Saturday, 22 December 2012

Squalor - Katacombes - December 22nd 2012












Band : Squalor
Venue : Katacombes
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 22nd 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : Tonight was definitely the last show of the year. It was also my very first show at the "new" Katacombes. The venue is undoubtedly much better than the last one. Squalor are back as a trio, the electronics guy no longer playing on stage with them. I will not really complain about this. However, the trombone is still there and I really like it a lot actually. Combined with Reuel's guitar, it gives a really great experimental counterpoint to their heavier material.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Thierry Amar & Charity Chan - Casa Del Popolo - December 17th 2012












Band : Thierry Amar & Charity Chan
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 17th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : The fifth improvisation took us back to the same instruments as the second one (double bass and piano). Thierry was back to something less abstract. It worked quite well and was more interesting than the one with Lori. However, the harsh reality of a Monday evening show and a day job had struck me at this point. I had to leave the Casa before the last set, where all 4 improvisors were supposed to play together, to catch my bus home.

Alexandre St-Onge & Thierry Amar - Casa Del Popolo - December 17th 2012












Band : Alexandre St-Onge & Thierry Amar
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 17th 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : The second part of the show started after a thirty minute intermission. We got 3 more improvisations. This particular one was the one I was really hoping to see tonight : two double basses. It worked really well and it was definitely the most memorable duo of the evening. Unconventional, droney, intense and relaxing at the same time. A very good one.

Thierry Amar & Lori Freedman - Casa Del Popolo - December 17th 2012












Band : Thierry Amar & Lori Freedman
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 17th 2012
Grade : 2/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : I was a bit disappointed by this one. The sounds of both improvisors worked well together but the improvisation itself sounded a bit too conventional, academic free jazz. Thierry and Lori seemed to stay in their comfort zone and did not take any risks whatsoever. Dommage.

Alexandre St-Onge & Charity Chan - Casa Del Popolo - December 17th 2012












Band : Alexandre St-Onge & Charity Chan
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 17th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : It was already getting quite late, especially for a Monday evening, when the second improvisation of the evening started (the first one was Charity Chan and Lori Freedman). Alexandre's double bass made a nice balance to Charity's piano, but honestly you can't go wrong with Alexandre who remains my very favourite improvisation musician in town.

Monday, 3 December 2012

"Hmmmmm" - Casa Del Popolo - December 3rd 2012












Band : "Hmmmmm"
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 3rd 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : The show was originally announced as the very first show of a new a trio composed of Sam Shalabi, Alexandre St-Onge & Will Eizlini. The actual line-up included two more guests : Josh Zubot and Jason Sharp. I have to say I was at first a bit disappointed by this announcement, but I was wrong to doubt, it worked amazingly well. A very nice and seamless performance.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Hélène Prévost - Galerie Espace Projet - November 28th 2012












Band : Hélène Prévost
Venue : Galerie Espace Projet
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 28th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : I initally planned to leave after Michel's set but seeing it was still early and my friend Eric told me it should be interesting, I decided to stick around. I think I did well. An interesting performance, very old school, maybe a bit long towards the end but definitely something nice to conclude this early night out.

Michel Meunier - Galerie Espace Projet - November 28th 2012












Band : Michel Meunier
Venue : Galerie Espace Projet
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 28th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

Solange Berthe

Comments : Michel's set was the reason why I decided to come to the show tonight. While I am really familiar with his project with Fluffy (Whilst), I did not really know what to expect on his own, but you all know that I quite enjoy seeing concert in art galeries. Michel played one long piece running just under 20 minutes dedicated to the memory of his mother. The set was performed without amplification, using the actual sound of the instruments, except for a few drones from a portable CD player. A very intersting performance.

