Daniel Colussi | Vancouver musician, producer, studio-wiz and general man about town Josh Stevenson recently informed me that he was resuscitating his dormant Visions night at Strathcona’s Dunlevy Snackbar. This is good news. Stevenson helmed Psych Night at the Anza for years and I enjoyed many mellow evenings playing darts and bobbing my head to finely curated sets of psych rock, acid rock, biker rock, freak rock, art rock, fillipino folk trance rock (I’m making the last one up) and whatever else he saw fit to play. The Anza Psych Night effectively moved to The Waldorf for a brief stint and became Visions, but we all know what happened with that place. I was enthused to learn that he’s secured a new locale for his killer DJ night, and I’m now even more enthused to share a mix that he’s made for all Scout readers to enjoy. In typically esoteric fashion, Stevenson’s mix flows casually from one end of the spectrum to another, taking time to spot the many music anomalies that are only found at the side of the unbeaten path. We get everything from 60′s Process Church casualty (and mob puppet) Tommy James and Sunset Boulevard schemer Kim Fowley to two of my personal 90′s faces: Unrest and Royal Trux. In someone else’s hands this could be a bumpy ride, but Stevenson ensures a smooth journey, always. Enjoy!
Visions every Thursday evening at the Dunlevy SnackBar 433 Dunlevy Ave.
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.
by Sean Orr | Dear Waldorf Hotel, meet The Sugar Refinery, Starfish Room, Blinding Light, W2, Emergency Room, Sweatshop, Red Gate, 151, GLEN 360, Red Lounge, The Niagara, PUB 340, The Columbia, Richards on Richards, The Lamplighter, Brickyard, Underwear Farm, Butchershop, Honey/Lick/Lotus, Luvaffair, The Cavern, Smiling Buddha, Marine Club, Peanut Gallery, Pic Pub, Marble Arch, Mesa Luna, Town Pump, Purple Onion, Miss T’s, Selynn Hall, Java Joint, Pantages, Chameleon Club, Blinding Light, the Ridge, Dude Chilling Park, The Vancouver Playhouse, Exposure Gallery, Dadabase, Terminal City Newspaper, Tooth and Dagger, The Only, Beyond Robson, and a billion skate spots.
And while these ‘cultural entities’ closed for a myriad of reasons, they are still closed. And despite Professor Clint Burnham‘s point that the cultural sector is a key factor in gentrification, the sheer number of shuttered live music venues alone is reflective of our demographics and general attitudes towards local culture. The reaction alone (the news even made it to revered tasetmakers across the pond NME) is one of cumulative distaste, as noted in this tweet by Charenton:
BREAKING NEWS: Vancouver is a cultural, no-fun wasteland. Oh, wait. That’s not fucking news.
— Miranda Nelson (@charenton_) January 9, 2013
Some, like Tony X, were more positive:
Vancouver music and “culture” will certainly continue on, kinda think that’s been proven in the past 10 years.
— TonyX (@therealtonyx) January 9, 2013
Others, like the CBC’s Stephen Quinn, chose to take a cheap jab at the 60 people who are now out of work:
Sad. The Waldorf closed before the hipsters got a chance to declare it “so over.”
— Stephen Quinn (@CBCStephenQuinn) January 9, 2013
Brandon Yan points out the irony of how the documentary No Fun City actually played at The Waldorf, and former city planner Brent Toderian reminds us that “BC has one of the weakest Heritage Acts in Canada” (although the actual building may yet be saved).
Here’s a news flash, you fucking morons: kids get drunk before concerts. They also get wasted before movies, during late-night beach parties, and in the parking lot before hitting high-school dances. They also get drunk on shit-mix and puke their guts out in the stands during One Direction at Rogers Arena—for, believe it or not, reasons that have nothing to do with the music.
Related: BC Liquor Licensing, the best new Twitter account:
— BC Liquor Parody (@BC_Liq_Lic) January 10, 2013
Note: things things happened after a report issued by SFU professor urging province to focus on creative sector. Do you think Christy “Hipster is Not a Job” Clark was interested?
Me neither, and yet…despite (or perhaps because of) this, Vancouver’s Punk Scene Blows Up.
Meanwhile The NHL lockout was good for Vancouver’s economy. Weird. So people actually go out and do stuff when hockey isn’t on? Hmm…
Local ad agency Rethink declare It’s time to replace the word “consumer.” “First and foremost, it means replacing consumers with believers”. Shudder. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like a cult at all. Did you decide against “The Following” because of that stupid new show?
