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REVIEW: Holy F*ck & Indian Jewelry @ Holocene (Portland, OR – 10/14/10)

15th Oct 10 (Fri) 4 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

First off… if you haven’t seen the adorable and infectious new music video for Holy Fuck‘s “Red Lights,” you need to go check it out now.  OK, now that you’re back, on to the review…

This was the first time to the Holocene for me.  It’s a nice venue, trendy looking bar, good beer on tap (Double Mountain IRA for me).  They had a few side rooms with colorful lights, practically unusable mirrors in the bathroom, and odd fabric or paper christmas tree looking things in the performance area.  In other words, everything that makes Portland its quirky, trendy self.

I got there near the middle of the first opener’s set.  Clipd Beaks, from Oakland, were good from what I heard.  Fuzzy rock with somewhat melodic vocals, use of trumpet, but primarily traditional rock sounds coming forth.  I didn’t get any usable photos from their set as the lights were in force, yet.

Next up was Indian Jewelry, a four-piece from Houston, put out a 40 minute blast of tom percussion, dirty guitars and keyboards.  They were a little warbly, drone-y in spots, and switched off between male and female vocalists.  I enjoyed them, but I couldn’t really “re-sing” any of their songs… nice and percussive, genre-less but not aimless.  I can see them working way better live than on record, but then again, I’ve been wrong about that before.  Anyway, I’d recommend checking them out if they swing by your neck of the woods… cracked cymbals and all.

Holy Fuck started setting up immediately after Indian Jewelry’s set ended.  They went on right around 11:30 and played a full hour, with encore.  Not dissimilar from their Mississippi Studios show from earlier in the year… lots of tunes from Latin – which I am legally required to state in every mention of its name… it’s the best album of 2010 so far.  Great groove-based live/organic electronic.

There were a few absent fab live tunes (Royal Gregory, Super Inuit, Milkshake), and I think I’m going crazy, as now I’m doubting my own note-taking… did they end with Lovely Allen?  Or was it Safari?  Or am I going crazy?  Anyway… they played Red Lights, which smoked!  I love Punchy’s bass on that track…

Setlist: about an hour

  • 1MD
  • Super Inuit
  • Foxy
  • Jungles
  • Red Lights
  • Lucky
  • Stay Lit
  • Silva & Grimes
  • Stilettos
  • Encore: The Pulse
  • Lovely Allen (I should know this with confidence, but my brain fell apart)
    italics – unsure of in the setlist, any help is appreciated

Great show as usual from Holy Fuck.  But… severe lack of dancing again… or at least in comparison to the grooves.  This seems to happen (i.e.- not happen) in Portland; so I don’t blame the band at all.  They should swing down to Eugene next time… we’ll show ’em how to party!  Pretty please!

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Metallica – S&M

HOLY FUCK & INDIAN JEWELRY PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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Holy Fuck Fall 2010 Tour:

08-28 Leeds, England – Leeds Festival
08-29 Reading, England – Reading Festival
09-08 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
09-09 Birmingham, AL- Bottletree
09-10 New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf
09-11 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
09-12 Houston, TX – Walter’s on Washington
09-13 Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
09-14 Athens, GA – New Earth Music Hall
09-15 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
09-17 Washington, DC – Black Cat
09-18 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
09-19 Boston, MA – Paradise
09-20 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
09-21 Buffalo, NY – Soundlab
09-22 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
09-23 Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
09-24 Urbana, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09-25 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
09-26 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick (Fucking Awesome Fest)
09-27 London, Ontario – London Music Hall
09-28 Hamilton, Ontario – Studio Theatre
09-29 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Theatre
09-30 Montreal, Quebec – Espace Dell’Arte
10-02 Ottawa, Ontario – Capital Music Hall
10-03 Guelph, Ontario – Vinyl
10-05 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Pyramid Cabaret
10-06 Saskatoon, Saskatchewa – Louis Pub
10-07 Toronto, Ontario – Republik
10-08-09 Edmonton, Alberta – Pawn Shop
10-11 Victoria, British Columbia – Element Nightclub
10-12 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Rickshaw Theatre
10-13 Seattle, WA – Neumos
10-14 Portland, OR – Holocene
10-16 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
10-17 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
10-18 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
10-20 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
10-21 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
10-22 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
10-23 Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio

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Holy F*ck – Red Lights (official video)

14th Oct 10 (Thu) Leave a comment

Holy Fuck‘s new video for “Red Lights” (their 2nd single from this year’s Latin) is adorable and dance-worthy…


Director: Brian Borcherdt & Michael LeBlanc
Production Co.: Slowlover Films
Executive Producer:  Michael LeBlanc
DOP:  Michael LeBlanc
Editor:  Phil Prates

LATIN is one of my favorites this year.  Go check it out on the Amazons.

