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.