Tuesday Mar 15, 2005

The Matthew Good Band

The artist climbing my weekly scrobbler chart is Vancouverite Matthew Good.

[Side Note: Don't ya wish the RIAA would leave Gramma alone and spend more time thinking about creative models for digital music?]

Matt is an incredibly talented musician; In fact - almost as good the Hip :-) (if you know me that is high praise indeed).

What might surprise you is that a rock n roller like Matt has been blogging since before it was cool. He is a passionate and articulate advocate for freedom and all that is right. A guy who can compose, sing, play guitar AND write eloquently. Some guys get all the talent ....

Thursday Nov 18, 2004

R.E.M. concert

Went to see R.E.M. last night. Probably my 2nd favorite band after the Hip :-)

Sorry - no cameras allowed, so I didnt get any pics.

It's my first R.E.M. concert - and I have to say they put on an incredible show. They played the Calgary Saddledome (I am not sure the capacity - maybe 20000 seats?). They had the crowd on their feet, with everyone singing along belting out "yeah yeah yeah" (Man on the Moon song). It gave us all a chance to engage our collective rock star voices.

Stipe is a real showman who really knows how to work the crowd. The only drawback is they didn't have a jumbo tron - so things looked kind small (we had pretty good seats - but if you were in the back I dont think you would see much). The acoustics in the saddledome are surprisingly good. I think most bands have figured out that you don't need to leave the concert with your ears bleeding to enjoy the show.

Thursday Jun 24, 2004

Hanging with The Tragically Hip



Last night I had the privilege of seeing the Hip play at the Whiskey club in Calgary. They are doing a small club tour across Canada to launch their new album, In Between Evolution.

Pics can be found here

This was also my first chance to try out my new toy, a Fuji S7000 digital camera. Given the dark lighting, I was pretty happy with the results. The hip have a pretty cool attitude towards making bootleg tapes (for some concerts they even let fans bring in mike stands). Because the new album was not yet released they didnt want video cameras, but security was pretty lax and you probably could have gotten away with it.

The new songs are great, and I think hip fans will be pleased. Gord plays a lot of acoustic guitar on the new stuff (he seems to be doing more of this lately). Of course the real fun is watching him dance like a possessed rag doll.

They played a good mix of old time favorites as well, including:

  • New Orleans
  • Gift Shop
  • Courage
  • Music@Work
  • Nautical Disaster (my all time favorite)
  • It's a good life if you don't weaken
  • Silver Jet
  • 100th Meridian
  • Locked in the Trunk of a Car

Two Thumbs way up!

Friday Jun 11, 2004

So Hip it Hurts

I can't believe I got tickets to the see the world's best band (Wed June 23, in Calgary). None other than the The Tragically Hip

The hip are doing a small club tour across Canada to launch their new Album In Between Evolution.

Those of you below the 49th Parallel don't know what you are missing! If you like R.E.M - you will love the Hip. Check Em Out!

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