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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Listen to two new songs by Vulva Culture

Streaming today via Craft Singles, available to buy tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Cuddle up with Vulva Culture - ALYSON HARDWICK
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Currently on tour in Ontario with Kurt Inder, Halifax's Vulva Culture are streaming two new songs from a Craft Singles release today via Exclaim!. The tape, Hydromorphone, features a track by that same name and the B-side, "Let's Stay Dead." It'll be available tomorrow online to buy (cough it up, babies) — two more examples of why the moody band led by Amy Vinnedge (with Hannah Guinan, Bianca Palmer and Kayla Stevens) is kicking ass. 

  • c/o Craft Singles

You can stream the songs here, check out the order at Craft Singles, plus VC for more.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Old and Weird EP release tonight

Get it while you can

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Cool dudes
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Remember this? Old and Weird release their new EP, Life's Tough Not Really, tonight at Gus' Pub (with ISBN and Feral Children).

Bring things for them to sign. Ideas include (but are not limited to): apples, baby blankets, tax returns.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Jon McKiel's New Record

plus two nights of shotgun jimmie

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 1:17 PM

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Jon McKiel is releasing his new album Tonka Warcloud this Saturday (tomorrow night oh my gawdd) at Gus’. His tiny, perfect EP Confidence Lodge was the fire that kept me warm last winter, so like everyone else I’m psyched.

McKiel’s release is part of a Shotgun Jimmie double-header. The pride of Sackville will be taking the stage at Gus’ no less than four times this coming weekend, playing solo and band sets.

Tonight you get:

10pm - solo Jimmie, doing a bunch of Shotgun and Jaybird stuff
11pm - Men's Wrestling - a new superband featuring Trevor Murphy (The Establishment, Sleepless Nights) Matt Charlton (Prospector's Union, Bloodsport) Stephanie Clattenberg and Matt McDonald (The Superfantastics)
12am - Jon McKiel
1am - Shotgun Jimmie (with band)

Saturday's lineup:

10pm - solo Jimmie again
11pm - Baby Eagle
12am - Jon McKiel
1am - Shotgun Jimmie (with band)

Each night = six dollars!

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Friday, September 23, 2011

New Noyes

delayed deliveries mean two free records. good deal!

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 11:17 AM

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You might recall that we wrote about the Noyes Records subscription series back in February. For $40, you get a limited-pressing 7" by Dog Day, Cousins, Duzheknew, Homo Duplex, Doug Mason, Play Guitar, Cold Warps, and We Need Secrets. So far I've really enjoyed the Cousins and Dog Day releases - it's especially nice when you forget that you signed up for the series and then suddenly you're like, "Oh yeah! I have to pick up a new record! It's Christmas part three!"

Subscribers recently received a very nice email from Noyes man Chad Peck about some delays due to the label's Texas pressing plant overheating and getting shut down for awhile in the summer. As an apology, he's thrown in two free records. The first is a new release by barainrockers Long Weekends, and the second is a split between Dartmouth's Sea Glasses and We Need Secrets. Two free records for a delay that I barely noticed? That's some nice salesmanship right there.

The next record in the series - another We Need Secrets release - is due out in the next couple of weeks. If you are in Montreal you can check out Long Weekends' Pop Montreal show tomorrow night with the mighty Teenanger, Shortpants Romance and Cheveau at Divan Orange (4234 boul. Saint-Laurent).

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tongan Death Grip LP Now Available


Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 1:17 PM


The end of the postal strike in Canada (for now) heralds the arrival of bills (bad) the "Stephen King Rules" t-shirt that I ordered online like six weeks ago (good!) and Tongan Death Grip's LP Chula Vista (yeah better!) which you may have read about here. What I've heard is really good, lemme tell ya, and it will sound even better on vinyl. If you like fun, peppy power-pop that's fast as fuck, you should really get one before they all disappear. If you are in Halifax, email guitarist Craig Hamlin at to get your very own copy, or you can be fancier and get it from the estimable P-Trash Records site here. I believe it will also be available at Obsolete Records.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Black Moor, Metalian and Sanktuary get "Tundrastruck"

