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SoundtoysWhile recently setting up the new studio in my place I started reading articles about current music production and what people are using these days as far as Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), plug-ins, mics, etc.; and one company kept coming up – Soundtoys. I had heard several people talk about Soundtoys plug-ins like the Decapitator and the Little AlterBoy including Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Finneas, Zedd, and more. So, I really wanted to check out their full line of products and give them a try. After hearing what a few of them could do I wanted to purchase the whole bundle and really play around. However, I knew I wanted to get a bunch of Universal Audio plug-ins too so I didn’t have a lot of money to play around with.

Then, while getting ready for online classes at Berklee College of Music, I noticed that Soundtoys has a deal with Berklee to provide students with their whole line of plug-ins for only $249! Berklee Production students – if you haven’t done so already – take advantage of this deal!! If you were to purchase all of the plug-ins individually it would cost you $2,630 so this is a steal. Here is all that you get with the Soundtoys 5 Academic Bundle:

DecapitatorAnalog Saturation Modeler
Subtle to extreme hardware-modeled saturation. The secret weapon of top mix engineers.
This thing is great. I use it like a channel preamp to boost my signal and get some warm but crunchy analog saturation. A must use when I’m doing something a little more industrial or heavy and my Neve 1073, UA 610-B, and Radiator plug-ins just won’t cut it. Use the “Punish” button to get crazy and push it over the top!

Little AlterBoyMonophonic Voice Manipulator
Vocal formant and pitch shifting. Hard Tune FX. Robot/Vocoder Mode. Tube Drive.
Little AlterBoy is Soundtoys’ exciting new tool for dramatic voice alteration. Get a huge range of vocal transformations from one simple plug-in. Change the pitch of a voice, or change the singer’s gender with formant shifting. Lock onto a single pitch for robotic sounds. You can even control the vocal’s melody using MIDI for creative vocoder-like effects. You may have heard Little Alterboy on Fenneas‘s work with Bille Eilish:

EchoBoyThe Ultimate Echo Plug-In
Decades of echo devices in a single plug-in.
Get instant access to a whole range of classic echo box tones, including EchoPlex, Space Echo, Memory Man, DM-2, and the TelRay oil can delay. EchoBoy’s chorus even emulates the CE-1 chorus, considered a holy-grail of guitar chorus pedals. If you want warm, smooth saturation, try the “Studio Tape” style, inspired by the Ampex ATR-102 half-inch two-track machine. It wraps decades of echo device history and new forward-thinking features into one versatile effect that will find its way into every corner of your mixes.
“Calling EchoBoy a delay plug-in is doing it a disservice.  It has become the first thing I turn to for treating a wide variety of sources.  An EXCELLENT sound / space shaping tool and the most flexible and musical delay out there.”Trent Reznor

PanMan – Rhythmic Auto Panner
Rhythmic auto-panning with cool classic features, new tricks, and analog color.
Panning. You wouldn’t be alone if you thought of it as nothing more than the simple act of moving sounds from left to right and back again. But it can be so much more. PanMan opens up a Pandora’s Box of panoramic possibilities. Recreate the sounds of classic hardware panning boxes. Trigger panning with the dynamics of a track. Create complex rhythmic patterns and dizzying sweeps. With the full range of Soundtoys modulation tricks at your disposal, PanMan turns the simple act of panning into something incredibly creative and powerful.
This thing came along at just the right time to do just the right job for me. I started putting together a track to play around with and there was one instrument that I thought would sound cool ping ponging around the listener. After playing with the pan control on the mixing board for a while I decided that it was not going to do what I really wanted to do. I even got desperate and tried that with a combo of a Leslie speaker to try and accomplish the sound I was searching for. Once I used this plug-in though I had the sound I wanted in about two minutes. So easy to use as it syncs right up with the rhythm of your track. Love it.

PhaseMistress – Analog Phase Shifter
Rich phase sweeps, deep analog vibe, and tempo-locked modulation.
From funk-laced guitars, to swooshing disco drums, to jazz-fusion keys and bombastic rock vocals, phase shifting is a wildly diverse effect that’s at the heart of countless records from the 60s to today. PhaseMistress captures the sounds of legendary phasers like the Bi-Phase, Boss Super Phaser, Phase 90, Moogerfooger 12 stage, Small Stone, Trine and many more and packs them into one plug-in that takes this creative effect to the next level.

