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Friday, May 8th, 2009

It's Not Dead, It's Resting: A Concert Review

The Players: The Kills / The Horrors / Magic Wands
The Venue: La Tulipe, Weds. 6, 2009
The Gist: There are definitely people out to get it, but rock and roll is not dead yet.

It Begins:
The club was packed and The Magic Wands had already played by the time Faraz and I showed up. I'm sorry to have missed them as by all accounts they're pretty neat, and the second opening act, The Horrors, were not very good at all.

The Plot Thickens:
It's a pretty bold move for such a thoroughly mediocre group of musicians to choose a name like that for themselves, and unfortunately, they don't have the chops to pull off the 'joke.' They are, in my opinion, just a bad Joy Division cover band. They might not know it, but this is what they are, and few things are more tedious to watch than tribute bands without enough self awareness to smell the irony. The lead singer aped Rock Messiah moves a la Manson/Reznor, and the the rest of the gang backed him up with blaring, apathetic indie noise. Yeah. Fun. They didn't play for long, though. In fact, they walked off stage abruptly in what I assumed was an effort to seem disaffected and cool, but which just came off as...well, abrupt, and kind of rude. The highlight of their set for me was when the bassist and keyboardist switched instruments for a song or two - an act that has always seemed deliciously transgressive to me...Like kissing your friend's girlfriend on their insistence. At any rate, they're well-meaning lads, from what I could gather, just not very interesting to watch or listen to.

Le Dénouement:
The Kills, on the other hand, are mesmerising. Right from the first song I knew it was going to be a good show. Hotel (Jamie Hince) started up the drum machine and got down to the business of strangling his guitar, while VV (Alison Mosshart) paced around the stage like a panther on a cocaine trip (which...let's be honest, was a possibility, -the panther), and with her raspy-sexy voice grabbed us by that lowdown place good music speaks too. Rock and roll is not dead; it is not lying abused and lifeless on the floor of some MTV execs office. It was on that stage, alive and fucking well. The chemistry between VV and Hotel was...awesome. They captured the vibe a lot of duos could benefit from: barely restrained sexual tension with no hope or promise of a pay off. They also seemed to be enjoying themselves and their audience, jerking and writhing and sweating right till the end when they thanked the crowd for being it's amazing Montreal self, and ambled off.

After an unnaturally long sound check (La Tulipe gets two thumbs down for their preparedness), The Kills came back for a few more songs before sending everyone off into the night a little better off, and a little more confident in the existence of decent, raw, dirty-fingernailed, dark-sunglasses-indoors, kick-ass music.



Appendix:
The Kills - URA Fever - Great video, great song.
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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Take the Ticket

UPDATEY: Adding Yann Tiersen and The Kills (holy...!)

Heyall,

Some cool, cool shows are coming up. I’d love to go to all of them and, of course, would happily accept some company :)

Mar. 12 – Jon Lajoie – Club Soda – $22.50**
March 12/13/14 – Tryo – Metropolis – $28.50
Apr. 4 – The Presets – Le Studio - $20.00*
Apr. 17/18 - Yann Tiersen - Club Soda - $29.50**
May 6 - The Kills - La Tulipe - $21.50**
May 15. - Animal Collective – Metropolis – $23.50
June 3 – TV On The Radio – Metropolis – $24.36**

*Buying tic. this week.
**Already boughted.
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Friday, October 3rd, 2008

And may I add, Holy Shit!!

Y'know when you love a band, and you think they're awesome?

And then you go to one of their shows and you realize you had no idea what "love" truly means?

Yeah, well, that's what this post is about.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds jammed, and screamed, and rocked the shit out of Metropolis last night. My god. I think we all felt in need of a cig and a moment to talk about our feelings after it was all over.

For a group of guys that have been playing together for ages (a couple since the 80s!), I was amazed at how into the music and each other they were. Walking on in an already advanced stage of debauched, they were as pure and honest as they come.

I'm not the type to fawn and swoon. Normally. But last night, I must admit, there was a whole lot of sexy commin' off that stage. Whether it was from Thomas Wydler shakin' his maracas (not a euphemism), or Cave himself doing a loose hipped strut.

