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I hung out with indie rock, post punk band Born Ruffians in an undercover car garage one summer day while we were both at the Banff World Media Festival. We chatted as a mysterious wind-born fluff swirled around us, invading this small town in the Rockies.
Which band member does an impression of Donald Trump? How does music change for a band when they go from fan to working musician? Which band members still play in their family’s annual Christmas song circle? Could Born Ruffians make a record about being a cool suburban dad? Who in the band suffers from “demoitis”? You’ll have to listen!
Tracks played on the show…
1) Born Ruffians, Ruff (2015) “We Made It”
2) Born Ruffians, Ruff (2015) “Eat Shit (We Did It)”
3) Born Ruffians, Birthmarks (2013) “Needle”
4) Born Ruffians, Say It (2010) “What to Say”
5) Born Ruffians, Ruff (2015) “Shade To Shade” (partial)
6) Born Ruffians, Ruff (2015) “Don’t Live Up” (mp3)
All songs CANCON
Born Ruffians are back on the road and back in Vancouver, Wednesday, October 5th. They are on tour with Tokyo Police Club and The Elwins. See you at the show. (Also check out last week’s episode of The Interview Show will be my chat with The Elwins!)
I also will release my extended version of this chat. Enjoy!
The Elwins make incredibly upbeat pop music. And when you meet them, you can understand why. I hung out with The Elwins on one rainy Vancouver evening. We huddled together under the awning of a closed coffee shop outside CBC Headquarters. You can hear the rain pour down in the background as we chat.
Which member of The Elwins kicked another member out of their high school band? What part of a tour is the worst part for The Elwins? Which Elwins song has a reference to King Kong in it? What would an “edgy” Elwins song sound like? What are The Elwins watching in the hotel room these days? How does the band deal with their need to reproduce? You’ll have to listen to find out.
Tracks played on the show…
1) The Elwins, Play For Keeps (2015) “So Down Low” (mp3)
2) The Elwins, Play For Keeps (2015) “Show Me How to Move”
3) The Elwins, Play For Keeps (2015) “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”
4) The Elwins, And I Thank You (2012) “Come On Out” (partial/background)
5) The Elwins, And I Thank You (2012) “Are You Flying With a Different Bird?”
6) The Elwins, Play For Keeps (2015) “Sexual Intellectual” (mp3)
ALL songs CANCON
The Elwins are back on the road and back in Vancouver, Wednesday, October 5th. They are on tour with Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians. See you at the show. (And next week’s episode of The Interview Show will be my chat with Born Ruffians!)
Touring is a grueling necessity of band life. A necessary evil that can kill a band–especially when you’re a bunch of teenagers, just learning about interacting with other people.
Born Ruffians have gone thru this and their second record, Say It, became a record about communication problems in the band.
I met up with Luke and Mitch where all the problems (and solutions) began–their tour van. Luke and Mitch were shy at first, but after a while I got them to talk candidly about band life. Listen to our chat.
Born Ruffians “What to Say” My favorite track from Say It. This track perfectly sums up talking to someone who makes you nervous.
Born Ruffians “Oh Man” Another track from Say It.
Born Ruffians are back with a new record Birthmarks, out April 16th, 2013. Great news: they are currently on a tour across Canada. The band should be heading to your hometown very soon!
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They pass through Vancouver June 9th on their way across Canada. DO NOT MISS THIS SHIT.
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Toronto based, Go Green has remixed two of the current best Canadian indie sensations. More like this please.
WE ARE ENDING THE YEAR OFF WITH A BUNCH OF BEST OF LISTZ!
To get things started we have Hunk’s picks for the best albums of 2008.
10. Cut Copy [In Ghost Colours]
2008 was a big year for Australian music. In Ghost Colours was the highly anticipated, follow up to the groups 2003 debut which rescued electronic music from the death grips of the sub-genred, drugged-out route it was going in. The album proved the wait was worthwhile, it’s a pleasurable listen from beginning to end. The album also added fuel to the disco resurgence as well as keeping the retro 80’s vibe alive.
Cut Copy – Feel The Love
9. MGMT [Oracular Spectacular]
MGMT were easily one, if not the most remixed group of 2008. This album really grew on me and i think others as well as its now, as of recent being played on mainstream radio. The band was easily one of the most up hyped groups and deservingly so, although id say they are bordering on overplay and in definite need of some new tracks to add to the fire.
8. Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit [The Very Best]
Diplo & Santogold [Top Ranking] &
Girl Talk [Feed The Animals]
disclaimer: I couldn’t decide between these and decided that they’re all similar being “mixes”, made up of bits of already composed music.