Little Plate – Electromechanical Reverb
The lush sound of plate reverb – with a modern twist.
Inspired by the original EMT 140 plate reverb, this modern version can do things that the original can only dream of, like infinite decay time.
Take a listen, here (This sample was manually faded out because the preset goes on forever).

Crystallizer – Granular Echo Synthesizer
Pitch shifting granular reverse echo. A mind-warping sound design trip.
Crystallizer is an otherworldly creative effect that transforms instruments using a combination of pitch shifting and reversed echo. Based on the Eventide H3000’s innovative “Reverse Shift” algorithm, Crystallizer brings granular echo slicing, old-school pitch shifting and powerful new features together into one inspiring tool. If you listened to the radio in the late 80s, you’ve heard the Crystal Echoes effect from the Eventide H3000 effects processor. The sound is absolutely unmistakable, and has been used on countless records to transform simple chords into epic soundscapes. Once musicians and engineers got their hands on this unique technique, and realized how it instantly turned minimal guitar lines into shimmering symphonic textures, there was no going back. You can hear it on hundreds of records—from 80s anthems, to ambient compositions, to modern indie rock and chillwave. And now you can have it, too.

FilterFreak – Resonant Analog Filter
Fat analog sweeps, pounding filter rhythms, big hardware sound – with a dual version for double the analog attitude.
Are you searching for smooth, silky, analog filter sweeps? Or are grimy, resonant squelches more your style? Nothing adds character to a track faster than a great filter, and FilterFreak can do it all. From funky envelope follower sounds reminiscent of the classic Mutron, to wide resonant LFO sweeps like the Sherman Filterbank. From timeless wah-wah tones to campy sci-fi sample-and-hold effects.

Radiator – Tube Warmth For Your Mix
A dual drive tube input channel and EQ, based on the classic Altec 1567A tube mixer from the 1960s. Vintage vibe, drive, and the magic tone of the 1567A. A beast on bass and drums.

MicroShift – Make It Wide
The classic studio trick for super wide vocals – with a powerful new twist.
Need some width for your background vocals? Want to make a lead guitar or synth sound larger than life? MicroShift gives you three different flavors of a classic stereo widening trick at the push of a button. It uses a special recipe of pitch shifting, and delay that varies over time, to create rich stereo width. It’s incredibly simple to use and perfect for spicing up important instruments, or for blending background vocals subtly into a mix.

Devil-Loc Deluxe – Audio Level Destroyer
A crushing, pounding, aggressive compressor for massive drums. A spin on an old classic.
Based on the original Shure Level-Loc from the 1960s, which was a brick wall limiter designed to be used in public address systems. Its extreme compression and gritty sound eventually became a secret weapon of some well-known and very creative engineers and producers. It’s an extreme effect, and can create huge sounds with drums and room mics, and in small amounts can add sizzle to things like vocals or acoustic guitar.

PrimalTap – Retro Delay With Freeze
Modeled retro dual delay with “freeze” for lo-fi pitch warped loops and delays.
PrimalTap is an emulation and re-imagining of the unique sound and features of the Prime Time delay, a classic digital delay with some powerful performance and sound design capabilities. Like the original hardware, PrimalTap is a hybrid of digital and analog sound—it packs a surprising amount of grit, vibe, and character for a digital delay. In true Soundtoys fashion, they’ve also evolved and enhanced some of the unique features of the original hardware to give you even more control and creative possibilities.

Tremolator – Tremelo & Auto-Gate
Analog guitar tremolo effects and beyond with beat-synced rhythmic chopping.
Tremolator emulates the tremolo effect of classic hardware like the old Fender Vibrolux guitar amp, and even the great tremolo sound of the Wurlitzer electric piano.

Sie-Q – A Very Boutique EQ
Achieve spacious highs, smooth lows, and great tones fast. This model of German engineering brings a whole new color to your EQ palette.
The Sie-Q faithfully captures the Siemens W295b smooth curves, airy highs and ease of use, allowing you to get the tone you want fast, without a lot of hassle.

