Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Recording: David Jones

Artist: David Jones

Song: [third segment]

Recorded at Dundas Video (Track Could Bend #11), February 2, 2016.

David Jones - [third segment]

Davis Jones adds pop fragments to Bile Sister, guitar textures to Manticore and sometimes-abrasive noise with his solo project Hexzuul. I figured this set, offered under his own name, might pull from any of those skill-sets, but Jones pulled off something else entirely, using a turntable and electronics to build carefully-constructed soundscapes that emerged with a deliberative, composerly sensibility.

[Track Could Bend returns to Dundas Video on Tuesday, March 1st.]

Recording: Cares

Artist: Cares

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Dundas Video (Track Could Bend #11), February 2, 2016.

Cares - [excerpt]

Working in similar terrain to the drone set he'd offered the previous week, James Beardmore sounded at times like a Music For Films cover band before working up (through effects-modified theremin) into the sound of the most patient, delicate siren imaginable, the tones occasionally being overtaken by gentle clouds of hiss. [I also ran a different chunk of this through some filters to create a remix from this set which is embedded below.]

[Track Could Bend returns to Dundas Video on Tuesday, March 1st.]

Recording: Deenzi

Artist: Deenzi

Song: [excerpt from third segment]

Recorded at Dundas Video (Track Could Bend #11), February 2, 2016.

Deenzi - [excerpt from third segment]

Heidi Chan and Andy Yue have been exploring sounds together for a few months now, but this was the first public airing from this new project. Described as "the soundtrack to a Wuxia movie set on a space station orbiting a collapsing star", they covered a range of sounds, from folktronic glide to scratchy noise textures.

[Track Could Bend returns to Dundas Video on Tuesday, March 1st.]

Monday, February 8, 2016

Concert Listings Roundup #135

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.


Gigs of the week:

Wavelength Music Festival 16 – Night 1 (feat. FOXTROTT / Calvin Love / Keita Juma / Programm / Organ Mood) / The Garrison 2016-02-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Wavelength Music Festival 16 – Day 2 (feat. Foxes in Fiction / Merganzer / Steven Lambke) / Markham House 2016-02-13 (Saturday – afternoon show!) [FB event]

Wavelength Music Festival 16 – Night 2 (feat. Duchess Says / Soupcans / Beliefs / Partner / VERSA) / The Garrison 2016-02-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wavelength Music Festival 16 – Night 3 (feat. Thus Owls / She-Devils / Prince Innocence / Clairmont The Second / Pantayo) / The Garrison 2016-02-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

Unburdened by a lack of round numbers to celebrate, this year's Wavelength Festival is a bit more back-to-basics than we've seen in the past couple years. But what it lacks in big-name headliners it more than makes up in well-selected up-and-comers. A very good weekend who those who want to create some future memories instead of having their nostalgia catered to. (The festival is also more settled geographically as well, with three nights at The Garrison in lieu of the traditional venue-hopping, with the added bonus of an all-ages daytime show on Saturday.)


This week's noteworthy shows:

Aurochs feat. Lina Allemano / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-02-09 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

bedroom / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-02-09 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Open Inputs (feat. Evan Cyber / Cares / Alissa Vox Raw / Hushy) / Holy Oak Café 2016-02-09 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Love Comes Back (Again): Arthur Russell Band [Luke Kuplowsky/Thom Gill/Robin Dann/Phil Melanson/Doug Tielli/Cory Laktovich/Josh Cole] / Holy Oak Café 2016-02-10 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft Trio [Ken Aldcroft/Andrew Furlong/Mark Zurawinski] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-02-10 (Wednesday)

1976: Our 40th Birthday Party Fundraiser (feat. Brigitte Bardon't / Prince Nifty) / The Music Gallery 2016-02-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

The Soft Moon (STÜKA / Rolemodel) / Lee's Palace 2016-02-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Endless City: Casual Drones 15 (feat. Michael le Riche with Josh Korody and Simone Tisshaw-Baril / Craig Renaud / Dustin Good / Trevor Blumas with Colin Fisher / Mikey Apples) / 1161 Dundas St. W. 2016-02-11 (Thursday) [FB event]

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (Trouble) / Paintbox 2016-02-11 (Thursday) [more info]

Thin Edge New Music Collective: Premieres V / Array Space 2016-02-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Neon Windbreaker [final show!] (The Holy Gasp) / Smiling Buddha 2016-02-12 (Friday) [FB event]

