guide: Capital Idea! Festival, day 7 - day 11 (06.26.07 - 06.30.07)

Destroyer makes a very special stop in Ottawa this week; it's recommended that you go, but stand back, lest you be.. destroyed.

It's going to just have to be listings this time around (may or may not get some mp3's available soon), as dial613 is suffering from an illness propogated by the ways of modern capitalist society and overpowerful corporations with close ties to high levels of federal governments. And it's certainly no conspiracy.. there's PROOF.

Also, as far as 'this week', there's not much else going on, so there's probably no need to put it up. Ok.

dial613 reader's guide to Capital Idea!, pt. 2: days 7-11

Day 7 - Tuesday, June 26
The Fiery Furnaces with Hot Springs and Thundra!, at Barrymore's
8PM doors, $22.50.

Day 8 - Wednesday, June 27
Destroyer with Rock Plaza Central and As The Poets Affirm*, at Barrymore's
8PM doors, $20.

Day 9 - Thursday, June 28
The Russian Futurists with Parts & Labor and Liar's Rosebush*, at Zaphod's

Day 10 - Friday, June 29
Born Ruffians with Henri Faberge & The Adorables and The Field Register, at Zaphod's
8PM doors (10PM headliner), $12.

Girl Talk with Crystal Castles, at Babylon
8PM doors (1230AM headliner), $20, even if you have a festival pass.
Proceeds donated to the AIDS Committee of Ottawa.

Day 11 - Saturday, June 30
Damo Suzuki with Smoke Judo*, Adam Saikaley*, and j'envoie, at Zaphod's
8PM doors, $12.

* denotes local act



guide: Capital Idea! Festival, day 3 - day 6 (06.22.07 - 06.25.07)

The Walkmen bring the party party, but not likely Stephen Harper, to the Bronson Centre on Friday.

The Capital Idea! Festival is already underway, having already seen Quebecers The Besnard Lakes and Sunset Rubdown headline their respective shows on the first two nights.
But by golly, don't you worry: the rock will still be brought over the course of 9 shows in the next 8 nights, the first half of which has been summarized into this handy little guide below.

It's actually pretty exciting to see some of these names come to town, some of them without even having Montreal or Toronto shows scheduled around the date, which makes you feel so much more special as an Ottawanianite, don't it? We don't usually get that sort of treatment in these parts, and hey, maybe this is being slightly overthetop, but this brings a bit of hope that maybe those ways are changing. Or not. Time will tell. Don't count your eggs before they're hatched! History is written by the winners, and a stitch in time saves nine.

It's also nice to see the big names almost all paired with local acts, who'll get exposure they wouldn't have before. Take Fucked Corpse, for example: they get to play to fans of Chris Garneau! dial613 is crossing fingers for an impromptu collaboration, but will settle for the awkward juxtaposition.

And for your convenience, dial613's mathematical mind has also figured out that, if you plan on going to every show, the $99 festival pass (available at the doors for all shows) is still worth buying up until the Xiu Xiu show on 25th. After that, taking it show by show is the way to go. Yo!

Speaking of Xiu Xiu, that could be the festival show that dial613 is most looking forward to. Which show(s) are you capital idealising?

dial613 reader's guide to Capital Idea!, pt. 1: days 3-6

Day 3 - Friday, June 22
The Walkmen with Relief Maps* and Acres*, at The Bronson Centre
-->The Walkmen - Louisiana
-->Relief Maps - Pattersickle
Doors 8PM, $25.

Day 4 - Saturday, June 23
The Wrens with The Darling Arms and Poorfolk*, at Babylon
-->The Wrens - Everyone Chooses Sides
-->Poorfolk - Demons
Doors 7PM, $18.

Day 5 - Sunday, June 24
Frog Eyes with Books On Books* and People For Audio, at Zaphod's
-->Frog Eyes - Achaean Press
-->Books On Books - One Page At A Time
Doors 8PM, $15.

