by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our monthly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is self-explanatory; The Gig – or the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…
MAC DEMARCO Passing Out Pieces
Where does Montreal/Vancouver’s Mac Demarco go from here? His music career is climbing to new heights as gigs in support of his latest groover Salad Days have been bumped up into bigger and bigger venues and are constantly selling out. Curious journalists are lined up to pen in-depth documentaries exploring his wildman history, his love of smokes, and his devil-may-care approach to keeping things light. Video crews give him a microphone and set him free lapping up his wise-cracking ways. Mac is the man of the moment for sure and for that he is awesome. Salad Days is easily one of the finest records of the year and it’s nice to see an Emily Carr guy doing so well. So again, where will he go next? Check this video – Mac’s acting skills are really ripening on the vine…
HAMILTON LEITHAUSER I Retired
The Walkmen are on an indefinite hiatus. Lead singer Hamilton has already produced a solo album that sees him fleshing out his brooding post-punk aesthetic with songs that weave together folksy styles with doo-wop silhouettes. His signature vocal tone remains intact as he muses on life after the big band fireworks!
WHITE LUNG Face Down
Bombing around LA and Santa Monica in a light blue Volvo 240, our heroes White Lung prove that the VHS camera is nowhere near being played out. This year is a huge one for White Lung – they are releasing Deep Fantasy on a major indie (Domino Records) and touring for months straight, all while constantly updating their fascinating Instagram feed.
MORRISSEY World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Morrissey has always had a message, an opinion, and a style of his own. Art is anything you can get away with, and the Moz has always gotten away with it. Here’s a cool spoken word promo for his new album. The message is pretty clear. Bonus points: Nancy Sinatra holding a briefcase of flowers.
Everyone’s favourite Japanese noise rockers Boris are prepping a new release of heavy heavy tunes. They are rumoured to be coming to Vancouver too, which will be good. I can see all the fog machines at L&M getting rented that weekend. If you’re into power trios that make use of blazing leads then this is your flavour…Vanilla!
MIREL WAGNER Oak Tree
Dream dream dream sweet dreams! Londoner Mirel Wagner is known for her haunting and hushed folk ballads. Here’s the first cut from her forthcoming Sub Pop release – and as one would think it’s a stripped down acoustic ode that carries a ton of tension. The classic black and white, single light source photography is perfect here!
FUCKED UP Sun Glass
Fucked Up have a heavy new album. This video feels like a tribute to Suicidal Tendencies. Damon is in prime form. The slow motion smoke shots are particularly intense. Heavy and grouchy, Fucked Up are back and at Fortune August 15th .
THE SHILOHS | Album Release Party Thursday June 19th at Fortune Sound Club
Things are happening fast for Vancouver’s charming classic pop quartet The Shilohs. In a short time they’ve been out on the road touring with American indie-rock stalwarts Real Estate, performed a couple showcases in Austin for SXSW, hooked up for more US shows with fellow jingle-janglers The Fresh And Onlys, and most importantly – released their sophomore LP for local Light Organ Records. Man, they’ve even been name-checked in Rolling Stone and Spin! They have momentum, and are currently ‘on top of their game’ with a swaggery carefree attitude that finds them chewing through their catalogue of intellectual rock songs with fervour and a rare sort of instinctual nerve. This is their record release show…a lot of bigwigs will be there, their families will be there, and their friends drinking their beer will be there. The pressure will be on. Time to nail it!
A deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for JUNE is after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Maenam
Vancouver, BC | On Monday June 2nd, Maenam welcomes brewmasters and principals from Brassneck Brewery, Four Winds Brewing and Upright Brewing. For one night only, guests celebrate Craft Beer Week with a menu paired with six craft brews. A representative from each brewery pairs beers with a course by Chef Angus An, and offers insights into the process poured into each glass and growler.
Brassneck Brewery is the brainchild of the Alibi Room’s Nigel Springthorpe and ex-Steamworks brewer Conrad Gmoser. A fresh addition to Vancouver’s Main Street, Brassneck’s storefront fills to-go growlers for enjoyment at home, and offers in-store tastes and by-the-glass pours of their stouts, ales and malts.
