Sunday, October 15, 2017

The bows knows

Thursday night I headed over to Pressed for an evening of stringed music. Cellist Raphael Weinroth-Brown of The Visit and Musk Ox teamed up with kamanche player Shahriyar Jamshidi to make an album of East-meets-West improvised sounds, and brought their terrific chemistry to the Gladstone Ave. cafe to show off in a live setting. Here's Raphael!

Kamancello at Pressed

And here's Shahriyar!

Kamancello at Pressed

Improvised action!

Kamancello at Pressed

And so on!

Kamancello at Pressed

The view from the back.

Kamancello at Pressed

Fine stuff.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Let's twist

Toronto fuzz brigade Twist paid a visit to Ottawa on Wednesday, teaming up with Winnipeg's Yes We Mystic and Ottawa's Trees for a fine set of art rock and fizzing pop. Trees were on first. They started off as an instrumental trio. With the addition of vocalist Jon they've moved into Jeff Buckley and Radiohead territory. Here's Jon!

Trees at House of Targ

Bass action with Andrew!

Trees at House of Targ

Percussive action with Alex!

Trees at House of Targ

Deciduous action!

Trees at House of Targ

More guitar with Andrew's brother Alex!

Trees at House of Targ

Alex gets in some bass time.

Trees at House of Targ

Yes We Mystic came on after an extensive soundcheck for some sophisticated and melodramatic music.

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Cello action with Jodi!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Violin action with Eric!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Synthesizer action with Jodi!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Keegan sings!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Jordon hits!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Extra Adam!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Mandolin action!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Extra Eric and Jordon!

Yes We Mystic at House of Targ

Twist played a super set; I get the impression main brain Laura has a few Jesus and Mary Chain records in her collection. Soundwise I think the band also sounds a bit like a less-baked Mac DeMarco. Here's Laura!

Twist at House of Targ

Keyboard action with Patrick!

Twist at House of Targ

Matthew in motion!

Twist at House of Targ

Percussive action!

Twist at House of Targ

Laura sings!

Twist at House of Targ

Extra Patrick!

Twist at House of Targ

Twisted action!

Twist at House of Targ

More guitar!

Twist at House of Targ

More drums!

Twist at House of Targ

A super-fun evening.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Head space

House of Targ went psychedelic a week ago. Moths & Locusts have a new album out, Intro/Outro, and they're making the trip cross-country from their home on Nanaimo, B.C.  to give it a boost. Cardinal Fuzz labelmates The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol were also on hand, with David Jackson and Brad Crowe kicking things off. Here's David and Brad!

David Jackson at House of Targ

More Brad!

David Jackson at House of Targ

Electronic action!

David Jackson at House of Targ

And so on!

David Jackson at House of Targ

On to The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol, who have an album of their own that's going to see a release show Oct. 22. Here's Jason giving the green light to begin.

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Guitar action with Bill!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

John hits!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

More guitar with Dave!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Fisheye action with Jason!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Fisheye action with Dave!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Fisheyed trumpet with Scott!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

And finally some bass action with Nate!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

More John!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

More Bill and Nate!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Symbolic action!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

Even more Dave!

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol at House of Targ

More swell sounds from Moths & Locusts. Here's some guitar action with Mike!

Moths & Locusts at House of Targ

Some hand percussion and bass with Dave and Dave!

Moths & Locusts at House of Targ

Smokey action with Angus!

Moths & Locusts at House of Targ

More Mike!

Moths & Locusts at House of Targ

Mike sings!

Moths & Locusts at House of Targ

Dave sings!

Moths & Locusts at House of Targ

A suitably mind-expanding night.