Entries tagged with: Sled Island
The Jesus and Mary Chain, Explosions in the Sky, Swans, Divine Fits, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Colin Stetson, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mac DeMarco and Metz are the first confirmed artists to be announced for the 2013 Sled Island Festival which will happen June 19 - 22 at 30+ venues in Calgary, Alberta. This year's fest, now in its seventh year, is being curated by Tim Hecker & John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees. Around 250 bands are expected to be a part of Sled Island this year, plus art, film and comedy. Festival Discovery passes are on sale now.
photos by Zach Pollack, words by Parker Langvardt
Thurston Moore/Shadowy Men.../Yamantaka//Sonic Titan at Sled Island, 6/22/2012
We started Friday (6/22) of Calgary's Sled Island Music & Arts festival at Broken City, where we caught the Toronto instrumental legends Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet, the secret headliners of an all ages Mammoth Recording Company show. Shadowy Men's first show in 18 years took place a couple nights before (6/20) at No. 1 Legion. Don Pyle played his hollowbody electric guitar with a twangy country edge, using the whammy bar heavily to provide the surf sound the band is known for. Bassist Dallas Good's bright tone had a slight distorted edge to it, helping to provide the sense of adrenaline in their performance, exemplified by "Having an Average Weekend" (aka the Kids in the Hall Theme, video below).
After a couple hours off, we saw Yamantaka//Sonic Titan at Grand Theatre Junction. The Montreal band's set was similar to their performance at Schubas in Chicago, where I saw them kick off their first North American tour, though it was much more polished. Near the end of the set the whole band broke into a hypnotic chant over rolling drums, with the occasional counter-chant from drummer Alaska. After "Hoshi Neko," they broke into the punishing and noisy "A Star Over Pureland". Yamantaka//Sonic Titan also played Saturday at the same venue after How To Dress Well."
Thurston Moore and his new band Chelsea Light Moving walked on stage, and Moore said, "We're the Cowboy Junkies," referencing the beloved, mega-selling Canadian folk-rockers. As a black and white video ran in the background, they began with the dissonant and crunchy "Pretty Bad" from Moore's 1995 album Psychic Hearts which ended, like a lot of Moore's work, with feedback and droning. Moore furiously vibrated his whammy bar and Samara Lubelski quickly bowed her violin. In the middle of "Ono Soul", Moore left his guitar feedback on his stage monitor to locate something as the rest of the band improvised noise. He casually wandered around the stage until he found a pair of sticks, which he used to scrape his strings before they fell back into the song. They then played their new song "Burroughs." One of the last songs I caught before heading to Feist was another new one, which I believe was called "Groove and Linda." Moore remarked that "all songs will be free this year until some record company makes product out of it, which may happen," and by "may happen," he means it will definitely happen courtesy of Matador Records. Videos of two songs are below.
I caught the last few songs of Calgary native Feist, who performed backed by female trio Mountain Man, as well as a drummer, keyboardist, and a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. That said, most of the members were playing tambourine during the first song I heard. The show happened at Olympic Plaza, the outdoor main stage of Sled Island, which was a giant puddle after the rain that occurred earlier in the evening. Video from her set is below.
We headed back to Broken City for Dirty Ghosts, who also played at the venue earlier in the day before Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet. Guitarist and singer Allyson Baker played a lot of distorted off-beat chords over live bassist Erin McDermott's melodic lines, providing a positive feel to their punk sound. The Strange Boys closed the night with their country-tinged garage rock.
More photos from Day 3, plus a few videos, are below.
photos by Zach Pollack, words by Parker Langvardt
Nardwuar w/ Andrew WK // Reigning Sound
We started the second night of the festival at National Music Centre, catching about a song and a half of a Vancouver band called Beekeeper. Their enthusiastic frontman invited the audience on stage for the last song, which began with a Latin rhythm and eventually took a turn toward psychedelic punk.
