Monday, July 6, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #104

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gig of the week:

Mdou Moctar / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2015-07-11 (Saturday – afternoon, set @ 2 p.m.! free! outside!) [more info]

Saturday is a good day to head down to Harbourfront Centre. The weekend's festival is dubbed "Party On The Block" and there's lots of cool stuff going down, from Maurice Louca's electro-chaabi to the recently-reformulated Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. I've never really known what to feel about Harbourfront's SoundClash contest — it seems more than a little battle-of-the-bands-y — but given the quality of all the bands selected this year it's hard not to feel at least a little enthused, so it'd be worth hanging around to catch free half-hour sets on Saturday from L Con, Clairmont The Second, Ronley Teper's Lipliners, Digits and Above Top Secret.

But the most exciting event of the weekend should be a set from Mdou Moctar, from a Azawagh desert of Niger. His Tuareg guitar stylings encounter modernity in a different way than some of the more famous musicians from the region (like Tinariwen or Bombino), with a hyper-accelerated auto-tuned sound that many first encountered on the Music from Saharan Cellphones compilations. (Later in the day, you can also check out a free screening of Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, which appears to be a re-telling of Purple Rain "set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar".) P.S.: After a couple years where perpetual construction left streetscape somewhere between a maze and a war zone, the new Queen's Quay is open, so it's a lot easier to get down there.


This week's noteworthy shows:

The Hollow Square ["a kith & kin production at the Toronto Fringe" — a "choral tsunami" of old-time shape-note music] / St. George the Martyr Anglican Church 2015-07-02–2015-07-11 (Thursday–Saturday) [FB event]

Faster Presents: An Odd Evening of Sound and Movement (feat. Michael Keith Trio / Music Box Trio [Allison Elizabeth Burns/Brian Abbott/Kayla Milmine] / Claude Wittmann / Lo Bil / Claude Wittmann/Brian Abbott/Kayla Milmine) / Array Space 2015-07-06 (Monday – early show!) [FB event]

Money House / The Emmet Ray 2015-07-06 (Monday – early!) [more info]

Jacob Teichroew Quartet / The Emmet Ray 2015-07-06 (Monday) [more info]

Collapsible Landscapes: The Work of Sabrina Ratté and Le Révélateur ["Pleasure Dome presents a curated selection of Sabrina Ratté’s video works followed by a live performance by Le Révélateur, a.k.a. Roger Tellier-Craig (ex-Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am)"] / The Drake Underground 2015-07-06 (Monday) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #4 (feat. Dr. Dunn & The Cosmic Range / Castle If / Doom Tickler) / Dundas Video 2015-07-07 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Walrus (Dusted) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-07-07 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Chime [opening reception! — realtime creation of site-based sonic arrangements through elaborate sensor mapping and data visualization] / InterAccess 2015-07-08 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Disraelis (Hollowphonic / KHB / Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-07-08 (Wednesday) [more info]

Yonatan Gat [of Montonix] (Kahuna / Aus!Funkt) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-07-08 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft-Jason Robinson Duo Project / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-07-08 (Wednesday)

Purpose & Tony [Thom Gill, Josh Cole And Matt Pencer] / Holy Oak Café 2015-07-08 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Living Daylight Stringband / Holy Oak Café 2015-07-09 (Thursday – early!) [more info]

The Black Lips (Teenanger / Pow Wows) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-07-09 (Thursday) [FB event]

Operators (Most People / Wish) / The Garrison 2015-07-09 (Thursday – $3 entry w/ RSVP) [FB event]

The Black Lips (Milk Lines / The Beverleys) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-07-10 (Friday) [FB event]

Panamania (feat. Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra / Joaquin Díaz / Lula All Stars / Grand Bateria and Brass / The Heavyweights Brass Band / Radio Radio / Systema Solar) / Nathan Phillips Square 2015-07-10 (Friday – free!) [more info]

Chairs (Reuben Bullock / Steven Lambke) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-07-10 (Friday) [FB event]

Maurice Louca / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2015-07-10 (Friday – free! outside!) [more info]

Girls Rock Camp Summer Showcase / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2015-07-11 (Sunday – afternoon showcase! All-ages and family-friendly! PWYC!) [FB event]

Panamania (feat. La Chiva Gantiva / The Fruits / The Heavyweights Brass Band / Radio Radio) / Pan Am Park 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free!) [more info]

