Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Recording: Marker Starling

Artist: Marker Starling

Songs: Heed the Call + Searching For A Song

Recorded at Lula Lounge ("Wavelength 659"), May 10, 2015.

Marker Starling - Heed the Call

Marker Starling - Searching For A Song

A fine night out to celebrate the long-gestating Rosy Maze album started with Chris Cummings playing solo and in his customary trio format with Jay Anderson and Matt McLaren before being joined by a full band (including four backing vocalists), filling up Lula's large, tiered stage. The bulk of the new album was tackled along with some tasty dips into the back catalogue, such as an especially tasty "Fresh and Fair" and a new arrangement of "I've Been Destroyed" with a guest appearance by Cummings' long-time producer Zack G. Great sound in the room, though the vocals came out a little low in my vapture.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #97

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gig of the week:

Blonde Elvis [On Vanity release party!] (Twist / B-17 / Your 33 Black Angels) / Handlebar 2015-05-22 (Friday) [FB event]

An exciting night to anyone who's been following the evolution of Jesse James Laderoute's glam-pop project, with songs (and the band's lineup) being slowly refined for quite some time now. The whole night is, in fact, a celebration of fine popcraft, which shouldn't be overlooked just because there's some bands here (like B-17) that can rock the fuck out. Bonus: a too-rare appearance by NYC's Your 33 Black Angels, who have both aforementioned qualities of popcraft and rock-the-fuck-out in abundance.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society / Array Space 2015-05-18 (Monday) [FB event]

Love Scene (GREX) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-05-18 (Monday) [FB event]

Buck Gooter (Connoisseurs Of Porn / Wolfcow) / 8-Eleven 2015-05-18 (Monday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. Satoko Fujii and KAZE / Newman/Segger) / Array Space 2015-05-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Chain & The Gang (Crosss / Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs) / The Garrison 2015-05-19 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Piano Party 3 (feat. Matt Smith / secret guest "JJ Towers") / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-20 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

The Gooch Palms (Death Valley Girls / Tonkapuma / Body Butter) / Smiling Buddha 2015-05-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #30.2 (feat. Natsuki Tamura/Peter Orins/Chris Adriaanse/Steve Ward / Christine Pruvost/Satoko Fujii/Cheryl O/Tiina Kiik / Christine Pruvost/Peter Orins/Andy Yue/Rob Piilonen / Satoko Fujii/Natsuki Tamura/Michael Lynn/Jay Hay) / Array Space 2015-05-20 (Wednesday) [FB event]

PPOP Presents (feat. Atsuko Chiba / Other Families / Lice / Sex Club) / Johnny Jackson 2015-05-21 (Thursday) [FB event]

21C Music Festival: Illusions (feat. Gryphon Trio / Ensemble contemporain de Montréal) ["an epic multimedia work... comprised of three new pieces by Canadian composers Nicole Lizée, Gabriel Dharmoo, and Simon Martin, interspersed with one of the great 20th century trios by Charles Ives"] / Koerner Hall 2015-05-22 (Friday) [more info]

Mercury Social Club Kick Off Show (feat. HSY / STÜKA / Nice Head) / Mercury Social Club 2015-05-22 (Friday) [FB event]

21C Music Festival: Cinq à Sept (feat. The Visit) / Conservatory Theatre 2015-05-23 (Saturday – early! 5 p.m.) [more info]

21C Music Festival: Spin Cycle (feat. Afiara Quartet / Skratch Bastid) [four new quartets, remixes and responses] / Mazzoleni Concert Hall 2015-05-23 (Saturday) [more info]

Toy Piano Composers and TorQ Percussion Quartet: Impulse / Array Space 2015-05-23 + 2015-05-24 (Saturday [night] + Sunday [afternoon]) [FB event]

Katenen "Cheka" Dioubate [Bimogo album launch!] / Alliance Française de Toronto 2015-05-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength 662 (feat. Most People [Violet Spaces EP Release] / Petra Glynt / Hush Pup) / Clay & Paper Theatre 2015-05-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Michael Rault [record release!] (Marvelous Mark & Bad Zeppelin / Beds) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-05-23 (Saturday) [FB event]

Deciduous [live performance with stop motion animations of drawings by Janet Macpherson] / Gerard Art Space 2015-06-24 (Sunday – afternoon show!) [FB event]

