Monday, December 21, 2009
Top 10 Upcoming Bands of 2009
Jets Overhead have been around since 2003, but have recently exploded on the scene with playing shows like Rifflandia. This band, from Victoria, BC, has opened for LIGHTS on her Canadian tour and they are opening for Tegan and Sara and AFI at AFI’s Victoria show today!
Them Crooked Vultures
All members of this band have been through and back the music scene many times. This super group, with a member from highly rated band, Led Zeppelin, have sprouted onto the scene in 2009, and are awaiting high anticipation for their studio release with all their teasers they have been releasing on Youtube, and playing live.
Jack White’s new band has hit the music scene hard this year, in 2009. With their unique sound, and making an appearance on Conan O’Brien’s show and fan’s loving their live shows, is why they made it on to this list.
Blame the Television
Blame the Television is a brand new band to come out of Winnipeg, Canada. With their unique pop-punk sound, they have been coming into the scene hard with playing a bunch of shows, and winning Supernova’s Battle of the Bands, you’ll be hearing more about this band in the future.
This highly rated band has exploded onto the scene, it seems. They toured with many great artists, such as Lydia, and are also on the PacSun tour. Fans love this band so much, that they voted them enough to get to be a main contestant to be apart of the Alternative Press Tour in 2010. Critics gave high ratings for this bands album, so obviously they are doing something right.
Four Year Strong
This pop-punk band has been around for a while, but recently has been making it bigger on the music scene. They’ve toured with bands, such as Cancer Bats, on the Taste of Chaos tour, and have opened for Alexisonfire on their UK tour. Their 90’s cover album, “Explains it All” peaked on the Billboard Top 200 charts at 115.
Matt and Kim
With hitting the music scene in 2006, with their first self-titled record, Matt and Kim have come a long way. With their most recent CD, Grand, they seem to become more popular and achieving the success they deserve. Their music video “Lesson Learned” can be called controversial; some fans applaud them for being different.
Rachael Cantu has opened for many various popular music acts, such as Tegan and Sara, B.B. King, and The Get Up Kids. She’s released a few EP’s, and one full length which have been liked by critics, and she has released her recent full length which is out now. She has recorded a song with Tegan of Tegan and Sara, and has songs featured on Private Practice.
Ten Second Epic
They’ve been around since 2004, but really haven’t blown up until recently. Their most recent album “Hometown” reached number 16 on Canadian album charts and also features Canadian artist LIGHTS on the track “Everyday.”
Everlea is a pop-rock band out of Kingston, Ontario. They’ve been voted best song, or best band many times in the indie scene, and their songs have topped college radio play lists many times. Though, they are unsigned currently, I think that will change soon.
Top 10 Album's of 2009
Lights- The Listening
Tegan and Sara- Sainthood
Alexisonfire- Old Crows, Young Cardinals
Paramore- Brand New Eyes
Silverstein- A Shipwreck in the Sand
Them Crooked Vultures- Them Crooked Vultures
Matt and Kim- Grand
Yeah Yeah Yeah's- It's Blitz!
There is no real reason as to why I choose these particular albums. There has been so many good albums released this year that it is actually really hard to choose. These albums are solid though, and it is why I choose them. Other solid albums are albums like AFI's new album, and Rakim's new album as well.
2009 has been a great year for shows as well, which shows like Warped Tour, Lights, AC/DC, Blink-182 and Keane, but I have not been to that many shows this year to make a top 'whatever' list. Next year, that may hopefully change! 2010 is looking to be a promising year, in which things will be even better for this blog.
With that, I shall close this post with my favourite photo I shot in 2009!
Thanks for reading,
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
The Envy came on, and put on a good show. Though, they did remind me of Panic! At the Disco when they opened up for Blink-182, with the whole cross the fingers thing. The girls were crazy into them though! So crazy, that I got squished in the pit. Being small and having no photo pit was not to my advantage.
Next came The Artist Life, the band I was looking forward to the most as I heard a lot about them from fellow photographer friends, who are also friends with the band. The Artist Life put on a great set that was full of energy, and excitement. They were my favourite to shoot that night, and I can not wait till another show of theirs comes through soon!
The Midway State came up on stage after, and by then I got pushed completely out of the pit. No worries though, as I found another spot to shoot photos from that provided me with a better view! I was stoked on that finding. About 3 songs in, The Midway State invited Carly Rae Jepsen onto stage to sing along with the song she recorded with them. The best part about their set was when a chick through an empty beer can at another chick, and called her a skank. It was pretty hilarious actually!
