Winnie Cooper Thu, 25 May 2017 21:11:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 the interview show: PWR BTTM Thu, 25 May 2017 19:47:34 +0000

May 2017 was supposed to be the start of the next stage in the career of queercore band PWR BTTM. They were set to release their next record Pageant–the follow up to the well-received 2015 full length debut Ugly Cherries. But then posted accusations of sexual assault against PWR BTTM member Ben Hopkins by an anonymous accuser. Before the end of May 2017, the band found themselves dropped by their label and management team and a touring member of the band quit. The band have issued a statement on their Facebook page denying the accusations, but all this has left many PWR BTTM fans not knowing what to think.

I first saw PWR BTTM a few years ago when they opened at the Biltmore for Ra Ra Riot. While I interviewed Wes from Ra Ra Riot, he proudly wore a neon-pink PWR BTTM sweat shirt. Next time I saw the band, they were headlining at 333 on a bill with Bellows and Lisa Prank. It was a great night, a fun crowd. (Each act on the bill stayed to watch the others perform at the back of the room–which is a rare thing.) My leather jacket wearing straight dude music snob friends (there to see Bellows) could mix with tank top, glitter and cotton candy colored hair queer folk there to see PWR BTTM. Two very different crowds (who don’t mingle enough) got to enjoy a great show together and everyone felt safe.

While at the PWR BTTM show, I met Maguire (who goes by the pronouns them/they), a young PWR BTTM super fan–such a fan they had come to Vancouver from a remote community just to see the band. I wanted to get their take on this horrible situation.

“The space that PWR BTTM created was like no other. I’ve been to punk shows, rap shows, and rock shows of all sorts, but PWR BTTM stood out because of the way they didn’t just use the space, but transformed it. For a few short hours, I felt safer at a show than I’d ever felt previously. Both band members constantly stressed the importance of their “No Mosh” policy and what consent means to them between quips about appetizer bread from the nearby Ethiopian restaurant and being berated by hot Canadian border guards. They spoke and the people listened, danced, and respected their wishes and the people around them. As someone who has woken up with bruises from errant moshers the day after a show the feeling of being able to really let go and not worry about what other people are doing in the space surrounding me, allowed me to enjoy the music more than you ever could at a regular show where people are pushing you mercilessly, unconcerned with any other person’s idea of enjoying a concert. The idea that each person entered into this space purely to enjoy the music without impeding others elevated the experience.

This band has meant more to me than any other ever has. Hands down. And it still does, I can’t change the way this band changed me and the effect their music has had on me. I am who I am today because of things I have learned from their records. I am sincerely devastated more than anything by the accusations laid against them.”

This is my chat with Ben and Liv from PWR BTTM as we hung out in the band’s tour van parked outside 333 while it rained outside on a Friday night in November 2016.

Tracks played on the show…

1) PWR BTTM, Ugly Cherries (2015) “I Wanna Boi”
2) PWR BTTM, Ugly Cherries (2015) “Ugly Cherries”
3) PWR BTTM, Ugly Cherries (2015) “Dairy Queen”
4) PWR BTTM, Cinderella Beauty Shop (2014) “Carbs” mp3
5) PWR BTTM, Cinderella Beauty Shop (2014) “Gendr”
6) PWR BTTM, Cinderella Beauty Shop (2014) “Trade”


There is also a radio edit of the show for when you need your hang sesh under 30 minutes.

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Exclusive premier: Within Rust “What You’re After” Tue, 16 May 2017 21:05:30 +0000 Local “genre-averse” band Within Rust sent Winnie their new track, “What You’re After.” Band frontman Nolen Scott tells us, “We made a point of writing a type of song that we haven’t written before to jump-start our creative juices.” This song finds the band at an exciting place as they grow in a new direction after their 2016 LP Light and Shadow.

Nolen also says, “Everyone loves a good Rhodes piano sound”–so you’ll have to listen to the band’s fancy new track. 
Within Rust‘s next show in Vancouver is Sunday, June 18th at the Biltmore with Vaultry, Coastline Pilot and Nebrie. See you there!

