‘Library Voices’ makes soup better!

March 17, 2009

This blog entry is just a story so if you’re surfing in a hurry and have better things to read go ahead but make sure you come back later. Anyway, Sunday night i found myself having to make bread. Yes again. Sunday is my only day off but I can’t complain being so busy that I have to come in to make more bread. My entire family is often in bed by 9 pm and I simply find that impossible no matter how tired I am. After preparing 2 batches of soup and and placing bread in the proofer, I realized that I had to wait for both to simmer and finish. I had about an hour or so to kill. I did have some work I could do, like write my next blog entry, but I decided to take it easy and go for a beer over at Phog.

I remembered that Phog was hosting Michou, Amos the Transparent, Library Voices, and Efan that night. I ran into Tom at hipster hockey earlier that day and the idea was planted in my mind then. So I sauntered on over and grabbed a pint. I got there just as Library Voices were taking the stage. Apparently a late addition to the bill. Tom briefly introduced them. From Regina. They started their set as Tom was putting his jacket on and throwing his bag over his shoulder. He stood next to me as they belted out their first two songs. All I could say to Tom as he turned to me was ‘how can you leave right now?’. Amazing show. Eight piece band from Regina. In Windsor, at Phog. Part of the luxury of having the best live venue in Canada in the neighborhood. There’s no way I could fully describe their show so go to their website right here and check them out. They sounded way better live and the dynamic was amazing. I know this because I bought their CD on my way out. In fact listening to them now on my computer. The combination of instruments, vocals, and sheer personalities was so compelling and entertaining. Great young raw talent ripe with enthusiasm is so great to share. I finished my pint, stopped to grab their CD and headed back to the restaurant. ‘Kundera on the dance floor’ (track 2) was stuck in my head all night. This didn’t really have much to do with BKB but if you get a chance give these guys a listen. They’re well worth the time.

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Oh yeah, how did ‘Library Voices’ make the soup better? Well, that hour that I had to kill turned into almost two by the time I got back and ripped the CD. By then the soup had simmered so long it tasted perfect. I may have rushed to get home early if I wasn’t sidetracked by a another great show at Phog. The only regret is that once again I missed Michou. Will have to catch them next time.


Vote for Phog! Today and everyday this week!

February 4, 2009

I wanted to send a big congrats and good luck to Tom and Frank at Phog for their nomination and finalist as top 50 live venues in Canada on CBC radio3. I was happy and surprised to see that it was also mentioned in the Windsor Star. They’re not usually too good at showcasing smaller stories like this. If you haven’t already voted you should. It will take four minutes of your time. Follow this link   http://radio3.cbc.ca/polls/?pollId=31. Do it everyday and tell everyone you know to do so as well. Put it on your facebook status, send emails, whatever it takes to get the word out. This is a big deal. Windsor is one of the smallest cities on that list and Phog is up against some giants in the business. This would be huge for Windsor as well as Phog. Having a major national media outlet recognize you in this way is big. All the news that comes from Windsor is so negative. Let’s change that. Vote today, tomorrow and everyday until the contest ends. There are 3 or 4 more rounds so pay attention to the site and vote regularly. Windsor is often forgotten because of its distance down the 401 by so many Indie bands but Phog continually attracts great national acts as well as local talent, a testament to the effort and passion that makes Phog truly the best venue in Canada. Go vote now!