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Ev and Nika's Weekend Osheaga Coverage - Saturday

Posted by MP / September 2, 2006

OK, so I lost Ev. Did you know that there's free beer backstage? It's true.

Right after leaving you guys last time at the internet tent, Dinosaur Jr hit the Scene de la Montagne. I dunno, I never really got into this band at any time of my life. Supposedly, it was a good show. I know, I know... I'm a heathen.

But what I really wanted to see was Duchess Says at the Scene MEG. Hands down, they played the best show I've ever seen them play. Annie-Claude wowed everyone by pulsing in and out of the crowd throughout the whole show. Already this show has become the buzz of the festival.

That's when I saw Q and true to habit, the rest of the evening was spent backstage. Dancing side stage for a intense We Are Wolves gig. If you've ever seen a WAW show, you remember the huge skeleton heads they wear on their backs. Well this time, the guys broke out their newly decorated heads, butterflies and all! "Little Bird" was exceptionally furious and much dancing was done by all.

No vague legends James Chance & the Constorsions played the same stage shortly after and we make a spcial effort to go see them out front with everyone else. Probably the only band that still sports full suits, James Whaie and friends just about blew our collecive minds. It was like watching a painfully tense wrestling match between funk and soul rip with brillantly atonal sax and effed out solos. It all happened right there, on the MEG stage. That's when I found Ev again.

Ok, readers... I'm surrounded by my favourite correspondants... Clap Your Hands Say Yeah playing in the foreground... impending Sonic Youth. I gotta go.

Annie Q says "Hi".

6:22pm
an English message will follow...

2 heures = 15 minutes. On quitte Raisins de Dinosaur Jr. pour gagner le guttural d’Annie Claude fantastique (Duchess Screams!) qui se réchauffe, on la quitte à quatre pattes dans la foule pour repartir vers Montréal -40, et j’écris ces lignes au son de La Valérie…

La setliste des dinosaures de l’indie rock est sensiblement la même qu’à Québec au festival de l’été dernier, on ne s’en plaint pas. Barlow la basse aux genoux, Mascis le branleur qui se cache derrière un pan chevelu grungesque, hop la vie, on passe le pont, les claviers claquent et Annie-Claude simule un trip d’acide.

Metric commence live, je prends le temps de jaser. Le propre des événements en plein air est d’éparpiller les gens, les sons et les couvertures paresseuses un peu partout. On se sent à l’aise peu importe, difficile de choisir; chapeau aux organisateurs qui règlent le tout au quart de tour, et fuck la météo pour nous faire débander à l’idée de répéter demain un simulacre de l’expérience d’aujourd’hui sous la pluie. Une fois la nonchalance perdue, ce sera tout de même intéressant de voir qui s’entêtera à rocker dans l’inconfort total de la bouette et de l’automne implacable.

Oké, WAW.


4:04pm

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photo by Liam Muloney

Virée vers les arrières-scènes plus modestes; celle « des arbres » se cache derrière un talus qui fait aussi office d’insonorisation. Deux fois plus grosse mais tout aussi intime, bordée de pelouse au lieu du sable qui entoure les deux mastodontes, la MEG/POP est définitivement la favorite, avec un son respectable et une ambiance relax.

Après avoir vu Think About Life en première partie des Chinese Stars la semaine passée, on avait une raison de plus d'avoir hâte de les revoir. Et, how convenient! Ils sont à l’opposé des plus grosses scènes, qui au début de la journée n’avaient franchement rien pour plaire à nos oreilles blasées du pop rock dilué… question de goût, de papilles usées. En revanche, jusqu’à date, un constat s’impose : tout le monde trouve son compte. Francos anglophiles (présente!), anglos francocurieux, rockeurs de salon, hip-hopeux de bandanas, name it.

Nos philosophes sont, comme toujours, inégaux à eux-mêmes. On adore. Une pièce est même ajoutée au répertoire, Snakes On a Plane! Les gaillards terminent par chance un quart d’heure avant les Machins, on part pendant la fin se payer les 3 dernières vulgaires. Dixit Guillaume Beauregard, leader du groupe : « J’espère que tout le monde s’amuse, c’est vraiment le fun ici. Nous on a rendez-vous avec Thurston Moore! » Ils terminent avec la pièce titre de leur dernier album, Compter les corps.