Erin Sexton - Galerie Espace Projet - November 28th 2012












Band : Erin Sexton
Venue : Galerie Espace Projet
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 28th 2012
Grade : 2/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : The first time I saw Erin Sexton, her performance left me quite unispired. Her set up was totally different tonight : 2 contact microphones and 2 speakers. She played using the microphones on the speakers. Sadly, it left me with exactly the same impressions. The set was quite short (around 10 minutes or so) but I started to feel a bit bored very fast. Sorry.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Sébastien Roux - Conservatoire De Musique De Montréal - November 15th 2012












Band : Sébastien Roux
Venue : Conservatoire De Musique De Montréal - Salle Multi (Électrochoc 3)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 15th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

Créancier De Secondes
American Girls No.1
American Girls No.2
Quatuor

Comments : I have seen Sébastien Roux four times (more if I count Oldine and Rabbits Sorrow) and he always played the guitar, so it was a bit of a surprise to see an elecro-acoustic presentation. Sébastien performed at the soundboard in the back of the room, behind the audience. We were seated in an darkened room, facing speakers with candles on top. Four pieces were played tonight: three very short ones based on field recordings and one long one (about 40 minutes) based on Beethoven. I really enjoyed the first three but found the last one a bit too long, despite some great moments. I skipped the last show he played in Montreal due to pricey tickets. I am glad I went tonight, but I do not regret not going last time. Hmm.

Sébastien Roux - Conservatoire De Musique De Montréal - November 15th 2012












Band : Sébastien Roux
Venue : Conservatoire De Musique De Montréal - Salle Multi (Électrochoc 3)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 15th 2012
Grade : n/a

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : Prior to his performance at Le Conservatoire, we got a conference/lecture where Sébastien Roux explained his path as a musician, from playing guitar in a (post)rock band to becoming an electro-acoustic composer. He also explained the tracks which will be performed tonight. Nothing really exciting overall, but the discussion did make me realize I was not up to date with what he has been doing for the last 8 years or so.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Seth Horvitz - Centre PHI, Espace B - November 10th 2012












Band : Seth Horvitz
Venue : Centre PHI, Espace B
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 10th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

Bells
Tentacles
Octaves, Systematically Filled And Folded
Arch Study For The Highest Eight Notes
Echoes
An Approximative Harmonic Series Built On An Approximate Harmonic Series
Strumming Machine

Comments : After a very brief intermission, the second performer presented several pieces written for a player piano. He started his computer and let the piano play on its own for about 40 minutes using the natural reverberation of the room, just like the first concert. People were allowed and encouraged to walk around the room throughout the performance. I found the performance itself interesting, although maybe a bit too long, but the last song was really good. A nice, interesting and different evening overall.

Laura Cetilia - Centre PHI, Espace B - November 10th 2012












Band : Laura Cetilia
Venue : Centre PHI, Espace B
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 10th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : I have to confess I did not know anything about the artists performing tonight. All I knew was that tonight was a free, invitation-only event (thanks Eric for the tickets!) and that it was presented in parallel with the Ryoji Ikeda exhibition in Montreal, so I was expecting something minimal. When we arrived, small bar tables were set across the room and we were told that no amplification will be used tonight to maximize the natural reverb of the high ceilinged room. The first performer made amazing drones using the cello. A very nice, short and trippy performance.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Esmerine - Musée D'art Contemporain - November 2nd 2012












Band : Esmerine
Venue : Musée D'art Contemporain - Salle Beverly Webster Rolph
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 2nd 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : Remember my curse with Esmerine ? Well, tonight was no exception. The setting was perfect on every point - no chatting audience, no special guests - but I was sick. I should have probably gone home to bed, but I really enjoyed the set a lot. The band performed some new songs they wrote during their recent residency in Istanbul, so we can probably expect a new release soon. It would have been a great evening if it wasn't for the flu.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Sam Shalabi's Land Of Kush - Sala Rossa - October 29th 2012












Band : Sam Shalabi's Land Of Kush
Venue : Sala Rossa
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 29th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : I was really excited to see them again. I had actually planned to attend both evenings, but had to skip the second night having come down with the flu. The set list was the same as last June's, with slight variances in the execution of the songs. My very favourite piece, as last time, was with Elizabeth Anka Vajagic on vocals. All four members of Shalabi Effect were present but this time, Gen Heistek was not. Once again, a very nice concert.

