Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Out of Our Minds - MADM

I was listening today a SP 2000 concert (during the Machina tour) in Palo Alto (computer geeks paradise, hehe) and boy are those Billy Corgan stories and speeches priceless. You can listen to it here, but in a nutshell he jokes about 2YK, the internet revolution, little red riding hood and Melissa's age.

Talking about Melissa Auf Der Maur (MADM) seems like she's been pretty busy lately with the release of her new short film . I'm pretty excited about this. I hope we get a chance to watch it soon. If this second solo album is half as good as her first one it will be an amazing year for rock. I downloaded the other day her pre launch EP and "The Key" is one of the best songs I've heard in a while. Go Melissa!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Vancouver (and Seattle)'s best concerts in 08

This was a good year for live music in the west coast. So here's the countdown of my favorite concerts this year:

13. Stone Temple Pilots
Very disappointing return of one of the best bands in the 90s. The concert started very good, but later on they screwed up several of the best songs like Sour Girl and played a jazzy-boring 20 min improvisation half way through that made everyone go to sleep. You could really feel how they did it just for easy money. :(

12. Stereo Lab
Good show but I'm not a Stereo Lab fan so I didn't knew any of the songs. Also the chick that sings is kind of shy to be the front lady of a band, so it was kind of cute-funny how she did all the time this shy dance moves. Don't get me wrong, this was a great concert in comparison with STP, hehe. I think I liked more their opening act, a side project of the lead singer of Stereo Lab called Monade. Even though my pal Michelle doesn't belive me, it was like the french version of the Pippettes, hehe. I had a chance to talk with the bass player after they played and she was really nice, I hope they do good with their new album (I'll post my signed copy scan when I hook up my scanner soon)

11. Metric
Very short show, only for this reason I placed it below Foo Fighters. Metric is to me the best current rock band in Canada. As simple as that. The new tracks they premiered at the show from the upcoming album were their best so far IMO. Hurry up and release that album! its been in the works so long it feels like the Chinese Democracy, haha.

10. Foo Fighters
Dave knows how to work his audience. It was a great show with absolutely all the tunes I wanted to hear from them. They had an acoustic set halfway through that was awesome. I loved how he jokes with the crowd a lot, as in the "you guys want more encores? do you think I'm Billy Corgan playing here for 6 hours?"m lol.

9. Reel Big Fish / Less than Jake
Best crowd I've seen in Vancouver. At last there was a good mix between mosh pit and enjoying the music, as always should be. Both bands were awesome, and the 2 opening acts were great too! Lily and I kept joking about feeling like it was 99 all over again :)

8. Video Games Live
Very interesting concept. The video games themes that they played were really good but of course there were a lot missing :) (would have traded Civilization IV theme for Ninja Gaiden anytime). Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy all rocked as expected, but the surprise of the day was castelvania medley.

7. Oasis
The kings of brit pop in their more dark and deep album tour yet. I love when bands play live before releasing the albums as some kind of warm up and this concert was one of the best out of the 4 times I have seen them before (second perhaps only to their Here and Now tour)

6. B-52's
I wanted to see B 52s sooooo badly and they didn't disapointed. When I grow up I want lily and I to keep rocking like them. Loooooooove Shack!

5. Motley Crue (Crue Fest)
Second time I see Motley Crue and first time I see the complete original line up. Pretty good show as expected with all the heavy metal cliches (lots of satanic stuff, porn and fireworks). Highlights of the gig Tommy Lee asking all the babes in the crowd to flash their boobs and taping it with his camera.

4. Franz Ferdinand
I'm surprised nobody in Vancouver knows them and that they played in such a small venue after 2 very successful albums and the 3rd one coming in just a month. This is one of those bands that even though I had lots of opportunities to watch them live before I never ended up having the time and I regret not doing it earlier. This guys are extremely good musicians both in studio and live. Lots of bonus points to this gig because of the awesome opening act.

3. Kinski
This is how rock should be, as simple as that. I think this was the surprise of the year, I heard the songs of this guys before but I never thought they could create such an amazing vibe on stage. It was kind of hypnotic watching those guys build up the songs from a very trippy delay intro into a modern orchestration of rock sounds. I hope they never sell out like Sonic Youth. Kinski is no doubt one of the best bands out there right now.

2. Goldfrapp
It was hard to place Goldfrapp on the second spot with the amazing voice of Allison and the really good chemistry of her musicians. Her voice is so powerful that I saw people crying during Utopia. If somebody asked me what is the best female voice ever I think I would say it is her. The live versions of the songs are sometimes very different but still sound amazing.

1. Radiohead
I don't think I need to explain why this is the best concert of this year. This are real musicians, not karaoke posers or rocker wannabes like 90% of the current indie, emo and 'rock' current movement. Every song was performed with heart and the bonding between crowd and artists was perfect. I only wish they had done two concerts to watch them twice.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Concert Review Franz Ferdinand at Commodore in Vancouver

Great show to close the year. It was full of excitement from start with the opening band The Evaporators to the last chord of Franz Ferdinand's "this Fire".

The Evaporators shocked me of how good they are. Its by far the best local act I have ever seen in this city. I'm finally proud of Vancouver's rock scene for once. Their show is out of this world, picture a bunch of 40 year old crazy guys dressed up in weird Canadian Maple leaf logos and the lead singer wearing a super hero jumper suit playing some kind of punk-surfer cool funny rock songs while delivering an awesome raw power to the audience. The lead singer is insane, he did the most awesome crowd surfing ever and by the end everybody was so much into their concept that he made everyone kneel down (literary everyone in the venue) and jump several times during the outro of their last song. I really recommend watching them live if you have the chance.

