Canada has been killing it lately, guys, so hard and so fast that I haven’t been able to keep up. Here are no fewer than seven awesome videos that have fallen like manna from the north in the past month or so.
PS I Love You - “Don’t Go” (see above)
PS I Love You recently performed four songs from their upcoming LP Death Dreams for CBC Radio 2. Of the four, “Don’t Go” is the most affecting, with vocalist Paul Saulnier’s voice scratching out a high-pitched plea over the relentless, slightly distorted pop melody of his double-necked guitar and pedal bass and Benjamin Nelson’s drums.
Radio Radio – “Galope”
I still don’t understand 65% of what they’re saying, but — TINY HORSES!
Eamon McGrath – “Great Lakes”
McGrath has a voice like a warm drink, but both the song and the video slowly turn chilling. “I hope the open road and poets know to score the sores black with cocaine / Until you see the faded traveler’s mouths that ignite the sky with fear and propane,” McGrath sings as a stark black and white image of his face twitches and snarls. “Do not cross and you won’t get lost at the bottom of your addictions.”
The Guest Bedroom – “Magical Thinking”
An animated wizard makes a fuzzed-out, psychedelic attempt to use public transportation. I’m honestly not sure if this video is a political statement or just weird. BOAT OF ANIMAL JUICES! BOAT OF ANIMAL JUICES!
The Barr Brothers – “Old Mythologies”
A strangely (if comically) violent video for the Montreal foursome’s quiet, twinkling “Old Mythologies.” I can’t decide if my favorite part is Brad’s unrepressed smirk at 1:09 or the lobster on Andrew’s head at the end.
(Side note: getting hit with an egg hurts. I hope they didn’t have to do too many takes.)
Hey Ocean! - “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” Arcade Fire cover
Vancouver threesome Hey Ocean! offer a lush and surprisingly warm cover of the penultimate track from Arcade Fire’s 2010 release The Suburbs. Victoria’s Aidan Knight and the Friendly Friends step in to pad the ranks and quilt the sound.
Hawk and Steel – “The Ones We Love”
Excellent Canadian video production crew Wood & Wires films Hawk and Steel performing the sad, lilting “The Ones We Love” inside Victoria’s Ditch Records.
This spring, indie superfriends and tour mates PS I Love You and Diamond Rings collaborated on “Leftovers,” a noisy slice of dance pop featuring Rings’ vocals and music by the boys of PS I Love You. Now they’ve released a video for the track, a sort of tour diary that combines live performance snippets with behind-the-scenes footage. Watch as the three gentlemen engage in extremely scandalous rock star behavior such as grooming, grocery shopping, and pasta eating! See shocking examples of their excellent cooperation skills and impeccable table manners! Get a sordid glimpse at the musicians’ ACTUAL LEFTOVERS! (But seriously, it’s cute. Watch it.)
“Leftovers” is available from Paper Bag Records as a 7″ or on the upcoming PS I Love You record Figure It Out.
PS I Love You play Seattle September 3 as part of Bumbershoot and Portland September 9 as part of MFNW.
Diamond Rings plays The Crocodile September 27 with Twin Shadow.
The 2011 Polaris Prize Long List was announced last week, a list of forty Canadian albums collated from five-album lists submitted by the hundred-plus jurors several weeks ago. From this list, jurors vote again, and the ten-album Short List will be revealed July 6. Short list artists will receive $2,000 each, will perform at September’s prize gala, and are eligible for the grand prize of $30,000.
This year’s Long List:
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Austra – Feel It Break
Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart
Braids – Native Speaker
Buck 65 – 20 Odd Years
Louise Burns – Mellow Drama
D-Sisive – Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye
The Dears – Degeneration Street
Destroyer – Kaputt
Diamond Rings – Special Affections
Dirty Beaches – Badlands
Luke Doucet and The White Falcon – Steel City Trawler
Eternia & MoSS – At Last
Galaxie – Tigre et Diesel
Jenn Grant – Honeymoon Punch
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
Hey Rosetta! – Seeds
Hooded Fang – Album
Imaginary Cities – Temporary Resident
Land Of Talk – Cloak and Cipher
Little Scream – The Golden Record
The Luyas – Too Beautiful To Work
Malajube – La Caverne
Miracle Fortress – Was I The Wave?