Audiopollination #30.3 (feat. Sarah Peebles/Andrew Timar/Glen Hall/Jason Doell / Sarah Peebles/Glen Hall/Aki Takahashi / Glen Hall/Jason Doell/Aki Takahashi/Sarah Peebles/Andrew Timar) / Array Space 2015-05-24 (Sunday) [FB event]

Bernice (Familiar Wild / Ben Hermann) / Holy Oak Café 2015-05-24 (Sunday) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

LOOM (Princess Century / Memorex) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-05-27 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Neil Michael Hagerty (Drainolith / Bile Sister / Humanity's Flanks) / Double Double Land 2015-05-31 (Sunday) [FB event]

Ryan Carley (Merganzer [feat. Mika Posen]) / Holy Oak Café 2015-06-01 (Monday) [FB event]

East-meets-West [Shahriyar Jamshidi & Raphael Weinroth-Browne] / Musideum 2015-06-05 (Friday) [FB event]

The Good Family / The Dakota Tavern 2015-06-06 (Saturday – early!) [nore info]

Sound Séance I Warm Up Show (feat. Obody [ex-Weird Weeds] / Within [members of Fresh Snow/Iderdown]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-06-07 (Sunday – early!) [FB event]

Nonoko Yoshida (Future Machines / Germaine Liu) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-06-16 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Lower Dens (Moon King / Jacco Gardner / For Esmé / Girlfriends and Boyfriends / Blonde Elvis) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-06-17 (Wednesday) [FB event]

M for 159 Manning 2015 (feat. Serf Kanata / chastity / beauts / Pat Jordache / Dead Obies / Sasha Chapin / Birds of Paradise / Marvelous Mark + Bad Zeppelin / Jr. Mintz / Vallens / Heaters / Clairmont The Second / BART / The Muscadettes / Fat As Fuck) / 159 Manning 2015-06-19 (Friday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 23 (feat. Northumbria / F A V X) / Handlebar 2015-07-05 (Sunday) [FB event]

Ringo Deathstarr / The Cave 2015-07-23 (Thursday) [more info]

Nite Comfort 24 (feat. Para Palabras / Zachary Gray) / Handlebar 2015-08-02 (Sunday) [FB event]

Friday, May 15, 2015

Recording: Nifty

Artist: Nifty

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall ("Blocks Final Concert"), May 9, 2015.

Nifty - unknown

Matt Smith closed out a lengthy night of music with some re-energizing body-movement grooves, including some from his Pity Slash Love, which will be remembered as the final Blocks release.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Austra

Artist: Austra

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall ("Blocks Final Concert"), May 9, 2015.

Austra - unknown

Katie Stelmanis apologized for not playing material from her Blocks-released solo album (blaming it on the scourge of old hard drive incompatibility) but turned the night's retrospective vibe on its head by instead presenting a full set of brand-new material with Austra. That turned the set into a celebration of the fact that although Blocks is ending, the talent that it nurtured continues to flourish.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: The Barcelona Pavilion

Artist: The Barcelona Pavilion

Songs: Tidy Up Tidy Up + New Materialogy

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall ("Blocks Final Concert"), May 9, 2015.

The Barcelona Pavilion - Tidy Up Tidy Up

The Barcelona Pavilion - New Materialogy

The original lineup of classic Blocks agit-poppers The Barcelona Pavilion reunited five years ago at Wavelength, but it was still a joy to see Maggie MacDonald and Steve Kado bantering/arguing on stage in between songs. A joyful semiotic/dance party ensued.

Recording: Les Mouches

Artist: Les Mouches

Songs: Love Song to an Empty Room + (They Long to Be) Close to You [The Carpenters cover]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall ("Blocks Final Concert"), May 9, 2015.

Les Mouches - Love Song to an Empty Room

Les Mouches - (They Long to Be) Close to You

The secret identity of the show's "unnamable special guests" was spoiled well before when Owen Pallett confirmed that Les Mouches would be playing. Although Rob Gordon and Matt Smith have been Pallett's touring band for a good while, it'd been more than a decade since they'd performed under the old name, playing the music from their Blocks albums. This older material shows off Pallett's nascent songwriting gifts, even if it situates them in a different sonic environment than in his Final Fantasy/solo incarnation. The set started off with a bang — quite literally — as Gordon punctuated a line early on "Love Song to an Empty Room" by tossing a cymbal onto the floor of the open area of the stage in front of his drumkit. And from there, things proceeded well enough that "Close To You" was inserted before the closer.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Recording: Hank

Artist: Hank

Song: Danes in Peril!

