Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Thursday Dec 22nd

Finish What You Started presents:

"a night of short and sweet chaotic hardcore from your six new favourite bands. freak the hell outta your parents and buy a bunch of there records to give to your little bro or sis on x-mas."

BOMBED OUT! (raw punk! bananarchy! rare appearance!)

ASILE (d-beat destruction!)

SHOT NERVES (hardcore for the ponx)

PREGNANCY SCARES (snotty chaotic hardcore)

MOTIVATOR (fast melodic hardcore)

ROUGH HOUSE (new band! first show!)

December 22nd @ The Montgomery Legion (330 Kent St.)

8pm. All ages/I.D. to drink. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER FOR THE OTTAWA FOOD BANK! ONLY $3 with two or more canned food items, or $5 without.

Respect the venue!! No bags allowed inside, but you're welcome to leave them at the door near us. No beverages (soda and water included) are allowed to leave the basement. No hanging out in the BACK or ON THE SIDE because it could lead to noise complaints from neighbours which could lead to the show being shut down. HANGOUT IN THE FRONT or go for a walk between bands. Remember to respect the staff, other patrons and folks attending other events at the Legion, each other, and the space. But most importantly have fun! Let's keep this awesome space going! *********************************************************************

Friday December 23rd

Holy Shit!

A live show at Babylon! Bands don't have to finish at 11pm! on a Friday Night! On a very rad night to have a show as well.

On Xmas weekend, do your duty and ensure that you are in your finest form for your family and relatives by getting the weekend off to a damn good start.

(will get you dancing)

(don't get out to often)

(members/ex.members of every band in this city)

DJ Skid Vicious will also be spinning.

317 Bank St.
$5. 10 pm.

Friday December 23rd

Happy herp-idays, come out for a blast of frenzied tunes and partying with two bands on December 23rd at 558 Gladstone.

XXXMAS (Christmas-core garage fuckers)


JON CREEDEN (A bearded man)

Donations accepted (1-3 bucks)
BYOB, pleeeease respect the house, no drinking out front on the sidewalk, and assholes stay at home.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

CRA: Merry Christmas from the Centertown Recording Alliance

The Centretown Recording Alliance is back at it again. You may remember them from their Canada Day recording challenge or their first challenge earlier this year.

They're back with a Christmas edition where people were welcome to submit a Christmas song. There are some covers, some originals and some downright weird selections.

You can check it out at the Centretown Recording Alliance's page. Feel free to crank it loud at your next holiday party. I'm sure your parents will definitely enjoy Vaglab!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

12.17 Steve Adamyk Band, Chinese Telephones & Party Knives!

Off The Beaten Track & CKCU 93.1FM Presents...

Saturday, December 17th 2011:


SAB launches their 2nd album (and first for Dirtnap Records) on this night, as well as unveils a new drummer. Tonight will be your chance to pick up a copy of the 11 track LP (or 16 track CD version) "Forever Won't Wait"!


The wait is over. These four lads are finally making their way to the great white north, all the way from Milwaukee, WI, for a handful of shows with SAB. Grab a copy of their new collection LP "Democracy", or their classic self-titled record on It's Alive Records!


First proper performance in years, and first with this lineup! Party music for party people. Current/Ex members of M$M, Token, The Acorn, Big Dick and Van Johnson.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Tonight! Kyle Kinane!

Comedian Kyle Kinane is performing at Dekcuf tonight. You should go see him. 8 pm $15.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Upcoming Events!

There are a bunch of shows happening this month.

12.8 Ferriswheel & Rolf Klausener at Le Temporaire 75 St-Rédempteur, Hull, QC 20h30, PWYC.

12.9 FWYS Holiday Bash with Sparrows,  Tightrope, Fractures, Dead Weights & Sack Attack at Montgomery Legion 330 Kent St. $6 with canned food. $8 without. 7 pm. AA/Licensed.

12.10 Camp Radio & Winchester Warm at Club Saw. 8 pm/$8.

12.10 Centretown Recording Alliance bash with The Johnnies, Garaga, The Allrights, Thunderuncle, Shaker and Romps, Mnemonics, FindersKeepers & more at Cafe Dekcuf. 8 pm/$?.

12.14 KILL ALL REDNECK PRICKS!: A Documentary Film About A Band Named KARP at Invisible Cinema 319 Lisgar St. 9PM/$5.

12.16 Season's Beatings with Remi Royale, Covercraft, Street Meat, The Guggenheimer Quintet (the Christmas Guitar Heroics of Pat Lawlor and Paul Hogan)& the Manadian Boys Choir at Irene's Pub.

12.17 Season's Beating with Frank & Florians Video Dance Party, Manadian Idol - Billy Idol Edition, Manpower, Flying Fortress, Hell Bros & The Unknown Wrestler at Irene's Pub.

12.17 Steve Adamyk Band, Chinese Telephones & Party Knives at Dominion Tavern. 10 pm/$6/19+

12.22 Bombed Out, Asile, Shot Nerves, Pregnancy Scares, Motivator & Rough House at Montgomery Legion. 8 pm. $3 with canned food donation. $5 without. AA/Licensed.

