BeatRoute Magazine AB Edition June 2019

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Contents

MorMor, April 30 at the Biltmore

Cabaret. Read our review of this show

and more online at beatroute.ca

JEREZ CHALLENGER

Up Front

4

7

9

11

The Guide

Japanese Breakfast serves

up an indie-pop dream

at Calgary’s Sled Island

Festival

Fashion

18 Waits puts bands at the

top of their brand with rock

and roll apparel

That’s Dope

Softgel capsules make for

convenient anxiety and

headache relief

Drink

Near-beers are here to stay.

The rundown of Canada’s

best non-alcoholic beers

Music

13

14

29

31

35

Concert Previews

Concert Previews

Yungblud, Foxwarren,

Claypool-Lennon Delirium,

Sebadoh

Sled Island Festival

Calgary’s discovery indie

music festival slides into

town

The Playlist

All the singles we can’t stop

listening to this month

Album Reviews

Carly Rae Jepsen, Tyler

The Creator, Hot Chip, Baroness,

Richard Reed Parry

and more

LiveReviews

Orville Peck, Thornetta

Davis, Kali Uchis and Jorja

Smith

JUNE 2019

Cover Story

18

Festival Season Starts Now!

Anderson .Paak

From couch surfing to crowd surfing

in just 10 years

Anderson .Paak

From couch surfing to

crowd surfing, the dynamic

hip-hop/soul artist has accomplished

all of his goals

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Movies|TV

40

43

42

Travel

38

Jim Jarmusch

A look back at the art-house

director’s relationship with music

ahead of The Dead Don’t Die

John & Yoko:

Above Us Only Sky

Netflix documentary shines a

spotlight on one of history’s

greatest musical connections

Rocketman

Elton John biopic flies high as

one of the best movies of the

summer

Destination: Festival D’éte

de Québec

Get ready for one of the longest-running

music festivals in

North America on Quebec City’s

Plains of Abraham

YYC

45

46

47

49

50

Katya Zamolodchikova

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star

sharpens her stilettos

Local Shows

Sound Of Summer, Octoduck,

The Ashley Hundred, Maplerun

Jazz YYC Festival

Dominique Fils-Aimé, Benny

Green Trio, Dirty Catfish Brass

Band and more!

YVR Agenda

All the best events happening

around the city this month, plus

This month in Theatre.

YVR Savage Love

Dan Savage dishes on hard feelings

and how to avoid Handmaid

states when traveling through

the US

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The Guide

JUNE

Japanese

Editor/Publisher

Michael Hollett

Associate Editor

Brad Simm

glenn@beatroute.ca

Creative Director

Troy Beyer

Senior Editor/

Western Canada

Glenn Alderson

Editorial Coordinators

Jordan Yeager

Sebastian Buzzalino

Breakfast

delivers her

lo-fi pop feast

to Sled Island

Wednesday, June 19

The #1 Legion (Calgary)

Sled Island Music Festival

Contributing

Writers/ Coordinators

Maryam Azizli • Sarah Bauer

Ben Boddez • Sebastian Buzzalino

Lauren Donnelly • Karina Espinosa

Kathryn Helmore • Safiya Hopfe

Kodi Hutchinson • Roban Kerr

Brendan Lee • Christine Leonard

Joey Lopez • Trevor Morelli

Pat Mullen • Johnny Papan

Tory Rosso • Judah Schulte

Yasmine Shemesh • Austin Taylor

Graeme Wiggins • Jordan Yeager

JACKIE LEE YOUNG

Japanese Breakfast is the artistic

alias of Michelle Zauner, serving up

delicious, artisanal compositions and

arrangements that are as relaxing on

the surface as they are emotional in

content, leaving listeners satiated, but

not overfilled.

Zauner got her start in music as a

15-year-old, touring with bands like

Little Big League and Post Post before

moving to Oregon to care for her sick

mother. When her mother passed away,

Zauner was faced with an existential

shift in perspective as well as a

life-changing shift in career.

It was in the wake of grief that she

wrote and recorded Psychopomp, her first

project as Japanese Breakfast. It was more

an act of self-care than anything, and no one

was more surprised than Zauner when there

was an audience for this personal project. Her

follow-up release, Soft Sounds from Another

Planet, came out just over a year later; there’s

no time to slow down when you’re aware of

your own mortality.

Zauner delivers assertive, yet often plaintive

vocal performances, accompanied by

tranquil guitar chords and a no-nonsense

rhythm section. Where instrumentation

is subtle, her lyricism is heavy-handed,

grappling with introspective topics like

loss, mourning and the inevitable passage

of time.

Despite its morose subject matter, Japanese

Breakfast will have you dancing. This is a dish

that is best served in the intimate confines of

oversized headphones on a day-dreamy afternoon,

or on the drive home from Sunday brunch

with your best mates.

By TORY ROSSO

4 BEATROUTE JUNE 2019

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Sled Island

Fest coverage,

page 14

Contributing Photographers

& Illustrators

Kelli Anne • Jerez Challenger

Bailey Clarke • Erin Cooney

Jesse DeFlorio • Itai Erdal

Jimmy Fontaine • Chris Graham

Chris Graham • Vanessa Heins

Matilda Hill Jenkins

Marisa Holmes • Nolan Knight

Jackie Lee Young • Ryan Mclemore

John Packman • Darrole Palmer

Justin Pizzoferrato • Tristan

Shouldice

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Fashion

Legendary Lines

A

rock and roll clothing brand with

music on their minds, 18 Waits was

inspired by a late night stroll through

the rainy streets of New York while

founder and designer Dan Torjman wandered

the Lower East Side listening to —

you guessed it — Tom Waits.

“It was a light bulb moment,” says Torjman.

“Eighteen has always been my lucky

number. 18 Waits also sounds good, looks

18 Waits graphic tees bring Keith, Bob and Willie to amplify your wardrobe By KATHRYN HELMORE

good and is an homage to Tom.”

With a dog named Alice Cooper, Torjman

has been a music junkie his whole

life. A Canadian company with national

distribution, 18 Waits outfits us to keep

rock and roll amplified on the forefront of

our daily lives.

Proving fashion is the extension of

identity and life-long addictions, their

summer t-shirt collection features some of

Torjman’s favourite musical icons.

Simple cotton acts as a canvas for artistic

renderings of musical monarchs Willie

Nelson, Keith Richards and Bob Dylan.

The brand is also teaming up with Toronto

artist Hieram on June 20 to celebrate

all things David Bowie with a gallery-style

show at their flagship store featuring eight

raw denim jackets, each with iconic Bowie

imagery painted on the back.

“Not only are Nelson, Richards, Dylan

and Bowie musically great,” says Torjman.

“They paved their own way. They said ‘fuck

it’ and didn’t hesitate or look back. Regardless

of the fact that one is a spaceman and

one a grass smoking Texan, they followed

the same ethos.”

You can find 18 Waits at Brooklyn Clothing in

Vancouver (418 Davie St.) and Calgary (1211

Kensington Rd. NW) and online at 18waits.com

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That’s Dope

THIS MONTH

IN CANNABIS NEWS

AND VIEWS

P

opping a softgel

capsule for pain relief

is not unusual for

anyone who has ever

had a headache.

Now getting a daily

dose of cannabis

is as convenient as taking

your vitamins.

If you want the healing properties

of cannabidiol (CBD)

but don’t want the smell and

spectacle of smoke, the mess

of oils or the unpredictability of

edibles, softgel cannabis capsules

can be a good option.

CBD is a naturally occurring

compound found in cannabis

heralded for its therapeutic

properties. It’s non-addictive

and, unlike THC, it doesn’t get

you stoned. It can be used

to treat things like anxiety,

disordered sleeping, pain and

disease.

Softgels are clear, pill-like

capsules filled with a precise

dose of cannabis oil, which

makes them conveniently

predictable. Edibles aren’t an

exact science. When baking

is infused with cannabis you

never really know what you’re

going to get when it comes to

dosing.

Because softgels are predosed,

you know exactly what

you’re getting, and their clear

capsule shell makes them easy

for the body to absorb. But, as

with edibles, good things come to

those who wait. Softgels can take

30 to 90 minutes to start working.

Once they kick in though, the

effects can be long-lasting –– up

to 12 hours.

Depending on your needs,

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Softgel capsules deliver a dose of mother nature’s

medicine without the mess, smell or

unpredictability

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there’s a couple of different

options to choose from. There are

THC and CBD varieties that come

in sativa or indica dominant strains

so you can determine what suits

you best.

Shega Youngsen, a senior manager

with Tweed, says softgels

stand out in the cannabis market

because of their convenient, precise

format.

“You can take them on the go,

so it’s easy to consume if you’re

traveling.”

Tweed softgels are extracted

cannabis oil diluted in MCT oil and

start at a 2.5 mg dose. Youngsen

said that it’s a good starting point

for anyone who’s new or coming

back to cannabis. For those who

know what they’re comfortable

with there’s a 10 mg

option as well.

Whereas some edibles are

just a sugary, high-calorie

vehicle for cannabis, with

softgel capsules the ingredients

are straightforward.

“Of course infusing cupcakes

and brownies is fun,”

Youngsen says. “But what

makes a softgel special is

that there aren’t any added

ingredients.”

Tweed softgels are available

at any licensed retailer

across Canada, but there are

lots of other options.

Aurora’s CanniMed line

produces vegan softgel

capsules with CBD and THC

options including Indica and

Sativa dominant strains. Online

dispensary Blue + Yellow

carries softgel capsules

and delivers to cities across

Canada. Natural cannabis

wellness companies Miss

Envy and Mary’s Medicinals

also offer cannabis in capsule

format.

Softgels are a discreet,

unfussy alternative to smoking

or vaping. Maybe they’re

less rock and roll, but it’s

hard to argue with convenience.

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O’Doul’s is the granddaddy

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booze. A “de-alcoholized”

version with less

then 0.5 per cent has

been produced by Budweiser

for decades.

Tastes the most like

mainstream brewery

beer from all of those

featured here.

Budweiser

Prohibition

160 calories, 473 mls

Light, fresh and slightly

bitter, Budweiser’s NA

entry has classic big

brewery taste. This

lighter brew goes best

with peanuts, a hot dog

and a game.

DON’T SAY NAH TO THE NAs

Offering someone a non-alcoholic beer

in the past was often met with a smug “What’s the point?”

The assumption was that someone would only skip “the good

stuff” if they had to. Wrong. While effective for a booze-free hops

hit, there are now are plenty of great NA (non-alcoholic) beers with tons

of taste, all the refreshment and way less calories than the “hard stuff”.

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy vegan dishes and you can enjoy an

NA without renouncing booze. It’s called pacing, maybe a little variety,

and the non-alcoholic options are better than ever with greater choice

and broader availability. Here’s BeatRoute’s

guide to some of the best.

Erdinger NA

82 calories 330 ml

Erdinger is a wheat

beer that’s hugely

popular in Germany.

Big Euro flavour with

floral hints and natural,

clean taste with no hint

of additives. Another

NA that tastes a lot like

the “real deal”.

Grolsch NA

115 calories 500 ml

A tasty take on the

Dutch treat. The NA

version of this legendary

beer from Holland

hits the flower accent

hard. It’s a satisfying

brew that tastes significantly

different than

the original. Don’t go

looking for a Grolsch

replica.

By MICHAEL HOLLETT

Clausthaler

92 calories 500 ml

An excellent German

lager entry into the

NA category. Slightly

sweet with strong

metallic hop notes, this

will please those who

like the grassy European

lagers.

0Partake Pale

0President’s Heineken 0.0

Choice

70 calories 330 ml

Blonde Brew

and Red Brew

Tastes like the “real”

50 calories 355 ml

stuff. Of all the NA

beers, drinks the

PC Red and a Blonde

most like the original.

Brew are tasty bargains.

Same great refreshing

Heineken flavour,

light taste and the Red

The Blonde has a great,

satisfying. Brew has smooth rich

flavor that could almost

pass as a Rickards Red.

Coors Edge

45 calories 355 ml

A big brewery entry

into the NA market,

Coors Edge has a light

clean taste and is a nononsense,

low calorie

option.

Becks NA

45 calories 330 ml

Big German beer taste.

A relatively hearty beer

very reminiscent of

regular Becks. Surprisingly

low in calories

yet a full-bodied NA

choice.

10 calories 355 ml

One of the first “craft”

entries into the Canadian

near beer market,

Partake is already a

winner of a World Beer

Award. At only 10 calories,

this is a winner for

real beer lovers. They

also have a blond, IPA

and stout.

