Music Direction

What We Do

Music Direction provides Branded Playlists to experience-conscious businesses. We believe that music is an effective marketing tool; the strategic selection of music can help communicate and strengthen a brand’s identity. The right music at the right time can influence consumer behaviour and increase sales.

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Contacts

#210 – 430 Railway Street
Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6A 1B1
Email: sales@musicdirection.com
Phone: 1.855.350.2292
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About Music Direction

In an increasingly competitive market, progressive restaurants and retailers are realizing how important music is. Music Direction is the ultimate music distribution and licensing service. Through a collaborative process we design a custom music profile for each of our clients. We strategically select music to match the personality of a brand. Our full colour touch-screen interface displays album art and gives managers and staff the ability to provide valuable feedback by ‘thumbing up/down’ on a track as it plays.

Current clients include Cactus Club Cafe, Opus Hotel, Donnelly Group, Glowbal Group and Mavi Jeans.

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Zulu Report: Everything That You Should Listen To This Week

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

FUCKED UP – “The Other Shoe” – David Comes To Life (Matador)

Seriously. Best band in Canada? Perhaps. I touched on this record last week, but I have to extend the spotlight one more week because I truly can’t get enough of the new LP from this Toronto quintet. Maybe the soft spot in my heart for cheesy punk and cheesy arena rock is vulnerable. This album is equal parts both. This is one of those records that really makes sense to own in its physical form. I mean, I guess you could find some lame, half-guessed lyric transcriptions on the internet, but personally I really enjoy holding the liner notes in my hands (even better when printed 12×12!) and pouring over the poetry that Pink Eyes has promised since the early days of Fucked Up. Read more

Zulu Report: Everything That You Should Listen To This Week

February 26, 2011 

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

The Piano Drop from Tim Hecker’s masterful new album Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky).

Tim Hecker has long been a Zulu fave; the man is a master of ambient music in the full sense of that genre. Whether it be Eno-esque melancholic synth washes or harsh, jagged guitar tones common to Northern European death metal, Hecker is always producing “next-level” shit. To be sure, the world of ambient synth has become mighty crowded in recent years – no one can keep up with all the micro-edition, cassette-only ambient noise albums that come out each month – but Hecker stands out from the crowd because of the consistent high quality of his output as well as the conceptual element that defines each of his albums. Ravedeath 1972 is based on the idea of sonic decay; the digital waste of the recent past and far future. It’s the product of field recordings of Hecker playing an organ in a cave in Iceland, which were then chopped and edited in his Montreal home.

The Playlist

SIC ALPS Napa Asylum (Drag City)

A true album in the old-school sense, Napa Asylum is a gnarled flower that slowly, beautifully unfurls. There are twenty two petals to this flower.

SONIC YOUTH SYR 9: Simon Werner Disparu (SYR)

NY’s finest revive their SYR imprint for their soundtrack of a French film. A great and moody, almost Godspeed-y collection of jams.

WHITE FENCE Is Growing Faith (Woodsist)

Delightfully ragged Kinks-ims mixed with a healthy dose of West Coast pastoral dandelion flower psych, all lovingly held together by keen songwriting skills. Each listen bares greater rewards.

MITOCHONDRIAN Parasignosis (PFL)

The heaviest riffery to hit the Zulu sound system in quite some time, Canada’s own Mitochondrian are epic death metal, conjuring molten-lava riffs from the centre of the earth. The first three songs are titled in ancient Greek…

A HAWK AND A HACKSAW Cervantine (Langspielplatte)

The Athens Georgia/Elephant 6 legacy rolls on! Jeremy Barnes’ Hacksaw project finds them pilfering the world of Eastern European folk and Balkan drinking music.

MOGWAI Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will (Sub Pop)

Maybe what separates Mogwai from their post-rock brethren is their willingness to embrace humour, as this album title displays. Of course, writing epic, swirling chasms of noise is no laughing matter for these guys.

V/A Kompakt Pop Ambient 2011 (Kompakt)

Kompakt’s Pop Ambient series has, over the course of ten years, become a kind of institution. The label’s distinct style of slowly evolving, introspective, minimal electronic composition is beautiful and, frankly, pretty addictive! 2011’s edition features heavyweights of the scene Alva Noto, label owner Wolfgang Voigt, Jurgen Paape, among others.

