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Posted on June 22, 2012 by

I’ll now be blogging about Perfect Youth from perfectyouthbook.com. Set your browsers towards this new, highly professional address for future updates.

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A letter from Steve Leckie

Posted on November 8, 2011 by

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Excuse the lapse in posts here; an initial, incomplete draft of the book was finished at the start of the summer, and I spent the last few months clearing out my brain and conducting a few extra interviews to help bring this project to a close. It’s still far from complete, but my head is back in the game, and I’m planning to get back to the business of writing here regularly.

I’m in the middle of finalizing one of the more agonizing sections of the book — the Viletones chapter. With so much information, so many rumours, and so many bizarre personal anecdotes to sort through, it’s been a portion of this story that I’ve struggled to tell. In many ways, the story of the Viletones is best told by Steve Leckie, because, truly, he is the Viletones. Our second interview began with him reading this letter to me, a foolscap piece of my paper with my name written in big, bold letters at the top. When he was done reading it, he didn’t hand it to me. He just folded it back into his pocket and started our interview.

What can you do when the medium of first generation punk requires not a stage but a tight wire because the true craft of punk demanded not a persona but a life? A life to even sacrifice on the altar of a life and death attempt to bear witness to the purity of a spectacle, that in history would be understood by perhaps the Aztecs as in a human sacrifice or maybe general custom. Misunderstanding or doubting that is only proof that those who through their mediocrity stand on the sidelines not only of punk rock, especially Viletones, but any art ahead of its own time. The words of Rimbaud not only told but warned over 100 years ago this spectacle would come, and I, far more than most of first generation punk artists embraced and heeded that future vision. A vision that manifests in high art reality. That punk art is the bastard son of no one. Of no other movement. An orphan. But an Artful Dodger orphan. And the death count in punk is much higher than those Dickens himself could have foreseen, for there is no Fagan to pay off but something much greater. Immortality itself, though an Aztec spectacle of sacrifice, whose virtues have been eroded through time.

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That was crazy

Posted on November 6, 2011 by

Just over a month ago, we somehow survived playing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for 12 hours in the bowels of an old Chinese movie theatre at Spadina and Queen. It was wild. It was art, we think. And for some masochistic reason, a few thousand people also watched it via a live stream provided by AUX and the Toronto Star. Here’s a rundown of everything that happened, in case you weren’t glued to your computer from dusk til dawn on October 1.

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Smells like a ludicrous idea

Posted on August 16, 2011 by

Four years ago, a few of us sat in our deep, stupid L-shaped couch at the old Juicebox Manor and joked about this project for Nuit Blanche. Every year, we would remember the idea, check the Nuit Blanche website, and realize we had missed the deadline for submissions by a week, or some similarly small, embarrassing amount of time. Then something happened. We remembered earlier. And we submitted the idea. And we were selected. Which is why we’re pleased to bring you Juicebox’s first performance art piece (!) as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2011: A Brief History of Rebellion. In short, we’re going to perform “Smells Like Teen Spirit” 144 consecutive times in the Toronto Underground Cinema. Yeah, we know.

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Summer!

Posted on May 10, 2011 by

Can you feel that? It’s everyone you know and love coming out of hibernation. Drinking colas in the sun! Eating fajitas on a patio! Listening to all the records we’re putting out this month! Check the column below, because it’s like everyone we know spent the whole winter recording and then all this music exploded on your hard drive as soon as warm weather hit. It rules, right? Life! Also, our new show has been all up on your TV, and my new book will be all up on your shelves in 2012. Things are getting real.

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Tyranna

Posted on April 12, 2011 by


A few weeks ago, I was inside my 1989 camper van in a Hamilton parking lot with Mickey DeSadist of the Forgetten Rebels, trying to get a few questions asked before Teenage Head, now with new lead singer Pete MacAulay, hit the stage for their first hometown show since the passing of Frankie Venom. It was one of those strange, high-energy nights where it feels like a packed room full of 200-plus people have known each other for years. Probably because, in this case, they have. I met a lot of great folks that day – Chris Houston from the Rebels, Edgar Breau from Simply Saucer, and, after having only spoken on the phone or over e-mail in the past, Gord Lewis from Teenage Head. So why am I posting a Tyranna song here? Because Mickey and I wasted a significant chunk of our time together talking about how great this band was. I had been listening to their five song EP all day, and he professed to have a CD-R copy in his car that he had been trying to get Chris Houston to check out for weeks.