JUNE 2019 BEATROUTE 11


MUSiC

My granddad told

me that the strongest

thing in this world is love

and if you spread it, you

will save human lives.

It doesn’t matter if you

save one or a million,

you’ve succeeded

at life.

YUNGBLUD

ACTUALLY

DOES GIVE

A FUCK

By JORDAN YEAGER

W

ith his black eyeliner

and punk persona,

Dominic Harrison,

better known as

Yungblud, may seem

intimidating at first

glance. But the second he cracks

his wide, genuine smile and says a

few words in his charming English

accent, it’s clear the opposite is

true.

Harrison grew up in Doncaster

and moved to London at 16 to pursue

a creative lifestyle, with more

than music on his mind. He recently

announced a comic book collaboration

with Z2 Comics and Ryan

O’Sullivan called The Twisted Tales

of the Ritalin Club. And he wants to

become an actor. He was featured

in six episodes of Disney TV series

“The Lodge” in 2016.

Obviously, Harrison is adaptable.

But his sense of self, both personally

and professionally, wasn’t

always so cemented.

CONTINUED ON PG. 16 k

ERIN COONEY


SLED

ISLA

ND

NOLAN KNIGHT

Sled Island, Calgary’s dynamic discovery

indie music festival is back for another stacked

five days. Sled delivers thoughtful, engaging

and diverse programming that has become a

focal point for the music and arts community

in Western Canada. No matter your vibe, Sled

Island offers entry points for everyone while

also digging deep enough for new favourites to

emerge.

June 19 to 23, 2019 / Various Locations /

Tix: sledisland.com

By SEBASTIAN BUZZALINO

14 BEATROUTE JUNE 2019

JULIEN BAKER

SLED ISLAND 2019’s

GUEST CURATOR

J

ulien Baker’s delicate folk

songwriting feels like a

long-forgotten favourite

sweater. She is emotive

and resilient, leaving wideopen

spaces for listeners to enter

her songs and feel right at home,

tackling tough topics like trauma,

substance abuse and self-acceptance.

It’s at once comforting and

disarming. In 2018, she co-founded

boygenius, a supergroup of sorts

with Lucy Dacus and Phoebe

Bridgers.

As this year’s guest curator, Baker

uses her powerful voice to add

poetry to Sled Island, contributing

artists such as Bully, Death Bells,

Japanese Breakfast and JPEG-

MAFIA to the lineup. We caught up

with her to talk about the process

of guest curating the festival, what

her vision was for the bands she

brings to Sled Island and how it all

fits together into the larger picture

for 2019.

What was it like to get approached

by Sled Island to be

guest curator?

JB I’ve never done anything similar

to curating Sled Island or anything

close to that scale, so being approached

by the festival was both

a massive honour and a daunting

task. It felt like an enormous gift

to have a say in what kind of acts

would be brought to the festival

and I was happy I would get to help

create a lineup full of artists that

bring me so much joy.

I also felt a slight amount of

apprehension because I wanted festival-goers

to enjoy and be able to

engage with the music as much as I

do. I think it was an exercise for me

in letting go of suppositions or trying

to anticipate the desires of others.


What are you most proud of in

your role as guest curator?

JB I wanted booking the festival to

be a more thoughtful process than

just picking my favourite bands: I

mostly wanted to make sure that

there were a variety of experiences

and narratives presented. So I

tried to balance things, make sure

the acts weren’t all completely

obscure and also that they weren’t

all within such a similar vein that

it was alienating to people who

maybe preferred another genre.

I tried to view my role as curator

as a chance to redirect attention

to the artists that I believe have

something important to impart to

people or who have moved me. I

think I wanted to, in the most humble

way possible, put music in front

of people that has affected me and

that I think could affect them in a

meaningful way.

You are Sled Island’s youngest

guest curator to date. Do

you feel that allowed you to

bring a different vibe to guest

curating?

JB It was an enormous honour,

while a little intimidating. I find I’m

usually a student of those much

older or much younger than me,

those who are either much more

privy to the current or much more

versed in the past. Both categories

of people seem to have a more

comprehensive understanding

of music’s intricate, constantly

emerging history. I suppose that is

true of any person, since no two

people are going to have the exact

same musical taste or preference.

I think one of the great things

about this festival is that it sort of

eliminates the stratification between

those who organize the fest

and those who attend. It changes

the format, removes the somewhat

invisible arbiters of taste who

curate a lineup and decide what is

worthy of attention. I think getting

rid of that perceived superiority

gap creates a context that seems

much more intimate and more

human, the guest curator is just

offering their individual knowledge

to the communal awareness, saying,

“Here is something that feels

valuable and important and worthy

to me. I hope that you can derive

as much joy from it as I have.” To

me, music has always been an

exercise in shared curiosity and I

hope that, if anything, that spirit of

curiosity and ongoing conversation

is my contribution to Sled Island

this year.

Julien Baker plays Saturday, June

22 at The Palace Theatre

4ESSENTIAL

SHOWS

3 CASS

MCCOMBS

Wednesday, June 19

Central United Church

There’s nothing flat

about the earthy tones

of modern troubadour

Cass McCombs’

latest album, Tip of

the Sphere. After all,

the California-bred

singer-songwriter is a

seasoned professional

when it comes to

surveying life’s emotional

peaks and valleys.

Armed with a sharp

ear and a steady hand,

the politically-minded

myth-maker draws on

traditional Western

rock, folk and punk to

1

MAN OR

ASTRO MAN?

Saturday, May 22

Dickens Pub

A radioactive rock and roll

juggernaut dedicated to

bringing the good word

of science fiction to the

galaxy, Man or Astro-Man?

have scoured the globe to

fill their set with the most

stimulating sounds and

diminutive lyrics in the

known universe.

Attracting alien species

from all quadrants with an

array of zany but airtight

tracks, their performances

encapsulate the atomic

excitement of an Apollo

2 BULLY

Friday, June 21

Palace Theatre

There’s no better stress

relief than forming a punk

rock band and venting

frustrations with chords

and kick drums. Alicia

Bognanno has never

needed much of an excuse

to rebel against the

status quo. As the front

woman of Nashville’s Bully,

she’s strapped herself

into both the driver’s seat

weave vivid narratives for

modern times. He’s an

alt-country architect with

a pop-coloured vision that

has been framed out over

the course of a 10-album

and 15-year career. Mc-

Combs has made exploration

and experimentation

the crux of his practice.

Some songs meander

like lazy rivers while

others leap and gallop like

horses fleeing a burning

stable, but they all reference

classic Americana.

For McCombs, it’s not

about recreating the past,

but reflecting on a shared

history in a relatable and

authentic way. Seductive

in all its mangy dog

splendour, McCombs’

signature sound with its

dark humour, harmonic

brain dumps and counterculture

root-downs has

the potential to unclog

cognitive filters and flood

the hidden catacombs of

the human soul.

Christine Leonard

splashdown, complete

with all the rocket-fuelled

and the producer’s chair

in order to launch their

dangerous garage rock

dreams into the stratosphere.

Brave enough to

expose wounds old and

fresh, Bognanno channels

her excess angst

and energy on the stage

and in the studio. After

five years of slogging

it out, the heavy hooks

and hard turns that have

defined Bully’s rough

exterior are more than

4 RAPSODY

Thursday, June 20

Palace Theatre

Rapsody (aka Marlanna Evans)

is a modern hip-hop enigma. The

rapper grew up in the small town

of Snow Hill, NC, and did not

discover her love of hip-hop until

she entered college. No matter

if Evans was a late bloomer, she

has germinated and taken root

in the music scene, establishing

herself as a smooth,

sophisticated emcee, known

for her elaborate rhyme

configurations, wordplay and

metaphors.

Her sophomore release,

Laila’s Wisdom (2017), was

met with critical acclaim and

saw her collaborating with

some of hip-hop’s biggest stars,

including Anderson .Paak, J. Cole,

H.E.R. and Kendrick Lamar. Channeling

chill west coast vibes from

g-funk-era soul samples with the

raw grit, bounce and technicality

of east coast production,

Rapsody delivers an authentic

blend of hip-hop

and R&B. Tory Rosso

antics fans have come to

expect from these punk

just crude devices. Bully

rules the hallways with a

strict DIY dress code of

fuzzy guitars and neon

screams that go beyond

the easy 90s Seattle

scene comparisons.

Warmed by the glow of

Bognanno’s fiery lyrics,

the band’s stripped down

style sets aside the

artificial and allows their

naked skills to shine

through the noise, grunge

and glamour.

Christine Leonard

rock kosmonauts.

Roll over, Dick Dale!

Here we have mercurial

surf guitar mechanics with

instrumental ranges that

rival those slick-haired

stringbenders of the early

60s. Claiming the dance

floor as their personal

Area 51, this Tesla-coil

crew sets the scene for

close encounters with the

light fantastic. Undeniably

catchy, Man or Astro-Man?’s

nimble picking

and rumbling rhythms are

the perfect soundtrack for

a high-octane dune buggy

rally or just another day of

watching UFOs crash into

the ocean. Life’s a beach.

Christine Leonard

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“When you don’t know who

you are and you’re searching for YUNGBLUD

acceptance, you’re forced to find Friday, June 14

yourself,” he says. “When you’re Venue Nightclub (Van)

put in a position where you’re Tix: Sold out

either going to drown or swim,

you teach yourself to swim, whether that’s

through drinking, drugs, sex, or rebellion.

For me, it was music. I figured out who

I was and how to talk about my issues

through songwriting. At first, people told

me who they thought I should be – they

thought I should flutter my eyelashes, wink

at the girls and sing pop music with about

as much charisma as a pint of water. And I

did, until I realized how deeply sad I was. It

was just not enough for me.”

Thus, Yungblud was born, in an act

of protest. His first album, 21st Century

Liability, was a breakout hit, establishing a

burgeoning international fan base for the

band. He has even higher hopes for his

forthcoming release.

“I love albums like Good Kid, m.A.A.d

City by Kendrick Lamar and Blonde by

Frank Ocean that are just so incredibly well

thought out,” he says. “21st Century is a

concept album, but it was my first one, so I

have not nailed it yet. I’m happy I didn’t nail

it; I have room to grow, I’m learning, and

I’m excited for this next one. The concept

is ever-changing, but it’s about the people

I meet. You’re the best judge of how you

can be the best you – you don’t have to

conform to the perception of who people

think you should be. This album is almost

a tribute to individualism. I want Yungblud

to be a community where you can be who

you want to be no matter what, without

judgment and without hostility.”

Yungblud’s message resonates

with his fans so strongly

that they’ve formed the Black

Hearts Club. It’s exactly what

it sounds like – Harrison has

a little black heart tattoo, and

now thousands of others across the globe

do, too.

“It’s so crazy that it just happened

because they felt so connected with me,

and I felt so connected with them,” says

Harrison. “That’s the craziest thing I’ve

ever experienced in my life. We put things

on our bodies, and now we have a mutual

connection. It’s like a code. And I didn’t do

it – it was created by them.”

Platforms like social media help break

down the wall between artists and

audiences and with outlets like the Black

Hearts Club, Yungblud wants to break

them down altogether.

“I ain’t Yungblud the high and mighty,

the person who’s saving the world,” he

says. “I’m just a person talking to other

people about our issues. I’m wrong sometimes,

and they correct me. And they’re

wrong sometimes, and I correct them.

Yungblud is a community, a conversation.

It’s solidarity, energy and excitement.

“My granddad told me that the strongest

thing in this world is love and if you

spread it, you will save human lives. It

doesn’t matter if you save one or a million,

you’ve succeeded at life. And I was like,

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Friendships fuelled

Anderson .Paak’s

transition from the

streets to the stage

and studio

By Joey Lopez

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ANA nderson .Paak moved from couch

surfing to crowd surfing in 10 short

years, becoming one of this decade’s

most important and respected hiphop

and soul singers. His star continues

to rise, as his latest stacked

world tour demonstrates with guest

appearances from acts like Thundercat,

Vince Staples and Earl Sweatshirt.

.Paak was homeless, bouncing from couch

to couch just a decade ago while pursuing

his music dreams, relying on relationships he

built in the LA music scene to keep afloat.

Never having a place of his own but always

a place to go, .Paak was given the support

to go from being an unknown musician to a

Grammy-nominated superstar.

“My close friends were always letting me

use their studio or letting me use their couch.

If I didn’t have those relationships I don’t know

if I would’ve been able to get over that bridge,”

“When I didn’t have a

spot of my own it was

the people around me

who were like, ‘You’re

super dope, we

love you. You can stay

here and what

I have is yours.”

says .Paak, soft spoken and clearly drained

two weeks into his Best Teef In the Game

tour.

