Saturday, October 11th, 2003
The Joy Division vs New Order tribute night was a pretty solid success last night. Despite some last-minute lineup changes (two bands bailed, one got added), everything went off without a hitch and the place was packed. As expected, Joy Division material was greatly favoured over New Order, with us being one of I think only three bands to do any material past Low-Life. Amazingly, we were also the only band to bring a keyboard (or a cello or a harmonica, but I’m not as surprised about that). A New Order tribute night without keyboards – who’d have guessed? Most of the covers were rocked-up versions of the originals, aided by a really massive drum sound. It would have been nice if someone had ensured that no bands repeated songs – the first three bands all took a swing at “Ceremony” – there was a good mix of material through the night. I’m a little surprised no one tried “True Faith”, but as I said, everyone seemed to be more about the Joy Division. Either way, it was a lot of fun and great to be a part of.
I may have spoke too soon yesterday when I said there was nothing music-related to report?
Ironically-named but still utterly charming Vancouver twee-popsters Young & Sexy hold a CD release party at the Horseshoe December 4. Their sophomore album Life Through One Speaker is already out, but I guess they need to celebrate with Eastern Canada.
The Joel Plaskett Emergency have two nights scheduled at Lee’s Palace – November 20 and 22, the second of which is an all-ages matinee show. Joel’s new album Truthfully, Truthfully is out October 21.
My vacation started off on a pretty sombre note yesterday at work. One of the board of directors at my company passed away in the night. It wasn’t a surprise, he was older and hadn’t been doing too well for a little while, but everyone was still pretty gutted. Mine is a small company and very tightly knit, and this man was like a father/grandfather-figure and mentor to most of my co-workers. I didn’t really know him, but he was immensely respected by everyone who knew him. As I understand, he was something of a giant in the Canadian marketing world and had led a pretty remarkable life, including flying Spitfires for the RAF in World War II. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to know him better or to know the man that my colleagues did, but I mourn him all the same. RIP, Bruce.
np – Tender Trap / Film Molecules