Tuesday, May 10, 2005


Fellini - Rock Europeu: The first time I heard this song, at the end of the first sixteen bars I was expecting Ian Curtis to start complaining about how empty somethingorother was, but no, he doesn't. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to hear a brazillian guy singinging in Portuguese about (what sounds like) chicks and partying. I guess Fellini could be bitching about post-industrial lonliness, but I can't understand Portuguese so I'm gonna call chicks and partying on this one.
This track came off a 7" split with As Mercenaries, and will be coming out on a full length compilation of classic Brazillian post-punk called The Sexual Life of The Savages, on Soul Jazz Records. I am looking forward to it.
Click here to buy this 7" from Juno.
Click here to visit the Soul Jazz page on this record.

Gang of Four - Damaged Goods: I went to the Gang of Four concert here in Vancouver on Saturday night expecting an okay show. I knew they'd be the Gang of Four, and they'd be playing some Gang of Four songs, and that would be cool. I didn't think they were going to be awesome or anything, just an adequate account of musical history I missed the first time around cause I was only just born the year Entertainment came out. And instead of my parents taking me to see angry post-punk shows I went to Raffi while these guys were originally touring, fair enough though - children don't really get swaggering Brittish lads decrying consumerism. Anyway, like I was saying, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this lot. But seriously, the Gang of Four were incredible. Jon King had the most British moves I'd ever seen and Andy Gill was all deadpan till he randomly smashed his guitar during some slow song about love. This song, Damaged Goods was originally released as a single in 1978, and then on their debut LP Entertainment! in 1979. And this was what they played for the first encore, finishing the show with I Found That Essence Rare. There are some dates left on the tour, go see them.

05-10 Minneapolis, MN - Quest
05-11 Chicago, IL - Metro
05-12 Chicago, IL - Metro
05-14 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix
05-16 Boston, MA - Avalon
05-17 New York City, NY - Irving Plaza
05-18 New York City, NY - Irving Plaza
05-20 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05-21 Philadelphia, PA - TBA

sorry for my lazy vancouveresque writing on this one, I am tired. it's 5:44 AM

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Re: The Cribs

It's got to be said: "You're Gonna Lose Us" by The Cribs is the best song by anyone ever.

Friday, May 06, 2005


If you happen to be the only person in vancouver who reads this page then you should mosey on down to Vital (1216 Robson) tonight at 9:45. I'll be DJing the art opening from 10 till midnight, and as far as I know it's free.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

For the North Americans:

These songs will be down by Monday.

Pink Grease - Peaches: So there are these two guys named Norman and Tony. On the surface they pretend not to get along, but they live together so this is merely a facade to entertain guests. Every Friday night Tony's twenty-year-old friends come over to their house, get drunk on the couch and ask Tony when they're going, where they're going, and if he's called a cab yet. Norman ends up joining them cause he doesn't really have a choice- he could go upstairs to noodle around with his guitar, read and go to sleep, but hell this is Friday night in the city! There's girls downstairs and god dammit people are partying in his house. Although Norman knows that these kids are completely disorganized and lack leadership he will join them, and against his better judgement get trapped in his own living room on a Friday night. Around 1:00AM Tony will call two cabs to take everyone out and they will ask "where?" The cabs get tired of waiting so they just leave empty. The kids drinking on the couch eventually become the kids sleeping on the floor. I come home from work at 4:00AM, wake them up briefly and go to bed.
The whole night has been wasted because of a lack of direction and Norman is finally over it. From now on at 10:30PM when all the kids on the couch start asking where they're going and when they're leaving Norman will put this song on, rock out for three minutes and just leave straight-up. This is what will happen every Friday night for the rest of the summer.
Click here to buy this 7" from Juno, and you too can take charge of your Friday night.
Click here to visit the official pink grease website. You can watch videos and hear sounds.

The Cribs - You're Gonna Lose Us: After Norman leaves properly, Tony will put this song on with the hope it will inspire the kids on the couch to follow Norman, because although Tony doesn't know it yet, this is his anthem. This song kinda reminds me of old school 2-tone era Specials. Not in the way that it sounds like a ska song, because it doesn't, but in the way it sits next to Friday night, Saturday morning in lyrical quality and content. Both songs are proper self aware abstracts on drinking in England that seem to question the direction of youth, but aren't afraid to be a part of it. Well maybe, I've never been to England, so I apologize if I am out of control here.

This single was produced by Edwyn Collins, formerly of Orange Juice, an awesome early 80's new wave indie pop band outta Scotland. See this post http://www.radiozero.ca/2005/02/chop-mixtape-and-tracklisting.html to hear Rip it Up, a classic Orange Juice Track in a mixtape I made back in February.

Click here to buy this 7" off Picadilly Records. The A-side is "Hey Scenesters" and it's also fantastic.
Click here for the official Cribs website.