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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Help Carmen Townsend find her gear

Four guitars stolen last night on Willow Street

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Carmen and her Guild
  • Carmen and her Guild

Stolen gear is often a sad fact of life for many a touring musician, and it's a real heartbreak. Do your karma (and Carmen) a favour by keeping an eye out for Carmen Townsend's stolen gear. Four guitars were stolen last night on Willow Street from her trunk: a 1965 Guild Starfire Cherry Red serial # 666 "This guitar has been in my possession since I was 19. It is my baby. I am crushed," Townsend writes.

Takamine Acoustic Brown cutaway- lots of cosmetic damages.

Fender Strat, brown, Long & McQuade rental

Fender Squire Thinline Telecaster, light brown, white pickguard chip in top corner

Above is a photo of the Guild.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's the End of the Road for Of Montreal

but hey, Boyz II Men

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 3:52 PM


I’ll give you the bad news first: it’s the end of the road for Of Montreal, who have cancelled their April 2 show at the Halifax Forum. Bummer — I was looking forward to the appearance of an on-stage elephant. Or Susan Sarandon spanking a pig, or something crazy like that. You can get your tickets refunded at point of purchase.

HOWEVER. Boyz II Men will be popping by Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Room for not one, but two sweet days (May 24 and 25). You might have to get down on bended knee to convince your friends to buy the $72.50 tickets, but once they’ve experienced those harmonies live and in the flesh, I’m sure they will want to make love to you, like you want them to. Someone please make me stop talking now. Tickets go on sale this Thursday through

Below, the Boyz do their thing on that Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode. Oh Will, you're always sneaking around where you don't belong, ruining their "sesh."

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Completely Indulgent Post About Lemmy

"lemme" show you some videos, ha-HA!

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM


I just watched the Lemmy movie and got the new Motorhead album in the mail. Combined, these two things reminded me that like matter, he is everywhere, and he cannot be created or destroyed. Everything that everyone says about him is true. You can be having the worst night in the world, but then your friend puts Motorhead on her car stereo, and five minutes later you are screaming and crushing beer cans on your head.

For me the most significant moment in the Lemmy film is when he sings "Don't Worry Be Happy" with a novelty fish mounted on the wall in his bathroom. I know Motorhead is super tough and all but it was honestly so cute that I screamed.

Anyway here's A Bunch of Videos Featuring Lemmy.

The Head Cats - Peggy Sue Got Married

I was looking for the Head Cats' version of "Run Around Sue" but could only find this substitute "Sue." Isn't it cute when he sings the hits?

Motorhead and Wendy O. Williams - No Class live (1983)

Wendy is as close to a female version of Lemmy as we shall ever see. You can barely tell their voices apart. What a fucking treasure. RIP WOW.

Lemmy and the Ramones - R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (live)

This video makes my loins cry.

Motorhead plays in the Young Ones' living room (1982)

This was my first exposure to Motorhead. Midnight, YTV, I was twelve and eating Cheesies. It was wonderful. Check out his address to the camera at 1:33.


Hey remember when Drew Carey was still fat and he had his own show? And that crazy Cathy woman with the Divine eyeliner used to torture him? In one episode she gives him a wake-up call by jamming with Motorhead outside his house.

Watch here.

I'm told Lemmy recently made an appearance in a Foo Fighters video (tip o' the hat to Jon Bruhm.) I am too lazy to look for it. Instead I will show you the best post-Nirvana song Dave Grohl has done. I know you Foo Fighters loyalists will clock me in the face for this, but the fact of the matter is that this song is basically perfect and he will never do anything more awesome than this.

Happy Friday! What's your favorite Lemmy/Motorhead video?

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Monday, January 10, 2011

The Onion's AV Club Disses Buck 65?


Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM


The Onion's AV Club put out an article today titled "Diggety diggety iggety dead end: Das Efx and 15 Hip-Hop Revolutions That Weren't." Along with Digable Planets, Panjabi MC and the Disposable Heroes of HipHopricy, the post's writers list Buck 65 as a rapper whose career "didn't blow up as much as fade away."

I suspect many would beg to differ on this one. After all he was just here, doing a music video, for his new album commemorating 20 years of varied output. Sure, his career has had its ups and downs or whatever, but the article makes it sound like he's only done one album worth listening to, or something, which as we all know is patently untrue (for example, last year's Dirtbike sessions were among my favorite things he's ever done.) He's hardly Bass is Base.

Anyway, while I love the AV Club and think they are the best at making lists of this kind, it seems they're a bit off the mark with this one. But what do you think? Leave your comments over at the original post.

Update: Jesse Dangerously responds!

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Friday, December 31, 2010

A New Year's mix tape

From my heart to yours.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 1:21 PM

hello? wild party calling!
  • hello? wild party calling!

I was bored so I made a New Year's mix tape for you to download if you want. It's a little heavy on the "Bleeps and Bloops" as my dad would say, and if you actually want to put it on, you should do so about an hour before midnight, as the "climax" comes with the "Final Countdown."

See all ya arseholes in 2011!

Download tape here!

Track list:

Six Pack - Black Flag
She's A Tiger - The Ding-Dongs
Pretty Girl - The White Wires
Dancer - Woodhands
Loaded - Bran Van 3000
Kick It - Peaches
Drunk Girls - LCD Soundsystem
2D2F - Avenue D
Mickey - Toni Basil
You Oughta Know - Das Racist
Under Control - Freeland
The Final Countdown - Europe
Pop Goes the World - Gossip
The Package is Wrapped - Marnie Stern
I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass - Nick Lowe
White Mice - The Mo-Dettes
Shick Shack - Bloodshot Bill
When Saturday Comes - The Undertones
Here Comes A Regular - Replacements
Not In Love - Crystal Castles
Dreams Never End - New Order

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Another Band Bites the Dust

the superfantastics call it quits

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 3:25 PM


Today the Dal Gazette reported that the much-loved guitar-and-drums duo The Superfantastics have broken up.