SoundClash Music Award: Shortlist Performance (feat. L CON) / Harbourfront Centre – Lakeside Terrace 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! 1 p.m. performance!) [more info]

SoundClash Music Award: Shortlist Performance (feat. Clairmont The Second) / Harbourfront Centre – Lakeside Terrace 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! 2 p.m. performance!) [more info]

SoundClash Music Award: Shortlist Performance (feat. Ronley Teper's Lipliners) / Harbourfront Centre – Lakeside Terrace 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! 5 p.m. performance!) [more info]

SoundClash Music Award: Shortlist Performance (feat. Digits) / Harbourfront Centre – Lakeside Terrace 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! 6:30 p.m. performance!) [more info]

SoundClash Music Award: Shortlist Performance (feat. Above Top Secret) / Harbourfront Centre – Lakeside Terrace 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! 8 p.m. performance!) [more info]

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! outside!) [more info]

Somewhere There presents: The Second Sunday of July (feat. Nidus / Troubleshooting Trio) / Array Space 2015-07-12 (Sunday) [FB event]

Tania Gill with Lina Allemano, Rob Clutton and Nico Dann / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-07-12 (Sunday)


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

The Mike Smith Company / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-07-14 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

THE AMBiENT PiNG (feat. Jacob Watters / Evan Cyber) / Ratio 2015-07-14 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Special Costello (The Everywheres / Baby Cages / Natural Thirst) / The Cavern Bar 2015-07-14 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Olenka and the Autumn Lovers (Raleigh / Shawn William Clarke) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-07-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Bonnie Doon (Plasmalab / Dinosaur City) / Burdock 2015-07-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Recording: Fat As Fuck

Artist: Fat As Fuck

Song: 1/E

Recorded at 159 Manning ("M For Manning"), June 19, 2015.

Fat As Fuck - 1/E

Once again Tim McCready turned his home into the city's coolest venue for a day, transforming living room, basement and backyard into performance spaces for a chill day-long party. A backyard stage under an arch of trees at the very far end of the lot made the show feel even more like it was taking place off in some friendly forest. The programming, thanks once again to an alliance with M for Montréal and an association with a large local corporate rock festival, mixed a few mostly-Montréal out-of-towners with local faces.

It's been quite some time since I first discovered this crew, playing a street corner guerrilla set, but I was glad to see they were still committed to their particular aesthethic — both visual (in masks and white coveralls) and musically (mixing party anthems with tricky prog song structures). The band's best trick is how effortlessly they can torque from the former to the latter while still keeping the crowd dancing and "woo"-ing enthusiastically. Not that there's an undue focus on chops here, as the band was also shamelessly going for some big rock moves, including synth-held-aloft flourishes and set-ending crowd invasions.

[Fat As Fuck will be celebrating the release of a new video with "an evening of absolute madness" on Wednesday, July 15th at The Rivoli, where they'll be joined by The Out Of Towners and Jobs.]

Recording: The Muscadettes

Artist: The Muscadettes

Song: unknown*

Recorded at 159 Manning ("M For Manning"), June 19, 2015.

The Muscadettes - unknown

Once again Tim McCready turned his home into the city's coolest venue for a day, transforming living room, basement and backyard into performance spaces for a chill day-long party. A backyard stage under an arch of trees at the very far end of the lot made the show feel even more like it was taking place off in some friendly forest. The programming, thanks once again to an alliance with M for Montréal and an association with a large local corporate rock festival, mixed a few mostly-Montréal out-of-towners with local faces.

Of the new-to-me bands in the day's Montréal contingent, this five-piece — fronted by twin sisters Chantal and Kathleen Ambridge — was the coolest discovery. Claiming to be "raised on 60's surf and 90's grunge", this one shows there's also a pleasing dollop of new wave in the mix as well. It's probably too obvious as a point of comparison, but you could plot this pair somewhere between the Deals and the Gillises. [The band has a tasty new EP up on their bandcamp.]

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Sasha Chapin

Artist: Sasha Chapin

Song: So Long

Recorded at 159 Manning ("M For Manning"), June 19, 2015.

Sasha Chapin - So Long

Once again Tim McCready turned his home into the city's coolest venue for a day, transforming living room, basement and backyard into performance spaces for a chill day-long party. A backyard stage under an arch of trees at the very far end of the lot made the show feel even more like it was taking place off in some friendly forest. The programming, thanks once again to an alliance with M for Montréal and an association with a large local corporate rock festival, mixed a few mostly-Montréal out-of-towners with local faces.