Day 6 - Monday, June 25
Xiu Xiu with Fucked Corpse* and Chris Garneau, at Babylon
-->Xiu Xiu - I Luv The Valley
-->Chris Garneau - Not Nice
Doors 9PM, $15.

* denotes local act

note: keep in mind that the headlining act generally starts either 2 or 3 hours after doors.



see: Strings and Strokes

Friday night, local independent music label Death March Records and the Ottawa School Of Art are working together to bring you simultaneous sights and sounds at Babylon.

The evening is a fundraiser for the Ottawa School Of Art Bursary Program, which dial613 can only assume helps cover costs of the school's students, rather than those associated with buying dresses made of meat.
Local mythical creature Flecton, The Kettle Black, and also-local Army Of St. Joan hold down the role of 'strings' while over 20 visual artists take care of the 'strokes'.

There'll be an 'affordable' silent auction, too, if you're looking to take something home with you, and live artistic activities throughout the evening.
Tickets are $8 at the door, and as mentioned above, the money is going to support local independent arts, which seems like a worthy cause which means you'll be a good person. And good people are cool, man.

Summary: Friday, June 22, 9PM, Babylon. $8 at the door. Good people.



this week in Ottawa: 06.18.07 - 06.24.07

On Wednesday, the Capital Idea! Festival kicks off its 10-day party party with a show headlined by The Besnard Lakes.
Have you heard about it yet? It's a streak of shows from June 20-30 featuring some of the bigger/hotter/I'd-never-have-thought-they'd-come-through-town indie names around (Destroyer, Girl Talk, The Wrens), along with local talent peppered throughout (Books On Books, Relief Maps, Liar's Rosebush), being held at the usual venues around the city.

You can see a full line-up and set times here. Festival passes are $99 and guarantee entrance to every show (as long as you're punctual), and can be picked up here at your local independent record store and at each show.

A better look at the fest, and 'this week', will be up in the next little while.



this partweek in Ottawa: 06.13.07 - 06.17.07

Simply Saucer, circa when you were in diapers. (Kids' ones.)

If there's one show to be recommended this week, it's Simply Saucer, who sound kind of like a jangly 1970s Velvet Underground-era relaxed rock band. And that may or may not be a result of the fact that they actually are one; the band formed in 1973, and are still touring after releasing their latest album, Cyborgs Revisited, back in 2003. They were also once produced by Hull's Daniel Lanois, so ... so nothing, but just thought you'd like to know, ok? Jeez. But check out the mp3 below, you'll hear their influences instantly.

More of the past comes to town this week in the form of The Evens, featuring Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat). Though the band is fairly new, the bands that its members have been a part of cover off significant portions of the 80s and 90s.

On Friday, local punkrockers Fortycentfix are playing what will be the last of their almost 200 shows over the course of four years. Their myspace claims that, over the course of those shows, they've only performed 23 different songs. Which means that they only had about 69 different chords to memorize, so I bet they know them real well by now and they should sound pretty tight when they call it quits with other locals Smaller On You and Contrabandit.

Looking forward to any shows this week?

W 06.13
Rockets Fall with The City Above*, at Zaphod's

Th 06.14
The Evens, at Club Saw

F 06.15
Amanda Rheaume* (CD release), at Zaphod's
Elmer Ferrer Band, at Black Sheep Inn
Fortycentfix* (final show!) with Syracuse, A Dying Race, Smaller On You*, and Contrabandit*, at Maverick's
Lynne Hanson* with Red Wood Central and Brian Gladstone, at Irene's Pub
Simply Saucer, at Babylon
-->Simply Saucer - Bullet Proof Nothing (myspace)
Theodosios, at Avant-Garde Bar

Sa 06.16
The Bush Pilots* with Evil Farm Children* and The Faithful Few, at Zaphod's
Elmer Ferrer Band, at Black Sheep Inn
Jokko* @BBY
The Setbacks* with The G-Men* and The Bella Bombs*, at Café Dekcuf

Su 06.17
Jenn Grant* (cd release) with Tanya Davis and Sarah Hallman*, at Black Sheep Inn
-->Sarah Hallman - Snowballin' (website, myspace)

* denotes local act



this week in Ottawa: 06.04.07 - 06.10.07

You say party! I say where! You say your place! I say cool see you then! You say aiight! I say peace bro! Some guy says stop talking I'm trying to watch the movie!

