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  1. Vancouver, The Metropolitan Vancouver Hotel in one of the suites. I stayed there not long ago, different room, but recognized the view looking toward the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  2. Really glad to see this song get a video. Wasn't a huge fan of Sicily although I did enjoy the video itself, But this song is everything I love about Matt's music. Can't wait for this new album! I've really liked most of what I've heard from it so far.
  3. Been meaning to do this for awhile, but just trying to find the time. First great idea for a thread it's very interesting to hear what really stood out to people and how certain things stand out or left them cold and their reasons for why. I know for me this list probably has changed throughout the years, some albums that I held in a certain regard resonated differently with me throughout the years, some initially I felt were some of his best work and then later they didn't have as much impact, others that I felt weren't his strongest efforts, later grew on me more, so it's interesting how the material and what it means to me is in a constant state of flux, as I suppose is my life and feelings, which is one of the most impressive things about art. Also I should point out that I very rarely cherry pick songs from Matt's albums. If I am in the mood to listen to him I almost always listen to the entire album at once, so I don't really skip tracks on any of them. Basically what it comes down to for me is how often I find myself reaching for the albums, so my feelings about them may vary alot from someone who looks at the albums as individually separable songs. 8. Something Like A Storm (2017) This was one of my most anticipated albums from Matt's solo career. I had seen a ton of shows on the BM Revisited tour and had the chance to chat with the band alot and they were very excited about the new recordings, in addition obviously Decades was previewed on that tour, so I was eagerly awaiting this one. Ultimately it just didn't resonate with me much. Bad Guys Win was very topical at the time and initially I really enjoyed it, but repeated listens it didn't hold the same impact for me. I usually find the biggest single off an album is a track that doesn't really do much for me, and Decades is no different here. But unlike other albums, many of the deeper cuts also lacked some appeal for me leaving me a little underwhelmed with this album. The high points are still pretty high for me though. Men at the Door, Something Like A Storm and Bullets in a Briefcase are top tier songs for me. Actually those songs, sadly suffer more than any other in Matt's catalog for me because of my decision to not just listen to individual tracks, so unfortunately they don't get very much play, despite being great songs. This album took some inspiration from 1980's style music and production, which I am not a huge fan of, so it doesn't surprise me that some of the songs just aren't to my usual taste. I wonder if I would feel different about this album if it was properly toured? Later on in the list I'll talk about albums whose ranking was improved after I saw how the songs translated live, which these songs never really got a chance to. As mentioned earlier in 2017, only Decades was played on the BM Revisited tour. Matt's next major tour was the 2018 Co-Headline with OLP. Obviously this kind of tour resulted in truncated sets and things more hits/nostalgia related so many of the shows only featured a few of these tracks, and in addition I never had the chance to see this tour. Then by the 2019 acoustic tour, only a small amount of this material was featured. I've had the privilege to attend multiple shows on most Matt Good tours since 2008, and as such I have seen the majority of the songs from most of Matt's albums played live since Hospital Music, yet with Something Like A Storm I've only heard two of the songs live, and one of them is my least favourite on the album. It's unlikely most of this material will feature in future live sets so there is little at this point that will probably change my evaluation of this album. 7. Arrows of Desire (2013) In the lead up to Arrows there was a lot to be excited about. Matt was with a new label, an independent label that I had hoped might give him some freedom to do what he wanted. In addition Matt talked about wanting to write something more commercial, and I thought we might be in for something a little more hard rocking than his last few efforts. Like usually I was a bit off put by the initial single of Had it Coming/We're Long Gone, and still feel Had it Coming is my least favourite song in Matt's solo discography. I was worried it might preview a trend to sacrifice some of his usually amazing lyrics for something more generic and radio friendly, so I hoped that wouldn't permeate throughout the album. The album definitely