2009 – The Shows
My list of shows for 2009, in no particular order. The descriptions are brief, but these were all written about someplace or other on the site here so links are included.
•Shearing Pinx/AIDS Wolf, Royal Albert Arms, Winnipeg: Two of the very best noise groups going, on the last night of a tour together. Sense-battering at times. Read about it here, and see some photos here.
•Monotonix, Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg: A weekday night. A small crowd who’ve come out to see this band they’ve heard can’t be missed. Out come the Monotonix, and you’ve soon got an experience which nobody goes home from quite the same. One can only imagine how many times this scenario has occurred all over the world in the last couple of years. Sure, the band have it all down to a working schtick now and it kind of loses something after the first time you see it, but still, it’s an amazing, one-of-a-kind show.
•Haunter/Clues, Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg: One of the best new Winnipeg groups opening for one of the best new Montréal groups. Good stuff all around.
•Dog Day, Soundscapes (& Lee’s Palace), Toronto: An in-store performance the day before a scheduled gig in town. A great band playing in a great shop to a crowd that included a number of recognisable Canadian musicians. Watch a few videos from the performance, along with performances by other artists in the same setting here.
Read about the Monotonix, Clues and Dog Day shows here.
•Hanne Hukkelberg, Café Rosenberg, Reykjavík: One of those performances that you know is going to be good, but ends up being so good it even surprises you. Read about it here.
•Retro Stefson/FM Belfast, Nasa, Reykjavík: Huge club, packed to the very brim. That club, with these bands, both times I’ve seen it, was just bonkers. Read about it here.
•The Drums, Reykjavík Art Museum: Cavernous hall, bright lights. Pop perfection. It was all working this night.
•Tim Hecker, Iðnó, Reykjavík: Dangling down into the absolute in a darkened old theatre hall. This was his first performance in Iceland.
•Crystal Antlers, Sódóma, Reykjavík: One of those anticipated performances that ends up delivering, totally. All the way from California, they came and put it down.
Read about the Drums, Tim Hecker, and Crystal Antlers performances here.
•Sonic Youth, Columbiahalle, Berlin: Because sometimes everything works out the way you hoped it would. The Eternal tour, Sonic Youth in person. Read about this show and a few other things in Berlin here.