Archive for February, 2008

Deerhoof – Eye Weekly (2.28.08)

February 28, 2008

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Cover: John Dieterich and Greg Saunier talk about adding a new member and learning the language of Deerhoof.

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Cat Power live – Eye Daily (2.11.08)

February 12, 2008

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In a word: stunning. Cat Power live at the Kool Haus in Toronto.

The Teenagers live – Ukula (2.10.08)

February 11, 2008

Deflating the Hype Balloon

words – Scott Tavener & Chris Bilton

Do you remember that scene in 24 Hour Party People when Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) went to the Sex Pistols gig? He looked around the sparse, 42-person crowd and pointed out notables. In attendance were everyone from Ian Curtis and Peter Hook to Morrissey and Mick Hucknall. The show itself became a legend, with 70s/80s Mancunian musical luminaries citing it as a major creative impetus. The Teenagers recent Great Hall gig was nothing like that.

1976’s mythic Free Trade Hall gig properly introduced punk to a handful of would-bes, generating a bevy of reactive excitement. Conversely, the Teenagers Great Hall show came with a swarm of pre-game expectation. I mean come on, the only reason to see Paris’s premiere hipster hype-gasm was to attain I-Was-There cred, just in case they happened to live up to the blog fellatio (I know, the suspense is killing you). But did it need to cost $16.50? The last Bloc Party show was less than that and at least those dudes have earned it.
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