Next was We Are The City of Kelowna, British Columbia. Their set was rhythmic and dynamic, touching on many different genres like jazz, math rock, blues and R&B. They also brought some glitchy drumming into a new, keyboard-oriented song that they played. It was less conventional than the rest of their set, but still fit in well.
When Nardwuar took the stage with his band The Evaporators, he asked for more vocals in the monitor and then asked the audience, "Monitors. What does that remind you of?" After some responses from the audience, he went through a weird little association game with Titus Andronicus ("Tittus Andromedus" and other mispronunciations), who got their name from the boat that fought the Monitor in the Civil War. In Nardwuar's words, "A plus B equals C!" He mentioned up former New York governor Mario Cuomo and a Canadian gas station called Domo to start a chant of "Mario Cuomo works at Domo," which developed into the first song with a quick keyboard part from Nardwuar and a continuous drum beat. The second song started with some bizarre sumo grunts and jumps, which he made several audience members do with him until they formed a weird grunting conga line of sorts. They covered "Barney Rubble is My Double" by a Calgary band called The Hot Nasties, and performed an original song about blowing up a rock in a river called "Ripple Rock." The Evaporators simple pop-punk is made hilarious by Nardwuar's actions, weird inflections, and ridiculous choruses. He asked the audience to suspend him in the air, lying face down with a helmet on, with more fans holding his keyboard in front of him. When he asked for one more guy to help him out, he was joined by Sled Island co-curator Andrew W.K., who performed "Party Hard" with The Evaporators along with several other songs.
We made our way over to Republik, where we caught the end of Sled Island veterans Legs' set. Vocalist Allie Sheldan sang strongly with a raspy voice over some western-sounding guitar. They ended with a somber bluesy song called "I've Got a Sadness in My Heart."
Next was a Winnipeg powerpop duo called Cannon Bros, who had a touch of garage rock in their sound. Then we caught the upbeat pop rock of Calgary quartet Feel Alright, who blended reverby surf pop with a country edge. And then finally, a much anticipated set from Reigning Sound, whose rock and roll vibes made for a killer show.
Afterwards, we ventured over to Dickens to catch Hot Snakes, but after waiting in line for a half hour they declined to let anyone else in the venue for the sold-out show. Hot Snakes played Orion Fest in Atlantic City a few days later.
More pictures from Sled Island day 2 are below. Coverage of day 3 is coming soon...
photos by Zach Pollack; words by Parker Langvardt
Boris / Russian Circles at Dickens, Sled Island 6/20/201
The sixth annual Sled Island festival is in full swing, happening at over 40 venues (and makeshift venues) all over Calgary, Alberta. Aircraft problems delayed our arrival till early evening on Wednesday, with barely enough time to check in to the hotel and the festival before heading over to Dickens for a Sargent House Records centric show.
Calgary metal outfit The Weir opened the sold out show with slow, sludgy doom, complete with growled vocals, dissonant riffing, and droning ambience.
Next up was Barrie, Ontario hard rock duo Indian Handcrafts who opened their set with a spoken word sample over slow, clean guitar. Then fast drumming came in, sending them into them into the heavy, distorted stoner rock of "Starcraft.". The band bantered about their hometown, causing audience members to yell that they had family there. Drummer Brandyn Aikins responded, "That's what everyone says," and proceeded to say, "My cousin's from there!" in a goofy, redneck Cookie Monster voice. Guitarist Daniel Allen then looked at Aikins and said, "Whistle!" and the pair began whistling to open "Centauri Teenage Riot." A split second before the song started, someone yelled, "Get a theremin!" and Allen responded, "No money!" right as they launched into the pulverizing main riff. Later on in the set, they were joined by a guest vocalist to cover Nirvana's "Negative Creep." They followed with the quick, punk-ish "Terminal Horse," which is featured in the promo video for their upcoming album, Civil Disobedience For Losers.
