Pop Montreal review preview

The 2012 edition of Pop Montreal has come to a close, but we can definitely still enjoy the music until the 2013 edition rolls around!

Therefore, a preview of a review (you read right!), basically all the bands and events I saw at Pop Montreal 2012.

I will write something up in the near future.

Wednesday September 19

Guy Picciotto (Fugazi, Rites of Spring) in conversation with Howard Bilerman (symposium)
Cate Le Bon
Lætitia Sadier
Street Dogs

Thursday September 20

Mozart’s Sister
FM Hi Low
Panther and the Superfly
Venus X
Peaches DJ Extravaganza
Ill Bill
Liknuts (Tha Alkaholiks/The Beatnuts)

Friday September 21

Peaches Christ Superstar
Dearly Beloved
The Darcy’s
R.A The Rugged Man

Saturday September 22

Lakes of Canada
The Tontons
Olenka & The Autumn Lovers
Mozart’s Sister
Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne

Sunday September 23

La Bronze
Sun Araw
Nicky da B

And, what I missed and wanted to see:

Sarah MK
Year of Glad
Gabrielle Papillon & The Might Oak
Purity Ring
David Byrne & St. Vincent


Pop Montreal 2012 free shows! + What I am doing!

Here is a guide to all the FREE Pop Montreal 2012 music shows! In bold are some shows I will probably check out.

I think I have the vast majority if not all, but if I missed something, I would not be surprised! There is also plenty of other free stuff, including symposiums (one with Guy Picciotto of Rites of Spring/Fugazi!), films, record fair and plenty more!

Check out Pop Montreal‘s official site for everything, including a revamped schedule this year!

Sean over at Said the Gramophone also put together a nice guide to the festival! And I copy him at the end by pointing out specifically what I am doing! Some are duplicates, as I may see whomever twice, or not sure which set to attend yet. Also, I added bonus Pop Montreal preview links at the bottom!

I may edit revise this post, as there are a few shows a little confusing/conflicting, like Citizen Vintage on Thursday or if Sydney Wayser is playing Place de Pasteur Friday (Pop Montreal and Audio Blood conflict). If I do, I will just strike the original text. Leave a comment (or tweet me!) if I have something wrong or needs updating. It should be okay, but of course check the official sites to be sure (bla bla bla!). And I may keep adding some artist bandcamp pages!

Wednesday September 19

Opening Party: 5:30 – 7:00 @ Église POP (5035 Saint-Dominique)

DJ Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene)

Les Soirées Let Artistes Meat: 7:00 @ La Commission des Liqueurs (4521 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)

Mélanie Boulay
Keith Kouna
VioleTT Pi

POP Montreal, Blue Skies Turn Black presents Stars 8:00 @ La Tulipe (4530 Papineau)

Eight and a Half
Diamond Rings

City Carnage: 9:00 @ Mission Santa Cruz (60 Rachel O.)

Yacht Club 9:00
Les Anticipateurs 10:00
Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire 11:00
Dam Funk 12:00

Thursday September 20

Audio Blood’s Afternoon Soirée: 1:00 @ Divan Orange (4234 Saint-Laurent)

Lakes of Canada 1:00
Gabrielle Papillon & The Might Oak 1:45
Revelstoke 2:30
Cai.ro 3:15
Sandman Viper Command 4:00
Amos The Transparent 4:45
Dinosaur Bones 5:30
Paper Lions 6:15

Citizen Vintage: 2:00 at Citizen Vintage (5330 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)

Pop Montreal site a little mixed up here.

The Tontons 2:00 ?
NOIA 2:00 ?
Rags to Radio 2:00 ?
Fuka Lata 4:00
Goose Hut 6:00

Mail Chimp BBQ 2:00 @ Parc de la Petite-Italie (corner of St. Laurent and St. Zotique)

Canailles 1:00
UBT 2:00
Cosmetics 3:00
Yacht Club 4:00
Mozart’s Sister 5:00
Born Ruffians 6:00

Les Soirées Let Artistes Meat: 7:00 @ La Commission des Liqueurs (4521 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)

FM Hi Low
Coyote Bill

City Carnage: 9:00 @ Mission Santa Cruz (60 Rachel O.)