thrash or dieeeee

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM

eric hanlin tastes it out
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Oh Black Moor, where you been girlfriend? Our Halifavorite metal band has gone through some tumult in the past year, losing drummer Sylvan Coderre and guitarist Nick Jones (Jones now plays in We're Doomed). They've still managed to record a few songs in studio, one of which will be appearing on a brand new split EP due out June 15 along with songs by Montreallers Metalian and recent Yukon-to-Nova Scotia transplants Sanktuary. The EP is called Tundrastruck and ummmm yeah, I want one. The release show is on Canada Day (July 1) at Gus' Pub. Track listing below:

Airborn Assassins - Metalian
Raise the Flag - Sanktuary
Awaken the Dead - Black Moor

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Paper Beat Scissors Salts the Snail

local musician teams up with Snailhouse for new album

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 11:33 AM


The delicate and evocative electro-folk of Paper Beat Scissors (aka Tim Crabtree) will be getting the Snailhouse treatment — Mike Feuerstack has signed on as producer of Crabtree’s upcoming album. Crabtree writes that they’ll be recording in the South Shore’s Confidence Lodge in July and finishing things up in Montreal by summer’s end.

Listen to PBS's Flicker EP here. You can see a video of song-in-progress “Rest Your Bones” below.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Very Noyes Offer

pretty records for cheap, eh!

Posted By on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 2:18 PM


As I write this, I am sick as hell and listening to the song “Scratches” from Dog Day’s forthcoming 7” of the same title. It’s the shiny type of song that makes you feel like you might be sticking your head out of a car window somewhere, and it’s almost June, and the light from the lake is glinting into your eyes, and daylight savings time isn’t four weeks away, and your throat isn’t coated with terrible juices. The record will be skipping in your head come March 22 via Noyes Records and is part of the Noyes subscription 7” series that includes Cousins, Duzheknew, Homo Duplex, Doug Mason, Play Guitar, Cold Warps, and We Need Secrets. 100 of each record is printed in colour (thought I am told they are half sold out now) and the rest are in black. The package costs $40 and starts shipping in late March. Whatta deal! Throw your money at

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bucky Done Gun

posted soon!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 2:57 PM


So I promised in the print edition that I'd have a Buck 65 interview up for you now. As you can see, it's not here yet. Due to unforeseen business it will be up later this evening. Thank you fer yer patience. It's worth it - we talked about zombies and girls and stuff. His new album 20 Odd Years drops on February 1st and is currently streaming at

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Baby I've been drinking

Whiskey Bent and Hellbound are singing Satan's gospel.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 9:38 AM


Last weekend Whiskey Bent and Hellbound singer/guitarist T.J. Kavanaugh played me a bunch of songs from the band’s debut album, Singing Satan’s Gospel from his laptop—and lo, it is good. Produced over two days by James O’Toole, it’s clear that the band has put everything into this recording. It’s beautifully clean and precise—and yet it’s unequivocally cowboy punk. Each of the group’s members and myriad parts—the guitars, Don Hynes’ mandolin, Jacob Hultz’s lap steel, Tim Mitchell on bass and Tasha Gobeil on drums—bring forth these small stories of boozing and heartbreak with an assured brightness. Their CD release happens December 22 at the Seahorse with Chris Martin and the Troubleshooters (celebrating their five-year anniversary) Darby Halland the Graboids. 10pm, $5.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jenocide Goes Knee Deep

for all the girls in the world

Posted By on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 12:10 PM



This Saturday, your very busy electro-madam Jenocide will once again collect an eclectic and excellent array of lady musicians to Gus' Pub to help her celebrate the release of her five-song EP collaboration with PEI-based musician Willow Bell. It's called Knee Deep, Ya Boi DJ James Reid will be in attendance, and the show will be rounded out by Micro Organs, Laura Peek (we missed you, Laura Peek) and the extremely cool-looking Saint John, NB threesome Girls Would Kill. Jenocide/Jen Clarke shared a few more details with us: Bell is a member of Food Clothing Shelter collective and this is his first release, with a live show marinading juicily for your viewing/dancing pleasure sometime in the future. "For this release, his production was inspired by Daft Punk, Chormeo and Neon Indian," she says. Go forth this weekend and work your sass muscle. Go forth and dance.

