Sunday, August 19, 2007
middle class guilt

I'm on the fence about Half Alive hosting bands. On one hand, it's nice that they're showcasing some live talent. But it just doesn't seem like there's all that much time for dancing once the bands are done playing. That suited me just fine on Friday, since I was pretty bagged from the night before, but, you know, sometimes you want to see people make music and sometimes you just want to dance to people spinning music that's already been made. Maybe that's just me.

Anyhow, despite fatigue, I was looking forward to seeing the Paper Cranes again, and to checking out the Good News.

I'd heard the *obvious bad play on words that I would usually make* about the latter, and they certainly didn't disappoint. I was about to say that they might be my new favourite band that somehow includes Natalie Vermeer, but I'm sure I'm forgetting one of her innumerable projects, and that statement will come back to bite me in the ass. At any rate, they were a good fit for the Cranes, and pretty enjoyable in their own right. More important than my dodgy opinion, they also seemed to have a sound that could get pretty popular (in that indie way).

Apparently lead Crane, Ryan McCullagh, was worried about the sound when they were playing. Apparently, this was due to the fact that the sound guy at Richard's was over at the Plaza doing sound for the Bang Lime show - how's that for professional? It wasn't the best sound I've heard at Richard's, but it certainly wasn't noticeably bad either. More importantly, the band put on a pretty great performance. When speaking of their EP, I always tended to mention how they seemed to have two personalities, shifting from darker new wave to bouncy pop. I'd always favoured the latter, and it seems that they've embraced that side of themselves too. Good stuff.

If this pans out, it'll be epic. For those of you too lazy to click, it's a link to a local electronic music board, where someone dug up news that the Fool's Gold Records tour is coming through on October 18th at Celeb's. The show will feature A-Trak, Medhi, Kavinsky, and Kid Sister. Sick.

Annuals are at the Plaza on November 11th with Manchester Orchestra.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are at the Commodore on December 9th. Peep their new single...

download: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights (via World's Fair)

Champion is at Richard's on September 28th.

The Aliens are at Richard's on October 1st with Augie March

now playing: Cat Power - Colors and the Kids

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4 Comments:

Rob Foort typically does sound at Richards. he's one of the best techs in the city, and he often does sound at the Plaza too. I guarantee that they wouldn't just get some random person to do it; there are lots of other capable techs.

By Blogger Josh, at 12:29 PM  

Regardless of who it was, he was split between two venues and obviously didn't have time to be there at Richard's. Bad planning, and shitty for the band.

By Blogger Greg, at 9:25 PM  

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By Blogger tonyX, at 12:26 PM  

im pretty sure rob was there the whole time.

By Blogger tonyX, at 12:27 PM  

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