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June Shows in Toronto, more-or-less Zoilus-approved

May 31st, 2004

Here’s my biased local music guide to June. Shows/links will be added as they emerge. Check all info. Caveat emptor.

Tue. Jun 1 - Von Bondies, Death from Above: Opera House- $13.50
Wed. Jun 2 - Sexmachine feat. Glass Candy & the Shattered Theatre, controller.controller, Duchess Says, DJ Mikey Apples & more: Gladstone Hotel, $10
- Sixtoo Instore: Soundscapes, free
Thurs. Jun 3 - Sixtoo w/ P-Love: Lee’s Palace, $10, June 3.
ñ Parade of Noises feat. 700 schoolchildren, The Singing Saw Symphony, Kid Koala, The Kyoshi Nagata Ensemble & more: Chinguacousy Bandshell (Brampton), 7pm
ó Kevin Fox CD release: Music Gallery, 197 John St, $15
ó Twill Benefit feat. Claudia Dey, Final Fantasy, Harmony Trowbridge, John Southworth, Kill Unit, Lee Sheppard, Lindsey Zier-Vogel, ohbijou: C’est What, $10 (www.harmonytrowbridge.com )
Fri-Sun, Jun 4-Jun 6 ó Do Make Say Think with, variously, Singing Saw Shadow Show, Les Mouches, Slow Loris, surprise guests: The Music Gallery, $10/$12 each night
Fri Jun 4 ó Tangiers, Uncut: Horseshoe, $8
Sat-Sun, Jun 5-6 ó Track & Field, with the bits, 8 bit, kids on t.v., ninja high school, the hank collective, fox the boom box, the creeping nobodies, barmitzvah brothers, we’re marching onÖ, lenin i shumov, the barcelona pavilion, jonathan inc., the singing saw shadow show, great lake swimmers, rick & the stables, jason & the imaginaries, the hamilton electronic music and dodgeball team, the chestnuts and the trees, 3 ring circuits feat. jenny omnichord, bahai cassette, matias rozenberg, the phonemes, these are my beating heart, alight, tamara williamson, two minute miracles, les mouches, animal monster: Eden Mills, near Guelph, $10 (for both days)
Sat Jun 5 ó The Two Koreas (Toronto rock-crits rock), The Patients: The Silver Dollar
ó The Fire Theft, The Secret Machines, Mellowdrome: Mod Club, $17
ó James Brown with (ugh) Jacksoul, Molson Amphitheatre, $10-$75
ó The Zutons, El Mocambo, $10
ó The Wrens, Horseshoe, $10.50
Sun Jun 6 ó Wavelength 216 feat. Stop Die Resuscitate, Ghislain Poirier, vitasminsforyou + Montag, DJ cerebral itch: Sneaky Deeís, PWYC
Tues Jun 8 ó Hella, Need New Body: Rivoli, $10
Wed Jun 9 ó We Regazzi, Detachment Kit: Rivoli, $8
ó north by northeast presents DKT/MC5 (Wayne Kramer and Dennis Thompson w/ guest vocalists Mark Lanegan, Evan Dando, Mark Arm.) Phoenix, $22.50
Thurs Jun 10 ó NXNE feat. Sarah Harmer, Fembots, Ox: Lee’s Palace
ó NXNE feat. Laika & the Cosmonauts, The Remains of Brian Bordherdt, Ford Pier & TBA: Horseshoe
ó NXNE feat. Station Twang, Elliott Brood, Welcome Karma, Tele, Spitfires & Mayflowers: Cameron House
ó NXNE feat. Shawn Hewitt, Ozfrankie, Anjulie, Stiffed: 360
Fri Jun 11 ó NXNE feat. I Can Put My Arm Back On You Can’t, Kate Maki, Nathan Lawr & the Minotaurs, Despistado: Reverb
ó NXNE feat. The Waxwings, Volebeats, Denise James, Myracle Brah: Healeyís
Sat Jun 12 ó The Microphones, with Pipi “Woelv” Migou, Ninja High School: The Music Gallery, $8/$10
ó Hayden: Winter Garden Theatre, $32.50
ó Feist, The Organ: Mod Club Theatre, 720 College, $12.
ó Tangiers, Death From Above, controller.controller, Uncut: 99 Sudbury
ó The Silver Hearts perform Tom Waits’ Rain Dogs: Annex Theatre, 730 Bathurst, $15/$20
