photos by Christopher Wilson

photos by Christopher Wilson

S is singer/guitarist Jenn Ghetto.

When I used to DJ at Veneto Lounge in Victoria, one of the bartenders, Katie, loved this group called Carissa’s Wierd. So much so, she made me download a record so i could play a song or two for her during the evening.

Carissa’s Wierd played their final show in Seattle at the Crocodile back in 2003. Two of the guys would leave to form Band of Horses. Then one of those guys would leave BOH to form Grand Archives. (their 2008 s/t is still a an all-time favourite of mine)

OK, rewind, back to Ms. Ghetto. Jenn Ghetto would also continue making music under the banner S. She is now putting out tunes on the Hardly Art label (a sub label of Sub Pop, Carissa’s Wierd’s old label).

Her forth record is called Cool Choices. A couple spins off this disc are great. “Vampires” is good, but “Brunch” is perfect.

S is on tour with The Thermals. No shows in Vancouver but a bunch in Seattle.

05.01.15 – Seattle, WA – Neumos %
05.13.15 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall # * +
05.14.15 – San Jose, CA – Cafe Stritch # * +
05.15.15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo # * +
05.16.15 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer # *
05.17.15 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar # *
05.22.15 – Seattle, WA – Barboza # *
05.23.15 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios # *
05.25.15 – George, WA – Sasquatch
06.27.15 – Seattle, WA – Repair Revolution
06.28.15 – Seattle, WA – Cha Cha
07.11.15 – Seattle, WA – West Seattle Music Fest

% – w/ Sera Cahoone, The Horde and the Harem
# – w/ Hutch & Kathy
* – S will be performing as a duo for these shows
+ – all-ages show

And let’s explore some Carissa’s Wierd.

Grand Archives

What the fuck, A-sides win right…. you know this one.

Go with yourself.

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One of the UK’s biggest arena modern rock bands, Kaiser Chiefs, are in Vancouver tonight for a show at The Commodore Ballroom.

The London-by-way-of-Leeds band is touring Canada. In the UK, the Kaiser Chiefs play 11,000 seat arenas. Last night in Victoria, it was the 600 person Distrikt, and tonight, it’ll be for about 1,000 on Granville. I think we’re in for a big production in a tight space.

The band’s fifth album is called Education, Education, Education & War. The record was a number 1 in England. Part of that could have been that the lead singer guy is a judge on the BBC The Voice.

The reviews aren’t stellar on the record. NME pointing out that founding member and drummer Nick Hodgson was a big part of writing the tunes and he left the group. They did circle the single “Coming Home” as a standout.

“I’m right into the Blur reunion, ’cause it’ll finish off the Kaiser Chiefs and put them to bed. There’s nothing worse than a shit Blur. And at least the original shit Blur are back to finish off all these other shit Blurs. I’m bang into the Blur reunion.” — Noel Gallagher, aka Nostradamus, 2009

Go with yourself.

Mystic Beach

Perfect Monday morning to hop a ferry over to Vancouver from the Island. Had an adventure filled time with Coral and the kids. We took a drive on Saturday out to Mystic Beach. April gives us perfect hiking weather in the Pacific North-West. Sunny, warm, but not hot.

Riding the bus to the skytrain I put up an old playlist. I used to make these mixes last summer called “Alternative to What?” Generally a mix of modern rocking, on the margins of mainstream, fun lists.

As the weather turns, I better get back into the habit of restocking the sonic cupboard with brighter tunes (and come to think of it…the Honda CRV’s infotainment thing is glitching and not reading our phones. I’ll have to fix that if we plan on road tripping).

Here is an older song, but a track that is getting some love on commercial modern rock in the US right now.

The LA based duo is called In The Valley Below. Echo Park, that’s LA right?

Folky, chill, but with a beat and pretty female vocals ping-ponging off a lazy southern Gentleman drawl.  The band is currently hustling. Playing radio festivals with other radio chart heatseekers. Like Waters? Nice. I like those guys too.


Finally…let’s talk about this bratty pop-punker… Unwed Teenage Mothers. From the Southern US. What is MS?  Mississippi? Maybe they’re from North Carolina?

Go with yourself.


Pennsylvania groovy hard rockers Crobot have announced a new single and an arena tour with Volbeat and Anthrax.

The new single off 2014’s debut record Something Supernatural is called “Full Moon Howl.”  Listening to this cut… I get a little bit of a desert boogy metal vibe. Think Fu Manchu or Corrosion of Conformity. The lead singer can start wailing like the dude in Wolfmother.

Staring near the end of April, Crobot will be in arenas with Volbeat and Anthrax. April 29th they’ll be at the WaMu Theatre in Seattle.

Go with yourself.

[New Rock Now] Former CFOX seeds winners Pigeon Park

Photo credit: Samantha Rozon

2013 CFOX Seeds winner Pigeon Park have been working on new music with producer GGGarth Richardson. The song is the first listen off their ep Stripes. Look for it on June 16th.

The song is a tightly produced, high sheen rock anthem. With a guitar solo? Here we go rock & roll!

Tell your friends about their Canadian tour.  I sees no Vancouver show. Sad taco emoticon.

Fri May 1st – The Palomino (Calgary, AB)
Sat May 2nd – Vangelis (Saskatoon, SK)
Sun May 3rd – WECC (Winnipeg, MB)
Thu May 7th – Club Absinthe (Hamilton, ON)
Fri May 8th – Moustache Club (Oshawa, ON)
Sat May 9th – The Hideout (Toronto, ON) – 11:00PM CMW showcase
Tue May 12th – Venue (Windsor, ON)
Thu May 14th – Bier Markt (Ottawa, ON)
Fri May 15th – E-Bar (Guelph, ON)
Sat May 16th – Kee To Bala w/ Big Wreck (Bala, ON)
Thu May 21st – McNally’s Tavern (Regina, SK)
Fri May 22nd – Rainmaker Festival (St Albert, AB)
Sat May 23rd – Better Than Fred’s (Grande Prairie, AB)
Sat Aug 1st – Rockin The Fields w/ The Tea Party, Moist (Minnedosa, MB)
Fri Aug 28th – CNE w/ Foghat (Toronto, ON)

Go with yourself.


Toronto based Fast Romantics are currently recording new music for a follow up to 2013 record Afterlife Blues (which I have floating around somewhere in my vinyl collection, Thanks Matt for that).

Fun, guitar driven pop-rock. Hit play, you’ll get it.

Go with yourself.

Fuzz rockers JEFF The Brotherhood released a music video for their Wasted on The Dream single “Black Cherry Pie.”

The video is an homage to the Hall & Oates video “She’s Gone.”

God damn that flute…. beautiful.

Go with yourself.


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