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Upcoming Events!

Friday, February 18
Scratch Records present

 
With SPILLAGE, THEFT, AND ROCK & ROLL Art installations by Jeffry Lee and Ryan Walter Wagoner. Art opening 8 PM, regular doors 9 PM. Advance tickets $8 at Red Cat, Scratch, Zulu, or $10 at the door Facebook event page

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Saturday February 19th
B-LINES , DEAD GHOSTS , TIMECOPZ
With SPILLAGE, THEFT, AND ROCK & ROLL Art installations by Jeffry Lee and Ryan Walter Wagoner. Doors at 9:00 PM. $8.00 Facebook event page

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Thursday, February 24
The CiTR/Mint Pop Alliance Comp Release Party
Featuring
Slam Dunk
Role Mach
Shane Turner Overdrive
fanshaw
and many others TBA
with art!
SPILLAGE, THEFT, AND ROCK & ROLL
Art installations by Jeffry Lee and Ryan Walter Wagner.
Doors at 8:00 PM. $10.00 at the door.
Save a loonie or a toonie by getting advance tickets at Red Cat, Scratch, and Zulu.
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Friday, February 25
Scratch Records present

 
with SPILLAGE, THEFT, AND ROCK & ROLL
Art installations by Jeffry Lee and Ryan Walter Wagner.
Doors at 9:00 PM. $10.00 at the door.
Save a loonie or a toonie by getting advance tickets at Red Cat, Scratch, and Zulu.
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Saturday, February 26
CJSF PRESENTS
TYRANAHORSE
NO L.A. KILL
NARWHAL
Doors at 9:00 PM. $10.00 at the door.
SPILLAGE, THEFT, AND ROCK & ROLL
Art installations by Jeffry Lee and Ryan Walter Wagner.
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Saturday, January 8
DEFEKTORS
SHEARING PINX
FORCED LAUGH
PLUS: art from Melanie Coles
opening at 8:00
$5 at the door.
Bands start at 10:00 sharp.
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Saturday, January 15
Scratch Records present

 
Doors 9 PM, live music to follow around 9:30 PM.
Advance tickets at Red Cat, Scratch, and Zulu. Or $10 at the door.
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Saturday April 2
SUN WIZARD, A PALE BLUE, THE SHACK
Saturday April 2, 2011 at the Interurban Gallery, 1 East Hastings Street (at Carroll). Doors at 9:00 PM, show to start shortly thereafter. $10.00 at the door or slightly cheaper advance tickets at Red Cat, Scratch, and Zulu.

The Scratch partnership with the Interurban Gallery continues. We are proud to produce memorable music and art/multi media events at this wonderful space.

Saturday April 2:
April Fools plus 1. I like all three of these bands, so should you. Have you been to a show at the Interurban yet? No? Like Shania says… “don’t be stupid”. Like Shania, all three of these bands have a hint of twang. Unlike Shania, none of these bands suck dog-dicks.

a SCRATCH RECORDS PRESENTS

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SUN WIZARD

Light Organ Recording Artists Sun Wizard release their new album Positively 4th Avenue on March 29th, let this show serve as a semi official album release party. Sun Wizard recently played CMW in Toronto and earned themselves a handy 4 NNNN review from Now Magazine too. Now Magazine

bio:
Sun Wizard are your favorite band from when you were in high school, back when the whole world was a little bigger and everything you touched was a bit more golden. You knew all the words to their songs, you bought every last one of their records, and rushed out to the record store every time their new single came on the radio. They were the soundtrack to that endless summer, and they colored your adolescent fever with the helpless optimism that everything was going to be just fine.

