First off Mr. Miller is covering the Sled Island festival with his beautiful photography. If you want a good handle on the festival so far; I’d advise you to spend sometime getting lost in his Sled Island Flickr Set.
So, I’m not gonna write a review of every show I’ve seen. Even though the SIDS thing turned out to be just a ridiculous gong show. But the Chad VanGaalen show at the Grace Presbyterian Church on Thursday night was a really different experience.
Chad Van Gaalen is a very entertaining and charismatic showman and put on a great show, but I think it could be the first time for myself that a concert has been so directly affected by the seating in the venue.
For some reason sitting on the lower deck of the pews was a far different experience than sitting in the second balcony. I’m not sure what it was but it just felt wrong to be trapped in the main floor pews watching a very quiet acoustic set. Maybe it just reminded me of some suppressed Irish-Catholic nightmares from my childhood or some sot of immense guilt. But the entire vibe of the shows was changed the second we moved up to the upper balcony and escaped the confines of the main floor pews. I have no clue what it was.
... And I’ll stop rambling. Anyways I hope you’ve taken a chance to see a show and if not just enjoy some of Miller’s pics. (I love photo of the Constantine’s bassist at the end)
So this week is already turning into a musical week of chaos. Mix in a long weekend and the fact that tonight is the first night of the much anticipated Sled Island Festival and it just spells disaster. I’m already getting that SXSW adrenalin rush in anticipation of the Destroyer/Summerland shows tomorrow.
P.s. If you want more info on the schedule you can also google ‘sled island’ or ‘sled island preview.’
Anyways, because four days of music really isn’t enough. I went to see DJ Champion and Mike Relm at the Whiskey last night. DJ Champion was pretty solid and was definitely not what I expected. As the main act his set was really entertaining and filled with more energy than expected – It was a little more a rock concert than your usual base-head set.
But the highlight for myself had to be the opener Mike Relm. His set can only be describe as a Pop-culture Nerd’s wet-dream of a gig. More of a visual scratch fest than an actual music set. Relm’s schtick is that he scratches records over film clips, so for example he’ll scratch a Pee-wee Herman clip over Jay-Z’s 99 Problems. Basically he combines Bjork, the Beastie Boys, Pulp Fiction, Peanuts, Nacho Libre and other clips into this crazy smorgeshborg. It was a great set and although the Office Space Ooo Face remix probably stole the show for most people, Everyone knows my soft spot for everything Rage Against the Machine related…
Update: So I’ve been getting a lot of hits regarding this post and the upcoming sled island fest. Now that the schedule has been released and tickets are now available for specific shows online, it’s time to update the post.
Here are some shows that will be more than worth your while to check out.
So the Sled Island Music Festival is set to launch here in Calgary at the end of June. Alright, June 27-30 precisely.
I won’t lie, but my first reaction to the announcement was one of ultra skepticism. Fortunately that had more to do with my inability to comprehend the English language and to understand simple mathematics. But now that the line up has started to be leaked a bit more, I’m really getting excited for the fest. I’m routing for it to be a success, because there’s a bit of a c.t.overdrive connection to the festival. I used to go to high school/play soccer with the fest’s director so I’m hoping this turns out to be a hit.
There’s a distinct and ultra indie tinge to the festival. Most people who I’ve talked to about the line-up are sort of in the dark about a few of the artists. And I’ll be honest there are a few that I’ve never heard of. Anyways, I thought I’d list a couple links/tracks of the artists that I am looking forward to…
I’ve never heard them, but they should be seen by default just because of their name – Sudden Infant Dance Syndrome
Update- Some blatant promotion, Nathan from music-critic has a nice little article on the festival.