12.23 Silken Laumann, Uranium Comeback, Male Nurse Band & DJ Skid Vicious at Babylon.

Monday, November 21, 2011

12.14 Kill All Redneck Pricks! A Documentary Film About A Band Named KARP !

Ottawa Explosion and Invisible Cinema presents...

KILL ALL REDNECK PRICKS!: A Documentary Film About A Band Named KARP (

2011 / USA / 89 min / Blu-ray
Director: William E. Badgley Featuring: KARP, Kathleen Hannah, King Buzzo, Calvin Johnson, Kimya Dawson
Print Source: William E. Badgley

We are proud to present the Ottawa premiere of this documentary. An epic story of the rise and fall of the most hormonally overloaded band of punk-metal geeks to ever emerge from the mossy woods of Thurston County, Kill All Redneck Pricks takes you from the high school corridors and soggy chicken coops of Tumwater, WA, to the dizzying heights of punk rock stardom, only to make a shockingly painful crash landing. The players are real, and the stakes are life, death, and the inspired dreams of youth. King Buzzo, Justin Trosper, Kathleen Hanna, Kimya Dawson, and Calvin Johnson are just a few of the legion of friends and heroes that narrate the history and comic brutality of KARP. This is a vital story of the Pacific Northwest, loud music, and fragile humanity.

William Badgley will be in attendence.

Guest Bio
William E. Badgley
William E. Badgley is a producer of film and television who lives and works in New York City. He has been active in art and music throughout his adult lifetime, fronting the Northwest garage band Federation X since 1998. Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film about a Band Called KARP is his first film.


9 PM. $5.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Video: Nymphets Live at Babylon!

Here's a video from the show on Thursday.

Thanks to Chris Cook for the video!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

11.10 The Famines, The Nymphets, Dagger Eyes & Pregnancy Scares!

Ottawa Explosion and Davey Quesnelle present...



It's that time of the year again! Davey is getting yet another year older and another year wiser. This year he was wise enough to only play one set which will probably be a whopping 10 minutes so that he can hang out and have fun with all of you!

Joining Davey in the celebrations are...

THE FAMINES (Edmonton/Montreal)

This duo are no strangers to Ottawa. They've destroyed expectactions, hair length competitions, rock & roll music as we know it and a few beers have been shredded along the way. Two men with the power of ten will destroy you.

THE NYMPHETS (Stockholm/Montreal)

This is another great duo who have played Ottawa a few times including a very memorable set at the Manx with the White Wires way back when. Fast and nervous punk.

DAGGER EYES (Montreal/Ottawa)

This band has been around for a year now. Here's the description I gave when I first heard the song Vampire back then: "Totally dark and vicious like getting chased into a dark alley by a razor-wielding psycho."


A bunch of shitheads playing shitty shit for other shitheads.


10 PM

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bad Vibrations interview!

Check out this interview with BAD VIBRATIONS from CHUO's Hop The Fence program.

Here's the video that they mention at the end of the interview.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Low Culture Demo!

LOW CULTURE is a new band featuring Chris from Shang-A-Lang who is the head honcho over at Dirt Cult Records out of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Low fidelity and high energy go hand in hand on this self-recorded 4 song demo. It is now available as a free download for your listening pleasure.

Check it out HERE!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

10.28 Bad Vibrations & Roberta Bondar!

Ottawa Explosion presents...



Driving, energetic with great melodies and vocal harmonies. They sound like the "indie rock" bands of the early 90's, back when indie rock wasn't a four letter word that evoked the image of boring soulless music played by bands with 9 members minimum.


Another band harkening back to the good old days of indie rock. Just listen to their song "The Mistakes" and you'll get the picture. (

9 PM

This show will be over by 11 pm and then put on your dancing shoes and get busy on the dancefloor at SHAMELESS!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Big Dick & Lipstick Lesbian Live!

Last night was Auntie Loo's two year anniversary party! Congrats!

Celebrations included performances by Lipstick Lesbian and Big Dick.

Big Dick

Lipstick Lesbian

Videos by Luca F.

Monday, October 17, 2011

10.18 Rituals, Rattail & Mountanaka!

Ottawa Explosion presents...

Tuesday October 18th 2011


Rituals are a lo-fi, psychedelic, grunge, shoegaze, post-punk band from Toronto, ON.


RatTail are a three piece rock outfit from Toronto, Ontario Canada formed in the spring of 2009. RatTail is Jasmyn Burke (Hot Monogamy) on guitar and vocals, backed by Jesse Matthews (the Strag) who plays the drums, and makes the visuals, and Tim Fagan (We're Marching On) on bass duties. Toronto's Unfamiliar Records released RatTail's limited edition (300 copies George Mounsey 7" in late spring 2010. Which was followed by a long summer tour all across Canada. Since then they have been hard at work writing new material and are set to release an album for October 2011.


Heavy and manic at times, laid back and chilled at others. This local trio is always intense.