Sun Wizard officially started playing music together as a four piece in the spring of 2009, when bass player Francesco Lyon came home from a few strange months in Toronto. However, the seeds were planted on a hazy trip to Vancouver Island the summer before, where a couple of days turned into a lost weekend that saw Francesco, accompanied by James Younger and Malcolm Jack, Sun Wizard's alternating songwriter/vocalists, stagger onto stage and play an impromptu acoustic show. The following spring, carrying a suitcase full of lyrics, the band became a band when Ben Frey sat down at the drums. Sun Wizard got a jam space with a panther blanket on the wall, bought plenty of candles, incense and rugs, rehearsed a bunch, and booked their first show. Since then they have played with bands, like Vetiver, The Cave Singers, Deer Tick, Girls, and Immaculate Machine among others.

Fast forward to 2011 and Sun Wizard are now ready to release their debut full-length album "Positively 4th Avenue". Recorded in Vancouver at Mushroom Studios with producers Dave Ogilvie (David Bowie, Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails) and Colin Stewart (Cave Singers, Black Mountain, Ladyhawk) Positively 4th Avenue builds on the promise of the band's 2009 self-released EP "Maybe They Were Right". Influenced by classic bands like Television, Steve Miller Band, Fleetwood Mac, and Tom Petty, Sun Wizard wanted to make an album with a similar vibe: Catchy, melodic rock n' roll with big guitar riffs and tight harmonies. You can hear the band channeling that often-elusive element in rock music; that magic dust that gets pulled out from the ether every so often. It's unexpected, and when traced it seems to act like the common thread in a lineage of influential song driven rock n' roll bands. Sun Wizard could easily be Jack White's younger brothers, Tom Petty's nephews, or Bob Dylan's grandchildren. In short, they sound like a real band; a band that have always been there. myspace
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A PALE BLUE

Never satisfied, and always looking ahead, A Pale Blue continues to tinker with their grungy, bummer, country rock sound. The band is taking more chances with their live show, which now ranges from a thoughtful shuffle to pounding guitar anthems. Harmonies are treated with thought and the 'no fun' lyrics of singer songwriter Brock Allen paint a dark and complex picture. Expect the unexpected with this band. myspace
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THE SHACK

The Shack is an outpost at the border between memory and myth. Inside there is a man (Bryce Janssens of Lord Beginner) who receives regular paychecks for guarding this remote yet important territory in the empire to which he is an employee and servant. Although it is a draughty and lonely place, there is company in the characters of books left behind by the previous caretaker and safety in the knowledge that the distant murderous war will never touch this quiet frontier.
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The Interurban is an Art Gallery, and the Scratch curated events feature the work of an assortment of local artists. For the "Wizard Weekend" of April 1 and 2 art installations will be by Scott Lewis & Shira Blustein of the Storyboard Label.

All ages are welcome but you must show ID to enjoy the low cost bar.

For high res images please get in touch.
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Saturday April 21, 2012
RECORD STORE DAY AT SCRATCH & THE INTERURBAN!

 
Saturday April 21, 2012 at the Interurban Gallery and Scratch Records, 1 East Hastings Street (at Carroll). Store opens at 11:00 AM, live music begins at noon.

FREE! ALL AGES! All records and CDs will be a minimum of 30% OFF!

For this years International Record Store Day, Scratch is taking over the Interurban Gallery and adding tables of extra records and CDs to browse through while enjoying 13 great bands for free!
12:00 (noon) - EDEN FINE DAY
1:00 - JODY GLENHAM
2:00 - MIRROR LAKE
3:00 - VON BINGEN
4:00 - THE COURTNEYS
5:00 - VANCOUGAR
6:00 - DOC HOLLIDAY
7:00 - WE HUNT BUFFALO
8:00 - WOLF
9:00 - DEAD SOFT
10:00 - CORNSHED
11:00 - IF WE ARE MACHINES

Great coffee and snacks provided by the fantastic people at the Acme Cafe!

DJs all day long! Low cost bar!

Facebook event page
https://www.facebook.com/events/370910879607002/

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Saturday April 16, 2011
RECORD STORE NIGHT AT SCRATCH and the INTERURBAN!