Although he’s exhausted, that doesn’t

keep .Paak from enthusiastically running

with every question; delivering each answer

with excitement and humble honesty. On his

life before fame, he doesn’t speak of himself,

but of the people who loved him.

“When I didn’t have a spot of my own it

was the people around me who were like,

‘You’re super dope, we love you. You can

stay here and what I have is yours.’ I think

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Wheat Kings

CHRIS GRAHAM

Andy Shauf remains on

the outside looking in with

Foxwarren By KATHRYN HELMORE

A

ndy Shauf is one of Canada’s

most talented multi-instrumentalist

singer-songwriters,

and he got his start in

Regina’s unlikely booming

Christian punk scene. But

even from within, he never

would drink the Kool-Aid.

“The mid-2000s punk scene in Regina

was about positivity and community with

a religious tone,” says Shauf. “But when

it came to the faith, I was kind of following

along. I tried really hard to get into it,

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but something just didn’t line up

in my brain.”

Perhaps this sums up the

appeal of Shauf’s music. His

album, The Party (2016), is a

contemplation on a single night,

offering minute observations

of a humanity we all recognize.

It masterfully weaves together

ornate arrangements, fuzzed-out guitars,

string sections, clarinets and hazy

FOXWARREN

synths. It’s the diary entry of wallflowers

and outsiders everywhere, written in the

small hours of the morning following a

crowded house party.

“The punk shows of Regina were

always mix-matched,” says Shauf. “It

was a mix of metal bands and hardcore

bands. I was the acoustic emo kid. I’ve

never been very extreme so I found

myself just a little out of place.”

Shauf’s repertoire manages to capture

the yearning feeling of being “just a little

out of place.”

Calgary:

Saturday, June 1

Commonwealth Bar

& Stage

Vancouver:

Tuesday, June 4

Biltmore Cabaret

Tix: $15-$20

His latest work with Foxwarren

is no exception and has

been ten years in the making.

Reuniting with high-school

friends Dallas Bryson and

brothers Avery and Darryl

Kissick, Foxwarren released a

debut self-titled LP in November.

Compared to Shauf’s solo

work, the album is artfully spacious and

wields lyrical ambiguity masterfully.

Yet, despite the connection that comes

from a collaboration Shauf describes as

‘the Simon and Garfunkel of his highschool,’

the words unsaid and the chords

unplayed carry with them that same

melancholy sense of otherness.

“The album did not come out the way

we expected it to,” says Shauf. “When

recording, we planned a rock and roll

album inspired by the Rolling Stones.

That’s not how it turned out.”

Shauf’s ethereal, honey-toned voice

and acoustic guitar melds with eccentric,

diverse instrumentation. It’s the perfect

complement to a summer afternoon

— nostalgic, yet somehow filled with

conflict.

Shauf’s music resonates because it

speaks to our “out of place” sentimentality.

The chords mirror the touch of frigid

glass on fingertips as one peers through

a locked window into a world that is

seemingly populated by insiders. In capturing

that sentiment through masterful

songwriting and instrumentalism, Shauf

and Foxwarren create an awareness of

the living and breathing community beyond

the looking glass. Only time will tell

if the orchestrators of our awareness,

Foxwarren, will continue their collaborative

study of the uncollaborated soul.


5ON THE SIDE

FOXWARREN is (L-R) Darryl Kissick, Dallas Bryson, Avery Kissick and Andy Shauf

Some musicians just don’t play

nice with others and prefer to go

it alone with their solo projects,

while others thrive in a group

setting. Some do both! Here’s

a list of our favourite Canadian

musicians who divide their time

between their solo endeavours

and full blown projects.

1

KATHRYN CALDER/NEW

PORNOGRAPHERS:

Neko Case isn’t the only member

of the New Pornographers

with her own solo material. The

Victoria-born Calder has played

in three different bands and has

released three albums of her own.

She also runs her own label, Oscar

St. Records.

2 NINETEEN85/

DVSN:

The recent Grammy winner for

Producer of the Year has played

a huge role in shaping the worldly

influences that make up Drake and

the OVO sound, but he’s also one

half of the smooth R&B duo dvsn.

3

DALLAS GREEN/

ALEXISONFIRE:

Not only is Dallas Green a softtoned

acoustic crooner under

the alias City & Colour, he also

plays guitar and keyboards for the

post-hardcore outfit Alexisonfire.

Talk about range!

4

AMY MILLAN/

STARS:

When she’s not dueting on

indie-pop harmonies in Stars

or performing with the massive

collective of Broken Social Scene,

Millan found time to put out two

solo albums on Arts & Crafts in the

late 2000s.

5

RICHARD REED PARRY/

ARCADE FIRE:

Parry is one of the most impressive

multi-instrumentalists in

Arcade Fire - yes, the one you

always see jamming out on his

accordion - but you can also find

him diving into his post-rock roots

as an indie-folk singer on his own.

Check out our review of Quiet

River of Dust Vol. 2 on Page 32.

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that’s what determines if people

are going to give up or keep going,

those relationships.”

If not for the support, .Paak

wouldn’t have released his debut

album Venice, which earned him

the attention of his longtime hero

Dr. Dre. After hearing an impromptu

freestyle from .Paak, Dre featured

him on Compton (2015). Three

years later, Dre was producing

.Paak’s outstanding back-to-back

acclaimed releases. Oxnard was

a banging hip-hop record that

allowed .Paak to experiment with

his own unique rap flow, dropping

the soul grooves for a gritty hiphop

production. Ventura, a return

to form with a heavy focus on soul

and beautiful instrumentals from

his band, The Free Nationals.

The process was a loaded one

with help from legends in the game,

including the prolific André 3000.

.Paak’s laughter breaks through a

yawn when talking about 3000.

“There’s so much that goes into

one verse because that’s not just

a verse to him, it’s like a whole album.

Even after we got it, it wasn’t

over because he called and was

like, ‘I don’t know if I should be

on the song. I don’t know if I did

a good job.’ and I was like, ‘The

fuck are you talking about?’ We

had to have a little pep talk and

even when it was about to release

he still was doubting it and I had to

reassure him, but now it’s done.”

Getting a single verse from 3000

was a year-long process, but .Paak

says it’s one of the craziest verses

he’s ever heard. Viewing him as a

hermetic legend, .Paak felt lucky

despite the ordeal.

Big name collaborations have

been a part of a series of goals

.Paak set for himself.

Back when he was living

in Kentucky, he laid

his dreams out, making

a promise to himself

that with his debut album

he would sell 10,000 records,

buy the clothes he wanted, a new

car, make a million bucks and then

make it big. He’s taken the time to

look back on his accomplishments

and says he’s realizing it’s time for

the next logical step.

“I had all these things working

out and I turned around and was

like, ‘What the fuck? You did all of

this shit?’ So it was time to make

a new goal: After this tour, I really

want to hop on the production shit,

helping other artists; helping them

write and helping them produce.”

He measures his words, falling

silent between answers to give

each one proper thought. “I feel like

I’ve just been putting out music, so

now I just want to lay low.”

In particular, .Paak wants to help

his band, The Free Nationals, in

their journey to becoming a powerful

entity and breaking out on their

own. The band has been a huge

source for his signature soul and

groove sound.

ANDERSON .PAAK

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Beyond the artistry,

the touring, the Grammy

nominations and critical

acclaim he is Brandon

Paak Anderson; father

of Soul Rasheed Anderson

and Shine Anderson. His two

sons are his biggest inspiration to

take a step back from touring and

songwriting.

“Touring and putting on shows

is great, but I also want to be my

best self, so that’s what I want to

keep building on and not just being

a performer. I also have to get

that family time. I have two sons

back home and they’re absolutely

beautiful, man.”

.Paak began humbly with

nothing but a pearlescent smile

and an undeniable talent. Now

famous for both, he is one of the

most exciting acts in music today.

The happiness and contentment

is apparent in the way he speaks;

knowing he has a story he’s enthusiastic

to tell.

There might not be any new

music from .Paak in the near

future, but expect to see his name

plastered on producer credits

between now and his next highly

anticipated release. ,

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Psych-rock dream team

PRESENTS

Sean Lennon

talks John and Yoko’s

essential influence

and diving South Of

Reality with Primus

frontman Les

Claypool

By JOHNNY PAPAN

B

y the time Sean Ono

Lennon was born, his

father, John Lennon,

music icon and peace

activist, had already

embarked on several artistic and

philosophical evolutions.

Though Sean’s time with his dad

was short, it was rich, and the

majority of his young life, before

John’s murder, was spent with his

father at his side, the older Lennon

having famously decided to

be a “house husband.”

“There’s so many things I’ve

always admired about my dad,”

Lennon explains. “He never

stayed the same; I think that’s really

incredible. If you look at the

difference between Abbey Road

and Two Virgins, it’s such a stark

transformation. He was always

looking to revise and improve

his worldview and his thinking.

I think that is true creativity, and

it’s true intelligence as well.”

Lennon was only five years old

when his father was killed outside

their home in New York City

on December 8, 1980, leaving a

void not only in his life, but the

lives of millions of music fans and

activists across the globe. Lennon

continued being raised by

his mother, conceptual artist and

activist Yoko Ono. He learned the

guitar by playing Beatles songs

while Ono taught him how to

record and produce music. Ono

also influenced Lennon with her

interpretation of art, which impacted

him during his formative

years.

“She has this philosophy about

art and creativity that art takes

place in your mind, and the medium

in which you express the

idea is unimportant,”

Lennon says.

“It’s secondary. She’s

never really felt like Tuesday, June 25

there was a medium The Commodore

Ballroom (Van)

she couldn’t do. She

made films, paintings,

sculptures, rock

and roll records. For her, it was all

just another kind of paint.”

Now 43, Lennon has drawn

influence from both his parents.

His voice is a ghost-like match

to his father’s, and he explores a

modernized style of psychedelia

in his songwriting. He currently

is part of the Claypool-Lennon

Delirium, an atmospheric

rock group formed with Primus

frontman Les Claypool. The duo

dropped their second record,

South Of Reality, earlier this year.

Many of Lennon’s songs on the

album read like short stories. The

first single, “Blood and Rockets,”

tells of Jack Parsons, a rocket

scientist and engineer who

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that eventually led

America to the moon.

Parsons was also

enamored with the

occult and practiced

witchcraft. He died in

a science experiment explosion.

“Amethyst Realm” was written

after Lennon watched a TV report

about a woman who claimed

she was having sex with ghosts.

Much like his father, Lennon’s

music is decorated with references

to social discourse. He

feels that social media has been

monopolized, and free speech is

being compromised to the algorithms

of artificial intelligence.

Our “connections” have led to

real-world disconnect, resulting

in the degradation of human empathy.

“A lot of my songs tend to be

based on real life surrealism,”

Lennon says. “The modern world

is so bizarre, it almost feels unnecessary

to make things up

anymore.”

It’s clear where Lennon’s extended

worldview and experiential

artistic style come from.

“Some people feel like, in order

to forge their identity, they

need to reject their parents entirely,”

he says. “Some people

don’t feel that way at all. In my

case, I was prone towards the

latter because my dad died when

I was young. Him disappearing

from my life amplified my

desire to be a part of music. It

was a way of finding some kind

of solace from the void that was

left by him not being around. It

was the only thing that made me

feel like I was still connecting to

him.”

John & Yoko: Above Us Only

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BeatRoute’s MIchael Hollett

of visiting Ono at the Dakota,

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1

Skye Wallace

There Is A Wall

With a classically-trained vocal

delivery that ranges from folksy to

full-fledged rock and roll frontwoman,

Wallace is out for blood on this

assertive single that calls out the

barriers to female success.

2

Crack Cloud

The Next Fix

Vancouver multimedia punk outfit

Crack Cloud switch up their style

with a half-rapped track that

serves as a dedication to victims of

the opioid crisis. The music video

is as much of a journey as the song

itself.

3 Loving

Nihilist Kite Flyer

The Victoria indie rock band

returns with a calming single about

getting lost in life’s simple joys. Go

fly a kite and forget about your

responsibilities. Like they say, who

needs a meaning?

4

Ed Sheeran &

Justin Bieber

I Don’t Care

We know you’ll get sick of this one

as soon as it works its way onto every

“chill summer” Spotify playlist,

but for now enjoy it for what it is

- another inoffensive and inescapable

earworm from Swedish pop

mastermind Max Martin

5

The Black Keys

Go

With an accompanying video that

pokes fun at the tensions between

the duo during their musical hiatus,

they return to doing what they do

best. A little heavier than usual,

indulge in the crunchy garage rock

goodness.

songs in heavy rotation at the BR offices right now

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one” with his

release of

Father of

Asahd.