Sam Shalabi & Jean-Guy Blanchard - Sala Rossa - October 29th 2012












Band : Sam Shalabi & Jean-Guy Blanchard
Venue : Sala Rossa
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 29th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : Announced at the very last minute, Sam Shalabi opened for his supergroup. Announced as a duo it was actually a trio : oud, double bass and drums (no information on who was the 3rd musician actually). A really enjoyable opening act and a great appetiser for tonight's main show which followed with no intermission.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Swans - La Tulipe - October 26th 2012












Band : Swans
Venue : La Tulipe
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 26th 2012
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :

To Be Kind
Avatar
She Loves Us
Southern Song
Coward
The Seer
Nathalie
The Apostate

Comments : When I first listened to The Seer, I must confess the album did not impress me as much as I would have expected, but after a few more spins it rapidly grew on me. I had no apprehension though as I know that the Swans live experience is wholly unrelated to any impressions one may get from their recordings. They are one of the bands who has impressed me most live and they did so it again tonight. The band played 8 songs over a 2+ hours set with no intermission or encore. They played the very early song Coward in the set, to my absolute delight. Once again, the show was extremely loud (therefore the sound was not always the best, but whatever), brutal and beautiful. A really great performance and one of the very best shows I have seen this year (or maybe since I last saw them?).

A Hawk And A Hacksaw - La Tulipe - October 26th 2012












Band : A Hawk And A Hacksaw
Venue : La Tulipe
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 26th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

n/a

Comments : Considering they are on Young God Records, I was quite curious to see them even if I have never heard them before. Their sound was quite interesting - I would describe it as some kind of Balkan folk - but I started to get a bit bored after a while.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Thee Majesty - Cabaret Mile End - October 20th 2012












Band : Thee Majesty
Venue : Cabaret Mile End (Phenomena)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 20th 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
Brutal-Eyes

Easing Your Pain
Shattering
All You Need To Do Is Breathe
Soul Searching 9/11
She's Learning Slowly
Monk-E Shaman
Arbiter Of Elegance
Godstar

Comments : The first time I saw Genesis P Orridge 13 years ago was with Thee Majesty. It's taken this long to finally (and happily) see this project again. I was lucky enough to catch the soundchecks in the afternoon, and we got a front row table reserved (thank you Bryin!). The performance itself was pretty much what I was expecting: visually provocative and musically great.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Cat Power - Metropolis - October 19th 2012












Band : Cat Power
Venue : Metropolis
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 19th 2012
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
Cherokee

Sun
5,6,9
Human Being
King Rides By
Manhattan
Bully
Angelitos
The Greatest
Always On My Own
Silent Machine
Nothing But Time
Peace And Love
I Don't Blame You
Ruin
Ramblin' Woman

Comments : For some reason, I've always managed to miss Cat Power's concerts, and while the 2 previous albums did not really catch my interest, I really like the new one. We got to the venue early enough to secure our front-row dead-center spot. After 2 opening bands (the second one being really awful), the show finally started. Chan Marshall looked really nervous on stage (I actualy don't remember seeing a singer so jittery since Daniel Darc), the pre-recorded loops of backing vocals weren't synched too well, but whatever, the magic was definitely there. As the show progressed, Chan seemed more comfortable and told us she was having a good time. Towards the end she even handed me a bouquet of small flowers. I really enjoyed the setlist and the show; definitely one of my highlights of 2012.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Théâtre Corona - October 17th 2012