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the interview show: Baio (Vampire Weekend) Tue, 16 May 2017 02:12:02 +0000

Christopher Baio is best known for being the bassist for the New York City-based indie rock band Vampire Weekend. But a few years ago, he started a solo project under the stage name Baio. I met Chris backstage at the Biltmore while his mouth was full of delicious humus. The Biltmore was too loud and outside was too rainy, so we ended up standing in the doorway at the top of a long set of stairs that ended at rush hour Kingsway–this is why you can hear both traffic and the echoes from the long hallway while we chat.

What is Chris’ favorite Vampire Weekend song? Who is his favorite hockey player? What was it like going from bassist to producer? Which one of his songs does he describe as a “blackout bender?” How does he decide when a song is done? Which song is inspired by Don Delillo, the author of the 1985 American classic novel White Noise? How did a visit to London’s Tate Modern Museum and a Robert Delaunay painting inspire a song? Which rookie mistake will Chris never make again? Which side project by another established musician does Chris especially admire? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Tracks played on the podcast edition of the show…

BAIO, The Names (2015) “Sister of Pearl”
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City (2013) “Ya Hey”
BAIO, Sunburn EP (2012), “Modern Sunburn” (mp3)
BAIO, The Names (2015) “The Names”
BAIO, The Names (2015) “Endless Rhythm”
BAIO, The Names (2015) “Scarlett”


There’s also a radio edit of the show for people who want their dose of The Interview Show to last under 30 minutes.

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the interview show: Preoccupations Tue, 09 May 2017 04:22:29 +0000
You might know post-punk band Preoccupations under the band’s old band name Viet Cong. After the original name proved problematic, the band wisely changed the name and returned with a new self-titled debut. I hung out with Matt Flegel and Scott “Monty” Munro as they downed some beers in the back of their tour van.

Why did the band need to change its name? How did they find the new band name? Which song on the new record was inspired by a lot of boxes of white wine? What happens when Monty actually listens to Matt‘s lyrics? Why did the band record this debut record in a few different cities? How did Matt get trapped in a room infested by ladybugs? Which song on the record is really three songs in one? How did the band get Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, Divine Fits and Operators to guest on “Memory”? Who are they most excited to visit when the go on tour? Has the band secretly formed a Black Sabbath cover band? What are Matt and Monty‘s favorite Black Sabbath deep cuts? Which song on the Preoccupations record has Monty not had enough time to grow to hate yet? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Tracks played on the podcast edition…

1) Preoccupations, Preoccupations (2016) “Anxiety”
2) Preoccupations, Preoccupations (2016) “Degraded”
3) Preoccupations, Preoccupations (2016) “Memory”
4) Viet Cong, Viet Cong (2015) “Continental Shelf”
5) Viet Cong, Viet Cong (2015) “Newspaper Spoons” (mp3)
6) Preoccupations, Preoccupations (2016) “Fever”


There’s also a radio edit of our hang session.

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ACDATYOUNGNIGGA – SheDoneWitYoHoeA$$ Fri, 05 May 2017 23:09:21 +0000  photo acdat2_zpsl8kp4dg3.png
Rapper ACDATYOUNGNIGGA is shaking up the Vancouver rap scene  which was proven on his last project ihatepeople© consisting of 4 hard hitting Trap tracks that’ll surely be testing your sub. His latest “SheDoneWitYoHoA$$” produced by Olde and featuring illyminiachi has the young rapper flexing at his finest and it’s got us excited to hear more. Stream some of his latest below.

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the interview show: P.O.S Thu, 04 May 2017 16:03:37 +0000

When I hung out with Minneapolis rapper and Doomtree Collective kingpin P.O.S outside Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Lounge, he had just wolfed down a pork bun that he had bought in nearby Chinatown. The pork bun didn’t quite agree with him and, if you listen closely, you can hear the legendary rapper’s digestive system rebel against his snack as we chat.

How is P.O.S‘ latest record, Chill dummy, his version of Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic? What was it like to put out his 2012 record, We Don’t Even Live Here, and not be able to tour due to heath issues? How is his heath these days? Which song from his 2004 first record, Ipecac Neat, is the only one he will perform anymore? How does he know Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon? What was it like to work in a strip club? You’ll have to listen to find out.

