Unfortunately for some of you this is your last weekend of freedom before departing on yet another year of educational hell. Okay, maybe that’s taking things to the extreme but we still wanna send you off in style.
Over at the Cobalt our bb’s GANG SIGNS will be celebrating the release of their latest EP with lots of PBR and hipsta babes. You can check out their new music here. I’m pretty sure its the future
Childhood prodigy, future Jeopardy contestant and Winnie Cooper cofounder @TristanOrchard will be down at the Waldorf, spinning tunes before L.A. based DJ Goldroom aka Josh Legg makes you tinkle in your pants.
Lastly, for all you house lovers, FIVESIXTY is going big with M.A.N.D.Y for their last CIRQUE event of the summer. Patrick will be throwing down some solid club tunes until 3:00am.
Here comes the best part. We’re giving away two tickets for EACH event and all you gotta do is email win.e.coop.r(@)gmail.com telling us your information and the event you want to attend. It’s first come first served with the contest ending at 5:00pm SHARP. Please use Re: Ticket Giveaway in the subject line. Coo?
While the meaning behind the M.A.N.D.Y. acronym is still unknown, one thing is for sure. Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer, the talent behind the title, continue to solidify their unique talent and vision within the EDM community. On Friday, August 31, Patrick will be bringing double the madness to FIVESIXTY when he visits Vancouver for the first time. Come say goodbye to summer in the best possible way!
$15 advanced tickets are available online or at Beatstreet. More information here.
Our favourite bleached blonde bb Diamond Rings has finally revealed the cover art and tracklisting for his upcoming sophomore project Free Dimensional, which will be released via Secret City Records on October 22. Later that week, the Ontario native will also be hitting up David Letterman to make his Network TV debut.
According to a press release, Free Dimensional retains the same clever juxtapositions and lyrical honesty that garnered him kudos for his 2010 debut effort Special Affections. “A big part of being afraid of something is not understanding it,” he admits. “Once I became more comfortable with the medium of electronic music, it was only natural to want to improve.”
Free Dimensional Tracklisting
All The Time
Put Me On
I’m Just Me
Hand Over My Heart
(I Know) What I’m Made Of
A To Z
Stand My Ground
Day & Night
Diamond Rings has just announced his first wave of headlining shows in the US following his fall tour dates supporting Stars. More Canadian tour dates will be announced soon. And hopefully Vancouver will get a shout out.
Now in it’s third year Live at Squamish took place this past weekend August 24th-26th. An hour out side of Vancouver the festival put on a “decidedly Canadian effort” with a strong offering of local and national acts set to the beautiful backdrop of the Stawamus Chief and the Garibaldi mountain in the picture perfect Squamish Valley.
A traffic accident delayed our arrival on Saturday getting in around 6pm and I missed one of the few non Canadian acts I was looking forward to, Charles Bradley. :( Here’s Charles playing a Canadian cover.
Vancouver’s Rococode played the Meadow stage.
Newly married, Justin of Philosoraptor throws down an upside down peace / being shitty sign.
Humans went on around 8:30pm or whenever it was on the smallest Meadow stage. Hopefully next year they are deserving upgraded to one the bigger stages. They did manage to pack out the audience as they delved into a set of mostly new material from their latest EP Traps.
They passed around the audience a cardboard cutout of group member Robbie supposedly from an upcoming music video. The crowd eventually took over the small stage and as the group launched into their crowd favorite Avec Mes Mecs for their last song. Halfway through the performance was cut short as one of their cables came undone. It made for an abrupt but suiting finish with the crowd chanting the hook “who knew all we had to do was party” as the group left the stage.
Next up Le Tragically Hip on the main stage. I hated The Tragically Hip growing up. I think I mostly hated their fans. It was not very Nirvana which was all I was into at the time. The group have grown on me and I think they hold a deserving spot in the highest echelon of Canadian music royalty. They are something quintessentially Canadian in an Ontario, Great Lakes group of seven I just threw up in my mouth and ate it kind of way.
This is maybe the most Canadian song of all time other than Oh Canada and The Hockey song if that is indeed a Canadian song. They teach it to small kids in schools and flunk kids if you don’t know all the words.
I had yet to see them live, it was quite a treat. Some bb showed her explodingly large fake boobs. Gord Downey was delightfully weird and entertaining appearing ageless fronting the group who are now in their 29 years. It’s always a disappointment when a group with such a large back catalog play too much new material but the group stuck to a delightful 2/3 old stuff/hits, crowd pleasing formula.
Bromeo-whoooah. Closing things out for the night, Montreal’s Chromeo kicked things into high gear on the Garibaldi stage.
Some bro crowd surfed ON A surf board. There should be a special term for this. Bruhfing??
Some burlesque bb’s danced. Hi bb.
Afterwards we departed to an after party at 100.5 soon to be 102.7fm The Peak’s Tamara Stanners’ house. She is quite the gracious host and knows how to throw a bonfire party.
The party was quickly upgraded by Tamara to a “palate fire” who seemed no stranger to danger as the flames jumped 8ft in the air.
She initiated the name game with all of the people around the fire, a lot of whom were musicians from the festival and Peak Performance project acts. I think I introduced myself and explained that I was celebrating Bob Marley’s (RIP BOB) birthday as my something no one else knows secret. Acoustic guitars were brought out and campfire songs sung.
Good For Grapes bros.
There was an actual Nickleback Motown cover band cleverly called Motown Nickleback there who also played the festival. They’ve raised money via Kickstarter to record their album! Open your hearts and let Chad in.
Tamara’s daughters Samantha and Alex. Alex plays music as Badger Child, chekitowt.
As 3am rolled around we decided to return to Vancouver. On the way home Underworld’s 12 minute lament Underworld - Born Slippy (Nuxx) was intense enough to keep 2 of 6 of us awake long enough to make it to Prospect Point in Stanley Park. My photography skills beyond shot by this time.
The clandestine once a year secret Raccoon party with the Glory Days djs Jason, Hana and Rico raged until the authorities showed up at 6:30am. Apparently they gave Jason of Olio Festival a ride with his gear back home or two his truck? I’m not sure which but either way I