We got Dutch, we got German, we got French, we got Cascadian. This week on The Sweet and Sour Variety Hour we hear stuff that sounds industrial, experimental, instrumental, sentimental and all other manner of mentals. Like a potent little garlic clove, I’ve planted my favourite song from KMVP’s new recordOn The Cusp. If you get your grubby paws on a copy of this limited release, you are sure to garner hella cool points (which is the nourishment of every vinyl collector, let’s be honest).
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Feeling quite moody and eccentric this week on the Sweet and Sour Variety Hour! Having no apologies about the selections and settling into an artsy smugness about it. The sound starts off slowish and moves into a jumble of pulsing rhythms and cold vocals. If I were ordering a drink at Mo’s Tavern, I might ask for it served in a mans hat. The final fifteen minutes is a clip from Bjork’s new podcast, where each episode describes how she made each of her albums. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t completely effected. Can you hear it?
I’m dedicating the entire hour to the iconic band WEEN!
Ween has been releasing music since before I was born, and has maintained a cult following since the early nineties. Their sound (over sixteen album releases) ranges from heavy metal to twangy country, to experimental drone, to cheesy love ballad to full-on screamo – sometimes all on the same album. Ween is mistakenly categorized as a spoof band, but I really think they’re a dynamic musical force that transcends all genres. They’ve successfully retained such a huge fan base that even today in 2022, they regularly sell out huge multi-night stadium events. ANYWAY! One of the many dedicated Ween tribute bands will be playing this Friday, August 26th at the Nanaimo Bar. They’re called Captain Fantasy and pre-sale tickets are on sale now here: tinyurl.com/fridayween
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