The podcast version of the show is the explicit version–it has the swear words for those who don’t mind strong language.

The radio version contains music edited for radioplay.

Tracks played on the show…

1) P.O.S, Chill, dummy (2017) “Lanes”
2) P.O.S, We Don’t Even Live Here (2012) “Get Down” (featuring Mike Mictlan) (mp3)
3) P.O.S, Chill, dummy (2017) “Faded” (featuring Justin Vernon & Lady Midnight)
4) P.O.S, Chill, dummy (2017) “Gravedigger” (featuring Angelenah)
5) P.O.S, Ipecac Neat (2004) “Duct Tape”
6) P.O.S, Chill, dummy (2017) “Born a Snake”

NO tracks CANCON

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Ninetyfour x Devon Tracy – Plottin (Music Video) Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:14:50 +0000  photo 18119897_10158517034850612_1071954190_o_zpsvdhrk5dq.jpg
Yours Truly’s Ninetyfour brings more visuals to the table with Mississauga based rapper Devon Tracy for their collaboration “Plottin” with Ninety adding “This song recognizes that I have a lot of work left and that no goals get reached without proper planning. It’s about plotting on how we are going to break into the music scene”. Shot in the streets of Vancouver, the video perfectly captures the menacing production of the song -leaving listeners with the feeling that there is much more to come from the two young artists. Check out the video below.

angst – New Foreign Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:29:53 +0000  photo angst_zpsksjbjmtk.png
Angst is keeping the ball rolling with another banger this time taking it on solo and showcasing he can definitely stand on his own, stream “New Foreign” below.

DaamCP – Gatorade Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:22:58 +0000  photo daamcp3_zpsesmazvor.png
DaamCP refreshes you with his flow on his latest “Gatorade” making clear he’s making ya’ll fatigue and leaving you thirsty, we’re hoping to see a full project from him some time soon. Stream his latest below.

bbno$ – skrrr ft. max wells Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:13:42 +0000  photo bbnos3_zpsl6eadjwb.png
It’s been hard to keep up with bbno$ with every release topping the next and keeping it constant bug it’s easy to say he won’t be slowing down anytime soon. His latest “skrrr” produced by CIG.MARGOT & lzr featuring max wells bumps like the rest of his catalog that we highly suggest you check out, stream some of his latest below.

Seth Kay – Pull Up Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:02:34 +0000  photo pullup_zpsvz2lcngr.png
Northside rapper Seth Kay has been making a swift return with his recent music video for “Northside” premiering on Complex and his latest more R&B driven track “Pull Up” casting a menacing tone to a love song, stream his latest below.

So Loki – Boo Boo Tue, 18 Apr 2017 04:25:05 +0000  photo booboo_zpsqfmdamun.png
Duo So Loki once again showcase their versatility switching from their previous hard rap song “Liquid Luck” to smooth R&B vibes on their new track “Boo Boo”. Having just had their Season Festival showcase at VAL and performing at Faded In The Park July 7th the boys are keeping busy and things interesting, stream “Boo Boo” below.

Spotty Josif – Guards ft. Ayoo Angie Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:23:22 +0000  photo guards album art 1400 x 1400_zpsacemukbd.jpgSpotty continues to dive into darker tones collaborating with Alberta’s Ayoo Angie on “Guards” produced by Etherten, stream below.

angst – Relate (ft. Lux & Louis Rain) Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:37:51 +0000  photo 17880059_369811923419598_502213278647968644_o_zpsusqvtd1a.jpg
Recently getting recognition for producing Tommy Genesis’ latest single “Empty” local producer angst has been making his own dark Trap for quite some time. His latest track “Relate” features rappers Lux & Louis Rain really complimenting the already heavy track, stream below.

iamforest – ATOMS #YVR Tue, 11 Apr 2017 04:57:11 +0000
Vancouver’s iamforest is cooking up something special for us.

Check out the dreamy genre defying lead single “Atoms” from his upcoming Bridges EP coming out this summer.

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