Thursday, June 02, 2005
six o'clock news



I caught Kathleen Edwards at the Commodore tonight. I'm not that excited about her latest record, Back to Me but the tickets went on sale for 2-for-1, so I thought I'd check it out, as she was fabulous the last time she rolled through town. I was a little disappointed that the set didn't include "Hockey Skates" or "Sweet Little Duck," two of my favourites off of 2003's Failer, but I'm pleased to report that the new stuff sounds better live than on record. Highlights included just Kathleen and fellow Canadian songsmith Jim Bryson (who was on guitar and keyboard duties), dueting on "Mercury," as well as the inclusion of a pair of covers in the encore. Kathleen gave Tom Hall's "Harper Valley PTA" (which was made famous by country crooner Jeannie C. Riley) a solo treatment, while the whole band closed the show with a cover of Neil Young's "Unknown Legend." They also played one of Bryson's tunes, with Kathleen and Jim sharing vocal duties once again. All in all, I think I still preferred her last headlining gig better, but it was still well worth the $13.



After arriving and giving the merch booth a once over, I was pleased when I realized Danny Michel was opening. I saw him perform at a singer/songwriter showcase a couple of years ago and he was definitely the surprise favourite of the evening there. Tonight was no different. Armed only with his Telecaster and a couple of delay pedals, he was simply wonderful. He even covered No Doubt's "Running" to surprisingly great effect. I can't quite put my finger on what I find so enjoyable about his live show, but I'm sure it has a lot to do with how casual (yet still proficient) he is on stage. It's less like watching someone play, and more like sitting around while your (very talented) buddy plays you songs. When I was working at A&B Sound a couple of years ago I got a comp of one of his cd's and was really disappointed by the production. The full band arrangements were way to slick and polished, and the subtlety of his songwriting got a little lost underneath it all. If Danny or anyone he knows stumbles upon this for some reason: please put out a record with solo arrangements... or at least a live recording.

And thus, my run of five shows in five days comes to an end. My eardrums are breathing a sigh of relief. Anybody up for Oud Hud next Tuesday?

now playing: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Listen to Her Heart

1 Comments:

not going to Raekwon???!!!!!????

By Blogger Graham, at 4:51 PM  

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2/10 Secret Chiefs 3 and Dengue Fever @ the Rickshaw
2/13 White Buffalo @ the Media Club
2/14 The Ballyntines and Pleasure Cruise (TT) @ the Biltmore
2/18 Grimes w/Born Gold @ Fortune (early)
2/18 Cruel Young Heart, Young Liars, the Oh Wells, and Matiation @ the Dodson Rooms (AA)
2/18 Cursive w/UME @the Media Club
2/19 The Asteroids Galaxy Tour w/Vacationer @ Venue
2/20 Veronica Falls w/Bleached @ the Media Club
2/26 DJ Krush @ Fortune
2/29 Trevor Hall @ the Media Club
3/6 Slow Club w/Signals @ the Media Club
3/7 Cloud Nothings w/Mr. Dream @ the Media Clubr
3/8 Islands @ the Rio
3/10 Memoryhouse @ the Waldorf
3/17 William Fitzsimmons @ the Biltmore (early)
3/18 Magnetic Fields @ the Vogue (AA)
3/21 Plants & Animals>/b> @ the Rickshaw
3/22 Drive-by Truckers @ the Commodore
3/23 White Rabbits @ the Biltmore
3/23 Loney Dear @ the Media Club
3/24 Sharon Van Etten and the War on Drugs @ the Biltmore (early)
3/25 Nada Surf and An Horse @ the Rickshaw
3/27 The Ting Tings @ the Commodore
4/5 House de Racket @ the Electric Owl
4/6 Chairlift w/Nite Jewel @ the Electric Owl
4/7 Heartless Bastards @ the Media Club
4/8 Metronomy @ Venue
4/8 Gotye @ the Vogue (AA)
4/9 Cults @ Venue
4/10 First Aid Kit @ Venue
4/10 Andrew Bird w/Laura Marling @ the Vogue (AA)
4/13 The Odds and the Grapes of Wrath @ the Rickshaw
4/14 The Joel Plaskett Emergency @ the Vogue (AA)
4/24 School of Seven Bells w/Exitmusic @ the Electric Owl
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