Photography by junest
Well it’s hump day once again. I’ll tell ya, it feels like we were just here 7 days ago! Messed up man. As far as hump days go, this looks to be an interesting one. Not only a busy day & lovely weather with a strong-like-bear bike ride, but also tonight, if the good lard’s a-willin’ and the creeks don’t rise, we’ll be heading up to the secret band practice location of local twee-folkers Super Desserts! We’ll be discussing all things Forever Banjo…
And I’ll be trying to discover a good synonym for the word Twee. And maybe even a word that combines twee + folk + collective. Hmmm… how about twollective?? Hmmm…. Anyways, as you know, we take interviews seriously, and by seriously I mean, we present not just awesome-O insights into artists, but also we present mixtapes! So, unless you don’t like music & artists — and really, if you don’t, what the hell are you doing here? — stay tuned!
Speaking of synonyms, what’s a good synonym for holy-fucking-shit-this-is-so-fucking-good!!!
Because, man…. oh man. Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene… Oh man.
What a week, eh? Okay, so I first put this on during my Monday ride into work. After two times through, it became very very clear to me that this was going to require some time, love, and attention. This is not, nor has BSS ever been, a cursory background band, there is a lot going on. You’ve got 2,188 Canadians and maybe one an ex-pat or two, playing in a song, you need to stop what you are doing and listen.
And listen I did.
And again…. and over and over, I think I’m easily in the teens, maybe in the low-20s on times through. The first couple times, I’m like “huh.”, then I was like, “hmmm…”, and then finally I was all like, “UH-HUH!!” I can’t describe it. It’s a, hell, I don’t know. It’s like a mixtape, a GREAT mixtape, one that catches the overall aesthetic for the entire mix yet somehow plays 14 very distinct and unique songs. Forgiveness Rock Record covers the gamut. Folky-pop-rock-hand-clap “mother fuck” jams on “Ungrateful Little Father”, some, what is that?, fucking “world music” on “Highway Slipper Jam” to near 80’s style electro-rockers meets orchestral pop on “Chase Scene” to drum-heavy rock jams on “Forced To Love” to the sweet-voiced late-nighter “All to All”, etc, etc, etc.
Sounds like a clusterfuck. And if you aren’t listening-listening, yeah, it kinda is, but it grows on you, like a fungus, a collective fungus that is Broken Social Scene. This is either completely genius or a complete mess. Guess it depends on how you listen and what you are listening for…. Me? I think it’s the former, or latter, or whichever means “completely genius”.
01 World Sick
02 Chase Scene
03 Texico Bitches
04 Forced to Love
05 All to All
06 Art House Director
07 Highway Slipper Jam
08 Ungrateful Little Father
09 Meet Me in the Basement
10 Sentimental X’s
11 Sweetest Kill
12 Romance to the Grave
13 Water in Hell
14 Me and My Hand
Ah.. and found some tour dates! YAY!
05-01 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
05-03 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
05-07 New York, NY – Webster Hall
05-13 London, England – Brixton Academy *
05-14 Minehead, England – All Tomorrow’s Parties
05-17 London, England – Heaven
05-18 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
05-19 Cologne, Germany – Burgerhaus Stollwerck
05-21 Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
05-23 Linz, Austria – LinzFest
05-24 Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus
05-27 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Festival
05-29 George, WA – Sasquatch
06-19 Toronto, Ontario – Toronto Island *#
* with Pavement
# with Band of Horses