One Hundred Dollars – Songs Of Man
Doug Paisley – Constant Companion
PS I Love You – Meet Me At The Muster Station
Daniel Romano – Sleep Beneath the Willow
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing
Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer
Shotgun Jimmie – Transistor Sister
Sloan – The Double Cross
Frederick Squire – March 12
Stars – The Five Ghosts
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
Women – Public Strain
Neil Young – Le Noise
Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting
Which ten will make the final cut? You can find out when the list is revealed live on CBC Radio 3 and SIRIUS channel 152 on July 6.
If you want to play along at home in a literal sense, I present to you: Polaris Prize Bingo! Long list artists are arranged on the four printable cards below; break out your lucky trolls and your paint dotters and make a friendly wager with your friends as to whose card will win.* I can’t offer you $2,000 – in fact, I can’t offer you anything except the smug satisfaction of victory – but what else do you have to do on a Wednesday morning?
*Note: I have absolutely no inside information on the Long List and cannot guarantee that any of these cards is a winner. Feel free to credit me as a genius and a visionary if one is, but please don’t write me angry letters if they’re all a bust.
On June 16, the Polaris Prize organization will release 2011′s Long List, and Polaris Prize season will officially begin. This list of forty records is compiled from the votes of over two hundred jury members, each of whom submit a list of their top five Canadian albums released during the eligibility period (June 1, 2010 – May 31, 2011). Jurors then vote again, choosing from these forty albums, and on July 6 the ten-album Short List is published. At that point we all have ten weeks – conveniently – to frantically examine, consider, discuss, and debate the finalists before the winner is revealed at the prize Gala on September 19.
I’m not a jury member, but I’ll be playing along at home, starting with my own hypothetical first-round ballot. Here, in no particular order, are my chosen contenders:
Wolf Parade – Expo 86
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing
PS I Love You – Meet Me At The Muster Station
Imaginary Cities – Temporary Resident
Diamond Rings – Special Affections
Feel free to play along with me by letting me know if I’ve missed anything or by sharing your own list. I’ll check back in on the 16th to see how I did. Until then, enjoy the recently-relased video for Imaginary Cities’ “Ride This Out.”
After a band a day in May, Bumbershoot has burst with its full day-by-day line-up. We’re loving the local selection including: Shabazz Palaces, Grand Hallway, Lemolo, Pickwick, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, My Goodness, Ravenna Woods, Curtains for You, Whalebones, Allen Stone, Kaylee Cole, The Lonely Forest and lots more. Though it’s soul singer Charles Bradley and Brooklyn’s Sharon Van Etten who I’m most delighted to see make the line-up, their inclusion make Monday the Fest’s unmissable day for me.
Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs with Vusi Mahlasela / Minus the Bear / Mavis Staples / Little Dragon / Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / STRFKR / Shabazz Palaces / Warpaint / MarchFourth Marching Band / Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible / Eyehategod / Väsen / Champagne Champagne / Astronautalis / PS I Love You / Yuni in Taxco / Campfire Ok / Meklit Hadero / Caleb Klauder Country Band / Craft Spells / Valient Thorr / Jayme Stone: Room of Wonders / Pickwick / Red Fang / Scribes / Wagons / Shelby Earl / Free the Robots / Witchburn / Nice Nice / Kris Orlowski & The Passenger String Quartet / Emancipator / Tomten / Pezzner / LawnChair Generals / The Great Mundane / Natasha Kmeto / DJ Nordic Soul
Wiz Khalifa with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis / Broken Social Scene with The Lonely Forest / The Kills / Butthole Surfers / Carbon Leaf / Leon Russell / Toro Y Moi / Anti-Flag / Das Racist / Vetiver / Jessica Lea Mayfield / Dam-Funk / Atari Teenage Riot / NoMeansNo / Tennis / Thee Oh Sees / Mad Rad / The Jim Jones Revue / School of Seven Bells / Joe Pug and the Hundred Mile Band / Davila 666 / AgesandAges / Wayne Horvitz Café Paloma Band / Kore Ionz / Sol / Whalebones / Allen Stone / Massy Ferguson / Tycho / Thomas Marriott’s Human Spirit / Kaylee Cole / Com Truise / HTRK / Lusine / Gail Pettis Quartet / Kasey Anderson and The Honkies / Shigeto / The Sight Below / DJ Justin Timbreline
