Saturday, June 27, 2009

They really think we're getting out of control

A BIG thank you to everyone who came to the show at the Glue Pot last night. It was my first time there and that place is weird. Thanks to everyone who braved the high beer prices and enjoyed the free popcorn.

Now here's something I hope you'll really like.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

More stuff

Friday night you can come out and see CENTRETOWN CRIPPLERS, SAVAGE CRIMES & ZOOBOMBS from JAPAN! The show is at the GLUE POT PUB which I'm interested in checking out since I've never been there before. It'll be nice to see some bands in a completely different context since most shows are pretty much in the same few venues. CENTRETOWN CRIPPLERS really blew me away at the GAGA WEEKEND and I'm excited to see them again on Friday. SAVAGE CRIMES will destroy you and then the ZOOBOMBS will take it all home with their wild and crazy insano rock n' roll that could really only be hatched up in JAPAN. Afterwards you get walk a couple of blocks to SKA, SOUL & ROCK N' ROLL at BRIXTON'S and party there! Sounds like a good night to me.


P.P.S. Last night was my last show playing for BURIED INSIDE. A huge thanks to those guys for asking me to join their band in the first place. Changed my life forever and I will forever appreciate it.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


On Thursday June 25th, our main fortifications (RRPP) will be attacked. The attack will be coming from some of the farthest reaches of the USA. It will be a SAN FRANCISCAN INVASION!

The main culprits are one TY SEGALL who will be accompanied by one CHARLES a.k.a. CHARLIE and his gang of not so merry men THE MOONHEARTS.

We have reports that the MOONHEARTS attack will involve a sonic assault of uptempo rock n' roll that has been described only with the words "garage" and "punk". After their attack is over, they will not rest. They will then back-up Mr. SEGALL in a psychedelic mind assault which will try to bring us down to our knees using psywarfare.

We need all the troops we can get.

Meet at HOMEBASE at 2200 hours to be briefed on defense strategies. All I can reveal right now is that it will involve BEER, PIZZA & PARTYING. It's our only hope.

Monday, June 15, 2009

It's over!

There's nothing I can really write right now that can explain how amazing the GAGA WEEKEND was. If you were there, you know.

You can get an idea of what when down if you weren't there or just relive some memories if you weren't by checking out these pictures.







Thursday, June 11, 2009


So this shit starts tomorrow/today and I'm insanely excited about it. This is a big deal.

The last show left to talk about is the big big big headlining show.

Opening up the show is THE CREEPS. If you've seriously never heard of this band before I have no idea what's wrong with you. They've only been around for a decade. They've been only getting better in the last year or so. They only write some of the catchiest and most intense punk rock song I've heard come out of this city. Definitely make it out early to catch their opening set.

TOKYO SEX WHALE is playing second. They play monstrous rock and roll. Yogi is the main man behind this band and has been an influential part in this whole GOING GAGA thing. A) He recorded the WHITE WIRES LP. B) He's hooking up a space for the Saturday daytime show/bbq/free for all. C) He recorded the new CREEPS split 7" and their upcoming record D) He just recorded 8 NEW WHITE WIRES TRACKS!

STATUES are from Sudbury and they rule. If you haven't seen them yet you're in for a treat. Catchy punk rock that will catch you in their grip. They've put out records on DERANGED & P. TRASH and a bunch of different rad labels and have been amazing to many Ottawa bands who have ventured up to Sudbury. Best dudes ever.

MILLION DOLLAR MARXISTS haven't played since last year's GAGA WEEKEND. Their set last year was amazing. Their song on the OTTAWA GAGA COMPILATION is unrivaled. A lot of people are stoked about this and you should be too.

LONG STORY SHORT: This weekend is important. It has been put together purely for the love of music. Ottawa has an amazing music scene which is unparalled in my opinion. So many great bands are playing these days with zero attitude and zero competition between them. This is all about fun and having a great time. Hopefully you'll be there!

Monday, June 8, 2009


The Saturday day show will be pure insanity. I can't really take time to describe what the bands sound like so I'll just type out a question for each.

FUCKED CORPSE - Do strobe lights work in the daytime?
FUCKING MACHINES - Will they still be drinking from the night before?
THE GIRLFRIENDS - Will that one guy have another guitar to fake play since he broke his other one?
THE BALCONIES - Are they read to GO GAGA?
YEAR ZERO - Will Dave Williams' presence in this band finally nail them down as an early LOOKOUT RECORDS sounding band?
ZEBRASSIERES - Is that gorilla gonna be throwing bananas around again?
BOTCHED SUICIDES - Is that dude gonna punch me in the head?
CENTRETOWN CRIPPLERS - Will all of the members be able to fit in this place?
THE JOLIETTES - Did the GO-GO'S have two dudes in their band?
THE FELINES - Can cats actually surf?
THE WHITE WIRES - How insane is IAN is gonna get once he's done playing?
the band who's name is a symbol - Who's watching the store?
THE SUPPOSITORIES - Position 1 or position 2?
SCHOOL JERKS - Why am I not way more punk?

Check out an interview with Ian about the GAGA WEEKEND by local blog APT 613.

Click here to hear it!

Saturday, June 6, 2009


The Friday night show is a HOUSE PARTY and will be insane!

It all starts off with NERVOUS SYSTEM. I have yet to see this band. It features Jesse and Matt from SAVAGE CRIMES backing Matt Oxley of CRAZY OCEAN. From what I can tell from the songs online they sound like the more insane parts from SONIC YOUTH's early records. I'm looking forward to seeing them.

Next up is HOLY COBRAS this will be their first show with their new line-up. Rod and Dan are tyrants and they've axed their rhythm section AGAIN. Who knows what they'll sound like now. Brit pop? Come out to see for yourself.

are up next and will play a bunch of trashy punk, Todd will yell a bunch of nonsense and everybody will have a good time.

Next up is one of the bands that I'm looking forward to the most. URANIUM COMEBACK is an elusive band that rarely plays but is so damn good it hurts. They play the catchiest, most powerful upbeat punk rock in the vein of POINTED STICKS. Just wait till you pick up your copy of the OTTAWA GAGA compilation and you find yourself listening to their song over and over and over and over.

Capping off the night will be THE BEACH BLANKETS who will put on a fun show that will get everyone dancing and flipping out. Definitely a perfect end to a wild basement show.

854 Bronson

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Here's a video I made to commemorate THE VISITOR's first time traveling to play a show instead doing what they usually do when they travel i.e. - explore, pillage, discover and what-not.

The Visitors - Transylvania from capital distraction on Vimeo.

This song is new and will appear on the OTTAWA GAGA COMPILATION.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I couldn't be more excited about the GAGA WEEKEND 2 which is coming up on JUNE 11th, 12th & 13th. It's going to be way more insane than last year that's for sure. It's all starting off at ROCK N' ROLL PIZZA PARTY on THURSDAY.

THE VISITORS are releasing their first 7" on HOUSE PARTY RECORDS called TROPIC OF CANCER. This record is amazing and features four great new tracks! Did someone say free digital download code!? It's all good if you pose hard and don't own a record player.

MOTHER'S CHILDREN will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary this weekend. You should come out and help them celebrate. They've done a lot in a year. They've played countless shows with great bands and put out a ripping 7" single on their own SHANG-A-LANG label along with GOING GAGA. Pick it up if you haven't already.

SEDATIVES will be opening the whole thing off and will hopefully set the tone for the entire weekend.

It all goes down at the ATOMIC ROOSTER (303 BANK St.) Doors at 9 pm. Come early to check out the bands. Stick around for DJ'S, Dancing & Pizza!!!!