It wasn’t until 2008 that this release finally saw the light of day. A long-lost treasure of Toronto’s first wave, Tyranna were fantastically ferocious, as songs like “Back Off Baby” attest to. Fronted by Vera “Rabies” Syke, the band’s song have a real raw sonic power, while Syke’s snarling delivering belies some great pop songwriting underneath. One of the greatest lines in the sand between many first wave groups was musical ability; some had it, and other most definitely didn’t. Which isn’t to say that those who couldn’t play didn’t make some amazing contributions, since even the casual observer knows that this isn’t true. But sometimes, it’s great to get group of people who can play, write, and act the part. Tyranna were that group. I mean, look at the photo, right? That shit pops.

Tyranna: “Back Off Baby”

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222s

Posted on April 11, 2011 by

I’m in the middle of The Montreal Chapter right now, and wanted to post what will likely be the titular song for the whole section. “First Studio Bomb” is a great fucking song from the first and, for a time, only punk band from Montreal. The 222s started as a more New York Dolls-y post-glam outfit and morphed into a proper punk band as they were exposed to the stripped down sounds coming out of New York at the end of the decade; the only other form I’ve found this in is as a live track from their 2006 collection Montreal Punk – 78-81, recorded at the Ottawa punk hole the Rotter’s Club. It exemplifies the kind of catchy, driving songs the band were so good at creating, from the hyper-sexual anthem of “Female” (“You look like a female / But you fuck like a man”) to to lightweight “Fun, Fun, Fun.” Perhaps the best thing about the 222s (at least from a storytelling perspective) is that, at the end of their career, they teamed up with the Montreal mob for their final single. The recording sessions ended with the band having a gun pulled on them over ongoing creative differences. The 222s called it a day pretty soon after.

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Popular Mechanix

Posted on March 11, 2011 by

I’m in the midst of trying to wrap my head around the early Winnipeg scene, which I knew little about (aside from the fact that it birthed the best hardcore band ever, Personality Crisis). But where did those prairie weirdos come from? Turns out they came from stuff like this – Popular Mechanix were one of the first punk-ish bands in the city, although, as you can see here, this isn’t quite the Sex Pistols (heads up, this footage comes from a reunion show). That said, it’s still light years ahead of Goddo or Trooper, and laid important groundwork in the city of Winnipeg for bands like Disharge, Lowlife, and, eventually Personality Crisis. They were a pioneering band in a city that wasn’t exactly welcoming of new musical styles, and they offered early punk bands some of their first shows opening up for them, by then an established force in the local music community.

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Records on the way!

Posted on March 8, 2011 by

It’s been a while since we released anything new, but that’s because it’s winter, and everything in Toronto stops for five months to let the snow and sadness pass through. But things are melting, including our black hearts, and we’re pleased to announce that pretty soon we’ll be posting new music from bands like the Roman Line, Wayfarer, and Teenage Kicks. In the meantime, we’ll be headed to SXSW for the first time ever, so let us know if you have any free barbecue you need us to eat.

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Infamous Scientists

Posted on March 8, 2011 by

Consisting of some Victorian (as in, from Victoria, BC, not the era of Queen Victoria) youngsters that would later go on to form one of the best bands in the world, ever, Infamous Scientists displayed an unnatural ability to build left-field punk songs out of syncopated rhythms and an uncharacteristically present bass tone at a shockingly early point in their career. Hailing from the same strange scene that birthed the Neos, Pink Steel, and the Dayglo Abortions, Infamous Scientists would later morph into Nomeansno, becoming one of the most recognizable names in Canadian punk on the international stage. But before that, before Wrong, before the Hanson Brothers, there were these teenage geeks playing their hearts out. This shit rules.

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The Bureaucrats

Posted on March 4, 2011 by

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Ottawa has been a tough city to wrap my head around. I hadn’t heard much from anyone in nearby cities as to the relevance or vitality of the early scene. Someone might have mentioned the Rotter’s Club once, but it wasn’t with any great degree of reverence. In my slow crawl across this country, it’s taken me a while, but only the tiniest bit of digging was required to discover some of the amazing punk bands that Ottawa had in the late ’70s and early ’80s. And the Rotter’s Club was the centre of that early scene, hosting bands like DOA and the Dils while giving locals like the Red Squares and the Action a home. Then there’s the Bureaucrats, whose “Feel the Pain” single has been in constant rotation in my house since I first found it on the amazing Killed By Death Records blog this past weekend. An righteous Nerves-type power pop number that really starts to melt my mind after the first chorus, this song might be one of my favourite single-track discoveries of this project so far. It’s the kind of nugget that makes you glad that you just spent your whole weekend attempting to dredge up some nearly-lost part of Canadian history. And also makes you kind of dance awkwardly around your living room when your girlfriend is out.