 
Negative Nights Presents

B-LINES - Record Release Show

UNNATURAL HELPERS - Seattle/Hardly Art Records

IDLE TIMES - Seattle/Hozac

SEX CHURCH

@ Interurban Gallery/Scratch Records
Sat, April 16 - Record Store Day Show
Doors at 9, show at 10
$10

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Friday, May 6, 2011
A night of heaviosity at the Interurban!

 
BAPTISTS


TEMPEST


INHALER


Friday, May 6, 2011
9:00 PM
$10.00 at the door
Scratch Records/Interurban Gallery
1 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

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Friday, June 10, 2011
HIMALAYAN BEAR! w/ Prairie Cat and Chris-a-riffic! at the Interurban!

 
SCRATCH RECORDS PRESENTS

HIMALAYAN BEAR, PRAIRIE CAT, and CHRIS-A-RIFFIC
This show was supposed to be a Lord Beginner show. They broke up instead. What the fuck is up with that? I really liked them. Figures. So instead we got the brother of Lord Beginner’s Patrick Beattie, HIMALAYAN BEAR (aka Ryan Beattie) to play. Fair trade, I love it.

HIMALAYAN BEAR
Absolutely Kosher, Self Righteous, and Aaargh! Recording artists bring their definitively oddball and pretty much uncategorizable and cool "Hawaiian" music to the Gallery all the way from Victoria. They will have just finished up a tour with New Pornographer Kathryn Calder. Their third album, Hard Times, comes out on Absolutely Kosher Records on August 2! Ryan also plays in Frog Eyes and Chet, for those of you keeping score.

PRAIRIE CAT
Your old friend Prairie Cat brings back his seven piece orchestra to remind Vancouver what pop sounded like in the sweet 70's. Debuting new material from his upcoming album, fans of Jeff Lynne, The Mael Brothers and breaking up will feel right at home

CHRIS-A-RIFFIC
For all the training he has, he is not a very good piano player.

Art on the wall tba! Record spinnin’ tba!

$8.00 advance tickets at Red Cat, Scratch, and Zulu. Or $10 at the door.

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Saturday June 11, 2011
GERMANY GERMANY w/ Bear Mountain & Right!
30:LIVE & DISTORTED DISCO RECORDS PRESENT:

GERMANY GERMANY 'Adventures' RELEASE EVENT

$10 COVER : DOORS AT 9PM

GERMANY GERMANY is the musical alias of Victoria-resident Drew Harris. Performing with a live band consisting of other members of the Vancouver music scene, GERMANY GERMANY will be debuting his first physical release, Adventures.

ADVENTURES will be available on LIMITED EDITION CASSETTE (at the event) and ONLINE through

RIGHT

BEAR MOUNTAIN

THE INTERURBAN GALLERY is an all ages ALL HUMAN inclusive space. Facebook Event page


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Friday, June 24, 2011
SHEARING PINX! DEFEKTORS! STAMINA MANTIS!

 
SHEARING PINX

DEFEKTORS

STAMINA MANTIS

$10. Doors at 9. Show at 10. All Ages. Bar with ID
Interurban art gallery/Scratch. 1 East Hastings Street

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Saturday, June 25, 2011
PRISONERS! MIRROR LAKE! PREVIOUS TENANTS!

 
PRISONERS -----------------
MIRROR LAKE ------------------
PREVIOUS TENANTS ------------------------
$10. Doors at 9. Show at 10. All Ages. Bar with ID Interurban art gallery/Scratch. 1 East Hastings Street

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
C'MON! w/ Ford Pier Vengeance Trio, and Depressing!

 
C'MON
It's Ian Blurton of Blurtonia, Change of Heart, Bionic...man with beard, plus atie Lynn Campbell (ex Nashville Pussy, Famous Monsters) Dean Dallas Bentley Drums (ex All Systems Go, Damn 13). There will be rock. The best kind of rock.

