Saturday, June 23, 2007

Yer Friday Random Playlist - a day late, but oh so playful

This week's Friday random playlist started out surprisingly low-key. I'm not sure why, when it knew I wanted to rock. Fortunately my homeboy Matt Good (Hospital Music to be released July 31!) and those crazy dudes, the Damned, perked things up a bit.

Why do I want to rock? Well, the Sled Island Music Festival is almost upon us, innit, baby?

On Thursday night we're going to hear Darren Frank, Destroyer, and everybody's homeboy, Chad VanGaalen. On Friday, it's going to be a wonderfully mixed bag with the Details, Geronimo (I might head to the bar during their set), Woodpigeon, whom I have been wanting to see for forever, and my favourite band to see live, the mighty might Constantines!

Woo! and also Hoo! I just wish I could make it to the other 9 gagillion great acts that are going to be playing.

I got my working schedule for the Calgary Folk Festival, and it is pretty sweet, my friends, pretty sweet. On Thursday, I'll be putting in 6 hours prior to the start of the festival, putting out cds in the record tent. That'll be an excellent learning opportunity and will free up 6 hours of actual festival time. I don't work at all on Friday, on Saturday I work 2-7, and on Sunday 5-10, which means I'll miss the mainstage that night, but that's okay.

I've been checking out some of the artists so that I can more knowledgably assist people in their cd buying, and besides the obvious ones like Neko Case, Rufus Wainwright, Final Fantasy, Hawksley Workman, the Sadies, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, Geoff Berner, Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, Chumbawamba, etc etc whom I am panting to see, I am really excited about a few bands that I hadn't previously heard. Musicians like the hummers, Jon-Rae and the River, Mary Flower, Jeremy Fisher, and I've only made it to the J's in the list.

So I'm a little excited.

And in about ten minutes, I'm going to attempt to score tickets to Wilco. They are moving up from the sweaty indie pit of Mac Hall, where I last saw them, to the luxe cushioned seats of the Jubilee Auditorium. Interesting choice for a venue; it's got great acoustics, but we'll all be sitting down.

I have to admit I am not wild about Wilco's new cd, Sky Blue Sky, but then again Yankee Hotel Foxtrot makes my list of favourite cds of all time, so I think it will all even out.

Northwest Passage - Stan Rogers
Act of the Apostle II - Belle and Sebastian
A Sad Country Ballad for a Tired Superhero - Woodpigeon
Oh Be Joyful - Matthew Good
Shakin' All Over - the Damned cover
One Blood (Jiggy Homocide) - K-Os
Ambergris March - Bjork
In Limbo - Radiohead
Handshake Drugs (live) - Wilco
I'm Just a Killer for Your Love - Blur
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Have a fabulous summer weekend, my sweetnesses. Stay up a little later and have another drink, maybe dance around the fire pit. It's not dark enough to sleep anyway.

10 comments:

strangemange said...

Can you PLEASE stop being so damn knowledgeable and friendly with your inside scoop on bands and events and shit?

Thank you.
+-michelle

hey girl! hugs to you luv me, GOB, and insufferable children.

Allison said...

I'm beyond jealous of your summer concert goings. If you weren't so "damn knowledgeable" I don't think we could be friends anymore ;)

Hope you're having a great weekend!!

Beth said...

I would LOVE to go festivaling with you! And now I'm off to check out some of the bands you listed that I'm not familiar with.

Did you get your Wilco tix?

Going to see Rufus with Neko as opening act this summer. Should be an interesting show.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Awww Michelle! I miss you! I'm sending you that long-overdue big-assed (sorta like myself) email to catch up - later today. Hugs to your kin too.

Al, I think you need to quit your job (who needs money anyway?) and come out here to do some full-time festivaling with me. The fun would never end and we could have a friendly competition to see who can be the most knowledgable by September. Whatdya say?

Beth, I think we would make a pretty formidable pair whilst festivaling. And it's not just the hair similarities either.
I hope you find some interesting musicians while browsing.
I did not get Wilco tickets yet, as the site still says there aren't any available. They couldn't have sold out in 8 minutes, could they?
Rufus and Neko on the same bill will be beyond awesome! We will certainly need to hear details.

Deb said...

You must be really stoked about the upcoming shows and the Calgary Folk Fest sounds like a great experience.

Good luck with Wilco tix...I hope they didn't sell out.

Woo AND Hoo...that's excitement at its finest!

justacoolcat said...

Sweet list.
Did you get your tickets?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm getting lots of rest in anticipation of a few late nights of shows this week, Deb, even though I won't be going to see Hylozoists - they don't START playing till 1:00am! Too late for this old fart.

NO! I'm getting concerned, Just A. I'm going to have to phone those Ticketmasters bastards to find out what gives.

BeckEye said...

I need a job. Do you need an assistant?

Chumbawumba! I thought they were dead. I guess they just got knocked down....and we all know what happens when they get knocked down.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I do need an assistant, Beckeye! You're hired. You would be paid the same amount as me, which is, um zero, but you get free admission, a t-shirt and some meals.

Chumbawumba has gotten up again. And they are all acousticy now, singing sort of English folk songs with an anarchist bent - kinda cool, really.

Beth said...

We could show the kids how it's really done, couldn't we? I'm keeping my fingers crossed about your Wilco tix.