Since I recently saw a pedestrian nearly cause an accident the other day, I thought I’d put out some helpful ‘reminders’
1. DO walk in a straight line down the sidewalk 2. DON’T stop randomly on the sidewalk without checking that people are right behind you. 3. DO stop at crosswalks and pay attention to the signals. Advance/delayed walk signals are there for a reason. 4. DON’T jaywalk without looking…pedestrians are killed all the time and it’s not always the drivers fault. 5. DO pay attention to your surroundings when walking, especially at night and alone 6. DON’T wear headphones and have your music turned up so loud you can’t hear what’s happening on the street; sirens, horns, shouts etc 7. DO take the time to enjoy your walk even if you are in a hurry…look around and see. 8. DON’T cut across the sidewalk to get to a shop or something without looking behind you, you’re possibly walking into the path of someone else continuing to walk straight ahead. 9. DO smile if you happen to make eye contact with another human being 10. DON’T walk into things while you’re head is down looking at your phone…trust me, it happens!
What happens when you mix percussion, bass line, rhythm and groove?
If you’re alive, it should move you!
That’s the philosophy behind hi-life records, lead by founder Bernard Magale aka “SKLA”, this Vancouver based group is devoted to bringing you the best in music that moves you…deep techno, electronic house is their specialty. With a depth of experience and connections around the world the team has a passion for beats. Whether it’s putting on a great event featuring DJ and artists from around the world, managing and nurturing their own talent from right here at home to producing and distributing great tracks and compilations on their own label hi-life has the determination to get you on your feet.
Check out sample tracks on the hi-life Beatport channel.
Then get your dancing shoes on tonight and check out SKLA at the club, Five-Sixty or Ben Coleman at Pop Opera
Check out their other artists and watch for their shows around town:
Coming to the end of nearly two years of touring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the landmark album, Doolittle, The Pixies wowed the sold out Vancouver audience. Performing a nearly two hour set starting off with B Sides and the entire Doolittle album from start to finish, the quartet reminded us of why this was album launched them into international fame and acclaim. From the first strains of Debaser to the howls of Gigantic the audience was hanging on
every note as though they’d not heard them in 20 years. Perhaps they were taken back to that time when ‘grunge’ was in its infancy and the ‘quiet/loud’ sound that the Pixies gave birth to, and bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins adopted, was innovative and amazing. The animosity between members that lead to their early 90’s break up seems to have withered with age but none of the skills that these four brilliant musicians possess has faded at all. For four middle aged Bostonians they can still produce a wall of sound that delights and amazes. The Doolittle album tracks seemed to wiz by, possibly due to their incredible short length, the longest being not even 4 minutes long. The B sides allowed for more experimentation as some had never regularly been played live so were rehearsed just for this tour. The opening set of four obscure B sides and
the closing two encores filled out the show and made us appreciate the Pixies that much more. Hopefully it’s not another 20 years before we hear those tracks again!
Recently I had the opportunity to check out Pure Nightclub in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas and I highly recommend it!
There was a large group of us who came by the club later in the night after attending a wedding. The line to get in was fairly short but inside was packed and the music and party was in full force. At $30 ($20 for ladies) the admission was high but the entertainment value was higher and drinks were reasonable. This night was celebrating the launch of the new Skyy Infusions Dragon Fruit Vodka.
Many of the people I was with live in the UK and all said it was one of the best nightclubs they’d ever been to! The sleek interior is clean and bright, and at 36,000 there’s plenty of space to dance, drink, lounge or just hangout…it’s not surprising that Pure was voted #1 nightclub in America by E! Entertainment Television. Private rooms, tables and cabanas can be booked to tailor your party experience to your needs.
Our group headed upstairs to the magnificent terrace on the roof, with an amazing view overlooking the famed Las Vegas Strip. The DJ was pumping out some great beats and the dance floor, in fact the whole terrace, was dancing up a storm. Whether it was outside, upstairs or inside, downstairs the music sounded great and everyone seemed to be having a good time…the only thing stopping the party was closing time.
If you’re in Las Vegas I highly recommend checking out Pure Nightclub, we’ll definitely head back again!
Seattle’s Fleet Foxes kicked off their world tour in Vancouver with two sold out dates at the historic Vogue Theatre. An intimate theatre is the perfect setting for this critically acclaimed sextet. Lead singer Robin Pecknold’s beautiful vocals filled the theatre and kept the audience completely enraptured throughout the 90 minute set. In addition to the excited audience, all the members seemed ready and excited to be on the road again. After achieving such huge acclaim and popularity of the back of their debut album, their second full length album, “Helplessness Blues”, which debuts on May 3rd, has a lot to live up to…and they more than live up to the hype. The new songs fit in seamlessly even though this was the first public play for many of them. The only telling moments may have been the sometimes lengthy pauses between songs as the band tuned their next instruments. The band’s musicality gives you a sense that each member is such an accomplished musician that they could exchange instruments and not miss a beat. Often those instruments are ones not commonly seen in a modern rock band; flute, mandolin, double bass, tambourine and sax. However, Fleet Foxes is no common band, their blend of folk, rock and pop feels timeless and familiar while at the same time seeming new and cutting edge. Up next for the band are tour dates in: – May 1 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR – May 2 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA – May 3 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA – May 5 Fox Theater Oakland, CA – May 6 Spreckles Theatre San Diego, CA – May 7 Hollywood Palladium Hollywood, CA – May 8 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ – May 10 Stubb’s Waller Creek Austin, TX – May 11 Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX – May 13 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN – May 14 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA – May 15 DAR Constitution Hall Washington, DC – May 17 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA – May 18 The United Palace Theatre New York, NY – May 19 The United Palace Theatre New York, NY – May 21 Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA