DJ Garbage Body surfs the record label waves

Zones - "Opensky"

Music in Canada is brewing and bubbling right now, ready to explode. The makers and shakers appear to be all about coalitions and collectives these days, yet some of my favourite record labels don’t have official youtube channels. Videos are where it’s at, in my opinion. The more the merrier! For this batch of cruises, I’ve surfed the current label waves. It’s a deep trip, so I’ve only covered a portion of the Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax territories. Enjoy!


Buzz Records does youtube right. Here are some recent surfs.

HSY – “Tartar Mouth”

I met Anna from HSY in line for the bathroom at the now defunct venue, 961A, after catching Toronto Homicide Squad. She also told me about her other project, Anamai. You remember me, Anna?

Odonis Odonis – “Order in the Court”

Weaves – “Buttercup”

This one is directed by Jason Harvey, who is an all time fave video maker of mine from Montreal. We are connected through the grapevine so maybe I’ll meet him sometime, ya?

This Toronto label came into my awareness recently, and my interest is piqued. Their musical and visual aesthetic is right up my alley.

Zones – “Opensky”

Zones caught my attention with this music video (note to record label people: see, it does pay off to have a youtube account!). I booked Zones to play a show on April 12th @ May Café. Come check it!

Victoria Cheong made this music video for Princess Century. Victoria’s solo project is called New Chance. She is half of the band HVYWTR alongside her partner Wolfgang. The two of them run Healing Power Records. Come on Healing Power, make a youtube channel already! I love this label, they are longtime buds and tru vibes. Hehe.

Princess Century – “Giving it Away”

Calico Corp. is another Toronto label made up of what appear to be buds and couples (not uncommon). Outsiders beware, Toronto artsy cliques run deep and it is hard to infiltrate that shit. But who cares, let the music speak for itself. Calico Corp. released the recent Zacht Automaat 2LP. ZA is one of my favourite bands that are currently making music. These guys are serious geniuses. I wish I could collab with ’em, but who knows if I would even be able to keep up!

Zacht Automaat – “Electronic Tchaikovsky ballet 2013”

Zacht Automaat – “Summer 2013 Home Movies”

Zacht Automaat – “Camping Trip”

Zacht Automaat – “Live Teaser”

This youtube channel must either belong to Mike McLean or Carl Didur of ZA. Check out their music, and scan the related youtube channels to find next level shit.


From the outside looking in (and visiting), Montreal appears to be all about the ‘experience’. Fuck facebook event pages. Be there in person, meet at lofts, warehouses, diy shows, house parties with live bands, the punk village, etc. and smoke wherever the fuck you want. Be there in the flesh, be hard and be real. Here are some of my favourite labels out of Montreal.

Brise-Cul is chiefly a noise label, thank goodness! I met Martin Sasseville in Montreal when he DJ’d pure rare Montreal vinyl disco joints as DJ KVLT 667 for a show I played, set up by some buds. He’s the dude behind Brise-Cul, Wapstan (his own noise stuff) and he’s the godfather to the very dear Wintage Records & Tapes Offspring, Cindal Crump/Nene.

Hobo Cubes – “Tunnel to the Pantheon”

Red Mass – “Open Wide”

Fluorescent Friends is Blake Hargreave’s Label. He’s the organizer and founder of Cool Fest in Montreal and is in the bands Clinton Machine, Dreamcatcher, Cousins of Reggae, and Thames, to name a few!

Fluorescent Friends Welcome

Thamous Players

Pink Noise guitar master and super nice nice guy Graeme Langdon runs Psychic Handshake [Ed: Along with Mike Deane]. I’ll never forget when Graeme saved my ass @ the Kyber in Halifax. He saved the day. I’ll never forget that and I’ll never forget his modesty that night. Cheers. Thank you Psychic Handshake for making a youtube channel. Their roster of bands is impressive. Check ’em out.

Babysitter – “Real Wild Child’s Gone Totally Mild”

The Pink Noise – “Flit”

I had to include another Pink Noise dig. Their drummer, Tara, edited this video. She’s a pal and plays in some other great bands like Gashrat in Montreal.

J.C. Loco – with Drainolith

Tara also has a comedy alias (‘J.C. Loco’) and co-hosts this episode with Alex of Drainolith.

Total pros. They made a nice little youtube package for your perusal pleasures! Take notes. Lol.

Paula – “Black Acura”

Part 3. OTTAWA

All I gotta say about Ottawa is that, from what I can see, Rocky LaLune keeps shit alive with her Debaser radio show. Bruised Tongue also knows the deal…

Roberta Bondar – “Night Danger”


Right now Halifax music people are slowly leaving and moving to Toronto. The displacement of the Khyber Centre seems to have played a symbolic role and really shook things up. Don’t let go Halifax, you’ve got something special! Divorce Records holds it down, along with the OBEY Convention festival, and not to forget, Electric Voice Records. Some key venues also come together to unite the scene there, which is nice to see.

Electric Voice is run by my synth pal and go-to-gear-guy Matt Samways. I met Matt when he played keys for Pink Noise and I played keys for Wolfcow. We played some shows together and he was one of the peeps running Obey Convention when I was there. We also both played that festival back to back at the Khyber. I hope to see him continue to help feed Halifax music opportunities, he’s right for the job.

Heather Rappard’s youtube channel also seems relevant. She’s made several music videos for Electric Voice Records, and a showcase promo vid for the label. To be honest, I kind of recognize her and I think I met her somewhere… likely in Halifax. Check out the vids on Heather’s channel!

Electric Voice Records Showcase Video Promo

Chevalier Avant-Garde – “Can’t Tell”

Crosss – “Spectre”

Crosss were on the same bill as us at OBEY. It was a fun time! [Ed: This song was also released as a 7″ split with Astral Gunk from Toronto’s Pleasence Records. Must grip!]