OFF! First Four EPs (Vice)

Classic 80′s hardcore greatness from people who were actually around when it all went down! Former Circle Jerks/Black Flag frontman Keith Morris sounds brought back to life by his new band and the results.

THE SOFT MOON s/t (Captured Tracks)

Dystopian soundtracks for torn romantics of the new millennium – that’s how I describe Soft Moon’s particular brand of angular, post punk meets krautrock. I like.

The Gig

Thu MAR 17 | DESTROYER w/ WAR ON DRUGS @ The Commodore

We still have a limited amount of tickets for this show which is sure to sell out. Bejar doesn’t play town too often, which alone makes any local show an event. On top of that, his newest offering, Kaputt, is a smooth, late night good time. What’s more, it’ll be interesting to see how this album translates to a live setting. If you want to go, don’t wait to get tickets. Get ‘em now.

The Glance

February

Sun FEB 27
TWISTA – RED ROOM

Mon FEB 28
WILD NOTHING + ABE VIGODA – BILTMORE – WE ARE SOLD OUT
LYNCH MOB – RICKSHAW
THE WHITE BUFFALO – MEDIA

March

Tue MAR 1
CONCRETES -BILTMORE

Thu MAR 3
MORCHEEBA – COMMODORE – WE ARE SOLD OUT
THE IDLERS – YALE

Fri MAR 4
KATAKLYSM – RICKSHAW
DEVOTCHKA – COMMODORE
YANN TIERSEN – VOGUE
100 MONKEYS – VENUE
HEY ROSETTA! – RICKSHAW – WE ARE SOLD OUT

Sat Mar 05
HEY ROSETTA! – RIO THEATRE – WE ARE SOLD OUT
ASOBI SEKSU – BILTMORE
41st AND HOME – RED ROOM
COLD WAR KIDS – VOGUE – WE ARE SOLD OUT

Mon MAR 7
CRYSTAL CASTLES – COMMODORE – WE ARE SOLD OUT

Wed MAR 9
GZA – FORTUNE

Thu MAR 10
DATSIK – GOSSIP

Fri MAR 11
DRIVE BY TRUCKERS – COMMODORE – WE ARE SOLD OUT

Sat MAR 12
KAKI KING – BILTMORE
HUGH CORNWELL – VENUE
MARCY PLAYGROUND – BILTMORE
BORN RUFFIANS – RICKSHAW
GEOFF BERNER – WISE HALL

Mon MAR 14
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS – VENUE

Wed MAR 16
MICKEY AVALON – VENUE
FAKE BLOOD – FORTUNE

Thu MAR 17
DESTROYER w/ WAR ON DRUGS- COMMODORE

Fri MAR 18
THE TOWN PANTS – COMMODORE
DIRTY SOUTH – CELEBRITIES

Sat MAR 19
WARPAINT – BILTMORE
WEST COAST REGGAE CARIBBEAN MUSIC AWARDS – DIAMOND BANQUET HALL
THE RESIDENTS – RICKSHAW
BASS KLEPH – GINGER 62

Tue MAR 22
GOLD PANDA – FORTUNE
MEN – BILTMORE

Thu MAR 24
TATE RADIO – BILTMORE

Fri MAR 25
ELECTRIC SIX – COMMODORE
AKRON FAMILY – BILTMORE

Sat MAR 26
THE PARLOTONES – BILTMORE
ESBEN AND THE WITCH – WALDORF

Sun MAR 27
TELEKINESIS – MEDIA CLUB

Mon MAR 28
TORO Y MOI + BRAIDS – BILTMORE

Tue MAR 29
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE – BILTMORE
SHARON VAN ETTEN – MEDIA

Wed MAR 30
SAY HI – MEDIA CLUB
O’DEATH + STRANGE BOYS – BILTMORE

Thu MAR 31
MOUNT KIMBIE – BILTMORE
THE DODOS – RICKSHAW

Zulu Report: On New Destroyer & Old Songs From East Africa…

January 29, 2011 

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

currently on heavy rotation in the store…

Kaputt from Destroyer’s Epic Ninth Album, “Kaputt” (Merge).

