There is a lot of great music being produced here in our city.
We have had one song, which will be in this Sunday’s episode (“edmontonia”) playing on repeat for the last couple of weeks. It’s called “Connecting Flight,” by Souvs, and it’s fantastic.
Take a listen:
One of my other new favourites (among the dozens of songs I now love) is “Birds” by The Fight. I am anticipating their new album.
And we have raided the Old Ugly album collection. Because Old Ugly is an Edmonton gem.
If you only see one Edmonton hip-hop or rap show this month, make it tonight at Wunderbar.
The Old Ugly Recording Co.’s The Joe, Mikey Maybe, Mitchmatic, and Teddy Holtby are going to play the same bill. All of them! I predict a busier than usual Wednesday night at Edmonton’s premiere beer location.
Old Ugly rap has been one of my gateways to the hip-hop world. I wasn’t a fan of the genre a couple of years ago (mostly through a lack of listening), but through this website I’ve been exposed to a lot (A LOT) of new music and Old Ugly rappers like The Joe have been blowing my mind grapes since.
I’m not kidding. Get there. Be there.
Are you there yet?
Why, funny you should ask. That’s Old Ugly Recording Co.’s Tyler Butler, who is releasing his new CD, “Winter King,” at Wunderbar tonight, along with Saskatoon’s Zachary Lucky, our old friend Caity Fisher, and DoT.
I have been listening to Monsieur Butler’s new record on Bandcamp all morning and it’s pretty sweet. This is a deeply newsworthy fact, because no big deal, but I’m basically a music-listening genius, FYI. Listen for yourself below.
Anyway, show starts tonight at 8:30. Because those Old Ugly kids are nothing if not respectful of the fact that we’ve all gotta be somewhere in the morning.
Look at tonight:
- Caity Fisher is bringing her lovely voice to Leva Cappucino Bar, as part of the Old Ugly Concert Series (which is on Thursdays!) – and then Old Ugly takes over Wunderbar and Brixx.
- Jenn Grant is at the Pawn Shop
- Stereos are at the Edmonton Event Centre (we hear the kids like their Stereos)
- And Big Hank Lionheart and a Fist Full of Blues are at Blues on Whyte
That is among the other concerts and performances I did not mention.
Buckle up for Thursday night shows.
Also today, and running through Saturday, is a new The Fashion Event – because you love fashion!
(At the Best Western Westwood Inn.)
*Ahem*: From the desk of Old Ugly:
OLD UGLY, Leva Cappucino Bar, and CJSR 88.5 FM bring you
THE OLD UGLY 2011 CONCERT SERIES!!!!
Every Thursday at 8pm you can catch a different OLD UGLY artist tearing up Leva Cafe.
No Cover! All Ages! Every single Thursday! My fellow citizens, what we have here is a veritable cornucopia of local talent.
3/10 Tyler Butler & Jom Comyn
3/17 Mikey Maybe & Racoon Suit
3/24 Layne L’Heureux
3/31 Doug Hoyer
4/07 Caity Fisher
4/15 DoT & Liam Trimble
4/21 Rene Sugarglider Wilson
4/28 Travis Bretzer
5/05 Diehatzu Hijets
5/12 The Joe
So, folks, if you would like to get out on the town this evening and make the most of these springtime temperatures, head to Leva (I recommend the Margherita Pizza) to catch the latest installment of the Old Ugly concert series, featuring Jom Comyn and Tyler Butler.
A few months ago, I was at Wunderbar (which has rapidly become my favorite haunt; how can you not respect the audacity of a venue that dares to bring in live entertainment seven nights a week?) with Jeff and our buddy Gregg Beever. We were just there to hang out but, as we sat there, a lovely young lady with an acoustic guitar and a haunting voice played a remarkable set. Before I left, I asked her to give me a call next time she was playing, and we’d try to mention it on the edmontonian.