Holy Fuck.  Inspired by Kittens.

I’ll be seeing HF tonight at the Holocene in Portland, Oregon.  Review with photos to be posted on Friday.

~Dan – np: MetallicaRide the Lightning 

Holy F*ck “Stay Lit” (Bishop Morroco remix) download

9th Oct 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

As reported by Fader

Bishop Morocco just put out a remix of Holy Fuck‘s “Stay Lit” (an excellent track from HF’s Latin out earlier this year).  The remix can be downloaded here: http://thefader.cachefly.net/holy-fuck-bishop-morocco.mp3

Bishop Morocco will be touring with HF later this year.  Their full-length album and EP are available here:

 

~Dan – np: Ben Folds & Nick HornbyLonely Avenue 

Holy Fuck’s Sept/Oct 2010 Tour

10th Aug 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

They’re at it again… never letting up, the live-groove-electronic foursome of Holy Fuck is most likely coming to your town (unless you unfortunately live in somewhere in Nowheresville).  You should do whatever you can to make it there!  You won’t be dissappointed…

http://holyfuckmusic.com/tour/

Holy Fuck’s 2010 Fall Tour

  • 8 Sep Zanzabar Louisville, KY
  • 9 Sep Bottletree Birmingham, AL
  • 10 Sep BOMB Festival at Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA
  • 11 Sep Mohawk Austin, TX
  • 12 Sep Walter’s Houston, TX
  • 13 Sep Alabama Music Box Mobile, AL
  • 14 Sep New Earth Music Hall Athens, GA
  • 15 Sep Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
  • 17 Sep Black Cat Washington, DC
  • 18 Sep (Le) Poisson Rouge New York, NY
  • 19 Sep Paradise Boston, MA
  • 20 Sep Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA
  • 21 Sep Soundlab Buffalo, NY
  • 22 Sep Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA
  • 23 Sep Midpoint Music Festival Cincinnati, OH
  • 24 Sep Pygmalion Music Festival Champaign, IL
  • 25 Sep Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
  • 26 Sep The Magic Stick Detroit, MI
  • 27 Sep London Music Hall London, ON
  • 28 Sep The Studio at Hamilton Place Hamilton, ON
  • 29 Sep The Phoenix Toronto, ON
  • 30 Sep POP Montreal at Espace Dell’Arte Montreal, QC
  • 1 Oct Red Dog Tavern Peterborough, ON
  • 2 Oct Capital Music Hall Ottawa, ON
  • 3 Oct Little Montreal Sudbury, ON
  • 5 Oct The Pyramid Winnipeg, MB
  • 6 Oct Louis’ Pub Saskatoon, SK
  • 7 Oct Republik Calgary, AB
  • 8 Oct Pawn Shop Edmonton, AB
  • 9 Oct Pawn Shop Edmonton, AB
  • 11 Oct Element Victoria, BC
  • 12 Oct Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
  • 13 Oct Neumo’s Seattle, WA
  • 14 Oct Holocene Portland, OR
  • 16 Oct Teasure Island Music Festival San Francisco, CA
  • 17 Oct Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
  • 18 Oct Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
  • 20 Oct Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
  • 21 Oct Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
  • 22 Oct Firebird St. Louis, MO
  • 23 Oct Radio Radio Indianapolis, IN

I’ll be at the Portland gig, fo’ sho’…

~Dan – np: Portland Cello ProjectDaytrotter Session 2010

Holy Fuck nerd out about their gear

4th Aug 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Canadian live-electronic groovesters Holy Fuck recently did a great little three-parter for Dickie’s Sounds where they totally geek out about their gear.  Music nerds, watch now!!

Matt about his drums…

Brian and his keyboards, film reel, etc…

Graham on his keyboards and V-Tech…

No fourth part with Matt McQ’s bass… alas, maybe another time.  For those not in the know about Holy Fuck… they’ve put out one of the best albums this yearLATIN.  Go get it… you won’t be disappointed.

~Dan – np: Illy B (Billy Martin of Medeski Martin & Wood) – Drop the Needle
Illy B (Billy Martin of Medeski Martin & Wood) - Drop the Needle

REVIEW: Holy Fuck @ Mississippi Studios (Portland, OR – 6/6/10)

7th Jun 10 (Mon) 2 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

“Analog electronica at its finest.”

One of the best bands that you may have never heard of because of a fear of the unknown and/or an aversion to George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words is Toronto’s experimental electro-rock band Holy Fuck.