The story, which you can read here, reports that singer/guitarist Matt MacDonald and singer/drummer Stephanie Clattenburg just weren't feeling it anymore. "We're still friends," says Clattenburg.

The duo's final show is Saturday November 6th at the Seahorse with the Meligrove Band and Ruby Coast.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

CANCELLED: Bruce Cockburn

It's a dangerous time.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 4:30 PM


Bruce Cockburn unfortunately is canceling his Maritime tour due to a collapsed lung and pneumonia. He was scheduled to perform at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on October 20th. He's planning to reschedule the dates. Get well soon!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Back to School Rules with Bad Vibrations and Friends

embrace your inner spicoli/john belushi/steve urkel

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 2:10 PM


we quite like this poster, its like 3-D
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  • we quite like this poster, it's like 3-D


Bad Vibrations
, Duzheknew, Quivers, Microorgans
FRIDAY September 17

*Note - I said this show was on Saturday in the paper. I LIED.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

CANCELLED: Hatebreed

tomorrow night's show is a no go

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 2:11 PM

whats the deal, tough guys?
  • what's the deal, tough guys?

Another one bites the dust....

Starting Monday, ticket purchasers may return their ticket to the Ticket Atlantic Box Office for a refund. Anyone who has purchased online or via phone will have their credit card refunded automatically. Anyone who has a question regarding refunds for their tickets may call Ticket Atlantic at 902-451-1221.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lil' Kim Cancelled

but you get celtic thunder as a consolation prize?

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 6:03 PM

cat impression time! Mraraownznz!
  • cat impression time! Mraraownznz!

A week after we posted that Lil' Kim was coming to Alderney Landing (I'm too lazy to link - just scroll down like, one entry and you'll find the original post) we got an email saying the event is canceled. I did some hard-hitting journalistic research and checked her Myspace page for more info (her website address doesn't go to anything) but all I found out is that she calls herself "Mrs. G.O.A.T." and then there's a bunch of Dancing With the Stars videos. Then I got hungry and stopped caring. Tickets can be refunded wherever you bought them. Suckaaaas!

In a completely unrelated announcement, Celtic Thunder is coming back on September 21 to the Metro Centre. Tickets are $62.50 for P1 and $52.50 for P2 (including tax) and go on sale Saturday, May 29 at 9 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Ticket Atlantic box office in the Halifax Metro Centre, at all participating Atlantic Superstores, by phone at 451-1221 and online at Major credit cards are accepted and service charges apply. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Introducing...Your New Favorite Cover Band

Screaming for Vengeance are made of metal

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2010 at 9:29 AM


Dave Burns first heard Judas Priest purely by chance. “My cousin Vance was cleaning out his tape collection and passed me a copy of Priest Live,” he recalls. “I freaked out on that tape. I wore it down pretty good.”


Years later, after witnessing the likes of 2 Minutes To Maiden and Gunts and Roses, the affable guitarist decided it was time to assemble his own tribute to the Gods of Metal. Burns, who plays full-time in Thy Flesh Consumed, reached out to similar-minded folk in the Halifax metal community, eventually filling out his dream lineup with Chris and John MacIsaac on bass and drums and Jon Blois on guitar. There was still the matter, however, of finding the perfect Rob Halford—-a singularly difficult task. Burns had heard that Broken Ohms’ lead singer Peter Hubley was a Priest fan and had the vocals to match. One night at Gus’, Burns hunted Hubley down. “I made him sing right on the spot, right on the sidewalk where everyone was taking their smoke break,” he says. Hubley’s perfect vibrato and considerable range turned everyone’s heads, andScreaming for Vengeance was born.

i want this jacket. now.
  • i want this "jacket". now.

Since then, the band has embarked upon a rigorous practice schedule in order to match the original sounds as closely as possible. “The rehearsal regime is pretty harsh sometimes — the songs Priest wrote were awesome, sometimes greatly progressive, and we have to be pretty open about mistakes,” says Burns. “You can’t play in a metal band and expect everyone to spare your feelings. It just doesn’t work.” The band covers a wide swath of the Priest back catalogue—-“Everything from Rocka Rolla to Painkiller,’” says Burns—-and he says primarily, the band exists so its members can share their adoration of their beloved Priest. “It’s all about defending the faith,” Burns says, “and that faith is heavy metal.”

diggin the leather vests, fellas.
  • diggin the leather vests, fellas.

Screaming for Vengeance play with 2 Minutes to Maiden on Friday May 7 at the Seahorse. 10pm, $8.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

No more LOLs for L.M.F.A.O

they've gone all slayer on us—-zing!

Posted By on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 11:32 AM


Party-rap crew L.M.F.A.O. has cancelled their April 14th show at the Halifax Forum. Tickets can be refunded wherever you bought them.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Coast Best of Music poll closes on Monday

Vote now or forever hold your peace

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Internet voting looks like this
  • Internet voting looks like this

If you haven’t already voted in The Coast’s Best of Music survey, not only am I no longer talking to you, but I'm also reminding you the deadline is Monday if before then you want to redeem yourself and possibly get yourself off my shit list. Remember, there’s no use complaining unless you voted, you have the power to rock the vote, I believe the children are our future, etc.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mellotones stolen gear

Pass it on, stealing is wrong

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 11:04 AM


Mellotones' bass players Mike Farrington and Serge Samson have had a run of bad luck.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Listening to Fugazi complain is making my day

Likes: House lights! Dislikes: Air conditioning!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Where I come from, saying shut the fuck up is rude
  • "Where I come from, saying 'shut the fuck up' is rude"

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