I spent most of today wandering around Vancouver with my sister, or my sister-in-law, maybe my ex-sister-in-law, my Kelly. We had fun, as it had been a long time since I last saw her. We visited Gas Town, China Town1, Red Cat Records, was joined by Bryan2 for nachos3, and then finally we headed over to Granville Island4 to see a handful of bands, mostly Jasper Sloan Yip.
It was about a month or so ago when I first heard of Mr. Yip’s songs. I really liked the two or three I had come across and wanted to hear more. The next day at work, one of my coworkers asked me, “You know when you hear and song and really like it, but don’t want to like it because the band has the stupidest name ever?” I replied yes, and asked which band she was referring to. It was Jasper Sloan Yip. I then did a bit of quick research to double check and found that I was right, and Jasper Sloan Yip is not a band, but instead a person. She then concluded that it would be acceptable. She was right, because he’s quite a good songwriter, we can’t blame him for the mistakes of his parents.
Yip write pretty pop songs which are worth checking out. During his set, he also played Wilco’s brilliant song “Jesus, etc.” Though he was faced with numerous technical problems, mostly a lot of feedback, his songs shone through and made for a great night of music.
The other two bands I saw were okay. The River King wasn’t anything to write home about, I was bored through much of their set, and mostly was thinking about the visual of the band5 and thinking that there was no better definition of a hipster.
The headliners Closing Iris were quite good. I was enjoying what they had to offer, but it was 3am in Toronto, and I had just spent hours on end walking.
I took photos, those won’t be posted, or even processed until I’m back in beautiful, smog-filled Toronto.
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