THE FORD PIER VENGEANCE TRIO

DEPRESSING

$9 advance at Red Cat, Scratch, and Zulu. $12 at the door.
Doors at 9. Show at 10. All Ages. Bar with ID.
Interurban Art Gallery/Scratch. 1 East Hastings Street
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Friday, July 1, 2011
WORLD CLUB! SUTURES!
WORLD CLUB
Electro Psych Rockers from White Rock.

SUTURES
Highly energetic dancy post-punk rockers.

+SPECIAL GUESTS TBA+

$10. Doors at 9. Show at 10. All Ages. Bar with ID Interurban art gallery/Scratch. 1 East Hastings Street Facebook Event page

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Saturday July 30, 2011
SCRATCH SUPERSWAP!

 
Independent Label Fair and Record Show!

11:00 AM til 5 PM

1 East Hastings Street (at Carroll)

Free admission to the public.
Scratch Records is excited to announce and invite you to our first ever independent label & record collector trade fair.

Yep, twice a year we will take over the Interurban Art Gallery for a great community event and invite our favorite record labels, record stores, and private dealers and collectors to get together and showcase their great releases. New and used Records, CDs, posters, memorabilia, t-shirts, etc.


For our first fair we have the following fine labels participating so far:Mint, Sudden Death, Light Organ, Storyboard, Triple Crown, Needs More Ram, Global Symphonic, Scratch, Grotesque Modern, Pop Drones, Mongrel zine, and many others. Other record stores and private dealers will also be there. Each label will get a chance to take a turn DJing and spinning their favourite records and CDs.

We are looking for more labels, stores, and private collectors to participate. The cost is $25 for a table (8x 30) or $15 for a half table (4x 30). We rent and bring in the tables and basically are covering our costs for this amount.
Space is limited, so contact us as soon as possible. To reserve a table please contact Ryan Dyck at ryan@scratchrecords.com (604 687 6355) or Keith Parry at keith@scratchrecords.com.

This is also a shout out to all supporters of local music and record collectors in general. Come discover new music and uncover some amazing lost treasures!

Scratch is partnering with the Portland Hotel Society and the Interurban Gallery to help bring a diversity of culture and commerce to this great neighborhood. We hope you can join us for a fun day of digging and deals!


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
DRAWN SHIP's Low Domestic out now on Scratch!!

 

DRAWN SHIP
Low Domestic CD & Digital
SCRATCH#64
Out now in Canada! International release Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012

ABOUT THE BAND
These East Vancouverites play loud, stripped-down, thick guitar and drums with unpredictable arrangements and gorgeous melodies. 11 tracks that hold true to the original less-is-more artistic idea of Drawn Ship.

ABOUT THE ALBUM
Low Domestic is about death: The death of marriages, of affairs, of friendships, of ideals, and of people. The songwriting for Low Domestic started when Lyn Heinemann, miserable and wallowing after a breakup, decided to make an album exclusively of break-up songs. Six songs in, her minor obsession with Louis Riel steered her to write “Execution” which details the killing of Thomas Scott at Riel’s orders (for which M. Riel was later hanged). From there the break-up theme fell apart: “Adventure Series” chronicles the death of a young WWII pilot, and “the Best Ones Go” and “Glass Eye” are stories of childhood sexual abuse, addiction, and death that Heinemann wrote following the loss of two teenaged clients in her work as an addictions counsellor in the Downtown Eastside.

DRAWN SHIP official site


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Friday, December 16, 2011
LOST LOVERS BRIGADE LP RELEASE SHOW!
Discorder Magazine FIT TO PRINT art show!

 
Scratch Records, CiTR 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine presents

A night of photography, art, and music…

FIT-TO-PRINT art show. Musically, come celebrate the release of the debut album (on vinyl!!) “Little Skeletons” by LOST LOVERS BRIGADE.

And the Release of "Moon of Neptune" By Kellarissa

With guests SHIMMERING STARS, DJs and more.

Friday, December 16th at the Interurban Gallery, 1 East Hastings Street (at Carroll).

