Review: Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul [2008, Big Brother]

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1x1.trans Review: Oasis   Dig Out Your Soul [2008, Big Brother]

You’ve gotta hand it to Oasis. Nowadays critics and fans wouldn’t let a band get away with lyrics like “I’ve been driving in my car with my friend Mr. Soft” or ““I got my hee-bee-jee-bees in a hidden bag” but for Oasis we’ve always cut them slack as their strength lies in the music itself. After giving their latest release “Dig Out Your Soul” a spin, I think Noel G. and Co. have also come to realize this.

Lyrically DOYS is what we’ve come to expect: Simple enough to memorize so you’ll be able to belt out every track word for word the next time Oasis hits your city. Liam does sing about ‘the rapture’ on more than one track and it makes me wonder if he knows something we don’t. But let’s focus on the music here. From the beginning Oasis has been known to have a Beatles influence and with ‘Definitely, Maybe’ being released in Madchesters heyday, they will always have the Britpop stigma attached to them. But since 2000′s Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Oasis seems to have been leaning towards more of a psychedelic rock sound and Dig Out Your Soul feels like a culmination of this.

The album starts with ‘Bag it Up’, a typical sounding Oasis track, which makes sense as the lead-in. Keep the listener intrigued. As the album progresses, influences become more relevant. The dirty bass on ‘The Nature Of Reality’ and bluesy stomp-and-clap of ‘(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady’ sound like they took notice of 2002 tour mates Black Rebel Motorcycle Club where ‘The Shock of the Lightning’ sounds like Kasabian had thier hands in it. Of course The Beatles influences are ever-present throught – the closing of ‘The Turning’ sounds exactly like ‘Dear Prudence’ and Liams’ ‘I’m Outta Time’ is the usual Lennon-esque plink, plink on the piano and La, La La, La, La vocals. Although Liam is usually hailed as a great songwriter I feel that all of songs sound exactly like ‘Little James’. Stick to vocals Liam, thats where you really sheeeeeiiiiiinnnne. If I had to name the defining track for DOYS it would have to be the Gem penned ‘To Be Where There’s Life’. Complete with sitar, groovy bass, thumping beat and Liam belting ‘dig out your sooouuul, cos here we go’ it makes you want to get your Mancunian swagger on. This song is ripe for a proper remix. Take note Chemical Brothers.

It’s been almost 6 years of experimenting and tweaking but I think Oasis has finally the sound they’ve been searching for. Former Oasis manager Alan McGee sums things up perfectly by saying “…the notorious Oasis brothers have found their mojo. It’s back, without a doubt.”

4.5/5

Here’s a preview taken from the ‘Gold & Silver & Sunshine’ documentary, a look behind the scenes of the recording of the new album, the full-version will be available on DVD with the Limited Edition album.

Panic Manual Podcast: Elections Edition

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1x1.trans Panic Manual Podcast: Elections Edition

Toronto – Our monthly podcast continues. This issue’s topics range from the Canadian/American elections, Pop Montreal, the rash of concerts that have been in Toronto lately and the Polaris prize. Also features a special guest.

Songs Played:

  • Julie Doiron – I Woke Myself Up
  • Puressence – I Suppose
  • Montag – No One Else
  • Hefner – Good Fruit
  • Hot Lava – Apple Option Fire
  • Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot
  • Flight of the Conchords – Foux Du Fafa
  • Final Fantasy – The Butcher
  • Metronomy – Heartbreaker

* Midnight – Darren Hayman (Hefner) [Gymnase] – Saturday
** As Dan Church pointed out – Girl singing in Hefner song is Amelia Fletcher
*** Hot Springs broke up apparantly – click here for details

Concert Review: Nick Cave, Oct 1, Kool Haus, Toronto

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1x1.trans Concert Review: Nick Cave, Oct 1, Kool Haus, Toronto

Toronto – I am pretty concerted out right now. Long story short, my friend Nick visited from Edmonton last week to see a bunch of shows – James, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Gemma Hayes, Hot Chip and Nick Cave. I decided to tag along for some of the shows, and man, I might be getting old, but thats a hella lot of concerts to go to. So Wednesday night, I was feeling all tired and grumpy, I threw three INTs in my Madden 09 game (still won though..haha) and the thought of going to the Kool Haus for the third time in a week was about as appealing to me as sitting on a porcupine. However, Nick Cave only comes around once every so often and thus, I said my prayers, drank my milk and ate my vitamins and headed off into the night.

First of all, the Calamari at the Jersey Giant Pub was weak sauce. Seriously. Dry, overcooked and too much batter. If I was a squid, and I died, I would at least want my dead ass carcass to be cooked in a nice proper manner. This chef did lil o’ ten legs no justice in death. Avoid that shit.

Okay, onto the show. Josh always points out that sometimes I write more about the food I eat before the show then the actual show itself. I write that stuff to tell the readers what kind of mood I am in, so they can experience the show from my point of view. Okay, so the show. This was an old crowd. Just like last week at James, there was no ID check and no pat downs at the door. The previous night at Hot Chip (same location), this husky ass woman patted me down so hard I think her palm print is still embedded on my back. So yes, old crowd. I would say the average age for the show tonight was probably 37.5. Grey hair was everywhere, if I was a marketing person for a hair dye company, I would have handed out free samples at the show tonight …you might have gotten new customers. The show was sold out, which I thought was impressive.