EchoBoy Jr. – Analog Echo Modelor
Seven iconic analog echo emulations in one easy-to-use plug-in:
Studio Tape – Modeled after the Ampex ATR-102.
Plex – Modeled after the classic EP-3 tape echo.
Space – Based on the RE-201 tape echo.
Cheap Tape – The sound of worn out tape.
Memory – Modeled after the classic bucket brigade echo pedal.
Ambient – Warm, diffuse, chorused echoes.
Transmitter – Resonant CB radio style.
It’s what people love about EchoBoy – but junior. 

Devil-Loc – Audio Level Destroyer
Two knobs, one big drum sound. Audio level destroyer with vintage vibe.
Simple, devious and often unpredictable, Devil-Loc is a little plug-in that makes drums sound big. Drop it on a drum kit or loop and listen to Devil-Loc inflate the room ambience, pumping excitement into an otherwise drab rhythm track. Push it to its limits to create extreme gating effects where loud hits crush the signal to silence and the output blooms into a fuzzy mess. Now back off the controls. You’ll find some amazing sweet spots where Devil-Loc shows its angelic side, adding a vintage halo to loops and drums. You can even try it on your mix bus—if you dare!

Little PrimalTap – Twisted Little Delay
Unique retro delay lets you echo, loop, warp, distort and mangle.
Inspired by the classic Prime Time from 1978, Little PrimalTap captures the highly distinctive sonic imprint of this quirky, and well-loved (by those in the know) vintage digital delay. Don’t be fooled by its simple interface, Little PrimalTap lets you unleash your creative urges to echo, loop, warp, distort, mangle, or create cacophonous cascades of otherworldly sounds.

Little Radiator – Modeled Classic Tube Mic Pre-Amp
A little tube heat for your tracks.
If you want a touch of 60s warmth on your tracks, reach for Little Radiator. It’s great for fattening up bass, guitar, drums, or vocals. And it’s fantastic on electric piano. This modeled tube pre-amp from Soundtoys is based on the Altec 1566A, a simple little preamp straight out of the Motown Era.  Little Radiator drives and breaks up in very interesting ways, creating rich harmonic distortion, exactly like the 1566A.
Looking for something a little dirtier? Flip the Bias switch and dial in a slightly choppy, misaligned sound that’s perfect for lo-fi drums or adding grit to vocals. You can even choose to recreate the noise of the original preamp. Little Radiator has boatloads of color and character. It’s just what you need to shake the “clean” off of your computer recordings.

Little MicroShift – Big Wide Vocals
Massive Vocal Stereo Width. Classic studio trick with classic studio sound.
Soundtoys designed Little MicroShift to nail the vibe of sought-after hardware pitch shifters like the Eventide H3000 (which featured algorithms originally designed by Soundtoys’ founders) and the AMS DMX 15-80s. MicroShift captures the quirks of the originals including saturation and even the different de-glitching algorithms used by these units. So now you can have the big, wide sound of the original hardware with a simple and refined interface that makes getting those tried-and-true sounds faster and easier than ever.

Effect Rack – Creative Multi-Effects System
Rack up 14 essential Soundtoys effects in one powerful plug-in.
The Soundtoys Effect Rack turns our tried-and-true collection of powerful effects into a creative multi-effects system. It’s a single, self-contained plug-in that comes preloaded with 14 Soundtoys effects including Crystallizer, Decapitator, Devil-Loc Deluxe, EchoBoy, EchoBoy Jr., FilterFreak, FilterFreak 2, MicroShift, PanMan, PhaseMistress, PrimalTap, Radiator, Sie-Q, and Tremolator.
Get inspired with hundreds of carefully-crafted presets that let you quickly try out new ideas. Dive into Effect Rack’s conveniently categorized presets to find the perfect combination of Soundtoys effects for your track. Choose from effect chains tailored to instruments like guitar, vocals and drums. Or explore the Sound Design, Spaces, and Modulation categories to try out some left-field sonic ideas that will take you in a completely new direction.
Outer Limits is also a FREE collection of 67 presets designed to turn any audio into strange and frightening sounds, spacey sci-fi soundscapes, and mutated audio oddities.

Global controls let you treat your custom rack as a single powerful effect. Lock rhythmic effects to a single tempo, or let them run free. Fine tune the input and output levels, and use the global mix control to blend your effect with the dry signal. Then experiment with the powerful global Recycle control. By mixing the output of the rack back into the input, you can build your own modulated reverbs, over-the-top delays and other unique ambience effects.

