An evening with Purity Ring

When I first heard “Crawlersout” last year, I became addicted to Purity Ring. The addiction lives on, and now I can say I have had the chance to enjoy them live.

It makes me really happy when I enjoy a band and then discover that they are Canadian. This has been happening a lot lately, and I have to say our home grown talent is always getting bigger and better.

Purity Ring hails from Edmonton, Alberta. An electronic duo with a radical on-stage set up, the beats will get you moving and Megan James’ voice will truly mesmerize you. I find a lot of the songs to be really dreamy and their unique stage presence makes the show unforgettable. It will probably haunt me for awhile, but only in the best of ways.

The last time I went to Ritual Nightclub, we faced a rather small crowd while waiting for Trust to play. I wasn’t sure what to expect last night, but the sold out show was packed way before the main act even hit the stage. This was the first night of the tour, and if last night signals anything, the rest of the tour is going to be amazing.

The night started out slow, at first there was plenty of room to twist and mingle with others. It was obviously a night of electronic duos, as both bands that hit the stage prior to Purity Ring were small in size but big in sound. The first band confused me, and they didn’t say much. However the singer did proclaim “We are Space, we are Time. We are Space and Time.” He then laughed and I realized this must be their band name. The music was cool, but upon returning home I was disappointed that I was unable to figure out exactly who these guys are, or where I can find their music. (Note: If anyone reading this does, let me know?!)

In any case, it was oddly tropical, hip swaying, and enjoyable.

Blue Hawaii came onstage with a full house staring back at them. This would probably seem intimidating to most, but they took it in stride, and were amazing. By the end of their set the audience was begging for more.  It’s also fun to note that these two are Canadian – from Montreal. They promised a dance party, but started it out slow. Easing us in. It was gentle and fun, and her voice echoed around us. The beat grew faster. We pushed forward. We danced. I’m sure it was overwhelming for them, because I heard her giggling at the end, telling us our favourite band would be coming on soon.

But I have to say, if I ever hear that this band is around again, wherever I may be, I will have to see them. Truly awesome, and I’m not even sure how to describe them – but their experimental nature is enthralling and certainly doesn’t fit any typical musical description.

When Purity Ring finally came onstage, everything became tight and hot. Everyone was eager to push their way forward to get a glimpse. Of course, the stage set up is incredible, with bee-hive like lights strung about us, flickering with the music. That was the most impressive part, how they make their music and their lights one, tapping little lamps to create a sound while simultaneously creating a glow.

They perform so nonchalantly, and the audience in return sways, but we were calm for the most part. Mostly caught up in the music, the crowd was pulsing together like one giant heart.

It’s shows like this that give me hope for the future, when people can safely cram themselves into a small space, holding one another up and letting the mood take over. Happiness radiating from all around, we are just here to listen to bands play awesome music, and maybe drink a few beers in the mean time.

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Girl Power

I don’t see too many female dj’s hitting the scene but this past Friday it was good to see DUBSMACK featuring a female. And one badass female at that. Instant girl crush. And I guarantee she’ll make you dance.

VIA Destinedtolive.com

I almost didn’t make it out to see Vilify, but somehow I found myself sweating up a storm at Ritual. AND I was glad.

People, be prepared. This summer is going to be ridiculous. Borgore is coming up and the place is going to be packed. No one is going to want to wear clothes in there. It’s like a forest fire!

So while you’re warming up, if you missed Vilify then check this video. Although it really won’t compare to the real thing…

Sunny

I was just sitting on my porch, reading a book, drinking coffee.

It’s warm! And it makes me happy!

I’ve had a pretty good long weekend so far. Even though I didn’t go home for Easter, the roomies and I still decided to make a good dinner for ourselves. Ham, potatoes, yams and salad. Oh, and it had been awhile but I decided that blueberry cobbler was a must. Dessert hadn’t been on my mind in awhile. But it was very much needed.

