Posts Tagged With: Vancouver


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And for those of you that don’t want to keep it lit, heed my warning….

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I’m Comin’, I’m Coming…

Alabama Shakes, feature

A quick apology for the lack of new music to sink your teeth into lately, but working on a redesign of the website has taken center stage. It’s almost complete though, and I think you guys are gonna like it. Thanks for your patience! Until then…


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New Tunes! Broncho: Senorita Borealis


While, admittedly, Oklahoma’s Broncho always left me wanting a little more than what was presented, I have to admit this new track kinda gives me what I want. And who doesn’t like getting what they want? Part T-Rex, part B.R.M.C., this is one of those tracks that makes me wish I still smoked in dark bars at ungodly hours of the night. Those night were always the best nights.

New album’s called Double Vanity and comes out June 17th. They play Vancouver June 11th at The Cobalt. Full dates below.

Broncho 2016 tour

May 6—Deltaplex—Grand Rapids, MI*
May 7—Masonic Auditorium—Detroit, MI*
May 8—International Centre Arrow Hall—Mississauga, ON*
May 10—Bell Center—Montreal, QC*
May 11—Times Union Center—Albany, NY*
May 12—Mann Center—Philadelphia, PA*
May 15—Merriweather Post Pavilion—Columbia, MD*
May 16—Central Park Summer Stage—New York, NY*
May 17—Central Park Summer Stage—New York, NY*
May 19—Ascend Amphitheatre—Nashville, TN*
May 20—Infinite Energy Arena—Atlanta, GA*
May 26—Rudyards—Houston, TX
May 27—Trees—Dallas, TX
May 28—Sidewinder—Austin, TX
June 2—Valley Bar—Phoenix, AZ
June 3—Casbah—San Diego, CA
June 4—Teragram Ballroom—Los Angeles, CA
June 5—Constellation Room—Santa Ana, CA
June 6—Catalyst Atrium—Santa Cruz, CA
June 7—Independent—San Francisco, CA
June 9—Mississippi Studios—Portland, OR
June 10—Chop Suey—Seattle, WA
June 11—Cobalt—Vancouver, BC
June 13—Kilby Court—Salt Lake City, UT
June14—Walnut Room—Denver, CO
June 16—7th Street Entry—Minneapolis, MN
June 17—Beat Kitchen—Chicago, IL
June 18—Wicker Park Green Music Festival—Chicago, IL
June 22—Great Scott—Boston, MA
June 26—Strange Matter—Richmond, VA
June 30—Outland—Springfield, MO

* w/ Cage The Elephant

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Songs of the Day: Minto – Mountain Tree/Ratted Out

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Vancouver mainstays Minto have a new EP coming out called Days Gone By and it continues to rumble along in their tradition of Canadian country tinged rock and roll, heavy on the rock. Canadiana? Is that a thing? I don’t know but Mountain Tree  definitely take me back to the homeland. I guess you could also maybe call The Sadies “Canadiana”. Either or, they’ve been solid for a long time and with the recent addition of man about town Adam Fink behind the skins…. well, look out. He’s been killing it lately as evidenced by the amount of Vancouver bands requesting demanding his sterling rhythmic services. They’re having an EP release show at The Cobalt this Friday if you’re in Vancouver and hopefully more dates to follow. Check their Facebook page for more tracks from the EP as well as everything else you didn’t know you needed to know.

Mountain Tree


Ratted Out



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Future Hype! Early 2014’s Most Anticipated!

So before we get down to the business of waxing nostalgic on 2013 we though that we’d take a dip into the future and see what the first few months of 2014 will hold for us. These are certainly not the be all end all for what will be good in 2014 nor are they in any particular order. Just some good tunes that we can all look forward to….

1: Jesus Sons “Title TBA” Release Date early 2014. A new project from the former bassist of Brick Background favorite The Spyrals. Garage rock goodness. Out on Mock Records.


2:Black Lips “Underneath The Rainbow” Release Date Mar 2014. Atlanta shit disturbers back with a southern rock/country tinged record. Interesting concept. Out on Vice Records.


3: The Men “Tomorrow’s Hits” Release Date Mar 4th. Brooklyn punkers turned noise folk jammers release an album a year. 2014 will be no different. Out on Sacred Bones.