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6

Denzel Curry

SPEEDBOAT

The aggressive and technically

skilled rapper takes an unexpected

turn with a somber piano

instrumental … that he of course

proceeds to tear to shreds anyway,

shouting out his late roommate

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DJ Khaled

Higher

9

(Ft. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend)

The last song Nipsey Hussle ever

recorded, he drops some chillingly

prophetic bars as John Legend

brings some gospel flavour to the

hook. All proceeds from the track

go to Hussle’s family.

8

Tyler, the Creator

EARFQUAKE

(Ft. Playboi Carti & Charlie Wilson)

It almost seems wrong to listen to

IGOR as anything but a complete

album experience, but this synthfunk

tune is the closest thing on

the project to a pop hook that will

never get out of your head. Igor’s

falling in love. Check out the full

review of the album on page 32!

9 Alexisonfire

Complicit

We knew that 2012 “Farewell Tour”

wasn’t really the end. Their second

single this year after a seven-year

hiatus, the Canadian emo-hardcore

giants return with similarly catchy

guitar riffs but heavier, more growled

vocals dominating the track.

10

Charli XCX

Blame It On Your Love

(Ft. Lizzo)

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“Track 10” from Charli’s experimental

pop opus Pop 2, she adds some

sugary synthpop flavour and a fun

verse from breakout star Lizzo. “I

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MUSiC

Album Review

CARLY RAE JEPSEN

Dedicated

INTERSCOPE

Emotion reinvented Carly Rae Jepsen

as more than just a candy-coated

pop star and established her as an

album-oriented artist that even indie

kids could get down with.

Dedicated is a well crafted synth

pop album that is more of a grower

than a show-er. It has its share of

dance floor-ready tracks like “Now

That I Found You” and “Party For One,”

and even though they lack the sugar

rush of “I Really Like You” or the massive

hook of “Boy Problems,” Jepsen

boasts an adrenaline fuelled collection

of upbeat songs that will have you

humming along.

The production sticks to familiar

territory with its disco- and

80s-influenced mid-paced tracks

that edge towards R&B. The skatinged

“I’ll Be Your Girl” is a bit

more experimental and boasts a

monstrous chorus.

Jepsen has a knack for keeping

things in that enjoyable sweet

spot, staying danceable without

forcing listeners to get out on the

floor. Before the album’s release,

she said she wanted to make

music to clean her house to; Dedicated

stays true to that intention.

One of Jepsen’s strengths is

her ability to portray the nervous

excitement of a new relationship,

or of waking up next to someone

you love. Dedicated continues this

tradition with album highlight “Real

Love,” and even amps up the thirst

with “Want You In My Room.” It’s

an album filled with her characteristic

portrayal of longing.

While it would be nice to have a

couple monster singles or daring

experiments to take this album

to the next level, when you do

what she does so well, sometimes

playing it safe is okay too.

Jepsen kicks off her Canadian

tour at the Commodore Ballroom

in Vancouver on August 28 and

29.

Best Track: Right Words

Wrong Time

Graeme Wiggins

JUNE 2019 BEATROUTE 31


MUSiC ALBUM REVIEWS

TYLER,

THE CREATOR

IGOR

Columbia Records

It’s rare to see a complete career

reinvention like what Tyler, the

Creator has pulled off. From the

early criticisms of his intentionally

shocking horrorcore rap all the way

to the lush and vibrant Flower Boy,

Tyler has always aimed to surprise

and elicit strong emotions in his

audience.

His latest project, IGOR, comes

with a written instruction manual

asking fans to concentrate on the

album and play it straight through

with as little distraction as possible.

And it’s easy to stay focused because

Tyler’s story is a compelling

one. We hear the Igor character

experience some complicated and

confusing emotions for the first

time as he falls in love with a man,

becomes violently angry when his

love interest becomes involved with

a girl, and finally realizes what he’s

become, getting over the crush and

hoping to remain friends.

With a wildly talented list of

collaborators that includes all of

Tyler’s greatest idols and influences

– Santigold, Pharrell Williams, Kanye

West and more – the sound of the

project is essentially a much darker,

more distorted Flower Boy.

On IGOR, Tyler plays around with

the sunny synths of his last work

and shows how far he’s come as a

producer in the interim. Take Tyler’s

advice and really dive into this one.

It’s a dense but rewarding listen.

Best Track: I THINK

Ben Boddez

HOT CHIP

A Bath Full of Ecstasy

Domino

With A Bath Full of Ecstasy, the

indie-infused electronic group from

London returns in a symphonic

smash of bangers, leaving listeners

longing for more. Lucky number

seven on a discography that dates

back to 2004, the album is a

refined array of synth pop anthems

reminiscent of 80s and 90s electro.

It’s an album that feels complete,

with an attention to detail that

allows each song room to breathe

in their often five or six-minute

run-times.

Lead-vocalist, Alexis Taylor,

manages to transcend himself

with a performance that drives

and complements layered synths,

heavy drum-beats and crisp major

piano chords. Lyrically, the album

is a love song that doesn’t specify

a target. The sometimes repetitive,

chart friendly words echo and roll

off Taylor’s tongue in a psychedelic

sort of poetry.

For years, Hot Chip has been

known for their unique take on

electronic music that varies from

song to song and album to album,

but A Bath Full of Ecstasy feels like

a decisive, colourful line in the sand

that says, finally: This is us.

Best Track: Hungry Child

Brendan Lee

BARONESS

Gold & Grey

Abraxan Hymns

From the opening rays of “Front

Towards Enemy,” it’s obvious

Baroness has risen from their own

ashes and come to flourish in the

aftermath of a tour bus crash that

left the Savannah, Georgia-based

heavy metal entity twisted and

broken.

Leading the charge, guitar god

John Baizley returns to the limelight

with a fury. The subject of much

interest and speculation, Gold &

Grey presents a band that has been

reinvigorated by the synergistic

presence of incoming guitarist Gina

Gleason.

Boasting 17 indefatigable

tracks, the dual-toned album shifts

smoothly between singles like

the sinuous “Seasons” and the

hyper-observant “Borderlines.” A

naturally intense Baizley perpetuates

his examination of the human

condition with a long-absent sense

of wonder and even enjoyment on

“Broken Halo” and “Throw Me an

Anchor.”

A gallery of layered vocals

and intricate rhythmic patterns

elevate “I Would Do Anything” and

“Pale Sun” to a level of excellence

commensurate with visual artist

Baizley’s jaw-dropping album cover

murals.

Best Track: Seasons

Christine Leonard

RICHARD

REED PARRY

Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2:

That Side of the River

Secret City

Though we all know him best as

the guy from Arcade Fire with the

iconic side-part, Richard Reed Parry

has proven his versatility through

multiple solo records and collaborations

outside of his internationally

adored indie rock band.

Last year, Quiet River of Dust

Vol. 1 invited listeners into an ambient

space with a strong songwriting-oriented

core. The sequel – Vol.

2 – brings that layered liminality to

new heights. Parry explores such

illusive constants as time and the

vessels we inhabit.

Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2 hints

at the fluidity of slowly moving

water, rippling, flowing and building

toward the intensity of a strong

current. Varied instrumental tones

are subtly and effortlessly layered

around repetitive rhythms and

melodies, creating a wavelike aura

of both escalation and consistency

throughout each track.

Despite this emphasis on atmosphere,

the heart of the album is

Parry’s poetry. However abstract,

each verse clearly follows a core

metaphysical theme of absorption,

release and acceptance in life’s

flowing tides. The result is steady

and dreamlike.

Best Track: Long Way Back

Safiya Hopfe

SKEPTA

Ignorance is Bliss

Boy Better Know Records

With rumbling bass and rapid-fire

flows, UK’s Skepta continues to

show why he’s the leading voice in

the grime game with his return to

form on Ignorance Is Bliss. Skepta’s

2016 album, Konnichiwa, was a

major catalyst towards alerting

a North American audience to

the presence of grime music – a

menacing and aggressive style of

techno-influenced rap based out

of the UK.

Skepta’s rise to prominence

even got him a premium placement

on a Drake project, but you won’t

hear the 6 God on this outing. Now,

the top dog from South London

stands out on his own and his bark

is as badass as his bite. Skepta

returns with another solid series

of tracks that doesn’t necessarily

reinvent the wheel, but impresses

nonetheless due to his dominance

of his own lane and his signature

cadence.

Skepta’s bluntly descriptive lyrics

pair well with his all-out attack on

any kind of instrumental, while his

subtle flow switches sneak up and

catch you off guard. Skepta also

outshines every one of his guests,

which include Key! and Wizkid, with

ease, proving that while the genre

continues to evolve, Skepta is still

holding court.

Best Track: Redrum

Ben Boddez

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Mojo Magazine

4 Stars

Planet Rock

“…A deep, deep

record”

LA Weekly

“…now it’s Duff’s

time to shine.”

Hot Press

9★ “…a stunningly

powerful album”

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MUSiC ALBUM REVIEWS

Interview

JESSE DEFLORIO

G N’ R BASSIST SEARCHES FOR

HUMANITY IN AMERICA

DUFF MCKAGAN

Tenderness

UNIVERSAL MUSIC

On the road with Guns N’ Roses

during their Not In This Lifetime

reunion tour, bassist Duff McKagan

felt like he was driving through a

vast landscape of disillusion and

injustice. Donald Trump had just

been elected as the President of

the United States and McKagan

believed he was watching the “land

of the free” become a vista of ruin

and fear.

This is the inspiration behind

McKagan’s acoustically driven solo

release, Tenderness. The title track

suggests the social and cultural

divide being marketed to us is leaning

on humankind’s natural curiosity

for catastrophe. McKagan says we

just need a little tenderness to see

through it and hopes the album can

mend the turmoil caused by this

media-enhanced political divide.

“Before we started this Guns N’

Roses tour something happened

in America where three cable

news networks started acting like

soap operas,” he says. “Everybody

would pick one and watch. People

stopped thinking on their own; I

was sucked into it as well.”

McKagan compares America

to an “obsessed TV show” fuelled

by a commercialized political tugof-war.

“There was no kind of journalistic

responsibility going on, it’s just

pure commercialism. I wrote for the

Seattle Weekly for five years and

there is this journalistic integrity

you try not to harm. I think that

went out the fucking window.”

A self-described student of

history, McKagan claims these distraught

moments in history happen

in cycles and the storm will pass.

He hopes Tenderness can not only

have a meditative effect on listeners,

but also bring them together.

“When we play shows, it’s a celebration

of our music,” he says. “Nobody

asks who you are voting for; it

doesn’t matter. Everybody is there

to have a good time. It’s a really

uplifting thing. I would start talking

to people, and this ‘divide’ the news

is talking about just wasn’t there.

When there’s a tragedy like a hurricane

or 9/11, it doesn’t matter who

you voted for; everybody has each

other’s backs. That’s when you see

the true identity of this country:

people coming together.”

Johnny Papan

JIM CUDDY

Countrywide Soul

Warner Music Canada

Kicking rocks and turning over fertile

ground, Blue Rodeo frontman

Jim Cuddy returned to his family’s

farm in Southern Ontario to get in

touch with his roots and record his

latest album.

The rustic rural setting provided

a respite from his hectic touring

schedule and the ideal environment

for capturing the authentic

wire-and-wood sound he sought.

Joined in his makeshift studio by

members of The Jim Cuddy Band,

the multi-talented singer/guitarist/

producer began reimaging songs

from his back catalogue through a

stripped-down, yet modern, country

music filter.

Unearthing tracks he felt had

been previously underdeveloped,

Cuddy and company pour liberal

doses of draft beer and wheat

dust over Blue Rodeo numbers like

“Clearer View” and “Draggin’ On.”

Tributes to George Jones and

Glen Campbell rip a page from the

past and lend a high and lonesome

mood with covers of “Almost

Persuaded” and the star-spangled

“Rhinestone Cowboy.” Pretty

western ditties two-step and sway

in time as Cuddy patches up his

sonic scrapbook with a fresh pair

of bootcut tunes, “Glorious Day”

and “Back Here Again.”

It’s the perfect parting glance for

a nostalgic hayride that sets fire to

the barn before riding off into the

sunset. “Shane, come back!”

Best Track: Glorious Day

Christine Leonard

TIM HEIDECKER

What The

Brokenhearted Do...