As you can see, you get A LOT for only $249 if you are currently a student. So, head on over to Soundtoys and take advantage of their Academic Bundle today! You will not be disappointed. This bundle is amazing. A+!

Welcome to the Cosmic Love BallHello Bay Area musical socialites! It was great to see you the other night at the Cosmic Love Ball with DJ Wyllys, the North Beach Brass Band, Materialized, and Rubblebucket! That’s right, it was another great year for the futuristic love circus called the Cosmic Love Ball, which is held at the Fillmore in San Francisco every year to celebrate life, love, and music. This year, the Fillmore was adorned with wall hangings around the auditorium with heart accents around the room, including a whole wall filled with heart lights. Naughty love was certainly in the air though. As you entered the Fillmore you were greeted by a statue of a blindfolded angel’s bust offering you the traditional Fillmore apples. It was certainly a symbol of how the night was to progress.

DJ Wyllys at the Cosmic Love BallThe evening started off kind of slow with people slowly trickling in, but the lively DJ Wyllys kept everyone energized in the main auditorium while the North Beach Brass Band kept people entertained upstairs in the Poster Room. Eventually, the North Beach Brass Band marched their way downstairs and onto the dance floor to announce the beginning of the evening. It was awesome having them come down and march through the crowd. It really got everyone moving and it felt like we were swept away to New Orleans for a moment. Once everyone was hyped up the lights went down and genre bending house band, Materialized, took the stage.

Materialized at the Cosmic Love BallIf you have not seen or heard Materialized go check them out right now. They blew the crowd away at the Cosmic Love Ball with their intense energetic beats, thundering bass, and killer synths. They either kept people standing in awe, or made people move uncontrolablly. Either way, people seemed to be transported to cosmic love bliss. It is really hard to pinpoint what genre Materialized really is though. In fact, on their website they actually say the following:

“Any attempt to pigeonhole Materialized as an electronica band, a jam band, a jazz band, etc. doesn’t really work since this band has giant antenna always scanning the airwaves for interesting new ways of combining the musical banquet of the 21st century.”

They seem to rely heavily on beats, but they seem to twist and turn enough to keep you guessing on what kind of band they really are. One thing is for sure – they are really good.

Lebo paints Materialized at the Cosmic Love BallAdding to the fun of the evening, artist Lebo was painting along to the music. It was great to see images appear before our eyes as he worked on them. It really seemed to add another layer to the music too. It was a great addition to the entertainment for the evening. Thank you Lebo! The Galactic Muses dancers also took the stage several times to add some drama and flare with their sexy dance moves and several costume changes.The Galactic Muses dancers


Rubblebucket at the Cosmic Love BallSoon after Materialized finished their set, Rubblebucket came on. They were pretty good, and accomplished musicians, but I did not really care for their set as much for some reason. They seemed to be too showy with semi afro-cubanesque influences and some pop thrown in, and the combination really was not working for me. However, their horns were really good and I was definitely moving. In fact, the whole crowd seemed to really enjoy them and everyone seemed to be moving their butts. It was a really good time. What I really loved the most was when singer Kalmia Traver would hop on the baritone sax every once in a while and took command of the stage. Even better was the end of their set when she hopped down off the stage with her sax and started playing through the crowd with the rest of the band and the North Beach Brass Band to end the show as they walked out of the venue. It was an awesome way to interact with the crowd and change the atmosphere of the venue before finishing the evening. Good times had by all!

If you are around the San Francisco area next February I highly encourage you to check out the Cosmic Love Ball. It is a wonderful evening of good vibes, good music, and good times. I hope to see you all there next year!

 

COSMIC LOVE BALL GALLERY:

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Last Thursday, August 16, I was invited by Deren Ney of Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers to check out their show at The New Parish in Oakland, CA. First off, thank you so much, Deren. Second, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers rock! I had a great time at the show as Nicki and the band belted out tunes from their album, Driftwood, to a captivated audience. I knew it was going to be a good show when they opened with a wonderful version of their song, “Before You Loved Me:”

Knowing that this was only the first song of the evening, I knew it was bound to be a wonderful evening as they got warmed up, and I was right. Tune after tune, Nicki and the boys captivated the packed house at The New Parish. Many people were staring mesmerized, filming with their phones, singing along, or a combination of those. I did not see one person at the show who was not focused on it in some way. It was very nice to see so many people so enthralled by a show.