4: The Pack A.D. “Do Not Engage” Release Date Jan 28th. Vancouver’s criminally underrated duo return with legendary producer Jim Diamond back at the helm. Out on Mint Records.


5: The War On Drugs “Lost In The Dream” Release Date Mar 18th. Philly based rock and roll versed in the art of trippy Americana. Out on Secretly Canadian


6: Natural Child “Dancin’ With Wolves” Release Date Feb 25th. You can take the boys out of Nashville but you can’t take Nashville out of the boys. Hyped for this one. Out on Burger Records


7: Against Me! “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” Release Date Jan 21st.  Hopefully a return to form after the overproduced 2010 effort “White Crosses”. Self released on their Total Treble label


8: Johnny Cash “Out Among The Stars” Release Date Mar 25th. If for some sick and twisted reason you need an introduction, here it is:

Some other records that may pique the interest that I’m sure I’ll touch on through the year include new Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, heavy vibes from Philly’s Hound and pretty much any thing from the new wave of San Francisco’s psych garage scene. Bring it, 2014!

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Brick Brothers: Black Mountain/Darker My Love

I’m going to start something new here at Brick Background. How long it lasts remains to be seen though it has plenty of potential and certainly a never-ending stock of supply. You see, I spend a lot of time in front of my computer and have taken to using Spotify when I don’t particularly feel like picking something specific out of the library. For those of you who don’t have Spotify, they have a fantastic sidebar called Related Artists that is actually pretty spot on when it comes to suggestions, as is their “Discover” app which is pretty much the same idea though it just makes suggestions on what you’ve recently been listening to as a whole, not just in relation to a certain artist. also has a similar sidebar that I have used to bounce around their massive log of music. The plan is to find a new artist, be it new to me or new to everybody, it doesn’t’ matter. I may have heard the band’s’ name before, like todays entry, but for whatever reason never gave a good listening to. Link the bands, write some clever little blurb and hopefully help you find some similar minded bands to match to personal favorites you’ve already collected. The bands may not sound exactly the same but there will a link of some sort, a degree of separation if you will. Does that work there? I don’t know, but it’s staying.

Now this isn’t the time to get into the pros and cons of music streaming websites. I understand they don’t pay very much(if at all)to the artists but I believe this should/can/will change in time. It’s easy to see why artists feel like they’re getting ripped off having their art out there basically for free, but they have the choice to put it there or not and more often than not it’s there. And hey, people could just download it for free illegally and then the artist wouldn’t get shit, which is the unfortunate yet blunt truth of it. With music streaming sites at least there are avenues provided to find new music and if that click in the related artist section gets somebody out to a show and they buy a t-shirt or poster as well as bring a friend, well, there’s a couple buck in the band’s pocket that they’re not getting from an illegal download. Again, I believe people forget how new the idea of music streaming is in the grand scheme of things and that there are definitely kinks,especially from the artists standpoint, that still need to be worked out. Things happen really fast in This The New Age but it shouldn’t be forgotten that blank cassette tapes and blank CDs were also said to be rushed into the market and where would your musical tastes be if you hadn’t come across that mix CD/tape that what’s her name slipped into your locker in Grade 11? Exactly.

Today is  a perfect example of the new leading forth to the old(er). My morning began with Black Mountain’s Year Zero, a compilation/soundtrack from 2012 that contains what were at the time five new songs as well as four tracks from previous albums. While browsing the related artists I was surprised to see Darker My Love, a band who admittedly I had written off for whatever reasons, most likely because their name sounds more adept to a bunch of twenty-something boys with eyeliner and their sisters jeans on than it does a bunch of LA psych rockers. I started at the beginning and played through the entire catalog consisting of three full lengths and some demos etc., with their most recent long player coming out in 2010. There’s little else to say about them as their FB page hasn’t been updated in over a year, they don’t seem to have their own website and typing in the word “new” before their name in Google brings up less than favorable reviews of 2010’s Alive As You Are, which leads me to believe they’re either holed up writing new music, broken up entirely or seriously in need of a new publicist. No matter though because today I’m going with a track off the aptly if not lazily named second album  2. The song is Add One To The Other, fitting both with Black Mountain’s heavy psych bliss that brought me to Darker My Love and what will be the ongoing theme of this new-found category. Hope you dig it.



