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Hey! What are you doing tonight? Seeing Land of Talk?

Posted by Greg / June 23, 2009

LandOfTalk.jpgBecause that's what you should be doing. I know there's lots of cool stuff happening in Montreal on a Tuesday, like 80s night at Cafe Campus... (Note: I can't think of anything else, and 80s night isn't even very cool.)

So you're seeing Land of Talk, right? Cool! I'll totally be there. Wanna know why? Because they're one of the best bands in the whole country. I submit the following two pieces of evidence. 1. When our music editor, Jeremy Morris, published his top five Polaris picks, the only one we agreed on was Land of Talk. This is less a product of diverging musical tastes (we overlap in most places, from what I've seen), than it is a testament to Land of Talk's indisputable awesomeness. 2. When the Polaris long list came out last week, Land of Talk where right there, taking their well-deserved spot among Canada's 40 best albums of the year.

Okay, even if you don't buy into the Polaris hype, it's still hard disliking this band. Their songs are catchy, their performance style rocks hard, and they cut through indie-rock pretension with huge doses of endearing sincerity. Just watch this video of their Halloween 2008 performance at Metropolis and try not to love them.
The drummer is dressed like a giraffe! And the bass player has a second head! And who even knows what Elizabeth Powell is wearing - other than an awesomeness suit!

By the way, now she's a touring member of Broken Social Scene. How cool is that?

I first saw Land of Talk open for Menomena in Toronto a couple years ago and became a huge fan after hearing something like half of one song. Powell told me they were playing a show at the Main Hall a couple months later and I missed it because I was away in Maine. I've subsequently missed every other homecoming show of theirs, and this is why I'm so pumped about finally catching up with them again at Il Motore tonight.

Il Motore, by the way, is where they are playing.
The address, just FYI, is 179 Jean Talon o.
Tickets, in case you were wondering, cost $12 at the door.

So I'll see you there? Cool.

Photo via Jalapeno's flickr page

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