September has come to an end and so has another edition of Pop Montreal. Last I heard it knocked everyone out cold. I know I tried to pack as many shows as possible into 5 days, with little sleep and a whole lot of beer. Here’s what I managed to catch:
Tess Roby, Hua Li, Look Vibrant, Caveboy, I Shot Samo, Thanya Iyer, Buckshot Bebe, Cop Car Bonfire, Belave, Let’s Eat Grandma, James Irwin, Nennen (& more)
It’s was probably the best Pop Montreal ever. Maybe it was just because of what I chose this year, but unlike other years I never got turned away at the door because of a full show or spent the evening bouncing from venue to venue because something didn’t pan out. I was a bit disappointed that the chef stuff at Rialto did not start at 7pm as promised, but it’s not impossible to find food in Mile End on a Saturday night, so I survived.
As for new music, Jenny Hval’s Blood Bitch is out today.
And here are a few other things to check out:
August was a whirlwind of a month. I managed to catch one solitary show (Landlady @ Casa del Popolo) and it was amazing. A big chunk of the month was taken up by a trip to NJ/NY to see babies, mostly (followed by serious gratitude that I bucked the procreation trend myself). I passed up seeing the latest retro reunion (Belly) though I heard it was great.
Next month promises to be a epic one in Montreal, since it’s time again for POP. Looking forward to Angel Olsen & Let’s Eat Grandma, even though they’re on the same night (how’s that going to work?)
Anyway, here’s some stuff I found… enjoy!
July is coming to a close, and have I been keeping up with new music? Not entirely, no.
Have I been going to shows? Yes! Here’s what I’ve seen.
- Joe Jackson @ Place des Arts
- Nomadic Massive @ Le Savoy
- Blakdenim @ Jazz Fest
- Brian Fallon & Chris Farren @ Theatre Fairmount
- Marissa Nadler & Wrekmeister Harmonies @ Sala Rossa
- Black Mountain & Man Forever @ Theatre Fairmount
- Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast & Mitski @ Le Ritz
- Terrified Michael F. & Steve Jr @ Constellation Records
I’m pretty content with how much ground this list covers. I saw everything from the legendary to the completely bizarre, and a whole lot in between.
As for new stuff… here’s new music from D Generation, which I never thought I would say again. They released their fourth album on July 29th. I’m going to go listen to it 1,000 times in a row.
June is over, and I feel like a weathered a storm. I managed to make it to ONE Suoni show this month, which was more like an all day picnic-marathon than one little show. At least five acts (one including local fave and super sweetheart YlangYlang) on one sunny Saturday with good company and veggie dogs, real dogs, and one cat who showed up at dusk, yes please! I’d like to say it was enough to last all month, but I do have a few regrets for not getting out to more stuff. So far my plans for July will more than make up for it though. Here’s what I almost missed out on in June.
Three blocks up Parc Avenue & three blocks back down Clark, am I hearing you right?
Just wait until 1:24
May is the month I never got caught up on weekly mixes. Sure, I had plans and sketches, but somehow I got swept away with so many other things and now, who knows if I’ll ever catch up. Maybe it’s time to rethink things?
At any rate, music still keeps happening, even if you’re not paying attention. Spring is officially here in Montreal and it feels more like summer (which is scary, since 30 degrees in May equals how many in July, exactly?), but with the warmth comes the absolute explosion of everything in this city: music festivals, living outside, pushing photo-happy tourists out of the way while trying to get daily errands done, etc. I’ve set up a desk in front of my big window to replace my winter reading area because this season is for making instead of cocooning. It’s a move that makes sense since I’ve lost my prime cocooning partner.
In lieu of mixes for this month, you can listen to the 2 hour episode of New Shit that I put together yesterday (May 30th). Plus there’s all of this stuff I found. See you in June.
It’s still cold as winter here, but everyone’s pretending like that isn’t the case. What else can I say?
I’m a woman of few words this month, but I have a lot of music to share. Here’s some stuff I like(d).
So, we’ve come to the end of March. On the 9th I made it to a long awaited Beach House show. I seemed like so much time had passed since both of their albums were released last year. August/October to March is forever in new-music time, it seems. The venue experience was utterly awful (for example, I’ve never been patted down before entering a venue in Montreal) but the show was sublime. They never played Levitation, which is probably my #1 fave from last year’s releases, but they played lots of other new songs and had a dreamy light show going on in the background (which I guess was enough to temporarily forget the security shitshow and hopefully bliss us partway through the human traffic-jam afterparty caused by mandatory coatcheck?)
On the other side of the spectrum, I caught a little bit of Ylang Ylang & Cosi e Cosi’s set at La Vitrola for a mini CKUT fundraiser just last week. All I got at the door was good vibes, a sincere thank you for coming out and some chocolate eggs, which is way better then entering something akin to a airport security when all I wanna do is hear live music.
So, what’s new this month? Heron Oblivion is probably at the top of my list of best stuff.
This new Carter Tanton track has vocals by Marissa Nadler, which is a nice precursor to her new album in May.
Nada Surf has a new album out, and I’m shocked that I actually like it, cause, you know, Popular?
And finally, this Yuck track came out a month or two ago now, but it’s a good one.
Onward to April, and spring!