has some harder rocking songs, and I feel as a whole it hangs together pretty good. Unlike Something Like a Storm, I feel this album is more consistent. The highlights on SLAS are higher for me than the peaks here, but the album also has deeper lows. Guns of Carolina is a beautiful song and Via Dolorosa has great lyrics. The title track, Letters in Wartime and Garden of Knives, which really stood out to me after seeing it open one of the live shows are other favourites. I was able to see every song off this album performed live, and I think only Garden of Knives benefited from that setting. The shows I saw were at the end of the tour, and more so than at any other time Matt seemed pretty exhausted to me, so that may have played in to why nothing else was really elevated through live performance. I know Matt was unhappy with this label and that may have resulted in this album not being all that it could have been, but it is one that gets rare playbacks from me. I definitely think this is an example of an album I liked more at first, but over time it has worn a little thin for me. Also, I noticed that the material from it quickly vanished from the live set after the 2013 tour and that nothing has really been played live from it since. 6. White Light Rock and Roll Review (2004) In theory this should be one of my favourite Matt Good albums. Matt and I share an affinity for 60's/70's classic rock and this album is an obvious homage to that era of music. In addition much of it was recorded live off the floor which should capture more of the energy of the performance, which is right up my alley. Ultimately though the songs just aren't as strong as I've come to expect from Matt. So even though I love the way this record sounds, I don't play it through very often because not much of it is overly memorable to me. I will say however, in the right mood this album really can appeal to me, so every so often I dust it off and really get into it. After Avalanche this one came as a return to a much harder edged sound that is a welcome departure and continued to show that his solo career would have some variety. This one wastes no time announcing what kind of record it will be with Put Out Your Lights kicking the doors in right away. The album starts off with a punch in the nose, but then shows it's multidimensional appeal with the dynamics of We're So Heavy and the laid back country rock of Empty Road. Some here seem to really dislike Alert Status Red, I'm not one of them, its one of the few MG solo singles I really do like and I think it works live both acoustic and electric. My only gripe is that it so often is used as the only representation of this album on most tours. Sometimes on this album I find the energy level is there just for the sake of being there. North American For Life musically could be an outtake from Underdogs, but something about it just feels forced to me and it's never really been a favourite. Blue Skies is fantastic here, it just feels so genuine and heartfelt with some eye opening lyrics about the commonality of life, probably my favourite song on the record. It's Been Awhile Since I Was Your Man is one of the weaker tracks here, it seems rather generic for the sake of being generic, but the album closes with two of my favourite tracks here in Buffalo Seven and Ex- Pats before the hidden track of Hopeless, hidden because it was deemed to country for the record. This was the last MG tour that I didn't get to see live, but a decent amount of this album has featured (albeit briefly) in other tours since, so I've heard half of this album in concert. I think live, many of these songs work better than they do on the album, the energy they provide in a concert setting makes up for and masks some of their shortcomings. Having just a song or two from this album in a setlist is probably not as impactful because the intensity of it is short lived. I imagine the 2004/2005 shows would have had a greater impact with the bulk of the material getting played. I've wondered sometimes if this album suffered from the fact that it was rushed out. Right from Ghetto Astronauts, Matt always had a 2 year cycle between albums. This album came right on the heels of Avalanche, and Avalanche is Matt's longest running album of his career so between the two of them you have to wonder if he was stretched thin on his songwriting muse. I wonder if he had taken a little more time with this one if he may have developed some songs further or written others to replace what is here. Oddly of all his albums, the outtakes from this are my favourite and I would gladly substitute a few tracks here for them. Of all of his solo releases I think this one had the most potential under different circumstances, but I can't judge it for what it could have been, so it finds itself in the bottom third. With that said, I think this album would still benefit from a vinyl release because sonically it is a very pleasing album, and in that medium it might really stand out. It's the only one of his albums to not have a release in that format. 