Award-winning Four Winds Brewing focuses on innovative processes, old world techniques and West Coast, German and Belgian-style beers. The Delta-based family business houses an eight-tap tasting room pouring featured brews: IPAs, pale ales, pilsners, saisons, plus their own one-time limited releases.
Visiting from south of the border is Oregon’s Upright Brewing, specializing in French- and Belgian-style farmhouse beers. Driven by creativity and craft, Upright uses open fermentation vessels and regionally specific grains and hops, and prides itself in a no-gimmick approach, preferring to avoid overt branding in favour of allowing the brews to speak for themselves. Due to limited space, guests are encouraged to reserve early online. Menu and details after the jump… Read more
by Ken Tsui | Ask any Torontonian and they’ll tell you that the Jamaican beef patty is a classic found just about everywhere; it’s even more ubiquitous than the famed peameal bacon sandwich. In Vancouver, however, they’re very rare — the unsung hero of our handheld takeaway options. The Patty Shop in Kitsilano has been in the business of making Vancouver’s best Jamaican patties for decades. The shop is an over-the-counter institution specializing in moon-shaped pockets of flaky pastry filled with a variety of goodness. I’ll always suggest my favourite, the time-honoured curry beef, but even if you’re not a vegetarian you should also try the patties filled with curried potatoes, peas, and corn (pictured above, nice and spicy). Just ring the bell for service and a friendly lady wearing an apron (lightly dusted with flour) will poke her head out of the kitchen to help.
The Patty Shop | 4019 Macdonald St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2144 | No Website
The GOODS from Oakwood Canadian Bistro
Vancouver, BC | In the 70’s, The Oakwood in Kits used to be a spot called “Rohan’s Rockpile”. It was a pub known best for after-hours shows and hosted a broad range of amazing talents, from local singer songwriters to the world-renowned Rolling Stones and The Who. Rohan’s had music industry connections and brought in some of the best. Upon discovering this, The Oakwood felt obliged to pay tribute to the great music venue that it once was.
To get it rolling, we brought on a ‘resident band’, a very good resident band. Unfortunately, due to their ‘other’ much bigger gigs, we have been unable to promote them by name. They have a very busy summer playing some of the biggest festivals in North America so this will potentially be their last show with us until after the summer. If you’re into indie folk-rock, you will love them.
They helped us revive the spirit of Rohan’s Rockpile and we will carry on with our Sunday Sessions finding up and coming talent to play at The Oakwood on the last Sunday of every month. Please come down and enjoy watching a band (that we think will make it big) play at our small, intimate bistro – maybe for the last time this summer – on the night of Sunday, May 25. Read more
The GOODS from Hapa Izakaya
Vancouver, BC | Justin and Lea Ault are excited to introduce the launch of “Hapa Beach” – a new take on their 95-seat restaurant steps away from Kitsilano Beach, at 1516 Yew Street (off Cornwall).
Inspired by the West Coast’s beloved Kitsilano shores, the menu introduces a laid back approach to modern Japanese dining, while retaining familiar Hapa classics, such as Vancouver’s original Ebi Mayo, ishiyaki rice bowls, and premium Ocean Wise sushi.
Beach Bites varying from juicy Kobe Beef Sliders to sizzling Teppan Steak-Frites and addictive Pineapple Tempura topped with prosciutto (priced between $6 and $12), can be enjoyed from the 25-seat patio or taken out for a picnic on the beach. Hapa’s chefs are also very excited to add to the menu, bowls of rich chicken ramen, destined to become one of Vancouver’s best!
Hapa Beach will also be pouring refreshing new cocktails, reminiscent of a hot summer’s eve – such as Lime Daiquiris, Sunset Raspberry Lemonades, Japanese Slippers, Shiso Mojitos, and Strawberry Sake Margaritas, as well as a variety of local and imported beers (priced from $3 to $6) and ($7) wines.
