Dark Shadows is a 2012 horror comedy film directed by Tim Burton. Apparently, the movie is based on the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows that was produced for television between 1966 and 1971. If you haven´t seen the movie, watch it. But if there´s something I would strongly recommend you, that´s its soundtrack; Black Sabbath, Elton John, Barry White, Alice Cooper…. And Sick of You by Iggy Pop and The Stooges is my favorite one.
Goodbye, Betsy, I’m goin’ away | ‘m sick of you and there ain’t no way | Don’t want to know, don’t want to see | Don’t you ever bother me
That´s just the intro, read the full song lyrics here. Sure you´ve also been sick of someone some day, so now you have the perfect song to dedicate to that person.
Artist: The Black Keys
Song: Brooklyn Bound
Album: The Big Come Up
Artist: Rolling Stones
Song: Hey Negrita
** Negrita was Mick Jagger’s nickname for Bianca
First time I was there was with Liam, a good friend of mine from New Zealand who introduced me to this bar. Every single night you’ll find not only all sort of random people, but also real bar flies playing pool, watching the hockey game, having a pint, chatting outside while having a cigarette, watching the concert of the day… in short, flying around.
Carefree atmosphere and peace is what I recall when I evoke that good times when Liam and I used to spend hours there; playing pool and watching all sort of concerts. I’ve learnt a couple of good movements playing pool against the regulars, who day by day you’ll get more and more along with if you come over often. That’s the spirit of the Barfly. Good music, good games, good people … what else you could ask for!? Ow, yeah! Cheap beer! 5.75$ the pint, men!! (Tips not included).
Sunday evenings are special to me; the Blue Grass Night is happening. Don’t ask me why, but listening to a band playing a banjo at Barfly makes me feel happy and a bit home sick but embraced by the charming of the place. If you’ve already been there you might be thinking… is this guy talking about the same place I know? Yeah, it is! I know that it’s gloomy, smells like a cave, the stage is tinny, and everything is sticky, but that’s not the point. The point is: who cares about cosmetics when you can get cheap beer, hockey, friends, music and free pool in the same place? Ah, and the pool table is in pretty good condition, if you are wondering about it. I only miss an open mic night… that would be awesome!
“This is like being at home, at you own living room”, Liam used to tell me. Well, I guess you have already figured out what kind of place I’m talking about. Check it out, dude!
You can find it at: 4062, Saint-Laurent Blvd.
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB.
This band really captivated me since the first tune I listened to. “It’s rock!”, I thought, but at the same time is deeply melancholic, mellow, a mix between sweet and bitter, and spattered by touches of psycodelia. So, it’s not the typical rock band you could picture…. It’s better!
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is playing this Friday, April 2nd, at La Tulipe (www.latulipe.ca; 4530, avenue Papineau, Montreal).
Ticket = 22$ (BRMC + supporting band)
When I listen to this band with eyes closed, these words come to my mind once and again: Point of no return, the point beyond which someone must continue on their current course of action, either because turning back is physically impossible, or because to do so would be prohibitively expensive or dangerous.
There is no way home boy!! See you around!
Last Thursday I felt like having a blast, so I hit the road with a clear objective: “Tonight, I’m gonna get drunk and have fun”.
Immediately, “The Rockette” came to my mind: “Today it’s Punk Night up there!”
No sooner said than done. I finished my cigarette off, took my camera, some money, and lots of energies. How could I miss that shot!
At first sight: Deep red light all over the place; a sign of privacy and chaos.
The music was loud enough to make you feel the beat, but low enough to have a small conversation. Who wants to talk when good rock and punk music is bumping against your head?
Old British and American punk rock music was all I needed to warm up, needless to say that the 7 bucks pitcher during the happy hour (before 10pm) made things easier. In one hour I was shaking my body and drinking beer as if it was gonna be forbidden.
After a short chat with the DJ I understood why “The Rockette” keeps that special atmosphere. We don’t admit suggestions; this is what we are, and it is fine like that. Following with his philosophy, he didn’t play any of the songs I asked him for… fair enough. I enjoyed every song he played though.
After 4 hours walking around, talking, dancing and drinking, I headed off with the impression of having covered all my expectations: good music, stress out and get slightly drunk. Such a nice Thursday!
By the way, on Thursdays, there is no cover.
Address: 4479, Saint Denis Street.
THIS WEEK CONCERT; A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, THE NOISY MYSTERIOUS ROCK BAND
On their myspace (http://www.myspace.com/aplacetoburystrangers) it´s said “ A Place to bury strangers have often been called “the loudest band in New York”. “ So if I convince you to listen to them and go to their concert this friday 26…FIRST please! Passengers, fastenyour belt and make sure you have good speakers or headphones because we are ready take off!
Thanks. The crew.
Like diamonds, once you decode their noise you’ll find something brilliant, a jewel… A Place to Bury Strangers is intense, aggressive, original and dark at the same time… Pure adrenaline!
I picture myself this friday 26th at their concert dancing and sweating like a pig, releasing all my accumulated stress during the week, half deaf and extremely happy after!!
I look forward to seeing them, specially after I watched an interview where their singer and guitarist , Oliver Ackermann, was asked; “What is the importance of improvisation on stage for you guys? Answer: For me, I wanna feel like we don’t control what’s going on, anything can possibly happen any moment.”… Just the perfect answer.
A Place to Bury Strangers will be playing this friday 26 at Cabaret JPR w The Big Pink.