Band : Jon Spencer Blues Eplosion
Venue : Théâtre Corona
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 17th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Last time I saw the Blues Explosion was back in 2004 at the Metropolis. I missed their set at Osheaga 2010 due to a pretty stupid schedule overlap - I had to choose between them and Sonic Youth. Despite the fact that I haven't been really following their releases during the last 8 years, I was definitely looking forward to see them again. I hadn't been back to the Corona since my Godspeed marathon last year and I was a bit disappointed to see that the balcony was closed. We went for the front row instead. The sound started out really not good but improved slightly a bit later in the show. Despite this and an uninteresting light show, I enjoyed the band's very energetic performance. The second part of the 40 minutes main set was really really good.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Klaxon Gueule - Casa Del Popolo - October 9th 2012












Band : Klaxon Gueule
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 9th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : After a half hour intermission, Michel F Coté joined Alexandre and Bernard for a set as Klaxon Gueule. I was pleased that there was no special guest this time and that I could see the band performing as a trio again. Tonight's set evolved between free and more avant garde sounds. It was a nice balance between my two previous Klaxon Gueule experiences.

Alexandre St-Onge & Bernard Falaise - Casa Del Popolo - October 9th 2012












Band : Alexandre St-Onge & Bernard Falaise
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 9th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : After a short solo set by Bernard Falaise and no real intermission, Alexandre joined Bernard on stage. Unlike some improvised collaborations I have seen before, it was quite obvious that the two musicians are used to performing together. Both parts were quite complementary and blended perfectly together.

Alexandre St-Onge - Casa Del Popolo - October 9th 2012












Band : Alexandre St-Onge
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 9th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : The evening started with a short set by Alexandre which reminded me a bit of the one he played last year at Le Cagibi. I was also really happy to see a show that starts on time for once.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Dirty Three - Ukrainian Federation - September 20th 2012












Band : Dirty Three
Venue : Ukrainian Federation (Pop Montreal)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 20th 2012
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : It has been 9 years since I last saw a "true" Dirty Three concert. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed their show at ATP with Nick Cave and I am so glad I got a chance to see it, but tonight is the kind of Dirty Three show I was really itching to see again. As expected, the songs from the new album were really great live and the old ones were simply amazing. It was also pretty cool to see Jim White at the exact same spot where I first started fixating on his drum playing 3 years ago, when he played drums for Bonnie "Prince" Billy. (That night, my whole perception of Dirty Three's music completely changed: focusing on the drums, not on the violin.) A very great show and a great evening even if 2 opening bands were really not necessary.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Ryoji Ikeda - Centre PHI, Espace A - September 15th 2012












Band : Ryoji Ikeda
Venue : Centre PHI, Espace A
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 15th 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : It was a great surprise to see a Ryoji Ikeda live performance of Test Pattern along with his current exhibition in Montreal. Tickets were a bit on the pricy side but I have always enjoyed concerts in non-traditional places: art galleries and museums are always the most comfortable ones. When we entered the room, I was a bit disappointed to see a regular size screen for the projections. I was expecting something similar to Alva Noto earlier this year. However, once the show started, I quickly forgot about the size of the screen. The show started at the precise scheduled time, a rare occurrence in Montreal. The beginning was quite abstract, as expected, with deconstructed frequencies and linear black and white projections. As the show progressed, the frequencies became less abstract (or perhaps I was simply getting used to it?). The show lasted just under one hour and time went really fast. A very intense, extreme and interesting evening indeed.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Mono - Il Motore - September 13th 2012












Band : Mono
Venue : Il Motore
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 13th 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
Legend
Nostalgia
Dream Odyssey
Pure As Snow
Sabbath
Unseen Harbor
Ashes In The Snow
Everlasting Light

Comments : To be honest, I would have probably stayed home if I had not bought my ticket in advance for tonight's show. Being exhausted, I was literally falling asleep when Mono got on stage. It would have been a real shame if I had, as tonight's set was pretty good. Gladly, the checkered-shirted hipster invasion did not make it tonight. I hadn't heard Mono's new release prior to the show and I was not really convinced by a couple of the new songs (Legend and Unseen Harbor). The rest really made up for it though. The version of Ashes In The Snow was both intense and beautiful and I wish they would have ended the show with Ashes instead of Everlasting Light.

