Wednesday, June 21, 2006

If the dude wasn't such a good musician, he could easily have a career as a story-teller or stand-up comic
At the risk of sounding like a broken record (I guess they'd be broken downloads now), you've got a see an artist live to truly appreciate their music. Buck 65 takes live performance light-years beyond the treatment of the music. His performances are as full of his odd and mesmerizing tales as they are of his musical offerings.
Sweet-bone (aka Buck 65) was giving and getting the vibes and the love at the Grand Theatre last night, which by the way is a stylish little venue which hadn't seen a musical performance in several decades.
As it is next to impossible to describe a Buck 65 performance, I'll just leave you with some highlights and a song, and advise you that Mr 65 is giving away free downloads of some new songs on his site.
Ask me sometime, and I'll tell you about:
  • the Hey Jude story
  • the crazy-assed version of Wicked and Weird, which could only be described as watching an actioneer on speed
  • the even crazier-assed new song - "it's impossible to sing this song because I realized I didn't leave room to breathe, but we're in Calgary, where nothing is impossible"
  • the "fuck off Satan, get the fuck out of here Satan" sing-along

And then, of course, there was the opener, Kinnie Starr. Watching her perform her set with confidence and joy, I realised that Kinnie Starr is who Nelly Furtado is trying to be right now. Sorry Nelly, it's just not working for you. On the other hand, Kinney, you've got it working in spades, baby.

She brings in elements of M.I.A., Buffy St. Marie (but for the 2st century) and maybe a touch of Sonic Youth and Ani DiFranco, but it's so much more than that, and it really can only be described as Kinnie Starr. I'm going to be listening for more of her.

Here's some Buck 65 for you: Rough House Blues [Secret House Against the World]



18 comments:

michelle said...

I'll probably piss someone off here, but I gotta say that Nelly Furtado wishes she had SOMETHING going on, ANYTHING...

god that girl annoys the hell outta me.

On a happier note, I'm glad you had yet another wonderful concert experience! I have to go visit his site and download some of his wares, woohoo for new tunes! (thanks to awesome you)

Teddy said...

Add Nellie to Celine and Bryan A. – pop starz that the Yanks can have. Funny, I was telling Barb the same thing last night at the concert.

Now, I'm not a huge hippie-hoppie fan myself, but Kinnie Starr did it for me. Everything thayt Nellie wishes she had.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Michelle, I'm sure Nelly Furtado is very nice and all, but my fuck she sure is trying hard to be one of the cool kids right now and it just feels so false.
You go get yourself some free Buck, honey! He's the real thing.

Hey, Teddy, some of my good friends are American - don't force our rejects upon them!
But yeah, I was hearing Nelly Furtado also discussed in the same breath as Gewn Stefani and BEP today, so no more needs to be said there...
Kinnie was pretty great, wasn't she? And she was so much more than just basic hip-hop.
Nice to run into you last night at the concert btw.

michelle said...

I'll give, I'm sure Nelly's nice... in a very oblah-dee oblah-dah way...

Hello Hell, I'm checking to make sure my reservation is still on...

In all seriousness though, I think it takes major brass to make the music one truly feels inspired to write without regard for MTV/top dollar. I feel bad for Nelly Furtado & her ilk, but I respect Buck. You know what I'm saying I hope, I'm just trying to be brief on your bandwidth!

Teddy, I no want Celine. You can keep Bryan A, too. Not all yanks are yankable! :)

Barbara said...

I like Nelly for the stuff she has done as I do Bryan Adams...
Buck 65 has a great sense of humour and that will get my buying his tunes more than anything else these days.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Michelle and Barbara W, both, I really didn't mind Nelly F's previous stuff - didn't like it enough to buy it, but it had appeal. But as you say, Michelle, this new release feels like it is manufactured for the MTV crowd.

Bryan Adams, meh - not my cup of tea, but he did hang with the Queen, so that's nice.

Will said...

Awesome! I really need to get into Buck 65 hardcore. I love free mp3s. I need to check out Kinnie Star as well. I agree that it is just not working for Nelly Furtado.

Allison said...

I need to check out Kinnie Star now, I've heard rumblings of her, but her name kept getting pushed down on my list. I will now move it up.
On the Nelly front, what has happened to her? You're right, her new record feels totally manufactured. I heard her on SLC the other day, and she played a few songs, which were fine, but throughout the whole piece it was as if she was trying to convince us she's always been this way.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Will, I think it is not only really cool when artists give away mp3s, but it's also really smart. It's only a couple of songs, and it's great PR, both in terms of exposure of the music and in terms of feel-good. Everybody wins!
Kinnie Starr is pretty awesome. I think she has some samples on her website.

Allison, I think somebody must have given Nelly F some really bad career advice. For the real thing, do check out Kinnie.

Laurie said...

Hi, Barbara!

I heard your interview on CBC radio, and I must say that I was intrigued by this whole blogging phenomenon. Yours is the first blog site that I've ever checked out, and this is my first post (I think I've got the lingo right!). I always felt like such an idiot when people talked about blogs, and I really didn't know what they meant. I am the same age as you, and thought, well...I guess this isn't just geared to the youth of our world! Thanks for opening up the windows to this new experience!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Laurie, welcome!

I'm really honoured that you came to visit on the basis of the CBC piece, and am very humbled when you use terms like "opening up windows".

Blogging is for everybody, regardless of age. I have people I regularly visit who range from 14 to 60 and nobody fights! I see that you already have an ID, I would encourage you to take 5 minutes to set up an actual blog. It's great!

Laurie said...

Well, I looked at the way to set up a blog, but then I was wondering: do I have to manage a website? I would like to enter info in, but I'm not sure if I can maintain it regularly!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Actually Laurie, it's really simple, and you certainly don't need to write something every day. Sometimes people go for weeks without updating if they are busy.

chuck said...

Yeah, Buck 65 IS good...thanks for the download.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You're welcome, Chuck! He's certainly a unique cat, isn't he?

Jetson Stamina said...

I saw Mr. 65 and about 20 other artists perform a few years back in Ottawa at the Pre-Juno show.

He was killer. I think he actually covered, United States Of Whatever.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

He's hilarious, isn't he, Jetson?He must be reading your post regularly.

Buck 65 covering United States of Whatever - the mind boggles - that would be worth the price of admission.

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