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  1. 4 points
    Matt's father passed away last night. Matt announced that he intends to go on with the tour. Much respect to Matt and my thoughts and prayers go out to Matt and his family.
  2. 2 points
    So I am home for the time being and figured maybe many of you are as well. I am going to try and cheer the bored up by throwing out a ton of live MG/MGB shows over in the + section of this site. I will be popping up a handful of shows each night for the next week or 2 maybe longer. If either Matt or Anton have an issue please let me know, otherwise be prepared for a primetime deliverance of live MG starting tonight!!!
  3. 2 points
    Really respect that you are out there performing amidst personal tragedy and some pretty uncertain times health wise, especially with your susceptibility to illness. Take care of yourself Matt, I'm sure under the circumstances people will understand things like a reluctance to shake hands with fans and so forth. Really looking forward to your west coast shows this year as always!
  4. 2 points
    With regards to Toronto, COVID-19 is playing a big part in attendance. While shows have mostly been full, the last two sold out, the spectre of going to a place with a lot of people in it is very real. The German health minister today announced his recommendation that no event in the entire country be larger than 1,000 people - including sporting matches. Yesterday in parts of Italy, major matches were played to empty stadiums. Sufficed to say that now is not the best time to be touring.
  5. 2 points
    I have so much respect for Blake as a drummer. He's just so darn good on this album, he's sick. He's always amazing on everything he does.
  6. 2 points
    Just saw the show in Pictou. Still a few kinks in terms of transitions but the music was beautiful. Lots of songs from the new album; he sang at least six. I thought Dreading It was fantastic! Matt said he thought Parts was by far the best song on the album.
  7. 2 points
    I've been watching it... and enjoying it, but I agree that it isn't star trek. I was a huge star trek fan back in the day, and still love revisiting the old series (TNG through voyager anyway), but I find that TPTB have it stuck in their heads that "star trek" doesn't sell, so they repackage it as darker, more violent, sexier, etc... which completely destroys the whole premise. That being said, I accept that its sci-fi with some familiar actors that I like and keep "star trek" out of my head when I watch it (Hell, you'd have to do that to watch JJ's movies, most of enterprise, etc) if you are on the fence, and want it trekkier, you will probably shut it off in disgust at the end of the 3rd episode.
  8. 2 points
    I was listening to Matt's new album while playing Half-Life 2 update yesterday. (I find I really absorb music when I'm doing something like chores or playing a game while listening). Definitely different from other works but also sounds similar to songs from various albums. As I predicted for myself, there are a few good gems on this album, same as previous ones for me. Listening to boobytrapped actually makes me think of driving on the highway at night. I really like that song. As far as recent albums go, I really love Army of Lions from Chaotic Neutral. My kids do too. My son (RIP) would ask me to play it if he knew I was playing Matt Good in the Van. So now I think of him in his seat in the back of the van, every time I hear that song. For me, Matt still has it, I'm just at a point in my life were different things resonate with me differently. I find though that I can still find those gems, which says more compared to lots of other artists out there for me. Thanks for coming out Matt! See in in the Sault in March.
