Monday, November 13, 2006

AWOO!
That's the noise I made when I heard the Hidden Cameras' new cd. It's also the name of the cd, which I borrowed from the library yesterday, but I am definitely buying this one.
I'm also pretty excited to learn that the Hidden Cameras will bring their spectacularly flamboyant show to our town in early December. I understand they have somewhat toned down the emphasis on boy dancers clad only in ski masks and underwear (damn!), but with the emphasis removed somewhat from the theatrics, the music is taking more of a centre stage and they still rock out just as hard with their self-described "gay church folk music".
The Hidden Cameras first caught my attention with their single Mississauga Goddam a couple of years ago, and then I started hearing tales of their wild shows. Naturally, as straight girl who is inextricably drawn to gay boys, I was intrigued.
In true Canadian indie band fashion, the band are often joined onstage by the likes of fellow musicians such as Owen Pallett and Maggie MacDonald. More musicians for your concert dollar, folks!
This year, the Hidden Cameras are also featured on the soundtrack of the controversial John Cameron Mitchell film, Shortbus. NME has called them more subversive than Marilyn Manson; I call them a band I want to listen to.
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24 comments:

Allison said...

I'd heard some unfavourable reviews of this album, but if it gets your praise, I will for sure take a listen.

I remember seeing these guys on the NewMusic a few years ago, they showed some of their live performance and I thought it was a clever mix of thoughtful music with a little bit of hilarity. Such a shame they've toned down the act, who doesn't love boy dancers in ski masks and underwear??? LOL.

mellowlee said...

That was lovely! Thanks for the intro to another band :) Yay!

Will said...

I haven't heard much from this band, but I have been hearing a lot of good things about them. So then I will most certainly have to check them out. Plus, I always trust a rec from the Zombie, and they sound very entertaining.

Karen said...

Where on earth do you find this stuff?

John Mutford said...

The only song I know by them is "Ban Marriage". I take it that the title of "Mississauga Goddamn" is a take on Nina Simone's "Mississippi Goddamn"- is the rest of the song?

Ben said...

Nice. Quirky and comfortable.

Are they a bona fide band or an art ensemble who knock out a bit of music on the side ?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I know, Allison - shame about the dancing boys, but I'm hoping for at least a few at the Calgary show (for which I just bought tickets - woohooo!)

Aren't they grand, Mel? I was surprised at how much I like this cd.

And it's mutual, Will, any rec from you is worth the bandwidth it is printed on. I'm quite excited to see the concert now.

Good question, Karen. First, there's the music nerd daughter, and then there are all my musicology friends, plus I like to read music mags and websites. After a while, stuff sinks in.

I actually don't know Mississippi Goddamn, John, but that would make sense. What a lovely clever play on words that would be! I've not heard Ban Marriage myself, but it sure sounds like the title of a Hidden Cameras song.

They are actually an international ring of spies, Ben, hence their title.
They do have a catchy sound, don't they?

michelle said...

I absolutely cannot believe that you can actually check out decent cd's at your library. No way.

There's nothing but ABBA, Chuck Mangione, & Bread at ours... sigh...

I think your V for Victory cd arrived... I'll know for sure tomorrow when I remember to check the box, hah!

ps, HI!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Bread? Oh man, Michelle, now you've given me nightmares! I am Fed-exing you a decent library tomorrow.
Oooh, I do hope your cd has arrived. The deliveries have been all over the place; I cannot figure them out. grrr posties...

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Will said...

And I see they have a podsafe tune, so maybe I'll drop that on a future Radio Hour. Enjoyed the punk rock discussion via email ... I may have to receive a consultation from the punk expert of the Zombie household at some point. Get me punk knowledge up to snuff. Oi!

kees said...

I'm at work so can't listen but frankly in ski masks and underwear who cares how they sound.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Bless their subversive little hearts for featuring a podsafe tune, Will. People who do stuff like that are rapidly becoming my favourites. I know I'd love to hear them on the Radio Hour.
The punk discussion was fun; and you and Eva should definitely sit down and exchange music theories sometime.

True enough, Kees, and they also usually feature massive banners and streamers and all sorts of fun stuff. They sound pretty darn great as well.

Will said...

Now that I think about it ... I believe one of the first posts I ever read of yours was about them.

Ruhee said...

I haven't read all the comments but Mississauga Goddamn is indeed a take on Mississippi Goddamn. There's a little blurb about it in a Chart magazine from sometime last year, I believe, but mine are all at home or I'd copy it for you.

The Cams are fantastic.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Really? I don't remember that one, Will, but then again my memory is not what it never used to be...

Aren't you just a wealth of information, Ruhee! We probably have that Chart here. I should look it up.
We're going to see them in December! Yay!

Ruhee said...

Now that I think about it, I think it is the one with Matthew Good on the cover (September 2004 if my memory serves me correctly). It's the one with Joel Gibb saying "People are sick. Our culture's sick" on the front.

Tell me how the show is! Actually ... WHEN in December is that? Maybe I'll be back in time!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yes, I know exactly which Chart you mean, Ruhee. I'll check it out.

The show is December 5. Pretty early in the month, but if you are back you are most welcome to join us.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately this album sucks and Joel is a jerk who stole money from former bandmates.
It's not a band - it's an ego trip.
They're old stuff is great though. Especially those CBC sessions. Check them out.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sounds like a fascinating story behind that, Anony. I will check out the CBC sessions. I do like this cd though.

Ruhee said...

Ah, that's unfortunate, I am still in Toronto (wait, I am complaining about being here? No way). Have a good time for me though. I will enjoy the Meligrove Band/Bicycles for you ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We will have to exchange concert stories over Christmas, Ruhee. I don't know Bicycles, but the Melligrove Band are fun - have a great concert!

Will said...

it could have been about the constantines also...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Awooo! You are right, Will. The Cons totally make me say that!