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall ("Blocks Final Concert"), May 9, 2015.

Hank - Danes in Peril!

Cab Williamson played three quick songs with a backing track on reel-to-reel tape, but he wasn't alone on stage, with a half-dozen members of the Hank Collective singing along.

Recording: Bob Wiseman & Liz Hysen

Artist: Bob Wiseman & Liz Hysen

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall ("Blocks Final Concert"), May 9, 2015.

Bob Wiseman & Liz Hysen - [excerpt]

This duo set, played on the piano at the foot of the Main Hall's stage, was brief enough that a good chunk of the crowd didn't quite realize it had come and gone. I'm not sure to what extent it was improvised, but there were a couple different ideas explored, including this segment that sounds a bit like Lubomyr Melnyk's interpretation of chopsticks.

Recording: The Phonemes

Artist: The Phonemes

Song: Pain Perdu

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall ("Blocks Final Concert"), May 9, 2015.

The Phonemes - Pain Perdu

The original trio version of The Phonemes (Magali Meagher joined by Matias Rozenberg and Liz Forsberg) only played a pair of songs, but they were perhaps their two finest — "Steeples And People" as well as this optimistic secular hymn, which declares, "Every day we discover a new day / every night we discover a new night / All I want, all I want, for my friends / is to sing about it."

Recording: Matias

Artist: Matias

Song: Medley: Wasted Time + Small Fires Burn Bright

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall ("Blocks Final Concert"), May 9, 2015.

Matias - Medley: Wasted Time + Small Fires Burn Bright

Creating a place to release Matias Rozenberg's music was one of the original impetuses behind the creation of the Blocks Recording Club — the Matias Sucks cassette was the label's second release. After drumming the crowd hanging around outside of the Tranzac into the Main Hall, Rozenberg led his quartet through a short set, including this one that could now stand as a requiem for Blocks: small fires burn bright.

Recording: Ninja High School

Artist: Ninja High School

Song: It's All Right to Fight

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall ("Blocks Final Concert"), May 9, 2015.

Ninja High School - It's All Right to Fight

The shuttering of Blocks Recording Club came in a couple stages, with news of the collective cleaning out their office and a retrospective at Long Winter bringing feelings of nostalgia to a certain segment of local music fans. But it was still proper that there was an occasion for folks to come together in one last celebration that felt a bit like a high-school reunion, with old show-friends getting caught up through a long night of music.

The night began with one of the label's most emblematic groups taking the stage with a joking list of possible updates to their name (Ninja Retirement Home, Ninja Hip Replacement, etc., etc.) as Matt Collins and co. struggled to remember the bulk of their rapid-fire lyrics, in between friendly bickering on stage. Not too much has changed, in other words.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Recording: dreamSTATE

Artist: dreamSTATE

Song: National Drone Day - Afternoon Drone [excerpt]

Recorded at Ratio ("National Drone Day // Afternoon Drone"), May 9, 2015.

dreamSTATE - National Drone Day - Afternoon Drone [excerpt]

The second annual Drone Day saw a variety of local events come together. Sadly, I was only able to make it out for this afternoon set by the AMBiENT PiNG crew. (And also sadly, I only got to catch the end of Anomalous Disturbances' opening set.) Against General Chaos' swirling projections, the duo's hour-long set moved from New Age-y wisps to proggy geometric builds — but in the spirit of the day never resolved into the beat-driven zone that their sets would often arrive at. The whole thing left me quite pleasantly drowsy afterwards, and it took a while to get back into a more alert headspace, but it was a worthy administration of drone-doze.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Recording: c_RL

Artist: c_RL

Song: [fourth piece]

Recorded at Ratio, May 8, 2015.

c_RL - [fourth piece]

Three years have elapsed since this trio (whose name is pronounced "curl") made the recordings that were being celebrated on this night as their first album, called Friends. In that time they'd eased off performing together, but as real-life friends there's an easy familiarity in their abstract electroacoustic interplay. There was also room for a variety of sonic approaches and inventions — Allison Cameron had her usual variety of small noise-making implements and mini-amps, Nicole Rampersaud brought her melodica to supplement her trumpet and percussionist Germaine Liu pulled out a recorder at one point. And on this piece, Cameron set the stage by playing a Cantopop tape while Rampersaud attached a contact mic to the bell of her horn, amplifying her valve-twiddling into little feedback-laden noisebursts.

