Thursday, April 17, 2008
whispering into the other

I went to Why? last night, mostly on the recommendation of numerous friends. I bailed early, because I wasn't really feeling it, but I got the impression that my friend Shea was spot on when he noted that it was "kind of like the Weakerthans," even though the two bands don't sound anything alike.

I rather adore the Weakerthans (spotty last two records and all), but the thing that makes there live show isn't really their performance - which is usually pretty competent - but that everyone in the audience knows (and loves) every single word coming out of John K. Samson's mouth. It's some weird celebration of dorky fandom, and if you aren't already one of the converted, it's probably not going to change your mind.

And that's more or less how I felt yesterday. I probably should have started listening to their records sooner than the day before the show, but my attendance was sort of a spur of the moment thing.

Brasstronaut, who I was already rather fond of, opened the show. It was a bit too... full for them. That's probably counter-intuitive, since bands generally want to play for as many people as possible, but I find there music conducive to sitting, chilling out, and not shuffling amongst a full room.

CSS is as the Commodore on September 17th.

Venetian Snares are at the Fall (644 Seymour) on June 6th. (thanks Simon)

Islands are at the Plaza on June 10th.

Stars are at Malkin Bowl on June 21st. (thanks to Jessica for the last two)

It's probably redundant to post something that 20 Jazz Funk Greats already has, but my girlfriend sent me this song and I've listened to it about 20 times in the last two days...

download: Mi Ami - African Rhythms (via White Denim)

Ordering information at the label's site (though you'll have to email to order from Canada).

Finally, if anybody out there has roughtly $70, and was thinking, "man, I'd like to buy Quinn a present that he will appreciate forever," this is calling my name.

now playing: Sun City Girls - Mr. Lonely Viola

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4 Comments:

Forgot to mention...Colby Sparks is opening the Snares show

By Anonymous Simon, at 11:50 PM  

for you:
why? = weakerthans

for me:
why? = pinback

same reasons.
musically, not akin to one another, really, but seeing as i am not an avid weakerthans fan, pinback is my closest comparison. i felt like and interloper and also left early.

By Anonymous jenni, at 2:46 PM  

i think i saw that Mi Ami 12" at scratch...sure is one hot-damn of a track.

By Anonymous David, at 4:38 PM  

oh sweet... and everything's 20% off there tomorrow.

By Blogger Quinn, at 6:04 PM  

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