DJ Garbage Body surfs the record label waves

Zones - "Opensky"

Music in Canada is brewing and bubbling right now, ready to explode. The makers and shakers appear to be all about coalitions and collectives these days, yet some of my favourite record labels don’t have official youtube channels. Videos are where it’s at, in my opinion. The more the merrier! For this batch of cruises, I’ve surfed the current label waves. It’s a deep trip, so I’ve only covered a portion of the Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax territories. Enjoy!

Part 1. TORONTO

BUZZ RECORDS
Buzz Records does youtube right. Here are some recent surfs.

HSY – “Tartar Mouth”

I met Anna from HSY in line for the bathroom at the now defunct venue, 961A, after catching Toronto Homicide Squad. She also told me about her other project, Anamai. You remember me, Anna?

Odonis Odonis – “Order in the Court”

Weaves – “Buttercup”

This one is directed by Jason Harvey, who is an all time fave video maker of mine from Montreal. We are connected through the grapevine so maybe I’ll meet him sometime, ya?

HERETICAL OBJECTS COOPERATIVE
This Toronto label came into my awareness recently, and my interest is piqued. Their musical and visual aesthetic is right up my alley.

Zones – “Opensky”

Zones caught my attention with this music video (note to record label people: see, it does pay off to have a youtube account!). I booked Zones to play a show on April 12th @ May Café. Come check it!

HEALING POWER
Victoria Cheong made this music video for Princess Century. Victoria’s solo project is called New Chance. She is half of the band HVYWTR alongside her partner Wolfgang. The two of them run Healing Power Records. Come on Healing Power, make a youtube channel already! I love this label, they are longtime buds and tru vibes. Hehe.

Princess Century – “Giving it Away”

CALICO CORP.
Calico Corp. is another Toronto label made up of what appear to be buds and couples (not uncommon). Outsiders beware, Toronto artsy cliques run deep and it is hard to infiltrate that shit. But who cares, let the music speak for itself. Calico Corp. released the recent Zacht Automaat 2LP. ZA is one of my favourite bands that are currently making music. These guys are serious geniuses. I wish I could collab with ’em, but who knows if I would even be able to keep up!

Zacht Automaat – “Electronic Tchaikovsky ballet 2013”

Zacht Automaat – “Summer 2013 Home Movies”

Zacht Automaat – “Camping Trip”

Zacht Automaat – “Live Teaser”

This youtube channel must either belong to Mike McLean or Carl Didur of ZA. Check out their music, and scan the related youtube channels to find next level shit.

Part 2. MONTREAL

From the outside looking in (and visiting), Montreal appears to be all about the ‘experience’. Fuck facebook event pages. Be there in person, meet at lofts, warehouses, diy shows, house parties with live bands, the punk village, etc. and smoke wherever the fuck you want. Be there in the flesh, be hard and be real. Here are some of my favourite labels out of Montreal.

BRISE-CUL
Brise-Cul is chiefly a noise label, thank goodness! I met Martin Sasseville in Montreal when he DJ’d pure rare Montreal vinyl disco joints as DJ KVLT 667 for a show I played, set up by some buds. He’s the dude behind Brise-Cul, Wapstan (his own noise stuff) and he’s the godfather to the very dear Wintage Records & Tapes Offspring, Cindal Crump/Nene.

Hobo Cubes – “Tunnel to the Pantheon”

Red Mass – “Open Wide”

FLUORESCENT FRIENDS
Fluorescent Friends is Blake Hargreave’s Label. He’s the organizer and founder of Cool Fest in Montreal and is in the bands Clinton Machine, Dreamcatcher, Cousins of Reggae, and Thames, to name a few!

Fluorescent Friends Welcome

Thamous Players

PSYCHIC HANDSHAKE RECORDINGS
Pink Noise guitar master and super nice nice guy Graeme Langdon runs Psychic Handshake [Ed: Along with Mike Deane]. I’ll never forget when Graeme saved my ass @ the Kyber in Halifax. He saved the day. I’ll never forget that and I’ll never forget his modesty that night. Cheers. Thank you Psychic Handshake for making a youtube channel. Their roster of bands is impressive. Check ’em out.

Babysitter – “Real Wild Child’s Gone Totally Mild”

The Pink Noise – “Flit”

I had to include another Pink Noise dig. Their drummer, Tara, edited this video. She’s a pal and plays in some other great bands like Gashrat in Montreal.