Recording: The Ryan Driver Band

Artist: The Ryan Driver Band

Songs: Fruitless Endeavour + Cat's Peak

Recorded at Ratio, May 8, 2015.

The Ryan Driver Band - Fruitless Endeavour

The Ryan Driver Band - Cat's Peak

It should be noted at the outset that although the name of the Ryan Driver Band is quite similar to the Ryan Driver Quartet/Quintet/Sextet — and even has some overlapping membership — we're actually talking about two separate projects. The latter specializes in Driver's languid interpretations of (old and new) standards, while the "band" is a vehicle for his work as a songwriter, furthering his "solo" works as well as his previous efforts in The Silt. It's from the latter project that these lovely songs come, beautifully rendered by Driver's vox and nylon-stringed guitar alongside Michael Davidson (vibes), Blake Howard (percussion) and Chris Banks (bass). (You can compare how "Fruitless Endeavour" is rendered in a different context via this recording of The Silt.) The set also included some of Driver's newer compositions, and the band has been turning up a bit more regularly of late, so keep an eye out for another chance to catch one of the city's best songwriters in action.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #96

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gig of the week:

The Weather Station (Myriam Gendron) / The Great Hall 2015-05-14 (Thursday) [more info]

It pains me a little to list this as the gig of the week, 'cause I'll be out of town and will miss it. But you should not! Celebrating the release of new full-length Loyalty, Tamara Lindeman will be playing with a full band. Expect some delicate and nuanced sounds to accentuate Lindeman's beautifully-plainspoken words. Be prepared for some quiet bedazzlement.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Aurochs / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-12 (Tuesday – early!)

Bedroom / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-12 (Tuesday)

Audiopollination #30.1 (feat. Bea Labikova/Phil Albert/Adele Armin/Cassie Norton / Germaine Liu/Nilan Perera / Karen Ng/Branko Dzinovic / KGB [Karen Ng/Germaine Liu/Bea Labikova] / Arrayspace 2015-05-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Jealousy Mountain Duo (Petra Glynt / Not The Wind, Not The Flag / Zaum) / Ratio 2015-05-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Alex Samaras and Ghislain Aucoin / Holy Oak Café 2015-05-12 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Army Girls (Crushed Out) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-05-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Deliluh [Igor EP release!] (The Svens / Fresh Flesh) / Holy Oak Café 2015-05-13 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft's THREADS (Quintet) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-13 (Wednesday)

Tess Parks (The Auras / Pow Wows / Champion Ski) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-05-14 (Thursday) [FB event]

Dust: The Quietest Big Band in the Known World / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-15 (Friday – early!)

Wavelength 660: May Long Weekend Blowout – Night 1 (feat. Big Dick / Kurt Marble / The Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band / Battlewülf) / Handlebar 2015-05-15 (Friday) [FB event]

Föllakzoid (Petra Glynt / Whimm) / Smiling Buddha 2015-05-15 (Friday) [FB event]

Yardlets (Beat Cops / Green Rays / Over / Wave Of Terror) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-05-15 (Friday) [FB event]

Stew Gunn Band (Starry Night / The Skeletones Four) / Holy Oak Café 2015-05-15 (Friday) [FB event]

Pedram Khavarzamini (Shawn Mativetsky) / The Music Gallery 2015-05-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Scapegoat (Imaginary Flesh / zhang) / Ratio 2015-05-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength 661: May Long Weekend Blowout – Night 2 (feat. CTZNSHP / The SULKS / Home Alone / Alphabot!) / Handlebar 2015-05-16 (Saturday) [FB event]

Alaniaris / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-17 (Sunday – early! – 3 to 5 p.m.)

Static Zine Issue 11 Release – Picnic in Christie Pits! (feat. Sasha Chapin) / Christie Pits 2015-05-17 (Sunday – PWYC! afternoon picnic vibes!) [FB event]

Even FASTER (Fish Eye Trio) / Handlebar 2015-05-17 (Sunday) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Love Scene (GREX) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-05-18 (Monday) [FB event]

Piano Party 3 (feat. Matt Smith / secret guest "JJ Towers") / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-20 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

Deciduous [live performance with stop motion animations of drawings by Janet Macpherson] / Gerard Art Space 2015-06-24 (Sunday – afternoon show!) [FB event]

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-26 (Tuesday – rescheduled date!) [FB event]

