Saturday, May 23, 2015

Seven Inch Saturday (Judas Priest)

Today's seven inch is a Judas Priest long play compilation that was released in 1983 on Pickwick International a UK import. The six songs on this release are as follows.

Side A
* Hell Bent For Leather from their 1978 release, the title song
* Ripper from the 1976 release Sad Wings Of Destiny
* Exciter from the 1978 album Stained Class

Side B
* Hot Rockin' from Point Of Entry 1981 album
* Sinner from the 1977 album Sin After Sin
* Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) from again the Hell Bent For Leather album

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday...Bone Club

I couple of posters from times I have seen Bone Club in concert.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Seven Inch Sunday (Thor)

Today's seven inch single is from the Canadian musician known as Thor, his real name is Jon Mikl. This single was released in 1984 on the label Albion/Ultra Noise out of the UK. The two songs featured on this single are "Thunder On The Tundra" and "Hot Flames" which both would later be released on his 1985 album Only The Strong.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Joel Plaskett Live in Edmonton May 9th 2015

On Saturday night my partner Janis and buddies Hurl and Buzzard and I went to the Joel Plaskett show at Union Hall here in Edmonton. Opening act for this show was Mo Kenny, whom is also from Nova Scotia, so it was a double bill of East Coast Canadian music for the evening.

Opening the night was Mo Kenney, which couldn't happen quick enough having been at the venue for an hour already. Only because if your not at this venue early and find a decent place to stand, your not seeing much of anything. So we were there early.

Mo Kenney is touring in support of her latest album In My Dreams which was produced by Joel Plaskett. Her band consists of Mo on vocals and guitar backed up by a bass player and drummer. There half hour set was alright, I thought a lot of her songs sounded a lot a like, but her show got better as it went on as the songs got a little more upbeat near the end.

Mo Kenney at Union Hall.

After a forty minute wait it was finally time for headliner Joel Plaskett Emergency to hit the stage. This was my fifth time seeing Joel in concert and again, another awesome show. Joel is out on tour in support of his newest album Park Avenue Sobriety Test which is really good.

Joel played lots from the new album including the title song as well as Alright/OK, which is my favorite song on the new album, they also did Song For Jersey, Broke, Illegitimate Blues, Credits Roll and Captains Of Industry. I was surprised by how many people in the audience were singing along to the new tunes as the album hasn't been out very long. But it's not hard to tell that Joel has a big following in this city. Seemed like there were a lot of people from the east coast at the show.

Joel and the band of course played lots from there back catalog in the hour and forty minute set. Including Ashtray Rock, Rollin', Rollin', Rollin', Love This Town, North Star, Down At The Khyber among many others. Opener Mo Kenney also sat in with Joel Plaskett Emergency for a handful of songs and did a great job on backing vocals and guitar. And as usual Joel was quirky self, looking like he was having a blast and doing his weird little dance shuffle while playing. Joel's back up band which is Dave Marsh on drums and Chris Pennell on bass did a fabulous job with Chris seeming like he was in a feisty mood on this night kicking down the drum cymbals at the end of the set. An amazing show and the best concert I have seen so far this year. Great show, shitty venue. Good times!!!

Joel Plaskett Emergency at Union Hall.

Throwback Thursday...Stephen Malkmus/Pavement

A couple of posters from times I have seen Stephen Malkmus and Pavement in concert.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dead Venues the Movie/Jr. Gone Wild Live May 8th 2015

On Friday night Cuz, Janis and I made or way to the Garneau Theatre to catch the Dead Venues documentary that was part of the Global Visions Film Festival, and then after the film a performance by the Edmonton band Jr. Gone Wild.

The film Dead Venues was a documentary about some live music venues that used to be part of the Edmonton music scene. The filmmakers of this movie are Mike Siek and Eden Munro whom put together this hour long movie, along with a lot of help from the fans and the collectors of posters, ticket stubs, photos and live footage. The filmmakers did a great job of putting it all together. The venues covered in the film were the Ambo (Ambassador), it was cool hearing stories about that venue. Other venues were the Sidetrack Cafe, Power Plant, Rebar and the Bronx/Rev. Having seen shows at all these places I could relate with every story told by all those that were interviewed. It was also nice to hear the big round of applause for Kirby when the picture of her was shown in the movie. Having just lost her to cancer in the last year, she was a lady that was involved in every aspect of the Edmonton music scene.

In the lobby of the Garneau Theatre they had hundreds of posters from past shows of all the mentioned dead venues. It was cool to see all those old posters. I myself contributed some posters for the show as well. Great job on the movie to all those that were involved.

Some of the posters that were hanging in the lobby.

After the movie and a brief intermission so that you could get a few beers in you, they had Edmonton band Jr. Gone Wild perform. This was a great band to have play to cap off the night, with JGW having been a big part of the music scene since the 80's.

Jr. Gone Wild played an hour and a half show and sounded great. This was the first Edmonton show the band has played in about a year, and was my fifth time seeing them, so it was good to see them play live again as they always put on a good show.

What did surprise me about the show was how many people left right after the movie and didn't stick around for the concert. The theatre was packed for the movie but dwindled down to about a hundred people for the live performance. Nonetheless it didn't stop JGW from putting on a spectacular performance. JGW played lots of old favorites and even a couple of brand new songs, which was really good to hear, as it has been many years since JGW has put out any new music.

There were three new songs played, one being called "Barricades" which was written by Steve Loree the guitarist in the band, and a profanity laced song called "Fools Errand" penned by lead man Mike McDonald and then to close out the show the band did a countrified cover of the SNFU song "Cannibal Cafe". It was a real different version to this classic SNFU punk song. From what I understand JGW have recorded this song for an album that will be coming out of bands covering SNFU songs to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of SNFU's debut album ...And No One Else Wanted To Play.

A great night out seeing a great movie and a great performance by Jr. Gone Wild. Good times!!!

Jr. Gone Wild at the Garneau Theatre.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Seven Inch Saturday (Death By Stereo)

Today's seven inch single is by the Orange County, California hardcore punk band Death By Stereo. This single was released in 2000 on Indecision Records and includes these two songs "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Salvation" on Side A from their Day Of The Death album, and the Side B song is "Would You Like To Be My Neighbour?" which was a previously unreleased song.