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  1. When the album first came out, I was having some personal anxiety issues and was having a hard time listening to the album just due to it’s tone. Over the past few days, I’ve been loving the album, the whole thing. I can’t rank it or anything right now, but it will rank highly for me when all is all is said and done. To my ears, this is the biggest departure Matt has made from what people expect of him (LOES didn’t seem as much of a departure as was made of it to me). After several listens, it’s really growing on me. Thanks Matt.
  2. Yup, it works there! Thanks! I never thought to check there.
  3. I can't seem to get the video to work on this site. In Chrome, I have it set to ask me to allow flash (as opposed to blocking it completely), and the page doesn't trigger Chrome to ask to allow flash. I made sure I had flash downloaded and tried Firefox, I can actually get the player to show in that case but the video never starts. I'm a web developer myself, so it's definitely a challenge, I might be able to get it to work if I spent more time on it. Flash is definitely horrible, Chrome at least will be dropping support for it completely at the end of this year, they already make you jump through a bunch of hoops to make it work. It's too bad this video is so hard to track down, it was really well done, definitely my favourite music video and really enhances the song. I haven't seen it in years at this point. It definitely has some "adult themes" but nothing even close that would make YouTube ban it for that reason. I'll ask in the NF+ Lounge.
  4. It’s odd that the Apparitions music video is nowhere to be found on YouTube. I know it was there years ago, then disappeared. I think it was on Vimeo for a while after that. It currently appears to be nowhere on the internet. I found a couple Reddit threads asking this, and people were pointed to the video section here. The video player seems to be non-existent now, the flash component seems to be just gone, whether flash is enabled or not. Is this anywhere, or is the only way to order the In a Coma DVD from Amazon? It’s strange that’s it’s not on Matt’s official YouTube channel or even available from Apple Music.
  5. I'm happy to see the album and tour announced! I was starting to wonder when the album release was going to be announced. I'm disappointed in the venue choice for Victoria though. It's just a big nightclub, I haven't been there for an actual show, just random nights out, but I would imagine the sightlines are bad from a lot of places. It's also down a bunch of stairs and any seating they may have probably doesn't have a good view of the stage (I have a disability). It seems like a really odd choice for a Matt Good show given what the demographic of his fans probably is at this point. The nature of the unseated GA venue will probably create a good atmosphere though, and may inspire Matt to play a heavier set.
  6. I just got back from the Victoria show as the venue is 3 blocks from my place. It was amazing. Matt really seems to have the songs down, he sounds like he is in top form. The crowd was great at this one. It felt like the show had really good balance. Silent Army was played, so I don't think it was a mistake when that was in a previous account of a set list. Everything else played has already been noted here in previous shows. I went to this one solo, I felt like I could really get into it. I might end up going to more shows solo rather bringing someone along that isn't quite as into it.
