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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.

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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

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