  9. 2 points
    When I wrote this album I knew that a lot of this would emerge. The reality is that many are stuck in the past and can’t get beyond what they perceive as what my “sonics” should be. Songwriting is not paint by numbers. My favourite song is Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan - a song of verses, amazing lyrics, but no choruses, and no massive sonic shifts. Storytelling is an art. A Thousand Tons, for example, tells a story, and how it’s musically arranged matches it. Explosions or “big finishes” etc are not the point. The emptiness that it suddenly returns to is the point. The reality is the “typical” course of action is deferred to as “what should be done” rather than attempting to seriously examine how the song imparts a message. I have, over the last few months, contemplated retiring. I have confronted what actors must endure with regards to type casting, and given my age and the fact that I can just make music at home for myself and my friends, it might be more fulfilling. I’m almost 50 and have zero interest in making consecutive Beautiful Midnights, etc. That was decades ago. And even those albums since, especially the last one, were written without facing any internal compulsion to change. And that’s on me. After Lights, I should have just kept going. When I sat down and wrote Arrows it was just easy. I’d seen the dissatisfaction on the faces of concert goers on the Lights tour and knee jerked. It’s something I should never have done. The same is true of Chaotic Neutral which should have sustained the vibe of Harridan, Tiger, Cold Water, Los Alamos, etc, without the interjection of “rock songs”. Again, that’s on me. At some point you’ve got to look at yourself and make a decision. The knee jerk reactions that occur given significant successes decades ago cannot be the present. In fact, in many cases, they should never have remained in your subconscious and turned you away from going somewhere else. In the end, given music today, all of this is basically pointless. Artistry has no worth. For a monthly fee on a streaming service you can listen to whatever you want. Ask a plumber to work for $8.99 a month and they’d laugh at you. Reading comments complaining about ticket prices is also rather hilarious when you think that people pay over $100 to see a stadium show sitting in the nose bleeds. It’s all relative, and to me all very perplexing and disheartening. Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi sold for $450 million dollars in 2017. It is the most expensive piece of art ever sold. To me, Mozart is worth no less. In truth, his collected works, given the impact they’ve had, are worth vastly more. But you can download all of Don Giovanni for the price of a monthly music subscription. What artists do is not pedestrian. Were that the case, everyone would be an artist. There is good and bad art, art is subjective. There are artists whose genius is not realized in their lifetimes, there are artists whose genius alters the discourse of entire generations during their lifetimes. There are catchy tunes that are massive hits that are laughed at a decade later. There are albums that sell next to nothing that spread like spider webs to influence thousands in the deepest recesses of their soul. The most important aspect of art is, in truth, not how it initially impacts us, but how it challenges us intellectually and spiritually to succumb to something we are not so easily accustomed to. Satiating the masses at any given point given popular methodologies is not difficult. Challenging individuals to discover something buried within them that transverses the barrier between instant gratification and the longevity of a love affair is not the goal of an artist, but the dream of every artist. Because to accomplish the latter is to leave a legacy. In the words of Marcel Duchamp - “What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It's not what you see that is art; art is the gap.” So mind the gap.
  10. 1 point
    If rents aren't paid, people with investment property etc. cant pay their mortgages. Rents should be paid. At this point people who were working and making money need to have income to pay their bills. The gov can't process millions of EI claims manually, it's impossible. They need to just give out EI money to people by automatically approving them and take their word for it. If people turn out not eligible they can always claw back the money later, that would take years to go through all these EI claims and overpayments. Business owners impacted also need income protection. This is much more serious than the 2008 housing crisis. Shit is going to hit the fan after the 1st of April once people aren't being able to pay rents, mortgages, and bills.
  11. 1 point
    I played the demo and enjoyed it! I don't really have any nostalgia for FF7 (I've played through it completely once about 10 years ago, which was probably my fourth or fifth attempt at it over the years) but I do like the universe and characters so I'm interested in seeing the new take on it, but I'm also willing to put it off a bit. Resident Evil 3 Remake on the other hand, I'm spending launch weekend playing the hell out of that.
  12. 1 point
    I don't think making the banking system collapse would be good for the economy. See 2008 in USA. The gov would bail them out. Better solution is pass legislation deferring mortgage payments without extra interest, then have the gov loan banks money so they don't fold. Banks want people to stay in their homes so they get those payments eventually, but they also need the money they're rightfully owed.
  13. 1 point
    I love this album the lyrics for Sicily and Thousand Tons now seem prophetic
  14. 1 point
    Normally I would advise you to do 50 quality posts on this site but today I shall do the unprecedented and suggest Anton open borders for all to the + section of this site. #openbordersforall
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  16. 1 point
    Pearl Jam already did cancel the tour. Hoping Matt is healthy, hope you get well soon Tony, and hope all of you stay safe and well.