Solids 9:00
Quest for Fire 10:00
Metz 11:00
Hot Snakes 12:00

Friday September 21

Divan Orange Afternoon Concert Series: 2:00 @ Divan Orange (4234 Saint-Laurent)

The Sin and The Swoon 2:00
Maica Mia 3:00
Valleys 4:00
Jef Barbara 5:00

Prairie BBQ: 2:00 @ Parc de la Petite-Italie (corner of St. Laurent and St. Zotique)

Caves 2:00
Les Jupes 4:00
Rah Rah 5:00

Audio Blood in the Park: 4:00 @ Place Pasteur (UQAM campus, 1439 St. Denis)

Dean Marino (Papermaps) 4:00
JF Robitaille? 4:30
Isle of Pine 5:10
Revelstoke (Sydney Wayser?) 5:50
Adrian Underhill 6:30
Amos The Transparent 7:10

Citizen Vintage: 4:00 PM at Citizen Vintage (5330 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)

Cassady 4:00
Grounders 5:00
Hooded Fang 6:00
Cousins 7:00

City Carnage: 9:00 @ Mission Santa Cruz (60 Rachel O.)

Dinosaur Bones 9:00
Cosmetics 10:00
Doldrums 11:00
Austra 12:00

Saturday September 22

Shure BBQ: 1:00 at Parc de la Petite-Italie (corner of St. Laurent and St. Zotique)

Tontons 2:00
Ira Lee 3:00
Lederhosen Lucil 4:00
Shukar Roma 5:00
Elephant Stone 6:00

Divan Orange Afternoon Concert Series: 1:00 @ Divan Orange (4234 Saint-Laurent)

Moon King 1:00
Prince Innocence 2:00
Xray Eyeballs 3:00
Goose Hut 5:00

Audio Blood in the Park: 2:00 @ Place Pasteur (UQAM campus, 1439 St. Denis):

Cai.ro 2:00
Bazarian 2:30
Gabrielle Papillon & The Might Oak 3:10
Laurent Bourque 3:50
Sandman Viper Command 4:30
Wayne Petti (Cuff the Duke) 5:10
Jenn Mierau 5:50
Irreverend James & The Critical Mass Choir 6:30

What I am doing:

Wednesday September 19

5:30 Opening Party with UN (free!)
7:00 Guy Picciotto in Conversation with Howard Bilerman (symposium, free!)
8:00 Ainsley McNeaney ($15)
9:00 Cate Le Bon ($15)
9:30 Cobra & Vulture (Divan Orange, $15)
9:30 Ohara (Cagibi, $10)
10:00 Laetita Sadier ($15)
10:30 Street Dogs ($15)
11:30+ Église POP

Thursday September 20

1:45 Gabrielle Papillon & The Might Oak (free!)
5:00 Mozart’s Sister (Parc de la Petite-Italie, free!)
7:00 Les Soirées Let Artistes Meat (La Commission des Liqueurs, free!)
11:30 Liknuts (Alkaholiks + The Beanuts) (Le Belmont, $25)
12:00 Austra (Mission Santa Cruz, free!)
12:30 Venus X (Église POP, $20)
1:45 Peaches DJ Extravaganza (Église POP, $20)

Friday September 21

5:50 Sydney Wayser (Place Pasteur (UQAM campus), free!)
6:00 Chairlift (Metropolis, $54, w/ Gotye)
8:00 David Byrne & St. Vincent (Église St. Jean Baptiste, $49/69)
9:30 Julia Holter (Church of St. John the Evangelist, $15)
1:00 Onyx (Le Belmont, $25)

Saturday September 22

3:10 Gabrielle Papillon & The Might Oak (Place Pasteur (UQAM campus), free!)
4:00 Lederhosen Lucil (Parc de la Petite-Italie, free!)
8:30 Mussaver (La Plante, $?)
8:30 Motel Raphael (Petit Campus $10)
9:00 Elgin-Skye (Cagibi, $10)
10:00 Esther Grey (Cagibi, $10)
11:00 Molly Sweeney (Cagibi, $10)
11:30 Olenka & the Autumn Lovers (Petit Campus $10)
1:00 Mozart’s Sister (Église POP, $20)

Sunday September 23

8:00 Sarah MK (Club Lambi, $10/$12)
10:00 Elsiane? (Club Lambi, $10/$12)
11:00 Shaydakiss (Église POP, $12)
2:00 Nicky Da B (Église POP, $12)

More Pop Montreal previews!

Pop Montreal @ The McGill Daily
Pop Montreal 2012 – Who to see on September 19, 2012 @ PhotogMusic
Pop Montreal 2012 – Who to see on September 20, 2012 @ PhotogMusic
POP MTL Preview Podcast #1 – Sep. 19, 2012 @ Midnight Poutine
CKUT x POP Montreal @ music.ckut.ca
POP Montreal: Pop Out with Your Rock Out @ ForgetTheBox
Pop Montreal: David Byrne and St. Vincent are united by idiosyncrasy @ Montreal Gazette

New music – Propagandhi – Failed States

Worth noting (from propagandhi.com):

“Failed States” released today!

