Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Thisquietarmy - Sonic - October 30th 2013












Band : Thisquietarmy
Venue : Sonic
Town (country) : Lyon (France)
Date : October 30th 2013
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : This is the second time I see Eric in Europe and the second time I see him at Sonic. A pretty solid set as usual, and there is always a different vibe when seeing him somewhere else than in Montreal. Very enjoyable.

Aun - Sonic - October 30th 2013












Band : Aun
Venue : Sonic
Town (country) : Lyon (France)
Date : October 30th 2013
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : It is great to be back at Sonic ! This is definitely one of my favourite venues ever and I am always so happy to see that they are still around everytime I come back to Europe. Tonight's bill made me feel twice at home with Aun and thisquietarmy. I had not seen Aun for quite a while in Montreal actually and they are still performing as a duo, albeit more electronic than last time.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Hammermith Apollo - October 28th 2013












Band : Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Venue : Hammersmith Apollo
Town (country) : London (UK)
Date : October 28th 2013
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
We No Who U R
Jubilee Street
Abattoir Blues
Tupelo
Red Right Hand
Mermaids
From Her To Eternity
West Country Girl
God Is In The House
Love Letter
Into My Arms
Higgs Boson Blues
Hiding All Away
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee
Push the Sky Away
We Real Cool
Deanna
Give Us A Kiss


Comments : Last evening at the Apollo and we managed to get our front row spots once again. Nick gave me the thumb up when he got on stage. I was really happy to hear West Country Girl a second time but no Stranger Than Kindness. Another great show. Now I am kind of bummed out this was the last one for a while.

Shilpa Ray - Hammersmith Apollo - October 28th 2013












Band : Shilpa Ray
Venue : Hammersmith Apollo
Town (country) : London (UK)
Date : October 28th 2013
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : I had seen Shilpa Ray's band opening for Acid Mothers Temple in Montreal a couple of years back, after they had toured with Grinderman. It did not really inspire me back then and I don't remember much of their performance. For the Bad Seeds, Shilpa performed solo, singing and playing harmonium. It was good overall and I was starting to enjoy her solo set after three nights in a row.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Hammermith Apollo - October 27th 2013












Band : Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Venue : Hammersmith Apollo
Town (country) : London (UK)
Date : October 27th 2013
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
We No Who U R
Jubilee Street
Abattoir Blues
Tupelo
Red Right Hand
Mermaids
From Her To Eternity
West Country Girl
God Is In The House
Into My Arms
People Ain't No Good
Higgs Boson Blues
Hiding All Away
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee
Push The Sky Away
We Real Cool
Papa Won't Leave You, Henry
Give Us A Kiss


Comments : Tonight was a very special night as I think it was the only time I did not hear Deanna in about 20 years! I was also really happy to hear West Country Girl again. The most striking moment of the evening was when Nick announced on stage that Lou Reed had died and dedicated Push The Sky Away to him.

Les Colettes - Hammersmith Apollo - October 27th 2013












Band : Les Colettes
Venue : Hammersmith Apollo
Town (country) : London (UK)
Date : October 27th 2013
Grade : 2/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : A second opener was added to the Saturday show, and being Warren Ellis' wife's band they were slotted between Shilpa Ray and the Bad Seeds. I found this extremely uncool for Shilpa who is opening for the whole tour. This being said, it was interesting to see, although it's definitely not my kind of stuff and I don't think I would like to see them again.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Hammermith Apollo - October 26th 2013












Band : Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Venue : Hammersmith Apollo
Town (country) : London (UK)
Date : October 26th 2013
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
We No Who U R
Jubilee Street
Abattoir Blues
Tupelo
Stranger Than Kindness
Mermaids
From Her To Eternity
Love Letter
Far From Me
Higgs Boson Blues
Hiding All Away
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee
Push The Sky Away
We Real Cool
Deanna
Red Right Hand
Jack The Ripper
Give Us A Kiss


