Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29th 2010

Well, here we are--the homestretch of 2010. I've been scrambling to put together my best of 2010 lists--I don't like to do them until the second half of December, but I've gotta put 'em together for both FFWD Weekly and CJSW's website. I'll post the most in-depth, show-specific one here, and it should also be mirrored on the CJSW website, so be sure to check back in December for that. I know my favourite album of the year, but everything from #5-15 just feels so arbitrary... Anyways, here's tonight's playlist:

Sex Worker - Tough Love (Waving Goodbye)
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Emeralds - Overboard (Off the Deep End) (Emeralds LP)
Trans Am - Tesco V Sainsbury's (Sex Change)
Weekend - Age Class (Sports)
Naked on the Vague - Black Lettuce (Heaps of Nothing)
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The Dismemberment Plan - Spider in the Snow (Emergency & I)
Deerhunter - Desire Lines (Halcyon Digest)
No Joy - Ghost Blonde (Ghost Blonde)
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Ancestors - Superpsychle (Nightfall 7")
Zach Hill - The Sacto Smile (Face Tat)
Hella - Biblical Violence (Hold Your Horse Is)
Long Long Long - Davids, Burning Down the Houses (S/T Tape)
Cacaw - Earth Doesn't Deserve You (S/T LP)
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Sex Worker - Next to You (Waving Goodbye)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Showfill for Pillage the Village, November 25th 2010

Spencer's sick, so I took over today. Get well soon, man!

End of a Year - Composite Character + Charles Ewert (You Are Beneath Me)
Sinaloa - Rows of Tops (Oceans of Islands)
STNNNG - New National Anthem (Dignified Sissy)
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Outdoor Miners - Disgust (Disgust 7")
Sharp Ends - The Other Door (Sharp Ends LP)
Scrapbooker - Big Bird (Lying for the Sake of Lying)
Stalwart Sons - Frozen Ground (Burn Daylights Like Torches)
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The Raymond Brake - New Wave Dream (Piles of Dirty Winters)
Superchunk - My Gap Feels Weird (Majesty Shredding)
Chisel - Your Star is Killing Me (Nothing New)
Double Dagger - Half-Life (More)
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forgetters - Too Small to Fail (s/t 2x7")
The New Year - Reconstruction (Newness Ends)
Broken Water - Faux King Vogue (Normal Never Happened 7")
Frodus - Explosions (Frodus Conglomorate International)
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Portraits of Past - Through to an End (Cypress Dust Witch)
Twelve Hour Turn - Dance Like Everyone is Watching (Perfect Progress, Perfect Destruction)
Pitchblende - A Penny for the Guy (Working Holiday split 7" w/Swirlies)
Unwound - Laugh Track (Challenge for a Civilized Society)
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Mi Ami - Native American (Born in the USA) (Steal Your Face)
Slates - Vacant Lot (Slates)
Serka - A New Road Through it All (for when you are or are not)

Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22nd 2010

Weekend - Youth Haunts (Sports)
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Jon Mueller - Things Will Not Stay the Way They Are (Physical Changes)
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Clockcleaner - Chinese Town (Auf-Wiedersehen)
Sharp Ends - 44 (Sharp Ends LP)
Brian Eno - 2 Forms of Anger (Small Craft on a Milk Sea)
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Doug Snyder and Bob Thompson - Daily Dance (Daily Dance)
Sans AIDS - Forklift (Loaners)
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Fennesz / Daniell / Buck - Unuberwindbare Wande (Knoxville)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November 15th 2010

Uzeda - Sleep Deeper + Right Seeds (4)
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Shorty - Coopie And Me (Thumb Days)
Big'n - Loco (Cutthroat)
Neutrino - Medic (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Shipping News - This is Not an Exit (One Less Heartless to Fear)
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Fist City - Crimespree (Demos / Live Fisting CS)
Swirlies - Tree Chopped Down (Blonder Tongue Audio Baton)
Twelve Hour Turn - Manifest Destiny (Perfect Progress, Perfect Destruction)
I Can Put My Arm Back On You Can't - The School of the Seven Bells (Stands For...)
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Life at These Speeds - Ice, Thanks (Life at These Speeds)
Crippled Children - Peter Pan Has Mortgage (PP PP EP PP)
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Unwound - Swan (The Future of What)

