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Live Review: Lions & Tigers & Bears CD Release Party

Posted by tzimmerman On June - 21 - 2010

Written by: Thomas Zimmerman
Photos by: Paul Baker _ Amanda Hu of Bearcat Photography
June 18, 2010 @ the Palomino ~ Calgary, AB

“Oh My!!!”…and with that Lions and Tigers and Bears were off and running, dressed in their Sunday best (plaid shirts and holy underwear, not that I checked) enveloping the crowd that had shown up for their newest CD release party in a wave of sonic delight.  With the celebratory atmosphere and the clear indication that the people attending were excited about hearing Lions and Tigers and Bears and not just there to drink, if you used your imagination just a tiny little bit and forgot that the ceiling was especially low in places, you could pretend you were at a concert in the Saddledome.  The whole band immediately connected with the crowd, and it reminded me of times when I’d go over to my friend’s house to listen to records, just for the sheer enjoyment of listening.  Lions and Tigers and Bears wasn’t playing for the crowd, it was as if they were sharing with them what they have so painstakingly rehearsed and created for their new album, Concocted by Fiends.  One of the true indications of talent in my eyes is how relaxed a musician can appear, still be on time, in tune, and have fun all at the same time (even if Jeebs from Nushi was supplying them with “refreshments”), which every member of Lions and Tigers and Bears does.  It is apparent that they love their music and relish sharing it, not to prove that they can play, but as if to say “Here, listen to this, it’s from the heart”.

After getting a copy of their new CD (sorry Cody, you were right), it was really difficult for me to decide whether I like the recorded representation or the live performance, it was that good.  I had a chance to talk with Andrew (Woods?) about production of the CD, and he told me the only real work he did was show up, play and sing.  Apparently Cody Coates did most of the work on the album, and from what I heard he did it very well.  The only potential danger with producing your own work is mixing/editing/mastering it to the point of editing out the feeling of the music with it, which Cody thankfully has not.

This is an album you will enjoy, and if you ever get a chance to see Lions and Tigers and Bears live, definitely do whatever you need to in order to get there.

Popularity: unranked [?]

Live Review: Nushi CD Release @ the Marquee Room

Posted by tzimmerman On May - 10 - 2010

Written by: Thomas Zimmerman
May 7th, 2010 @ the Marquee Room, Calgary, AB

I got to get out of the house Friday night and attend the CD release party for Nushi’s debut album, Future Hazards.  I walked into The Marquee Room, lazily decorated with a mostly red theme, and made my way over to who I assumed was Jeebs Nabil, the frontman of Nushi.  Seeing as I was a little early and there wasn’t a huge crowd yet, it was easy to pick him out based on the picture I’d found on MySpace.  Although he was trying to appear calm, Jeebs was jittery (understandably so), having poured most of his time and energy into creating a debut album and really wanting it to be received with as much feeling as he’s put into it with the obvious additional energy and support of Cody Coates, Dan Wilson and Henry Hsieh.

We’ll get to a little bit more of Jeebs and the band and where they’re going in a minute, but for now let me tell you about the set.

In a word…awesome.  Each song they play on stage (and have recorded on the album) has their own definite personality.  That’s sometimes hard to do in a relatively new band (they’ve been together a year and a half now), and I was impressed that Nushi pulled it off with apparent ease.  They didn’t have a big flashy stage show, but they created a commanding presence.  These guys are more interested in playing good music than showmanship, and ultimately that’s a good thing cause good music is what lasts.  Don’t get me wrong, they were connecting with the crowd; they just didn’t have to use the showy stuff to make that connection work.  People were dancing, having a great time and didn’t want to leave.  There’s an old saying:  The Sound Guy ultimately controls the suck button…at Nushi’s release party, not only was the band tight, the Sound Guy was on the ball and definitely had that button turned off!

Listening to the album the day after the party, I was impressed with the realization that what they played on stage the night before and what’s recorded on the album sound almost identical, which is a very good thing in my mind.  Crunchy guitar without being too washed out, nicely defined vocals, and punchy drum tracks.  It sounds great on the 5.1, almost perfect separation with fluidity on the headphones, with the only minor issue I have is that the tracks sound a little “dry” on a cheaper sound system, but that’s what you get for buying a cheap sound system!

As for the future, it’s my opinion that Nushi’s future is looking up.  Jeebs mentioned that they are going to be reaching for a little bit more of an atmospheric feel, and are considering getting on the road to reach a larger potential fan base.  Jeebs was really excited that there were people at the party that he’s never met, and not even related to!

I highly recommend checking them out on MySpace, listening to a sample, and then ordering a CD…Jeebs needs to pay rent!

Popularity: unranked [?]

New Releases for Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Posted by tuesdayguide On March - 23 - 2010

This week, Tuesday Guide has details about this week’s new releases, including Barenaked Ladies, Rufus Wainwright, Snoop Dogg, the John Henrys, the Runaways and more!

Popularity: unranked [?]