John Kameel Farah: Music for Organ and Synthesizers / Grace Toronto 2016-02-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Endless City: Casual Drones 15 (feat. Kris Bowering with Anna Mayberry and Bri Salmena / Laura C. Bates / Scarlett Rose / Carlyn Bezic / Melissa J + LP Lorenz) / 1161 Dundas St. W. 2016-02-12 (Friday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #39 (feat. HF/Yusuke Furutate /Brian Abbott / James Beardmore/Loupe/Sarah Peebles / Arnd Jurgensen/Conrad Gayle/Darlene Cuevas / Xuan Ye/David Jones) / Array Space 2016-02-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Endless City: Casual Drones 15 (feat. Tasman Richardson / Brian Hawkeye Pierce with Sid Wolffang Tangerine / Brady Bothwell / Heiki / Brett Despotovich) / 1161 Dundas St. W. 2016-02-13 (Saturday) [FB event]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series (feat. The Acoustic Laptop Ensemble [Tania Gill/Pete Johnston/Karen Ng/Heather Segger/Mark Segger] / Memory Foam [Phillipe Melanson/Daniel Pencer]) / Array Space 2016-02-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

The Ryan Driver Quintet / La Rev 2016-02-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano/Mike Smith/Germaine Liu/Mark Segger / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-02-14 (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!

INsulator ["giant maze and audio-visual experience"] (feat. members of Yamantaka//Sonic Titan / Holy Fuck / Jennifer Castle / Lido Pimienta / Doomsquad / Mary Margaret O'Hara / Not the Wind, Not the Flag / JOOJ / Sandro Perri / Egyptrixx / Soupcans / Fucked Up) / Artscape Sandbox 2016-02-17–2016-02-18 (Wednesday–Thursday) [FB event]

Static Zine #13 Release Party (feat. Omhouse / Pins & Needles / Girl on Girl / Dott) / Handlebar 2016-02-21 (Sunday) [FB event]

Inyrdisk Death Match [farewell party for the esteemed local label with performances, installations, and a panel discussion on DIY labels] (feat. Not The Wind, Not The Flag / Fleshtone Aura / Doom Tickler / Brothers In Milk) / 1161 Dundas St. West 2016-02-25 (Thursday) [FB event]

Wave of Terror (Terror Lake / Gold Pony / Hex) / The Old Laurel 2016-02-26 (Friday) [FB event]

Okavango African Orchestra [album release concert!] / Daniels Spectrum – Ada Slaight Hall 2016-02-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Bloor Ossington Folk Festival Presents (feat. The Idaho Stop [EP release!] / Beams) / Monarch Tavern 2016-02-27 (Saturday) [FB event]

Your 33 Black Angels (B-17 / CANYUN / Yucca Flats) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-03-04 (Friday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents: All-Set! Triple Album Launch (feat. Ali Berkok / Mike Smith and Jonathan Adjemian / The See Through Five) / Array Space 2016-03-05 (Saturday) [FB event]

RANGDA [Sir Richard Bishop/Ben Chasny/Chris Corsano] (Wyrd Visions / Sacred Lamp) / Double Double Land 2016-03-08 (Tuesday) [FB event]

New Fries (Hand Cream / Bile Sister / Plasmalab) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-03-19 (Saturday) [FB event]

Bedroom Projects (feat. Gambletron / Castle If / Dead Neighbourhoods / Roljui) / Handlebar 2016-03-20 (Sunday) [FB event]

Suuns (Beliefs / Casper Skulls) / Adelaide Hall 2016-04-22 (Friday) [FB event]

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Recording: Blunt Chunks

Artist: Blunt Chunks

Song: [two excerpts]

Recorded at 1161 Dundas St W. (Endless City: Invoking The Spirit), January 31, 2016.

Blunt Chunks - [excerpt 1]

Blunt Chunks - [excerpt 2]

Located in the former Cooper Cole Gallery at Dundas and Ossington, the Endless City pop-up had farmed out curation to a variety of local music presenters over the course of the month, leading with a weekend booked by Jay Pollard's Invocation. After two nights dedicated to invoking Mind and Body, the Sunday-afternoon chaser was dubbed "Invoking the Spirit" — a series of ambient/drone sets with one performance merging seamlessly into the next. Caitlin Woelfle O'Brien closed out the afternoon with an extended set based in ethereal vocal loops — rolling waves that would endure past focus and distraction and aim for surrender.

Recording: Fog Spirits

Artist: Fog Spirits

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at 1161 Dundas St W. (Endless City: Invoking The Spirit), January 31, 2016.

Fog Spirits - [excerpt]

Located in the former Cooper Cole Gallery at Dundas and Ossington, the Endless City pop-up had farmed out curation to a variety of local music presenters over the course of the month, leading with a weekend booked by Jay Pollard's Invocation. After two nights dedicated to invoking Mind and Body, the Sunday-afternoon chaser was dubbed "Invoking the Spirit" — a series of ambient/drone sets with one performance merging seamlessly into the next. Brian Random brings a heavy dollop of infinite echoplex to this loop/drone project, with minimalist stereo-skirtchings receding into the horizon and aggregating into a sort of hypnotic effect.