Bedroom City: Babies vs Earls. Except in this case, the babies are actually the adults. I mean, I love to pick on Earls at any opportunity, but this is just strange.
Mainstream media headline of the day: B.C. police say hamster birth not worth a 911 call.
by Daniel Colussi | It was only last week that Destroyer wrapped up their Never Ending Tour in support of 2011′s very fine long player, Kaputt. Over the last eighteen months, Dan Bejar and ace backing band, The Kaputt Players, have criss-crossed the North American and European continents, hitting all the major festivals and too many seedy clubs to count. From Coachella to Utrecht, their focus remained the same: bring Kaputt to life every night. But now the tour’s finished and their last official band duty of 2012 is to DJ at The Waldorf this Wednesday night as a benefit for the Portland Hotel Society. The timing couldn’t be better; having lived a communal life on the road and spent nights in dark clubs only to walk out and see the sunrise (or not rise), the band is perfectly positioned to convey the madness and immorality of the road life through a carefully curated selection of mood music. I spoke with guitarist Nic Bragg and organizer Amber Webber about what to expect. Read on…
Nic give me some perspective on what a Destroyer DJ might consist of. We’re like marauders, we’re seasoned old dogs. We just got back from a tour in the land of no sun – Scandinavia – and the cold hard streets of Helsinki, where everything gets really real in a hurry. It’s enough to destroy your mind when you’re living on a bus and you wake up in a new city, and you’re never quite sure how you got there. So for me, I’m going to recreate some of the feelings of being out on the cold streets of Copenhagen, looking into the eyes of Scandinavia. I’m going to be playing wax. My set is going to be golden nuggets, I’m going to have some soul music, some blues, because my tour persona is smokestack, as in the song Smokestack Lightning, as in Lightning Hopkins, probably the best blues guitar player that’s ever influenced me. And a little bit of the crazy vibe of the Muscle Shoals, which I’m addicted to.
So the tour itself is going to inform your playlist? On tour, at the end of the night, after the after-party, the band is still just sitting on the bus playing tunes off Bejar’s iPod, because he’s still trying to teach us what it’s like to listen to jazz music.
Give me just one tour tale that’ll help attendees get into right frame of mind on Wednesday. A crazy thing happened to me in Stockholm. We wake up on the bus…everyone’s groggy. Usually Ted has already scoped out where the best coffee in town is, the best thing to get your life back on track, to find out where you are. The good thing is that when we play these clubs they’re usually in the bourgeois centre of town. So we find the place, we all enjoy some delicious coffee and as I’m coming out this woman starts speaking to me in Swedish. And I’m like, I’m sorry I don’t speak Swedish I just speak English, and she said, Oh no that’s the wrong answer. And then she asks me, How long are you going to be in Stockholm? And I say, I’m only here for six hours, and she says, Oh no that’s the wrong answer. So I had to ask her, What is this? And she says, I’ve been following you and I want to cast you in a Swedish television commercial and you’re perfect for the part. So I just said, Look I’m sorry I don’t speak Swedish and I’m leaving town after the show. But of course I had to ask her, What is this for? What am I perfect for? And she says, The commercial is for a person who loves to go to the racetrack and gamble on horses. So who knows, I could’ve stayed behind and made my career as a two-bit actor in Swedish TV commercials, and that’s the thing, when you’re on tour everyday something could change your life, and that day it happened to be that one thing. Read more
Ryeberg is setting up in Vancouver for its first live show. It’s an evening out where you get to have a couple drinks, watch a few YouTube videos, and listen to smart people talk about them. They are Miriam Toews, bestselling author of “A Complicated Kindness” and “Irma Voth”; Charles Demers, stand-up comedian, author of “Vancouver Special”; Michael Turner, poet, critic, and author of “Hard Core Logo” and “The Pornographer’s Poem”; and Stephen Osborne, publisher of Geist Magazine and author of “Ice & Fire: Dispatches From The New World.” Check it out
Tuesday, March 6 | Show at 8pm (Doors at 7pm) | The Waldorf Hotel (1489 E Hastings) | $12 @ the door
Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent Vancouver exceptionally well or are inherently super awesome in one way or another.
