Jason Collett played The Exchange with Kalle Mattson (pics/setlist)

© Chris Graham Photo 2016

© Chris Graham Photo 2016

Jason Collett kicked off his Canadian tour tonight (20/04/2016) in Regina at The Exchange. Collett recruited fellow Arts & Crafts rockers Zeus as his backing band for this tour in support of his new album, Song And Dance Man.  Ottawa singer-songwriter Kalle Mattson opened the show. More photos & Collett’s setlist after the jump.

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Buck 65

Hailing from Nova Scotia, Buck 65 was a pioneer on the Canadian hip hop scene in the early 1990s. The last few years he’s kept himself busy as a producer and host of a weekday “Drive” show on CBC Radio 2 (under his birth name Richard Terfry). Friday night, Buck 65 is in town to play a show sponsored by the Regina Folk Festival as part of its Concert Series.  The gig is at the Exchange (doors at 8 p.m.) and tickets are $20 $25 advance and $25 $30 at the door.

Somewhat last minute while winding up production on our gargantuan Best of Regina 2014 I got a chance to do a phone interview with him from Victoria about the gig. You can read more in the issue that comes out today, but the album he’s touring is called Neverlove. It was inspired by the break-up of his marriage, and contains a lot of dark material.

Below is the first video single “Super Pretty Naughty”. In the context of the album, I read it as a takedown of the Justin Bieber-style celebrity that exists in the music business, and as a possible parody/commentary on the pressures of being a musician and trying to maintain a relationship.

When I asked Terfry about the song, he said it started as a joke in the studio to help lighten things up a bit. “I’d been feeling bad for a long time and was sort of sick of myself. I thought ‘I need a break from feeling this terrible.’ So as a way to do that I just sat down with a friend to make the stupidest thing I could make in the hope I’d make myself laugh.”

While he was doing that, he added, he remembered a girl he’d liked years ago. “She loved music, and it seemed to play a big part in her life, but it seemed so different from what music meant to me and I couldn’t understand. For her, music was mostly to go out to clubs and dance to. So I asked her to put into words what it was specifically that she liked about the music because I couldn’t hear it.”

When Terfry was in the studio, he said, he stumbled across the notebook with the girl’s comments and incorporated them into the song. “It sounded like the music that I knew she liked, and the lyrics are just the most lurid stuff I’ve ever written. I played it for the first time in London two years ago. It was toward the end of the show, things had gone well, so I felt I had the crowd in the palm of my hand. So on a whim, I asked ‘Do you want to hear the silliest thing ever? The dumbest song I’ve ever written.’

“Everyone was in a great mood, I think it was a Friday night, and they said ‘Yeah.’ I said ‘Okay, you’ll hate this, and I apologize in advance.’ But to my surprise everyone loved it. Before, I’d been thinking the song would get discarded. But the reaction was so strong that I decided to give the song another look because the response was unbelievable. And I got to say, as outside from the rest of my body of work that it is, it’s a blast to perform every night.”

 

Tonight: Belle Plaine And The Unrequited Love

belleSingle? Sad? Looking for something to do tonight? I suggest you sashay over to the Artesian to soak up the sweet singing of sultry siren Belle Plaine. She and her band, The Unrequited Love, will set you right! Chris Morin interviewed Melanie Hankevich, a.k.a. Belle, this issue. They talked about what’s new, tonight’s show and his own star-crossed romances. It’s a good interview and you should read it. An excerpt:

He ended up being in my environmental philosophy class. He sat at the back and I sat at the front and I started doing that thing where you slowly move seats every week until you are more less sitting beside him. And I figured that this was it. So I struck up the awkward conversation with this person who I had been projecting my trajectory towards for months and suddenly they’re beside me. And this conversation continued for the next while before class and it was always so charged with energy. And he had these dreadlocks and I had shared this with my friends, and it was a devastating moment because they told me that I wasn’t a part of the dreadlock community. And I said that it didn’t matter because we were in our 20s and we were mature.

What happened next? Find out here! And yes, I know Greg mentioned this this morning but I think it deserves its own post, so there. Doors at 7:00, show at eight, and I have a hunch it’ll be sold out so don’t dawdle. Maybe I’ll see you there! If I don’t dawdle, that is.

Guest Review: The Sadies

The Sadies were in Regina on Thursday for a show at the Exchange. I didn’t make it out to the gig because I was at a fantastic dance performance by Compagnie Marie Chouinard at University Theatre. But Kendall Latimer, who was a My Music subject in an issue of Prairie Dog last December, did and she sent us this review of the show which I’m posting here:

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I went to the Exchange on Oct. 17 with big expectations and no preconceived notions as I had never seen The Sadies play live before. I was thankful they made a stop in Regina to promote their exceptional new album Internal Sounds. True to the title of the event it was an entire evening with The Sadies, and it would be one to remember. The band hailing from Toronto hit the stage after nine and played two equally energized sets to a full house. Faces were grinning, feet were dancing, and the general crowd aged from dewy eyed teens to seniors was not disappointed. The Sadies lived up to their reputation of playing a tremendous live show. They played songs from previous albums, two uniquely done covers, and treated the expectant audience to songs off the new album — and they didn’t disappoint.

The dichotomy created by the Good brothers mesmerizing voices and talent on the strings carried and cradled the rolling sound that is The Sadies. It is a perfect blend of Travis Good’s coiling, serpent-like intensity in contrast to Dallas Good’s tall, dark, and mellow demeanor. The brothers were accompanied by band mates Mike Belitsky and Sean Dean who, when added into the mix, create the perfect formula, and help spread the magic that is The Sadies.

The band has worked with the likes of Andre Williams, Neil Young, and Neko Case (to name a few) and it has helped them hone their craft. The Sadies have a sound unlike any other, so much so that they verge on the creation of their own genre. It is a concoction of twangy country, grunge rock, surf rock, and a pinch of a little something extra — a secret ingredient, and it works. Each new album showcases the evolution of their sound and creative abilities, and leaves one wondering why these guys aren’t getting much more radio spins.

The band that is so tight and captivating while playing has a modest, humble presence when not on stage. These down to earth guys were out and around the venue well before the show started and did not hesitate to converse with hopeful fans. The same was true for after the show, as the musicians enjoyed a beer inside the Exchange and engaged with those who enjoyed their music and music in general. The burning flame that is The Sadies left its mark on Regina, and we can’t wait for them to return. The Sadies nailed it. I left the venue with two vinyls under my arm, and two very satisfied ears on my head.