Côté organisation, c’est impec. À la dernière note des Vulgaires Machins répond la première des Stills. Là, Lola!

Forest hideaway

I foung my niche: over the river and through the woods, just down a little on the left the quaint and cozy Scene des Arbres blooms out from the trees. Even furthur still, a real, running water bathroom! Yes and with mirrors, a much-needed commodity in this wilderness. A skip through some brush and I arrive at the larger Scene MEG where French (from France, not from Beauce) rockers The Hush Puppies are taking the crowd by surprise. Funny thing though, they speak to the crowd in French, sing in English and look like a bunch of Brits, ascot and velvet smoking jackets included. There was even some dude smoking a pipe in the audience. Apart from that, their show is impressive and slightly reminiscent of The Charlatans. I'm a sucker for those Manchester keys.

Next up on the Scene MEG, local mini-celebs Think About Life. Did they always have a bassist? Have I not been paying close enough attention to their show lately? I can't tell if it's because of the AWESOME sound system at this fest or because I've suddenly noticed the bass line in their music, but TAL have just played one of the better sets I've ever seen them play. Highlight: new song Snakes On A Plane!

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While Ev goes to check out Vulgaires Machins, I prance through the woods over to Scene des Arbres to check out Torontonians Major Maker. "...their music is bursting at the seams with melodies, hooks, stellar accompaniments and total frenzy", the Osheaga bio boasts. Ok, sure...what? Yeah... catchy, head-bopping tunes that ultimately lead nowhere. NEXT!

I'm having the hardest time trying to write anything while The Stills are playing so closeby. Must....escape.


2:02pm
The long trek to *exotic* island of Parc Jean Drapeau was fruitful: we made it to Osheaga, where music-lovers are congregating all weekend to see a total of 50 bands over 2 days on 5 stages. The festival has hardly started, the sandy fields in front of the stages are mostly empty, people are slowly trickling in, the Port-O-Lets are still clean and well stocked, vendors and security guards are still in a good mood and the beer is ice cold. There's an impending sense of something going on... but we just got here so Ev and I are going to have to check on what that's all about and tell y'all later on.

At this point in the day, only people with a good constitution and/or those who didn't go out last night are here. Ev and I have holed up in the internet tent, directly across from the Scene de la Montagne , we've just seen Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and Magic Numbers have just started. I have come to realize that I effing forgot my earplugs in my other jacket, but God does love me because I remembered to bring my Ibuprofen.

Coming up: World Party, Think About Life, The Sills, Dinosaur Jr, Duchess Says, Metric, We Are Wolves, K-Os, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Wintersleep, Amon Tobin Matt Mays & El Torpedo and ...SONIC YOUTH. Silly reader, I bet your kicking yourself now.

Gosheaga, en français ouioui

Après avoir fait beaucoup de bruit dans les journaux, magazines et forums de discussion, le nouveau festival « Musique et Arts » est fin prêt, ce samedi 13 h, pour en faire par la bouche de ses PA. Pour vrai.

À première vue, pas de bousculades à l’entrée, pas de scènes à la billetterie, pas de jouage de coude devant les scènes. La foule est éparse, on bouffe, on explore le site, d’ailleurs épars lui aussi; de la Scène de la rivière (The Stills, Malajube, K-OS et Sonic Youth) et celle de la montagne (Les Vulgaires Machins, Dinosaur Jr., Metric, Tape dans tes mains dit OUI) qui tag-teameront côte à côte, un peu moins de 10 minutes de marche nous séparent de la Scène MEG (Think About Life, Bush Tetras, nos Duchesses, WAW, James and The Contortions!) et celle des arbres (Mission District, Dirty Tricks, Wintersleep, Born Ruffians, Matt Mays) aux deux extrêmes.

En toute partialité, en glanant le programme, on veut a priori voir Dinosaur Jr. (« Ce sont mes Rolling Stones de l’indie, dude »), Wintersleep (chouchous haligonians depuis 2004), Sonic Youth (yé il fera noir, gnh il pleuvra sûrement), Bush Tetras et James contortionné. Pas consulté Nika, mais bon.

La tente Internet est vide sauf pour nous deux, disciples MP. Quelqu’un a un synonyme de « bloguer » qu’on n’ait pas à le répéter toute la journée? Geeeeeek.

Discussion

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J Mac / September 3, 2006 at 01:24 pm
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So jealous! Awesome "reportage"!
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