Friday, December 8, 2017

Recording: Bea Labikova + Raphael Roter

Artist: Bea Labikova + Raphael Roter

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination Halloween Special), October 31, 2017.

Bea Labikova + Raphael Roter - [excerpt]

Celebrating the season with costumes and a horror flick, Audiopollination brought together three sets of improvised sounds for a night of Halloween fun. In their alter egos of wizard and radioactive sludge mutant, Bea Labikova and Raphael Roter presented an excellent set of duo explorations. With the former on sax and fujara and the latter on percussion, the pair played sitting face to face riding several waves of beautiful quiet and clamour.

Recording: The Birth of Troubling Forms

Artist: The Birth of Troubling Forms

Song: Genuine [excerpt]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination Halloween Special), October 31, 2017.

The Birth of Troubling Forms - Genuine [excerpt]

Celebrating the season with costumes and a horror flick, Audiopollination brought together three sets of improvised sounds for a night of Halloween fun. This group of improvised soundtrack-makers was playing behind an abridged version of Robert Wiene's 1921 silent horror flick Genuine. The group this time 'round featured Alan Bloor (amplified metal), Ambrose Pottie (percussion), Michael Lynn (bass + clarinet) and Tina Kiik (accordion) and they vibed off the eye-popping expressionist sets (probably more than the famously elusive plot, which was all the more scattered in a short version of a short version of the film) with quite darkly-tasty results.

Recording: The Cereal Killers/Lilly and the Jellybean Machine

Artists: The Cereal Killers + Lilly and the Jellybean Machine

Songs: What's Your Thing?/We Are Girls + [first piece]

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination Halloween Special), October 31, 2017.

The Cereal Killers - What's Your Thing? + We Are Girls

Lilly and the Jellybean Machine - [first piece]

Celebrating the season with costumes and a horror flick, Audiopollination brought together three sets of improvised sounds for a night of Halloween fun. A night of costumes felt appropriate as an opportunity to reunite The Cereal Killers, which features improvised punkrock outbursts behind recitations of 90's era toy and cereal commercials from Andy Dolgin (who was rockin' the Ace Ventura look this time 'round). The set also included this pair of classic YTV PSA's from the league of Concerned Children's Advertisers.

The backing band — with Mike Lynn (fuzzy bear/bass) Gord Fynes (Morty/drums) Brian Abbot (cheerleader/guitar) and Kayla Milmine (owl/alto sax) — included new addition Elizabeth Lima (catwoman/clarinet), and once Dolgin had run out of jingles, Lima swapped frontperson spots with him to transform the group into Lilly and the Jellybean Machine, self-proclaimed as "Toronto's primary maybe-wave band", for a second half of freewheeling prowls.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Recording: Cosmic Homeostasis V

Artist: Cosmic Homeostasis V

Song: Dammit, all the shrapnels exhaled all at once [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), October 29, 2017.

Cosmic Homeostasis V - Dammit, all the shrapnels exhaled all at once [excerpt]

Another fifth-Sunday-of-the-month gathering brought together eleven musicians to listen to whispers from space and collectively compose some slowly-moving sounds. The sound palette was a bit more buzzingly electronic this time, finding a humming field for the players to tap into. Some gong-sounds shook that up in the second set, but didn't interrupt the pleasing drift. The performers this time 'round were {AN} EeL, Rob Cruickshank, Kristina Guison, Mira Martin-Gray, Ronnie Blake, Kat Estacio, Syd Ortega, Sarah Peebles, Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh, Johan Seaton, and Joe Strutt.

You can listen to the whole session over at bandcamp:

[Cosmic Homeostasis will reconvene at the end of April, once recent return messages from recent space transmissions are received.]

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Recording: U.S. Girls

Artist: U.S. Girls

Songs: 28 Days + Mad As Hell

Recorded at The Tranzac (Main Hall), October 27, 2017.

U.S. Girls - 28 Days

U.S. Girls - Mad As Hell

This astounding set teasing new material from the newly-expanded U.S. Girls featured a band composed mostly of Doc Dunn's Cosmic Range (as well as The Sulks' Chris Bezant on guit and backing vocalists Kassie Richardson and Basia Bulat) who offered an astoundingly full "studio" sound. Besides opening and closing with some of the tracks they played on from the forthcoming In a Poem Unlimited album they also reinterpreted a series of older songs. Meg Remy balanced the lushness of the ten-piece backing band with sample montages that hearkened back to the project's origins as well as hinting at the seething anger underneath the songs. But it's too easy to just label this as feminist rage (a word that's right there in the title of the Fiver song covered on the new album) — there's a consideration of things that justly evoke anger, but there's also joy in the music as well, from the reggae-ish lilt the band accorded to "28 Days" as well as the ebullient disco of "Mad As Hell".