After them, Stereos came on stage and put on a show! The girls(they were the majority tonight), were going right nuts! I only stayed for half of their set, as I wanted to get home before Midnight, but the half I did stay for was absolutely great even though it's not 100% of my kind of music. They are full of energy, and get right into it with the crowd and you could feel the energy pulse back and forth between the crowd and the band.
I recommend you check out all the bands by clicking these links:
The Artist Life
Big thanks to Underground Operations for all the help they have gave me!
Check the photos out below!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
To get this started, how’s it going?
Great! When I started answering your questions,
What kind of camera do you use?
I use a lot of different cameras! I’m (a bit) of a camera nerd. I love photography and I love cameras as an object/gear. SO: I use both film and digital cameras. My first camera is the Nikon FE and I recently bought the Canon 5d Mark II after my 30D shutter broke. I mostly use these 2 cameras but I also enjoy lomography and old gear. I have a Rolleiflex made during the Second World War, Russian cameras, toy cameras (holga and so on) and the Canon Camera Sp, made like a Leica. I like to experiment so I have different formats, films...
What/who got you into photography, and why did you stick with it?
I’m self-taught and I probably got into photography alone but I have to admit that the Nikon FE is included in my childhood memories. As long as I can remember, my parent’s camera was a precious object/possession to me. It was something fragile, that kids can’t touch. The zoom made it more important and big. My parents are not into photography but I really remember that camera. Sometimes, they would let me look in the viewer and my mom taught me how to do the focus. It’s all manual and I was 8-10 years old so it was like a game to me. You had to align two lines to have a clear image. I’m still passionate by doing manual focus. It’s so magic to see the image appearing. So yes, it was like a fun game to me and I really enjoyed it. I waited 10 years before starting photography at the age of 16/17. It was just evident and simple to me. I’m more a shy person and photography gave me the opportunity to make contact with people. If I had something to say or share or I don’t know, I could take a photo. My love story with photography is all about finding the good distance with our world/people, finding my place and playing with the manual focus. With photography I both escape and stick with the reality.
If you weren’t shooting photos, what would you be doing?
I would be Spiderman’s replacement. We have the same glasses and we’re photographers. So yeah :] and if I fail as a super hero I wish I could be a good musician or a good drawer or a good writer. But for sure I need a creative work. When I was 8, I wanted to be a journalist or a photographer...
Digital or Film, and why?
In French I’d say, “les deux mon capitaine”! So... both! I’ve started photography with films and I’m totally addicted to film photography BUT at the same time, digital photography is useful. I explain.
I work with a couple of websites as far as music photography is concerned so digital gives us the opportunity to share photos very quickly. My photos are usually online a couple of hours after the show, or the day after. After a show, I usually run to my home to edit my photos. I need to keep the concert atmosphere to work on my photos. It's like writing, I'm in a mood.
At the same time, I always have my Nikon FE in my bag. More than my digital camera. I shoot more personal stuff; it's more about documenting life. I use expired film and I don't go through the process of digital editing. I usually take photos of my film because I don't have a scanner here in
I choose my camera for what I want to give. It's not about digital or film.
What was your first concert that you got a photo pass for?
For a long time, I thought my first photo pass was for AS Dragon (French band) at l’Elysee
Being in the front row with a camera was both a sweet and weird sensation but I actually loved it. For the first time, I had music and photography.
What is your favourite style of photography to shoot like street, concert, and portraits?
Working with musicians is probably what I love most but my favourite style is not about street or concert or portrait. It’s all about being the witness of my time, of what it is done, of where we are and when and how. I want to document my time. That said it involved that I mostly shoot cities, events and concerts. The thing with music and cities photography is that it mixes all what I love so I feel really happy and lucky when I do it.
What was the hardest thing to overcome when you first started photography?
I’m more a shy person and I've always been. So yes, it's pretty much the hardest thing to overcome when I started photography and I'm still “fighting” against it. To be a photographer, you have to be both here and invisible. You're a witness but you have to connect with the person.
As a self=taught photographer, it's also hard for me to learn the lightning technique. If I had to recommend school photography, it would be only to learn how to do the light in a studio photo shoot.
I can't answer your first question :-) BUT I really enjoyed my experience with T-ka (album cover), Pamela Hute (photo documentary during 3 years), Subway (photo documentary and video clip), and Katel (photo documentary). I was going on tour, experimenting, meeting people and you have to do something new for every single show. It was very challenging so yes, it's probably my best experience. Being in the photographer pit or being on the side of the stage, are two things really different. I like both but I prefer the side of the stage. I have strayed away from your question, again!