ó NXNE feat. CíMon, The Organ, Brass Munk, Waking Eyes: Horseshoe
ó NXNE feat. A Northern Chorus, Tangiers, Raising the Fawn: Healey’s (are Tangiers really playing two shows this night?)
ó Maza Meze: Cecil Community Centre, 58 Cecil $10; $20 w/ CD, ó Blow Up feat. The Sights: Lee’s Palace, $6
Sun Jun 13 ó Room 101 presents Open Cobra Vol. 1: An explanatory/participatory music event based on John Zorn’s Cobra: Drake Hotel, 7 pm sharp, $tba
ó Wavelength 217, feat. “Special Surprise Guest Headliner”, Absent Sound, Points to Victim, DJ Matt Blair: Sneaky Deeís, PWYC
Mon Jun 14 ó Sam Phillips w/ Priya Thomas: Lula Lounge, $15
Tues Jun 15 ó Matt Pond, PA: Mod Club
Wed Jun 16 ó The Republic of Safety (members of Barcelona Pavilion, Three Ring Circuits, Magnetars, etc.): Drake Hotel Wed. Jun 16
Wed Jun 16-Sat Jun 19 ó Hot Club of Cowtown: Top O’ The Senator, $20-25
Thurs Jun 17-Sat Jun 19 ó Current 93, Six Organs of Admittance, Simon Finn: Music Gallery, June 18-19 sold out. Tickets available for June 17 only: $45 from malogan@rogers.com
Thurs Jun 17 ó Julie Doiron, Aaron Booth: Rancho Relaxo
ó McLusky, Oceansize: Horseshoe, $9
ó kd lang: Roy Thomson Hall
ó Jay Farrar: Lee’s Palace, $13.50
Sat Jun 19 ó Fiery Furnaces, Spitfire & Mayflowers: Mod Club, $10
ó Angelique Kidjo, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., $20 adv/$25 door. 7pm.
ó Wavelength Zine Fundraiser II feat. Cuff the Duke, Ultra Magnus, Lullabye Arkestra, Ninja High School, DJ Denise Benson: Dovercourt House
ó Primus: Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front E., $39.50-$45.50.
Sun Jun 20 ó Wavelength 218 feat. Mach Tiver, People for Audio, Picnicboy, DJ Limoscene: Sneaky Deeís, PWYC
ó PJ Harvey Tribute feat. Gentleman Reg, Aidan Baker, Jonathan Seet, Brilliant Fish, A Deadly Waltz, Trucks Leaving, The Guest Bedroom, Lee Walker & more: Holy Joe’s, $3
Mon Jun 21 ó Ted Leo & the Pharmacists: Horseshoe, $10
ó Christina Aguilera w/ Chingy: Molson Amphitheatre, $25-$69.50
Mon Jun 21-Wed Jun 23ó Jonathan Richman, Jesse DeNatale: Lula Lounge, $15/night
Wed Jun 23 ó The Arcade Fire: Lee’s Palace, $8
ó Wax Mannequin, Lake Holiday, Dan Gorman : The Rivoli
ó Oscar Peterson w/ The Oliver Jones Trio, $30-$150
Thurs Jun 24 ó John Vanderslice, Pedro the Lion: Horseshoe, $11
ó Suicide Girls Burlesque: Lee’s Palace, $10
ó The Bicycles, Fox The Boombox, a performance of “London Calling” on ukuleles & tba: Rancho Relaxo
Thurs Jun 24-Sun Jun 27 ó Habana Sax: Lula Lounge, $25/$30 per night
Fri Jun 25-July 4: Downtown Jazz Festival (picks to come)
Fri Jun 25 ó Mum: Horseshoe, $15
ó Starviní Hungry: Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St West
ó The Streets: Mod Club
ó ìShameî Vazaleen (with Nena Hagen, rumour has it!): Lee’s Palace
Sat Jun 26 ó Cahoots Summer Youth Theatre Projects Benefit with Sea Snakes, Phonemes, Final Fantasy (Owen of Hidden Cameras/Les Mouches on solo violin): The Theatre Centre, $8
Sun Jun 27 ó Wavelength 219 feat. Pony da Look, Masia One, TV Mike, DJ d-rex: Sneaky Deeís, pwyc
ó Ray Condo Memorial event: Horseshoe
Mon Jun 28 ó Death from Above, The Fever: Horseshoe, $8
Tue Jun 29 ó Iron & Wine: Horseshoe, $10
Wed Jun 30 ó TIN TIN TIN (lineup TBA): Drake Underground, 9 pm doors, pwyc
ó Nellie McKay, Lee’s Palace, $15.50

