Vancouver Music: October 2017

  • Jasper Sloan Yip – “The Day Passed and the Sun Went Down”, from his upcoming third full-length record Post Meridiem, to be released on October 27th on Afterlife Music. The album release show is at the Wise Hall on October 5th.

John Stetch & Vulneraville CD Release – John is an Edmonton boy, schooled in Montreal and based out of New York for years and years. He’s moved to Vancouver and we’re lucky to have him. Creative, virtuosic, and funny. This will be a great show. October 19 at Frankie’s Jazz Club ($25)

 

 

October’s Favourite Technology Stories – 2017

“Muted” Reaction to new iPhones
A common problem for successful tech companies: keeping customers buying products when they are happy with what they have. Apple makes great hardware and seem to be trying to keep people on the purchase treadmill through planned obsolescence. My iPad 1 and iPad 2 are still both very healthy physically, but run slower and slower with each update and I will soon be unable to install new apps or update the existing ones. My iPhones are the same, and my MacBook Pro too. My solution: move to Android devices and back to Windows for laptop. There is a problem when an economic system rewards companies for acting in this fashion.

TC Electronic Quintessence Harmonizer
This company keeps coming up with great designs, this is no exception. I am very cautious about buying their pedals, however, as I believe build quality to be low. I have had a number of their pedals begin to introduce noise into my signal chain after about a year or so of use.

Vancouver Music: September 2017

New releases, upcoming shows, and sounds that caught my ear.

  • Jasper Sloan Yip – “The Day Passed and the Sun Went Down”, from his upcoming third full-length record Post Meridiem, to be released on October 27th on Afterlife Music. The album release show is at the Wise Hall on October 5th.

Media-September 2017

Things that have caught my eyes, ears, and mind this month, for whatever reason.

Polaris Awards
This pretty much sums up Canadian music to me. Diverse, challenging, and interesting, it is always worth checking out the list of nominees for hidden gems. My favourite find right now: Weaves

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Some people question the “comeback”. This is another great album, what else matters?

Whitehorse – Panther in the Doll
Consistently great releases. Roots rock with fantastic tones and vocals.

Tinariwen – Elwan
World beats with crunchy guitar. Hypnotic.

Medium: “The Success Bloggers Are Selling You Bullshit.” by Jon Westenberg. I like Medium – thought provoking articles, many that I disagree with. Thus one hits the mark.

September’s Favourite Technology – 2017

Here’s some of the technology that has caught my eye this month.

Boss Angry Driver Pedal:
2 very popular pedals combined in a very clever and flexible way. I have more gain pedals than I can use, but it is the kind of thing that you can’t get too much of.

Jam Pedals LucyDreamer Supreme:
Multi-purpose (boost and drive) plus you can hook up an expression pedal and use this thing as a master volume too. That’s what attracts me – I am tired of having to fix volume pedals and want to get rid of physical circuits that inevitably wear out (and cause disturbing noises as they do).

New iPhones! New iOS Versions!:
This now interests me only as an outsider looking in and wondering why people still buy the hype. The Apple ecology wore thin on me a couple of years ago. The hardware is better but the proprietary and monopolist nature of the environment makes me feel too boxed in as a user. I can’t ignore that world as a mobile developer, but am happy to not have to embrace it as a user.