Monday, December 29, 2008


so i just came back from a little HA-HA-HOLIDAY out to cottage country and had marvelous time. unfortunately i had to miss out on IAN guest dj'ing at RAMPAGE on the 26th but i hope it was amazing.

a lot of people came out and had a great time at the FUCKING MACHINES/CRITICAL CONVICTIONS show except for JO came out and had a great time but then got attacked and had his thumb bitten and is now facing months of medical procedures to make sure he doesn't have rabies! good luck! other than that, the show ruled and the bands killed it. i am powerless against the opening riff to NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. it's a pavlovian thing i think.

i was surfing around and went to check out RAZORCAKE's website and what am i greeted with? an interview with my good pal DAVE WILLIAMS!!!! check it out HERE! CONGRATS!

anyone that still has an gusto left after new year's eve should come down to the basement of james st pub on the 2nd for the first RAMPAGE of 2009.

see you next year.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

wake up wakefield!

there's a show on january 3rd that is destined to be legendary. here's the ingredients: THE WHITE WIRES, MOTHER'S CHILDREN, THE SUPPOSITORIES, a bus, 48 punk rockers on said bus and a small bar in wakefield called KAFFE 1870. talk to people in the bands to try to get a hold of a ticket to take the bus there and back. if you can find your own ride up there, the show is free. it's going to be BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE WAKEFIELD.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

the weather outside is frightful.

HORSES and WORLD WAR I made it to ottawa despite the terrible weather they encountered on the way. both bands played excellent sets to a small crowd. a big thanks to everyone who came out to the show despite the freezing cold weather. it is greatly appreciated.

THE FUCKING MACHINES & CRITICAL CONVICTIONS are playing this tuesday december 23rd at the BYTOWN. should be quite the spectacle as it usually is. 5 bucks. 10 pm. you really have nothing better to do.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


OTTAWA is truly lucky to have such a great scene these days with so many amazing bands. one of the more elusive ones is URANIUM COMEBACK. these guys played their 3rd show ever on friday night and they were incredible. their songs are so catchy they are going to be stuck in my head for weeks. if you still haven't seen these guys do yourself a favor and go see them next them they play. the bad news is that it probably won't be for a while but the good news is that next time they play they'll be playing a bunch of new songs. the only way to hear them right now is to track down their rehearsal videos that are up on a certain video sharing site. do your research.

record news...
SEDATIVES started recording our full-length this weeked. THE VISITORS are putting the finishing touches on their 7" that is going to be out on HOUSE PARTY RECORDS out of halifax. the label is run by GER who is the genius behind the ROCKET TO RUSSIA radio program which rules. THE CREEPS "THESE WALLS" 7" will hopefully be out some time in the early new year. fingers crossed. knock on wood. it's coming out on BLACK PINT RECORDS. speaking of which i don't think i ever mentioned that there was an interview with these guys on the RAZORCAKE website as conducted by DAVE WILLIAMS (SEDATIVES/FUCKING MACHINES). you can read the interview here.

upcoming events...

thursday december 18th - LAST ROCK N' ROLL PIZZA PARTY OF THE YEAR!!!! it's the last one in 2008 so make it special. we've invited down our good friends THE NYMPHETS to come help us go out with a bang. Bytown Tavern. 10 pm/free/19+

friday december 19th - RAMPAGE w/ special guests HORSES & WORLD WAR I. Rocker Room (basement of James St Pub). 10 pm/$3/19+

tuesday december 23rd - FUCKING MACHINES & CRITICAL CONVICTIONS. Bytown Tavern. 10 pm/$?/19+

friday december 26th - RAMPAGE w/ special guest dj IAN MANHIRE (THE WHITE WIRES/SEDATIVES/GOING GAGA) Rocker Room. 10 pm/free/19+

if you're a facebook nerd you should join THE CAPITAL DISTRACTION group to get all the updates and invites for the events we put on. HERE.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

a word to the wise


on another note - THE HAVOCS from SUDBURY are coming back. this band features the HOULE BROTHERS who comprise the rhythm section of a little band called STATUES. you may remember when they played at ROCK N' ROLL PIZZA PARTY in late december and the bytown tavern was packed WAAAAY over capacity and they played a set of great songs interspersed with covers by the likes of BUZZCOCKS, THE JAM, THE CLASH, THE WHO, etc. etc. etc. well, this time around they're coming to BABYLON on DECEMBER 12th. they will be joined by the elusive URANIUM COMEBACK. these gentlemen have played 2 shows so far and are ready for round 3! if you missed their set at RRPP during the GAGA WEEKEND or at PUNK ROCK KARAOKE, they are an amazing band and a force to be reckoned with. great catchy songs with amazing vocal harmonies which is what you'd expect from a line-up comprised of ex-members of MILLION DOLLAR MARXISTS and current members of SEDATIVES & MOTHER'S CHILDREN. they've done covers by POINTED STICKS & THE REPLACEMENTS and their sound lies right around that territory. catchy punk rock with more of a rock twist. there might be another band playing too. there will be dj's. there will be fun.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

what am i doing?!?

there's been a lot of exciting things going on in the last couple of weeks that i should recap.

PUNK ROCK KARAOKE II went down and it was pure insanity. a mixed up MOTHER'S CHILDREN line-up played a bunch of u.k. punk songs which was awesome.

unfortunately the original MISFITS band canceled last minute but luckily THE MISCLITS stepped up with an hour's notice and did a handful of songs and allowed all the people who signed up to sign MISFITS songs a chance to show off their stuff.

it all ended with a bunch of the guys from THE FUCKING MACHINES closing the night off with a bunch of 80's american hardcore songs.

it all ended with 4 BLACK FLAG songs and things got a little nutty.

thanks to jessica g. for the videos!!!

the next night was the HOLY COBRAS tape release show at the ROCKER ROOM. THE BEACH BLANKETS opened and they were really great. picture 50's rock played by punk kids with a pinch of the frat boy party atmosphere of early LICENSED TO ILL-era BEASTIE BOYS if that makes any sense. they are definitely a new band to look out for and hopefully they'll be playing more shows in the future. it was my first time really seeing HOLY COBRAS with their new line-up and i thought they sounded really good and i'm interested to see what else these guys come up with as they continue.

this saturday was THE WHITE WIRES lp release and it was an amazing time. unfortunately i missed some of THE VISITORS' set. it's no secret that i love this band and i think they're great every time i see them but they were exceptionally fierce that night. SCHOOL JERKS from toronto played next and i thought they were amazing. they played quality early 80's hardcore influenced songs with barely any time to breathe between songs. THE WHITE WIRES ended it all off with a bang. they hadn't played since july 1st and a lot of people were anticipating this set. they definitely delivered and no one left disappoint as they tore through most of the songs from their lp and one CONNIE FRANCIS cover. the turn out for this show was exceptional and i highly urge everyone to pick up a copy of their record either from the local record stores or from them the next time they play.

LUKE NUCLEAR and I are starting to dj at the ROCKER ROOM every friday night starting this friday. if you want to come hang out and listen to us spin some tunes come on down. some nights we'll have bands too such as the 19th when we'll be hosting HORSES and WORLD WAR I who are both from toronto/halifax. if anyone was at the STATUES/VANCOUGAR show you probably saw HORSES play a few of their songs as well as back up MALCOLM BAULD. they play that kind of upbeat indie meets folk meets country kind of stuff. i don't know how to describe or what genre it is but i like it. WORLD WAR I has members of HORSES but they are doing something more in the WIPERS meets WARSAW vein which i am calling POST POST-PUNK PUNK. there'll be more info on that to come later.