listen // look // read ANIMAL COLLECTIVE MERRYWEATHER POST PAVILION Over the past year, it seemed that the members of Animal Collective were becoming increasingly dissonant − what a surprise then, that they have delivered their most cohesive and organized album to date. MPP’s pulsing bass lines and rising choruses are flawless sonic joy from start to finish. The album bears the true mark of great experimental rock: The birth of a singular and unique world. Animal Collective are inviting you in, won’t you join them?
OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ OLD MONEY The Mars Volta guitarist/composer/producer’s debut for Stone’s Throw is a furiously complex and lunatic album. Treading the path blazed by Frank Zappa, Rodriguez-Lopez’s music twists and mutates, on the surface appearing as loose jams, but upon each listen revealing its scripted madness. This mostly instrumental record is a tiring, but ultimately exciting listen.
Required Reading As you can see from our credits page, there are a crapload of us that pump hours into TRAVIS. As such, we all find inspiration in a spectrum of publications. From art rags (IDN) and music staples (Rolling Stone) to the hipster bible Vice, we try our best to stay current. Want something to read instead of this, check them.
MSTRKRFT FIST OF GOD Following up their smash hit debut album, ex-Death From Above 1979 member and his partner in crime, Al-P come correct with their sophomore album. It has dirtier basslines, dirtier synths, dirtier drums, and packs so much intensity you'll feel like you've been hit by a wrecking ball of pure decibels. It’s that damn dirty.
RÖYKSOPP JUNIOR Royksopp's third full-length brings more of their signature dreamy synth-pop bliss. If anything, it's a bit more cheerful than their last two attempts, with bouncier beats and loads of sweet chimes floating around in the background. (Think "Eple," a hit from their first disc.) Definitely worth checking out for fans and newcomers alike.
Sloan SNFU Bloc Party Mindless Self Indulgence Raphael Saadiq Underoath Britney Spears
Mod Club Kathedral Kool Haus Phoenix Concert Theatre Phoenix Concert Theatre Kool Haus Air Canada Centre
Mar.11,12 Mar.12 Mar.13,14 Mar.15 Mar.16 Mar.17 Mar.18,19
Primal Scream The Prodigy Big Daddy Kane Katy Perry Los Campesinos! Flight of the Concords Neko Case
Phoenix Concert Theatre Kool Haus Phoenix Concert Theatre Kool Haus Opera House Massey Hall Trinity - St. Paul’s Centre
Mar.24 Mar.25 Mar.26 Mar.30 Apr.01 Apr.21,22 Apr.17,18
THE DRAKE HOTEL
With an ever-changing program of exhibitions, a cool permanent collection, dining and a place to stay, the Drake is an all encompassing cultural hot spot.
The National Film Board’s multimedia centre gives everyone access to their complete library of award-winning, thoughtful and often provocative films.
1150 Queen Street West Toronto M6J 1J3 416.531.5042 www.thedrakehotel.ca
150 John Street Toronto M5V 3C3 416.973.3012 www3.nfb.ca/mediatheque
THE POWER PLANT Part of Harbourfront Centre, the Power Plant houses three major gallery spaces, dedicated to the display of contemporary art.
This place is the source for designer vinyl toys and urban pop art. A varied schedule keeps things interesting with product launches, exhibitions and artist appearances.
231 Queens Quay West Toronto M5J 2G8 416.973.4949 www.thepowerplant.org
TRAVIS’ BOOK OF THE MONTH
694 Queen Street West Toronto M6J 1E7 416.861.1684 www.magic-pony.com
Specializing in the work of a few established artists, Meta Gallery focuses on art’s visceral experience through sculpture, photography and painting.
A not-for-profit gallery, Whipper Snapper is a great place to check out up-and-coming artists,and an affordable space to display your own work.
107-37 Mill Street Toronto M5A 3R6 416.955.0500 metagallery.com
587A College Street Toronto M6G 1B2 www.whippersnapper.ca
Head to the closest subway station and take a seat. Sit there and look around at the hordes of humanity that surround you. Really look at them. Okay, now the strangest, craziest and most talented strangers come nowhere close to the legendary man behind the name, Hunter S. He was popularized to the MTV generation through Johnny Depp (who was a close friend of Hunter’s) and his depiction of Raoul Duke in the film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Although this is a good start to be plunged into the depths of Hunter’s brilliance in the world of journalism, all Hunter S. neophytes need to read Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson. Although a documentary was released late last year under a similar title, you know what they say: “The movie is never as
good as the book.” This is fact save for Fight Club. Check out the documentary though, too. The book is an oral biography of the legend. It’s a holistic collection of interviews from almost everyone Hunter met throughout his drug-addled adventure of a life. It includes stories from childhood friends, longtime editor Jann Wenner from ROLLING STONE, and celebrities like Jack Nicholson, ex-president Jimmy Carter and Marilyn Manson. It’s a beautiful, hilarious and insightful way to learn about a person – especially if that person was the creator of gonzo journalism. The telling of one person’s research in a biography is one thing, but a collection of people who actually knew Hunter throughout his (unpredictable) life is profound and unmistakenly hilarious. review by ryanbolton, editor
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VIRTUAL WAR: WHEN WHEN WARS WARS BECOME BECOME AA SPECTATOR SPECTATOR SPORT SPORT The Fowler Report is back with an engaging look at war and visuals. Part of the reason why Vietnam came to an end was constant images of horror displayed back home. Maybe that’s why we don’t see too many bloody bodies in Afghanistan today. Sarah Fowler reports. THE NATURE OF WAR has changed. In the times of great wars such as the American Revolution, both World Wars and the Cold War, entire populations were forced to mobilize to protect their country. The draft called upon thousands of men to go to war while women stayed and took on the role of industrialist – working in factories and raising families. Today, we at home are not directly involved in the Canadian Armed Forces and suffer little from the wars abroad. We, of course, hear about it on the news and notice when the price of gas fluctuates, but all-in-all, life goes on. Instead, war to us has become a spectator sport. We experience war only through our daily sources of media. It can almost be said that some of us are so far removed from these experiences that these wars are almost unreal to us. A story on the nightly news about an event that is “happening over there” to “those people.” If war becomes unreal to the citizens of modern democracies, will they
care enough to restrain and control the violence exercised in their name? Apathy is a dangerous kind of war. When war becomes a spectator sport, the media becomes the decisive theatre of operations. The presence of media cameras in war zones has a large impact on how we view and interpret the war. As spectators, we are being fed images and stories that are edited to serve the agenda of the reporting medium. Noam Chomsky spoke of manufacturing consent, propaganda and the media’s ability to affect the citizenry’s view of a specific political issue. An example of this could be seen in the Bush Administration’s use of the Homeland Security Advisory System in the aftermath of 9/11. You remember, the colour-coded warnings of the likelihood of a terrorist attack broadcast to Americans while they had their morning coffee. These warnings were not prominent in
Canada, but everyday Americans were being subjected to warnings of the possibility of imminent death as they carried out their daily activities. Fear is a powerful tool. This fear and uncertainty was identified as the “Shock Doctrine.” Coined by Canadian journalist/author Naomi Klein, in her book the Shock Doctrine she describes the media’s ability to manifest feelings of fear and insecurity within the citizenry. This, in turn, has an affect on civil liberties, public support for the war and a political environment defined by a state of emergency. It is during these times that leaders can expand their legislative powers and push for unprecedented changes. In the six months following the events of 9/11, the Bush Administration passed more laws and legislation suspending liberties of American citizens than any other President has passed in history. Think about it. The flipside is that Obama has been overturning a lot of those laws like hot cakes.
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