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Why Budi Rules by Nathan Doucet

BUDI

BUDI

You don’t even know what is about to happen to you. You are 100% not ready for it. Nick Dourado will change your life. Nick Dourado will speak directly to you. There are a plethora of truths spewing forth and just waiting to spew forth from this force of nature.

Nick Dourado can LEAD you on a quest where you soar way up there and touch down on some revelations that will help you to live better, to care better and to speak better.

This is with regards to everything.

The existential plain you get the fucking privilege to be on when he is near is one you GOTTA pay close attention to cause it’s there to be swept up and used. The SPEW. This is musical at all times. One part rhythmic, one part for the air (to both blow into the night and speak with girth). He is either twisting you with sax, drums, keys, vocals, or his word.

Intentions to gather you, to help you sing, Budi bursts forth in this Dilla-esque brand of jazz melody and beats that beg more of a head swing than a nod. He recorded and developed everything that you can hear here by himself toiling at home and at The Khyber Centre for the arts and it’s so goddammm good.

I’m listening to Nick sing and play Wurlitzer…. RIGHT NOW! He’s directly below me vibrating the floors in this house that the gods have aligned for a multitude of wonderful people to live in, here in Halifax. Nick is one of them. I (thanks be to those gods) am one of them.

Bouncing with him, you’ll fall onto wisdom ready to force you to move, to smash what is standing in front us in the DEVILS that are white supremacy, colonialism, and capitalism. He’s changed my life forever, without a doubt. He’s willingly helped to guide me and stand beside me in questioning everything we know about this life. Nick fights. Nick believes. Nick is a jazz musician. I’m a better musician because of it. He’ll be with me in these ways til I go on.

Don’t miss his performance as Budi.

Nathan Doucet is a Halifax-based musicians who plays in Heaven For Real, Eddy, Fake Buildings, Moon and (sometimes) with Budi.

budi.bandcamp.com

Why Kurt Marble Rules by Jonny Dovercourt (2016)

Kurt Marble

Kurt Marble

Kurt Marble rules because he knows that doing it right involves doing it wrong.

Let me back up for a sec. If you read books about rock music, you’re probably part of an increasingly small minority, and if you don’t, you’ve probably already been distracted by a Snapchat or something. But bear with me. One of the finest – and funniest – books about rock music of recent years is entitled Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock’n’Roll Group, by Ian Svenonious, the former frontman of Nation of Ulysses, Make Up, Weird War, and currently Chain and the Gang. In the notorious chapter on Drugs, Svenonious outlines the influence of different mind-altering substances on different decades of popular music. The author makes the case that our contemporary 21st century era is defined not by weed, booze, or coke, but by antidepressants, which dull the edges of personality and shave off any behaviour marked “incorrect.” In music, this results in an entire generation beholden to their influences, and slavishly copying the work of icons such as The Stooges or The Jesus and Mary Chain, not deviating from their formula for fear of doing it “wrong.”

This may explain why so much contemporary “indie” music is so jarringly inoffensive, and why every hit song in this radio marketing category sounds like the same jaunty parade chant – and that parade leads right to the headquarters of a telecom, so the song can be instantly inserted into a smartphone commercial.

Kurt Marble does not do this. Thank FUCK. On both his self-recorded EP Notes and his gloriously shambolic live show, Mr. Marble brings back all those things that have been missing from so much modern indie rock: sloppiness, goofiness, righteous FUZZ and goddamn HOOKS. Some of these addictive properties may also be acquired from the likes of fellow travelers Ty Segall and Mac DeMarco, but as these bands have graduated to playing larger clubs and venues, I must employ the Inverse-Fucks rule: the number of fucks you can give about a band that DGAF decreases proportionally per hundred metres you are forced to stand from the stage. You’re lucky you’ll be able to taste their sweat on Saturday night at Jimmy Jazz – a likely occurrence, since Kurt often ends up his sets shirtless, or at least only wearing a dress.