Kits locals will be happy to hear Hapa Beach’s summer hours are now in effect, open daily from 4:00pm. Hapa Hour has now shifted forward to 4:00pm to 5:00pm daily. View the new Hapa Beach Menu here. Learn more about Hapa Izakaya after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from NUBA
Vancouver, BC | Nuba in Kitsilano is getting set to launch Bedouin Cabaret, a six week-long celebration of Middle Eastern music, food, and dance with Juno Award-winning musician Gordon Grdina and contemporary bellydance troupe Luciterra.
Since the closure of the beloved Jazz Cellar earlier this year, Kitsilano has been sorely in need of a space where music lovers in the neighbourhood can come together. This all changes on Thursday, May 22 when Nuba in Kitsilano launches Bedouin Cabaret, an event series featuring world class music and dance coupled with outstanding food and drinks.
Attendees will be treated to performances by jazz and world music virtuoso Gordon Grdina. Grdina’s name is no stranger to music lovers, this Juno Award-winning player, in addition to being a longstanding member of the Dan Mangan band, is the leading force behind Arabic classical music ensembles the Gordon Grdina Trio, Box Cutter, Sangha, and Haram.
Joining Grdina in the festivities is the Luciterra Fusion Bellydance company. A favourite at music events and festivals in Vancouver and beyond, this foursome has been lauded for their powerful, dynamic performances, which put a contemporary twist on traditional Middle Eastern bellydance. Luciterra have shared the stage with local world fusion favourites like Zaki Ibrahim and Delhi to Dublin as well as renowned international acts like Beats Antique.
The event will be emceed by the ineffable legend El Gar Zaid. Expect song, dance, laughter, and tears as he leads you through what is sure to be a memorable evening at Nuba’s Lebanese taverna in the heart of Kitsilano.
Bedouin Cabaret happens every Thursday for six weeks starting on May 22 and concluding on July 3. Performances start at 8pm will be happening till 11:00pm. Details after the jump. Read more
by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is self-explanatory; The Gig – or the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…
OLD MAN CANYON Wiser
In 15 years this little guy is going to look back on this video and remember the big adventure he had in Vancouver. Local folk outfit Old Man Canyon give us this report’s highlighted track – an old timey campfire charmer loaded with vocal harmonies and rich acoustic instrumentation. Wiser recalls the mellow glow of fellow north-west beardos Fleet Foxes, as well as a little band called Bon Iver, making Old Man Canyon a local band to watch. As for the video – well, it’s a pretty romantic adventure for a tiny tot in Vancouver while his folks are asleep. Check it!
BESTiE Foolish Hearts
This the way to do this. Act fast. Make things cheap. Move quick. Don’t think about it too much. Vancouver’s BESTiE have taken that mantra to everything that they have produced and as a result are always busy forwarding their sonic vision.
WYE OAK Glory
Baltimore’s Merge Records-endorsed Wye Oak have moved on from the confines of being a guitar and drums duo to create a more ethereal synth-based pop sound. Their new album Shriek is getting tons of praise and Andy and Jenn are planning a pretty extensive North American tour to support it. This lead-off single is pretty sugary…
CLOUD BOAT Carmine
There are a lot of Laundromat videos out there. I think it must be a pretty cheap location for scouts – especially at night when only the members of London’s Cloud Boat are washing their clothes. If you are looking for a new dreamy UK band that pushes the 80’s trajectory to chilling effects then you should give this one a turn.
NENEH CHERRY Everything
One long shot. One long location. One legendary reclusive performer vamping to her first new recording in way too long. Add it up, Neneh Cherry is back and posed to push her charismatic presence even further. Shot in stark black and white by acclaimed French fashion photographer, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, this video works well on so many levels…
NEIL YOUNG Needle of Death
Neil covering classic British folk troubadour Bert Jansch is already something worth checking into. Add to this the fact that it is the debut of Jack White’s instant video-o-graph booth – a live video booth poised to feature intimate acoustic shows direct to the internet – and Young’s fans will certainly be delighted. Consider this an echo to Neil’s ‘Needle and The Damage Done’…gotta love the scratchy vocal vibe.
