ZULU REPORT | All Of The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Month

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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 – our selection of videos; The Gig – the “must-see show”; and The Glance – which details the best gigs on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy… Read more

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

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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…

The Track

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!

The Playlist

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…

THE GIG

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

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

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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

BANKS Brain

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 PLAYLIST

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 Jealous

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!

THE GIG

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

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

February 28, 2014 

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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

WOMEN’S HOUR Her Ghost

London’s modern quiet storm r’n'b four-piece, Woman’s Hour, just inked a deal for North America with Secretly Canadian Records. Their sound is built around classic mid-80′s period Sade infused with electronic elegance a la Art of Noise‘s classic late night jam ‘Moments in Love‘. The video is clever – one long, locked-off black and white shot of a sign language interpreter signing the lyrics to Her Ghost. Hypnotic! This is their debut 7″ track – let’s hope the impending full length is just as smooth.

THE PLAYLIST

KEVIN DREW Good Sex

Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene fame is preparing his sophomore solo album ‘Darlings’ and has decided the upbeat track ‘Good Sex’ will be the lead-off single. Time away from the band’s intense spotlight has made Drew a lot more relaxed and open. This video sort of captures that vibe from one of Toronto’s most misunderstood players.

THURSTON MOORE Heavenmetal

Here’s another chilled-out guy who has made the most of taking time away from the spotlight of his bigger band. Thurston Moore had a rough year in 2013. He and long-time life partner and music collaborator Kim Gordon split, and subsequently Sonic Youth took a bit of a break. Moore retreated to his upstate New York digs and took some time to just jam with friends. Here’s the result – a laid back song that features Thurston in a more introspective mode.

DEATH GRIPS No Love

To give a fuck or to not give a fuck? That is Death Grips’ current obsession. This 3D-esque video features a montage of live clips demonstrating the chaotic confrontational nature of the band. Everything about Death Grips is an attempt to agitate the environment they’re in. In 2013, they fucked with the industry, screwed their label and leaked their own record. So 2014 should be good.

REAL ESTATE Crime

Real Estate (who are in town next week) have taken the time to tab out one of the more breezy numbers from their forthcoming new album. If you want to play along at home, go for it!

LONDON GRAMMAR | Hey Now

From the opening notes on their Fender Rhodes electric piano you know London Grammar are all about the hush hours. Chilled ambience and delicately programmed beats are the main focus of this new track that really focuses in on vocalist Hannah Reid’s late night coos. Voted a British Breakthrough Act of 2014!

DUM DUM GIRLS Too Good to Be True

Flowers, Lava, Dum Dum Dee Dee and a shitload of special effects all play a prominent role in the second video out to support this Sub Pop Records signing. We played this in the store and someone mentioned a band called The Primitives from a long time ago…does anyone remember them? Is this what they would sound like today?

PINK MOUNTAINTOPS Ambulance City

Having recently supported Band of Horses here in town at the Vogue, Stephen McBean (Black Mountain) is shaking off the rust and getting things tuned up for his solo project Pink Mountaintops to hit the road and channel his madness. April’s new record Get Back is great! Who’s going to Austin Psyche Fest in May?

THE GIG

ANGEL OLSEN Thursday March 6th at The Media Club

Historically, March and April are great months for gigs. Pretty much every young North American band is on the road and planning their routing around either SXSW dates or Coachella. As a result you have to plan your rock calendar wisely and choose a few key shows to take in. Catching a band at the Media Club is pretty much akin to getting in on something at the ground level. This is one of the smaller rooms in town (until the Fox is officially a booker’s paradise) that showcases bands on their first swing through town. With this in mind, a lot of people are pegging Jagjagwaur Recording Artist Angel Olsen as one of the early stars of this year’s fresh faces. A couple weeks back Angel released her second album Burn Your Fire For No Witness and the critics quickly gravitated to her ability to evoke the greats like Cohen and Orbison without pushing too hard and losing some of her immediacy. There’s a natural confidence to Olsen’s recordings – let’s hope it translates well live!

Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of January after the jump… Read more

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

February 5, 2014 

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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

THE PIXIES Magdalena

Black Francis and the Pixies offer you a brooding new song from a steady stream of EPs they are self-releasing in advance of touring season. Joey Santiago’s signature Les Paul into Marshall Stack’s distorted crunch propels this sweet and sour ode to Magdalena – a classic mysterious Pixies-esque protagonist who really tears into a falafel (you know that infamous Marais joint with the line ups) before engaging in a dark egg and spoon tango through the catacombs of the city’s metro lines. Like it or not, The Pixies are back to wreak havoc with your stereo speakers!

The Playlist

MAC DEMARCO Treat Her Better

Mac has the best smile in the music business. His gap tooth grin is something we are going to be seeing a lot of in 2014 as he supports his third album, ‘Salad Days’. Captured here entertaining a bobbing head crowd at Sundance, DeMarco drops one of his new infectious cavalier good time jams. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he has a Vancouver date on the tour!

EATING OUT That’s My Man

Daniel P. is usually found behind the drum kit in the local noise rock band Nu Sensae. You can also find him performing on the stages of high class theaters such as The Stanley. Consider these two points as the extreme examples of his talents with the distance between the two being the wide niche in which he thrives. A unique local talent, Daniel here fronts his more garagey rock band Eating Out, as they celebrate high school ennui and the joys of minor revolutions.

THE COURTNEYS Lost Boys

Staying close to home, here we have a nice new video from Vancouver’s breakout band of 2013 – The Courtneys. Channeling the classic Keifer Sutherland vampires in the amusement park vibe (Lost Boys) and shot by Andrew Volk, this video reminds us how much fun Playland can be after dark. This new track is the first sneak peak of the band’s debut on Burger Records, which obviously sounds great!

DISCLOSURE Grab Her

Employing a simple premise and making the most out of it — that’s pretty much what this nifty new video from Disclosure does. Actually, you could probably say that about everything on this British duo’s debut electronic album, Settle. There’s an economic efficiency to their music; no extra bells and whistles, no vocoder etc — just straight up catchy grooves.

DAMON ALBARN Everyday Robots

Damon from Blur is a very busy guy. Beyond his own music, he has made a name for himself as a big time studio producer. Thus, it should be no surprise that the sound of this new solo track is nice and beefy. Using more electronic sources, Albarn’s latest track ‘Everyday Robots’ is a fat beat-filled glitchy track which he nicely pairs with a clever CGI portrait of his skull. Bravo.

THE GIG

Sat Feb 15 | YUNA – MEDIA CLUB

‘Live your life, don’t hide from what you are’… So begins this chilled out track from Malaysian singer-songwriter Yunalis Mat Zara’ai a.k.a. Yuna. Having just recently inked a contract with the infamous New York based jazz/pop label Verve Records, Yuna is definitely following her own advice and going for it. Her mid-February stop at the Media Club is early into her two month stint of shows throughout North America and Europe. Cozy and intimate, this gig should be the perfect place for Vancouver-ites to catch a glimpse of Yuna’s vocal prowess and unique pan-global pop aesthetic. Originally this performance was scheduled for late in 2013, but when Conan and the rest of the late night talk shows came calling, Yuna’s path was rerouted and her debut Vancouver appearance was postponed. Ticket sales for this new rescheduled date have been strong and we do anticipate the show selling out – act fast as who knows when Yuna will be back!

Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of January after the jump… Read more

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

January 13, 2014 

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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

CALIFONE Movie Music Kills A Kiss

Someone should curate a site featuring videos that use a single long shot. There is something fascinating about the results. Your mind is forced to interpret the images differently as the continuity of time and space captured through just one single camera lens has some very hypnotic qualities. Equally hypnotic are the slow burning blues odes of Chicago/L.A.’s Califone. Frontman Tim Rutili not only stars in this video, but also gets directing credits with a long, slow motion tracking shot of a woman en route to smash her lover’s guitar.

KING KRULE – A Lizard State

Any video that gives a nod to Hitchcock is good in our book. King Krule was a standout of 2013 – dropping a fairly unique post-jazz crooner album entitled 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, and delighting a sold out Vancouver audience at Fortune in early December. As Hitch notes…this video is all about gravity!

STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS Lariat

Malkmus and the Jicks are really killing it this week! On Tuesday they gave us January’s good time jams ‘Wig Out At Jagbags’, and now they’re making the late night talk show rounds as well as playing a few choice warm up shows in advance of a proper tour that has them in Vancouver on April 10th. This song harkens back to classic Pavement days and even drops some sweet references to Bongwater, Sun City Girls, Mudhoney and more.

COOL Blue

Cool is the band featuring Adrian and Amanda from Apollo Ghosts alongside Shawn Mrazek on drums! They were the surprise guests on KingFisher Bluez’s Christmas Show, so now the cat’s out of the bag. This video was created using the technology of www.fiverr.com, a place on the internet where people will do things for you for a fiver.

WILD BEASTS Wanderlust

It’s been almost 3 years since a proper new full length from London’s suave art-school rockers Wild Beasts. Smother was a good record but it got remixed to death, so it’s indeed nice to hear something as spacy and enticing as this new track.

BOAT CLUB Warmer Climes

If you have ever travelled to Gothenburg you will know that it’s a hidden gem in Sweden. It’s home to Way Out West festival, the famous Pustervik Club as well as a community of young bands that just brought the nord blissout scene to life. Check in with Boat Club.

PONTIAK – Lack Lustre Rush

Chicago’s ever-cool record label Thrill Jockey are making a noisy splash in 2014 with the long awaited arrival of this tasty Pontiak track! Imagine Suicide sitting around with Sunno))) and MBV and you might get a better grasp on what exactly Pontiak’s take on stoner rock is.

ARIEL PINK AND SKY FERREIRA – My Molly

A true match made in heaven, two of Hollywood’s most flamboyant rockers meet up for a gritty riff on My Molly. No word on whether Ariel and Sky plan to make an entire record together this year. They both seem really into the project though…

THE GIG

DARKSIDE at FORTUNE SOUND CLUB Tuesday January 21st

This is probably the show in January that everyone has circled on their calendars. It’s long sold out but there may be a few tickets up for grabs as the date nears. Darkside is, of course, the collaboration between electronic producer/musician Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. The duo first made a name for themselves remixing Daft Punk’s latest opus in its entirety. Based on the groundswell of interest in their vision they quickly recorded Psychic which sees them mining more hypnotic landscapes and offering up a more contemporary take on classic German prog outfits like Can and Neu. This will be a low key night, the music free but linear, and deeply etched in your subconscious as the dubby psychedelics and echoing delays nicely reverberate around Chinatown.

Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of January after the jump… Read more

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

December 9, 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

MOGWAI The Lord Is Out of Control

I keep watching this video waiting for something terrible or horrifying to happen, but it never does. Scottish post-rockers Mogwai know how to create mood, capture one’s attention and focus our listening experience. There’s a hypnotic slow burn to their compositions. Using classic vintage synth swells and fried fuzz guitars, the tones flow together perfectly into an enthralling elixir. The video was shot on location in Hawaii, capturing the eerie beauty of its natural setting inter-cut with some really nice footage of late night acrobatics classes, a man living off the grid and raising masks to the sun, and a woman trekking out to take in the sunrise. In the back of your mind you know that Mogwai live for the blissed out massive volume distortion rock outs, so when this new song just manages to keep the intensity in check the result is really seductive. Mogwai’s Rave Tapes release is one to look forward to in 2014.

THE PLAYLIST

BONNIE PRINCE BILLY Black Captain

Will Oldham drops a nugget from his songbook for Greenpeace’s boat The Arctic Sunrise which was detained by on piracy charges in September after they attempted to protest offshore drilling in the Russian Arctic. Black Captain is already a highly moving song, but in this politicized context and with Will just set up on a dock strumming his guitar, you can’t help but feel the vibe.

DISAPPEARS Kone

Remember the good old days when bands could jam on drone rock for 14 minutes in a vain attempt to capture the glory of Can and Faust? Those days are alive and well in the city of Chicago! Long live the trippy sound of Jazzmasters running through Roland Space Echo!

