GOODS | “Music Direction” Puts Together A New (And Rather Different) Holiday Playlist

December 5, 2013 

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Vancouver, BC | It’s been all about Christmas and holiday music updates for the team at Music Direction for the past few weeks. Each of their clients is presented with customizable options to integrate the holiday tunes into their existing playlists (upping the Christmas content as we go towards the big day). After listening to literally hundreds, if not thousands of tracks as part of this yearly process, here’s a hand-picked selection of some of their all-time favourites. Pour yourself a cup of mulled wine, connect a good set of speakers or a headset and enjoy the warm glow that emanates from these tunes. Get the complete tracklist and details about Music Direction after the jump… Read more

VANCOUVER LEXICON | BB

December 3, 2013 

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BB | Slang | An attractive young woman (term popularized by local band Bestie).

Usage | ”I’m going to try and get that BB’s number.”

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VANCOUVER LEXICON | Adams, Bryan

December 1, 2013 

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Adams, Bryan | Bryan Adams is from Vancouver.

Usage: “Bryan Adams is from Vancouver”

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DEFINITIVE RECORDS | The 3 Albums That Anchor The Tastes Of Super Vancouverites

November 21, 2013 

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Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today we hear from Zach Berman, the co-owner of The Juice Truck, which you can regularly find parked at Abbott & Water in Gastown dispensing good health with a straw.

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“This was way harder than I thought…too many good records that inspired different times. Alas, here we go.”

Neil Young – Harvest Moon LISTEN | “This was our dinner time album growing up. Everyone has an album like that. There’s just something comforting about a good nostalgic album.”

Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary | LISTEN | “My favourite contemporary Canadian band and probably my favourite album during university. It’s too bad they broke up. Everything they did was brilliant.”

Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney – Ram | LISTEN | “There are a few Beatles albums (and subsequent solo albums) that could be here. If Tom Waits was a Beatle he would have made an album like this. ‘Monkberry Moon Delight’ and ‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’ are two songs I never get tired of listening to.”

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SOUNDTRACKING | Local Band “B-Lines” Share Tunes Before Their Electric Owl Gig

November 19, 2013 

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by Daniel Colussi | I like to consider the four lads of B-Lines to be my personal professors of punk rock. Through many conversations across the Zulu Records counter I was tutored in the historiography of K.B.D. comps, introduced to the rarest of Vancouver punk 7″s, educated in the intricacies of Italian bootcore versus Swedish ragna-stomp, and so much more. Upon hearing of the B-Lines’ show with weirdo punker No Bunny (have you seen him play town? He performs wearing a demented/deformed bunny mask and not much else, and it’s great) it seemed a no brainer to have these guys share some of their favourite tunes as of late. What they’ve offered us below is a nice mix of the completely obscure (to me at least) along with some Stones-cold classics…

Angry Samoans – Lights Out

“We steal all of our ideas from this band.”

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“Bored teenagers make the best music.”

Mekons – Where Were You

“A perfect song written by some dudes who probably didn’t know 2 chords a year before.”

The Rolling Stones – Citadel

“Do you remember a few years ago when garage 7″ers would sell for obscene amounts of money? Jay Reatard records would go for like $50. Not a solid long-term investment. Red Cat turned down all that crap. I did however trade in a bunch of bad 90s pop-punk 7″ers for this Rolling Stones record. Thanks to the Muffs for standing the test of time!”

Rhino 39 – Hurry Up and Wait

“Rhino 39 are lost classics of LA punk. Scotty plays them to death in the van on tour!”

The Mansons – I Died Four Times

“An Australian KBD rarity that Scotty has and loves.”

Gang of Four – I Found That Essence Rare

“This sounds like a party song.”

Psychic TV – The Orchids

“Bruce and his wife Marya wanted this song to play when they got married, but they forgot to get a quality mp3 of it. Someone played a low quality youtube video instead, probably this very one. It didn’t really have the intended effect. Next time.”