The Bureaucrats: “Feel the Pain”

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Keep voting for us?

Posted on February 18, 2011 by

As we’ve mentioned here before, CBC Radio 3 is holding a competition for the best Canadian music website. And like we said before, we don’t expect to win, but we managed to sneak into the Top 30, which is really cool. So thank you! If you want to keep voting for us, we won’t tell you not to. We’re also very excited to be a part of a new project called Refiltered. It’s an amazing resource that pulls together all the PWYC digital labels in our little scene and makes their records available in one place. It’s awesome, so go download a year worth of great music for free.

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Gentlemen of Horror

Posted on February 17, 2011 by

For the past few days, I’ve been deep in some unnecessarily heady papers about Canadian identity, culture hybridity, cultural drift, the garrison mentality in Canadian literature, and other stuff that I’m mostly just pretending to understand. If it hasn’t been made clear enough already, one of the aspects of early Canadian punk that fascinates me most is the isolation; even in major urban centres like Toronto, bands like the Vilteones existed with the knowledge they they were unlikely to snag the major recording contracts of their American and British peers, which helped created a more unhinged, erratic expression of punk than anywhere else in the world. But what really blows my mind is the punks who lived in parts of Canada that were really, actually, extremely fucking isolated. Places like Kelowna, BC, that bred weirdos like the Gentlemen of Horror, a band that only played about 20 shows but whose recordings regularly sell for several hundred dollars on eBay. While it’s clear that GOH were drawing on a fairly standard set of punk and hardcore influences, the fact that they existed in a cultural vacuum without immediate influences makes their particular blend of those influences an entirely unique one. And that rules.

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The Modernettes

Posted on February 9, 2011 by

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I’m currently going over some stuff in John Armstrong’s autobiography, the immensely readable and wonderfully bad behavior-ridden Guilty of Everything. Sent me down a worm hole of Vancouver music videos, of which there are a few, including this one for the Modernettes’ “Barbra”, a certified classic from its era. This song exemplifies what I love about a lot of the Vancouver bands, which is the simple fact that so many of them ended up writing slightly tweaky power-pop songs that, thirty years later, rival anything in the early Elvis Costello catalogue. Best moment in this video comes twenty seconds in when a guy dunks behind Armstrong for no apparent reason other than it seems edgy or hip or something.

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“Punk is leather, lust and liquid”

Posted on February 8, 2011 by

I’ve spent the day combing through the archives of Ubessey, the student paper at University of British Columbia. Founded in 1918, every single issue of the paper is available as a PDF through the library’s online archive. It’s a pretty awesome (biblical usage) collection. I’m sure there’s some incredible non-punk-related gems in there, but I’m obviously tunnel vision-ing for some good photos and interviews with bands like D.O.A. and the Pointed Sticks. In my search, I came across this magical op-ed by Peter Menyasz from January, 1979, all about his experience at a Subhumans show. Titled “Punk is leather, lust and liquid,” it contains such golden journalistic nuggets as

Look closely at the band. You might as well look, there’s nothing worth listening to. The guitarist plays all five chords he’s learned while the bass player pounds his instrument.

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Dance? Are you sure they’re dancing? All they’re doing is jumping up and down, arms rigidly held at their sides. Heads shake from side to side, and blank stares are the order of the day.

Finally

You flee in terror. Back in the club, the band has stopped playing and people are standing around, not sure what to do now. You feel vaguely sorry for them.

Full text is here [PDF]. Page four, and very much worth your time.

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Red Tide

Posted on February 8, 2011 by

In the interest of coastal fairness, I wanted to post a song from Red Tide, one of my favourite bands from the early Victoria scene. Like Da Slyme and the Reaction in St. John’s, Red Tide were more isolated than the already-pretty-fucking-isolated kids in places like Edmonton and Winnipeg. But unlike those kids, Victoria bands like Red Tide, Infamous Scientists, and the Dayglo Abortions had the Vancouver scene to draw inspiration from. The result seems to be a weird mutation of the already weird mutations of the early Vancouver bands, who were themselves influenced by their proximity to what was happening in California. It’s like a game of sonic broken telephone, but one that starts with the Screamers and ends with Nomeansno.

