Posts Tagged ‘live’

The Lost Fingers

I’m still not sure how it happened but this band was definitely robbed.  They were nominated for the 2009 Juno Album of the Year award and they lost.  I refuse to say the name of the winning band. They will never be mentioned here.

The Lost Fingers are a fantastic trio from Quebec who are definitely fanatics of Django Reinhardt. Their album “Lost in the 80’s” is packed with the best in cheese all rearranged into their Django influenced style.  Tonight’s live performance was a balance of their 80’s reinterpretations with some acoustic and French tunes which were definitely favourites in the largely bilingual audience.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this. I love their 80’s tunes but I didn’t know if they would be able to pull off such energy and skill in a live performance.  Thankfully I was not disappointed.  These three are extremely talented; the speed, accuracy, and rhythm was astounding!

I had my camera and really wanted some photos… I was in the front row at centre stage so I had the perfect view but sadly no photography was permitted in the theatre.  Maybe next time they’ll play in a camera friendly environment! After their reception in the city tonight I have no doubts that they will return… of course that will have to be after their up coming European tour of France, Switzerland, Spain, and the Canary Islands… perhaps they have room for a roadie?

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Present Tense

Thom Yorke performed solo this week at the Latitude Festival.  I wish I had been there. 

Check out his haunting performance of a new tune, “Present Tense”:

Neko Case

I’ve been listening to Neko Case for a few years now and I have wanted to see her live from the first moment I heard her sing.  Her powerful voice and incredible range tell stories so captivatingly.   Thanks to some dear friends I was able to catch her latest show at Trinity St. Paul’s church in Toronto which is a beautiful venue.

From start to finish Neko’s voice rang out like a perfect chorus of bells. She hit every note with ease and with perfect control. I couldn’t help but watch with a mix of adoration and envy. She’s just amazing. Her band and backing vocalist Kelly were perfectly matched to her skill making for a memorable evening.

For pics and a great write up check out the2scoops! Thx again Jay, the Neko ticket was a fabulous b-day gift!

If you haven’t heard…

Bon Iver is amazing.

Can’t help but love his performance on the Jools Holland show:

The Soirée

Saturday night… the best night of the week!  Your previous week is a memory, most of us still have one more day before the next work week begins.   My friends were reluctant to head back out into the cold weather but with the bribe of some Vietnamese food before heading to the show I got them out to Irene’s Pub.  They were very pleasantly surprised by what they heard!  The Soirée performed to a packed house and the great set allowed us to forget about the cold and enjoy the cozy pub and yummy beverages.

I’ve been out of town for every other show these guys have had in the past year so I was excited to finally see them live. Their set was a great combination of old and new and it’s obvious that they love to perform.  It’s great to see a musician find their happy place!  There was no shortage of talent on stage; musically and vocally they are very sound as well as relaxed and fun to watch.  I’m looking forward to their next show!  Matt you promised to keep me in the loop, I hope we don’t have to wait too long for another performance!

Bryce Colenbrander

Matt Arnold

Eric Roberts

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You can check out their music on Bandcamp:

As an aside… what is with the smallish music venues and their obsession with red stage lighting??

Snailhouse

Friday night we bundled up in our warmest winter gear, hopped in the car, and headed out to Wakefield, Quebec.  We were heading to the Black Sheep Inn which would be host to The Olympic Symphonium and Snailhouse for the evening.

The Olympic Symphonium of Frederickton, New Brunswick started off the evening and they were a pleasant surprise.  I have never listened to them before and they were melodic and soothing.  Definitely some similarities to Great Lake Swimmers.  With the exception of the drummer their was an active game of musical chairs going on.  The upright bass, electric, and acoustic guitars as well as the lead singer duties were shared between band members.  Two of the whom joined Mike Feuerstack on stage to complete Snailhouse.

Mike Feuerstack is Snailhouse.  He has played with a large number of musicians over the years and it certainly seems to work for him.  He played a great set at the Black Sheep with a handful of older tunes and quite a few off his latest album “Lies on the Prize” (on iTunes & Zunior!).

I managed to get a couple of photos & videos of the night.

The Olympic Symponium:

Olympic Symphonium

Snailhouse opened with a quiet and haunting song called Mahogany:

One of my favourites off of “Lies on the Prize” is Tone Deaf Birds:

Check out the lovely Hagstrom guitar:

Mike Feuerstack of Snailhouse

And the Snailhouse drummer…

Snailhouse

Acorn & Ohbijou

The Acorn & Ohbijou are playing Barrymore’s Music Hall on Friday, December 12th!  If you are in Ottawa that day you should definitely check it out!

They are touring to support the release of a 12″ EP that they worked together on!  It’s a great album… you can stream it live over on the Kelp Records site.  Also a great place for some random and free mp3 downloads!