Posts Tagged ‘weird canada’

Flash Palace

August 29th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Vancouver’s Flash Palace put out this wonderful album, Ceiling All, back in January. Ten tracks of hazy, hypnotic instrumentals. I’m just getting word of it now via Weird Canada.

Strange Fires

August 23rd, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Hazy Edmonton weirdos Strange Fires keep things poppy on their solid Walkabout EP. (via Weird Canada)

Harsh Reality

July 23rd, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 1 Comment

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Though their side of a recent split with fellow Montrealers, Fakes, has a recording fidelity level deserving of the term shit-gaze, even through the haze of noise it’s clear that Harsh Reality has a bad-ass, sludge-punk sound and the songs to go with it. (via Weird Canada)

Try Harder

July 18th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Some great old-school indie rock from the cool kids in Kingston behind Try Harder. (via Weird Canada)

Woolworm

July 2nd, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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I feel like some voices wear glasses. They have that skinny, slightly nasally quality that just fits that kind of image. Though for all I know, the lead dude in Vancouver indie pop-punk types Woolworm might be a 6’4 beefcake whose voice just comes unexpectedly out of just such a vessel. He’s probably not though. And a casual Google image search proves me right

The band recently released a split 7″ on Debt Offensive Records with Calgary’s raucous Grown-Ups, and the whole thing is cool, but I definitely found myself drawn to Woolworm‘s tight hooks a lot more. (via Weird Canada)

Black Baron

April 22nd, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Weird Canada posted about Hamilton post-punks Black Baron a while ago and since then I’ve had a chance to listen to their Divine Chains EP in full. And it’s great. Perfect lo-fi production, chorus-washed guitar, unibomber hut vocals…These are a few of my favourite things…

You’ll Never Get To Heaven

April 16th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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London, Ontario airy dream-poppers You’ll Never Get To Heaven put out this incredible little Adorn casette EP last month and I didn’t even know. Luckily I caught them while perusing Weird Canada the other day.

Kazoo! Fest: Day 4 & 5 (12/04/14, 13/04/14)

April 14th, 2014 | Features | 0 Comments

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Saturday was the most action-packed day of the festival, so let’s get right in.

After waking up groggily, eating some bread & hummus and doing a quick workout, I made my way over to the Kazoo! Print Expo for the last hour (it ended at 3:00 pm). It was a pretty standard print expo type deal, with a lot of great artists and zinesters with their prints, zines, comics, silkscreens, etc. Koyama Press and Liz Worth (Treat Me Like Dirt, PostApoc) were notably there with their works. I ended up getting two issues of a short comic called Dumb by Georgia Webber. The ‘series’ is about her ‘prolongued voice loss, and the slow crawl of recovery’. There’s not a ton of story in the two short issues, but the art style is cool and minimal and it is kind of interesting to see how voice loss affects her whole life. She has to quite her job and go on welfare and it’s just not a great situation. Hope she recovers soon and her life can get back to normal – in the meantime, I hope she writes longer comics or combines more issues into one kind of graphic novel, because my biggest complaint is that the issues are too short.

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After the print expo I was off to a cool little space called Silence to see the Nihilist Spasm Band, perhaps the longest running noise band in the world. Originating in London, Ontario, the band has been together since 1965. They looked like the coolest, craziest grandparents in the world playing for a bunch of twenty-something/thirty-something hipsters. Admittedly, noise bands aren’t really my thing, so while I totally respected their ability to pull it off so stylishly (there is an art to noise-making – some are better at it than others), I didn’t need to hear that much before I was ready to leave.

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Unfortunately, this picture doesn’t quite capture the storm of sound they were making. Try the clip below from their younger days.

Next stop: My Own Shortcomings ‘mixed media exhibition by Hugh Mater‘. There wasn’t really that much mixing of media other than a dude playing old singles played at the wrong speed (slow, which actually made them sound pretty interesting), but there was some cool art. I’m not an art critic, but I liked it. Here are some pictures.

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After a breather and a curry wrap, it was time for EONS at the Red Brick Cafe. The solo project of Bruce Peninsula‘s Matt Cully, EONS‘ music is very traditional folk. Helping him out with pitch-perfect harmonies (and impressively snappy jibes) was another Bruce Peninsula member, Misha Bower. While EONS was maybe too traditionally folk for my tastes, their songs were well-crafted, tuneful, lyrically sound, and their performance was likewise faultless.

After another break for food, I was off to Cornerstone for Guelph’s Shopkeeper, a band I can describe most succinctly as being very ‘Canadian indie-rock’-sounding. Which is a good thing. It’s comforting, homey, Canadian.

And finally, the act of the night that I’d been waiting for, Mike Feuerstack: an artist who’d be a millionaire if critical praise could be converted into cash. I’ve written a lot about Feuerstack over the years, having loved his work with The Wooden Stars (Julie Doiron and The Wooden Stars is a classic), his work under the Snailhouse pseudonym, and most recently his work under his own name. When I was in the IDF, I remember listening to him obsessively while stationed on the Syrian border, as his work also sounds very ‘Canadian indie’ and it reminded me of home sweet snowy home.

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I’ve seen him play twice before. This time he was playing solo with an electric guitar and a beautiful sounding tube amp. Far moreso than Bry Webb and Destroyer – the other bigger names who played solo for the fest – Feuerstack’s songs lose the least when performed sans backing. Sure, on his records there’s a lot of beautiful padding, but most of his songs only require a guitar and vocals to sound full and perfect. And despite him charmingly forgetting lyrics and chords a couple times, Feuerstack effortless kills it every performance. With his sensitive cooing voice, and song after song full of pretty hooks and chord changes, he doesn’t need to try to perform well at this point in his career, he just does.

At this point, after two nights out till the wee small hours and couch-crashing, I was pretty beat. I soldiered on to Jimmy Jazz to check out explosive punk instrumentalists Bleet – who were phenomenal – but a couple songs in I decided to call it a night.

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The next morning there was a pancake breakfast show co-presented by Weird Canada. This was a brilliant way to end the fest, as all the artists and volunteers and frequent faces of the fest congregated together – many with their little kids – and just chilled, talked, ate pancakes (including vegan ones!). I caught experimental acts Eden Segal-Grossman and Isla Craig (pictured above), but their music – solid as it was – was more a background for good vibes and great food. Every festival should end like this.

And so the time came for me to trudge on over to the GO bus station and grab the bus back to Toronto. It had been an incredible weekend. Though Kazoo! Fest was perhaps a festival with a limited budget – all of the biggest acts played without their backing bands – it made up in heart and quality what it lacked in cash. Guelph is small but charming, with lots of friendly, interesting, intelligent people, and a ratio of women:men that puts the perennial sausage-fest that is Toronto’s downtown scene to shame. Every show was well-attended and people came out ready and willing to make friends and become fans. Though by this time next year I’ll be living in New York, maybe I’ll even make the trek up to the great white North to see what happens for next Kazoo! Fest.

Mormon Crosses

April 7th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Aaron Levin – the genius behind Weird Canada and now Wyrd Distro - was pumping these guys on Facebook. Always a good chance the band is gonna be pretty solid (or crazy weird)(or both) when you see that. Mormon Crosses hail from a city I look forward to spending more time (or my entire life) in: Vancouver. They make dark, weird, noisy musics.

Rose Melberg

March 12th, 2014 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

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Legendary twee artist Rose Melberg (Tiger Trap, The Softies, etc.) recently put out this great single on Vancouver record-label Kingfisher Bluez. The years may pass, but Melberg just keeps putting out impossibly charming music – may it never end. (via Weird Canada)