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NOTE TO READERS: Owing to the March 2015 closure of OpenSalon.com — which was my primary publishing platform, where I initiated this blog and concert series project, and was where most of my pieces were accessed — I need to plug up a few blog-holes (i.e., post-up here a clutch of early Open Salon blog entries that I never transferred to this cyberabode). This here post is one of those orphaned Ghosts of Blogging Past that needs a re-debut.
In advance of my Best of 2015 re-cap (appearing shortly), here is my second year-end music recap from February 2012: 8 x 11: My “Best of” Musical Favourites from 2011. While I couldn’t order my fave long players and tracks at the time, I can certainly do so now from the perspective of four years on. My revised lists would now be …
One of the most frustrating experiences in 36 years of concert going.
169. Do U Lie?: Prince, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Saturday December 3, 2011, $165.24.
“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” — Johnny Rotten/Lydon at the end of the Sex Pistols’ final concert at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, January 14, 1978.
As someone who’s been an avid live concert-goer since seeing Roxy Music when I was 12 in early 1975, there’s only a handful of non-recent acts left who are still out there playing who I have yet to, and very much want to, see. Tom Waits. Leonard Cohen. Stevie Wonder. U2.
And, up until this December show, Prince would have been on that list.
… Although I’m not sure if I can actually say I have seen him following this exceedingly frustrating experience. Read the rest of this entry »
Sharon Jones kissed me!
158. Better Things: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings with Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Bronson Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Wednesday May 11, 2011, $34.
It’s a given that every generation is going to throw up its own pop flibbertigibbets. While we may grouse about “Beiber Fever” or the vexatious Ke$ha, it’s wise to not overdo it and constantly go on one of those “darn kids today and their crap” harangues. The reality is that teen-targeted moppets are simply part of a never-ending conveyer belt that will always exist as long young’uns and a corporate marketplace are both table guests at the dinner party of pop culture. Read the rest of this entry »
Farewell, Civic Centre.
157. Monkey Gone To Heaven: The Pixies perform Doolittle with Imaginary Cities, Ottawa Civic Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Saturday April 16, 2011, $45.
1989. I was 26 and remember it as a pretty good year for me personally and, as you shall see down the line, the one wherein I attended the most number of shows ever within a calendar 12 months.
I would also rate it as one of the 1980s’ better years for album releases, encompassing a number of titles that I loved both then and now: Read the rest of this entry »
170. The Shape I’m In: Etc #7 2008-11 with Rush, Austra, Stephen Malkmus, Cyndi Lauper, John Hiatt, Levon Helm, Carole Pope, & Margaret ChoPosted: March 28, 2012
170. The Shape I’m In: Etc #7 2008-2011 with Rush, Austra, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Cyndi Lauper, John Hiatt, the Levon Helm Band, Carole Pope and comedian Margaret Cho.
NOTE: Over the course of this series, I will occasionally be publishing compilation pieces that are a collection of encapsulated reviews covering gigs I am not writing full entries for. This 7th iteration of the Etc. round-ups is appearing first, owning to my back entries not yet having caught up to Etc. #1. Read the rest of this entry »
168. Trees Outside the Academy: 2011 Ottawa Folk Festival with Thurston Moore, Bright Eyes, Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman, & The Little Stevies, August 27-28, 2011Posted: November 23, 2011
The retooled Ottawa Folk Festival — now under the auspices of the Bluesfest crew — arrives in late August … along with some fallout from Hurricane Irene.