2008 was the year of the promotional, internet distributed mix tape. Diplo followed up his 2005 MIA mix tape effort, Piracy Funds Terrorism and reminded everyone that he’s still a major player in the game with this 35 track 80 minute journey through reggae, electro, hip hop and the kitchen sink. Top Ranking is truly an enjoyable listen, featuring the ebs and flow, peaks and valley missing from lesser mixes. Alongwith showcasing Santogold work, the remix work takes this album beyond a simple collection of songs into something worthy of a top spot amongst albums of original content.
2008 introduced Esau Mwamwaya and his take on African music to the mainstream music world. Teaming up with Radioclit, the pair have created something completely unique by adding an African element to more traditional sampling . There upcoming debut release is high up on the albums to look forward to in 2009 list. Oh and did I mention, this and the above we’re released for free via the net. (search the archives for them)
Dj’s of the world take note, nobody rocked a party quite as hard as Greg Gillis did in 2008. Laptop djing once looked down upon is looking to be the future. Nobody has ever mixed as many genres as successfully as “Feed The Animals” does and everyone from frat boys to discerning music snobs have seemed to take notice to the mass appeal of it all. My only complaint is that the album is so ADD and party that you really have to be ready to go if your putting this album on, but is that really a bad thing?
Girl Talk – Still Here
7. The Dodos [Visiteur]
Slightly lesser knowns, The Dodos have put together an excellent solid debut showcasing their art folk sound. The drumming on the album alone is worthy of a spot on my list. Pitchfork drew warranted comparison to Led Zepplin – III. All they need to do now is come back and play Vancouver again. Please…
The Dodos – Jodi
6. Chad VanGaalen [Soft Airplane]
This album has replaced the spot once held by VanGaalen’s 2004 debut “Infiniheart” as one of my all time favorite albums. CVG is often compared to Neil Young with his peicingly soft falsetto voice, with this album I think he has surpassed those comparisons by making this remarkable piece of art. His home-made basement aesthetic provides an unmatched intimacy. My only complaint is that he always pushes the experimental envelope a little too far on one or two songs, without those tracks the album would play out better, and would be number one on my list. However, there’s no way CVG could of ever gotten to the place he is now without constantly experimenting and pushing the boundaries to his unique sound.
Chad VanGaalen – Molten Light
5. Fleet Foxes [self titled]
I don’t think there was a single person in the room that didn’t feel a shiver pass through them, with the opening notes of their live show here in Vancouver, this album is like that. Their musicianship is excellent, their debut self titled album is a breath of fresh air to the sometimes stale indie rock sound where a lot of bands end up sounding the same. Almost a re visitation to the folk sound of the 60’s but with a unique twist on things as if the group has existed in a void, isolated from everything else going on in music.
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
4.Born Ruffians – [Red, Yellow & Blue]
People are still sleeping on this little Toronto band. Their live act will blow you away. Their album Red, Yellow and Blue is stocked full of indie barn funk jams and their call and answer style is dancey as fuck, what ever that means? Go and listen to them for yourself and then we can discuss this in further detail.
Born Ruffians – Foxes Mate For Life
3. Bon Iver [For Emma, Forever Ago]
The internet is finally going nuts on Bon Iver (pronounced EEVUR) as they are currently at the top of the Hype Machines most blogged artists. This album fills the void when it’s been a long day and you need something soothing to get you back home. For Emma, Forever might be my most listened to album as well (blogging is really hard on the soul).
Bon Iver – For Emma
2.Crystal Castles [Self Titled]
Easily the best thing to happen to electronic music as of recent saw it being fused with elements of hardcore and, dare I say, goth-rave meets the video arcade on acid. The group’s minimalist sound with the cut up vocals of lead Alice Glass charted new territory sampling everything from what sounds like he-man cartoons to the 8 bit sounds of a nintendo gameboy, the album found a perfect fit with me in 2008. While the biggest hit of the album, Crimewave got a lot of people’s attention, the other album tracks provide greater depth into all that is CC and are just as good, if not better. The enigmatic group’s explosive live performances led by vocalist Alice Glass (Maybe the hottest “indie Cindy” of 2008) also helped.
Crystal Castles – Vanished
1.Vampire Weekend [Self Titled]
Definitely one of the most loved and hated groups of 2008, it’s almost as if some people hold having an ivy league education and their listenability against them?? Their influences are diverse, a little bit of Africa, a lot of New York and something that’s reminiscent of a feel good 80’s movie about girls. I think they made a lot of new fans with their their live act as they are truly talented musicians both when playing live and in the orchestration on the album. Their self titled debut took top spot for me as there isn’t a bad song on it, their sound is distinct, enjoyable and survivable of intense multiple listenings. If I could time travel to the future and bring back any album it would be their next output.
