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REVIEW: Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR – 2/18/11)

19th Feb 11 (Sat) 13 comments

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Video flickers “hope” on loop. Slow build with piercing tones presumably of guitar mixed with cello & screams in the violin pickups. The vapors turn into steam, the bowing more frantic, random percussive shakes. Eight minutes, the first hits on a high hat. The steam now turning into an impending waterfall. “Hope” still flickers. The impending waterfall never comes. The sounds fall away into sweepy hallways.

Clean guitars, gentle malleted vibes, as the guitar soars upwards with the violins. The screen text and numbers jumble. The pace expands and explodes, then stabilizes. Guitars are the backbone, the drums brisk, the xylo/vibes, on the other hand, are furious. Gasping. Grasping. They’re trying to escape. The drums take over, the other players fall to the side. A stringed étude tucks it away.

Violin warming up, workshop hammering percussion until the sounds become like a train leaving the station. This one built quicker than the prior pieces. More Mogwaian versus Sigurrósient. Churning turns into hints of melodic keys. Maybe they were just car keys… it’s turned more into a tumultuous rock instrumental.  Rush.

That was the first forty minutes. The rest of Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘s two-plus hour set was full of highs and lows, and all the things that make post-rock so wondrous and confounding. Sweeping movements with The Anatomy of Melancholy text and images flashing above the band’s heads. I think sprinting away from convention is what makes this music so magical. Shying away from the press definitely adds to the mystery.

Setlist: (thanks Jason & others)

  • Hope Drone
  • Moya
  • Albanian
  • Monheim
  • Dead Metheny
  • (unknown)
  • 09-15-00 (outro)
  • Chart #3
  • World Police & Friendly Fire
  • Gathering Storm
  • Blaise Bailey Finnegan III (aka BBF3)

Sorry for no photos from the show… t’was too packed, dark and I decided to hang back and enjoy anyway.  My opinion of the opener in the comment section.

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

Next show for me… Nik Barstch’s Ronin as part of Portland Jazz Fest next weekend.

~Dan – np: EarthAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Tourdates

February 2011
16 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
17 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox at the Market
18 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
20 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall
21 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall
23 – Los Angeles, Calif @ Music Box at the Henry Fonda

March 2011
16 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Masonic Temple
17 – New York City, N.Y. @ Church of St. Paul the Apostle
19 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ Trocadero
20 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
22 – Athens, Ga. @ 40 Watt Club
24 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Cannery Ballroom
26 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
27 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
29 – Detroit, Mich. @ Majestic Theatre

Faith No More & Sparks (live last night)

2nd Dec 10 (Thu) Leave a comment

A lot of bands put out special one-off collaborations.  Not many actually perform those one-off songs in a live setting.

Well, Faith No More‘s collaboration with Sparks called “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For the Both of Us” is one of my favorite b-sides of theirs.  They did it last night at the Los Angeles Paladium show (Dec 1, 2010)… with Sparks…

Officially, surprisingly MORE jealous of those who went – as this seems legendary.  FYI, the recorded version was released as a UK single and on Sparks’ Plagiarism album.

~Dan – np: Faith No More vs. SparksThis Town Ain’t Big Enough

Burlap to Cashmere returns

22nd Oct 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

Behold the return of Burlap to Cashmere

http://www.burlaptocashmere.com/

Yeah, I liked ‘em way back when.  I’m hoping they’re not more Jebus-y.  I bet they are. We shall see.  I always liked their musicianship, Greek folk influences, and Steven Delopoulos’ lyricism and singing…

~Dan – np: Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor tours again…

22nd Sep 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor is doing a short tour after their All Tomorrow’s Parties reunion gig (December 2010)… I’m hoping to catch the Portland show in February…

February 2011
16
– Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
17
– Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox at the Market
18
– Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
20
– San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall
21
– San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall
23
– Los Angeles, Calif @ Music Box at the Henry Fonda