And here's that Shorty video I mentioned on-air:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 8th 2010

Shipping News - The Delicate (One Less Heartless to Fear)
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Church of the Very Bright Lights - Words (Gang Crimes)
Sans AIDS - Make Turns (Loaners)
Eric's Trip - You're Always Right (Gordon St. Haunting)
Hallogallo 2010 - Blinkg├╝rtel (Drone Schlager)
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Pissed Jeans - The L Word (Sam Kinison Woman 7")
Sharp Ends - The Other Door (Sharp Ends)
Etaoin Shrdlu - Yow (Mating Calls)
Chevreuil - Superchateau (Chateuvallon)
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Lungfish - Straight Away (Pass and Stow)
Zach Hill - The Primitives Talk (Face Tat)
Outdoor Miners - Turn You Into Glue (Twelve Hundred Dollars 7")
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Shipping News - (Morays Or) Demon (One Less Heartless to Fear)

and here are some reviews!

Brain Fever - New Songs

This Calgary post-hardcore band was nice enough to send their newest recordings my way, so here are some thoughts: these songs are pretty intense. And like, really emo. I like the songs a lot more when they deal in dissonant guitar and start/stop rhythms, as in the first halves of the first two songs. I'm not quite as into the quiet, clean parts--I appreciate the attempts to include shifting dynamics, but they feel a bit forced at the moment. That said, I like the third song the most. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I think this band is getting better at focusing their efforts--always a good thing in post-hardcore.


Sans AIDS / Lake Country - Split Tape

A split release from Edmonton's Sans AIDS and Victoria's Lake Country--I like 'em both, but I gotta say, the Sans AIDS side of the tape is getting far more spins on my end. I'm reminded of many of my favourite indie rock bands of the '90s, but with a unique touch that's all songwriter Peter Sagar's own. As for Lake Country's side of the split, I get more nods to fairly standard garage/indie rock, but done more than competently--if it weren't for the strength of the Sans AIDS side, I might be able to offer something a bit more substantial. Keep an eye out for the new Sans AIDS tape on Bart Records and grab 'em both--between this and Outdoor Miners, we've got something special on our hands here, Alberta.

Fist City - Demos / Live Fisting TAPE

Lethbridge's Fist City have released this tape and their debut LP at roughly the same time, so here's the skinny on the tape: it shares tracks w/the LP, but obviously in different recordings. The demos are appropriately raw, but honestly, the live tracks are where it's at. Live recordings (esp. those of garage/punk/etc rock bands) tend to be grainy and shitty sounding, but considering that's what Fist City's studio recordings sound like, the live recordings on this tape sound downright clear. This band writes some amazingly catchy hooks, both vocally and musically--they don't need to be hiding behind bad production. Plus, there's a quick little take on "Having an Average Weekend", and anything that reminds me of the Kids in the Hall gets a thumbs up.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November 1st 2010

Clockcleaner - Interview With a Black Man (Nevermind)
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Sharp Ends - Goodbye to Berlin (Sharp Ends)
DUSTdevils - Encient (Rhenyards Grin)
A Minor Forest - Erik's Budding Romance (Inindependence)
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Blonde Redhead - Vague (Vague b/w Jet Star)
Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - Hurricane (Admonishing the Bishops)
Fist City - Debbie Get Yr Boa (Hunting You)
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Corin Tucker Band - Riley (1000 Years)
No Joy - Heedless (Ghost Blonde)
Sans AIDS - Third World (split tape w/Lake Country)
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None More Black - Mr. Artistic (Icons)
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Bare Minimum - Night We Streak, Divine Failure