317 BANK St.

Doors at 9 pm.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Zebrassieres - "Lone Fish" Video!

This Friday was Zebrassieres record release party. They played at Vertigo Records with Statues to celebrate the store's eight birthday. They later played a show at Dekcuf with Rat Tales and Strange Attractor which served as their record release party and as the world premiere of their video for Lone Fish off of the "Black Brainwave" record they just released.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vertigo Records: 8 Year Annivesary Party!

Vertigo has been around for 8 years and to celebrate they are throwing a hell of a PARTY!

To celebrate our 8 Year Anniversary (Holy Shit!?!?), we have a bunch of great, FREE/ALL AGES things lined up for Friday as well as a big SALE on Saturday and Sunday!!

To kick it off, JOEY "SHITHEAD" KEITHLEY of D.O.A. will be performing a few tunes solo, telling a few stories, as well as a Q and A and signing copies of his new book "Talk-Action=0" at 6PM on Friday, October 14th.

You can watch Joe talk about his new book here:

D.O.A. Facebook Group here:

D.O.A. plays Mavericks later that evening:

Then, later that SAME evening, STATUES and ZEBRASSIERES will each be performing abbreviated sets in-store at 8PM in celebration of the release of the Zebrassieres' new 10" record "Black Brainwave".

Check out these two killer bands at their respective websites here:



Zebrassieres will also be playing a full set later that evening at Cafe Dekcuf with Strange Attractor and Rat Tales. Go here for more info:

***SPACE IS LIMITED!!!***** Due to fire-code restrictions, we are only allowed to have a certain amount of people in the shop at one time---once we hit capacity, the door is shut, so show up a bit early to ensure you get in!

As always, please respect the shop so we can keep doing these kinds of events. No food/drink/booze/drugs allowed inside. Bags will be checked at the door. If you are noticeably drunk or high, you will not be permitted to enter and/or you will be asked to leave. So, let's avoid all the bullshit and just have a good time! Besides, there's plenty of time to party afterwards at either one of the two great shows at Cafe Dekcuf and Mavericks!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, to top it all off, we are having a SALE on SATURDAY and SUNDAY (Oct. 15th/16th). 20% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE STORE (minus show tickets and special orders)!!! Our sales are rare, so take advantage of this one while you can!

We hope you're as stoked as we are!!! Gonna be a lot of fun!!!

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

9.30 Napalm Raid, Truncheons & Asile.

Friday September 30 2011

Napalm Raid (Halifax Crust)

Truncheons (Montreal Raw Punk)

Asile (Ottawa)

295 Powell St


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This Saturday! Dog Day & Zine Reading!

Check out Cindy Crabb of DORIS zine, Jeff Miller of GHOST PINE zine and Jennifer Whiteford of MATILDA zine reading at Venus Envy this Saturday.

There will also be a last minute show by Halifax's DOG DAY happening a little bit earlier at 137 McLeod.

Ottawa Explosion presents...

DOG DAY (Halifax)

Halifax gloom popsters Dog Day have devolved. Partners Seth Smith and Nancy Urich have returned to the road, as a two piece, taking along a fresh batch of songs.

This is a last minute show. They will be playing at around 7 pm.

Bring $$$ to give to the band. Buy records. Help them out!

Thanks to the residents of 137 Mcleod for helping making this happen on such short notice!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

5th Ottawa Community Record Show!

 Yup it's that time again, time to start planning/saving up, hopefully you know the drill by now, but if not, feel free to ask me questions about it....… the 5th Ottawa Community Record Show, Sunday, October 2nd at St. Anthony’s Hall.

Always growing, where else can you peruse that much wax and such all in one place I ask you? As always, lots of Killer LPs & CDs. Always aiming for quality over quantity!

The 5th Ottawa Community Record Show, Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Same place, same times: from 11 AM to 4 PM at St. Anthony’s Hall, 523 St. Anthony St. (near Preston and the 417)... Admission is a mere 3 DOLLARS!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

New Releases!

DEAD WEIGHTS have just released their brand new 7" which you can stream HERE. They're going to be playing a few out of town shows and will be playing on October 9th with Cobra Skuls and Nothington at Dekcuf.

CRUSADES have released their debut lp on It's Alive!/Razorcake records which you can stream HERE. The record will be released on October 26th at their show with Obits and Pregnancy Scares at Babylon.

ZEBRASSIERES have digitally unleashed their first 12" called "Black Brainwave" which you can stream HERE. The vinyl version on P.Trash Records will be available October 14th at their record release party at Dekcuf with Strange Attractor and Rat Tales as well at the Vertigo Records 8th Anniversary party with Statues and Joey Shithead.

ZEBRASSIERES also have a split 12" coming out on P.Trash with THE FUN FUNS which is a Calgary band featuring half of the original Zebrassieres line-up which was recorded severals years ago. The Zebrassieres side is a repress of their "Gooey Zoo" 12" originally out on Going Gaga Records.

Friday, September 23, 2011

From The Back Of The Room

The documentary FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM is premiering tonight at 9:15 at the Mayfair Theatre.