5. Lights of Endangered Species (2011) Perhaps no Matthew Good album is effected by my mood as much as this one. The reason this isn't ranked higher is because I am not always in the mood to really get into this record and get the most out of it, but when I am it is so effective and some of the finest music Matt has every produced. For one, it is different. While all of his albums to this point had the obligatory rockers, this one doesn't even try, at least not in the conventional sense. It has a real self awareness to it, and a peaceful yet calming pace like watching the first snowfall of winter. The songs are beautifully written and arranged and link together as an album perhaps better than any other record in his career. Extraordinary Fades and In a Place of Lesser Men are the only tracks here that do little for me, everything else is of a very high standard. Shallow's Low is absolutely haunting, while How it Goes is a beautifully intricate piece. Zero Orchestra is one of my favourite of Matt's solo tracks. The music is punchy, a mix of Jazz, Big Band and Rock that really packs in the energy and Matt unleashes a fiery vocal perfectly suited for the tone of the song. The title track is a perfect closer for the album as well. Non Populus is really the stand out here though. It is one of the tracks that if asked why I listen so much to Matthew Good, I would offer as an example. Its perfection. The entire way the song is allowed to breath and grow from it's subtle beginnings to it's climatic ending shows how mature and talented Matt is as a songwriter. It's just such an epic journey of a listen, but it's an inward journey one full of revelation and reflection. Sometimes as an artist you capture lightning in a bottle and to me that's what Matt has done here. I got to hear most of this album live and it really did enhance it for me, particularly on the title track and Non Populus where the guitar would just cut through the room. I remember no matter how many times I heard that song played I was left standing in stunned silence. It's unfortunate that the nature of this album makes it some of his less accessible material and as such it was very polarizing among his fan base, is there any other album that could find itself either at the top or bottom of a fans list? 4. Hospital Music (2007) Hospital Music has the distinction of being for me the last album Matt released before I really became an obsessive fan. Prior to 2008 I into Matt and would add his singles to mixed cd's and playlists, but really hadn't bought all his albums, nor had I been to a live show. Starting with his 2008 tour I went out and picked up his entire discography and in particular paid close attention to Hospital Music, knowing it would be the feature album at the shows I would attend. It definitely has a more stripped back, open and honest approach, which was especially refreshing following White Light, which seemed the opposite to this record in many ways. It starts off with Champions of Nothing, a powerful song that strikes right at your heart and sets the tone for the album. Actually the entire first half of this album is some of Matt's finest solo work. There is so much emotion and feeling in these songs, and the pain is so evident, some times it can even be an uncomfortable listen because of that, party music this is not. Black Helicopter is a strong song, but feels a bit out of place on the album, and Born Losers (although I decry how frequently it gets played live) is a very strong song, and a perfect single for this album, there is little not to like in the first half. The second half is much more inconsistent. The Devils In Your Details is catchy as hell, but not much substance and Moon Over Marin is an interesting cover, but then it's followed by two kind of throw away tracks that really add nothing to the album. I'm a Window is a solid angry rocker, really the only one of it's kind of this album. The album closes out with a couple strong tracks, the final being a cover, but ultimately the second half pales in comparison to the first, leaving for an uneven feeling that peters out as the album progresses. If it wasn't for this this album would rank higher on the list, but all three albums ahead of it are more consistent throughout. I've seen 2/3rds of this album in a live setting, and generally the songs work better for me in that format. There is something about hearing Matt play 99% to a live audience and being able to hear a pin drop throughout that is pretty memorable. Matt has wisely avoided overdoing it with instrumentation in live settings with these songs and many really benefit from solo acoustic renditions or with very sparse backing from the band. This era helped launch Matt as a solo acoustic artists as well, which has enabled several tours in that vein. While not to everyone's tastes it is certainly a nice alternative. Perhaps of all of Matt's albums this is expectedly the most therapeutic. 