Daryl Hall & John Oates with Fitz and The Tantrums / The Reverend Horton Heat / Over the Rhine / Phantogram / Grant Lee Buffalo / Urge Overkill / Charles Bradley / Vendetta Red / Sharon Van Etten / Dennis Coffey / Head Like a Kite / YACHT / Greensky Bluegrass / Quadron / Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils / Grand Hallway / You Am I / Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside / My Goodness / LAKE / Beat Connection / Purity Ring / Truckasaurus / Ravenna Woods / Curtains For You / Lemolo / SPLATINUM / Legendary Oaks / Mash Hall / The Horde and The Harem / 214 / WD4D / Ill Cosby / DJ Introcut
I’ve never heard DCMF described as anything but an amazing experience, a weekend of performances, creativity, and collaboration in a place whose very name conjures visions of adventure. This year Dawson City has drawn in the talents of performers as diverse as Vancouver’s indie folk-rock geniuses Yukon Blonde and dance punks Shout Out Out Out Out, each of whom drive the crowd to musical ecstasy in their own way. Also included on the lineup are Amelia Curran, Rich Aucoin, and Shotgun Jimmie.
Naturally, Canada’s answer to SXSW has a more populist spin. NXNE is hosted in the country’s largest population center, and in addition to showcases and panels hosts free outdoor concerts by major artists right downtown.This year’s roster features everyone from Devo to the Dodos, including SotS favorites Shad, Land of Talk, Braids, P.S. I Love You, The Pack AD, and Dirty Beaches.
Wristbands are on sale now. Early bird pricing (through April 25) gets you a standard pass for $50 or priority access for $150.
A festival lover’s festival, Osheaga draws in the big names and this summer has added a third day to accommodate more of them. Headliners include Eminem, Elvis Costello, The Flaming Lips, Death Cab for Cutie, and Broken Social Scene. Unlike most big festivals, though, Osheaga takes place minutes from an urban setting, offering chances for hotel accommodation, extra-festival tourism, and late-night poutine in the city the dish calls home.
Three-day passes range from $217.50 – $369.50 and are available now.
Few festivals have more indie cred than one founded in part by former Eric’s Trip member and current solo songwriter Julie Doiron. Conceived in 2006 by Doiron and some friends as “a more feasible way to get all our friends together than a wedding,” the now-beloved Sappyfest will run for the sixth time this year. Though no lineup has been announced yet, there are reasons to feel optimistic: last year’s performers included Diamond Rings, P.S. I Love You, Cousins, Daniel, Fred & Julie, Hollerado, and Holy Fuck.
If you want to take the gamble, early bird passes are available now for $60.
Calgary’s Sled Island has booked a near-infinite lists of bands, including Dandy Warhols, Minus The Bear, Of Montreal, The Sword, Cursive, Thee Oh Sees, Justin Townes Earle, Wild Flag, Dum Dum Girls, Jeff The Brotherhood, and Starfucker. Do you like music? Then you will find something you like here.
Festival wristbands are on sale now for $179, or $349 for VIP access.
Prefer to visit Winnipeg when the temperatures are measured in positive numbers? You’re probably smarter than I. Spend a few days enjoying the weather just outside of town and taking in sets by Blind Pilot, Dan Mangan, Chuck Prophet, Jeff Tweedy, Imaginary Cities, and Tegan and Sara.
Tickets are on sale now; 5-day festival + camping passes are $229.
As most folk festivals aren’t just about folk, Winnipeg Jazz is not just about jazz. The festival’s Club Series hosts a varied line-up of independent artists like Blonde Redhead, Shad, and Quintron & Miss Pussycat, and the (free!) opening weekend offers Les Jupes, Royal Canoe, The Lytics, and The Appleseed Cast on an outdoor downtown stage.
Tickets are sold separately for Club Series and larger Theatre Series concerts, but one $75 pass allows access to all Club Series shows all week.
