Sunday, January 24, 2010

"I Have Been Invertebrated!"

Sudbury's STATUES have posted 4 new songs from their upcoming lp online. Check them out here. They recorded the record themselves and are really excited about the record. It will be out on DERANGED and there will be several corresponding singles with exclusive B-sides and covers and whatnot. I'm really looking forward to hearing the rest of the songs.

They are heading out on a month long European tour from mid-April to mid-May so check them out if you'll be around.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


"Montreals Black Feelings will be making their second appearance in Ottawa on saturday the 23rd. If you missed their first show at Irene's Pub, and were kicking yourself for it, don't worry about. Along for the ride are Tonstartssbandht.

854 Bronson
doors 8pm
Entrance at front! Seriously don't come to the back door, you won't be let in.
Bring slippers or indoor shoes, all boots will be confiscated at the door!

Black Feelings (Alien8, Blue Skies Turn Black)
They will envelop you like the darkness of space. A wall of growling low-end stands before you, as a voice yells through you. Telling you of your past, present, and future in half words. Driving rythms carry your thoughts away as tones swell, leaving you naked as the night.

High Rise II
Tribute band to Mainliner and High Rise, featuring Jesse Hickson the bassaphone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tonstartssbandht (Psychic Handshake, Does Are)
These brothers have walked through a summers rain to bring us a message from an imaginary counrty. Hailing from many cities they have seen the cool world. They used to live outside.

Get A Life Losers(Bruised Tounge)
They blew us on New Years, and we are proud to have them back. These boys will be boys and get you dirty and shaking yr fist. By the end of their set you'll be sucking yr thumb wanting that blanky you should have never given away.

Self Surgery(Bruised Tounge)
One half of the tag team Total Crush and one half of the tape label Bruised Tounge. Self Surgery delves deep past the hidden barriers of your mind with an ancient chant inducing a trance. Be careful my friends you may never return from such dark places."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Red Mass + Total Crush = RRPP

RED MASS is playing tomorrow night at ROCK N' ROLL PIZZA PARTY. They are an unstoppable force that has been steamrolling the world since it's inception. It is the brainchild of Choyce of CPC GANGBANGS who created this monster with the help of a rotating cast of musicians who serve as his backing band depending on the time and place. RED MASS has unleashed an insane amount of releases that is nearly impossible to keep up with. RED MASS will be invading Ottawa for the first time ever and here is your chance to worship at the altar of RED MASS!

Joining them is TOTAL CRUSH, a new duo that played their first show on New Year's Eve 2009. Two humans and a machine come together to play beautiful noise. Features Matt Oxley (Nervous System, Crazy Ocean, Wax Attic) and Pierre Richardson (Fucked Corpse, Self-Surgery, Bruised Tongue).

Doors at 10 pm. PWYC. ($5 suggested donation)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Show Review.

The GRAND TRINE/BLIND SHAKE/HOLY COBRAS show last night was amazing!

started the night off with "Mama Jihad" off the second cassette but the chorus has been changed a bit and lost a bit of it's attack. The rest of the songs were from the "Dead Bodies Float In Space" tape that came out on Campaign For Infinity as well as a couple of newer ones which I assume will be on the upcoming 7". They played a really good set and you can tell they've been playing out a lot more lately since they're sounding really tight. Their more spacey parts are definitely more precise and deliberate and the new songs are pretty fast and upbeat which I'm very much into. Looking forward to seeing them again on the 23rd of February opening for KURT VILE.

I didn't really know what to expect from THE BLIND SHAKE from Minneapolis. I had only heard a couple songs and some videos online but I thought they would put on a great show. They definitely did. I still really don't know how to describe them. They have a kind of a weird jerky DEVO kind of sound but are way heavier and faster. They also played a couple of surf songs in there but again, way heavier and faster. They were one of the best bands that I've seen in a long time. They played music in a style that you can't really compare to anyone else and put on a really energetic and relentless live show. I definitely recommend checking them out and hopefully we'll be able to get them to come back and play here again some time. Their Carmel lp is spinning on my turntable right now and their split/collaboration 12" with MICHAEL YONKERS is awesome! Definitely read up on YONKERS because he's an interesting guy.

This was my second time seeing GRAND TRINE and they definitely didn't disappoint. The first time I saw them was a mind changing moment because I didn't like their recorded output at all. I had been told that live they sound completely different and it's true. Gone were the reverb vocals and spacey noise and in was some punk rock freak outs. They killed it while playing on the floor in a living room but pulled it off just as well on a stage in a club. They opened with a SONICS cover then blasted through an energetic set and bookended it with a bass-less WIPERS cover while Tobias pulled some Iggy moves.

Thanks to Bruised Tongue, Oxley, all the bands, Eric for spinning some great tunes all night and everyone who came out last night.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Death Is Forming

Waiting For Something - a short documentary about Jay Reatard

Jay Reatard | MySpace Music Videos

Also our friend Jason in Toronto posted Jay's full set from his show back on October 16th 2009. Check it out HERE.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Porcelain Forehead.

It was a pretty well kept secret but PORCELAIN FOREHEAD was the "Special Guest" at the show tonight at 279 Flora. I missed half of their set unfortunately since I showed up late/they played very early. What I did see was really great. They sounded awesome, had a pretty good presence and we're a treat to watch.

Here's a video of them playing the release show for the excellent BLENDER MIX comp which features half Ottawa bands and half Quebec City bands which came out in 1983. HERE is a French site that talks all about this compilation and has mp3's and videos of the bands involved.

You can read a lot about PORCELAIN FOREHEAD on the NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN? website. NCFC was an Ottawa punk zine which was edited by Janine Frenken who is now playing bass for PF. I posted about the zine back in March 2008. You can download the "Right Now! The World Needs A Clear Head" 7" HERE. There were 500 copies pressed and is fairly hard to come by. If anyone reading this has a copy of the 7" the wouldn't mind parting with, let me know. They also released the "Frogboy Lives" compilation posthumously in 1993. That record collects the songs from the Blender Mix comp, the P.E.A.C.E. comp and many other songs from different releases and recordings which you can find fairly easily.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Punk '76-'79

Here is an amazing look at punk rock from '76 to '79 done by Much Music in 1991 back when the station still played interesting and exciting programs. Awesome interviews and amazing video footage. Also includes a lot of Canadian content which is often overlooked in punk history programs.

Skip straight to part 4 to get straight to the Canadian stuff and avoid the typical punk history stuff. The first 3 parts still have some very cool footage nevertheless.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pure Pop For No People

(Andrew Carver photo)

MOTHER'S CHILDREN played their first show in months a week or so ago on Xmas eve at ROCK N' ROLL PIZZA PARTY. They were really great and the new songs were killer. Mike is now playing electric guitar instead of acoustic guitar which makes his playing WAY more audible and gives the songs a lot more punch. They recently recorded a full-length record a Yogi's Meatlocker Studios and I cannot wait to hear it. You can check out rough mixes of "Shaky Sue", "What'll Happen To All The Girls" and "Don't Tell Mom" on their myspace page. Great upbeat glammy punk rock n' roll songs with influences from the 50's to the early 80's all coming together to form some insanely catchy songs that make you want to dance and party. I'm going to have "Don't Tell Mom" stuck in my head for a long time. I'm really looking forward to seeing them play again.

Ken from MC has been keeping busy by posting a bunch of stuff on their blog lately which has nothing to do with the band for the most part. He writes about great power pop and punk records and puts up links to songs and whatnot. It's pretty cool. So be sure to surf on over there once you're done reading this sentence.