March 2011
16
– Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Masonic Temple
17
– New York City, N.Y. @ Church of St. Paul the Apostle
19
– Philadelphia, Penn. @ Trocadero
20
Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
22
– Athens, Ga. @ 40 Watt Club
24
– Nashville, Tenn. @ Cannery Ballroom
26
– Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
27
– Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
29
– Detroit, Mich. @ Majestic Theatre

~Dan – np: Nellie McKayGet Away From Me

Puya returns with Areyto

19th Aug 10 (Thu) 1 comment

Well, PUYA broke up in 2002… but they’re back now with a new digital EP called Areyto.  It’s out August 27th on iTunes…

Read more over at the Blabbermouth press release.

~Dan – np: Glen PhillipsWinter Pays For Summer 

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Dave Ellefson – back in Megadeth

8th Feb 10 (Mon) Leave a comment

Breaking news… Dave Ellefson (founding bass player for Megadeth) is re-joining the band… yippie!!!!  Read more (including past dramas) over at Blabbermouth.

Welcome back, Dave!  See you & Dave Mustaine back on the road this coming fall!

~Dan – np: Miho HatoriEcdysis

Faith No More – Coachella 2010

19th Jan 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

So… the first Faith No More reunion tour U.S. date is on the interweb news wire…

They will be playing Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA.  I won’t be able to go, but I hope they do a full U.S. tour this spring as well.

Source: http://www.coachella.com/updates/news/2010lineup

There are TONS of other great bands at Coachella this year: Porcupine Tree, Dillinger Escape Plan, Yann Tiersen, Coheed & Cambria, Thom Yorke, Sia, Fever Ray, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, One eskimO, and more…

~Dan – np: Miho HatoriEcdysis

Faith No More – U.S. Tour is in the planning phase…

21st Oct 09 (Wed) 2 comments

Um… kick ass… Faith No More is planning a U.S. Tour as I type this… as reported on BrooklynVegan, here’s a repost of bassist Billy Gould’s tweet…

Stoked,
~Dan

REVIEW: Sunny Day Real Estate @ Crystal Ballroom MFNW (Portland, OR – 9/18/09)

19th Sep 09 (Sat) 8 comments

(photo: Rebecca Blissett, from Vancouver show)

I saw Sunny Day Real Estate in Oct 2000 on the Rising Tide Tour (Bogart’s in Cincinnati), which would ultimately be their last.  I had a few chances to see Jeremy Enigk solo or The Fire Theft, but the shows never meshed with my schedule.  Seeing as I count the 2000 SDRE show as one of my favorite shows of all -time (Top 25 at least), I was soooooo stoked when it was announced that they were getting back together for a tour.

This was only my second time at McMennamin’s Crystal Ballroom.  The room was packed with tons of Music Fest Northwest (MFNW) people; so I’m hoping the hardcore SDRE fans got in.  The venue was set-up like most Portland venues with the odd barrier between the drinkers and the youngins’.  This was one of the rare shows of late where I don’t think I saw anyone younger than 25.

The opener, The Jealous Sound, were pretty good.  I listened to them on MySpace before the show and they seemed like a pretty good power pop/rock band.  At the show, the sound was a little muddled, but I could still get a good feel for their groove.  Maybe like a slightly less hooky Heatmiser?  I don’t know… they’re definitely worth checking out.

No cameras were supposed to be allowed in the venue last night (I asked).  Yet, when I get in (without my camera), I see a few people with cameras.  Damn me for asking. :(  Anyway, Rebecca Blissett’s photos from Vancouver will suffice as my pictorial show of the reunited SDRE…

SDRE’s set went by blisteringly fast.  They played a solid hour plus before leaving for a short break before their 3 song encore.  Jeremy’s voice was on top of its game, yet as indecipherable as usual.  I think he ranks up their with Karin Bergquist of Over the Rhine as misheard lyric contributor. :)  The rest of the band seemed really tight.  The “muddliness” of the opener’s set seemed to be cleared up.  And while Sunny Day haven’t been a cohesive unit for 8-9 years, they sure seemed like one tonight.  It seems like they didn’t miss a beat at all.

