Each week I will have a new podcast featured on my blog, compliments of my producer – SASHA JAMES, creator of The Final Girl Project. If you have any taste in film at all you will check out this brilliant website. She looks critically at all films, whether she actually likes those sort of films at all.
I would like to draw your attention to the player above, it’s my thoughts and voice in a tiny box. You can now listen to what i’ve been listening to. I will be putting a new one out each week, each feature is an hour long and as of now no theme.
I plan to release other shows shooting off this one. The only one I have in mind is one titled “Verses”, where I will be battling it out with someone else in a music related discussion of course. So stay tuned for that.
I also have some live gigs i’m going to post.
Please leave comments and suggestions, would love to hear what oyu have to say… Or maybe even guest appear on my show.
If you want the tracklisting please fire me a comment – as I like the surprise of not knowing what’s coming next!
Take that CIUT.
Also, I will be posting a picture of myself with every podcast as a visual companion. It’s a complete joke because I have very few pictures of myself alone. There will be a story to accompany the photograph.
This is me earlier this year. I needed campaign photos for a student leader position that I was running for. It was taken with my telephone. I couldn’t stop giggling – where’s Dan Epstein when you need him?
>The song titled “Do” is really incredible. Ohad’s guitar bit that goes throughout the entire song really makes it for me!
>Do Make Say Think, four verbs, four different songs and one band. Their new album titled Other Truths has only four songs on it, they draw from their four word band name. Their new album is a very bold release, as it only has four songs, each of them around ten minutes long. I feel like this album doesn’t have the support of seven other songs to make it a ‘best album of the year’ release. I doubt NPR will hum about it, and I bet few lists outside of Canada will include it. With that being said, it seems like Do Make Say Think’s loyalty is largely domestically. Justin Small, the childlike guitarist of the band said to everyone in the crowd that he gets really nervous everything he plays Toronto. Ohad Benchetrit told everyone at the beginning of the show that they like to keep Toronto dates to the end of their tour, so they can really shine – warmed up and ready.
>I have liked Thursday since the tenth grade. They’re a band who I latched on to just after their album War All the Time Came Out and to this day that album remains one of my favourites. I remember the first time I saw them was at the Kool Haus with Poison the Well and Spitalfield, where it was sold out and packed to edges of the venue. My favourite part of that show was when they played “Jet Black New Year” and the countdown confetti fell from the ceiling. It was an incredible touch that I still think to and that they’ll probably never ever do it again. Fortunately, they do play that song quite often.
Lead singer, Geoff Rickly’s voice is all there. When he was younger he was always pitted for being ton deaf. Naturally, they called him Tone Geoff for his bad voice and horrible pitch. I noticed this gig, when he was sitting on notes his voice went ridiculously flat. Despite that, his voice sounds fine, it’s strong and it definitely has improved. When I saw them at the Kool Haus earlier this year I thought the sound was really terrible and his voice sounded very bare. It felt more full this time.
I got to the gig late – it was a really early show. I came in to a pile of new shows I didn’t recognise. They eventually played “Division Street” off of War All The Time. I didn’t catch any songs off of Full Collapse, apparently they played a song off that album before I stumbled in. I have this feeling it was their louder tune “Paris in Flames,” as I heard someone mutter it before I got in. I also apparently missed, a couple of songs off of War All the Time as well… They played “Signals Over the Air” later on in their set too and the only other song they played that I knew was “Jet Black New Year” as the closer.
This show was bare, something was very wrong with it. The band hadn’t dragged many people out to the show, the Mod Club was empty. As soon as I walked in, I felt like I was seeing one of my favourite bands at a tiny venue. The most pit was only four guys and a girl, and I kept seeing struggling crowd surfers form and kick people in the three or four rows of people in front of them.
Jet Black New Year by Thursday
Doesn’t Sean MacKay look like Geoff Rickly??
