Katie’s NXNE Picks – Thursday June 18th

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If you didn’t catch my picks for NXNE for Wed June 17th, I posted them yesterday.

☯ THURSDAY JUNE 18th ☯

6pm – Moss Lime (Montreal) – minimalist, postpunk

Love this three-piece so very much. Their short EP July First contains a cover of what I previously believed to be the most obnoxious sports anthem, morphed into something I really enjoy. Somehow, I’ve missed every other chance to see them over the last few months. They release music under Fixture Records, one of my favourite labels in Canada, so big ups.

They’re playing at The Garrison, and if you show up at 12pm for the NXNE Print & Comics Fair, there’s also a FREE PIZZA PARTY at 3pm, so just make a day of it, jeez.

Later on at the Garrison, come back for Jacco Gardner (11pm) + US GIRLS (Toronto,12am). Meg Remy’s new single, released under 4AD, is a pressure cooker of emotion, positioning herself as a grieving war widow crying out against the sociopolitical impacts of war. Also, dat hair.


7pm – Jessica Pratt (LA) – lovesick, folk

If you missed Jessica Pratt’s show on Wednesday, check her out at Berkeley Church on the Pitchfork stage. Her set is a bit of an outlier on the bill, so you should really try to catch her on Wednesday.


7pm – The WAYO (Toronto) – slow key soul / 8pm – Glory Glory (Halifax) – pop / 9pm – Walrus (Halifax) – psych pop

Go to Handlebar for Halifax Pop Explosion, stay for that really squishy couch in the front.


9pm – Sexy Merlin (Toronto) – experimental, grooves / 10pm – ZONES (Toronto) – dreamsurf / 11pm – Man Made Hill (Toronto) – experimental, disco / 12am – Tenderness (Toronto) – scattered, electrionic

Sexy Merlin ushers in psychotropic beats to Smiling Buddha to start off a very rewarding evening. ZONES is the delicious looped guitar-and-synth project of Derek McKeon, and it’s low-key and lovely. Constant Touching by Man Made Hill will get stuck in your head, no problem. Tenderness is blissfully weird, piecing together sound collages and eyebrow-quirking samples into innards-stirring rhythms.


12am – Grounders (Toronto) – indie pop

Unabashed pop fourpiece, get pierced by their hooks. Come see them at Sneeky Dees.


1am – Lucius (Brooklyn) / 2am – TEEN (Brooklyn) – indie pop

TEEN is comprised of four extremely talented musicians (who happen to be female) with excellent drumming, dance moves and vocals. Kind of early St. Vincent vibes. Catch them at Adelaide Hall after Lucius plays at 1am.


10pm – Nancy Pants (Montreal) – garage pop / 2am – Noni Wo (Montreal) –  avante, electronic, fusion

Nancy Pants makes really pleasure-driven, optimistic lo-fi pop music made for smiling and swinging your arms around. They’re playing Silver Dollar with Noni Wo. Noni Wo‘s U S B E P is very good. A mixture of jazzy guitar-driven jams and synth-driven melodies.


Pretty excited about next Thursday’s NXNE offerings. If you’re looking for something to occupy you this week, I’m running a show tonight at Ratio with Insect ArkSarah Davachi, Beard Closet and CHRISTOPHER WILLES’ MATERIAL NATURE. Doors are 8pm and it’ll be an early show, so feel free to swing by! (Facebook RSVP)

Katie’s Daily NXNE 2014 Picks (this is a huge post)

 

Check out this handy Google map I created for all the venues in my concert picks.


 

THURSDAY

FUTURE ISLANDS (Baltimore emotionally-charged 80s synth) – VICE ISLAND – 830pm

 

HORSE LORDS (Baltimore experimental kraut) – Adelaide Hall – 9pm

 

JOYWAVE (Rochester experimental beats) – Drake Underground – 9pm

 

TOBACCO (Pittsburg Gary Glitter on acid) – Massey Hall – 9pm

 

TUNE-YARDS (New York Haitian playful experimental) – Massey Hall – 10pm

 

SYLVAN ESSO (Durham electronic pop) – Drake Underground – 10pm

 

HOLYCHILD (Los Angeles brat pop) – Tattoo Rock Parlour – 11pm

Can’t catch them at NXNE? They’re coming back to Toronto on July 6th at Danforth Music Hall.

YOU’LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN (London, ON pop dreamscapes) – Silver Dollar – 11pm

 

MIMICO (Toronto proggy psych) – Baltic Ave – 12am

 

SHANNON & THE CLAMS (Oakland garage surf) – Lee’s Palace – 12am

 

MADE IN HEIGHTS (New York filth pop) – Hoxton – 1am

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Poncho Records Compilation Vol. 1

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Do you often find yourself thinking, “Wow, I wish I had an extremely tasty compilation filled with the best Nova Scotian psych/garage/pop being produced right now!”