CALIFONE 3Voor12 Session

Next November when you are planning your escape from town I strongly suggest a cheap flight to Amsterdam, a train to the tiny University town of Utrecht, and a 3 day pass to one of the most underground music festivals in Europe – Le Guess Who. The shows all have a unified intimacy that makes you feel like you’re witnessing something special and unique. Here we see Chicago blues rockers Califone in a more stripped down incarnation entertaining fans in the Village Coffee Shop (not that kind of coffee shop!).

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Higgs Boson Blues

This week we took an informal poll on Twitter to find out from our customers/followers their favourite live show of the year. Nick Cave’s sold out April 6th performance at the marvelous Vogue Theater received a ton of votes and provided a fine excuse to relive the glory of seeing an amazing band in an amazing setting with an amazing set of fans loving every minute of it. The good news is Cave and Co. have a new live record and have announced another Vancouver show (in a larger room). The bad news is that it’s sold out already!

BLOUSE A Feeling Like This

Every New Year you should really make a point of discovering a few new young bands. Choose a label you like and do a little bit of investigating. Portland’s latest breakout band is Blouse, and with the impending release on Captured Tracks they should be making waves in 2014. This is a nice black and white tone poem that plays with one’s subconscious dream psyche.

SUPERCHUNK Void

“The venue is condemned but they still do shows on the weekend”… Hilarious chit-chat from an a-list of American hipster comedians (including Superchunk drummer Jon W.) as they line up to get into the club. If you can’t laugh at yourself…

THE GIG

TENNIS Monday January 6th FORTUNE SOUND CLUB

The idea that Denver’s slick indie pop outfit Tennis will be on the road this early in the year is crazy! Most bands wait for things to start to thaw before booking shows. Maybe they just have lots of practice booting around the icy Rockies roads en route to the next gig. Anyway, mark your 2014 calendars with this show and make it your New Year’s resolution to get out and see more bands. Tennis offer the sharp hooks of bigger more acclaimed bands such as Grizzly Bear and Vampire Weekend and will definitely have to bring their a-game if they want to outshine local openers The Shilohs who round out the bill. Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of December after the jump… Read more

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

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

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

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

September 10, 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

THE NATIONAL Graceless

America’s most respected ‘Adult-Alternative’ rock band, The National, are anything but ‘graceless’. On the contrary, these five well-tailored gents are the very model of sonic substance, cool style, and mature confidence. But enough smoke up their asses… Have you ever wondered what a day off might look like for The National as they vacate the tour bus in an effort to have some lighthearted fun? It turns out these guys are no different than anyone else – playing 500 with cans of beer and a baseball bat, shooting modified air weapons in the woods, and diving into the pool in your best threads. Admit it, it looks pretty fun. Well, they’ve earned it, and days off are rare for Matt, Aaron, Bryce, Scott and Bryan, who have been on the road constantly for the last 10 years, and will bring their ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ tour to the PNE on September 22nd. Shake up a beer and shake up your life!

THE PLAYLIST

YUCK Age Of Consent

The fact that young bands are still riffing on New Order songs tells you something about their overall influence in the big picture. No one can play guitar like Bernard, but bonus points for the dual Fender Jaguars!

CRYSTAL STILTS Star Crawl

Sacred Bones is a record label that pulls no punches. No one can walk on Crystal Stilts. Everything on the internet lasts forever. Never surf in water with alligators. The owls are not what they seem. Nature is a trip.

MOBY The Perfect Life

Moby is back. Ok, so he never really went away. Maybe we should just stop and think about electronic music in the 90s. Compact discs were everywhere and the party was, too. The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy…how will it all be remembered? Here, Moby jams with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.

WILLIS EARL BEAL Memphis

Yes, this is a trailer for a film. It’s also the acting debut of Willis Earl Beal, who will be releasing a new record next week. Willis is a major talent, both on screen and on record. He thrilled Vancouverites with a sold out show at The Biltmore last year. Do everything that you can to discover him.

