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!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Picasa Web Albums - Sergio - Xmas 08

Picasa Web Albums - Sergio - Xmas 08

Never knew it before, but I really feel like its not really Christmas until it snows :)

Merry Christmas everyone!

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).

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Lost Season 4 review

Lost is not a series for people who like conformity. If you are into TV that doesn't make you think and won't cause you mind conflicts its eminent that this show has never been for you. But for people who actually like good stories it has paid off to be loyal and suffer every week when they add new unsolved mysteries to this amazing show.

I'm not exaggerating when I say season 4 is by far the best one yet, even surpassing the first one that originally caused the show to be such a hit. It's kind of sad the amount of fans that left after season 3 when the rumor that the story writers had lost their way erupted and too many "bad" things where happening to the losties. I guess all those ex-fans will be happy with that other show (coff,. coff,. heroes,. coff,. coff) that rips off the x-men story completely and already had an incredible bad second season according to the reviews.

So here are the reasons why Lost season 4 has made me have faith in TV again:
  • They solved like 60% of the mysteries. There's a catch,. they introduced cooler new mysteries! who or what is Jacob? how did Locke got killed and why is he outside the island? what did Sawyer asked Kate to do before she got rescued? who created the technology that teleported the whole island?
  • No more boring filler episodes and the flash forwards rock. They totally focused on the cool characters and left completely out lame stories like Bernard and his wife. The flash forwards of their life's after they got rescued from the island where managed brilliantly!
  • Now there is time travel and teletransportation going on! I know what ex-lost fans think "they are trying to copy heroes", but if you watch it you'll understand why that's not quite right. Besides, heroes ripped off everything from x-men, so thief who steals from thief has a 100 years of pardon as the saying goes,. hehehe.
  • Ben is the best lost character ever. He really steals the show, he has the most complex personality and its great to see him more in action than ever before. It was awesome how he teleported to Tunesia and used his manipulative skills to trick the Arabs who threatened his life and then kill them mercilessly when they lowered their guard.
  • The new characters are amazing. Specially Keamy, the mercenary militar guy who was able to do in like 10 minutes what the losties couldn't do during 3 seasons, finally hit Ben where it hurts! by killing in front of him his daughter.
  • There has never been so much action before! Seriously, they had so many cool things like the out of this world combat fight between Keamy and Sayid, the mercenaries attacked by the black smoke, the blowing up of the rescue freighter, etc...
I have lots of theories of what will happen next. I think that somehow after they teleported the island people got sick (radiation maybe?) and since the Doc left the island they will start dying. Locke will have to teleport himself to ask Jack to go back, correct the time flow he messed up by leaving the island when he was not supposed to, and save everyone. Since Jack won't belive him at the first, Locke will have to wait and die from that sickness that killed the other ones to convince him. On the other hand Whitmore will be able to send again more mercenaries to try to take over the island again and create a new Dharma iniciative since Jin betrayed the losties and the others by offering him all the truth about what happened there and probably give him the new coordinates of the island once she gets back. I suspect that Penny's and Desmond happieness will be short, since Ben always get's what he wants and he swore to kill Penny to get revenge from Whitmore. I also still think that the island is somehow related to aliens and is atlantis, since the teleport and time travel technology everybody wants to get hold of seems to have been build by those four toes beings whoever they are.

Only time will tell if I'm right or completely wrong,. although I praise myself in predicting a couple of the things that happened in season 4.

finally here are the 3 episodes from lost season 4 that should be a crime if you miss:
  • Episode 5, The Constant. The way Desmond was lost in time was superb.
  • Episode 9, The Shape of Things to Come. I trully never thought somebody would be able to affect Ben at all.
  • Episode 13, There's No Place Like Home, Part 2 & 3. After watching "The Constant" and "The Shape of Things to Come" I really felt they could never raise the bar higher than that,... obviously I was mistaken. I have never bought lost DVDs before, but after this episode season 4 has to be in my collection cause I just want to watch over and over again this episode.

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: