Lissie Montreal micro show review (Apple Store, May 30, 2011)

We were fortunate enough to have Lissie play an intimate set of about 30 minutes at our Apple Store. Very happy I did not miss it!

I was honestly expecting an acoustic set, given the small space, but it was a full on electric, and quite loud at times too (perhaps the small space helped)!

The show was right on time, and Lissie took to the stage along with an additional guitarist (Lissie played guitar throughout), and a bassist/drummer. Yes, the bassist was the drummer as well! Very impressive I daresay! Even if he was mostly playing kick drum and a hi hat with a tambourine affixed.

Lissie’s voice shined, as did her energy and passion! She was working a sweat a few songs in! She played a nice selection of songs from “Catching a Tiger”, including “Everywhere I Go”, and “Little Lovin'”. She stated how she likes to play covers, and she played a new one. I am not sure the song, I believe it is a classic song, she said how she has heard it in airports and gas stations and decided to cover it. I may have recognised it, hard to say, regardless, it was a very nice up-tempo track that she and her band did an excellent job on!

Lissie plays a proper show tomorrow night (May 31) here in Montreal at the Corona Theatre. I highly recommend checking it out. I’ll be there!

An original Lissie song, “When I’m Alone” and a cover:

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Caitlin Rose/Johnny Flynn Montreal May 27, 2011 show review

Caitlin Rose was opening for Johnny Flynn, who I did not know prior to the show. I went to see Caitlin Rose. I did stick around for Johnny Flynn though. Turns out he is English, and alongside his group play a blend of folk/indie folk and (as Wikipedia says) bluegrass. It kind of reminded me of folk from around the 1970s, which I am far from an expert at. It was pretty good, although not what I would regularly listen to.

The show took place at Il Motore, a venue I had not been to before, and as I Tweeted, it seemed like it was made out of a converted space, such as an old store, or mini warehouse, as it is really in an area that is unassuming as far as music venues are concerned. On a main street that in its immediate surroundings is somewhat more industrial than business orientated.

Opening was of course Caitlin Rose. I am not sure how many people were there for her specifically, however there was a good number of people watching her, and that seemed interested in her set, even if they did not know her songs. Even I did not know them all, as I have not listened to her music extensively, yet.

Caitlin Rose is of course American, having been born in Nashville. Her band members (including Caitlin herself) are fairly young, but play their respective instruments quite well.

Her set was short, probably just around 40 minutes. She played “Own Side”, “New York”, “For the Rabbits”, and “Shanghai Cigarettes” from her debut album Own Side Now. The latter was a very good live version that was quite up-tempo. Likely she also played more from Own Side Now as well. Her set closed with a couple of covers, the second to last being Fleetwood Mac’s “That’s Alright”. She seemed a little shy in front of the french speaking Montreal crowd, yet still seemed to express herself here and there. For instance, that she did not know how to speak french, and she could not perform the Fleetwood Mac song in french! Much of the set was very mellow, but very nice live nonetheless.

Somthing I noticed was the range of her voice is quite good, and is very well suited for her genre. That being proper country, more like Patsy Cline, who she has covered (“Three Cigarettes (In An Ashtray)”).

All in all a very nice set for an opener! Hopefully she will headline on a future tour and play Montreal again.

Music Video of the Day week 26 recap

Another recap post. New theme week tomorrow on the Twitter, duos!

Fefe Dobson – Joy (LP of the Week/review)

I try to avoid clichés when I write reviews, however I feel the following is true, Fefe Dobson is maturing as an artist and as a songwriter. She said at one point everything happens for a reason, about her cancelled second album, Sunday Love. The result is Joy being her second released album.

She can still make tracks that are a lot of fun, like numerous from her debut, and the singles from Sunday Love, and the aforementioned maturity comes through as well. As with her debut, Fefe Dobson has primary writing credits on all tracks.

