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Emmanuel catches up with Montreal’s PALE LIPS at the House of Targ! They play pinball, talk about boys, and misinterpret lyrics!

Plus a tape on NOT NORMAL tapes, new releases from CRAFT SINGLES, and tunes from bands playing OTTAWA IMPLOSION VOL. 2!!

We play these tunes:

Pale Lips - Demo - Shim Sham Shimmy
Pale Lips - Got a Sweet Tooth 7” -  Sweet Dreams
Pale Lips - Got a Sweet Tooth 7” - Candy Song
Pale Lips - Demo - Rock n’ Roll Dipshit
Pale Lips - Got a Sweet Tooth 7” - Soda Kat

The Cute Lepers - Smart Accessories - Dirty Baby
Sheer Mag - 7” - Hard Lovin’
Average Times - S/T LP - Popsicle

G.L.O.S.S. - Demo - G.L.O.S.S. (We’re From The Future)
American Hate - Dead Squeeze EP - Cold Hands Beating Heart
Regimen - Upprepning Ar Ofrankomlig

Big Dick - Dissapointment - Bad Dream
Ultrathin - S/T LP - Got A Feeling
Boyhood - When I’m Hungry LP

Un Blonde - Part of Us Both - Not One
Jons - Short Swim - Long Interior
Whimm - Receptors - Undermine

Originally aired Feb. 9, 2015.


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Carson of MERCHANDISE and Anton of LOWER face off in a parking lot outside an arcade!

Anton and Carson teach us about why music interviews suck and the dreamland of Denmark! Plus our censoring skills get put to the test when we learn about the worst Spanish and Danish curse words!

Plus we’ve got a FULL HOUSE in the studio, and Alanna, Travis, and Emmanuel offer up sets of new songs!

Hear these tunes:

Merchandise - After The End - Little Killer
Lower - Seek Warmer Climes - Daft Persuasion
Merchandise - Children of Desire - Time
Lower - Seek Warmer Climes - Another Life
Merchandise - After The End - Green Lady

Viet Cong - Viet Cong - Continental Shelf
TV Sets - Rat Tar Art - Just As Well
Absolutely Free - Absolutely Free - Vision’s

Sheer Mag - 7" - What You Want
Christi - Demo - Get You Off (My Mind)
R.L. Kelly - Brown Horse (R.L. Kelly) - The Great Big World
Jons - Serfs of Today - Last Call For Buss
Martha - Courting Strong - Move to Durham and Never Leave



The CITY SLANG crew put together a special CITY SLANG questionnaire specifically for bands playing the Ottawa Implosion this week!

First up we have Dave Vassalottie, guitarist of Merchandise. And after that, we’ve got answers from vocalist Adrian Toubro, of Copenhagen band Lower.

Learn about their ice-cream day jobs, some scary childhood diaries, and their and advice on fighting! And subscribe to the CITY SLANG podcast for more interviews with Ottawa Implosion performers!

The Ottawa Implosion has some of our favourite bands coming to town, including Merchandise, Lower, Iceage, and Father Murphy. If you wanna part with us and loads of cool people, get your tickets now! Shows start on Thursday with Merchandise and Lower and House of Targ!

Dave Vassalottie (Merchandise)
Do you have a favourite Canadian band?

Neil Young and Leonard Cohen are my songwriting idols, but they’re not bands, so I’m gonna go with NoMeansNo.

What’s your weirdest experience in Canada?

Seeing an older woman shoot junk into her neck on the side of a real busy street at noontime in Vancouver. She was holding a compact mirror to line it all up. I see crazy shit all the time living in Florida, but that image remains vivid in my brain.

What is the best thing to happen at one of your shows?

I’m in another world mentally whenever we play, plus I’m blind as a bat. I never have any idea what’s going on during the show other than the sound of the drums and my guitar. The sets on this tour have grown increasingly nihilistic so I feel the best is yet to come. We’ll be lunatics by the time we make it to Ottawa.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve found at a second-hand store?

A small leatherbound journal that was once a child’s diary. There are only a few entries in it, but it’s pretty wild. Lots of adolescent ramblings about touching poop, the “rules of magick”, the death of an uncle, and how this kid’s dad “sucks fucking dick.” Crude drawings galore. Most of the book is blank, so I use it for my own note-taking now. Best $0.80 I ever spent.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Selling ice cream at a place that requires employees to sing stupid jingles and parodies to the customers. I lasted 10 days before getting the axe.

What do you hate talking about in interviews most?

Everything, especially music and the meaning of lyrics. I just hate talking in general. If this was a phone conversation, it would’ve been done after a few words.

Have you ever been in a fight? Do you have advice on getting into a fight?

No, not a real-deal street fight. I’m a pretty calm and mild-mannered guy. It would take a lot for me to want to physically lash out at someone, and even then I’d probably get whooped. My advice is to make friends with big and scary people that don’t give a fuck about anything.

What is the best curse word? 

Fuckboy, or sonofabitchbastard.

Adrian Toubro (Lower)

Do you have a favourite Canadian band?

Leonard Cohen and his Army.
What’s your weirdest experience in Canada?
Playing at a Go Go-dancer club in Toronto was very weird but also an enriching experience.
What is the best thing to happen at one of your shows?
When a somehow a good vibe is created. And there is a game going on between the audience and us. It gives you confidence to mess about and do all sorts of funny stuff.
What is the weirdest thing you’ve found at a second-hand store?

Sorry, never found anything weird. Only useful items.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Working for a print company. It was excruciatingly boring and the people there tried to act like they we’re absorbed in the paper business. But it completely fell through because it just isn’t possible to hide how excruciatingly boring the print/paper industry is.
What do you hate talking about in interviews most?
How our band formed…
Have you ever been in a fight? Do you have advice on getting into a fight?
I’ve been in some drunken fights but I only took part to help friends or to get an adrenalin rush to keep sleep at bay.
What is the best curse word? 



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This week on the show, our plans to interview the band MERCHANDISE don’t go as planned! We play a set of phone-related tunes!

Plus an interview with SOLIDS, a spotlight on Ottawa implosion bands, and all the new tunes you can handle!

Ex Hex - Beast - How You Got That Girl
The Beverleys - Single - Hoodwink
Foam - Demo - Sludge

Merchandise - After The End - Telephone
The Nerves - The Nerves - Hanging on the Telephone
Protex - Don’t Ring Me Up
Reigning Sound - Love and Curses - Call Me
Iceage - Ploughing Into The Fields of Love - Simony

Hot & Cold - Skip Skip Ben Ben split - Flynt
Dories - Stripped - Drip
Roberta Bondar - Caustic - Caustic

Boyhood - Bits and Bobs - Balcony
Lower - Seek Warmer Climes - Unkempt and Uncaring
Holy Cobras - Drugstore