Because it’s been five hours without envious praise. A true master of arrangment. Not just here, but deciding how to make crazy laptop electronica focused into a relevant acoustic performance. From a digital opus to a brooding skiffle jam. Haven’t seen this Rollins interview/performance since The Eraser came out. You’ve probably seen it, but just watch it again. mmkay.
Friday – went to see Alcoholica – Quebec’s tight answer to Metallica cover banding. Mmmhmm. The venue was insanely packed. A buddy had free tickets, so a bunch of us went. It’s always a fresh reminder that you don’t belong to (many) social groups, but we had fun. I was one of 3 men in the venue that was wearing a collar, should’ve brought out my killer black t collection. Spilled beer, fraternal chanting, and so much long frizzy hair. Although a bit violent for me, they have more passion for their music than many other cliques do. Just the way they like it, I dig it.
[Bruce Peninsula, via blurasis]
[Timber Timbre, via wolves, hawks, and kites]
Saturday – One of the best small club shows I’ve been to in a long time. Bruce Peninsula and Timber Timbre. I have a love/hate relationship with that name. He’s indirectly teaching people how to say timbre correctly, buuut it’s a stupid band name. Regardless, both sets were emotional, intense, genuine, quirky, soulful, melodic, and I felt I kicked ass by rounding up about 6 of my friends, all who had never heard the bands before and really loved the music. Chalk me up on the big board. I was so cool and hipster because the venue (Il Motore) is run by a promoter/label, and it’s like, so industrial you guys. There’s no sign outside the venue so you know it’s like, good and stuff. It’s like an industrial mystery. And there’s like, raftery ceilings too, so post-modern you guys.
Sunday - Grammys and worked on a tune of my own w buddy Chris. This is the first time I’ve watched the Grammys in years, mainly because of this:
Thom’s rapdance was a bit weak at times, but a marching band backing a song like “15 Step” is just a gift from the spirits. I felt like Thom was playing the “I’m a british snotty, I hate the corporate Grammys” card quite far from the chest. But I liked his chutzpah. It’s what you’d expect. It was just so weird to see them all sitting in a row waiting to not be called. The Grammy’s did just a tinier bit better than normal. Coldplay – what the EFF are you STILL doing wearing COSTUMES. This isn’t Canadian figure skating. You get made fun of on a daily basis, and you still don’t learn.
A new online TV series c/o arguably the best music producer in the world, Nigel Godrich. He’s produced some of the best bands/albums of the past 10 years – Radiohead, Beck, Pavement, R.E.M., Air, and Paul McCartney’s best solo recording possibly ever. My favourite song of the whole series so far is Thom Yorke doing Videotape, the closing track on 2007′s In Rainbows. Proof that a truly good song only needs to rest on one person with one (or very few) instrument(s). If it passes this test, it can proceed. These days, I don’t feel it happens that often. Leave the autotune, ProTools, and the drum machine at home. Do you have a good song and can you perform it well?
Go to his website, there are a ton more private videos (including personal favourites Fleet Foxes).
When I’m at the pearly gates this’ll be on my videotape. mephistopheles is just beneath and he’s reaching up to grab me this is one for the good days and I have it all here in red, blue, green. you are my centre when I spin away out of control on videotape. this is my way of saying goodbye because I can’t do it face to face so I’m talking to you after it’s too late for my videotape. No matter what happens now I won’t be afraid because I know today has been the most perfect day I have ever seen.
Thom always wins.