I have no idea what is going on in this Destroyer video, but I’m sure that the nerdy-boy protagonist holed up on his computer, the floating whales, and the teengirl-dancers all add up to something significant! Fans of Destroyer have come to expect the unexpected, and in that respect Kaputt delivers. This time out, Bejar and band drop the Dylan/Van Morrison/Al Stewart moves for a smoother, Jazz and Ambient-inspired set. But really, as much as Kaputt might seem like a complete left turn upon first listen, the fact is that all that we love about classic Bejar is here. Expect tales of mysterious women figures, Vancouver references, and scathing criticism of American indie rock culture, all enmeshed in a dense and rewarding sonic structure. Awesome. Read more

Zulu Report: Loving British Sea Power & Digging Dead Ghosts…

January 23, 2011 

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

currently on heavy rotation in the store…

“That Old Feeling” by Dead Ghosts from their self-titled debut (Florida’s Dying).

These local sloppy garagers describe themselves as the laziest band on the planet. Lucky for us they finally crawled off the couch and recorded this sloppy, swampy 13 song collection. Sounding somewhat like one of Kim Fowley’s many failed outfits, these guys nail the delinquent attitude that currently defines the vast world of underground garage rock. Like their heroes The Black Lips, No Bunny, and BBQ, the Dead Ghosts’ songs drunkenly stumble along towards the ultimate trainwreck shambles that can only come from a true, hard-won I don’t give a shit attitude. Read more

Zulu Report: Yay For Sebadoh & The Doors Playing Vancouver…

January 13, 2011 

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

currently on heavy rotation in the store…

The Doors playing Vancouver in 1970, from the new album Live In Vancouver 1970 (WEA).

This is a treat: from the vaults comes a live recording of The Doors playing the Pacific Coliseum in 1970. In 1970, Morrison was fully into his slobbering, bearded, drunken roadhouse hustler phase, and the band had become less psychedelic wanderers of the collective unconscious and more of a shit hot whiskey blues rock band. The band are in fine form playing this set, and having the great Albert King lend his guitar skills to a few tracks doesn’t hurt either. All said, this is a great snapshot of the last phase of the Doors’ storied career and reminder of how deadly a live act The Doors could be when they wanted. (ed. note: pretty sure my Mom was at this show!) Read more

Zulu Report: Loving The Sounds Of Siam & Going To Sex Church…

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

currently on heavy rotation in the store…

Faults from Seefeel’s brilliant new 10 inch, “Faults” (Warp).

None of us here at the shop would’ve predicted a reformation from one of our favourite UK 90s post rock bands – Seefeel – but we’re delighted with the fruits of their recent labours. Faults is a 4 song primer for their upcoming Warp LP due out in February. These songs build on the same sonic foundation that made us love Seefeel’s dubby, druggy, space jam masterpiece Quique way back in ’93. Its rare for a band that’s so tied to a specific era of music, in this case UK Post Rock, to be able to mature and develop as tastefully as what’s on display on Faults. Needless to say, we’re psyched to hear what comes next. Read more

Zulu Report: The 10 Albums That Are Making Us Smile This Week…

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

currently on heavy rotation in the store…



Dreamscaper
from Ye Olde Maids’ “God Blesses Us, Mother Dresses Us” (Heartworm Press).

We at the store are big fans of Cold Cave’s moody, synth-rock Depeche Mode-isms, so when we heard that main man Cold Caver Wes Eisold was putting out a selection of solo home recordings we were duly excited. Coming off as something more charming and home spun that his more slick primary musical guise, God Blesses Us, Mother Dresses Us is a fun and fried-out set of junky recordings that resemble something like The Vaselines jamming with New Order in some deserted Northern England bunker. If this all sounds terribly obscure let me just say that Ye Olde Maids should please fans of the amateurish pop that’s played just for the hell of it! Read more

100 Bands Worth Introducing To Your Eardrums In The New Year

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by Sean Orr | Quinn has already well taken care of the local scene at ItCameOutMagical (and I’m hardly going to rival Pitchfork or Fader in providing context or explanation), so in the interest of compiling and sorting huge amounts of data and sharing it over the internet, I bring you a straight-up raw and unranked list of bands that you should “check out” in 2011. Listens after the clicks… Read more

Zulu Report: An Audible List Of Our Favourite Records In 2010

December 17, 2010 

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

currently on heavy rotation in the store…

Destroyer performing Chinatown live, solo, in Dallas.

