Wednesday, January 19, 2011

BSS broadcast live show from Terminal 5 via youtube 1/19/11

A few comments about the live broadcast of Canadian post-rock supergroup Broken Social Scene's live streaming broadcast on youtube last night...

I won't recount the setlist, partially because I think the band posted it last night after the show. They led off with World Sick, the major single from last year's Forgiveness Rock Record. It's an unsurprising move for established bands to dispense with "the song" at the beginning of the set to appease new fans and get people generally excited before moving deeper into the catalogue.

The band played several of my favorite cuts off the new record, including Texico Bitches, All in All, and Sweetest Kill (dedicated to "the oblivious ones"), as well as some old favorites like Cause = Time and Canada vs. America, introduced as being reintroduced into the tour rotation in response to the recent explosion of the Tea Party movement here in America. Lisa Lobsinger, Andrew Whiteman's wife Ariel, and either Jen Turner or Kristina Lieberson of Here We Go Magic (I was too busy trying to read for law school classes to look up and catch which) all contributed to Anthems for a 17 Year Old Girl. And darling of early 2000s indie films, Lover's Spit, also made it into the set.

Overall, the production, both video and audio, were very good. I'm not sure if youtube plans to make the video available or if this was a live-broadcast only kind of deal. Either way, lots of fun for my ears.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I just swelled the number of posts to this blog by importing the entirety of my 30 Days of Write project from 2009. They are conveniently labeled as "30dw" in case you are looking for them.

2010 Concerts in Review

The Year

2010 was a pretty hectic year, what with the moving half-way across the country to start law school and all. And yet I still managed to squeeze in time for one of my favorite past times, live music, amidst all the chaos. I've include the city with the show to help my 512 friends navigate the 404 and vice versa.

2011 is warming up (get it?!) to be a pretty good year. Had to skip the Lower Dens playing here in ATL on 1/13 due to the snowstorm but thank your god that they're coming back through on 3/13 @ The Earl. Looks like the first show of the year for me will be No Age on Friday 1/21. After that, the next confirmed shows on my calendar are Godspeed You! Black Emperor on 3/22 @ 40 Watt Club and Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Twin Shadow on 4/5 @ The Earl with plenty in between.

3/12 Flaming Lips, Stardeath & White Dwarfs @ Austin Music Hall (ATX)
4/11 Yeasayer, Javelin @ La Zona Rosa (ATX)
4/30 Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club @ Verizon Wireless Theater (Houston)
5/16 Caribou, Toro y Moi @ Emo's (ATX)
5/18 The Besnard Lakes, Stardeath & White Dwarfs @ Mohawk (ATX)
5/30 Tiny Vipers, Svarte Greiner, Lissom, Crystal Hell Pool @ Gray Area Gallery (SF)
6/7 Neon Indian, Survive, Cry Blood Apache @ Emo's (ATX)
6/8 LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost @ Stubb's (ATX)
6/18 Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club @ Stubb's (ATX)
6/30 The Psychedelic Furs, She Wants Revenge @ Emo's (ATX)
7/6 Islands, Steel Phantoms @ The Parish (ATX)
7/17 Ghostland Observatory @ Whitewater Amphitheater (New Braunfels, TX)
7/23 New Pornographers, The Dodos @ Stubb's (ATX)
8/3 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Magic Kids, Puro Instinct @ Mohawk (ATX)
8/4 Here We Go Magic, Beach Fossils, Oh No Oh My @ Emo's (ATX)
9/18 Ghostland Observatory @ Masquerade (ATL)
9/26 Pavement @ The Tabernacle (ATL)
10/1 Deerhunter - release party for Halcyon Digest; featuring Henry Barbe, The Dust Bunnies, Hollow Sounds @ Variety Playhouse (ATL)
10/2 Stars @ Variety Playhouse (ATL)
10/4 LCD Soundsystem, Sleigh Bells @ The Tabernacle (ATL)
10/5 The National @ Fox Theatre (ATL)
10/6 The XX, Warpaint, Zola Jesus @ The Tabernacle (ATL)
10/8 Menomena, Suckers, Tu Fawning @ Variety Playhouse (ATL)
10/16 Beach House, Henry Barbe, Steve Strohmeir @ 40 Watt Club (Athens, GA)
12/31 The Sword @ Mohawk (ATX)