Sroeng Santi – Baa Baa Buam Buam

“Bruce is in school right now. He can’t listen to songs in English while he reads, so he’s been listening to this instead.”

Should you find yourself toe-tapping to these songs, consider heading down to the Electric Owl tonight (November 19th) to see our favourite sons play with the aforementioned No Bunny, Audacity, and Hunters. Tickets can be found at Zulu and Red Cat, and also at the venue.

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Daniel Colussi is the Music Editor of Scout Magazine and a contributing writer to Ion Magazine. A veteran employee of Zulu Records and tuneage aficionado, he DJs on an infrequent basis (about four times a year) and is a musician around town who plays in several ensembles.

ZULU REPORT: All The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Week

November 15, 2013 

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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…

THE TRACK

TY SEGALL The Man Man

Is it too early to start thinking about your favourite records of the year? November is the time when the dust starts to settle in the new release schedule and all the bigwig critics pour a glass of wine and sit down to mull over the year that was. I think it is a safe bet that the 2013 Ty Segall release ‘Sleeper’ will get some critical nods and crack some year-end ‘best of’ lists. Ty took a chance on this album. After a steady stream of heavy post-grunge rock records, he went into the studio with just a limited back of tricks and focused on writing songs on his favourite beat-up acoustic guitar. Working completely alone – solo – in the studio, he recorded all of Sleeper in the early morning hours between 3am and dawn. His mind was tired, blown, and fried. The result is a deeply enthralling album that captures burnout, a fragile mental state and the damaged visions of an artist who has spent the better part of the last five years travelling across the indie rock party landscape. For The Man Man video, Segall croons softly on his way home from a late night session and a trip to the store for milk, before being ventilated by bullets shot by a gruesome trio of faceless evil on his front stoop. Enjoy.

THE PLAYLIST

KRONOS QUARTET with BRYCE DRESSNER – TOUR EIFFEL

They say music takes you to other places. It animates a story, captures emotions, and speaks to the human condition. Take one of America’s leading new music quartets and let them collaborate with one of the leading creative forces in America’s rock music pantheon and you know that the results will be majestic, dramatic and entirely mesmerizing.

DESTROYER Bye bye

Up in the Similkameen Valley the chickens run wild and free. They eat peaches in the fields. Closer to home, Dan Bejar of Destroyer has free range, roaming his Strathcona pastures. But look, there is a snake in the grass! Bye bye is the first visual accompaniment for Destroyer’s forthcoming Spanish language record – a collection of Antonio Luque covers, of the band Sr. Chinarro.

STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS Lariat

If you haven’t heard, Stephen Malkmus has moved back to Portland and has been frequenting the Poler concept store. Imagine his lumberjack look! His days of digging the Berlin art crawl are over. His style is wasted in Kreuzberg, anyway. In January, we can all look forward to a new Jicks album. In the meantime, pull out your Groundhogs LPs and Dead boots and relax.

BRASSTRONAUT The Grove

In school I really liked the surreal films of Maya Deren and Bunuel – the dream state as the ultimate distraction. This Brasstronaut clip takes me back. You have to search the shadows, piece together the narrative and enter the dreams of the main protagonist. Cool. I am a sucker for treated trumpet intros, too.

MUM Candlestick

Did any of your friends spam you with texts and images from their vacation to Iceland’s recent Airwaves festival? I had to block them. It was so hard to endure the constant barrage of majestic landscapes, awesome music and cultural collaborations and, of course…Mum! Get your freak on now, as post-glitch electronics is returning.

SERGE GAINSBOURG & BRIGITTE BARDOT Bonnie and Clyde

Blast from the past. We recently had a long discussion in the store about Serge…is this quintessential French pop? Either way, you have to dig Gainsbourg in full-on outlaw mode.

WOODEN SHJIPS Back to Land

Ok, back to the present. What is the relationship between Geography and Music? I’m not sure, but I just read three PhD dissertations on the subject. Some people say San Fran’s fuzz rockers Wooden Shjips embody the regional ‘San Francisco sound’. I never really thought of it like that, but they do have copious freaky clowns – so make of it what you will.