Recording: Cetacea

Artist: Cetacea

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at 1161 Dundas St W. (Endless City: Invoking The Spirit), January 31, 2016.

Cetacea - [excerpt]

Located in the former Cooper Cole Gallery at Dundas and Ossington, the Endless City pop-up had farmed out curation to a variety of local music presenters over the course of the month, leading with a weekend booked by Jay Pollard's Invocation. After two nights dedicated to invoking Mind and Body, the Sunday-afternoon chaser was dubbed "Invoking the Spirit" — a series of ambient/drone sets with one performance merging seamlessly into the next. Bryan W. Bray (also of Gates) can sometimes bring some volume with this ambient alter ego, but this set was altogether quieter and less "guitar-y", moving from some vocal loops as he created a segue from Cares' preceding set into a gentle glacial thrum.

Recording: Cares

Artist: Cares

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at 1161 Dundas St W. (Endless City: Invoking The Spirit), January 31, 2016.

Cares - [excerpt]

Located in the former Cooper Cole Gallery at Dundas and Ossington, the Endless City pop-up had farmed out curation to a variety of local music presenters over the course of the month, leading with a weekend booked by Jay Pollard's Invocation. After two nights dedicated to invoking Mind and Body, the Sunday-afternoon chaser was dubbed "Invoking the Spirit" — a series of ambient/drone sets with one performance merging seamlessly into the next. James Beardmore operates as half of Isles Day and solo as Cares, here mixing some gently-yawing synthnoises with theremin-guided zworping pillows of sound.

Recording: Cyclopean Wall

Artist: Cyclopean Wall

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at 1161 Dundas St W. (Endless City: Invoking The Spirit), January 31, 2016.

Cyclopean Wall - [excerpt]

Located in the former Cooper Cole Gallery at Dundas and Ossington, the Endless City pop-up had farmed out curation to a variety of local music presenters over the course of the month, leading with a weekend booked by Jay Pollard's Invocation. After two nights dedicated to invoking Mind and Body, the Sunday-afternoon chaser was dubbed "Invoking the Spirit" — a series of ambient/drone sets with one performance merging seamlessly into the next. I was familiar with four of the five acts on the bill, leaving Noah Gadke, whose Cyclopean Wall project opened the day, as the key moment of discovery. Armed with a six-string bass and a pedalboard he generated some very pleasing ambient rumbles. I have his bandcamp marked for exploration and am looking forward to hearing more of this.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Recording: The Highest Order

Artist: The Highest Order

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Galleria Shopping Centre (Long Winter: Galleria), January 30, 2016.

The Highest Order - unknown

An ambitious "takeover" project from the Long Winter crew saw their usual mix of music + art transferred to the near-derelict/doomed-by-gentrification Galleria Mall. It was a sonically awkward environment to hold a show (there's a lot of muddy "mall reverb" in these recordings) that attracted a rather different crowd than the regular LW events — skewing older, and perhaps towards those feeling a sense of pre-nostalgia for kitschy but less-corporate spaces like this. (Ironically, having a larger 19+ component in the crowd made for long lines for anyone wanting to get into the event's licenced areas, but that notwithstanding everything on the night seemed to run pretty smoothly.) Highly-attuned to the inequities carved into our social system, one could readily imagine the characters in one of Simone Schmidt's songs shopping at the Dollarama beside this show's stage. Chatting about the city's unfancy malls (and the pre-set deal she scored over at the event's Bunz Trading Zone pop-up) The Highest Order looked right at home in the Galleria, even while pausing to muse on what will be lost when the mall is replaced by condos. Musically, they stretched out for some sweet cosmic-psych grooves, including this one with Paul Mortimer taking the vocals.

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

Recording: S.H.I.T.

Artist: S.H.I.T.

Songs: Fuck All + Eraser II

Recorded at Galleria Shopping Centre (Long Winter: Galleria), January 30, 2016.

S.H.I.T. - Fuck All + Eraser II

An ambitious "takeover" project from the Long Winter crew saw their usual mix of music + art transferred to the near-derelict/doomed-by-gentrification Galleria Mall. It was a sonically awkward environment to hold a show (there's a lot of muddy "mall reverb" in these recordings) that attracted a rather different crowd than the regular LW events — skewing older, and perhaps towards those feeling a sense of pre-nostalgia for kitschy but less-corporate spaces like this. (Ironically, having a larger 19+ component in the crowd made for long lines for anyone wanting to get into the event's licenced areas, but that notwithstanding everything on the night seemed to run pretty smoothly.) S.H.I.T. hosted scores of shows at their now-defunct S.H.I.B.G.B.'s space which was just a block over from the Galleria. The bare-bones concrete bunker feel of that venue somehow didn't seem worlds removed from the cavernous box-like space at this show once the hardcore quintet (with three guitarists) filled the space with a mighty whitenoise roar, jet engine feedback squalls punctuated by short, shouted songbursts.

