Thursday, 29 September 2011

Carla Bozulich & John Eichenseer - Casa Del Popolo - September 29th 2011












Band : Carla Bozulich & John Eichenseer
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 18th 2011
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : It is always great to see Carla Bozulich. Tonight she performed as a duo but the show also featured special guests from Montreal including Lisa gamble. Even with a more minimal set up the show did not lose any of its intensity, including both new songs and Evengelista classics. Great as usual.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Peter Hook & The Light - Club Soda - September 25th 2011












Band : Peter Hook & The Light
Venue : Club Soda (Pop Montreal)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 25th 2011
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
No Love Lost
Leaders Of Men
Glass
Digital
Disorder
Day Of The Lords
Candidate
Insight
New dawn Fades
She's Lost Control
Shadowplay
Wilderness
Interzone
I Remember Nothing
Atmosphere
Warsaw
Failures
Transmission
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Dreams Never End
Ceremony

Comments : This is a show I have been waiting for quite a while. I have had nice feedbacks from a couple of friends who saw this in Europe and Unknown Pleasures is one of my all time favourite albums. I really liked the fact that Peter Hook does not try to be, act or sing like Ian Curtis. It would probably have been one of the top shows of the year if Peter Hook would have played the bass through the whole set (his son was playing the bass lines when Hook was singing). The highlight of my evening was when Hookie, standing right in front of me, started the bass line of Transmission. The Band seemed very happy to play and Peter Hook was overwhelmed by the reaction of the audience. They came back for one more unplanned encore. I hope to see them play Closer soon.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Arcade Fire - Place Des Festivals - September 22nd 2011











Band : Arcade Fire
Venue : Place Des Festivals (Pop Montreal)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 22th 2011
Grade : 2/5

Setlist :
Ready To Start
Keep The Car Running
No Cars Go
Haiti
Empty Room
Speaking In Tongues
Modern Man
Intervention
Rococo
The Suburbs
Month Of May
Rebellion (Lies)
We Used To Wait
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Power Out Outro
Wake Up
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Comments : I was secretly wishing that it would rain today so I would have a legitimate excuse to miss the show (yes, I know I am evil). Don't get me wrong, an Arcade Fire free outdoor show sounded like a good idea (remember Place Longueuil last year?), but the whole carnival around it (the virtual doors opening at noon, the free yoga class, and 2 opening acts) made it sound way too pretentious this time. Anyways, we made it early enough to secure spots within the front section a few rows from the stage. Then, we practiced our deepest meditation techniques to make it through the opening acts (Karkwa was really painful). The Arcade Fire show was ok, very similar to the ones from last year, but I did not really feel any emotion watching them. I even got a bit bored after 30 minutes or so. The old tracks regained my interest though. I am not entirely sure I will go see them again even if they were playing another free show. Oh well...

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Hannah Marcus - Casa Del Popolo - September 20th 2011











Band : Hannah Marcus
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 20th 2011
Grade : 2/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : I had never heard of Hanna Marcus but the guest musicians made tonight's show sound amazing. It almost turned out to be Hanna Marcus & Silver Mt. Zion (as only Sophie was missing). Anyways, I was not really convinced by Hanna Marcus performance (including the 5+ minutes of guitar tuning just so she can hit the cords with a blender) but the guests in attendance really made it something special and worth seeing.

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh / Jessica Moss - Casa Del Popolo - September 20th 2011












Band : Radwan Ghazi Moumneh / Jessica Moss
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 20th 2011
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : I had missed their first collaboration a few months back, so this was definitely a show I wanted to see. Radwan and Jessica played a short set (20 minutes or so) of 2 songs. The first one was perhaps too quiet. We could hear the DJ music next door through the wall and that was a bit distracting. The second one was really amazing. I really hope they will keep on collaborating together.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Les Beyond - Peut-Être Friperie - September 18th 2011











Band : Les Beyond
Venue : Peut-Être Friperie
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 18th 2011
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Tonight is Les Beyond's last show in town as Erin is leaving on Friday. The unusual venue (the back of a friperie) made it quite special as well. Julie Matson joined her at the end of her set for 2 songs, including an amazing cover of "Dancing On my Own". Very moving. This is it, the end. I will deeply miss your shows Erin...

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Dora Bleu - Piranha Bar - September 15th 2011











Band : Dora Bleu
Venue : Piranha Bar (UnPop Montreal)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 15th 2011
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : I was not particularly thrilled to go back to see a show at the Piranha Bar. Just like the last time, the show started way too late (I literally had to run out at the very last second of the set to catch my bus) and the sound was so-so (well, what can one expect when the stage is in front of a large window ?). Anyways, despite the odd setting (Dorothy and Etienne playing on stage and Lisa Gamble on the floor) and the annoying disco laser lights, this was a pretty interesting collaboration.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds - Casa Del Popolo - September 12th 2011











Band : Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 12th 2011
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : It has been a while since we last saw Kid Congo Powers opening for Nick Cave. Every time I tried to see them since, the show would get cancelled (due to visas issues in Montreal, snow in France). The curse has been lifted (at least for me) now and I finally got to see them play again. A nice set with songs from both albums, including the "usual" cover of "Sexbeat" with the added cover of "I'm Cramped" this time.:

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Whilst Vs. Gmackrr - Monastiraki - September 11th 2011












Band : Whilst Vs. Gmackrr
Venue : Monastiraki
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 11th 2011
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : It has been way too long since I last saw Whilst. Today they played a collaboration set with Gmackrrr in the odd setting of an art space/curiosity shop. The result was quite excellent as the sounds of the 3 musicians blended perfectly and really fit the window display of stuffed birds on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Aim Low + Les Beyond - Le Cagibi - September 9th 2011












Band : Aim Low + Les Beyond
Venue : Le Cagibi
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 9th 2011
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Last show of the evening, Aim Low were joined as well on stage by Erin, this time for the whole set. Very different from what we are used to from Erin (well if I don't count Shearing Pinx), their sounds blended really nicely and reminded me a bit of My Bloody Valentine at times. A nice collaboration indeed.

Les Beyond - Le Cagibi - September 9th 2011











Band : Les Beyond
Venue : Le Cagibi
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 9th 2011
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : With no real break between Old Wyoming, Erin started her own set. Short and nice as usual. A truly enjoyable set for Erin's last show at the Cagibi.

Old Wyoming + Les Beyond - Le Cagibi - September 9th 2011












Band : Old Wyoming + Les Beyond
Venue : Le Cagibi
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 9th 2011
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Tonight is a special event as Erin (Les Beyond) is moving back to New Zeeland and it is her last "official" show in town. Empty Love has changed his name to Old Wyoming, although I did not really notice any change in sound or structure (still a whole lot of low frequencies). Erin joined him towards the end of his set for a short collaboration.