This festival has only announced a few names, but they’re doozies: Stars, Great Lake Swimmers, Plants and Animals, The Wooden Sky, and Jenn Grant.
$60 Early Bird weekend passes available May 20th.
May 20, Edmonton, Alberta
May 21, Calgary, Alberta
May 22, Vancouver, BC
Cultivated by music website Weird Canada, this traveling one-day festival features 19 underground Canadian bands (this [http://weirdcanada.com/2009/07/safe-language/] is not those [http://www.myspace.com/feralchildrenseattle] Feral Children) on two stages. SotS crush-band Dirty Beaches and paganesque fog-folk mystery man Wyrd Visions are on the bill along with Makeout Videotape, Red Mass, GOBBLE GOBBLE, The Famines, and a “Secret Surprise Guest” to be announced May 10.
To celebrate the launch of their new website, Toronto imprint Paper Bag Records are offering a free download of Madonna’s seminal 1986 album, True Blue, covered by Paper Bag artists. Nine bands offer modern reinterpretations of Madge’s work, each fresh enough to bring a new perspective but familiar enough that you can sing along. Young Galaxy offer an appropriately space-age version of “Open Your Heart,” with lonely echoes and sci-fi blips, while The Rural Alberta Advantage use acoustic guitar and keyboardist Amy Cole’s girlish vocals to create an innocent-sounding take on noir-esque deceit-themed ballad “Live To Tell.” Often-forgotten hedonistic gem “Where’s The Party” is taken on by PS I Love You, who replace the synths with wailing guitar and their trademark hidden-in-the-background vocals. Overall Paper Bag’s True Blue is a guilty pleasure that doesn’t feel guilty, and just might help you get through your Monday.
Diamond Rings returned to the Vera Project last week, bringing with him fellow Canadians and BFFs PS I Love You.
This was the third time I saw PS I Love You in concert, and was probably the best. The sound was balanced well and the crowd was appreciative, and vocalist Paul Saulnier, though quiet, seemed comfortable and confident on stage. Saulnier’s impressive guitar riffs added texture to the duo’s roaring wall of noise, and drummer Benjamin Nelson blitzed his way through his demanding parts with casual intensity and a remarkable lack of sweat.
Diamond Rings drew a much larger crowd than on his last visit; word must have gotten out about his shy charm, and contagious exuberance, which luckily have not changed. He’s as engaging of a performer as I’ve seen, and every set leaves me wishing for another right away.
Opening was Seattle dance band Noddy, the most logical local counterpart for Diamond Rings I can imagine. Their lack of self-consciousness counter’s Diamond Rings’ sometimes bashful self-awareness, but their exuberance and their catchy dance-pop make them a close cousin, if not a sibling, of the Canadian poster. I love them, and they’re certainly worth checking out on their own.
If Godzilla is on your show poster, I will talk about you.
Didn’t I see you at Weedeater on Monday night? Oh, I didn’t? That’s because I was played hooky and wasn’t there. Where I was happens to be none of your business (read: sitting on my bed, fatigued and shoegazing). The underlining point is that I should have been at the Funhouse. Here are some places you should be as well. It’s funny because the title of this post is “the rest of your week in music” but I am the one telling you what to do. I am your mother. I write for a website. This week your maternal figure knows how to dance, rock and get psyched out. The neighbors say I’m a triple threat and they aren’t lying.
Wednesday March 9th
Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour (7:30pm at the Vera Project, All-Ages. $11) – Greetings from the ghosts of indie rock past. Do you remember Olivia Tremor Control, Apples in Stereo and Neutral Milk Hotel? Do you remember CMJ Magazine and hearing about Built to Spill for the first time? Remember when you thought the best thing that Flaming Lips would ever do was “She Don’t Use Jelly”? If you are fond of any of the listed memories and/or items, consider yourself at the mercy of nostalgia. It’s crazy how much things have changed yet stayed the same.