OWEN PALLETT Song For Five and Six
Owen P. has always had a penchant for big ideas. After scoring all the strings for early Arcade Fire albums he pretty much wrote his ticket – programming theatre, large European festivals, and massive concertos of his own Final Fantasy music. Throughout this he’s always managed to keep things arty and keep us guessing. Here he collaborates on some gorgeous new work for the National Ballet School. Cool!
DIANA Strange Attraction
Toronto’s synth-pop DIANA are heading back in the studio to craft their follow up to Perpetual Surrender. Before doing so they banged out another video for Strange Attraction and one that features the acting skills of Carmen Elle! Blissed out beats and freaky masks make the morning after pretty surreal.
REAL ESTATE Crime
Funny or Die’s Tom Scharpling directs the latest meta heavy video to support Real Estate’s massive new normcore pop release Atlas. This video is getting tons of attention…
WAXAHATCHEE – BILTMORE CABARET Friday May 23rd
On tour to support their second record Cerulean Salt, Alabama’s enigmatic art-folk rockers Waxahatchee have scheduled a stop at the Biltmore! Fronted by Katie Crutchfield, Waxahatchee are a band that has roots in the punk houses and DIY spirit of Birmingham’s indie scene. Previous to Waxahatchee, Katie and her twin sister Allison originally performed as a duo under the name P.S. Elliot, self-releasing their records, booking their tours, as well as contributing to fanzines such as International Girl Gang Underground. Today, their songs garner comparisons to the early careers of Cat Power, Elliot Smith, and a whole host of singer songwriters who have shaped lo-fi acoustic bedroom rock. This will be an early show – Friday night at the Biltmore. Be sure to check out one of America’s budding indie names!
A deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of May is after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Bistro Pastis
Vancouver, BC | Fifteen years goes by in the blink of an eye, yet it is a long time in the restaurant world. On May 7, 1999 John Blakeley opened Pastis on a quiet strip of West 4th in Kitsilano. The only other restaurant in the area was the iconic Bishop’s. During the intervening years, Bistro Pastis has seen a lot of change – both within the restaurant itself and in the neighbourhood. Pastis morphed from fine-dining to Bistro Pastis – a cosy and casual neighbourhood bistro, John Blakeley was knighted by the government of France and is now a Chevalier, and a vibrant restaurant scene sprung up along W.4th Avenue – attracting diners from across the city.
During the 15 years, some of Vancouver’s finest chefs have headed the kitchens at Bistro Pastis – Dino Renaerts, Brad Miller and Tobias Grignon are all Pastis alumni. To celebrate, John Blakeley has invited the aforementioned chefs along with current Executive Chef Spencer Watts and Pastry Chef Heather Rumsby to join him in creating a very special anniversary dinner on May 7th. Get all the details and the menu after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Abigail’s Party
Vancouver, BC | Abigail’s is looking for a strong cook to join us this month on a full-time basis. We’d like someone confident and capable who’s going to get excited about preparing casual food at a high level, dealing with quality-driven independent suppliers, and working in a small, busy neighbourhood restaurant. Wages are competitive, tips are generous, and perks are plentiful. Apply in confidence to email@example.com and we’ll be in touch. Read more
The GOODS from Chocolate Arts
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café is your one-stop shop for sweet surprises this Easter. Offering a tempting selection of edible artistry, from bite-sized confections to show stopping centerpieces, award-winning chocolatier Greg Hook lends the harried Easter Bunny a hand.
Chocolate purists will delight in Chocolate Arts’ high-quality cacao selection of solid, dark or milk chocolate eggs in a variety of sizes. Mini eggs are available in elegant 3-or-9-piece packages and optionally embossed with silly faces for the young at heart. For co-workers, friends and neighbours in need of a vacation, offer a tropical twist with limited-edition dark chocolate-coated Coconut Lime Eggs, filled with white chocolate, organic lime reduction and organic coconut milk ganache. For an element of surprise, let your Easter hunters crack open 40g and 240g chocolate eggs filled with either a single foiled solid chocolate or five mini chocolate figurines, and decorated with cocoa butter in your choice of several colourful designs.