Update: Here's a link to the EP's Bandcamp. 'Tis a piddly $5!

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Friday, October 8, 2010

North of America releases complete discography online

holy smackers

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 3:17 PM


Check out these beans:

Listen. Buy something, even. They play two Halifax Pop Explosion shows: one at the Pavilion Friday Oct 22 and the other on Saturday Oct 23 at the Seahorse.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Great Bands, Free Tunez

everyone wins

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 3:30 PM


Buncha new/free music today! First: Homo Duplex, the husband-wife-duo (comprised of the Maynards' Kristina Parlee and Attack in Black's Ron Bates) has another wee EP online for your listening pleasure here. They pull words out of hats and write songs about them! We're really enjoying these three spacy, fuzzy songs during this busy work day and you will too.

Meanwhile The Sleepless Nights' Andrew Sisk and Miranda Durka, who are otherwise known as Coco et Co, have released their debut album St. Denis as a free download. Lovely. You can hear/DL it here.

Finally, a little Facebook bird told us that Myles Deck and the Fuzz will be releasing their latest album for free download on October 10th. This is a good band that likes keeping their fans desperate and a little manic. I think everyone's been a little antsy since the release of Police Cops/Ayatollah a million years ago so this is good news. Here's a short film for the song "You Can't Heal a Sick Riff." STAY CALM.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Orchid's Curse Release an Album, and Last Call Chernobyl has a Close Call

stories for the stronghearted

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 1:31 PM

orchids curse eat the rich
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After a summer chewing up the road on Vans Warped Tour, Last Call Chernobyl take the stage this Saturday at Coconut Grove with Black Moor supporting their buddies Orchid’s Curse, who are celebrating the release of their latest album Voices: The Tales of Broken Men. We asked LCC bassist Jay Szetzo if they had any stories from touring across the United States—-and, well, did you know they almost died?

Szetzo: "We arrived in California two days before our first show. We decided to hit the beach. Being from the East Coast, we were extremely loud and obnoxious. However our drummer (Josh Pellerine) and I started realizing that the undertow is surprisingly strong. Then we looked back at the locals and noticed that we were the only ones in neck-high water. We started pacing back to the beach as the undertow was getting extremely hard to fight. By the time I found my glasses on the beach, our singer (Kyle Mahar) and guitarist (Matthew Moulton) were mere dots in the distance fighting for their lives in the Pacific."

"Before I knew it Baywatch-esque lifeguards were swinging into action. A chopper and boat appeared out of nowhere. The whole beach was in a commotion as they all tried to fish out my drowning guitarist and singer. One of the Baywatch lifeguards managed to get them before the chopper or boat. With our heads in shame after such a commotion, we left the beach. We thought our little Cinderella story was going up in smoke and we'd be sending two bodies back…Weird, huh?"

Orchid's Curse lead singer and Diminished Fifth Records owner/promoter/publicist/Jack of all trades Josh Hogan was on the road with LCC as tour manager and shared his strangest quote of the tour, from a Canadian Border Guard upon the band's re-entry to Canada:

“Do you have any Weed on you? Wait a second, you’re all Canadian. You wouldn’t bring back US weed. It’s too expensive and it tastes like shit!”

You can catch up and hear stories of more harrowing times and hear some excellent heavy music on Saturday at Coconut Grove beginning at 10pm, for $8.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

It Kills resurrects rowboats, sort of


Posted By on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 9:42 AM

  • photo Mat Dunlap

One of the saddest days in recent scene (and Scene) history was the dissolution of the majestic, peerless i see rowboats. Most of that band has returned in the form of It Kills (formerly Library). After a generally revered set at Long Live the Queen last month, the band will release its self-titled LP on Friday, June 25 at St. Matthias Church (6131 Chebucto Road). Oh mah gawwwwwwwwwww.

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