J.C. Loco – Ravepop.ca with Drainolith

Tara also has a comedy alias (‘J.C. Loco’) and co-hosts this episode with Alex of Drainolith.

ARBUTUS RECORDS
Total pros. They made a nice little youtube package for your perusal pleasures! Take notes. Lol.

Paula – “Black Acura”

Part 3. OTTAWA

All I gotta say about Ottawa is that, from what I can see, Rocky LaLune keeps shit alive with her Debaser radio show. Bruised Tongue also knows the deal…

Roberta Bondar – “Night Danger”

Part 4. HALIFAX

Right now Halifax music people are slowly leaving and moving to Toronto. The displacement of the Khyber Centre seems to have played a symbolic role and really shook things up. Don’t let go Halifax, you’ve got something special! Divorce Records holds it down, along with the OBEY Convention festival, and not to forget, Electric Voice Records. Some key venues also come together to unite the scene there, which is nice to see.

ELECTRIC VOICE RECORDS
Electric Voice is run by my synth pal and go-to-gear-guy Matt Samways. I met Matt when he played keys for Pink Noise and I played keys for Wolfcow. We played some shows together and he was one of the peeps running Obey Convention when I was there. We also both played that festival back to back at the Khyber. I hope to see him continue to help feed Halifax music opportunities, he’s right for the job.

Heather Rappard’s youtube channel also seems relevant. She’s made several music videos for Electric Voice Records, and a showcase promo vid for the label. To be honest, I kind of recognize her and I think I met her somewhere… likely in Halifax. Check out the vids on Heather’s channel!

Electric Voice Records Showcase Video Promo

Chevalier Avant-Garde – “Can’t Tell”

Crosss – “Spectre”

Crosss were on the same bill as us at OBEY. It was a fun time! [Ed: This song was also released as a 7″ split with Astral Gunk from Toronto’s Pleasence Records. Must grip!]

Stay green, my friends. I hope your surfs continue from here… and take you to warm climates. I love my city, even though it’s still cold as fuck! Talk soon, lovelies.

Sincerely Yours,
DJ Garbage Body

DJ Garbage Body surfs her roots

In this edition, DJ Garbage Body is surfing her deepest roots to reminisce, recall, reflect and remind when/where she comes from. It’s important to remember, to pay respect, and to never lose sight. Friends are important influences, and bonds shape us.

From what I can recall, the underground noise boom I knew sprung up after 2004. Obviously a lot of things were happening before that time, but Garbage Body was not yet infused. This scene got seriously awesome between 2007-2009. Many bands emerged and small underground venues in Toronto such as the Tranzac, the Boat and Teranga African Bar let everyone have shows. I specifically remember being at some of the shows in the videos I’m about to post below, and if you look carefully, you’ll see faces in the audience who are now involved with better known projects. Do you remember too? Cheers and creds to Ayal Senior for capturing many shows on video.

Kevin Crump (Disguises, Thrashed Genes, Roman Pilates, Tranz DeFonce) and his wife Andrea (VAJJ) played a huge role keeping this scene alive, putting on many shows, getting people excited, putting out weird noise tapes, and fronting some sweet bands included below. Check out Crump’s Wintage Records and Tapes.

Vanessa Hanson-Benoit also deserves the spotlight when it comes to girls in the improv, experimental + noise scene in Toronto. She had many projects and is a great mentor. Her later project Vanessa’s Entire Heart featured more accessible and eerie noise-folk songs. She is now in a band called Deciduous with Stacey Sproule and Jason Benoit.

At first, there were not many girls within this noise community. Vanessa Hanson-Benoit, Andrea Crump, Jill Aston and I eventually became VAJJ (initials acronym) after gathering from what we initially referred to as the Toronto Women’s Noise Collective. There is no trace of this collective unless you were around at the time and knew. A girl named Poornima helped start that… whatever happened to her?

Until VAJJ, I was mostly a show-goer rather than a performer, having been an avid fan of my friends’ avant-noise duo Gravitons (Mani Mazinani – drums, Jill Aston – guitar shredding) and label Free Market Records.

From what I recall, this thriving scene started to die after Teranga Bar in Kensington Market closed, and Mark Mclean (Induced Labour, Sick Lipstick, etc etc) stopped throwing his epic Doritos-laden shows there. At the same time, some of the core peeps from the band Disguises seemed to be splitting. Many friends shaped and influenced each other in music during a special, thriving time in Toronto (and Montreal + beyond). If you were around, you know what I’m talking about.