Chris Brokaw - Il Motore - September 13th 2012












Band : Chris Brokaw
Venue : Il Motore
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 13th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : I've never seen Chris Brokaw live before so I was happy to see him on tonight's bill. The concert comprised two sets, the first an acoustic set and the second electric. I quite enjoyed the instrumental songs but the stripped down versions would definitely have been more interesting with some accompaniment.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Thisquiatarmy - Sala Rossa - September 12th 2012




















Band : Thisquietarmy
Venue : Sala Rossa
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 12th 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : We caught Eric at Sala Rossa this time. He is getting ready to leave for his 4th European tour. Unlike the last time he played Sala, Eric actually played on the stage and I will certainly not complain about that. The room was pretty full when he started his set, which is nice to see. It was a pretty good show, probably his heaviest I have seen so far, with video projections that made me think of Blair Witch. On a side note, I'm not sure about the new hipster fashion trend: the prep school-lumberjack hybrid.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

The Jesus & Mary Chain - Osheaga - August 4th 2012












Band : The Jesus & Mary Chain
Venue : Parc Jean Drapeau (Osheaga)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : August 4th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : I have been waiting for over 20 years to see them live (I know, you are all rushing to do the math on my age right now). I was fully aware that The Jesus & Mary Chain were known for not being the tightest band on stage, but tonight their supposed "wall of sound" sounded more like garbled porridge to me. It was not bad per-se, the setlist was pretty interesting and I liked the video projections, but I expected a bit more. Gladly, I did not have to travel for this one. The Canadian actress Jessica Pare joined the band on stage for a couple of songs, which was no big deal for me either. Oh well.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Sigur Rós - Osheaga - August 3rd 2012












Band : Sigur Rós
Venue : Parc Jean Drapeau (Osheaga)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : August 3rd 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
Varúð
Sæglópur
Ný Batterí
Hoppípolla
Með Blóðnasir
Hafsól
Olsen Olsen
Popplagið

Comments : I saw them twice in the past but had completely given up on them after the album "( )". This being said, I had no real expectations of this show. It was actually a nice set and, at just under 60 minutes, short enough not to get bored. The show started when it was still daylight, but this did not interfere with the abstract/arty-farty video projections. It ended with one of my favourite songs: "Popplagið" but I did not think the brass and string sections present added much to the song.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Gambletron - Musée McCord - July 25th 2012












Band : Gambletron
Venue : Musée McCord (La Forêt Urbaine)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : July 25th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : You know I am always complaining about shows starting late, so a 5-7 event was something I had no excuse to miss. Victoria street on the side of the Museum had been converted into a synthetic purple forest for the whole summer, which made the place quite special. The beginning of the show was absolutely amazing : Lisa played the saw and the bow on a bicycle wheel which created an eerie atmosphere. The rest of the set was more beat-oriented and much less my usual fare but it was still an enjoyable event in an unusual environment.

Monday, 9 July 2012

The Psychic Paramount - Casa Del Popolo - July 9th 2012












Band : The Psychic Paramount
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : July 9th 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : There are some bands you have to go see everytime they play in town. Psychic Paramount is one of them, even on a Monday night. Once again, there was a time gap between what was printed on the ticket, the times posted on the venue doors and what actually happened in the room. It was about 10:45 when Psychic Paramount got on stage. The audience members who came for the opening act had mostly disappeared, replaced by a new crowd. Another side effect of the time travel ? Thankfully, the band made us forget all of these tribulations with their set and gave us a great show. This time they were able to use their own lights and smoke machines and it worked really well. See you next time !

