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  1. Four of his last five albums have been fall releases including his last three. In addition since Hospital music he has released a new album every two years and even going back to the MGB years every two years was the trend, the only time this was altered was WLRRR which came a year after Avalanche and Hospital Music three years after that. So im thinking we'll get an announcement soon for a mid fall release. Matt had these songs written last winter recorded last spring and basically has only played a few dates since so i imagine he'll be starting up another full tour before too long and the album release will be prior to that.
  2. Not sure where you are living but in Canada this is still regularly found in record stores be it chains like Sunrise or independants. Even though i own all the vinyl i do regular checks when im in stores just to see availability. Ill say all of the recent releases are all readily available in the $40 range. And i stumbled across Vancouver arrows and lights once in awhile but usually for well over $100.
  3. Unconventional is definitely the key word. It is such an unusual approach. I remember dissecting those brief snippets for years and wondering where the song would go based on that, safe to say I did not expect what actually does happen. I agree with your appraisal that it would not have worked as a radio song, which is so interesting because they chose to focus on it as one of the songs from this performance. Geoff always claimed they played two songs that day, but apparently only Sharks was broadcast. I suspect the other song played was something more traditional for this kind of show, which makes the choice to go with Sharks for broadcast an even more unusual one. Thankfully for us they did, or we'd still be waiting to hear it. But what compelled the band or the network to push this song which A) was very unconventional and B) was not about to be released? It would be very interesting to hear Matt's thoughts on this song, why it was played that day and why it was never recorded or potentially abandoned. One has to imagine if they played it for this show it was probably being played live at other shows at the time although no recordings or proven setlists exist from that time period to verify that. The song has some very unusual lyrics, very over the top which is fairly characteristic of some of Matt's early writing. I wonder if that is part of the reason he disowns this time period for the most part? Perhaps when he looks back its for him like an equivalent of one of us going back and reading scribbled messages in an old high school notebook. One thing that is interesting is that after years of completely ignoring this period of his music he has started to revisit it and play some of it in his sets. During his last acoustic tour there were some shows with three songs from LOTGA and another from Raygun. I don't think Matt has had any concerts with three songs from LOTGA since probably 1998, maybe even earlier. Given that his back catalog has only continued to grow since then it was pretty encouraging to see that. Back to Sharks, I do think it fits the bridge nicely from the LOTGA/Raygun era to the Underdogs one, but while I do like the song, I do think that part of its appeal is because it is the great lost MGB song. Had it been recorded and released on an album I think many of us would just think of it as an average track at the time. I wonder if it will be the last "new" MGB song we'll ever get to hear? With Matt being very much against revisiting anything from an archival release standpoint from that era, it's unlikely something will slip out...then again Sharks was broadcast on National television and it took us over 20 years to get it to the masses, so maybe someday Revenge will slip out.
  4. Last year i mentioned some footage i was hoping to obtain that would contain some pretty rare video of the Matthew Good Band. Well after many months of waiting i was finally able to get that material, transfer it and with Chad's help we have got it uploaded and it will be shared through his site tomorrow. Unfortunately the amount of material was less than originally thought thanks to tapes being lent and never returned however the material that was still there although brief is still pretty incredible and goes right back to the start of the Matthew Good Band. For most here theyve probably never seen any of this. And those that have its probably been well over twenty years since they did. Im Very excited to have been able to find this stuff and get it transfered and very grateful for Chad offering his web site to host this material so that Matt Good fans can see it. I recently asked Matt if he would consider a chronological live album or footage release and while i wont go into specifics of his reasoning here, he was pretty emphatic that he would not. So for the time being these kinds of attic discoveries are our only way to find material such as this. So if you know anyone who might have taped shows on MUCH or videoed concerts they went to, reach out and ask if they happened to record any Matthew Good. You never know what might be turned up. Finally these tapes are being released as a tribute to MGB bass player Geoff Lloyd. Most of this material stems from Geoffs time in the band and is some of the only live footage we have from Geoffs era. It really showcases what he brought to the group and his contributions to some incredible music. Im very proud to be a part of the group putting this stuff out there because hopefully it will help people to remember Geoff and the band during his tenure.
