2011-07-28lupercalia + lemuralia a few weeks ago, i received this in the mail:
the new patrick wolf album "lupercalia". i had ordered online, and the package includes the ep "lemuralia".
whereas the previous album was a bit dark and gloomy, the general theme of "lupercalia" seems to be about being happy in love... understandable, since the dude got engaged last year. the songs are so light and sweet, it's like cotton candy.
my favourite track is "together". it has an electro feel to it, the alec empire touch.
i wonder if there will be a north american tour...
2011-07-13futureperfect about two weeks ago, while walking to the library, i passed by the second-hand book/cd/dvd shop on ste-catherine, near st-denis; i think the shop is called "volume". since i had no plans that afternoon, i went in to browse for music.
i found vnv nation's "futureperfect" in their 'industrial' section, for $13. since i rarely see their albums for less than $20, i bought it.
the music is nice and light. it's the perfect soundtrack for walking around in the city.
2011-07-06jazz fest 2011 the montreal jazz festival took place june 25 to july 4 this year. i went to some of the free shows.
first, there was the opening show on june 25, with ben l'oncle soul. wow, they had great energy. the singer was interacting with the crowd throughout the whole set. at one point, he even jumped off the stage, and walked deep into the crowd.
something new this year are the rencontres festives. i went to see roma carnivale vs. fanfare severni on thursday and monday. i loved the atmosphere, especially when the band was walking and playing at the same time, with the crowd following along; it was like a joyous street party. the 'face-off' portion of the show was kind of comical. of course, both bands ended up playing together.
finally, there was the closing show, on july 4th, with the b-52s. this band seems so quirky. we were impressed by their energy on stage, as they danced along to all their songs. their lyrics can be so nonsensical and ridiculous at times; i was laughing throughout most of the set. it was like fun party music. the only songs i knew were "love shack" and "rock lobster", which they ended the set with. since this was a closing show, the fireworks started immediately afterwards.