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Doors opened at 8 pm, but the music only really began at 10:45. Oh sure there was Mission Control at 9:15, but the Melbourne based band was more self indulgent rather than entertaining. Or perhaps I was just expecting to go to a show and get more than an hour’s worth of Metric. So yes, Mission Control. The vocals were a mess, not because the singer was bad, but because of the sheer amount of effects going on. I couldn’t see the stage floor, but I’m almost certain it was littered with more effects pedals than there was floor space. I didn’t particularly dig their music, but warmed up to it by the time they had to get off. That was about 10, 10:15 or so. Only another half hour til Metric comes on.

If I am not mistaken, their setlist last night at the Billboard went a little something like this;

Twilight Galaxy
Satellite Mind
Monster Hospital
Gold Guns Girls
Empty
Gimme Sympathy
Sick Muse
Dead Disco
Help I’m Alive
Stadium Love

Encore:
Live It Out

There was a little bit extra after Empty which I wasn’t too sure about but whatev. Twilight Galaxy was a pretty kick ass song to start with, but when they started really rocking it up towards the end of the song with full on distortion and Emily Haines head banging. It was a rather short set, slightly over an hour, but it was intense.

Other highlights… Watching the sea of hands rise up with Emily Haines’ tambourine as she reaches the chorus for Help I’m Alive… and pretty much anything James Shaw did. He’s a demon on that guitar. Oh yeah, also, when Mission Control went off stage so they could clear the way for Metric (or Imperial as they’re known in the States) to perform. At least they came up with a decent joke while at it. Oh yeah. I had tears in my eyes when they played Satellite Mind, and I don’t know why.

No not really hurt, unless you consider my raw fingers. To keep busy, I picked up my guitar again and learn me a new song to play. Find attached, the result of about a day’s worth of practice. I’d probably do better after a few more days of playing this tune to death. But, might as well get this over and done with before I actually get bored of playing the song.

Presenting, my cover of Johnny Cash’s cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, Hurt. Also, be on the look out for one word which I managed to mix up in there. Trying to sing the song through memory when I hardly remember the lyrics probably didn’t help.

Also. I’m shy and thus won’t be showing any of my face 😛

At the end of September I thought I liked what I heard from Cara Beth Satalino that I’d buy her full length album off her MySpace page.  I did just that, and promptly forgot all about it, until her album showed up a month to the day I paid for it. Read More »

All 86 songs are out now. The fact that it has Ever-fucking-long is enough for me to get it outright. Nevermind the fact that you’ve got stuff like ATD-I, Mars Volta, Dreamtheater, Modest Mouse and even The Eagles’ Hotel California. Hotel-fucking-California. Consider me sold. Tracklist below.
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Tunng - Comments of the Inner Chorus

Tunng - Comments of the Inner Chorus

Ever had the feeling of coming to a party a little too late? That’s the exact same feeling I get when I listen to this album. It was released in 2006 and only now in late 2008, do I have it here with me.

The first time I heard of anything from Tunng was on a free promo disc from Spunk Records. I remember the promo disc well as that’s where I also first heard of Mates of State. I don’t recall what album I picked up had this promo disc attached. What was unfortunate was that Mates of State was the first song on that CD and I immediately fell in love with it and cared not to listen to the rest of the thing for only another year or two. Definite mistake as there is plenty of killer tracks on it, including Woodcat, by Tunng.

The best way to describe what they sound like, is the portmanteau oft used with them: Folktronica. A blend of folk with electronica. The lyrics I’ve read, are a lot smarter than I’m willing to go into; Jenny Again, one of the songs in this album, is a particular tale actually worth sitting down and paying attention to. This is more a design flaw of how I approach my music, but usually I spend more time listening to the tune than the lyrics because I can’t be buggered to think about the music. I just listen for the flow of it.

In a way, that is probably why I enjoy this album so much. The ability for me to just sit back, turn my brain off, listen to the strangely hypnotic vocals and pass out. And I know, if I wanted to go deeper with the album, slowly listening for each verse, it would all weave a tale.

What do I suggest? pop into their website, step into the audio section, download Woodcat, and see why I like them so much. If that fails, they’ve got a multitude of links to other songs that you can give a listen. I’m gonna go pass out now.

I have found a singer to obsess about. Admittedly for some time now, I just never bothered to write about her. What she should do though is play down under. She is definitely an act I’d watch. Be sure to watch the second video though. Pretty awesome.