Welcome to the new and improved Propagandhi website, which has been overhauled by the one and only Derek “Hog” Hogue! It’s now September 4th which is the official release of the new Propagandhi recording entitled “Failed States.” We’re really excited about this one and we hope you are as well!!

Their second album recorded with a second guitarist, and after one listen, sounding just as good as Supporting Caste!

Listen to the title track:

Be sure to check them out live, they put on a killer show!

Upcoming dates (visit their official site for all the additional information):

September 25: London, ON
September 26: Toronto, ON
September 27: Ottawa, ON
September 28: Montreal, QC (I’ll be there!)
September 29: Chicoutimi, QC
September 30: Quebec City, QC

October 2: Cambridge, MA
October 3: New York City, NY
October 4: New York City, NY
October 5: Philadelphia, PA
October 6: Baltimore, MD
October 7: Pittsburgh, PA
October 9: Cleveland Heights, OH
October 10: Detroit, MI
October 11: Buffalo, NY

October 27: Atlanta, GA
October 28: Gainesville, FL
October 29: Charleston, SC
October 30: Greensboro, NC
November 1: Virginia Beach, VA
November 2: Washington, D.C.
November 3: Covington, KY
November 4: St. Louis, MO
November 6: Chicago, IL
November 7: Minneapolis, MN

Random cassette reviews #1, Johnny Cash – The Johnny Cash Collection (1983)

Several years back I found a couple of bags of tapes in the recycling bin behind my old place. About half were pre-recorded, and the other half mixtapes. So I thought recently I could review some, at random! This is the first one!

Side one

A few well-known Johnny Cash tunes, and a few lesser known. In my brief bit of research, I could not find any info on this exact edition, likely never released on CD. It even censors “son-of-a-bitch” from “A Boy Named Sue”, which was taken from At San Quentin. While “Folsom Prison Blues” was taken from At Folsom Prison.

Side two

Two classics are present starting side two, “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire”. “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” is a quite good version of the Stan Rogers penned song from 1948.

“Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” has a little “I’ve Been Everywhere” in it (the way Johnny sings the song title), rather, perhaps the other way around as “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” is a Johnny Cash single from 1958, and “I’ve Been Everywhere” was written in 1959. Although Johnny Cash’s version was from 1996s Unchained.

All in all, a good tape to have to throw on (assuming one still has a tape deck), but very short at only 9 songs. Of course there are plenty of other Johnny Cash best of albums out there, as this one is probably nowhere to be found aside from perhaps used or in old-time mom and pop record stores!

Check it out: My friend Wayne’s radio show.

From my old blog post, What I’m reading, watching and listening to on the World Wide Web:

His show plays nothing but the best in modern Canadian music, hence the title, as it broadcasts out of New York State (Troy to be exact). It can be heard Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Eastern Time (North America) on Exit 97.7 WEXT. However it can also be streamed live, through their website, or using the TuneIn radio app on numerous different platforms (iOS, Android, Blackberry, etc).

New blog post coming in a day or two!

Public Enemy concert review, September 1, 2012 at Experience MTL

Bass, how low can you go?

25 years in the game, and that is just since their first album Yo! Bum Rush the Show was released!

Public Enemy setlist (Thanks to Eva Blue)

And they are still bringing it! Their new album, Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp was just released July 13 to follow-up the great How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?. And The Evil Empire of Everything, another new LP, sees release later this month last I heard!

Their live show still has it too (although to have seen them in their heyday would have been something!). DJ Lord on the turntables, music director Khari Wynn on guitar, and a bassist Brian Hardgroove (not to forget the ‘dancers’).

Their mix was old and new (from “Public Enemy No. 1” and “Bring The Noise” to their brand new single “I Shall Not Be Moved”), and plenty of awesome interludes, and switching up the show that would have to be seen to understood!

Along with talking about Montreal topics (like the Montreal Expos – the show was just outside where they used to play, and Montreal’s influence in the black community over the years), there was a brief bass solo, DJ Lord had a turntablism solo (playing around with “Seven Nation Army” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, the latter had some killer moments, like major crossfader action of Kurt Cobain! See below for a video). Also, local Montreal MC D-Shade, formerly of Shades of Culture (awesome hip hop from late 90s/early 2000s) got to freestyle with Flavor Flav on drums! Chuck D then freestyled for a moment too!

Along with promoting no violence, and one love, Chuck stressed how we need more hip hop groups out there (as in making real music, not just rapping over some pre-made beats).

My only thing negative was I would have liked to have heard “Terminator X to the Edge of Panic” (edit: read comments!) and “Bring That Beat Back.”

Great to see them still at it!

They play Toronto today, September 2! Check out the newly designed publicenemy.com for all the latest news and more!

From a show a few days before Montreal:

Be sure to watch YouTube for recent concert clips to see how good they still are!