Recording: VCR

Artist: VCR

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Galleria Shopping Centre (Long Winter: Galleria), January 30, 2016.

VCR - unknown

An ambitious "takeover" project from the Long Winter crew saw their usual mix of music + art transferred to the near-derelict/doomed-by-gentrification Galleria Mall. It was a sonically awkward environment to hold a show (there's a lot of muddy "mall reverb" in these recordings) that attracted a rather different crowd than the regular LW events — skewing older, and perhaps towards those feeling a sense of pre-nostalgia for kitschy but less-corporate spaces like this. (Ironically, having a larger 19+ component in the crowd made for long lines for anyone wanting to get into the event's licenced areas, but that notwithstanding everything on the night seemed to run pretty smoothly.) VCR seems to be settling down and extending their songs a bit, but that's certainly relative as by any reasonable measure their music is still pretty frenetic. Bringing a waft of punk insouciance to the stage, they gleefully made fun of the stand-in-place crowd, the show's organizers and the event's pronounced security presence. In the end, they confessed they were only in it for the money, a moshpit broke out in front of them, and they closed their set with a guest saxophone spot. Call it mall-punk, I guess.

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

Recording: New Fries

Artist: New Fries

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Galleria Shopping Centre (Long Winter: Galleria), January 30, 2016.

New Fries - unknown

An ambitious "takeover" project from the Long Winter crew saw their usual mix of music + art transferred to the near-derelict/doomed-by-gentrification Galleria Mall. It was a sonically awkward environment to hold a show (there's a lot of muddy "mall reverb" in these recordings) that attracted a rather different crowd than the regular LW events — skewing older, and perhaps towards those feeling a sense of pre-nostalgia for kitschy but less-corporate spaces like this. (Ironically, having a larger 19+ component in the crowd made for long lines for anyone wanting to get into the event's licenced areas, but that notwithstanding everything on the night seemed to run pretty smoothly.) I'm not sure whether or not the dancer (dressed as a giant M+M candy) was crashing the stage or not during this set, but the band seemed to take it in stride. The band otherwise delivered a fairly straightahead set, with fewer groove-sabotaging moments than they used to generate.

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

Recording: Teenanger

Artist: Teenanger

Song: Pay It Forward*

Recorded at Galleria Shopping Centre (Long Winter: Galleria), January 30, 2016.

Teenanger - Pay It Forward

An ambitious "takeover" project from the Long Winter crew saw their usual mix of music + art transferred to the near-derelict/doomed-by-gentrification Galleria Mall. It was a sonically awkward environment to hold a show (there's a lot of muddy "mall reverb" in these recordings) that attracted a rather different crowd than the regular LW events — skewing older, and perhaps towards those feeling a sense of pre-nostalgia for kitschy but less-corporate spaces like this. (Ironically, having a larger 19+ component in the crowd made for long lines for anyone wanting to get into the event's licenced areas, but that notwithstanding everything on the night seemed to run pretty smoothly.) The cover art of Teenanger's EPLP was taken at the Galleria — on the cover, the band sits at the El Amigo food stand, which would end up being adjacent to this show's stage. The prophecy fulfilled indeed.

* This one's title was called out at the start of the song.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Recording: BOBAN GrieviNg

Artist: BOBAN GrieviNg + the BOBAN GrieviNg Supergroup

Songs: [excerpt from first piece] + Boban is Just a Word

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), January 27, 2016.

BOBAN GrieviNg - [excerpt from first piece]

BOBAN GrieviNg Supergroup - Boban is Just a Word

Some things look quite straightforward on paper. This Wednesday evening show from Somewhere There was billed as a night with two duos — Logan Mills (piano) with Montréal's Raphael Foisy-Couture (bass) as BOBAN and Karen Ng (sax) with Robert Grieve (guitar) as GrieviNg — but things ended up being much less straightforward. Indeed, the night began with all four playing together in a sort of scuffling/banging skritchscratch clangcrunch before adding Paige Stewart for some recited wordtextures.

But then, after a break, all hell broke loose. Mills' skill-set includes an ability to draft collaborators as conspirators in anarchic free-form play and that might explain how suddenly there were nine performers on stage, including Laura Swankey (vox) and Emily Denison (trumpet) plus duelling percussionists Robert Diack and Andrew Miller facing off against each other. In the end a t-shirt was destroyed, dice were rolled, hats were exchanged, and an impromptu fire drill was narrowly avoided as a gleeful frenzy erupted — all while various members of the ensemble shouted inquiries about the true nature of Boban.