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Shalabi Effect - Casa Del Popolo - July 1st 2012












Band : Shalabi Effect
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : July 1st 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Shalabi Effect shows have become extremely rare, so tonight's show was definitely not to be missed. Tonight was the release party for their 5th album, released this time on a Middle-eastern label instead of Montreal-based Alien8 Recordings. Just like last year, Shalabi Effect’s members were joined on stage by a guest: John Heward on drums. Tonight's improvised performance was almost twice as long as last year’s and sounded much less free but more Middle-eastern, so no complaints from me! The part with Will playing the tablas was really trippy and absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, some quiet parts were somewhat drowned out by the DJ playing next door...

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sam Shalabi's Land Of Kush - Sala Rossa - June 27th 2012












Band : Sam Shalabi's Land Of Kush
Venue : Sala Rossa
City (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : June 27th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : I was looking forward to see Land Of Kush again. Tonight's line-up was smaller than last time. It featured 15 musicians (including all members of Shalabi Effect) and 4 guest singers on stage, and I was quite happy to see that Elizabeth Anka Vajagic was one of them. The show included only new track. It started a bit too quiet for me (I could have gone without the Jason Sharp solo) but quickly picked up to some really great and trippy sounds. Although the set was a bit shorter than last time with no encores, it was really nice to come home from a weekday show early.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Mogwai - Metropolis - June 17th 2012




















Band : Mogwai
Venue : Metropolis
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : June 17th 2012
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home
I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead
Travel Is Dangerous
White Noise
Stop Coming To My House
I Know You Are But What Am I?
May Nothing But Happiness Come Through Your Door
How To Be A Werewolf
Ex-Cowboy
Mexican Grand Prix
2 Rights Make 1 Wrong
Batcat
Hunted by A Freak
Mogwai Fear Satan

Comments : After last year's disappointing show, I was slightly less excited about tonight. Looking at the rather "low" attendance (about 900 tickets sold in a venue that holds up to 2300 people), it seemed I was not the only one. Gladly, the band proved they can still give really good performances, and tonight was probably the best one I have seen since ATP. The band seemed much more into it than last time. It was also very nice to get a pretty good light show instead of the useless video projections of the last tour. A much more dynamic set-list (despite the obvious faux-pas of playing Mexican Grand Prix) with many more old tracks and a great version of Mogwai Fear Satan to finish the concert.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Stephen O'Malley & Tim Hecker - Église St-James United - June 2nd 2012





















Band : Stephen O'Malley & Tim Hecker
Venue : Eglise St-James United (Mutek)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : June 2nd 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : This was probably the show I was looking forward to the most since the beginning of the year and I was really expecting something amazing. Sadly, the result did not live up to its potential. I found the first part of the show really self-indulgent; each musician playing on his own instead of together. The middle part was pretty good and I found a real complementarity between the two musicians. The final part, Stephen O'Malley got the bright idea to turn up each one of his eight (yes, eight) amps. Being in a church, the sound of the church organ did not stand a chance against these. At this point, it would not have made a big difference sound-wise if Tim Hecker had been doing a crossword puzzle instead of playing. The site-specific performance failed miserably here. It also failed visually with the lights turned down very low. At one point Stephen O'Malley had to use a flashlight to change something on his effect pedals. Don't get me wrong, it was not altogether a bad show, but still extremely disappointing.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

k.a.n.t.n.a.g.a.n.o - Monument National - May 30th 2012












Band : k.a.n.t.n.a.g.a.n.o
Venue : Monument National - Salle Hydro Quebec (Mutek)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : May 30th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : After missing their performance at Musée d'Art Contemporain last month, I was relieved to see they were performing at Mutek, and for free to boot. The only drawback was the fact it was a late show (doors scheduled at 10:30pm on a weekday, according to the program). It was a good show as expected, and very different from the last time I saw them. The second part of the show was absolutely incredible! One could picture oneself drifting away along with a storm of vintage kitsch electronics, seated comfortably on a Lazy Boy chair, or maybe it was getting too late already and I was already asleep when all this happened ?