  17. 1 point
    Too bad they didn't make a tour stop in Calgary. I would have gone to see them for sure, just to hear Ariel vs. Lotus alone.
  18. 1 point
    I'm going no matter what! I've waited over a DAMN DECADE for Matt to come back to Sault Ste Marie and I'm not going to miss this! I've been telling people at work who are my age or close to it, to go see it! (Most people my age or slightly older all know who he is).
  19. 1 point
    Went to the London show. First time seeing them. They were great! It was really cool how small it was, maybe 30-40 people at the most. Got to meet Ryan and talk to him a little bit, plus got a picture with him. He seemed very down to earth and appreciative. Perty cool.
  20. 1 point
    Enjoying the new album too, and as others mentioned, it needed additional listens to really grab me. I can see how some casual fans don’t jump on board for this album. There is a strong community here that will take in all MG work and really listen and process. But for most, there’s so much music hitting us everyday, people listen and move on right away if it doesn’t hit them immediately. I myself will always prefer the more “rocking” Matthew Good but I am a fan of him as an artist no matter the style, so this album is still one I hold in high regard.
  21. 1 point
    Currently on schedule: April 1 - Matthew Good May 14 Nov 9 - Jimmy Eat World May 17 Feb 12, 2021 - Apocalyptica July 4 - Saints & Sinners Tour (Big Wreck, Moist, Headstones, The Tea Party)
  22. 1 point
    Halifax set per setlist.fm: One of Them Years Something Like a Storm Born Losers Boobytrapped Beauty Dreading It (sidenote: would love to see this used as a set opener) Sicily Bullets in a Briefcase Load Me Up Hello Time Bomb Apparitions Parts Weapon Encore: Giant Lumière Noire Selling You My Heart
  23. 1 point
    Hey guys I started a Matt Good Fan Discord server. Just a simple thing, if anyone wants to hang out there and live chat or voice chat. It's nothing complicated but Discord is becoming a "thing" and I use it often, having great conversations with people who share similar interests. Anyhow. https://discord.gg/kQKq7K (If this is the wrong place for this, feel free to move the thread)
  24. 1 point
    Hey everyone! I made a Spotify playlist of my favourite songs of 2019 and figured I would share it with everyone. If anyone has done anything similar, I'd love a link or a list - I'm always on the lookout for new songs/bands to listen to. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/16qS7SLGQyUYfu2ZlMStGQ?si=VvpplyldTnitzm276Gn27A Here's the list of songs (including content warnings for two of them which have lyrics that may be triggering to some people): Man of Weakness by Your Smith No Drug Like Me by Carly Rae Jepsen Venice Bitch by Lana Del Rey Mirror Forever by Weyes Blood Value Inn by Laura Stevenson Cry by Louise Burns Friday Night Lights by Jody Glenham Sicily by Matthew Good Caleb Meyer by Kandle (CW: depiction of attempted rape, killing of rapist) Open Desert by Big Thief Róróró by Of Monsters and Men Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince by Taylor Swift Spiders by Slipknot Don't Believe The Things They Tell You (They Lie) by Tegan and Sara DNA by K.Flay Scorpion Hill by PUP (CW: suicide) Big Black Heart by Better Oblivion Community Center Drowning by B B (now known as Bratboy) Dead Wrong by the Regrettes What Chaos is Imaginary by Girlpool Daylight by Blackwater Holylight Contaminated by BANKS Get Stoned by Fionn Long Division by Mattiel Say Something by Trailerhawk White Flag by Clairo Young Enough by Charly Bliss Always Teenager by Winter Gravitron by Jenny Owen Youngs
  25. 1 point
    A Thousand Tons and Parts has grown on me I give the album 7/10
  26. 1 point
