Monday, 22 December 2008

Squalor - Foufounes Electriques - December 22nd 2008












Band : Squalor
Venue : Foufounes Electriques
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 22nd 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : First Squalor show in over a year, and also my first show at the Foufs in almost a year and a half. Glad they're back ! The new bass player really fits in the sound of the band. A pretty usual concert, no big surprises, it is almost if last time they played was last week or so. Good and loud as usual.

Extra : video

Friday, 12 December 2008

S.Cibo - Le Cagibi - December 12th 2008




















Band : S.Cibo
Venue : Le Cagibi
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 12th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Headliner of the evening, my friend Stephen played tonight his very first solo show for his 40th birthday. Accompaining himself on the guitar, Stephen played 4 of his own songs (Stephen, can you give me the name of the songs you played?), very sincere and touching. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Hi My Quiet Tsar - Le Cagibi - December 12th 2008




















Band : Hi My Quiet Tsar
Venue : Le Cagibi
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 12th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Well, it was more a Thisquietarmy show tonight actually, as Eric was playing the guitar instead of keyboards. But it was not quite Thisquietarmy either as Eric did not play any of his songs and improvised a couple of tracks instead... I really enjoyed the second piece, despite the very annoying group of three girls who started to be very noisy sorting their spare change during the concert.

Stochastique - Le Cagibi - December 12th 2008




















Band : Stochastique
Venue : Le Cagibi
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 12th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : First show of the evening for this celebration of my friend Stephen's 40th birthday at Le Cagibi. I think this was also Françoise's first show ever as Stochastique. I am definitely more familiar with her visual work (the animated short film "Sous Le Microscope") and did not really know what to expect. A very nice start of the evening, with lots of interaction from the audience (who was invited to speak in a microphone) while Françoise was manipulating these frequencies to make sounds/music/drones...

Monday, 8 December 2008

Mercury Rev - Cabaret Juste Pour Rire - December 8th 2008












Band : Mercury Rev
Venue : Cabaret Juste Pour Rire
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 8th 2008
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
Snowflakes In A Hot World
October Sunshine
Holes
Black Forest
Funny Bird
People Are So Unpredictable
Diamonds
Tonite It Shows
Tides Of The Moon
Dream Of A Young Heart Girl
Opus 40
The Dark Is Rising
Senses Are On Fire

Comments : A really great show on a very cold day here in Montreal (we had something like -20°C today). The band seemed really happy to be here and gave a much better concert than last time I saw them at ATP back a few months ago. 

Extra : Holes (video)

Dean & Britta - Cabaret Juste Pour Rire - December 8th 2008












Band : Dean & Britta
Venue : Cabaret Juste Pour Rire
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 8th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : I had no clue who the opening act from Mercury Rev was before tonight. Actually not until my friend Amaan told me that they were indeed former members of Luna : Dean Warenham and Britta Phillips. A nice show with a great cover of Serge Gainsbourg's Bonnie & Clyde at the end.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Raw Madonna - The Pound - December 5th 2008












Band : Raw Madonna
Venue : The Pound (UnPop Montreal)
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 5th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : I remember Raw Madonna from last year's UnPop festival at the Zoobizarre; the singer was playing the harp in speedos wearing rabbit ears then... well tonight he played the trumpet wearing reindeer antlers. Another pretty good performance, very twisted as expected; I really like them actually. Very nice people also. I wish they would perform more than once a year.

Extra : video

Monday, 1 December 2008

Ratchet Orchestra - Hôpital Général Juif - December 1st 2008












Band : Ratchet Orchestra
Venue : Hôpital Général Juif
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 1st 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
Jungle Drums
Fib
Unconditional
El Is A Sound Of Joy
September
Love On A Faraway Planet
Soak
Wish

Comments : Tonight was the first time I went to see a concert in a hospital (still used as a hospital to be more accurate) and the first time I saw a band of 28 musicians playing together on stage as well. A nice jazz concert held in a quite odd venue, with a pretty interesting line-up featuring ex-members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hangedup... Sam Shalabi was also supposed to be there but wasn't.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Alexandre St-Onge - l'Absynthe - November 20th 2008












Band : Alexandre St-Onge
Venue : l'Absynthe
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 20th 2008
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
Parcelles De L'imperméable Touché Du Nerf Bonjour Mouchoir Bonsoir Carton...

Comments : Another very good show by Alexandre St-Onge, who is definitely one of my favourite avant-garde artists in Montreal. A really good musical piece accompained by a great set up and performance.

Anti-School-Year - l'Absynthe - November 20th 2008












Band : Anti-School-Year
Venue : l'Absynthe
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 20th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : A nice and analogic show to start the evening, growing in intensity towards the end. It is definitely great to see that a musican cares of bringing a real organ on stage to play, and analogic equipment really make the difference.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Calexico - Le National - November 17th 2008








Band : Calexico
Venue : Le National
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 17th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
Frontera/Trigger
Roka
Bend In The Road
El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)
Writer's Minor Holiday
Man Made Lake
The News About William
Quattro
Inspiracion
Two Silver Trees
House Of Valparaiso
Sunken Waltz
Black Heart
Not Even Stevie Nicks
Fractured Air (Tornado Watch)
Güero Canelo
Minas De Cobre
Victor Jara's Hand
Crystal Frontier
Red Blooms

Comments : Tonight was the third time I saw Calexico and I found the show a bit disappointing compared to the last time (Quebec City in 2005). I quite like the new album Carried To Dust, and the band members are still pretty good musicians but the recent live performances sound weaker to me, like something was missing... humm...