New Releases for Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Posted by tuesdayguide On March - 16 - 2010

Visit our good friends over at Tuesday Guide for information regarding this week’s new releases, including the White Stripes, Dropkick Murphy’s, the Whigs, Drive-By Truckers, Brasstronaut, Flobots and more!

Popularity: unranked [?]

New Releases for Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Posted by cristóvão On February - 9 - 2010

Check out details on new releases from Massive Attack, Fear Factory, Hollerado, Dave Matthews _ Tim Reynolds, HIM, the Cottars, Galactic and more on Tuesday Guide!

Popularity: unranked [?]

New Releases for Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Posted by tuesdayguide On February - 2 - 2010

Check out details on this week’s new releases including albums from Rob Zombie, the Sorrys, Twin Tigers, Lil Wayne and more!

Popularity: unranked [?]

New Releases for Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Posted by cristóvão On December - 8 - 2009

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It’s been a few weeks but we’re back with Tuesday Guide’s listing of new releases this week. Here’s a short list of this week’s new releases! To read more details, please visit the Tuesday Guide site for full coverage! (Canadian artists in RED);

30 Seconds to Mars ~ This Is War

Puddle of Mudd ~ Vol. 4: Songs in the Key of Love _ Hate

Snoop Dogg ~ Malice N Wonderland

Seal ~ Hits

Neil Young ~ Dreamin’ Man Live ’92

Popularity: unranked [?]

New Releases for Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Posted by cristóvão On November - 10 - 2009

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Here’s a short list of this week’s new releases! To read more details, please visit the Tuesday Guide site for full coverage! (Canadian artists in RED);

Blue Rodeo ~ the Things We Left Behind

Snow Patrol ~ Up to Now (click below to hear “Just Say Yes”)

AC/DC ~ Backtracks

the Cribs ~ Ignore the Ignorant

Echo _ the Bunnymen ~ the Fountain (click below to hear “Think I Need Too”)

Wide Mouth Mason ~ Live! Montreux, Switzerland (click below to hear “Midnight Train”)

Switchfoot ~ Hello Hurricane (see video below)

Jason Mraz ~ Beautiful Mess – Live on Earth

Rockabye Baby! ~ Lullaby Renditions of Guns N’ Roses

Tori Amos ~ Midwinter Graces

Faber Drive ~ Can’t Keep A Secret (click below to hear “G-Get Up and Dance”)

the Killers ~ Live From the Royal Albert Hall

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ~ Live

Flyleaf ~ Memento More

Switchfoot ~ “Mess of Me”

Popularity: unranked [?]

New Releases for Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Posted by cristóvão On November - 3 - 2009

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Here’s a short list of this week’s new releases! To read more details, please visit the Tuesday Guide site for full coverage! (Canadian artists in RED);

Foo Fighters ~ Greatest Hits (click HERE to watch video for “Wheels”)

Nirvana ~ Live at Reading

Nirvana ~ Bleach Deluxe Edition – 20th Anniversary

Weezer ~ Ratitude

Julian Casablancas ~ Phrazes for the Young

Halford 3 ~ Winter Songs (click below to hear “the Three Kings”)

Slayer ~ World Painted Blood

D.O.A. ~ Kings of Punk, Hockey and Beer (click below to hear “the Hockey Song”)

Bee Gees ~ the Ultimate

Dawes ~ North Hills (click below to hear “My Girl to Me”)

the Almost ~ Monster Monster

Alberta Cross ~ Broken Side of Time (click below to hear “Old Man Chicago”)

Frank Sinatra ~ New York

Devendra Banhart ~ What Will We Be

Morrissey ~ Sword

the Canadian Tenors ~ the Perfect Gift

Popularity: unranked [?]

New Releases for Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Posted by cristóvão On October - 27 - 2009

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Here’s a short list of this week’s new releases! To read more details, please visit the Tuesday Guide site for full coverage! (Canadian artists in RED);

Train ~ Save Me, San Francisco (see video below)

Creed ~ Full Circle (see video below)

Wolfmother ~ Cosmic Egg (click below to hear “New Moon Rising”)

Tegan and Sara ~ Sainthood

Swollen Members ~ Armed to the Teeth (click below to hear “Warriors”)

the Swell Season ~ Strict Joy (click below to hear “Low Rising”)

Matt Dusk ~ Good News (click below to hear “Good News”)

Jack Johnson ~ En Concert

Pavlo, Rik Emmett _ Oscar Lopez ~ Trifecta (click below to hear “Melting Pot”)

Alex Cuba ~ S/T (click below to hear “Caballo”)

Orba Square ~ Presents the Trouble with Flying (click below to hear “All the Colors (Picture Perfect)

Rammstein ~ Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da

Pink ~ Funhouse Tour

Bell Orchestre ~ Who Designs Nature’s How (click below to hear “Icicles/Bicycles (Kid Koala Remix)”)

Trans Siberian Orchestra ~ Night Castle

Train ~ “Hey, Soul Sister”

Creed ~ “Overcome”

Popularity: unranked [?]

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