Jack White at Deer Lake Park

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Last night’s Jack White gig was, predictably, excellent but it was a very different gig to the last time we saw him. And not just because it was an outdoor venue. Not one to simply wander out on stage and play a bunch of tracks from his latest album, White and his band played a raucous set that jumped from The White Stripes to The Raconteurs to his solo work and back to The White Stripes. Every song was tweaked and rearranged (and seemed to end about three times) until they were almost unrecognisable. The end result was a loud, energetic and at times chaotic show that left us smiling and humming  Seven Nation Army, still not quite able to believe the record company were reluctant to release it as a single. There was even a theremin! Not only White on top form, but he was supported by Curtis Harding, who was also fantastic. I can usually take or leave supporting acts but Harding played a great set and had us tapping our feet and heading to iTunes to check out his albums. All in all, a great evening that made the forty minute walk to get to the venue well worthwhile. [Jack White at Deer Lake Park by … Read More

High Ball Stepper – Jack White

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As I’m going to be seeing Jack White live tomorrow, it seemed like an appropriate time for this.   Jack White’s latest album is called Lazaretto and there are still tickets available for tomorrow’s gig at Deer Lake in Burnaby, BC [High Ball Stepper – Jack White by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 27th August 2014]

Drink the Water – Justin Cross

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I’d never heard of Justin Cross but this video got my attention very quickly. And this is the full length version of The Backwater Gospel, the film used to create the music video.   The album is available on Bandcamp which is an excellent way to support musicians directly. [Drink the Water – Justin Cross by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 20th August 2014]

Echo & the Bunnymen

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Next stop on the trip down memory lane – Echo & the Bunnymen. I’ve never been a hardcore fan (and didn’t know that they’re still releasing new albums until I looked them up on Wikipedia) but when I saw they were playing The Commodore in Vancouver, and that my wife was interested in seeing them, I plonked down my credit card and threw their albums on my iPod. The gig was almost sold out and The Commodore dance floor was packed by the time they took the stage. We took sanctuary up on the balcony and managed to snag seats – always a bonus at The Commodore. The ninety minute set was excellent, even though I didn’t know the songs particularly well. They played a mix of Bunnymen tracks and a few classic covers including People Are Strange which brought with it another trip down memory lane to The Lost Boys. The crowd, though enthusiastic, were fairly static (at least until they got to The Cutter) and they didn’t play my favourite song, Crocodiles, but still, it was a good night.   [Echo & the Bunnymen by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 6th August 2014]

Eliza – Peter Murphy

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There’s a long tradition of goth bands writing songs that use a one word female name for the title – Laura, Marian, Alice and Christine to name some of my favourites. I doubt Peter Murphy would class his solo work as goth but the audiences at his gigs quite often fit that label. Either way, his latest album, Lion, includes this track – Eliza – and the sad old goth inside me approves. [Eliza – Peter Murphy by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 23rd July 2014]

Peter Murphy at the Rickshaw Theatre

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We wrapped up our vacation last night by going to see Peter Murphy play at the Rickshaw Theatre. Given that we were still tired after our late arrival home and weren’t planning on hanging out at the front of the stage we aimed to arrive after the doors opened. It was a good job we did because for some reason the sound check had been delayed and even though we got there fifteen minutes after the club was scheduled to open, the doors were still firmly locked. There wasn’t a big queue though and despite our tardiness we managed to get a prime location. The Richshaw has a dance floor plus cinema style seating and we were dead centre of the fourth row. The delayed sound check was obviously causing problems and the support band, Ringo Deathstarr, suffered from a pretty poor mix but still we weren’t overly impressed. That said, at least one person bought their CD and there were some flashes of goodness so I’ll probably check them out on iTunes anyway. It took a while to get the sound ready for Peter Murphy’s set and as I sat there, sucking on a Werther’s Original, earplugs in my pocket, wondering how late the gig would … Read More

Jack White – Lazaretto

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Jack White has released the official video for the title song from his new album – Lazaretto. I’m a big fan of his first album, Blunderbuss, and I’m looking forward to this new one as well. Hopefully he’ll be doing another tour, we were fortunate enough to see him play Vancouver a couple of years ago and it was phenomenal. [Jack White – Lazaretto by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 4th June 2014]

Peter Murphy – I Am My Own Name

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I Am My Own Name – one of the tracks from Peter Murphy’s new album, Lion.   Pretty good but this is still my favourite of his solo tracks:   Beautiful stuff. [Peter Murphy – I Am My Own Name by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 29th May 2014]

“I don’t love you but I always will”

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The Civil Wars are best known for their hit Barton Hollow, and deservedly so. But I also really like Poison & Wine. Probably because Johnny Depp is in the video.* They do a pretty mean version of Billie Jean as well. *No he isn’t. [“I don’t love you but I always will” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 30th April 2014]