Friday, September 28, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Samantha Fox - Touch Me 2XCD (Cherry Pop)
David Byrne And St. Vincent - Love The Giant (4AD)
Stars - The North (Soft Revolution Records)
Nik Kershaw Ei8ht (Shorthouse Records)
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance (30th Anniversary) (Sony Music Entertainment)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes (4AD)
Efterklang - Piramida (4AD)
Martial Canterel - Empire (Xanten)
My Tiger My Timing - Celeste (Snakes & Ladders Records)
Raveonettes - Observator (Vice Records)
Seapony - Falling (Hardly Art)
Neil Halstead - Palindrome Hunches (Brushfire Records)
Taken By Trees - Other Worlds (Secretly Canadian)
Yazoo - The Collection 2XCD (Music Club Deluxe)
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
I have to say waiting for 2 1/2 hours after expecting Maestro to be on at 6:00 is painful. Especially when its freezing cold and I could be demolishing some Smoke's Poutine. And Maestro didn't have alot of time either. He was basically signalled to get off the stage as soon as he got on and didn't even make it through all of Let Your Backbone Slide. So what has Maestro been up to. Its almost been 25 years since he dropped Symphony In Full Effect. Well the Maestro is back with a new EP and hence why he was at the Manifesto festival to showcase alittle bit of it. Here is what his setlist looked like:
1) Drop The Needle (Symphony In Effect, 1989)
2) Criminal Mind (Urban Landmark 1989-2005, 2005)
3) Still Too Much (Ghetto Concept Presents 7 Bills All Stars Da Album, 2002)
4) Black Tuxedo (Black Tuxedo EP, 2012)
5) Stick To Your Vision (Built To Last, 1998)
6) Reach For The Sky (Black Tuxedo EP, 2012)
7) DJ Grouch Scratchfest
8) Prime Minister Freestyle
9) Let Your Backbone Slide (Symphony In Effect, 1989)
Not a bad little rushed set....with two dancing mounties at that....and DJ Grouch as his DJ.
Nice that the next DJ paid tribute by playing the instrumental to Conductin Things.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Triple bill at Lee's Palace last night featuring 4AD artist and Canadian Claire Boucher aka Grimes. The second sold out show in as many nights was jammed by the time Grimes took the stage in support of her new album Visions released this year. The tour is being called the mythical gymnastics tour which features opening acts Myths and the ultra obtuse Elite Gymnastics.
Its interesting to note that the only real instrument used all night long was a harmonica by Elite Gymnastics otherwise the stage was dominated by laptops and knobs. First band up was Vancouver duo Myths. I'm not really sure what I can say about this one the day after; so let's see what twitter said the night of:
@rebharath: Looks like Nuit Blanche has started early. #MYTHS #LeesPalace
@IKvsDK: Myths #leespalace pounding videogame techno
@rebharath: @IKvsDK MYTHS sounds like an early version of Streetfighter #LeesPalace
@IKvsDK: Myths just got the hi-score #videogametechno #leespalace
@IKvsDK: Overheard Myths say: "darkness in the air" #leespalace #blackmagic
@realchet: At Lee's Palace. Seeing Grimes. Opener Myths is the worst thing I've ever heard. And that doesn't do it justice.
Second outfit was the entertaining one man akward outfit Elite Gymnastics. He opened his set with a cut and paste cover of the Spice Girls Say You'll Be There. Then dabbled in some spoken word, indiepop, handing out flowers and other eclectic babble/questioning. Who is your favourite spice girl? Here's what twitter said about him:
@elite_gz: if you are coming to any of the shows on the mythical gymnastics tour you should
bring flowers (IKDK: This is Elite Gymnastics himself)
@elite_gz: there's not really anything special you should do with them once you are at the
show, flowers are just really nice and make people feel good
@MarieveMurphy: Best part of last night..Elite Gymnastics doing a sick Spice Girls cover.