This Red Tide song comes from a cassette comp called Medium Raw that was archived over at the amazing Model Citizen mp3 blog. For anyone with any interest in the early Victoria scene, there’s an awesomely compressive book / two-disc comp titled All Your Ears Can Hear that was released a few years ago which covers all the fascinatingly bizarre stuff going on in early Victoria. It’s currently out of print, but I’ve been told that it’s getting a second pressing soon. Keep your eyes out, this shit is tight.

Red Tide: “My Son is a Kuwahara”

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The Robins

Posted on February 8, 2011 by

Probably one of my favourite bands to have unearthed for myself over the course of this project is the Robins. The second or third ever punk band from Moncton (the first was the Punks, natch), the Robins were one of many incredible, original, and utterly strange musical projects undertaken by Mark Gaudet, one of the most incredible, original, and utterly strange guys to have emerged from this fine country. Better known for his work in seminal east coast acts Eric’s Trip and Elevator, Gaudet was also Moncton’s first punk, at the core of every single punk band in the city until the early ’80s. The Robins were more left-field than Gaudet’s earlier experimentations, including the proto-metal Purple Knight and aforementioned Punks, and the few recordings that exist from that era (along with a handful of bootlegs floating around on YouTube) showcase a unique band making some strange, strange noise.

You can order a lot of classic east coast recordings and videos through Gaudet’s Venison Creek zine. No resources online. Just give him a call some time at work to get a free zine and catalogue. I’m not even kidding. And it’s totally worth it.

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The Reaction

Posted on February 8, 2011 by

Finally got around to checking out the Reaction discography I got in the mail late last week. These guys were one of two active punk bands in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the late ’70s and early ’80s. No small feat, when you consider how culturally isolated that part of the country was. Unlike their bi-coastal brethren in Victoria, who had the nearby Vancouver scene to draw substantial influence from, punks in St. John’s were nowhere near… anything. A ten hour drive from the western tip of the island, which only gets you a few hours ferry ride from Sydney, Nova Scotia, being a punk in St. John’s in the ’70s is pretty goddamn astounding. That the Reaction and Da Slyme (the other punks in town) managed to nail the sound and aesthetic so effectively is equally goddamn astounding.

This song comes from their two-disc collection, Old and New, which pairs one disc of ’78’-81 material with post-reunion material culled from sessions done in 2005.

The Reaction: “In Tune with the Times”

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Vote for us?

Posted on February 7, 2011 by

CBC Radio 3 is holding a national online competition for the best Canadian music website. Look, we know we’re not going to win, but we just want to squeak into the next round where we can get trounced by the big guys. We didn’t nominate ourselves, which is the big thing that makes this not blatantly horrible and nauseating to me. Vote for us, or Exclaim or AUX, but really, vote for us, because we love you more, and we give you oodles of free music. VOTE.

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They gave us a show, again.

Posted on January 26, 2011 by

This one’s just about punk! It’s on AUX. It’s fancy. It’s called Exclaim! TV’s Garageland. It’s a half-hour, it looks good as hell, and it has interviews and performances with all the bands you (and we really mean we) love. You can read all about it here, and watch the trailer here. Mark your calendars, buy your snacks. Also, there’s a launch party on February 11. What else do you need?

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Happy Billy Mack Day

Posted on December 25, 2010 by

Hey holiday buddies. We’ve been too busy with some major, major stuff (we say that every month, don’t we?) to post any substantial updates, but it’s Christmas Day, and what better distraction from all the candy and ginger sesame brittle I just got in my stocking than updating our site? First of all, do you remember when we made a Holiday Message video last year with Andrew WK, Fucked Up, Alexisonfire, Woodhands, Bucks 65, D-Sisive, and my really ugly, ratty beard? Watch it again! It’s awesome as hell! And remember the two amazing Christmas albums that Aaron Zorgel made for you over the last two years? Listen to them both! Again! And go eat some turkey or fake turkey or nachos or whatever you do today, and say something nice to someone.

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In Time / November

Posted on November 29, 2010 by

It’s been a while. Junior Battles was on tour, Ashley got a new job, and nothing really happened here. We’ve been intending to post the new In Time record for a few weeks, but life gets in the way of living, etc. It’s here now, though! And it’s awesome! And the artwork is the best artwork we’ve ever had. I think. Aaron Zorgel flying around like a Christmas angel comes close.