Belfast, Ireland instrumental rockers And So I Watch You From Afar delivered a positive and energetic performance. They opened with "BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION," which covers a broad spectrum of the band's styles -- crashing chords, tight, fast guitar melodies, and chill melodious sections. They opened with "Gang (starting never stopping)," following that with two songs from their EP Letters, "S is for Salamander" and "D is for Django the Bastard." ASIWYFA won't be there when the Russian Circles/Chelsea Wolfe/Marriages tour hits NYC at Highline Ballroom (8/18), but they play their own NYC show on July 27 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Chicago instrumentalists Russian Circles began with "309," blasting through the supercharged intro riff with several dramatic mood swings. Drummer Dave Turncrantz broke into the final, heaviest section before falling into the floor tom-based intro of "Harper Lewis," rather than the outro of "309." He occasionally added exaggerated rests in songs to play with the audience's expectation of their otherwise fairly precise representation of their recorded music. They followed with "Geneva," which is highlighted by a serpentine bassline that guitarist Mike Sullivan compliments with a bizarre Middle Eastern-like countermelody. The band then busted through the angular and twisting "Youngblood," kept up the momentum with their classic "Death Rides a Horse," and closed the show with "Mladek."
The night ended with a secret headlining set from Japanese rockers Boris, who played a publicized Sled Island show the next night (6/21) where they played their droning, psychedelic one-song album Feedbacker in its entirety. Boris have also added another Sled Island show at The Distillery tonight (6/22) with Banff, Alberta trio Lost.Book.Found, followed by the bluesy hard rock of Edmonton, Alberta's Black Mastiff, and the Vancouver progressive metal band Ancients.
Sled Island continues through Saturday, June 23 and more BV coverage of the fest is to come. More pictures from Wednesday night are below.
Archers of Loaf at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Joe McCabe)
Archers of Loaf, who were last here in April, are part of this year's 4Knots Festival in July which will be NYC's first chance to see the reunited '90s indie rockers for free since reuniting last year. Before that, the band will head to Canada for both NXNE in Toronto and Sled Island Fest in Calgary. They also just announced a bunch of new dates which are listed below.
In other news, now there's a new Archers of Loaf documentary titled What Did You Expect? that will screen at NXNE, Sled Island... and at the CBGB Festival. The NYC screening will be July 5 at 7:15PM at the Sunshine, followed by a Q&A. Here's the synopsis:
Indie rock icons the Archers of Loaf reunited in 2011, and during the course of their reunion tour played two legendary concerts at Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC. Combining in-your-face concert footage along with rare interviews of the band, this film by director Gorman Bechard documents those concerts, and captures the excitement and explosive energy of what its like to see this extraordinary band perform live.You can watch the trailer for What Did You Expect? below. In other Loaf news, after having the band's first two album reissued last year, Merge will reissue the rest of the band's catalog -- All the Nations Airports and White Trash Heroes -- on August 7. Both albums have been remastered by Bob Weston and feature re-imagined cover art, new liner notes and "copious bonus material." Both will be available as double-CD, colored vinyl or digital download.
The new album art and tracklistings for All the Nations Airports and White Trash Heroes are below, along with a list of all Archers of Loaf tour dates, What Did You Expect? screening dates and trailer.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...
Jesse Malin & Alejandro Escovedo at Bowery Electric (more by Lori Baily)
Alejandro Escovedo will swing through town with Jesse Malin and The St. Marks Social as part of an April & May tour. Escovedo will hit numerous venues in New York & New Jersey including the previously discussed Port Washington date, The Bell House on April 30 (tickets), and Maxwell's on May 6th (tickets).
Escovedo is also playing the 2011 edition of Calgary festival Sled Island in June, alongside names like Sleep, Blonde Redhead, Cursive, Zola Jesus, The Greenhornes, and countless others. Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and the rest of Escovedo's tour dates, below...