@IKvsDK: Elite Gymnastics #spicegirls #leespalace #gerihalliwell
@IKvsDK: Elite Gymnastics equals drugs #leespalace
@IKvsDK: Elite Gymnastics needs security. Fan rushes the stage. #leespalace I think
she was looking for drugs
@rebharath: Elite Gymnastics: the second coming of Meryn Cadell but with drugs
#LeesPalace (IKDK: Based on his spoken word track)
@rebharath: So far, two bands - one harmonica. #LeesPalace #nobodyplaysinstruments
@IKvsDK: Serious harmonica. Elite Gymnastics
@rebharath: Oh snap! Singing live with #autotune. Booooooo. #LeesPalace
This brought us to the Grimes portion of the night. What a surprise, Myths are Grimes supporting knob tweekers / button pushers. Definately a slamming set from Grimes as she raced through a selection of tracks including a portion of the Visions album. Instant dance floor. Bubbles and white balloons provided the entertainment. No time to leave the stage for an encore as by the last song the stage was full of grimers taking in the action/dance party. Here is what Twitter said:
@IKvsDK: Its friggin freezing in lee's palace #grimes #4AD with Tuco
@miss_albano: Grimes entered the stage at Lee's Palace dressed somewhere in between a 1995 rave & Space Odyssey- in a word: EPIC. #grimes #leespalace
@rebharath #grimes is in the house! #LeesPalace
@rebharath: @IKvsDK is playing hide and seek with #grimes around the post
obstructing everyone's view #LeesPalace
@redladylazarus: Oblivion at Lee's #grimes
@rebharath: Wow #grimes has turned it up. This track is slamming. #LeesPalace
@IKvsDK: Grimes says drink tap water #leespalace #4ad
@rebharath: #grimes loves tap water
@rebharath: There's about 15 uninvited people on the stage at #LeesPalace #grimes
@rebharath: #grimes rules for #LeesPalace "if you are onstage, you've got to
@rebharath: There are close to 40 people on stage. #LeesPalace #grimes Security
went a few steps then turned back
@leekellough: Took a chance and saw Myths, Elite Gymnastics, and Grimes perform tonight at #LeesPalace. Each group was way beyond awful. (IKDK: Ouch; way beyond awful good or way beyond awful bad?)
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Here's a track from Canadian world music band Dehli 2 Dublin. They are currently touring North America -- I'm planning to catch them tonight as part of the Chicago World Music Festival; Torontonians can see them at the MOD Club on Oct. 19th. Enjoy!
What could be the final Peter Gabriel concert stormed through Toronto on Wednesday night. Tuco and IKDK pulled some strings to catch the show at a very busy Air Canada Centre. We joined Ali of Panic Manual fame to take in the 2.5 hour show which slightly transversed Peter's 35 year career post Genesis. The focus of the night of course was the celebration of the 25th anniversary of his massive eighties album So (1986). However, He did cover a nice mix of work mainly from 1977 to 1992. For some reason the last few albums he has released were ignored.
Peter started out the night by giving alittle bit of prelude on how the night was going to unfold. The show would be divided into 3 sets. An acoustic set, an electronic set, and then a complete run through of all the tracks on So. This is how the night went:
Untitled new song with Tony Levine
Come Talk to Me (Us, 1992)
Shock the Monkey (PG4, 1982)
Family Snapshot (PG3, 1980)
Digging in the Dirt (Us, 1992)
Secret World (Us, 1992)
The Family and the Fishing Net (PG4, 1982)
No Self Control (PG3, 1980)
Solsbury Hill(PG1, 1977)
Don’t Give Up
That Voice Again
We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37)
This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)
In Your Eyes
The Tower That Ate People (OVO, 2000)
Biko (PG3, 1980)
Notes: So was performed as per the order of the remastered CD and not the original vinyl record or CD. Noticeably absent from the setlist was Games Without Frontiers.
For 62, Peter Gabriel was definately in a athletic mood dancing and running around the stage. The stage itself was a stretch of instruments and five robolights. These five robolights spun around like something from Terminator shooting their white light beams all across the crowd. Fantastic show
This is what the twitter world said about the show:
@Rev_Tim: Peter Gabriel plays Toronto tonight. why am I in Kingston :(
@ChrisInKingston: Peter Gabriel #BackToFront stage in Toronto, almost show time
@IKvsDK: Peter Gabriel #acc #guestlist with @tucointoronto
@ashley_prime: Seven rows from the front at the Peter Gabriel concert at ACC Toronto. Just under 39 years since I first saw him. Must be getting old!
