Time: 9 p.m.
Everybody is welcome to play at L.A. Beat’s open jam.
Vancouver's Jay Arner has
played in enough bands over the years to know how to sound like one
when the job calls for it. After toiling in anonymity as a sideman and
producer (working on records by Mount Eerie, Rose Melberg, and more),
he's stepping out with his fittingly titled first solo album 'Jay
Arner', which finds the man making every sound you'll hear therein. Due
on Mint Records this summer, the 10-song set is made of analog synths,
shimmering guitars, propulsive drums, and playful bass lines. But at the center of it all is Arner's voice — a sonic smile capable of soothing highs and lovely lows.
Bright, fast and relentless punk buried under scuzzy waves of lo-fi
production and teenage irreverence, Tough Age fit right in with the
Western Canadian punk scene. It doesn't hurt that they're all but a
supergroup, featuring members of Korean Gut, Witch Baby, Sightlines and
No Band. Trade high-fives and Bazooka Joe strips at the end of their set
to complete the best night of your life.
PLUS: Open Channels,
which began as an exchange of new song ideas via e-mail with King living
in Lethbridge and Zucco in Calgary. This exchange quickly revealed
overlapping interest between King's shimmering Electro-Pop sensibilities
and Zucco's addiction to frenetic New Wave. They manage to tread the
common ground in these genres while still exploring their seemingly
oppositional tastes. This band only cares about one thing: Hooks.