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Final Thoughts

Wundi’s gone and Old Ugly has moved away. The two years I photographed and wrote this blog I drank too much and walked home late. I was quite often cold. I crouched on sticky tiles and blew out my ears. I wasn’t exactly happy, but I loved the people on the other side of that lens. I still do. This neighbourhood is filled with improbably kind and talented souls. Last summer, as venues closed and familiars moved away, Doug Hoyer pulled those folks together once more and produced Bike Month III: Bike to the Future. We celebrated with gin on the valley shore. There was a month of farewell shows and house parties. I cried in cars and on bicycles. The years of breathing too little had happened, happened when I was young and learning, and now they were over. I am glad I was there to take some photos and write down some thoughts.

The music isn’t over, of course. Everyone is still making records, bigger records. That work demands our ears and support more than ever before. This post is only my elegiac bow on this blog, and a nod to a few years in which I grew tremendously. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Presenting: ISBE Edmonton

At ISBE Edmonton, attendance is a performance. In the back, guests sit on vintage couches on raisers under angled lights. We look over milling crowds to the front room, painted white and possessing the airiness of the Ono-Lennon home. Psychedelic prints and beaded torsos clutter the walls. This is Edmonton’s latest arts space. It is warm and bright and filled with sound. Otto Stalk, Ghost Cousin, and Doug Hoyer opened ISBE last month with swaying crowds and spinning lights. It was the first of the transcendent shows that are slated for the place. I have been told to expect an abundance of gallery shows, film screenings, and concerts in the coming months. More marvelous local art: ISBE Edmonton’s Christmas gift to you.

ghost cousin ghost cousin ghost cousin!

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^ Ghost Cousin, “An Old Song”
ISBE EDMONTON // 11/23/13

Everything Will Be Dead Soon: Endless Bummer 2013

A small, small slice of the action from ENDLESS BUMMER 2013.*

Featuring Marlaena Moore / Tyler Butler / Emma Perri / Ghost Cousin / Strange Fires / Huckleberry / Field + Stream / Doug Hoyer / Layne L’Heureux

*approximately 1/5th. this thing was crazy.

Cantoo & Doug Hoyer Album Release: Stills and Film

Photos by Becky Smith-Mandin // Video by Dylan Howard
Dylan is an Edmonton filmmaker and general man about town. His short films on local musicians helped inspire the Low Level Hum. Watch more of his creations at Truthful Work Films.


Haven Social Club // 03/15/13

On Being A River: An Interview with Doug Hoyer

To Be A River“I’ve basically been thinking about mortality.”

Doug Hoyer is a thoughtful man.

He is not brooding or withdrawn. He is smiling and sipping an iced chai. He is careful in choosing his words as he discusses the darker sound of his new album, To Be A River.

“Mortality, and… I don’t want to say reincarnation, necessarily, but just that flow of life. And how it continues on and how it’s so different from previous generations, but still so the same. How 200 years ago there were people just like you and I. They had real lives and real struggles. And we just don’t know about them. We don’t know about their daily lives. And people won’t know about ours. Maybe they’ll check our facebook statuses 100 years from now and know that we were grumpy on Mondays. I think about that a lot. It’s a continual cycle.”

Hoyer describes his music as collage. Listening to it, it’s easy to imagine him stumbling upon compelling sounds and tucking them in his back pocket, pulling them out later to craft the disparate elements into infectious, danceable songs. To Be A River samples everything from sixty year-old Korean folk records to Hoyer home videos. He explains that, since he doesn’t play in a band, he uses sampling as a way of jamming with long-forgotten musicians. Resurrecting sounds from the dead. Read More

Toes in the Water: Counting Down to Doug Hoyer’s To Be A River

Hoyer’s new album, To Be A River, is released May 28th.

Consider this an official Low Level Hum endorsement.

One of Edmonton’s finest.

Go buy it.

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Later this week we’ll post an interview with Doug about the record. Keep your ears to the ground.

Photos taken at Wunderbar // 03/17/13

The Rising of the Moon: A Wunderbar St. Patrick’s

“We nailed this song in practice six hours and about a litre of whiskey ago.”

-Jim Cuming

 

Video evidence, courtesy of Tyler Butler:

This post originally appeared on Sound+Noise on March 20, 2013.

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