Action alternated back and forth from the backyard stage to the living room, which saw chugging postrock, minimalist art-disco and hip-hop — and also this quiet set from local balladeer Sasha Chapin, singing with a high, trembling voice and emotional directness recalling Sean Nicholas Savage. Chapin was also disarmingly entertaining, as heard in the story that precedes this one.

[Sasha Chapin will be playing at a POP Montréal showcase at The Silver Dollar on Thursday, July 23rd, alongside Nancy Pants, Look Vibrant, Goodbye Honolulu and The Nursery.]

Friday, July 3, 2015

Recording: Bart

Artist: Bart

Song: Magic Sun

Recorded at 159 Manning ("M For Manning"), June 19, 2015.

Bart - Magic Sun

Once again Tim McCready turned his home into the city's coolest venue for a day, transforming living room, basement and backyard into performance spaces for a chill day-long party. A backyard stage under an arch of trees at the very far end of the lot made the show feel even more like it was taking place off in some friendly forest. The programming, thanks once again to an alliance with M for Montréal and an association with a large local corporate rock festival, mixed a few mostly-Montréal out-of-towners with local faces.

This local jukebox-prog five-piece felt like the headliner for the first half of the day, and this little solar-powered confection seems reasonably adequate to represent their contribution to the pleasant backyard vibes.

Recording: Heaters

Artist: Heaters

Songs: two unknown songs*

Recorded at 159 Manning ("M For Manning"), June 19, 2015.

Heaters - [unknown instrumental]

Heaters - [unknown]

Once again Tim McCready turned his home into the city's coolest venue for a day, transforming living room, basement and backyard into performance spaces for a chill day-long party. A backyard stage under an arch of trees at the very far end of the lot made the show feel even more like it was taking place off in some friendly forest. The programming, thanks once again to an alliance with M for Montréal and an association with a large local corporate rock festival, mixed a few mostly-Montréal out-of-towners with local faces.

Up from Grand Rapids, Michigan, this trio unleashed a series of psychotic reactions with their tasty Nuggets-y blasts. Treating the urgency of "Pushin' Too Hard" as a viable template, this was delightfully bracing on stage.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Vallens

Artist: Vallens

Song: Karen*

Recorded at 159 Manning ("M For Manning"), June 19, 2015.

Vallens - Karen

Once again Tim McCready turned his home into the city's coolest venue for a day, transforming living room, basement and backyard into performance spaces for a chill day-long party. A backyard stage under an arch of trees at the very far end of the lot made the show feel even more like it was taking place off in some friendly forest. The programming, thanks once again to an alliance with M for Montréal and an association with a large local corporate rock festival, mixed a few mostly-Montréal out-of-towners with local faces.

I'd previously caught Robyn Phillips in a support role with other bands and but I'd been waiting to see a full set from this new project she leads. Based on the couple songs available online and the band's live presence, I'd have to say this is one of the most exciting emerging units in town right now. Mixing atmospheric haziness with postpunk crunch, there's a nimble musical chemistry here that's topped off with Phillips' excellent vocals — at times sounding like kd lang covering PJ Harvey. An album on Hand Drawn Dracula is on its way, but in the meantime you should make an effort to hear these songs live.

[Vallens will be playing alongside Freak Heat Waves, Fake Palms and New Fries at Smiling Buddha on Thursday, July 23rd.]

* Thanks to the band for passing along the title to this one!

Recording: Jr. Mintz

Artist: Jr. Mintz

Song: unknown*

Recorded at 159 Manning ("M For Manning"), June 19, 2015.

Jr. Mintz - unknown

Once again Tim McCready turned his home into the city's coolest venue for a day, transforming living room, basement and backyard into performance spaces for a chill day-long party. A backyard stage under an arch of trees at the very far end of the lot made the show feel even more like it was taking place off in some friendly forest. The programming, thanks once again to an alliance with M for Montréal and an association with a large local corporate rock festival, mixed a few mostly-Montréal out-of-towners with local faces.

