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((( ABOUT THE BANDCOUVER SHOW! )))
* Bandcouver is a weekly local, live, original music radio show which features independently produced music from Vancouver, BC, Canada,
and a few favourites from elsewhere.
Hosted and put together by Mark Bignell.
Bandcouver tells you where the acts are playing, airs their music and even, on occasion, has them in to play
"live and direct from the Co-op Radio studios!"
* Bandcouver has been feeding the indie music starved airwaves for 13 years!" *
Airing independent music that carves its own path.
It's heard Thursdays from 2:30-4pm PDT
live on CFRO Co-op Radio 102.7 FM or live and podcasted online in ((( stereo! )))
Co-op Radio CFRO 102.7 FM in Vancouver, BC, Canada,
is a listener-sponsered, volunteer run, community-minded, non-commercial radio station.
The Bandcouver premise is very simple: If we like your music, we play you.
We do have a habit of jumping around stylistically.
Playing just one form of music isn't what we're about.
((( HELP KEEP BANDCOUVER ON THE AIR )))
For as little as $10 a year, you can keep a much-needed source for independent music on the air.
If you love what you hear on bandcouver
and want to offer your financial support
to keep a unique, commercial-free, and eclectic brand of independent music on the air,
drop in for a visit at Co-op' Radio at Suite 110-360 Columbia street,
or the website, ( listed above ), or call during regular business hours Noon-5pm Monday-Wednesday @ 604-684-8494,
during the show: 2:30-4pm on Thursdays at 102.7 FM.
Be sure to be specific that your support's going towards Bandcouver.
Radio Bandcouver is listed under Resources at: LIVEVAN.COM
Bandcouver also has:
* A You Tube page.
* A ((( Bandcouver Playlist Station )))
* A Bandcouver Facebook page!
* A Bandcouver Twitter page! which is synched with the Bandcouver 'Facebook" page!
Not that we like tooting our own horn,
,but, Radio Bandcouver is a 2 time winner of The Westender newspaper's
Best Local Radio Show Award.
It is also the very radio show that The Pack
( The Pack AD ) and Mother ( Mother Mother ) first announced their name changes.
We've also aired acts like: Mother Mother, Rich Hope, Dan Mangan and Danny Echo years before commercial radio did.
We also play more than one song by such artists as Bend Sinister and Adeline.
We also play some fabulous acts that are rarely played or not played at all on the commercial stations like: Parlour Steps, Analog Bell Service, Wax Mannequin, St. Vincent, Bocephus King, The Bughouse 5, The SSRI's, Debra Jean & the Means, Blackberry Wood, The Pack AD, Jessica Beach, Olenka, Aunts & Uncles, The Modelos, Great Aunt Ida, Waltz Darling, Gorgol Bordello, David P. Smith, The Strange Magic, The Racoons, Minimalist Jug Band, Corbin Murdoch, Petunia, Divine Comedy, Ford Pier, The Manvils, Mongoose, The Pointed Sticks, No Means No, Delta Spirit, Art Bergmann, Blank Cinema, Fuzzcat, The Dreadnoughts, Dark Blue World, The Sadies, Unreliable Narrator, The Fugitives and Veda Hille to name a scant few.
Reveiw of The Victory Square Music Fest
Happy, Small Victories
Victory Square Music Fest Saturday, August 14, 2010
by Mark Bignell
Judging by the sweltering heat, the lack of an awning for the bandshell due to an
unfortunate oversight, the late start, and the small turn out at the
beginning, our first Victory Square Music fest looked to be write off at first.
But, the bands grinned and bared the heat, gave fantastic performances and a
decent crowd formed later. Mention must go out to Don Larson of Crab
Water For Life Society, who managed to secure a small budget, ( tiny by any
other festival's standards ), from The Arts Council of Vancouver, Caroline
form Ray-Cam Community Centre who helped keep things in order with
water and oranges for the bands and all who needed them. Cindy at IMU
Productions for creating and printing the posters and handbills for the show,
CiTR for producing the radio promo, and the sound people: Craig and Martin from JMS Audio, who build and run the best sounding outdoor PA's I've ever heard.