    I'm with NonPopulus, his comments about seeing reactions from the crowd on the Lights tour struck me. For that tour my usual partner in crime for MG shows was out of town, and my other buddy had to bail last minute. I felt slightly odd going to a show by myself, but I had the VIP ticket so it's not like I was going to bail. What followed remains one of my favourite concerts of all time. An hour after the show I was able to thank Matt for the show and let him know that it was one of the best concerts I'd ever heard. His reaction was modest and polite, but perhaps a bit confused? It was like he didn't believe me, or maybe I was just being a weirdo super-fan kiss-ass that he's used to running into from time to time. But goddamn. That show did stuff to me. I didn't dislike Arrows, but it felt like it may have been a venture back to what he wasn't looking to do. One for the fans that obviously struck for a few of us, but ultimately not him. I would imagine creating art (or anything else) requires the upkeep of a certain level of momentum. Some albums seem to energize him while others ultimately chip a little bit away. I hope Moving Walls ends up very much the former. My attitude on his retirement is odd... I fully support it if he's able. Of course there's a selfish part of me that just wants to hook him up to vitamins and demand a new album every two years, but I can only imagine what it's like for an artist of his calibre to be somewhat concerned to release material he wants to make for fear people will turn their backs. Not to mention, he's got little kids. Every tour I'm eternally grateful to still be taking in those shows after all these years, but touring has got to be a little crushing when it comes to not seeing your kids. So if Moving Walls is doing what he wants... I say he should do what he wants because it sounds pretty damn awesome. The drunk guy yelling for Time Bomb won't dig it, but maybe pruning that particular branch back means we all win.
  27. 1 point
    After listening to the album multiple times, I feel confident saying that it’s my favourite since Lights of Endangered Species. I was sort of taken aback by what Matt wrote about seeing dissatisfaction in the audience during the Lights tour. I loved those shows. I thought they rose way beyond just a mere musical performance. They were theatrical. The opening trio of songs at some of them (the piano version of While We Were Hunting Rabbits, Lights of Endangered Species, and The Boy Who Could Explode) was probably the most epic way to kick off any show I’ve ever seen by anyone. I still listen to the recording of the Edmonton show on a regular basis. It really meant and still means a lot to me. Back then, Non Populus was my favourite song, but How It Goes, Set Me on Fire, Shallows Low, and the title track are all even now. Even a handful of the unused songs from the demo phase of that album, like For and Against, We Are a Place, and let’s say the “less straight ahead rock version” of All You Sons and Daughters are among my favourites. As a side note, Hey Hell Heaven from Arrows is another one of my favourite songs, but who knows what it could have become if it wasn’t limited to being composed on a four track for guitar-driven rock’s sake? Anyways, as far as Moving Walls goes, I really enjoy the clarity and brightness of the production, especially the acoustic guitars. I’m happy to hear strings and horns play prominent roles in the songs again. Boobytrapped is my favourite song on the album. To me, the lyrics are really evocative of lonely isolation, the capacity for self-sabotage, and longing. The subtle vocal delivery is just sublime, especially the second lyrical section when he sings, “you silhouetted against the sun.” I also like how the vocal harmonies are limited to just, “no more.” I mentioned the strings, but I also find it interesting how the guitar on Boobytrapped is sort of reminiscent of piano. Matt has frequently deviated from ABABCB structure and related arrangements. I always assumed he did that to serve the songs in some way. For example, would Boobytrapped be served in any way by having him screaming in an added bridge or outro? Would it be improved by a face-melting guitar solo? I think the string swell near the end conclude the narrator’s story and it doesn’t need any more than that. Thorn Bird is a close second. One of Them Years, A Momentary Truth, The Heights, A Thousand Tons, and Parts are my other favourites, but I throughly enjoy the album all the way through. Thanks for the awesome album, Matt. I look forward to seeing these new songs out on the road.
