Stuff from Quebec City, Canada
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I Just found the video of Spyro by Vicious Hairy Mary on YouTube. It brings so much memories ! I first saw VHM in 1994 in a small venue in Sydney (can't remember the place), they where doing the first part of Trout Fishing in Quebec. I remember being blown away by the voice of Michael Lira (he was using a megaphone) and he was pulling crazy sounds from his weird bass guitar...
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Here's the line-up for the 2007 edition of the POP Montreal Festival
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists
Magnolia Electric Co.
The Watson Twins
Fujiya & Miyagi
The Cool Kids
United Steel Workers Of Montreal
We’re Marching On
After August 31st : $225+tx
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Finally, the 2007 edition of the FIMAV is launched. I came back at 4:00 am this morning from Victoriaville and going back for more tonight.
I saw two shows; Melvins and Koenjihyakkei (高円寺百景). The Melvins were all right, but they didn't really do it for me. It was more a nostalgic moment for me, it reminded me some parties back when I was in Australia. They began and finished the show with was an excruciatingly long soundtrack (no musicians on the stage). They played as tough they were in a bubble, not once they tried to make contact with the crowd in from of them. The public seemed to like the show, there was a small mosh pit and I even saw a guy doing some body surfing once.
I was completely blown away by Keonjihyakkei (高円寺百景) ! I didn't knew them at all, what a great find. I don't know how to describe their sound; furious, melodic, precise, jazzy, proggy, funny, profound, aerial... It was a shock and awe moment for me, probably one of the best show I saw (and I saw a lot). They where very generous with the public; Kengo Sakamoto (bass) and Tatsuya Yoshida (drums) made a point to present their songs even if they had a very limited english. Being a true Japanese, Yamamoto Kyoko (voice) photographed the crowd and also the band in front of the crowd :-). It was the first time they played outside of Japan and I'm sure Victoriaville will leave them a very good impression. Here's a link of a video of them playing in the studio of WFMU.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
In the name of political correctness , she will probably disappear one day (a sad day for sure). The Arizona State (U.S.A.) already tried to pass some legislation about it (article 1, article 2).
Saturday, April 14, 2007
With the Electrocutionerdz project, he toured around Canada and the U.S.A. Electrocutionerdz can be described as MIDI-core / cybergrind music if labels can be applied at all. The brutal adventure is now officially"dead", but the whole catalog is available for free (please make a donation) at http://electrocutionerdz.com.
The upcoming project he's working on is Dis(10)Pütes, a d-beat band composed of members and ex-members from Dahmer, Mesrine, Electrocutionerdz, Hands of Death, Nourriture, Victims of Corruption, Dis-Eased, Fistfuck, Thinkshit, The Toilet and more (read my previous post about it).
On Retinal Overdrive you can see his excellent artworks for sale and some videos.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Damn, I just began discovering Kurt Vonnegut, and I learned today that he died yesterday. I'm reading Cat's cradle at the moment and I'm enjoying it very much.
He seemed to be a very interesting character who had an unusual journey in life; prisoner of war during WWII, student, police reporter, teacher, worked for General Electric in public relations, graphic artist, Honorary President of the American Humanist Association and more importantly a very influential writer with a unique voice. Make sure you read the entry Wikipedia has on him.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I received via snail mail the official schedule for the 2007 edition of the FIMAV. It has not been updated yet on the official site as I am posting...
20h @ Cinéma Laurier 28$
22h @ Colisée 28$
Midnight @ CÉGEP 18$
JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAPORTE "WAVES"
13h @ Cinéma Laurier 18$
17h @ CÉGEP 18$
20h @ Cinéma Laurier 30$
JOHN ZORN SOLO
22h @ Colisée 30$
Midnight @ CÉGEP 20$
13h @ Cinema Laurier 20$
15h @ Colisée 22$
VICTORIAVILLE MATIÈRE SONORE
17h @ CÉGEP 18$
20h @ Cinéma Laurier 24$
CARLA BOZULICH "EVANGELISTA"
22h @ Colisée 32$
ACID MOTHERS GONG
Midnight @ CÉGEP 18$
13h @ Cinéma Laurier 20$
15h @ Colisée 24$
ANTHONY BRAXTON Diamond Curtain Wall Trio
17h @ CÉGEP 18$
20h @ Cinéma Laurier 24$
22h @ Colisée 34$
ANTHONY BRAXTON 12(+1) TET
Midnight @ CÉGEP 18$
FOND OF TIGERS
14h @ Cinéma Laurier 22$
JOANE HÉTU "FILATURE"
16h @ CÉGEP 24$
20h @ Colisée 30$
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Thursday, March 29th
A selection of Short films that won prizes in the last two years at the Expresion en Corto festival.