Franz Ferdinand was great as expected. They played a good balance of hits and new songs from their upcoming 3rd album. The new songs showed a lot of potential, I can't wait to hear the studio versions soon. The only thing that sucked was part of the audience. Its becoming common in shows in Vancouver for people to show up that don't give a damn about the band and just want to get high and go wild on the mosh pit during the whole show even during the calm songs (quoting Thom Yorke from this summer's Radiohead concert at UBC Thunderbird stadium: "Calm down guys. This is not fucking Rage against the Machine"). There was several guys who where not even facing the stage half of the show just showing off with their buddies trying to prove they are not half as lame as they are, but what can you do. This world is full of losers :P

We were lucky enough to grab a copy of the track list and a guitar pic. Here are the songs they played last night:

- bite hard
- Michael
- matinee
- live alone
- walk away
- do you want to?
- take me out
- Ulysses
- 40’
- what she came for
- turn it on
- fallen
- outsiders
- this fire

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Subways

I'm not gonna say that this is life changing (like Novo Dahl ;) ) but this band is definitely one of the best rock acts I have heard in a while.

The best way to define this band is as the white stripes (when they played rock and not experimental xylophone sh*t) with a bassist and modern technology for production. Pretty good eh! :P

Butch Vig just discovered too this band and its producing the next album. For everybody that is trapped in the 90s like me (as some friends have suggested lately, lol) this is great news cause it means that we will probably get another amazing sound in the next album just like when we first heard those NIN, Smashing and Nirvana albums 15 years ago.

My favorite Subways album is "All Or Nothing", but "Young for Eternity" is good too (although you can notice the difference of sound between a true indie band and later a little more sold out band).

Friday, May 16, 2008

The new Pippettes

Im not super thrilled about them, but I'll give them a chance. Here's the first official pic from the new pipettes. I still think Gweno is my favorite, although the band will never be the same. But perhaps Im one of the only fans still with faith. We'll see :)

In the meantime you can read Ani pipettes's blog here:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Flight of the Conchords new album!

The 4th best folk duo from New Zeland, Flight of the Conchords, released this week a new album featuring some of the best tracks from season 1 of their tv show. Once again this is another great product from this genius comedian music duo that I totally recommend for everyone!

If you are a hardcore fan like me you'll enjoy the new album cause it features new re-recorded studio versions (and slightly different lyrics in some cases) of the songs we all love, and if you are not a fan then you'll have a really nice surprise while discovering these super funny master pieces.

The new production sounds great and I specially loved the way that "Bowie" (a fun tribute song about how life in space would be for David Bowie) and "Ladies of the World" (a gimmick at seductive music) sound, with some different audio effects for Jemaine's bowie style voice and different outro for both of them. Bowie's new outro was already shown in the credits of the TV episode where they featured the song and was heard in the acoustic live version but it sounds great now that they "stick them" together (it's a hilarious crazy outro that sounds like Bowie's "Let's dance"). I don't know if its just me, or they tuned down a little bit their Kiwi accents (specially "Brit", lol) and now all the songs lyrics sound at least to me more easy to understand.

The song "Robots" (a 60s sci-fi futuristic tale set in the year 2000 where robots rule the world), perhaps their most recognized hit, presents it's 5th version (2 radio versions, 1 live, and the tv show version being the 4th previous ones). I have to admit that I wasn't completely satisfied by this new version, probably because the radio and dvd version have already grown so strong inside my head that is hard to hear a different production with retro videogame synth keyboards, but it's totally forgivable. It is also forgivable that they didn't included a lot of other hits like "Frodo" and "Albi the racist dragon" and specially "Who likes to Rock the Party?", although in the case of the first one they probably would face some copyright infringements from using the lord of the rings characters and movie lines in the super funny song. Anyway this is a must have for everyone who likes to laugh. I can't wait for some new material (when is the second season coming?), hopefully our friend Michel will record some live video if new songs are featured in the upcoming San Francisco live show.

Blind Melon: For My Friends

I was really surprised to hear that a new Blind Melon album was being released this month. I though that as usual the surviving members would try to exploit once more Shannon Hoon's geniality and release another live, greatest hits, or bsides and rare tracks compilation. Little did I realize that this time the guys tried to squeeze the juice out of Blind Melon way beyond their usual greediness.

The new album has a set of totally new songs with a new singer, some guy called Travis Warren, which although states in several interviews that wants to experiment new things, just sticks to trying to emulate Shannon's voice as close as possible. It is really painful to hear this album, it reminds you of how much the world lost with Shannon's dead and how tribute cover bands should be banned all over the world. I guess they where motivated by similar attempts from bands like Alice in Chains and Queen to try to come back with a new singer and exploiting fan's innocent devotion to their legendary names. But can't you understand that somethings should never come back cause they just ruin all the fun that the original real thing was?

The album is so bad that I couldn't even enjoy it if they had shown a little more sense and released this as a totally new band or some superband line up ala Velvet Revolver. I just hope I'm able to warn as many people as possible of doing the same mistake I did of giving them a shot. Legendary bands should be left in their god-like status for the posterity of the human race.