Thursday, 13 November 2008

The Sea & Cake - Sala Rossa - November 13th 2008












Band : The Sea & Cake
Venue : Sala Rossa
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 13th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
Aerial
Window Sills
Middlenight
Exact To Me
Sporting Life
An Assassin
The Argument
An Echo In
A Fuller moon
A Man Who Never Sees A Pretty Girl
The Biz
Weekend
On A Letter
Untitled
Crossing The Line
Bonus Track
Coconut
Parasol

Comments : A quite nice and intimate show with really great moments, although it took me a couple of songs to really get into it. Surprisingly, The Sea & Cake seem to attract a much smaller audience than Tortoise, but this was exactly the kind of show I needed after last night's Nine Inch Nails.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Nine Inch Nails - Centre Bell - November 12th 2008












Band : Nine Inch Nails
Venue : Centre Bell
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 12th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
999,999
1,000,000
Letting You
Discipline
March Of The Pigs
Head Down
The Frail
Closer
Gave Up
Me, I'm Not
The Great Destroyer
Ghosts 5
Ghosts 14
Ghosts 19
Ghosts/Piggy
The Greater Good
Pinion
Wish
Terrible Lie
Survivalism
The Big Come Down
Ghosts 31
Only
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole

Echoplex
Reptile
God Given
Hurt
In This Twilight

Comments : I used to be a big NIN fan, but I kind of lost interest in the band after the release of With Teeth in 2005. Tonight's performance was visually amazing with an great light show and great energy on stage, but the recent tracks did not convince me musically at all. Still a pretty nice concert and a good evening. 

Extra : Closer (video)

Boris - Centre Bell - November 12th 2008













Band : Boris
Venue : Centre Bell
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 12th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
Farewell
Pink
Message/Statement
Floorshaker
Rainbow
Untitled

Comments : Every time I have seen Nine Inch Nails in concert, they brought pretty amazing opening acts (Pig in 1994, Atari Teenage Riot in 1999,...). Having heared a lot of good things about Boris, they were definitely a band I wanted to see. Despite the size of the venue and the rather "uninterested" audience, Boris gave a pretty good show tonight and I look forward to see them again in a more comfortable venue soon.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

The Sisters Of Mercy - Club Soda - October 29th 2008












Band : The Sisters Of Mercy
Venue : Club Soda
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 29th 2008
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
Crash & Burn
Ribbons
Train/Detonation Boulevard
Will I Dream ?
Marian
Alice
Anaconda
Giving Ground
We Are The Same Suzanne
Still
First & Last & Always

Something Fast
Vision Thing

Lucretia My reflection
Top Nite Out
Temple Of Love

Comments : A very good show, as expected (tonight being my 17th Sisters Of Mercy show), but no big surprise; although it is pretty nice to hear Marian again. This tour is definitely starting way much better than the previous one (good sound, less smoke...).The original setlist included Romeo Down and Flood II but the main set stopped after First & Last & Always. You can also read my full review of the show (longer, but in French) coming up shortly here : http://thesistersofmercy.free.fr/

Extra: Giving Ground (video)

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

The Tiger Lillies - Usine C - October 28th 2008











Band : The Tiger Lillies
Venue : Usine C
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 28th 2008
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : The Tiger Lillies are back in Montreal after last year's show cancelled due to a snow storm. Another really great show of black humor and sick twisted, including great hit songs at the end such as Kick A Baby or Hamster. And most of all a snow storm to come back home after the show (yes, really, and today is October 28th).

Monday, 27 October 2008

The Legendary Pink Dots - Les Saints - October 27th 2008












Band : The Legendary Pink Dots
Venue : Les Saints
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 27th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : A nice concert, despite a certain lack of intensity at the beginning. In the second part, the show improved a lot, although not the best Pink Dots concert I have seen. A great ending with two encores including Fifteen Flies In The Marmelade.

Extra : video

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Nadja - Casa Del Popolo - October 23rd 2008











Band : Nadja
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 23rd 2008
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : A really good, dark and deep concert by Nadja. Truely the best of their shows I have seen so far.

Extra : video

Thisquietarmy - Casa Del Popolo - October 23rd 2008


















Band : Thisquietarmy
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 23rd 2008
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
They Have Found Us
Summer Isolation
Battlefield Arkestrah
Warchitects

Comments : Announced as the last Thisquietarmy concert of this year and also the release party of his new album "Blackhaunter", tonight's show was very nice indeed. Including new songs, some yet to be released. See you again next year Eric.

Whilst - Casa Del Popolo - October 23rd 2008












Band : Whilst
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 23rd 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Unlike their last show at le Cagibi, Whilst did not use any video projection tonight and played on a very dark stage. A nice performance as usual, more minimalist and noise oriented.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Karl Lemieux / Jonathan Parant / David Bryant / Kevin Doria - L'envers - October 20th 2008





















Band : Karl Lemieux / Jonathan Parant / David Bryant / Kevin Doria
Venue : L'envers
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 20th 2008
Grade : 3/5
Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Another improvised live soundtrack to Karl Lemieux's 16mm films manipulations. A nice line up for a nice performance with really great moments, although I felt a loss of intensity towards the end (maybe 55 minutes was a bit too long ?), but still very interesting.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Hi My Quiet Tsar - Le Cagibi - October 18th 2008












Band : Hi My Quiet Tsar
Venue : Le Cagibi
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 18th 2008
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : New side-project from Eric (Thisquietarmy) without any guitar involved. I think tonight was his second show ever with this set up (please Eric, I know you read this blog, so correct me if I'm wrong). The result was definitely different from his usual project as expected, but still reminiscent of some ambiances and atmospheres you can find in Thisquietarmy. A pretty nice, intimate and short set (perfect timing actually).