August in Vancouver usually means residents are on vacation, the heat scaring
people away and the usual apathy towards original local acts, even though
the 3 bands who performed this day, ( Waltz Darling, The Van Eyes 3 and
Parlour Steps ), were more than proof enough that our local/independent music scene, ( as small as it is ), is more than worthy of anybody's attention.
Waltz Darling kicked off the show with their funky Eastern Block Rock.
Definitely not a band hopping on a populist band-wagon with lightweight riffs and meaningless lyrics.
Their lyrics can be quite dark with stories of unrequited
love, bizarre obsessions that refuse to fade even after death, and the
declaration of "not enough joy" in the world to lighten the proceedings up
again. But don't let that scare you away. Waltz Darling also lay down
some of the funkiest bass and guitar riffs ever offered to a more rock-based genre.
If you like Gogol Bordello, Talking Heads, The Clash and Nick Cave, Waltz Darling finely compliments these acts.
They also get their message across without overwhelming volume.
Not that I don't like overwhelming volume at the best of times.
I can say that for all 3 bands that played this hot August afternoon.
Waltz Darling are even known to partake in a cover of some of these bands, as
they did with Talking Heads' "Sugar On My Tongue".
Atila Breti is a charismatic frontman as he sways, jumps, points, gestures and
occasionally straps on a guitar to fill out the rythum section. Rich Katynski
keeps a tight groove down on the bass, quite often opening the songs with
his highly skilled riffs and runs. Robert Medic quite fittingly compliments
with his economical guitar phrases. Not flashy ,but, an essential
part of the songs, adding atmosphere to Atila's sonic pictures.
Micheal Nathanson is easily one of the best drummers in Vancouver.
Knowing when to bring in an exhilarating barrage and when to sit back
and keep a solid, steady groove.
They have a new CD out now called: "Songs From Different Time & Places".
It's well worth your hard-earned coin. Find out more about this unique band
The next act featured one of an unfortunately dying breed of boogie-woogie piano
players in Vancouver. The Van Eyes 3 features a master of keyboard:
Michael Van Eyes.
A longtime veteran of the Vancouver music scene.
The mind-bogling skill he possess is a thing of beauty.
He makes it look effortless as he glides through such rock and roll chestnuts
as Eddie Cochrane's :20 Flight Rock" and Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me".
Ian Tiles on drums is not to be ignored, as he is an integral part of Punk-Rock
legends The Pointed Sticks, just back from a successful Japanese tour.
He's also quick with quip, taking a few good-hearted shots at Micheal like:
"Well usually at this time ,( 3pm ), Micheal's usually having his siesta." ,
"C'mon Michael, play harder. No, not louder, harder! "
and when Michael asked the audience what kind of a song they wanted to hear,
Ian chimed in with: " Micheal, you should know what to play. Don't ask them."
To round out the trio, Ron Scott filled out the sound with some tasty rockabilly-
inspired riffs on his very Jazz-master/Jaguar-looking Danelectro guitar.
He's been around too.
So this trio knows how to entertain, including a parody of a song The Rolling
Stones covered early in their career: "Time Is On My Side".
Ian reminds Michael that: "No. It's Time AIN'T on my side. No it ain't."
The Van Eyes 3 provided a fitting bridge between Waltz Darling and the headliners:
Parlour Steps are a band very deserving of the attention they're getting recently.
The 5 piece recently showcased at such important events as South By Southwest
and are scheduled to play Bumbershoot in Seattle this year and are getting
notice from one of the 2 new commercial radio stations in Vancouver, The Peak.
But, anyone in the know in Vancouver is aware that shows like Radio
Bandcouver on Co-op radio, have been airing Parlour Steps' music for
the better part of a decade.
They proved once again, they're one of Vancouver's most original bands.
A sound that would fit snugly between XTC and Arcade Fire.
But without fear of exploring quieter, more acoustic settings, much like XTC did.
They've been through many a swapping of group members, finally setting on
their current 5 piece of Rees Haynes on lead guitar, Rob Linton on drums,
Julie Bavalis on bass and Alison Maira on keyboards, helping mainstay,
Caleb Stull, flesh out his ideas.
Caleb has transformed from a rather reluctant leader, to a more humourous
and whacky one onstage.
At one time, having fun with the fact, the sun was
frying his electric guitar and throwing out its tuning...or was it.