3. Chaotic Neutral (2015) This one really surprised me. Coming off of Arrows I wasn't too sure what to expect next from Matt. He was signing with a new label, seemed to be having some issues in his personal life and I had a feeling I would either really love or really dislike the next album. Thankfully it was the latter. After several more mellow albums, Matt had a sense of urgency on this album, and a bit of an angry edge that had been so prevalent in his earlier music, that right away I picked up on and it carried me through this record. Oddly enough, it starts with an outtake from a previous album that wound up being the lead single off this one. But thats not to say this album is second tiered, it's just he hadn't been able to realize that song fully in the past and now here had perfected it. Moment seems like it could have fit well on Avalanche, and actually I think that's part of what I like so much about this album. It sounds like a culmination of all the different eras of Matt's solo career. You hear songs that sound like they could fit on all of his previous solo albums and yet all while maintaining their own uniqueness and flow. No Liars is my least favourite here, although it is pretty infectious. Cloudbusting is a really cool cover too, and I appreciate him bringing Holly McNarland in to do this one with him! The masterpeice on this album is Los Alamos. There is something just painfully heartbreaking about this song and the simple yet melancholic backing music is a perfect match for the lyrical content, one of those songs where the artist just hits an absolute homerun! I was fortunate to hear all of this album live except Tiger By The Tail (damn Stu!) and it probably moved up a position or two because of the live performances. Most songs here were enhanced in the live setting, but in particular were Los Alamos and Girls in Black. Los Alamos because basically the lighting turned Matt into a silhouette and you could really see nothing so all your mind could grasp was the harrowing sounds of his voice echoing around the hall. Girl in Black meanwhile took on a whole different tone of vicious intensity live as at times MAtt seemed to be ranting and raving as he shouted the lyrics and stormed out into the crowd. Definitely some of the best shows I have seen of Matt solo were on this tour and a big part of that was because of the strength of the new material which always features prominently in Matts set. 2. Vancouver (2009) This one doesn't seem to get nearly as much love as I afford it here. To me, like Lights it is a complete album, on their own very little here stands out, but listened to as a complete piece it has a great deal of merit. I wonder if perhaps I rate this one higher than others because around the time of it's release I was spending a great deal of time in Vancouver and seeing first hand some of the changes an social issues the album strikes at. The Last Parade is the last MG single I remember getting a great deal of radio play, and it helped that I quite liked the song, the visual imagery of the lyrics in this song are visceral and contemplative, something lacking in many of the singles after this. The opening trifecta all have a similar feel sonically although they explore differing themes, The Boy who Could Explode is the strongest of the three, and fittingly also the longest. Us Remains Impossible and Fought to Fight it are the weakest tracks here for me, they are both catchy and perhaps radio friendly, but they lack the punch of the rest of the album, still they are decent enough tracks and I am never tempted to skip over them. Silent Army in the Trees has lyrics that are quite haunting and On Nights Like Tonight is another highlight for me because of the way the song builds upon itself, similar to the song Avalanche. Vancouver National Anthem is the song that deals most bluntly with the changing city the album is named for, but it's Empty's Theme Park that drives that theme home in such a transcendent way. Like many of Good's solo works, it is the long epic that is the real take away here, a song with some great lyrics and a perfect album closer. Sometime around this period Matt lost some of his range as well, so all of the albums after this no longer featured some of the real high stuff he was capable of doing throughout his career up to this point. This was the first tour where I decided I needed to go to as many shows as possible, and seeing 5 shows managed to see all of this album performed live, with the Last Parade really being the only song that was obviously stronger on the record. Many of the songs seemed to work as effectively in a live setting, but one real standout was Empty's Theme Park. It was way heavier in the arrangement they played live, in large part