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  • Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, Topless Gay Love Tekno Party

    Abr 4 2010, 21h32

    Thu 1 Apr – Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, Topless Gay Love Tekno Party

    All I can say is "fantastic."

    Both bands were amazing. Amazing crowd interaction. Amazing sets. Just amazing.

    Only detractor... venue. Why SAIT? It's not even remotely close to the downtown core. Nobody showed up. A show like this could have sold out any decent club downtown, even with walk-by traffic. Instead it was half empty. I have to say the energy was good for a half empty show. Most of the people who showed up had a good feel and/or appreciation for NPSH.

    I saw NPSH in Seattle a few years ago and I have to say, when you have a room full with people who are really loving the music the show is mind-blowing. Still, amazing show... Topless Gay Love Tekno Party was a perfect match for them as well. They should become permanent touring partners.

    Like a 9.5/10 for sure. Could have been a 10 in a better venue.
  • Think About Life, Hot Panda, Axis of Conversation

    Abr 4 2010, 21h26

    Sat 3 Apr – Think About Life, Hot Panda, Axis of Conversation

    This show was amazing... too bad nobody showed up. I have to say all three bands did a hell of a job to put on the shows they did with such a dismal crowd.

    Hot Panda definitely had the highest energy. They were amazing.

    I was somewhat disappointed with Think About Life... not in terms of their show, it was fantastic, but they were obviously pissed with the lousy soundman, lousy crowd, and lousy energy in the room. All I can say is I hope they come back and give Calgary another try... but for fuck's sake, at a different venue.

    All-in-all I would say the venue fucked this up. No promotion whatsoever. No posters. Not even a facebook event. Nothing. Fuck, the people who worked at the Palomino didn't know what shows were playing a week before when I went in to ask if they had tickets. Oh, and apparently they don't make tickets to any events...

    I figured a group like Think About Life could draw a decent crowd, guess this show proved what a complete lack of promotion can do. I feel bad for all the bands that played. Truly a shit audience. Sad. Just another mark against Calgary... no wonder all the good bands are skipping over and going to Edmonton.
  • Sled Island 2009

    Jun 29 2009, 22h24

    Wed 24 Jun – Sled Island 2009

    So I saw a tonne of shows this year, and I was beyond happy with what I saw. I definitely witnessed some of the best shows I've ever seen. Here's a quick rundown of some (but not all) of my Sled Island experience for 2009.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    Final Fantasy - This was a pretty early show so I unfortunately missed Fond of Tigers, but made it in time to catch Slim Twig. It was kind of a boring performance, but the venue definitely made it worse for me. Only sitting on a wooden church pew can make good music intolerable, and apparently god hasn't heard of air conditioning, or fans. It was hot as fuck in there. Final Fantasy put on an amazing show though. I have rarely seen a on-man-show this captivating. Owen Pallett is a master. Brilliant show.

    Thursday, June 25, 2009

    I was torn between two shows on this evening. Choice A: go to the Distillery and see The Coathangers, These Arms Are Snakes, and Monotonix, or; Choice B: head to the Legion and catch Japanther, Japandroids, Andrew WK, King Khan, etc.

    Well, I HAD TO see These Arms are Snakes. And since it looked as if this was the only night to see them (we know now they played as "special guests" on friday at the Legion) I made my decision, and it didn't let me down.

    Press Gang - utterly unspectacular, unless you like a mesh of Dead Kennedys and Black Flag performed badly.

    The Coathangers - put on a really good show, but had a shit-poor fucking attitude at times. Seemed to like to party. Drummer was a bit of a cunt, but told off some good in the audience for screaming something about buying her a drink, which was funny as fuck. All in all a good fucking show.

    These Arms are Snakes - an amazing set. Frontman Steve plastered the audience with toilet paper and paper towel making a complete fucking mess. Super high energy, tight set. Honestly one the best shows I have ever seen, easily in my top 10 of all time.

    Cripple Creek Fairies - forgettable. who cares?

    Monotonix - This show made my night. I said TAAS were in my top 10... Monotonix is in my top 5. I've never seen anyone put on a show like this. These guys are 3 fucking maniacs. The show started on the ground in front of the stage, moved all around the main dance floor, eventually moved to a booth in the back of the bar, and made its way all the way back to the stagefront where it started. Musical intruments, musicians, and crowd alike travelled via parade and crowd surf to set up the set in various parts of the bar. Unbelievable. If there was ever a band that I could say EVERYONE would enjoy seeing this is it. Off the hook. A+++

    Friday, June 26, 2009

    Monotonix - They put on such a good show last night that I had to see them again today. Hmm, Tubby Dog... this will be an insane show. We walked in to a Tubby Dog covered in plastic and with all wall decorations removed. Preparing for the inevitable? Again, you could't keep Monotonix in one spot to perform. They started in the back, walked along the counters, had a ketchup fight, spilled out on to 17th Ave., crowd surfed off a CanadaPost box. Unbelievable. The energy is unparalleled. I don't know whether this show or last night's show was better... A+++ again. I wanted to make it 3/3 for Monotonix sets at Sled Island, but unfortunately had to see some other bands I was dying to see.

    Holy Fuck! - I've seen Holy Fuck! before, and they always put on a great show. Unfortunately I saw them at the main stage at Olympic Plaza and the venue just doesn't allow for the energy you should have for them. Still a great set, lacklustre crowd. Different bassist and drummer since I last saw them.

    Liars - This was the dissapointment of the festival for me. I was SO looking forward to Liars and it was just spoiled for me. Olympic Plaza is a terrible venue. I hope future Sled Islands go back to they way it was run in the first year... no "mainstage" crap, unless it is well thought out. There was almost nobody there to see Liars. I'm also an old-school Liars fan and their set didn't have enough of what I wanted to hear... (ie. They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top, from start to finish, haha). Wish I made it to see them at Dickens on Saturday night instead.

    No Gold - really good, really tight, they earned themselved a fan in me. I thought they were great. I'm surprised I haven't heard them before.

    HEALTH - HEALTH is one of the main reasons I bought a Sled Island pass this year, and they did not dissappoint. They killed it, played a great set, high energy, really tight. Yes, yes, yes. A++ (would have had the third+ but that is reserved for Monotonix only).

    Azeda Booth - most boring band in Canada.

    Japandroids - another of the reasons I bought my pass. I was mega-bummed that they had to cut their set short, especially because i had to sit through a full Azeda Booth set to get to Japandroids. One of my favorite bands at the moment and they still killed, even with the short set.

    That's pretty much all I feel like writing about.