Musical Reviews (Not Reviews of Musicals)

by Natalie P.

April 11, 2007 | Filed Under Music, Popculture | 5 Comments

For some time now I’ve struggled to find a “Music” editor for the Music section of HBI. Unfortunately I am three for three in terms of people who were gung-ho and then dropped out at the last minute. So that section of HBI has languished. Until I get a real editor who is committed (instead of one who should be committed), I’ll be posting my own music reviews here on the blog from time to time.  (Let it be said that those who are willing to run as the music editor WILL get free tix to shows, free CDs and other good swag for reviewing/posting about artists – but dammit, don’t offer unless you have the TIME and are going to actually follow through.)

I’d really like to find a music editor because as much as I like music, I’m no audiophile. I like what I like, and that’s an eclectic mix of Rock, Alternative, World Music, a bit of Dance, and the occasional Bluegrass or Folk piece. I’ll dance to Techno or House for a night, but I wouldn’t buy it to play on my iPod.  I’m really not much of a Rap fan, though I will tolerate it in some very specific circumstances. I’m also not a fan of Country, but I did buy the Dixie Chicks “Not Ready to Make Nice”, and even though I don’t advocate violence except in self-defence, the Heartless Bitch in me chuckled over “Goodbye Earl“.  I also love Blue Rodeo, and no matter what the bf might say, it’s not because I think Jim Cuddy is hot. I mean, I do think he’s hot, but I’d like the music regardless.

My kids are listening to stuff like Led Zepplin, The Who, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, etc… All the old 70’s rock bands.  “But Mom! It’s great music!”, they protest when I ask them to play something else – something a little more… RECENT. I don’t deny it’s great music. It’s just that I listened to it TO DEATH when I was their age. Now, I want to listen to something new.    I suppose I can count my blessings. At least they aren’t into Rap or Opera.

It was an important factor in my attraction to the bf.  He looks soooo straight. But Instgatrix calls him UFB – short for Undercover Freak Boy, because he conceals an alternative outlook on life, music and movies. He looks like the type that should be listening to The Who, but instead, he’s listening to Black-Eyed Peas or The Killers, or Marilyn Manson. He likes eclectic movies as well, (though I think he insists that Pan’s Labyrinth had a “happy” ending just to irritate me).

And speaking of new music, I heard about The Cliks on a local radio station tonight when they played the track “Oh Yeah”, from their new album, Snakehouse. The Cliks is a girl band reminiscent of Joan Jett, but what really sets them apart is that they don’t dress like skanks or barbie dolls – they dress in suits, shirts, pants.  And they ROCK.  What I’ve heard so far, I LIKE.  If I take in their show when they come to town, I’ll be sure to write a review – watch for it in late May… Until then, check out their MySpace (I shudder to say that) page to see their tour dates, and go see a show.  Let me know what you think!

Oh, and they are also Canadian, eh?!

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  1. Miasbo April 15, 2007 7:39 pm

    I highly recommend Metric, another Canadian indie rock band. Some of their songs are even vaguely political (“Monster Hospital” and “Succexy”, for example). Other great songs by them that are really worth listening to are “Wet Blanket”, “Patriarch on a Vespa”, “Dead Disco”, “The List”, “Dr Blind”, “Glass Ceiling” and “Combat Baby”.

    I’ve seen them live twice now and they’re fantastic.

  2. Natalie P. April 20, 2007 1:07 am

    I saw Metric last summer – and I agree, they were great! I have some awesome photos of the show that I should post some time.

    I have a penchant for Canadian bands – Hot Hot Heat, Arcade Fire, Wintersleep, The Trews, The New Pornographers, The Watchmen (now defunct), The Odds, Bare Naked Ladies, Great Big Sea (which manages to get the cement risers in the hockey stadium MOVING several inches up and down with every show), and of course, Tragically Hip, to name but a few.

    I also have a distinct fondness for The Arrogant Worms, and will make a point of seeing them any time they come to town. Their shows are hilarious – my favorite song of theirs is “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate”.

  3. Jay Stewart August 13, 2007 1:44 am

    I am aware of the great Canadian bands because Sirius Satellite Radio has Radio 3 and Iceberg . Also I love Metric’s Emily Haines side project Emily Hained and the Soft Skeleton. Also much love to The Cliks. Thanks to a record collector friend from Montreal? I have had an interest in Quebecois Rock Music too and I am interested in exploring that sound.

  4. Jay Stewart August 13, 2007 1:45 am

    Oops, thats Emily Haines!

  5. Deanna February 2, 2008 9:30 pm

    Eh, I’m not tuned in so much to new music so I’d make a horrible head of any site’s music department, and besides I’ve acknowledged and accepted my total lack of indie or contemporary cred. What I *am* into, though, is really obscure New Wave — the more obscure the better. Usually I like a lot of happy, sunshiney music, but a lot of it comes with surprising messages.

    If you’re someone who’s anti-war in the sense that you would’ve supported WWII but find that Vietnam and the Iraq wars were horrible mistakes, I can’t think of a better “message” song than “State Of The Nation” by Long Island natives Industry. I am obsessed with the whole album this song is on (1984’s Stranger To Stranger), but this song in particular is especially devastating lyrically, with lines such as “this war has nothing to do with us, but somehow we’re so involved in it”.

    On the completely polar opposite end of the spectrum is B-Movie, renowned for songs such as “Rememberance Day” and “Switch On Switch Off”, but my favorite line from them is from “Marilyn Dreams”: “your halo becomes your noose”. Poignant, no? Also, interesting connection between B-Movie and Canadian popular music: B-Movie hail from Mansfield, the northern English town that also spawned Mark Holmes of Platinum Blonde fame. Yes, I know way too much about things like these.


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