For those who prefer hares over hens, Chocolate Arts provides the demure and decadent Fleur de Cao Bunny, made of silky single origin 72% dark chocolate. Also available from the rabbit warren is the charismatic Chocara Charlie, a handsome handcrafted chocolate bunny available in dark or milk chocolate, filled with five bestselling mini Chocara bars carefully crafted of house-made caramel, peanut butter and organic rice crisps. The adventurous chocoholic will enjoy the decidedly unconventional Pop Rocks Bunny made of rich milk chocolate and effervescent popping candy.
To complete the Easter menagerie, Chocolate Arts offers their aww-inducing chocolate Cheeps—dark chocolate eggs filled with a bright and playful house-made passionfruit marshmallow and decorated as plump chickadees—and the portly, wide-eyed chocolate Piggy, concealing a small fortune of foil-wrapped chocolate eggs in its generous potbelly. For the truly deserving, pick up a Chocolate Arts statement Signature Egg. Available in two sizes, in either dark or milk chocolate, they boast intricately decorated lids and are filled with a curated selection of assorted and seasonal chocolates and truffles. Read more
The GOODS from Maenam
Vancouver, BC | Join Maenam’s Chef Angus An and sommelier Kurtis Kolt on Wednesday, April 16th as they welcome Meyer Family Vineyards wine proprietor Jak Meyer. For one night only, 13 guests experience a family-style three-course menu of fresh Thai flavours paired with Meyer Family’s new release Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Jak Meyer pours, answers questions and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his award-winning wines.
In 2006, Jak Meyer and his wife Janice Stevens-Meyer established themselves as one of BC’s top wineries, specializing in premium Chardonnay and, later, Pinot Noir. Meyer Family wines are produced on two main vineyards: a 1.62 hectare Old Main Road vineyard on the Naramata bench; and a 6.9 hectare McLean Creek Road vineyard in Okanagan Falls. Meyer Vineyards was recently honored as one of the ten best wineries in Canada by Decanter Magazine, and their 2011 McLean Creek Road Chardonnay was named the best in the country at the 2013 National Wine Awards.
The three-course dinner is $95 per person, excluding taxes and gratuity. Guests are encouraged to reserve early for this event, as tickets are limited to 13 seats. Details and menu after the jump. Read more
The GOODS from Hapa Izakaya
Vancouver, BC | Hapa Izakaya is hiring at all locations. For the front of house, we are seeking servers, bartenders and hosts who are energetic, hard-working, and looking for a fast-paced, fun environment. Applicants should have a passion for Japanese cuisine. Experience is an asset, but not mandatory. In the kitchen, we are looking for cooks with culinary experience, preferably with some Japanese influence. Japanese language skills are a definitely asset. Candidates may apply in person at Hapa Coal Harbour (909 West Cordova Street), Monday to Friday between 2:00pm-4:00pm, or Saturdays between 4:30pm-6:00pm. Learn more about the company after the jump… Read more
by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, we provide The Track – the song that is on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig – the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…
Los Angeles is the place to be if you want to cut a smooth operator-style modern R&B record. LA-based electronic soul singer Banks teams up with fellow Hollywood producer Shlohmo to create a broodingly spooky new track that somehow defines the new genre of ethereal mood music currently blowing up. Jessie Ware, Finister, Kid A, SZA, and more tread the same dark late night chill diva vibe as Banks, but the push coming behind her self-titled debut release indicates that she might be a name to watch in 2014. This highly cinematic clip makes the most out of a dark colour palette and a series of hypnotic shots of Banks shrouded by a veil. Obviously there’s more below the surface!