Covering 30 years of female involvement in the DIY punk/Riot Grrrl scene Including interviews with members of Le Tigre, Bikini Kill, Thulsa Doom, Harum Scarum and many more!

Many people have the impression that the Riot Grrrl movement in the mid-90s was the end-all, be-all of female involvement in DIY punk. This is definitely not the case! Plenty of amazing ladies prior to this era paved the way for it, and plenty of amazing ladies continue to help keep DIY together today. This documentary chronicles the past 30 years of female involvement in DIY punk, and has interviews with over 30 women from across the country, ages 17 to 40. Race, gender, sexuality, motherhood, class, and activism are all addressed in this film, giving a more complete picture of how these women participate in the DIY community, and how it affects their daily lives.

"An exhaustive, diverse, and thoughtful meditation on women in the punk community" - Washington City Paper

"Engrossing... a lovely and important film about people who've fallen in love with music, and why they've chosen to pursue that path despite a seemingly endless array of obstacles" - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Fri Sept 23 - 9:15pm
Mon Sept 26 - 9:15pm
Wed Sept 28 - 9:15pm 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

9.22 Cheveu (Paris, France), Silken Laumann & Mannequin!

Ottawa Explosion presents...

Thursday September 22nd 2011

CHEVEU (Paris, France)

"In a genre where the word 'angular' is used with alarming frequency, Cheveu's take on post-punk is obtuse in the best possible sense. When not setting fire to pop-rap or psychosexual film dialog, these frenetic Frenchmen take their sonic and spiritual cues from all sorts of musical pranksters: fellow countrymen and proto-industrial noiseniks Metal Urbain, British New Wave chuckleheads bIG fLAME and Family Fodder, and even good ol' American Captain Beefheart. Calling Cheveu eccentric only scratches their idiosyncratic surface."


Rolf and Pat from the Acorn with Adam Saikaley churning out some wild dance/noise freak-outs.


Dark pop for dark people. Split tape out on Bruised Tongue.

Cafe Dekcuf
221 Rideau St

9:30 pm. $6

Monday, September 12, 2011

Camp Radio "Campista Socialista" LP!

Camp Radio's new lp is out now! You can give the record a listen and buy it here.

The Ottawa record release show is this Saturday!

Finally! The long awaited follow up to Camp Radio's debut album! 'Campista Socialista' is a record that fans of the band have been craving and is destined to win over critics and new fans alike. Chalk full of high energy, power-poppy sing along numbers, this is the full length record that will define Camp Radio.

Oh! And the first 100 vinyl copies include a bonus 7" of 2 unreleased Camp Radio songs!

Camp Radio

Mother's Children
The Mnemonics

317 Bank St. 19+

$8 advanced tickets available at The Record Shaap and both Compact Music locatio

Rat Tales "Adult Party" Video

If you don't know what the RAT TALES are all about you will learn in this video.

They are all about drinking, destruction, punching each other in the face, causing shit, acting dumb and having fun. Either get on board or get out of the way because nothing is going to stop these guys.

Check it out.

You can check out their 15 song cd HERE.
Don't miss them on October 14th at Cafe Dekcuf with Strange Attractor and Zebrassieres!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Upcoming Ottawa Explosion Shows!

Things have been a little crazy around Ottawa Explosion HQ. The end of the summer ends up being quite busy but we are back in effect! We have 2 great shows that we've just announced!

Thursday September 22nd 2011

CHEVEU (Paris, France)

"In a genre where the word 'angular' is used with alarming frequency, Cheveu's take on post-punk is obtuse in the best possible sense. When not setting fire to pop-rap or psychosexual film dialog, these frenetic Frenchmen take their sonic and spiritual cues from all sorts of musical pranksters: fellow countrymen and proto-industrial noiseniks Metal Urbain, British New Wave chuckleheads bIG fLAME and Family Fodder, and even good ol' American Captain Beefheart. Calling Cheveu eccentric only scratches their idiosyncratic surface."


Rolf and Pat from the Acorn with Adam Saikaley churning out some wild dance/noise freak-outs.


Dark pop for dark people. Split tape out on Bruised Tongue.

Cafe Dekcuf
221 Rideau St

9:30 pm. $6


Friday October 14th 2011


Nasty. Dirty. Weird. Punk. Hide your girlfriend's mom.

ZEBRASSIERES (Record release!)

Nice. Clean. Weird. Pop. Hide your energy dome.


Jangly. Dangly. Wangly. Rock. Hide your valuables.

Cafe Dekcuf
221 Rideau St.

10 pm. $6.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Upcoming Shows!

A couple of shows are happening this week.

Wednesday August 25th

The Dominion Tavern and Off The Beaten Track Presents:

GARDENS (from Detroit, Michigan on Alive Records)

Raised on a diet of Terrence McKenna,The Beatles, Syd Barrett, 
Nirvana, and Turkish psychedelic music, GARDENS is part of the new sound of Detroit. Formed by Matthew Mueller, Jeffrey Thomas, Julian Spradlin and Vincent Mazzola, they have already released a couple of
singles and cassette, and toured the country, sharing the stage with the likes of Brimstone Howl, Thee Oh Sees, Detroit Cobras, Akron Family, and Tyvek, to name just a few. “Gardens” is their debut produced and engineered by Chris Koltay (Akron Family, Dirtbombs, SSM) at High Bias recordings, with WarrenDefever of His Name Is Alive.


They just rocked the Ottawa Explosion, and ruled when they opened for White Mystery so they are back! come and see 'em knock another set out of their Death Rock Sloop. It's sort of sloppy, sometimes sugary, and a sense of the macabre for a twist.

$6.00 at the door, 19+
@ The Dominion Tavern (33 York St. in the Byward Market)

Thursday August 26th

Fear of Lipstick, who hail from Moncton, New Brunswick, were here in June for the Ottawa Explosion Weekend, and they were awesome!! WELL EVERYONE, THEY ARE COMING BACK!! Yesssssssssss! Three dorks known as The Visitors will be playing as well.




$ 5.00
The smoke show starts at 9:00 PM

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Ottawa Explosion presents...

M.O.T.O. (New Orleans)

M.O.T.O. has been churning out catchy punk rock songs in since the early 80's. These songs will get stuck in your head like they've been covered in crazy glue. You are powerless against them.

NEEDLES//PINS (Vancouver)

Catchy, simple punk rock gems coming from a trio featuring an ex-member of Ottawa's The Transit and Miles Between Us. The music couldn't be further from those past projects but the youthful spirit remains.

THE MOBY DICKS (Lethbridge, AB)

Lethbridge, Alberta is the unassuming town that is churning out tons of great bands lately. The Moby Dicks are no exception and will not disappoint!

330 KENT ST.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Germ Attak: 2005 - 2011.

Last Saturday Ottawa lost yet another punk band. GERM ATTAK called it quits after 6 years of putting out records and touring the globe. Here's Jo's reasons why GERM ATTAK is breaking up:
1: while some old bands may be good live,their new records are terrible. thats why weve decided to quit while ahead. 
2: when simon left the band in december 2010,we decided to break up.we just had to do a tour to support our new record. 
3: will hates playing drums.rick isnt a bass player:hes a guitar player.and i have no motivation to do anything in life anymore. 
4: we have done everything there is to do.we have 10 records and have toured almost all over the world. we have done more than any other ottawa punk band has ever done. 
5: time to move on. stagnation is a killer. 
6: not much people are interested in real punk.most punks like crust,retro american hc,d-beat,grind,pop punk one gets it. 
Here's the brand new video for "Face The Reaper" from their Fear Of The Unknown LP.
 You can check out their discography HERE and download most of it HERE.

Jo does a lot of studio projects you as well. Check out IRON DOGS, PEACH KELLI PUNK, BLUE CROSS and many more.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Wednesday July 20th 2011

The Dominion Tavern & Off The Beaten Track present:

White Mystery (Chicago, Illinois)

"If you're a fan of stripped down garage rock, loud drums, and/or redheads, meet your perfect match. White Mystery is the two-piece brother/sister duo of Alex and Francis White. Alex is best known as the guitar rockin' front women of Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra, but with her latest venture with brother Francis, she strips it down to a guitar and heavy-handed drum garage rock sound."​temysteryband/

ManneQuin (Ottawa, Ontario)

They just rocked the Ottawa Explosion, come and see 'em knock another set out of their Death Rock Sloop. It's sort of sloppy, sometimes sugary, and a sense of the macabre for a twist.​nequintown

Rational Animals (Rochester, NY)

Raging hardcore punk on Katorga Works Records.

$6.00 at the door, 10 PM at the Dominion Tavern, 33 York St. (in the Byward Market)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Upcoming Shows!

Tonight there's an all ages hardcore punk show.

Finish What You Started, and some other idiots bring you:

COMMON ENEMY (beer, zombies, skate, fucking party thrash from Reading, PA)​monenemy

NAUGHTY GIRLS (snotty hardcore punk from Montreal)​ghtygirlsmtl

SPITFIST (ex I Hate Sally and Oh The Humanity from Toronto)​tfistspitfistspitfist

NO PROBLEM (Deranged Records, fucking awesome band. See this month's Maximum Rocknroll.)​roblempunx/

SHOT NERVES (sea shanties and nursery rhymes, ex. The Sweet Janes)

CAVITIES (New Ottawa punk rock band: ex GERM ATTAK, PICKED ON, PRISONS, etc. These comparisons are meaningless, but I already typed it, and there's no website or anything, so I had to put something...)

Friday July 15th. Doors @ 7pm.
Montgomery Legion-330 Kent St. Downstairs.

All ages (I.D. to drink), all welcome. $7-10 sliding donation for touring bands. Bags must be left at the door/or home. Respect the venue, each other, and have fun. Support independent DIY hardcore and punk!

Saturday night THE CREEPS are playing their lp release show. You won't be getting
any new tracks but "Lakeside Cabin" is finally getting the vinyl treatment!