As far as the best photos or the best energy is concerned, I love bands with a lot of musicians. In July I really enjoyed taking photos of Wintermitts at Richards on Richards (
At the same time I was stoked by taking photos of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Jarvis Cocker. Karen O and Jarvis Cocker are great performers, they do the show but it's so awesome. They play with the photographers. I don't know if they give us what we want but as a big fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs I was stoked. When the band is jumping everywhere it’s sometimes easier that taking a fragile photo of a quiet show. That said I prefer an indie band in a small venue with low lights than Elvis Costello at the Malkin Bowl.
So I can't pick a band and I can't pick up a situation but most recently, I had a blast at shooting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Tegan and Sara, Jarvis Cocker, Death Cab for Cutie, An Horse, Char2d2, Peter Bjorn John, Eagles of Death Metal, Deerhunter, Black Lips, Matt and Kim, Ariane Moffatt, Kaki King, Katel.
What’s your favourite lens to use?
Wide angles! I have a fisheye and a wide angle. I have to fix my canon 30d so I can use them again “properly” but my Tamron wide angle is definitely my favourite lens. I was talking about finding the good distance, and I think that wide angles helped me a lot in that search. I’ve missed so many things; I’ve been focused too much on closest shots. Wide angles made me realized the all scene. Raymond Depardon wrote that wide angles do not lie, its show where you are. I totally agree with that. I love my wide angle is because not a lot of music photographers use it for shows. That said, I must admit that Tamron/Sigma lenses don't have the same quality than the Canon ones. If you have money, go for the brand of your camera.
Outside of photography, what do you enjoy doing?
I can give you a long, long, long list. Since I arrived in
Who are some of your favourite photographers?
I don’t really have one except Raymond Depardon. He is a French photographer/filmmaker, founder of Gamma and now working for Magnum. He mostly works in black and white and I’ve been very inspired by both his photos and his writings. Errance is my favourite book. It’s about travelling, loneliness, photography, love, light and so many things. I met him in
Otherwise, if you love music and photography, you should check about Emma Gaze. She is the drummer of Electrelane, a band that I love, and takes amazing photos. She did all the artwork for Electrelane albums. She has poetic photos from all the places she has been. Her work has just been featured in a new book, “The Art of Touring” edited by Mia Clarke and Sara Jaffe. I just bought it, it's less than 20$, buy it.
Looking back to when you first started photography, to now, what advice would you give yourself when you were first starting out?
Stop being shy. Learn how to wait. Keep shooting. Show your work but not everything.
Any last words?
Thank you for “having me” on your website. Buy records, buy photos. Keep shooting, keep playing. Use pens and notebooks.
As far as I'm concerned, it's almost 9 here and I'm going to watch a Jennifer Aniston movie or, read Rainer Maria Rilke or Albert Camus.
View more of her work here, on her flickr. Visit her website here. You can also follow her on Twitter here.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
LIGHTS, master of the keytar and Juno award winner, releases a success.
LIGHTS finally released her along awaited full length, The Listening. Now, would you say the wait was worth it? The answer is simply, yes. The album is composed of 14 songs(including iTunes bonus Up, Up and Away), with 4 of them being from her EP and Ice being remixed for this CD. She also has a reprise version of her song Pretend, with her and her piano on this album too(which is beautiful I may add). Each and every song is a narrative that flows from one song to the other. Perfect synthpop, that is full of emotion and a mix of cheerful spirit. With LIGHTS soft vocals The Listening can fit any mood of listening. I expect great things from LIGHTS in the future. Also, if you're a fan of WoW, check out the song Lion!
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Favourite track: Pretend(reprise).
Monday, September 21, 2009
Check LIGHTS out here.
Visit her official site here.
Follow her on Twitter here.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I'd post a set list here of LIGHTS' songs she performed, if I could remember them... I'm never good at remembering songs artists perform, ahah.
LIGHTS also had a meet and greet which was nice. I got to meet her, and she's such a rad chick. Anyone who can figure out me from Twitter gets cool points in my books(haha). I also got that 1 step closer to completing my guitar of signatures. Next one up is Tegan and Sara, I need to get them to sign it, and it'd be complete! Haha. According to her, she was stoked to finally meet me. It's more so the other way around though, I was more stoked then anything else cause talking via twitter/myspace gets old and I finally needed to meet her. Haha. I can't wait till she comes back, and I hope to meet her again in the future! Also, pick up her full length which comes out on September 22nd in Canada and October 6th in the States! You can also hear her 2 current singles on MySpace from her full length, which are Saviour and The Listening. Both really good!