This project from Noah Mintz (known these days as a mastering engineer extraordinaire and formerly of hHead and Noah's Arkweld) very much had the feel of a bunch of friends heading out to the backyard after jamming out in the basement. Joined by Andrew DeVillers (of Mad Ones) on bass and Rob Balon on drums, this was both a first show and — as Mintz kept joking/threatening — the band's last. Not sure if that's a fact, but it seems undoubtable that this crew will still be making music in the future, even if they keep adjusting their pun-based band name on a regular basis while they're jamming somewhere.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Recording: Lloyd Cole

Artist: Lloyd Cole

Songs: Kids Today + Late Night, Early Town + Impossible Girl/Lost Weekend

Recorded at The Great Hall, June 18, 2015.

Lloyd Cole - Kids Today

Lloyd Cole - Late Night, Early Town

Lloyd Cole - Impossible Girl + Lost Weekend

With the city's venues filling up with buzz-chasers at a big local corporate rock fest, I decided to do the other thing, and went to see Lloyd Cole — someone who's never been one of my top-shelf favourites, but someone whose works I've consistently admired for two decades now. With all the hype for this and that at the corporate rock fest, I wondered if there'd be anyone left to go to this — the official facebook event listed precisely three attendees — but I was rather pleased to see a robust crowd filling the chairs on the Great Hall's floor. A reminder, I guess, that there's more than one crowd of people looking for rock gigs.

Given the electricity of his latest album, I was a little bemusedly surprised to see that this "evening" with Cole was to be an all-acoustic affair, just one man and his guitar for two sets, plowing through a pretty large number of songs from all stages of his career, mixing new ones with favourites from the Commotions and his 90's solo peak.

Although he took pains to warn the audience in advance about the high notes he could no longer reach, he was in great voice and the audience was pretty quiet for what was probably the lowest-volume show I've ever seen in the Great Hall. (This would have totally slayed down the street in the basement of the Drake, but considering how the voluminous space of the Great Hall can eat quiet performances like this the sound was rather well-handled.)

Cole was cheerful throughout on stage, telling stories as he put on his glasses to tune between songs and sending shout-outs to the significant others who got dragged out by more ardent fans. Experiencing the sweep of the songs all together gave a chance to see Cole's lyrical/life standpoint slowly shift, and see his present self (much more sympathetic to some of his past protagonists) react to the words of the cynical young know-it-all who wrote them. Someday we'll all live in our former cautionary tales.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Recording: Ken Aldcroft and Scott Thomson

Artist: Ken Aldcroft and Scott Thomson / Aldcroft/Thomson/Liu/Oswald

Songs: [excerpt from duo improvisation] + [excerpt from quartet improvisation]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), June 17, 2015.

Ken Aldcroft and Scott Thomson - [excerpt from duo improvisation]

Ken Aldcroft/Scott Thomson/Germaine Liu/John Oswald - [excerpt from quartet improvisation]

This show celebrated the release of Red & Blue, a new duo album from Ken Aldcroft (guitar) and Scott Thomson (trombone). This format allows the pair — who have also collaborated in larger ensembles — to investigate a variety of subtle interplays, each ranging from the delicate to the more abrasive, with Thomson moving from quiet lines to tinny blasts while Aldcroft provided both knotty bursts and looped textures.

Their duo set was followed by a quartet, with Germaine Liu (percussion) and John Oswald (alto sax) joining in the fray, with quiet ruckus building up to the shreddin' groove heard at the end of the excerpt here.

[Ken Aldcroft will be bringing a different duo project to the Tranzac on Wednesday July 8th, when he'll be joined by tenor saxophonist J. Robinson.]

Recording: Avesta Nakhaei's Collective Improvisation

Artist: Avesta Nakhaei's Collective Improvisation

Songs: [two fragments from first section] + [unknown song feat. Soley]*

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), June 17, 2015.

Avesta Nakhaei's Collective Improvisation - [fragment 1 from first section]

Avesta Nakhaei's Collective Improvisation - [fragment 2 from first section]

Avesta Nakhaei's Collective Improvisation feat. Soley - [4th part, 1st piece]

As I've seen before, Avesta Nakhaei's Tranzac gigs are free-flowing affairs, with musicians coming and going throughout the night trying to keep up with Nakhaei's endlessly-inventive piano work. This session started off as a trio, with Nakhaei joined by Anoush Taba'i on clarinet and Michael Kaler on bass — you can hear a couple extracts of this grouping as they find their musical feet. Later on a good chunk of The Holy Gasp dropped by on their way to a gig, and Chris Weatherstone (sax) and Dave Oso and Benjamin Hackman (percussion) were sitting in for the night's final section, where they backed singer Soleyman Vaseghi (popularly known as just Soley).

