Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Danny Michel Live in Edmonton Dec.2nd 2016

On Friday night my buddy Buzzard and I went to the Danny Michel sold out show at St. Basil's Cultural Centre here in Edmonton, this show was put on by the New Moon Folk Club. This was my fourth time seeing Danny Michel in concert, and second time this year seeing him.

Danny Michel is a singer song-writer from Waterloo, Ontario, not only is he a musician but he is also a producer and filmmaker, hell he could also be a part time comedian, some of his between song banter are down right hilarious.

Danny did two sets on this night which made for an almost two hour show. And again he put on a great show to the 400 attendees. Danny played a great set of songs that included fan favorites like "Feather, Fur & Fun", "Wish Willy", and it was before this song that Danny told a great story that he tells often but is still funny every time he tells it. Other songs played were "Tennessee Tobacco", "Sad And Beautiful World", "What Colour are You?", and from his latest album Matadora he played "Nobody Rules You", "Click Click", "Good Old Days" and "Samantha In The Sky With Diamonds". Of course that's not the only songs played but the ones that come to mind. Danny also played a brand new song "24,000 Horses" which will be on an album called Khlebnikoz to be released on January 20th 2017.

This album Khlebnikoz was recorded while Danny Michel was on an 18 day expedition with Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield and others aboard the Russian ice breaker Kapitan Khlebnikov in the arctic. You can read and watch video about this trip by clicking here. This album is going to be very influenced by Russian music, as Danny not only played a song off the album at the show, but he also played a little clip of it from his phone that night at the show.

All and all this was an amazing show by Danny as per usual. Good times!!!

This picture here was taken when I ran in to Danny Michel at the Ottawa airport the day after I had seen The Hip play in Kingston and the day before Danny was to head north for his Arctic expedition. He was nice enough to autograph this for me after the show.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Seven Inch Sunday (The Tragically Hip)

Today's seven inch single is by The Tragically Hip. This was a Black Friday Record Store Day release. There were only 2000 of these pressed on green vinyl, with each one numbered, mine being #1166. The two songs on this single are "Tired As Fuck" from their 2016 release Man Machine Poem. The B side is a previously unavailable US radio version of the song "At The Hundredth Meridian" from their 1992 album Fully Completely.

Side A - Tired As Fuck

Side B - At The Hundredth Meridian

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Seven Inch Sunday (David Bowie)

Today's seven inch single is from the late great David Bowie. This single came out in 1973 and features the songs "Drive-In Saturday" on Side A from his 1973 album Aladdin Sane, and Side B is a cover of the Chuck Berry song "Round And Round", Chuck's version is actually titled :Around and Around" but Bowie changed the spelling on his version. Bowie's version was recorded in 1971 and is a rare recording, it was later released on his 1983 compilation album Rare and then again on his 1989 box set Sound + Vision.

Side A - Drive-In Saturday

Side B - Round And Round

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Dungarees / Mike Plume Live in Edmonton Nov.12th 2016

Last Saturday Cuz, Buzzard and I went to the Mike Plume and The Dungarees show at the Needle Vinyl Tavern here in Edmonton. The only reason I wanted to go to this show was to see Mike Plume. This would be my tenth time seeing Mike in concert and first time I have seen him open for someone. As for The Dungarees, I had heard there name around recently having opened for Dwight Yoakam and being in the running for the Project Wild contest.

Well, you know what Mom always said, if you have nothing good to say, don't say anything, so I will pretty much take that road on this review. This show was billed as Mike Plume with The Dungarees, so I figured it was a Mike Plume solo show, but much to my surprise after Mike opened the show with one song solo, three musicians that I had never seen or heard before took to the stage to back-up Mike. What the hell was this, this wasn't Mike's usual band of Ern on drums and Ben on bass, instead Mike had the Blues Puppy Trio backing him up which is Sean Riquelme on guitar, Rob Newhook on bass and rounding out the trio Riley Chernoff on drums. Nice to see Mike giving the kids a chance. But to me, I want to see the real Mike Plume Band. The kids did a decent job, but it wasn't your usual Mike Plume show, his setlist was much different then usual, not one of his better song selections for the show, but having said that he did do some songs you don't get to see him play very often "Sweet Oblivion", "Remembrance Day", "Five Crow Silver". But he left a lot of his more popular songs off his setlist. The guys playing with Mike seemed to really be enjoying themselves and making the best of their opportunity. All and all his hour long opening set wasn't one of the better shows I have seen him play.

Mike Plume.

The headliner of the evening was local country band The Dungarees. I knew nothing about the band but gave then the chance to impress me. Well, they didn't impress me. Their music to me is just middle of the road commercial country music made for radio. They are good at what they do, good musicians and all, just not my cup of tea. However I did like when they had Mike Plume join them on stage for three songs, two of them Plume songs and then a cover of "The Road Goes On Forever" a song wrote by Robert Earl Keen and made popular by the country supergroup The Highwaymen. What was funny about Mike doing this song was that he sang the whole song while reading the lyrics from his cellphone, can't say I have ever seen that done before. It actually sounded pretty damn good. It was after the three songs with Mike that we bailed on the rest of The Dungarees set. I was also surprised about the small turnout for the show. Nonetheless a fun night out. Good times!!!

In concert news...Mike Plume is scheduled to be playing The Needle Vinyl Tavern again on Thursday January 26th 2017.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Seven Inch Saturday (Jack White)

Today's seven inch single is from Jack White, this single includes the two songs Side A - Alone In My Room (Demo) and Side B - Entitlement. Both these songs were on his 2014 solo album Lazaretto. But on this release which came with the Third Man Records Vault Package #20 both songs are demos.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Lest We Forget

A couple of tunes by local Edmonton musician Mike Plume, These two songs are really relative today with it being Remembrance Day.

In Concert news...Mike Plume will be opening for The Dungarees Saturday November 12th at The Needle Vinyl Tavern. Mike will also be playing the same venue on Thursday January 26th 2017.

RIP Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

I woke up this morning to the sad news of the passing of Canadian music legend Leonard Cohen. Leonard was 82 years of age and had just released his latest album "You Want It Darker" in October.

I was lucky enough to have seen Leonard Cohen in concert twice here in Edmonton. The first time was in 2009 and again in 2012. Both shows were incredible. To read my reviews of both shows click here and here.

Rest In Peace Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen performing "Closing Time" in Edmonton April 25th 2009.

My favorite Leonard Cohen quote - "Does anybody have a cigarette? I'm looking forward to that first smoke. I've been looking forward to [it] for about 30 years."