So here’s the recipe: Marble takes some legendary, “correct” influences – the psych-punk sludge-rock of Dinosaur Jr., the glam boogie shake of T. Rex, the hurtin’ Midwestern howl of The Replacements (the last one a bit of a gimme since the first song on Notes is called “Replacement”) – shakes them up in old soda can and sprays them all over the crowd Gwar-style. By treating rock music influences so irreverently, he actually gets closer to their spirit. The result is a fantastic mess, full of catchy-as-all-hell guitar riffs and pop vocal harmonies fight-or-flighting their way out of the lo-fi din. It doesn’t matter if Kurt Marble is just Kurt solo in his home studio or backed up live by his more than capable band – in spite of the chaos, drummer Steve Kwok (Radius & Helena) and bassist Christina Ingraldi (Tails) are actually tighter than a man-bun, and Paul McEachern gets more chances to guitar- school shred than he does in Most People – either way, it all has that so-wrong-it’s-right feel. Which reminds you of an eternal truth you know in your heart, perhaps long forgotten – that rock music is supposed to be FUN, goddammit.

Jonny Dovercourt is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Wavelength Music, who co-present Saturday night (April 9) of Kazoo! Fest at Jimmy Jazz, featuring Kurt Marble, alongside Dories, West Nile, and New Chance. He is also a member of post-punk space-rock trio Several Futures.

kurtmarble.bandcamp.com

Why The Kazoo! Print Expo Rules by Dan Evans (2016)

Photo by Vanessa Tignanelli

It’s important to me to be at least a tourist in underground culture. It provides a type of nourishment not available from the mainstream — the vitamins of Uncommon Opinion, and minerals of Dispatches from the Margins of Human Life. Small Press and Print fairs are my favourite nodes of the underground, where writers, silkscreeners, printmakers, comic artists, and other do-it-yourself tinkerers lay their handmade and unique items out on tables, boldly and shyly inviting a hunt through their documents of experimentation. And the artists themselves are on offer for engagement, too — a smile that leads to a comment that leads to a longer chat about their work and the special agonies and epiphanies they’ve manifest by making things by hand.

As a Browser (“onlooker, goer, customer…”):
Last year at Kazoo! Print Expo, I stood too long at the All Sorts Press table, running my fingertips over the inky letterpress grooves and embossed paper items (postcards, booklets, bookmarks, posters…). I asked dumb questions, and said “wow!” at each new item, envious and inspired. Also, for an excitingly small amount of money, I brown-bagged a handful of new zines (one about urban herbalism that taught me to grow mint in a container, one about home remedies that I use every time I get sick); a few issues of a comic about love and drugs; a couple mailings-worth of beautiful, screen-printed Get Well and Hot For You greeting cards. Then I had a chat with a Dad+Daughter team of letterpress enthusiasts (Stubbs!) who had just published their new book of hilarious poems, still ink wet.

As a Tabler (“sitter, artist, seller…”):
You might know this: the 3’ x 6’ table is a daunting container for experimental art. Curating a table’s worth of stuff so it’s attractive, is a puzzling, teasing type of distillation. When it works, it’s thrilling for vendor and browser both. Last year at Kazoo! Print Expo, I spent my 15 min. break from the table browsing and buying other people’s amazing stuff, but then I happily tucked back behind our table to talk to you about our hand-bound books. You were uninterested; you nodded along to pleasantries and the awkward noises of trying to make a connection; and then, sometimes, you lit up with curiosity: you were intrigued by the Gothic novel from a lost corner of history; you loved hearing about the group of artists who were archiving a year’s worth of conversations about what people were learning; and you bought the A-B-C of notes from an improvisational percussionist. It made me feel like a hero to introduce a healthy secret into your life.

Dan Evans, printophile, works with the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, and with Publication Studio Guelph.

Kazoo! Print Expo

Why Elaquent Rules by Skweeezy C (2016)

Elaquent

Elaquent

Once upon a grind Noah23, Madadam & myself swooped through L.A. to play a Low End Theory show on the Based Legends of The North expedition. Noah made a casual inquiry with Daddy Kev about whether he’s ever thought about booking Elaquent. He replied “not only have I thought about it but I’ve been wanting to for ages already that dude rules”. To be at this legendary and groundbreaking hip hop night to play even a single song with two of my best buds was wild enough, but 2 have the guy who started it all be so hype on another artist from Guelph was v exciting my dudes & dudettes.