Ted Leo at Sled Island Fest 2010 (muffinlab)
"The energy we have inside us is not as boundless as it once seemed, and the amount we have to expend each year becomes more and more of a drain for less and less pay off. These are simple facts - it's not at all a "woe is me" type of complaint - in fact, it's not even a complaint at all - anyone who's seen us play in the last few months knows that we're having as good a time doing it as we ever have, and from my side of things, I can tell you that we're actually having MORE fun most of the time - but I've decided to be honest with interviewers who ask me about "the state of things," because what's the point in sugar coating the realities? As we all push toward forty, exactly how to go forward wisely, in a way that allows each of us to live a full life (and not die between rest stops on I-80), is something I need to think about, and I am thinking about it."That note in full (he's not really retiring, exactly, yet) is below.
[Ted Leo, in response to "rumors of retirement"]
A few weeks back (June 17th), Ted Leo spent a Thursday split between his video shoot for "Bottled in Cork" at the Bell House and an in-store at Generation Records. His record store set was played solo (and san special guests), ran around about an hour, and included a cover of Nick Lowe's "So It Goes," captured on video below.
As Ted Leo says below, his schedule is packed with shows for the rest of 2010, and after that...who knows. His schedule for the rest of this year includes Siren Fest on July 17th, and a stop at Matador Fest in Las Vegas. All his dates, the rest of that note from Ted Leo and videos from Generation Recs are below...
by Bill Pearis
WhoMadeWho @ Knitting Factory (more by Chris La Putt)
Denmark trio WhoMadeWho were originally supposed to go on last, almost like an afterparty to our official lineup, but when Let's Wrestle couldn't make it we moved them into their slot. Which ended up being a plus for everyone as they kind of stole the show. Looking like a cross between Sparks and Yello (at Octoberfest) and sounding like some kind of synth funk you'd hear from Bizarro World DFA Records, they were weird and awesome and won the initially-perplexed crowd over quickly. If you're going to SXSW, they're definitely a "don't miss" band.That's what I wrote after the Brooklyn Vegan pre-SXSW party we threw at Knitting Factory back in March. That "don't miss" status remains when WhoMadeWho return to NYC with a June 28 stop at Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale.
The trio are over for a few North American dates, including an appearance at the Montreal Jazz Festival the night before. Since the Knitting Factory show in March, I've become a big fan of their current album, The Plot, full of slinky funk and glammy rock not unlike a Danish, DFA version of the Scissor Sisters. Take a minute to watch their excellent video for "Keep Me in My Plane" which is at the bottom of this post.
You should also watch the video for singer Tomas Høffding's first solo single, "Mother," which he recorded under the name Bon Homme. It's especially funny if you pay attention to music video directors/indie cinema. Both videos were made by Good Boy Creative. Høffding's solo album was released in Denmark two weeks ago... maybe he'll have copies at the merch table?
All North American tour dates for WhoMadeWho and those videos are below.
The Sled Island Festival will be happening in Calgary, Canada, from June 30th to July 3rd. The bigger acts play on an all-ages outdoor space on July 2nd and 3rd, and the lineup for that includes Dinosaur Jr., Girl Talk, Built to Spill, The Thermals, Why? and Fucked Up. The club shows range from homegrown talent (like the unlikely-to-make-it-past-US-customs grindcore band Hamas) to all kinds of North American bands and familiar Brooklyn names. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup and posters are below...
a shot from Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival -- taking place at various venues in Calgary, Alberta from June 24 to June 27 -- is pleased to announce the initial line-up and the inclusion of Olympic Plaza as the main venue on Friday, June 26. This year will include over 200 bands performing at 23 venues plus art shows, film screenings, and a comedy component at the Sled Island Music and Arts Festival.Festival passes are on sale now.