Stay green, my friends. I hope your surfs continue from here… and take you to warm climates. I love my city, even though it’s still cold as fuck! Talk soon, lovelies.

Sincerely Yours,
DJ Garbage Body

DJ Garbage Body surfs her roots

In this edition, DJ Garbage Body is surfing her deepest roots to reminisce, recall, reflect and remind when/where she comes from. It’s important to remember, to pay respect, and to never lose sight. Friends are important influences, and bonds shape us.

From what I can recall, the underground noise boom I knew sprung up after 2004. Obviously a lot of things were happening before that time, but Garbage Body was not yet infused. This scene got seriously awesome between 2007-2009. Many bands emerged and small underground venues in Toronto such as the Tranzac, the Boat and Teranga African Bar let everyone have shows. I specifically remember being at some of the shows in the videos I’m about to post below, and if you look carefully, you’ll see faces in the audience who are now involved with better known projects. Do you remember too? Cheers and creds to Ayal Senior for capturing many shows on video.

Kevin Crump (Disguises, Thrashed Genes, Roman Pilates, Tranz DeFonce) and his wife Andrea (VAJJ) played a huge role keeping this scene alive, putting on many shows, getting people excited, putting out weird noise tapes, and fronting some sweet bands included below. Check out Crump’s Wintage Records and Tapes.

Vanessa Hanson-Benoit also deserves the spotlight when it comes to girls in the improv, experimental + noise scene in Toronto. She had many projects and is a great mentor. Her later project Vanessa’s Entire Heart featured more accessible and eerie noise-folk songs. She is now in a band called Deciduous with Stacey Sproule and Jason Benoit.

At first, there were not many girls within this noise community. Vanessa Hanson-Benoit, Andrea Crump, Jill Aston and I eventually became VAJJ (initials acronym) after gathering from what we initially referred to as the Toronto Women’s Noise Collective. There is no trace of this collective unless you were around at the time and knew. A girl named Poornima helped start that… whatever happened to her?

Until VAJJ, I was mostly a show-goer rather than a performer, having been an avid fan of my friends’ avant-noise duo Gravitons (Mani Mazinani – drums, Jill Aston – guitar shredding) and label Free Market Records.

From what I recall, this thriving scene started to die after Teranga Bar in Kensington Market closed, and Mark Mclean (Induced Labour, Sick Lipstick, etc etc) stopped throwing his epic Doritos-laden shows there. At the same time, some of the core peeps from the band Disguises seemed to be splitting. Many friends shaped and influenced each other in music during a special, thriving time in Toronto (and Montreal + beyond). If you were around, you know what I’m talking about.

Thrashed Genes (Kevin Crump, Jill Aston, Mark McLean) @ Tranzac. Check out how packed it was… and I definitely remember being at this show. Jill Aston is the bomb!! I think I see Wolfgang of HVY WTR and Healing Power Records, Mani Mazinani of Gravitons and Free Market Records, Mark Sauner of Pink Noise, Kevin Hainey of Inyrdisk, Disguises, Cave Dudes, Kapali Carsi and many more.

More Thrashed Genes action. This happened at Bread & Circus in Kensington Market. It was an epic night. Gravitons and Cave Dudes (Bob McCully who is now Wizard Of, Randy Gagne who is now Man Made Hill, Toblerone Boys etc., and Kevin Hainey) also played that bill.

Mark Sauner of the Pink Noise now has a full band in Montreal. They are really damn good. Sauner used to make experimental lo-fi bedroom music and emerged from a small movement of musically inclined weirdos out of Newmarket, Ontario. Back in Toronto, I used to love chilling with Sauner at shows. This is what the Pink Noise used to be before he recruited his current line-up of musicians.

Thames is Blake Hargreaves (Cousins of Reggae, Clinton Machine, Dreamcatcher, etc) + Alex Moskos (Drainolith, AIDS Wolf etc). Live @ Teranga.

Here’s some more Drainolith. The video was made by the very talented Josh Bastien (Tired, Father Dust, Wasted Nymph, etc) a forward-thinking Montreal avant-guard noise beast.

Doom Tickler is Leslie Predy (lead singer of the famed Induced Labour). Leslie is extremely talented and has always been ahead of things in my opinion. Here’s a bonus music video.

Here’s another new vid from my friend Alex’s project Petra Glynt. I remember seeing her around at some shows back in the day, when girls were so much more sparse.

John Shapiro is somewhat of a legend among people that know him. He now abides in Montreal, and plays in the band Tired. In Toronto, he was in the bands Disguises and Induced Labour among other projects, including recording many bands and providing the sound engineering for many live shows. He’s a major cool dude. Here another bonus video from a sweet project of his called Almost Blue Sunshine.

When it comes to DJ Garbage Body’s musical upbringing, she can’t forget where she came from. These people all emerged relatively around the same time within the deep yet fruitful Toronto music swamps. Many of us met at these shows, and most of us come from there. Some of these venues played major unforgettable roles. If you were around, you know what I’m talking about. This community shares a bonded collective unconscious, memories of serious thriving (although I don’t know if we knew it at the time). It was pure reality breakdown, no trend for lyfe!

I hope your surf will continue from here. Watch live shows from your city, past and present. Surf youtube by venue. Type ‘Tranzac – Toronto’ in your search bar and see what you find. Check out other videos by the bands posted above. Scroll to the right of your screen, and see what kind of waves you’ll surf!!

Life Melters 2013

Words: Kevin Stebner


Once again, I’m coming late to the game for the best jams of the year. But, as always, I needed that extra month to let things stew, lest we lose all music that came out in December (like the Self Defense Family LP, for instance). I like to choose songs over albums, and am prone to find a jam and listen to it over and over. Why let a perfect song get lost just because an album is uneven? That said, were I to make a best of albums list, a great many of these would top it as well. But I just wanted to share my favourite jams of 2013 with you.