Setlist: 80+ mins

  • Friday
  • Seven *a fave of the night*
  • Red Elephant
  • Song About An Angel
  • Grendel
  • Shadows
  • Inscarabaid
  • 47
  • Theo B
  • 10 [new song]
  • 48
  • Sometimes
  • Encore: In Circles *a fave of the night*
  • Spade & Parade
  • J’Nuh *a fave of the night*

They only played material from their first two discs at this show (they have played at least “Guitar & Video Games” off of How It Feels to Be Something On on this tour), which was kind of odd.  And I know, this may be heresy, but I really love their last album the best (2000′s The Rising Tide).  It’s probably just a factor of when I got into them as a band.  So, as far as the only downside, that was it.  But the fact that they wrote a new song as recent as a week or so ago… well, that bodes well for future album(s) & tour(s).

Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary & LP2 (aka Pink) have been remastered and re-released by Sub Pop in 2009 (click pictures for info).  No word on a remaster of How It Feels to Be Something On, though… hmm…

The Appropriate Linkage:

SDRE on Jimmy Fallon (9/29/09)

~Dan – np: Pearl JamBackspacer

no free download or torrent available here

 

SDRE Reunion Tourdates

09-17 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
09-18 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (MusicFest NW)
09-20 Murray, UT – Murray Theater
09-21 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
09-23 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09-24 Chicago, IL – Metro
09-25 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
09-27 New York, NY – Terminal Five
09-28 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09-30 Washington, D.C. – 930 Club
10-01 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
10-03 Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage
10-05 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10-06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live – Ballroom
10-07 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
10-09 Tempe, AZ – Marquee
10-10 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10-11 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
10-13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10-15 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10-16 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater

Sunny Day Real Estate have also caught the reunion flu

23rd Jun 09 (Tue) 2 comments

File this under: awesome.

So, I saw Sunny Day Real Estate in 2000 on their The Rising Tide tour.  It is probably one of the 10 or 20 best concerts ever for me, and I say that in that they aren’t one of my favorite 10 or 20 bands in my wheelhouse.  Anyway, I dig their albums a plenty, but that tour was just fantasticly great.  Even the opener, Euphone, was great (my first foray into post-rock).

Well, in the recent rash of get togethers that I care about (Faith No More and Galactic Cowboys being two notables), SDRE are getting back together with the original four members: Jeremy Enigk, Dan Hoerner, and recently Foo Fighters’ William Goldsmith & Nate Mendel.  Call it a SDRE-union, if you will.  Diary and LP2 will also be re-issued on Sub Pop.  Read the full story over at Pitchfork and BrooklynVegan.  Here are the tourdates:

09-17 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
09-18 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (MusicFest NW)
09-20 Murray, UT – Murray Theater
09-21 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
09-23 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09-24 Chicago, IL – Metro
09-25 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
09-27 New York, NY – Terminal Five
09-28 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09-30 Washington, D.C. – 930 Club
10-01 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
10-03 Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage
10-05 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10-06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live – Ballroom
10-07 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
10-09 Tempe, AZ – Marquee
10-10 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10-11 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
10-13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10-15 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10-16 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater

I plan on hitting the Portland show.  That week is busy for me now… I’ve got Porcupine Tree on Wednesday, Wynton Marsalis on Thursday, and now Sunny Day Real Estate on Friday.

But it’s gonna rule!  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

~Dan – np: Miles DavisIn a Silent Way

GALACTIC COWBOYS Never Die.