Unbeknownst to me, the girl with the guitar was Caity Fisher, from the Old Ugly Recording Company‘s roster of artists (and if you read the edmontonian with an regularity, you know that we are big, big fans of the crew at Old Ugly).
I figured this out about a week ago, when Caity emailed me to let me know about her upcoming CD release.
So basically, I’m a straight genius.
But enough about my inability to draw simple connections between logical events. Let’s talk about Caity Fisher. (more…)
Oh, man, have we been waiting for this. We had that long winter (though not really the coldest or the snowiest) which included a tease of spring taken away so rudely in late May with snow (snow!). But Mother Nature can’t touch us now.
Sure, she could pour rain on us like she is southern Alberta, and it could get way too hot and dry for too long and that would be uncomfortable, or it could be humid, but this is not a time to complain.
We had a fantastic weekend, weather-wise, festival season is rolling along, and we are now officially entering summer. Enjoy it, Edmonton, we know how short and sweet it is.
Oh, and speaking of fantastic weekend, we checked out the Old Ugly show, Saturday night at The Hydeaway. (I feel like I’ve mentioned this before…) You can see photos of Mikey Maybe killing it on the mic in these here Headlines. I’m not usually a hip hop fan but Old Ugly, via The Joe, Mikey Maybe, et al., is really opening my ears.
By the way, wish our buddies, Scott and Adam, a happy first birthday, over at The Unknown Studio. We think they’re swell, and really add something to the Edmonton media, and non-media, landscape. Happy Birthday, Unknown Studio!
from the Edmonton Journal:
Tears, smiles bid Edmonton’s Parkdale school adieu (Enjoy the suburbs, Edmonton Public School Board.)
Harbinger of truth sees hope for future (It’s National Aboriginal Day.)
Lucy lonely in zoo, let her, Edmonton protesters urge (Isn’t Lucy the elephant part of the Valley Zoo’s new arctic exhibit?)
When legislature ThunderDome crumbles, election may loom (The dome is being fixed. Do the governing Tories feel their chances getting a facelift too?)
The Syncrude death duck trial is expecting to have a verdict Friday. The Journal has a three-day series looking at what happened up there to kill all the ducks. But are tailings ponds just the cheap and easy way out?
from the Edmonton Sun:
A little blunt honesty might be a good thing (Still talking about Canadian TV shows that are awful. And you helped fund.)
from Metro Edmonton:
Adding some life to LRT station (We need retail space at LRT stations.)
from The Canadian Press:
Victoria Stafford’s dad kicks off fundraising bike journey on Father’s Day (Victoria Stafford is the Woodstock, Ontario girl abducted and killed last year. Rodney Stafford rode from Ontario to Jasper – a favourite holiday of Victoria’s – last year. This year he’s starting here.)
Green festivals take over downtown Edmonton (I took in Bikeology and Park(ed) too, they were fun.)
from CBC Edmonton:
from CTV Edmonton:
from Global Edmonton:
And while we’re enjoying sunny, hot weather in Edmonton the southern portions of Alberta are being drenched in rain and floods are a real threat to people.
(Editor’s note: Here’s a preview of Mikey Maybe’s latest release, written by Joe Gurba. But wait, you might ask, Joe Gurba is THE Joe, and he’s running the label Mikey’s on. Yeah, but when The Joe says he’ll write for you, you say “Yes, sir.” And then put in an editor’s note to satisfy everyone’s bias radar.)
By Joe Gurba
Michael Hamm is an exceptional individual. He is handsome, intelligent, charming, and soaks up skills with his mere presence, leaving him to exude an atmosphere of intimidating talent. His endeavors include, but are not limited to, Mikey Maybe, Racoon Suit, Rappers Are People, Rap Club, and The CBT.
