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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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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

"X, share with your sister!"

Posted these on FB a while ago, but don't want to neglect the LJs.

"First!"
Ill Doctrine, one of the most interesting and entertaining vloggers I've come across in years, tells us why though he's psyched Obama's president, he isn't satisfied.



If you like his style, I highly recommend checking his other vids. He'll make you feel that maybe Youtube isn't SUCH a massive waste of bandwidth after all.

How to Tell People They Sound Racist -- This is a particularly good one.

"First!...aw...First fail..."
Enka is a particular, very traditional, style of Japanese pop. *hums a bar of Tôkyô nagaremono* This AA dude, Jero does it sooooo well, and that blows me away.

The world is getting smaller, indeed!

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Monday, January 12th, 2009

Now Listen Here, Obama

CBC 2, is running a project to deliver an ipod filled with 49 Canadian songs to Barack Obama, upon his inauguration. Nice, no? (And all I was going to send him was an Icy Hot Pack and some Advil...)

For the last couple of weeks, programming has consisted pretty much exclusively of suggestions from listeners It's been pretty neat. I even caught the Mr. Dress-Up theme once.

ANYWAY The final list of 100 songs is ready to be voted upon:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/obamasplaylist/theplaylist.html

There's an awful lot of standard entries (Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, The Hip..), but that only makes me want to vote for the Pierre Lapointes and The Arcade Fires even more.

And I'm psyched that a couple of the artists I suggested made the cut (Marjan Mozetich, K'Naan, K-OS..). The oversights are unfortunate tho' (NO Ron Sexsmith...?) and not surprisingly, some of the 'newer' music us crazy indie kids would have proffered didn't make it either (no Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Venetian Snares). Oh well. Maybe for Term 2.
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Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Happy Festivus! And here’s a little something for yourself…

To: All of you for whom this time of year is special, whatever the reason,

I hope you’re spending it in good cheer and even better company!

w/ <3,
Celia and Mooky, the Xmas Moose



Here’s a wintry playlist filled with crisp sunshine and the snowy bluster of night. Enjoy!

Midwinter Mix ‘08 (zip file)

1. Blood on the Snow – Horse Feathers
2. Little Girl Blue (remix) – The Postal Service
3. Into Dust – Mazzy Star
4. Dog – El Perro del Mar
5. Woods – Bon Iver
6. Midwinter Log – µ-Ziq
7. Fox in the Snow – Belle and Sebastian
8. Falling Through the Roof – Horse Feathers
9. The Crane Wife 1 & 2 – The Decemberists
10. Auld Lang Syne – El Perro del Mar
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Saturday, November 15th, 2008

*whew*

Swollen toes, ringing ears, bits of my wardrobe falling apart...

Yup.

That was a good show.
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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, July 11th, 2008

Everybody Pants!



I've been in a good mood lately. *makes a silly face*

And, accordingly, the music I've been listening to has been of the solo Headphones Dance Party variety.
It may annoy the shit out of you, but I thought I'd share some of it anyway - LJ has been more barren than the dunes of Tatooine lately.

_watchtower_'s Friday Party Happy Funn Tiem Mix

1. Kiiiiiii - Brown Girl in the Ring *Bounces in her chair* Wait...what the hell is this song about?...?...? *shrugs* *continues bouncing*

2. Kiiiiiii - 4littlejoy

3. Hot Chip - One Pure Thought

4. Sakanaction - Sample

5. RAC ft. Karl Kling - Take On Me
In case the original didn't have enough bleepy-bloop for you, this cover is just...win.

6. Lykke Li - I'm Good, I'm Gone

7. Le Tigre - Deceptacon
Put on yer Converse, shut up, and rock out. ;)

8. Yelle - A Cause Des Garçons Tepr Remix Tecktonik

9. Santogold - Unstoppable


How's this for a slice of fried gold...

I can't really express in words how important this was to me as a kid...and it's still, hands down, my favorite 80s song/video.



Random Friday BONUS
Congratulations! You reached in to the internets and got a..

Asshole Notification Card Set!
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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Drop it Like It's Pot

Rapper Snoop Dogg has ventured into new territory, that being country music, and has released a Western-style video dedicated to Johnny Cash, reports Starpulse.com.

...

The hip-hop singer said, "I went to the CMT Music Awards and I got into the spirit of wanting to do something different. Country music is the most underrated music in the world."
[Link]

Naturally, I was all: 0_o really??



But you know what? I like it. The *idea* of Snoop singing country is far more disturbing than the reality of it. I doubt Johnny Cash would think much of being branded "a real American gangster," but the damn thing's catchy. And I admire his openness to other brands of music.

This is far from the first tangent he's explored. Take Sensual Seduction, for example.

Sleazy 70s vibe and Keyboard Guitar FTW.
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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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