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30 Dec 06

best of 2006, according to me

since i have a music-related blog (or, at least i used to), i am once again compelled to share my list of favourites with the world. i’m happy to once again note that my list doesn’t really overlap with any other list i’ve seen so far. i guess that means i listen to too much canadian indie music.

favouritest albums  
1. meligrove band – planets conspire 14. danny michel – valhalla
2. tokyo police club – a lesson in crime 15. the hidden cameras – awoo
3. diableros – you can’t break the strings on my olympic heart 16. cadence weapon – breaking kayfabe
4. bicycles – the good the bad and the cuddly 17. the lovely feathers – hind hind legs
5. peter bjorn and john – writer’s block 18. they shoot horses don’t they – boo hoo hoo boo
6. final fantasy – he poos clouds 19. the slip – eisenhower
7. decemberists – the crane wife 20. malajube – trompe-l’oeil
8. islands – return to the sea 21. clearlake – amber
9. awkward stage – heaven is for easy girls 22. the silver hearts – dear stranger
10. chad van gaalen – skelliconnection 23. memphis – a little place in the wilderness
11. tapes n tapes – the loon 24. fembots – the city
12. tv on the radio – return to cookie mountain 25. junior boys – so this is goodbye
13. the dears – gang of losers  

honourable mentions: henri faberge and the adorables – s/t, you say party! we say die! – hit the floor!, paper cranes – veins, sunset rubdown – shut up i am dreaming, the marble index – watch your candles watch your knives, the raconteurs – broken boy soldiers, josh rouse – subtitulo, the stills – without feathers, elliott brood – ambassador

favouritest songs  
1. the bicycles – b-b-bicycles 14. final fantasy – this lamb sells condos
2. meligrove band – planets conspire 15. awkward stage – we’re going for a ride
3. joel plaskett emergency – nowhere with you 16. chad van gaalen – flower gardens
4. tokyo police club – nature of the experiment 17. cadence weapon – oliver square
5. peter bjorn and john – young folks 18. the slip – children of december
6. diableros – smash the clock 19. clearlake – neon
7. islands – rough gem 20. the silver hearts – sweet on you
8. the dears – ticket to immortality 21. the lovely feathers – pope john paul
9. tv on the radio – wolf like me 22. the stills – baby blues
10. tapes n tapes – the iliad 23. they shoot horses don’t they – lowlife
11. the decemberists – perfect crime #2 24. the hidden cameras – heji
12. danny michel – midnight train 25. phoenix – napolean says
13. memphis – i’ll do whatever you want  

honourable mentions: amy millan – skinny boy, you say party! we say die! – he! she! you! me! they! we! us! ok!, henri faberge and the adorables – favourite kisses, paper cranes – rabbit in a snare, i’m from barcelona – treehouse, the marble index – all that i know, laura barrett – robot ponies, elliott brood – wolfgang, great lake swimmers – see you on the moon, fruit bats – lives of crime, the rapture – get myself into it, the raconteurs – steady as she goes, josh rouse – givin’ it up, sloan – who taught you to live like that

favouritest live shows  
1. bicycles (+ special guests) – transac club, toronto, aug 19 9. joel plaskett emergency – phoenix concert hall, toronto, may 25
2. hundreds and thousands – horseshoe tavern, toronto, nov 24 10. chad van gaalen – music gallery, toronto, may 6
3. constantines + hidden cameras – wolfe island music festival, kingston, aug 12 11. new pornographers + immaculate machine – kool haus, toronto, oct 11
4. joanna newsom – mod club, toronto, oct 4 12. memphis – lee’s palace, toronto, sept 28
5. broken social scene – kool haus, toronto, jan 20 13. weakerthans + waking eyes – harbourfront centre, toronto, july 29
6. dears + jason collett – harbourfront centre, toronto, july 1 14. danny michel and the black tornados – mod club, toronto, jun 16
7. deadly snakes – horseshoe tavern, toronto, aug 25 15. bell orchestre + hylozoists – harbourfront centre, toronto, aug 27
8. akron/family – music gallery, toronto, mar 21  

as always, it’s quite possible that some of the songs/albums above actually came out last year. so sue me.

06 Dec 06

how a couple of hair flippers ruined my constantines experience

i came to a conclusion during friday night’s constantines show at lee’s palace – it’s hardly earth shattering or anything, but i think it’s true: to fully experience a constantines (or, for that matter, insert band name here) show, you must be able to feed off the energy of the crowd as well as the band. the best live show experiences i’ve had have taken place when i’ve been in the middle of a crowd (it doesn’t have to be a lot of people) who are totally into the show, feeding back to the band – past arcade fire, camouflage nights, the cons, etc. shows have all had this in common. unfortunately, if you are standing among people who are more intent on drinking/hair flipping/making out/talking than enjoying the show, it doesn’t matter how amazing the live band is, the experience will suffer.

friday night’s cons performance was a technically good show, and they gave their all as usual (whil standing on his keyboards, doug beating the shit out of his drums, steve and bry striking guitar poses and dallas being dallas in his angel wings), but, standing towards the back of lee’s palace among people who just didn’t get it made my enjoyment of the show suffer. i just wasn’t as into it as i usually am. it didn’t help that i wasn’t a huge fan of their new songs, but i say that while recognizing that my first impression of tournament of hearts wasn’t super great, and i claimed that they were lacking in anthems. in other words, the verdict is still out.

a highlight? julie doiron (who apparently plays with openers shotgun and jaybird…whom i missed) getting up on stage during the encore, and inexplicably singing why i didn’t like august 93 an old elevator to hell song. i love that song, but i have no idea why julie sang that one. i guess the cons didn’t know any eric’s trip songs?

[thanks to suckingalemon once again for her constantines photo]

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