Blog Archives

SLCR #198: A Tribe Called Red (February 18, 2014)

“Who do you think we’re going to see more of tonight, Native people or hipsters?”

“Are there Native hipsters?”

I assumed there had to be, but having never seen any, I didn’t really know. I can now tell you that they exist and are plentiful.

I went into this evening not knowing much of anything, if we’re being honest. A Tribe Called Red combines dance/techno with traditional Native music, and I really liked the few songs I’d heard via some combination of Mika and CBC Radio 3. Their most recent album, Nation II Nation, was short-listed for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, and given that I already liked a few songs, you’d think that I would track it down and give it a proper listen. Unless you know me, I mean.

This show took place on a Tuesday evening, which – if you’re not familiar with Tuesdays – means it was a weeknight. Needless to say, this is where I segue from the “I didn’t listen to much of the band’s music before the show” trope to the ever-popular “we were tired and didn’t really feel like going.” Someday, I will be able to write one of these things by doing nothing but copying and pasting full sentences from reviews that came before it. At that point, I can retire from review writing.

I had bought my tickets online months before this show, but didn’t get around to picking them up until the morning of. I didn’t actually look at them, so it was a bit of a surprise when we were getting ready to leave the house and I found someone else’s ticket packed in with ours. I handed the extra in when we got to the show and the girl taking the tickets said “ohh, THAT explains it.” I do not know what it explained. I suspect it was maybe something not good.

When we walked into the Exchange, there was a DJ playing songs and nobody seemed to be paying him too much attention. Everyone was getting drinks and finding optimal places to stand. This didn’t last too long – the Regina Folk Festival concert series shows adhere pretty strongly to their scheduled times – before the CBC’s newest meteorologist came out to start the show. Have I written that before? Because it seems like every time I go to something at the Exchange, the show is started by a new CBC meteorologist. It’s their thing. I don’t know how this talent exchange has come to pass and, for that matter, I don’t know why they never actually tell us what the weather is. Can news anchors and sports guys not convincingly claim that they’re excited for a concert? At least this one actually said “meteorologist” and not “weather specialist.”

The band took the stage and the dance floor filled up, and… yeah, there really wasn’t all that much to see. Mostly it was three guys on laptops. At a few points, a dancer joined them on stage for some hoop dance-inspired breakdancing (or breakdance-inspired hoop dancing?). This was entertaining and a fun supplement to the show. Or really, from a visual standpoint, it WAS the show.

The thing about dance music – apart from my limited tolerance for it, due in part to my disinterest in actually dancing – is that it’s often pretty much indistinguishable from someone pressing play on Winamp. I’m sure they were doing… stuff, but I wouldn’t know what. And if I was there to dance, I likely wouldn’t care. But I wasn’t, so, y’know.

I mean, I can’t tell someone who’s really good at guitar from someone who’d just noodling around, but even someone who’s noodling gives me something to watch, you know?

So yeah. The music was good for what it was, but I have a low ceiling for dance music and we didn’t stay all the way until the end. Maybe it would be more your thing?

I don’t think I have much else to say, really. I’m basing this on the fact that everything above this paragraph has been written out in a text file for three weeks, waiting for me to come back and tack on an ending. Also, I just opened this text file to write this ending, but decided that trimming my toenails was a more urgent task. I mean, yeah, my toes were in rough shape, but we’re still weeks away from sandal season here.

UPCOMING SHOWS
• Mounties w/Rich Aucoin & JPNS GRLS (Friday, March 28)
• Bastille w/To Kill a King (Friday, April 4)
• Ben Folds & Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (Wednesday, May 21)
• Regina Folk Festival (Friday, August 8 to Sunday, August 10)
• Gordon Lightfoot (Friday, November 7)

Advertisements
rhymeallnight.com/

1 Shot Spitune

Cincinnati Babyhead

Speaks his mind on music & movies!

Steve For The Deaf

Certain Songs Get Scratched Right In

BuriedOnMars

The World Revolves Around Mars

Aphoristic Album Reviews

Personal Album Review Website

My (life in) music lists

These are the songs that have and will continue to soundtrack my life.

timeweleftthisworldtoday

This world's so mixed up everywhere you go

Little Bits of Gaming & Movies

REMEMBERING THE GAMES & MOVIES I GREW UP WITH AND MUCH MORE

Blog All Night

Rhyme All Night

Stuff and That.

We do reviews, ya dig?

stoneygate

relaxing music

Every number one

Journey through all the songs that topped the charts

Resurrection Songs

one man vs. his record collection

The Audible Stew

Salt to Taste

KingcrimsonBlog - The official Blog of Kingcrimsonprog

A Metal Nerd's Blog... Well, What did you expect, porn?

1537

You May Want To Stand Back A Bit ...

HEAVY METAL OVERLOAD

... and classic rock too!

Metal Odyssey > Heavy Metal Music Blog

Welcome to Metal Odyssey, it will be quite the Metal trip!

This is the story of the overly ambitious eagle...

...who evidently found a deer head in the landfill.

The Ü

On film, fiction, odds and ends.

Songs on a Theme

pop, jazz, & other by subject

Living a Beautiful Life

~ Short Stories, Flights of Fancy and Everyday Anecdotes ~

Complex Distractions

conversations about music, life, and the alien overlords

vinnieh

Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind

mixolydianblog

music is life, music is breath, music is us

A (Mostly) Music Blog

Some other stuff too, but mostly music.

Boppin's Blog

Albums, concerts, reviews, audio gear, how to's

Tangled Up In Music

Music Reviews (and other things)

Mike Slayen ~ Guitarist

Guitarist For Your Weddings, Private/Corporate Events & More

LP on 45

Celebrating how rock music sends us, saves us, and shows us our true selves—one single at a time

Free City Sounds

Album Reviews by Marshall Gu

80smetalman's Blog

Just another WordPress.com site

mikeladano.com

LeBrain's Record Store Tales & Reviews

Every record tells a story

A Blog About Music, Vinyl, More Music and (Sometimes) Music...

KamerTunesBlog

Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time

CD & Festival reviews

by Jon Wilmenius

the EARL of SWIRL

"to be average scares the hell out of me"

1001albumsin10years

Just another WordPress.com site

Thunder Bay Arena Rock

Hard Rock Album and Concert Reviews! (Odd Book Review as well!)

Caught Me Gaming

Confessions of a Casual Core Gamer

%d bloggers like this: