I made it to a total of 0 shows this month. I am in fact missing one right now to stay at home and watch cartoons and write this post. This is not entirely a bad thing though. I’ve been extra busy doing other things, and then staying at home drinking wine and making dinners from scratch to wind down at night, and of course there’s been knitting and the prerequisite cocooning that comes with November in Montreal. That all being said, I’m planning on going out to see someone, somewhere before the year ends. December Will Be Magic.
And this doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping an ear out for cool stuff. Here’s what I found.
In an effort to stay out of trouble and to take advantage of still being able to walk around the city without freezing my limbs off, I went to many shows this month. Here’s a roundup of a few of them.
I started the month with Destroyer who I saw for the first time 10 years ago now. As always, this show did not disappoint. The highlight was a couple right at the front desperately trying to get Dan Bejar’s attention throughout the show, which is tantamount to trying to get a cat to make eye contact. He did not oblige, but gently collected the flowers they had thrown before leaving the stage after the encore. Brilliant.
Then on Canadian Thanksgiving I saw Jesse Malin at Divan Orange. I was glad to see that he had drawn a little crowd since some of his shows here have been sparsely attended. It was a nice way to spend a Monday night.
The Titus Andronicus show mid-month had a weird vibe. Maybe it’s just the way in which they’ve remodeled, but it seems like Le Ritz is only ever half full anymore. The space in better in lots of ways, but I miss that crazy party feeling you used to get when the room was packed.
I saw Alvvays, almost a year and a half after their epic self titled album came out. They were great live, but I think it would have been better if I had seen them when their album was still fresh. A cover of Camera Obscura’s Hey Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken and Red Planet were the highlights. I think they’re releasing something new soon?
And finally, I co-hosted a remote broadcast of New Shit, live from Casa del Popolo for CKUT’s annual Funding Drive. We had some gorgeous performances from Ylang Ylang and Old Haunt. You can stream it here for the next few months. Coming up this Monday (11/02/15) I’m going to be hosting New Shit again, so tune in here from 3-5pm EST. I’ll be spinning lots of awesome tunes to guide you through the new darkness.
There are only two more months left to 2015, which means new releases are trickling to a halt and before you know it everyone will be talking Best of 2015 lists. I am not immune.
Some things to tide you over until next time…
Oh hey, September’s over. Imagine that.
I started the month with a much anticipated Jenny Hval show, which was wild and weird in all the right ways. Spoiler alert: everyone was wearing a wig.
Then Pop Montreal came around again and though I didn’t go out every night I did manage to catch a few shows. I was there for Ought’s new record release. I hadn’t seen them since two Pop Montreal’s ago, and they certainly have matured as a band, taking up a bigger stage with far more confidence than when I witnessed a quick little set in a nondescript room over a restaurant.
I then managed to pack the rest of my Pop shows into one day, seeing Nicholas Thorburn cover Wilco, Jonathan Richman & Arthur Russell in the afternoon rain; watching Lee Ranaldo play thunderous guitar and sneak a few lines of Joni Mitchell into an already melancholy enough song in a Ubisoft conference room; and finishing it all off with a Babes In Toyland reunion that literally brought me to tears. I don’t think I really had a clue about how much their songs shaped who I am until hearing them live. Best and most necessary reunion ever. Saved my life.
I’ll leave you with some good stuff that came out recently…
I finished July and started August off attending Osheaga’s 10th anniversary edition. Highlights were Father John Misty, Strand of Oaks, Gary Clark Jr., Broods, and Marina & The Diamonds. However, few could match up to Friday’s highlight, Young Fathers. I wrote all about their set here.
By the time we got to the end of the month, I got to see Colleen Green play one of my favorite songs of the year at Brasserie Beaubien, which I last visited on what felt like the coldest day of the year back in January. Living in a city with such vast temperature changes really puts things in perspective. I like extremes.
August finished with a whole lot of promising records being released. Here are a few choice cuts. Until next time…
I’m not really sure how we got to the end of July, but here we are. I spent the first half sick and traveling, (a less than stellar combo) and the second half trying desperately to catch up on everything I missed from being sick and traveling. It didn’t make for the best month, but things are much better now.
I didn’t make it to any shows this month other than Osheaga which begins later today so I have nothing to say about it yet.
Other than that, here’s what I could dig up to listen to…
I found some dreamy stuff from Heather Woods Broderick.
Everyone seems to be raving about the new Titus Andronicus, and I’m not really into the whole album, but I do like this song.
And, a catchy little tune from the end of June…
Juuuuuuune… was such a busy month. I got very behind in mixes I am sorry to say, but I made up for it in putting together some interesting radio programming @CKUT.
I also created a pre Suoni Per Il Popolo festival mix and saw several Suoni shows (including a knockout performance from Marissa Nadler).
One of the other Suoni highlights was definitely the Architek Percussion show, where I had the pleasure of sitting on the floor in the dark at Sala Rossa and listening to a performance of this track
I’ve been pleasantly confounded by the new Jenny Hval album.
And finally, Girlpool has been filling my girls loudly rocking quotient for the month. Important business.
Urgh. Due to a mix of busyness and lack of sleep (insomnia?) I didn’t get to any shows this month, which I’m still kicking myself for, since I’m pretty sure I missed a few good ones. However, music goes on.
All of a sudden this month everyone on the internet seemed to be talking about Hop Along, so I listened, and it was actually pretty good. File under: lives up to the hype.
I wasn’t all that impressed with the last Tallest Man On Earth album. It didn’t do as much for me as the first two did, but I can’t say the same about this one.
Also, this month brought a new Torres album. Best track by far – Jealousy & I. Here’s a live version.
Weekly mixes are still happening over at 8tracks. Check it out.