Comments : After being a bit disappointed by the North American shows earlier this year, I was a slightly less excited to see the Bad Seeds again, but on the other hand I have always had good experiences at the Hammersmith Apollo. George Vjestica has replaced Ed Kueper on the guitar, and I have to say I did not miss him at all during the set. On the contrary, I found the band more cohesive. A pretty solid Bad Seeds set: I was really happy to hear Stranger than Kindness again and also Far From Me. The songs from the new album sounded much better than on the album and the previous NA shows but I was really unimpressed by the new song Give Us A Kiss.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Tindersticks - Barbican Centre - October 25th 2013












Band : Tindersticks
Venue : Barbican Centre
Town (country) : London (UK)
Date : October 25th 2013
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
Tricklin'
Marseilles Sunshine
A Night So Still
Hushabye Mountain
The Organist Entertains
Come Feel The Sun
She's Gone
Dancing

Sometimes It Hurts
If You're Looking For A Way Out
Another Night In
Show Me Everything
This Fire of Autumn
Medicine
City Sickness
My Oblivion
Sleepy Song
Say Goodbye To The City
A Night In
I Know That Loving
What Are You Fighting For?
Travelling Light
Can We Start Again ?
Patchwork


Comments : We found out about this show almost at the last minute, so we did not score the best possible seats and we were also completely jet-lagged. The nice surprise of the evening is that the band performed a short set before their actual regular set. Probably one of the best Tindersticks show I have seen in about 10 years.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Dora Bleu - Casa Del Popolo - October 16th 2013












Band : Dora Bleu
Venue : Casa Del Popolo
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 16th 2013
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : Dorothy has not performed in town for a while and I was really happy to see her in a more proper venue this time. She performed a very nice, short solo set of about 30 minutes. The absence of collaborators made the performance definitely more intimate.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Charlemagne Palestine - Sala Rossa - October 14th 2013












Band : Charlemagne Palestine
Venue : Sala Rossa
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 14th 2013
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
n/a

Comments : This is probably one of my most anticipated fall shows as I previously managed to miss Charlemagne every time he played in my vicinity. It was definitely worth the wait. As we were waiting outside for the doors to open, Charlemagne came and introduced himself to us. The evening started at 8:30 sharp with a laptop performance, starting very minimally and gradually turning into something very powerful. Then we were treated to a video projection of Charlemagne wandering around a building and screaming, shot from point-of-view. This was immediately followed by a piano piece. The whole evening wrapped up at 10pm. Both laptop and piano performances were absolutely amazing even if Charlemagne did not drink a whole bottle of cognac, as urban legend dictates.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Nine Inch Nails - Centre Bell - October 3rd 2013












Band : Nine Inch Nails
Venue : Centre Bell
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 3rd 2013
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
Copy of A
1,000,000
Terrible Lie
March Of The Pigs
Piggy
All Time Low
Disappointed
Came Back Haunted
Find My Way
The Frail
The Wretched
Survivalism
Satellite
Running
A Warm Place
Somewhat Damaged
Wish
Burn
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole
Echoplex
I'm Afraid Of Americans
While I'm Still Here
Black Noise
Hurt


Comments : Interestingly, the last time I went to a show at the Bell Centre was to see Nine Inch Nails. I did not think I was going to see them on this tour but thanks to a very kind person (you know who you are and thank you so much again!) I was lucky enough to be invited for tonight's show. I had a great seat for the show. The concert was more rock than previously which was not a big surprise considering the new album. However, I never expected to see NIN with a saxophone and back-up singers, that was a definite change. Overall, a nice show as expected.

Explosions In The Sky - Centre Bell - October 3rd 2013












Band : Explosions In The Sky
Venue : Centre Bell
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 3rd 2013
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :
Catastrophe And The Cure
The Birth And Death Of The Day
Greet Death
Let Me Back In
The Only Moment We Were Alone


Comments : I have never really enjoyed seeing a concert in an arena, and I am not even referring to the unpleasant experience of security with metal detectors. Tonight, Explosions In The Sky played a solid concert as usual, albeit too short for my taste. It is a real shame their concert was hampered by terrible accoustics and the non-stop chatter of the audience who obviously did not care about the opening band one bit.