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  1. 3 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
    Today is my son's birthday... he would have been 11. We're having Kraft Dinner (Mac and Cheese) with chocolate cake for supper. Some of his favourite foods. It also happens to be autism awareness day, he had Asperger's. He loved video games. Mine-craft, Super Mario, Zelda (Breath of the Wild), Pokemon. I introduced him when he was 3 years old. He started with Mario 3 on GBA. He beat Breath of the Wild when he was 8 years old. He also loved the music from video games. He would sit in the van with the GBA to his ear listening to the music from the Final Fantasy Beastiary. He also liked the music from Undertale and Chrono Trigger. It's a good day though you know. Life is good, don't take anything for granted.
  3. 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!!!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 1 point
    god i love this album. it's like aural sex
  8. 1 point
    I don't post much here... honestly, the past few albums didn't really do it for me. Don't get me wrong, there've certainly been a handful of songs on each record that I really love, but on the whole--his output just wasn't hitting me as hard as it used to. So I finally decided to give Moving Walls a go, and... Wow. Good knocked this out of the park, and it's the perfect album for me right now. I want to really go into detail, but school's got me burning the candle at both ends atm, so that'll have to wait for another day. But I just want to say that the record feels like a solar system, with every song having their own gravitational weight and atmosphere. Though MW initially seemed somewhat prolonged, I honestly can't say there's a tune I'd sacrifice for the sake of compression... it just really takes a lot out of me, but I enjoy the catharsis.
  9. 1 point
    From what I recall yes he was strictly acoustic for those two years. I had been a fan of his since 1998, but was too young to go to shows, then he played a a couple times at 19+ venues in my area for a couple years and so I still couldn't go, after high school I briefly lost track of him, this was during the 2005-2007 period. I missed the release of Hospital Music, but stumbled across it in a store about 6 months later and bought it, it rekindled my love of his music and I looked into seeing if he was touring at that time. I had just missed his show in Victoria in fall 2007, so I kept up with his touring news pretty vigorously after that. he did an acoustic tour of the states in the spring of 2008 and then did a full band electric tour, which was his first since 2005, in May/June of 2008. That was the tour Massey was recorded, I saw his Victoria and Nanaimo show. The Victoria show was at the Curling Club and he opened with Giant and literally five seconds in two guys got in a real ugly fist fight. I remember thinking "man Matt Good crowds are rowdy" But I've never seen that kind of overt violence at another of his shows since. I went to the next show and tour closer in Nanaimo, which was his 37th birthday, the crowd sang him happy birthday, he told us to keep our day jobs. I remember during the opener, the crew were running across the stage hazing the band, they were either in underwear or nude, but with paper or other object covering them, I can't remember, but it was quite hilarious. When he came back after that hiatus, his band was completely different than it had been before. This was Stu and Blake's first tour. Milos Angelov was on bass and he played bass with Matt for several years after up through the Arrows Tour. There was also a keyboard player on this tour, named Peter Nunn who I think only played with Matt on this tour. But ya, as far as I remember there weren't any electric shows in 2006 and 2007. Actually, it's funny because at the time I remember hearing fans who were saying "I'm so glad he's back to doing band shows." But for me having just missed the two years of acoustic shows for me it felt the other way, by 2012 I had seen about 20 full band shows and I was really hoping to get to experience an acoustic show. My first one ended up being the secret show he did in Vancouver that year, and it's still my favourite concert of his I've ever seen!
  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
  15. 1 point
  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
    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.
  26. 1 point
    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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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!
  30. 1 point
    Seeing any event shut down due to “risk of violence and vandalism" is sad within itself.
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