Concert Review: Ben Kweller , Phoenix, March 6

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It’s always pleasant when you go to see an opening act and the act plays over an hour. This was what happened last nite at the Phoenix. The place was nearly at capacity for the opening act that is Ben Kweller, despite the fact that he is about 4’3 and has what appears to be a jew-fro, this little midget can carry quite a tune. The crowd seemed quite into it as he showed off his repertoire of talents which included a solo acoustic set, stuff with the piano and some bluesy guitar playin.

I thought the show was quite good, and aside from the fact that ‘wasted and ready’ was not played, the setlist was quite good. I did not stay for Gomez, as I was tired, did not want to wait 45 minutes for them to setup and my back was tired, which indicates to me that i shouldnt be sitting at a 45 degree angle all day.


2006 Concert Review

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Hard to believe the year is coming to a close. Its been short, yet, long. I mean, I saw Hard Fi in January. Who’s Hard Fi? haha Jokes. That show seemed eons ago though. Overall, this has been my least active concert year out of the three or so years I have been here. Maybe I am getting old, but there was a lot of shows I was going to go to (Mates of State, Lilly Allen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) but didn’t end up going for some reason.


  • Massive Attack, October 6, Carlu – I wrote about this one already.
  • Charlatans, May 22, Phoenix – These guys put on quite a good show, playing lots of classics as well as new stuff (which sounds good live). Good energy, and its the first time I have ever seen them, so thats fresh.
  • The Strokes, Sept 10, Island – Part of the Virgin Festival experience, they played an extremely tight set that had everyone going.
  • Radiohead, June 6, Hummingbird
  • – Man oh man. Radiohead in such a small venue…aces.

Low Lights (is that a word?)

  • Belle and Sebastian, Feb 25, Docks
  • – one of my favorite bands in the worst venue ever plus 45 buck tickets = bad time. I can’t even begin to describe how shitty the docks is for a show, or any show. Sometimes, I wonder, if terrorists can only attack places we don’t like, like the docks…then it would be a win-win situation for everyone. we lose something we don’t like, and they successfully attack something on democratic soil.

  • CBC See Vous Play, October 1, Kool Haus – Way too loud, and the bands played too long a set. I mean, there was like four bands playing, and you give each act over an hour? No one likes to be at a concert for more the 2 hours and you make people try and do double the time. I wanted to go see Joel Plaskett, but never made it that far (he got on at like midnight on a sunday). I have never been a big fan of emily haines, and having to listen to her metaphorically dissect her pains on a piano for an hour just to get to Joel Plaskett was too much to endure (I left about 10 minutes into her show)

2006 Movie Reviews

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Hard to sum up this year in movies. I have yet to see Casino Royale, but I heard it is quite good. Overall, I saw 13 movies this year, which included one I downloaded and 2 I saw on the airplane. So basically, I have no legs to stand on when reviewing the entire year in movies. But this is my blog. HAHAHA.

I have listed the movies I liked in reverese chronological order, from the movie I disliked the most to the movie I liked the most.

13. Pirates of the Caribbean 2 – I don’t care how much money this movie made. It was a piece of crap. I wanted to leave the theatre halfway thru, I have never sat thru a movie that long where nothing really happens. Sure Johnny Depp is pretty good as captain whatever, but really, aside from a big krakon, this movie brought nothing to new to the table and the movie felt stale after about 25 minutes. Huge disappointment.

12. X3 – Seeing how Brett Ratner directed, I was predispose to this movie sucking, which it kinda did. While it wasn’t a complete Joel Schumacher Batman butcher job, Ratner pretty much destroyed all of Bryan Singers work. Where was nightcrawler? Granted there was a couple cool scenes, but for a semi conclusion to what was a set of movies, this was highly disappointing. Was it me, or did that asian porcupine dude have the worse power ever? what was with the tranny prince lookalike and the clapping thing, and why did all the ‘bad’ mutants look like they just came out of an industrial goth club?