  7. I was at the Campbell River show last night. The setlist was exactly as was posted in the 2nd instagram screenshot above. This was the 2nd of 3 shows for me on this tour (my 1st was Sidney). The show overall was great as always, got to hear 4 or 5 songs he didn't play in Sidney. Some notes about the show: - Matt's show in Campbell River was about 1hr 35mins vs. 2hrs 15mins in Sidney, despite having a 17 song set in Campbell River and a 16 song set in Sidney. Keep mind that I think Matt is only scheduled to be on for 1hr 30mins for shows on this tour. - There wasn't much more between song banter in Campbell River than you would see at show with the band, I'm not going speculate as to why. - There were some people in the crowd that were being annoying. In particular there was one (I assume drunk) woman repeatedly professing her love for Matt in an obnoxious way in between songs, as well as constantly yelling other disruptive things (thankfully only between songs). There were a few others yelling song requests. The crowd didn't seem to be participating in a positive way like they were in Sidney. In reality it was probably just 5-10 bad apples in a group of a few hundred. Alcohol being allowed in the theatre vs. not in Sidney could have been a factor here. - The song performances were really awesome. - 99% of us is Failure was done completely acapela (not just half way through like he usually does). - Matt used a stand with the lyrics for Change of Season, understandably there is a lot of lyrics, pretty great to see him play it (performance was awesome). I also did VIP in Campbell River so I can shed some light on that for you guys: - I got the informational email 6 days before the show, telling what to bring, where to meet and what to expect. I wondered if I could possibly be the only person doing VIP in Campbell River. - I got to the theatre a bit before the requested time of 3:30. Others quickly showed up as well, it turns out there were 6 people in total. - A representative from Matt's crew checked us in and let us into the theatre where Matt was on stage and just beginning to play Tripoli as we walked down to the front few rows. - Matt played Tripoli, So Long Mrs. Smith and Radicals for the soundcheck. It was cool to get a mini-semi-private concert with just 6 people. - Things moved right into the Q&A. The info email had requested we bring our 2 questions written down on paper to submit at check-in. Although the representative said they tried that for the first show and it was awkward, so she wanted us to ask Matt our questions directly. Some interesting stories were brought out from the questions. - We all went up on stage for the group photo with Matt, he thanked us all and said goodbye - We went back to the lobby and the notebooks were handed out. It's a Matthew Good branded notebook with a MG branded pen. There's a little piece of writing by Matt on the first page and a signature (I assume all are unique? I didn't look at others). - We had an opportunity to buy merch without having deal with crowds. - The priority entry to the venue for the show was really a non-factor for a reserved seat venue. I'll be at the show in Victoria tonight, excited to see what happens there!
  8. I just got back from the Sidney show. I'm not going to go on in a lot of detail, I'm not really sure what to say. Amazing. I've been waiting over 10 years to see Matt play acoustically and it was even better than I expected. I've seen him with the band 7 times before this, not to take anything away from the band, but this is definitely my favourite show I've seen. There was tons of between-song banter (between all the songs), lots of hilarious moments. Matt's show was about 2 hours 10 minutes. It felt like a very personal performance, the venue only has 8 rows of seats. Amazing, I don't know what else to say. I'll take my best stab at the setlist. The beginning and the encore will be correct, the rest will be completely out of order, and there may be some I forget: Fearless Sort of a Protest Song Prime Time Deliverance Born Losers *Unknown New Song* While We Were Hunting Rabbits Tripoli Fated The Fine Art of Falling Apart Alert Status Red Load Me Up Los Alamos Apparitions Strange Days Men At The Door 99% of Us is Failure I don't think I forgot any, but I may have, I quickly scrolled through the album tracklists to try to remember all that was played. Like I said, order is way wrong in the middle. The new song was awesome, not sure if it was ever posted as a demo. The most memorable lyrics were "Once you break it you've bought it, and once you've bought it, it's breakable" (hope I got that right). Oh, some other interesting information we got about the next album: - The working title of the album is currently "Moving Walls", it sounded like that's what Matt wants to call it - There are 16 songs, only 1 has electric guitar - It will be recorded in studio after this tour I still have the Campbell River and Victoria shows to go.
  9. I got some better tickets for Victoria this morning in the public sale (front row). I also managed to get 2 front row seats for Sidney, I previously only had 1. I also got VIP for Campbell River, I wonder how many people will be doing VIP there? Maybe it will be a really small group, that would be cool. I have some spare tickets if anyone is interested, PM me. I have 2 in row F for Victoria (right side). I also have a single seat in the front row for Sidney (centre, A19). You can have them for face-value of course (what I paid for them).
  10. So I wasn't keeping a close enough eye on things and didn't see the artist presale until now. I'm going to Sidney, Campbell River and Victoria. I'm going in a group of 4 to Campbell River and managed to get 4 together in row E so I just went for those. Looks like I'm going alone to Sidney, and I actually managed to get front row in the centre section after clicking "Suggest Other Seats" literally about 100 times (as I could see there were 2 singles in the front row). I need 2 seats for Victoria, I can get row E right now, but I'm going to roll the dice here and see if I can get a little closer in the presale tomorrow morning. All the presales, it really makes it hard to figure out if you should go for what's available at any given moment. I guess they do this so there isn't one huge flood of demand for the "public" onsale?
