spandrels: (Tom Waits: young)
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.

The Kills - URA Fever - Great video, great song.
spandrels: (get crunkay!)
UPDATEY: Adding Yann Tiersen and The Kills (holy...!)


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.
spandrels: (jaye davidson)
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. :)
spandrels: (the dream king)
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.
spandrels: (paprika)
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.


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..
spandrels: (Default)
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…

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.
spandrels: (Orlando)
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.
spandrels: (Atsushi)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

October 2nd.


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.
spandrels: (tilda: gabriel)
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.
spandrels: (eve-online: j'aspahr)

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:

Final Fantasy
StarCraft II
Metal Gear Solid
Kingdom Hearts
Chrono Cross
Medal of Honor
God of War
Civilization IV
Tomb Raider
Earthworm Jim
Guitar Hero
Splinter Cell
Rainbow Six
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.
spandrels: (munky haus:blue girls)
News you need:
Went out last night with a new friend, Mike. Drinking and nosh at McLean's followed by drinking and music at Barfly. Chased with more drinking and some squeaky cheesed poutine at Katacombs after closing.
A swell night. Mike's a class act, and the show was incredible.

Looking for home-grown pirate ballads? Check out The Unsettlers. They pack as much woeful passion into their sets as the Decemberists and just about as many instruments (maybe more, as I counted an accordion, clarinet, guitar, xylophone, and trashcan lid cymbal!). And Brandes' gruff voice evokes a young Tom Waits. *dreamy sigh* Old concert vid below, but last night they were better.

The band that followed, Golden Hands Before God was also very talented, but not quite what we were in the mood for. Still, these dudes from Windsor delivered an incredibly tight, exuberant performance. I have never seen more intense tambourine playing.

I now desperately want to learn some kind of antique, country instrument, Like a concertina or a dulcimer..

News you might need:
Coreys, noooooooooo!

News you don't need, but're gonna get anyway:
Several of my dreams came true when I discovered that Portia Di Rossi is totally gay.
spandrels: (munky haus:blue girls)
Immigrants Arise!

Gogol Bordello is coming Oct. 10 to Club Soda!
For those familiar with them, this is happy, happy news.

I've never been to a Bordello show, but Hutz and his tribe will no doubt bring teh awesome. I mean, how can you not love a man with a posse of émigrés, who growls out 'gypsy punk,' revels in Dada aesthetics, and sports the finest mustache in show business?! How?!

I suspect their manic energy and the world-renowned 'crazy' of Montreal audiences is going collide spectacularly...

Immigrant Punk
Start Wearing Purple (off the superb OST for Everything is Illuminated*)
Nomadic Chronicle

*Ленинград is also worth checking out if you're into the whole Eastern-European punk/ska thing.

Music news

Mar. 7th, 2007 11:23 am
spandrels: (flipthebird)
I’m thinking of checking out some of the following and thought I’d mention ‘em in case anyone else is similarly inclined:

Bloc Party Fairly interested
Metrolpolis - March 30

Placebo Mildly curious. I don’t like ‘Meds’, but they remind me of days gone by…
Spectrum - April 7

VnV Nation Yes. Just ‘cause.
Club Soda - April 20

The Streets Will. Not. Miss. It.
Spectrum – June 22

What if…

Oct. 4th, 2006 11:48 am
spandrels: (ichi)
What if Tori Amos and Bjork fell in love and had a baby?

And what if that baby loved to sing just like her mothers..?

Well, she’d probably sound a little like Regina Spektor.
And she’d probably be coming to Montreal, Oct. 8 ’06..

I will be there, and you should go too.. ^_^

(Mp3Munday at gee mail dot com…password: 1forall)

On the Radio
The Ghost of Corporate Future
Chemo Limo
spandrels: (covenant: brothers)
I was mortally wounded on Saturday. Death was closing fast and I could feel life seeping out through the gash in my neck. Thank the God of Thunder that Thagdahl came to my aid to bind up the ragged flesh.

For my first foray into role playing, I’m not sure whether to be pleased, or a little worried. 6 hours of scotch and madrigals later, we wrapped up and I left feeling happy, but a little uninspired by my character. More tweaking is necessary.

