Sunday, January 28, 2007

Superconnected: Broken Social Scene in Chicago

It's been a while since I last posted anything on Broken Social Scene, but I figure that the quantity of live stuff I've acquired since then prompts this post, although the band is unfortunately on what looks to be an extended hiatus. Of course, that's not to say that the many members of BSS will be dormant, as frontman Kevin Drew preps a solo album and various satellite bands tour and release new material. According to Arts & Crafts, BSS provides the soundtrack to the film The Tracey Fragments, although it's unclear if that will feature any new music. In any case, their past material continues to be consistently interesting and eclectic, although I haven't quite warmed to the minimal Feel Good Lost.

Then again, that earlier material represents a pretty different band, essentially the duo of Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, which is a far cry from the crowded contemporary lineup. One of the lingering questions is what form the band will take post-hiatus, but I'm confident that they'll remain one of the premier indie rock groups. This is definitely a set, recorded at Pitchfork's Intonation Festival in Chicago on July 16th, 2005, has a definite emphasis on the rocking. It features most of the band's prominent uptempo tracks, not to mention a generous amount of banter. "Anthems" is the only time things really slow down, and it remains one of the weirdest and most sublime pop songs I've heard.


1. Intro
2. 7/4 (Shoreline)
3. Cause = Time
4. Ibi Dream of Pavement (A Better Day)
5. Fire Eye'd Boy
6. Stars and Sons
7. Almost Crimes
8. Major Label Debut
9. Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl
10. Superconnected
11. KC Accidental

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Anonymous said...

Andrew Whiteman, of Broken Social Scene, leads the Apostle of Hustle band. A new cd will be released in Canada in February, 2007 and in the U.S.A. the following month. Download a tune.

katherine said...

sweet. i already have this, but it's definitely a great set. i especially love kevin ranting about newfeld's arrest. "baywatch motherf-ers," haahaha.

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