Jagjaguwar

One of the most satisfying aspects

of comedian — and sometimes

folk singer — Tim Heidecker’s

anti-comedy is figuring out when

to laugh. His punchlines run deep;

it’s often easy to be unsure if a

joke has even been told, as with his

latest indie folk offering, What The

Brokenhearted Do…

The album chronicles the

emotional downfall of a “faux-divorce”

that Heidecker conjured as

a response to internet trolls who

fabricated rumours of his wife

leaving him.

While the pain in the content

might be fictional, the album boasts

a lot of feels that hit just as hard as

any true tale of heartbreak.

Jonathan Rado of Foxygen’s

production of this tragicomic pop

record is solid and Heidecker’s

straight-faced four-on-the-floor

musicianship makes the album

genuine and surprisingly earwormy.

Song titles such as “I’m Not

Good Enough,” “Funeral Shoes,”

and “Life’s Too Long” set the tone

for the lyrics, a self-deprecating

barrage of a man’s lowest lows.

Some of the best music has

emerged from the depths of sorrow

and Heidecker works this in his

favour. With his cringeworthy level

of sincerity and his varied output

as both a comedian and a genuine

songwriter, it’s not clear who is having

the last laugh here, but we’re

still listening.

Best Track: When I Get Up

Austin Taylor

CATE LE BON

Reward

Mexican Summer

On Reward, avant-guitarist Cate Le

Bon’s fifth full-length release, the

clanging and improvisational collaborators

of 2016’s Crab Day are

nowhere to be found, leaving Le

Bon in the basement on her own,

mixing up sideways concoctions

like a scientist chasing an epiphany.

Reward was written during a

year alone in England’s Lake District,

where she contrasted nights

on the piano with mornings in the

garage, applying beginner skills to

carpentry.

Lyrically, Reward explores the

pursuit of rootedness and foundation,

examining its elusiveness

through a lover and the agency

to choose what comprises one’s

space. It pairs well with the image

of Le Bon over hammer and nail,

building out the items of a home.

While recognizably Le Bon,

with regal, Nico-like vocals on

“Here It Comes Again” and wonky

instrumental offshoots on “Mother’s

Mother’s Magazines,” Reward is

softer at the edges than the Le Bon

of past albums Mug Museum and

Crab Day.

“The Light” and “Home To You”

glimmer with the friendliness of

commercial approval, while “Sad

Nudes” and “You Don’t Love Me” lull

the senses with the sweet cool-off

of horns and piano.

Cozy and strange, let’s hope Le

Bon settles into this nook for a little

while longer.

Best Track: Daylight Matters

Sarah Bauer

34 BEATROUTE JUNE 2019


RICHARD AUCOUN

Releasee

Haven Sounds

FLYING LOTUS

Flamagra

WARP RECORDS

If you’re not smiling by the end of

Nova Scotia beat-blender Rich

Aucoin’s new album, Release, your

face is on too tight.

At times expansive, at others,

exhilarating, Aucoin has crafted an

engaging electro-exploration that

could serve as a soundtrack to

the next Timothée Chalamet film.

You’ll go places that are sometimes

unsettling but ultimately, there’s a

happy, at least, hopeful ending.

Aucoin repurposes 80s synthpop

influences and wraps them

in lush layers of surging sound.

Fellow Haligonian Jenn Grant

helps on vocals and Broken Social

Scene’s Justin Perfoff lends a hand

on drums. Aucoin continues to

deliver on his early promise with

this, his third album. Solid recordings

along with a transcendent live

shows means Aucoin’s glittering

star continues to rise.

In addition to almost ambient,

moody tracks filled with robust

swells and dreamy expanses,

there’s a dance party going on.

There are enough slapping synth

dance beats to satisfy the most

hardcore 80s hair head. By blending

a Niles Rogers’ 70s Chic-disco

groove with synth sounds on The

Other, Aucoin comes closest to

creating a hit track with this danceable

delight. He says, “The Other is

definitely my love letter to Chic”.

Best Track: The Other

Michael Hollett

Interview

FLYING LOTUS

BURNS IT UP

ON FLAMAGRA

Flying Lotus is all about what he

calls the “nerdy details.”

His latest album, Flamagra, and

the upcoming 3D tour that will

accompany it are based around a

tightly-woven series of concepts.

Touching on some of the specific

connections causes him to explode

in excited laughter, as if he’s surprised

anyone else can decipher

his inner workings.

Flying Lotus speaks slowly, as if

distracted by other deep thoughts.

When a subject that excites him

comes up, though, he snaps to

attention, talking a mile a minute

and cracking jokes.

Flamagra is based around the

concept of an eternal flame suddenly

springing up on a hill in Los

Angeles, the project opening and

closing with its crackling, creating

a perfect loop. Lotus says each

track on the album is meant to be

someone’s different experience or

reaction to that fire.

“I always thought that I’d be conflicted,”

he says. “I would love it and

hate it depending on the day.”

Most tracks on the album come

with their own specific and twisted

backstory, despite the often surreal,

playful vocals and humorous

track titles. “Debbie Is Depressed”

seems upbeat on the surface, but

comes from a much deeper place.

“I think of it from the perspective

of the other person who’s not depressed,”

he says. “It’s that person

who, when you’re feeling shitty,

is kind of annoying. They’re like,

‘Sorry your cousin died, everything’s

going to be okay, they’re in a better

place,’ Like, fuck you. You might be

right, but don’t nobody wanna hear

that shit right now. That’s what that

track is.”

“Heroes in a Half Shell,” though,

is about “fuckin’ Ninja Turtles.”

“It’s stupid,” says Flying Lotus in

hysterics. “So stupid.”

The blend of serious topics with

the absurdly humorous brings to

mind the work of Flying Lotus’

close friend and frequent collaborator

Thundercat, a bassist who

assisted on most of Flamagra.

Flying Lotus says the best parts

of the album were born out of the

spontaneity of making music while

“hanging out with your best friend.”

“When we work together, it feels

special,” he says. “Sometimes you

want to play video games, and

sometimes he’s like, ‘Let’s make

some shit,’ and you don’t really have

to say nothing. It’s a beautiful thing.

I don’t have that kind of relationship

with anybody else.”

Lotus and Thundercat had

another frequent collaborator in

common – the late Mac Miller, who

played a big role in shaping the

project long after he was gone. Lotus

dedicated two tracks, including

“Thank U Malcolm,” to Miller.

“His humanity influenced me,” he

says. “Me and Thundercat didn’t

even plan on having time to work

together, and we were like, ‘What

would Mac want us to do? He’d

want us to go super hard on this

music right now.’ So that’s what we

did. We spent days at my house

just locked in.”

The many nights spent together

trying to talk through their pain

gave Lotus the inspiration that he

needed to keep pushing forward.

“In all the sadness, all these

good things started happening,

too. Life started turning around a

bit and I found myself being more

inspired than I had been, and I

owed a lot of that, unfortunately, to

his passing.”

Flying Lotus recorded every feature

but one in his own home studio,

which he says throws people

off at first before the “relaxed

atmosphere” of a home calms

them down and gets them in

a mindset to be their most

creative selves. Sometimes,

they even teach him something

in return.

“You get weird lessons from

people. Like Solange, I’ll never

forget her. She changed my

process in a weird way.”

Lotus explains that Solange

prefers to record with the worst

microphone she can find, in

order to feel more absorbed in

the surrounding instrumentals

while recording her vocals.

As he prepares to embark

on his upcoming 3D tour, Lotus

hopes to immerse his audience

in the complexities of his music

in a similar way.

“This show is a bit more

evolved than the previous ones,”

he says. “I wanted to make

my music a cinematic journey

for people. I’ve always been

interested in connecting my

music to visuals and finding the

best world where they meet

together.”

Best Track: Takashi

Ben Boddez

JUNE 2019 BEATROUTE 35


SEBASTIAN BUZZALINO

Live

MUSiC

ORVILLE

PECK

May 23, 2019

Commonwealth (Calgary)

2019 is shaping up to be the

year of yeehaw and anticipation

ran high for Orville Peck.

The masked outlaw’s debut,

Pony, has dominated conversations

this year about what

can and cannot be country

music, but the capacity crowd

at Commonwealth couldn’t

be bothered by splitting hairs.

Instead, under a fringed face

mask and backed by FRIGS,

also from Toronto, Peck held a

spellbound crowd in the palm

of his hands.

From the first melancholic

chords, Peck’s western-influenced

moody vibes toyed with

the idea of what is normative

in country music.

He’s an outspoken proponent

of pushing the edges of

the traditionally conservative

genre to fit into our contemporary

world and, as he flicked

and swayed his way through

his set, Peck busted open

wide spaces for anyone to feel

involved, included and loved.

Openers Bobby Tenderloin

Universe were the perfect

match for Peck. Comprised of

most of The Wet Secrets, the

crammed eight-piece on stage

crooned their way through an

excellent debut set. They were

led by Edmonton mainstay

Paul Arnusch, who continues

to demonstrate the breadth

of his songwriting abilities by

shape-shifting from project

to project. This one’s going

to stick, though: it’s not often

an opening band gets the

reception Bobby Tenderloin

Universe did, and for good

reason. We’re all part of the

universe now.

Sebastian Buzzalino

THORNETTA

DAVIS

May 3, 2019

Engineered Air Theatre

She’s known as the Queen of Detroit Blues,

but Thornetta Davis’ legendary status as a

singer extends beyond the blues. With sparse

backup, accompanied only by a keyboardist

and her husband, James Cornelius Anderson,

playing a set of congas, Davis moved elegantly

through a repertoire of rich soul, jazz and blues

for a delighted capacity crowd of just over 200

squeezed into the intimate Engineered Air Theatre

nestled below Art Commons.

Her distinctive voice soared gospel high on

a clear day, then weaved in and out of intricate

jazz melodies and, of course, was no stranger

to belting out the blues. There’s a strength and

sophistication within her superb diversity that

cultivates contemporary without sacrificing the

primordial flow of the blues.

Davis held court between songs, keeping the

audience primed with a volley of fun, sexual innuendos.

She cracked up the crowd joking, “You

can have my husband, but just don’t mess with

my man. Or I will cut you!” And when introducing

“Wild Women Never Get The Blues,” Davis

said matter-of-factly, “There’s no shame in that

game, I’m from Detroit.”

Brad Simm

ALMA ARTISTS

FLEMISHEYE.COM

‘THE SAME BUT BY DIFFERENT MEANS’

OUT NOW

“He stitches his micro-songs and abbreviated

epics into a sprawling opus that’s as comforting

as it is uncompromising”

PITCHFORK (8/10)

‘NOVEL’ OUT NOW

“N0V3L’s guitar lines are a wonder to behold.”

NME

“The angular riffage and existential

socioeconomic mires of the self-titled debut EP

is post-punk updated for a modern audience.”

BEATROUTE


KALI UCHIS &

JORJA SMITH

May 22, 2109

PNE Forum

Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith merged

heaven and hell during their

co-headlining performance at the

PNE Forum.

In an all-black ensemble on a

rotating platform, the LA-based

Columbian diva Uchis performed

an arresting rendition of “Creep”

draped over the stair steps, bathed

in cascading lights and dripping

sweet falsettos.

UK sensation Jorja Smith has

wooed masses with liquid-sex

delivery and keen lyricism; her

2018 debut, Lost & Found, saw her

grappling with love and loss, growing

pains and police brutality.

Despite their irrefutable compatibility,

the difference between

the two singers was night and day;

Uchis possessed a calculated and

mean stage presence, while Smith

fed off of spontaneity. Both thrived

in their own rite and together made

two indispensable halves of an

exquisite whole.

The binding influences were

apparent during the joint encore,

when the she-devil and baby blue

darling covered Destiny’s Child,

Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu,

ending the night with their duet,

“Tyrant.”

Their holy dynamic, stellar execution

and unapologetic femininity

with just a dash of homoerotic

tension puts Kali and Jorja at the

top of this decade’s must see R&B

shows.

Maryam Azizli

DARROLE PALMER


TRAVEL

Festival d’été de Québec

CANADA’S LARGEST

OUTDOOR MUSIC FEST

KEEPS IT FRESH

By GLENN ALDERSON

Destination: Quebec City

When: July 4 to 14, 2019

Why: Festival d’été de Québec

O

f all the festival’s worth

fighting for, we’re willing to

bet you’ve never been to

one on an actual battle field.

Unless you’ve been to Quebec

City’s Festival d’été de Québec

(FEQ) infamous for infiltrating the

Capital every summer with bigname

music acts; their main stage

site sprawling across the historic

Plains of Abraham. FEQ is your

chance to get a piece of the action

and battle for awesome site lines

where French and British armies

once battled for Quebec.