Alison is a wise choice for the band, contributing some imaginative keyboard
melodies and timely squacks, which provided entralling interplay with Rees's
intricate guitar argeggios, swells and runs.
Alison's also a fine back up vocalist, picking things up with bassist Julie on the "da da da's" on "Ring That Bell".
Julie provides a simple, no-nonsense base for the songs that wouldn't
be quite the same without her subtle contribution.
Drummer Rob Linton is a study in knowing when to be aggressive
and when to be skillful.
He never overwhelms the band. His jazzy ,but, not too jazzy
backbeat is an extremely effective and a vital ingredient to The Parlour
The highlight of their set was the stretching out at the closing of "Yesterday's
Tomorrow" from their latest: "The Hidden Names".
The false stops and starts lightened the mood of a well-written, melancholy tune.
Caleb's yelp of "Oooo. Stop Me!" capped off a fine set.
This first Victory Square Fest was a fest of happy, small victories indeed.
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(((( REGULAR EVENTS: ))))
Weekly Live Music Events In Our Fair Vantown:
( pictured above: the corner of Hastings and Columbia in the late 50's
Photo by: Fred Herzog from his exhibit of Vancouver's past.
More early Vantown photos in my slide show, upper right hand corner. )
***FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH!***
((( Hard Rock Miners Singalong! )))
at: The Railway Club ( 579 Dunsmuir, upstairs, at Seymour )
The songbooks are passed along and everybody
sings at the top of their jovial lungs!
***SECOND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH:***
((( Acoustic FUZZCAT Presents: )))
Vantown's own Ska / Funksters, FUZZCAT, present
an acoustic version of themselves, plus:
special musical guests each month
at the Railway Club
( 579 Dunsmuir, upstairs, just off Seymour )
***3rd MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH:***
Featuring Vantown's foremost instrumental, and occasionally vocal, combo
along with special guests each week!
At: The Railway Club
SANDY BONE & DOUBLE 'D' offering some down to earth Roots wonders!
At The PRINCETON PUB ( Corner of Powell and Victoria )
SUPER ROBERTSON'S SUPPER SHOW
A suprising mixture of different local characters!
Now in its 3rd year at THE RAILWAY CLUB!
*** 3rd WEDNESDAY of each month:***
3 Chord Rebel Wednesdays @ The Railway Club
( 579 Dunsmuir, just off Seymour )
((( THURSDAYS! )))
Craig and friends @ CafeMontmartre
(Main @ East 28th Avenue) 8:30pm start!
***3rd THURSDAY, EACH MONTH:***
TWO STEP THURSDAYS with: RICH HOPE & THE BLUE RICH RANGERS at The Railway Club!
( 579 Dunsmuir, upstairs, just off Seymour )
((( EVERY THURSDAY: )))
Steve Kozak's Thursday Night Blues Party & All-Star Jam Session
The best Blues jam in town at Vancouver's Home of The Blues: The Yale
***THE RAILWAY CLUB ROOTS JAM EVERY SATURDAY 4:30-8pm!***
With rotating hosts: Joe Rotundo, Jimy Now & Jimmy Roy!
***FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH:***
The eclectic Gypsy-Jazz-Ragtime-Rap of:
BLACKBERRY WOOD! at Cafe Duex Soliels
( Commercial Drive at 5th Avenue )
The beautiful Crab Park at Portside. Let's keep it ours!
"KEEP PORT LANDS IN PUBLIC HANDS"
Crab Park at Portside, located at the foot of Main Street, just west of the blue overpass, ( where we hold the annual July 1st Festival ),
is the last piece of undeveloped 'public' waterfront land in Vancouver.
A private company wants to build a stadium/entertainmant facility
in its vacinity without the people's approval.
This will severely compromise the park's natural beauty
and destroy the immediate neighbourhood.
We want the land to remain in the hands of the public,
and continue to be available for the benefit
and enjoyment of all citizens.
This is 'public' land, not private as the some in the media have mislead you to believe.
'Public' land shouldn't be developed without the public's input.
This is your park. Let's keep it that way.
You can learn more about the park and what it's about here, here, and here, and offer your support to keep a much-needed waterfront greenspace intact: here.
Heroes.. .. ..
