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  1. i wrote that! thanks for the bump, anton! ??? the whole article was about the dissonance between matt's coming around/making nice with them and my own opinion of how they still suck? sure his opinion informed my own, i say as much in the article, but just because matt's friendly with them doesn't mean i'm about to start. phrasing! though you're half right. i think matt fed off of the press he got from being contrarian as much as the press fed off of his contrarian opinions. even today he does not couch his words, which is both a blessing and a curse. it's not an either/or situation
  2. thanks! nice to hear about it a bit more in depth. wonder if that podcast episode is archived somewhere...
  3. can also attest to how nice everyone was. although some people near me (floor, stage right) balked when matt started talking about gun control while introducing "a boy with a machine gun." don't really care for the record but "something like a storm" was quite killer live and made me appreciate it. the song had major "born to kill" vibes to it, with those major roomy "kashmir" esque drums.
  4. good call on the Sylvian Lake thing, Raine talks about it at around the 7:10 mark in this live performance they did at Edge 102.1 earlier today https://www.facebook.com/102edge/videos/10156103121504280/
  5. riiiight i remember that. wasn't jeremy also at the massey hall show in '08? didn't realize they'd kept in touch all this time (though i guess jeremy isn't in the band anymore is he?)
  6. so i'm surprised to see them touring together. when did they bury the hatchet?
  7. not much! i forgot you existed. nice to see you on here, and with good taste to boot!
  8. can't say i'm really shaken by this. i liked them when they first came out because they were largely different than anything else on the canadian pop music scene. i'd also have to say that i'll always appreciate them for helping make it easier for bands like fucked up to get exposure. overall their output was pretty inconsistent, and they really didn't leave us on a high note. you could see and hear the interest in the band waning, and that's pretty disappointing for a group that started with so much promise. i find it interesting when so many people call george petit "talentless" yet claim to be huge fans of the band. what kind of standard do you have for music you listen to when you admittedly listen to a group whose members you dislike. what's even more irritating is when people can't even be bothered to explain why george is talentless. the world would be a better place is people could once in awhile QUALIFY THEIR THOUGHTS ON A WRITTEN FORUM. what george brought to the table was immensely important, since the vocal juxtapositions were what set that band apart from any of their canadian counterparts.
  9. yep, braids work hard. i've seen them twice now, but with a difference of about 3 years. it's cool to see how they've grown as a band. i hope they stick it out. i'm currently listening to the colin stetson record and it's phenominal. won't change my love for austra one bit, but i'm really pulling for this record now as well. it's pretty "avant" territory, so i'd be VERY surprised if he took the award home, but he's definitely deserving. check out this moody piece (with vocals done by shara worden):
  10. i could say the butthole surfers, but that's kindof their point. i agree with what was said up thread about this being more about singers people don't like, as opposed to singers who lack technical proficiency, or whose voice is an awful match for the music. especially after that comment about all metal singers being shitty. if you don't like them, that's fine, but don't knock them. my vote goes to cedric from the mars volta. pretty shite singer if you've ever seen him live. has no projection, whatsoever, and struggles to compete with the rest of the volta's busy instrumentation. paul whoever from interpol is kinda the same. has very little range, low register, little-to-no projection, but i've heard he's improved in recent years. people without projection always make me think of deryk whibley from sum 41, when i saw them once on SNL. he was practically whispering into the mic, and that was the only way he could hold a note. kind of embarrassing. i'm not going to include them here though because that would require the rest of the band to be good.
  11. i could agree with about half of that list. probably less. i mean, smooth? SMOOTH?!?! that's a part of the 90s i'd like to forget.
  12. and then there were ten: Arcade Fire, The Suburbs Austra, Feel it Break Braids, Native Speaker Destroyer, Kaputt Galaxie, Tigre et di
  13. not quite single-handedly, but i know what you mean. not sure why they were left out, but i also haven't heard their album. i just know the singles. perhaps chromeo come off as being too jokey for the panellists' own comfort? it's hard to say. i don't think matt's records have ever made the cut either.
  14. do any of you follow this at all? they announced the long list on june 16th, and the short list will be out july 6th. i've bolded the pics i'd like to see make it. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs Austra, Feel it Break Black Mountain, Wilderness Heart Braids, Native Speaker Buck 65, 20 Odd Years Louise Burns, Mellow Drama D-Sisive, Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye The Dears, Degeneration Street Destroyer, Kaputt Diamond Rings, Special Affections Dirty Beaches, Badlands Luke Doucet and the White Falcon, Steel City Trawler Eternia & MoSS, At Last Galaxie, Tigre et di
  15. well to be honest, it's not singing at all... but i don't get what's so bad about it. i get that there are people who don't like screaming, which is fine, but it's weird to me that some people are still this averse to it in 2011. why?
  16. the first one. it won't trouble you much once you listen to the album!
  17. yeah he's blown up a lot this year. i'm not a huge fan but i appreciate what he's doing. check out frank ocean if you haven't. very similar.
  18. no i still listen to matt. but his album doesn't do it for me in the same way this one does. lights is a great album, especially after the abomination that was vancouver. i'm in no way a fanboy though, so just because matt released an album this year, that doesn't mean i have to fawn over it. it's good, but not as good as this record.
  19. loving this album. not sure how they were able to top chemistry of common life but they pulled it off. beautiful story/concept, which surprisingly doesn't weigh down the music. album of the year (so far!) for me.
  20. i can't think of an SNL performance from the past 10 years that has been flattering for a band. as for the record, i didn't know there was much hype for it. yes, it's a return to form, but the only reason you can call it that is because they're coming to terms with their strengths. an example of a bland foo fighters record is echoes silence patience and grace. it was them trying to be tom petty or bruce springsteen and their songwriting failed miserably because they sounded so forced. adult contemporary doesn't look good on any band, but it especially never fit the foos. this record plays to the band's abilities, and although it can be seen as a throwback to their 90s sound, it's hardly a backward-looking record. they sound like the foo fighters again, and stylistically, they're drawing from a lot of different periods, not just the 90s. that's what TC&TS was all about. i can't think of a better example of a band that melded the california power-pop sound with the D.C. hardcore punk aesthetic. i happen to like them a lot better when husker du are an influence as opposed to bruce springsteen. i'm also not really sure how anyone can think the first half of the record is bland, it's just one colossal rocker after another. sure, you can fault them for not bringing anything new to the table, but i think they need to take things one step at a time. dave grohl's talents lie in his ability to write songs with amazing wallop, so i'm not sure why he tries to hide from that. perhaps it's hard to scream at the top of your lungs night after night, but damn is he ever good at it.
  21. i also don't really see this as an opportunity for things to change. then again, i think it was the cbc that noted that very few PMs last as many terms as harper has, so things might actually change. overall i don't think the conservative movement has lost any ground, if anything i think the conservatism in this country has been gaining momentum.
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