I only heard about the Eagles of Death Metal concert last week, even though tickets went on sale in September. When I found out, I was pretty excited, since they are a great band and I’ve heard they put on a live show worth checking out. I went to buy tickets, but of course they were long sold out.
Yesterday, out of the blue, my friend Spencer emails saying he has extra tickets. Lucky me!
Eagles of Death Metal play fuzzy-guitar straight up rock and roll, complete with falsetto vocals and ample doses of cowbell. They sounded great live, despite a few technical difficulties with microphones and things. Lead singer Jesse “The Devil” Hughes looked like he was having fun, which made it easy for the crowd to have a good time.
Bottom line: loud dirty rock + beer = a good Thursday night.
Last night I went down to Toronto with some friends to see Justice at the MySpace Music Tour which was held at The Sound Academy. It was a great time, although the scheduling for the night FUCKING SUCKED.
Doors opened at 8pm, and we got there close to 9. Fancy was supposed to be there to start off the show, but I’m pretty sure the opening act was some DJ I’ve never seen before. Does this guy look familiar to anyone?
Busy P played an awesome set and really got the crowd jumpin’. He did drag on for a while, and there were a few lulls, but overall he had a good energy and kept the crowd excited. Busy P has the craziest French accent I’ve ever heard.
After Busy P finished up, there was probably the longest wait I’ve ever experienced for the next band or performer to come out. I would say this is where they fucked up big time with the flow of the night. Everyone waited around with the house lights turned up, while they played classic rock for at least half an hour until Justice finally came out on stage.
Justice finally took to the stage at around 11:15 and the crowd went craaazy. Their stage setup is amazing, with the glowing cross and Marshall stacks everywhere. They were so fucking LOUD! The Sound Academy has probably the best sound system I’ve ever heard at a live show. It was ridiculously loud, but still crisp and not distorted or hissy like the sound quality I’ve heard at other venues. And when they dropped the bass, it hit hard!
We saw Justice play about three songs and then we had to leave so we didn’t miss the last train home. Bunch of fuckers! I mean honestly, doors opened at 8pm, Fancy didn’t even show up, so I don’t think it was too much to expect the show to be done by 11:30 or so. Especially considering it was an all ages show on a Monday night. The kids have school in the morning, the adults gotta work, and I’m sure a lot of people came from out of town and didn’t want to miss their trains and buses home.
Anyway, here’s a couple blurry pics of the stage during Justice’s set:
Last.fm is a free music community website that tracks the music you listen to and makes recommendations for new music that you might like. I joined back in May of 2007, and I really like the concept.
The site uses a technology called “audioscrobbler” to collect information about the songs you listen to, and in turn creates a profile of your musical tastes and listening habits. It’s easy to use, and all you have to do is register, then install a plugin for your music software. The plugin sends information back to Last.fm’s database, and the information is then available on your profile page. Last.fm creates detailed statistics, displaying the top artists and songs you’ve listened to, and the last ten songs you’ve “scrobbled.” There is also a “taste-o-meter” displayed on other people’s profile pages, that compares your musical tastes with theirs.
I don’t really use the “social networking” aspect of the site too much, since everyone uses Facebook for that, but it’s another nice feature that I could see being useful to some people. I really like the fact that I can look up information about the music I listen to, seeing artist bios, related or similar artists, and how many times they’ve been listened to by other users. The recommendations Last.fm gives is probably my favourite part of the site, because it has introduced me to a lot of new music that I otherwise would not have heard of.
Overall, I’ve been very impressed with Last.fm since joining about eight months ago. In that time, I’ve “scrobbled” 10,000 songs, learned about a lot of new music, and gained some interesting insight into my music listening habits. If you’re a big music fan, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.
The other day I was watching a bit of tv, and I saw a new Virgin Mobile commercial about 60 times in 10 minutes. Check it out:
I was kinda surprised to hear the song they used. It’s a remix of Simian’s song “Never Be Alone”, done by a super cool French duo named Justice. They remixed the song in 2003, as part of a college radio remix contest, and they’ve been making incredible music ever since.
I’ve heard a few of their other remixes in the past (like their remix of Death From Above 1979‘s ‘Blood On Our Hands’), but I only started listening to Justice’s own songs earlier this year, and they are amazing. Their first full-length album just came out in June of this year, and it’s the coolest electronic/dance sounding stuff I’ve heard in a while. Justice is on the Ed Banger Records label, which is home to a whole bunch of amazing French electronic artists. You should check them out.
On Sunday night, my friend Christien and I went to Mississauga to see Daft Punk play live. It was completely off the hook, and one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. Their stage setup was amazing, with the best light show I’ve ever seen. It was loud, robotic, and really entertaining. The crowd was so hyped up, and everybody seemed to be having a great time dancing and jumping around.
Opening for Daft Punk was a cool band from New York called The Rapture. They played a great set, getting the audience in a dancey mood with their funky, electronic rock music. Between bands, SebastiAn and Kavinsky were DJing, playing some sick tracks that really got the crowd in a frenzy. Busy P also made an appearance, playing a few songs.