~ Love, Kevin

Self Defense Family – “Aletta”
From: Try Me (Deathwish Inc.)

~ This is truth: Self Defense Family are the most exciting thing in punk right now — whether measured in terms of ethic, output schedule, band structure, no-fucks-given outspoken confidence, lyrical character, whim-taking, or even just song quality. They have no contemporaries, their shit is just better. And in 2013, SDF put out a ton of releases, each one filled with jams. If I can’t pick the one I released, then I’ll pick my second favourite: With “Aletta” they wrote the best love song by ripping apart the love song. Tear it down to bring it up.

Lucid 44 – “Torture Film”
From: Sweep/Sweep (Tonto is Jesus/Isolated Now Waves)

~ Easily one of the best (and certainly the most underrated) songwriters in Calgary, Markus Overland dropped a grumbly and understated monster with Sweep/Sweep from his Lucid 44 project. Fidelity-wise, this is his most assured release, to coincide with the level of writing. “Torture Film” is a re-recording of an old song with a harrowing vocal timbre and slow groove into impromptu jam, done with the confidence of following a decade-long labour of love.

Endless Rope – “Deterritoralise This”
From: Negi Surf (Self-Released/Common Thread)

~ This is a killer tape from the UK, and somehow related to Facel Vega, so I had to have it. Utterly snotty-nosed vocal styles growl over ripping guitars that are aptly described by the tape title: Negi Surf. It’s got Rev. Summer charge, UK post-punk and goth cool. Not since “Moon Over Marin” has this kind of thing sounded so pissed and rad.

Dasher – “Sodium”
From: Yeah, I Know (Self-Released)

~ Another unknown and killer punk tape. Dasher do that thing — fuzzed out guitars, shouted vocals, semi-grunge throwback — that’s hot with the kidlets and totally ruling the underground now, but Dasher do it better. “Sodium” has a sailing, pedal-laden lead matched with totally badass androgo-vocal bark. It’s got all the pieces that a thousand other bands have, but Dasher know how to correctly put ’em together.

Fiver – “Undertaker”
From: Lost the Plot (Triple Crown Recordings)

~ Were I forced to pick an Album of the Year, Lost the Plot is undeniably the one. Simone Schmidt actually released TWO of the best albums of 2013, and I could have easily picked “Widow” from the Highest Order LP, which came as a close second as favourite Schmidt jammer. For slow, smoke-ridden, deep-voiced, country/folk, Lost the Plot is perfect. Pick any song, they’re all jams. But for me, the record’s closer “Undertaker” possibly hits hardest. Two chords plodding along, poetess in-chanting, ending with a Dirty Three-like violin wail. Must grip.

Shahman – “Like an Old Friend”
From: Sounds That Look Like Us (Revolution Winter)

~ I’m too close, but that’s only because I had no choice. I don’t care. In my opinion, Shahman created the finest hardcore statement in this country in 2013. It’s astounding to me how little people have picked up on this record. Shahman run the gamut between quiet and loud, introspective and hard, all done by just two boys. Is it hardcore, sludge, post-rock, what? All I know is that it’s beautiful, and so singular in vision, with the assumed psychic interplay between the brothers Johnson. Put a spell on me.

The Courtneys – “90210”
From: The Courtneys (Hockey Dad)

~ Cousins gave us the theme song for summer with “Thunder” last year, and the Courtneys provided it for 2013. “90210” is astonishing in its simplicity: upbeat melody, memorable vocal hook, four-on-the-floor the whole way. Sonic Youth were at their best when they were having fun. This is like that. These ladies brought the soundtrack to chill evenings and biking through flood-tides.

Roboctopus – “Disco.txt”
From: Disco.txt (Cheap Beats)

~ No question about it, Endless Fantasy is dope, but Roboctopus put out the best chiptune release of 2013. This song has a totally funky shuffle, fun melody, unreal LSDJ instument use, pounding kicks, and the sneakiest drop a minute in. I listen to a lot of chiptune, and in a genre easily mired in same-y-ness, trust me: “Disco.txt” is THE chip jam.

Raein – “Amore e Morte”
From: Loma Prieta/Raein split 7″ (Deathwish Inc.)

~ When it’s juxtaposed like this, it becomes apparent that American hardcore has taken the wrong turn. Because placed alongside the inventiveness of Raein, the angle North America has taken, even by the masters at the moment, pales. Raein take that Italian chaotic thing and have honed it, bettered it, slowed it, added melody and dash, kept the noodles in check, and ultimately run circles around their contemporaries.

Lab Coast – “Recognize I’m Wrong”
From: Walking on Ayr (Mammoth Cave Recording Co.)

~ I suppose the GBV comparison is obvious, if apropos. The thing is, Lab Coast have bettered anything Pollard & co. have released in the last 15 years. Only after 40 listens do you even realize the intricacy of these songs. Everything appears as simple pop, yet changes so swiftly and deftly. You don’t realize anything repeats, you don’t know you just listened to a perfect indie rock song — but you did.

DJ Garbage Body presents :: Deep Cruise #3, surf’s up! (HOLY DAZE Special TubeCollectaz Edition)

DJ Garbage Body is an accomplice of Bile Sister and the evil twin of DJ Breezes. These bitter rivals are continuously duelling in an immortal kombat: the battle of formats, the battle of pop culture present and future. Who will win? Only remnants and clues are dispersed, with traces left in tangible formats (the printed word, telephone booths, TV Guide). DJ Garbage Body is the one pop-up you can’t block.