Thrashed Genes (Kevin Crump, Jill Aston, Mark McLean) @ Tranzac. Check out how packed it was… and I definitely remember being at this show. Jill Aston is the bomb!! I think I see Wolfgang of HVY WTR and Healing Power Records, Mani Mazinani of Gravitons and Free Market Records, Mark Sauner of Pink Noise, Kevin Hainey of Inyrdisk, Disguises, Cave Dudes, Kapali Carsi and many more.

More Thrashed Genes action. This happened at Bread & Circus in Kensington Market. It was an epic night. Gravitons and Cave Dudes (Bob McCully who is now Wizard Of, Randy Gagne who is now Man Made Hill, Toblerone Boys etc., and Kevin Hainey) also played that bill.

Mark Sauner of the Pink Noise now has a full band in Montreal. They are really damn good. Sauner used to make experimental lo-fi bedroom music and emerged from a small movement of musically inclined weirdos out of Newmarket, Ontario. Back in Toronto, I used to love chilling with Sauner at shows. This is what the Pink Noise used to be before he recruited his current line-up of musicians.

Thames is Blake Hargreaves (Cousins of Reggae, Clinton Machine, Dreamcatcher, etc) + Alex Moskos (Drainolith, AIDS Wolf etc). Live @ Teranga.

Here’s some more Drainolith. The video was made by the very talented Josh Bastien (Tired, Father Dust, Wasted Nymph, etc) a forward-thinking Montreal avant-guard noise beast.

Doom Tickler is Leslie Predy (lead singer of the famed Induced Labour). Leslie is extremely talented and has always been ahead of things in my opinion. Here’s a bonus music video.

Here’s another new vid from my friend Alex’s project Petra Glynt. I remember seeing her around at some shows back in the day, when girls were so much more sparse.

John Shapiro is somewhat of a legend among people that know him. He now abides in Montreal, and plays in the band Tired. In Toronto, he was in the bands Disguises and Induced Labour among other projects, including recording many bands and providing the sound engineering for many live shows. He’s a major cool dude. Here another bonus video from a sweet project of his called Almost Blue Sunshine.

When it comes to DJ Garbage Body’s musical upbringing, she can’t forget where she came from. These people all emerged relatively around the same time within the deep yet fruitful Toronto music swamps. Many of us met at these shows, and most of us come from there. Some of these venues played major unforgettable roles. If you were around, you know what I’m talking about. This community shares a bonded collective unconscious, memories of serious thriving (although I don’t know if we knew it at the time). It was pure reality breakdown, no trend for lyfe!

I hope your surf will continue from here. Watch live shows from your city, past and present. Surf youtube by venue. Type ‘Tranzac – Toronto’ in your search bar and see what you find. Check out other videos by the bands posted above. Scroll to the right of your screen, and see what kind of waves you’ll surf!!

DJ Garbage Body presents :: Deep Cruise #3, surf’s up! (HOLY DAZE Special TubeCollectaz Edition)

DJ Garbage Body is an accomplice of Bile Sister and the evil twin of DJ Breezes. These bitter rivals are continuously duelling in an immortal kombat: the battle of formats, the battle of pop culture present and future. Who will win? Only remnants and clues are dispersed, with traces left in tangible formats (the printed word, telephone booths, TV Guide). DJ Garbage Body is the one pop-up you can’t block.

Jexus – DSI MEK / Mono Evolver demo

YouTube curators are very special people. Sometimes you can’t make it out to Value Village or your local record store (and don’t get me wrong, LP discoveries are worth the dirty hands!), but YouTube channel scores can be just as rewarding. Do you know about this synth demo dude, Jexus / WC Olo Garb? I found this Polish wonder when I was investigating synths for possible purchase. His demo of the Roland JX3P sold me, and his website is totally worth perusing as well. Totally 100% cool dude who makes great ‘songs’ and sweet videos! Some other worthwhile YouTube Channels to surf for obscurities and special gems are Canal de 9711886 and zomeeggz.

Plague – “I Want To Say”

From the rarities of channel 9711886. Do you like this? I think it’s pretty swell. Now peruse to the right of your YouTube screen. Do some deep cruisin’ of your own!