Elaquent has put this little city on the map in the beat scene all on his lonely. This is a place where redundant indie rockers often rule the roost. Each new project Elaquent releases is more than a breath of fresh air, it’s a mah fuckin’ arctic gale force wind. Here’s a little list 4 you boogers regarding Elaquent and his ultra rad status:

1. Super down 2 earth and low ego factor

2. High levels of innovation and creativity

3. One of the greatest producers in the whole country

4. Favourite super hero is Batman

5. Drew inspiration from early Sega video game soundtracks

6. One of the nicest ppl you could ever possibly meet in yr life

7. On top of prolific album output has made tonnes of gr8 remixes in a variety of styles

8. Very supportive of his local arts community

9. Carved his own lane in a super competitive scene where it is hard to stand out

10.  a) Biggest Seattle Seahawks fan in Wellington County (not that his team of choice matters I just respect someone who likes teams for their own reasons and doesn’t bandwagon)
b) Rocks a New York Mets jersey from time 2 time

This is a short list & could be wayyyyyyy longer. I’m super duper picky these days and I pick Eq as one of the most “can’t miss” shows of the festival this year. More accurately one of the most “can’t miss” shows of the whole year.

If you miss this one I feel bad 4 u son.

Skweeezy C is the leader of the Sensi Boyz and a local DJ/Rapper/Radio Host. Skweeezy is excited to release his next long awaited tape, Royal City OG, at Incline Decline in July this summer. Catch him DJ’ing with Elaquent Friday.

elaquent.com // elaquent.bandcamp.com

Why Guelph Night Market Rules by Hayley Kellett (2016)

Night Market

Guelph Night Market

Oh boy.
Where do I begin with how incredible amazing the Guelph Night Market is? If you haven’t been yet, I insist you get out there. I strongly insist. In fact, I’ll be your date! Any reason to attend an event swarming with passionate artists, entrepreneurs, fast friends and probably the best tasting bread I’ve ever eaten (thank you Bread Bandit!). Not to mention the sensory overload that comes with the price of admission. I’m getting ahead of myself. I literally just sighed out load thinking about all the amazing things I got to swoon over last time.

Let me back track.
I’m new to Guelph. I moved here in July 2016 knowing a handful of people and nothing about the city (outside of an adorable scavenger hunt my partner organized for me). To sum up, I could find coffee, food and vintage dresses, but I didn’t have a good feel for the city yet. Then one magical evening, I went to The Night Market with my friend Sarah. We walked in and immediately were surrounded by, well, Guelph! I couldn’t walk more than a metre without bumping into someone I recognized who then dragged me (read: happily skipped with me) to their favourite booth. I met vendors who were passionate about their product. People like the Ryan, known to many as the Bread Bandit. (Seriously, not that you need more reasons to eat bread, but do yourself a favour and find Ryan.) I lost track of time pursuing the market with a glass of red wine. If there is a better way to shop, I’m all ears! By the end of the night I had an air plant, a badass bracelet by Goldeen, and the best conversation starter a girl could ask for from Sadderdaze. I could have bought so much more. I could spend my life savings at these events.

What’s for sale is only a small factor as to why The Night Market rules. It’s not just a marketplace. My first visit, I didn’t just leave with amazing purchases, I left feeling like part of the community. Theresa and Emily (organizers) have done an outstanding job bringing Guelph into one room and fostering the talent this city has to offer. They said it best on their website “Guelph has a strong network of small businesses and young entrepreneurs; supporting them is what will make our community flourish.” The Night Market is bottom line about community. Bringing people together and celebrating the things we love. What could be more Guelph than that?

If you support this community, come out to The Night Market! Feel the infectious sense of pride that comes with roaming the floor and speaking with the vendors. There is something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for records, silk-screen totes, handcrafted jewellery, vintage over-alls, organic fair trade tattoo soap, antiques, zines, prints, poems or anything else you can dream up. Don’t just take your purchases; take home a little piece of Guelph.

Hayley Kellett is the Education Director at The Making-Box, Guelph’s hub for live comedy and education through improvisation. Check her out live at Kazoo Tour Stories on Sat. April 9th! Want to try improv? Come to a Drop-In Class! They happen on the second Saturday of every month from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at 40 Baker Street.

guelphnightmarket.com