Sled Island 2009 will feature performances by the influential indie rock darlings The Breeders (featuring Kim Deal of the Pixies) making their first Calgary performance, NYC post-punk revivalists Liars bringing the noise, the legendary Canadian metal band Anvil the recent subjects of the critically acclaimed documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil and the garage rock assault of Tel Aviv's Monotonix known for their incredible live show. New Orleans-based musician and mad genius inventor of the 'drum buddy' Quintron & Ms. Pussycat will bring the party along with blood-soaked party rocker Andrew W.K. and Toronto-based electro tour-de-force Holy Fuck on the more 'offensive' front. Phil Elverum's (of The Microphones) latest moniker Mount Eerie will deliver a symbiotic balance of fuzz and folk matched by Owen Pallett's Final Fantasy surrealist violin stage performance. Calgary-based experimental icons Azeda Booth aim to mystify crowds along with their all-male psychedelic pop counterparts Women making their second festival appearance...The complete festival line-up and schedule will be revealed on June 1. [pr]
As previously reported, Colin Newman, vocalist and guitarist for Wire, will be guest curating this year's festival. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Outdoor music fest fun...Woodstock '94
Tickets for the Austin City Limits festival - happening this year on October 2nd-4th in Austin's Zilker Park - go on sale today (Tuesday, April 7th) at 11am EST. That sale happens in advance of the fest's official lineup announcement, scheduled for April 28th.
Calgary festival Sled Island hasn't announced its lineup either. But Sled Island does have a pre-fest fundraiser planned for Saturday April 11th (tickets on sale). Headlining that show at Calgary's Royal Canadian Legion will be 2008 fest performer Fucked Up (video below). Sled Island itself takes place June 25th-28th. Curating this year's festivities will be Colin Newman from Wire (who also played Sled Island '08).
Camp Bisco, a three-night fest headlined by The Disco Biscuits, is happening on July 16th-18th in Mariaville, NY. The artists playing include Nas, Chromeo, The Orb, Dr. Dog and more (full lineup below). Tickets are on sale now.
Monolith Festival is happening again this year in September at Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorodo. No acts or dates have been announced yet - but last year's lineup was pretty stellar with TV on the Radio, Justice, Band of Horses, and more playing.
Merge Records is running its own 20th-anniversary festival, XX Merge, on July 22nd-26th in North Carolina. The lineup has been partially announced - with acts like Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, and M. Ward confirmed. Five-day passes go on sale Wednesday, April 8th at 10am.
Glastonbury sold out its last batch of tickets this week. The UK festival, happening June 26th-28th, has confirmed acts that include Lily Allen, Fleet Foxes, Neil Young, Blur, Bruce Springsteen, Emiliana Torrini, Doves, Franz Ferdinand, The Ting Tings, and Echo And The Bunnymen.
Other previously reported summer fests include:
Bonnaroo is happening too, from June 11th-14th in Manchester, TN.
There are more confirmed festivals, but I think that's enough for this post. In the unconfirmed department, Woodstock '09 is currently shoping for a venue.
Camp Bisco's lineup, video of Fucked Up at last year's Sled Island Fest and Green Day at Woodstock '94 below...
DOWNLOAD: Mogwai - Folk Death 95 (MP3)
photos by Rae Holtsabum
I'm still trying to properly wrap my mind around (and recover from) the amazing performances (and blazing sun) I was able to experience at Sled Island. It's hard to believe both the amount and range of wonderful music that was up for consumption over the course of four days, and last night's set from mainstage headliners Mogwai, shredding guitars with grace like only they can, followed by a flawless late-night club show by underrated Canadian folk rockers Rock Plaza Central, was the perfect send-off to a festival that defined itself on eclecticism and near unmitigated musical quality. [Beyond Robson]As you know, we've been covering the 2008 Sled Island Festival that went down recently in Calgary. In the name of finishing what we started, here are the rest of Rae's pics from day four of the festival (June 28, 2008)...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Leia Jospe
Question: Your band has ump-teen releases this year and a googleplex of others in seven years of existence. If you are readying another release, is it really news?
Answer: It definitely is, if you consider it's only your second LP.
