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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Junnktank wants to give you downloads for free

Posted on Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 10:42 AM

PEI's Matt Dixon has been a beacon for touring bands for some time now. Setting up all ages shows with style and grace, often throwing in a nice little interview for his stellar webzine, Junnktank. He helps you, now it's time for you to help him (you're mostly helping yourselves, but still). Dixon is putting out a second music issue for his webzine. The PEI version contained out of print and rare released from PEI locals and the new edition will focus on Halifax/Truro/NS. He's looking for old/rare/out of print releases to host online to be downloaded for free. If you and your band are interested, email xmdixonx@gmail.com

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Weakerthans and Constantines win hard body/sexy legs contest

Posted on Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 1:51 PM

The Weakerthans and Constantines are together again and coming back to town as part of their Rolling Tundra national tour. (March 20 at the Palace. 8pm. Tickets $25/$30 available at all Ticketpro outlets, by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and online at www.sonicconcerts.com. 19 and over.) Ten-year vets The Weakerthans launch this tour on the heels of their fourth album Reunion Tour (which was short listed for the 2008 Polaris Prize). Toronto's Constantines recently released their fourth album Kensington Heights (on Arts & Crafts) showcasing their "artistic version of working man's rock 'n roll." Group singalongs of soaring choruses are a must.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

No slumber for Wintersleep

Posted on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Touring maniacs Wintersleep are getting ready for a triumphant return to Halifax January 29 at the Marquee Club (Tickets $25/$30 available at all Ticketpro outlets, by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and online at www.sonicconcerts.com. Doors at 9pm. 19 and over). Currently touring Europe (Welcome to the Night Sky has it's European release in February), after completing a 31-date US tour, the band stops over in Halifax before their 2009 European and US tours. In the midst of that, they have enjoyed glowing press from both Pitchfork and CMJ. Good stuff, gang.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

NSCAD strike averted

Posted on Fri, Dec 26, 2008 at 1:02 PM

It's a Christmas miracle! Congrats guys.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Boxing Day bonanza

Posted on Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 5:04 PM

What do you do on Boxing Day? Sit on your kiester, arrange your Pogs in order of importance, watch To Russia With Love, snack on a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. All of that can take a backseat to this fine event. All cover bands, all night at Gus’ Pub on December 26 (10pm, $5). North of America as the Angry Samoans, Play Guitar as Talking Heads, ECT as Le Tigre and Windom Earle as ABBA. Stephan MacLeod of Windom Earle elaborates, “We went with ABBA for two reasons: Everybody, no matter how punk, hip hop, or indie they claim to be has a soft spot somewhere deep inside them for ABBA. Although nobody can sing as well as Benny, Björn, Anni-Frid, and Agnetha, at least there's no way we'll be as bad as Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia.“ I am so ready to fight my way up on the stage with fists and attitude to force my stellar rendition of “Chiquitita” on the crowd. “We'll be sticking to ABBA Gold for our set list, but there are some deep cuts we might explore if we can pull it together. We'll be using cheap keyboards and a Nintendo DS to interpret the songs,” says MacLeod. “'Super Trooper' should be a Christmas carol, if it isn't already.”

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Tom Petty in the snow

Posted on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Take a little break from feeling bananas this Christmas and chill out by watching a 4-hour documentary on Tom Petty. Hear me out… first of all, it’s for Feed Nova Scotia, and second of all, it’s conveniently broken up into two screenings (Monday, December 22, 10pm, $5 and Tuesday, December 23, 10pm, $5 all proceeds go to Feed Nova Scotia, and you are welcome to bring non-perishable food items in addition to your admission). Both nights are at the Carleton. Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (and perhaps more importantly, he played Dr. Melfi’s shrink in The Sopranos), Runnin’ Down A Dream is your new go-to source for all things Petty. Who hasn’t learned to play guitar by strumming “Free Fallin’”? The film was selected to close the 2007 New York Film Festival, too. Fancy!

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Books on Tape

Saturday, December 12, 1:27am, at The Seahorse.

