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Friday, November 11, 2005

VEKTACULAR



Tom Vek at The Drake last night had almost all the markings of excellence. Great tunes? Dancing people? beautiful women? They were all there. So what was missing?

Oh yeah, people…I couldn't help but agree with three English fellas in front of me. One said to the other two, "Glastonbury? 10,000 people show up. Toronto? 100?" One of his friends scanned the room with his eyes and replied, "This is steeeeeewpid!"

Ok, so a huge crowd didn't turn up for Tom Vek. Not a big surprise, since he's barely been written up here in Canada. He ends up on the odd campus radio program like CiTR's Radio Zero and DJ Seez's Fever Pitch (currently on hiatus). No worries, as those of us who were there dug it to the utmost. I was quite impressed to see almost everyone around me sing along to some of his well known songs, which he tore through in the earlier parts of the set.Material I had not yet heard didn't let me down for a second. "Music Television" may be trespassing on Talking Heads Territory lyrically, but the machinish beats and atonal meoldies are distinctly Tom Vek. There's nothing more fun than an airy stereo-effected synth part over slinky basses and slanky drums.

The young Vek delivered most of the performance from the kit, while his band members played his songs as comfortably as he might in his house, where he does most of his recording. Of course, "C-C (You Set the Fire in Me)", "If You Want" and "Nothing But Green Lights" were highlights, and he only played about six songs apart from those, but the 45 minute set was a wider exposure to Tom's material for a relatively new audience. His album We Have Sound only just came out last week in Canada, but word will spread because of this show,as well as his tow day stint in Montreal.


Tom skipping school.

TOM VEK – I Aint Sayin' My Goodbyes
TOM VEK – If You Want (Live from London)
* Downloads courtesy of Rock Insider.

Also, openers The Mobius Band from Detroit are worth checking out, but don't expect the MC5 and Motor City and all that craziness. It's a more mellow type of deal.

ESB PLAYLIST 11/11/05



I hope you wore your poppy or your pacifist white poppy today. It's good to remember those who suffer generation to generation from the costs of war, military and civilain alike. I am the only male in my family over the past hundred years that has not had to experience first hand these effects. While some in my family were soldiers, others were victims, so the scope of total war is not lost on these ears., and hopefully, not on yours either.

LEONARD COHEN - The Partisan
SIKTRANSIT - I Fell The Hardest
SIKTRANSIT - Beginnings
SIKTRANSIT - Danny is An Elf, Man
SEAN BRAY - Alone
BRITTA PHILLIPS + DEAN WAREHAM - Moon Shot
TEGAN AND SARA VS. MYLO - Walking With a Ghost in Paris
HELLA - Madonna Approached R&B Blonde Wreckages
SCHWUMP - Aphids in the Hall
THE BAD PLUS - Rhinocerous is My Profession
NO NECK BLUES BAND - The Doon
THE FIERY FURNACES - Winter
RICK WHITE - The Clock
TOM VEK - I Aint Sayin My Goodbyes

8 Comments:

Blogger Antonio Hicks said...

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10:58 AM  
Blogger JAX said...

That is a great picture of my tommy. I hadnt seen that one before!

Oh how i love Tom Vek. its actually borderline sad.

Thanks for the shout out to my blog! hehehe

JAXXY

1:15 PM  
Blogger Guy Stevos said...

Is it sad because he doesn't love you back?

1:21 PM  
Blogger Antonio Hicks said...

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10:01 PM  
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Blogger goldfish said...

Dude, I heard you on the radio yesterday (the 25th) and you said to come here and give you yer adress to get copies of the Best of shows. I hope I've got the right place cause I want them all!! I'm a greedy bastard who loves your show, which is not on enough by the way, e mail me please at thegoldfishpool@yahoo.ca

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4:02 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Please can you not leech images from the Betweenplanets site without linking back.

www.betweenplanets.co.uk

4:57 AM  
Blogger Guy Stevos said...

i apologize, but seriously, it's not like you guys took the picture. it's an album cover for chrissakes!

7:50 PM  

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