I’ve been spending a lot of time at Ritual but it has been well worth it. For example, my Thursday night allowed me to discover this guy from Toronto…84.85. Girls were actually onstage doing ridiculous things which made me laugh. When he poured beer on himself, one girl actually proceeded to lick his face.

I mean, he’s got solid beats, but I didn’t have the same urges as other females in the room. I downloaded the album the next day because I had found myself a different kind of love for him.

I’m sure after a few spins you’ll feel a similar kind of love. His set was short but so is his EP. But so full of awesome.

And even more awesome beats on Friday with Bar9. Have you ever seen this dude? He’s crazy cool.

Image via Last.fm

Needless to say, my world was rocked. If you weren’t there I kind of feel bad for you. Love at first DROP.

What’s next? AUTOEROTIQUE

And to all of those who saw Rusko in T.O lastnight, or will be seeing him tonight in Montreal…I am jealous.

This is the last night I have to get a bit crazy before pounding the pavement for a job this week. Wish me luck? Until then…Mod night. My Monday morning class at 8:30 held me back for far too long. So I guess it’s time to get back in the game, after all, Sunday’s are best served with gin and tonics. Am I right?

-Mel

Summer summer summer!

It’s approaching. I can feel it, so of course I’m getting sick of writing papers.

It’s past 11 and my final paper is due tomorrow at 5 o’clock. And you guessed it, it’s not done. It’s the last thing on my brain, I’m just considering what I will get up to this summer.

Obviously I’ve recently acquired a passion for the pornography industry. Throughout the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of research interviewing porn stars, feminists, and scholars. I actually was trying to get an interview with one of my favourite people in the porn industry – Sasha Grey – unfortunately her book tour has swept her away to all edges of the planet! However, I did manage to have a great telephone conversation with the great Annie Sprinkle! A Legend, really. She was in Ottawa at the end of March for a presentation at Ottawa U. While essays held me back from attending, she’s amazing and I regret not being able to go! Hopefully she comes back.

One thing I recommend you watch if you’re as interested in porn as me…9 to 5 days in porn! It’s a pretty awesome documentary, very educational, you could say.

CHECK IT BY CLICKING IT!

Hopefully I can learn more about the industry, maybe write some more interesting pieces!

A new project for me this summer…I’ll be writing sex posts for FASHGASM, my roomie’s awesome fashion blog. She decided she needed to add a little something into the mix, and, well, fashgasm is half orgasm so why not make it SEX?

In the meantime, I’ll be working this new job of mine, trying to find time for studying, and making time for the crazy shenanigans that will be going down at RITUAL this summer. 2011, you will be the best yet. I hope the crowds are HUGE because I know getting up early for work or summer school (ugh) shouldn’t deter from the goooood times!

Speaking of, tomorrow:

It’s crunch time folks so you better get that studying done and those papers written.

This is all I want

CIAO

This is unhealthy

The amount of school work. It weighs a ton.

I keep on reading and writing and phoning and editing, then the cycle starts over again. And to top it all off, I just got a job. So now I have 16 hours less a week to put towards essays/assignments. Hopefully I can pull this off.

I’m just trying to make it to April 6th. That day will be glorious. I know it will…

Anyway, I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Now is the time, even if I should be doing homework. But it’s finally spring and there is snow on the ground. Clearly the world is upside down as of late, so I can break or bend the rules as I see fit…for the moment, anyway.

I would say that about one month ago my life was much better, much easier.

I took my sister to her very first dubstep show and now she’s in love. I also took her to see Bare Noize this month. It was pretty killer. I had an amazing night, except for the part where some dude tried to mug us. Luckily, we escaped unscathed!

Just a taste I found on youtube. I distinctly remember when they played this song too. The crowd was crazy! My nights out at ritual are always the best nights. Can’t help but be happy when you feel the music alllll over!

 

Now I’m just waiting for the snow to melt before my birthday on Saturday! I actually had a large portion of my dress collection out yesterday, and it really brought me into a springy mood! But of course within 12 hours its snowing. Just a little bit longer and I can take half my closet out of hiding!