-Su Radito by Celso Garcia (Mexico)
Very funny and beautiful, but my spanish knowledge prevented me to fully understand. The audience was laughing out loud.
-Who I Am and What I Want by Chris Shepherd and David Shrigley (England)
One of the best short I saw in a very long time, very funny and sincere.
-Los Elefantes Nunca Olvidan by Lorenzo Vigas Castes (Mexico)
The photo was amazing, I liked the acidic/washed look. The suspense killed me.
-Empire by Edouard Salier (France)
The soundtrack was very good and I found the idea of superposing transparent millitary vehicules over scenes of the american dream very clever.
-Cristiana Sepultura by Victor Audiffred Bazaldua (Mexico)
A very touching story.
-Cousin Cousine by Maria Mohr (Germany)
I have to confess that my brain decided to shut down and take a little nap.
-Un Viaje by Gabriela Monroy (Mexico)
A poor father that intentionally loses his autistic kid in the metro. A very honest look at what the parents with kids who have disabilities must feel like from time to time. I liked that short very much, everything in that short was top notch.
-Le Régulateur by Philippe Grammaticopoulos (France)
It reminded me of the communist era propaganda imagery and some bits of Brazil. The 3d effect was stunning. The director created a very special world and he has a very good sense of humor.
-M by Everardo Valerio Gout (Mexico - USA)
The editing was very sharp and nervous. I liked the mix of Manga imagery with live actors. The actress was very beautiful.
-Taxidermia by György Palfi (Hungary)
I wanted to see that movie for a long time, I first heard about it because the soundtrack is by Amon Tobin. It's definitely not for weak hearted peoples, very graphic and disturbing but very beautiful at the same time. It's definitely the kind of movie that you have to watch a few time to fully absorb.
Saturday, March 31st
-Steamboat Bill,JR by Buster Keaton and Charles F. Reisner (USA 1928)
Philippe Vienne (guitar), Stéphane Caron (drum) and Frédéric Desroches (keyboard) were improvising live during the movie. Buster Keaton's movies are so amazing, I don't think we could be able to make movies like that today. The musicians did such a great job that I completely forgot about them ! Silent movies should come back, the combination of movie and live music is amazing.
-Le silence nous fera écho by Mathieu L. Denis (QC, Canada)
It felt like an exert from a longer movie. A very original story that I didn't fully understood or could interpret in different ways. I will have to discuss it with someone who saw it too. The actors were really good.
-Petit dimanche by Nicolas Roy (QC, Canada)
I liked the fact that not a word is pronounced for the whole duration of the short. The story bring us from total joy to complete sadness.
-Le petit oiseau va sortir by Samer Najari (QC, Canada)
Very funny and I liked the photo-taking effect. Three suicide-warriors, one from Japan during WW II, one from Lebanon in the 80's and one from Palestine today. We humans are all the same and nothing really changes.
-À l'ombre by Simon Lavoie (QC, Canada)
It made me think about the parent-children relation when prison gets in the mix. Simon Lavoie should make a documentary about the subject.
-Musica de ambulancia by Paula Markovitch (Mexico)
A very touching story about a girl and her sick mother. Beautiful, sad and funny.
Sunday, April 1st
-La lacheté by Marc Bisaillon (QC, Canada)
By far not a bad movie, I found it uneven though. The re-creation of the 60's was really well done, the images beautiful, the soundtrack so-so (I liked the band in the bar). I don't know what's missing for me to give it a thumbs-up.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Last night a friend from Mexico told me about a very unusual saint; Jesus Malverde. In the state of Sinaloa, he's known as the protector of the drug traffic business amongst other things. I don't have to tell you that the
funky Vatican don't really approve this "narco-saint", but I'm sure the Big Man up in the sky must be pulling some strings once in a while...
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I just received Millimetrik's latest album, and it blows my mind ! It has remixes from aKido, Port-Royal, Ixe-13, Deadbeat, Televise and Keith Berry. The album will be in store April 4th, but you can buy it right now on Millimetrik's web site. I received a special stamped edition (#11 out of 222), if you want one, don't wait any longer !
Monday, March 19, 2007
Here's some info about the line-up for the 2007 edition of the Mutek Festival in Montreal.
Claude von Stroke
Kode 9 feat. Spaceape
Matias Aguayo & Roccness
Cobblestone Jazz with The Mole
Gangpol & Mit
Rhythm & Sound (+ Tikiman)
Ricardo Villalobos & Friends (special project)
Pantha du Prince
More will be announced on April 23rd...
(Source: Pheek on the RaveMontreal Forum. Link)
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Oh their god, I wasn't alone at the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2007 finals (around 75 000 spectators). I arrived too late because I wanted to post the photos of the qualifications.
