The Antlers at the Great Hall; Tuesday September 25, 2012

This was my second time seeing the Antlers, but for some odd reason it felt like the first. I am always amazed by people who enjoy going to shows of artists that they have no knowledge of. I go to a lot of shows, but I usually make sure I know some of the artists’ work before I make the commitment to go to a gig. Regardless, this time was real. I was familiar with their material.

I fell in love with the Antlers after diving head first into their album ‘Burst Apart.’ ‘Burst Apart’ is the band’s fourth full-length album but only the second on my radar. The only other album I have given a listen to is ‘Hospice’ – a narrative album of an emotionally abusive relationship between a hospice worker and a terminally-ill patient. The two albums are incredibly different but boast a lush, sometimes atmospheric album.

The band hails from Brooklyn as so many incredible independent rock acts do. They are signed to the New York-based label ‘Frenchkiss Records’ home of other successful acts such as the Dodos, Passion Pit and the Drums all bands that haven’t won my heart over just yet. While the band only has three permanent members, they tour as four with Timothy Mislock on bass and guitar. I was amazed to see how prominent keyboardist, Darby Cicci’s role was in the band between filling in sounds with keyboard and synth as well as some clutch vocal parts.

My first impression after getting to know ‘Burst Apart’ inside out was how they would be able to capture their ambient sound live. Much to my surprise, they were able to revision their tunes live quite well. Slower tunes such as “Kettering” were played slower than the studio versions which made the show lag a bit. It was really amazing to hear “Rolled Together” live, as I had been pining over this song for the last six months. A tune that sounds far too similar to Sigur Rós“Svefn-G-Englar,” as pointed out by Pitchfork writer Ian Cohen, and I couldn’t agree more.

The band played for just over an hour and a half, but played a good range of their last two full-lengths and their brand spanking new EP titled ‘Undersea.’ They even opened up the set with the leading track of ‘Undersea’ titled “Drift Drive”—a more music less words type-tune more ambient tune. I was amazed that they could pull the tune off so eloquently as a show opener, the crowd seemed quite engaged.

The standout moment of the gig was their closing song “Putting the Dog to Sleep” – a slow burn, classic soul sounding tune that finished the slow as well as it does on the album. My friend and I had their last tune down to “I Don’t Want Love” or “Putting the Dog to Sleep” – both tunes serve as the bookends the album ‘Burst Apart.’ I was surprised that “I Don’t Want Love” wasn’t played as it is easily is their most accessible tune.

It was an efficient show that I was in and out of under two hours.



The Antlers, gush

I don’t want to spoil yours or my experience tonight with these videos, but I am so excited to see the Antlers tonight at the Great Hall.

My pal Chris shot these from their gig we went to last year, just at the Mod Club. Not bad for a DSLR and a $100 microphone.


RIP Sam “The Record Man” Sniderman

At 92 years old, Sam “the Record Man” passed away.

This shop, one of the most iconic of Toronto, I only actually visited three or four times. I would have loved to work there.


Bon Iver at the Bowery Ballroom……

For a limited time the Bowery Ballroom will be airing a replay of the livestream broadcast of the New York Bon Iver gig that happened on Friday. This is a must watch, I know it’ll be the only thing put through my headphones all day!



“All We Ask” by Grizzly Bear

My favourite tune off of their brilliant album ‘Veckatimest.’

It’s interesting to hear how well their lush sound of this album translates to a virtually unplugged setting –


Happy Saturday!

“Victoria” by the Kinks


Broken Social Scene “Shampoo Suicide”

“All the lights we were”

Don’t quick judge this video’s quality. It’s absolutely stunning, sound wise. I also adore how this tune has evolved over the years at their live gigs.


Grizzly Bear …

“There’s a lot of talk about negotiating distance from people in your life,” Mr. Rossen said. “We were dealing with that in various forms, learning what it means to be alone, learning what it means to be close to somebody, certain things coming to a head. It just feels like a major difficulty in life.”


Mr. Droste picked up the thought: “There’s a desire to be autonomous, but there’s also this great fear of being alone, and there’s this constant feeling of, ‘How do you reconcile this?’ There’s this need for space, but there’s also this, ‘Come closer come closer.’ ”


‘Greetings from Tim Buckley’

I can’t wait to see this movie. Biopics are often known to flop, but I have good faith in this one. Badgley’s performance at the end of the video ain’t half bad…

Previous sentiments…