THE GIG

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES | December 4th at The Vogue Theatre

Mike Muir and his Suicidal Tendencies crew have come a long way since this clip for 1983 epic skate rock jam ‘Institutionalized’. The song really leapt off the Repo Man soundtrack and propelled the entire LA trash scene, Venice beach skate scene, and of course the metal crossover that followed. In the last 30 years, the band has taken a number of hiatuses and undergone numerous line-up changes, but like their punk peers of the day in Bad Religion and Black Flag, they still intend to continue to thrash! The idea of the Vogue Theatre – with its ornate deco restoration – housing a band this ferocious live is riveting. Grab your vintage Caballero deck and check this out! Just don’t say ‘All I wanted was a Pespi…’ at the bar. Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gig landscape for the rest of November and into December after the jump… Read more

DEFINITIVE RECORDS | The 3 Albums That Anchor The Tastes Of Super Vancouverites

November 13, 2013 

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Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from bassist Daniel Knowlton of local band The Gay Nineties. The group is getting reading to go on a lengthy tour, so head down to The Electric Owl this Thursday night to hear them play before they go on the road.

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Neil Young – Harvest Moon LISTEN | “This album plays so beautifully from start to finish. The title track is what pushed me to learn to play harp as a street musician in my early 20′s. Harvest Moon is a perfect musical translation of the Canadian landscape. Could it be any more Canadian? No. It could be none, none more Canadian.”

Joel Plaskett & The Emergency – Truthfully, Truthfully | LISTEN | “Truthfully, Truthfully is a heavy rock and roll album with some really great tender moments and a great pop sensibility. This is the first contemporary album that didn’t leave my CD player for months at a time. As a musician, I am greatly influenced by his vocal performance in these songs.”

The Beatles – Rubber Soul | LISTEN | “The Beatles went from singing about ‘I’m so happy to be in love’ or ‘I’m so sad because I’m not in love anymore’ to ‘Stop war everyone, while I get really high in bed all the time’. Rubber soul was the start of this transition. McCartney’s bass playing on this album is boss.”

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DEFINITIVE RECORDS | The 3 Albums That Anchor The Tastes Of Super Vancouverites

November 11, 2013 

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Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from Bob Rennie. Most Vancouverites know him as a real estate marketing legend (he’s been at is since 1975), but he’s also one of Vancouver’s leading supporters of the arts. He sits on Emily Carr University’s Board of Governors and chairs the North America Acquisitions Committee (NAAC) at the Tate Museum of Modern Art in London. The public can check out his own Rennie Collection in Chinatown’s Wing Sang Building two days a week. Have a listen to the foundational sounds of…

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Beck, Bogart & Appice  – Superstition LISTEN | “Very fond friendship memories of youth and camping.”

Simon & Garfunkel – At The Zoo | LISTEN | “Describes life…animal farm-ish.”

David Bowie – Young Americans | LISTEN | “My ex-wife and I loved this song when we were 18!”

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SOUNDTRACKING | King Khan Journeys A Strange Road To The Album “Idle No More”

November 1, 2013 

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by Daniel Colussi | King Khan And The Shrines is what happens when a dozen or so punk, soul and RnB freaks get together and throw their tastiest licks into a big black melting pot. King Khan is the shaman/cook who stirs the pot and adds the mystery spice, or something like that. In truth, Arish Ahmad Khan has been toughing it out in various scuzzy garage rock projects since the mid-nineties. To wit, The Spaceshits were hardly known and barely understood during their time but have since gained legendary status, while King Khan & The BBQ Show put out a sound that was truly something special. Khan is a showman in the classic soul tradition, and to see him backed by a most potent and deadly band is a definite spectacle. Their most recent album – Idle No More – is the result of six years of serious mental toil. Khan left planet Earth for a while, but then he came back and he gave us his most focused, moving record. I reached him at his home in Berlin shortly before his recent Vancouver show to discuss the bizarre and tragic circumstances of this album’s creation…

