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 :

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 :
Bend In The Road
El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)
Writer's Minor Holiday
Man Made Lake
The News About William
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 :
Window Sills
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
On A Letter
Crossing The Line
Bonus Track

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 :
Letting You
March Of The Pigs
Head Down
The Frail
Gave Up
Me, I'm Not
The Great Destroyer
Ghosts 5
Ghosts 14
Ghosts 19
The Greater Good
Terrible Lie
The Big Come Down
Ghosts 31
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole

God Given
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 :

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.