Record Store Day
The annual day of sabbath for record stores around the globe is this Saturday. In addition to events going on around the city to celebrate the LP, the day is marked by each year’s crop of exclusive pressings. There are 15 record stores across the city participating, meaning that you’ll be able to pick up rarities including unreleased Foo Fighters’ demos, a Tegan and Sarah live recording, a Father John Misty 7”, and reissues of classics like J Dilla’s “Fuck the Police” and Swans’ self-titled debut EP. Check out our wishlist here.
Sonic Boom's free in-store concert
Record Store Day isn't all about the LPs. Stores across the city are playing host to free midday shows, a sort of record store version of mall music, including an intimate in-store set at Sonic Boom, on its first Record Store Day since moving to their massive Spadina location. The Sonic Boom showcase is a who’s-who of Toronto rising stars, featuring Mimico, Harrison, Comet Control, and Anamai, whose debut album was our album of the week at the beginning of March.
The Calgary rockers recently made headlines when their show at Ohio's Oberlin College cancelled because of the problematic nature of their moniker, borrowed from the name of the North Vietnamese forces who fought the USA in the Vietnam War. The issue overshadowed the late January release of the band’s self-titled debut album, a cold, fuzzy affair that sounds as if Alberta herself made post-punk. The band was at the Garrison at the end of January, but are back tonight for free-ninety-nine as a part of Converse’s Rubber Tracks Live series that’s brought free shows from Deafheaven, Ghostface Killah, badbadnotgood and more to the Opera House.
James Adomian is best known for his tenure on the comedy podcast circuit. A frequent guest on Marc Maron’s WTF and the Scott Aukerman-hosted Comedy Bang! Bang!, tonight, he’s taking his talents to South Bloor, with a Friday-night run of his production The Sheriff of Naughtyham, an Improvised Robin Hood Tale at Comedy Bar. One of NOW's Glenn Sumi’s top 10 comedy shows of 2014, he’s joined by a few Second City veterans, a blog-runner in Whedonesque’s Liz Johnston, and Nug Nahrgang of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Toronto production of Cannibal! The Musical. Catch him back at Comedy Bar for the rest of the weekend, doing sets with the likes of Mark Little, Debra DiGiovanni, Amanda Brooke Perrin, and more.
The new horror flick is a front-runner in the yet-to-be-created "Horror Movie Gimmickry" category, taking found footage to a whole new level with the movie's webcam-only perspective. But just as Paranormal Activity's gimmick carried it to near-classic territory, so too does Unfriended's Photo-Booth framing move it forward, and director Lavin Gabiradze uses the constructed claustrophobia to full effect. You can read our full review here, and catch the movie that managed the Herculean task of beating Paul Blart 2 at the Thursday box office around the city this weekend.