Fortunately, I got a call from a friend that was at a party in an apartment on Place Royale. We had a decent view of the last stretch of the course, where the skaters seemed to fall a lot. Someone found an almost live feed on the net, so we where able to follow the race.
Here's the photos of the finals:
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Here's some photos of the qualifications for the Red Bull Crashed Ice 2007 in Quebec City. They really have balls of titanium to participate in that crazy race. I'm off to the finals, more photos to come...
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
You can find his Best of Volume 1 available for steaming or to buy on Insides Music (CD-R netlabel).
Friday, February 16, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
Here's the line-up:
-ANTHONY BRAXTON 12(+1) TET
-JOHN ZORN SOLO
-ACID MOTHERS GONG
-MARILYN CRISPELL / LOTTE ANKER / ANDREW CYRILLE / MARK HELIAS
-JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAPORTE "WAVES"
-MICHAEL SNOW / ALAN LICHT / AKI ONDA
-JASON KHAN / TOMAS KORBER / NORBERT MÖSLANG / GUNTER MÜLLER / CHRISTIAN WEBER "SIGNAL QUINTET"
-VICTORIAVILLE MATIÈRE SONORE
-CARLA BOZULICH "EVANGELISTA"
-QUASAR / ALEXANDRE BURTON / JULIEN ROY
-ANTHONY BRAXTON CURTON WALL TRIO
-FINE KWIATKOWSKI / HANS TAMMEN
-JOHN TILBURY / STEVIE WISHART / CHRISTOF KURZMANN / WERNER DAFELDECKER
-FOND OF TIGERS
-JOANE HÉTU "FILATURE"
-KEVIN BLECHDOM / EUGENE CHADBOURNE
-KEIJI HAINO / MERZBOW "KIKURI"
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
The artists on the label:
Igor O. Vlasov
Steffen Bennemann (formerly known as Stalker)
The Noise Tales
Thursday, February 01, 2007
At first, I was surprised to learn that the show would be presented at the Dagobert, I was kind of expecting to see it at Rouje... The sound and light kit of the Dag is amazing, so no complaints here.
Like true groupies, we arrived way too early, the ticket was stating 9 pm (yeah, right). I did'nt knew Pride Tiger and I was pleasantly surprised. It reminded me of some kind of cock rock with a touch of Iron Maiden. The singer/drummer was a pure concentrate of energy (borderline puppy joy).
I'm glad I finally got to see the Lesbo Vrouven, I missed their previous shows. They offered a kick-ass performance. I particularly liked the bass, it had a NoMeansNo feel to it. The singer/guitarist is a show beast, very entertaining. While buying their album, I learned from the singer that they have something coming up in the future with Les Goules...
Les Georges Leningrad where plenty decadent as always. I would love to see them play in front of a Christian convention. The marvelous plywood bat was there at the back, the sexy echo queen singer was on fire. The ninja/burglar costume of the keyboardist was too good, all I could see was his eyes from where I was sitting. If you never saw those guys in concert, you are really missing something.
Barely 4 hours of sleep is definitely not enough for my poor brain...
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Illustration: Thomas Pringle
I've just finished reading the excellent hard SF novel Blindsight by Peter Watts. It's basically a first-contact story between an alien entity and a crew of freaks. The crew is composed by a linguist with multiple personalities, a biologist so radically interfaced with machinery that he sees x-rays and tastes ultra-sounds, a pacifist warrior whose career-defining moment was an act of treason, a synthesist (an informational topologist with half his mind gone) and a vampire to command them all.
The book has been released under a Creative Commons license and is available to download as a PDF file here. I'm going to buy that book for sure, it's probably the best hard SF novel I have read in a long time.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Here's a very good d-beat band from Quebec City. Their brutal songs mainly talk about our good 'ol industrial chickens. The band members are from such bands as Electrocutionerdz, Traumatism, Mesrine, Fistfuck, Dahmer, Victims Of Corruption, Nourriture, The Toilet, Dis-Eased, Anomalies, to name a few...
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I'm crazy for gadgets and can't spend a day without having a look at Engadget.com. They write great articles about upcoming gadgets. It's always well written, often with a tongue-in-the-cheek attitude. They won't miss an occasion to make fun of ridiculous gadget. I've stumbled on the 1985 page, when they were posting on BBS. It's always funny to look back at what we saw as the future... Windows 1.0, a killer app !!! For a bit of nostalgia, click here.
Friday, January 05, 2007
There's already advance copies circulating around in the series of tubes that is internet, but the official release of the new album by Amon Tobin is due in March. The album Foley Room will be released with a short DVD documenting the recording process. I can't wait to buy the album !
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Here's some videos of the artists on the label: