A collection of musically themed musings by Brendan Bush in Burlington, VT

Of Montreal to play in Burlington – while I’m in Montreal, where they are not from

Filed Under: Live Shows, Standout Albums
Written by Brendan
Friday June 11, 2010

What a cruel twist of fate. I just learned – via Angioplasty Media – that Of Montreal will be playing the Higher Ground on Saturday, July 31. That, as you may be aware, is the first day of Osheaga. I guess there is a small comfort in knowing that I’ll be immersed in an Arcade Fire show at the same time, but seriously, Higher Ground booking folks, I’d appreciate it if you’d cater to my personal calendar a little better ;-)

For those of you unfamiliar with an Of Montreal show – I’ve been lucky enough to catch a couple in the past two years, and they are quite a treat. Kevin Barnes, the lead singer, was gradually de-robed until he ended up in essentially a golden codpiece, wherein he was hand-painted by some sort of demons until he was completely red-as-the-devil. And that was about 1/100th of the insanity.

This video, of their song “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse” from 2007′s Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (my favorite album of theirs) should give you a better glimpse into the parallel dimension that you might get to be a part of:

p.s. tickets here.

Late Update (6/14/2010): Because one kick in the pants isn’t enough, Osheaga just announced that Of Montreal will be playing at Metropolis on Friday, July 30, while I’ll still be in Burlington. Argh!


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This week’s music purchases

Filed Under: New Releases
Written by Brendan
Thursday May 27, 2010

This week I picked up ForPlay EP by Saint Motel, Spiral by Dr. Lonnie Smith and Inter-Be by Peter Wolf Crier. I also pre-purchased the upcoming album The Suburbs by The Arcade Fire, and with it, got two free downloads from the album (“The Suburbs” and “Month of May”).

Saint Motel was recommended to me by two different friends, and I’d like to pass along the recommendation. It’s high energy pop-rock with a nice sprinkling of falsetto, lively drums and driving guitar. The album actually reminds me a bit of The Coral, whose 2005 release The Invisible Invasion was a favorite of mine from that year.

If you’re in the mood for jazz, (or what has been dubbed “soul-jazz”), I definitely recommend the album from jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. Jazz organist? Yup.

Finally, the Arcade Fire tracks, particularly “Month of May” have me pumped for not only the full release (out on August 3) but particularly for their set at Osheaga. Have I mentioned Osheaga recently?

Dr Lonnie Smith - Spiral Saint Motel - ForPlay EP Peter Wolf Crier - InterBe


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