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Canadian Music Week: Thursday
11-Mar-2008 03:55 AM
Contributed by: pete
With a pile of picks to choose from, the difficulty with Thursday was sorting out what to see and how to get back and forth. Tom and I probably could've just spent the whole night at Lee's Palace with The 6ixty8ights, Jason Collett, and Birds Of Wales, but I was keen to see Plants and Animals at The Horseshoe, and since I was starting the evening with illScarlett at a suite in the Royal York, we chose to spend our night along the nearby Queen St. West.
The boys from illScarlett hosted a private party in a suite at the Royal York that was attended mostly by industry professionals, including Alan Cross from 102.1 The Edge (I mention him because his radio show, The Ongoing History Of New Music, has been a favourite of mine for many years and is one of the two major influences that got me into photographing and blogging about music). The band played a very intimate acoustic and unamplified set from the corner of the room. Given that they were performing in hotel room, the sound was exceptionally good. In fact, I think Alex's vocals sounded even better unamplified.
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After illScarlett, I met up with Tom at the Tattoo Rock Parlour to catch Econoline Crush, a band that was originally formed in the early 90's and had some major hits later the same decade from the album The Devil You Know. They disbanded for a few years but got back together in 2007 and recorded a new album that was just recently released in January 2008. Trevor Hurst (vocals) and the rest of the band have an exaggerated presence that is made for the big stage. Their alt-metal sound is still strong, as their latest single Dirty emphasized.
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Plants and Animals
The album Parc Avenue by Plants and Animals was released on February 26, 2008 in Canada and I purchased it the same day. It's not that I was a huge fan (yet), it's just that I heard one of their songs on the CBC Radio 3 Podcast, made a note to pick up some of their music, and just happened to log into eMusic.com that day. But the first song on the album, Bye Bye Bye, was exactly was I was looking for. Slightly anthemic indie-folk-pop, with a great arrangement. On stage, they are a three-piece outfit with two guitars and drums, which means they were missing the bass that is present on the album. Even still, it was the performance of the night, exposing both moody hollow valleys and satisfying indie peaks of sound. Percussionist Matthew Woodley was placed up front and centre-stage, which may have been because he shares some of the vocals, but is more likely because his rolling and smooth drumming technique is amazingly eye-catching.
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The Beat Poets
Midnight was a tough slot. I wanted to see Mark Berube again, rock out to Besnard Lakes, and somehow weasel my way into Sloan at The Supermarket all at the same time, but due to a short series of events, we ended up at the Bovine Sex Club to see the Irish band The Beat Poets. They played some pretty straight-ahead rock with the moves to match.
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Even thought I had to get up for work on Friday and that Tom and I were both independently complaining about sore feet, we decided to hike up Spadina to the El Mocambo to catch Les Breastfeeders. I've seen them twice before, the last time being the Thursday night of CMW 2007, and both times I was surprised how much I enjoyed their very strange and insane show. No matter how you look at it, nothing caps a night off of music like the mayhem of Les Breastfeeders. For those in attendance who went for Besnard Lakes but stuck around to see Les Breastfeeders, there was that certain look of awe and amazement. Their frenetic show was howling good fun again, and was emphasized by tambourine and vocal acrobat, Johnny. As I said before, both amusing and amazing.
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