Can you tell me about the titling of the album Idle No More and your empathy with that movement? Well, when I was a teenager two of my best friends were Mohawk Indians and I used to actually seek refuge at one of their houses when my dad would kick me out of the house. I spent a little bit of time on the Mohawk reservation. I guess when I was in The Spaceshits we had fans from the reservations near Montreal, and it was like a lot of these juvenile delinquents loved what we were doing. I guess in some ways I learned a lot about how to be a fierce punk rocker from that community. And one of my best friends was Mohawk and he actually passed away two years ago, about a year after Jay Reatard had passed away. In fact, one of the songs is kind of a requiem to him and also to Reatard. It’s called So Wild on the record. During the recording process of this album I was reading about the Idle No More movement, and it was really heartwarming to see indigenous people rising up, especially knowing the background and the conditions of what a lot of the reservations were like. And I was kind of shocked because any Canadians or Americans that I would try to talk to about Idle No More, they didn’t have any idea that this was even going on, so I thought that it would be a good shout out to them. I wrote to them, too, and asked for permission to use it and they were totally into it. It’s been pretty cool actually, because these newspapers all over Europe and America have been asking about it or have looked into it. I’m really happy to spread the good word.

Spreading the good word, sure, and this album maybe has a different tone than the earlier Shrines albums. There’s a lyrical heaviness to this album which is, I guess, based on this really intense process that you went through with yourself. There’s like…moments of really good things that happen and moments of pure pain, and I guess all that chaos going on at that time spun me into this kind of madness. It started off in a kind of funny way, with me and Mark Sultan in Australia playing for this festival that Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson had invited us to perform at, which was mind-blowing in itself because I admire those two people so much, and just to know that they listen to what we do, and to invite us to play at the Sidney Opera House…it was really amazing. And at the same time I’d been touring so much, and I’d actually been jailed twice before that…it was just icing on a really greasy cake! And then while I was hanging out there I wasn’t sleeping and I befriended a homeless aboriginal guy and wanted to start the Black Panthers with him in Australia and brought him to meet Lou and Laurie. I was definitely kind of going crazy. It didn’t help that I’d lost three of my best friends and I’d never grieved properly, so there’d be moments of talking and suddenly you just start crying. A lot of crazy stuff was going on. And eventually me and Mark had this big falling out. We played a couple more shows but then in Korea we had this huge falling out where I had to take refuge in a Buddhist monastery.

And how did you end up in the monastery? You just wandered in? I was just not part of the world anymore and I wanted to get away so I walked into this huge monastery and I waited at the door for the head monk and then when she sat me down it was really pretty crazy because I looked insane. I had nail polish and these mystified, crazy googly eyes. And she sat me down and heard what I was telling her, that I wanted to quit everything and start again. You could imagine at the same time I was writing these letters to my family, telling them I was going to quit everything and become a monk, so my wife was obviously pretty concerned. And then I showed up at home with a blonde mohawk looking stark raving mad. In a lot of days there was this synchronicity; when I had the first huge freak out in Korea it was the same time that my friend Jason, the Mohawk I was telling you about…he died that same night. I shaved a Mohawk on that day, but I didn’t know he’d died. I guess in a lot of ways, in retrospect, we were spiritual twins. We were born on the same day. He had a black snake tattoo on his chest and I did, too. So it felt like a big piece of me had passed away. From then on it was basically a plummet into…my family intervened. One of the people that really got into my head at that point was my sister in-law, the actress Rose McGowan.

