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Radio has failed us. It pushes boring, repetitive, no-thinking-required, cookie-cutter garbage. The exciting, real, new, rewarding music lies off the beaten track. You have to work to find it these days. But when you do, the rewards are more than worth the pains of the search.

Required Listening For Humans: Holy F*ck, Live @ the Wolfe Island Music Festival

Every once in a while I stumble across a band that completely changes my understanding of what music can be. Holy F*ck are one of those bands.

I discovered them wholly by accident whilst making lunch at a friend’s house. I wandered into the living room take sandwich orders as they watched MTV. As my eye caught the screen, the sound caught my ears and everything other than the music ceased to matter. Entranced as the musicians swayed and pulsed over their tables, I pulled up a seat to find out who was responsible for the magical tones coming out of the TV, not uttering a word until the video ended, informing me I’d just experienced ‘Lovely Allen‘ by Holy F*ck.

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Posted by on November 22, 2009 in Music

 

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Required Listening For Humans: Tool, Live @ the KROQ Centre

On the 18th of May, 2001 three things happened. Firstly, I turned 18 years old. Secondly, Pope Jean-Paul II,  with whom I happened to share  my birthdate, turned 81 years old. And thirdly, I bought a copy of Tool’s 3-day-old  magnum opus, LateralusThere have been very  few albums in my life which have challenged my pre-conceptions and engaged my imagination to the point that they fundamentally changed my understanding of what music could be and do and accomplish.

Lateralus was the first of them.

I was lucky enough to attend two shows on the Lateralus tour, and those performances, with their monolithic video screens, mesmerizing light rigs, incredible musicianship, monstrous set pieces, screaming walls of sound, contortionists, acrobats, and laser shows have become, in my mind, the definitive ’10’on the scale against which I judge every other musical performance I attend. So you can imagine my elation when I found out that Tool were coming through Kingston.

I had tickets the same hour I heard the news.

Tool Live 1

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Posted by on August 12, 2009 in Music

 

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