by Daniel Colussi | It’s been a heady couple of years for Florida’s Jacuzzi Boys with constant touring, a flood of tasty releases, and most of all their second full length, the cheekily titled Glazin’. Production-wise, Glazin’ offers just the right amount of musical and acoustic progression from their previous lo-fi releases to up the ante and keep things interesting. Song-wise, the Jacuzzi’s trod terrain that’s entirely appropriate for a couple of dudes in their early twenties, namely the bubblegum-world of girl-crushes, going to parties, and just good old L-I-V-I-N’, if you get me. Guitarist Gabriel Alcala and bassist Danny Gonzalez were kind enough to tell me about being a rock band in the most un-rocking state in the union, the pleasures of living in a trailer, and the success of their fine new album…
Music-wise, Florida makes me think of Death Metal and crazy Hardcore bands. What’s the straight deal on Florida? Where are the places you guys like to play?
Danny: Florida has always been kind of weird place for music, particularly rock ‘n roll, and I think it’ll always be that way. Miami is so far removed from everything that it often feels that things exist in their own little vacuum down there, but there’s really only one place to play, and that’s Churchill’s. Everything else feels kinda clubby and lame…
Gabriel: Yeah, Churchill’s is like our CBGB’s! It’s located in Little Haiti and the area is filled with spooky vibes…
I was in Miami a few years back. I remember the incredible Art-Deco hotels, Wolfie’s restaurant, and seeing SUV’s driving around with bullet holes along the sides. In one of the USA’s high-crime zones. Have the Jacuzzi Boys had any notable brushes with the law?
Danny: Haha. Yeah. Miami can be a bit hairy, but we all grew up there so we kinda know the deal. Unless you’re involved in some shady shit, or trying to be a tough guy, you should be alright. Those bullet holes were probably just stickers though! People seem to like those in Miami…
Gabriel: I’ve gotten held at gun point with some friends once. I guess we parked a little too far from the bar.
You guys have been around for a few years now. What were some albums that you guys bonded over when forming the band? And, were there any particular albums that guided you through the recording of Glazin’?
Gabriel: Diego and I basically got into punk rock together and the one band that really blew us away was the New York Dolls. We thought they were beyond cool! When we first met, Danny, I think we spoke about digging Dr. John’s Gris Gris album, Moby Grape & our infinite love for the Ramones! While writing and recording Glazin’ I remember listening to a lot of Milk’N'Cookies, Brian Eno’s Here Come The Warm Jets and Lou Reed’s Coney Island Baby. Fleetwood Mac is always on in the van as well.
I’m assuming that doing the band isn’t any of your full time gigs. What do you guys do to put bread on the table? Is Miami an expensive city to live in? Is it musician friendly?
Danny: I used to work at my family’s restaurant, but haven’t lately. No, I don’t think it’s that musician friendly. That’s why we try to tour as much as we can…
Gabriel: It’s my full time gig. I can’t find a job for the life of me! Neither can Diego. This past summer we applied at dog walking services, a funeral home catering company, and tried to get a job as a half nude bartender at a gay bar. No dice!
Glazin’ demonstrates a nice evolution in the band’s sound since your first album. What kind of music do the Jacuzzi Boys play? What do you tell your Mom what your music is?
Danny: It’s rock ‘n roll, plain and simple. No need to fancy it up, or dumb it down. My mom thinks it’s just a bunch of noise, but she’s cool with it.
I’ve read that Danny in the band lives in a trailer. Trailer parks carry certain connotations to most people. My step-mom lived in trailer parks for years, and I found it to be a lovely community. Care to comment on life in the trailer park? What are the perks?
Danny: It’s funny. I do live in a trailer, and it is in a park, but it’s not a trailer park. It’s a state park. Only a few families live there, so it’s pretty chill. I can walk to the water!
Gabriel: We practice there and it’s surrounded by all kinds of wildlife. it rules!
The new album has garnered significantly bigger press. How does it feel to have greater exposure for the band? Does it feel like Glazin’ is a turning point, or has it been a steady climb over the years?
Danny: I think it’s been a steady climb, but working with Hardly Art has definitely presented us with some pretty cool opportunities… It feels good to know more folks are getting into the band though!
Gabriel: Climbing and picking flowers along the way!
The Jacuzzi Boys play The Waldorf tonight (Saturday October 8th) with support from Vancouver sloppy-rockers Dead Ghosts, with DJ duties provided by Bryce Dunn.