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14 Oct 05

deadly snakes, hidden cameras, new pornographers AND decemberists!

after quite an extensive show-going drought (wow, practically a month – that’s an eternity for me), i’ve made up for it in a big way over the past week.

it all started last saturday with the rise show at the silver dollar room – a fundraiser for new orleans musicians featuring the deadly snakes, hidden cameras and the sadies. i wasn’t keen when i heard the show was at the silver dollar room – that means a very late night and poor beer selection. but we persevered!

the deadly snakes were fantastic, playing a good mix of old and new and totally making up for the fact that we missed them twice over the past few months. gore veil is now also officially my favourite song of the moment (a fraction ahead of metric’s monster hospital). it was also nice to see andre ethier in his other band finally, after seeing him with christopher sandes a few times over the last year.

the hidden cameras unfortunately didn’t wow me…again. like i said previously, i was hoping for some kind of extravagant over the top performance, but i instead got a technically solid performance that really didn’t hold my interest. it didn’t help that they played 90% new songs, but whatever the reason, it just didn’t really do it for me. we left after they wrapped up their set – we just couldn’t sit around for a projected 1 am set time by the sadies.

sunday night was the new pornographers show at the phoenix. because of thanksgivingy commitments, we unfortunately missed the entire immaculate machine set and only caught the last couple songs by destroyer. the pornographers themselves played an enjoyable set that contained tracks from each of their releases. i enjoyed them better when i saw them back in 2001 or so at lee’s, but they were still solid (although their banter, especially neko’s, was a bit tranquilizing, especially given the tryptophan in my system). they even played a couple of encores, and the crowd left happy. and hey, i can never get enough of watching kurt dahle drum. aside from that guy from the high water marks/oranger, he’s the most entertaining drummer i’ve ever seen. and he proved he’s talented enough to smoke, drum and sing all at the same time. unfortunately, i wasn’t able to catch the north of america show at wavelength later that night. but hell, i’ve only been waiting to see those guys live since i got my first motes cassette mailed to me, courtesy of ant records, in about 1993. what’s another few years?

finally, last night was the decemberists show, again at the phoenix. afterwards, robin described it as one of the weirdest shows (although not in a bad way, i don’t think) he’d ever seen, and i suppose i might’ve felt the same way had i not seen them a few months ago. they played most of my favourites (sans the sporting life, sadly) and played more older songs than the last time. the weirdness: the crowd was greated by peter and the wolf blaring through the PA before the decemberists went on; the standard theatrics of the mariners revenge song (“scream like you’re being eaten by a whale!”, this time accompanied by a large whale-mouth-like prop); convincing the crowd to sit on the floor during the chimney sweep; petra high fiving the entire front row every time she made a bad joke (this happened twice); and an extended jam in the middle of chimney sweep in which the entire band rotated through each other’s instruments, proving that they cannot, in fact, play each other’s instruments. as is traditional, they also busted out a new cover song (previous examples include bjork, kate bush, moz, etc.) – mr. blue sky by ELO – during their encore. it was a fun time, although i’m paying for it a bit today – it’s the first time i think i’ve been to a show on a week night since i moved to toronto, if you can imagine.

so there you have it. my first “review” post in over a month. i wonder if i’ve lost my edge? probably.

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