RiFF RaFF – “AiR CANADA”

RiFF RaFF blows my mind. He makes TONS of videos, his lyrics are game-changing, and his humour is off the wall next level shit. “Ace of Space”, I mean come on, really!?! Don’t take him too serious, he ain’t no Memphis Tommy Wright III – ha! He also started an internet show called RiFF RaFF REALM and truly needed the outlet. The New Age Tongue Twista is takin’ over the internet… and I love it!

LiL DEBBiE and RiFF RaFF – “Michelle Obama”

LiL DEBBiE is serious! Here’s a thing she did with RiFF RaFF. Speaking of Memphis (check sub-rap movements from wiki history repertoires), there is a definite hip hop/rap movement happening right now. From Le1f to Mykki Blanco to Kitty Pryde, something’s changing… even though Azealia Banks has been around since the early ’90s at least! Here’s a Le1f fave. More bonuses for your 2013 farewells and 2014 pleasure, rap minimalism gurus of ‘now’: Zebra Katz – “Ima Read” (ft. Njena Reddd Foxxx) and Deena – “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools”. Takes the best parts of Ace of Base and makes em’ 2014… Ding!

J-P Massiera – “Turn Radio On – Help Taxi”

Do you and your friends have private group messages on facebook where you share music gems? I do! Some dope musician friends shared these YouTube rhinestones with me in our secret music box. Here’s some more: Attali / Torelli – “Knock Out”, Kitschstortion – “Zing Went the Strings of my Heart” and Ali Ag Amoumine – “Takamb”. This one was straight up posted on a friend’s wall – LIBYTHTH – “It My Beak.” It’s damn cool.

Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – “Mascara Snake”

Straight-up video surfs. This clip of “Mascara Snake” comes from the The Lost Broadcasts DVD. I surfed this amazing performance footage haaaard!

Anton LaVey and his calliope

Dedicated to Christmas, some Anton LaVey classic organ jams straight from the Church of Satan’s vault. Here’s one more.

Jay Holy – “thewonderyears”

I’m going to leave you with one of my favourite new Toronto bands, Jay Holy. They’re pure gold.

Happy New Year, don’t forget to reduce and reuse… and keep cruisin’ my lil’ YouCrews, babes!

p.s. See you at a local hotspot Jan 25th, where I’ll be spinning your lengthy waaavve favs. Catch me if you can, Tom Hanks!

Love Always,

XO DJ GARBAGE BODY XO

DJ Garbage Body presents :: Deep YouTube Cruises

DJ Garbage Body is an accomplice of Bile Sister and the evil twin of DJ Breezes. These bitter rivals are continuously duelling in an immortal kombat: the battle of formats, the battle of pop culture present and future. Who will win? Only remnants and clues are dispersed, with traces left in tangible formats (the printed word, telephone booths, TV Guide). DJ Garbage Body doesn’t let others forget cultural artifacts. She is the one pop-up you can’t block.

For this edition, DJ Garbage Body is going green. She recycles the vids buried deep in the Tubestack.

Master DJI – “Tan Pou Tan”

Gotta start this surf with more Haitian gold. I love Master DJI, so here’s another bonus: “Petite Fille.” I also love Emmanuel V’s music videos like Fasa’s “Le w Pa La,” and the gorgeous song “Ti Pitit” by Joel Theodore. The video for Yanick Etienne’s “Miste Lanmou” isn’t his typical green screen style, but it’s still got that weirdness I like. Another one that caught my attention was System Band’s “Beeper.” It’s all about Emmanuel V!

Cardboards – “Gravity’s Still Working” (1981)

This song just blows my mind. I’m into Synth Punk, New Wave and Minimal Synth from various parts of Europe and beyond. For more, check out Carol’s “So Low” and “Breakdown.”

T-Venus – “Draggin The Bottom” (1984)

This music video is special and the song rules. Give it a go. I noticed that with stereo headphones, I really appreciated the mix. Well done and weird.

Class Info – Inside (12″)

This is solid gold Canadian Synth Pop/New Wave!! Winnipeg! It’s from 1983. Go for it!

Reverend Alicia

I look at this like it’s a music video/song rather than a weird public access religious reverend lady. Ignore the religious stuff (unless you’re the type to be into that sorta bag); the music and the video are totally cool!

TubeCruises at your environmentally friendly disposal.

Love Always,

DJ Garbage Body