11. The Sentinel – lets see..Michael Douglas has an affair, and gets in trouble. Keifer Sutherland hunts someone down and takes no shit from anyone. Where oh where have we seen these before. Despite much nostalgia watching Michael Douglas squirm after doing something bad, this movie was somewhat generic and predictable. I mean, its not a horrible movie, but its a movie you’d watch and tv and be like..that ain’t too bad. Eva Longoria is in it too, but she doesn’t really do much, either in acting or eye candy.

10. Cars – Pixars’s ode to Americana and the Midwest. This movie was pleasant, and I guess it can’t hurt to cater to the Nascar crowd, since thats about half of America. The movie seems to want to return to the good ole days of Americana in the 60s where life was simple, people went to diners, drive-ins and did not know terms like racism or sexism because those things were okay back then. Probably the worse Pixar movie yet.

9. 16 Blocks – Bruce Willis plays a grizzled veteran cop who has seen too much in his day. Sounds like every Bruce Willis movie. This movie gets bonus points for being filmed in Toronto. Its always fun to try and figure out what street they were filming it on. Mos Def did a good job in this movie, and is probably one of the top rapper-actors out there. LL Cool J is an okay rapper actor too, but he plays the same role in every movie, as does that guy who owns the rottweilers. I guess ice cube was in Three Kings, and that was good. Worse rapper-actor out there is probably Shaq.

8. Borat – Most people will probably have it higher, but I have seen both the UK and US series of Ali-G, so the Borat character is pretty familiar to me. There are a lot of laugh out loud scenes, but the movie loses so much steam after the hotel scene, and its more or less the same schtick over and over again. The movie is based on shock value, so I don’t think this movie will age well, specially since most of the stuff is only funny the first time around.

7. Nacho Libre – Obviously, this is a Jack Black movie, but I thought it was hilarious.

6. Superman Returns – The 3D scenes were kinda lame, but this was a pretty well constructed movie. Kevin Spacey overacts some scenes, but he pretty much tries to chew up any movie he has been in since American Beauty. Kate Bosworth looks a hell of a lot like the girl from Prison Break. The airplane scene was spectacular, and I thought the movie was pretty solid.

5. V for Vendetta – I actually don’t really remember much of this movie, but I enjoyed it. Anything with sai’s is pretty damn cool. I didn’t really think knife-time was that cool, but this movie reminded me a lot of equilibrium, actually. That was a decent movie too.

4. She’s The Man – Saw this on a flight to Edmonton (or back). I thought it was pretty funny, I think it is loosely based on Shakespeare. It seems pretty lame to put a teeny bopper movie this high, but I laughed pretty hard at several scenes.

3. Mission Impossible III – Despite the fact that he is a crazy midget and married Katie Holmes (who I thought was hot in Dawsons Creek..and really, how many people saw the gift cos they heard she had a topless scene?….i err…didnt) …. tom cruise can make an okay movie occasionally. I liked collateral and last samurai. i didnt watch war of the worlds and can’t really watch spielberg movies ever since someone pointed out that spielberg always films close up shots where the actor looks away from the camera…its just too distracting now and could pretty much be turned into a drinking game. Anyways, this was a good movie, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a great bad guy.

2. Brick – Had no idea what this movie was about going in, but man was this an awesome movie. Turns out its a film noir that takes place in the high school world. Hard to explain. go watch.

1. The Departed – Fantastic movie, I am sure everyone who has seen it enjoyed it and should win many awards come Oscar time. The Chinese version still had a better ending and death scenes though.

Massive Attack

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Massive Attack friday nite at the Carlu was easily one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. It takes the cake for best show in 2006 (I enjoyed it more then Radiohead at the Hummingbird). The Carlu is a great concert venue and I was lucky enough to be like, 7 feet from the stage. MA brought out Liz Fraser and Horace Andy on this tour as well and listening to the real voices for songs like Teardrop and Angel made it all that much worthwhile. Did I mention light show?

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