Oh yeah? Weird. Yeah, it was really weird. Her sister married my brother. But I was writing these mass emails to my family and she was writing back saying, You know you’re just having this maniac, mad episode, a lot of people have this, especially artists. You should seriously go get yourself checked. That was the one person that really got into my head. So with her guidance, I went in and then it was a few years of heavy drugs and chemicals that basically…I describe it as burning down the viking ship! During that process you start to really learn what are the most important things in your life, the people that you love the most. And then after a couple years of really having to shut off from everything, the song Darkness crept into my mind. Before that I was in a vulnerable state where I didn’t know if I could do music anymore, let alone be what I was because I was sort of wiping the slate clean. But after that song Darkness came out I felt this confidence again…to continue. And then slowly the album slowly took shape over a period of about two years.

So it was a protracted recording process? With The Shrines it’s always tough to get everyone together to do stuff, but it really took almost five years. We started piecing songs together. Some of them were older songs that we just never tackled. But once Darkness had been birthed, the rest of it seemed a lot easier and it felt like it was ready to take form.

One song in particular that really struck me was Of Madness I Dream. I thought it was really sweet song and a lovely way to end the album. It seemed like almost a summation of your experience, maybe. What can you tell me about that song? Thank you. Well, that song, I mean…I’ve always said that music in general is for me a very spiritual thing and ultimately the power it has is to be able to transform pain and agony and torture into something beautiful. So in the process of making music I’ve always kept that in mind and tried to be a vehicle to allow pain and suffering to turn into something else. So with that song especially it really felt like a light was shining out and I was receiving the lyrics. I gotta say, I feel like it was a weird gossamer. Not to get religious, but it felt like something was being said to me. It’s amazing how simple everything can be at certain points. With the right words, it’s amazing…

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Daniel Colussi is the Music Editor of Scout Magazine and a contributing writer to Ion Magazine. A veteran employee of Zulu Records and tuneage aficionado, he DJs on an infrequent basis (about four times a year) and is a musician around town who plays in several ensembles.

SOUNDTRACKING | Six Fabulous Songs From Electric Syria & The Ravenous Arctic

October 28, 2013 

by Daniel Colussi | Through various internet and real, physical world travels, I always come across new and interesting songs. These six are the latest that’ve particularly piqued my interest, demanded my attention, and reassured me that future is still bright for human expression through recorded music. There’s no theme to the selections. They’re just tunes that have cut through the recent fog to lodge themselves in my brain…

Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu

The title track from Souleyman’s forthcoming Four Tet-produced studio album is a characteristic slow burning banger that snakes its way into the listener’s craw and wraps itself tightly around the brainstem. Souleyman, you’ll remember, is the Syrian Dabke legend turned Kurdish/Arabic singer of choice for all of us in the Western world, which is to say that most of us could not name any other Dabke legends…

Mike Donovan – Do Do Ya?

This charmingly lo-fi video is the perfect accompaniment to Mike Donovan’s, uh, charmingly lo-fi music. He’s ditched the extra baggage of being a Sic Alp and now he’s free to swagger the countryside of own mind with a knapsack full of acoustic strumming and the occasional electric-boogie lead guitar.

Widowspeak – True Believer

And speaking of the fog that’s descended on the city every morning of recent memory, Widowspeak’s beautiful and hazy music has never felt more apropos. Utilizing the simplest elements of a beautiful voice and a couple of chords, they create an out-of-body vibe that’s well suited to long walks through the mist.

Quilt – Arctic Shark

Quilt offers the perfect jangly rejoinder to the mellow guantlet thrown down by Widowspeak. If the latter’s approach celebrates disembodiment, Quilt offers a somewhat more lucid account of life’s mysteries; gentle on my mind and easy like Sunday morning, but with a lyrical density on par with The Critique of Pure Reason. I like.

Cass McCombs – Name Written In Water

The king of musical understatement and lyrical profundity delivers the goods as only he can. This is a song that seems breezy at first but reveals layers of interpretation with every listen. Dude even sneaks in a 2000 year old quote without seeming the least bit pretentious. McCombs is back!

Magik Markers – Ice Skater

And now for something completely uncharacteristic…. Magik Markers have always dealt in unbridled sonic sprawl. They’ve mocked EQ levels, trashed the stage, threw eggs in the faces of us all. And we loved them for it, but seasons change. Ice Skater is obviously a winter song, meant to prepare listeners for the imminent chill. When it comes, make like the Markers (and Joni) and skate your way warm.

