Indie-licious Tues April 8th 2014

Art by Gwion Christmas

Art by Gwion Christmas

1. Street Bloom (Dustan Gallas Remix) – Céu
2. Clouds – Daedelus
3. Zebra – Oneohtrix Point Never
4. I Was Walking Through A Dream – Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast
5. True To You ft. Gruff Rhys – Tomas Barfod
6. Come Inside – Magic Trick
7. Hey, Doreen – Lucius
8. Buried Plans – Minor Alps
9. Still Knocking At The Door – Papercuts
10. Hidden Shelters – Lovelier Other
11. Genevieve – Lucius
12. She Shot It – Dirt Farmer
13. Elevator – Young Rival
14. Aphrodite – Phèdre

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Watch (and throw up): Young Rival’s optical illusion video for Black Is Good

Black Is Good is one of my favourite songs from Young Rival’s 2012 album Stay Young. It reminds me of nights spent loitering on Hamilton streetcorners breathing in damp autumn air with my best friend sitting on the cold curb beside me. I didn’t have as many wrinkles then, but I certainly give fewer fucks now.

I’ve seen Young Rival perform live many times and they will always remain one of my favourite local bands. The sound quality (both live and recorded) that they produce is consistently high, and their energy on stage is palpable. Yesterday, they released a video that employs a random dot autostereogram generated to produce the illusion of depth perception when viewed with a relaxed, unfocused gaze.

The band explains:

This is where it gets technical. To make your own autostereogram, one must first create a thing called a “depth map” which is a 2D representation of 3D depth information. We collected real-time depth data of Young Rival performing the song using an X-Box Kinect hooked up to a computer. The computer was running software called RGBD toolkit, designed for capturing the depth information from the Kinect using its built-in infrared system. Once we had our depth information, we unpacked it into image sequences and edited these sequences as if they were regular video. The only difference in the editing process was that depth was represented by luminosity. For fun, you can view the black and white depth-map version HERE. With much trial and error, we then ran the data through an algorithm which took each frame of depth information, converted it into a random dot stereogram image, and repacked it into the final video. Lastly, there was one more colour pass at the end, and voila.

Personally, it made me feel pleasantly nauseated. But that could have easily been the coffee and two cake pops I had for dinner. I am an adult.

Watch it fullscreen if you dare. And please, do yourself a favour and check out the equally entertaining video for Better Things To Do because it features rad Hamilton artists.

Canadian Music Fest 2013 – Katie’s Picks

CMF 2013 Lineup

Find the full list of artists here.

If you’re like me, and have anything whatsoever to do with the Toronto media, music, and arts scene, you’ve probably been pelted with press releases for Canadian Music Fest for the last few months. Finally, it’s March and I can peel the electronic whitesheets from my virtual windshield and attend some fine concerts.

What are my picks? Great question. Because there’s nothing that gives a pretentious twenty-something more sickeningly satisfying pleasure than telling other people what to like. These are great bands and you should definitely check them out. Or, wait until you hear them at Urban Outfitters and pretend you knew about them all along while you’re shopping for shredded Sesame Street t-shirts and pink-bleached jeans with three types of non-functional zipper. It’s really your choice.

These bands have been vetted for quality. They’re “sure things.” All that’s left is for you to go out and enjoy them.

WEDNESDAY
Yukon Blonde (Kelowna, BC)
Wed March 20 @ 8pm, The Danforth Music Hall
RIYL: The Sheepdogs, Zeus

CHVRCHES (Glasgow, Scotland)
Wed March 20 @ 10pm, Mod Club
RIYL: Purity Ring, The Knife, The Good Natured

THURSDAY
Chloe Charles (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 8pm, Tattoo Rock Parlour
Sat March 23 @ 10pm, El Mocambo (Upstairs)
RIYL:  Regina Spektor, Coffee shop pleasantries

Turtle Giant (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Thurs March 21 @ 8pm, Rancho Relaxo
RIYL: Vacationer

The Breezes (Montreal, QC)
Thurs March 21 @ 8:30pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Luscious beach rock

First Rate People (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 9pm, Annex Live
RIYL: Teenage dreams

Efterklang (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Thurs March 21, 10pm, Virgin Mobile Mod Club
RIYL: Grizzly Bear, Tunng

Raleigh Moncrief (Sacramento, California)
Thurs March 21, 11:30pm, Parts & Labour
RIYL: The sound of a thousand exploding suns

Wildlife (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 12am, The Great Hall
RIYL: Collegiate life

Javelin (Providence, NY)
Thurs March 21, 1:00am, Parts & Labour
RIYL: Bibio, TV Girl, Toro Y Moi
***KATIE’S TOP PICK FOR MAXIMUM CONCERT ENJOYMENT***

FRIDAY
Cold Specks (London, UK)
Fri March 22 @ 9:20pm, Kool Haus
RIYL: Macy Gray without the smoker’s throat

Diamond Rings (Toronto, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 10:00pm, Kool Haus
RIYL: The eyeshadow counter at Sephora and drum machines

Young Rival (Hamilton, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 10:10pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Smith Westerns, Black Lips, Dirty Fences

The Dirty Nil (Hamilton, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 11pm, Bovine Sex Club
RIYL: Cracking beer bottles over your friends’ heads

SATURDAY
Cookie Duster (Toronto, ON)
Sat March 23 @ 11:10pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Broken Social Scene, the “original” Toronto music scene

The Dirty Nil (Hamilton, ON)
Sat March 23 @ 2:30am, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Public urination, leftover pizza

Sharon Van Etten (Brooklyn, NY)
Sat March 23 @ 8pm, Massey Hall
RIYL: First Aid Kit

Supercrawl: The Day After

Supercrawl 2012

From Left: Felt Ball Necklace (Citizen Kid), Colour Swatches (Hansen and Lubbers), Seed Paper (CBC Hamilton), Gold necklace by Sew a Song, Flower studs by primrose, leather clutch by Erin Templeton (all from White Elephant), In Fine Feather Postcard (HCA), The Ten Spot Coupon, CBC Hamilton Postcard, Downtown Bike Hounds, Works of Lesley Cordero, Print by Group of 7 Billion. AGH World Film Festival

As expected, Supercrawl was amazing. Here’s a breakdown of what I saw, did, and ate.