- Nov 14, 2009 1:07 AM Nikola of Capade and more new tunes!...November 12, 2009
- Nov 6, 2009 8:09 PM Caleb Stull's In Da House...November 5, 2009
- Oct 30, 2009 1:14 AM You Can Still Support Bandcouver By Phoneor Online...Oct. 28, 2009
- Oct 25, 2009 1:06 AM What Made It To air...Oct. 22 2009
- Oct 19, 2009 2:03 AM After An Eventful Weekend, The Playlist Thurs., Oct. 15, 2009
BANDCOUVER has 2015 friends.
- IMU Productions
- Lillian van Weelden
- Three Chord Rebel Produ…
- Blackberry wood
- Skinny Magazine
- st. vincent
- The Divine Comedy
- FLEET FOXES
- The Sadies
- GOGOL BORDELLO
- Art Bergmann
- Wax Mannequin
- THE PACK A.D.
- Carolyn Mark
- Jessica Beach Music
- Sarah MacDougall
- Parlour Steps
- MOTHER MOTHER
- Analog Bell Service
- The Dreadnoughts
- Circus In Flames
- Waltz Darling
- Bocephus King
- Hey Ocean!
- The Bughouse 5
- Dan Mangan
- LOS FURIOS
- Like Animals Again
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((( BANDCOUVER! )))
Run by 1 person who does the work of 10!
* Mark Bignell is the host/producer/researcher/compiler/programmer/poster demon/promoter/talent scout out in the live music venues
operator of 2 mixing boards:
the regular programming one
and the completely different beast for which to mix live acts!
* Arseniy Vodopyanov, whose is unfortunately not able to participate in the show for the time being, has been the co-host/co-producer/co-researcher/co-compiler/co-programmer and
operator and co-talent scout of the net!
Bandcouver is a friend of:
New Music Label
Where Singers, Musicians and Artists meet Record Labels,
Music Managers and Scouts.
New Music Label is a one-stop solution for seeking,
finding, and managing all types of Music careers.
Bandcouver's New Music Label Profile can be visited here.
*** CONTACTING BANDCOUVER": ***
* On-Air Line: 604-684-7561 Thursdays 2:30-4pm PDT
* E-mail: email@example.com
* Mailing Address: Radio Bandcouver
Co-op Radio 102.7 FM
Suite 110 360 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
FIND INDEPENDENT AND COLLECTABLE MUSIC RELEASES HERE:
* Zulu Records
* Red Cat Records
* Scratch Records
* Neptoon Records
WHERE MUSICIANS FIND THEIR GEAR:
* BONERATTLE MUSIC
((( WHERE TO HEAR LOCAL / INDEPENDENT MUSIC ))))
Other Shows On Co-op Radio 102.7 FM, Which Include Independent Music
In Their Programming:
*She-Boom! ( formerly Blue Monday )
*Main & Hastings
Every other Monday 4-5pm
*Fruit Salad / The Lesbian Show
*Front Row Centre
*Into The Pit
Also visit the other 2 stations who got this
independent musical revolution started in the first place:
CiTR 101.9 FM
CJSF 90.1 FM
CBC Radio 3
Shore 104.1 FM
The Peak 100.5 FM
* I, Mark Bignell, work with local music believers:
IMU Productions, and Three Chord Rebel Productions,
perform the odd corporate DJ duties with Swan Sound,
have written articles for The Skinny Magazine and The Columbia Journal,
operate/host for other shows at Co-op radio:
"Main & Hastings"-alternating Mondays 4-5pm
"Broken Records"-third Wednesday of every month
"Metis Matters"-Wednesdays 5-6pm
Crab Park Festival ( July 1st, 1-4pm, at the North foot of Main Street )
* My co-hort, Arseniy Vodopyanov, is an independent filmmaker, photographer and supports acts that truly inspire him!
Arseniy has a page displaying some of his work.
Thanks to JMS Audio, IMU Productions, Three Chord Rebel Productions, Turner Music, Stuart Derdeyn, the acts who come by and play live, and you for your input and financial support!
Who I'd like to meet:Music fans.
- Status: Swinger
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Vangoober
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 5' 8" / Slim / Slender
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Religion: Agnostic
- Zodiac Sign: Taurus
- Children: Love kids, but not for me
- Education: Grad / professional school
- Occupation: Music Promoter , Column Writer, DJ, Labourer