Music

Mapping Out Vancouver’s Electronic Music

Kuma | February 17th, 2015

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If there’s one person out there that be considered a linchpin in the growth of Vancouver’s electronic music scene, it’s Robert Shea.

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Say hello to Hivernale

Claire | February 12th, 2015

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Although Igloofest has become the go-to wintertime staple of electronic music events in Montreal, it has a new lean younger cousin. Say hello to Hivernale.  With the same founding principles as Igloofest, Hivernale is all about getting out into the cold and celebrating winter, rather than hiding inside away from it.  Some people may complain that the Igloofest is getting too big or becoming a bit of a sellout; well, now there is a low-key alternative with hundreds rather than thousands of happy dancing people. Read More

The Escapist

Kuma | February 9th, 2015

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Some folks know him from being the guy behind the counter at the late lamented record store Odyssey Imports. Some folks know him as being one of the many moons in the Skinny Puppy universe. Everyone however, knows Phil Western in one form or another.

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DJ Koze :: In a League of his Own

Claire | September 24th, 2014

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DJ Koze is known to the world as a wacky, zany and quirky musical maniac.   Never one to fit into any mold, he has carved a niche for himself as an artist who is expected to deliver the unexpected.   From Downtempo to disco to techno and everywhere in between, his productions and DJ sets challenge and delight the listener and cause my neurons to bounce around in a wild frenzy.   This has brought him to the attention of many producers who fall outside spectrum of electronic music.   With remixes for artists like Matthew Herbert, Caribou, and Moderat, DJ Koze  will take your mind on a trip to outer space and back again. Read More

Lo-fi Balearic

Callan | September 12th, 2014

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Andras Fox has been a charming, semi-precious addition to the balearic music scene in the last few years, and may perhaps be the crossover artist that may take the sound and vision of Balearic culture (post Ibiza night club) to the indie audiences. Read More

They’re Justified But Not Ancient

Kuma | September 2nd, 2014

When I first heard about Mu, I was desperately hoping that they were a KLF cover band. They are not, but they are certainly just as idiosyncratic in their own right.

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The Teaches of Peaches

Claire | August 25th, 2014

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Peaches has long been a staple of electronica, punk rock and raunchy rap.  Ever since she put out her chart-topping second album as Peaches–Fatherfucker–in 2003, she has been riding a wave of uberstardom that bends across many genres, from electronica to rock, rap, punk rock, and who-knows what. Read More

Taal Mala’s Low End Theory

Kuma | August 11th, 2014
Bass music has many eclectic faces in the city of Vancouver but perhaps none more so than Taal Mala.
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Holzkopf Eats Tapes

Kuma | July 18th, 2014

Vancouver’s history with electronic music runs deep, from Frontline Assembly to Jay Tripwire, but there are few people carrying on a long history of distortion and experimentation quite like Holzkopf.

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Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s, Now

Marissa | July 14th, 2014

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Blood Orange’s “You’re Not Good Enough” has a mellow funky sound reminiscent of a Prince and Sheena Easton duet.

The uber styley video (which is basically an Urban Outfitters commercial) was directed by Gia Coppola. Coppola’s new movie Palo Alto was scored by Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. I’m especially loving the back up dancers easy workout looks and moves that would be best brought to a tryout for Fame. I recently tried on a vintage white leather dress that I did not buy for monetary reasons on-top of body issue reasons, but vocalist Samantha Urbani is making me rethink my non-purchase, perhaps I should go back and snag it after I lose five pounds…and get paid.

MUTEK Strikes again!

Claire | June 25th, 2014

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For their 15th anniversary season, MUTEK (the esteemed music & high-tech art festival) teamed up with ELEKTRA (a festival dedicated to art installations, electroacoustic and audio-visual performances) for the first time in history.  The result: a program chock-full of live musical performances, cutting edge art installations and free outdoor showcases, carefully curated for the discerning listener and new electronic music discoverer.   Read More

The Knife :: Carving Out Unique Inspiration

Claire | June 9th, 2014

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Unlike 93% of music fans at their recent concert at Metropolis, I am not a hard-core fan of The Knife.  I do not own any of their music, nor do I know the lyrics to any of their songs.  I do have the ability to recognize a couple of their songs when played, however , and though I enjoy their music, I cannot say that I would be in a rush to go out and buy an entire album. Read More

Everyday Can Be Record Store Day

Kuma | June 6th, 2014

Record store day has come and gone for another year and that’s usually the point at which people begin to look at the state of the industry. Vancouver’s down to a handful of record shops but people are still keeping up the good fight, people like Pacific Rhythm.

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Boss of Bushwick

Callan | June 1st, 2014

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It’s nobody in particular’s fault but there hasn’t been a “hip” new nightspot in New York or Brooklyn in quite some time. Perhaps this is a result of the general public’s acceptance of “the hipster” and the result of people who used to move to the suburbs in previous generations now refurbishing brownstones in Bedstuy for 1 million dollars or buying condos in Williamsburg. Read More

Jazz Band, Brass Magic, Spices up Tuesdays at Madrone

Will | May 9th, 2014

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Brass Magic is a godsend in jazz-funk form. A hodge-podge of Los Angeles and Berkeley natives now strung together and strapped with trumpets, saxophones, tubas and drums,  performing tunes so bluesy and cool that you can’t help but dance into the wee hours of the morning. Read More