Soley — a Persian singer of note who has made Toronto his home — sang with the sort of gravitas you can't fake. He performs with a qawwali group nowadays, has a pre-revolutionary popstar past, and released a series of what sound like fairly awesome New Age-tinged albums in the late '80's that you can hear on his website. (Someone should get on doing some re-issues of these.) At any rate, this is the sort of random discovery that can make a quiet night out at The Tranzac into something wholly astonishing.

[Avesta Nakhaei will be painting with an even broader brush at the return of his Meandering Streams of Consciousness project, which brings together improvising musicians with members of the local Persian music scene for large-ensemble improvising action. Check it out on Sunday, July 26th at Array Space.]

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Concert Listings Roundup #103

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.


Gig of the week:

No Angels Dancing / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-07-05 (Sunday – afternoon show! 1 to 3 p.m.!)

I've been a frequent advocate this alternative to Sunday brunch right from the get-go. An example of the sort of thing that the Tranzac can incubate when an artist is given a regular timeslot and a chance to let things develop at their own pace, No Angels Dancing has gelled into something with its own distinct sound, merging Allison Cameron's toy factory electroacoustic bricolage, Stephen Parkinson's patiently recursive guitar scratchings and D. Alex Meeks' watchmaker drumkit ratatat. Billed as "our last trio performance together for an unknown period", there'll be new and surely pleasant recombinations on the horizon, but if you've wanted a chance to witness the "classic" No Angels Dancing, you should make a point of coming out for this.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Music Mondays Concert Series (feat. Raphael Weinroth-Browne – solo cello) / Church of the Holy Trinity 2015-06-29 (Monday – lunchtime concert! PWYC!) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft & Mike Gennaro (Michael Herring/Rebecca Hennessy/Karen Ng/Joe Sorbara) / Musideum 2015-06-29 (Monday)

King Sunny Adé / Lee's Palace 2015-06-29 (Monday)CANCELLED [FB event]

DUST, the quietest big band in the known world / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-06-30 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Nick Fraser presents Andrew Downing's Otterville / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-07-30 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Wavelength 671 (feat. MMM MMM / Klondike / OG Melody / Dohn Valley) / Dundas Video 2015-06-30 (Tuesday) [FB event]

By Divine Right [25th anniversary celebration!] / Harbourfront Centre – W------ Stage 2015-07-01 (Wednesday – outside! free!) [more info]

troubleshooting~ v3 (feat. Tanya Goncalves / Marc Couroux / Cory Latkovich) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2015-07-01 (Wednesday – early!) [FB event]

The Hollow Square ["a kith & kin production at the Toronto Fringe" — a "choral tsunami" of old-time shape-note music] / St. George the Martyr Anglican Church 2015-07-02–2015-07-11 (Thursday–Saturday) [FB event]

Albert James (Within / BABEL) / Holy Oak Café 2015-07-02 (Thursday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 50 (feat. Tenderness / Wordburglar / Fresh Flesh / Jack Topht) / Jam Factory 2015-07-03 (Friday) [FB event]

Dick Diver (Animal Parts) / The Silver Dollar Room 2015-07-03 (Friday) [FB event]

Afrofest 2015 (feat. Akwaba Cultural Exchange / Dacosta / Kateneen Cheka / Tich Maredza Band / Trinity / San Fan Thomas / Wenge Musica – Bill Clinton Kalonji) / Woodbine Park 2015-07-04 (Saturday – free! outside! festival vibes!) [more info]

Hassan Hakmoun / Harbourfront Centre – W------ Stage 2015-07-04 (Saturday – outside! free!) [more info]

Burn Down the Capital/Somewhere There Present (feat. Alex Cunningham / Josh Cole/Ryan Driver Duo / Nilan Perera) / Array Space 2015-07-04 (Saturday) [FB event]

Peine Perdue (Vierance / Art Show) / Dundas Video 2015-07-04 (Saturday) [FB event]

Castle If (Animalia / Blue Cougars / The Lonely Parade) / Smiling Buddha 2015-07-04 (Saturday) [FB event]

Afrofest 2015 (feat. Iya Ire / Afro Brazilian Roots Precaussion / Amadou Kienou / Yinka Farinde / Zal Sissokho & Sergio Perere & Chico Antonio / Kassav) / Woodbine Park 2015-07-05 (Sunday – free! outside! festival vibes!) [more info]

Elinor Frey [works for five-string cello, including J.S. Bach's Sixth Suite for solo cello plus transcriptions of violin music by Telemann and Benda] / Toronto Music Garden 2015-07-05 (Sunday – 4 p.m.! free!) [more info]

Audiopollination #32.1 (feat. Michael Keith/Bob Vespaziani/Michael Lynn / David Sait/Michael Keith / Bob Vespaziani/John Kamevaar/Mani Mazinani) / Array Space 2015-07-05 (Sunday) [FB event]

Christie Pits Film Festival: Nosferatu (feat. original musical score performed live by Del Bel) / Christie Pits Park 2015-07-05 (Sunday – PWYC! outside!) [more info]

Nite Comfort 23 (feat. Northumbria / F A V X) / Handlebar 2015-07-05 (Sunday) [FB event]


Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Collapsible Landscapes: The Work of Sabrina Ratté and Le Révélateur ["Pleasure Dome presents a curated selection of Sabrina Ratté’s video works followed by a live performance by Le Révélateur, a.k.a. Roger Tellier-Craig (ex-Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am)"] / The Drake Underground 2015-07-06 (Monday) [FB event]

The Disraelis (Hollowphonic / KHB / Poppy Seed and The Love Explosion) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2015-07-08 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Maurice Louca / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2015-07-10 (Friday – free! outside!) [more info]

Mdou Moctar / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2015-07-11 (Saturday – afternoon, set @ 2 p.m.! free! outside!) [more info]

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan / Harbourfront Centre, W------ Stage 2015-07-11 (Saturday – free! outside!) [more info]

Somewhere There presents: The Second Sunday of July (feat. Nidus / Troubleshooting Trio) / Array Space 2015-07-12 (Sunday)

Shotgun Jimmie (Adrian Teacher & The Subs / Human Music) / Burdock Music Hall 2015-07-15 (Wednesday) [FB event]

LOOM (LUKA) / Holy Oak Café 2015-07-15 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Everywheres (Persian Rugs / Beds / Municipality) / The Central 2015-07-17 (Friday – early!) [FB event]

Burn Down the Capital and Somewhere There Present (feat. Drainolith / Mettler/Pedersen/Bedoukian/Molnar 4tet / Nick Storring) / Ratio 2015-07-17 (Friday) [FB event]

Kappa Chow (Century Palm / Germaphobes) / Handlebar 2015-07-18 (Saturday) [FB event]

Brazilian Money (Marriage / Jaunt / Trim Hogs) / Smiling Buddha 2015-07-20 (Monday) [FB event]

Freak Heat Waves (Fake Palms / New Fries / Vallens) / Smiling Buddha 2015-07-23 (Thursday) [FB event]

Event Cloak (Love Thy Will Be Done [Thom Gill & Band] / New Chance) / Ratio 2015-07-25 (Saturday) [FB event]

Crosswires (feat. More or Les / Proof of Ghosts / Childs) / Handlebar 2015-07-26 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Meandering Streams of Consciousness / Array Space 2015-07-26 (Sunday) [FB event]

Mermaids (Ways [Evan Cartwright + Brodie West]) / Ratio 2015-08-06 (Thursday) [FB event]

SummerWorks Music Series: What Happens to JOOJ in 24 Hours: According to Bojana & Alex / Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement 2015-08-07 (Friday) [FB event]

SummerWorks Music Series: To Cast a Stone (feat. Animalia) / Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement 2015-08-08 (Saturday) [FB event]

SummerWorks Music Series: What Fate Awaits Them? (feat. Most People / MATROX) / Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement 2015-08-09 (Sunday) [FB event]

SummerWorks Music Series: all you can hold (feat. LAL) / Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement 2015-08-12 (Wednesday) [FB event]

SummerWorks Music Series: Heat Shuts Off Overnight (feat. Germaphobes) / Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement 2015-08-13 (Thursday) [FB event]

SummerWorks Music Series: 2016 Spring Collection (feat. Still Boys) / Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement 2015-08-14 (Friday) [FB event]

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Recording: Wrekmeister Harmonies

Artist: Wrekmeister Harmonies

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Geary Lane ("Sound Séance I": Night 3), June 14, 2015.