HOLOGRAMS Meditations

I’ve never really understood why punk culture continues to flourish in Stockholm. Always interesting and super stylized, it somehow meshes perfectly with the beat of the city. Swedish rockers Holograms are about to make more noise over here in North America – they just signed with Captured Tracks.

YOUNG BRAISED Murakami

We wanted to shine a light on this Strawberry Jacuzzi produced vid for Vancouver’s own YB (endorsed by Zulu’s own Wolfman). All the food carts are blazing this track. Too bad he got rained out at Sled Island, but I guess he can still throw down at Pop Montreal.

DANIEL ROMANO There is Hardship

Good news, folks. Romano is actually coming back to Vancouver to play a real show – instead of a house party above Eugene Choo. This kid is an old soul. The kind of guy who probably mumbles horrible scenes in his sleep. True grit. Mark your calendars and go see one of Canada’s most unknown legends on October 10th at the St. James Community Centre!

THE GIG

DIRTY BEACHES Thursday Sep 26th BILTMORE CABARET

Alex and his gang will return to The Biltmore later this month and we suggest getting a ticket early. Once all the hype blogs get their teeth into him and further the myth-making campaign, this show will sell out. I guess Alex calls Montreal home right now, but when you look at his schedule over in Europe, his home has been a suitcase for the last few years! The Vancouver show will be the last in a North American tour supporting Drifters/Love Is The Devil. Alex’s journey in the darkness will be over. Like this video – shot on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn – there is a dreamy nocturnal soundscape quality to the music of Dirty Beaches. You are not sure what happens in the shadows of what you see. How much is real and how much is paranoia? And what is in the suitcase Alex holds by the river?

The Glance

Mon Sep 09 THE DODOS – BILTMORE
Tue Sep 10 WHY? – BILTMORE
Wed Sep 11 PRAIRIE CAT EP RELEASE w/ HOT PANDA – MEDIA
Thu Sep 12 EASY STAR ALL-STARS – COMMODORE
Thu Sep 12 CHALI 2NA – RIO
Thu Sep 12 LIMBLIFTER – BILTMORE
Thu Sep 12 NOSTALGHIA w/ Murder Dove and Black Magique- MEDIA
Fri Sep 13 CASHMERI CAT – SHINE
Fri Sep 13 JAMES MURPHY DJ SET – CELEBRITIES
Sat Sep 14 THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS – RICKSHAW
Sat Sep 14 NO AND AROARA – ELECTRIC OWL
Sat Sep 14 BOSNIAN RAINBOWS – BILTMORE
Mon Sep 16 WOODS & FRESH AND ONLYS – ELECTRIC OWL
Mon Sep 16 JULIA HOLTER w/ Nedelle Torrisi and Hannah Epperson- BILTMORE
Mon Sep 16 WOODS & FRESH N ONLYS – ELECTRIC OWL
Wed Sep 18 DAVID MYLES – ELECTRIC OWL
Wed Sep 18 OVERWERK – FORTUNE
Thu Sep 19 BURGERMANIA – THE GROWLERS – ELECTRIC OWL
Fri Sep 20 PORCELAIN RAFT – ELECTRIC OWL
Fri Sep 20 NEKO CASE – ORPHEUM – WE’RE SOLD OUT
Fri Sep 20 THE SONICS – RICKSHAW
Fri Sep 20 DAWN PENN – HUNGARIAN HALL
Sat Sep 21 FRENCH MONTANA – VENUE
Sat Sep 21 CJSF 10 ACTS FOR 10 YEARS – ASTORIA
Sat Sep 21 KIRKO BANGZ – FORTUNE
Sat Sep 21 MIAMI DEVICE – RICKSHAW
Sat Sep 21 MR C – ELECTRIC OWL
Sat Sep 21 JORDAN KLASEN – BILTMORE
Sat Sep 21 ISLANDS w/ Bear Mountain – MEDIA – EARLY SHOW
Sun Sep 22 WILD BELLE – FORTUNE
Mon Sep 23 PETER HOOK and THE LIGHT – VENUE – WE’RE SOLD OUT
Mon Sep 23 THE FEATURES – ELECTRIC OWL
Mon Sep 23 TODD BARRY – BILTMORE
Tue Sep 24 SAVAGES – BILTMORE
Tue Sep 24 CHOCLAIR – VENUE
Tue Sep 24 LAPALUX – SHINE
Wed Sep 25 K-MAN and THE 45s – UKRANIAN HALL
Wed Sep 25 OLAFUR ARNALDS – FORTUNE
Wed Sep 25 THE ORB – VENUE
Wed Sep 25 THE QUEERS/TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET – BILTMORE
Thu Sep 26 YOUNG GALAXY w/ Human Human – ELECTRIC OWL
Thu Sep 26 WAX TAILOR – RICKSHAW
Thu Sep 26 KONGOS – MEDIA
Thu Sep 26 DIRTY BEACHES w/ SISU and CHASMS – BILTMORE
Fri Sep 27 JAKE BUGG w/ HONEYHONEY – VOGUE – NEW VENUE / OLD TIX HONORED
Fri Sep 27 GOLD PANDA w/ LUKE ABBOTT & SLOW MAGIC – ELECTRIC OWL
Sat Sep 28 GUTTERMOUTH & AGENT ORANGE – BILTMORE
Sat Sep 28 LITTLE BOOTS W/ MNDR – FORTUNE – EARLY SHOW
Sat Sep 28 SHIGETO, PHAELEH & BEACON and NITEMOVES – ELECTRIC OWL
Sat Sep 28 NOAH AND THE WHALE W/ LP – VOGUE
Sat Sep 28 MOUNT KIMBIE – VENUE – EARLY SHOW