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers @ The New Parish in Oakland, CA – 08/16/12

All night long the band was spot on. I mean, sure, there were a few flubs here and there – including Nicki messing up the words of one tune and having to start over. The way the flubs were handled and the laid back atmosphere of the evening made the flubs easily forgettable though as they only made the wonderful evening more memorable.

If you have never seen Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers I highly recommend that you see them now before they really blow up, which they are sure to do. They have been keeping up a pretty relentless touring schedule all around the U.S. and have started to gain a large following due to their awesome shows and their online Van Sessions.

Until you get to see them yourself, here is another video of them playing “Stick With Me:”

Thank you for the good times guys! Can’t wait to see you again!!

bryan Titus - anymore

Today I was fortunate enough to steal some time to sit down and listen to an album by bryan Titus titled, …anymore. bryan Titus was kind enough to send me a copy of his album to check out and I am glad that he did. Initially, it ended up taking me a few days to get to listen to the album since my roommate got hooked on it and it disappeared into his room for a bit. When I got the album back I was then a little apprehensive to listen to it since it was described to me as “really Country.” I was really shocked, and pleasantly surprised, that it was not so much Country but more of a mixture of genres.

…anymore. seemed more Rock oriented to me than anything, but it certainly had some other genres mixed into the pot. There was some added dashes of Country, Gospel, Blues, and more. The album is a wonderfully blended eclectic mix that seems to be likable across many demographics. In fact, one person who heard the album with me said that it would probably sell well in a Starbucks. I was able to play the album for several different people throughout the day and they all loved different aspects of it. Right away, the listener is greeted with sound from a band that seems like they are having a good time, and this feeling transfers onto the listener. Multiple people who heard the music moved their bodies and tried to sing along without knowing the lyrics or the actual melody first. The music seemed somewhat infectious. With emphatic vocals, bryan Titus certainly does not hide on the album. He is right out in front, commanding his band through a concerto of musical good times. Backed up by a dynamic band built up of Jonathan Weed (Acoustic, Electric & 12-String Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals), Will Weissman (Bass) , and Jeremy Miller (Drums & Percussion); …anymore. at times seemed reminicent of some Dave Matthews or the Counting Crows. All of the guys with bryan Titus are professionals, they have been playing together for some time, and it shows. …anymore. is a tight album with a nice mix that could be liked by many. It’s good any time music.

bryan Titus is out playing live quite a bit and I encourage you to check him out if you can. He has been taking over the Los Angeles area for the past few years, but he does manage to get around. To find out what he is up to, check out his Facebook Page. His next show is at the Genghis Cohen on Friday April 13th at 8pm. Go check him out!

…anymore. can also be purchased online in a few places including the following:

Bandcamp

iTunes

Amazon

If you would like to check out a preview of his album beforehand, you can do that, here:

CREDITS:

Bryan Titus – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Violin & Viola

Jonathan Weed – Acoustic, Electric & 12-String Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals

Will Weissman – Bass

Jeremy Miller – Drums & Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Gerry Mattei – Keyboards & Piano
Skip Edwards – Pedal Steel (tracks 3, 7 & 11)
Charlie Superfly – Guest Vocal (track 1)
Tracy Nicole Chapman & Debbie Kee – Add. Vocals (tracks 2, 3 & 8)
Hanna Kondo Weed – Backing Vocals (track 7)
Ryan “Frogs” McCormack – Add. Percussion (track 9)

Recorded at Sonic Environments by Jeffery Weed. Vocals recorded at Eargasm Studios by Chris Wonzer and additional recording at Radar! Studios by Jonathan Weed.

© 2010 by Bryan Titus/Jonathan Weed
All rights reserved. Neon Zion/BMI Gasius Clay/ASCAP

It’s probably no secret that one of my favorite bands is NOFX. I try to get to their shows whenever they are playing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Back in January, I got to go see them for their two night run at the Fillmore with Old Man Markley, No Use For A Name, and Lagwagon. It was a great two nights, but the second night was probably the crazier of the two. On the second night, there was an incident now known as “Melvingate.”