The band of 1000 releases is none other than T.O. hardcore dudes Fucked Up who have announced that they will release LP #2, The Chemistry Of Common Life (or "ChemCom" as the band likes to call it) on October 7th on their new label Matador Records. Both "No Epiphany" & "Royal Swan" (the MP3s above) are from ChemCom, whereas "Stress" is just for gits & shiggles. Matador will also play house with another one of those pesky Fucked Up releases - the Year Of The Pig 12" is out July 22nd. It originally reared it's ugly head over at What's Your Rupture? (though in an abbreviated, in length AND availability, form).
A new mixtape is also in the works (look for it around the same time as ChemCom) and the dudes/lady dropped a preview of it.
Currently touring Europe (dates below), lead throat-ist Pink Eyes was recently hospitalized in Calgary during night one of the Sled Island Festival (Broken Social Scene was there and so was Of Montreal) after shattering a beer glass into his head during a gig. The band was scheduled for three shows, and missed none. Pink Eyes recalled the incident on night two:
"I had to miss all of the bands I wanted to see, because I was sleeping in the hospital like a baby"In related news, ex-Fucked Up (or at least songwriter for 'em) and current (?) Cursed member Chris Colohan has left the door open to more Cursed. In contrast to his previous posting, Colohan recounted the events that lead to the turmoil during their European tour and explained that Cursed is currently "a big fat fucking question mark." Well, at least thats better than "it's over".
Cursed dropped the massive III: Architects Of Troubled Sleep on Goodfellow Records this year.
The pictures in this post are from Fucked Up's infamous performance at SUNY Purchase's Culture Shock in April. It was cut short by the police. More of those pics and all the tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Jane Vain & The Dark Matter - C'mon Baby Say Bang Bang (MP3)
Spin if you like Cat Power. More pics from Jane Vain & The Dark Matter's Saturday show (June 28, 2008) at Sled Island below...
photos by Rae Holtsabum
I scurried over to the sold-out The Grand Theatre to catch most of RZA's set. The Wu-Tang Clan producer/MC performed as his Bobby Digital alter-ego and controlled the crowd with "Long Time Coming" and "Booby Trap" from the just-released Digi Snacks LP. The set was dominated by material from that album, and RZA turned the gig into a kick-ass block party.RZA's tour as Bobby Digital is almost over. He hits Webster Hall in NYC this Saturday July 5th. Tickets are still on sale.
Near the end, he broke out older classics "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit," "Reunited" and "Shame On A Nigga" near the end. They all made the crowd of mostly college kids go absolutely ape-shit, and it was a perfect way to close out my coverage of the fest. [Chart Attack]
Other artists Rae caught on day three (June 27, 2008) of the Sled Island Festival in Calgary included Broken Social Scene, Tegan and Sara, and Yo La Tengo. The rest of the pics from that day below....
photos by Rae Holtsabum
Broken Social Scene were also scheduled to play for an hour, but everything was running late and they had to cut their set to 40 minutes because of Calgary's noise bylaw [June 27, 2008].Watch videos of BSS playing Bonnaroo. Check them out for free in Coney Island on July 19th. Check out Andrew Whiteman solo in NYC on July 29th. More Sled Island pics below....
The band came out to insane hoots and hollers and kicked it off with "KC Accidental" from 2002's You Forgot It In People. This version of the group consisted of Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Andrew Whiteman, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg and Evan Cranley. Sporting a black baseball cap and leather jacket, Drew led the band through vigorous renditions of "Farewell To The Pressure Kids" and "Fucked Up Kid" from his Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew Spirit If... record. The band also played "Churches Under The Stairs" from the new Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan Canning Something For All Of Us... disc.
photos by Rae Holtsabum
DOWNLOAD: Amplive - Of Montreal vs MGMT (MP3)
Divorce and mental illness are not often hallmarks of danceable indie rock records, but they played a big part on Of Montreal's critically acclaimed 2007 release, "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?"More pics from Sled Island day 4 (June 28, 2008) below....
