By Paul Rodgers
CAGARY – And just like that we’ve entered a new year. Remember that whole — “2016 was the worst year ever, so many rock icons died, the great orange Satan is POTUS, etc. can’t get worse then this!” — sentiment? Yeah. Simpler times. Kind of just feels like everyone just sort of anticipates the coming year to be an even bigger punch in the neck than its predecessor now. Good! Time is irrelevant anyways. That said, January 2018 marks two years for me as Jucy editor! Que sera, sera motherfuckers.
Kicking things off this month is the Bamboo Bass Pre Party featuring some of my favourite Canadian acts: Greazus, Melonade, Oakk and Moonchild. Bamboo Bass Festival takes place in Costa Rica in February and has an amazing lineup this year. Come take in some great talent and get a chance to win a festival escape from the ruthlessly cold, miserable Calgary. January 4 at the HiFi.
Hadn’t heard of Festivillainz before doing my monthly scan, but literally a four-second sample of one of their tunes was enough. Back in my day headbangers were metal heads. Now it’s “break your fucking spinal chord” BWAAAAAAA BREEEEEEE BWA BWA BWA BWA. Man, have I ever gotten cynical, but this music has the personality of a camo Budweiser hat. With a rim that’s really sharply bent down the middle and faded. January 6 at Marquee. Yeesh.
Oh look, more! Lot’s of really abrasive, screechy bro-step rollin’ through this month. Ain’t my shit no more, but I do my very best to try and accommodate all tastes and perversions in this column of mine. Or I’m just trying to reach my word count. Just kidding, you can’t read. Anyways, Bear Grillz, January 12, Palace Theatre. #duediligence #screwflanders
Large one going down courtesy of New Wave at The HiFi on January 18 featuring two of the world’s most adept turntablists Shiftee and Jon1st. If you’re unfamiliar with either, a cursory glance through there endless videos on YouTube will fill ya in real quick. Witness the litness.
Plump DJs have made some of the most anthemic breakbeat tunes of all time. All you automatic system addicts head down to Nite Owl on January 19 for this one.
The soft, tropical tones of Matoma are going to gently caress the sticky stages of the Marquee Beer Market on January 20. Tropical house is still cool, right? Also on the 20, but way on the other end of the spectrum, “crunkstep” “artist” Crizzly will be greasing it up at the Palace. Crunkstep artist sounds like an oxymoron to me. Maybe that’s just me.
New York City’s prolific house and techno artist Dennis Ferrer brings over two decades of mastery to the Habitat on January 26. And that is just part one of Habitat’s nine year anniversary. Part two follows on January 27 and features the dynamic sounds of Dirtybird and Toolroom alumni Weiss. This guy has lots of great material from all over the map, lots of quirky, bouncy shit centred around a high level of sophistication.
Also on the 27, over at the Nite Owl, my top pick of the month, hands down is Tsuruda. One of the most exciting bookings from the dream team known as Sub Chakra. An incredibly skilled and dynamic producer, Tsuruda draws influence from and blurs the genre lines of broken beat and bass music artists into a dramatic, unforgettable sound. Do. Not. Miss. This.
Be sure to check in again next month to another fabulous edition of “shows that Paul’s not even going to go to!” But for real, enjoy as much music as you possibly can. Relish in sonic bliss every opportunity you get, just take care of each other while you do it and dance your way all the way to 2019.Bamboo Bass Festival, Bear Grillz, Crizzly, Dennis Ferrer, Festivillainz, Greazus, Habitat, Jon1st, Jucy, Marquee, Matoma, Melonade, Moonchild, OAKK, Palace Theatre, Plump DJs, Shiftee, Tsuruda, Weiss