by carl wilson

The Nights that Say NXNEEE...

yomaj.jpg
Yo Majesty!

Like every other music hack in town, I've got yer red-hot North By Northeast festival picks right here (also on The Globe and Mail's website). Besides the ones to follow, there are a few obvious standout tickets, by the way: the 3 a.m. shows tonight and possibly tomorrow night with Blue Rodeo at Lee's Palace, each following a strong night of folk/twang/roots rock, especially Friday's sequence of Rock Plaza Central, the Sadies and John Doe (ex, of course, of Los Angeles country-punk heroes X); tonight's bill at the Boat with Mother Mother (Vancouver), Les Breastfeeders (Montreal), Pride Tiger (Vancouver), Abdominal (T-dot) and Champion (Montreal); Calgary's Woodpigeon tonight at the Drake at 11; the Pop Montreal showcase tomorrow night at the Comfort Zone featuring Montreal's Buzzcockian blasters the Nymphets, Handsome Furs (members of Wolf Parade), and local electro-magineers Woodhands; Junior Boys at the Mod Club tomorrow (although I'm not that wild about the rest of that bill); Jenn Grant at C'est What, Friday at 1 a.m.; and on Saturday, the d'Ubervilles and Germans at the Boat, as well as the funky lineup of Souljazz Orchestra (Ottawa afrobeat), Masia One (ace local MC), Tanya Morgan (New York group whose album was one of The Roots' ?uestlove's top picks last year) and Nouveau Riche (Philadelphia) at the Gladstone, the lineup of fine indie types at the Horseshoe that night (including Ohbijou and You Say Party! We Say Die!) and if you were so inclined, Urge Overkill at Lee's.

For those of you who are actually registered to the industry confab side of the event, I'm on a panel tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2 pm called "Meet the Press/What the Hell is Press?" with fellow writers in print and pixels Sarah Liss, James Keast, Chris Budd, James Booth. It's in Regency Room A. Peek in if you're not too enthralled by the Joe Boyd interview in Regency Room B at the same time. (Hmm, I wonder if I can sneak over.)

And now my top 5 NXNE picks:

Future Clouds & Radar. An alert to fans mourning high-school-noir TV show Veronica Mars: The tunes Paul Rudd performed in the role of a dissolute indie mastermind late this season were by FC&R; leader Robert Harrison's 1990s cult Austin band Cotton Mather. His new group injects his impressive Beatles/XTC pop-craft with extra paisley and pastels. Later on the same bill, early-90s nearly-beens Buffalo Tom (quick - name their cult TV connection!) and locals The Old Soul. Thursday, 9 p.m., Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W.

Jonathan Coulton. Though he was featured in The New York Times magazine as an Internet music market leader, and is a close cohort of Daily Show/"I'm a PC" personality John Hodgman, there's more to this Brooklynite than social networking - Coulton's acoustic ballads and wuss-rockers link humour and sweetness at fire-wire speed to the hearts of his "code monkey" fans. He's followed by local standouts Spiral Beach and Republic of Safety as well as Jesse Malin (ex-D Generation). Friday, 9 p.m., Reverb, 651 Queen St. W.

Yo Majesty. This Florida party-girl trio's attitude recall New York punk-funk founding mothers ESG, but the beats and lingo are pure 2007, and their anthem Club Action is a foul-mouthed contender for single of the year. They're on a banging bill with Montreal's Thunderheist and Lesbians on Ecstasy. Saturday, midnight, Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.

The Diodes. One of the first Toronto punk bands, whose classic Tired of Waking Up Tired still sounds freshly exasperated, reunites on its 30th anniversary to see if time to kill is still killing them. With half the members living in the U.K., chances to hear their lilt-and-lash, Crash & Burn Club sound live won't come again soon - if ever. Saturday, 3 p.m., Dundas Square, and midnight, Sneaky Dee's, 431 College St.

Track Dirtyaz. Rap and rock fusions have a grim record, but this Toronto band finds a new groove, with a Hendrix/Sabbath guitar brawl roiling under Wu Tang-damaged group vocals. On an action-packed card with locals No Dynamics, Nif-D, The Old Soul, The Bicycles and more. Saturday, midnight, Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, June 07 at 2:31 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (3)

 

COMMENTS

My So Called Life!

Posted by g00blar on June 11, 2007 10:45 AM

 

 

The Diodes didn't disappoint even in the middle of a bright day - loud, appreciative and remarking that their gig at Dundas Square "... was like playing on the set of Blade Runner". Singer Paul Robinson introduced two of the former B-Girls as a seminal Toronto band who then joined them for their last tune Tired Of Waking Up Tired. Great fun!
~ Michael

Posted by mdintoronto on June 10, 2007 9:37 PM

 

 

My NXNE highlights were definitely crazynerdysexycool Miss Thunderheist last night at the Drake. Yowsa! There's a superstar (MC Isis) in the making. And much earlier in the evening - The Old Ceremony from Chapel Hill. Inventive and surprising and super solid - they should have been opening for Soundtrack, not tucked away at C'est What.

But speaking of spelling, my dear Wilson, yr literary credentials are in question: darling, it's D'URRRRbervilles!

Posted by spitz on June 10, 2007 11:55 AM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson