November On Shuffle

Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? A song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or in the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.

At the end of every month, one of my favourite bloggers posts a list of the top 10 most played songs from her iTunes library over that month. It’s a way for her to keep a record of and share the soundtrack to which she is living her life. I love the idea so much, that I decided to be a little copy cat. A hat tip goes to the lovely author of Life Is Ducky for this one.

Here’s what I was listening to most in November:

  1. Slow Show, The National
  2. Heart Skipped A Beat, The xx
  3. Radioactive, Kings Of Leon
  4. Dog Days Are Over, Florence and the Machine
  5. Bloodbuzz Ohio, The National
  6. Dead Hearts, Stars
  7. Dance Anthem of the 80′s, Regina Spektor
  8. The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
  9. Meet Me In The Morning, Bob Dylan
  10. Folding Chair, Regina Spektor

Something tells me the list for next month may be very different. (If my current state of early holiday cheer is any indication…it could be all Christmas music, all the time for December!)

Jenny & Johnny

Photo: Last FM

I just found out that the talented and adorable Jenny Lewis and her equally amazing boyfriend, singer/songwriter Johnathan Rice, are releasing an album together this summer as Jenny And Johnny. The album, I’m Having Fun Now, is due out August 31 but you can download their first single, Scissor Runner, for free at their website.  They are going to head out on tour together in early September starting in California. No Canadian dates (yet), but Seattle or Portland sound good to me.  I can’t wait for the entire album to be released.

Searching For The Light

Photo: tracyxlee on Twitpic

The last week has been so insanely busy that finding time reflect on anything, let alone write about it, has been impossible. This is why despite having attended an unreal concert last Monday night, I’m just getting to blogging about it now.

Tracy thought it was about time that I had my City and Colour cherry popped, so when she scored two tickets front and centre for the upcoming show, she was kind enough to invite me to join her. Tracy may very well be Dallas Green’s ultimate fan. His music has owned her heart for years and it excites her very much when she can help somebody else discover and appreciate it.

Flash to the Vancouver 2010  Cultural Olympiad. Queen Elizabeth Theatre. February 15, 2010.

Enter Dallas Green.

What can be said about the genius that is Dallas Green? In a few words- phenomenal, mesmerizing, talented beyond belief. I’ve listened to his records on repeat but hadn’t seen him live and wasn’t sure exactly what to expect.

He opened with “Comin’ Home.” I had goosebumps from the get go.

As it turned out, I was thoroughly entertained and moved by the show from start to finish. Dallas is an incredible performer. Not only is his voice right on the money, he interacts charmingly with the crowd. He’s telling jokes, stories and making everybody feel important between every song. It  struck me just how very humble and down to earth he is, especially being who he is and given how successful he has been.

For the encore, Dallas returned to the stage to sincerely thank the audience again for all the continued support and genuine enthusiasm. He took a breath and belted out a rendition of Son House’s “Grinning In Your Face” that was sincere and affecting.

The evening was made up of equal parts competent music, wry humour and genuine appreciation. I look forward to the next show with great anticipation.

Go Explode

Matt Good

Matthew Good and his band kicked off their cross-Canada Vancouver Tour last night with a show at The Abbey Arts Centre in Abbotsford, BC.

Diane and I met up with Duane, his totally sweet mom and his friend Tony for a pre-show bite to eat and a few drinks at Earl’s. It was super nice to catch up with Duane. It had been quite sometime since we last got together and we both agreed that it needs to happen more often.

I opted to see Matt and the guys play this date out in the valley on account of the fact that I have to travel for work next week, so I will miss both shows in the city. It also fit quite well into my little staycation. Although the Abbotsford crowd had a noticeably different vibe than is usual for his shows, I always welcome the opportunity to see Matt play in these smaller venues. Plus, I lucked out with front row tickets, which gave us a fantastic perspective.

Mother Mother opened the show. Admittedly, I only knew one of their tunes going in. Hayloft is my current number one pump up running track and gets a lot of play on my iPod, so I was stoked to hear it live. I enjoyed their whole set enormously and loved their fresh, offbeat sound. I also may want to get sexy, blunt bangs cut into my blonde mane so that I can fit right in.

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Matt and the band made a dramatic entrance, getting right into it with my favourite song from the new record, The Boy Who Could Explode. Despite the fact that it was the first show of the tour and my friend, Mr. Perfectionist was less than pleased with it himself, I can pretty much guarantee you that every single person sitting inside that venue thought the show was amazing. And it was.

Matt is, of course, famous for his intelligence, his political savvy, his quick and sardonic humour, and his unwillingness to suffer fools. Incredible songs aside, Matt’s witty interludes have always been a high point of his concerts (for me, anyway). Last night in particular, Matt was on fire. I swear, if he ever decides to retire from music, there’s no doubt in my mind that he could have a career as a stand up comedian. The show was a hell of a lot of fun- and I’m sure that from a technical stand point, it will only continue get better from here. That’s what the first show’s all about- it’s a jumping off point.

I’m currently working on getting some videos posted to my You Tube page. You can check out some clips from last night’s show here as well as some more photos here.

Wishing Matt, Stu, Blake and Milos all the best on the road.