Free art opening and reception at 8:00 PM. After 9:00 PM $10.00 cover or $8.00 (plus service charge) advance tickets from Red Cat, Scratch, or Zulu.

VISUAL
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First ever Discorder Magazine contributor's and featured artist's show. Showcasing all new photography and illustration: inkjet on newsprint. Printing, layout and design by Lindsey Hampton and Robert Fougere.
Featured artists:
Andy Dixon
Merida Anderson
CMRTYZ
Melanie Coles
Tyler Crich
Patrick Cruz
Cody Fennell
Robert Fougere
Lindsey Hampton
Sarah Holtom
Ben Jacques
John Malta
Jennilee Marigomen
Louise Reimer
Ryan Walter Wagner

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Friday, January 20, 2012
WE HUNT BUFFALO Record Release Party & Alison Woodward Art Show!

 
A Scratch Records, CiTR 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine presentation.

Come celebrate the release of the self titled debut album (on vinyl!!) by WE HUNT BUFFALO.

With guests War Baby, Three Wolf Moon, and Damn Fine Cop, DJs and more.
We Hunt Buffalo plays dirty, grimy stoner rock with fuzztastic results. Animal rights activists rest assured, they use the whole buffalo.

Friday, January 20th at the Interurban Gallery, 1 East Hastings Street (at Carroll).

Free art opening and reception at 8:00 PM. After 9:00 PM $10.00 cover or $8.00 (plus service charge) advance tickets from Red Cat, Scratch, or Zulu.

Featuring BITS AND PIECES: ALISON WOODWARD Art Show
www.alisonannwoodward.blogspot.com/

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Friday, February 24, 2012
WINTERMITTS Album Release Party!

 
Scratch Records, CiTR 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine presents

WINTERMITTS ALBUM RELEASE PARTY & DAVID THOMAS MANZL ART SHOW!

Musically, come celebrate the release of the new album, Oceans, by WINTERMITTS. With guests Aunts & Uncles, and Kingsgate Chorus, DJs and more.

Friday, February 24th at the Interurban Gallery, 1 East Hastings Street (at Carroll).

Free art opening and reception at 8:00 PM.

After 9:00 PM $10.00 cover or $8.00 (plus service charge) advance tickets from Red Cat, Scratch, or Zulu.

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Friday, May 11, 2012
SYNTHCAKE CD RELEASE PARTY!

 
Scratch Records, CiTR 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine presents

SYNTHCAKE RELEASE PARTY!
with guests WINTERMITTS & THEE AHS! & JORDEN BLUE & DAVID JAMES DOODY ART SHOW!

Come celebrate the release of the 2nd EP "Molding Through Seasons" from Vancouver's highly spirited Synthcake. There will be an actual ginormous Synthcake to eat as well!

Friday, May 11th at the Interurban Gallery, 1 East Hastings Street (at Carroll).

Free art opening and reception at 8:00 PM. After 9:00 PM $10.00 cover or $8.00 (plus service charge) advance tickets from Red Cat, Scratch, or Zulu. Facebook Event


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Saturday May 12, 2012
APOLLO GHOSTS Landmark LP Release Party!

 
Scratch Records, CiTR FM 101.9, & Discorder Magazine presents

APOLLO GHOSTS Landmark LP Release Party! with Shearing Pinx and Aaron Read Band

After Hastings Sunrise and Mount Benson, the Apollo Ghosts have written a third album about island paradise, doing the dishes, and love. The final piece of the trilogy puzzle. Come help them celebrate, because in the end, all the songs are about you. Invite all your friends.

Door $5 'Landmark' 12" LP special release price (one night only) $5

Beer, DJs between bands, art on the walls, you know the drill.. let's do this. keep it punkxx Facebook Event


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Friday, August 31, 2012
JOEL RL PHELPS // CHRIS BROKAW // ZEBRA HUNT

 
w/DJ FORD PIER + Scott Malin art show @ the Interurban Gallery!