Thursday March 10
Diamond Rings and PS I Love You (7:30pm at the Vera Project, All-Ages. $10) – Do I genuinely enjoy listening to either of these acts? Not really. Brittney wrote a nice live review of Diamond Rings when she saw him at the Vera Project back in December. With that being said I’ve noticed that you’ve been a bit grumpy over the past couple of weeks Seattle. Until recently there was absolutely no sunlight. You’ve been listening to too many sad songs. You’re heating bill has been annoyingly high. It is with this in mind that I recommend this show to you gentle reader. I want you to go to the Vera Project and dance. Lighten up a bit. It’s good for your soul. People don’t dance enough these days. In the words of my great-grandmother, those who don’t dance are bastards.
Noise for the Needy Kickoff Concert (8pm at Neumo’s. $10 advance. $12 at the door) – Have you ever been to a concert that wasn’t actually a concert but a scene from a graphic novel? Probably not, but this is something you’ve always wanted to do. Thursday night at Neumos is your chance to do it, and for a good cause. Noise for the Needy is having their kickoff show at Neumo’s and it features some heavyweights. Junkie XL, Mad Rad, Truckasaurus and even some Kokon Taiko Drummers thrown in for good measure. If you’re a fan of the graphic novel Shinjuku, come get your book signed by Christopher “Mink” Morrison. Find out happens when the graphic novel world meets the trucker-hat wearing female groupies of Mad Rad. Can you see fantastic cultural orgy explosion? Maybe not, but you can read that sentence and imagine all sorts of weird naughtiness taking place. Perverts like you need to support Noise for the Needy and the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project.
Midday Veil, Datura Blues, Hypatia Lake and Wah Wah Exit Wound (9pm at the Comet. $7) – I missed Midday Veil when they played the Josephine with Lesbian a few weeks back. I was pretty bummed. Gentle reader, now is the time for you to repent for the sins of the author. Go see Midday Veil and in the process expose yourself to some of Seattle’s premiere “psychedelic” acts. While the term “psychedelic” means nothing to me unless we’re talking about fungus, I can promise there will be at least six delay pedals in attendance this evening. You may even see a tye-dye shirt, who knows. Party hard.
Strong Killings, MK Speed Dial and Broken Nobles at the Rendezvous – Let’s be honest. Belltown sucks. This is one of the few things that all of Seattle can agree on. Why is this neighborhood even in our city? Let’s attach some industrial strength balloons to various Belltown establishments and float this son-of-a-bitch into outer space. The dream of Up! is possible, this just happened in California. Before I get Mayor McGinn to sign off on that, come see one of Seattle’s best rock and roll acts, Strong Killings. They never disappoint. I also urge you to see MK Speed Dial, probably the best “pop” band that nobody talks about. Shame on you Seattle. I blame this all on your never-ending jealousy of California.
Friday March 11
Lonsome Shack, Curious Mystery and Karl Blau (9pm at the Comet. $8) – When I first moved to Seattle a few years ago, one of the first “local” acts I saw Lonesome Shack at Cafe Racer. I had been surviving in my car for days, living only on energy drinks, coffee, sun chips and candy bars. My clearly detoriated mental state caused me to think that Lonesome Shack was making music in the 1930′s but somehow they were projecting themselves into 2007. Amazing finger-picking and guitar work, washboard for percussion, vaudeville mustache and attire. I was blown away. I hadn’t seen music like this…ever. Sorry, they don’t make tunes like this in east coast hardcore scenes. Lonesome Shack is another band that I’m surprised doesn’t own all of Seattle. They do this thing sort of thing better than anyone else in this town, at least anyone I’ve been exposed to. I am making a not-so-bold prediction. I am envisioning Lonesome Shack “taking off” during this calendar year. I’m the only music writer on the internet, listen to what I say. Also come congratulate The Curious Mystery on the release of their newest record, We Creeling. It was just came out on Tuesday and was released by K Records.
Police Teeth, Grenades, Victory and Associates, Brickbats and Great Falls (9pm at the Black Lodge. $5-7) – I have a confession to make. I am completely jealous of Victory and Associates. They travel from up from Oakland and low and behold, they get to play on this amazing bill on Friday night. Then they wake up on Saturday morning, go to Glo’s for breakfast and play with Helms Alee and Absolute Monarchs later that night. You lucky basatards, many local bands are ripping their hair out at this realization. Not yours truly, I don’t have hair. This is probably the best show happening this month. Police Teeth have a new record dropping later this spring. I’ve got my grubby hands on a few tracks, it’s going to be good. Grenades are the musical equivalent of a Honey Badger, the rock is unique and relentless. I’ve yet to listen to Great Falls but they’ve gotten on some decent shows within the last year so I assume they are respectable.
