Now, Spiral Beach is awesome on a consistent basis, so why did I pick this week to write a BotW about them? Because on friday they’re going to “fuck shit up” (quote: Jamez Burling on what awesome bands do) at the Whippersnapper Gallery in order to raise money to pay off a totally bogus $1500 fine they’ve been slapped with because they put up 8 hand drawn poster advertisements for a show of theirs on some company’s property. If I put up 8 hand drawn posters around the city and some company didn’t like it and charged me $50 because of it, I’d say “oh well, tough shit, here’s $50, now fuck off” but $1500 would warrant a response more along the lines of “oh well, tough shit, I’ll just kill myself” because THAT’S ALOT OF FUCKING MONEY!!!

Now, it’s one thing if a bad band encounters some bad luck, but Spiral Beach are a kick ass band and those are a rare breed these days. They’re a “quintessential indie band” just as I described Dog Day last week, but they’re sound is a little too idiosyncratic to fit so snuggly in that description. They’re not idiosyncratic like Boxes and Bags (for those who don’t know them, replace BaB with Half Japanese and if you don’t know Half Japanese, you’ve got some research to do), more like The B-52s; quirky, yet accesible. Their sound is very colourful, filled with hooks and more fun than a bag of firecrackers.

As I mentioned before, they’re playing the Whippersnapper Gallery (587A College St.) on friday and you’s a DAMN fool if you don’t come and support them. The show is pay-what-you-can, if you can believe that. These guys are being hit with a $1500 fine and they still don’t want to overcharge you! If you don’t come and do your part to help a young indie band stay afloat you might just be a heartless individual. Who knows, you might have a kick-ass time even as you do a mitzvah. Could you honestly ask for more?
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Interview with Stop Die Resuscitate

March 5th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

This interview was conducted by Marc Z. Grub on February 29th at Weaselpalooza in Toronto with members Luke and Lyle of the Toronto band Stop Die Resuscitate.

M: So, you guys…I don’t know too much about you but I know that you did a remix for Apostle of Hustle.
Luke: Yes, we’ve done a lot of remixes.
M: Who else have you remixed?
Luke: Dandi Wind, Vitamins for You, Spiral Beach, My Brightest Diamond, we just finished a remix for Buck 65, we just finished a remix for Tegan and Sarah and we’re doing another one for Plastic Little. K?
M: Great. How do you get to do all these remixes?
Luke: People ask us and then, y’now, we work it out and then we do them.
M: Bands themselves (ask you to do them)?
Lyle: Yep, or their management.
M: How did you get into remixing? How’d that get started?
Lyle: Making our own music or, I don’t know.
Luke: I don’t know how it happened. I guess we did this Deerhoof remix, kind of like, whatever, like anyone could have done it and then people heard it and they liked it and they wanted us to do remixes for them.
Lyle: It was interesting because the Deerhoof one was on blogs in like Nigeria. Like really weird places. It was like “what? People are listening to this in Nigeria?” And it was Deerhoof so it’s like really noisy and weird sounding and stuff so…
Luke: That was like our first remix we ever did. It was like an open one anyone could have done and we just kinda did it as like…messing around.
Lyle: Oh, OK Cobra, we also have to say OK Cobra.
M: What program did you use?
Lyle: Mostly Cubase.
M: What’s your strategy for the remixes. It’s getting really big now, like everyone’s remixing everyone.
Luke: We take like an element out of a song and then we just really amplify that element. So if there’s a moment that’s like “oh this sounds kind of like disco,” we turn the whole thing into a disco song.
Lyle: I don’t know, it’s pretty weird. I think we try not to do the same thing twice so some of the stuff is like electro and the New Buffalo one is kind of like My Bloody Valentine.
Luke: Oh yeah, we did New Buffalo too. Yeah, the New Buffalo one’s really cool, it’s like really down-tempo.
Lyle: It’s sort of like all different. One of the Buck 65 ones is kind of like disco.
Luke: It’s more Techno-y.
M: So asides from remixes, you guys are in the band Stop Die Resuscitate What’s going on with that?
Lyle: We’re trying to record a new record. We released an album a couple years ago and then we had a twelve-inch release last year.
Luke: We have a video out for it now.
Lyle: Yeah, we released a video for it a month ago for a song called “Bad Night”. We’re happy with that, we’re really proud of it. Now we’re just trying to finish off the new album basically.
M: You guys are independent right now, right?
Luke: We’re on a label called Summer Lovers Unlimited. They’re based in Montreal. They’ve got The Tough Alliance. They originally signed Crystal Castles but things kinda didn’t work out with that somehow. So now they’re just doing a remix album or something. (They’ve got) Dandi Rand and Apache Beat, who are great, from New York.
M: Are you guys playing any festivals soon?
Lyle: We played Lee’s last weekend. Uh, we’re playing White Orchid but we’re not playing any festivals until the record’s done.
Luke: We just played a festival in London in the summer with Creepy 73, the Lola festival, that was really good.
M: Are you guys working with any producers or is the new record self-produced.
Lyle: Nope, it’s still us all.
M: Great, that’s all.
You can hear Stop Die Resuscitate on their Myspace:
And their remixes at:

Band of the Week

February 26th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

So I am once again unemployed, and while the free time is great for me to be able to focus on homework, my band, my writing and handing out resumes (oh the irony), it does indeed suck. So I’ve been a little pissy this week and to reflect my pissed-ness, I’ve been feeling the need to listen to punk music. WAIT WAIT WAIT, no, not skaterpunk or Greenday or anything, I’m talking about punk ’77, punk ’82, when punk meant spiked guitars, angry, intelligent lyrics and fearless, fucking awesome performers; not prancing douchebags with whiny voices and west 49 clothing. One of my favorite punk bands is the band of the week…


X? Yes, X, they’re called X, just that one letter (capitalized by the way). And they kick ass. Inspired by Patti Smith and The Sex Pistols among others, John Doe and Exene Cervidfihjqerf (something like that) teamed up and put her rough, street-smart poetry to gritty tunes with great chord changes, smacking hooks and fast tempos. They also got Billy Zoom to play Chuck Berry-esque guitar (which doesnt fit the sound necesarrily, but adds something else to it) and D.J. Bonebreak to bang them drum skins.

In the early 80′s Ray Manzarek (The Doors’ keyboardist) produced their 4 masterpeices Los Angelos, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun and More Fun in the New World. Amazing albums all of them. While Los Angelos or Under the Big Black Sun are often cited as perhaps their best albums, it was Wild Gift that really grew on me slowly and eventually astounded me when I realized the brilliance of songs like White Girl and Adult Books.

The most incredible thing about X is the way John Doe and Exene’s voices harmonize, but really it’s more like they meld or blend or something, perfectly complimenting eachother. Exene’s voice just wraps around Doe’s so perfectly. I would say that the way Spiral Beach’s Maddy and Airick’s voices work in unison is very similar to the way theirs do.

Regardless of whether you’re having a good week or a shitty one, check out this band. They made some incredible music that should appeal to plenty of non-punks just as well as those who dig punk and they were never as appreciated as they should have been. Do you like the doors? Of course you do. Well, if the keyboardist from the doors liked them dont you think you should at least check em out? Hellz yeah!!!