  11. I would imagine he would have the ability the play longer sets in the solo acoustic format. I'm not sure of the economics exactly of course, but I would assume he has way less overhead for these shows than he would for a band show. If nothing else, he has less people on the road with him, maybe only a few people? (I'm not sure). You would think he would have the ability to play significantly longer sets if he charges the same price for tickets or a little more. Of course, he may just want to pocket that extra profit as well. I believe the last time Matt went across Canada playing solo acoustic was in 2007, does anyone remember how long these sets were? (it was just before my time as an avid fan). I have the recording of the 2006 show in Edmonton by Sean (on youtube). He plays 20 songs in that show, so slightly more than he normally would in a band show. Although, the running time is still just over 90mins for the whole show, including banter, so that's similar to the band shows he has played over the last 10 years.
  12. It really seems like this tour is going to small markets only.
  13. Yeah, possibly, but tickets are even on sale for these shows. it's probably true that with past tours, you could probably dig up a few dates before an announcement if you looked hard enough. You're right that these are a long way off, but that makes it odd as well, it would be less odd if tickets weren't on sale yet. Normally with a tour, tickets for all shows go on sale on the same date, and there is a lot of promotion through all channels from MG's team to sell tickets. It's a little odd that tickets would go on sale for shows with no mention or promotion from the artist. Looks like the only mention of these shows has been a few passing mentions from some local media outlets. I guess it's possible that because these are acoustic shows they require a lot less overhead than band shows. These are smaller markets that Matt may not go into with a band. The decision may have just been made to get tickets out and on sale for these shows before a cohesive marketing/promotion strategy was put together.
  14. I certainly hope you're right, and I think you are. The tour with OLP was the first major MG tour I've skipped in 10 years, I would happily take a solo acoustic show over the MG/OLP show.
  15. It's very odd that these shows are just popping up with no mention of them from MG's team as of yet. It definitely seems like a solo acoustic tour coming together. Maybe it's going to be all small markets as all the big ones were hit with the OLP tour earlier this year. Matt and/or his management may not believe he can come back into those markets a year or less later. I really hope there ends up being some Vancouver Island solo acoustic shows, even if not I would go to the lower mainland or even the Okanagan for one at this point if I have to. So, at the very least I'll be going to that Okanagan show if nothing else pops up (I think it will). I've deeply regretted missing those Kelowna winery shows the last couple years.
  16. I just had a random look at the shows page on Matt's site. There is a solo acoustic show in Milton, Ontario listed there for March 8, 2019 (I see this is also listed on the shows page here). Apparently tickets went on sale on June 1, but there is no venue listed or link for tickets. It also seems odd that tickets would go on sale 9 months in advance. Not that I would be buying them (I'm in BC). This site and a couple others list it at FirstOntario Arts Centre, but it's not currently listed on that venue's website. The venue's website actually lists another event happening there that night (but maybe they have multiple stages). There looks to be no mention of this show being announced on social media either. Maybe it was a mistake that this got posted on his site (maybe too early)? What makes it interesting, is could this be a sign of a solo acoustic tour coming early next year? Maybe this would just be a one-off, but seems a little random.
  17. This would be my dream (somewhat) realistic set list for a fall tour: Prime Time Deliverance (solo electric, he did it in Buffalo in 2014, it's on youtube) A Single Explosion Decades Load Me Up/Carmelina The Future is X-Rated There the First Time Something Like a Storm A Boy and His Machine Gun Bad Guys Win Born Losers Days Come Down Apparitions (solo acoustic) Encore: Strange Days (solo acoustic) The Fine Art of Falling Apart (solo acoustic) Giant Hello Time Bomb Weapon
  18. Let me just say that I would gladly pay $120 for the acoustic show described, I hope it happens too. I hope this upcoming tour turns out awesome, and I'm sure it will. I still may break down and end up going, we'll see.