Remy was in full command throughout — no banter or asides were on offer in the tightly-constructed set, and instead of an encore, all she gave the crowd was a hand-on-hip "didn't I just do that?" glare before leaving the stage. With the release of the album now confirmed for February, this was a tantalizing glimpse of an artist operating at a high level — and expanding their ambitions to ever-higher plateaus.

Recording: Hexagon

Artist: Hexagon

Songs: two unknown songs*

Recorded at The Tranzac (Main Hall), October 27, 2017.

Hexagon - unknown #1

Hexagon - unknown #2

This was my first time catching a full set from this joint effort by keyb wizard Carl Didur and Louis Percival on bass. Percival (who produced some of headliner U.S. Girls' earlier works in his Onakabazien guise) deepened Didur's Éthiopiques vibe with some tasty grooves, including what sounded like a proper Tezeta rhythm. The pair also had their first release — a cassette single that doesn't seem to have manifested anywhere online yet — on sale at the merch table, so hopefully there will be more to follow.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Concert Listings Roundup #227

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:

60 plus 20: Celebrating Dan Burke (feat. The Highest Order / Comet Control / Hooded Fang plus special guests) / Lee's Palace 2017-12-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Local legend Dan Burke has long had an eye that could spot a spark in a musician or band, honed over twenty years of putting on shows. He'll be celebrating that landmark (as well as his 60th birthday) at this huge blowout at Lee's, with a series of sets from some of his favourite bands, each stacked with some extra special guest appearances (the event promises Jennifer Castle, Andre Ethier of The Deadly Snakes, Dallas Good of The Sadies, Briå of FRIGS, Matt Mason of Anagram, Michelle McAdorey of Crash Vegas, Nick Kervin of Mimico, Scott Harwood, Richard Gibson of B17, Jake Koffman, Kritty Uranowski and more). It's not at the Silver Dollar, sadly, but this still promises to be a rather memorable night.


This week's noteworthy shows:

Nachtmusik 5.5: Improvised Piano (feat. Avesta Nakhaei) / Sarv Music Academy 2017-12-04 (Monday) [FB event]

The Mike Smith Company (Ali Berkok [solo piano]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-12-05 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Track Could Bend #33 (feat. Justin Haynes/John Oswald/Mani Mazinani / Bea Labikova / Brian Abbott) / Belljar Café 2017-12-05 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Ryan Driver [Careless Thoughts record release celebration!] (Doug Tielli/Heather Saumer/Chris Adriaanse) / Array Space 2017-12-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ghostlight / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-12-06 (Wednesday) [FB event]

The Music Gallery presents Emergents I (feat. Sounds Of Silence Initiative) / 918 Bathurst 2017-12-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

In Between Sounds #80 (feat. Lorde Awesome II) / The Only Café 2017-12-07 (Thursday) [FB event]

Quartzite Jongleur [Lina Allemano/Andrew Downing/Ashley Urquhart/Alex Fournier/Andrew Miller] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-12-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Horseshoe Tavern 70th Birthday Concert Series (feat. Rheostatics / Ensign Broderick) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2017-12-07–2017-12-09 (Thursday–Saturday) [FB event]

Camille Delean (L CON / Isaac Vallentin) / Belljar Café 2017-12-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Ice Cream [cassingle release!] / D D L 2017-12-08 (Friday) [FB event]

Urgent Voices [compositions by Anna Hostman, James Rolfe, Ann Southam, Scott Wilson] (feat. Continuum Contemporary Music) / Aki Studio 2017-12-08–2017-12-09 (Friday–Saturday) [FB event]

Long Winter 6.2 (feat. Tess Roby / Absolutely Free / Witch Prophet / Petra Glynt / The Cosmic Range / Kurt Marble / YlangYlang / LolaBunz / Moneyphone) / Polish Combatants' Hall SPK 2017-12-09 (Saturday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Buzz Records Presents: A Very Special Krampus Party (feat. Charly Bliss / Casper Skulls / Twist / Lonely Parade) / The Rec Room 2017-12-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

