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Pop Montreal 2007: A Rant

Posted by Sisi / October 10, 2007

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Photo: "Giving the finger," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler impactmatt.

Dear Pop Montreal gods,

I hate your guts.

Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate that you graced us with a ridiculous smorsgasbord of musical acts this year. At first, I didn’t think I’d make it to any of your shows because of an unfortunate work/school schedule. But then, by some miracle of fate, I found myself with some free time on my hands and signed up to cover a few bands.

First up was Man Man at La Sala Rossa (Thursday, Oct. 4). Known for their carnivalesque brand of vaudeville rock, they were guaranteed to “give ‘er.” (Well, me.) At 9:45 PM, I proudly strode up to the guest list man with my gut full of beer and name-dropped myself with a Colgate smile. Everyone knows the next part: the gatekeeper told me I wasn’t on the list, so there I was face to face with the tyranny of a flimsy handwritten page of people that weren’t me. Sisi Chen: professional douche.

The next day, after a night of drowning my sorrows in more booze, I dashed off an e-mail to our very own Jer (see his PM recap here), who in turn dashed off an e-mail to the organizer at Pop Montreal. She apologized and explained that a lot of people fall through the cracks because of the hectic pace. If I wanted to attend anything else, she’d personally make sure that I was on the guest list.

I asked if I could cover The National at Le National (Sunday, Oct. 7). (The irony kills me.) Unfortunately, The National was co-hosted by Pop Montreal and another group, so the folks over at PM didn’t have full control over the list. Pop Montreal, 2; Sisi, 0.

So finally, I signed up to cover Fucked Up at Zoobizarre (Saturday, Oct. 6), who normally “give ‘er” riotously enough to pop an eye capillary. Having received no confirmation by the time I checked my Gmail late Saturday afternoon, I chalked it up to a lack of space and instead spent the night with a few friends (i.e. Johnny Walker and several Boréale redheads). The next day, I see Jer’s e-mail confirming my name on the Fucked Up guest list. Pop Montreal, clean sweep hat trick; Sisi, nil.

So stick your divine wah-wah guitars up your asses, Pop Montreal gods. Despite all the good intentions of the folks who work for you and the efforts of my (unofficial, but appreciated) music editor, you still managed to keep three nights of brilliant debauchery from me...but not my liver.

- S

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Melanie / October 10, 2007 at 10:44 pm
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