The Wood Tambourine
There are the things we keep to define who we are, and the ones that define who we want to be.
It's AHHHH Live! - Calgary artists collaborate at the Epcor Centre
2012 is the year that Calgary is the cultural capital of Canada. Coming up on March 15th is the first of a weekly event that hopes to have artists collaborating along with the public. I had a chance to quickly chat with the organizer of It’s AHHHH Live!, Vi An Diep, and find out a bit more about the event. “I broke the words down. ‘AHHHH’ is the recognition of the spark of something seeing something, curiosity.
2011 Record of the Year - Doug Hoyer "Walks with the Tender and Growing Night"
2011 has been a spotty year for music, with few real highlights and a lot of releases that I had much higher hopes for. The one disc that’s been getting steady play at LC headquarters since it came out in June has been Doug Hoyer’s breakout record Walks With The Tender and Growing Night. Hoyer, associated with the Old Ugly outfit out of Edmonton, has managed to evolve from standard guitar-and-drums rock into a fuller electronic sound that has turned his songs into otherworldly pop confection.
BA Johnston live in the Palomino Women's Bathroom
You could almost taste the desperation last night as Canada's trainwreck treasure BA Johnston played the Palomino.
Independent Record Stores in Calgary
If you happen to be in Calgary and need a vinyl record fix, don’t bother with HMV’s sad collection - go to these independent record stores instead! I’ve gathered all the information about the stores into this one handy page that you can print out in case you are planning a record-buying binge. Sloth Records Website: www.myspace.com/slothrecords Phone: 403-265-6585 Address: 736b 17th Avenue, SW Comments: Primarily stock new vinyl Has a listening station Staff is polite and knowledgeable Also sell turntables and DJ equipment
Interview with Doug Hoyer (with video!)
I was able to catch up with Doug Hoyer after the July 18, 2011 show at Local Library in Calgary. He’ll be back in town August 24, 2011 at Broken City. Interview is below, as well as a previously unseen video of Doug playing ukulele! Your browser does not support the audio element in HTML 5. Click here to hear the audio
Interview with The Joe
Currently ripping through Canada on tour this summer, I had a chance to quickly chat with The Joe (AKA Joe Gurba) after his recent performance at the Local Library. Your browser does not support the audio element in HTML 5. Click here to hear the audio The Joe will be back in Calgary on August 24th at Broken City. Here’s more of The Joe’s performance at Local Library:
The Joe and Doug Hoyer's Cross-Canada Tour Plays Local Library
Joe Gurba’s shows in Calgary have yet to disappoint (even in old and ugly places like the defunct Comrad Sound), and tonight was no different. Playing at the Local Library (the all-ages venue operating out of the Central United Church on 7th Ave.), The Joe rocked the young crowd along with cohort Doug Hoyer, whose latest album Walks with the Tender & Growing Night is already generating buzz and excitement.
International Record Store Day at Sloth Records
If you’ve been looking to add a few more records to your collection, April 16th is the day. Record Store Day is when record stores and bands give back to fans with deals, limited edition releases, and longer operating hours. Not all stores celebrate it, but my current favourite store, Sloth Records, is this year, and they’re opening at 10 AM to let the dedicated buyers have the first crack at the deals.
A Night at Comrad Sound
If you’ve ever walked down 14th Street in the southwest of Calgary, you’ve probably seen the ghost of the old Comrad Sound building. What used to be the Commercial Radio Sound building was for a brief time the most interesting all-ages venue in the city. Seeing it the other day reminded me of an Old Ugly rap show I saw there. Fortunately, I wrote the details of the evening down.