THE BLACK LIPS Justice After All
As the intro notes, The Black Lips are the pride of Atlanta’s Five Points hood. Together with their pals Deerhunter they have established the strip by the Variety Playhouse as more than just a place to find cheap booze and good times. The Black Lips seem to embody the fucked up spirit of American rock music at present. Underneath The Rainbow now out on Vice Records is pretty great!
S. CAREY Crown The Pines
As a member of Bon Iver, S. Carey’s new release ‘Range of Light’ is going to get a lot of airplay. He’s kind of been in the shadow of Justin Vernon for a long time, so it will be nice to see his more orchestral oeuvre get the attention it deserves.
THE WAR ON DRUGS Under Pressure
Everyone knows how much we dig Philly’s War on Drugs – they played a smoking in-store show at Zulu last year! Here’s some live footage of the first track off ‘Lost in The Dream’ – it shows just how much they have upped their game! If you saw their sold out show at The Biltmore the other day, you know just how lucky you are!
EX HEX Hot and Cold
Merge Records is like a family record label. Having previously released supergroup Wild Flag featuring Mary Timony, they also put out her latest effort as Ex Hex. With its crunchy riffage and tons of bouncy beats, this track is a who’s who of Washington D.C. punk legacy – and yes, that’s The Make Up’s Ian S. going out on a dinner date with Mary!
Chromeo are back! The electro vibe is alive and well. This new track seems to channel the Daft Punk thumbing bass pretty well. Time to lease a sweet ride and hit the open road.
THEE OH SEES The Lens
If you’re a fan of lo-fi animation you will certainly want to sit through this mellow new cut from John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees. Dreamy spaceman imagery galore!
GOAT w/ HOLY WAVE – RICKSHAW THEATRE Tue Apr 15
Psychedelic freak rockers Goat hail from the musical hotbed of Gothenburg, Sweden. Well, in actual fact they claim to trace their roots to a tiny town in northern Sweden that has a history steeped in voodoo worship and a common ancestor who was a famous witch doctor. With this in mind they will put a spell on you, and seduce your minds with their deep and trippy interpretations of ‘world music’ – a universal musical language that combines all forms of music into a fusion of art-rock, tribal rhythms, afrobeat, kraut groove, and lush hedonistic freak folk. Imagine Eddie Hazel as leader of Sun Ra’s Arkestra working through the ecstatic moments of a Damo Suzuki jam while the burnt daydreams of Vashti Bunyan breeze by… Sounds like a dream, right? Or maybe more like a nightmare? Hmm. Regardless, the element of spectacle will be on display on the Ides of April as Goat are known to perform in elaborate wardrobe (think exotic beaded garb). Openers Holy Wave from Texas should get the night off to a good start. Their music is pressed by the people who put on the legendary Austin Psyche Fest.
Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of January after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Chocolate Arts
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café is pleased to announce the debut of their high tea inspired hot chocolate service, Haute Chocolate.
The Haute Chocolate experience features a choice of three unique hot cocoas, a rotating selection of chocolates and pastries, and the option of either a house made marshmallow or whipped cream garnish. Cocoas on offer include the versatile feature hot chocolate, made to order from one of twelve possible single-origin cocoas to be sampled and selected according to personal preference; a spicy hot cocoa, expertly flavoured with a subtle, balanced blend of chipotle, cardamom and cayenne; and a classic bittersweet or semisweet cocoa, crafted from cubes of creamy ganache. The service, priced at $15.95, is available from 3–5 pm Monday to Friday, with extended seating times running from 1 –5 pm on weekends. As seating is limited, reservations are recommended but not required.
Carafes of hot chocolate are served with an evolving lineup of 4-6 house-made chocolates, pastries, petits fours and pâte de fruits. Guests also receive mini-slices of banana bread and butter or seasonal jam.
Chocolate Arts continuously strives to make their products and services accessible to everyone. Hot chocolate can happily be substituted for tea or coffee, and soy and almond milk options are offered for hot cocoas. Guests are invited to choose their chocolate from amongst the boutique’s extensive selection of artisan chocolates, which include a number of vegan options. Read more