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

August 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

KING TUFF Sun Medallion

What are the kids listening to these days? We get asked this a lot. The answer is “Freak-psychedelia”. Following in the footsteps of Kurt Vile, Sub Pop’s indie darling King Tuff takes us into a soupy pop wonderland with this, his latest trippy video. There’s the token graveyard scene, pipe smoking and very interesting use of lo-fi kaleidoscopic visuals, all of which animate the jingle-jangle west-coast slacker pop vibe of Sun Medallion. Whoa!

THE PLAYLIST

HAIM The Wire

Who does Haim remind you of? Fleetwood Mac circa Tusk? Maybe. But there is something else going on, too. Three sisters from California channeling classic 70’s radio music. Their debut Days Are Gone would sound great in a department store.

BOB DYLAN Pretty Saro

Here is a new/old song from the master. Recorded in 1970 as part of his Self-Portrait sessions, this is Dylan at his most reflective forlorn best. Hardcore fans (like us!) can look forward to a series of unreleased gems like Pretty Saro as Dylan prepares the next instalment of his bootleg reissues. PS. Love the stock footage, too!

KING KRULE Easy Easy

Stripped down guitar and voice is always a winning combination. The buzz on King Krule in the UK is building in advance of 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, which arrives everywhere later in August. If you check the Scout archives you will note that we first tipped you off to his unique vocal prowess a couple years back!

STEVE EARLE Invisible

One of the best things about the 3 day stretch I spent at Folk Fest in July was getting to see Steve Earle interact with his adoring fans. Talk about a pro! On the outside, his gruff demeanour seems intimidating, but in actual fact he’s just one super nice guy who spends a great deal of time chatting the long line of uber-fans up. As the song goes…He’s invisible.

LONDON GRAMMAR Strong

Some say that this London-based group is just sucking up the vapour trail from fellow chillwavers The XX. Are there a series of actors out there that specialize in making music videos? This one seems pretty much dialled in to what you would expect out of anything that is blowing up in London! You be the judge.

TIM HECKER The Piano Drop

For whatever reason this track never grows old. Anyway, the good news is that Tim Hecker should have a new album out in the fall as well as a Vancouver date in support. Face it folks, he is the master of granular distortion bliss rock.

BILL CALLAHAN America

And while we are on the topic of records to look forward to in the Fall, Callahan will bring his dark sonic discourse back to life with Dream River on September 17th! Mark your calendars.

