Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Vajagic / Bates - 820 Plaza - December 1st 2015

Band : Vajagic / Bates
Venue : 820 Plaza
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : December 1st 2015
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :

Comments : Remember that scene in Wim Wender’s Wings Of Desire with Crime & The City Solution live ? Tonight’s event is probably the closest I will ever feel to that scene. The performance was filmed as part of the upcoming Karl Lemieux’s movie Maudite Poutine. The unusual venue (a decommissioned garage) had also European vibes. The show itself was amazing and the film crew not too distracting (except for the couple of times I had to move back to let the camera go between me and the stage). Both artists were more unleashed and Elizabeth used her voice this time. A truely memorable evening !

Friday, 6 November 2015

Alexandre St-Onge - Cinémathèque Québécoise - November 6th 2015

Band : Alexandre St-Onge
Venue : Cinémathèque Québécoise
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : November 6th 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

Comments : Once again, Alexandre showed us his amazing skills as a performance artist. Imaginative and innovative as always, he managed to fill in the space a the dark room lit only by the light of 2 laptop screens. A very interesting performance as usual.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

William Basinski - Centre PHI - October 21st 2015

Band : William Basinski
Venue : Centre PHI
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 21st 2015
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :

Comments : Definitely the shows I was looking forward to see the most this Fall. The evening was divided in 3 parts : a screening of movies by James Elaine (with the music of William Basinski), a discussion with Malcom Goldstein and finally a live performance. I was not really impressed by the screening. It looked like the DVD was not really optimized for a big screen and the sound was also too compressed. Then came the Q&A and I discovered a Basinski I would have never expected based on his music. A very cool and funny guy indeed. Finally we had the live performance and it was absolutely phenomenal. Basinski played his new album Cascade and performed the short version of Disintegration Loops as an (impromptu ?) encore. The whole evening was finished around 10pm and it was great to have an early night out.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Chameleons Vox - Katacombes - October 3rd 2015

Band : Chameleons Vox
Venue : Katacombes
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : October 3rd 2015
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
Don't Fall
Here Today
Second Skin
Up The Down Escalator
Less Than Human
Pleasure And Pain
Thursday's Child
As High As You Can Go
A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days
Paper Tigers
View From A Hill
Swamp Thing
Perfume Garden
Soul In Isolation
Singing Rule Britannia (While The Walls Close In)

Comments : I was lucky enough to attend the very first reunion show of The Chameleons at the Manchester Academy back in 2000 but I managed to miss every single Chameleons, Mark Burgess or Chameleons Vox show after that. I was really excited about this show, although having 3 opening bands was a serious turndown. The show was sold out and the venue was packed, but I still managed to secure my usual spot. It was amazing to be able to hear the whole Scirpt Of The Bridge album. I actually realized tonight that the order of the tracks differ between the European and the North-American releases. I was an amazing show as expected despite the late hour and the heavily intoxicated (and therefore really annoying) audience members.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Low - Bar Le Ritz P.D.B - September 22nd 2015

Band : Low
Venue : Bar Le Ritz P.D.B
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 22nd 2015
Grade : 5/5

Setlist :
No Comprende
Kid In The Corner
The Innocents
Plastic Cup
On My Own
Holy Ghost
Spanish Translation
Into You
What Part Of Me
Will The Night

Comments : Tonight was my very first time at Le Ritz and I was nicely surprised by the transformation of the venue (it used to be Il Motore). It is still a long way out to get there, but it looks much nicer inside. Sadly the video projections did not work at all on the walls and the band stopped it after the first song. I really wish the venue would have turned on more lights on stage at this point. I like the new album more than the previous one, so I enjoyed the show more, although I wish they would change the old tracks they are playing a bit more from tour to tour. No big surprises in the setlist (except for Two-step requested by my friend), but it was once again really nice to hear Pissing. Alan seemed happy to be here and was quite chatty with the audience. Hope to see them again soon.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Lee Ranaldo - Ubisoft - September 19th 2015

Band : Lee Ranaldo
Venue : Ubisoft (Pop Montreal)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 19th 2015
Grade : 3/5

Setlist :

Comments : I was reading Kim Gordon’s memoir when the tickets for this show went on sale, so it probably unconsciously influenced me to go to see this one. The location (on a rooftop terrace) sounded also really appealing. However getting tickets were another story as the website of the tickets office was really unreliable. Sadly on the day of the event, the rain made the promoters move the show to a conference room inside the Ubisoft building instead. Mind you, a nice one, but still a conference room instead of a terrace... Tonight, Lee was accompanied by another guitar player he introduced as Raul. The show was nice, but not special.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Godflesh - Le National - September 18th 2015

Band : Godflesh
Venue : Le National (Pop Montreal)
Town (country) : Montreal, QC (Canada)
Date : September 18th 2015
Grade : 4/5

Setlist :
New Dark Ages
Shut Me Down
Life Giver Life Taker
Towers Of Emptiness
Christbait Rising
Crush My Soul
Like Rats

Comments : Last time I saw Godflesh was 14 years ago and Paul Raven was playing the bass. That particular show had left me disappointed based on my previous experiences with the band. I still had quite high expectations for this reunion even if the new album did not impress me as much as I would have wanted to. Anyway, that was a great show and I had a really great time. Probably not the best Godflesh concert I have ever seen, but a pretty good one. Sadly the venue was far from being sold out (the balcony was closed to the publis), so I doubt they will be back in Montreal anytime soon.