Wednesday, 21 October 2015

William Basinski - Centre PHI - October 21st 2015

Band : William Basinski
Venue : Centre PHI
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 21st 2015
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :

Comments : Definitely the shows I was looking forward to see the most this Fall. The evening was divided in 3 parts : a screening of movies by James Elaine (with the music of William Basinski), a discussion with Malcom Goldstein and finally a live performance. I was not really impressed by the screening. It looked like the DVD was not really optimized for a big screen and the sound was also too compressed. Then came the Q&A and I discovered a Basinski I would have never expected based on his music. A very cool and funny guy indeed. Finally we had the live performance and it was absolutely phenomenal. Basinski played his new album Cascade and performed the short version of Disintegration Loops as an (impromptu ?) encore. The whole evening was finished around 10pm and it was great to have an early night out.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Chameleons Vox - Katacombes - October 3rd 2015

Band : Chameleons Vox
Venue : Katacombes
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 3rd 2015
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
Don't Fall
Here Today
Second Skin
Up The Down Escalator
Less Than Human
Pleasure And Pain
Thursday's Child
As High As You Can Go
A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days
Paper Tigers
View From A Hill
Swamp Thing
Perfume Garden
Soul In Isolation
Singing Rule Britannia (While The Walls Close In)

Comments : I was lucky enough to attend the very first reunion show of The Chameleons at the Manchester Academy back in 2000 but I managed to miss every single Chameleons, Mark Burgess or Chameleons Vox show after that. I was really excited about this show, although having 3 opening bands was a serious turndown. The show was sold out and the venue was packed, but I still managed to secure my usual spot. It was amazing to be able to hear the whole Scirpt Of The Bridge album. I actually realized tonight that the order of the tracks differ between the European and the North-American releases. I was an amazing show as expected despite the late hour and the heavily intoxicated (and therefore really annoying) audience members.