  28. 1 point
    I haven't sat down to review Moving Walls yet because I like to sit with Matt's releases a bit before seeing how I feel about them. Even then, sometimes it takes years before a song will hit me. I've always felt a personal connection to Matt\s music and sometimes certain song hit me at certain times because of certain circumstances in my life. An album like Beautiful Midnight I hold in high esteem because of the era it was released in. I was 12 that album became a complete summation of so much of what I was feeling at the time, going through significant changes in my life. That album will forever hold a special place to me because of just the time it came into my life and the moments I associate with it. Recently I made a post ranking Matt's solo albums, and while I was making the list I was wondering if some of those albums may have resonated more with me if they had come out at different points in my life. Once an album becomes so ingrained with personal experience for me it becomes nearly impossible for me to separate that and be fully objective about it. I appreciate you coming here to post some thoughts Matt, it's always very welcome to hear some of your insights. There is no doubt a tough situation for performing artists because part of your crowd respects the art, and part just want the entertainment, the night out, the show. I can imagine looking out and seeing disappointed faces during the lights tour would be somewhat disheartening, I really enjoyed those shows, one of my favourite tours since I started going to you shows in 2008. But I can understand that temptation to please the audience. But it's something all artists deal with largely because so many people fear change...they want the same, but different. It's an impossible standard. When Led Zeppelin release III, the fans were taken aback, acoustic music? Where is Whole Lotta Love 2.0? Now that album is generally regarded as a classic, but at the time many people derided it. Neil Young released Harvest to critcial and commercial success in 1972, and then in his own words he steered for the ditch. His next three albums and tours were influenced heavily with depressing music and boozy laments that alienated many fans expecting more country rock, they wanted him to be the Eagles, he didn't...those albums confounded many. Now many of his fans consider them the best music he ever released. I haven't lived or worked in the music industry, but the advice I'll give Matt is to do what makes sense to you. I think you have a fanbase that will support you through those changes, even if they themselves may not understand all of them, or relate to all of them themselves. Going the route of trying to please all the people all the time is not a rewarding path, in the end you'll be exhausted, unfulfilled and ultimately unsuccessful at achieving it. You mentioned ticket prices and I wanted to chime in on that because I am astonished people have any issue with these. When I started attending your shows in 2008, I was paying between $30-$40 a show, these days I'm about $40-$55, that increase is almost negligible in an industry where other artists playing the same venues are charging $150-$250 for good seats. $50 is the cost of dinner at a steakhouse. To me there is nothing that gives me more than a good concert, there is something truly unique about that experience. I'm happy the concerts are affordable, I'd pay more without question if it cost more. The reasonable prices allow me to usually attended 4-5 shows a tour. People just like to complain about things, but please understand these people are probably a vocal minority, most that I've spoken with are very much pleased with the fact that ticket prices have stayed very reasonable. Anyways I just wanted to address a couple of Matt's comments and I'll post an album review here in the coming weeks, but I'll say for sure right now that I love the sound and intimacy of the album, and also One Of Them Years is an immediate standout, the vocal delivery in that is incredible and the desperate urgency of it really hits the mark, a fantastic track!
  29. 1 point
    That's a long question my friend, I can link to some great articles. I remember during Matt's Q&A his answer for everything was usually "economics", I never really understood what that meant until I started digging. Those costs broken down: From the little guy to the big guy, every artist has to deal with it. Some get stepped on more than others, but it goes to show how we assume even the most popular artists have it good, when it fact they don't. Even Mozart had to find investors & funds to keep working. The system existed since the dawn of time, that's why we stick it to the "MAN". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37oJqWp4rJM Top 10 Artist vs Label battles, 2. dedicated to our recent loss Tom Petty. As I was flipping through my Buckley book earlier today I stumbled upon another example of how quickly debt can add up. Then you take a step back and look at how big some of Matt's music videos used to be, renting out the pacific Coliseum? someone's paying for that. I can't stress how important this new documentary being filmed about the 90's Canadian rock movement is our VH1: Behind The Music version of what happened to our favorite bands, it's ugly. Hopefully Matt can meet up with the director and get interviewed because all his peers are in the movie, his story is just as important. https://www.facebook.com/RaveDrool/videos/673489176183062/
  30. 1 point
    Seeing any event shut down due to “risk of violence and vandalism" is sad within itself.
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