Wrekmeister Harmonies - unknown

The culmination of Geary Lane's year-long journey, the inaugural version of this event overcame some bureaucratic hurdles to present a weekend-long showcase of a non-corporate alternative to the city's increasingly-crowded festival calendar. Tucked away in its little pocket on the other side of the tracks, Geary Lane does feel a little off the grid but works well as an conceptual island getaway for sonic adventurers. Partnered with Suoni Per Il Popolo, the "name" draws skewed a bit toward une certaine esthétique de Montréal but each night did include cool local sounds as well. Vibe-wise, Sunday's final show of the festival came up the middle between Friday's chill drones and Saturday's Big Rock Show, with many in the crowd sitting on the floor of the stage area in front of the bands throughout. Throw in the fab afternoon events and this was a great weekend, showing off what can be done when the community has access to a space like Geary Lane. Hopefully this will indeed only be the first of a new annual local tradition.

With side-long postrock compositions, rotating membership and a general air of mystery, this Chicago-based musical collective (under the leadership of JR Robinson) looks to have evolved along similar lines to Montréal's Godspeed You! Black Emperor. That made it no surprise, then, to see this new (and temporary?) reformulation with three of GY!BE's members (Thierry Amar, Sophie Trudeau, Tim Herzog) in the fold. With Tarr-esque deliberation, in an hour-long set the quintet tackled only three songs (or, possibly, three parts of a larger suite), with long, slow swells building up to slightly-menacing mountainous slabs.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Jessica Moss

Artist: Jessica Moss

Song: unknown [excerpt]*

Recorded at Geary Lane ("Sound Séance I": Night 3), June 14, 2015.

Jessica Moss - unknown [excerpt]

The culmination of Geary Lane's year-long journey, the inaugural version of this event overcame some bureaucratic hurdles to present a weekend-long showcase of a non-corporate alternative to the city's increasingly-crowded festival calendar. Tucked away in its little pocket on the other side of the tracks, Geary Lane does feel a little off the grid but works well as an conceptual island getaway for sonic adventurers. Partnered with Suoni Per Il Popolo, the "name" draws skewed a bit toward une certaine esthétique de Montréal but each night did include cool local sounds as well. Vibe-wise, Sunday's final show of the festival came up the middle between Friday's chill drones and Saturday's Big Rock Show, with many in the crowd sitting on the floor of the stage area in front of the bands throughout. Throw in the fab afternoon events and this was a great weekend, showing off what can be done when the community has access to a space like Geary Lane. Hopefully this will indeed only be the first of a new annual local tradition.

A long-time member of the floating collective that populates the overlapping projects in the Constellation universe, violinist Jessica Moss is a member of A Silver Mt. Zion and a founder of Black Ox Orkestar. For this set, though, she was on her own, playing a work-in-progress version of a new suite inspired by the ocean. Using a loop pedal, she started with some scratchy/drone-y atmospherics before adding layers of wave-like sounds.

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Recording: Off World

Artist: Off World

Song: unknown [excerpt]*

Recorded at Geary Lane ("Sound Séance I": Night 3), June 14, 2015.

Off World - unknown [excerpt]

The culmination of Geary Lane's year-long journey, the inaugural version of this event overcame some bureaucratic hurdles to present a weekend-long showcase of a non-corporate alternative to the city's increasingly-crowded festival calendar. Tucked away in its little pocket on the other side of the tracks, Geary Lane does feel a little off the grid but works well as an conceptual island getaway for sonic adventurers. Partnered with Suoni Per Il Popolo, the "name" draws skewed a bit toward une certaine esthétique de Montréal but each night did include cool local sounds as well. Vibe-wise, Sunday's final show of the festival came up the middle between Friday's chill drones and Saturday's Big Rock Show, with many in the crowd sitting on the floor of the stage area in front of the bands throughout. Throw in the fab afternoon events and this was a great weekend, showing off what can be done when the community has access to a space like Geary Lane. Hopefully this will indeed only be the first of a new annual local tradition.

With an 80's Nova soundtrack vibe, this was a nice follow-up to Carl Didur's set. My understanding is that this exploratory duo between Sandro Perri and Lorenz Peter (Processor, Corpusse) has been an intermittant parnership for quite a while now, dating back to 2008 but surfacing only infrequently for gigs. Whirrs and zworps were the musical equivalent to the Stan Brakhage footage being projected behind the band — vaguely familiar but re-assembled according to some unconventional logic.

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