Remix Ottawa’s Friday the 13th Shindig @ SPAO
Guerilla Magazine #38 & Remix Ottawa dropped on the streets on Dec. 13th, 2013 with a celebration at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa.
We can’t seem to keep Mike Powell away from our city. Everyone in the Pop Drone family wishes they could have him for longer but sadly he’s already gone again… One half of Dialoog was in town just long enough to spin some new tracks by local artists, remixed by a bunch of sweet future-folk.
Guerilla Magazine hosted an event at SPAO on Dalhousie with a mix of locals & visiting bands. We arrived just as the first began. Kaylie Seaver’s voice is as melancholy as her lyrics, even when she covers Thrice’s “Digging My Own Grave.” We arrived within minutes of her start, a sultry opener to the evening for Guerilla Magazine’s 38th issue launch. The good folks from Pop Drone released a remix album of Ottawa music called, simply, Remix Ottawa. Artists from Roberta Bondar, Scattered Clouds & High Waters to The Peptides, Pipahauntas & Fevers offered up their tracks to be remixed & remagnetized by the likes of Dialoog, Radioactive Bishop & Canteen Killa. Racine is a featured artist for one track and the remix artist for Quoi qu’en diront les médias’s “Rachel, où que tu sois.”
Mike played the first five tracks after Kaylie’s set, to the crowd’s pleasure. Want to have it in your earholes wherever you go? You can download it for free or just stream it here:
Stoney Martins & Tobacco Joe played some gringo westerns & southern ballads to bring us back to live music in the larger studio at the School of Photographic Arts. They played some stomping tunes, with their Mexican pointy boots, and appealed to our rural sides. Stoney was the MC of the evening, introducing each act & DJ drop. After his set he invited The Haig to take the stage.
The Haig played several tracks from their impending EP Template for Disaster, and a cover. Mean Dorris mentioned they “didn’t write that song!” just to be clear. No, “Devil’s Got a Gun” was written by Whitehorse. “Actually one of the guys from Whitehorse is here tonight.” A guy named Jona Barr who plays as Old Cabin, who is actually from the Yukon not the band. His set included Théan Slabbert, AKA Velodrones, of duo Bosveld & guitarist for Claude Munson. Together they played moving songs about growing up in the North and flipping the van on the first day of the six-week tour, all complemented by synthetic running waters & howling winds from a synthesizer. Richard from The Haig said he wanted to catch a wild salmon with his bare teeth to the sound of Old Cabin’s tunes.
Afterwards Théan played his solo act with a guitar, a Mac & synth. This blushing electro folk performer wanted us to clap less, to no avail. I’m thinking this might be a hidden gem of Ottawa’s repertoire, I really can’t wait to see him again. He’s redefined the one-man band, trading cymbals on his feet for a synth on his lap. Odd echoes & nature sounds. Plus there might be something by Bosveld coming out in May to look forward to.
Last but not least, before Mike brought on the second part of Remix Ottawa, a band called Eraserheads projected & played their show for an impressed audience. The two guys in the band met at SPAO, so it was serendipitous to see them play there. Their music is as jumbled & odd as the movie by David Lynch…
We can look forward to more Remix Ottawa in 2014!
Real Cool Time: The BCASA house show + PUP @ Gabba Hey!
It was decided that Friday night was going to be a multi-venue punk marathon for me, seeing the BCASA and PUP at different spots on the same night. Why not? Although timing would be tight, nothing was going to stop me. Not Supershredder, not Vanilla Ice ‘rapping’ on stage, and certainly no inept, bug-eyed Foot Clan member I could have encountered along the way. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you may have a more difficult time grasping BCASA. But for those of us who have fond memories of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (old school cartoon and movies), still remember right button combos for Mortal Kombat finishing moves, and also happen to love some good ol’ punk music, BCASA is a Montreal punk band that is ahead of its time.
Photo: POP Montreal
Disaster is Imminent: The Haig’s Template released to the world on Dec. 20, 2013
Within the short few weeks of an early winter in Ottawa, locals have been geared towards hearing some damn good music. They want to crunch through the snow to the best show of the night, no matter how far it may be. Those with a serious hankering for eerie bass, interesting song structure and funny lyrics–not to mention an itch for a 90s fix–should listen to this.
Review: Cold Capital – ‘The Cold Capital EP’ + Q&A with singer Erik Hertzberg
While we don’t run a whole lot of album reviews on Showbox, once in a while we like to mix things up. Cold Capital is a band that has been around for almost three years, having released the short, rough-around-the-edges Raw EP in the winter of 2012 and, more recently, a five-track album called The Cold Capital EP in August 2013. They were a featured band for Canadian Music Fest 2013 and have fine-tuned their sound as a no-fluff, no-BS blues rock ensemble.
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, July Talk and Billy the Kid @ Ritual Dec. 3
Frank Turner proving nothing can slow him down, as he gets in the crowd at Ritual Nightclub in Ottawa. Photo: Stephen McGill
“Good evening Ottawa, how you fucking doing?” The sold out Ritual crowd erupted to Frank Turner’s question and it was only the beginning.
England’s Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls opened with one of their many perfect sing-a-long songs “Photosynthesis,” setting the stage for the night. “Welcome to show 1509,” said Turner. “We are here to sing, dance and have a fucking good time. Tonight we prove that we are all friends and equals.” The Ottawa crowd was certainly with him, I don’t think he sang a single word alone all night.
Ottawa’s ‘house-punk’ collective Silkken Laumann gear up for NYE bash & album release Dec. 31@ Babylon
After the release of three singles, two videos, and an arduous two-year wait, Ottawa’s Silkken Laumann are getting ready to put out their full-length album Not Forever Enough on New Year’s Eve (which falls on December 31 this year, if I’m not mistaken).
All you really need to know is that this is going to be the biggest, sexiest, loudest party in town. Our buds over at Babylon know how to host a mean NYE bash, and this year it will be pretty special. We were given some details of what we can expect at the event, including really tasty gourmet munchies and hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, limited edition album art for sale, and all kinds of danceable jams to carry us into the new year.
For your birthday we got you: Stuck Out Here, PKEW PKEW PKEW (Gunshots), Bloody Boy Blue, ROBOTS!EVERYWHERE!! @ ROBOT!HOUSE!
Bloody Boy Blue among the balloons and the chaos at ROBOT!HOUSE!
House shows are my favourite form of concert to begin with. Then add 100 balloons, birthday cupcakes and sangria, living room moshpits, a keytar, bands playing split sets and a drunken naked closer… yup, I LOVE ROBOT!HOUSE!