Friday, January 18, 2019

Year disappear

As 2018 vanished into the distance, I went to Black Squirrel Books to see a trio of local acts: Future News, Offers and Mushy Gushy, Ive seen them all in the recent pass, and decided I wanted to see them again, starting with Future News. Here's Adam, waiting for the pre-show banter to end!

Future News at Black Squirrel Books

Guitar action with Jacob!

Future News at Black Squirrel Books

Bass action with Kurt (the band was paying as a trio, since regular bassist Jonah wasn't available).

Future News at Black Squirrel Books

More Jacob!

Future News at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Adam and Kurt!

Future News at Black Squirrel Books

Futuristic action!

Future News at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Adam!

Future News at Black Squirrel Books

On to the Offers, the new Bytown supergroup featuring members of Average Times, Million Dollar Marxists, and all those bands Davey played with (Fucked Corpse, Quebexico, etc.). Here's the Times' Seiji!

Offers at Black Squirrel Books

Davey sings!

Offers at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot, with Tim on drums!

Offers at Black Squirrel Books

More Davey!

Offers at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Tim!

Offers at Black Squirrel Books

And a bit more Seiji!

Offers at Black Squirrel Books

Mushy Gushy brought the night to a close with a ripping set. Here's Daniel, Cory, and a bit of Jonathan!

Mushy Gushy at Black Squirrel Books

More Daniel!

Mushy Gushy at Black Squirrel Books

Pat hits!

Mushy Gushy at Black Squirrel Books

Singalong action with Jonathan and Daniel!

Mushy Gushy at Black Squirrel Books

More Jonathan!

Mushy Gushy at Black Squirrel Books

Guitar action!

Mushy Gushy at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot!

Mushy Gushy at Black Squirrel Books

A fine way to end the year.

Friday, January 11, 2019

In the background

In mid-December, I headed over to Black Squirrel Books to check out the music of Joseph Shabason, an ambient jazz artist who has received a fair bit of notice of late. He was joined by Nick Schofield, another ambient artist, and Gatineau audio experimentalists Instant Places, who kicked things off. Here's Ian, doing things with a guitar!

Instant Places at Black Squirrel Books

Laura loops!

Instant Places at Black Squirrel Books

Extra Ian!

Instant Places at Black Squirrel Books

The whole lot!

Instant Places at Black Squirrel Books

Manipulating action!

Instant Places at Black Squirrel Books

Modulating action!

Instant Places at Black Squirrel Books

Nick Schofield played some dreamy ambient stuff, including compositons from his latest, Water Sine.

Nick Schofield at Black Squirrel Books

More Nick!

Nick Schofield at Black Squirrel Books

Joseph Shabason has appeared before on the blog, as he's also a member of Toronto's DIANA - they played Targ back in December 2016. Here's Joseph on saxophone!

Joseph Shabeson at Black Squirrel Books

Electronic action!

Joseph Shabason at Black Squirrel Books

More Joseph!

Joseph Shabason at Black Squirrel Books

Triangle action!

Joseph Shabason at Black Squirrel Books

Flute action!

Joseph Shabason at Black Squirrel Books

A very charming evening.