HPX 2010:: Thursday

HPX 2010

So then, day 3 of HPX 2010 is upon us, but what of day 2? The Ack and I ventured halfway downtown to the kind-of-cavernous, kind-of-not-cavernous Forum Multi Purpose centre to check out one of the two Sonic-produced mega shows taking place last night (the other being GWAR at The New Palace). Our attempts at a pre-show beer were foiled by the fact that the only place we could think of in the area was Brooklyn Warehouse, who don’t have a cabaret license, so it was off to the beer corral for Boxer The Horse and some, ahem, delicious Molson products (rant alert: Seriously, if you’re going to have a monopoly over the entire festivus, is there anyway a can of beer could be less than $4.25. Rant over, and not a huge deal, just an observation really….). BTH has had some recent lineup shuffles, but it’s a credit to them that they sounded solid in the mini-hangar like environs, and the early-arrivers were appreciative.

 

Shara Worden and My Brightest Diamond fired out onto the stage after a brief intermission, and although I’m not sure that the majority of the crowd knew what to expect, she was much more energetic and into it than I might have expected. Ms. Worden certainly has the voice, and there were a couple catchy, bass-heavy jams in their set (including a Tainted Love cover), but it did seem like a more intimate venue would have suited them a bit better. The New Pornographers (and especially Neko Case) were greeted with the enthusiasm one would expect, and they certainly did their level-best to combat the somewhat blah acoustics of the building with their 3-pronged vocal attack. To the enthusiastic crowd’s delight, the NP’s seemed to make an effort to lace their debut Halifax appearance with selections from across their catalogue, with their latest outing Together getting the most run, which is to be expected. Anyway, it was a solid show from a veteran band, and it was a good intro to HPX 2010 for the Ack and I.

 

The Ack has already discussed one of tonight’s better shows earlier today, but I’m including a Golden Dogs song anyway to whet your whistle for what promises to be a great show. What else looks promising tonight? Well there’s Writer’s Strike (nee The First Aid Kit) followed by Halifax’s king of the comedic punch-line raps, The Wordburglar, at Tribeca: two faves of mine which will likely make for an enjoyable evening. If you prefer something a little more mellow, there’s Dance Movie, Camaromance, Construction & Destruction and Forrest City Lovers at the mysterious Foggy Goggle (I’ve never been in there! What goes on, is there actual fog and/or goggles inside? I have no idea). There’s also a great rock & roll show being put on by friend of the hill Matt Charlton and Pigeon Row at the CoGo (Baby Eagle, The Hoa Hoa’s, Shotgun Jimmers, Dog Day) and the Obey Convention showcase at Gus’ is being headlined by the locally beloved Bad Vibrations.

 

And of course there’s the Sloan Twice Removed show at The Paragon, cue Pen Pals live on Rita and Friends one more time (below). Whew. Other nights at this HPX are going to be good, but for a Thursday night, this is mighty impressive. Enjoy.

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MP3:: Forest City Lovers - Light You Up
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/forestcitylovers

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MP3:: The Golden Dogs - Permanent Record
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/thegoldendogs

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MP3:: Sloan - Pen Pals
MYSPACE:: www.myspace.com/sloan

 

VIDEO:: Sloan - Penpals (live on Rita & Friends)

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One Response to “HPX 2010:: Thursday”

J. briggins October 21st, 2010 at 2:22 pm

The Molson Beer Monopoly is not fun. Ironically Jason Collett told a story about Molson Gold and how he got some dude to buy it from the liquor store when he was underage calling it a good “kid beer”. Molson should give him a handout for unintentionally telling a Molson story.

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