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in eye, 9 avril 1998

Scientifically enhanced

No, they can't shoot laser heat rays from their eyes, but Bionic are now officially armed with ex-Change of Heart guitarist Ian Blurton. He's in on the action as they release their eponymous debut album, featuring the original Black & Decker power trio of ex-Doughboy guitarist and singer Johnathan Cummins, bassist Sammy Goldberg and drummer Alex MacSween, out now on Sound King/Squirtgun/Outside. You'll get the skinny on the disc soon in these pages. For now, revel in their CD launch at the Rivoli Saturday (April 11), with an all-ages show starting at 3 p.m. with Tuuli and Scratching Post, then an evening show with the Post and Sum 41. Heavier than a sackful of anvils, baby.


CIUT's FunDrive '98 takes live "guerrilla radio culture," i.e., music and spoken worders, to clubs on the eve of the funding drive that starts April 17. This Saturday, there's a kickoff party and world music showcase at the BamBoo, plus a female-positive night at Vladimir's (474 Bathurst) on Monday (April 13), improv and new music at the Music Gallery Tuesday (April 14) and the Liquid Love Lounge at Club Shanghai Wednesday (April 15).


Those Juno-winning Montrealer hip-hop bohos Bran Van 3000 have spent some record company cash buffing up Glee for international release, plus they've got a fresh 12 inches and 30 minutes of clear vinyl of "Drinking in L.A." (highlights: the A-Trak cut cameo and the furious breakbeats on the remix by Ninja Tune's Fink). Maybe the Bran Man should've trimmed Glee before adding to it as it still feels clunky, but the vibe's still nicely lax, the ideas cute and the execution even more sophisticated. Of the touch-ups, Grym Reaper/Poetic's makes "Afrodiziak" awesome and "Old School" is a funny Sugarhill-cum-Steve Vai. Plus, there's a "Bunny Hunt"on, so spot that BV logo on your fave websites, see some wiggy audiovisual thingie and enter to win fabulous prizes.


Call YTV -- the 16-year-old Joel Garten does a piano improv set at the Music Gallery tonight (April 9). * At the Reverb tonight, there's a fundraiser for the Redwood Shelter for Abused Women featuring Lori Cullens, Zila Hayes, Renann and Sea Shepherd. Bring $5 and a non-perishable food item or toy. * Death and Taxes '98 is a benefit for Conscience Canada, who seek to extract the 7.3 per cent of your income tax dollar that goes to "defence." Autodidacts, Anything You Want, Dope Poet Society, Loogan Bin and more perform. * Devil-lovin' goth supremos the Electric Hellfire Club are at Club Shanghai Tuesday with opening sets by locals Rhea's Obsession and Walls of Jericho and delicious tongues of fire. * Local jazzbo beatnik Rita di Ghent welcomes New York bebop vet Sheila Jordan to a stint at Top o' the Senator starting Tuesday. * Cutie T.O. duo Chicklet have got a fresh CD EP on Satellite called Lemon Chandeliers, andw they're at the 'Shoe with Princess Superstar Tuesday.

Fax music news to 971-7786 or email jonathan@eye.net. Contributors: JASON ANDERSON and Jonathan Patrick.

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