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Grizzly Lullabies

Posted by Omar / February 6, 2007

Grizzly-Bear.jpgOkay, Prince wasn't too bad on the half-time show of the Superbowl. He didn't resort to his usual cheesy medleys, nor was he baring either of his ass-cheeks, and there were only two freaky tranny dancers on stage with this time, instead of his usual army of Apollonian skanks...aside from an Aunt Jemima kerchief on his head, he almost looked - normal. And he played with some enthusiasm, and dare I say grace?

Given the cold outside, and the warmth of huddling around a TV eating chili and mash potato poutine, I have to confess feeling less than enthused about seeing Grizzly Bear at the Main Hall Sunday night.

Especially after seeing his purple-ness wield his devilishly phallic-guitar against a giant shadow-screen...could any performance beat that?

Short answer - yes. The four gentle souls that comprise Grizzly Bear may not be able to rock out like The Artist or begin their shows by stating 'Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here to get through this thing called life..."...but then again, could Prince create transcendental folk arrangements of haunting beauty like they could? Doubtful.

Grizzly Bear are a little on the avant-garde-freak-folk side of things, and I haven't quite lost my mind over their acclaimed album Yellow House yet, but their live performance brought a lot of warmth to their otherwise intense material.

In many ways it took me on a trip back to my own musical journey.

Upon meeting new people, I often suppress that I spent most of my early adolescence listening to the most D&D nerd-prog-art rock imaginable. Yes, my favourite song was the whole-sided Supper's Ready by early Genesis, and I was known to make a few sketches of the famed 'Court of the Crimson King.' Listening to Grizzly Bear made me proud again to have known every stitch of Floyd's Animals, or to even have attempted getting into the Strawbs (easily the most offensive of the art-rockers).

In fact at certain times listening to Grizzly Bear's spare arrangements, lush melodies and harmonies and dashes of harp and recorder, I imagined that this is what it might have felt like to have seen a show by Spirit of Eden Talk Talk, or late seventies Brian Eno.

And the opening act, Dirty Projectors were equally intense and fairly cool as well. The Main Hall, though, is not a good space. It's just a crowded room, in which there is no good view of the stage, and everyone feels hot and uncomfortable. This show would have been sublime if there was seating and some cool breezes...that's all I'm saying.

And if that doesn't make me a grumpy, seventies art-rocking old man, then I don't know what will.

Discussion

8 Comments

OJ / February 6, 2007 at 07:45 pm
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Nice review. Makes me want to check them out...in a place where I can have a seat, of course.
Omar / February 8, 2007 at 10:30 am
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I hate to comment on my posting...but I just have to add that I've discoverd Grizzly Bear doing a cover of Yes's hit Owner of a Lonely Heart (and it's good!) ...may I bask in my feeling of uber-perceptiveness?
golu dolls / March 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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Kanchipuram sarees / March 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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Herbal Powder / March 19, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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