Saturday March 12
Helms Alee, Victory and Associates, Absolute Monarchs (9pm at the Comet. $8) – I’ve sang the praises of Helms Alee about three thousand times since I’ve been writing for Sound on the Sound. If you have their older stuff and haven’t heard the new material yet, come to the Comet on Saturday night. I don’t know the names of any of the new tunes, I’ve only heard the tunes in a live setting on occasion. I just know that the new stuff is mind-bending and that you’d enjoy it. Absolute Monarchs have been steadily on the rise since last spring. They are on a Patrick Swayze-esque Roadhouse mission to clean up the Seattle rock and roll scene. Cue Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell”. Don’t thank me, thank Seattle Rock Guy.
The Dismemberment Plan, Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band and The Globes (7pm at Showbox Sodo. $23) – Weirdness. My childhood is coming to the Showbox SoDo. The Dismemberment Plan were always the DC band that never quite fit and I mean that in a good way. There were always other contemporary bands ripping off musical legends of the District of Columbia and here was The D-Plan writing some of the most quirky, danceable stuff that indie rock has ever seen. Yes Seattle, there benefits to being from Virginia. You observe Dischord Records greats as a child and you mutate their sounds accordingly. The Dismemberment Plan’s initial existence really got moving with the album Is Terrified and culminated with Change; long before your President aped that slogan. Personally, Emergency & I, is and always will be my favorite D-Plan album. I still listen to it on a regular basis. It’s fitting that the D-Plan is billed with another group that doesn’t quite fit, the Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band. Once again, I mean that in a good way.
If by some reason you’re too much of a jerk to enjoy all of this good music. May I recommend the Emerald City Soul Club at Lo-Fi on Saturday night. I pray that Motown rhthyms will have a positive effect on your bad attitude. The dance party starts at 9pm. But if you’re smart you’ll get there around midnight.
As they journey to next week’s SxSW, many Canadian musicians are taking the opportunity to get in a West Coast tour, which means that Seattle will be graced with performances by notable Canadian artists every night this week. Here’s a quick guide to the whos, wheres, and whens.
Monday: The Dears
With fifteen years and five albums under their belt, it’s a safe bet that The Dears can live up to their reputation as excellent performers. Their latest record, Degeneration Street, is full of high quality fuzzed-up heavy pop, with an expansive sound that should translate well to a live setting. You can stream it http://soundcloud.com/thedears/sets [here]. (Crocodile Cafe)
Tuesday: Crystal Castles
My only memories of Crystal Castles’ show at Neumos a couple of years ago are flashing lights and moving bodies. I consider this a good thing. A good dance can transport you out of your mind and into the simpler joys of your body; Crystal Castles plan to offer this experience to everyone at the Showbox SoDo Tuesday night. (Showbox SoDo)
Wednesday: Hey Rosetta!
Seeds, the latest album from Hey Rosetta!, is populist and likable, full of anthemic, sing-along pop with a pleasant radio timbre. Lead single “Yer Spring” is I’ve had on repeat: “Am I rising up?” vocalist Tim Baker asks on repeat, as the music swells behind him. “I hear the chorus” he sings as, yes, a chorus joins in. “I see the people singing.” The drums pound, his voice rises, it’s a head-thrown-back all-out moment, and it’s great. (Chop Suey)
Thursday: Diamond Rings, PS I Love You
Like something out of an indie rock Disney movie, Diamond Rings and P.S. I Love You couldn’t be more opposite in aesthetic or musical style, but are close friends who tour together regularly, Tweet each other constantly, and even film cooking segments together for MTV. Diamond Rings makes subtly moody, dance-influenced minimalist pop and performs it with a catching exuberance. PS I Love You – doubling Diamond Rings’ strength at two members – hides sharp songwriting behind a blissfully giant wall of fuzz. (Vera Project)