22nd Jun 09 (Mon) 5 comments

Reposted from Blabbermouth

GALACTIC COWBOYS, the heavy-hitting Houston, Texas band responsible for such classic albums as Space In Your Face, Machine Fish, and At the End of the Day, will reunite this August for three concert performances only in the group’s home state — in Houston, Dallas, and Austin. GALACTIC COWBOYS’ classic lineup of Monty Colvin (bass), Alan Doss (drums), Ben Huggins (vocals), and Wally Farkas (guitar) will hit the stage on August 13, August 14 and August 15.

The Houston show has just been booked and announced for Saturday, August 15, 2009 at Warehouse Live (813 St. Emanuel Street, Houston, TX 77003). More information may be found by contacting the venue at (713) 225-5483. The band is currently booking the remaining shows in Dallas and Austin. Details for these two nights will be forthcoming.

Commented Colvin: “[It's] something we have talked about on and off over the years and now is the first time all of our schedules coincide to be able to do this. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we are really looking forward to reconnecting with the fans that have been asking about this ever since we broke up.”

GALACTIC COWBOYS released its debut album on Geffen Records back in 1991 on an unsuspecting public, combining progressive metal with a style of vocals influenced by THE BEATLES and the heavy playing style of thrash bands such as ANTHRAX. They have been described as “possibly the most melodic metal band ever.” The band called it quits in 2000 after a string of well-received albums on Metal Blade, a loyal cult following and years of successful tours with bands such as KING’S X, ANTHRAX, and DREAM THEATER.

For more information, visit www.galacticcowboys.com.

I’ve been a GC forever… ran an unofficial (but officially approved) website for them in college (back in the heyday of the internets).  I wish I could make it down to Texas for these shows, alas, I’ll be in Idaho for work.

I hope the reunion bug bites harder and they decide to do something else together… an album or more shows.

In other, older Galactic Cowboys-related news… check out this about The Jibbs.

~Dan – np: TV on the RadioDear Science

Faith No More to Rehearse Today…

4th Mar 09 (Wed) 3 comments

Well, the revelation from the late 2008 query is out… Faith No More are getting back together for at least some European tour dates.  No U.S. dates or album plans, but I’m holding out hope.  Per a twitter from bassist Billy Gould, the band will rehearse today (3/4/09) for the first time in over 10 years…

The line-up will be their touring lineup from 1997: vocalist Mike Patton, keyboardist Roddy Bottum, bassist Billy Gould, drummer Mike Bordin, and guitarist Jon Hudson. I’ll post dates when/if they come in.

~Dan – np: Real Time with Bill Maher

Over the Rhine – Taft Theater Friday the 19th

19th Dec 08 (Fri) 2 comments

Over the Rhine – 1st Decade
Friday the 19th of December 2008
Taft Theater, Cincinnati, Ohio

Does anyone have a good recording of this reunion show with Ric Hordinski and Brian Kelley?

If so, please email me. :)  I wasn’t able to attend, but I would love to hear it…

~Dan

Photo by euro60

Setlist posted by rotary11

SET ONE
Eyes Wide Open
How Does It Feel?
How Does It Feel? (Reprise) <– this was silly and awesome
Within Without (with Kim Taylor)
Like a Radio
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
June (with Kim Taylor, Jake, Kenny Hutson, and Julie Lee)
Circle of Quiet (with Kim and Julie)
Daddy Untwisted (with Kim and Julie)

SET TWO
Paul and Virginia (L&K with Jake, Kenny, Mickey, Kim, and Julie)
Poughkeepsie (same minus Mickey) <– this was different than before, so much FULLER
Mary’s Waltz (L, K, Paul Patterson)
Silent Night (Duet) (L, K, Paul, Julie)
Faithfully Dangerous (with Jake)
A Gospel Number (with Jake, Kim, Julie, and some awesome “cool” glasses and berets)
All I Need Is Everything (with Jake, Kim, and Paul)
If I’m Drowning <– old-school one-by-one departure. My best moment of the night

ENCORE NUMBER ONE
My Love Is a Fever
I Painted My Name (with Kim and Julie) <– my second favorite of the night. What a beautiful song, I’ve always loved it

ENCORE NUMBER TWO
Happy With Myself? (except I don’t think they played it?)
Latter Days (L & K)
What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding? (with Jake)

Faith No More reforming?

