North Zipper’s BDay

aomnorthbdaywebNorman Lowrey (North Zipper) turned seventy today and the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse held a surprise Birthday Skating Party on the Odyssey Simulator to celebrate.  North was very surprised (he thought he was coming to a meeting:) AOM played a composition using one of North’s virtual instruments. The beautiful birthday set was designed and built by Frieda Korda for the occasion.

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The Black Bags went to Gander

fir_teaThe Black Bags got all dressed up drove to Gander, Newfoundland for the 2013 MusicNL Awards Show and celebrations. Along the way the band took the time to stop for a little boil up and a cup of tea in the woods. The Black Bags were up for six MusicNL awards this year (if you include the nominations for Outstanding Company of the Year for the Black Bag Media Collective). The band were invited to play the awards show live at the Gander Arts and Culture Centre and gave a great performance of Everything is Leaking.

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The Black Bags are still releasing

The Black Bags full length CD was released on June 28th. The Album has just been nominated for six MusicNL Awards! Download the album here.

Now – The Black Bags are releasing again! Come celebrate the arrival of The Black Bags’ fancy french vinyl – at the Ship on Friday October 18th.

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Special Guest Stars: Erin Simms and Two Guitars Clash

$10 at the door
Vinyl albums are $20
CDs will be available for $10

Stream or download the album here:
http://www.theblackbags.bandcamp.com/
Friend the band on Facebook TheBla CkBags

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Recorded and Mixed by Jody Richardson and Grant King, The Black Bags album features 11 brand new tracks – stream and/or download them now on Bandcamp – The Black Bags on Bandcamp

The first review is in!

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Here are a few quotes from Damian Lethbridge of The Scope: “…Their much anticipated, self-titled debut was recorded this year by Jody Richardson and Grant King of Pathological Lovers, and it sounds absolutely stunning. Beautifully produced and mixed, the record fuses the grungy sound of the early to mid-nineties St. John’s scene with more modern pop-punk sensibilities, a combination I absolutely love….. 

Another great element of The Black Bags sound is the trade off of vocal duties between Liz and Marcel. Although the two alternate as lead singers, its when they come together on tracks such as “Never Get Enough” and “Everything is Leaking” that they really shine. From the crisp drums and stuttering bass line of opener “Kelowna Rocks”, The Black Bags come out swinging and plow through track after track of pure rock goodness.” See more on the Scope website: http://thescope.ca/music/raining-hammers-by-the-black-bags

The Black Bags had a blast at CBTGs on SATURDAY JUNE 22st playing with Montreal Punk Rock veterans The Ripcordz and St. John’s based Two Guitars Clash and The Potholez.

The Black Bags CD was released at a Rock Show at Distortion in St. John’s on Saturday June 28th, 2013. Special guests for the night included Jody Richardson, The Colleen Power Band (featuring Ed Sutherby and Aneirin Thomas), The Glendas – The Black Bags were joined on stage by special guests Grant King, Amy Joy and Jody Richardson. Thanks to Glenn and Johnny and everyone at Distortion for the great night.

Keep a watch out for Black Bags media events that will be happening around the streets of St. John’s.

The Black Bags held Listening Party at Scanlan’s Lounge in St. John’s and in the BBMC studio at the Odyssey Simulator online. Our special Black Bag themed Drinks Menu – created with Lesley Jane and the Scanlan’s mixology department – was a hit- especially The Sour Bag Martini and the Slippery Bag Shooter – Here’s how to make them:

The Sour Bag Martini – 1 shot of Blueberry Vodka, 1 Shot of Raspberry Sourpuss, Grape Juice, Soda, Fresh Blackberries, ice. Shake and pour.

The Slippery Bag Shooter – 2 parts black Sambuca, 1 part Baily’s

photo of the Black Bags by Rhonda Pelley.