CJRU's Winter Wonder-Realm (feat. LAL / Obuxum / Ziibiwan / Astro Mega) / Handlebar 2017-12-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #57: 5th year anniversary show (feat. Andrew Kay/Brodie Chisholm/Dennis W. Lee / Paul Newman/Laura Swankey/Andrew Furlong / Bill Gilliam/Kiva Simova/Glen Hall) / Array Space 2017-12-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Faster Presents: Sound Magick (feat. Diane Roblin/Brian Abbott / Bea Labikova/Sarah Peebles/Kayla Milmine / Bea Labikova/Bob Vespaziani/Kayla Milmine / Tomasz Krakowiak/Brian Abbott) / Gerrard Art Space 2017-12-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

No Octopus Dances with Kurt Newman / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-12-09 (Saturday)

Toronto Improvisers Orchestra / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-12-10 (Sunday – afternoon set @ 1 p.m.!)

Somewhere There Presents: Music of Paul Newman and Brian Abbott (feat. Manuel Morales/Michael Davidson/Kristen Moss Theriault/Brian Abbott/Paul Newman/Heather Saumer/Kayla Milmine) / Array Space 2017-12-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Omhouse [single release!] (Rapport / Eliza Niemi) / The Baby G 2017-12-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Lina Allemano Four / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-12-10 (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!

Somewhere There Presents (feat. Miropolis) / The Emmet Ray 2017-12-17 (Sunday) [FB event]

ZOË (UXVAE / Fog Spirits) / The Tranzac (Tiki Room) 2017-12-21 (Thursday – PWYC!) [FB event]

New Chance (ZOË / Invisible Out / Hexzuul) / Smiling Buddha 2018-01-14 (Sunday) [FB event]

Beatrice Keeler (Merival / Alex Leggett / ZOË) / The Cameron House 2018-01-19 (Friday) [FB event]

Class Of 2018 (feat. Lush Buffalo / WHOOP-szo / Hot Garbage / Iris / Tange) / Smiling Buddha 2018-01-20 (Saturday) [FB event]

Yo La Tengo / The Phoenix 2018-03-31 (Saturday) [FB event]

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Recording: Aurochs

Artist: Aurochs

Song: [set 2, part 1]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), October 27, 2017.

Aurochs - [set 2, part 1]

With just drummer Jake Oelrichs, bassist Pete Johnston and pianist Ali Berkok on stage, this was a night of "Aurochs classique". (Fourth member Mike Smith was, in fact, "in the house", so to speak, playing in the Tranzac's Main Hall as a member of U.S. Girls' band.) Without Smith's dub-smear signal processing, this outing saw the group at their most Necks-like, slowly developing themes being passed back and forth from one player to another.

Aurochs bassist Pete Johnston will be bringing some of his See Through Music to The Tranzac tonight (Wednesday, November 29th).]

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Recording: Petra Glynt

Artist: Petra Glynt

Song: Radical

Recorded at The Baby G, October 25, 2017.

Petra Glynt - Radical

For those following Alexandra Mackenzie's Petra Glynt since its inception, this release party for her debut full length was a long time coming — though the wait was justified by the groovy clarity captured on This Trip's tracks. Though there would be some low points and struggles on the horizon, this was a night to gather some friends together for a big, celebratory dance party.

Recording: Bobbypin

Artist: Bobbypin

Song: unknown*

Recorded at The Baby G, October 25, 2017.

Bobbypin - unknown

In the year-and-a-bit since being the first performer at The Baby G, Alana Marta DeVito returned with a confident swagger in presenting her solo tunes. Like that show a year back, she was playing in support of a former bandmate — she played alongside Petra Glynt's Alexandra Mackenzie (who was right up front dancing throughout the set) in Machetes. And showing some other dimensions, she also was behind the board doing sound for Mackenzie's set and is a part of the Posi Vibez crew, which was on site DJ-ing and adding glitter to the night.

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Concert Listings Roundup #226

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:

Lina Allemano double release party! (feat. Lina Allemano Four / Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]

LUKA [What Kind of Animal album release!] (SlowPitchSound / Isla Craig) / The Baby G 2017-11-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Tuesday sees two excellent albums release parties, and you can't go wrong here either way. Energized by plenty of recent time spent in Berlin, Lina Allemano presents new albums from two of her primary Toronto-based projects: the jazz-composition oriented Lina Allemano 4 as well as the more abstract/exploratory electroacoustic unit Titanium Riot. There are stupendous musicians in both units (Brodie West and Andrew Downing in the former, Ryan Driver and Rob Clutton in the latter, and Nick Fraser in both) and this should be a joyous, packed show — arrive early if you want a seat! Meanwhile, Luke Kuplowsky releases a new set of carefully-wrung observations on love in a night opening sets from MFS faves Isla Craig (seagull ballads) and SlowPitchSound (sci-fi beatscapes).