  19. Hmmm... this may be the first MG tour I skip in 10 years. If there were a show in Victoria, I would go, I'm surprised there isn't actually (maybe one could still be added?). Even if there was one downtown or closer to downtown in Vancouver on a weekend, I may just use it as an excuse to hang out in Vancouver for the weekend. I get why it's being done. These are, in reality, much bigger venues than Matt has played by himself on recent tours, and the tickets seem to be about 50% more expensive than normal MG shows, so that's what makes it economically viable. Many of the dates are at 5,000-8,000 seat arenas if you look into it. There are a few cases where they are playing the biggest venues that Matt has been playing by himself (Edmonton for example), but in most cases they are playing 2 nights there. OLP is a bigger attraction at this stage (mostly because they are more mainstream), and will likely bring out a higher percentage of the crowd. Notice how OLP is listed first in all promotional material. I would expect that Matt will probably open every show and have a slightly shorter set than OLP (shorter than what Matt would play at his own show). I would expect something like a 12 song set, probably 3-4 off the new album, the rest singles with maybe a deep cut mixed in. I could be way off base, we'll see. I'm not complaining, like I said, I'd be going if there were a show in my city. I don't mind OLP, would be fun to hear them play the hits, like it will probably be fun for OLP fans to see Matt play the hits. It would be fun to see Matt play an upbeat set in front of a more party-oriented crowd too. As much as I've heard Load Me Up, Time Bomb and Automatic live before, they're still great songs that I love. These co-headline tours seem to be all-the-rage right now. It will be interesting to see if they can actually fill these arenas as well. I wonder if they will actually go with half-arena setups (where the stage is halfway down, instead of the full arena), but I'm thinking probably not. Arenas aren't the best places for concerts, but a full arena is better than a half-full arena. I'm hoping that, against all likelihood, Matt comes back through next Fall or something, and plays a solo-acoustic tour in smaller venues. That would be a dream come true.
  20. Just listening to the actual album on Spotify, thankfully the mixes sound much better. It seems to me there might have been an issue with the files used by Spotify for the single releases? I'm not totally sure, but it sounds like that to me. Seems they fixed it with the actual release, so that's good.
  21. In my opinion, it is only slightly less of a classic than BM, MGB really hit their peak with those 2 albums. There is a real confidence on Underdogs that was lacking a bit on LOTGA and Raygun. My history listening to MGB is kind of funny. I probably first heard Apparitions on Big Shiny Tunes 3, but I was only 8 years old then. I listened to MGB as young kid (8-10 years old or so), but left it and didn't get back into Matt until I was around 17 (about the same time HM came out). My favourite tracks on Underdogs are Apparitions (maybe cliche but still my favourite song ever) Prime Time Deliverance Rico (yes I love it and I'm not ashamed) Deep Six (dare I say maybe Matt's best opener ever) My Out of Style is Coming Back Look Happy, It's the End of the World Invasion 1
  22. I had mentioned the exact same thing about the mix in other thread (I'm on Spotify as well). I've actually noticed this on all 3 songs released so far, it was one of the first things I noticed about Bad Guys Win and it's continued through the other two songs. I'm not an expert in this type of field, but the drums seem very prominent, the vocals are a bit drowned out and sound a bit muffled to me. I think it could be a intended effect to bring the drums out a bit more, the vocals I'm not sure. I really like all the 3 songs so far though, interested to hear some of the deeper cuts on the album though. EDIT: I'm listening to the version of Days Come Down on YouTube now and it does sound better. I'm not sure if it's just because the overall level is higher, but I think the vocals sound better too, still a bit drowned out but not as muffled, I actually like how it sounds on YouTube. I'm not sure if this an attempt at a Steve Albini-esque mix? Think Nirvana's "In Utero", The Pixies' "Surfer Rosa" or any album by the The Breeders.
