well damn!


Tracking: Metric – Gimme Sympathy
April 21, 2009, 8:05 pm
Filed under: Singles | Tags: , ,

I’m not the biggest Metric fan, but I was instantly drawn in when I heard the single, “Help I’m Alive” released late last year as a pre-cursor to their latest release Fantasies.

MetricWhile “Help I’m Alive” is a suspenseful train ride showcasing Metric’s musical range, “Gimme Sympathy” (the first single released off of Fantasies) is just plain boring. It’s too…nice. Not that there is anything wrong with nice, but I don’t really associate nice with or expect nice from Metric.

The melody is too repetitive and restricted. Specifically within the chorus, which is the same short phrase of music repeated 3 times. This may have worked in a verse or if the phrase was longer, but the chorus itself is repeated enough times to just annoy me.

Even though it is almost as repetitive as the melody, the accompanying music is far more interesting. The music contains various rhythmic combinations and riffs. There is a nice contrast between the verse and chorus, but it’s not enough to give this track the support it needs.

Either way I do not enjoy this track on its own, even though it consistently gets stuck in my head.

Go to Metric’s MySpace for a listen (because after my strong endorsement I know you want to listen to it anyway)

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Cursive – Mama, I’m Swollen
April 10, 2009, 3:25 pm
Filed under: Albums | Tags: , ,

The last three records Cursive has put out (2000’s Domestica, 2003’s The Ugly Organ, and 2006’s Happy Hollow) easily crack my top 15 all time favourite records. Their recent release Mama I’m Swollen is going to have to try a little harder to crack my top 15 of the year…

Mama I'm SwollenDon’t get me wrong, Mama has some great tracks. “In The Now” is a heavy opener, staying in true Cursive form. “From The Hips”, the album’s first single showcases Cursive’s musical range. I’m not really sure what “Donkeys” is about yet, but it has some clever lyrics.

The album itself gels together fairly smoothly. There are no tracks that stick out like a sore thumb or should have ended up on a b-side. The album is fairly intricate, tracks often refer to other tracks and so on. The themes of the album are quite clear from both a lyrical and musical stand point, but there is something missing. This album is missing the next step. Each album I’ve listened to from Cursive has been unique and displayed a way in which the band has grown, but this album feels like a stasis, any of these tracks could easily be mistaken for belonging to another album.

My friend and I theorize these boys are going to release a spectacle of an album, and this was more of a tie over to keep people interested and assure us Cursive are alive and well.

First listen: 6/10
Flow: 8/10
Individual Songs: 8/10
Discography: 5/10
Length: 4/5
Album Art: 4/5
Total: 35/50

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It’s okay Cursive, I’m still going to listen to it incessantly and wait for it to grow on me



Rolling Tundra Review

Back in December when I first heard about the 2009 Rolling Tundra Revue I could hardly contain my anticipation for April 2009, and after months of hyping up the show, it did not fail to live up to my high expectations.

rt-wkToronto country act $100 started the night off with foot stomping, heart wrenching, bluntly written music. They were a bit on the quieter and country side to be opening up for two rock and roll bands but they did a great job. Simone Fornow did a respectable job entertaining the anxious crowd by introducing each of the band’s songs. Although Fornow was only accompanied by two guitar players, they band played a tight set and I’m looking forward to hearing from them again.

Next up were my favourite live act, the Constantines, this is only my 6th time seeing them, but this was definitely one of the most energetic sets I had seen from them. There was a short period of time where I was afraid I was the only fanatic in the crowd but wasrt-wk quickly proved wrong by the time the boys broke out “Nighttime/Anytime”. To tease the crowd, John K Samson came out to sing vocals on “Little Instruments”, which was great. All in all I think the boys managed to garner a few new fans.

Finally at 10:30 (which normally at Call the Office is when the 2nd band is getting ready to play) The Weakerthans opened their set with “Psalm for the Elks Lodge Last Call”. They played many fan favourites including “Left and Leaving”, “A Plea from Virtute The Cat”, and “Civil Twilight”. During “Wellington’s Wednesdays” Samson helped an audience member play guitar, but I was sort of upset they only played one song off of Fallow. Lucky for me, they played two more during their encore.

rt-wkThe Waking Eyes‘ Rusty Matyas was wonderful as the Weakerthans’ fifth man. He did a great job supporting them not only on the keys, but on trumpet and taking over a female vocal part here and there.

Overall, a show well worth the $25 ticket, $5 beer and $12 cab ride home.