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Get Fest-ive, again

Posted on October 25, 2010 by

Last year, we made a comp featuring all the Canadian bands playing Fest 8 in Gainesville, Florida. It was a pretty cool year, since Canadian Fest representation had jumped for one band at Fest 7 to seven Canucks for last year’s festivities. This year, there are thirteen Canadian bands, and once again, we’ve culled choice cuts of prime rock and roll beef to present you with Free Health Care + MP3s II: Canadian Fest Comp. If you’re headed to Fest 9 this weekend, try to check these bands out, because they’re obviously awesome. And if you’re not, listen to this as a balm for your ravaged soul.

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Super Tuesday

Posted on October 19, 2010 by

Today we’re releasing two records, because it’s Tuesday, and why not, and also, I leave for tour tonight, and finally, both bands are playing CD releases in the next week. Currents are from Ottawa, Gentlemen Husbands are from Cobourg, and they couldn’t be more different sonically. One is an incredible post-hardcore band, and the other is a ripping bar-rock band. But both of their records are great, and you should support them both when they start selling real-live versions of them.

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Pirate Spectacular

Posted on October 8, 2010 by

JUICEBOXdotcom house band Junior Battles just posted a new, $0.00 budget, incredibly illegal video that includes pirated clips from more popular movies than you should probably use in a two minute music video. It’s pretty great. You can watch it here, then go to the band’s MySpace and issue a cease and desist, if you happen to own the rights to Terrorvision. In which case, we totally want to hang out.

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Covers!

Posted on September 27, 2010 by

A few months back, Juicebox co-conspirator Aaron Zorgel came up with the idea of a compilation of all our friends’ bands doing covers of songs that inspired them when they were lusty teenagers (that probably wasn’t the exact wording). It seemed like a lot of our 20-something buds were starting to play in bands that were primarily influenced by acne-ridden, 16 year-old versions of themselves, and Aaron wanted to celebrate it. The result is our new favourite release ever: an 11 song compilation very aptly titled Our Favourite Songs. Download it, love it, and make sure you listen all the way to the end, okay?

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Monsterous

Posted on August 27, 2010 by

We’re happy to be unleashing the debut four song EP from Hamilton’s Monster Truck all over the internet today. Comprised of guys from a bunch of other successful Southern Ontario bands, Monster Truck started as a joke and became a truly awesome band. When Jeremy asked us to host the record, we were stoked, and when we saw the cover art, we were stoked-er. You can also check Jeremy out doing his rock and roll day job thing in this episode of Talk Show Night. And then you can rip figure eights in a field somewhere while crushing out this EP.

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END HITS: New frontiers, same internet

Posted on August 4, 2010 by

We started JUICEBOXdotcom because we wanted to have the freedom to be creative with our writing right out of school. In what is either a self-fulfilling prophecy or just substantial luck, our paying-job lives have slowly taken over that hole in our hearts and allowed us to express our interests, creatively, in exchange for money. It’s why this site went from being updated at least once day with in-depth interviews with Canadian super-dudes like Bruce McDonald (or, at least, by a text-message review of the Dark Knight) to being updated once a week (month) with a cursory overview of whatever we were up to that week (month).

But The Man’s world doesn’t always let you flex your interests in the ways you want, so I’m going to attempt to revive this space as a way for me to wax poetic about things that I think suck or rule. As a subset of the general “Juiceblogs” banner, my little attempt here will be known as End Hits. Expect a lot of declarations of war and professions of love, death threats and marriage proposals, shit-talking of Stereos and probably more shit-talking of Stereos. When that gets tired, I’m sure I’ll have some choice words about Abandon All Ships. Get stoked.

So, yeah! Updates will come at least once a week, or I’ll be breaking a promise to myself that involves adding TMN to our monthly cable package. And you know I have to see how shit turns out for my boy Turtle down in Mexico.

End Hits is a thematically loose column written by Sam once a week. Or else.

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That Time of the Year

Posted on August 3, 2010 by

Take a look around. Things looking different? We know. Barely. But barely takes hours, and you’ll just have to deal for now. We’ve updated our About page so that it’s actually, you know, about us, and posted a link to our new Big Cartel web store to offer physical copies of some the records we have available for free. Maybe the biggest change, both annoying and unnoticeable to the naked eye, is the clean-up of all the old articles from the site’s first incarnation, now archived clearly in a section cleverly dubbed Old Stuff. And we posted a great new record by Teenage Kicks. It’s been a night.

