Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Interlude: Soft Is The New Awesome

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
Joe's Pub, NYC - Sept. 19th, 2006

What a fantastic show! Although the website said it would just be Emily, blindfolded a la Toronto, it was quite a full production. The Soft Skeleton was Emily on piano, a guitarist, drummer, and programmed string sections via laptop. I really can't say enough about the moodiness of this new record. It's depressing to a degree, but the lyricism and instrumentation, along with Emily's distinct voice, really makes for an incredible listen. The set consisted of the entire album, played in track order. What is merely suggested here is the incredible visual element that accompanied the performance, disturbing black and white footage from some forgotten movie, yet completely appropriate for the mood and content of the album. And the venue, wow! Excellent acoustics, a yummy looking menu for the well-endowed and, once again, an appropriate mood. Incidentally, Amy Millan of Stars is playing there in a couple weeks, and I'm tempted to go, although I have a couple of shows already planned for that week. Enjoy the pictures.

Okay, this is the last of the unreleased solo stuff I have, really:

Detective Daughter (Demo)
Sprig (Demo)

Kwaya Na Kisser Has The Recording: Here
Once More Time: Here

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