Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cool new stuff on the show this week:

! The record is loud and droney and oh-so-good. Recommended for those who liked the new Liars record, or those who like loud and droney. It comes out next Tuesday (July 8th). Calgary! Woah! I'm excited about this band.

Old Life stuff. Old Life Records released a bunch of new Victoria things at the Friend Party on Tuesday. The long awaited 7-inches were released at the show and nearly all sold out that night. If you want one you better get on it quick. I played a tune off the Young Lions 7" bonus CD. I also played part of the Macadamia Brothers / Lake Country split tape. New (old) audio mediums! The split is a part of a recycled split tape series that Old Life will release throughout the Summer.

Luke filmed the whole show*. You can watch it all here.


Artist - Album - Song:
Think About Life - s/t - The Blue Sun
Miracle Fortress - Watery Grave - Forgiven
Tradition - s/t - Tradition
The Notwist - The Devil, You + Me - Good Lies
ii - Landlakes - Tropes
Videotape - My Favorite Thing - He the Moon
No Age - Nouns - Ripped Knees
Les Mouches - You're Worth More to Me Than 1000 Christians - Cities Become Less Important
Women - s/t - Lawncare
Women - s/t - Shaking Hand
Young Lions - 7" - Lansdowne
The Macadamia Brothers - Split Tape w/ Lake Country - Finger Time
The Macadamia Brothers - Split Tape w/ Lake Country - If You and I
The Macadamia Brothers - Split Tape w/ Lake Country - So Into You (Live at Camas)

*Except for Cobras. He was eating two-for-none pizza. Ooops.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Today had some noisier, rockier tunes. I particularly enjoyed the Women and Videotape tracks. Women are from Calgary. They play that noisy, psychedelic sort of rock music that doesn't feel the need to go fast. Slow and steady. They played two shows in Victoria last week. I only caught one of them, but woah...they were good. Their debut record comes out in early July on Flemish Eye. I'm excited for it.

Videotape are a band I randomly came across on the CFUV chart release wall. I think their name reminded me of Videohippos so I pulled it out. Like Women, they play lo-fi, reverb-heavy rock tunes. They hail from Ottawa and have just put out their self-released debut record My Favorite Thing. You could check that one out too.

The Old Life Records Friend Party is on Tuesday night. There are 15 Victoria bands playing, each playing one or two songs. It might prove to be a logistical nightmare, but should be a lot of fun. There is an outdoor show/picnic before-hand at 7:30 in the Vic High field. The main event is at Logans and starts right at 10. It's free so you can spend your extra money on beer and cool records.


Artist - Album - Song
Women - s/t - Black Rice
Videotape - My Favorite Thing - Night Lights
Cobras Cobras Cobras - Second Old Life Compilation - Dogcatcher
Hidden Cameras - Mississauga Goddam - The Fear is On
Katie Stelmanis - Join Us - Broken
Cause Co-Motion! - Who's Gonna Care 7" - Who's Gonna Care?
Times New Viking - Rip It Off - My Head
Yo La Tengo - Fakebook - The Summer
Pterodactyl - s/t - Esses
Infinite Body - Split with Emaciator - Split Excerpt
Mauled by Tigers - Dead Dog - Dead Dog, I'll Miss ICU
Ecstatic Sunshine - Love & Circuits: Cardboard Records Compilation - Crystal in the Sky
Necking - Love & Circuits: Cardboard Records Compilation - Swinging Ear
Young Lions - First Old Life Compilation - Bass Drum *****
Mr Baby - Love & Circuits: Cardboard Records Compilation - A Death in the Family

***** Marks your requests

Sunday, June 15, 2008

That Ecstatic Sunshine track was long!


Artist - Album - Song
Saturday Looks Good to Me - All Your Summer Songs - Meet Me By The Water
Stefana Fratila - Victory Square - Mes Fantomes Gries
The Blankket - Be Your Own Boss - I'm On Fire
Animal Collective - Water Curses - Water Curses
Ecstatic Sunshine - Way - Perrier
Dirty Projectors - Rise Above - Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie
Joan of Arc - Boo Human - Laughter Reflected Back
No Age - Nouns - Things I Did When I Was Dead
SS Cardiacs - Out of Touch Records 7" - Oh No!
Play Guitar - Out of Touch Records 7" - Where They At?
Special Noise - Out of Touch Records 7" - Blue Bike
Spincycle Squared - Out of Touch Records 7" - Dirty Laundry
dd/mm/yyyy - Out of Touch Records 7" - Sell Me Virginity
Shotgun & Jaybird - Out of Touch Records 7" - Minutes Faster