A lot of people were shocked when Destroyer dropped the Archer On The Beach ep a few weeks back, but really they shouldn’t have been. Dan Bejar, the captain of the Destroyer ship, likes to keep things interesting, and if that means ditching the Van Morrison and Dylan-isms of the past several releases and instead pairing up with Tim Hecker and Loscil for some electro-crooning then so be it. Archer On the Beach is a stunning new vision from a guy who’s never shy to try on a new pair of pants. If a few people get seriously freaked out, so be it. This live clip is a great snapshot of Bejar on his own, but when Kaputt drops in January, don’t say I didn’t try to prepare you. Read more

Zulu Report: A Cockle Warming Santa Sack Of Awesome Records

December 2, 2010 

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

currently on heavy rotation in the store…

Matt And Kim performing Silver Tiles from their new album Sidewalks (Fader Label).

As this shaky camera attests, Matt and Kim excel at getting the party started. Sidewalks, a sorta-concept album about their hometown city, New York, is their third full length of party inducing dance-rock riffs and rhythms, a hybrid of punk-pop energy with electronic dance band synth sounds. It may not be the most groundbreaking formula but as this video shows, and as Sidewalks displays across its ten tracks, Matt and Kim are know how to kick out the jams. In particular, Sidewalks makes full use of studio production for maximum whoomph! effect. Read more

Zulu Report: Dubstep On Wax & The Dukes Of The Stratosphere

November 29, 2010 

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

currently on heavy rotation in the store…

SKREAM doing it live in Vancity, circa 2009. Come check out his killer new collection Outside The Box (Tempa), four 12”s of skull rattling dubstep.

Skream (Brit Ollie Jones) is one of the leading lights of UK Dubstep, an umbrella genre-term that gets thrown around so willy-nilly lately it seems tough to say what new music doesn’t qualify as dubstep. Needless to say, Skream – along with Kevin Martin (Bug), Burial, and Kode9 – have all produced thrilling music over the last several years, all of it contributing in different ways to this thing called “dubstep.” On Outside The Box, as it’s title suggests, we find Skream peeling back the layers of spacey black atmosphere that typified his earlier work and embrace the pop element at the core of his ass-banging sound. What you get is slamming, bass-heavy midnight séance jams that sit comfortably alongside R&B party stompers. It’s a heavy mix that manages to please the purists and the partiers, as well as extend the genre forward. No better way to absorb these jams than as 4 12”s, for ultimate fidelity. Read more

Zulu Report: “Black Mountain” Plays & “Quest For Fire” Rules

November 22, 2010 

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

currently on heavy rotation in the store…

Anyone who’s been digging the kind of riff-heavy, deep psych-seances put forth by Black Mountain and the Black Angels in recent years will no doubt adore the skull-rattling riffery of Toronto’s Quest For Fire. These guys deal interstellar sonic explorations on every track of Light From Paradise (listen to “The Greatest Hits By God” above). Sure, it recalls Hawkwind in it’s epic scope, but since when was that a bad thing? Throw this album your stereo on and let your brain be warped across the chasms of time and space. I will see you on the astral plane, the gentle play-space where children and gods frolic. Read more

Zulu Report: On Re-Issued Bowie & What’s Up With “Down There”

November 10, 2010 

Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…

The Track

currently on heavy rotation in the store…

Watch Avey Tare sort of discuss his new solo debut Down There (Paw Tracks), but primarily just creep us the hell out…

Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner) steps out from the shadow of main gig, Animal Collective, for his debut release under his (sort of) own name, Down There. Although Down There definitely shares the kind of dub-heavy, technicolor-psychedelic trance loops of Merriweather, this is nonetheless ‘nother beast. Gone is the sort of naïve, manic-positive vibe that permeates so much AC’s music; in its place is a dark sense of discomfort and foreboding yearning. Tare seems to be staring down the Big Questions on this album: fatherhood, mortality, and creeping paranoia all seem to be part of the sonic picture inscribed across the nine tracks of this album. It’s not a wholly bummer trip. More, it just feels like a mature and welcome step forward from a figure who casts a loooong shadow across the last decade of music. Down There is Tare stepping out on his own, working out some heavy issues in a way that’s fascinating to be a party to. Enjoy. Read more

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