I am sooo glad I hauled my butt out of the house and down to the Covenant show last night. *drools a little* it was fantastic. Such a sweet group of guys. Aside from their undeniable class, they also seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves; bouncing around to the music without a smidgen of pretence or useless melodrama. Waiting in the chill damp outside the venue (Les Saints gets 0 points for crowd control), [ profile] messiahdivine and I entertained ourselves by being alternately catty, and whiny as 5 year old children. It was fun *big grin*

I almost didn’t make it though. Earlier in the evening, about half way to Zaz bar to catch a repeat of the Orchestre Macadame by which Missy and I were wowed a couple of weeks ago, I had yet another itchy-sweaty-convulsey allergy attack. This sucked, obviously, but what sucks all the more is that I have no clue what triggers it. Last thing I ate were some (delicious) pakoras from Dad’s… boo. For caution’s sake, I’m swearing off them for a while. Ditto with their samosas…maaaaybe. Those things are good. Heh.

Friday was a blur, but I do remember sushi at Takara with [ profile] messiahdivine, [ profile] cloquewerk, and [ profile] wlach…I think we got a little rowdy, but meh, whaddaya want? It took the waitress a full hour to acknowledge our presence, after all. Then it was back to NDG for Brotherhood of the Wolf.

Work is almost done and I’m eager to head home and start patching up the slightly damaged relationship with my body. Soooooo..tiiired…*plunk*

Oh, right. Homework.

spandrels: (the horrorpops: patricia)
wow. just… wow.

the standard has now been set. let’s see who can jump over this high bar.
kudos to the horropops for putting on a damn good show. The opening punk band, left alone, from CA USA were also very good.

hopefully simon, who fearless braved the front of the stage, camera in hand, will post some of the excellent pictures he took of the pops and their cute cheerleaders.
overall the night was friendly (montreal seems to be a decent moshpit city), with the notable exception of the pretty, but incredibly drunk lady who offered me a drink she SWORE had “pas de drogues dedans” then proceeded to get into a messy brawl with an unsuspecting fan …hah

club soda is proving to be a lucky charm, as this is also where we all were introduced to the magnificent devotchka last year..
spandrels: (watari tetsuya)

I feel like I’ve been on a long, long trip. Like I’ve stepped out at a rest stop after hours and hours on the road…But really, it’s just that I haven’t slept very well over the past week or so and I'm feeling kind of sick-y. So what else is new?

Most important lesson this week: Type four phasers hurt. A lot.
Triple M and I played another challenging round of Starfleet Battles on Monday night. As much as I adore the game, I don’t think I’ve quite got a grip on it yet…heh. It was quite the blaze of glory I went down in…but compared to the epic shenanigans of the week prior, this was but a blur of photons and speed.


Is there anything in the world better than being a geek? I don’t think so.
Thanks to [ profile] messiahdivine and [ profile] cloquewerk for ANOTHER great night of booze, baklava and Baker.


The Death Cab for Cutie / Franz
concert, for those interested, was quite awesome! I pulled my best mod* and arrived in time to grab a beer and a decent spot on the floor. While they are unarguably very EMOtive, the boys of Deathcab can fairly rock out. CEPSUM has…<tries to be diplomatic>poor sound quality so much of the nuance (where they’re strongest) just wasn’t there, but the energy was great. Not surprisingly, FranzF was the best thing about the night. They’re amusing to watch and fun to bounce up and down to. *smiles* I thoroughly enjoyed myself. They played most of Big Hits right off the bat, which I thought was an interesting, if dangerous move. But I underestimated the fans, as nearly every
song that followed got the same frenetic reception.
The crowd was a bit dull in character, but then I’m used to seeing a different set of people, I guess…

A pleasant development is the fact that my desire to be in a band has been seriously rekindled. I was waiting for the day when I got my guitar skills up to snuff (as NOBODY but a chosen few will ever hear me sing and drumming is…*breaks out in hysterical laughter* …not my thing) and therefore did not expect to be in one for a loooooooong time. But it dawns on me now: why not play keyboard? I certainly feel confident in that area, but for some reason never really entertained the possibility…It’s certainly not just for grade 5 recitals and cheese!

I’m dying for the chance to collaborate with other like-minded people so we’ll see where this new development leads…classifieds beware!

*This is a good site for classic mod/punk clips (click on “sound”)

//tetsuya out
spandrels: (peloponisos)
-buy coin-operated boy and related accessories.
-convert to Judaism and buy present for [ profile] iopha’s Bar mitzvah…
-...where DeVotchka, my new favorite band(!!) will be playing!

Most unexpected quotation of the night:
“There wasn’t enough polka!!”

What a great show.


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