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Hey there!

I just wanted to let all of you Montrealers out there know that I have started a new website devoted to the Montreal music scene and everything that goes on here. I’m so excited about this so please stop by and browse around. Not only do we have a list of every show going on in Montreal but we have a blog and a section for show reviews which means lots of pictures and music! We also plan do to contests and ticket giveaways so that’s always fun too right?

Come On By!

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Hello! I have just put out my latest mixtape for Baeble Music. This week the whole mixtape is devoted to bands from Montreal.

Check it out!

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Girl Talk

I have been so into this guy lately. Greg Gillis, who is better known as Girl Talk makes some of the funkiest music I have heard in a long time. I am not a big fan of the hip hop. But when Girl Talk mixes hip hop music with Sinead O’Connor, Of Montreal, Radiohead and many, many other amazing bands and artists it just becomes so listenable and interesting. He is the ultimate musical matchmaker. I would never think that I could ever enjoy listening to a song with Kelly Clarkson in it, but the way Girl Talk does it, that Kelly Clarkson part is one of my favourites. I have heard that he puts on quite the show too. And I’m not too suprised judging by his plastic coated lap top.

Take a look at this video created by a teacher and his students from my very own Concordia University in Montreal. The whole thing is made from actual concert footage. Really awesome stuff, check it out. And thanks to Yaniv for the tip.

PS: I’d also like to say thank you to Terry for designing an extra special holiday banner for me! You are amazing! Keep it up.

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The show started promptly at 8:30 with the opening band, Bowerbirds, who played an amazing set. They really got the crowd on their side when they said that we were a much better audience than Toronto. Why is Montreal superior to Toronto in so many ways? Anyways, after a very entertaining set, it was Bon Iver’s turn to wow the Montreal crowd. I had high expectations going in, and they were definately met if not surpassed. Lead singer Justin Vernon isn’t alone in a secluded cabin in the woods of Wisconsin anymore. He was joined on stage by a band of three (one of whom is a member of Bowerbirds). It was kind of interesting to hear some of the songs off of his outstanding debut LP, For Emma, Forever Ago, with a full band, sometimes all drumming at the same time while Vernon played guitar. Some of the highlights in this set were when he got the whole audience to sing “what might have been lost” at the end of the song “The Wolves (Act I and II)”. Also when Vernon thanked the audience for paying attention to Bowerbirds, unlike the people in Toronto who were apparently too involved in their conversations to listen. And then the encore was just amazing. After singing happy birthday to Mike, the newly 21 Bon Iver band member, Vernon led his band and the three Bowerbirds to the front of the stage where they did a cover of an excellent song by Nashville singer/songwriter, Sarah Siskind. It was the last song of the night, and may have been my favourite moment of the night. My only complaint about this show was that it wasn’t longer. Not that it was a particularily short set, there’s just never too much Bon Iver. Thank you Bon Iver and Bowerbirds for an amazing night.

Here are some terrible quality videos with decent to good sound quality:

Flume:

Blood Bank (New Song):

Lovin’s For Fools (Sarah Siskind Cover):

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Remember how I was saying how Bon Iver is Everywhere? Well I have spotted him on another one of my favourite music sites. This time Bon Iver has been featured on Daytrotter, performing the amazing “Flume” as well as “Lump Sum”, “Stacks” and “Creature Fear”.

Not only are we seeing Bon Iver all over the internet, he is also coming to a town near you, or at least a town near me. I already have my tickets to the Bon Iver show that will take place on Wedensday at the Cabaret in Montreal. Good thing too because the show is sold out. I can’t wait to hear that amazing voice live.

Bon Iver on Daytrotter

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This was one hectic night of concert going. I had tried to buy tickets numerous times by calling Divan Orange and asking how to buy and every time the girl on the phone would tell me the only way to get tickets is to buy at the door. So this is what I did, but by the time I arrived at 9:00 PM (for a 9:30 start time with 2 openers) the show was sold out. After befriending some Swedish fans who had a sign that said “We Came All The Way From Sweden For This Show, Need Tickets” I simply waited until the time was right. Lead singer Robin Pecknold got the Swedes in, but I was still ticketless and very much wanting to see this show. So between the first and second act, I took my girlfriend by the hand and we simply walked in. To our surprise nobody stopped us, and that was that. We were in.

Boy was I glad we got in. What a show! I had seen them play once before at La Sala Rossa and while it was a great set, they were opening for Blitzen Trapper, there wasn’t that many people there and they didn’t really make a connection with the audience like they did last night. It was one joke after another at last night’s concert. The band had the audience cracking up on many occasions and vice versa. And the music was just superb. They played most of the songs from their Sun Giant EP and self titled debut LP. The highlights for me were “Mykonos”, “Blue Ridge Mountains”, “He Doesn’t Know Why” and a stunning version of “Oliver James” in which the rest of the band left the stage as Robin belted out the song, really showcasing his vocal abilities. The crowd cheered for what felt like 2 full minutes after the song finished.

If you have a chance to see Fleet Foxes play in the near future you must do so! As good as they are on the album, their live show is just something else. I have a feeling this is the last time I will see them play a small venue like Divan Orange. They are already playing Bowery Ballroom in New York, which is a pretty big venue. Next time they come to Montreal they will probably play La Tulipe or something of that size. If you were at the show last night you should feel lucky to have been a part of it.

Here is a video and a half from the show last night. My phone died half way through “Your Protector”. Sorry. But I got the whole “White Winter Hymnal” for you.

White Winter Hymnal:

Your Protector (first 2 minutes):

The show was so good, you almost forgot about how disgustingly sweaty you were throughout…..almost.

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