Not in June but important to know:
Fri July 2 ó The Magnetic Fields, Trinity-St Paul’s, 427 Bloor St. West, $25

(Thanks to Eye and 20hz for compiling raw info.)

So Long, and Thanks For All The Music

May 31st, 2004

It isn’t ironic, but sad and a bit eerie, that one of my last posts before my vacation was about Elvin Jones, and then he died while we were on hiatus. This morning, albeit a week late, the Globe ran this fine obituary for him, taken from The Guardian. But I do wish we would write our own obituaries more often for non-Canadian luminaries, rather than relying on the British and American newswires - I’m sure our jazz critic Mark Miller could have done a superb job.

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The Irony Board

May 31st, 2004

I was scanning Toronto-area blogs for news of whether the smoking-in-bars ban goes into effect actually, literally, at midnight tonight (it seems it does - I will be ringing in the New Prohibition with friends at Pimblett’s on Gerrard St. just west of Parliament, after 9 pm tonight, by the way). And in the process, I stumbled on a little gem of a discussion about one of the great bugaboos of our time, Alanis Morissette’s Ironic and whether anything listed in the song actually constitutes irony, properly speaking. (See lyrics.)

Thanks to our name, any and all issues of classical rhetorical form in pop music demand to be addressed on Zoilus. Besides, since the shower of foolishness on the subject after 9/11, defending the vitality and relevance of irony has become mandatory, and the Morissette mewl was, sadly enough, the most prominent recent showcase of the term.

The consensus? There’s nothing ironic about rain on your wedding day (unless, say, you held your wedding in the Kalahari desert deliberately to avoid the possibility of rain) but there might be a mild form of situational irony signified by a black fly in your Chardonnay.

One poster, by the puppy-dog adorable handle of Rilkefan, cites Fowler’s Modern English Usage: ” ‘Irony is a form of utterance that postulates a double audience, consisting of one party that hearing shall hear and shall not understand, and another party that, when more is meant than meets the ear, is aware, both of that ìmoreî and of the outsiderís incomprehension.’

“He goes on to list three main categories of irony: Socratic irony (Socrates pretends ignorance to manipulate the dogmatists and to amuse his followers), dramatic irony (the point being that Sophoclesís audience knew the story already), and irony of fate (the idea being that most people ignorantly expect an orderly or a cooperative natural world but we the clued in donít). He says itís important not to apply ‘irony of fate’ to every ‘trivial oddity’ - which rules out the wedding day example in my book.”

But be warned, a later poster, less adorably, goes on: “Since any action situation involves a framework of meaning, I donít see why the notion of irony should be confined to the discursive level. However, I donít know that there can exactly be criteria for irony, since irony is itself a subversion of criterial meaning. Clearly it involves an unthematized meta-level commentary on an ‘object-level’ meaning or intention, in such a way as to bring out the surplus in signifying possibilities. It is related to but differs from straight negation, involving something like a simultaneous negation and reinscription of an affirmation. ”

Read on if you dare, here and here.