Saturday July 16th

The Creeps (LP release show!)

Old Wives (Edmonton)

The Weekend Kids (Edmonton)

Male Nurse Band

Cafe Dekcuf // 9pm // $5 // 19+

On Monday there's a basement show happening...

The Ghostwrite (Pittsburgh) is on tour with Jon Creeden (of dead weights, supporting his solo act). We are throwing together a show to support The Ghostwrite. Dead Weights will be playing a set to support our friends. Leading the night will be Ottawa's own fresh-off-bluesfest CURRENTS, and we will also be supported by a ROBOTS EVERYWHERE! set.

It's going to be a kickass basement show.

The basement is 452 Gladstone.
Respect the space or we won't be doing shows there again. The cover is PWYC with a suggested donation of $5. Don't have $5? Scrounge up something and we'll still thank you for it. Bring your friends. Show them some good bands. Make it a night to remember.

I'm posting the tentative doors for 7 PM, please check back and see if this changes. I will make announcements as well.

Ottawa post-punk, in the vein of small brown bike. Think hot water music meets planes mistaken for stars.

Creeden will be home from tour briefly for this show, so encourage him to play semi-barefoot. Again. We will be playing our brand of pop-punk and complaining about assholes.

A long way from home, on tour, playing a unique style of acoustic, folk, electronica, punk, etc. will be a really unique and memorable set from THE GHOSTWRITE. Please come out to support this man.

A man, his guitar, and often a drum machine. You will have fun. Just believe in... robots everywhere! Perfect party tunes by your new best friend phil.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mannequin "Black Out" Video!

Check out MANNEQUIN's video for their song "Black Out" from their split tape with Knifemare out on Bruised Tongue Records.

Don't miss them at the Dominion Tavern on July 20th with Chicago's WHITE MYSTERY!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Here's some videos from recent shows in Ottawa.

6.30 Pregnancy Scares & White Wires in Brad's apartment.

Click "read more" for more videos!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July Shows!

There are a lot of shows that are going down this month!

7.08 Garaga & The Mnemonics at Irene's. 10 pm.

7.12 John Wesley Coleman (Austin, Tx. Goner Records.) & Rayon Beach (Austin, Tx. Hozac Records) at The Dom. 10 pm/$6.

7.15 Common Enemy, Naughty Girls, Spitfist & Shot Nerves at 443 Kent. AA. 7 pm.

7.16 The Creeps, Old Wives, The Weekend Kids & Male Nurse Band at Dekcuf. 9 pm/$5.

7.20 White Mystery & Mannequin at The Dom. 10 pm/$6

7.22 Point Break, Sabertooth, The Donner Party, Asile, Benevenstanciano & Nightmare//Reality at The Legion.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Centretown Recording Alliance

The Centretown Recording Alliance is a group of local musicians featuring members of The Allrights, The Mnemonics, The Johnnies, etc. etc. etc.  These tireless people are constantly starting new bands or one-off projects to keep themselves entertained.

In January, they created a recording challenge where everyone had a month to come up with a recording of some sort. The results can be found on the CENTRETOWN RECORDS bandcamp page.

Just in time for Canada Day there was a new challenge set for the CRA: Record a cover of a Canadian song. The results were interesting and you can hear them HERE.

My original top picks were the songs done by VAGLAB, D$MONEY feat. LOSERGEEK and LOSERSWEEPERS take on Concrete Blondes' "Joey" which was then disqualified due to the fact that Concrete Blonde is in no way shape or form a Canadian band. This bumped up JOHNNY JUMP-UP & THE ALL-WRONGS into the Top 3!

Thanks for the good times!

White Lung, Nu Sensae & Pregnancy Scares!

Ottawa Explosion presents...

Tuesday July 5th 2011

White Lung (Vancouver)

Mix the punk venom of some of the more notorious riot grrrl bands of the 90’s with the guitar noodling and tempo of UK post punk by way of John Reis and you get something pretty close to WHITE LUNG.

Nu Sensae (Vancouver)

Simultaneously active in Vancouver's noise rock scene and its seedy crust punk underbelly, Nü Sensae bridge the gap with a sonically bludgeoning bass-and-drum attack. With TV, Death and the Devil, the duo successfully abridged their simple set-up to a cohesive album with a newfound appreciation for dynamics. Strengthened by softer sections, rare moments of singing and relatively longer ideas (two songs break the three-minute mark), the album pushed Nü Sensae forward without sacrificing any of the maniacal, sludgy riffing or doom-laden lyrics that made them so endearing.

Pregnancy Scares (Ottawa)

Pregnancy Scares was so insane that I got kicked in the groin by the lead singer and someone spilled a drink on me.
This was some crazy house show punk style

Doors at 9 pm. Bands at 9:30.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The White Wires - "I Remember You" Live!

I was able to catch The White Wires play at Fever Fest this Saturday.
It was a fun outdoor show in a tent in a parking lot.
They played a new song called "I Remember You" and the recording I made is a bit rough but the song is insanely catchy nonetheless. Can't wait for them to put out another record!