Jexus – DSI MEK / Mono Evolver demo

YouTube curators are very special people. Sometimes you can’t make it out to Value Village or your local record store (and don’t get me wrong, LP discoveries are worth the dirty hands!), but YouTube channel scores can be just as rewarding. Do you know about this synth demo dude, Jexus / WC Olo Garb? I found this Polish wonder when I was investigating synths for possible purchase. His demo of the Roland JX3P sold me, and his website is totally worth perusing as well. Totally 100% cool dude who makes great ‘songs’ and sweet videos! Some other worthwhile YouTube Channels to surf for obscurities and special gems are Canal de 9711886 and zomeeggz.

Plague – “I Want To Say”

From the rarities of channel 9711886. Do you like this? I think it’s pretty swell. Now peruse to the right of your YouTube screen. Do some deep cruisin’ of your own!


RiFF RaFF blows my mind. He makes TONS of videos, his lyrics are game-changing, and his humour is off the wall next level shit. “Ace of Space”, I mean come on, really!?! Don’t take him too serious, he ain’t no Memphis Tommy Wright III – ha! He also started an internet show called RiFF RaFF REALM and truly needed the outlet. The New Age Tongue Twista is takin’ over the internet… and I love it!

LiL DEBBiE and RiFF RaFF – “Michelle Obama”

LiL DEBBiE is serious! Here’s a thing she did with RiFF RaFF. Speaking of Memphis (check sub-rap movements from wiki history repertoires), there is a definite hip hop/rap movement happening right now. From Le1f to Mykki Blanco to Kitty Pryde, something’s changing… even though Azealia Banks has been around since the early ’90s at least! Here’s a Le1f fave. More bonuses for your 2013 farewells and 2014 pleasure, rap minimalism gurus of ‘now’: Zebra Katz – “Ima Read” (ft. Njena Reddd Foxxx) and Deena – “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools”. Takes the best parts of Ace of Base and makes em’ 2014… Ding!

J-P Massiera – “Turn Radio On – Help Taxi”

Do you and your friends have private group messages on facebook where you share music gems? I do! Some dope musician friends shared these YouTube rhinestones with me in our secret music box. Here’s some more: Attali / Torelli – “Knock Out”, Kitschstortion – “Zing Went the Strings of my Heart” and Ali Ag Amoumine – “Takamb”. This one was straight up posted on a friend’s wall – LIBYTHTH – “It My Beak.” It’s damn cool.

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – “Mascara Snake”

Straight-up video surfs. This clip of “Mascara Snake” comes from the The Lost Broadcasts DVD. I surfed this amazing performance footage haaaard!

Anton LaVey and his calliope

Dedicated to Christmas, some Anton LaVey classic organ jams straight from the Church of Satan’s vault. Here’s one more.

Jay Holy – “thewonderyears”

I’m going to leave you with one of my favourite new Toronto bands, Jay Holy. They’re pure gold.

Happy New Year, don’t forget to reduce and reuse… and keep cruisin’ my lil’ YouCrews, babes!

p.s. See you at a local hotspot Jan 25th, where I’ll be spinning your lengthy waaavve favs. Catch me if you can, Tom Hanks!

Love Always,


Top 10 of 2013

Words: Christopher Laramee

Solaris OST

Eduard Artemyev – Solaris: Music From The Original Motion Picture By Andrei Tarkovsky (Superior Viaduct)

Finally available after years in the wilderness, this classic of hissing synth washes and choral madness is THE reissue of the year, no doubt. The best sci-fi soundtrack of all time.

I Am The Center

Various Artists – I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990 (Light in the Attic)

Light In The Attic continues to prove their steez as one of the best reissue labels on the planet. The beautiful packaging and the blasted drool contained in the grooves hits all the sweet spots. Essential if for no other reason than exposing folks to Michael Stearns’ jaw-dropping Planetary Unfolding album from 1985, this gem also includes heavy hitters from Iasos, Laraaji, and Constance Demby, amongst other treats. OMMMMMMM…….

7 Days of Funk

7 Days of Funk – 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)

Snoopzilla (nee-DOGG) and boogie king Dam Funk together for a whole album? YES PLEASE. This one fullfills all expectations easily and is Snoop’s best foot forward since Dre’s The Chronic 2001. Smooth? I’m still on the floor as I type this.


Hawkeyes – Poison Slows You Down (Meat Tooth Recordings And Snacks)

The four-guitar, bass and drums instrumental wall of fuck from Kitchener/Waterloo’s Hawkeyes made me breathe cement, and I liked it. Being epic and subtle with this much firepower at your disposal is a hell of a trick to pull off. Screw the stoner/doom tag, this is elemental ROCK of the highest order. Best thing to come out of Canada this year.


Ketamines – You Can’t Serve Two Masters (Mammoth Cave Recording Co. / Southpaw)

The other Canadian release that floated up above the rest was YCSTM. With more spit and snark from TO’s K-dawgs, this record’s a real clear shot of tunes, tunes and, yes, more tunes. If Hawkeyes made me breathe cement, these dudes made me inhale Scotchgard.

Carlton Melton

Carlton Melton – Four Eyes EP (Blackest Rainbow)

Oakland’s finest continue cloud-bursting on this four-song release for the great Blackest Rainbow label. Vistas. Smog. Glimpses of space through the streetlight. In a year when the word PSYCHEDELIC gets bandied about with worrying and unjustified frequency, here’s the real deal, people. HEADBANDS ON.

White Hills

White Hills – So You Are, So You’ll Be (Thrill Jockey)

The latest effort from the hardest working band in America didn’t blow me away on first listens, but lately it’s been stapled to the turntable. Building on their strengths and using the studio to maximum effect, this one just takes off like a motherfucker, with Dave W’s guitars shearing the speakers AND ears of the listener. “The Internal Monologue” is the best pure drone whirl anyone put out this year. Kudos!

