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Ottawa Implosion Weekend!

Bruised Tongue, Ottawa Explosion, & CHUO 89.1fm in Present… THE OTTAWA IMPLOSION WEEKEND
$25 weekend passes will be available at on sale below, and in store following the full lineup announcement. Only 100 passes will be made available to the public so act fast.

3 days of the best contemporary underground post-punk, psych, and dark disco from North America and Europe, October 16-17-18 2014, here in the Nation’s Capital. 

THURSDAY October 16th-
MERCHANDISE (Tampa, FL post-punk heroes’ first time in Ottawa in support of their upcoming LP on 4AD!)

LOWER (Copenhagen, Denmark doomy post-punks return. New LP on Matador Records!)

BOYHOOD (Ottawa, ON. DIY minimal-psych. Bruised Tongue Records)

at THE HOUSE OF TARG (1077 Bank St.)
FREE with pass or $12 at the door. Doors at 9PM.


FRIDAY October 17th-

FEMMINIELLI (Montreal/Berlin dark disco. Desire/Night People Records)

FIRE COAST ACID CLUB (Ottawa, ON. Live analog Acid House Party all night long. Adam Saikaley/Patric Egan collab)

at GABBA HEY! (250 City Centre Ave.- Unit 202)
FREE with pass or $5 at the door. Doors at 10PM.


SATURDAY October 18th-

ICEAGE (Copenhagen, Denmark post-punk. Matador Records)

FATHER MURPHY (Venice, Italy occult no-wave psychedlia. Aagoo Records)

ROBERTA BONDAR (Ottawa, ON spacerock. Bruised Tongue Records)

+1 TBA

at GABBA HEY! (250 City Centre Ave.- Unit 202)
FREE with pass or $12 at the door. Doors at 9PM.


poster by Ross Proulx



Bruised Tongue turns 5 this weekend, and we want to celebrate with you. 3 days of bands, DJs, and positive vibes.


CHUO & Cafe Alt present… /8PM/$5/19+:
*part of the Café Alt concert series. don’t miss the afterparty!

FUNHOUSE punk DJ night at Mugshots/11PM/NO COVER:
Bruised Tongue/Small Talk Stinks DJ’s w/ DJ Skid Vicious (Ottawa Explosion)
+ special guests



Gabba Hey!/9PM $6:
ROBERTA BONDAR (Ottawa/BT/1st show in forever!)

COUSINS OF REGGAE (Ottawa/T.O./Fluorescent Friends)
PARADISE (Montreal/new mutant minimal synth)



Gabba Hey!/4PM $6:
CROSSS (T.O./Halifax. BT/Telephone Explosion)
BLUE ANGEL (Ottawa/BT all-stars)


poster by DEATH/TRAITORS coming soon


MARSHSTEPPER + BLUE ANGEL at 614 Gladstone- July 24th


MARSHSTEPPER (Tempe, AZ. Ascetic House. mem. of Destuction Unit)

“Marshstepper is more than a just band, they are a perfect extension of the Ascetic House collective that the members have built. In Marshstepper’s case, the band has pushed beyond simply playing music and create an eerie aura at live shows that includes performance, costume and a whole lot of fog.”



1st show ever! Mysterious all-female lineup of BT allstars.




Wednesday, July 24th

614 Gladstone

Doors 8PM/show done by 11



be cool. respect the house.





Ottawa Explosion & Kichesippi Beer presents…

Friday July 12th will be the night for the third edition of FUNHOUSE!

This month CRAIG PERU (Small Talk Stinks/Bruised Tongue) & Skid Vicious (Rock & Roll Pizza Party/Ottawa Explosion) will be spinning choice punk platters and new wave nightmares in the prison yard all night long! Get ready to dance!

We’ve also got special musical guests MONOMYTH coming from Halifax, NS!! You may have caught them last year at OXW or on the last two Afterburners compilations.

$4 bottles of Kichesippi all night & $4 dark and stormy’s made with Harvey & Vern’s Old Fashioned Soda! What a steal!

Mugshots Jail Bar
75 Nicholas St.

10 pm. $5.

A real cool time.




Black & White Illustrations by Raymond Biesinger

Wurm Gallery | Invisible Cinema | Ottawa Explosion present

Black and White Illustrations by Raymond Biesinger

A Book Launch and Three-Week Print Exhibit November 23 – December 12, 201
Opening Night: Friday November 23rd, 2012 8pm

With a Presentation Talk and Slide Show, Drinks and DJ Skid Vicious. Books and Prints will be available for sale. Black and White Illustrations by Raymond Biesinger, the book, is a self-published 208 page 8″ square collection of black and white illustrations dating back from the year 2002 to present. The images within had been made for everything from the New York Times to Raymond’s band, the Famines, to Xeroxed zines and arts weeklies. Also included in the book: a chapter containing only previously unseen rough sketches, and a chapter exclusively holding Famines material. The cover and rear are embossed, and there are 9300 words worth of endnotes that give context to the more interesting of the images. Artist’s Statement: “I’ve held one notion close to me for more than a decade now: that we live in a fantastically rich time and place, and almost anything is possible. In that environment, the most original and interesting thing you can do is impose limitations on yourself. Likewise, we live in a time and place where decoration is king and content is out of fashion. I am a fan of the latter, and not the former.”

About Raymond Biesinger: Raymond Biesinger is a Montreal-based illustrator who spent a very long time in Canada’s west, and he’s been lucky enough to work with clients like the New Yorker, Monocle, Le Monde, Time, GQ, Wired, the Globe & Mail, etc. He’s also in a noise-garage band called the Famines, likes working in B&W best, and wishes he still owned a Xerox machine.

For more information and images see:
For preview poster:

Shows to go to!

Montreal! Tonight!

Boyhood is playing the Void Magazine launch party!


Ottawa! Next Tuesday!

White Lung! Hand Cream! Caymans!


Bruised Bruises

Our good pals The Creeping Nobodies split up a while ago, but from the splinters come two new entities.

Caymans will start it off, which will rule!

More info here!

Bruised Tongue/Rock n’ Roll Pizza Party Showcase TOMORROW

It’s been a long wait, but the date is finally getting close. Very close. We’re proud to be teaming up with our RRPP buds to kick off the Ottawa Explosion Weekend with a bang. That means free pizza from them, free tapes from us.  DJ Craig Peru & DJ B-RAD will be spinning weirdo punk rippers between KNIFEMARE, MANNEQUIN, MALE NURSE, HOLY COBRAS, DEMON’S CLAWS, and the VISITORS.

The show will also serve as a dual release show for Knifemare and Mannequin’s much anticipated split C30, as well as Vol.1 of the Bruised Tongue Afterburners compilation we’ve been slaving away on. More info on that to come, and we’ll post it for download super soon. If there’s still copies left after the weekend, the next few mailorders will be padded out with one of these 15-track C60s.