@NewfiLeaks: Who's at the Peter Gabriel Concert in Toronto tonight?? I AM!! I AM!! #PeterGabriel
@kkania: In Toronto at the ACC for Peter Gabriel. Red Rain about to fall up in here.
@Fit4Females: Peter Gabriel is amazing right now in Toronto!
@ashley_prime: Peter Gabriel. Sledgehammer! Toronto 2012
@enoelani: #Peter Gabriel Back to Front concert in #Toronto - we are now in the rock phase!
@sweensster: Peter Gabriel's the one at the keyboard. This concert is beyond words amazing. #Toronto
@rogercullman: Has it really been 25 years since So? Peter Gabriel at the ACC in Toronto
@colmanjones: Tonight's Peter Gabriel concert in Toronto was indescribably glorious, & brought tears to my eyes.. my condolences to those who missed it
@gloria01: Peter Gabriel: Thank you Toronto for a great night, and thanks to all in Canada who have helped us get Back To...
@BadManSadMan: Highly recommend seeing Peter Gabriel on his current N AM tour. had an awesome night watching him in Toronto doing SO after 25 years.
@officialgowan: With the GREAT peter gabriel in Toronto last night. Incredible show (of course) (IKDK: Strange Animal sighting at the Gabriel show)
@VSanjana: Enjoy Stan! Wish I was coming. I managed to miss Peter Gabriel this week in Toronto :-( (IKDK: You did!!!)
@joannawwilliams: Peter Gabriel @ACC tonight! Amazing show, great artistry, & incredible substance. We left singing about steve bikko & making a difference.
Spent most of the day coding and listening to Karl Pilkington clips on Youtube. Filled with Mancunian wisdom, I drove down to the Sound Academy a little after doors opened. Cirque was on at the same time but traffic wasn't too bad. Got to the Sound Academy - HUGE lineup. Seems like only two people were doing patdowns. It took about 45 minutes to get into the venue and likely delayed the start of the show.
Got in, got a drink and should have got into the line for the T-shirts as I marked a sweet red Kamelot T-shirt for purchase. Different crowd - not the typical metal scene. More women and also a wider age range. There were even a few kids (pre-teen?) in the audience. And alot of couples. Also, the balcony was in use (wonder how much those tix were?).
My cousin in Florida mentioned Kamelot a few months back so was stoked to get the chance to see this band out of Tampa. Kamelot changed their lead singer recently so time for new guy Tommy Karevik to hold it down. The lead guitarist, Thomas Youngblood, is the lone thread of continuity from this band which has been kicking around for 20+ years.
Kamelot's stage backdrop was from their latest album. Must say that's one aspect that has changed a bit in the music industry - Graphic Design. It has eluded some of the older bands who look positively grade-schoolish next to bands that get it. Well, in my estimation Kamelot and Nightwish have the goods.
Show got underway eventually with an atmosphere charged by a symphonic lead-in. Each band member made their way onto the stage. The drummer was off to the right giving the rest of the band members license to cross the stage whenever they wanted. A lone female back-up vocalist with a mask stood on a second level - cool stage setup.
Took me a while to pick up what Kamelot were putting down. Shorter length guitar riffs which accented rather than held together each track. I was next to a group that were singing each track. Good thing the audio was decent in the middle. Spent more time listening to the vocals which had longer phrases. Tommy Karevik has a really good voice!
A few songs in another singer appeared on stage. Smoking hot guest Alissa White-Gluz from The Agonist was riveting during Sacrimony. Definite stage presence and complimented Kamelot's sound seamlessly. Looks like she has joined on for the remainder of the tour.
The last two tracks from Kamelot were absolutely fantastic. Tommy Karevik did some call and response with the audience and got pretty good participation. Alissa joined in on the last track. Kamelot left a figurative hole in the stage with a stellar performance.