While the 10-day spectacle

might be one of the longest running

muli-day, multi-venue music

fests in North America, this year

is shaping up to be one of their

freshest yet.

Founded in 1968, FEQ has been

developing a forward thinking

international programming agenda

over the course of the last decade

to become a monumental gathering

for music fans. Recent years

have hosted acts like Paul McCartney,

the Rolling Stones, Kendrick

Lamar, Lorde, Travis Scott and

Red Hot Chili Peppers.

This year, the only battling will

be between the music tastes

of the diva-worshipping Mariah

Carey fans, the old school punks

who grew up with the Offspring

and Blink-182, the classic rockers

staying out past their bedtime

for Lynryd Skynyrd, and pop

music fans there to catch a

glimpse of Twenty One Pilots

and Yungblud. There’s also a

focus on both emerging acts and

francophone culture with plenty

of programming representing a

diverse cross-section of the music

industry, including Éric Lapointe,

Coeur De Pirate, Salomé Leclerc

and Philippe Brach.

From July 4 to 14 the festival

will be populating some of the

Capital’s biggest music venues,

theatres and nightclubs to roll out

their extensive programming.

With 135,000 transferable

passes sold each year at a reasonable

price ($105/pass) the festival

always sells out.

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RUN TO THE HILLS

Navigating The Plains Of Abraham

Parallel to all of the action happening downtown, the Plains Of

Abraham are sprawling with a capacity of more than 100,000. The

Rolling Stones pushed those numbers to the max in true Stones

fashion when they took the stage in 2015 and saw attendance peak

at 102,000.

At night,the sea of attendees lights up with everyone wearing the

festival’s signature flashing badges, blinking in unison to the music.

Headliners throughout this year’s 10 days include: Diplo, Kygo,

Logic, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Mariah Carey, Lynryd Skynyrd, Alt-J,

Blink-182, Slipknot, Imagine Dragons and more.

There are plenty of food — and drink — trucks onsite as well as

wandering beer vendors to keep you hydrated.

FEQ is introducing a new venue this year at the Manège militaire

(Québec Armoury) facing the Plains. It will be the festival’s headquarters

with after-parties inside every day after the shows.

INDOOR CONCERTS

Impérial Bell

(252 Rue Saint-Joseph Est)

A historic auditorium located in

the Saint-Roch district, Imperial

Bell boasts great acoustics and an

intimate atmosphere. Catch acts

like: April Wine, Connan Mockasin,

Courtney Barnett, Jean-Michel

Blais and Voivod.

Régiment des Voltigeurs de

Québec

(805 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier)

The only military building in Canada

recognized as a national historic

site. Built as a gothic revival drill

hall, the Québec Armoury is located

in the heart of Old Québec and

serves as an upscale destination

that’s fully activated during FEQ.

District Saint-Joseph

(240 Rue Saint-Joseph Est)

A collaboration between restaurateur

Louis McNeil and FEQ, District

Saint-Joseph is a unique restaurant

specializing in comfort food that

also doubles as a bar and theatre.

L’ANTI Bar & Spectacles

(251 Rue Dorchester)

Steeped in punk rock nostalgia,

L’Anti is a comfortable mid-sized

live venue in downtown Quebec

City that allows you to get up close

and personal with the performers

like: B.A.R.F., Wesbroom, Gutter

Demons and local black metal

legends Délétère.

Le D’Auteuil

(228 Rue Saint-Joseph Est)

Recently relocated from Old Quebec,

the legendary Le D’Auteuil is

now on St. Joseph Street, bringing

a fresh new vibe for live music to

the bustling Saint-Roch district.

ACCOMODATIONS

CHÂTEAU FRONTENAC

(1 Rue des Carrières)

www.fairmont.com/frontenac-quebec

From $549/night

Easily the fanciest hotel in Québec

CIty, Château Frontenac is the icon

of the city and one of the most

photographed hotels in the world.

Get your selfie sticks ready.

AUBERGE SAINT-ANTOINE

(8 Rue Saint Antoine)

www.saint-antoine.com

From $289/night

A boutique-hotel with tons of

charm in the old port. Beck stayed

here last year and it was likely the

source of inspiration for his catchy

summer anthem, “Wow.”

Poutineville

(735 Rue Saint-Joseph Est)

Poutineville is your one-stop shop

for designer poutine. You can

personalize it however you’d like

but if you’re feeling adventurous we

recommend trying the “Hangover,”

complete with house fries, fresh

curds, cheddar cheese, bacon,

Italian sausage, seasoned ground

beef, 911 sauce, fried egg and BBQ

sauce.

Chez Ashton

(multiple locations)

Chez Ashton is unique to Québec

City; a no-frills fast food environment

with bad lighting but the pou-

HOTEL PUR

(395 Couronne St)

www.hotelpur.com

From $126/night

Located downtown in St-Roch,

PUR boasts affordable rates and an

upscale urban atmosphere. They

also offer a unique thrill-seeking

experience where you can rappel

down from the top of the hotel so

hang on tight.

MONASTÈRE DES AUGUSTINE

(77 Rue des Remparts)

www.monastere.ca

From $80/night

If you’re looking to find god, this

just might be the place to crash. A

monastery and wellness hotel, put

away your phones, zip your lips and

enjoy the sounds of your friends

chewing toast at their meditative

silent breakfasts.

IT’S ALLLL GRAVY (and cheese curds)

Top 3 Poutine Joints In Quebec City

tine is fantastique. Do yourself a

favour and order the Poutine avec

Saucisses, topped with grilled

sausage slices (hot dog weiners!).

There’s one close to the Plains Of

Abraham (640 Grande Allée E)

perfect for first-timers stumbling

home after a full day of music.

Chic Shack

(15 Fort St)

Steps away from the Notre-Dame

de Québec Basilica-Cathedral,

have a post-religious experience

at the Chic Shack with their

excellent house made poutines,

gourmet burgers and milkshakes

in a historical building of its own.

3

MORE THINGS TO SEE

WHILE IN QUEBEC CITY

Île d’Orléans

An island on the St. Lawrence River

about five kilometres east of downtown

Quebec City, cross the bridge

to visit local farmers and vineyards.

Cassis Mona & Filles (1225 Chemin

Royal) is a great place to eat, drink

and get an ice cream, all from the

cassis fruit.

Chutes Montmorency

Perfect for a hot summer day, the

chutes offer an outdoor experience

with waterfalls and a zipline.

Experience the Via Ferrata by

clipping into a cable system and

following a scenic circuit across

rock formations alongside the falls.

No outdoor experience necessary.

Old Québec

The best way to experience Quebec

City’s vast history is on your

feet. Grab a café glacé and take a

stroll through Quartier Petit Champlain,

ranked as one of the most

beautiful streets in the world.

Gritty

est un

imbécile

WHERE’S BONHOMME?

Where’s Bonhomme? We think

QC’s mascot is way more badass

than Philly’s Gritty — and much

more useful in a snowball fight!

Sadly, the big guy will be dragging

his perpetually smiley face to China

during FEQ — seriously, dude’s

on tour. But you can always grab

a selfie with his statue outside the

Carnaval’s office (205 Boulevard

des Cedres).

JUNE 2019 BEATROUTE 39


MOViES|T.V.

Jarmusch

Scores

Again

6 CLASSIC JARMUSCH SOUNDTRACK SONGS

Director’s collaborations

with musicians

and his impecable taste

in soundtrack music has

fans salivating for his

new zombie epic

The Dead Don’t Die

By BRENDAN LEE

J

im Jarmusch’s film career

has been eternally intertwined

with a passion

for music. With The

Dead Don’t Die slated to

premiere on June 14 (starring

Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda

Swinton, Danny Glover and

many more), and a soundtrack

that consists of entirely one

song aptly titled ‘The Dead

Don’t Die’ by Sturgill Simpson,

fans are nearly as excited for

the score as they are the film

itself. The film boasts yet another

musical cast, with Iggy

Pop as a long-haired zombie,

and the likes of RZA, Tom

Waits, Selena Gomez, and

Sturgill Simpson himself all

a part of the blood-thirsty

fun.

For those yet-to-be

converted, Jarmusch is

an Ohio-born turned New

York City weirdo who’s

become well known for

his quirky, dry-humoured

arthouse films and collaborations

with all variety of

musicians. It’s near-impossible

to recall a Jarmusch

film without getting a song

stuck in your head, so perk

your ears, curl back your

lips and take a fleshy bite

out of these soundtrack highlights

from his decade-spanning

filmography.

1

PERMANENT VACATION [1980]

“Up there in Orbit” – Earl Bostic

Jazz saves lives, man. Aloysious

Parker twist, snaps and jives his

way out of delirium, for a moment,

as the upbeat sax riff takes him

up, up and away from his muddled

Big Apple existence in Jarmusch’s

post film-school-dropout debut.

2

Stranger than Paradise [1984]

“I Put a Spell on You” – Screamin’

Jay Hawkins

There’s no more iconic usage of a

song in a Jarmusch film than this,

and by the third time it played at

the 1984 Cannes Film Festival

and the credits gushed, Jimmy

boy must have been nodding,

smiling, thinking – You’re

mine.

3

Down By Law [1986]

“Jockey Full of Bourbon” – Tom Waits

If you look and listen close, you can

actually pinpoint the emergence of

Jim’s ‘Jarmuschian’ flair as Waits’

steely guitar riff lures us in to the

rear end of a black hearse before

the camera pans left and leads us

on a trip that will last a lifetime.

4

Mystery Train [1989]

“Mystery Train” – Elvis Presley

Well what do you hear, the train

or the bloody sirens? Elvis gets

the film a rollin’ with his patented

southern comfort rock and roll,

sets us up for three different tales

bound by the frayed threads of

Memphis city, the town that made

him King.

5

Coffee and Cigarettes [2003]

“Down on the Street” – The Stooges

Jack White and former White

Stripe bandmate, Meg, mull over

a homemade tesla coil while Iggy

Pop croons above distorted guitars

and a simple bassline on a radio

somewhere hidden behind the

fourth wall. We’re still wondering

how many coffees it took to concoct

this strange hallucination.

6

Broken Flowers [2005]

“Yekermo Sew” – Mulatu Astatke

The kind of music you just know

Bill Murray listens to while driving

around in nondescript black

sunglasses. This smokey Ethiopian

Jazz track speaks of cigarettes

and secrets, and put the genre on

the radar for a lot of film geeks

turned would be hipsters.

40 BEATROUTE JUNE 2019


MOViES|T.V.

IT’S A LITTLE

BIT FUNNY

Rocketman biopic soars high portraying

Elton John’s life story with glitter, glam and

gusto By PAT MULLEN

H

ow wonderful life is when you’re in Rocketman’s world.

This dazzling Elton John biopic should go down as

one of the great film musicals. Directed with inspired

pizzazz by Dexter Fletcher, who completed Bohemian

Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired, and played with

fiery perfection by Taron Egerton as Sir Elton, Rocketman soars.

It honours the man and his music with original, enthralling flair.

Egerton performs John’s songs with gusto while capturing his

unique pitch, but the rawness of his vocals gives Rocketman its

edge. This is a portrait of John before he’s confidently found his

voice. Egerton gives a fearlessly committed performance that

one sees too rarely in a studio film.

Comparisons to Bohemian Rhapsody are inevitable, but there

are few reasons to relate the Freddie Mercury flick with Rocketman

since they have little in common beyond Fletcher’s credit

and their award-worthy performances of rock ‘n’ roll icons. As a

film, Rocketman is far more technically accomplished and artistically

adventurous than most contemporary biopics.

Rocketman follows biopic formula by charting John’s journey

from his humble beginnings as Reginald Dwight to his mid-career

success as Elton John. It takes audiences to his home where

the young Reggie pursued music to escape his aloof mother (a

delightfully campy Bryce Dallas Howard) and absent father (a

stoically stiff Steven Mackintosh). John tells his story in retrospect

when he appears at an AA meeting in a bejewelled devil

costume and reflects on his life in a jukebox-style diary of highs

and lows.

Fletcher mixes biopic convention and musical theatricality.

Some songs appear as standard performances as John hones his

craft, but others appear as spectacular numbers that recall Julie

Taymor’s Beatles’ phantasmagoria Across the Universe with their

wildly impressionistic interpretations of rock classics. These sequences

highlight transformative moments in John’s life.