ZULU REPORT: All The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Week

October 24, 2013 

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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…

THE TRACK

DEAN WAREHAM Love Is Colder Than Death

Dean Wareham is no stranger to Zulu Records. His first band Galaxie 500 came by the old Zulu shack to meet and greet when they opened for the Cocteau Twins. A couple weeks later they broke up. Fast forward a few years and Dean stopped back in and performed classic tunes from his Luna catalog with a pick up band of local players (he sent them the chords in the mail Chuck Berry style). Finally, we had a visit from Dean and his spouse Britta when they performed their now legendary sonic accompaniment to Warhol’s screentests. Dean hung out and read from his tell-all autobiography which was cool, yet awkward as he recounted hooking up with past groupies in Spain etc. Anyway, Wareham is definitely a Zulu Records alumni, and so with him releasing his first proper solo effort we are definitely overjoyed to see our guy back in the game. Channeling a bit of a Lee Hazelwood for the next generation vibe, Love Is Colder Than Death jangles along, propelled by Epiphone Casino twang and sweeping string arrangements, to a chilling classic Wareham-esque conclusion. Welcome home.

THE PLAYLIST

ATOMS FOR PEACE – Before Your Very Eyes

Thom Yorke is never resting. He is a content provider machine, constantly streaming something over the channels. Atoms for Peace is of course a side-project, but he pours tons of energy into it, collaborating on music and videos with an a-list of artists. He is constantly in flow, in motion and in a state of becoming. Great new video Thom.

STORNOWAY Farewell Appalachia

Positioned as the Scottish answer to Fleet Foxes, this lush folk-rock outfit has steadily honed their craft penning twee anthems that sound good in any setting. Casting Tom Hanks in this video which follows a poor soul on an epic journey from the village bookshop deep into nature would have been appropriate.

JAGWAR MA Come Save Me

Super catchy tunes have captured copious sets of ears here at the store. Vancouverites for some reason have a soft spot for Australian pop bands. Come Save Me is infectious. They will be at Fortune on Dec 9th.

THE BESNARD LAKES Colour Yr Lights In

Montreal’s Besnard Lakes make bliss rock without the feel good heroics. Instead they fuel their fire with heavy logs of despair, suffocating vapidity and gritty darkness. The dream rock and become a nightmare.

MAZZY STAR California

Do bands go into hibernation? Crawl into a cave in the hills and sleep for a decade? Maybe. Mazzy Star are back and within seconds of hearing Hope’s voice you know that they haven’t missed a beat. California is a slow brooding song… perfect for super late night closing the pizza shop.

THE GIG

MAD PROFESSOR Thursday Nov 7th at FORTUNE SOUND CLUB

Anyone who has been down Chinatown and checked into Fortune for a night of beats knows that they probably have one of the finest sound systems in the city. With that in mind we wanted to alert you to an incredible opportunity to see legendary producer within dub, reggae and electronic circles. Mad Professor is synonymous with the classic London to Jamaica dub plate scene. His work along with his producer pal Lee Scratch Perry has defined the Black Ark, Studio One and Ariwa Records sounds. That said, his influence on the music scene in general goes much, much deeper as artists like the Beasties, Massive Attack and The Clash have all benefited from his studio wizardry. Deep bubbling bass bins should be experienced live to really understand how sound can make an impact, take up space and move the dance floor. Witnessing a true pioneer like the Professor is a rare privilege. Get out and get in! And take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gig landscape for the rest of October and into November after the jump… Read more

DEFINITIVE RECORDS | The 3 Albums That Anchor The Tastes Of Super Vancouverites

October 23, 2013 

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Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from Reid Stewart, one of the founders of local liftestyle/clothing brand Lifetime Collective.

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Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps | LISTEN | “Driving through Montana with my Dad at the age of 6.”