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Yeah, we party.

Posted on June 23, 2010 by

Did you come out to our stupidly fun NXNE rager last week? If not, you missed out. But it’s cool, we heard there was a line and a few famous people didn’t get in, which obviously tickles us endlessly because we’re awful human beings. Internet sarcasm aside, it was a really amazing opportunity to get a bunch of the bands whose great music we’ve had the opportunity to share on this website in the same room with a bunch of like-minded cool folks and have a really fun night, and we’re grateful to have had that chance. As Tyler from the Decay remarked on stage: “Looks like the internet works.” Sweet.

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Hostage Life B-Side + NXNE

Posted on June 16, 2010 by

In celebration of tonight’s out of control NXNE rage-a-thon, we’ve posted the last Hostage Life song your ears will probably ever hear, a cover of Tapper Zukie’s “MPLA” originally intended as a 7″ release to accompany the COTU vinyl. As the story goes, the band broke up just before the record went to press, but here she is, ready for you to download and get down to. Then come out the Bovine tonight! Get there early and stay late – Victim Party, who play at 2am, features Colin and Pat from Hostage Life, along with every one of their best friends. You’ll fucking love it because it’s fucking awesome.
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08 pm: The Decay // Punk rock from Guelph
09 pm: Wayfarer // Hot Water Music worship from KW
10 pm: Cavaliers! // Alt-country from Newmarket
11 pm: !ATTENTION! // Pop-punk from Toronto
12 pm: Dig It Up // Party punk from Montreal
01 am: The Video Dead // Hardcore from Burlington
02 am: Victim Party // Best friends from Toronto (members of Bombs Over Providence, Hostage Life, The Black Lungs, The Artist Life, The Little Millionaires, Bang It Out and Marilyn’s Vitamins)
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Only $5! Cheap! (Or free with a festival wrist band!). And because of the municipal magic of NXNE, the Bovine will be serving until 4 a.m. It’d be swell to see your face.

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Party + Contest = Party

Posted on May 27, 2010 by

The extra fine Juicebox/UOBA tour that’s been rolling through Quebec and Ontario finishes up this weekend in Toronto with the extra-rad addition of Horses and Greg McPherson to the west-coast wrecking crew of Party at the Moontower. That sounded like a bad marketing sentence meant to sell shoes to high school girls, but shit, we mean it. To celebrate Saturday’s night of music and responsible adult debauchery, we’re offering up some vinyl and free tickets through our television buds, AUX. Just cruise over to their site for your chance to save some money and get some free records. Life is good sometimes, right? Stay tuned for an extra-special announcement about our extra-special NXNE showcase. Hint: It will be the best.

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TOURING TOURING

Posted on May 23, 2010 by

Attention, live music fans and generally cool people who live in Quebec and Southern Ontario. A bunch of bands who have released records under the loving umbrella of the Juicebox Recording Co. are heading out in vans to play multiple shows as part of what is commonly referred to in The Biz as “a tour”. Anchored by Party at the Moontower and the Video Dead, the shows also include label-buds and great folks Prevenge, Dig It Up, Horses, and Stay Home. Kind of the best, right? So if you live in or around Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Oshawa, Hamilton, London, Sarnia, or Toronto (what an exhaustive list of places!), get your dancing shoes on and your liberty spikes fresh. For a complete list of dates and info on each show, check this out. And go download some free records and get your brain ready.

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All Grown Up

Posted on May 14, 2010 by

If you check out the snazzy new artwork below, you’ll see (because you’re oh so smart) that we’ve posted a new record from our west coast mega-buds, Party at the Moontower. Unlike their first EP, this one isn’t entirely dedicated to a single character from Dazed and Confused, but we promise you that it will still hunt you down and try to kick the crap out of you, O’Bannion-style. This EP is especially cool for us, as it marks the first time we’ve been able to release a follow-up from a band whose first recordings were posted here, and the second time we’ve gotten involved in a limited-run vinyl adventure with a release also available here, for free. We’ll have more details on that soon, but for now, just download the free music because you’re an honest thief.

