Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Morning Cartunes...March 30th, 2012

Weltraum - Ten (Nasoni) LP
Follakzoid - Arabic Hash (Sacred Bones) 12"
Bardo Pond & Tom Carter - 10:24 (3 Lobed) LP
Tlaotlon - Spectrum Crypt (Trensmat) LP
Cave - Hunt Like Devil (Permanent) LP
TBWNIS - Eastern Teutonic Curfew (demo) cdr
Tobias - Linsgryta (Kommun) LP
Cranium Pie - Granny's Wall (Lunar) LP
Dave Brock & The A.O.C. - Hades Deep (Flicknife) LP
Danava - Quiet Babies (Kemado) 12"
Loop - Got To Get It Over (B.B.) 12"
Dragontears - William (Bad Afro) LP

Erkki Kerenniemi & Circle -  Kaksi Kivea (Full Contact) LP
Miles Davis - Dark Magus-Moja (Columbia) LP
Pharaoh Overlord - Rodent  (Sige) LP
The Heads - Troppo Ampio (Rocket) LP
Colour Haze - Peace, Brothers and Sisters (Elektrohasch) LP
Hawkwind - Time We Left This World Today (UA) LP

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Listening Party @ Birdman Sound

5 of us got together last night to review a massive amount of recently recorded TBWNIS material. The focus of culling got sidetracked when Reford arrived with the Damo Suzuki performance from this past Friday evening. If we look happy in this photo, it's cuz the tape of the Damo show freakin' SMOKES....good lord ! It is a ferocious room recording which Reford captured beautifully! Bill took the master copy and will only adjust the levels here and there. Our aim is to release this on wax by June 21st. Our plan at the moment(as of last nite) is to play an instore
set on Saturday, April 21st, RECORD STORE day. We did not do a proper set to celebrate our latest LP which has been out for 4 weeks so why not? By the way there are only 30 or so copies of "PTUC" left so don't dither if you don't got,dig? We'll also have a new piece up on youtube this weekend.
3 1/2 minutes of blistering psych rock;"God II",captured by Al at the Dominion Tavern from last November's set opening for Slim Cessna's Auto Club.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Damo Suzuki & TBWNIS

We had a blast on Friday night at the Dominion playing behind Damo Suzuki in a sold out performance. It was an honor to say the least. Damo is the ultimate cosmic traveller and a super swell character. The collaboration came off so naturally it was like we had done this before. Right from the first moment of soundcheck, it became apparent that with nothing spoken regarding the music to be played that evening together, that the whole affair about to unfold could be magical.

Peanut Gallery Comments:

Damo Suzuki and TBWNIS.... I hope Suzuki remembers this gig - it must surely rank among his finest encounters with a network of unknown "sound carriers". I was simply blown away by the way the set took off. It was like a 747. I didn't expect Suzuki to sound like some grizzled bluesman either, and the effect was captivating. I hope the band is happy for and proud of what you pulled off...! A magnificent set, an incredible vibe, and a good meeting of minds.
See you soon,

Great gig, or at least it seemed that way from the audience! I hope you guys had a blast, too! Thanks for the terrific show and for making it happen!

Cheers, Michael

Other than suffering from a Suzuki hangover (which is a good thing)....I have to say John your band was amazing last night! You all should be very proud to have pulled off such an amazing show!.......Derek Bradshaw

As I said we had a blast and for literally 2 1/2 hours! We recorded the show and it was also captured on video. Hopefully we can put this together for an LP release by mid summer. Eric will have something on VIMEO soon so I'll keep ya'll posted on these matters.

Many thanks to the Dominion Tavern (Al and the staff), Mary Mackinnon, Eric Larock, Mike Caffery,S.O.A.P.,Dave Aardvark, Ben Armstrong and the great crowd that supported and attended this event. The photo above was taken by Bijon Roy.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Morning Cartunes...March 23rd, 2012