Anyways, Zero 7 we’re pretty good. Sound wise they were spot on, just really fantastic sounding band. Their song selection as I expected was from their new album titled Hey Ghost. It’s sort of a fusion of pop and overly electronic tunes. Their pop as usual has an extremely strong female voice leading the tune.
I feel as though this band will never live up to their 2001 release Simple Things. That album is definitely on my top twenty albums of the decade. From start to finish it has a really distinct sound, one that I would call electronica but I wouldn’t call rock. It’s sort of in between. I look at RJD2 the same way too… It’s sort of a mystery but it’s alternative music that people who like rock are interested in. So i’ll just leave it as alternative music.
I have to say Simple Things had a tremendously long shelf life. I think I first purchased that album in Miami, Florida, probably six years ago. It’s sort of stayed on my radar non-stop since then. I know when Garden State was released it got a serious kick up. I believe MTV used the tune “Destiny” in an ad as well… Zero 7 never got that push that the Shins got from Garden State, but I guess they never needed Natalie Portman’s seal of approval.
Zero 7 are from London, England, the two guys names are Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. Throughout the whole show they sort of stayed behind the seams, but always keeping the energy high. Since their first albums they’ve always had tremendously strong women fronting the majority of their tunes, or at very least their best ones. For their live gig they had two women, Eska and Olivia Chaney. I really dug the bit they put on their Myspace page:
Zero 7 Live Band
Zero 7’s live show features singers Eska and Olivia Chaney as well as long time collaborators and band members Eddie Stevens, Robin Mullarkey and Tom Skinner.
Eska has worked with Mercury nominees The Invisible, Cinematic Orchestra and Matthew Herbert and Olivia Chaney will be introducing a folky flavour to the Zero 7 sound with her harmonium and acoustic guitar. Vocalist Martha Tilston will also be joining them on stage at selected shows.
Pretty much sums it up. Olivia Chaney gave their tunes a folkier flare, especially the tune “In the Waiting Line”. I really had to leave the gig early because I have a colossal paper due tomorrow (that I should be doing now…). This was the second last song I heard and the first song of their encore. I told myself I wasn’t leaving until I heard this song, as I knew they’d playing because of some pre-concert homework. Chaney came out with an acoustic guitar and the guitar/bass/cello player came out with the cello. Given he plucked most of the time giving it a light bouncy feel – and the only time I felt like they were similar songs was when she say the chorus lines of the tune.
I much prefered the rendition of “Destiny” which was sung by the delicate, but strong voice of Eska. It really worked with what they were doing. I read a review before that said she wasn’t a good match for the tune, but I really enjoyed it. It was a livelier version that moved quicker but the song sort of found it’s way. The thing I really liked about the recorded version was the sounds heard right at the beginning and the sound of the acoustic guitar. Neither were present, there was an electric and different sounds to accompany compliments of Hardaker and Binns. The tune found its way nearing the bridge where it actually sounded like the original. I got the drift that they didn’t like playing their older material anymore. One of the two guys introduced it as one of their “really fucking old ones”. I guess it is, it’s been eight years since that album came out. I would’ve really like to have caught that tour, that would’ve been a really solid tour and I bet they had both Sia and Sophie Barker (voice behind – “In the Waiting Line”. And my favourite scene from Garden State!
I feel by this time i’ve seen Zero 7 twice, as last year I had the pleasure of seeing Sia at the Opera House. I remember going alone and I wasn’t completely comfortable with the idea of going alone to shows but I did it anyways. I think I was living at my first place out. I really like my Sia review, i think it reflects how I wish i felt at this concert.
I feel like I saw the Zero 7 I wanted to see at the Sia show. Pitty. I’ll go see them when they tour with Sia, I think the show would be that much more powerful! The women they had on board were great, they have really lovely voices, I just wasn’t feeling it, although Eska’s really got me on the very first song she did live. I thought Chaney did a really nice job of the Binki Sharpiro song “Swing”.
Hope Sia tour soon! I couldn’t get “Day Too Soon” out of my head after seeing her at the Opera House.
And who could forget the ending to Six Feet Under...