Vampire Weekend – I Stand Corrected
Honorable mentions to:
Yo! Majesty – Futuristically Speaking: Never Be Afraid for helping to usher out the 50 cent era, bringing life back to hip hop and showing that they’re here to stay. Radiohead – In Rainbows, definately could of been on my list but they’re Radiohead everything they do is great, you don’t need me to tell you that. The Ting Tings -We Started Nothing, because there is nothing like getting slapped around a bit by a rocker chick even if they do get a little too poppy. Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell for being Canadian, Lykke Li – Youth Novels if only for her unique voice and lyrics. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III for making me actually like something Lil and for his improvisational rapping style n lyrics. Hot Chip – Made In The Dark for continuing to be Hot Chip and making me wish I needed glasses so that i could wear some like, Alexis Taylor’s. I must say also Tv on the Radio’s Dear Science and Portishead’s Third as I have to admit that I still havn’t listened to them but have heard they probably could of made the list as well as a few others i might of missed but there’s only so many hours in a day and far too much good music to listen to.
Weezer and Born Ruffians were in town last Friday.
I am the biggest Weezer fan, well at least of their early material otherwise known as their first two albums. If I had to pick five albums to be stuck on a desert island, their self titled debut would be one of them.
I was pretty disappointed a couple of years ago when Rivers announced the band was breaking up, that I had never seen them, when I heard that they were back together and coming through town I knew this was my opportunity.
One of the first things I noticed upon entering GM Place was how hideous Weezer fans are, yes douchebag central which I fit perfectly in with.
One thing worth mentioning about GM place, if the ticket says doors at 7 it means the first band will be on at say 7:15 (right around the time I wake up) and that no matter how good your delicious pre concert spirits are you should be at the venue if you plan on seeing the opening band. I was very disappointed to discover I had missed the Tokyo Police Club and that Angels and (H)Airw(e)aves were on.
WTF is up with Tom DeLong’s of Blink 182 fame and his side project, Angels and Airwaves?? I knew I wouldn’t enjoy this band but holy fuck fuckity fuck, (ignorant people use swear words to express frustration when their vocabulary fails them) I now have a new least favorite band. Sure Travis is all burnt and all, but why so angst’y grey skies? You’re a 32 year old, rich aging rocker not a confused 13 year old.
Sure Weezer may be the original emo band but why do they have to be paired with the current champs of, “nobody wants to touch my wien” rock? A lot of milk has gone sour along the way.
The moment where I threw up in my mouth the most came when Tom, holding his hand out in front of him (see above but minus any hint of irony), as if reaching out to his audience emoted how much he apparently loves Vancouver and that, “when the summer fades into winter, he wants us to look up over to the mountains and sing this song” and then started off into something worthy of self castration.
Rivers and Weezer arrived on stage in the nick of time opening with My name is Jonas and continuing into a fan pleasing early set of old school weezy which I along with my new bff’s sang along to. The group went through a number of costume changes from painter outifts to track suits and managed to trade instruments and singing duties quite a bit and managed to fit in a cover of Pink Floyds, Time. The second half of their set featured more of their newer material which a lot of the other people there seemed to really dig. I managed to catch a bit of their encore where they brought on what looked like 50 or so highschool music students to play “Island in The Sun” with the group to great effect and missed thier cover of Nirvana’s Sliver as I had to make it to Richard’s for Born Ruffians.
All in all i’m glad I went and have removed any piecings I once had.
Now, not enough people know of the Born Ruffians as you could still get tickets at the door, although the place was quite full. Here’s a picture of them, now you know them. They are from the small 2,300 person town of Georgian Bay just North of Toronto. They are signed to Warp who you may of also heard of? They deserve just as much hype as MGMT or Vampire Weekend.
I’m going to keep this short as I’ve rambled way too long for most people’s attention span and probably lost most people at the douchebag bit. Born Ruffians are amazing live as their formula of barn funk indie rock lends it self quite nicely to loosing yourself on the floor and the crowd ate it up. The group did three encores as the mob refused to leave even after the lights and music came on and everyone had lost it by the end. Not having a third encore planned they improvised with their cover of Grizzly Bear’s, The Knife with members of the opening act Plants and Animals on the stage.
If you made it to here, good on ya, I would of just copped the mp3z and ran.
Weezer – Suzanne from the Mallrats OST
Toronto indie faves, “Born Ruffians” are coming to town October 10th, playing Richard’s. Their album, “Red, Yellow & Blue” which came out in May is up for the best album award by the Toronto XM station The Verge.
At their last Vancouver stint the band played a low key show last March at the Media club which was subsequently listed as one of the best shows of the last year in the current Georgia Straight “Best Of” issue.
If that’s not enough to convince you have a listen.
From their forthcoming EP, “Little Garcon” which features some new tracks and another remix by Four Tet. Coming out September 30th.