Here's the Setlist (thanks setlist.fm):
Rule the World
Center of the Universe
When the Lights Are Down
Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife) w/ Alissa
March of Mephisto w/ Alissa
By the break, the merchandise line had shortened. Turns out they had run out of mediums in the Kamelot shirt I wanted. Got a Nightwish tour T instead. After a killer opener, Nightwish had some high expectations to meet - fortunately this was a Nightwish crowd judging by the prevalance of merchandise.
Another break, another drink and Nightwish took the stage. Annete Olzon is the frontwoman and I was curious to see how they would handle the transition from the "heavier" tone of Kamelot. First few tracks had a similar symphonic feel but then they took it down a gear to focus on Olzon's softer vocals. Good decision, she got a nice voice.
It was surprising the range - both dynamic and thematic - of what they played. Somehow, they managed to make it all work without making it sound scattered/disjointed. I mean Nightwish's tracks feature a variety of musical techniques. Soft vocals, symphonic passages, strings, overdubs, even choruses and of course metal riffs. Amidst this cornucopia was Troy Donockley on some kind of celtic pipes for a folk metal feel.
Anette got everyone to bring their cell phones out for one track. Again the crowd seemed receptive however there was noticeably less interaction and prompting compared to Kamelot. The sightlines had by this time become impossible. I moved around a bit but without much success. Got an elbow in the ribs during Over the Hills And Far Away for my troubles. Last few tracks got a bit more intense and metallic for the big finish.
Here's the Setlist:
Intro: Crimson Tide (Hans Zimmer song)
Wish I Had an Angel
7 Days to the Wolves
Slow, Love, Slow
I Want My Tears Back w/ Troy Donockley
The Crow, the Owl and the Dove w/ Troy Donockley
The Islander w/ Troy Donockley
Nemo w/ Troy Donockley (Acoustic)
Last of the Wilds w/ Troy Donockley
Over the Hills and Far Away (Gary Moore cover) w/ Troy Donockley
Song of Myself
Last Ride of the Day
Last Ride of the Day was indeed the last as there was no encore. Possibly because of the delay in starting the concert. I'm blaming the Sound Academy for this. Anyway, good show. The audience got what they came for.
Highlights: Kamelot with Tommy Karevik and Alissa White-Gluz's vocals - awesome sound!!
Played some post-concert Queen (The Game) to wind down and made it to Smoke's on Dundas for a curry chicken poutine. Good eats.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Got there a bit after opening and met a modest lineup. Some older heads had their jean jackets with Accept band patches on. It looked generally to be an older crowd. Got in and took a look at the merch which was in the merch room - a sign they were expecting a reasonably full house. The balcony was closed off so settled for a view about midway.
Opening act Swallow the Sun from Finland started shortly after doors opened. A six-piece with a keyboardist, two guitarists, bassist and singer standing in a line at the front of the stage, it was a little unclear where to focus one's attention. They started off kind of mellow and a few songs in I clued in that this was doom metal. To me this was a novel way to start off a metal concert - most three act concerts go for a fast, slow, fast.
Well, it worked. It was a nice way to ease into the proceedings and I particularly liked their penultimate track Cathedral Walls. A track they played at the start had some post-rock/Mogwai-like stylings mostly originating from the keyboardist rather than the guitarists. Different opener and job well done.
Decided to head to the merch table once more and decided that Swallow the Sun had the most abstract design out of the three so got a shirt. Also met one of the guitarists who was super cool. The band is on their 5th tour already - the only way to make any profile/money these days. Best of luck to these guys.
Check them out!!!! Swallow the Sun.
Next up were German band Accept. Decided to take a walk around to scout the crowd a little. Wandered near the back and noticed more ladies back. Ended up next to a guy with a Judas Priest jacket and his mature lady friend. Not sure what the scene was there but whatever works.
Accept have been kicking around since 1968 in one form or another. They might have started off as a speaker company as each of their speaker heads had the ACCEPT logos where one would expect a Marshall logo to be. It wouldn't be the first time - I think the Rolling Stones started out as a Bed-and-Breakfast.
Accept roared onto stage and provided everyone with the proverbial kick in the pants. They had pretty good stage-work and really got the audience into participating. The ease with which the frontman did so was really something to behold. Some singers yell at the crowd and turns a number of people off, others mimic what the crowd is supposed to be doing (monkey see monkey do) but this guy was almost a Mesmer kind of suggesting and the crowd just responded.