The Ballasted Orchestra

Stars of the Lid – The Ballasted Orchestra (Kranky)

Speaking of drone, here’s one of the greatest albums of the last 20 years, tweaked and brought up to speed. Anyone who “likes” atmospheric music, head music, DRONE stuff, if you don’t have this one already, well, check your papers. Don’t wanna Dad anyone, but come on, get with it! Your third eye will thank you!

The Cult of Dom Keller

The Cult Of Dom Keller – The Cult Of Dom Keller (Mannequin)

This one is a compilation of tracks from previously released CD-Rs. What really gets me is how well it hangs together as an album listen. The Cult Of Dom Keller is the best thing, along with Mugstar, Hookworms and precious few other groups, that the UK has issued forth in awhile. Their thing involves a dark and distorted wall of sound that doesn’t forget a certain melodic sense, while simultaneously making you realize most of the boring shit-gaze currently making the rounds is, well, shit. Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spacemen 3, et al, yeah, everyone’s doing it these days, but none anywhere near the quality these gents have. Buy now.

Krang Rats

Krang – Rats Flying Planes (Self Released)

Duane Allman fucks with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop? A chance meeting of an eagle and a spaceship on a McDonalds rooftop? All this and more, my friends. Two tracks of hard broom-age that mos def make those cold prairie nights a little more tolerable. Hell, they’ll do it for you wherever you hang your hat. I smell their sweat on my tape.

DJ Garbage Body presents :: Deep YouTube Cruises

DJ Garbage Body is an accomplice of Bile Sister and the evil twin of DJ Breezes. These bitter rivals are continuously duelling in an immortal kombat: the battle of formats, the battle of pop culture present and future. Who will win? Only remnants and clues are dispersed, with traces left in tangible formats (the printed word, telephone booths, TV Guide). DJ Garbage Body doesn’t let others forget cultural artifacts. She is the one pop-up you can’t block.

For this edition, DJ Garbage Body is going green. She recycles the vids buried deep in the Tubestack.

Master DJI – “Tan Pou Tan”

Gotta start this surf with more Haitian gold. I love Master DJI, so here’s another bonus: “Petite Fille.” I also love Emmanuel V’s music videos like Fasa’s “Le w Pa La,” and the gorgeous song “Ti Pitit” by Joel Theodore. The video for Yanick Etienne’s “Miste Lanmou” isn’t his typical green screen style, but it’s still got that weirdness I like. Another one that caught my attention was System Band’s “Beeper.” It’s all about Emmanuel V!

Cardboards – “Gravity’s Still Working” (1981)

This song just blows my mind. I’m into Synth Punk, New Wave and Minimal Synth from various parts of Europe and beyond. For more, check out Carol’s “So Low” and “Breakdown.”

T-Venus – “Draggin The Bottom” (1984)

This music video is special and the song rules. Give it a go. I noticed that with stereo headphones, I really appreciated the mix. Well done and weird.

Class Info – Inside (12″)

This is solid gold Canadian Synth Pop/New Wave!! Winnipeg! It’s from 1983. Go for it!

Reverend Alicia

I look at this like it’s a music video/song rather than a weird public access religious reverend lady. Ignore the religious stuff (unless you’re the type to be into that sorta bag); the music and the video are totally cool!

TubeCruises at your environmentally friendly disposal.

Love Always,

DJ Garbage Body

Wack to the Future :: The 13 Lamest Things About 2013

Words: John Packman

The Great Outdoors

Negativity is underappreciated. I cannot stress this enough. Sometimes the gas face needs to be given and received. We live in an era where The Secret is a bestseller, twee ukulele music shills hybrid cars, and Gwyneth Paltrow has a magazine. This horrible beige monoculture is a desert and I am your John the Baptist.

13. Rob Ford/Crackgate

Let me be very clear on this issue: I am as sick of hearing about this buffoon as you are. I actually think he deserves to be higher on this list, but I stuck him at number 13 for the sole purpose of getting him out of the way.

12. Guy Fieri’s violent altercation with his hairdresser

Sure, anyone who willingly sells bottles of something called ‘Donkey Sauce’ with his cartoon Smash Mouth-looking-ass face immortalized on the label is pretty much the walking embodiment of wackness to begin with, but the cherry on this particular sadness sundae was humanity’s collective realization that this guy employed someone full-time to make his hair look like that. Speaking of Smash Mouth…

11. Late-90s nostalgia officially becomes a thing

I have nothing to support this beyond the release of a new Korn album and enough anecdotal evidence from eavesdropping on fellow public transit passengers to suggest that said Korn album was long overdue. Lou Bega featuring Danny Brown, coming up in a hot minute!

10. That movie where the dredged-up, bloated corpse of Vince Vaughn snaps a couple off at the sperm bank for extra beer money and 15-some-odd years later all of his sperm-spawn show up and ask for an allowance increase or whatever and he learns the true meaning of fatherhood or whatever

No, of course I didn’t see it.

9. Lou Reed dies right around the same time that I become aware of the ‘Perfect Day’ PlayStation commercial

When I’m not writing my own name in syringe-blood on the mildewed walls of the Chelsea, I’m busy PWNING SUM L4ME-455 N00BZZZ AT COD. I should add that this use of ‘Perfect Day’ is no more or less appropriate than using it as your wedding song.

8. Russia acts like a massive dickweed; gets the Sochi Olympics anyway

Gay men are routinely beaten beyond recognition, protestors and anarchist pranksters are sent to the gulags, kids in bombed-out apartment towers are shooting skin-melting mutagen-heroin, the mafia runs everything, and Ilya Kovalchuk got a new contract without being forced to sit out a year, and the best the sporting world can do is a stern finger-wagging and the occasional promise to wear a rainbow-flag pin somewhere inconspicuous? What were the other two countries with Olympic bids, Zimbabwe and Mordor?

