I'll begin with a link to a complaint about rising ticket prices for shows in Vancouver and complaints about Zulu and Scratch being the cause of rising prices. The whole issue boggles my mind sometimes but my response can be found in the comments section of the post.
On another note, a certain used record store in town that has a less than stellar reputation amongst vinyl buyers has bought a ridiculous collection of early '80s Vancouver punk, hardcore etc...which has caused several people to lose their minds and money. I restrained myself slightly but still spent a bit of cash, picking up Husker Du's "Statues" 7" and the Boredoms' "Soul Discharge" LP. The guy prices everything off popsike.com so there's no deals to be had.
While hardcore punk is rather laughable these days in terms of its wishy washy politics and supposed youth driven activism, I recommend everyone try to make it out to see Toronto's Fucked Up at the Ukrainian Hall on July 7th w/ the Tranzmitors. These guys are insane, and if you missed their last shows in town, this one shouldn't be missed (unless you're going to Seattle to see Sunn0))) and Earth at El Corazone).
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Bishops - S/T
- Best band in England right now, the Bishops are a tight three-piece outfit that, much like the Young Knives, are merging the fiery and raucous elements of bands like the Jam and Gang of Four with a '60s pop-garage sound. Unfortunately, i don't think they'll catch on here to warrant a stateside release. Pete Doherty's diary comes out next week, buy it and listen to this:
- Neurosis have brought it this time, returning to the pummeling force that typified their early releases. While Isis kind of opened up on their last release and, especially with the lyrics, brought a lot of light to their songs, Neurosis have gone in the opposite direction to bring a crunching dread to the record.
- After the Concretes lead singer left and their tour of North America fell apart I wrote this band off for dead and when I heard they had a new album with the other girl singing I thought it would be crap for sure. Wrong! This album picks up where In Colour left off, great pop hooks. Only available in Sweden at the moment but we got a copy in so i've been playing it a lot.