Albert Ayler - Untitled Duet/Again Comes The Rising Of The Sun (Impulse) LP
Maffy Falay & Sevda - Ya Mustafa (Sonet) LP
Min Bul - Champagne Of Course (Panorama) LP
Peter Walker - Camel Ride (Vinyl Lovers) LP
TBWNIS - Wooden Soldier (demo 2012) cdr
Barn Owl - Devotion II (Thrill Jockey) LP
CAN - Smoke(E.F.S. Nr.59) (Virgin) LP
Brain Donor - Pa Doden's Trae (Invada) LP
J A Caesar - Wasan (Phoenix) LP
Masakai Batoh - Kumano Codex 4 (Drag City) LP
Brast Burn - Debon Part I (Phoenix) LP

Rhyton - Stone Colored (Thrill Jockey) LP
Pachyderm - Leaning On The Rails Daring To Fall (indie) LP
Cranium Pie - The Geometry Of Thistles (Lunar) LP
Gnod - Genocider (Tamed) LP
Acid Mothers Temple - Space Labyrinth Or Eclipse On Friday (Important) LP
Damo Suzuki's Netwerk - Hot Tuna Express (Canopic) LP
Sylvester Anfang II - Jam 5 (Latitudes) LP
Moonrises - Stone Eater (Galactic Archive) LP
White Hills - Song Of Everything (Thrill Jockey) LP
Hawkwind - Spirit Of The Age/Damnation Alley (Charisma) LP

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Divine, sublime, godlike...whatever yer poison, we got the goods...

Unearthly delights await eager hands with keen ears...this vinyl shit don't grow on trees!

Music for those with discerning tastes abound, now and always.....the eagle always lands @ Birdman Sound....surely that's no soooooprize? Glorious chaos is at hand.

Damo Suzuki lands @ 1 PM Friday, March 23rd

If you don't have a ticket, we still do and they are only $15.00...come see the show!
Sound carriers for this Rock Icon will be "the band whose name is a symbol". Dominion Tavern, Friday March 23rd, 2012....doors at 9, show at 10. DJ Ben Armstrong is along for the trip, the evening will be filmed and recorded for future release.

What are you doing to participate?..... HFAPOCA

Monday, March 19, 2012

Short Notice.......JOZEF VAN WISSEM ...ShowThis Thursday, March 22nd

A Deep Listening Experience

Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Mercury Lounge
56 Byward Market Square
8PM / $10

"Fresh off a fantastic new album with Jim Jarmusch, composer and
lutenist Jozef van Wissem continues his "Liberation of the Lute”.
Simultaneously austere and lush, Van Wissem's music draws inspiration
from the repeating patterns of minimalism, provoking for listener and
performer alike a transcendental state — meditative, but exciting,
seamlessly bridging the language of 17th century music with that of
the 21st, without compromising the timbre and resonance of
traditional lute playing techniques.

Over the last two decades, Van Wissem has variously used cut-and-
paste tactics, field recordings, free improvisation, and created
palindromic compositions by playing pieces forwards and then
backwards. The resulting sound world is at once meditative and
surprising, new and arcane. Mirror image melodies are formed that
step up and then back down seemingly without end, thus eschewing
traditional linear progression and climax, instead maintaining a
constant level of intensity. This music brings the listener into a
state of concentrated listening."

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Morning Cartunes...March 16th, 2012

Teeth Of The Sea - A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. (Rocket) LP
Wooden Shjips - Crossing Remix A. Weathererall (Thrill Jockey) 12"
TBWNIS - West Nile Curiosity (Birdman Sound) LP
Moebius & Renziehausen - O1 O1 (Bureau B) LP
Funkadelic - Free Your Mind & Your Ass Will Follow (Westbound) LP
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band - Jungle (Heavenly Sweetness) LP
Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Luxuryu Of Infancy (GSL) LP
Stone Coal White - Hell Below (Cali Tex) LP
Karl Hector & The Malcouns - Nyx (Now-Again) LP

Steve Reid - Lions Of Juda (Universal Sound) LP
Edzayawa - Amanehun (Soundway) LP
Karantamba - Dimba Nyima (Teranga Beat) LP
Guiellewar - Cilss (Teranga Beat) LP
Fela Kuti & Ginger Baker - Ye Ye De Smell (Capitol) LP
CAN - Future Days (UA) LP
Bushman's Revenge - No More Dead Bodies For Daddy Tonight (Rune Grammofon) LP
Circle - Potto (Svart) LP
Acid King - Phase II (Kreation) LP
White Hills - Robot Stomp (Thrill Jockey) LP
Weltraum - Don Posai & The Dead Man (Nasoni) LP
Serpentina Satelite - Kommune...excerpt (World In Sound) LP

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

If Frank Zappa Had Recorded with No Means No....