  23. I would expect it will be on Spotify the moment it's released, that's how it seems to work with everything else and all of Matt's previous releases. If you live in the west, it will actually probably be on there by 9pm PST the night before the release date. I'm liking Days Come Down the most out of the new songs released so far. I really liked Decades when I heard it live on the tour, but the recording hasn't never quite hit me hard, same with Bad Guys Win. Listening to the new stuff, it bothers me slightly that the vocals sound a bit unclear (don't sound as crisp) and they seem to be drowned out by everything else a bit. I say this with no knowledge of audio mixing and stuff like that, but am I the only one? The drums to be at the forefront a little more, maybe it's an intended effect?
  24. In Victoria we have The Zone which plays "modern rock", this is the most likely place to hear a new single from Matt. We have The Q, which plays generic rock, mostly classic rock, they may play Matt's old stuff every now and then but I wouldn't expect to hear his new stuff there. The Zone recently featured Decades in their "Inbox" feature for a day. This is where they play a newly released song at several points throughout the day and then get listeners to send in their feedback as to whether they think it should go into rotation on the station. I'm not sure if it made the cut, I haven't heard it there since, so probably not. I don't believe Bad Guys Win has been played on the station at all. All You Sons and Daughters was never played there as far as I know, along with anything from Chaotic Neutral. This is with the exception of a clip of AYSAD being played as part of a paid commercial for his show. Had It Coming was played for a brief period when it first came out, but was pulled off pretty quickly. Arrows of Desire was also in rotation for a bit, I remember hearing it as part of their "top 20 countdown", but it wasn't long before it disappeared as well. The Zone still plays Zero Orchestra randomly every now and then, I wasn't listening to the station when that was released as a single, but I suspect it may have got good play at the time. In my opinion, Zero Orchestra is by far the strongest radio single Matt has released probably since Born Losers. It's ironic, because I seem to recall Matt saying how that song wasn't radio-friendly when the album came out. The most random thing I ever heard them play was a radio edit of Near Fantastica randomly once. I assume the singles are chosen by the label as opposed to Matt himself, but it seems that since around the Vancouver album, the choices that have been made have been simply the safest ones. In my opinion, since around that time, Matt's best work has become increasingly unfriendly to radio. The songs chosen as singles have been very safe, and in some cases have actually ended up being the weakest tracks on the album in my opinion. Zero Orchestra has really been the only more unconventional choice that has been made, which was some of Matt's best work, and it seemed to have resonated with people outside of his regular fan base. On Chaotic Neutral, the strongest tracks were ones like Cold Water and Tiger by the Tail, which will obviously never be played on radio. Although, I think Cloudbusting could have been a more unconventional single choice, and could have had some legs. On Arrows of Desire, maybe a radio edit of Garden of Knives would have been a more interesting choice, and the edginess may have reminded people of the MGB days a bit. Via Delorosa is very strong track off that record that I think may have been overlooked. I think while Matt's work has became increasingly unfriendly to radio, modern rock radio has also been moving away from his style of music. Popular music seems to include less and less rock over the last 15 years or so. Bands like Twenty One Pilots and Imagine Dragons are dominating "modern rock" radio. These bands produce excellent pop songs in my opinion, but it isn't really rock. The rock stations are stretching the definition of rock in order to continue to play popular songs in my opinion. Matt is a veteran of the industry now, popular music has naturally diverged from his style. The fact that he has enjoyed longevity, is still producing albums and touring, speaks to the quality of his work. Most acts that were popular during the period he was most popular are long gone now. I think it may be unrealistic to expect to hear Matt played in heavy rotation on the radio these days, but that doesn't mean he isn't still relevant.
  25. Thanks for the review of the Campbell River show. I regret not going to that one in addition to Victoria, same as last tour. Campbell River is actually my hometown, so it would be cool to see Matt play there. It also would have been awesome to see A Single Explosion live again. I don't recall any audio samples being played aside from the opening to Giant. X-Rated and Time Bomb were played the same way they have been in recent years.
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