Do you find yourself living in a world of regret?

Search no further.

Poncho Records is a Halifax label that aims to please the cassette-minded crowd who happen to have a discerning ear for psychedelia. Of the 19 artists featured on the comp, 12 hail from Halifax, which ensures that you won’t be neglecting the East Coast when you inform your snobby Vice-reading American cousins that stuff is actually happening up here.

Check out Poncho on Facebook & impress your friends with this cool + cost-sensitive cassette! It’s being released tomorrow, but you can listen to it today. Fun friend tip: you could also slip it into the pocket of the casual drug user in your life. They would like it!

MY FAVOURITES:

Remain Unknown – Psyche Tongues (Toronto) – Bandcamp | Twitter | Facebook
“zzzzz dopamine drone zzzzzzzzz” – the band

 

Save My Soul – Walrus (Halifax) – Bandcamp | Twitter | Facebook
psych pop with a twist!

 

Toxins and Poisons – Scott Nicks (Halifax) – Bandcamp | Twitter | Facebook
slightly-warped pop delites for hungover mornings

 

Move Away – The Age (Halifax) – Bandcamp
a sloppy kiss

 

Participation – Painful Shivers (Montreal) – Bandcamp
teen angst distillery

 

Jeeps and Creeps – Organ Eyes (Ottawa) – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter
fuzz cut

 

Ok, bye! Go support Canadian music, drink maple syrup, and make a good life for yourself!

Musicians I love (and my own creative existential crisis)

Lately I’ve been struggling with creative inspiration.

I’ve been late to reply to emails, shoddy at fulfilling writing commitments, sluggish to decide on music submissions, and absent on my own podcast. I haven’t written a song in months, my journal pages have been blank since January, my mixed media project is 75% complete, and I have a stack of unread library books by the front door. The other day, I couldn’t decide on a movie so I just watched an hour and a half worth of trailers, most of which were from the 80’s and 90’s (I came this close to watching Working Girl).

Basically, I feel mentally bankrupt and the only thing that I can muster up the energy to do is put on my blank, anonymous artist’s glaze and sketch strangers on the subway. At least in crowded café and clustered streetcars, I feel like no one is expecting anything, no one is judging, no one is watching with a critical eye.  I am finally free in an outlet all my own.

As many of you know, Sasha and I celebrated our blog’s fourth birthday this month, and with that came the realization that with much potential comes missed opportunity. I was reviewing past posts and wondering, “Could you have tried harder here? Could you have written more, explored this discography in greater depth? Could you have done a custom illustration for this feature? Could you have agreed to that interview?” A more ambitious version of myself is kicking the sandwich out of my current’s self’s hands.

Sometimes I wonder how other bloggers & journos do it. How does one wrap 1000+ neat words into a pithy post complete with a pleasantly drôle yet incisive b&w sketch? I feel like I need to learn Adobe Illustrator and a billion other complex design programs (as well as five coding languages) just to stay relevant.

What can I offer at the party? A side-scrolling verbal wrap-up of current events? A dumb and erratic dance sequence? Crumbs on my tits?

At this point, I’m looking for something to inject me with a sense of purpose. But for now, since this is a music blog, I want to clean out the inbox. That’s mainly the point of these Grab Bag Posts – it’s my effort to stay on top of things (failing miserably). One day, I will find the right balance of posting exactly what I want and honouring our obligation to undiscovered musicians. I am searching for it every day.

Sometimes I consider yanking down our blog email address, but then I wouldn’t have met the absolutely LOVELY GEMS of First Rate People, Delta Will, Walrus, Sheepman, High Diner, The Planes, The Blank Tapes, Ketamines, Jay Arner, Faux Fur, Michael Rault, The Dirty Nil, Yoofs, Lost On Purpose, Adam Torres, plus people like Leaning Trees RecordsGraveyard Orbit, Mike of My Boy The Riot Girl, Jason of Astral Travelling, ect.

So this post goes out all of you who have connected with me as a human idiot, or with Music Between Friends. I think of all the genuinely cool people that I’ve had the chance to meet, and I am glad.

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Indie-licious Tues Feb 25th 2014

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Cheyenne by Amanda Jas

1. Flashlight – The Amazing
2. All The While – Barzin
3. Sun To Rise – Black Walls
4. Health & Safety – Liz Lawrence
5. Bulash – Walrus
6. Alternate World – Son Lux
7. Stay With Us – Seoul
8. Maze1 – Rioux
9. Camarilla – School Of Seven Bells
10. Love This Time – Guantanamo Baywatch
11. An Instant – Each Other
12. The Riddle – Imaginary Family
13. Nothing You Could Say – Big Eyes
14. Wrestle Yü To Hüsker Dü – The Dirty Nil

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