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Morning Hype! The Final Recordings Of Gene Ween!

These six songs were posted on Bandcamp on Friday night, apparently the last recordings Aaron Freeman will release under the his moniker Gene Ween. After a very public meltdown in Vancouver in January 2011, the status of Ween has been the subject of much debate until now, with Freeman releasing the following statement:

“After 20+ years of near-fatal drug & alcohol abuse (thankfully culminating with intensive but successful rehab), AARON FREEMAN (aka Gene Ween) was left in a dire financial situation. All proceeds will go directly to Aaron, as he continues down the path toward creative freedom and personal health. These demos represent the final writings and music of Gene Ween, before he departed and the inner FREEMAN emerged. On that note, we have received a two word personal statement from Aaron: stay tuned.”

No word if these songs will be released in hard copy format or not, though you have to think that if Freeman is in an actual dire financial situation releasing these songs on vinyl would add a couple bucks to the bank account. Perhaps a Record Store Day release? Either or, Gener still owes me twenty bucks from that fateful night in Vancouver. Apparently I had best not hold my breath. All songs streaming below. Click on the link if you want to pay six bucks(or more) for Gene Ween’s swan song.

Thanks Ween, its been a very Brown experience……….

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Song of the Day: Needles//Pins – Drop In

So I was just reading a CMJ article featuring Vancouver up and comers Tough Age, who’s killer new album came out this week, and they mentioned Needles//Pins as another Vancouver group who deserve some attention. So I looked into it and lo and behold Tough Age was right! Good music and good taste. I mean that in a literal sense as well, since they also mentioned Budgies Burrito’s in East Vancouver and more specifically, The Poser. It’s goddamn delicious and now I want to go back home, even though I was just there a month ago and made The Poser my last meal before I returned to cheesesteak land. Mmmmm….East Van everything……..ahhhh……

Definitely check out Needles//Pins. You can do that here.


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New Old Tunes: Pink Mountaintops – Single Life

While I’ve definitely been tooting the horn for L.A. throwback hardcore band Obliterations lately, lead guitarist Stephen Mcbean has taken some time away from tearing up living rooms to tour with Destroyer under his Pink Mountaintops moniker, which lead to me to start digging around for some lesser known jams from the sometimes one man recording band and I came up on a couple gems. The first, or A-side if you will, is called “Single Life” and trumpets the joys of livin’ hard while hearkening back to Iggy’s Lust for Life/Nightclubbin’ days. The accompanying B-side is a beautiful ballad titled “My Best Friend” that could’ve very easily been an A-side or lead single. Stephen McBean is a fantastic songwriter and a ninja at setting whatever mood it is he’s going for. Hoping for some new Black Mountain/Pink Mountaintops in the near future but for now….

Destroyer/Pink Mountaintops tour dates:

Nov 09 Toronto, ON — The Great Hall %
Nov 10 New York, NY — Bowery Ballroom %
Nov 11 Washington, DC — Sixth & I Historic Synagogue %
Nov 12 Philadelphia, PA — Johnny Brenda’s %
Nov 13 Allston, MA — Brighton Music Hall %
Nov 14 Montreal, QC — Il Motore %



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Morning Hype! Tough Age!

Vancouver seems to have a bit of a dirty bubblegum pop(scuzz pop?)revival going on, with bands like Chains Of Love and today’s newly discovered Tough Age putting out really good garage rock records that reach beyond the perpetual dreariness of the Northwest and actually provide a much needed ray of sunlight to the scene’s Vitamin D deficient music aficionados. With influences ranging from Phil Spector-esque doo-wop to Dick Dale surf rock to fellow Northwesterners The Sonics brand of proto-punk, the band wears it all on their sleeve without coming off sounding like the carbon copy ripoff that a lot of today’s “revivalist” bands do. Tough Age’s self titled debut is being released by Vancouver mainstay label Mint Records November 12th and you can stream it over at Exclaim right now. Not only worth the click but worth an actual trek down to the local record store to flaunt your immaculate musical knowledge to all the cool kids hanging out. They’ll be thankful you did, but they’ll never admit it.



Mint Records website here

Tough Age Facebook here

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