We'll talk about Westfest in the next couple days, ok?
edit: Promise: broken. But look at the Westfest site yourself, the lineups are really really solid, and it's all completely free. That's right: Kathleen Edwards, The Golden Dogs, Camp Radio, and Jason Collett will play for you and you can just stroll right through the gate and up to the stage. It's a wonderfully hearty festival that probably has the best atmosphere of any held here in the city.. maybe because it's run by friendly, hard-working people who appear to be doing it for all the right reasons. And there's great support for local art, craft, speech, business, etc., including an all-local music line-up on Sunday headlined by Fiftymen.
If you'd like a general idea of what it'll be like, you can always take a look at the charmingly amateurish coverage of last year's edition, featured here and here.
Oh and hey, maybe that promise wasn't broken after all..?

And FYI, for all you now-defunct controller.controller fans: that band - lead singer nirmala = Lioness.

And also FYI, Nikola Sarcevic is the frontman of everybody's favourite band back in Grade 10ish, Millencolin.

And Yo Majesty, clever cute name!

And if you like to rock out with your socks out, you better go see Pride Tiger, Die Mannequin and locals Mighty Eagle Band. That's how that saying goes, right? Guess you could also just wear sandals somewhere loud or something too. But really this show will be total rock, man.

Ok, so what do you want to see this week?
What do you like to have out when you rock out?

M 06.04
The Bloodlines with Jacko*, Rebekah Higgs*, and Jon Epworth & The Improvements, at Zaphod's
Protest The Hero with All That Remains and Bless The Fall, at Capital Music Hall
Nikola Sarcevic with Raising The Fawn, at Café Dekcuf

Tu 06.05
The Clientele with Beach House and My Dad vs Yours*, at Babylon

W 06.06
The Coggs* with The Rude Dudes*, Hellbros*, and Raventamers*, at Zaphod's

Th 06.07
Eric Farr with James Farr and Simon Honeyman, at The Black Sheep Inn
Geronimo with Fire Heats Water, at End Hits

F 06.08
Melwood Cutlery, at Irene's Pub
The Flatliners with Ceremonial Snips, at End Hits
Shanneyganock with Westfest TamTam*, at Westfest
Woodpigeon with Entire Cities, Nich Worby, and Eastborough*, at Ecclesiax
Yo Majesty with Thunderheist, Lesbians On Ecstacy, and Jokers Of The Scene*, at Babylon
You Say Party! We Say Die! with Lioness, at Zaphod's

Sa 06.09
Bluestone* with Red Light Saints*, at Barrymore's
Kathleen Edwards* with Lily Frost, Jason Collett, Angela Desveaux*, The Golden Dogs, Andy Swan, Hunter Valentine, and more, at Westfest
Mouthus with Cousins Of Reggae, B'Italian, and Smoke Judo*, at End Hits
My Tiny Circus*, at Avant-Garde Bar
Pride Tiger with Die Mannequin and Mighty Eagle Band*, at Zaphod's
Nathan Wiley with Megan Hamilton and Stephanie Hardy, at The Black Sheep Inn

Su 06.10
Fiftymen* with Camp Radio*, Crowded Skies*, Eric Vieweg*, Mackenzie McBride*, The John Henrys*, Slo' Tom*, Jupiter Ray Project*, and more, at Westfest
Romi Mayes with John Evans (4pm), at The Black Sheep Inn

* denotes local act

No mp3s this week, bandwidth is maxed like your-grandma-who-loves-the-shopping-channel's credit card.