Upcoming Shows!

Here are a couple shows happening in the next couple of days. We aren't putting these shows on but we want to spread the word!


"Come fucking party with friends, an amazing band from Montreal, and some of your Ottawa favorites. I'm excited to play with some of MY favourite bands, and partying in a basement is the fucking cherry on top.

The basement is 452 Gladstone.

Respect the space or we won't be doing shows there again. The cover is PWYC with a suggested donation of $5. Don't have $5? Scrounge up something and we'll still thank you for it. Bring your friends. Show them some good bands. Make it a night to remember. Kick off the summer right!

I'm posting the tentative doors for 7 PM, please check back and see if this changes. I will make announcements as well.

Laureate (Montreal)

Combing some melodic post-hardcore/emo & pop punk are Montreal's Laureate. Reminiscent of their influences ranging from Samiam & Seaweed to Saves the Day & Jawbreaker. They have notable vocal hooks which will sooth any pop sweet tooth and fans of early 2000 'emo rock' circa Brandston, JEW, TBS, etc. Get their demo free on their bandcamp and see for yourself.

Dead Weights

Playing catchy punk rock with themes of sardonic discontent for your peers, government towns, life, cops, and politics. Sounding sometimes reminiscent of Jawbreaker, Leatherface, Dillinger Four, and other bands that you should probably listen to instead. Features ex and current members of CATCH OF THE DAY, WOOKA TRIBE, I REFUSE, and JON CREEDEN.

The debut 7" EP (Sick of Deja Vu) is currently being mastered and there may be updates before this show:


This band is too fucking good. Think of all the reasons you like punk rock, basement shows, and hanging out with good friends. This is basically what I think of when I casually drift off into daydreams about how fucking awesome this band is on a daily basis. Comprised of ex members of Ottawa legends TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM and CRITICAL CONVICTIONS is a solid crew of guys playing fast, rowdy, and catchy punk rock the way it was meant to be played. Think of Dillinger Four and then think of every reason you've ever liked NO IDEA RECORDS.


A recent addition to Ottawa punk bills, but no strangers to our scene, are Motivator. Members from past and present groups Alaskan, Boar, Between the Broken, The Wishlist, Open Arms, etc. etc. You get the point. Listen to their recordings on bandcamp. They graciously posted lyrics on their tumblr so you can sing a long. You'll want to. They remind me of something between American Nightmare, Another Breath, MLIW, with a touch of Kid Dynamite. Your new favourite local hardcore band. They recently put out a cassette tape and probably have merch. Thank me later."


spectrasonic and present

NOBUNNY (Tucson garage/punk, Goner recs)

RAT TALES (mbrs of The Girlfriends/Polymorphines/Mistress, Ottawa garage/punk)

WOOKA TRIBE (Ottawa surf/punk)

Monday June 27 @ Babylon (317 Bank St.)
Licensed 19+ - 8pm doors - $8 advance + service charges

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cervix, Asile, Antimony & Dead Lights tonight!

This show was supposed to be an outdoor generator show but due to the weather it's being moved to 654 Maclaren's basement.

Should be a ripper!

Friday June 24th

CERVIX (New York City)
with locals

7 pm. $5.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

JEFF the Brotherhood tomorrow night!

Don't forget!!!!

Ottawa Explosion presents...

Wednesday June 22nd!

Jeff The Brotherhood (Nashville, TN)

Jake and Jamin Orrall, aka JEFF The Brotherhood, are seen by many to be latter-day pioneers of the Nashville rock scene, but they see themselves as brothers who can't remember not playing music together for fun. Their family-owned, vinyl-centered record label, Infinity Cat Recordings, has been a pillar of support for Nashville bands since 2002 (with 60 releases to date) and was named "Nashville's Best Record Label 2010" by the Nashville Scene. But their first love has always been the Brotherhood known as JEFF.
Known for their relentless touring and their "we'll play anywhere" mentality, they have built a reputation for stripping rock music down to it's basics, and delivering mind-bending live shows with Jamin's three drums and three cymbals and Jake's three-string guitar and ferocious vocals. JEFF The Brotherhood's work ethic practically defines D.I.Y., from their simple but compelling videos to their self-produced and critically acclaimed albums, EP's and singles.

Uncle Bad Touch (Montreal, QC)

Mikey from Priestess with his girlfriend, Kathryn, and their drummer-friend, Shawn spent two weeks in the summer jamming and recording in Mikey's kitchen. As they finished each song, they put them up on myspace, facebook and posted to Stillepost. There was an amazing reaction to their, fuzzy, catchy, hooky tunes recorded on Garageband. They spent the rest of the summer playing sweaty loft parties and bbqs and are now poised to be one of the new breakout bands from Montreal this coming year. Their super lo-fi, fun, fuzzy, garagy sound and loveable live show is infectious. Mikey and Kathryn are such a cool, loveable couple to see up front and center. Already darlings of the Montreal scene, they're now getting attention from usa labels, bloggers, press,etc..