THE GIG

!!! & RA RA RIOT – FORTUNE SOUND CLUB Tuesday September 3rd

Brooklyn’s !!! (Chik Chik Chik) have consistently brought us the party rock. Combining disco, funk and electronics, the band’s own brand of 80’s art rock is highly infectious and once pumped through the milky sound system of Fortune, should start moving your rump. Having sold out The Commodore in the past, this big band will be extra special in the intimate confines of this super cozy club. Openers and fellow New Yorkers, Ra Ra Riot, will definitely set the tone early. They are a bit more upbeat and poppy than the headliners, and will probably warm up your feet for what’s to come! Take a much bigger glance at local shows for the rest of August after the jump… Read more

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

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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

LOUISE BURNS Emeralds Shatter

Louise is easily one of Vancouver’s hardest working musicians. When not gigging with her own solo project, she is either on the road sitting in as a member of the Lightning Dust band, touring with Gold & Youth, or DJing at a number of local bars. Hard work in this biz actually pays off and we should all step up and support. This track, Emeralds Shatter, is the leadoff single for her latest release ‘The Midnight Mass’ on Light Organ Records. On first listen, you can easily tell that Louise has upped the ante significantly since her debut. Here she hooked up with the production skills on none other than Sune Rose Wagner of the Raveonettes, as well as local mainstay Colin Stewart (New Pornographers, Black Mountain). Another smart move on her behalf was to invite a whole host of guests including members of Ladyhawk, Dum Dum Girls, and Cat Power to session on the record. Face it folks, Louise leveraged her cred to make an outstanding sophomore release… Now all you have to do is wait for permanent midnight and tune her in.

THE PLAYLIST

DIANA Perpetual Surrender

Toronto’s DIANA have it and everyone else wants it. Their debut full-length on Jagjagwaur is less than a month away and they are poised to make some serious noise in this Fall’s back-to-school music scene. Smooth grooves, deep bass, and icy coos, that together channel the fleeting hedonism of the late night party that asks ‘How long can you last?’… Perpetual Surrender is the jam!

WASHED OUT Don’t Give Up

Georgia based Ernest Greene began collecting keyboards about 10 years ago. When he amassed 50 of them he made this record. As the name suggests, his sound as Washed Out is all about textures and meshing tones that blur the melodies. Add a healthy dose of tropical vegetation porn and the mind does wander.

KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES Darkness

King Khan has signed up with our good friends at Merge Records and dialed in a bit more of a soul rock vibe to his signature intense garage rock aesthetic. Regarding this sweet vocal track, King Khan says, it is about the “ugly beasts that must be tamed inside of us all” and also his “attempt to do something as real as Nina Simone.” Yes, we dig!

MIKAL CRONIN Change

Staying with the Merge family, here is another newcomer that we also love! Mikal Cronin is usually found on stage as a foil to the manic energy of Ty Segall. Here making his TV debut on Conan, Cronin seems pretty relaxed blazing the fuzz on his electric 12-string – but honestly, the chap on the violin with the white framed glasses steals the show!

VOLCANO CHOIR Byegone

Volcano Choir is of course the other project of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. This should appease all big time fans out there who think that Justin is too busy party-crashing Kayne records etc. Byegone moves away from Justin’s normal pastiche and alludes to a darker more brooding sonic vision. The forest shots lit by neon are a most fitting visual accompaniment.

THE GIG

WHITE FENCE – BILTMORE CABARET Monday August 5

West Coasters are well versed with the psychedelic garage rock sound of Tim Presley a.k.a. White Fence. Based out of LA, Presley is a one man band and a complete sonic destroyer as his guitar chews up 40 years of post Floyd-meets-Velvets outsider rock. Ramshackle and definitely lo-fi, White Fence shows are more about getting a buzz on and turning up the volume than perfectly recreating any of the tracks from Presley’s most recent Cyclops Reap release. Expect a wall of shitty tube amps and 60’s fuzz boxes that buzz together perfectly to recreate some exquisitely soupy sounds that are the closest thing we have to a present day Syd Barrett, Michael Yonkers, or Jandek! Bigger glance at local shows after the jump… Read more

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