Monday, August 06, 2007
art crime

I guess if I lived in Edmonton, I'd be pretty psyched when I got to leave, so that's what I'm going to presumptuously chalk up the one-two punch of ridiculously high energy performances at the Lamp last night from a pair of bands that hailed from Champion City to (ps: time for a new nickname).

I went to the show on my friend Luke's recommendation that Hot Panda were a must see. Musically, they were pretty good (nice pop tunes; nothing mind blowing), but it was hard to deny that their live show was anything short of great. The Mark Birtles Project closed the show, and while they suffer from the terrible tragedy of naming their band after their singer, they were great live. A little heavy on the cliche rockstar poses, but they had a ton of energy, and sounded like a more garage-y version of Les Savy Fav.

The National Shield were the first act that I caught (Old Bridge opened the show), and while Chris and company were far less animated than the bands that followed, I don't find much to complain about when I can catch a set by them.

On Saturday night my friend Anne and I teamed up to compete in Salbourg's second iPod battle. We got bounced in the second round by (maybe) the team that won(?). Mad respect to ED who dropped some sick hardcore punk jam and to Warren and Kellen, who win the prize for least likely song choice for playing "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls. I went to the after hours and am still being forced to remember that I don't typically stay out until 5am anymore, because it takes me about two days afterwards before I feel like doing anything other than Scrabble on Facebook.

Speaking of the worst (does that make it the best?) procrastination tool ever invented, since Frank started one today and Beyond Robson and the Commodified both have them, I started a Facebook Group. Evidently, a lot of you know who I am, so join up and I will (sort of) know who you are, and that will make me feel less awkward... or perhaps more awkward. I'm not sure.

Sea Wolf is at the Media Club on October 7th.

Bison, Taxes, and Cobra are at the Balmoral on September 15th. I have no idea who is headlining, but I'm going to make the baseless assumption that it's Bison.

Also on September 15th, Bend Sinister kick off their forthcoming CBC Radio 3 sponsored tour at Brad Gough Studios (on Cordova, just East of Hawks) with the Clips and No Gold (formerly Yukon and apparently only formerly on MySpace now now with a new MySpace). If you attend, buy lots of booze so the guys can fund their lengthy road trip, which I wrote a little bit on for Chart.

Honestly, most of you are sleeping on this Fader Mixtape. A lot of lesser known acts are on the thing, but trust me, they're pretty much all great tracks. You could even enter so you can give me the copy. (only kidding... mostly)

Mike from the London Spy just emailed to say that they're on the bill with Aerosol Constellations, Japandroids, and the Barcelona Chair this Friday at Casa Del Artista. Even more bang for your buck. I might have the running order listed wrong, but you should show up early anyhow. There's a BBQ beforehand and if you get there for that you can catch all the bands and eat something tasty.

Tomorrow! One of your last chances to dance at the Lamplighter before it shuts down happens with TO's Woodhands. The Public or the Press, Brasstronaut (aka Edo from the Clips' other band), and Artemis Jackson open things up.

now playing: UGK feat. Three 6 Mafia - International Players Anthem (original version)

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5 Comments:

no gold myspace:

http://www.myspace.com/goldentombs

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:58 PM  

thanks

By Blogger Quinn, at 6:04 PM  

the mark birtles project isn't named after the singer. long story short, the lead singer is mark hayes, while the guitarist's father is mark birtles. they named their band after him.

inconsequential, i'm sure. but just something to clear up.

By Blogger ian, at 2:01 AM  

no inconsequential at all. that's actually a pretty cool explanation, while what i was lead to believe would've just meant that the singer had a massive ego.

thanks for clearing it up.

By Blogger Quinn, at 11:41 AM  

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