The Storyboard Label, Scratch Records, CiTR 101.9 FM, & Discorder Magazine present a special evening with JOEL RL PHELPS, CHRIS BROKAW, & ZEBRA HUNT

Special guest DJ sir Ford Pier! Visual art show by Scott Malin!

Friday August 31, 2012. 9:00 PM

The Interurban Gallery. 1 East Hastings Street (at Carroll)

Advance Tickets $10 (plus s/c) at Neptoon, Red Cat, & Zulu Records.

All Ages.

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Friday, September 7, 2012
TEMPEST

 
w/ Life Against Death, Witch Of The Waste, Cathar, BearMace, w/Nothing Is Heavy Poster Art Show!

Nothing Is Heavy, Scratch Records, CiTR 101.9 FM, & Discorder Magazine Present

TEMPEST

with Life Against Death, Witch Of The Waste, Cathar, & BearMace

& NOTHING IS HEAVY POSTER ART SHOW

Featuring limited edition large reproductions of the poster art of Nothing Is Heavy's Sebastian Kay Friday September 7, 2012. 9:00 PM

The Interurban Gallery

1 East Hastings Street (at Carroll)

Advance Tickets $8 (plus s/c) at Neptoon, Red Cat, Scrape, & Zulu Records. $10 at the door.

All Ages. Bar with ID.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012
BAPTISTS! w/ Tobeatic, Aquanaut, Astrakhan!
Live at the Interurban Gallery (1 East Hastings)

Featuring Art from Marena Skinner

Doors 9:00 // Tunes 9:30
$10 // All Ages // Bar with ID
FACEBOOK EVENT

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
BUGSKULL returns with HIDDEN MOUNTAIN!

 
Bugskull, the solo project and sometimes band of Austin, Texas' Sean Byrne, returns with this stark and airy album of deeply personal songs born during the recent collapse of his marriage. It is a subdued and powerful album that I will not cheapen with anymore one sheet speak. It's honest music. We are honored to work with Sean again with his first new music in years, and happy to partner with our friends at Shrimper (who are releasing the cassette) and Almost Halloween Time (who are doing the limited vinyl). What else? There's a fantastic cover of Beck's Lost Cause. Hey, we're all still alive!

Out on November 13, 2012


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Friday, November 16, 2012
DARKROOM ALCHEMY PT 1 & ANGRY ALBUM RELEASE

 
NOTHING IS HEAVY, DEFILED UNDER MUSIC & SCRATCH PRESENT:

DARKROOM ALCHEMY NIGHT 1

ALBUM RELEASE PARTY FOR:

ANGRY

with:

ANCHORESS
THE GOLERS
HIDDEN TOWERS

PHOTO SHOW FEATURING: TIINA LIIMU, TED RECKONING, ANDY SOCIAL & AARON DAVIDSON
PHOTO SHOW @7 $5
BANDS @9 $10
Interurban Gallery (1 E. Hastings)

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
DARKROOM ALCHEMY PT 2

 
NOTHING IS HEAVY, THE SKINNY MAGAZINE & SCRATCH PRESENT:

"DARKROOM ALCHEMY" NIGHT 2

starring:
TOBEATIC
CHAPEL
HOOPSNAKE

SPECIAL GUEST DJ: ADAM GRANT(BLACK WIZ, THREE WOLF MOON)

FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHY BY:
TIINA LIIMU
TED RECKONING
ANDY SOCIAL
AARON DAVIDSON
OLI GAGNON(HOOPSNAKE)
FREE PHOTO SHOW & DJ 7-9
COVER STARTS AT 9
BANDS AT 10:30
$10 Facebook Event Page


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
ADELADE release Left Left CD & digital album on Scratch!