And can we take a moment to talk about Warren Ellis? On most people, I suspect the wild beard and hair would act like a screen, something to hide behind. But he exudes such charisma it just makes him look like a swami; the kind young women and boys run off to the hills to follow. He is a talented, talented man.

From the wikipedia entry:

Warren Ellis - violin, fender mandocaster, loops, mandolin, tenor guitar, viola, bouzouki, accordion, flute, lute, piano, programming, percussion, string arrangements, vocals

The set list was a nice mix of old and new. "Red Right Hand," the first song of theirs that I fell in love with, was played early on, and the rendition of "The Mercy Seat" made me feel like I'd been pitched into a wind tunnel of sound. Good stuff.

Everyone else seemed to agree. The crowed roared and stomped till the band came back for a second encore (or was it a 3rd?). And when they waved a final goodbye you could see real gratitude on their faces. Montreal, when it loves you, loves you hard.

Oh. And I got a drumstick. :)
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Friday, June 20th, 2008

Anyone coming to Sigur Rós with me?

^_^

New album's not the strongest they've ever released in my opinion, but... that's no excuse not to see them.
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

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..
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Friday, May 30th, 2008

I’m still not entirely sure where I stand on the subject of Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few, but I have been listening to Yesterday’s Halo on repeat.

Looking forward to hearing the rest of “What the boat gave the river,” when it comes out.

It’s the kind of poetry one tries desperately to write as a teenager and would probably pen with ease at 75, if only you still cared...a lament to optimism.


Taxi driver’s making conversation,
says he was a doctor in Lebanon.
Now he’s got 4 kids and an accent,
and Montreal in February
And he drops us off at the corner,
says, may God be with s always.
Everything has a price, he says,
but you don’t realize
how much some of us have to pay…

[Chorus]
And I say, where did it go,
my hometown’s halo.
So I look under the soles of my shoes
You say, yes, yes, yesterday’s
got nothing to lose.
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Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

At it again

A couple more concert alerts...

Tonight at Le National, Islands. Tickets 15 bucks, and were still available as of a couple of minutes ago.

Tomorrow, The UnSettlers at Divan Orange. 9 pee-em, with a cover of 5 bucks, I believe. I'm planning to write another introductory post about them, but, as always, my advice is, "just go."

July 23, Bon Iver at Cabaret Juste Pour Rire. Only 12.50. I missed him last time and was really bummed, so hurray for second chances.
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Monday, May 19th, 2008

What the deuce?! Really? ! (http://ww1.ticketpro.ca/event.php?event_id=849)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

October 2nd.

Metropolis.

35 dollars.

Harken, Ticket pro calls. Goeth now and partake in the purchasing.
For unto you shall be given a kick ass show.

Ummmm, no seriously...goeth.
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Friday, April 18th, 2008

'May' is for 'multiples'

On another musical note, thought I'd mention the following concerts, in case anyone missed the memo:

Apocalyptica - May 1 - Metropolis - $20
Ministry - May 3 - Metropolis - $20 30-something
The Kills - May 4 - Cabaret Music Hall - 18$
Teitur - May 9 - Sala Rosa - $12

And all mostly under 20 bucks. Nice.

I will definitely catch The Kills, and maybe Ministry..just, y'know, cause.
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Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

You probably want to see this...



Video Games Live, looks like it just might be the nerd mecca of the year. Bold words, I know, but when you consider what it consists of: The most popular game music ever, played by a crack team of orchestral musicians AND a lasers show. Well, you see how this could be true.

The set list includes:

Mario
Zelda
Halo
Final Fantasy
Warcraft
StarCraft II
Sonic
Metal Gear Solid
Kingdom Hearts
Chrono Cross
Tron
Castlevania
Metroid
Medal of Honor
God of War
Civilization IV
Tomb Raider
Earthworm Jim
Pac-Man
Conan
Guitar Hero
Splinter Cell
Rainbow Six
Contra
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

AND lasers!!!

It's in Montreal Feb. 7th and 8th, and I can only imagine tickets will vaporize within days.

//_watchtower_ concert rating: 100/5 It is so awesome, it traveled back in time to rate itself.
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