8. George Clooney goes to space

Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi epic Gravity is a near-masterpiece. The ‘near’ is provided by that great big juicy Christmas ham George “Golden Girls” Clooney and his absolute refusal to deliver any of his lines as though he were actually hurtling through space with 1% of his oxygen remaining. Here’s my impression of George Clooney if he had been cast in Mystic River: “Hi, I’m film and television star George Clooney. Say, is that my daughter in there? You look ravishing tonight.”

7. PRISM is revealed to be a thing

You know, when Batman rigged up that doohickey that could listen to everyone’s cellphones, Alfred almost quit over how wrong it was, and those two are tight bros from way back when.

6. This trend piece on vaporwave

Particularly that last line about ‘casinowave’.

5. The Obamacare website keeps crashing

America spends years on this ridiculous philosophical debate about the nanny state and self-determination and the social contract and wrist microchips and taking the mark of the beast and it turns out that the real futuristic dystopian nightmare involves a corrupted .ini file. Geoff the IT guy is on vacation at Epcot for another few days and we just gotta wait this one out fellas.

4. The Fukushima plant turns out to have been leaking contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean this whole time

Speaking in my capacity as a resident of Vancouver who loves seafood, I can at least take solace in the fact that all those cigarettes I smoked over the years may not have mattered in the long run. What gives, Japan? It’s not like your government to cover up its past transgressions.

3. The provincial governments of Alberta and BC enter into a tentative agreement to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and no-one notices

Why didn’t anyone notice? I must regretfully refer you back to number 13.

2. That one guy from that one band turns out to be an insane crack-smoking kid toucher

Why am I using such vague terminology? I must regretfully refer you back to number 7.

1. Raccoons attack my cat and irrevocably damage our relationship

At this time last year, my cat was a precocious, rambunctious, playful, aggressive, happy little fella who would walk right up to you and headbutt you, demanding to be petted. Now he is a frail husk of a cat, startled by anything and everything, peeing himself at the sound of a car horn or a bird chirping. He has PTSD from being attacked by damned filthy raccoons. Raccoons cut his nose and the end of his tail (the latter of which has still not fully healed) for no reason other than their eternal devotion to their chaotic evil alignment. Raccoons have been whitewashed in the media and made to look cute. They are not cute. They are vicious, disease-carrying, garbage-eating vermin with long, sharp claws. The Great Outdoors was the only movie to get this right. That stupid Raccoons cartoon show is virulent propaganda from the pro-raccoon lobby, and it should be banned from the airwaves. Team Cyril Sneer, all the way. I only pray that Groucho and I can arrive at some sort of peace.

John Packman is one half of The Steve and John Power Hour with Steve and John.

Best of 2013

Words and Image: Jeremy Curry

best of 2013

These days the amount of music being churned out is at an all-time high. It’s easier to release songs through bandcamp or soundcloud, and more and more musicians are choosing to release tapes, which makes things a lot cheaper for the artist, label and listener. It’s pretty hard to keep up, although there is no way of discovering everything great that came out in this year, or in previous years. It’s almost exhausting trying to come up with a list of the BEST, but some notable releases would have to be Oneohtrix Point Never’s R Plus Seven, which sounds like being stuck inside an ’80s synthesizer with Enya’s vocals programmed into samples, and Eiko Ishibashi’s Imitation of Life, which was actually released in Japan in 2012, but now has a proper North American release this year. The latter was produced by Jim O’Rourke and has incredible orchestral arrangements, not to mention the fact that Ishibashi’s vocals are stunning.

The other cool things I experienced this year are as follows:

– Tubby Burgers.

– An impromptu dance-off with an older gentleman at a Ceephax Acid Crew Show.

– Seeing Jay Arner and the Ketamines play in someone’s living room during the flood in Calgary.

Law & Order: SVU marathons (Although this might be damaging my brain and giving me nightmares).

The other albums I enjoyed this year are as follows:

ÄÄNIPÄÄ – Through a Pre-Memory (Editions Mego)
About Group – Between the Walls (Domino)
AGF – Kuuntele (AGF Producktion)
Andy Kaufman – Andy & His Grandmother (Drag City)
Bill Callahan – Dream River (Drag City)
Bill Orcutt – A History of Every One (Editions Mego)
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)
Body/Head – Coming Apart (Matador)
C. Spencer Yeh/Okkyung Lee/Lasse Marhaug – Wake Up Awesome (Software)
CFCF – Outside (Paper Bag)
Cindytalk – A Life Is Everywhere (Editions Mego)
Classixx – Hanging Gardens (Innovative Leisure)
Cornelius – A Ghost In The Shell Arise OST (Victor)
Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – What The Brothers Sang (Drag City)
Dean Blunt – The Redeemer (Hippos In Tanks)
Death Grips – Government Plates (Self-Released)
DJ Rashad – Double Cup (Hyperdub)
Donato Dozzy – Plays Bee Mask (Spectrum Spools)
Dur-Dur Band – Volume 5 (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Eiko Ishibashi – Imitation Of Life (Drag City)
Ensemble Pearl – Ensemble Pearl (Drag City)
Fire! Orchestra – Exit! (Rune Grammofon)
Jai Paul – Jai Paul (Self-Released?)
Jan St. Werner – Blaze Colour Burn (Thrill Jockey)
Jay Arner – Jay Arner (Mint)
Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back (Hyperdub)
Julia Holter – Loud City Song (Domino)
Keiji Haino / Jim O’Rourke / Oren Ambarchi – Now While It’s Still Warm Let Us Pour In All The Mystery (Black Truffle)
The Knife – Shaking the Habitual (Rabid)
Laurel Halo – Chance Of Rain (Hyperdub)
Low – The Invisible Way (Sub Pop)
M.I.A. – Matangi (Interscope)
Magik Markers – Surrender To The Fantasy (Drag City)
Matmos – The Marriage Of True Minds (Thrill Jockey)
Merzbow & Oren Ambarchi – Cat’s Squirrel (Black Truffle)
Miguel Baptista Benedict – Super(b)-Child-Ran (Brainfeeder)
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Kismet (Self-Released)
My Bloody Valentine – m b v (Self-Released)
Nate Young – Regression: Blinding Confusion (NNA Tapes)
Okkyung Lee – Ghil (Editions Mego)
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven (Warp)
Perfume – LEVEL3 (Universal J)
Pusha T – My Name Is My Name (GOOD Music)
Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever (Stones Throw)
Ras G – Back On The Planet (Ninja Tune)
Rene Hell – Vanilla Call Option (Pan)
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels (Self-Released)
Ryan Hemsworth – Guilt Trips (Last Gang)
Steve Arrington & D̢m-Funk РHigher (Stones Throw)
Viet Cong – Cassette (Self-Released)
Yo La Tengo – Fade (Matador)