HPR presents (feat. Doc Dunn & The Cosmic Range / Not The Wind, Not The Flag / Tenderness) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-05-27 (Wednesday)

Ronley Teper's Lipliners (Jaron Freeman Fox & The Opposite of Everything) / The Dakota Tavern 2015-05-27 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Mechanical Forest Sound Presents (feat. Moonwood / Manticore / Mirrors) / Ratio 2015-05-29 (Friday) [FB event]

JOOJ [album release party!] (Carl Didur [live score] / Benjamin Kamino [dance]) / Double Double Land 2015-05-29 (Friday) [FB event]

Wavelength 663: EXVEE [Artscape Gibraltar Point 15th Anniversary Bash] (feat. Digits / Etiquette / Bizzarh / New Chance / The Gas Station / New Fries / Still Boys / Farang / L.atasha A.lcindor aka L.A / MALOO / Man Made Hill) / Artscape Gibraltar Point 2015-05-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

Native North America (Vol. 1) Gathering (feat. Eric Landry [live performance / Cold Journey [film screening] / Double Double Land 2015-06-03 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Wavelength 666 (feat. Fresh Snow / Several Futures / Century Palm / Badminton Racquet) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-06-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

HPR presents (feat. Quicksails / Brett Naucke / I Have Eaten The City) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-06-06 (Saturday) [FB event]

Isla Craig (L CON) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-06-07 (Sunday) [FB event]

Doldrums / Drake Underground 2015-06-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nightwave Collective presents (feat. BoyBITCH / Valerie Dour / Triple Gangers [album release party!]) / Handlebar 2015-06-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Wavelength + Arachnidiscs Recordings present (feat. Holiday Rambler / Khôra / Clara Engel / Moonwood / The Holy Gasp) / Smiling Buddha 2015-06-17 (Wednesday) [FB event]

DIANA (Prince Innocence) / Drake Underground 2015-06-17 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Telephone Explosion Presents (feat. U.S. Girls / Soupcans / The Holydrug Couple / Naomi Punk / Crosss / Jacco Gardner / EZTV / Cellphone / Wrong Hole / Heaters / Mick Futures / Moss Lime) / The Garrison 2015-06-18 (Thursday – 3 p.m. to 4 a.m.!) [FB event]

Lloyd Cole / The Great Hall 2015-06-18 (Thursday) [more info]

Wavelength + Pleasence Records present (feat. Sexy Merlin / ZONES / Man Made Hill / Tenderness / Mystic Triangle) / Smiling Buddha 2015-06-18 (Thursday) [FB event]

Wavelength + Craft Singles present (feat. Plasmalab / Homebody / Foam / Crosss / "secret guests" / Chastity Belt / Old and Weird / Un Blonde) / Smiling Buddha 2015-06-19 (Friday) [FB event]

Real Estate (Amen Dunes / Wish) / The Danforth Music Hall 2015-06-19 (Friday) [FB event]

Wavelength + Optical Sounds present (feat. Cell Memory / Planet Creature / The Auras / B-17 / The Saffron Sect) / Smiling Buddha 2015-06-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength presents (feat. Dirty Frigs / Bart / Overnight / Not Of / Champion Lover) / Smiling Buddha 2015-06-21 (Sunday) [FB event]

Dick Diver (Animal Parts) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-07-03 (Friday) [FB event]

Panamania (feat. Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra / Joaquin Díaz / Lula All Stars / Grand Bateria and Brass / The Heavyweights Brass Band / Radio Radio / Systema Solar) / Nathan Phillips Square 2015-07-10 (Friday – free!) [more info]

Panamania (feat. La Chiva Gantiva / The Fruits / The Heavyweights Brass Band / Radio Radio) / Pan Am Park 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free!) [more info]

Monomyth (Nap Eyes) / Smiling Buddha 2015-07-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Panamania (feat. Jay Douglas & the All Stars / Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires / Antibalas) / Pan Am Park 2015-07-22 (Wednesday – free!) [more info]

Panamania (feat. Peggy Baker's FluxDelux / Leonard Sumner and Mob Bounce / Derek Miller / Debra Brown's Pulse / Onda Vaga / Tanya Tagaq / The Roots) / Nathan Phillips Square 2015-08-08 (Saturday – free!) [more info]

Panamania (feat. Leela Gilday / Speed Control / New North Collective / Alejandro Escovedo / Explosions in the Sky) / Nathan Phillips Square 2015-08-10 (Monday – free!) [more info]