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  • SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2024
    High Line Brewing: 1318 9 Ave SE, Unit #113
    (access via Minh Chau parking lot off 9th Ave SE)
    7-10pm, 18+, $15 cover at the door, CASH ONLY

    i.o (Vic) + Pet Retina (Vic)
    + Sol Viator duo (Edmo)
    + Lydia Pineau solo

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> s t a y - t u n e d - f o r - s e t - o r d e r !!!

    This month we are pleased to welcome back, with what is proving to be some regularity, Victoria's i.o, brainchild of one Maxwell Patterson. One of the more maniacally prolific projects out of Canada's network of "noise" or "experimental" music producers, the music of i.o is constantly developing, albeit in small and - to all but the keenest observers - subtle ways. The last time Patterson rolled through High Line Brewing, the newest addition to the soundworld was a tambourine wedged inside the kick drum, shoved against the batter (struck, for you non-drummers) side drumhead, creating an extra aura of high-end shimmer to the proceedings that, despite the simplicity of the execution and thanks to the relentless nature of Patterson's playing, was hugely effective, psychedelic, and seemingly separate from the rest of the percussive onslaught. The i.o project is on yet another epic Canadian tour right now, in support of their newest album not all prophecies. In their own words:

    "not all prophecies is i.o’s latest record, a blistering, 38-minute overview of the rhythmic practices, timbres, and drum melodies that he has been honing through relentless touring, practice, and recording for the last decade. It is perhaps his 213th record.

    Composed and performed entirely by i.o, not all prophecies is the first solo i.o record that wasn’t recorded direct to camcorder and then ripped into Audacity. The increased fidelity of his drumkit allows the rhythmic and timbral features of his playing to bloom.

    Listeners will note previously buried elements like the tambourine that he places in his kick drum, or the cowbell he plays with a second kick pedal with his left foot. The guitars are drawn from various live sets that i.o prepared between 2021 and 2023, and the drums were recorded live in a single take, without overdubs. Like most of i.o’s work, not all prophecies can be heard in several ways: as a jawdropping technical exercise, as a thrilling hyperspeed version of midwest emo and math rock, or as music that is so torrential that it flattens out to tones and waves; almost ambient in its endlessly flowing information."

    Joining i.o on this epic cross-country jaunt is Pet Retina. This is no coincidence, as Pet Retina is side project for Patterson and fellow Victorian Void Puppet, noise project of some repute, with a recent release on Bent Window Records, a cavalcade of circuit bent toys and noise, which Cups & Cakes Network called "an auditory pleasure ... the fact that it was lovingly crafted by someone who takes great joy in the pure collision of sound is obvious." Pet Retina combines this colourfully psychedelic sound palette with Patterson's intensely detailed drumming, making for an inspired pairing.

    In another return from an out-of-town past performer, we're pleased to welcome back Matt Meeker, previously witnessed at Bug Incision playing in the now-defunct Edmonton experimental supergroup Holy Drone Travelers, or in 2022 as part of an ad hoc ensemble evening. Meeker, known for his work on electric bass, shawm, trombone, and vocals, is town with a solo version of his group Sol Viator. "An Edmonton based improvisational collective based in the western drone music tradition, free jazz, and modern ambient music, Sol Viator draws inspiration from and is sonically comparable to acts such as Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and Holy Drone Travelers." While often a larger group with drums and sax, and various other configurations, this performance will find Meeker alone, with a spread of bass, drones, vocals, and loops, fresh off an eight-month study of South Asian classical improvisational singing with friend and mentor Qaiser Kamal.

    At this point, Lydia Pineau should be no stranger to anyone in the Bug Incision universe. She's been a steady presence as performer and audience member since 2017, and we've been fortunate to see her in action in a wide variety of contexts. One of the central parts of Pineau's output is her Bandcamp page, which houses a wild number of releases under the loose moniker Arts&Crafts (not to be confused with the Toronto indie rock clearinghouse) and exhibit and staggering array of activities across the spectrum. It will well worth a perusal. She's also performed at many ad hoc ensemble evenings on a variety of instruments, maintains membership in the group Circular Sparrow alongside Jiajia Li, Joanthon Wilcke, Nate Waters, and Chris Dadge (they're playing this June 28 for this year's Sound Atlas festival), appeared in a COVID-era Sled Island commissioned video alongside Chad VanGaalen, Scott "Monty" Munro, and Dadge, and has recently been seen playing in a duo formation (on drums) alongside the multifaceted Kaiden Jackman. This set will be the debut performance of her solo acoustic guitar music.

    ++ between-set music provided by DJ Jeremy Curry


Monicker: Libr'aerie

A trio of Scott Thomson (trombone), Arthur Bull (guitar), and Roger Turner (percussion) recorded live in concert.

Cryingsnice: All Greased Up For Nothin'

The debut studio recordings from Eric Hamelin (drums, percussion) and Chris Dadge (violin).

Collateral: s/t

A reissue of the tour-only disc from this killer trio featuring Sam Shalabi (guitar, oud), Norm Adams (cello), and Tim Crofts (piano). Recorded live in concert.

Emily Davis/Christopher Riggs/George Romaine: Extinction Burst

A new disc from the world of Chris Riggs, featuring a brutal conceptual piece for guitar, drums, and piano.

These four titles are available now via email or the Bug Incision Bandcamp.
See releases for full album descriptions.

Prices are as stated on Bandcamp page, ordering direct via email are in (USD) $8.00 each or $30.00 for all four, plus shipping, which is calculated upon receipt of order through email or as part of the Bandcamp checkout system.

All orders come with complete set of new Bug Incision bookmarks.


In January of this year, we began work on the Bug Incision Archives, which will round up all audio, video, & photo documentation, press coverage, and promotional materials relating to the Bug Incision Presents concert series, dating back to early 2006.

While this archive will undoubtedly result in some new documentation being available to the general public, the main goal is for it to be accessible to its participants (the artists and documenters) for their own uses, while also providing a thorough overview of the series' activities for internal purposes.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Bug Incision has a huge archive of materials in its possession currently, but there are holes all over the 14 year history, not to mention more and potentially better-quality iterations of existing event documentation. If you have any photos, videos, or audio recordings of Bug Incision Presents concerts, we would be very interested in getting our hands on them for inclusion in the archive.

For information on how to get us these media items, as well as information on privacy, credits, and more details about the planned usage of materials, please email: bugincision@gmail.com

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Re-print of 10th Anniversary Zine
2nd edition, 40 copies, $10 + shipping
bugincision@gmail.com to order

Limited supplies remain - if interested, please request with any order.