This week's noteworthy shows:

Thom & Friends [Thom Gill/Ryan Driver/Tom Upjohn/Bram Gielen/Phil Melanson] / The Emmet Ray 2017-11-27 (Monday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Jo Snyder [November residency!] / Imperial Pub 2017-11-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Gratitude Listening for Pauline Oliveros (feat. Doug Van Nort, Andrew Timar, Allison Cameron, Jerry Pergolesi, Wende Bartley, Kristian Podlacha, Johan Seaton, Penelope Cookson, Gayle Young, Tina Pearson and others) / Array Space 2017-11-28 (Tuesday – free!) [FB event]

Erath (Brigitte Bardon't & Sheryl Lee Scream / Natural Violence / AC) / Smiling Buddha (basement) 2017-11-28 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Brownies [Parmela Attariwala/Nilan Perera/Nicole Rampersaud/Rakesh Tewari] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-11-29 (Wednesday – early!)

Pete Johnston's See Through Music / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-12-29 (Wednesday)

The Burning Hell (Steven Lambke) / Burdock Music Hall 2017-11-30 (Thursday) [FB event]

controller.controller – 7" Single Release [benefit for Ronnie Morris] (feat. Lolaa / Hit The North) / The Baby G 2017-11-30 (Thursday) [FB event]

Julia Male with Fleshtone Aura (Eucalyptus) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2017-11-30 (Thursday) [FB event]

I. M. Brown (Girls Rituals / Nag / Esther Splett) / Smiling Buddha (basement) 2017-11-30 (Thursday) [FB event]

Century Palm [final show!] (The New Calling / WLMRT) / Smiling Buddha 2017-12-01 (Friday) [FB event]

Lavender Bruisers (King Helen / N//K / Thin Space) / Smiling Buddha (basement) 2017-12-01 (Friday – PWYC!) [FB event]

The DisPerSion Lab + The Music Gallery present (feat. Malcolm Goldstein & Doug Van Nort / Doug Van Nort [solo!] / Electro-Acoustic Orchestra) / Array Space 2017-12-01 (Friday) [FB event]

Array Music's Rat-drifting series (feat. Sarah Hennies / Kurt Newman) / Array Space 2017-12-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

The Holy Gasp (Fat As Fuck / Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People) / Smiling Buddha 2017-12-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Jessica Moss (Ben Shemie) / The Baby G 2017-12-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Deliluh [Linger In The Afterlight tape release!] (Dorothea Paas / The Brain) / Owl's Club (upstairs) 2017-12-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Tiptoes [Quiet Bedrooms EP release!] (Lius Rhutilius / Myra Maines) / Smiling Buddha (basement) 2017-12-02 (Saturday) [FB event]

Ora Cogan [Crickets album release!] (Praises / Dohn Valley) / The Baby G 2017-12-03 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 51 (feat. Ben Oginz / RYECROFT) / Handlebar 2017-12-03 (Sunday – PWYC!) [FB event]

C.R. Gillespie (Korea Town Acid / Yu Su + Raf Reza) / June Records 2017-12-03 (Sunday – PWYC!) [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!

Nachtmusik 5.5: Improvised Piano (feat. Avesta Nakhaei) / Sarv Music Academy 2017-12-04 (Monday) [FB event]

The Mike Smith Company (Ali Berkok [solo piano]) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2017-12-05 (Tuesday – early!) [FB event]

Long Winter 6.2 (feat. Tess Roby / Absolutely Free / Witch Prophet / Petra Glynt / The Cosmic Range / Kurt Marble / YlangYlang / LolaBunz / Moneyphone) / Polish Combatants' Hall SPK 2017-12-09 (Saturday – all ages! PWYC!) [FB event]

Audiopollination #57: 5th year anniversary show (feat. Andrew Kay/Brodie Chisholm/Dennis W. Lee / Paul Newman/Laura Swankey/Andrew Furlong / Bill Gilliam/Kiva Simova/Glen Hall) / Array Space 2017-12-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Faster Presents: Sound Magick (feat. Diane Roblin/Brian Abbott / Bea Labikova/Sarah Peebles/Kayla Milmine / Bea Labikova/Bob Vespaziani/Kayla Milmine / Tomasz Krakowiak/Brian Abbott) / Gerrard Art Space 2017-12-09 (Saturday) [FB event]

