Wednesday, September 20, 2006

For the boys and girls

Where was I? Don't even ask.

Lana is busy with school. She is also looking for a job, so if you know anyone who wants to hire a pretty girl to file her nails (and maybe do some music marketing and promotion on the side) get in touch.

Stuart is busy with being busy. Actually, Stuart is busy fronting an indie-rock band we've just signed to Unfamiliar Records. They're called The Two Koreas, and you will be able to get their second album from us starting in early November. This is exciting news, as it pushes us one step further towards the ultimate goal of this site: to somehow socially engineer a Pitchfork reviewer into reviewing his own album. Our mandate was outlined in secret, so don't bother searching the archives.


NO FORMAT presents


@ Sneaky Dee's (Toronto, Canada)

From Brooklyn, New York, this is Harlem Shakes' first time in Toronto. They've already ripped it up in Montreal, and are playing consistently sold out shows in their home town. Now we get to see what it's all about. Indie pop in the vein of The Magnetic Fields, you could also compare them to contemporaries The Spinto Band and Oh No! Oh My!. This is great hook-driven music.

With their first album released least year on Global Symphonic (home to the wonderful Sunset Rubdown), Vancouver's The Book Of Lists bring jangly '60s guitars to bare against walls of distortion and the distinctive vocals of Chris Frey (ex-Radio Berlin). I saw these guys (and girl) play their first shows in Vancouver a few years ago, and have wanted to bring them to Toronto ever since moving back.

Say thanks to Pop Montreal for giving these bands the perfect excuse for a run across the country -- or across the border.

Local guests to be announced. We will have some sort of DJ type person playing between sets.

(I enjoy writing shit like this about as much as I enjoy writing press releases).


NO FORMAT is starting our new weekly in Toronto on the second week of October. We have the location, and we'll announce it soon.

The idea is to somehow - magically - try and move away from the standard indie-rock-new-wave-post-punk-electro or disco-techno-electro format just about everyone has been following for far too long. So we're gonna play nothing but bhangra and zydeco. Oh, and Prince. Lots of Prince. And Madonna for Lana.

As an ammendment to this: if you're in Toronto, go hang out at The Beaver on Queen West and listen to Mikey and Jaime play music every Thursday night. They have the fresh shit, and are keeping it real. Fuck the posers -- serious.


So in the spirit of different, here is some early '80s post-punk for you. OK, not so different (but definitely obscure), Blue Orchids pioneered an interesting mix of Hammond organ, guitar, and off-kilter vocal stylings. Formed by ex-Fall members Martin Bramah and Una Baines, they succeeded in releasing just one album and a series of EPs before disbanding in the early '90s. A few compilations of their work also exist.

One has to wonder if Inspiral Carpets were paying attention to these guys. (And no, I didn't read the Allmusic write-up before putting this together).

Blue Orchids - Agents Of Chance
Blue Orchids - The House That Faded Out


Blue to pink. Ex-Big In Japan's Jayne Casey formed Pink Military in 1978, and had a pretty good run, moving from a traditional post-punk sound, to something more experimental and electronic. Their music is very hard to track down, and if anyone can find a copy of "Is This The End?" I'd love to get it. "Blood and Lipstick" is almost proto-Glass Candy in it's sound, for those in search of modern references.

Pink Military - Blood And Lipstick
Pink Military - Degenerated Man
Pink Military - I Cry


Tony and Angela: thank you for the emails.