due to Blake's drums which were just manic on the jammed out sections. The build up to the end was such a climax that really added to the way it was played on the album to make the song even more epic, which is a challenging task. It's a shame nothing from this album gets played live anymore, because all the songs really worked pretty well in that format, and as one of my favourite albums of Matt's career I would love to see more of this make a reappearance in the setlist from time to time. 1. Avalanche (2003) I mentioned before about Matt's vocal range changing sometime around the time he hit 40, well here on this album you hear it at it's absolute zenith. During the MGB days he often used his voice with reckless abandon, but by Avalanche he was operating with full capacity, but also with a mature control that allowed him to refrain from overuse and only utilize the full power of his voice at critical moments. In addition, because this was his first solo album, he had something to prove and he set out to do so. Not just playing it safe he altered the overall sound of his music, brought in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and wrote the longest album of his career with some of the absolute highpoints of his career featuring in the process. That extended length is one of the albums few weak points, as if trimmed by a couple of songs would be basically a flawless album. The album starts with Pledge of Allegiance which immediately established the soundscape approach to the record, varying from the more guitar centric sounds of the MGB. Lullaby is a standard pop song followed by Weapon which is anything but. A lengthy track without a chorus is hardly the kind of thing one would expect to get much radio play, but it was a huge hit and still features as a showstopper in his live repertoire today. In A World Called Catastrophe is Matt's biggest hit single and is a solid song with some of Matt's best vocals. After is Avalanche, long cited as one of Matt's favourite of his own compositions it is a progressive masterpiece that builds and builds to a climax, and then ends just as unassuming as it began, a masterclass in songwriting. 21st Century is one of the more polarizing tracks on the album, but it serves as a time capsule for the kind of political anger Matt was immersed in at the time and gives a window into his mentality while creating this record. This album has so many epic tracks Rabbits and Near Fantastica have long been established as fan favourites and both are phenomenal tracks so immesive that one hardly notices their 8 minute track length. Bright End of Nowhere and Long Way Down are some of the better shorter tracks towards the end of the album somewhat lost in a sea of elongated epics. The song closes with House of Smoke and Mirrors one of Matts better album closers in his career, perfectly capping what I said was an almost flawless album. Song for the Girl is the only track here that I can really do without. Despite being such a solid album, very little of it has been played in recent years. As such I have only seen Matt play four of the tracks off this album and both Avalanche and In A World Called Catastrophe were very rare performances. It's a shame really that such a strong album is reduced most nights to just Weapon in a live setting. Of course Weapon is so dynamic live that it is played at nearly every show and often as the main set closer. Still it would be a treat to get to hear more of this album played in a live context. Even before I attended shows this material was quickly ushered out of the setlist as White Light was issued just a year later and it's songs quickly replaced some of the deeper Avalanche cuts. Despite that it remains the pinnacle for me of Matt's solo work. It showcases an artist at the top of his game with all of his artistic assets firing on all cylinders to compose something truly incredible and even 17 years on, it remains as fresh for me today as it did back then. So excuse me while I go fire up my turn table and drop my alternate tracklist vinyl version of the album under the needle for a much needed spin, no matter how long it's been...it's been too long.
  4. Ya after the last tour which did so many shows in Alberta I was a little surprised to see how few were on this tour, so doesn't give you Northern Albertans too many options without some pretty extended driving.
  5. Just my locals this time, Nanaimo two in Victoria two in Vancouver. All are GA except Nanaimo. How bout yourself?
  6. Yes exactly, buy your ticket today, then when VIP goes on sale in a few days buy that as well...just make sure you buy the VIP for the show you are going to...Like say you were going to the Victoria show on April 8th, make sure you buy the VIP for the 8th as well.
  7. Awesome, looks like I'll be attending 5 shows on this tour! Can't wait, and pretty excited for the new album as well. Should be a great Spring.