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BIG PLANS AND THINGS

Posted on April 21, 2010 by

It’s been a while, good inter-chums. Why? Because it’s spring! If you look beside this text, you’ll see one of the first Google Image results for the word “spring”. That fresh-faced baby animal is expressing our general excitement at the end of the dark times here in dumpy, snowy Canada. Reading outside! Drinking outside! Concerts outside! We basically just move everything we do in basements to our backyard between the cars and the weeds. We have some major announcements coming up in the next few weeks: new records (including Hostage Life b-sides), new tours, and a bangin’ showcase for a big music festival that happens in Toronto in June. Plus, we’re going be to re-launching this site sometime in the summer, with real blogs, written with some degree of regularity, by real people. We think it’s an idea that could really catch on. In the meantime, would you like to read about how the government of a foreign country flew one of us across the ocean to talk to bands? Go ahead!

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Prizes!

Posted on March 9, 2010 by

Hey buddies! That wicked-good TV show we have is now repeating in its entirety on AUX, and to try and fool you into watching every episode again (you already watched them all, right?), we managed to wrangle a mess of cool prizes from a mess of cool record labels (Matador! Paper Bag! Dine Alone!). To win, all you have to do is join the show’s new Facebook group. It’s so easy, you should be offended. We hope you aren’t.

In more free news, we’re really excited to be the digital home for Wayfarer’s new full-length, Our Fathers. It’s great. Go get it. And like some kind of visionary collaboration between Kanye, Lil Wayne, Drake, and Eminem, the Juicebox Manor House Band, Junior Battles, just released their latest 7″ on pretty coloured vinyl through Square Up Records, and as a PWYC digital download through If You Make It, the more-Brooklyn incarnation of the kind of spirit we try to foster with this weird little creative hub. Up the punx, everyone, everywhere.

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Rent Party

Posted on January 12, 2010 by

Oh hey bros. We’re back! Twenty ten, listen to Len! Hope everyone had a relaxed or insane end to 2009, depending on your preference. We’ve been busy, making new episodes of our smash hit TV show and using our newfound digital cable celebrity to pass ourselves off as some kind of “experts” on Allan Cross’ TV show. Then we posted another great record for you to love forever. Hey, do you use Twitter? It’s awesome, follow us. If you do, you are automatically entered for a chance to win a great time, every day, when you look at your Twitter. Life! It’s a miracle. Stay real.

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California and Quebec City

Posted on November 24, 2009 by

We’re pretty sure that headline makes us looks cool. Last week’s stellar episode of the show is now online, featuring us going to California for Warped Tour, an interview with the Reason, and a performance from the Roman Line. This week’s episode, airing tonight at 11pm on AUX, features us trying to find KISS in Quebec City, an interview with Spookey Rueben, and a performance from the Darcys. 1000% bangers.

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Hostage Life Update

Posted on November 16, 2009 by

So. Hostage Life broke up right before Centre of the Universe was sent to press. The band + us decided that pressing hundreds of copies was now probably an unsound idea; pressing was halted, and in fully shitty news, the gorgeous full-art copies we were all stoked about will never see the light of day. The band is, however, pressing 100 blank label copies to mail out to anyone who pre-ordered and to sell at their last few shows. We wish things had worked out, but life is one crazy motherfucker.

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Beer! Folk music! Dating!

Posted on October 20, 2009 by

Last week’s hotly-anticipated second episode of Talk Show Night at Juicebox Manor–wherein we hit the Steamwhistle Brewery with United Steelworkers of Montreal, talk dead bodies and dating with Alexisonfire, and The Thermals play the basement (no big deal)–is now online. On tonight’s on-the-actual-TV episode (11 p.m.! Rogers 107!): Woodhands, Wax Mannequin, and The Artist Life.

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One down…

Posted on October 13, 2009 by

Last week marked the debut of our real-life, parent-impressing TV show, Talk Show Night at Juicebox Manor. Everyone we watched it with said it ruled, and we don’t think they’re biased or unlikely to express dissent, so the show must rule. Now you can watch it online and decide for yourself if we’re full of it or not.

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Talk Show Night

Posted on October 5, 2009 by

The thing we’ve been yammering about forever is happening, finally, in the real world. The trailer is up. The countdown is on. Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6th, at 11:00pm, Talk Show Night At Juicebox Manor becomes a TV show that you, your mom, and your best friends can all watch, love, and enjoy forever. If you live in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick or Newfoundland, you can catch the fever on Rogers Cable 107. Elsewhere, head to www.aux.tv to fall in love all over again. We are stoked. You are stoked.