Somewhere There Presents: Music of Paul Newman and Brian Abbott (feat. Manuel Morales/Michael Davidson/Kristen Moss Theriault/Brian Abbott/Paul Newman/Heather Saumer/Kayla Milmine) / Array Space 2017-12-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Omhouse [single release!] (Rapport / Eliza Niemi) / The Baby G 2017-12-10 (Sunday) [FB event]

Venus Fest Winter Solstice Celebration (feat. Jennifer Castle / Aisha Sasha John / "very special guest") / The Garrison 2017-12-21 (Thursday) [FB event]

Digits (Loji) / The Piston 2018-01-25 (Thursday) [FB event]

Lido Pimienta / The Drake Underground 2018-02-17 (Saturday) [FB event]

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Recording: Context, NA

Artist: Context, NA

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Somewhere Else, October 20, 2017.

Context, NA - unknown

So far as I know, this was only the second live appearance from this project, a vehicle for the poetic lyrics of Jonathan Pappo (best known as the beatkeeper in groups such as WHIMM and Hooded Fang). Bringing his guitar and atmospheric samples, he was given additional buoyancy with floating synth textures from Zoë Alexis-Abrams and Daniel Busheikin (of Grounders and also No Frills, a new-ish combo in which Pappo is also playing drums). I asked Pappo if the "NA" was an abbreviation for "North America" making this an address or if it stood for "not applicable" — and he simply said "yes", so that's a good hint of the terrain explored here: nonlinear but not too ungrounded, this mini-suite of four drifting songs promised more dreamy landscapes to come.

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

Recording: Stargoon

Artist: Stargoon

Song: [excerpt]

Recorded at Somewhere Else, October 20, 2017.

Stargoon - [excerpt]

It was a pleasure to bring some Stargoon sounds to this informal living room show [full disclosure/caveat emptor: yours truly is a member of Stargoon] mixing a rock-solid rhythm section with treated sounds swirling from two separate directions. Oh, and also a cheap plastic Russian speak-and-spell spitting distorted phonemes in the background. Look for this as a future live document on the Stargoon bandcamp: in the meantime, our side of our new Arachnidiscs split tape is available for your perusal.

Photo by Andrika De Lanerolle.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Recording: Gilliam-Milmine-Pottie

Artist: Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie

Songs: Improvisation + Creek Listening

Recorded at Array Space, October 18, 2017.

Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie - Improvisation

Bill Gilliam/Kayla Milmine/Ambrose Pottie - Creek Listening

A night of celebration for the Entangled Pathways album, this trio moved easily between through-composed and more loosely structured pieces as well as some guided duo improvisations and the "open" encounter leading off here. That's fitting as these three first connected through the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra. The night featured most of the album's pieces over two sets, ranging from stately textures to choppier sonic waters, with extended techniques from all three wending their way into the music.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Recording: Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Artist: Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Songs: unknown* + By This River (with Christine Roedelius)

Recorded at Monarch Tavern, October 17, 2017.

Hans-Joachim Roedelius - unknown

Hans-Joachim Roedelius with Christine Roedelius - By This River

This evening of ambient pop was conceived by Riparian Acoustics (Nick Storring's post-Ratio vehicle for show curation) and given logistical support by Burn Down the Capital and packed the Monarch Tavern with a fairly mixed crowd. As Hans-Joachim Roedelius settled in, one could see a mix of I-Saw-Him-Back-When types with younger heads now weaned on his work as a part of the electronic music canon. His continued technological forward-looking could be seen from his table of gear with multiple laptops and tablets but the main focus here was the grand piano he was seated at.

His piano work hinted at both sequencer patterns and Satie-esque calmness with occasional swells into lusher, rolling terrains — quite entrancing, even with a pause for some technical adjustments midway through. The set closed with Roedelius bringing his wife Christine onto the stage to join him on "By This River" (most famously known from Eno's Before and After Science, but the melody was composed by Roedelius while Eno was recording with Cluster), shifting the song from Eno's icy cold oceans and repositioned into a sweet parlour tune. Roedelius, who seemed very pleased with the warm crowd and the sounds of the opening bands, was in turn showered with affection from the audience, and the night ended with Roedelius offering a toast to the crowd.

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