Thursday, October 27, 2005
the big calm

Morcheeba play the Commodore on December 5th, with their third singer, Daisey Martey, fronting the band. Vanmega posted all about the current ins and outs of the band a couple weeks ago.

The Roots add an early show, as somehow the late show on November 9th sold out. Hip Hop heads out there: did I miss something? Cause Tipping Point really didn't do it for me... not to mention that last time I saw them it was a total yawnfest. On a somewhat related note, why is it that the Roots get automatic cred because they play instruments? I'd much rather have someone behind a couple of turntables if the beats are more interesting. But, maybe it's just me.

If you're still kicking yourself for missing Diplo spin at Celebs last April, you will want to head down to Silk Haus tomorrow night to check out the Rub. DJ Ayres and Cosmo Baker, like those dudes from Hollertronix, throw down pretty much anything, as long as its good. My kind of dance party. For now, check out Ayres edit of Missy's "Bad Man." I found the original of this kinda disappointing (granted, with Vybz Cartel and M.I.A. on the track, my hopes were high), but this leaner version of the track saved it for me. You can also check out more mp3s at Ayres site, and the Rub's homepage.

download: Missy Elliot feat. Vybz Cartel and M.I.A. - Bad Man (Ayres ReEdit)

As my reading comprehension level is clearly that of a 4th grader, I must once again correct myself. Ryan Adams is on Letterman tomorrow, not November 4th (which was actually posted up at Lost Highway at some point) nor November 28th (which I just misread). Sorry for the confusion.

Okkervil River for me tonight. If you're heading out to Deerhoof or Controller.Controller, feel free to drop a comment and tell everyone how they were.

Finally, I turned word-verification on in the comments, as I was starting to get some spam.

now playing: Okkervil River - Listening to Otis Redding At Home During Christmas

7 Comments:

Very strange that you didn't like the last roots live performance. Everyone I've spoken with about the last show LOVED it to no end. But to each thier own.

I think the reason Roots shows have such huge draws is in part the live jam aspect (draws a far more diverse, and in turn, larger crowd), but also because they've been generally consistent and innovative through out thier career, especially in comparison with *most* "traditional" (i.e. two turntables and a microphone) hip hop acts. I haven't really been into the last couple of roots albums, but I'd be motivated to see thier show based on thier catalouge.

By Anonymous vanmega, at 12:05 PM  

I should note that the last time I saw them wasn't here in Vancouver, but at Sasquatch a couple of years ago, where they played very little stuff from Things Fall Apart, and if I recall, nothing from Illadelph Halflife.

By Blogger Quinn, at 12:25 PM  

Granted, the Tipping Point was blah-er than blah but the Roots still fuck shit up when they play clubs. 2 hour sets, unlimited energy (and personality) from Black Thought, endless jams. The jam band aspect of their shows draws out the ugh phish related peoples but still, their live shows are sick and just good times. Perhaps it was the festival atmosphere but in the club they own the stage.

They still sell 500,000 copies of their record. (Compare that to the smash success of bands like the Arcade Fire who have only scanned 200,000 if not less than that.) That's why they can sell out the Commodore easily...

All that said, I did miss their last Toronto show in October ... mainly because they bore me now (and I used to be the hugest Roots head ever) and it was like 40 bucks.

By Blogger Graham, at 5:46 PM  

They are also amazing musicians ... ?uestlove is one of the most underrated drummers ... that's why they get cred from playing instruments.

That mp3 is strictly OK, but thanks nonetheless...

By Blogger Graham, at 5:49 PM  

?estlove is my favourite part of the Roots, now that Rahzel isn't really in (is that correct?)...

the jam part of the set was what really turned me off last time I saw them... I'm never really a fan of prolonged guitar solos, but they were awful... like 80s hair-metal wank awful.

check out Ayres site and download his To Sweden With Love Mix... that'll impress you more, I'm sure.

By Blogger Quinn, at 6:02 PM  

yeah, this is really good.

By Blogger Graham, at 7:41 PM  

controller.controller were great tonight. awesome energy, and band was tight tight. ditto magneta lane, but minus the energy. elizabeth were just like any other time i've seen them. there were a couple of drunk assholes though, completely and thoroughly wasted, pushing over monitors, throwing pieces of paper on stage, and yelling shit like "no more love songs faggot." wtf?

i hope you had a good time at okkervil river.

By Blogger Hanson, at 1:54 AM  

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