Vancouver Sleep Clinic – “All of the sinners, all of the saints, All of the beauty, all of the pain, In the loss, in the gain, I’m not afraid”: Bottom of the Hill in SF (April 17, 2017

Written by Erica Andreozzi

Vancouver Sleep Clinic‘s first show in SF at the Rickshaw Stop back in December had us begging for their return, especially with the release of their highly anticipated debut album, ‘Revival.’ A revival is surely what they spurred on last night at Bottom of the Hill. I could not help but watch everyone on the audience be lifted up by Tim’s angelic vocals and haunting howls as they stared up at him with eager eyes. Star struck by his fine, fierce falsetto, there was a sense of disbelief shared by the entire room. It’s hard to believe that he wrote his first song (‘Vapour‘) when he was only 17 yrs old, a song about realizing how short life is and how “you must find light and joy in the situations we’re put in.” Well we certainly find light and joy in the musical medicine he revives us with, one “rebirth” at a time. Tracks that had every hair raised on my body were Flaws, Lung, Living Water, Killing me to love you, and Someone to Stay, which was written about homelessness and homesickness when temporarily living in LA:

“You were alone, left out in the cold
Clinging to the ruin of your broken home
Too lost and hurting to carry your load
We all need someone to hold”   (SLAYED).

 Arguably my favorite Vancouver Sleep Clinic track released this year.

By the time the epic encore of Empire came around, I was completely lathered in chills. Empire stood alone with definitive power and command, keeping us on our toes as the capricious crescendos amplified our attention and wet our appetites. I’m already hungry for more and can’t wait until they return for summer festivals (best way to avoid winter in OZ!) All I know is that Vancouver Sleep Clinic won’t be frequenting small stages much longer. Recently on tour with the delightful Daughter, they are making a global footprint and hailing new fans far and wide. In fact, the kid standing next to me had flown all of the way from Phoenix just for the show! It won’t be long before this Aussie quintet will be headlining the legendary Fillmore. SF wants you back!

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So happy to have met Tim Bettinson of Vancouver Sleep Clinic this week at the Rickshaw Stop. After wrapping up tour with Daughter the night before in Vancouver (yes, he says it’s everything he’s dreamed it to be), these Aussies (Brisbane) decided to sneak a two extra shows in SF and LA before heading out (and boy are we thankful for!). I remember first seeing Vancouver Sleep Clinic at Green Man music festival (Wales, UK) in 2014 and being completely taken back by their beauty and talent. For those lovers of Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, James Vincent McMorrow (who he’s a I’ve fan of and whom he saw for the first time in LA 3 years ago), RYX, Matt Corby, Sohn, Youth Lagoon, Alex Vargas, and Jack Garratt, Tim is your man!

 

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Rising Water (Playlist: Dec 18, 2016)

Rising Water

Compiled Dec 18, 2016

New playlist inspired by recent shows  — James Vincent McMorrow, Vancouver Sleep Clinic (who’s first show in the states was his idol, James Vincent McMorrow), Daughter, Day Wave, The Moth & The Flame, Phantogram, The Paper Kites, Two Door Cinema Club, Broods, DeVotchKa, Beats Antique, Nakho & Medicine for the People, Strfkr, Royal Teeth, Rooney — and recent new discoveries (opening artists) —Allan Rayman, MTNS, Psychic Twins (my friend’s best friend from high school!), The Post Maker (local SF talent). It also includes awesome new recommendations from friends: Sohn, Shura, The Mowgli’s, Plini (siiiick math rock), a new track by Magic Giant, and a new album (We Got it From Here… thank you 4 Your Service) by Tribe Called Quest (first album in 18 years and rumored to be their last). The ‘Water is Life‘ by Dustin Thomas track reminds us of the power of music in fighting injustice (Standing Rock). Caught a Ghost swoops in with his ‘Twelve days of Xmas’ FB giveaways and beautiful acoustic versions of tracks like ‘Uuu’ from his ace album, Human Nature (glad to hear his new one is nearing completion!) 😀