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Berlin Notebook: No, Really, I Am Back

May 30th, 2004

As previously mentioned and as Aaron perhaps slightly prematurely announced (to some of his readers’ irritation, due to my admittedly negligent error of not being Leslie Feist), I am back. Took me a few days to get my North America legs again, after a few weeks in Europe. Now I will try to be, um, more back.

Much to catch up on. What did I catch in Europe - not the cold I’m still shaking, but musically? [...]

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The Conspiracy Widens

May 28th, 2004

Hi. This is me, finally back. We won’t dwell on Mr. In-Between, at least for the moment. First order of business: In case you’ve never been to my Tin Tin Tin series, you’ve probably been going mad with curiosity about what the between-sets music by the Global Pop Conspiracy is like. Jules, who filled in for her comrade Kevin for the first time at this week’s T.T.T., contributes a rough set list:

Blessed State - Wire
Good Side - This Heat
Alo Mi Alo - Orlando Julius & the Afro Sounders
Ether - Gang of Four
Ceremony - Xiu Xiu
Cold Bear - The Gaturs
Horns of a Rabbit - Do Make Say Think
Get Down - Curtis Mayfield
Beats Prepare for Torture - Pixeltan
Dancing Time - Funkees
So Then - Headman
Sunny Nights - Ui
Pardon My Freedom - !!!
Pablo Picasso - The Modern Lovers
Everyday I Die - Gary Numan
Dot/Eyes - Tortoise
Dance - Suicide
Flex Your… - The They Thems
Without Your Homeboys - Tupac
Faking the Books - Lali Puna
Is That Alright FYUZ - Add N to X
Don’t Stop - Tussle
Ca Viewing - Erase Errata
Dad, There’s A Little Phrase… - Outhud
Yeah (stupid mix) - LCD Soundsystem

Good, nu?

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It’s Tonight

May 26th, 2004

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Zoilus on Semi-fff

May 4th, 2004

Apologies for the scant posts of late - I’ve been busy getting ready for today, when I’m flying off (in two hours!) to Prague and then Berlin. I’ll try to post musical notes from abroad sometime during the next few weeks, as well as news about Tin Tin Tin but updates will be scant, I suspect. See you in late May.

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Zoilus on Semi-sss

May 4th, 2004

Apologies for the scant posts of late - I’ve been busy getting ready for today, when I’m flying off (in two hours!) to Prague and then Berlin. I’ll try to post musical notes from abroad sometime during the next few weeks, as well as news about Tin Tin Tin but updates will be scant, I suspect. See you in late May.

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Zoilus on Semi-Hiatus

May 4th, 2004

Apologies for the scant posts of late - I’ve been busy getting ready for today, when I’m flying off (in two hours!) to Prague and then Berlin. I’ll try to post musical notes from abroad sometime during the next few weeks, as well as news about Tin Tin Tin but updates will be scant, I suspect. See you in late May.

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Tin Tin Tin Preview

May 4th, 2004

The next Tin Tin Tin, our half-and-half Fela Kuti tribute and Other Stuff, is shaping up. More details later in the month but here are the prospective happenings. Nothing is 100 per cent yet (Aaron Riches in particular is yet to confirm). But just so you know:

TIN TIN TIN
Live mix-and-match music monthly
by carl wilson
This month: “IN THE SPIRIT OF FELA KUTI”
WED MAY 26 2004, doors 8:30
The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. West

WITH: SHAWN HEWITT and MEMBERS OF GUITARKESTRA AND ULTRA MAGNUS; a project by JOSH from TANGIERS; [possibly AARON RICHES (ROYAL CITY) WITH ARAB AND KLEZMER MUSICIANS]; and MYK (SAINT DIRT) FREEDMAN’S SHITTY KEYBOARD COLLECTIVE with Eric Chenoux, Ryan Driver, Josh Thorpe, Kai Koschmider, Tania Gill, Victor Bateman, Doug Tielli, Michael Morse, Evan Shaw, Joe Sorbara, Rob Clutton, Martin Arnold and from the USA, Becca Stevens, Tony Greberwich, Ben Greenberg, Liam Robinson.

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