Her vocals are just as great, from the staccato employed on “Stuttering” to the great pop of “Watch me Move” and “I Want You”. The latter could have easily been a pop classic from the fifties! Also adding to her genre CV, “I’m a Lady” is a perfect garage-y/punky song very much in the vein of The Donnas. (As a sidenote, I wonder if “I Want You” is channeling any Dylan!).

The only featured guest is Orianthi with a guitar solo on “Can’t Breathe”. Kevin Rudolf was one of the co-writers on “Ghost”, and played all the instruments save for drums.

I cannot think of too much else to say, besides this is a great pop/rock album and it is great to have Fefe back at the top of her game!

Punk Rock Wisdom

I am all about recycling. And less is more. I could go on but I will not.

My point being this is an old blog post of mine from another blog, my blog post title shares the name of the old blog. I have not updated that blog in a long time, but it is one I have many entries I could add to. So I will post my old ones eventually, and also add new ones, however to here (I may post them there too).

The posts of course being about the wisdom found in punk rock, and my take on certain songs, and lyrics. I added links to listen to the songs just before the full lyrics at the end, that aside, the post is exactly as I posted it a little over two years ago.
So without further ado, the original blog post:

This entry features two tracks from one band that convey the same message essentially. Moreso in the first, but it still can apply to the second.

The first track is “Taken Away” from Orange County hardcore punk band Ignite.

It is about how we complain about our everyday problems like they are the end of the world, or very bad at the very least, when we should be very grateful to have everything we do, shelter, food, love, and so on.

We should be stopped to realise how lucky we are.

I wish someone would stop me
every time that I complain

The track is about a boy Zoli Téglás, the Ignite singer, met who is suffering from multiple sclerosis. He does not want people to feel sorry for him, he just wants to be seen as a human being.

The boy, Janos, has essentially only himself, with very limited mobility, yet manages to remain upbeat, and happy to be alive.

I am guessing this meeting with the boy, whose name is Janos, is what inspired the song to be written.

Budapest Hungary nineteen ninety-one
I met a boy named Janos
Confined to a wheelchair with multiple sclerosis
his only mobility
based solely upon the movements of his chin
but he had so much to teach me
When I showed him some friendship
When I stopped to talk
He said it really hurts
when people look past you
like I’m not a human being with feelings
love and compassion sitting here
Don’t you dare feel sorry for me
just give me a chance
His reality’s cool
his mind stays strong
Hey I’m alive

He would give anything
for a working body

As you can see by the lyrics, it is pretty simple, we should be thankful for the lives we have, fortunate to have working bodies, loving families, a roof over our heads, and so on. This is obviously in stark contrast to someone suffering from multiple sclerosis as the lyrics refer to.

Also thinking of third world countries, people who have nothing, and struggle to stay alive. Even in developed countries, and all over the globe, the sheer number that live below the poverty line.

The next track that has a similar theme is “My Judgement Day”.

It starts off:

Success
I’m able to live my life in my way

and continues,

I’m broken, but I’ll mend.

Later on the bridge starts with

Success, I’m blessed

.

This song may not be as direct as “Taken Away” in the message I am referring too, but it is a theme I see.

All in all, a very simple message, one that we should never take for granted, to realise how lucky we are.

Furthermore to educate ourselves, and help others in need.

Truly grateful for each and every day
I get on my knees to give thanks and praise

Full lyrics for “Taken Away“:

Thousand passerbys walk on
His luxuries of life have been taken away
I wish someone would stop me
every time that I complain
Be grateful in every way (taken away)
Don’t you forget
he would give anything (taken away)
A working body

Don’t throw your blessings away
I’ve been given love given family
A warm clean bed for my head to lay
So many people aren’t so lucky
Don’t forget to give thanks and praise
Be grateful in every way (taken away)
He would give anything
for a working body (taken away)
A split second
Don’t throw your blessings away

Truly grateful for each and every day
I get on my knees to give thanks and praise