BANDS
1. Owen PallettMP3: Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
2. Born Ruffians

3. Young Rival

4. Great Lake Swimmers

5. Turbo Street Funk (my personal favourite)

FOOD
1. Homegrown Hamilton
2. My Thai
3. Willy Dog
4. Cake & Loaf (courtesy of CBC Hamilton)
5. Hamilton Farmer’s Market
6. The Ship

DID
1. Walked until my calves resembled Jane Fonda’s
2. Promoted MBF and Indie-licious on the air w/ Jamie and Gunner, live broadcasting 93.3 CFMU out of Homegrown Hamilton
3. Admired art I can’t afford
4. Petted some kittens waiting for Forever Homes
5. Almost stepped in horse manure
6. Watched in awe as a man called “One-Eyed Ron” ran his fingers through another man’s thick ponytail while breathing heavily through a harmonica… until the cops took him back to the Portuguese Men’s Centre. Note: all of this took place three feet from Great Lake Swimmers street performance, and Ron liberally praised himself for doing such a great job of accompanying the band.
7. Shivered off about 10,000 kCal worth of street meat as the temperature plummeted down to 9 degrees Celsius.

Thanks for the lovely time Hamilton! I’ll be sure to come back again and again, because there’s nothing better than supporting a community that has put you through four years of education and left you with a smile on your face.

Supercrawl: The 12-hour Music and Arts Festival in Hamilton’s Hippest Neighbourhood

Image via Tourism Hamilton

It may be news to you Toronto residents, but Hamilton has a pretty happenin’ art scene. Of course, by calling it “happenin”, I’ve probably decreased its coolness factor substantially.

Let’s just say that Queen West doesn’t have a monopology on kitschy craft stores, Kensington’s not the only place to score vintage finds, and Trinity-Bellwoods isn’t the only place peppered with quirky, exotic restaurants.

That’s right, Torontonians. Shift your eyes south this weekend to Hamilton’s SUPERCRAWL, a massive street festival on Saturday September 10th, 2011 from 1PM – 1AM on James St. North. The streets will be teeming with hipsters, artists, dancers, and musicians hell-bent on getting rid of Hamilton’s cultural-hellhole image.

Did I mention it’s 100% free of charge? The festival offers free admission to every art exhibit, dance performance, and open-air street concert. The only thing you’ll need are a few bones to procure some food and drink (and maybe a reclaimed-object sculpture or hand-printed calendar).

The music lineup features indie heavweights Broken Social Scene and local heroes Junior Boys. Jeremy Greenspan’s The Brain, hotbed of local kool kids, will host the Beehive Craft Collective, a group of incredibly talented printmakers, textile artists, and artisans.

After a ridiculously virtuosic performance at the What Next? festival earlier this year, Basia Bulat is reuniting with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchastra to play beautiful adaptations from her last album (as transcribed by Owen Pallett). Said The Whale and Young Rival will also be playing full sets earlier in the day.

In case you’re curious, here’s where you can find me at SUPERCRAWL. But feel free to do your own thang and check out the full schedule here.

1PM – 2PM: Haircut at Albert Snow to get the perfect hipster haircut – messy, with a side of indifference. Goes well with vintage doll dress, scuffed leather boots, or anything plaid (Cigarette and sneer not included).

2PM – 3PM: Head to the intersection of James and Main to catch a free bus ride up James Street North courtesy of the HSR. Shuttles will be running all day and into the wee hours of the night.

3PM – 4PM: Check out the art installations of the Beehive Craft Collective at The Brain.

4PM – 5PM: Nod along to the nouveau-grunge of Young Rival at the York-Wilson Stage.

5PM – 7PM: Grab dinner and drinks at Mulberry Cafe, a cafe that serves fair-trade and organic snacks, sandies, coffee, and beer in a too-cool-to-be-true setting that feels like you’re making your boho parents proud. Order the London Fog and a Vegetarian Panini, if they have any left. If not, a Savoury Southwest Muffin will suit my needs quite nicely.

7PM – 8PM: Head back to the York-Wilson Stage for Basia Bulat and the HPO. Try not to cry tears of joy when she strums her first chord on the autoharp.

8PM – 9PM: Join my pal Laurie to watch Said The Whale at the Colbourne Stage.

9PM – 10PM: Head over to Baltimore House on King William Street for a DJ set filtering onto the street to build hype for the Victorian-inspired lounge’s grand opening in the upcoming months.

10PM – 11PM: Shimmy to the Junior Boys at the Colbourne Stage. I’ll be keeping my ears open for Dull To Pause.

11PM – 12AM: Fight bony hipster elbows for a decent view of Broken Social Scene.

Throughout the day, I’ll be walking into the many art galleries on James St. North, hoping to pick up a few quirky prints for my bedroom wall. Maybe you’ll see me there! I’ll be the girl with the messy, indifferent hair.