Have Twitter? You can follow her too!
But enough of this! Here are some photos from the show:
Click for bigger. All photos are copy right: Ryan Rose. Please contact for use, thanks! More photos here.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Warped Tour 2009...
Happened August 14th, at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium.
First time this summer I was awake before 12:00pm. But it was well worth it.
Around 10am, I arrive to the venue having no idea where to go to get my press pass. After walking around talking to security people, and people from LiveNation, I find out later on that I have to go back to the LiveNation area at 10:15am to get my press pass. I get my pass and I'm inside the venue.
After wandering backstage for a bit, I go to the press 'tent' area which was located inside the Skybox. I met the Warped Tour press person, Bethany, who was really nice. I sign in, and pick up a schedule of the times the bands will be playing. I then find out that I can't interview Alexisonfire as only 4 people could interview them. Lame. But whatever, I head on my way.
The first band was Underoath, and they played at 11:15am. Next up after then was Less Than Jake, and then Silverstein. Which are all great bands. After Silverstein was The Devil Wears Prada, which is a screamo kind of band. First time actually listening to them, and if you like scream, they are not all that bad. They got some great energy on stage which was great to photograph. After them, was a legend punk band. Bad Religion! After the 3 songs I got to photo graph from them, I ran over to the A.K.A's as I like their music and they are just awesome. They were some of my best photos from the day! Thanks guys!
From then, after 4 songs and having the lead singer play for me camera, I ran back to the mainstage to catch NOFX. They were not all that great to photograph, but their set was hilarious to watch. After them, was the band I've been waiting ALL day for. Alexisonfire. Holy fuck, did they ever put on a show. It was great to watch. The photo pit was crazy. After 3 songs were over, I got out of the pit and watched the rest of the set. About 2 songs after I got out, George jumped into the crowd and did a bit of surfing and then returned to finish of the set. It was great. The crowd was wild when they were playing. Security was pissed off about the crowd surfers, but who cares!
After Alexisonfire, I had about an hour to kill before Gallows played on the Hurley stage. I got there, and Bayside was just finishing up. They too, are a great band. After they finished up, another band played 2 stages over. They were named Cash Cash. It was some of the shittiest music I heard, next to Brokencyde. Who were also at Warped, but I made sure to stay FAR away so my ears didn't bleed. Gallows came on at 7:45pm. First 3 songs I shot photos of, with my film SLR so those won't be posted. After 1 song though, the lead singer jumped into the crowd and did the rest of the set from there. Sadly, no photos of that cause I am small and couldnt get over top of people. Hahah. Though, I didnt catch the whole Gallows set, what I caught was fucking awesome.
Well, enough of my talking on here. Photo time!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I say the past few months have been slow, and well, busy(ish) for me... Interviews... Working on those. Awaiting on a few emails back with the replies to the interviews. From people like Sarah Bastin, Gaslight Anthem, Wintersleep, and a few others. Can't wait to get those up for you guys(who read this, I dont think many actually do! Hah).
Been to a few concerts, okay, well one and have another coming up. Blink-182 came, and I went. I can sum up a review in a few simple words. Was fucking AWESOME! Warped Tour is coming up on Friday, and I have an interview with Alexisonfire and I also have a photo pass to that event. It's great stuff. AC/DC is in late August. For the 2nd time in less then a year, I'll get to see them. Can't wait. They were great in Noevember, can't wait till this one! Lights/Keane will be coming up in September. I have a photopass to that, and hopefully going to set up an interview with Lights. She's a sweetheart.
I've been going to some BMX events, and staying with my photography thing and taking photos. I enjoy it. It's a great hobbie. Recently picked up a film camera. They are fun toys. You can check out my photos here.
That's it for my update.
Thanks for reading this!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
There is 5 tracks on the record. 4 of which are songs, and 1 is a classic mini Nardwuar interview.
1. The Bombs in my Pants
2. Oh Non
3. Oh Canaduh
4. Nardwuar vs. Andrew W.K.
5. Don't Sell Hot Dogs Tonight.
Now, tracks 1-2 are done by The Evaporators. Now, if you have heard anything of the Evaporators, these songs are sound just like their other stuff, which is a good thing. The other 3 tracks are done by Andrew W.K., and I will say they are some great tracks, never actually hearing anything done by Andrew W.K.. Now though, I think I will. Track 4, is the mini classic Nardwuar interview with Andrew W.K.
On June 23rd, there is a release party at Neptune records in Vancouver at 4pm. Be there, or be square! I shall hopefully be there. The release date is June 23rd on 7" white vinyl, and digitally at iTunes Music Store and Zunior.com.