DJ Garbage Body presents :: Deep YouTube Cruises

DJ Garbage Body is an accomplice of Bile Sister and the evil twin of DJ Breezes. These bitter rivals are continuously duelling in an immortal kombat: the battle of formats, the battle of pop culture present and future. Who will win? Only remnants and clues are dispersed, with traces left in tangible formats (the printed word, telephone booths, TV Guide). DJ Garbage Body doesn’t let others forget cultural artifacts. She is the one pop-up you can’t block. This inaugural batch of cruises were streamed from the depths of the ‘Tube, after sailing from Haiti to Australia and beyond…

Master DJI – “Sispann”

This incredible Haitian music is compiled and produced by the infamous Emmanuel V. If you sift through his thousands of videos, you’re sure to come across many gems, such as this one by Master DJI, or beauts like Carole Demesmin – “Tounen Lakay”, Tines Salvant – “Mare m La”, Claudette et Ti Pierre – “Zanmi Camarade” (1979), and not to forget Joe Jack.

Sugar Boys – “First Taape (Bike Ride Version)”

These dudes are from Montreal. One guy is also in the band Tired. From left to right: Jesse Hicks, Riley Fleck, Andy White. Digital video and analog audio recorded live by Jason Harvey (Jayce) and Andy White (respectively) at practice at la brique in Montreal on 29 March 2011. If you look up videos by ‘Jayce’, ‘Jason Harvey’, or ‘andycwhite’ you won’t be disappointed. If you don’t believe me, check out “Drudge”, yet another Jason Harvey weirdo video of delights. That was a bonus!

La Femme – Psycho Tropical Berlin (Full Album)

I found this one as the result of a search that started with a song called “Dead Sea” (1982) by Spray Pals. Psycho Tropical Berlin is a masterpiece. Listen to it in its entirety. This is a new band, and I believe this album came out in France in April 2013. My search ultimately lead to Aksak Maboul’s Un Peu De l’Âme Des Bandits (1980). Another bonus for this submission… I had to! This one is also mind blowing. You should also check out Aksak Maboul with Veronique Vincent, because that’s what I did. Scroll to the right panel of your youtube page and see what you find!

Andras Fox – “Soft Illusion”

Andras Fox is from Australia (I believe). He’s so hot! Huge crush on the guy. I found this link from a post that a friend put up on facebook. Forever grateful! The video is pretty cool. Editing and camerawork are by Becky Freeman, otherwise known as Sui Zhen.

Sui Zhen – “Midriffs”

Yep, this is where the last video lead me. Sui Zhen is cool. Through youtube creeping, I figured out her and Andras were (are?) dating (too bad!) and have several collabs. Start your perusing from there and see where it leads. Until next time…

Yours Truly,

DJ Garbage Body

‘Stay Tuned, stay Tubed!’


Soggy Island

Words: Jeremy Curry // Photos courtesy of Sled Island

The 'Chunk! (photo: David Coombe)

The ‘Chunk! (photo: David Coombe)

This year’s Sled Island was one of the most bizarre times in recent memory. Not only for the festival, but also for the city of Calgary. On the Thursday of the fest it was announced that there was a state of emergency in our city. Usually when these kinds of warnings happen, it seems premature. This time, it was serious. The Elbow and Bow rivers had flooded, spilling over into many areas around the city, including the downtown core and many central areas where the festival housed most of its events. It was announced later on the Thursday evening that many homes and business had to be evacuated, and a lot of the venues for the fest were being shut down. It was later announced on the Friday morning that the festival had been completely cancelled. The city was a complete mess, and we are still trying to rebuild and get everything back to its normal state. Who knows how long that could take? But with major events like the Calgary Stampede and the Folk Festival quickly approaching, the city needs to rush to get ready for these big tourist attractions.

Jay Arner (photo: Jesse Locke)

Jay Arner (photo: Jesse Locke)

It was very unfortunate for Sled Island to cancel the festival, but overall, it was for the best. Some of the venues didn’t even have power for days on end, and a lot of out-of-town bands had tours that needed to continue. People were stuck in different quadrants of the city, and many of them who were displaced were staying with friends, family, or just a generous host until it was safe to go home. But wherever you were, bands managed to find places that would host a show. Many of these were littered around the city after hearing about the festival cancellation, with donations going to the touring bands and/or flood relief funds. Despite all of the crummy water bringing everyone down, the spirit of camaraderie and DIY shows throughout the whole mess made everything a hell of a lot better. I managed to check out Jay Arner and the Ketamines at a house party six blocks from where I was staying on the Friday night, and my friends at Weird Canada managed to put together a last minute rager at Tubby Dog, which was one of the venues fortunate enough to stay open during the whole ordeal. They managed to keep live music going throughout the night, which is just one more reason to love that place.