.....the album would have sounded like "A Little Bit Of Big Bonanza" by Norway's Bushman's Revenge ! A true fucking monster....holy shit!
Check out the companion LP released at the same time called "Never Mind The Botox" (best title as of late!). On this LP, BR interpret and render pieces by Ornette Coleman, Black Sabbath, Pixies, Sun Ra and Sting!!!!! Monkey gone to heaven indeed!

Lotsa NEW Arrivals This Week @ Birdman....

Among many others.....White Hills, Earth, Wooden Shjips, Motorpsycho, Howlin Rain
Looks like Christmas in here !

Saturday, March 10, 2012

# 1 Chart Topper for "Punks, Twats & Urban Cowboys"

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol......# 1 @ CKCU-FM

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Morning Cartunes...March 9th, 2012

Burnt Friedman - Uzu (Nonplace) LP
Muslimgauze - Uzi Mahmood # 12 (Soleilmoon) LP
Masaki Batoh - Kumano Codex 3 (Drag City) LP
Of The Wand & The Moon - A Pyre Of Black (Heidrunar MyrkRunar) LP
Orne - Angel Eyes/The Temple Of The Worm (Black Widow) LP
Jane - Fire (Brain) LP
Motorpsycho & Stale Storlokken - Sharks (Rune Grammofon) LP
El Doom & The Born Electric - Fire Don't Know/It's Electric (Rune Grammofon) LP

Scorpions - We'll Burn The Sky (RCA) LP
Pontiak - The North Coast/Left With Lights (Thrill Jockey) LP
Electric Moon - Cosmic Creator (Sulatron) LP
TBWNIS - Wooden Soldier (demo) cdr
Damo Suzuki's Netwerk - Hypnotic Orange (Canopic) LP
The Tony Williams Lifetime - Vuelta Abajo (Polydor) LP
Min Bul - Strange Beauty (Panorama) LP
Don "Sugarcane" Harris - Liz Pineapple Wonderful (MPS) LP
Tlaotlon - Flayed Vent (Trensmat) LP
Vas Deferens Organization - Guilded Portals Through Abandoned Temples... (Pure Pop...) LP
Herbie Hancock - Quasar (Warner) LP

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Top Sellers All Stellar @ Birdman Sound

1. The band whose name is a symbol – Punks, Twats & Urban Cowboys LP
2. People Of The North – Steep Formations LP
3. Moore/Majeure – Brainstorm LP
4. Michael Chapman – Rainmaker LP
5. Bardo Pond & Tom Carter – 4/23/03 LP
6. Karen Dalton – 1966 LP

7. Pontiak – Echo Ono LP
8. Flower Travellin’ Band – Anywhere LP
9. Miles Davis – Dark Magus LP
10. Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Shoot! LP

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Morning Cartunes...March 2nd, 2012

Ali Ag Amoumine - Kalitay/Hali Diallo (Mississippi) LP
Sorry Bamba - Porry (Stones Throw) LP
Moussa Doumbia - Femme Senegal (Pathe) LP
Joni Haastrup - Wake Up Your Mind (Hot Casa) LP
Monomono - Ema Kowa Lasa Ile Wa (Soundway) LP
Peace - Get On The Way (Groovie) LP
Mack Sigis Porter - Sunday In Neon Lights (Shadoks) LP
Musi O Tunya - Walk & Fight (Now Again) LP
Rob - Boogie On (Analog Africa) LP
Geraldo Pino & The Heart Beats - Heavy, Heavy, Heavy (Soundway) LP
Akeeb Kareem - Awa Ne Re (Hot Casa) LP
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 - Expensive Shit (Knitting Factory) LP

Group Doueh - Min Binat Omum (Sublime Frequencies) LP
Bombino - Adinet (Cumbancha) LP
Mahmoud Ahmed - Atawurulegn Lela (L'Arome) LP
Ikenga Super Stars Of Africa - Greedy Man/Ojele Woman (Decca) LP
Ngozi Family - Nizaka Panga Ngozi (No Smoke) LP
Witch - Tooth Factory (Shadoks) LP
Guellewar - Wollou (Kindred Spirits) LP
Tony Allen - Jealousy (Kindred Spirits) LP
Orlando Julius - Osika Ranti (Voodoo Funk) LP
SJOB Movement - Stone Funk (Academy) LP

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Comments From The Peanut Gallery....