Standout numbers include John’s breakthrough performance

at the Troubadour in Los Angeles where the crowd levitates euphorically

during “Crocodile Rock.” John wrestles with his inner

demons during the feverishly staged “Rocketman” number,

which conveys his struggles with alcoholism and addiction. The

song explodes when he performs at the 1975 concert at Dodger

Stadium and gets off on his biggest high: the stage.

Even the conventional numbers let Rocketman fly as Egerton

develops his character. The film centres on John’s relationship

with collaborator Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) as their songwriting

sessions prove therapeutic for John as he heals his family troubles

and embraces his sexuality. Bell is the heart of the film as

Taupin, who is John’s rock and uses the power of music to let his

friend be free. Egerton’s performance of “Your Song” is especially

touching when Taupin presents John with the lyrics after the

singer comes out. Egerton finds John’s voice and Bell offers an

assured nod of unwavering love.

The film admirably depicts John’s sexuality without shying

away. The much-hyped sex scenes between Egerton and a terrific

Richard Madden, playing John’s toxic manager/boyfriend

John Reid, are relatively tame, but revolutionary for a studio film.

The flamboyancy of Fletcher’s film, from its fantastic numbers

to its flashy note-perfect costumes, finds the perfect marriage

of subject and style. Rocketman delivers a song straight from the

heart.,

42 BEATROUTE JUNE 2019


RE-IMAGINING JOHN AND YOKO

John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky show’s Ono’s essential role in imagining Imagine while

shining a light on legendary love story By MICHAEL HOLLETT

W

hen I interviewed Yoko

Ono for the first time, in

the office she once shared

with John Lennon in Manhattan’s

gothic Dakota, it

quickly became clear to me why my favourite

Beatle was fascinated by, and had fallen

in love with, this controversial woman.

Figuring out the legendary and, to

some, perplexing love affair between Ono

and Lennon has been a mystery that has

befuddled, even angered many, and the

documentary, John & Yoko: Above Us

Only Sky, now screening on Netflix, sheds

some light on the essence of their epic

connection.

There’s a home movie feel to this film

that’s more like a scrapbook than a traditional

documentary. Lots of candid shots

of Lennon and Ono with family, friends,

musicians and hangers on frolicking on the

sprawling Tittenhurst Park estate outside

London. The couple fled there to escape the

pressures of the English capital and settled

in to make one of the greatest albums ever,

Imagine. It’s worth watching this film just

to experience Lennon recording his achingly

confessional, “Jealous Guy.”

The wise woman I experienced that day

in New York City is very evident in the doc

as Lennon leans on her for inspiration,

intelligence and a critical ear. The film

makes clear that a shared commitment to

political activism, especially pacifism, was

at the core of their connection. Lennon

and some of the collaborators interviewed

for the film are all clear that much of the

thinking behind the album and the “imagine”

concept came from Ono – and I’m

not surprised.

The film follows the couple to New

York City where they finish the record and

edit the footage that became their somewhat

surreal Imagine movie and yielded

much of the material used for Above Us

Only Sky.

This latest look at Lennon and Ono is a

good peak into a great love story. When I

got up to leave that day, after what turned

out to be hours but felt like minutes in

Ono’s thrall, I turned and noticed a huge

painting behind me that almost covered

the wall and that Ono would have been

looking at when she wasn’t setting her

engaging and penetrating eyes on me. It

was a beautiful, bright portrait of Lennon

sitting cross-legged on the ground in

Central Park with the couple’s young son

Sean (See story page 19), a toddler at the

time, in his lap, both smiling. She sent me

on my way with a warm goodbye and, of

course, I went up the street to the Park

and Strawberry Fields to pay my respects

to John. ,

John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky is

streaming on Netflix

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06.19

YYC

Katya Zamolodchikova: RuPaul’s Drag

Race All Star sharpens her stilettos

Big, brash, bold and bursting with

colour, Katya Zamolodchikova is

one of RuPaul’s best-loved drag

queen contestants. Katya’s sleazy,

cheese ball “Russian bi-sexual

hooker” looms large, ranging from

weird, lewd, loud and abrasive to

self-deprecating, endearing and entirely

different — a Molotov cocktail

in stilettos and sequins, loaded with

super-sass.

Katya (aka Brain McCook) is a

Massachusetts native who studied

video, performance art and

psychology before constructing the

drag character Yekaterina Petrovna

Zamolodchikova in 2006. McCook

based Katya on some of his favourite

female comedians (Tracy Ullman,

Maria Bambord and Amy Sedaris)

along with a fascination for the

street-smart culture Russian immigrants

developed when they moved

to the States after the collapse of

the Soviet Union. Of Irish descent,

McCook took language courses

and used a self-study cassette tape

called Pronounce It Perfectly to

lock down a Russian accent.

On RuPaul’s Drag Race, Katya

was voted Miss Congeniality by

fans and was a cast member in the

second season of All Stars. She

also has her own YouTube channel

and a popular web series co-hosted

with fellow RuPaul drag star, Trixie

Mattel.

Success can take a toll and Katya

suffered a setback last year taking

a break from performing to enter a

drug rehab program. Not shy about

the inner workings of her personal

life, Katya bounces back with the

hilarious and explosive production

Help Me, I’m Dying that she promotes

as a “trip through the mind

of an old, 37-year-old, gay, drug

addict… It’s not going to make very

much sense at all.”

Help Me I’m Dying /

Myer Horowitz Theatre, Edmonton July 2

Jack Singer, Calgary July 3 / Tix $35-$210

CALGARY’S ESSENTIAL

JUNE HAPPENINGSkJUNE 2019 BEATROUTE 45

JOSHUA GRAFSTEIN


06.19YYCMUSIC

YYCMusic

The Ashley

Hundred connect

The Ashley Hundred have become

a staple of the indie music community

in Calgary with their catchy,

groovy, folk-inspired dance pop.

It’s easy music to connect with,

in particular due to the infectious

grins plastered on their faces as

they bop and bounce to each song

during their sets.

On June 14, they’re celebrating

the release of their video single

“Talking to Myself.” The music

video is only their second, working

with director Hans Grossman.

“We have only done one real

music video before this and we

knew we could really put our trust

in Hans to make it look great and

give visual life to the song,” says

frontman Brett Cassidy. “The

idea was basically to do a visual

representation of the song about

the end days of a relationship. We

chose to do it in a more surrealistic

way with rooms of a house set up

outside in the middle of a field to

create a more impressionistic and

creative approach.”

The Ashley Hundred / June 14 @ Broken

City / “Talking To Myself” single/

video release with Nature Of, Thomas

Thomas

By SEBASTIAN

BUZZALINO

Maplerun all

Greek to me

They may sound ultra-Canadian but

Greek rockers Maplerun are making

a rare cross-Canada tour this month,

bringing their modern rock anthems

to clubs from Montreal to Vancouver,

including their final Canadian date

here in Calgary on June 14. Rather

than mining classic influences, the

four-piece combines the technicality

of TOOL, Katatonia and Dream

Theatre with the aggressive riffage

of Metallica and System of a Down.

Their breakout single, “For You,”

landed them heavy airplay on MTV

Greece and a management deal with

the hosts of Headbangers Ball in

their home country. Clear hearts and

raised fists are the name of the game

for Maplerun as they make their run

across the land of maple leafs and

syrup.

Maplerun / June 14 @ The Palomino /

Tix: showpass.com/maplerun-as-abovesubsume

Mangan headlines Sounds of Summer

One of Calgary’s favourite ice cream and gelato joints are set up to

make this summer that much sweeter. Billed as a “gathering of food,

music and community,” Fiasco’s Sounds of Summer Festival is a oneday

party signalling the unofficial start of the season. Dan Mangan and

Stars headline and are joined by a stacked lineup of locals including:

Ruben Young, Boreal Sons, Burchill, Joash Charles, Roy LT, Yung Nino

and Joanna Magik. Visual artists Van Charles, Mandy Stobo, Chris

Pecora, Katie Green and Michelle Hoogveld will also have their work

featured.

No block party is complete without a bevy of food options and you

can pair Fiasco’s fare with a frenzy of food truck options as well as

restaurant pop-up choices, featuring some surprises from Calgary’s

top chefs. Craft beers, cocktails and sodas will also be available. This

family-friendly event is the perfect way to get in the summer vibe.

Fiasco Sounds of Summer Festival /June 15 @ Fiasco HQ (221 19 St SE)

Tix: soundsofsummer.ca

Octoduck is just here to have fun

From the minds of The Ashley Hundred and Shuffalo emerges Octoduck, a fun-loving, dance-ready

indie folk quartet. The band members seem to be in every other project in town, but Octoduck cuts

their own line in our pond as leader Jordan Moe works through some of the countless songs he’s

accumulated over the years that don’t have homes in other projects.

Their upcoming EP, The 3P, has been six years in the making as Moe found the energy to work on

the songs and, by proxy, himself and his mental health. “Octoduck is a huge cathartic release,”

he says. “These songs deal with love and love lost, and nothing feels better than when playing

them on stage.” The convivial, communal nature of Octoduck, allows the band, including Carson

Stewart (keys/vocals), Michael de Souza (bass) and Mac Bennett (drums) to engage in

this release, experimenting with songwriting and performance as a form of art therapy.

The three-song arc of the EP traces a fresh breakup, working through disbelief and

anger on “Losing My Fucking Mind,” the subsequent bad habits, self-harm and depression

on “Falling Apart,” and the lingering sense of self-doubt and bargaining for a different past

on “Ghost” — heavy themes for an upbeat band that feels perfectly at home on the sunbleached

lawns of an endless summer.

“These songs are cathartic, but there have also been times in the past years where playing

them made me feel sad and lonely,” says Moe. “It wasn’t until I was able to come to terms with

the past that playing our songs has become enjoyable again.”

Octoduck / June 27 @ Broken City / “The 3P” EP release with Silvering

46 BEATROUTE JUNE 2019


JazzYYC

Festival

Calgary’s JazzYYC Summer Festival continues

to build impressive momentum as it

moves into its fifth season, becoming one of

the city’s cornerstone cultural summer music

events. Running for five consecutive days

mid-June, JazzYYC is cultivating its territory

along the corridor on 9th Ave. SE that runs

from the National Music Centre and Studio

Bell to the Ironwood Stage and Grill and

Lolita’s in Inglewood.

June 12-16 / Various locations / Tix: jazzyyc.com

By KODI HUTCHINSON

4 Dominique

Fils-Aimé

This Montreal singer-songwriter

is inspired by soul icons of the

40s, 50s and 60s, including Billie

Holiday, Etta James and Nina

Simone. Her passionate album

output boldly confronts historical

silences and sorrows as well

being a call for, and reminder of,

revolution expressed with the

fury of red-hot jazz.

5MUST-SEE

SHOWS

1 Benny

Green Trio

Pianist Benny Green

has the history of jazz

at his fingertips. He’s

one of the most exciting

hard-swinging,

hard-bop pianists to

ever emerge from the

legendary Art Blakey’s

Jazz Messengers.

Green has become

a highly regarded

bandleader whose

efforts to expand the

language of the classic

jazz canon have

placed him among the

best interpreters, and

the vanguard of musicians

keeping jazz’s

evolution going.

2 Celebrating

60 Years of

Dave Brubeck’s

Time Out

Chris Brubeck and

Dan Brubeck have

been making music

together their whole

adult lives -- and they

grew up listening to

some of the greatest

players as kids. Drummer

Dan and bassist,

trombonist and composer

Chris cut their

first record together in

1966 – more than half

a century ago. They

pay homage to their

jazz legend father,

Dave Brubeck, and his

timeless masterpiece

Time Out at the fest.

3 Dirty

Catfish

Brass Band

They aim to inspire,

create and instigate

– but, mostly, they

just want you on

your feet. Undeniably

tight, yet reckless

as hell, Dirty Catfish

Brass Band deals in

powerful phrasing

and performances

drenched with

rhythm. Invoking the

sounds of the New

Orleans brass tradition,

the Winnipeg

collective re-imagines

the streets of

a prairie city as hot,

alive and brimming

with soul.

5 Alex

Pangman

The vibrant vocalist is proud to be

known as Canada’s Sweetheart of

Swing. JUNO nominee Pangman

possesses the requisite pipes,

taste, talent and historical knowledge

to breathe new life into the

sturdy standards and un-standards

of the classic jazz era.

@grampamauno

@maunomusic

June 22 Winnipeg, MB ACE Art

July 19 Victoria, BC Copper Owl

July 21 Vancouver, BC Red Gate

July 24 Edmonton, AB The Rec Room (South)

July 25-28 Calgary, AB Calgary Folk Festival

REALLY WELL

OUT THIS SUMMER!

JUNE 2019 BEATROUTE 47


06.19YYCMUSIC

Luciano

JJ Shiplett about to break

JJ Shiplett struck big with his last full-length, Something

to Believe In, cementing him as one of Western Canada’s

most heartfelt and authentic roots singer-songwriters.

Steeped in the tradition and honesty of country and

Americana, with all the gritty rebellion of rock and roll,

Shiplett will be recording a special, one-night-only performance

prior to the release of his sophomore album later

this year. Shiplett’s night awaits with catchy hooks, explosive

vocals and intimate storytelling. This may also be one

of the last times to catch the red-haired dynamo before

intimate performances become a “remember when” in the

rearview mirror.

JJ Shiplett / June 14 @ Martha Cohen Theatre / Live to Tape

YVRAgenda

Reggaefest reboots and

rebrands as Riddim West

Not just a festival, but an immersive experience of reggae culture, the 15th annual

Reggaefest returns under its new name, Riddim West.

One of the main events is the Calgary premiere of Franco Rosso’s film, Babylon,

at the Plaza Theatre on Thursday, June 6. Cloaked in controversy when

it was released in 1980, Babylon captures the racial tension in South London

as a young dancehall DJ navigates his way through the explosion of punk rock

with bands like the Clash rising to commercial success, putting the surrounding

culture under severe pressure.

A dance party hosted by DJ Sherman Hype kicks things off at The Den on

Friday night and the fest hits high gear Saturday inside MacEwan Hall with an all

day and night line-up featuring local, national and international music including:

Luciano, Cham and Hawkeye from Jamaica, Vancouver’s Delhi 2 Dublin and

Calgary’s own Jory Kinjo and Lynn Olagundoye.

Riddim West 2019 / June 6-8 / MacEwan Hall / Tix: $40, reggaefest.ca

Blais of glory

The shimmering, bluesy indie pop Matt Blais is known for

gives way to a duskier, more atmospheric introspection

on his upcoming third full-length, In Shadow and Light.

Blais pushes back against the encroachment of technology,

carving out spaces for authenticity and calling

for people to connect among themselves, rather than

through their screens.

Blais puts his darker side front-and-centre in his

twangy, blues-inspired rock and pop. It’s a maturation for

the singer and a plea for those around him to unplug and

look around. It’s not all bleak, though, as an electric current

of hope underpins the nine-track album, lifting Blais’

songwriting to look ahead and imagine a better future.

Matt Blais / June 21 @ The Rec Room Calgary

/ In Shadow and Light album release

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Geddy Lee’s Big Book

of slappa-da-bass

Canada’s legendary bassist explores the history

of the bass guitar with an impressive 400-page

hardcover testament, Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful

Book Of Bass.

Along with interviewing some of rock and

roll’s most gifted players including: John Paul

Jones (Led Zeppelin), Adam Clayton (U2), Bill

Wyman (Rolling Stones) and Robert Trujillo

(Metallica), the Book Of Bass showcases in

spectacular detail 250 of Lee’s vintage bass

guitars from his personal collection.

Built between the mid-50s and 80s, these

prized instruments have been used in every

genre ranging from pop, rock and metal to jazz,

blues and country. Lee’s collection features

both the pristine “beauty queens” that have

never been lifted from the factory case, and the

beat-down, sweat-drenched “road warriors” that

have delivered millions of notes and possess

hundreds of stories.

To commemorate his Book Of Bass, Studio

Bell presents Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Bass

Exhibit with 26 superb instruments on display

that are either rare vintage pieces from Lee’s

collection or favourites he’s played during his

four decade career with Rush.

Geddy Lee’s Beautiful World of Bass /

May 24- Sept. 2 / Studio Bell

VegFest

takes

root

With even fast food chains

getting into the plant-based food

movement and creeping climate

change causing many to explore

more sustainable lifestyle options,

Calgary’s third annual VegFest is

a great way to explore some of

these options. The fest celebrates

a full day of good earth delight that

not only focuses on an organic

food and beverage marketplace,

but also clothing, home and beauty

accessories rooted in natural elements

and production. The emphasis

is on fun – and a sustainable

future as festival speakers discuss:

food justice, the environment and

veganism, ethics and animal rights

and fitness and masculinity.

VegFest Calgary / Saturday, June 15,

12-8 p.m. / Shaw Millennium Park

Lace ‘em up

for the Roll

Out Festival

Aside from the rough and tumble thunderous

roar on the derby track, roller skating also

thrives at dance parties and with athletic performers

who bring a different level of fun, fashion

and spectacle to this artistic, free-wheeling

sport. Roll Out Festival, rolls all weekend with a

variety of dance workshops and also highlights

international skating stars from London,

England and Los Angeles topped off with gala

showcasing their talents.

Roll Out Festival / June 14-16 /Village Square Arena

IGNITE! Festival emerges

Curated by Sage Theatre, the IGNITE! Festival

of Emerging Artists celebrates 15 years of

unveiling Calgary’s promising and undiscovered

artistic talent. Imaginative, provocative, experimental

and deeply personal stories turned into

dance, theatre and performance art is what

fuels IGNITE! and its young legion of exploding

minds. This is where the new breed steps out.

IGNITE! / June 12-15 / Pumphouse and Village

West Theatres

Russell

Brand’s

absurd

Recovery

N

o one has held a bigger mirror

up to himself and the rest of

the world than Russell Brand,

declaring that we live in an age

of profound addiction. Sex, drugs, booze,

food, shopping for shoes, playing the slots

and pumping too much iron — the list goes

on and on, leading Russell to acknowledge

the hot pursuit of almost any desire

can lead us tumbling down the vortex of

addiction.

While his 2017 book, Recovery, explores

a personalized 12-step program on loving

yourself and being a better human being,

Brand’s newest journey into an addiction-free

existence is Mentors. In the book,

Russell questions the essence of addiction

and what that endless, compulsive demand

is really all about. “What,” asks Brand,

“does the wanting want?”

It shouldn’t be a big surprise that the

“wanting” is grounded in the meaningfulness

of love, connection and spiritual

development that Brand reflects on with

eight mentors who helped him through various

aspects of his life. While yet another

personalized quest bursting at the seams,

critics have praised Mentor for being the

most focused, mature and heartfelt offering

from Brand roaming from his misspent

youth to responsible fatherhood.

Making an exclusive one-night appearance

in Western Canada, Brand brings his

infectious comic relief to Calgary, hosting

a benefit for the Fresh Start Recovery

Centre.

Saturday, June 15 / Southern Alberta Jubilee

Auditorium / Tix, $89-$139, ticketmaster.ca

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Savage Love

BY DAN SAVAGE

Hard Feelings

I keep running into the same issue

with my best friend of five years.

(She’s also my maid of honor at

my upcoming wedding.) We’re

both empaths—most of my friends

are—and we’re both in therapy

working on how to cope with that.

I have severe anxiety that impacts

my physical health, so one of the

empath-related issues I’m working

on is not following through with

plans when I need to take time

alone. My friend claims she understands

this but my actions severely

impact her mood. Example:

We’ll make tentative plans to get

together, I’ll feel too sick to follow

through, and then she’s in a negative

emotional spiral for days. The

final straw came when she called

me late this past Friday night—just

once, with no subsequent voice

mail, text message, or follow-up

call. On Monday morning, I sent

her a text message asking how her

weekend was and got an icy reply.

Evidently, something happened

to her on Friday, she called me for

support, and my failure to return

her call left her feeling very upset.

I apologized for the accidental

trigger and tried to lay down some

protocols for reaching out in an

emergency situation (leave me a

voice mail and send a follow-up

text) so I know it’s urgent. She

hasn’t replied. I’m really frustrated.

She has a lot of baggage around

being shamed for being emotional,

so I try to be careful not to invali-

date her feelings, but I don’t know

if that’s even making a difference.

We’ve had several conflicts over

the last year, always triggered by

something I did or said, almost always

accidentally, that caused her

to “take a step back.” She insists

she understands I’m doing my

best to be a good friend while also

working through my own emotional

shit. But that’s not the sense I’m

getting. I’m feeling increasingly

like it’s impossible to be a human

being AND her friend. Until recently,

I had zero emotional boundaries

and made myself available to

her at a moment’s notice to help

shoulder her emotional burden.

But now that I’m trying to be more

conservative with my abundance

and take better care of myself, it

seems like all I do is hurt her. What

the fuck do I do? I’ve tried to be

open-minded and patient with her

dramatic mood swings, but she

seems unable to give me the benefit

of the doubt, which I always

try to give her. This rocky ground

between us is adding more stress

to the whole wedding situation.

(You’re supposed to be able to rely

on your maid of honor, right?) This

thing we have is not sustainable

as it is, although I love her deeply.

Help me figure this out?

Emotions Making

Personal Affection Too Hard

Being so attuned to other people’s

emotional states that you feel their

pain—being an empath—sounds

exhausting. But Lori Gottlieb, a

psychotherapist in private practice,

isn’t convinced your empath superpowers

are the problem here.

“EMPATH’s moods seem overly

dependent on what the other person

does,” said Gottlieb. “That’s not

being ‘an empath.’ Most people are

empathetic, which isn’t the same as

what these two are doing. They’re

drowning in each other’s feelings.

This is what pop culture might call

codependency, and what in therapy

we’d call an attachment issue.”

From your letter, EMPATH, it

sounds like you might be ready to

detach from your friend—you mentioned

a final straw and described

the relationship as not sustainable—and

detaching would resolve

this attachment issue.

“This feels less like a friendship

and more like a psychodrama

where they’re each playing out

their respective issues,” said

Gottlieb. “A friendship isn’t about

solving another person’s emotional

issues or being the container for

them. It isn’t about being devastated

by another person’s feelings or

boundaries. It should be a mutually

fulfilling relationship, not being

co-therapists to each other. In a

strong friendship, each person can

handle her own emotions rather

than relying on the friend to regulate

them for her.”

Gottlieb started writing an advice

column because, unlike psychotherapists,

advice columnists are

supposed to tell people what to do.

I’m guessing your therapist mostly

asks questions and gently nudges,

EMPATH, but since Gottlieb has

her advice-columnist hat on today

and not her psychotherapist hat, I

asked her to tell you what to do.

“She should act more like a

friend than a therapist/caretaker,”

said Gottlieb. “She shouldn’t

treat her friend or herself as if

they’re too fragile to handle basic

communication or boundaries. And

they should both be working out

their issues with their respective

therapists, not with each other.”

And if you decide to keep this

woman in your life (and your

wedding party), EMPATH, you’ll

both have to work on—sigh—your

communication skills.

“Right now, they don’t seem to

know how to communicate directly

with each other,” said Gottlieb. “It’s

either an icy text or complaining to

outside parties about each other.

But when it comes to how they

interact with each other, they’re

so careful, as if one or both might

break if they simply said, ‘Hey, I

really care about you and I know

sometimes you want to talk about

stuff, but sometimes it feels like too

much and maybe something you

can talk to your therapist about.’”

Lori Gottlieb’s new book, Maybe You

Should Talk to Someone, is a New York

Times best seller. Follow her on Twitter

@LoriGottlieb1.

I will be driving to New Orleans

from Toronto. It’s almost impossible

to drive from Ontario to

Louisiana without stopping for

fuel/food/hotel in Ohio, Georgia,

or Alabama. But I want to boycott

Handmaid states during my trip.

Even then, I feel I have to check

the news every day to see what

state is next. Do you have any

practical advice for me? Or should

I just stay home until your democratic

systems and your courts are

fixed and your Electoral College is

abolished?

Canadian Avoids Nearing

Terrible Georgia, Ohio…

Why head south, CANTGO? Even

if you’ve lived in Canada all your

life, you couldn’t possibly have

explored every corner of your

beautiful country. But if you absolutely,

positively must board the

Titanic—excuse me, if you must

visit the United States—take a hard

right after you cross the border

and head west instead. Enjoy Michigan’s

Upper Peninsula, check out

some of those lakes they’re always

talking about in Minnesota, speed

through the Dakotas, Montana, and

the skinniest part of Idaho, and

pretty soon you’ll be in Washington

State, where a woman’s right to

choose is enshrined in the state

constitution. The summers are

lovely, we’ve got hiking trails that

will take you to mountain lakes, and

Democrats control both houses

of the state legislature and the governor’s

mansion, so you won’t have

to check the news every day when

you’re in Seattle.

On the Lovecast, Dan chats with

actor Maddie Corman: savagelovecast.com.

email@savagelove.net

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