June 4th, 2008

Heroes: sluuurpeee

I Hear Music, Part 1

I’ve mentioned the artist Casey Daniel to a few people recently, and always in the context of how much she reminds me of Regina Spektor. Like, a lot. Like so much it makes me uncomfortable...
I feel a bit like my 8th grade teacher going over the requirements for a paper, “Cite your sources, blah, blah, this cardigan looks terrible on me doesn’t it, blah…and no plagiarizing!”

I can’t say whether or not she has consciously adopted Regina’s sounds, or whether she came to it on her own. Art is funny that way and I believe it’s possible for two similar aesthetics to pop up simultaneously but independently. They both performed around the same time, though, and Spektor was at it a little earlier. I think it’s most noticeable when she was singing on her own, as opposed to with White Hinterland, which is her current project.

I don’t know why this bothers me so much, but it does. I’m not on a witch hunt here, I just promised I’d share the track I'd been talking about, so here it is:

Casey Daniel – Better in Manhattan
paprika

I Hear Music, Part 2

Sometimes the gods of music toy with the mortals who worship them *shakes fist angrily*

There are two concerts I'd really, really like to see happening at the end of July:

Yelle is playing Cabaret Juste Pour Rire on July 31.(23 $$) If that name doesn't ring a bell, you'll probably remember this video (if not, check your medical records, it probably sent you to the hospital with an epileptic seizure).



(There's a "classier" version too)

Definitely a show for fans of Peaches, M.I.A. and the 80s.

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But also playing that night is Camille of Le Fil and Le Sac des Filles fame, and Thomas Hellman. (35 $$)
I caught Thomas Hellman on CBC last night and fell kinda' in love. He plays French folk songs which invoke dusty country roads and grungy Plateau bars...

A Couple of Samples:

Caimille - Le Fil
Quand je marche
Ta douleur

Caimille - Le Sac des Fille
1, 2, 3


One show will probably get you bouncing around like you've eaten 5 boxes of nerds, and the other will make you feel like you're lounging in a porch swing watching the rain. To bad you have to choose..