Teledrome (photo: Arif Ansari)

Teledrome (photo: Arif Ansari)

The first couple of days before the storm were still a lot of fun, so I’d like to tell you about that. The opening show on the Tuesday was at the Commonwealth, which had two floors of bands playing, including Teledrome and Gold, who I’ve mentioned in previous articles as local favourites of mine. Teledrome have a nice mix of synth pop/punk that can become a huge earworm if you aren’t careful. The synth pop thing may be a bit on the goofin’ side, but having a guilty pleasure is always a-ok. Gold played a fantastic set of fuzzed-out pop jams oozing that sort of jangly guitar tone (think Johnny Marr) that makes you want to grab a jumbo Mr. Freeze.

Gold (photo: Arif Ansari)

Gold (photo: Arif Ansari)

Wednesday was a special treat. It started off again at the Commonwealth, where saxophone sorcerer Colin Stetson was headlining a fantastic show. The night started off with another great local band, New Friends. Heavy drones poured from a strange pyramid box on stage, with primitive haunted caveperson grooves. It was the perfect creepy chill before seeing Bitter Fictions, with a pedal-on-pedal solo guitar sandwich. I would stuff this one in the shoegaze category, considering I was watching his feet move around the whole time. A powerful sound from a single soul.

Bitter Fictions (photo: Arif Ansari)

Bitter Fictions (photo: Arif Ansari)

Astral Swans, the solo project of Matt Swann, was another nice surprise. It was a nice bit of folk, and often quite minimal. The whole show was beginning to feel like an eclectic mixtape. After these opening acts, the venue began to fill up. It was so packed, but once Colin Stetson came on, I forgot where I was. This set was an amazing thing to witness, and his repetitive honks and circular breathing techniques put me in a trance. If it weren’t so busy, I would have stretched out on the floor.

Colin Stetson (photo: Arif Ansari)

Colin Stetson (photo: Arif Ansari)

After that insane show, I wandered over to Tubby Dog, where Hex Ray was just about to play. This is another local favourite of mine. They’re like a prog/garage/jam combo with funny lyrics about saxophones. The jams are tight and, ultimately, it’s a positive experience all around. I can’t recommend this band enough. The act that followed, Catgut, were a pretty intense group of dudes who played high-energy slacker jams (does that make sense?) reminiscent of the sloppy rampager romps that Dinosaur Jr. used to kick out. A pretty loud ending to my evening.

Viet Cong (photo: Arif Ansari)

Viet Cong (photo: Arif Ansari)

Thursday was when all of the weirdness began. There was supposed to be a show on the patio of Broken City, but was moved inside due to the ominous weather. Viet Cong started off this afternoon show with a pretty bonkers set. They are definitely the champs of music, with dueling guitars blazing right out of the gate, tired guy vocals and a rip roarin’ overall groove. Feel Alright followed with some nice summer flavours to savor. Great classic pop hooks, and a song with some serious falsetto. There was another one that reminded me of Elton John. All in all, a good time to be alive!

Feel Alright (photo: Arif Ansari)

Feel Alright (photo: Arif Ansari)

From here, I made it down to the Palomino where Jessica Jalbert was playing. She is a great singer/songwriter from Edmonton, who was one of the major surprises during the fest. I had only heard a single song from her bandcamp page, and thought, “this could be alright.” Every song was excellent, and I hope I get to see her play more in the future. After this show, the rain started to pour, and people started receiving messages about their areas being evacuated. A friend had told me that a large block party down in the East Village had to be shut down, and things started to sound a lot more serious.

Johnny Pemberton (photo: Alanna McCallion)

Johnny Pemberton (photo: Alanna McCallion)

Nonetheless, the comedy show still went on in a room at the Palliser hotel. It kind of looked like one of the rooms that could have been blasted by the Ghostbusters when it was haunted! Because of the storm, the power was pretty finicky, and the lights weren’t cooperating at their regular capacity. Most of the comedians made jokes about this, which helped shed some light on the situation (haha). All of the comedians were fantastic, but Johnny Pemberton and Brett Gelman stood out. Gelman yelled at an audience member at one point for looking at his phone in the front row, but was quickly told that the audience member was checking to see if he was evacuated. There were a few tense moments like this during the show, but it was extremely funny. Once again, Gelman ended up yelling at some idiotic audience members for a long time, which was so uncomfortable that it became one of the most surreal, hilarious moments of the evening.

Brett Gelman (photo: Alanna McCallion)

Brett Gelman (photo: Alanna McCallion)

Superchunk had moved from the Republik to Flames Central, where huge men give huge pat-downs upon your arrival. The ‘Chunk were in full-form, playing all of the hits, including classics like “The First Part” and a bunch of the poppy new jams from Majesty Shredding. I was expecting to see more pogoing, but I think most of the audience was too tired (or old). It was a really fun show, and I was happy to see one of my favourite bands.

On Friday, it was officially announced that Sled Island was cancelled, which was very sad. Yet those first few days were amazing and I had no complaints. I was looking forward to a lot more, which did happen regardless. A lot of bands were stuck in town or were still slated to play shows, so people hosted their own. Despite all of the craziness, there were still things to do. Venues like Commonwealth hosted major fundraisers that really helped out the city. The Ship and Anchor gave out food for volunteers and victims, and took donations for flood relief. A lot of people have been helping out and keeping things going, regardless of the situation. It’s nice to see. Hopefully Sled Island can continue next year, and the city can be recognized as one that keeps on chugging out the jams, no matter what happens.