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Y’all all know how much I love Beast…right? I saw them way way way back when I used to live in Edmonton at the tiniest venue that is the Pawn Shop. In the review that I gave directly after the show, I said that it was one of the best shows I’ve seen ever. And you know what, after tonight, I guess I’ll have to take that back because shiiiiiiiiiiet tonight had NOTHING on the Pawn Shop show. After the jump for videos, music, and petit recap!
Winter is upon Montréal. It’s not that cold…yet. Negative 16 with bouts of snow but nothing like the -40 my home town of Edmontontians are suffering from. I find myself naturally going for specific albums during the winter time. Among these wintery albums is good ol’ Rufus Wainwright. This native Montréaler started when he was 6 and hasn’t quit.
He’s a vibrant live performer (if you haven’t seen him live in concert yet, do it, his voice is exponentially more amazing live than on record) who is always making jokes, cracking at heterosexuality, and has a plethora of costumes which I will happily forever keep in my mind.
His music on the other hand, is a compliment yet a contradiction to his onstage demeanor. His albums are filled with deep love songs, about heartbreak, about sex, lust, loss, and all the in betweens. Not only are his lyrics unbearably heartwarming, lovely, and wonderful in all the ways lyrics should be, but the way he sings, his voice, I swear I could hear only this without all the instrumental accompaniments and be equally if not more happy to have more of something so immaculately good.
The beauty of winter, the snow, the people, the collective cuddles and silenced complaints amidst a white winterland can only call for the joie de vivre and melancholy that is Rufus Wainwright. So, I share three songs from one of my favorite albums of his, Want One released in 2003.
P.S. I know I said the updates will be coming more often, but truth is I am in the process of making ridiculously awesome New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day mixtapes for you guys, as well as my top lists…so there will be music GALORE here soon. I just don’t wanna share all the good stuff just yet
Ok still workin’ on the updates…sorry folks. Been really behind on the updates. This, though, I couldn’t wait to share with you! I freakin’ love Misteur Valaire as my previous posts will tell you, and they recently made a video for ¨It’s All Good¨ off of Friterday Night which you can get FOR FREE on their website. Check ‘em out. SERIOUSLY! They’re amazing and it saddens me they’re not as far out beyond the borders of Québec as I would like…but one day! One day! Enjoy and keep coming back to check for updates! For real! Mixtape is on the way too =)
YES YES YES!!! TODAY MARKS THE START OF THE MTL JAZZ FEST WHICH I WILL BE COVERING FROM HEAD TO TOE! TONIGHT! MR. STEVIE WONDER! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!! COME BACK FOR A RECAP OF THE NIGHT! I LEAVE YOU WITH SOME OF MY FAVES OF HIS! GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
EDIT: I AM HOOOOOME FROM STEVIE AND I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY! AFTER THE JUMP FOR MY RECAP!
Beast is a group out of Montreal. You may recognize the members as one is the beautiful and textured voice of Beatrice Bonifassi and the other consists of the infectious beat maker Jean-Phi Goncalves. Separately, both have been involved in many past projects including Lauryn Hill, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Ariane Moffat, Triplets of Belleville, DJ Champion and the popular Pierre Lapointe. Together they are Betty and Jean-Phi. Together they form the musical transcendence that is Beast.
I stumbled across them serendipitously when a google search of mine went wrong. The heading was BEAST: Montreal (check!), experimental (check!), trip-hop (check check check!). Click. And then I went on a crazy dancing rampage and pursued the purchase of their self-titled album which was released late last year. It’s been spinning ever since and it is the most eclectic fusion of trip hop spoken word hip hop on experimental rock. “Ashtray” is probably the sickest trip hop song I’ve heard in a good long while. When I found out they had a stop here on their brief tour I FREAKEEED. And guess what? Their show is tonight! I’m soooo excited. I love seeing bands at their purest form–before they “make it big” which undoubtedly, Beast will.
So, I leave you with three amazing songs off of Beast which you can purchase here. I will return later and write a review of the show. It might not make sense. I will be dazed by my euphoria and my eyes will be hazed from the bass. HAZED FROM THE BASS.
EDIT: I got back from the show a while ago. My ears are still ringing, my body and mind are still adapting back to their original form, before being utterly changed and penetrated by the beats of Beast. I have a feeling this might take a while. What a toll that has been taken. I am indeed hazed from the bass. Holy fuck.
Live show aftermath…apres le jump!