Halfway thorough “I’m Telling TimEric Melvin was tackled by a drunk fan who made a very quick retreat into the crowd. Melvin soon followed with a jump after the guy. The greatest thing was that I just happened to catch it all on video. In fact, I caught the whole show on video. Instead of telling you all about it, why don’t you just come with me in my time machine back to the show!

You can check out the whole show at the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsg5oMlpk_c&list=PLF6A473207F2BCFC8&feature=plpp_play_all
or you can check out any of the individual videos from the show below.

Now, let’s go to Punk Rock show, kids!!

Of course, the show starts off with regular banter, but Hefe also gets a demo CD from a guy in the crowd who was there both nights. A guy they named, Gallagher, because he looked similar to the comedian.
Right into “60%,” Fat Mike is hit directly in the fact with a drink. Not cool, and the band asks for the crowd to turn in the culprit for $100. The show had a lot of energy and it was hard to stand still so the shot is pretty shaky.

Running through their set with “Murder The Government,” “I’m Telling Tim,” and “It’s My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite.” Everything seemed to be going well until Eric Melvin gets tackled on stage at the beginning of “I’m Telling Tim.” He gets up and stage dives after the guy into the crowd where he is joined by Fat Mike and some of the Fat crew.

“Leaving Jesusland.”

“Totally Fucked.”

Playing “black music played by whites and Mexicans,” or “Eat The Meek.”

“Seeing Double At The Triple Rock.”

About 1/3 done with their set. Although they state that this show is definitely in their top 800 played, they do screw up the start to “Mattersville.”

“Fuck The Kids Revisited” and “Linoleum,” and you get to find out what snowballing is if you did not already know!

A guy gets up on stage and tries to take pictures, but is very quickly rushed off during “Wore Out The Soles Of My Party Boots.”

“The Moron Brothers.” Appropriately enough, the guy in front decides to be an ass and give people the bird.

Here, they change the name of the song a little from “Arming The Proletariat With Potato Guns” to “Arming Puerto Ricans With Potato Guns.”

“Reeko.”

“Blasphemy (The Victimless Crime).” They also call out a guy in the crowd, calling him Dave Mustaine.

Here, they screw up the start of “The Malachi Crunch,” but then they nail it in true NOFX style.

Finishing up their set with “The Separation Of Church And Skate.”

Starting their encore with “Doornails.” They also unveil their second night banner!

“Stickin’ In My Eye.”

“Don’t Call Me White.”

Continuing through their encore with “I Wanna Be An Alcoholic” and “Fuck The Kids.”

And, finishing up with show with “Kill All The White Man.”

Hope you enjoyed the show!!

The Sharks

England’s rising pop-punk sensation SHARKS played the Fox Theater on Saturday night, sharing the stage with Social Distortion for the second night in a row. With their brash and impulsive strain of the slamming pop-punk genre, the group proved to many that night that it still has a place in today’s music scene. Their tight-nit power chords and chanting melodies rang throughout the Fox Theater that evening, enticing the crowd along the way.

Traveling all the way out from the UK, the band played crowd favorites off of their debut full-length The Joys of Living 2008-2010, while also providing a sneak peak at their new record dubbed, No Gods, due to be released March 19th on Rise Records.

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Review: Lana Del Rey – “Born To Die”

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A Day to Remember

The Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC housed a packed lineup on January 22, 2012. The Menzingers joined hardcore icons Rise Against and A Day to Remember for some pyrotechnically-dense extravagance this weekend. We sent contributor Troy Browder to cover the show, and he produced some truly awesome captures for his first bit of work for the Thrillcall fam. (Seriously, two words: hovering guitar.) Check them out:

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I was there and have some videos that should be going up on YouTube. Stay tuned!

Weakerthans Tour 2012

Billed as the “Four & More” tour, Winnipeg’s The Weakerthans set up residency at the Independent for a sold-out four-night stretch of dates, each a celebration of a different full length from their modestly-sized but venerable discography. The album show, if it is common enough to be known as such, is a peculiar kind of palimpsest.  Original, recorded material is inevitably written over with individual experience and sentiment. At a typical show, however, songs range across the entire breadth of an artist’s catalogue, usually with an emphasis on the more recent, and the listener’s connections to the music range similarly. By playing material from a single album – particularly an older, much beloved one – an album show evokes a more cohesive set of associations, saturating the listener in a specific and concentrated nostalgia made only more intense by the urgency and immediacy of the live setting.

For their part…

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