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Andrea was at Music Waste in Vancouver so I took over Gumdrops & Lollipops this Sunday. We have been alternating fill-ins for one another over the past month or so, but I think we will be back to the regular flow of things by next weekend. As usual, I tried to stick closer to the indie pop mandate of G&L. I hope you enjoyed the Stefana Fratila tracks I played. She was in town on Friday night opening for Aleks + the Ramps and Ok Vancouver Ok. I’m sure that everyone that was at the show enjoyed her set as much as I did. Stefana and her band mates are from Vancouver. This was their first gig in Victoria and hopefully they can make it back soon. You can check out her music here.

Also making their Victoria (and Canadian debut) on Friday night was Aleks + the Ramps, all the way from Melbourne, Australia. Apparently some of the residents of Fairfield were not as excited about Aleks + the Ramps' music as everyone in the audience was. Unfortunately, noise complaints had to cut their set short, but that short set really was amazing. They head off to Toronto on Wednesday for a few NXNE show, followed by a mini tour of Ontario and Quebec. Hopefully they all decide to come back to Canada soon. Here is a sample (from an Australian gig) of how fun their live show is, complete with choreographed dance introduction.

The Ramps inspired me to do an all Melbourne hour on Carload of Whatever this week. I really am pretty out of touch with the Australian music scene, but I got a sort of crash course in it from the Ramps this weekend. All the members of the band seem to be quite involved in other Melbourne projects, so it was really easy to delve into the Melbourne music scene. Jon Tjhia (of the Ramps) gave me a couple CDs, which made up the majority of the show. He is also a member of the group ii. ii are an experimental, ambient group who have just put out their amazing debut record landlakes. If you like strange, droney music as much as I do I highly recommend checking them out. You can find landlakes through Sydney's Feral Media. I hope you enjoyed some of the tracks in the all Melbourne playlist this week.

Vincat are making their grand return home from an extensive cross Canada tour this weekend. To mark the occasion they are playing two all ages party on Friday night at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, and a bar show on Saturday night at Lucky. Both shows are with Edmonton's Hot Panda (who just signed to Mint Records!). Young Lions are opening the all ages show, fresh from an appearance at Music Waste. This will be fun.

Friday, June 13
Vincat, Hot Panda, Young Lions at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship (2124 Chambers st at Princess Ave - map here) - 7 PM - ALL AGES!

Saturday, June 14
Vincat, Hot Panda at Lucky Bar - 8 to 10:30 PM - 19+


Gumdrops and Lollipops playlist:

Artist - Album - Song
Beach House - Beach House - Saltwater
Watercolour Paintings - Get Out of the Way or a Whale Will Swallow You - Happyships
Greenbelt Collective - Our Homes - This Hill Used to be a Valley
Almonds, Cohen - Ontario (on Stereo!) - Cleveland Family Fued
Vincat - Inner Space EP - Rocketship Construction
Hot Panda - Whale Headed Girl - Chinatown Bus
Stefana Fratila - Victory Square - Hello, Lady Reed
Stefana Fratila - Victory Square - I Dissect, You Progress
Ok Vancouver Ok - The Balcony - The Balcony
Ok Vancouver Ok - I Get So Drunk About Songs About Love - I Get So Drunk About Songs About Love

Carload of Whatever playlist:


Artist - Album - Song
Aleks + the Ramps - Canada Tour EP 2008 - Hey Owl
Denim Owl - Demo - I'm on Fire
ii - Landlakes - We Ate Everyone
Pompey - Brother Sister Records Compilation - Fifty Gallon Drum
Inquiet - Brother Sister Records Compilation - Fresh Flesh
Holland - Brother Sister Records Compilation - Random Pop
Directorsound - Brother Sister Records Compilation - Before the March
Drama for Yamaha - EP - No More Ease
The Motifs - Matches EP - For a Clear Day
Flying Scribble - Vessels - Don't Follow Me
Barrage - Hero or Dirt? - Hour of Pink Dominoes
Scissors for Sparrow - Demo - Pitter Pattern

Fill ins

Andrea and I keep coming and going it seems. I am doing two hours this Sunday, filling in for Gumdrops & Lollipops, and then doing my regular hour. I have a stack of new Australian things to play.

I'm also filling in for The Action Index on Thursday from 6 30 to 8. Breaking out of the Sunday afternoon slot...Woah.