Budapest Hungary nineteen ninety-one
I met a boy named Janos
Confined to a wheelchair with multiple sclerosis
His only mobility
based solely upon the movements of his chin
But he had so much to teach me
When I showed him some friendship
When I stopped to talk
He said it really hurts
when people look past you
like I’m not a human being with feelings
love compassion sitting here
Don’t you dare feel sorry for me
just give me a chance
His reality’s cool
his mind stays strong
Hey I’m alive

Thousand passer-bys walk on
His luxuries of life have been taken away
I wish someone would stop me
every time that I complain (taken away)
Don’t you forget (taken away)
He would give anything (taken away)
A working body (taken away)
Don’t throw your blessings away (taken away)

Full lyrics for “My Judgement Day

Success
I’m able to live my life in my way
Luck never gives, it lends
If you’re willing to pay
Cause I’m broken, but I’ll mend
All I have is today
Yes, I’m broken, but I’ll mend
Scream, God please help save me

Tired of running out
I’m praying so much more
I’m thinking about going down
Down this broken, empty road

Progress
Has taken its toll
But I’ve changed my ways
I’ve paid all of my amends
Before it was too late
I’m broken, but I’ll mend
All I have is today
Screaming God please this time
Don’t forget about me

Tired of running out
I’m praying so much more
I’m thinking about going down
Down this lonely road
I’m living from hand to mouth
Just like the times before
I’m tired of running around
Down this broken, empty road

Success, I’m blessed
For all I have today
Regrets, obsessed
This time I will obtain
What I’ve been waiting for
This is my judgement day

Tired of running out
I’m praying so much more
I’m thinking about going down
Down this lonely road
I’m living from hand to mouth
Just like the times before
I’m tired of running around
Down this broken, empty road

Music on television May 9 -14

Picks are in bold.

Monday May 9

Shania Twain (interview) on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
BC Jean on The Tonight Show not with Conan O’Brien
Ziggy Marley on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (repeat from March 3)
Wiz Khalifa on Jimmy Kimmel (not) Live!
Amos Lee on Conan
The Soundtrack of Our Lives on Last Call with Carson Daly
Lupe Fiasco on The Colbert Report

Tuesday May 10

Hugo on The Late Show with David Letterman
Def Leppard on The Tonight Show not with Conan O’Brien
The Knux on Last Call with Carson Daly
Calle 13 on Jimmy Kimmel (not) Live!
Stevie Nicks on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Wednesday May 11

Ray LaMontagne on The Late Show with David Letterman
Steve Earle on The Tonight Show not with Conan O’Brien
Colin Hay on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Jennifer Hudson (interview) and Jakob Dylan on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Zac Brown Band on Jimmy Kimmel (not) Live!
Ke$ha on Conan
Grouplove on Last Call with Carson Daly
Musiq Soulchild on Lopez Tonight

Thursday May 12

Manchester Orchestra on The Late Show with David Letterman
The Kills on The Tonight Show not with Conan O’Brien
Lauryn Hill on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Raphael Saadiq on Jimmy Kimmel (not) Live!
The Greenhornes on Last Call with Carson Daly
Def Leppard on Lopez Tonight

Friday May 13

Okkervil River on The Late Show with David Letterman
Rodrigo y Gabriela on The Tonight Show not with Conan O’Brien
Raphael Saadiq on Last Call with Carson Daly

Saturday May 14

Paul Simon on Saturday Night Live

Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (May 3)

Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, comes out Tuesday. Enough said.

Stream it before buying!

beastieboys.com

And be sure to listen through a radio, or through the internet Sunday night when the Beastie Boys take over! Ad Rock and Mike D will be choosing the records! This happens at 8 PM EDT on 101.9 RXP!

One hour before that, at 7 PM EDT will be the album special with Matt Pinfield.

I’ll be listening, and hopefully there will be a podcast after the fact, as it will likely be worth multiple listens!

Again,

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Tuesday!