Its a Camera Obscura type of day off. New single from the band on 4AD. Taken from the new album Desire Lines. Sounds Lushy to me.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Erasure/Depeche Mode guy Vince Clarke provides the eighties synth remix for indie guru Chad Valley. Nice! Original version taken from the album Young Hunger.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Brand new single/video from swedish outfit Shout Out Louds called Illusions taken from their brilliant new album Optica out on Merge Records. Nice! The Shout Out Louds are in Toronto at the Opera House May 14th. East End people!!! West Enders get use to crossing over the bridge.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
In honour of 33.3 RPM Mark Morrison takes hype track 333 with a remix of his classic track from the nineties Return Of The Mack. Touch Tone are the remixers. Nice!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Nice buzzy indie track from Palma Violets out of England and taken from their first album 180. Their album is out on Rough Trade.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
IKDK hyped band Savoir Adore stop by Toronto for a show at the Drake Hotel on April 12, 2013. They are opening for On and On. Watch them steal the show.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Brand new track from The Ocean Blue's first album in 12 years called Ultramarine. Technically continues from where they left off. Nice!! On Korda Records.
Monday, April 8, 2013
It was the first day of spring and what's not to like about a show at Massey Hall for what will hopefully be the start of an eventful 2013 summer concert season. Rock legends Heard were in town on their Frantic tour and Tuco was on hand to narrate.
The Wilson sisters have been writing tracks since the 70s and are to be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this month for their contributions. Their longevity and womanly awesomeness were readily apparent in the audience which consisted mostly of older couples interspersed with small gangs of younger women.
Instead of staring at his phone - the trademark of this generation - Tuco struck up a conversation with the person next to him. He had been to a number of Heart concerts and had started his concert-going experiences in St. Louis in 1973 where he saw Led Zeppelin. Tuco was amazed and peppered him with more questions. This ended awkwardly as Tuco ran out of common ground and could not avoid throwing in something his parents had told him, highlighting a significant age gap and ending the conversation.
Fortunately, everything was running on time and the opener, Simon Townsend (brother of Pete Townsend who had played the ACC with The Who late last year) ran out and worked some guitar magic. Massey is a pretty good venue for an acoustic or moderately electric set and this is exactly what Townsend delivered. I'm curious which kind of set each musician prefers; Townsend seemed comfortable with either format. Quite a few guitars were used during the performance and a mandolin was brought out for the set closer. Best track was the one about World War II.
Brief break. Guy comes around charging $9 for a $2 beer. I still tip him for some reason.
Heart takes the stage and kick it off with that great riff from Barracuda. Besides Ann and Nancy, Heart feature a lead guitarist, drummer, bassist and a keyboardist. Everyone gives the band a warm reception. The band takes its time with the first few tracks. What About Love has the young ladies standing up and yelling about their need for Love (capital L). Pretty good performance so far and the lead guitarist works a few licks to Tuco's applause.
Ann pauses to address the crowd to rapturous applause. Tuco notes the appearance of Canadian and American flags in the backdrop. The next few songs spill out with a pretty cool version of Magic Man. Nancy Wilson still looks like a dream playing her guitar. I think she was the first woman I remember playing rock guitar - for that I am truly grateful.
The next few sounds fly by and then out come the acoustic guitars for the second half of the set. Dreamboat Annie and Dog and Butterfly are introduced with Ann giving a little background on each song and their impact on their early lives.
Next up are two 80s ballads played acoustically: These Dreams and Alone. To be honest, I was hoping for a return to the electric guitar, but it didn't happen.
Rounding out the set was Dear Old America which got some claps despite a somewhat anti-war machine vibe from those in attendance. Following this was brief bit of Nancy's magic as my ears seemed to pick out first Stairway To Heaven and Somewhere Over the Rainbow in her interlude into Crazy on You. Coolest moment in the concert for me. Crazy on You was one of the best performances of the night with a return to the rawer electrified sound.
Another brief pause and Heart came back on stage for the encore. Simon Townsend also returned to join the band onstage for the encore as they launched into Black Dog and then Love, Reign O'er Me. Ended strong!
What About Love
Kick It Out
Even It Up
Dog and Butterfly
Dear Old America
Interlude (Guitar interpolating Stairway to Heaven and Somewhere Over the Rainbow?)
Crazy On You
Love, Reign O'er Me
Crazy On You
What About Love
Love, Reign O'er Me