Standout tracks for me are James Vincent McMorrow‘s ‘Rising Water‘ (“Because you make me feel alive, in spite of rising water“) and ‘Los Angeles‘ (“There’s a reason that people move/ People change or people stay the same completely/.. You fear that every move you make is just a hammer/ You are just a nail but you’re not… Don’t let fear control you“), and seeing these brought to life on stage last month definitely hammered on the heart strings and watered the eyes (for pretty much everyone in the crowd). I also am IN LOVE with Daughter‘s new album, Not to Disappear; my music buddy got it right when he said that “Elena traded a pinch of angst for a dash of snark, and it works really well!” The whole album is a SLAYER, but ‘Fossa’ and ‘To Belong’ probably slay me the most: pensive, pent-up aggression with gnarly twists and turns of emotion. Elena never fails to dissapoint! The Moth & the Flame once more, and can’t get enough of their track, ‘Red Flag‘ (“You were the only red flag, the only red flag that I could not raise.”) Finally, if there was any band that could help Oakland find its heartbeat after the recent, devastating Ghost Ship fire, it would be Oakland’s very own Beats Antique, who I was lucky to see a few weeks back with DeVotchKa and Alam Khan: https://www.facebook.com/erica.andreozzi/posts/10100419330250649

ALSO…. After FIVE YEARS OF WAITING, I finally put this vision into reality ❤️🙏🏻😁 @eyeofthetigertattoo #sftattooartist #beatsthatsetmypulse #heartpulsetattoo #musicjunkie #musicislife #feedsthevein #todayistheday #longtimecoming #visionnomore #merryxmastome #tistheseasontoberocking

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(In order to access the playlist, you have to press he 3 vertical dots in the upper right hand corner and select download. You can then cancel the download immediately and still have access to the playlist. If you are still having uses, let me know and I can send you a link to download the tracks!)

Doing The Right Thing- Daughter
Rising Water- James Vincent McMorrow   
Someone to Stay- Vancouver Sleep Clinic  
Red Flag- The Moth & The Flame   
Wasting Time- Day Wave   
Tennessee- Allan Rayman  
Set On Fire- Magic Giant    
Barking Dog- Phantogram
Bloom- The Paper Kites   
Electric Sunrise- Plini
How- Daughter  
10 Years Alone- The Moth & The Flame  
Bloodflows- Sohn
Are We Ready? (Wreck)- Two Door Cinema Club   
Bridges- Broods
All The Sand In All The Sea- DeVotchKa
The Block (Feat. Too Many Zooz)- Beats Antique  
Flaws-Vancouver Sleep Clinic   
No Care- Daughter
Never Ever- Strfkr
Budding Trees- Nahko and Medicine for the People   
Get Low- James Vincent McMorrow   
Paint- The Paper Kites   
Live While I Breathe- The Moth & The Flame
Touch- Shura
One Thousand Times- James Vincent McMorrow 
Young & Afraid- The Moth & The Flame  
Amateurs- Royal Teeth 
Artifice- Sohn
The Enemy Guns- DeVotchKa
My Heart Beats 4 U- Rooney
25.22-  Allan Rayman  
Heartlines- Broods
In The End-  Strfkr
The Wheel- Sohn
The Alley- DeVotchKa
Halcyon- The Paper Kites   
Fossa- Daughter
All Can Be Done-  Nahko & Medicine For The People  
Lose Myself- Psychic Twin   
Queen Of The Surface Streets- Devotchka
Lost Track Of Time- MTNS
Bad Decisions- Two Door Cinema Club  
Open Your Eyes- Strfkr
To Belong- Daughter
When Did Your Heart Go Missing- Rooney
Love Letters To God- Nahko & Medicine For The People     
Kids Conspire – Royal Teeth 
Featherstone- The Paper Kites 
Water is Life- Dustin Thomas             
Burn Dub- Beats Antique  
San Francisco- The Mowgli’s   
Why (Feat. Soko)- Rooney
Lung-  Vancouver Sleep Clinic  
Uuu- Caught A Ghost   
Killer Bee (Feat. Lafa Taylor)-  Beats Antique 
Surreal- James Vincent McMorrow   
Sun- The Post Maker   
Whateva Will Be- A Tribe Called Quest    

Too Much (playlist: May 2, 2015)

Too Much

(compiled May 2, 2015)

