Death Cab For Cutie at the Molson Ampitheatre; Friday July 29, 2011

I can’t believe it’s going to be August in just a few short days. Summer’s slipping away faster than I can keep up. I’m pretty excited for the fall months, they’re going to be pretty brilliant to say the least.

But for the moment, I have to give it to the weather, it’s been pretty lovely. I have had the good intentions for quite some time now to go see Molson Ampitheatre gigs from outside of the venue, not so much “seeing” as it is listening.

The sound from behind the venue was a little muffled, but with a band that I’m so at home with, I can think of all the tiny details without actually hearing them. A little bit of a mind mess.

The thing I love about Death Cab for Cutie is that no matter how big they get, the collosal venues they play, they always play older material. I was so happy to hear “Photobooth” and a tune or two off of The Photo Album (maybe only one).

I hadn’t got around to listening to Codes and Keys but I know it’s spotless, just from hearing it live.

Death Cab have to be one of the most consistent bands I’ve ever wrapped my ears around. It’s really mind boggling to consider just how eloquent and different each of their progressive releases are. All the albums are different, newer ones without a doubt more mature while the old ones have just as much sophistication and quality that the new ones possess.

I arrived half an hour late, so I assume I missed “Tiny Vessels,” a song I just couldn’t see them not playing.

Laura and I were surprised by their performance of show closer “Transatlanticism.” We shouldnt’ve been, that seems to be a closer for the band more than not.

I have really been in love with the song “The Sound of Settling,” released close to ten years ago, it’s so god damn mature and smart.

“Our youth is fleeing, old age is just around the bend and I can’t wait to grow old. I’ll sit and wonder of ever love I could’ve had, If I only thought of something charming to say.”

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I was tickled to hear the tune Johnathan Rice inspire – “Grapevine Fires”:

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Death Cab are a band I can dive into so effortlessly. Likng them is easy, I was amazed to realise I never stopped liking them in the last seven or eight years.

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Pitchfork aftermath two: Destroyer DESTROYER destroyer

So the story goes, five years ago I started my university career. I met someone who told me to listen to Destroyer’s gorgeous album Rubies. I felt nothing for it, probably because I wasn’t interested enough to listen to it thoroughly.

Fast forward five years, I finally bought the album at a Chicago record store called Reckless Records. Absolutely flawless.

His performance was absolutely lovely, the perfect afternoon release.

Dan Bejar doesn’t really sound like anyone else I can think of. His music is warm and inviting, but not conventionally heartwarming. It’s completely inaccessible, but after a few listens I really got into it good. Some real lovely ditties that are probably overlooked for his odd vocal delivery.

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New Black Keys…

I’m a little wry reading what Auerbach has said about the new album…

I liked the soul, heart and easy pace of Brothers.

 

Talking to Spin about the as-yet-untitled LP, Auerbach says, “It’s the fastest we’ve ever played. The new album doesn’t sound like Brothers. It doesn’t have that open soul feel to it. It’s way more driving and the tempos are really fast.”

New M83: The Perfect Summer mix

I love when I effortlessly fall into music. As much as I like sharing and swapping music, it’s always hard to really love on your own terms what people recommend to you.

I often struggle to really gel with something that has a such a high regard by everyone under the sun.

I really dig M83’s new tune “Midnight City,” and it’s really hard to find synthesizer-charged music that I like.

Pitchfork preamble two: Fleet Foxes

Sweeping out the second night of the festival, it was Fleet Foxes that really stole the festival. I have never seen people so moved by a band, they had the audience through and through.

Another thing about Fleet Foxes is how great their sound is. It’s really remarkable to hear them play, my first time! Their first Massey Hall gig a few years ago, I sold my ticket last minute, seconds before the show because I had a huge assignment due the next day.

It was really nice to hear forgotten tunes. I can’t wrap my mind around just how perfect the first four or five songs are off of their first full-length Fleet Foxes.

Robin Peckinold is only 25! Christ

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Photo by Laura Soper in the crowd

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Zooey Deschanel and Comedian Ben Schwartz make something beautiful

So, Zooey made this beautiful video with another Ben that’s not her hubby!  It’s kind of funny to acknowledge how the indie King and Queen do not make music together. I’d read interviews about how they want to keep those two facets of their lives divided.

So until then, I get to listen to Zooey make some real sweet tunes with other charming men. And for the record, Zooey is a fabulous singer:

Fiona Apple’s (very lovely) cover of the tune too:

“You Belong To Me” is another well-covered song from the fifties (1952)

Real Estate with Dent May at the Garrison; Tuesday July 19, 2011

Sweltering weather lately, but I’m certain I can take the heat.

Real Estate has been the closest thing to a beach that I’ve come across in a while. Listening to Real Estate is a gulp of fresh air, completely refreshing and easy and their live show is no different by any means. I have to hand it to them, they had my love from the first song they played.

I saw one bit of their set at the end of 2010 with Deerhunter, I unfortunately got to the set about three quarters of the way through, missing nearly the entire thing.

A few things I noticed this go around:

Real Estate’s vocals really don’t matter

My friend made a comment about how there needs to be more vocals all around, at the show as well as on the album. I sort of like that you can’t really hear the vocals, it’s really the subtle guitar noodling that I adore.

Musicians are normal people too

During Dent May’s set, my friend pointed out the bassist from Real Estate standing next to me. The slightly overweight bassist was wearing a worn out t-shirt with lazy pants and black runners that you’d picture on your grandfather. To top it off, he finished his look with a run down, label-less baseball cap. I couldn’t help but think this guy looks more like a guy that would deliver a pizza than deliver sweet bass lines. I hate to draw these stereotypes but I suppose that’s what the media has done to me. Needless to say, he was pretty awesome on stage.

Mid-length shorts are in for guys

It’s really freaking hot out, but I couldn’t help but notice all the guys wearing mid-length shorts, cut three or four inches above the knee. Only on skinny things though, not a full-guy look.

I really have to give it to Real Estate, they really took my concert filled weekend. I had the opportunity to see them on Sunday in Chicago, but I passed it up. I wouldn’t want to take a double shot of them in three days and I’m certainly glad I didn’t, but I feel incredibly luck to have seen them at the Garrison. The Garrison is very quickly becoming my favourite venue to see shows at… It’s pretty small and resembles a rec room, making for the perfect intimate show.

Funny enough they played last year’s Pitchfork, but not this even though they were in town… I guess they aren’t hot enough for Pitchfork.

Real Estate’s lead singer Martin Courtney used to be in Titus Andronicus.

Just a few words on the openers Dent May:

I am a huge fan of this group, they’re fun and adventurous. Their sound is very Traveling Wilburys, the first thing I thought of when I heard their fusion between acoustic guitar and synthesizer.

I’m really glad I saw Dent May live before hearing them recorded, because I think I enjoy their live show more than their recorded. It’s not that they sound any different, but rather they just come off so good in their live set, it doesn’t seem like a sound they could duplicate live (but they did).

So, I just learned that Dent May is actually the lead singer’s name. He’s from Mississippi.

I really enjoyed his very smooth, summer sounds – loaded with harmonies, keyboards and light dance inspired coos.

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Remember when James Mercer was in a band called the Shins?

Remember their sweet sixities reminiscent sound?

STOP REMINISCING! Listen to the Fresh & Onlys, who are just all that.

I’ve always thought of myself as a sixties gal, well, here we go!