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Two years ago I took a tour of the raw space at 145 East Pender Street underneath Fortune Sound Club in Chinatown with the owners of Yaletown’s tiny Vietnamese restaurant, DD Mau. Siblings Kim Tran and Kon Tran secured the massive space back in December of 2015 and were hoping to open it as their second location before the end of 2016. Fast forward almost exactly two years, and it’s finally here.

A long way to go, indeed. They’ve done an admirable job with the interior’s unorthodox layout, which begins with a narrow frontage that funnels down to a cool anteroom (its walls hung with family photos, sparsely shelved with old books – in Vietnamese, natch – and bric-a-brac, plus a peekaboo window) and further to the open lounge/bar area and kitchen. It’s all of 54 seats, but they’re well spread out.

Kim and Kon showed me around the massive kitchen and talked of the trials and tribulations of making/baking tapered banh mi demi-baguettes in house for both locations. Right now they’re still outsourcing their bread, but they expect to reveal their own loaves once volume and consistency are in synch (expect this in the next few weeks).

Full article via Scout – HERE

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Photo: Jamie Sands – Words: Kris “Fortune Teller” McDermott

The U’s were up for Denzel Curry as the rapper took over Fortune Sound Club Thursday night, despite publicly stating that he is going to quit rap indefinitely only a week ago. Zeltron took to Twitter on March 24 at which point the Florida rapper indicated that he is going to bow out of the limelight due to media integrity, fake friendships and a need for self-fulfilment.

Expressing a weirdness about supplying so many people with answers while he is still trying to learn how to navigate life himself the 23-year-old rap phenom went on to say that his “biggest fear is not letting myself, my fans, and my family down”. True to his word, Curry did not let anyone down Thursday night. Taking the stage a little after midnight Curry kicked off the holiday long-weekend with a high-energy set and for the third straight time, while performing at Vancouver’s best sounding venue for hip-hop, The Aquarius Killer…well killed it.

Beginning his hour and fifteen minutes set with “N64” from his 2013 debut studio album Nostalgic 64, Zeltron hit the sold-out venue with a fan-favourite to warm the already lit crowd up. As if the already incandescent venue was not hot enough Denny Cascade transitioned from the first song of the evening to the savagery that is “Bloodshed” off of 2017’s 13. Simply stating, “This is for all the weirdos out there”, Curry took a moment before launching into the third song on his setlist “Gook”.

Full article via Abort – HERE

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The afterparty has been under way for some time now. It’s the final night of J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ tour, and the crew are looking forward to a couple of weeks at home before heading down under for the Australian leg. J.I.D is in the room, but he’s not fully present. His eyes are transfixed on his phone, extracting ideas into his notes, preserved for a future studio session. “I don’t stop writing,” admits the East Atlanta native. “I’ll see or hear something and be like, ‘Oh shit, I’ve got to capture this moment any way I can.’”

Rewind a few hours and the 28-year-old, real name Destin Route, is sat in his dressing room – a soulless space deep in Leeds’ First Direct Arena’s backstage labyrinth. He drags a backpack to his feet and begins digging for his in-ear monitors, revealing a pile of ruled pads filled with notes from the road. “When we’re in a situation like this I can get to a book,” he explains. “I can just write ideas down that way, or I’ll use voice notes. Conversations often lead to an idea for a song.”

The act of writing has long been an integral part of J.I.D’s life. His father has published “a type of autobiography situation,” but he maintains that his way with words is really drawn from his mother. “She’s witty, so I see myself sometimes when I speak to her,” he says. “We have a conversation and I’m like, ‘Wow, you really know how to drive your point home!’ That’s something I try to do with my music: to get straight to the point in a way that people will feel comfortable.”

The youngest of seven siblings, J.I.D – which you can pronounce either Jid or Jay-Eye-Dee – never envisioned his future as a writer until more recently. The majority of his youth was dedicated to playing American Football, for Stephenson High School and later on a scholarship for the Hampton Pirates at Hampton University, Virginia where he majored in entrepreneurship. His promising professional football career would come to a devastating end, when he dislocated his hip six games into a make or break season. As he worked to rehabilitate, he began losing focus, messing around and eventually being kicked out of college just hours away from graduating. While he’s keen to promote the importance of education, he believes that the college system isn’t something that works for everyone.

Full interview via Clash Music HERE.

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