Archive for November 2009
According to Matador Records website, Teo Leo & the Pharmicists will drop a new record on March 9th, 2010. They did not release too many details about album except for that it was recorded throughout 2009 at Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge and it’s “one of those career defining, ‘can you believe what you’re hearing’ records”. I don’t know about you but hearing that description only makes me want more. Too bad it’ll be another few months before we can get a listen. If you head over to Matardor’s website, you can check out a new song called “Even Heroes Have To Die” or just click HERE.
Interpol‘s lead man, Paul Banks, brought his solo project Julian Plenti to the basement of the First Unitarian Church for the last show of his 10 show tour in support of his debut solo record, Julian Plenti Is…..Sckyscraper . Considering Banks and his three Interpol mates put out one of my favorite records of all time, 2002′s Turn On The Bright Lights, it was a treat to see him in such a small, intimate venue.
Even though it was not Interpol, his performance as Julian Plenti was still excellent. Banks played all the songs off Julian Plenti is…..Skyscraper with a few covers thrown in. The songs translated much better live than they did on the record. His supporting band were a very weird bunch compared to his serious looking Interpol bandmates. They looked like they were just randomly thrown together especially the guitarist. He was a little bit of a distraction: he mouthed every word, he had a Hitler style mustache and he was rowdy next to the very calm Banks. That being said, the guy absolutely ripped on the guitar, which I guess makes up for his obnoxious self.
At the end of the evening, Mr. Banks thanked the crowd for a wonderful evening and declared them as the best audience of the tour. They were very loud and made sure to show their appreciation for his music. Photos/setlist below.
Setlist: Mythsizer(J-Dilla cover)/Fly As You Might/No Chance Survival/Unwind/Madrid Song/Girl On The Sporting News/Fun That We Have/On The Esplanade/Only If You Run/Into The White(Pixies cover)/Skyscraper/Goodbye Toronto//H/Horse With No Name(America cover)/Games For Days
What To Do On Friday?
- Julian Plenti (Paul Banks of Interpol), I’m In You at the First Unitarian Church – 8 PM – $12
- Free Energy, Tough Shits, Post Post at Kung Fu Necktie – 7:30 PM(21+) – $10
- The Disco Biscuits at The Electric Factory – 8:30 PM
- The Brakes at Johnny Brendas – 9 PM(21+)
- The Three 4 Tens, Brother JT, The Successful Failures at The Khyber – 9 PM(21+)
Metric and Band Of Skulls played to a half filled Electric Factory last night. The fact that it was Thanksgiving’s Eve didn’t help since it’s one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Many people who would have attended the concert were probably out drinking in a bar with friends they hadn’t seen in a while. I suppose it’s understandable, but they missed a great show.
The British rock trio, Band Of Skulls, who recently had their song, “Friends” featured on the stellar soundtrack for the teeny-bop sensation, New Moon, opened the show. The band have a solid rock formula of distorted guitar and hard-hitting drums. The drummer reminded me a lot Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, the only things missing were a 20-minute drum and a few pints of beer.
When Metric took the stage, the energy of the crowd doubled. Emily Haines danced around the stage and wowed the audience with her amazing voice. The crowd definitely fed off of her stage presence. She’s one of the many all-star musicians to come out of Canada. Metric definitely rewarded those who came out for the show with a superb performance. Photos below.
Band Of Skulls
Devendra Banhart and the Grogs made a stop at the TLA last night and he brought along the virtually unknown Luke Rathborne. It was a one time thing for Rathborne and you could tell he truly appreciated the opportunity and he took it in stride. He said the last time he opened for someone it was Lynyrd Skynyrd and that opening for Devendra Banhart was much more exciting. Rathborne just finished recording his debut album which will be out in the near future. So keep an eye out for that.
Devendra Barnhart played a nearly two hour set with his backing band, The Grogs. His set was very hit or miss. The first third started his set off right with a bunch of upbeat songs. The second part of his set lagged quite a bit with his acoustic songs that brought the atmosphere of venue down. The people at the bar were quite rude and loud through this part of the show. The closing third of the show was fantastic though. He had the entire crowd dancing and moving the the music. Thankfully he ended the set the he way did, otherwise the entire show would have been a bore. Photos below.
Devendra Banhart and the Grogs