  5. He said at some point, perhaps in a VIP that he kind of fell out of love with it.
  6. What an awesome journey! Sounds like it was s ton of fun. Matt Good related road trips are truly an amazing experience and glad you had such a good time like you when I did this in 2017 I was shocked at how different a venue, crowd or town could make the vibe of the show feel. It's really tough to choose favourite shows because seats are different and setlists and moments there are always a few moments that just stick with you and you're left feeling so proud and privileged to get to see Matt perform his art. Thanks for offering your thoughts on shows and for doing so much recording in the process allowing this tour to be easily the most comprehensibly covered tour in Matt's long career. I was telling Gursky the other day I plan to listen to all these recordings in chronological order and I think its be a really great experience to see how the tour progressed. Glad to hear you got to meet up with some of the regulars here, like you said theres really something to be said about connecting ting with people who get how much this music means. Weve got a great little community here and it's been a real pleasure to get out to meet several of you at shows over the years. It's so interesting that you mentioned Courtenay in relation to that Calgary show. When I heard about it and was talking to Gursky about it i immediately thought of that show in Courtenay. I've seen Matt 44 times now and generally hes always been in great moods. I saw him get pissed off at the festival crew at Rock the Shores in Victoria in 2013 when they started setting up for the next band in the middle of his set. I've seen him stop shows a couple of times when fights broke out to scold those responsible and I saw him once give a mini speech about how awful the audience was at a concert the night before referring to the crowd in Seattle who had largely ignored him preferring to drink and talk obnoxiously loud at the bar at the opposite end of the stage. But the only time I ever saw something like what happened in calgary was in Courtenay. I remember people were really drunk yelling really weird things. Someone kept telling take off your shirt. One obviously wasted lady yelled out "i like yer butt" and i recall someone saying something about his weight. He actually seemed annoyed and went the rest of the show without a single word to the crowd and as you said just walked off after and hes never been back meanwhile hes played Campbell River the last three tours in a row and having gone to one of those shows the crowd was great and incredibly respectful. That night it really did feel awful and it was hard to enjoy the show after that knowing that the artist themselves was so insulted. So I can somewhat relate to those in Calgary with a bad taste in their mouth about the show because some moronic fans can really put a damper on shows. It makes me glad I go to multiple shows so that some jackass doesnt ruin my only experience on a tour. Sounds like it was a truly awesome time though and I'm glad you got to experience that!
  7. That's awesome! I am so excited to get to hear that! If you were able to tape the whole show too than that means Hopeless would have been recorded so that means we managed to get a recording of every song played on this tour, which has to be a first (besides the BM Revisited tour where the setlists were 90% the same each night). How did this show compare to the others you've seen? First thats really cool you got to share that experience with your sons. What did they think of it all? As for the heckler man it really is a shame how some people can just ruin it like that. I've seen shows like that and it totally does ruin that bit of interactive magic between audience and performer. I've noticed on this tour that the shows where people were dicks, or fighting in the crowd and all that kind of thing, when Matt posts the setlist on insta, he just puts the town name, in this case. Calgary. Shows where there is a good vibe and rapport and no bullshit he puts Thanks St.Albert or whatever town. A minor nerdy detail sure, but if you look at all the shows known to have problems on this tour it's just the name no thanks haha. Good on Matt for being professional enough to still put on an amazing show under those circumstances, really a shame some people have to ruin it like that though.
  8. Aww Sean, every tapers nightmare! I had something similar happen years ago while trying to playback I accidently deleted a recording. Now I just turn the rig off and get home and upload to computer and separate hard drive to make sure I dont do that again haha. No big deal of course, although too bad, Hopeless was the only song from the tour we had no recording of! I look forward to hearing the recording looks like a great setlist, glad you enjoyed the show! Thank you for the update, did you record it as well? I've been hoping Matt would full on play Tangled Up in Blue on this tour, was it the complete version he played?
  9. It and Radicals are two songs from the upcoming album which Matt will record this spring and will have at least at this point 16 tracks.
  10. It's not that I never did tell you It's more that you should have just known Once you break it you bought it And once you've bought it it's breakable Ya once you've bought it it's breakable In town at the bar there's a calendar From 1933 It's been hanging there for decades Since sobriety lost to reality Since sobriety lost to reality At night's I'd sit in the corner Think up stories and all of them crimes Of pretty girls kidnapped by radicals Who fell in love with them after a time It's not that I never did tell you It's more that you should have just known Once you break it you bought it And once you've bought it it's breakable Ya once you've bought it it's breakable On the edge of town where the streetlights ground and the highway melts into the dark Built me a shack with a porch out the back Where I sit and shoot bottles like question marks Sometimes you wonder at yourself And how it is you're still alive You've done all them things you never thought Like kissing ass and calling it compromise In town at the bar there's an exit That leads back to something before Pretty girls kidnapped by radicals That took from them all that they stood for It's not that I never did tell you It's just that you should have just known Once you break it you bought it And once you've bought it it's breakable Ya once you've bought it it's breakable Ah once you've bought it it's breakable Oh, once you've bought it it's breakable Absolutely love this song by the way! Makes me so excited for the new record.
