Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Music to die for

Linsey Wellman's a busy fellow; if you've been following the blog you'll have seen him performing with Fet. Nat. and The Mashed Potato Mashers. He's performed with several other local acts, such as Adam Saikely and The Rakestar Orchestra, but on this night last week he was heading his own trio, the Linsey Wellman Funeral Band, accompanied by Mike Essoudrey (also a Potato Masher) and Keith Hartshorn-Walton on tuba. The sound mixes Balkan and free-jazz influences ... heres the whole lot!

Linsey Wellman Funeral Band at Black Squirrel Books

Sax'n'drum action!

Linsey Wellman Funeral Band at Black Squirrel Books

Clarinet action!

Linsey Wellman Funeral Band at Black Squirrel Books

More Mike!

Linsey Wellman Funeral Band at Black Squirrel Books

Tuba action!

Linsey Wellman Funeral Band at Black Squirrel Books

And so on!

Linsey Wellman Funeral Band at Black Squirrel Books

More clarinet!

Linsey Wellman Funeral Band at Black Squirrel Books

A lively evening.

Monday, December 11, 2017

See you around

I've been a combination of busy and sick over the last couple of weeks, so the shows and the posting have been a little sparser than usual, but despite a stomach bug of indeterminate origin I still managed to make it over to Hintonburg a couple of Saturdays ago for an album release show by Area Resident at the Record Centre. I spent many years working in the same office at the Ottawa Sun office as head resident Doug Hempstead, but this was the first time I've managed to catch him live on stage. But first, the rest of the band: Kristy, Paul and John (also of The Flaps, and others).

Area Resident at the Record Centre

Doug hits!

Area Resident at the Record Centre

Bass action with Kristy!

Area Resident at the Record Centre

More guitar with Paul and John!

Area Resident at the Record Centre

Extra Kristy and Paul!

Area Resident at the Record Centre

Doug sings!

Area Resident at the Record Centre

John sings a bit!

Area Resident at the Record Centre

All good fun.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Whimsy and violence

A week ago I headed off to Pressed for a show promoted by CKCU's The New Local - locals Future News shared a stage with Torontonians Deliluh and WHIMM and Denver's Natural Violence. Future News were on first; you might recognize Kurt from the Young Offenders.

Future News at Pressed

More news with another YO, guitarist Jacob, along with Jonah and Adam!

Future News at Pressed

More Kurt!

Future News at Pressed

Extra Jacob!

Future News at Pressed

More Jonah!

Future News at Pressed

Adam hits!

Future News at Pressed

Futuristic action!

Future News at Pressed

Even more Adam!

Future News at Pressed

The whole lot!

Future News at Pressed

Natural Violence is the solo outlet for Homebody's Michael. While Homebody (who you might have caubht playing at Bar Robo, or at Ottawa Explosion in 2015) sounds to me like Denver's answer to Mac De Marco. Natural Violence is quite different - a dark and doomy synth sound predominates. Here's a masked Michael!

Natural Violence at Pressed

More gripping action!

Natural Violence at Pressed

And so on!

Natural Violence at Pressed

Deliluh play a sort of slacker rock that strikes me as a blend of Bailter Space and Pavement. Here's 12-string guitarist Julius!

Deliluh at Pressed

Bass action with Adam!

Deliluh at Pressed

Ami hits (and also plays some violin).

Deliluh at Pressed

Guitar action with Kyle!

Deliluh at Pressed

More Kyle and Adam!

Deliluh at Pressed

Extra Ami!

Deliluh at Pressed

The whole lot!

Deliluh at Pressed

I have a sneaking suspicion that the various members of WHIMM own a substantial portion of the back catalogue of This Heat and Gang of Four. Here's frontman Mounir!

WHIMM at Pressed

Jonathan (also of Hooded Fang) hits!

WHIMM at Pressed

Rhythm section action with Andrew!

WHIMM at Pressed

Kyle from Deliluh also kicked in on some saxophone!

WHIMM at Pressed

Whimsical action!

WHIMM at Pressed

More Andrew!

WHIMM at Pressed

Extra Jonathan!

WHIMM at Pressed

A fine evening out.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Stranger things

There's been a Not Normal night in Ottawa dedicated to experimental and avant-garde music for a few years now. It's been something I always planned to get around to checking out but never quite did - until last week, when the Low Noise crowd convened at Black Squirrel Books for some electronic sounds. I didn't take many pictures (since were basically talking about three guys manipulating gear on a tabletop), but definitely enjoyed the cool sounds. First up, Jared Epp.

Jared Epp at Black Squirrel Books

Flashy action!

Jared Epp at Black Squirrel Books

Long open time action!

Jared Epp at Black Squirrel Books

White Noises had the lion's share of his gear in a tiny plywood case. Here he is with soem more long-open time action!

White Noises at Black Squirrel Books

More noise!

White Noises at Black Squirrel Books

Handy action!

White Noises at Black Squirrel Books

Arturo B has been making electronic sounds and light shows around town; I caught him at a Targ Switched On Synths night back in 2016, and later on providing some projected visuals ... here he is doing both!

Hard Science at Black Squirrel Books

More Arturo!

Hard Science at Black Squirrel Books

Audio-visual action!

Hard Science at Black Squirrel Books

A fine lineup.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Soft and hard

I got to see two great shows last week; the second was at the House of Targ, and featured local noiseniks Soft Life and Slow Dawn, with touring Newfoundlanders Incredible Women kicking out some serious Iggy-style moves. First up, Soft Life - I don't know much about this duo, which might on occasion be a trio?

Soft Life at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Soft Life at House of Targ

More guitar!

Soft Life at House of Targ

Vocal action!

Soft Life at House of Targ

The whole lot!

Soft Life at House of Targ

More percussion!

Soft Life at House of Targ

Backlit action!

Soft Life at House of Targ

Slow Dawn were on next with some high-volume psych, and some new stuff as well. Here's Dan and Sean!

Slow Dawn at House of Targ

Bass action with Jesse!

Slow Dawn at House of Targ

Chris hits!

Slow Dawn at House of Targ

More Sean!

Slow Dawn at House of Targ

More Dan!

Slow Dawn at House of Targ

Extra Chris!

Slow Dawn at House of Targ

Even more Dan!

Slow Dawn at House of Targ

Guitar action!

Slow Dawn at House of Targ

Incredible Woman (formerly Derm Kean and An Incredible Woman) put on a super set. To my ears their recorded stuff sounds in the same vein as Pleasure Forever, one of my personal faves. Live, frontman Derm puts on a most-Iggy-ilke performance. Here's Derm, getting ready to roll on the floor!

Incredible Women at House of Targ

The band brought their own light setup and copious smoke, so this rhythm section action is even more in-the-red (and less in focus) than usual.

Incredible Women at House of Targ

Their guitarist is highly mobile.

Incredible Woman at House of Targ

More bassist!

Incredible Woman at House of Targ

Derm adjusts!

Incredible Woman at House of Targ

Derm works the floor!

Incredible Woman at House of Targ

Vocal action!

Incredible Woman at House of Targ

More percussion!

Incredible Woman at House of Targ

Incredible action!

Incredible Woman at House of Targ

More bass action!

Incredible Woman at House of Targ

And back to standing on the bass drum!

Incredible Woman at House of Targ

A super show all around.