On "Skeletal Lamping," due Oct. 7 via Polyvinyl, "I've tried to incorporate more tension and dissonance, while still maintaining a super poppy sound," group leader Kevin Barnes tells Billboard. "I think the album is more bipolar than schizophrenic, though. I guess it represents its author more closely in that way." [BILLBOARD]
photos by Rae Holtsabum
DOWNLOAD: Elliott Brood - Second Son (MP3)
Unlike Wednesday night's Grizzly Bear show, very few people left their seats during the changeover. Okkervil River took the stage to deafening applause and immediately played "The President's Dead" and "A Hand To Take Hold Of The Scene," a pair of rockers that got the crowd going.Okkervil River are touring in the fall. Tickets are already on sale for a NYC show at Webster Hall.
Decked out in a black and white suit and glasses, singer/guitarist Will Sheff paused briefly after the third tune to address the audience.
"I didn't know we were playing in a church and I thought this might go against my Catholic upbringing," he joked. "But then I saw the flat screen TV and thought this might turn out alright." [Chart Attack]
Some of the other artists that played Sled Island on Thursday night (June 26, 2008) were Jonathan Richman, Extra Golden, Blitzen Trapper (again), Crookers, Chad VanGaalen, Langhorne Slim and Elliott Brood. Rae caught the last two downstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion #1 after the Okkervil show.
photos by Rae Holtsabum
My night started downtown at the Central United Church. Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Grizzly Bear took the stage pretty much on time and wowed the audience with their sonic atmospheres and hypnotizing guitar swells [June 25, 2008]. Every band member took on another instrument at some point, and they incorporated accordions, flutes and recorders to great effect.Hopefully the rare addition of new Grizzly Bear photos makes up for the fact that this is yet another Dan Deacon post. Grizzly Bear played the church, Dan Deacon played a venue called Warehouse, and Blitzen Trapper played The Underground with Library Voices. This was all part of (and what Rae saw on) day one of this year's Sled Island Festival in Calgary. Other bands who played that night include Woodpigeon, the Tren Brothers, and the Mae Shi, No Age played a kick off party the night before. Days 2-4 are coming soon. The rest of the pics from day one below...
With such a similar sense of textures and ambience, it's no wonder these guys are opening for Radiohead this summer. Many of their songs sound like something ripped directly from the Oxford band's Amnesiac, but Grizzly Bear actually managed to hold their own throughout their 80-minute set. The beautifully strummed chords of "Knife" resonated through the cathedral, while "Marla" caught my ears with its catchy, waltzy hook. [Chart Attack]
photos by Rae Holtsabum
DOWNLOAD: Libary Voices - Step Off The Map And Float (MP3)
While researching the Canadian band Library Voices for my first post about this year's Sled Island Festival, I found myself listening to the above song over and over. The pictures in this post are from a show they played with Blitzen Trapper at The Underground in Calgary on Wedneday (June 25, 2008). A couple more pics and all of their (Canadian) tour dates below....
Sled Island is an event with many parts. The bulk of the festival happens in Calgary June 25, 26, 27 and 28. There are music shows in many venues around town and we have a main outdoor site at Mewata Field operating on June 27 and 28. There are art shows happening in various galleries including the Glenbow, as well as movies and comedy shows. The Main site features the following bands-A full list of bands is at their site.
Friday June 27th Main Site at Mewata Field 3pm- 10:45pm:
Yo La Tengo, Tegan and Sara, Broken Social Scene, Broken West, Portastatic, Wet Secrets, Ramblin' Ambassadors, Spreepark, Elliot Brood, Chixdiggit, Beans
Saturday June 28th, Main Site at Mewata Field 11am- 10:45pm:
Of Montreal, Wire, Jose Gonzales, Secret Machines, Mogwai, Drive By Truckers, Dodos, Gutter Twins, Jonathan Richman, Still Flyin', Jain Vain and the Dark Matter, Hot Little Rocket