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#FastSong 114: Big Alley Cat by Chico No Face.

Classic dirty rock and roll from Monday night at the dollar. I really need to get out more. Brand new EP from Chico No Face on bandcamp and it’s a great, moody, dark, uncomplicated good time. Doesn’t hurt that singer is a total hottie.

Get the album on bandcamp.

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Shannon and the Clams at the Silver Dollar Room

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The last time I caught S&C was about a year ago in Costa Mesa, CA. If that show was a 7 then tonight was a solid 14. What a difference a drummer makes. Tonight’s dude was so much hotter in every sense of the word and just way more in tune with the bands vibe. Didn’t hurt either that tonight’s crowd outnumbered the California show by ten to one and knew the words to every song. Go clams !

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Good crowd at Silver Dollar Room tonight

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Spirit of the West live in Dundas Square (Toronto, 08/09/2013)

 

Nothing wrong with a free downtown concert.

A few things become quickly apparent when seeing Canada’s Spirit of the West:

1) these guys have aged but haven’t lost their edge one bit. great performers and musicians all the way through, playing the hell out of all their songs (albeit the unfortunate iPad lyric assistant)

2) they really only do exactly what they want

Their set mixed Celtic with jazz, folk.  To be blunt, a lot of it sounds like filler. Towards the end, the drummer inexplicably came to the main mic to sing a medley of That’s Amore, Stompin’ Tom’s hockey game song (as a tribute to his death earlier this year) and another bad cover which he himself described as a “mountain of crap”.  And it kind of was… it felt like a tacky wedding all of a sudden.

I went in thinking they had about two good songs.  I came out thinking they had two and a half.  But boy did Home For A Rest kill the room.  That’s what I came for.  And I got way more than I wanted.  And most of us would die happy knowing we did one thing that can light up a room.

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Crocodiles play “Sunday” live at the Troubadour, October 2011

 

Okay, try and listen beyond the horrible sound and picture quality from my phone – and keep in mind that being the opening act this song was probably their sound check – and imagine how good they sounded in person.  I am in love with those harmonies.  Really folky, authentic, and modern at the same time.  So what do you think?  Do you see how the album version strays from this?  Or am I an angry old f*** on a rant?