Thursday, April 30, 2009

Something to say

I feel like I haven't had much to share the last week or two. April tends to be packed to the brim with birthdays, anniversaries, and other similar events for me. So, that's kept me busy. I've also finally gotten around to clearing up a bunch of issues with my music gear, which is great. My guitar amplifier has been fixed, I found a new synth to replace my semi-working one, and all the other parts I need are on order. Can't wait to put it all together.

Even my camera works again after it mysteriously decided to quit for a couple of weeks. It seems to be an issue with the battery or charger, so nothing too serious. That's good news!

Otherwise, I don't think I've done anything interesting. Maybe something really awesome and crazy will happen this weekend.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Islands in the Stream

I received an awesome box of goodies from Cuba this morning, courtesy of a good friend. In retrospect, it's a little strange to wake up at 8:00 am and find that the FedEx man has left a box of cigars, rum, and coffee on your doorstep.

But the weather's looking up after a whole lot of misery and the broken parts of our house have been rebuilt. It would feel appropriate to stock up on some more Hemingway and enjoy these treasures from our balcony on a sunny day. I'll have to pretend that the big gross parking lot is an ocean, though. The Tim Horton's can stand in for a fishing boat on the horizon, or something.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I Feel Faint

Just got back from Montreal last night. We saw The Faint and Ladytron, who are currently on a co-headlining tour. Although, really, who do they think they're fooling? Somebody has to close the show, after all.

Anyway, it was a good show, although my wife and I mutually felt The Faint stole the evening. It's not entirely Ladytron's fault, but their soundman should be fired. Most of their set sounded like an impenetrable wall of noise, with some drums and vocals cutting through once in a while. They had about 9 synths on stage by my estimate, but it was near impossible to distinguish a single thing played on them. Just lots of droning noise. There were still standouts, of course, such as "Playgirl" from their debut album, 604, and The Witching Hour's "International Dateline," but many of the songs were pretty hard to get into (or even recognize) due to the mix.

I'd love to be able to blame the sound on the venue -- The Telus Theatre, which basically looks like a big concrete box from the inside -- but The Faint sounded crystal clear by comparison. Every bass line, guitar riff, and synth hook cut like a machete. And they looked like they were having lots of fun, which I like to see in a live band. Speaking of The Faint, it's pretty difficult to find a picture of this band online where they don't look like a bunch of weirdos. Not that I hold that against them, but kudos for the consistency. I can't find a setlist for them, but I do remember that they played all of these songs in an order that's (maybe) vaguely similar to this:

Get Seduced
The Conductor
Desperate Guys
The Geeks Were Right
Machine in the Ghost
Posed To Death
Southern Belles in London Sing
Take Me to the Hospital
Call Call
Mirror Error
Glass Danse
Worked Up So Sexual
Agenda Suicide

I did find a setlist for Ladytron though:

Black Cat
High Rise
True Mathematics
I'm Not Scared
Season of Illusions
Soft Power
International Dateline
Fighting in Built Up Areas
Destroy Everything You Touch