The lead guitarist was pretty good as well - very good technique and between him and the singer, they pretty much commanded everyone's attention. Accept are still putting out albums and played Stalingrad which had a familiar refrain from the Russian national anthem - very nice. An interesting song given that Accept is German and the experiences during WWII. The song perspective was from a Russian point of view - just seems a bit odd is all. I mean, how many British songs recount the Suez?
Anyway, Accept finished up with Balls to the Wall and everyone was primed for the last act, Kreator. Must say the set break down between Accept and Kreator looked a bit chaotic. Not that there was anyone standing around, just seemed that there was alot more equipment on the stage than needed to be there.
Kreator bounded on stage after a decent interval. Millie (the singer) has been the stalwart force behind this band which has been around since the 80s. Must say, after Accept, the energy in the place did seem to go down. Not sure what it was. The Judas Priest dude and his lady friend took off midway (must have been Accept fans).
Perhaps it was the sound or the choice of tracks. I was waiting to hear a nice guitar track like Second Awakening but nothing really seemed to happen. Some tracks of their new Phantom Antichrist album were played and it seemed over before it started. There was no encore which most of the crowd seemed to expect. Oh well.
Tried to grab a Smoke's Poutine at Dundas East but it was closed. Ended up on the TTC heading north with a huddle of teenage girls and a clutch of gay guys sporting MDNA wrist bands. Toronto.
Highlights: Swallow the Sun Cathedral Walls and Accept Stalingrad.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The xx's second album "Coexist" is out next week on the Young Turks label. Here is a link to a stream of the album. Enjoy!
Friday, September 7, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Direct link to stream: http://www1.rollingstone.com/hearitnow/player/raveonettes1.html
Monday, September 3, 2012
Public Enemy were in town this Labour day weekend to do one of those shows where they play a full album. Tonight it was to be their 1988 album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. At least thats what was advertised. Public Enemy had their own game plan though. The band blazed through a selection of cuts which was heavy on It Takes A Nation but did hit alot of their other albums. They even played a track from their new album Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp which was released this year. Here is the set list from Sunday's show according to the internet:
1.Louder Than a Bomb (It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back-1988)
2.Rebel Without a Pause (It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back-1988)
3.911 Is a Joke (Fear Of A Black Planet-1990)
4.Welcome to the Terrordome (Fear Of A Black Planet-1990)
5.Show 'Em Whatcha Got (It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back-1988)
6.Bring tha Noize (It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back-1988)
7.Don't Believe the Hype (It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back-1988)
8.Cold Lampin' (It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back-1988)
9.Terminator X to the Edge of Panic (It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us
10.Can't Truss It (Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black-1991)
11.He Got Game (He Got Game-1998)
12.I Shall Not Be Moved (Most Of My Heroes Still Don't Appear On No Stamp-2012)
13.Harder Than You Think (How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their
14.Night of the Living Baseheads (It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back-
15.DJ Lord scratch (N/A) scratching Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit from
16.Flavor Flav On Drums (N/A)
17.Can't Do Nuttin' for Ya Man (Fear Of A Black Planet-1990)
18.Too Much Posse (Yo! Bum Rush The Show-1987)
19.Shut Em Down (Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black-1991)
20.Black Is Back (How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???-
21.Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos (It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us
22.Fight the Power (Fear Of A Black Planet-1990)
The highlight for me was hearing Don't Believe The Hype. This was probably the second hip hop 12 inch record I picked up back in 1988 brand new from Carnival Records in downtown toronto for the bargain price of 5.99 (thats how much new 12 Inch US Imports went for back then). What was weird was having the band cut out lyrics throughout the night referencing Terminator X. Terminator X retired back in the late nineties and they have a new dj called DJ Lord. All and all a blazing show.
Did you know they now do group-ons for concerts? I picked up my ticket for this show through a group-on that got me into the show for 15 dollars. What a deal for 2 hours of music from the pioneers of hip-hop. If someone hadn't retweeted the group-on I would have missed this epic show.