You release an album because as an artist you want to share your love with other people. Sometimes the love is's what some folks have to say about "the band whose name is a symbol"...

“Punks, Twats & Urban Cowbys” Feb. 2012

***"your new LP is outstanding! played it 3 times already" Matthew (Ottawa)

***What was that track you played just now? Ha! TBWNIAS. no wonder I liked it….Mary (Ottawa)

“TBWNIS Vs. The Purveyors Of Conspicuous Authenticity” Apr. 2011

***“Hey John, i picked up the LPs from the post office today. Four sides! I wish I could formulate some words to describe my impression, but my frontal lobe no longer functions properly. I really hope I can catch a live show sometime. Just incredible, especially Versus The Purveyors of Conspicuous Authenticity” Thanks a lot! Cheers….Jason (Port Elgin, ON.)

***Hi John,
The new record is very good. Maybe more psychedelic and droney.
We really like it. Is there any new release?
Michael-Antonios (Greece)

***J'aime ben le band à John.
Il me semble qu'ils commencent à être très ambitieux aussi avec des tounes plus compliquées
et on s'en fout que ça va passer par dessus la tête de 95 % du monde.
Le set de samedi était malheureusement trop court.
La prochaine fois faut vraiment que ce soit pas une premiere partie.
Laurent (Montreal)

Holw cow. The TBWNIS LP is k-i-l-l-e-r. If we hadn't talked about Krautrock and Sky Saxon this morning, then you'd never have mentioned it! I'm glad you ceased being modest for that instant. This is a serious album, and I dig it. I can see how you'll work in the oud. I look forward to hearing more about the krautrock influences; for now, I just hear Alice Coltane, and assorted heavyness, but that's me! Yours,Inderbir (from Carleton Architecture School, Ottawa)

photo by Andrew Carver

Rudy Can't Fail....

I've known Bob Snyder for god knows how long, likely since I arrived in Ottawa at some point in the mid 80's. Some know him by "Little Bob",his punk rock "handle" and it was though our mutual love for punk rock music "back in the day" that we met. Bob moved west for a period, but upon returning, we rekindled our friendship, again through a mutual love for the RAWK(Bob was a Resin Scraper fan of course!). Another common bond we shared was an uncompromising love for dogs and Rudy was Bob's pride and joy. Perhaps if you've been to Birdman Sound over the past umpteen years you know there might have been dogs encountered. Rudy made his appearances often on Saturdays with Bob(in tow) usually after a long trek from Hull where the 2 lived(and often sharing French fries). Our old guy, Connor(Hound extraordinaire) was a fast friend of Rudy's as well as their other mutual bud's occasionally in the shop; Rommel(Rottweiler) and Winston(Pug). When we got our pack trio a decade ago these 3 (Liam, Fiesty and Clio),always enjoyed Rudy’s company(especially the girls!). Rudy was often known to Birdman patrons to be wandering through a crowd, always so gentle and friendly, wagging his tail. Many fond memories are also recalled regarding “farm visits” as all aforementioned critters spent time there.

I knew there was something weird yesterday seeing Bob in a car(he currently doesn’t have one)outside Birdman(and the vet clinic)at 10 AM on a Wednesday. Honestly I felt sick at heart. At 11:30 AM or so, at 13 years of age, Bob said farewell to his best friend Rudy.

Rudy now joins Connor and Rommel(both a few years back) and Winston, just last summer, and are all now hopefully in a place, maybe together, running about on that endless green grass plain where a neverending supply of sunshine, bones, cool water and even French fries are in abundance. I had a nip of Scotch last night Bob and thought of Rudy. Carol and I are saddened by your loss and our thoughts are with you. As I post this now, I'll close the shop for a moment and regain my composure (for the 2nd day in a row). Big guys are not supposed to cry… see ya’ later Rudy, I will never forget you.