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Cadence Weapon = Awesome Times

Posted by Robyn / March 16, 2006

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March 14, 2006 at Club Lambi

I know I say a lot of things are awesome. But, damn, a lot of things ARE. And a great very many things are not. I do not call those things awesome. So don't worry about my judgement skills here. Tuesday night, Cadence Weapon put on a SHOW. And it was just him, his dj and the single spinning coloured light ball at Club Lambi. Plus the crowd of course, who got into it, who began to dance and even clap along (when instructed). I love participACTION.

Our man Rollie acknowledged early on that even though "this isn't a rap show," everyone would dig what he does anyway. The headliners were England's Hot Chip, who are the newest hippest thing and who were enjoyable and quite danceable, and the openers were Toronto's Born Ruffians, who were clearly indierock but funstuff too.

But it's Cadence Weapon who I dig and it was Cadence Weapon who blew me away. Because he is awesome. And remarkably social. He cares about people having a good time. So much so that he came off stage and danced in the audience several times - and it didn't feel awkward or "part of the show." No, it was Necessary Dancing, Dancing That Had to Be Done - all for real, my friends, all for real.

So he started out with some stuff to get us into the CW train of thought and then just LAUNCHED into some extremely fast rapping. The kind of thing that if you're not totally compelled to clap and whoo! when it's over, I worry for your health, I do. Don't bottle things up inside like that; you'll get ulcers 'n tumours 'n headaches.


After that spectacle, he said he was going to give us something to really dance to. And this is when the dj skills kicked in. So I'm moving/dancing, as one must, and I realize that not only is this good to dance to, but the lyrics are accessing my brain and my brain is loving it. It's INTERESTING. And I don't use that word lightly re: music. It means there's a lot going on and all of it goes on well together.

So you've got this guy from Edmonton, yes, Edmonton, who can totally rap, plus has these awesome awesome beats and noise, plus about a metric tonne of charisma and smarts. PACKAGE DEAL I"LL TAKE TWO PLS. SRSLY.

Next time he's here, everyone must Be There.

* Note: A couple of things about Club Lambi:

- It has a nice vibe to it. It's just a big room/dancehall, but it's nicely laid out, with tables in the middle and a raised area at the back, where the dj booth is (the sound board is right below the raised area, which is the perfect place for it). Friendly people, "mood lighting", booze - all good. And the sound isn't bad either!

- If packed with people, this place gets real hot real fast. Dress appropriately and/or coatcheck your extra clothes. Maybe now that more shows are happening there, the owner will be able to put in more ventilation? Perhaps there will be AC in the summer? That would be so sweet.

- It's a Caribbean Club, which is cool, yes, but this also means "Caribbean time." Here I would like to tell an anecdote about going for breakfast at this cool little Caribbean restaurant in Vancouver several years ago, which may or may not still be there and which was run by this great guy and his great Japanese wife. We were hungry and no amount of staring at and talking about the crazy island-scape mural on the wall helped us not be hungry during the hour it took for our pretty much basic - though really good! - breakfast to appear. What I mean is, coat check can take a while. Drinks seemed to be served promptly though! And whatever, no worries, it'll be aaaiiight.

- The owner of the Club wants us all to come back to the Club whenever we want. He came up on stage between each group to tell us so. And he asked us if we were all "aaaiiight" about 20 times. He totally cares! By the end everyone was shouting back, "whoo! aaaiiight!" I was pretty happy about that.



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