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.