  8. Really appreciate hearing your recollection of the show. There are a very limited amount of audio bootlegs floating around from the 1998-2001 period and most of them seem to be recorded with mini disc's which you can imagine doesn't exactly create a high fidelity recording. What they do capture though is the insanity of which you speak. There are moments where the crowd is going absolutely bonkers and sometimes at moments that dont seem to be anything particularly special, so we're left to only speculate as to what was happening at that point in the show to cause such a reaction, without video, and with so few people around who actually saw MGB in their prime the details are lost to time. Still as rough as some of those recordings are they are treasured by a few of us here because they are our only access to an incredible, and as you pointed out earlier, very tight band that just doesn't exist anymore. For someone like myself who was 10 when this Coquitlam concert took place, I just never had the chance to see this band, so there has always been a little bit of a mystique about it, especially when the bootlegs show how amazing they were performance wise and how enthusiastic the crowds were. So your footage might give the best example of what it was really like to be there at one of these concerts, the fact it was a hometown show in Coquitlam is pretty cool in and of itself. As for your concerns over the audio, while it may not be pro quality, what I have heard of it is very enjoyable and far above the fidelity of the bootlegs, and since so little pro material is available from this period of the bands existence it's probably the best there is. Very interesting about the wireless feed being red lined, that must have been frustrating! Still the song samples i've heard and the entire Haven't Slept in Years sound just great to me, but perhaps I've spent so long with the bootlegs anything that doesnt sound like it was recorded through a pair of tin cans from the back of the arena sounds like some form of audible chocolate to these ears haha! I was wondering where exactly you had filmed this, the view definitely is from a high angle, and I figured that angle would be achievable in a large double decked arena like Rogers Arena, but obviously that's not what this venue in Coquitlam was, so I figured you had to be damn near strapped to the ceiling. That camera is pretty impressive to record such clear visuals from that distance over 20 years ago. It's interesting you can see a guy right up front filming with a camera as well, backing up my theory that there was probably tons of footage shot of this band over the years, but there just isn't much demand for that kind of thing to be dug up and released unfortunately. It's one of those situations where to the people that care about it, it would mean everything, but its such a small audience who would care these days that there just isn't really a commercial angle to release something like an archive MGB video/album. It's a shame when you see just how incredible some of these performances were. That whole 90's Can Rock movement really was a special and enthusiastic scene, as a kid I kind of thought it would have more longevity than it did, within a matter of years it was over and most of the audience had moved on, but these kinds of videos are perfect time capsule and something I've always been incredibly grateful for when someone out of the blue posts something like this. Every time I see footage like this it feels like I'm a little bit closer to understanding just what all those people on those bootleg recordings were shouting so frantically about.
  9. That's incredible. Geoff said before he passed that the band had played all the songs off Underdogs live at least once, pretty amazing that they played all of them except Change of Season in this one show. Thats a pretty cool and unique setlist, especially since once Beautiful Midnight came in many of those songs were dropped and never played again by Matt with the band or solo. Its kind of amazing to me that more fan shot MGB footage isnt out there because of how big they were at the time, but any of that material was probably long ago forgotten or disposed of, long before sites like youtube became prominent and easy for people to upload material. I really loved this footage when I first saw the snippets of it because its a fixed angle shot from a distance so you can experience it like you were actually at the concert. In addition you can usually see the whole band and the energy in the crowd too...yet its not so distant that you feel like you can barely see the band. Its a really great angle to capture this show and very different from the extreme close up and numberous cut method that was popular for MUCH proshot broadcasts at the time. Also this view allows you to focus on individual band members more, where close ups usually restrict you to watching the more photogenic band members more than the others.
  10. wow thanks so much for posting that, too bad you aren't able to share the entire thing but I can certainly understand. What was the setlist for the show? There is so little information about shows from that era so even knowing what the setlist was would be amazing. Also thanks again so much not just for sharing this but for taking the time to film it all in the first place. a request for other members to please respect the posters wishes not to share elsewhere, I know some people like to get this stuff up on youtube, but lets be grateful for what has been shared here, and keep it here as requested.
  11. Wow thank you for this story, actually I love stories like this, like Jeff Stein with The Who, just a fan who somehow got himself into a position to basically be working for the band. Very cool you not only got to see the show, but video it and interview Matt as well, must have been a very exciting time. Do you have any of this footage still, or do you know what became of it? I am assuming you shot the whole gig? Its some amazing footage of MGB in their prime with the original line up and there is so little footage of that era of the band. If more exists the small audience here would be incredibly grateful to see more of it, please feel free to get in touch if you have any of this left! Thanks for posting!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. He said at some point, perhaps in a VIP that he kind of fell out of love with it.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. Absolutely, just remarkable that as the tour approaches the halfway point there is still first time songs being played nearly nightly.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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