Fugazi – Repeater | LISTEN | “Having been a huge fan of Minor Threat, listening to Fugazi was new. It was different from Minor Threat and really made me start listening to all aspects of this new band’s music. Change is good.”

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation | LISTEN | “Absolute creative force and one of my all time favourite bands. Always inspiring to me. I like how they push boundaries and move their music forward.”

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ZULU REPORT: All The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Week

September 30, 2013 

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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…

THE TRACK

INDIANS La Femme

On tour with Daughter and/or Phosphorescent, we were a bit saddened to see no Vancouver date for this young enigmatic artist from Copenhagen. Indians is the work of Soren Lokke Juul, an artist who treads much the same sound as Beirut or Bear In Heaven, and quickly had his debut release ‘Somewhere Else’ picked up by the astute A&R team over at 4AD. This record is prefect for thumbing through your fave Scandinavian blogrolls as it’s a perfect blend of evocative elements and sleek production design. Fans of the Danish wilderness will love this video, too. Weird shit happens when you chase dogs in the woods.

THE PLAYLIST

SEBASTIEN TELLIER – L’Amour Nassiant

This is the eternal French rock aesthetic. The loopy drums and seductive basslines hark back to a lineage that includes the French classics of Serge Gainsbourg with Bardot or Hardy. There’s even a bit of Lai’s A Man and a Woman there, too. Sebastien makes sexy music. You do the rest.

ALLAH-LAS – I Had It All

From one black and white video to another and from one continent to another…next up: Los Angeles’ gritty gutter rockers The Allah-Las, who channel the classic 60’s garage vibe to perfection. People ask me all the time for a recommendation for something akin to Nick Waterhouse. These labelmates seem pretty spot on.

DEERHUNTER Back to the Middle

Maybe the comments section says it best…or maybe not? “This is everything Deerhunter represents. Subversion. Becoming your true self. Dancing away past horrors with a groove”. Monomania is one of this year’s best records.

JULIANNA BARWICK The Harbinger

This video showcases Iceland in such a majestic way. If that doesn’t do it for you, then you pretty much have to be deeply absorbed by the equally majestic sound of the human voice run through delay, reverb and a loopstation.

TIM HECKER – Black Refraction

New Music and Electronic Music are actual closely related cousins. One went to grad school to do a MA in critical studies, while the other dropped out and sold ecstasy to the teachers. Montreal McGill prof and ex-Saint Laurent downtempo lord (Jetone) Tim Hecker would probably have something to say on the matter. He’s traveled deep into academia only to see his reflection in a shattered mirror on the dance floor.

JON HOPKINS Breathe This Air

Hopkins is a rising star in the beats game. He has a pretty silky sound which serves as a great base for him to line up his banging beats. Joined here by the equally smooth Purity Ring on vocals, Breathe This Air becomes a hypnotic elixir.

MGMT Cool Song No 2

Is this a good video? Is it a ‘cool song’ – as the title suggests – you decide. We all love Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) rolling round LA in a Datsun Z28, but plant hunting looks pretty ruthless.

FOREST SWORDS – Thors Stone

Maybe it just that England has a history of grimy despair coating everything, but for whatever reason, their version of chillwave ambience is always dark, gritty and just generally informed in an exotic filth. British producer Forest Swords is a fairly unknown player in the genre, but not for long.

THE GIG

GOBLIN Thursday October 17th at the RICKSHAW THEATRE

Are you or anyone you know currently going through an Italian progressive rock phase? Maybe you have been watching the cult classic films of Italian horror director Dario Argento a la Suspiria or Profundo Rosso. Or maybe you are just a shredder who shuns Rush and longs for something darker, more mysterious, and distinctly more European. Goblin are legends in the prog scene and should be amazing live – yes, there is the heavy gothic synth leads that joust for melodic space with the super fried tones of a Les Paul! Get a fuller glance of Vancouver’s gig landscape for October after the jump… Read more

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