Month: October 2012

Death and the Pointed Sticks

Art Bergmann‘s introduction of the Pointed Sticks foreshadows next weekends Fall Down/Get Down Festival. Our friends at La Ti Da are throwing a big party with Detroit’s Death headlining Friday night and then on Saturday night, it’s the grand finale for the legendary Pointed Sticks. They are just completing a final album due in the new year but are hanging up their skates with regard to live performances – a bittersweet night in Vancouver music history.

When do we burn down the hot dog stands?
And give the wieners to the people
The cereal in the wieners is not available to the people of India
Instead you give it to your dogs you drag around here miserably
Are you sick of
The death of fourth avenue?
The death of love?
The death of the automobile?
The death of hominids
I stand here as an anti-hominid
I wish you all death
And the Pointed Sticks

Categories: Show Announcement

Skookumchuck – Songs of the Pacific Northwest 1800 – 1970’s

Northern Electric is proud to present an exhibit opening Thursday night, 7pm to 11pm, Skookumchuck “Songs of the Pacific Northwest 1800 – 1970’s” which draws from Phil Thomas’ essential collection of BC’s history in song.

Utah Philips said
“If folk song was the engine,
then Phil Thomas was the grease.”

His collection which is also part of UBC Library’s Special Collections contains over 500 songs, images and ephemera from BC’s colourful history from pre-colonial days to the gold rushes and the early industries of logging, fishing, mining and ranching. The Cowboy Junkies covered an adaption of one of the songs “Taku Miners/Mining For Gold” from this collection on their breakthrough “Trinity Sessions” album.

Northern Electric is currently working on new website for Thomas’ collection under his company banner, Skookumchuck Records and a new album of modern interpretations of these songs with a variety of great Canadian artists like Herald Nix, Carolyn Mark, Petunia, Kelly Haigh, Jimmy Roy and many more.

To celebrate this exhibit we are presenting a special concert Friday evening, October 12 with Herald Nix, The Trespassers and Mac Pontiac. Of special note, the notorious piano man Michael Van Eyes, who plays with The Trespassers, is the son of Phil Thomas.

Here’s a link to more details about the event and the exhibit.


Categories: Show Announcement