The Bad Seeds came on promptly at 10:15, wearing nice suit and outfits and stuff. Totally professional. There were two (!) drumsets, a bassist, keyboardist and a guitarist. However, they all used a variety of instruments thru out the night, so I can’t really label them as just that. There was a guy up there who looked like Rasputin, as well..if Rasputin was wearing a suit. Shortly after, Nick Cave strolled onto the stage to a rather large applause and immediately launched into “Night of the Lotus Eaters”. The Bad Seeds are a solid band, they sounded rather crisp and the timing was perfect for almost everything. The night was off to a good start. I didn’t even feel compelled to pay eight freakin dollars for a beer.

The second song of the set was the hit single off the latest album (and also the album title) – “Dig Lazarus Dig!!”. Now let me tell you – Nick Cave.. that dude has stage presence. He’s a bit manic, a bit menacing and definitely a showman when he’s out there spewing his ferocious lyrics. He’s all over the stage, pointing at fans in the front row, cowering down and singing right in their faces. This is a man that knows how to deliver his lines. I now understand why they sometimes reference it as “The Church of Nick Cave”. That man sings his songs like he’s a reverend. He tells his tales, like a pastor would tell his church about the tales of the lord (think Paul Dano guy did in There Will Be Blood. We were being given a sermon and the crowd was loving it.

The next hour and a half saw Nick Cave going back and forth between his current music (Hold On To Yourself, We Call Upon The Author, Midnight Man, Moonland) and his hits (Weeping Song, Mercy Seat, Deanna, Tupelo, Love Letter, Ship Song, Red Right Hand, Henry Lee). The crowd was mostly there for his older hits, including a sing along to “Red Right Hand”. Nick Cave’s banter with the crowd was one of the highlights of the night. For example, after one song, he threw his towel into the crowd..one song later, he asked for it back, which the fan complied. Then he asked her for her name, and then said “Jessica….Keeper of the Towel”. Through out the night, he would throw the towel and then get it back. A nice touch. “Ship Song” was also a request. I think it was written on a sign that a fan brought in, Nick looked at it and said “I guess we could do that”. For a sold out show in the Kool Haus (which looks more and more like a good Halo 3 multiplayer map), the show felt surprisingly intimate.

All in all an excellent show. The band was tight (allbeit a bit loud at times – two drums!), the new album sounds fantastic live, the older tunes held up and I am 100% sure everyone left the show satisfied.

4.478 / 5

ps. I’m freakin tired of the Kool Haus.

ps. no “Where the Wild Roses Grow” either, but that was expected.

Concert Review: Hot Chip, Sept 30, Kool Haus, Toronto

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Toronto – Last nght, Hot Chip visited Toronto for the second time this year. If you read my review on their show here in April, you will know that I really enjoyed myself at the last show. For those not in the know, Hot Chip is an electro band that excels in making cool music for you to dance to. Go to their myspace page, or hype machine, to find a bunch of tunes by them.

This time around, Hot Chip played the Kool Haus, a venue that has a much larger capacity then the Phoenix. One of the surprises of the night was how empty the venue was. I kind of expected a sold out show, that was not the case. Tokyo Police Club and Weezer playing the ACC a few blocks down probably stole a good chunk of people. The venue was roughly about 2/3 full, which was great, more space to dance. I think, to truly enjoy an electronic act live, you have to go in with the mindset that you are gonna bust a move at the first sign of a bass line. Otherwise, you are there just head bobbin or something, wondering if you should be dancing, then thinking its awkward that you just started dancing after standing around for so long, then you become self conscious, and you retreat to your regular head bobbin mode. No F’N Fun.

Hot Chip took the stage at 10:15, to a decent ovation. A simple hello from the singer and they immediately launched in the Caribbean vibes of “One More Thought”. This time around, Hot Chip had a drummer, I am not sure if they had one at the Phoenix. This definitely gave the live versions of their songs some variation. The band pretty much played all the hits over the next hour and a half, including another incredible rendition of “Over and Over”. It even prompted my friend Nick to say “That was the best live song I have ever heard”. He’s a bigger music snob then me, so take it for what it’s worth. “Over and Over” is incredible live. Its got a killer beat, sing-a-long qualities and just a great buildup. You know as soon as the song starts people are just waiting to hit the massive chorus line, but Hot Chip takes their time getting there and by the time the drums kick in for the “over and over and over” chorus, people are ready to explode. Simply awesome. That song was a highlight last time they were here, and that did not differ this time around.

One of the best things Hot Chip did last night was have a good mix of kickass dance tunes, followed by slower numbers. This is good for resting/catching your breath. For every “Ready for the Floor”, you would get a followup “Wrestlers” or something. Good tactics.

I thought the sound was a bit muffled for awhile and the bass wasn’t nearly as loud as it should be. Those would be my complaints for the night. There was no “Colours” though, which was a mild disappointment for some I guess.

After a cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, Hot Chip left the stage, leaving the crowd happy, sweaty and exhausted. That’s a sign of a good show.

4.5/5

Here is kinda what I am talking about with Over and Over