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Seeing Win Butler at the Sean Nicholas Savage Show

In Canada, Celebrate Your Scene, Gigs, Montréal on November 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Montreal (despite the recent ‘chill factor‘) is always a great place to be. Here’s a roundup of some of best stuff going on –

Hopefully some of you had the pleasure of catching Sean Nicholas Savage’s album release show, to which I certainly did. D’Eon and Silly Kissers, who are undoubtedly some of Montreal’s best local bands, opened the show. Unfortunately, I missed them both. If past experience is any gauge in these situations, I’d say they were both probably a helluva good time. D’Eon has a new 12″ called Palinopsia coming out November 16 on Hippos In Tanks, which you can (and should!) pick up here. As well, two remixes of his excellent song ‘Keep the Faith’ by White Car and Hype Williams got posted on The Fader! Woop wooop!

Sean Nicholas Savage - Mutual Feelings of Respect and Admiration

As for what I did catch, Sean Nicholas Savage played some new and some old jams, but all through nothin but good times. It was a disco influenced set and there ain’t nothin wrong with that, at least not in his case. He absolutely pulled it off. Good times were had by many there. I still haven’t heard the whole new album, Mutual Feelings of Respect and Admiration, but based on what he played live I’m prettty excited to. It’s available for purchase or download from Arbutus here. The event was also for Arbutus’ first anniversary. Congrats to that! They keep on bringin’ the good times. Errything they touch basically turns to musical gold. Grimes, Pop Winds, Silly Kissers, (formerly) Braids, Sean Nicholas Savage, etc. etc. etc.

Speaking of which, Grimes, Flow Child, T.H.O.M.A.S., and Quiet Hooves were supposed to play an afterparty at ‘Silver Door’ (according to Claire Boucher’s post on the Arbutus site) or ‘Cousin Sildo’s’ (according to the facebook event). Bummmmer!! It got shut down before the first show even began (or some time around then). It looked siiick. Arnold and I saw Flow Child at the Torn Curtain (along with Rasta Sharma, who were nuts) last year and it was a reaal good time. Let’s do that again sometime, yeah?

On another note, Claire (of Grimes) posted three new great songs from Devon Welsh of Pop Winds. They’re rough demos but they sound good to me. Lookin forward to hearing more and hopefully he’ll play sometime soon. Suuper siiked. ‘Flow Children’ (seemingly named after his bandmate Kyle’s solo endeavor Flow Child) is possibly my favorite but I like all of em. Give all three a listen (and download) by clicking the link above.

Tonstartssbandht: Edwin (left) and Andy (right) White

On a final note, WOAH!, Tonstartssbandht have a NEW JAM!! And it’s goooooood. Real good. Recently, the Tonstartssbrothers have been torn apart by the US/Canada border and lord knows it’s been tearin ma heart apart along with it. Edwin’s been keepin busy by recording and performing as Eola. His first album’s called The Lord’s Jam (which you grab here, thanks to Ruby Scoops) and I dig it quite a bit. EDIT: He just recently put out another album called Living, which you can snag here. As well, he recently played in New York during CMJ and I’m sure it ruuled judging by the live set he did for CKUT. Andy’s been busy, as well, with his radio show on CKUT called The Montreal Sessions. The new Tonstartssbandht song, ‘Shot To La Parc’ is more in vein with their recent releases (Midnite Cobras, for example) but it’s a little slower and more of a jam. It certainly demonstrates some solid songwriting while maintaining their energy and knack for catchy-as-hell, albeit lyrically indecipherable, melodies. Well done Edwin and Andy. It’s coming out soon on Arbutus, and it’s on an album to be called Now I Am Become, presumably after the J. Robert Oppenheimer speech. These dudes are coming back to Montreal on November 26 to play at Il Motore’s We Hate When Our Friends Move To Toronto! / Second Anniversary Party along with Black Feelings and Grand Trine. I’m soo excited. Don’t missss it!

LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: Tonstartssbandht – ‘Shot To La Parc’

FINALLY, there’s a solid amount of good shows coming up soon. Here are a few (the rest are on the Shows & Events page):

Wed 11/10 – GLASSER / TWIN SHADOW / BONJAY @ Il Motore (179 Jean Talon Ouest) | $15adv./$15door

Tues 11/16 – ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI / OS MUTANTES @ Le National (1220 St Catherine East) | $23.50adv./$23.50door

Wed 11/17 – NO AGE / LUCKY DRAGONS @ La Sala Rossa (4848 St Laurent) | $15adv./$20door

Thurs 11/18 – LAND OF TALK / SNAILHOUSE / BRAIDS @ Cabaret Mile-End (5240 Parc) | $15adv./$15door

Thurs 11/18 – STILL LIFE STILL / ARMEN AT THE BAZAAR / ISMISM @ Casa del Popolo (4873 St Laurent) | $tba | 8:30PM

Fri 11/19 – DELOREAN / LEMONADE / SMALL BLACK / CLASS ACTRESS @ Le Belmont (4483 St Laurent) | $TBA

Tues 11/23 – TAME IMPALA / STARDEATH & WHITE DWARF / KUROMA @ La Sala Rossa (4848 St Laurent) | $15+ | 8:30PM

Fri 11/26 – TONSTARTSSBANDHT / BLACK FEELINGS / GRAND TRINE @ Il Motore (179 Jean Talon Ouest) | PWYC

Sat 11/27 – NO JOY / DUCKTAILS / GRIMES / METZ @ Casa Del Popolo (4873 St Laurent) | $8adv./$10door

Enjoy.

P.S. – Win Butler may or may not have been at the Sean Nicholas Savage show (he was).

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