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.
At the beginning of April I took a much needed jaunt to NYC in search of spring and new music. Spring was nowhere to be found but I did see The Mountain Goats at Webster Hall, mostly performing songs from their new album Beat The Champ which I hadn’t heard before the show. The album is better than I expected. I am one of those people who is never going to get over The Sunset Tree, and I think their last few albums have been fine but they haven’t done much for me. Beat The Champ, with its admittedly strange wrestling theme is a pretty solid album though. Post show conversation, thanks to several delicious IPAs, deteriorated into how every Mountain Goats song to date is probably a metaphor for a wrestling match. Discuss amongst yourselves.
A few nights later I was at Bowery Ballroom for Jesse Malin’s album release party. Crazy night, crazy crowd.
Other great stuff this month:
Speedy Ortiz had me at Raising the Skate. I’m already calling it as one of the best songs of 2015.
New warped Jackson Scott
A song from Marriages called Skin
And Moon King
in like a lion…
The only show I managed to get myself to this month was the record release for Vincent D’Onofrio & Dana Lyn’s project Slim Bone Head Volt. The album is a collection of diary entries set to wild, jazzy music and the live performance was kind of surreal. It’s the sort of thing that you hope, deep down, is not taking itself too seriously, but at the same time is very seriously taking place, inches in front of your face, as you sip from a glass of red wine… yeah.
I debated going all the way down to NYC for a long weekend mainly just for this, but after listening to the first 10 seconds of Blanche, the ticket booked itself.
Will Butler released a surprisingly listenable album (kind of Strokes-y and fun sounding), which surprised me at least because going in the one thing I had read about it was his affiliation with a certain world famous “Montreal” band who I have tepid feelings for at best. But I listened to Policy, and wanted to listen again, and so I did. Sometimes you have to forget everything you’ve heard before.
out like a lamb…
The month finished off with looooong awaited new music from Jesse Malin which, I assure you, will be 50%-80% of what I listen to for the next year and beyond. Last year was a Tori year, but this year is all about Jesse.