  11. Well the tour has wound down to it's last quarter now. A few more small market shows and then the journey back west hitting all the major markets over the next two weeks. This has been one of my favourite Matt tours ever, possibly top of the list for me and I can't wait to see my final show in Vancouver. I'm interested to see if the bigger market shows will feature extended shows or anything. The setlists have been between 15-17 songs with 16 being by far the most common, but it isn't unusual for Matt to extend shows in markets like Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton or Calgary in the past so I'm thinking some shows might see 18 or 19 songs. I am really excited to see how these last two weeks play out. Right through this tour Matt has continued to inject songs for the first time and it should be pretty interesting to see if anything else gets debuted, or if some of the one timers like Hopeless, Avalanche and Black Helicopter get additional airings. This tour has been such a success for fans of Matt's deep catalog, and Im sure there are many songs here that even the most diehard fans got to experience live for the first time. I've seen Matt live 42 times and on this tour I have seen: 8 songs for the first time live 11 songs for the first time acoustic Including songs like Fearless and Change of Season which I just never thought I would ever get to see live. In addition of course are the many songs Matt plays acoustically that he never gets around to playing with the band which is where this tour really stands out. Compared to the last 5 years of Matt's tours with the band this tour has featured an astounding 25 songs that have not been played in any full band set. So just a total alternate to the kinds of things we have come to expect from that band shows which offers so much variety and I think is a main reason so many people have been overwhelming positive in their reviews of this tour. I really have not heard any negative comments which is pretty incredible. Hope the remaining shows go well, and sounds like we'll get at least a few more recordings from this tour as well, including video. Very much looking forward to it!
  12. Absolutely, just remarkable that as the tour approaches the halfway point there is still first time songs being played nearly nightly.
  13. Haha that's awesome Chad! I love those shows where Matt is clearly in a playful mood. I remember him doing something similar to this in Vancouver in 2012 at the secret show he played with the song Weapon. He played part to prove it wouldnt translate acoustically and it sounded pretty damn good and the crowd started singing it, that was a fun night. I don't suppose anyone here happened to get video of Fearless? I'm trying to learn to play it and I know its simple chords in open tuning, but I'm pretty lousy at figuring that stuff out. The one video I saw his fret hand was perfectly blocked by the mic stand the entire time haha, even if someone has just 30 seconds it'd be enough to learn it. Sean, loving the in depth show review you've posted, it's really interesting to see you run down the performances and contrast them against each other. It sounds like Fort Saskatchewan was a great show and just from that video I can tell Matt was in the kind of mood where you know you are in for something special.
  14. To me Fearless had been given a total second life. I like, but dont love LOTGA and even on that album Fearless was kind of a middle of the road track for me. But this live acoustic version has probably been my highlight of the entire tour. It just packs so much more emotional weight played the way Matt is currently playing it. I've said it before. But with Matt's comments about how he wishes he could redo that song I'm left wishing he could just record a live album on this tour. Our recordings have captured so solid renditions but nothing compares to a professional multitrack record.
  15. Its amazing how a crowd or venue can make a show seem so different too. Even in Matt's interaction with the audience. The first two shows I saw on the tour In Sidney and Victoria were like night and day because of that. The Sidney show Matt was pretty rusty, but very loose and talkative, the show was 2hrs 10 mins and the crowd was very interactive. In Victoria Matt's performance was much more polished, but he was far less talkative and the crowds interaction was nearly nonexistent and the show was 1hr39 mins. So there can be so much variation from one show to the next, which is part of what makes hitting multiple shows so alluring, you just don't know what may happen. I constantly have to justify why I need to see that "matt Good guy" so many times to people I know who just dont get it, but if you go see him play multiple shows you really start to understand just how different one can be from the next. How'd you like Los Alamos Sean? That song is downright haunting solo acoustic. Hope you enjoy Fort Sask!
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