You can check out The Evaporators here, and Andrew W.K. here.
More details on the record here.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Let’s start things off by asking how are you?
So, why are you so funky? Mostly because it sounds more elegant than “really weird” and conveniently rhymes with Munky.
What are a few random facts about you?
Whenever I read something in my head, I read it as the voice of Morgan Freeman. This makes my life very soothing and relaxing. Seriously, try it now. Read the rest of the interview in Morgan Freeman’s voice. It will also make me sound very wise and educated.
Whenever somebody describes something as being “Sweet-ass” I move the – one word to the right for personal amusement. Example: “sweet-ass bike” becomes “sweet ass-bike”
You ride bikes, what kind of bike do you have?
Yes, common misconception. I in fact DO ride bikes. I have a 2003 Norco Crr one, 2002 Kona Firemountain, and a 2004 bighit. I just got a new camera actually, so I'm more than happy to attach pictures.
How did you get into bikes?
I don’t really know. I used to bike to school everyday, then I got a better bike and just rode it a lot. This was the firemountain, eventually I saved up for 2 years got a bigger bike to do DH and free ridding. I inherited the crr one from my dad, who decided he was too old and needed a 3 chainring road bike.
What are your hobbies?
I make custom knives. I've actually been meaning to make a small lightweight woods knife for bikers. Just a throw in the pack and forget about it type thing. We shall see.
What’s one thing you would like to change about the world, and why?
I would give everybody bullshit detectors.
What are some band’s you are currently into?
Morphine, Elbow, Passion Pit, Bon iver, blitzen trapper, Elliot Smith, Islands
What do you like to eat for breakfast?
BACON! If they had instant bacon it would be the death of me. They do have precooked bacon for dogs, though unfortunately it doesn’t taste good. At all. It's awful. Don’t try it thinking you’re a genius for discovering the holy grail of awesome, because you didn’t.
What I usually have is a poached egg on toast. Or rather 3 poached eggs on 2 pieces of toast for the perfect egg to toast ratio. I got this sweet ass-toaster that poaches eggs while toasting bread. Very cleaver thing. Almost makes up for mankind’s lack of human precooked bacon.
If you could travel to any part of the world, where would you go and why?
Southeast Asia, South America and the Middle East. There’s just something I find not particularly appealing about traveling around Europe. It just seems like it would be more fun to visit a completely different culture, rather than one we're based on.
Who is your favourite member on Pinkbike.com?
Ryan Hill aka- Ito. In contrast to most of Pinkbike, he always has very well thought out, well written posts that are full of wisdom if you pay attention to them. In general he's just done some really cool stuff I admire.
How would you characterize yourself?
I really have no idea what that means. If I were writing a book with myself in it, I would be a sort of Bruce Willis in die hard type. Manly, badass, and wise cracking.
What did you think when I agreed to do an interview with you?
I couldn’t help but think these things were usually suppose to be the other way around.
How did your homemade screen projector turn out?
The following was all especially disconcerting to me considering I lost the instructions and had to wire it without them, so I had no idea what to expect. The kind of bulb I used needs to strike up at 5000 volts. So as the ballast is loading up to fire the first jolt to start the arc it makes a makes a vvvvrrmmmmmmPOW! Then starts very dim and purply until it warms up. I was sure I did something wrong, because I didn’t see any light at first and it was vibrating unexpectedly.
Other than that, it still impresses the hell out of me every time I turn it on and it actually works. Though the prices of commercial projectors has come down quite a bit recently, I’m still quite proud of it despite the fact that you could buy one with similar capabilities for about 120$ more.
What’s in your pockets?
Wallet containing 60 dollars and change, peanut lighter for setting annoying people on fire, keychain light (Fenix E01), pocket knife (spyderco Delica 4), Cell phone with a broken microphone because it went threw the washing machine, and my hand. Sometimes a leather man wave, and often a different knife.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
I have yet to come up with a good answer for that. One of the most annoying job interview questions in existence. Only supposed by “what is your biggest weakness” which I can’t help but answer “I have several”. So yeah, not answering that unless you want the smart ass “Well, its Saturday, so laying on the couch having my children fetch me beer”
What is 1 thing you would like to accomplish before you die?
Eat a bacon wrapped pickle. I just got a craving for one for some reason despite never having heard of their existence before. I think I'm pregnant.
What would be a dream job for you?
Well, I'm working towards being a paramedic at the moment. So hopefully that, while somehow making more than 18 dollars an hour would be cool.