Went to the Book of Lists (website coming soon) cd release at the Lamplighter last night.
The Christa Min (not to be confused with Christa Min, of Discorder's Fucking Bullshit infamy) opened. I've heard a lot of (mostly bad) things about them, but was hopeful since I dig most of the stuff that Jason Grimmer (of the Nasty On) does. They weren't horrible, but weren't anything to get excited about. The songs sorta plod along at the same tempo/volume. A little dynamic would do wonders. When watching them I kept waiting for the band to bring on what I thought was the inevitable feedback laced freakout... still waiting.
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? were on second. I'll admit to having an irrational dislike of them soley because they defeated one of my old bands in the first round of Shindig two years ago... even though they were clearly far better than our plodding alt-country. They're even better now, and got the whole place shakin' it, although if you're from Vancouver you probably already know this. If you're not from Vancouver make sure you get out to see them when they roll through your city on a tour that sees the band heading down the coast to Portland, across the Midwest, up the East Coast, and back across Canada this June/July.
The Book of Lists came on around 1am (shows in Vancouver actually going into the am?!), and unleashed there noisy psych-pop onto the crowd. I won't say much more, other than urging you to go check them out next time they play. Right up there with Ladyhawk as one of my favourite local bands.
Their new EP, Red Arrows should be available at Zulu/Scratch/Red Cat, or you can order it online at Global Symphonic. For now, check out "Through Stained Glass," the lead off track from the EP. Kinda reminds me of a reverby Pavement... and something else I can't put my finger on.
download: the Book of Lists - Through Stained Glass
Some quick show updates: the Kid 606 engagement originally scheduled for August 13th at an undetermined venue is now on the 12th at the Brickyard. Oh No hits Richard's on July 7th. And finally, Black Dice is going to blow your mind at an as yet unconfirmed venue on October 3rd.
June 16th dilemna: Xiu Xiu or Rilo Kiley?
now playing: Jeff Tweedy - Crack a Smile (Jandek Cover)
It's nice to have a dilemna. I can't see either, but Xiu Xiu if i could.
By 6:02 PM, at
xiu motherfucking xiu
Not only are they great, but They Shoot Horses' Chris-a-rific is the nicest person you will ever meet in your entire life.
And put me down for Xiu Xiu as well.
By 12:58 AM, at