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It’s Here

Posted on September 30, 2009 by

While we squeaked in with the midnight release of Hostage Life’s utterly rad sophomore full-length record, Centre of the Universe, we were faced with the simultaneous complete meltdown of our server. After endless discussions, revisited mixes, couriered masters and fierce uploading, this whole night rested on two pots of coffee, one large pizza, and an endless series of calls to some guys in California, offering indisputable proof that God hates Hostage Life and doesn’t want you to hear their record. Do you need a better reason to download it right now?

(Pictured: Webmaster losing his mind trying to not fail at delivering maximum rock to you on schedule.)

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Hostage Life announce “Centre of the Universe”

Posted on September 8, 2009 by

We’ve talked about it in dark rooms with large beers, and there have been murmurs over these interwebs, but we are officially making it official: Hostage Life will be releasing their massively rad sophomore full-length through the Juicebox Recording Co. on September 30th. It’s called Centre of the Universe. It’s incredible. Donny Cooper recorded it and Alex Snelgrove did the artwork. There will be vinyl. You will be stoked. Check out this video for a snippet of just how good this record is going to be. If you like punk rock and thinking about stuff, you will be down.

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Horses Run Wild Tonight

Posted on August 9, 2009 by

All you really need to do is peep our little blurb for the latest JBR release to see how much we love this band, but just to drive it home, Horses are an incredible band, Brotherly Love is an incredible recording, and we’re stoked and honoured to be able to share it with you, glorious internet. If you like rock music, people that are nice, songs that are good, or enjoying life, you should probably give it a download.

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High School Nostalgia Partyville

Posted on July 8, 2009 by

When we were younger, thinner, and much bigger fans of the first Fenix TX album, there was this band from Windsor, Ontario, who were awesome. They were called Sewing With Nancie. They changed their name and stopped playing all their old songs without ever playing a real farewell show, so six years later, they’re playing six final shows and putting things to rest for good. And we’re releasing their discography. High school awesome times deploy.

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Going coastal

Posted on June 23, 2009 by

There’s this movie that rules. It’s called Dazed and Confused. We hadn’t watched it ’round the JB Manor in a little while, but in a moment of beautiful serendipity, we basically re-watched the movie and got introduced to Party At The Moontower the next day. These guys seem to be dedicated solely to rocking extremely hard and referencing Richard Linklater’s best movie all day, ever day. It’s a rad combination that works well if you like good music and sweet films. The decision to release their debut EP was a pretty easy one, despite them living way far away in “beautiful” and “serene” Vancouver, which has always seemed way too simultaneously bourgeoisie and dangerous for us. Mostly because it is awesome. Enjoy it, and relish in what a dink Fred O’Bannion was.

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Old friends, new records

Posted on May 26, 2009 by

When we started putting out records last December, I doubt anyone anticipated we’d already be at a total of ten gorgeous records by May. Well, what’s up. Ten records. The latest of which is the kind of high-water mark I didn’t think we’d reach for a while: the complete discography of Burlington punks the Video Dead. The first time I ever saw them play was at the Bovine a few years back; their singer kept spitting beer on everyone and he scared the shit out of me. Plus their bassist had this weird chud-baby-skull-thing bass, which was also kind of disconcerting. Then we all became friends now we’re releasing the career-spanning A Face For Radio… But Not The Songs. Life is rad like that sometimes.

In other news that doesn’t make my high school brain fold in on itself, we’ve got some big plans for this summer. Like most seasons. This time, watch out for a Repo Man tribute night. Yeah. Details and Emilio worship to follow.

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New Hot Jams VS. Skynet

Posted on April 10, 2009 by

Have you watched the Terminator films recently? Well, a very potent strain of “feeling like total shit” has swept JBHQ this week, and seriously, those first two movies own your life. The third one is just kind of funny. In non-Terminator-related news, the Recording Co. is pleased to announce the release of Saint Alvia VS. Jeremy Chambers, our first release from anyone ever nominated for a Juno. It’s awesome, go download it. Right on.

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To your continued success

Posted on February 25, 2009 by

Life is a beautiful, precious gift. Celebrate with: the new LUM EP! Luc Doucet’s recession wisdom! Our March 6th party at the Bovine with Video Dead, Junior Battles, and Fog of Leprosy. Chris Nash’s love of attending movies in Sault Ste. Marie. And all the awesome records we’re putting out in the next two months. And our TV show. Seriously.

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