Posted on Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Books on TapeSaturday, December 12, 1:27am, at The Seahorse.
Books on Tape
Saturday, December 12, 1:27am, at The Seahorse.
Scott Blackburn

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cirque for sale

Posted on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Looking for a last-minute prezzie that will make them flip out or tumble on the floor with glee? Cirque de Soleil just announced a 17-day engagement of their show Allegria at the Metro Centre, with 17 performances from May 27 to June 7. Tickets ($45-$110) go on sale starting December 20 at 10am. Go old-school and head down to the Metro Centre box office, or call 451-1221, or use that new-fangled internet thing at cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.

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HPX fiasco finally put to bed

Posted on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 1:49 PM

So you know how the Halifax Pop Explosion didn't get funding this October from the city? That was a terrible mistake, obviously. Someone saw the light after a stellar presentation to council and approved the proposal for the last fiscal year. Congrats!

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Little Orton Hoggett's triumphant return

Posted on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 1:45 PM

A very exciting In The Dead of Winter announcement: Matt Murphy's Little Orton Hoggett and his Ten Cent Wings are set to play Wednesday, January 28 at the Rebecca Cohn (with Amelia Curran and Al Tuck). For those who don’t know of Little Orton and the gang, here’s a little sum up: Ornery country gentlemen play Haggard, Husky, Nelson and Wagoner (and more) with humour, flair and lawlessness.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Metalian massacre

Posted on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 11:52 AM

On Sunday, December 21 it’s gonna be a Christmassacre with Montreal’s Metalian (at Gus’ Pub with Spew and Black Moor). Metalian are a band of mostly transplated Nova Scotians who are hell-bent on “bringing back the spirit of old school heavy metal.” In the band’s own words: “We’re mega stoked to be back in Halifax. We always have the best shows back here---as most of us are from here---and we East Coasters are some of the best at rocking in the world.” After their holiday break, the band are releasing a split with DIE (Death Is Easy) from Albany, NY on Work’n Stiff Records in early January and following that up with a full length, Wasteland, in March on Deer Skull Records. The guys are busy and full of bombast, claiming: “anybody who digs any kind of rock & roll; punk rock, metal, hard rock, or whatever, will definitely enjoy a Metalian show.“

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Catherine Banks receives Governor General's Award

Posted on Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 5:12 PM

I received this last week:

The winners of the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Awards were presented with their awards by the Governor General Wednesday night at Rideau Hall. Pictured here is Catherine Banks of Halifax, winner of the award for English-language Drama, receiving a specially-bound copy of her book, Bone Cage, from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michäelle Jean. PHOTO CREDIT: P.Doyle/Canada Council for the Arts

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House Party Records does a kegstand on your record collection

Posted on Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Brand new local record label House Party Records, run by music-appreciator Gerry Hubley, is putting out their first release, an album by Vancouver’s Hextalls, that should be available by Christmas. Hubley tell us about the Hextalls: “I saw them in June at Insubordination Fest in Baltimore and loved them. I came home and downloaded their record and thought it was insanely good, so I emailed them asking if it was being released on vinyl (because I don't buy CDs) and they replied saying ‘Barring some miracle, no.’ I've wanted to start a record label since I was 16, so it just made sense. Basically I started House Party Records because I wanted to own the Hextalls record on vinyl. It is the best pop-punk record to come out of Canada since Chixdiggit's self-titled record, and it deserves a vinyl release. It's goofy, it sounds awesome, and there are a jillion swear words. It's just fun and awesome and everyone who listens to it loves it. It's gonna be on orange vinyl and there will be some sort of special edition press too. I have no idea what I'm doing, so I'm just trying not to fuck up too bad or lose everything I own---two credit cards.” Representation of pop punk from across Canada is something Hubley is actively promoting. “My next two releases are a 7 inch for The Visitors from Ottawa and a Statues release that might be a 10 inch. The Hextalls, The Visitors and Statues are my three favorite Canadian bands, so I really wanted them to be my first three releases,” says Hubley. “I also want to do a Stolen Minks/Mean Jeans split 7 inch which would mark my first US band release and my first local release all in one.”

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Friday, December 12, 2008

The Maynards

Posted on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Saturday, December 6, 1:59am, at Gus' Pub.

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Sure Thing Events

  • Genius Child: Portia White at Town Hall feat. Harolyn Blackwell @ St. George's Round Church

    • Sat., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. $37.50
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