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Dear Man Man, A Confession

22 Oct

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Dear Man Man,

I have a confession. I snuck into your concert at the Horseshoe Tavern. But it was only because your tickets were sold out! I bought your albums… does that help? FORGIVE ME.

-Kalila (a.k.a A Starving Musician)

Okay I needed to that off my chest. I’m normally a very complacent human being, I obey the rules, I pay the full TTC fare. The most badass thing I’ve ever done is sneak food in a tampon box into Canada’s Wonderland and a bag of chips, which I duct taped to the inside of my leg under my dress, into a movie theatre. (I’m passionately against inflated prices for food and I really, really like chips.) Last Friday was an exception to my obedient lifestyle, I needed to go to Man Man and the very fact that the show was sold out further reinforced my desire to break the rules.

Man Man is a band of multi-instrumentalists from Philadelphia who play music written by the lyricist and freakazoid pianist Honus Honus. The first thing you need to know about Man Man is that they sound the way Tom Waits, Beirut and Metallica would sound if they had a creepy/hairy baby that performs in dingy bars. By the way, I say that with pure love and admiration. Man Man is obviously it’s own band and has created their own style and it’s pretty awesome.

Man Man just released their latest album, “On Oni Pond” in September, not surprisingly the album is rich with wit, puns and musical genius.  I’m also really glad I snuck into their concert because it was an experience I will never forget. The entire band was crazy enthusiastic creating a high-energy atmosphere that even got a non-dancer like myself to break out the moves. The crowd went especially crazy when Man Man came on for their encore playing some of their old hits from Six Demon Bag. To conclude, if you haven’t started listening to Man Man, you probably should, these guys are great and are likely going to keep impressing. Buy their albums here or go to a CD store you lazy shmo.

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Great performers, great composers, greatness all around!

22 Oct

The Dodos:

Great performers, great composers, greatness all around!

Great performers, great composers, greatness all around!

The Dodo’s released their sixth album, Carrier in August. The Dodo’s never disappoint and although this album has a darker, more ambient sound to it than their previous albums, I had it on repeat for a couple of weeks. This has been the case with every Dodo’s album I’ve listened to, I’m a fan.  This is the first time I’ve seen the Dodos live and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. The Dodos are incredibly engaging with their audience, their live performance was as good if not better than their recordings and at the end of the show, I got to geek out and talk with them. The nice thing about being a fan of musicians that play in small venues is that you get opportunities to meet your idols.

What turned out to be especially exciting is that Meric Long, the lead singer of The Dodos is totally into cooking! There was another girl talking to him and she actually gave him a cookbook the last time The Dodos were touring in Canada. After hearing this I immediately launched into telling Meric my Starving Musician’s Kitchen idea (which is a secret until I decide to write a post about it…). This led to Meric telling me about his favourite chicken recipe. It turns out Meric used to work in restaurants in San Francisco before going into the music industry!  I’m still waiting for a facebook message with a chicken recipe, but I’ll survive if it never comes, the experience in itself was all I needed!

In addition to finally seeing The Dodos live, I also met Joe Haege, the lead singer from 31knots. Joe has been touring with The Dodos playing the guitar and he recently released a solo album under the name Vin Blanc/ White Wine called “In Every way but One.” A quick Joe Haege google search reveals that he is “the creepiest guy in Portland…” and I have to admit, “In Every Way but One” reinforces this idea, but also shows that Joe Haege has some serious talent. I’m thoroughly enjoying this album and I highly recommend checking it out! Click here to read my post, which likens Joe’s album to celery.

Here’s a Dodos video for a song off their latest album. Do you like it? Yes? Awesome, buy an album!

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