And what does spring mean? Summer! And what does summer mean?

BORGORE! Yep, I know. I managed to keep my lips sealed very tightly, but the show announcement came out today. Good thing too, I was bursting at the seams. I missed him in Toronto last year so I absolutely will be attending. It’s gonna be a crazy night, too. June 12th, try to remember that.

I know I’m getting really excited really soon, but with so much stuff to worry about, it’s good to have things to look forward to! April will be amazing…well, if I am not struggling to finish my essays. We’ll see how that goes!

Til then, just listen to Die Antwoord


Where did January go?

I’m back after a brief hiatus. Sorry, folks, but journalism calls.

While I’m here I’ll update you on some cool things you may also be checking out in the next couple of weeks. If not, then you should consider doing so!

Ajapai is coming to Ottawa this Friday! Tickets are pretty cheap so scoop them while you can! If you’ve never heard of him, he’s a dubstep artist from Japan. As you know, I’m a mega-fan of dubstep, so as soon as I heard “Japan” and “dubstep” I immediately began to feel my mouth water. He’s at ritual nightclub and I strongly encourage you to go!

And on my dear little sister’s birthday [February 11th], it also happens to be DUBSMACK. I may have to bring her to her very first night out at ritual to experience some solid beats.

Rainman will be there, of course. Every time I see him, it only gets better.

Mt. Eden will be the feature that night, coming all the way from New Zealand. Ottawa is really stepping up the game in the dubstep scene. I’ve been to some amazing shows just a bus ride away from my house!

I find Mt. Eden to be pretty chill, definitely excited to see what kind of show they’re gonna bring us here.

My next hope is that Skrillex will make his way back to Ottawa. I hope we showed him a good enough time to make him want to come back again!

And THAT is my dubstep dose.

-M

12TH PLANET

Even though the downstairs portion of RITUAL is small we still showed 12th Planet that we know how to have a damn good time!

Here in Ottawa, we don’t mess around. If you weren’t there you missed some pretty ugly Christmas sweaters and some pretty filthy dubstep. AWESOME NIGHT! Hopefully he’ll hit us up again.

And he even gave us a little taste of last week once again, kinda like this…

Now I’m wayyyyy too pumped for February. Skrillex & Nero. See you there?

-M

Better late then never

I know I missed the official 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death on here, but it doesn’t mean I wasn’t thinking about it. Because I was. thirty years is a long time…

 

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans…”

This week was the end of classes. While most are probably not too excited about exams, I have to admit, I only have one. Next Friday. So this leaves me a lot of time to slack and do other things. It’s great. I apologize to those of you studying your asses off, though…suckers…

Well I will share some things with you. I didn’t realize that there was a music video for Don’t Haunt this Place by The Rural Alberta Advantage, but there is! And it’s stop motion, which I am a fan of. Hopefully you are too! Apparently I’m a bit behind on the music video side of things. I rarely watch them, and I rarely enjoy any, to be honest.

But this is different. Listening to the lyrics it’s pretty obvious this is a song about breaking up, love and so on and so forth. BUT for those of you expecting a heterosexual romance, I tell you, it is not. And I think that’s the most beautiful part.

And as for your weekly dose of dubstep…this weekend at RITUAL you can catch 12th Planet with Rainman and Numbchuck. I’ve been looking forward to this all week.

It was sad when Skrillex left the stage last Thursday. I was ready to dance all night. The crowd was pretty amazing, and pretty sweaty, too. People fell, people danced, people yelled. It was all fun. But the heat was intense. If you didn’t get yourself some water you were bound to check out. It might have been cold out but it felt pretty refreshing. It was necessary to go outside every so often, no matter how much you were loving the show.

Good news for myself and other Skrillex fans, he’ll be making his way to Toronto this February. I’ll be there. Will you?

I’ll leave you with something tempting. Maybe you’ll even feel the need to hit up Ritual tomorrow. Your speakers aren’t doing it justice…

-M