The World Loses Another Great Musician

•March 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The music world lost Mark Linkous — better known by his recording moniker, Sparklehorse — after he took his own life Saturday, March 6.


Sasquatch 2010 Lineup Announced!!

•February 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Up to date list for Sasquatch 2010, with more to come:

My Morning Jacket
Massive Attack
Vampire Weekend
Band of Horses
The National
LCD Soundsystem
Tegan & Sara
Broken Social Scene
Passion Pit
She & Him
Public Enemy
Nada Surf
The New Pornographers
The Hold Steady
The xx
Dirty Projectors
Drive By Truckers
Kid Cudi
The Long Winters
Minus the Bear
The Mountain Goats
Camera Obscura
Fruit Bats
Brother Ali
Dr. Dog
Simian Mobile Disco
City & Colour
No Age
The Temper Trap
Miike Snow
Portugal. The Man
Mayer Hawthorne
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Lonely Forest
Boys Noize
Freelance Whales
Laura Marling
Patrick Watson
Past Lives
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Low Anthem
The Very Best
Neon Indian
The Tallest Man on Earth
Fresh Espresso
Mumford & Sons
Jets Overhead
Shabazz Palaces
Fool’s Gold
Morning Teleportation
Hudson Mohawke
The Middle East
Local Natives
Avi Buffalo
Booka Shade
Yes Giantess
Craig Robinson
Rob Riggle
Garfunkel & Oates
Luke Burbank
…and more to come!

Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster (as will camping accommodations), soon. Here’s a pricing breakdown:

Beginning February 20:
Single tickets, per day / $70.00
Discount 3 day pass / $170 (available on sale weekend only)

May 24–May 28:
Single tickets, per day / $80.00

Day of show:
Single tickets, per day / $86.00

One More Reason To Love Smirnoff…. Crystal Method

•February 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Artist: Clipse and Crystal Method

Featuring: Mat The Alien,The Good News, Humans, Matty C, Trevor Risk

Venue: Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver Station

Date: March 4, 2010

Smirnoff’s House Party:

It’s our house. And when you’re in our house you play by our rules. Even if we don’t have any. Hit the only address that matters and witness a house party done right. Smirnoff takes it up a notch and makes the walls sweat. Different rooms, different themes, one result –a jam-packed, speaker-stacked party with a twist behind every door. Welcome to our neighbourhood. Crystal Method and friends are all invited.

Matisyahu is also playing Vancouver over the Olympics. Click here for more information.

MGMT New Album Release Date Announced + New Song

•February 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

MGMT has announced an American release date for the their second album “Congratulations” and it’s April 13th, 2010. Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser recorded the album with producer Peter Kember, a.k.a. Sonic Boom of shoegaze pioneers Spaceman 3, and their live band — Matt Asti (bass), Will Berman (drums), and James Richardson (guitar). Royal Trux frontwoman Jennifer Herrema helped with vocals, while knob-twiddler extraordinaire Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips) handled mixing duties.

Vanwyngarden recently told “There’s a surfing thread throughout the record,” he explained, citing another new song, called “It’s Working.” “When you’re surfing, there’s a specific break you’re paddling to. And when the waves are really good you say, ‘It’s working.’ The song kind of has a surf-y vibe. It’s like surfing on ecstasy!”

MGMT debuted a pair of songs during their late-night set at Bonnaroo last June — an untitled piano-led track that recalled the bright psychedelia and flowing arrangements of the Zombies’ The Odyssey and the Oracle, and the album’s title track, a more standard MGMT fare (catchy synths, sing-along vocals).

Currently, MGMT have only two live concerts scheduled: an April 17 appearance at Coachella and a May 2 gig at New Jersey’s Bamboozle fest.

Congratulations tracklist:
“It’s Working”
“Song for Dan Treacy”
“Someone’s Missing”
“Flash Delirium”
“I Found a Whistle”
“Siberian Breaks”
“Brian Eno”
“Lady Dada’s Nightmare”

-Article by William Goodman

A List of Free Olympic Shows Around Vancouver and Richmond

•February 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A list of all the free concerts in vancouver and richmond feb 12th through 27th.
Part of the Cultural Olympiad

The music is spread across five sites: LiveCity Downtown (Georgia and Beatty streets), LiveCity Yaletown (Drake Street and Pacific Boulevard), Place Francophonie de la 2010 (Granville Island), Atlantic Canada House (Granville Island), and B.C. Place (Robson and Beatty streets).

Fri Feb 12th – Venice Queen – 10:15pm @ Ozone
Fri Feb 12th – Bedouin Soundclash – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Fri Feb 12th – Blue Rodeo – 9:15 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 13th – Daniel Wesley – 10:00pm @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 13th – Hey Ocean – 8pm @ Ozone
Sat Feb 13th – Bedouin Soundclash – 9:30pm @ Ozone
Sat Feb 13th – Default/Wilco – 6:15/10:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sun Feb 14th – Keisha Chante – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Sun Feb 14th – Mother Mother – 8:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sun Feb 14th – Daniel Wesley – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Mon Feb 15th – Sloan – 10:30 @ Atlantic Canada House
Mon Feb 15th – Matisyahu – 9:30pm @ Livecity Yaletown
Tue Feb 16th – Alexisonfire – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Tue Feb 16th – Buck 65 – 9:30pm @ Livecity Downtown
Tue Feb 16th – The Trews – 10:30 @ Atlantic Canada House
Wed Feb 17th – DRUM! – 5:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Wed Feb 17th – Corb Lund – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Wed Feb 17th – The Arkells – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Wed Feb 17th – Hawksley Workman – 9:30 @ Ozone
Wed Feb 17th – Hot Hot Heat – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Thur Feb 18th – Jully Black – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Thur Feb 18th – Keisha Chante – 8:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Thur Feb 18th – Corb Lund – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Thur Feb 18th – The Arkells/Our Lady Peace 8:30/9:45 @ Ozone
Thur Feb 18th – Marianas Trench – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Fri Feb 19th – Deadmau5 – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Fri Feb 19th – DRUM! – 8:00 @ Ozone
Fri Feb 19th – Jully Black – 10:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 19th – The Arkells/Sam Roberts – 7/9:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 20th – The Arkells/ Sam Roberts – 6:30/9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 20th – Marianas Trench – 9:30 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 20th – Mother Mother – 10:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 20th – DRUM! – 6:30 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 20th – Hey Ocean – 8:30 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 21st – 54-40 – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 21st – Jully Black – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Mon Feb 22nd – Colin James – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Tue Feb 23rd – Wintersleep – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Wed Feb 24th – Wintersleep – 10:30 @ Atlantic Canada House
Wed Feb 24th – Damian “Jr.Gong” Marley – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Thur Feb 25th – Illscarlett – 6:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Thur Feb 25th – Wintersleep – 9:30 @ Ozone
Thur Feb 25th – Inward Eye – 11:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Fri Feb 26th – Tokyo Police Club – 9:45 @ Ozone
Fri Feb 26th – Inward Eye – 6:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 26th – Illscarlett – 8:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 26th – Marianas Trench – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 26th – TBC – 8/9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 27th – The Stills – 10:15 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 27th – Illscarlett – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Sat Feb 27th – Blue Rodeo – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 27th – Wide Mouth Mason – 9:30 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 27th – Tokyo Police Club/Wintersleep – 9/10:00 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 28th – Five Alarm Funk – 9:30 @ Ozone

TBC is to be confirmed, the act hasnt been announced yet.

There are more shows in and around Vancouver, but these are the good ones!

Livecity Yaletown:
David Lam Park, Vancouver

Livecity Downtown:
Cambie St between Dunsmuir St and W Georgia St, Vancouver

Holland Park:
13428 Old Yale Rd., Surrey

Minoru Park, Richmond

Ontario Pavillion:
Concord Place, False Creek, Vancouver

Atlantic Canada House:
Granville Island

DJ Porter and Kat Williams Weed Remix

•February 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Take a hilarious comedy skit on weed by the master himself Kat Williams and then allow DJ Porter to get his hands on it…. the result:

Midlake Coming to the Biltmore March 8th

•February 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Artist: Midlake

Venue: Biltmore

Date: March 8th, 2010

We all know someone who loves jazz, won’t listen to anything but jazz, raves about jazz and denounces every other genre of music. There are these types of music snobs in every genre, metal heads, hip hop etc, but in my opinion there are more in jazz than any other genre. Jazz snobs have good reason, jazz musicians are often masters of their instruments often starting in another genre before “discovering” or “re-discovering” jazz. That’s why some great jazz sounds more like 5 members of a band soloing at once than your typical four count rhythm section. To compare it to painting, it is like starting out with acrylic and working your way up to oil paints. So it seems odd that a group of jazz musicians would come together to form Midlake. Not for any other reason than usually jazz musicians are very dedicated to their craft. But lets be honest here… rock is fun.  In an interview with Reverb Magazine’s Nick Milligan, Smith said of the band’s origins:

“We were jazz musicians, but right from the get go we’d never really play jazz music. We’d play some funk stuff and then jump right into playing Led Zeppelin. For jazz musicians, rock is sort of frowned upon for how easy it is. If we had friends that knew we were playing, the best thing we could play was Herbie Hancock or Stevie Wonder. A distortion pedal seemed like a no-no. It took us a while to get away from the jazz.” -Tim Smith[3]

They have stepped away from jazz, but not that far, and the result is quite amazing. Midlake takes an indie rock and jazz influence and melds together Jethro Tull with Radiohead to come up with a sound all their own. A building lo-fi sometimes psychedelic sound, you can recognize the jazz influence in their layering of sounds. Mckenzie Smith’s vocals are absolutely haunting.  This is a band to watch and you will get your chance on March 8th at the Biltmore.