 
The group Adelade hailed from the early hayday of Vancouver's 21st century post grunge scene. Songwriter Jesse Booi (now in Two Towns), teamed up with bassist Tyler MacLeod, guitarist John Rogers and a revolving door of drummers, including Ben Frey (Sun Wizard, The Shilohs). The group was a well-known favorite of the Vancouver music scene as Adelade's intense and loose live performances left audiences spellbound, returning home with ears ringing and minds blown. After playing together around Vancouver for a few years and doing a small tour of Western Canada, their debut album "Left Left" was recorded live off the floor by Mike Gittens (Tobeatic) at The Hive (Black Mountain, Destroyer). This 6 song mini album runs the sonic gamut from more country tinged rock to fuzz heavy grunge tones. You will notice the use of the past tense in this description, as the band is currently on (permanent?) hiatus as this album is being released. Individual members are working on new projects and it remains to be seen if Adelade will return. We can only hope at this point, as during their brief existence Adelade staked their claim as Canada's premier roots punk folk stoner combo, and Vancouver sorely misses their remarkable shows. Crank up Left Left and get a glimpse of this important Vancouver band.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012
NU SENSAE + THE JOLTS + REAL PROBLEMS + HOLE IN MY HEAD @ The Interurban
Mitch Ray, Scratch Records, CiTR101.9FM & Discorder Magazine Present

NU SENSAE
with
THE JOLTS
REAL PROBLEMS
& HOLE IN MY HEAD

Interurban Gallery (1 E. Hastings)
Doors 8:30 // Show 9:30 // $12
Visuals by Drop Out Video Arts

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Saturday, March 2, 2013
WHITE LUNG & NÜ SENSAE Tour Kickoff!
w/ PEACE
& THE HIGH DROPS

Interurban Gallery
1 East Hastings Street

tix at Neptoon, Red Cat, Zoo, Zulu or online at Northerntickets.com

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
ZEV ASHER R.I.P.

 
It is with enormous sadness that I announce the passing of friend, musician, & filmmaker Zev Asher. Zev lost a several year battle with leukemia yesterday on August 7, 2013, and died with his family at his side in Montreal.

Zev walked into the first Scratch store in 1991 and immediately became a beloved part of our own absurd little family . We had just started a record label, and putting out the ambitious and respected music Zev was involved with was an honour, and gave us global legitimacy.

Scratch put out 5 releases featuring Zev: Three remarkably different experimental rock albums by his band Nimrod, whose surviving members Tim Olive and Sam Lohman are also top shelf gentlemen, as well as a solo CD by his alter ego Roughage, and a split single by Nimrod; with the B-side being a karaoke booth recording between Zev's Roughage and vocal noise legend Masonna. I filled in on drums for one North American Nimrod tour when Sam couldn’t make the trip from Japan, and had Zev sleep on my couch for days, weeks, & months on multiple occasions. I recall him contributing to the rent in the form of buying the house a juicer. Or taking you for a ride in his hearse. If Zev crossed your path in a day, you were guaranteed a moment of absurd inspiration, unintentional comedy, and twisted insight; both from his art, and his humanity.

Zev had numerous musical projects, and he collaborated with an impressive who's who in the international noise and experimental scenes. A continuously visual thinking artist, Zev went on to make a number of documentaries that were well received (What About Me: The Rise of the Nihilist Spasm Band) and not so well received (Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat)… Common to everything Zev ever did was an amazing sense of humour and playfulness, with an equal thirst for subversion, taken to extreme levels. Zev lived to challenge all that was normal. I believe he knew he was a freak of sorts, and anything “normal” in the world he couldn’t understand. I believe he lived his life celebrating the unusual, and challenged everyone in his path to do the same. He had truly massive balls. There is talk of a massive tool to match, but I digress…Zev was a restless spirit and needed to keep moving, mentally and geographically, and experience all that the world had to offer. In his final years he tackled his sickness with bravery, humour and spirit, and I believe he was unafraid of the unknown to follow.

Zev Asher was a true artist in every moment of his life. He achieved more, and gave more, in his too short 50 years on the planet, than most of us could fathom. Travel on my friend.


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