Trickle-down partynomics

We don’t quite know what the headline means, but we like it anyway. It’s best not to think about these things, especially at this time of year. I mean, how many cool shows are happening in the next two weeks? How can you worry about the economy or the meaning of a headline when there’s a party every other day with your name on it? Anyway. Here is your extremely reliable holiday music party planner advice guide thing, as stereotyped by the cast of Cat’.

Compiled by Bryhanna Greenough and Elling Lien.

The mellow one.

Tend to avoid the pounding speakers and screaming front-people? Then these selections are for you. Here are some great folk, jazz and singer-songwriter acts to check out.

Thursday Dec 18
The bay and town have got to get together, and heavy-folking Bay-Town Connection are the poster-children of the movement. They’ll be busy introducing the two solitudes to each other at their EP release at the Fat Cat.

Friday Dec 19
It’s an all-star night at the George Street United Church Oxfam fundraiser tonight, with Duane Andrews offering his unique concoction of gypsy jazz meets Newfoundland traditional, singer-songwriter Pamela Morgan of Figgy Duff fame, young folk group Dead Language and Jack Betty & His Bluegrass By’s.

Side musician of the decade and trumpeter extraordinaire Patrick Boyle will be doing the official release of his top-notch jazz CD Still No Word at Petro Canada Hall (MUN) tonight.

Sunday Dec 21 at 3:30pm & 7:30pm
Hark! A massive holiday choir of 130 singers unites when Quintessential Vocal Ensemble and Holy Heart High Chamber Choir get together at Cochrane Street United Church.

Saturday Dec 27 to Monday Dec 29
After gourging yourself on all those holiday dinners, you can’t go wrong with Vicky Hynes’ annual homage, The Feast of Cohen, featuring an all-star cast at Holy Heart Theatre. It’s low calorie, and tastes great.

Wednesday Dec 31
Ring in the New Year with the local country music band with the rock n’ roll action grip—Blair Harvey & The Dregs—at the Fat Cat.

The unusual one.

You like things that occasionally shoot off in unpredictable directions, like hi-bouncers or prog rock. Eccentric, experimental, soundscapey, or just plain strange, these are shows to inspire your inner weirdo.

Thursday Dec 18 at 9:30pm
Sound, noise and improvisation collide at Night Music, the monthly mini-Sound Symposium at The Ship. Novaks’ drummer Elliot Dicks, and Trailer Camp/Kujo guitarist Brad Power and a few of their friends are set to keep anchor while willing improvisers take to the stage. It’s one of the few bar shows that usually starts at the time it says, so don’t be late.

Saturday Dec 20
After nary a show in town for almost a year, psychedelic rock group Roundelay are coming to Junctions. The night will be rounded out with a little help from dirty rock group Glyd, local rapping trio Large Live n’ Direct and post punk Map to Temenos. Madly off in all directions!

Meanwhile, at the Rock House, 5-piece-instrumentalist prog rock group Narrows will be playing on the same bill as Benjy Kean and singer Lee Hanlon, who together form Sports. Aoke debut, and The Pathological Lovers round out the night.

Sunday Dec 21
It seems like a theatrical match made in heaven: the schtick stick-to-it-ive champs The Kremlin versus Ye-Yeti. They’re calling it the Santa, Soviets and Sasquatches show, which sounds like a party to me.

Sunday Dec 28
Local queer pop cabaret artist Glenn Nuotio is home for the holidays, and he’ll be performing with a full band at this show at The Ship.

Wednesday Dec 31
If they’re out at all, it’s likely the weirdos will be down at the A1C gallery’s Andy Warhol Factory party, which will have ” Fun DJs, Lots of Dancing, Comfy Couches, and Delicious Treats.” Tickets are $10.

The active one.

All you wanna do is dance, dance, dance. Here are some picks likely to blow the roof off December. Let’s cut straight to the action.

Thursday Dec 18 & Friday Dec 19
Hey Rosetta! will be stoked to be playing to home crowds after a busy cross-Canada tour. Help them recharge their battery before they head out on an full-fledged tour of Australia in January. Also reuniting for the holidays will be The Gramercy Riffs, who will be opening for HR at the Rock House.

Sunday Dec 21
All original members of B-Boy group East Rock Crew are getting together a booty shaking reunion bash called Party Ridiculous With St Nicholas. Atlanta hip hop artist Krow will join them at the Rock House with DJ duo Remix ’86.

Monday Dec 22
Indie rockers and winners of the 2008 Atlantis Music Prize Mercy, The Sexton get together with electronic duo Sports and hip hop team Solid Gritty for a sweet night at the Rock House. A great chance to check out Ye-Yeti, three of the youngest shriners wearing mexican wrestling masks you’ll ever come across.

Friday Dec 26
Dance off that Christmas dinner with DJ Benjy at Distortion. It’s Musique Non-Stop—St. John’s only indie dance night. And it’s free!

Saturday Dec 27
The latest proof Newfoundland is eating itself: new local tribute band …It Came From The Harbour.

Wednesday Dec 31
All the ingredients for a legendary New Year’s show are in place at the Rock House. The last time ska/reggae group Idlers played a show with Mark Bragg and the Butchers, they took to the streets with a band-versus-band ball hockey game. When they came back in, the two bands merged into one to play a set together.

The aggro one.

Prefer a lump of burning coal to a candy cane? Here are some shows for you.

Thursday Dec 18
After a brief hiatus, Steve Abbott’s breeding ground for subversive music the Downstairs Mix-Up returns to CBTGs with Be Alright, Geinus, and Colonel Craze & The Hunch on the bill.

Friday Dec 19
How Metal Saves Christmas: A show that manages to bring the Happy Tree and screeching feedback together is definitely worth attending. Featuring One Day in February, Metal warriors Weapon, Endometrium and rock-solid Two Guitars Clash. Junctions.

Also on Friday, a metal night with Tyrant, Radical Mutation, Aglid (black metal), MindRip, Sentry (metal), and Vorephilia, 10pm, $5, Distortion.

Saturday Dec 20
Hard rock show with sHEAVY, Uneeda, Blood Shot Monk and Endometrium at Distortion.

Friday Dec 26
Local hard rock band Magnus Rising relocated to Vancouver a year or so ago, but will be returning home for a show at Junctions with Weapon and Gale.

Sunday Dec 28
US hardcore group Glue headlines at Distortion, with a metal-thrash-punk line up to follow, with Sentry, Mindrip, Once Loved and Dig Up The Dead.