As well as being a creative and professional writing student, Mikey Hamm has managed to give voice to his multi-dimensional inventiveness time and time again. But what is odd is that, despite the staggering output of these collected projects, the hundreds of shows over the last four years, and the hundreds of songs he has written, he has not yet released any official recordings. On Wednesday, April 28th, Mikey Maybe is finally presenting his loyal fans with something to take home.
In anticipation of a full length album appearing this summer, Mikey Maybe presents Chips and Pop, a tape cassette/digital download of 8-bit rap recordings.
I sat down with Mikey Maybe and managed to extract some juicy bits of truth concerning his new cassette, his rare recordings, and his nightmares, amongst other things.
Joe: Explain your obsession with 8-bit music
Mikey Maybe: I am fascinated by 8-bit music for the same reason that most of the scene is: nostalgia. I think most people have some sort of fascination with nostalgia. Maybe it’s because I had a good childhood that I am so nostalgic myself — and a big part of my childhood was video games. Those colours just stick in your mind. [He stares into the distance for a minute.] Those sounds just stick in your mind. [He regains his composure.] 8-bit music seems inspiring for some reason. Perhaps it’s playing on these points in your brain that were created in a time when you had the most imagination. It seems as though 8-bit is tapped right into the core of your imagination.
J: Alright, let’s do some music math. What do you think this new tape sounds like?
MM: The genre version of that equation would be Indie, you know, Indie, that’s the overarching [laughing] — you know, you just slap that on anything. So let’s say indie + 8-bit + hip hop/rap - not divided by, I know we’re doing a math thing here, just slash rap - + dub-step. There’s a lot of bass warble in there. That’s just the tip I’m on right now.
Going back to nostalgia, I somehow convinced Mikey to relate to me a childhood anecdote. He went on to describe a hunting trip when he was eight-years-old. After his uncle killed a beaver, Mikey asked for the teeth as a souvenir.
He was then subjected to the sight of a full grown man trying to hammer out a beaver’s teeth with a hatchet. But the teeth wouldn’t break free.
“Uncle Gary, please please, I don’t need them.”
He didn’t hear me. He just kept going.
“Uncle Gary. Uncle Gary!”
“Huh, what? What?”
“I don’t need the teeth.”
“Oh, good. I don’t think they’re coming out.”
[Awkward silence ensues.]
J: Who are your inspirations on this new record?
MM: Camp Lo, Ludacris, The Joe.
J: And what label is Chips and Pop coming out on?
MM: OLD UGLY, the blood when you brush. We are the litres and litres of blood that we have donated to the blood bank. OLD UGLY has donated more blood than any other Edmonton based charity [Old Ugly is not a charity]. 47 litres of blood and 37 litres of plasma last year alone. That’s like 23-and-a-half milk cartons full of blood. You go to pour milk? No. It’s blood. Just imagine all that plasma in ice cream buckets! Thick goopy plasma.
J: OK, that’s enough. Tell me about your nightmares.
MM: I am in bed and something is learing over me, something is above my head, and I am trying to yell, but the words won’t come out. I’m yelling ‘Jesus, help me!’ but the words won’t come out. One time, it was centipede. An obsidian black centipede with hundreds of squirming legs lurching over me. Demonic dreams.
[Awkward silence ensues.]
MM: Yeah, my next album is a 16-bit minidisc!
J: Is that on-the-record?
MM: Yes, that’s sarcastically on the record.
When prodded, Mikey promised a full length album for 2010 and a long awaited Rappers Are People EP for the fall, legitimizing the group’s lengthy tenure and live performance infamy. (He went on to deflect blame for everything that has transpired to delay these recordings from appearing. He then wished his fans a good day.)
The Chips and Pop tape release is on Wednesday night at the Hydeaway, located at 10209 100 Avenue at 8pm, for $8, with fellow OLD UGLIANS The Joe, Mitchmatic, and Rappers Are People. The album will be available as a digital download as well from OLD UGLY Recording Co.
You can listen to Mikey Maybe’s Mazda, Mazda at mikeymaybe.bandcamp.com.