Peach Kelli Pop (Ottawa, ON

Peach Kelli Pop is the solo project by White Wires drummer Allie Hanlon, who released her debut self-titled LP of lo-fi summertime lovey-dovey pop jams last year on Going Gaga Records (and now reissued by Infinity Cat). Maybe the world up and decided that they weren’t too cool for fun pop songs after all. Whatever it is, if this development keeps bringing us bands like Peach Kelli Pop, we should all be grateful.

Doors at 9 pm.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ottawa Explosion: Thursday Videos!

Here's a couple of videos from the first night of Ottawa Explosion.


A huge THANKS to everyone who came out to the shows! We really appreciate everyone coming out early to catch the opening bands and sticking around to catch every band. This weekend was the absolute best and We look forward to having another huge party next year.

A huge THANKS to all the bands who played. Most of the bands who played this weekend were local bands and they were ALL amazing. It is absolutely insane how great bands in this city are and we are very lucky to have them. The styles and genres differed widely but the quality never wavered. Mind blowing. Thanks to the out of town bands for traveling all the way here and killing it!

A huge THANKS to everyone who helped out behind the scenes, doing doors, selling merch, carrying/driving gear, etc. We couldn't have done it without you.

A huge THANKS to Yogi, Adam & co. (Babylon), Chris & co. (Mavericks), Darrin & co. (Vertigo), John & co. (Birdman) and Bill & co. (House) for providing spaces for us to play in. Mandi (Auntie Loo's) for cupcakes and treats and Yogi's buddies for BBQ-ing. Thanks for keeping me alive.

The weekend is over but there are always great things happening in this city. We can always be having this much fun. You can hear about the shows we're doing by checking out this site or by "like"-ing our Facebook page.

I talk WAY too much so I'll end it here!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Ottawa Explosion: Friday Night!

Last night was an absolute blast! Thanks to everyone who came out! 

Things are kicking off  with a special in-store at Vertigo at 8 pm. Show up early if you want to get in because there is limited space to get in to see PREGNANCY SCARES & MOTIVATOR.
If you don't get in you can always hang out in Crack Alley or hit up the Garlic Corner on Dalhousie because they sell 2 beers or 2 shots for 6 bucks or something crazy like that!

Doors for the Dekcuf/Mavericks show are getting pushed up to 8:30.
BRACELETS are still available! We will be selling bracelets for $30. 
We'll have a limited amount for sale. 
Having a bracelet will guarantee you a spot at the next few shows so it isn't a bad idea to pick one up.

We're doing a crazy little upstair/downstairs thing. Set times are firm so we can keep this beast rolling. 
I am probably going to have an aneurysm because of this...


BAD SPORTS (Denton, TX) 12:45
STATUES (Sudbury) 11:45
SONIC AVENUES (Montreal) 10:15


FEAR OF LIPSTICK (Moncton) 12:10
THE KAMALAS (Moncton) 11:25

That's a lot of bands!

If you want to catch something a bit heavier there's also a show going on at Yogi's. Two stages. 15 minute sets. BYOB.
Just don't blow the roof of the place because we need it for the BBQ tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Peach Kelli Pop Tour Blog!

Check out PEACH KELLI POP's tour blog HERE. They spent several days driving and playing show in the States and it sounds like they had a blast!

Check out the short film by Sammy J. Lewis entitled "Peach Kelli Pop Do America".

Don't miss them on Wednesday June 22nd at Babylon with JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD & UNCLE BAD TOUCH. It's going to rule!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ottawa Explosion Set Times!

Here are the set times for our wild little weekend!
We'll be sticking to them as tightly as possible so don't take these lightly.

The Friday night at the Meatlocker doesn't have set times because they are just pulling band names out of a hat and each band is playing 15 minutes each. Crazy!

Also, there is going to be a quick surprise set happening somewhere on Bank Street before the show on Thursday so come out early and keep your ears open.


Bruised Tongue/Rock & Roll Pizza Party presents


317 Bank St.

Doors at 9 pm.
Free with bracelet.
$10 at the door.



Vertigo Records
193 Rideau St

Doors at 8 pm.
Free. All ages.
Limited capacity.

Meatlocker Records presents


34 1/2 Main St.

Doors at 7 pm.
Free with bracelet.
All ages.




221 Rideau St

Doors at 9 pm.
Free with bracelet.
$10 at the door.

ASILE 3:30
BARBEQUE and other fun stuff!

34 1/2 Main St.

Doors at 12 pm
Free with bracelet.
$10 at the door.
All ages. BYOB.



Birdman Sound
593 Bank St.

Doors at 6 pm.
Free with bracelet.
$4. All ages.
Limited capacity.

Dwyer Records presents


Mcleod House
439 Mcleod St.

Doors at 7 pm.
Free with bracelet.
All ages.
Limited capacity.



317 Bank St.

Doors at 10 pm.
Free with bracelet.
$10 at the door.

Available at Vertigo Records, Birdman Sound, The Record Shaap.
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