 EXTREMELY LONG OVERDUE PLAYLIST inspired by new albums from Alabama Shakes​, Geographer​, courtney barnett​, Father John Misty​, and Laura Marling ​. All of these artists I’ve been lucky enough to see at least twice in my lifetime EXCEPT for Father John Misty, who I need to thank Marissa Andreozzi​ and Sylvia Garcia Borgo​ for getting me hooked on him (hot damn). Alabama Shakes and Geographer were two bands who I could not get ENOUGH OF during their 2012 album tours, and I was so stoked to see that they released new albums around the same time this year. Courtney was another artist I was lucky enough to see her during the early touring circuit of her debut double EP, and I’m EVEN LUCKIER to get to SEE HER PLAY in her HOMETOWN OF MELBOURNE in two weeks. Unfortunately I left London JUST AS Laura Marling was moving back from her 2 year hiatus in Southern California (LOVE HER). At least I got to hear the inside scoop of her recent London show from my buddy Steve Paul​. This playlist was also inspired by an INCREDIBLE GROVE down MEMORY LANE with a Jurassic 5​ show in Melbourne last month after not seeing them in 10 years (…man do they STILL GOT IT!). It also includes new songs from one of my favorite discoveries of 2015, Zach Winters (such lovely, calming music). Other new discoveries includes Mansionair, Passenger​, Fleurie​ (reminds me a bit of Daughter​), WAVE & ROME​, Josh Garrels​, and Twerps​ (who I’m seeing tonight at their album launch gig in Melbourne) . Last but CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, it includes one of my FAVORITE COVERS of Bon Iver​’s ‘Heavenly Father‘ by one of my FAVORITE BANDS of 2014, Highasakite​. If you have not yet listened to the NUMBINGLY BEAUTIFUL debut album of this Norwegian band, you MUST. They are ACE, and turns they were recently announced to go on tour with Of Monsters and Men​ . I love singing along to this ‘Heavenly Father’ cover, as Ingrid’s voice is one that strikes me with a distinctively comfortable resonance. I chose Geographer‘s ‘Too Much‘ as the playlist title track because I had very much missed Mike’s distinct voice and Nate’s haunting cello ever since I first saw them back in Feb 2012 with Cori Freeland​ and Kevin Ramos​, and had waited nearly 3 years for their music revival. Thankfully I was able to get key updates and incredible pictures from Paige Parsons​ (of Paige K. Parsons Photography​) who has photographed them for a review piece in The Bay Bridged​. ‘Too Much‘ also reflects the fact that “days will take their toll if you let them,” and that wrapping up my last month in Melbourne  (so much to do still!) really has been “just too much to bear.” I guess that I ‘Need’ to have ‘Patience‘ so that ‘I’m Ready‘ for this next life chapter. ❤

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You can download all of the songs on the playlist from box.com account if you CLICK HERE:

https://app.box.com/s/wfsrfeetg6yqi9ly1x54blxkauapl7me

(…and you should put it in the order of the actual playlist if you have time…there definitely is an intentional flow to it!)

Here’s a link to the Spotify playlist (note that there are missing songs b/c of access):
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I’m Ready- Geographer

Back 4 U- Jurassic 5

Heavenly Father – Highasakite

Don’t Wanna Fight- Alabama Shakes

Elevator Operator- Courtney Barnett

Hold Me Down- Mansionair

Chateau Lobby #4 (In C For Two Virgins)- Father John Misty

The Grass after Winter (from They Were Longing…)- Zach Winters

Across The Map- Wave & Rome

Short Movie- Laura Marling

Too Much- Geographer

Gotta Understand- Jurassic 5

Holy Shit- Father John Misty

Pedestrian At Best- Courtney Barnett

Second Night- Mansionair

All the Lines- Fleurie

Give Me Peace and Rest (from They Were Longing…)- Zach Winters

I Don’t Mind- Twerps

Dead Fox- Courtney Barnett

Need- Geographer

Walk Alone- Laura Marling

The Ideal Husband- Father John Misty

While You’re Making Other Plans (from They Were Longing…)- Zach Winters

Born Again- Josh Garrels

Gimme All Your Love- Alabama Shakes

Coins In A Fountain- Passenger

Depreston- Courtney Barnett

Patience- Geographer

Morning Light – Josh Garrels