Starting off more experimental with their self-titled debut in 2005 and moving into a more groove-fueled diet of instrumental rock in 2007, Holy Fuck has been tearing up clubs around Canada, Europe, and the United States for the past few years.  Their records are superb, and their live shows are even better.  This show in Portland was stacked with some other electro-pop favorites…

Portland-based Fake Drugs went on a little after 9pm.  They are made up of a few guys from Starfucker – Keil Corcoran and Shawn Glassford.  Their sound was a nice pop electronic.  Primarily rhythm guitar & live drums with primarily pre-recorded keyboards & loops.  Danceable and fun… not what I expected from Starfucker gents, but a good warm up.

Another Portland band, Nice Nice had a great electro-pop sound.  This two piece band was the primary tour support for Holy Fuck.  Fewer guys on stage compared to Fake Drugs, but it seemed like they had more going on.  The drummer played both live drums and electronic drum pads… there was a nice juxtaposition of both the organic and artificial sounds – usually intertwined with each song.  The singer played keys, electronic drum pads, as well as guitar.  They have a building, electronic-rock sound, much like Holy Fuck… they meshed really well, and I can see why HF brought them along.

On to Holy Fuck

The seemingly scattered performance with keyboards, toy instruments, live drums & bass, 35mm audio strip replay, guitars, and distorted vocals ultimately leads into the music that is undeniably catchy and composed.  Brian Borchedt and Graham Walsh man the up-front melodic and non-melodic drive of the band, and bassist Matt McQuaid and drummer Matt Schulz are an excellent battery to fuel the groove.  They’re out supporting their latest, excellent record, LATIN.  It’s out now on CD, vinyl, and download formats (click picture to the right).  Personally speaking, it’s one of my favorite albums this year so far.

Holy Fuck went on at 11:25 and kicked it right off with the charged “Latin America.”  The band seemed pretty charged up, especially bassist Matt McQ… who really looked to be having a blast.  They plowed through an over hour set, hitting many of their new tunes, with some choice cuts from LP and the new version “Jungles” (on the +Ghost EP, based on the 2005 debut’s “Tonebank Jungle”).

Even if you aren’t a dancin’ fool… you’ll usually be turned into one at a Holy Fuck show.  The very danceable set was met with a severe lack of dancing from the crowd compared to past shows I’ve witnessed.  Perhaps it was a “Portland on a rainy Sunday” thing, because Holy Fuck was deep in the groove but the crowd seemed more concerned with their PBR’s.  Regardless of the “dancin’ deficit,” the crowd definitely showed their appreciation for the mighty HF via hoots & hollers…

Here’s what they played as best I remembered the song names…

Setlist: ~70 mins

  • Latin America
  • Super Inuit
  • Foxy
  • Jungles
  • 1MD / Red Lights
  • SHT MTN
  • Frenchy’s
  • Stay Lit
  • Lovely Allen
  • The Pulse
  • Stilettos
  • Encore: unknown… a really dirty, fuzzed out riff
  • P.I.G.S.

Brilliant show… my favorite was Red Lights, and its deep groove and killer bass.  Jungles and Stay Lit were close behind.  Stay Lit is probably HF’s most mellow song, and it features Brian on guitar instead of the electronics table.  They ended the night with a new song (or at least new to me) featuring a really fuzzy, dirty bass followed by P.I.G.S..

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Frank ZappaWaka/Jawaka

HOLY FUCK, FAKE DRUGS & NICE NICE PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

Holy Fuck 2010 N.A. Tour Dates (so far)

  • May 28 Le Poisson Rouge New York, New York #
  • May 29 The Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts #
  • May 30 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania #
  • May 31 Rock N Roll Hotel Washington, Washington DC #
  • Jun 1 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, Ohio #
  • Jun 3 Turf Club Saint Paul, Minnesota #
  • Jun 6 Mississippi Studios Portland, Oregon #
  • Jun 8 The Independent San Francisco, California #
  • Jun 10 Troubadour Los Angeles, California #
  • Jul 5 Club Soda – Festival International de Jazz de Montreal Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 9 Molson Amphitheatre Toronto, Ontario ^
  • Jul 30 Sappyfest Sackville, New Brunswick
    # w/ Nice Nice
    ^ w/ Metric and Passion Pit

Holy Fuck – Live @ SXSW with Baeble Music

12th May 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Excellent SXSW 2010 coverage of Holy Fuck from the Baeble Music stage (one of their many showcases)…

performance / interview

Get their latest record, Latin… out yesterday (May 11th, 2010) on Young Turks / XL…

~Dan – np: Holy FuckLatin

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