28th Nov 08 (Fri) 6 comments

Update (2/24/09): Per Pitchfork and Tripwire, the band is set to reunite for some European dates in 2009.  The line-up will be their touring lineup from 1997: vocalist Mike Patton, keyboardist Roddy Bottum, bassist Billy Gould, drummer Mike Bordin, and guitarist Jon Hudson.  I’ll post dates when/if they come in.

OK, so I think I need to get my hands on a Kerrang magazine… their website has a blurb about a Faith No More reformation.  Mike Patton (their singer in the good era of FNM) talked about the possiblility of a future reunion in Jan 2008.  In other press since then, he didn’t rule it out, but he said it was unlikely.

OK, so anyone have this most recent Kerrang (with Metallica on the cover)?  Does it offer up anything more than speculation?  Or is the “reformation” something with Dio as the singer? :rolleyes:

~*~*~*~*~*~

11/29/08 Update (from Blabbermouth): According to U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine, industry insiders suggest that hugely infuential ’90s alt-metal band FAITH NO MORE is planning to return next year. Kerrang! understands that a number of U.K. venues have been placed on hold for shows from the band next spring, while U.K. festival appearances are rumored to follow in the summer. Founding bassist Bill Gould told Kerrang! “If anything like this were to happen, it would have to come from the band, and I haven’t spoken with any of them in over a year. So as far as I know, there isn’t anything to talk about, and I’m pretty sure that if you were to contact [Mike] Patton [vocals], he would tell you the same thing.” played down the speculation, telling

~Dan – np: WussyRigor Mortis -EP-

Ric Hordinski back with Over the Rhine… one night only

25th Nov 08 (Tue) Leave a comment

I knew about this a bit ago, but don’t know why I never blogged it… anyway, guitar master & production wizard Ric Hordinski (aka Monk) is playing a one-off show with his former band, Over the Rhine, at their annual get together at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati, OH.  This is one of those shows that I’m totally bummed I’ll be missing.  Ric is an amazing guitarist, and Over the Rhine’s sound has been missing a ton of what I loved ever since he left in 1996/1997.  I also assume that original drummer Brian Kelley will be playing with the band, too.  But I haven’t heard either way///

Anyway, one night onlyOver the Rhine with Ric Hordinski, December 19th, 2008 at the Taft Theater, Cincinnati, OH.  Check out http://overtherhine.com/ for more info.

Ric is also doing his annual holiday show at his monastery studio with Ellery (my new favorite husband-wife duo from Cincinnati).  Ellery’s 2006 debut album (Lying Awake) and very recent EP (You Did Everything Right) are among my favs in that genre that includes singing*.

*- Yeah, this year is my first year with more instrumental intake than vocal… alas, I still dig me some folk-pop stylings… especially that of Tasha & Justin Golden (i.e.- Ellery).

The Ric Hordinski & Ellery get together is the week prior (December 12th):

- Friday, December 12th :: 7:30pm
- Doors open at 6:00pm, with caroling at 6:30pm
- Tickets are $15, only 100 seats available!

~Dan – np: Steven WilsonInsurgentes

Holy Funk, Batman!!

25th Nov 07 (Sun) Leave a comment

um… this announcement made me so incredibly happy.

Gary Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt, and Pat Badger (with Kevin from Nuno’s other band Population-1 on drums) are coming back with a new EXTREME album and tour in 2008.

Sweet muscular Jesus, that is AWESOME NEWS!! they’re one of my favorite bands… ever. The only downside is that my brother may get a chance to see them live, and I won’t have that to hold over his head anymore… :-)

~Dan

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