Biosphere & Lustmord - Monument National - May 30th 2012
















Band : Biosphere & Lustmord Present Trinity
Venue : Monument National - Salle Ludger-Duvernay (Mutek)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : May 30th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : I did not really know what to expect of this collaboration. Seeing as Lustmord's live concerts are quite rare and that this is probably the closest I will ever get to seeing SPK, it was not to be missed. The set started as a dark ambient masterpiece, but I was a bit less convinced when the beat (or maybe I should call it pulsations?) started in the middle. Gladly, everything came back to "normal" quite quickly. It was overall a nice experience, although less "evil" than what I was expecting (perhaps due to the collaboration with Biosphere?) I was surprised by the low attendance and by the fact that people chose to sit more towards the middle of the room than in the front.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Alva Noto - Musée D'art Contemporain - May 4th 2012












Band : Alva Noto
Venue : Musée D'art Contemporain - Salle Beverly Webster Rolph (Elektra)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : May 4th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Waiting to get into the venue tonight was really annoying and extremely disorganised. The room capacity was exceeded, so the organisers had giant screens installed at the bar for those who would not make it inside. Who would want to do that, and why did they sell more tickets than what the room allows? They made us wait in line in one area and changed their mind 10 minutes after the time doors were supposed to open. Needless to say, this made for a lot of anxious and very ticked concert goers. Gladly, we still managed to secure our usual front row center spots in the room. The show itself was pretty good, although less minimal than what I expected. The video projections were absolutely amazing: images were projected onto a full wall extended with mirrors on both sides. A very nice experience.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Jonathan Parant & Aurélie Brunelle - Sala Rossa - April 30th 2012












Band : Jonathan Parant & Aurélie Brunelle

Venue : Sala Rossa
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : April 30th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
La Mort N'est Pas Une Raison Pour Cesser De Se Fréquenter

Comments : I really enjoy Jonathan’s solo albums and I had never seen him performing alone, so this was definitely something I did not want to miss. Tonight’s piece entitled "La Mort N'est Pas Une Raison Pour Cesser De Se Fréquenter" was actually a collaboration with Aurélie Brunelle, under the alias Clown Tragique. It was indeed more performance art (almost a theatre play) and, apart from the vocals, most of the music was pre-recorded. Well, it was pretty fucked up, really out there, and I enjoyed it a lot.

Alexandre St-Onge - Sala Rossa - April 30th 2012











Band : Alexandre St-Onge
Venue : Sala Rossa
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : April 30th 2012
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
Aimer La Concrescence

Comments : Tonight, Alexandre performed one long piece called "Aimer La Concrescence". His show are almost always halfway between a live concert and performance art. I really like to see him in concert as it is always a nice and new experience (I have never seen the same piece performed twice). A great one to start the evening, even though I personally find 10pm a bit late for a Monday evening.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Acid Mothers Temple - Il Motore - April 27th 2012











Band : Acid Mothers Temple
Venue : Il Motore
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : April 27th 2012
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
Chinese Flying Saucer
Ritual Space Jam
Speed Guru
Pink Lady Lemonade
Cometary Orbital Drive
La Novia

Comments : Acid Mothers Temple are back in Montreal for their yearly visit, but this time the tour is called "Last Tour In US & Canada 2012". Let us hope this applies only to 2012 or perhaps the last tour as AMT & The Melting Paradiso UFO. I think tonight was the first time I saw them as a 5 piece band, featuring Tabata Mitsuru on guitar. The show was a slightly different from the previous tours I have seen. The second track played tonight was very funkadelic, the perfect soundtrack to a blackspoitation/sexploitation movie. The band played a shorter version of Pink Lady Lemonade in 2 distinct parts. A great show as usual and as expected, hopefully not the last one. On a practical note, the show was over shortly after midnight so we managed to make it to the blue line to get back home. Let's hope Il Motore sticks to this kind of schedule in the future.