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Concert Review: Tame Impala


It must feel pretty empowering, knowing that a pluck of your guitar string causes a wave of light to sporadically spike across a giant projector screen, seamlessly putting thousands of spectators into a perpetual hypnotic daze.

That’s Kevin Parker’s job. The Tame Impala chief and his band pull you into a trance with their seemingly endless beats, and then suddenly burst into epic choruses that make you feel like you’ve just woken up from a dream. It’s like a psychedelic alarm clock, plus confetti.

Yes, confetti. So much confetti. Like millions of little pieces of paper. Everywhere. That’s how they started their show this Sunday at the Bell Centre, right at the climax of Let It Happen. Off of their newest album “Currents”, the song is 8 minutes of keys changing, dancy drums fading in and out, and synthy beeps synthily beeping. It’s a good intro to an album and also a rock concert.

They played hits from all three albums, with Parker introducing many of the songs, including Elephant. “Now’s when the real party starts”, he said, and the headbob-inducing guitar rhythm enveloped the stadium. “Get out your lighters for this one”, he told us before going into Yes I’m Changing. He even grabbed a lighter from one of the audience members and waved it along with the rest of the crowd. Cute.

The highlight of the night, though, was the light show (The confetti was a close second). It was captivating. It was psychedelic. It was reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s laser show. Blasts of intense colour and shapes flashing on the huge projector screen behind the band made it hard to look away.

Each song had a different arrangement. Alter Ego, which already sounds like Rainbow Road (Mario Kart), had what was like a multi-coloured version of the Millennium Falcon (Star Wars) jumping into light speed (theoretically impossible). It made me wonder if the inspiration for that song really was the Beatles ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ (asserted by random internet blogger).

Tame Impala used an oscilloscope for most of their set, which turned their instruments’ sound waves into images and projected them. At one point the band stopped playing, except for Parker, who slowly plucked what seemed like random notes on the guitar, and giant green contours flashed across the screen. It made for quite a mesmerizing few minutes.

And then BAM, they burst into It Is Not Meant To Be, and I realized I was awake again.

During the encore, the beat dropped on Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, and you guessed it: More confetti. So much more. It was too much. The confetti guns were in non-stop, blinding-everyone, where-did- they-get- all-this- confetti mode. Parker exclaimed that most of it was getting on the stage, and you could see the band shaking it out of their long hair and spitting it out of their mouths. It was hilarious. For me. Because I didn’t have confetti in my mouth. An oddly satisfying end to the night.

Review by Joey Pearson

things we said on new shit 3/11

We had a great time talking with Graeme and Tara of The Pink Noise and played a bunch of new music from some very excellent local and not so local bands. Check out our playlist and tune in text week to CKUT from 3-5pm!

New Shit Playlist 3/11

Saltland – Unholy – I thought it was us but it was all of us
Suuns – 20/20 – Images du Futur
Blue Hawaii – Daisy – Untogether
Baths – Miasma Sky – Obsidian
Born Gold – Sky Bicycle – Little Sleepwalker
Farthest South – A Lesson Learned Part I – Omens & Talismans
The Pink Noise – Bad Trip – Greedy Heart
The Pink Noise – Shy Guy Beach – Gilded Flowers
The Pink Noise – Ten – Greedy Heart
Soft Cell – Say Hello Wave Goodbye – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing – The Idiot
Wake Island – Music as a Weapon – It Takes Time To Be Uncomfortable
The Fall – Psycho Mafia – Live at Witch
Cheveux – Truck – Hex Compilation
Gulfer – Ten Souls – Transcendals
New Apple Taste – Ahhh…. – The Brand
Tame Impala – Music To Walk Home By – Lonerism
Besnard Lakes – People of the Sticks – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Wooden Wand – Souther Colorado Song – Blood Oaths of the New Blues
Nick Everett – Hold On – Else Things
Ghostkeeper – The Indians – Horse Chief! War Thief!

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Tame Impala @ Metropolis tonight (3/11)
New Apple Taste w/ Gulfer @ Casa Del Popolo (3/13)

Les Hazelles w/ Ought + The Pink Noise @ Casa Del Popolo (3/15)

Jerusalem in my Heart @ Le National (3/15)



New Shit Playlist 08.20.2012


NEW SHIT (music dept show) was large and in charge today, folks. Solo-hosted by moi, though I missed the Stolen Pony. So much local content y’all, have a listen to the show archive! – Noblesse Oblige

Show theme: Kzyiec > Klepana

    • Program (Silver Apples) by Hand Cream from Oh Rats EP
    • Swing by FLIST! from Original Words (Check out his show with Mozart’s Sister + UN + Hand Cream this Friday at La Tour Prisme!)
    • Black Cadillac by The Pink Noise from Gilded Flowers (Pleasance Records) Check out their show at Divan orange this Thursday, August 24th.
    • Blam’s Again by Drainolith from Fighting! (Editions Mego)
    • La Beija by Slim Twig from Sof’ Sike
    • Lindenfels by Ollie North from Lindenfels
    • New Calm Pt.2 by Ought from New Calm EP
    • Singing The Ending by Wymond Miles from Under The Pale Moon (Sacred Bones Records)
    • Old Black Sweats by Slug Guts from Playin’ In Time With the Dead Beat (Sacred Bones Records)
    • Children of the Moon feat. Tame Impala by The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends 

  • Albatross by the Lee Ranaldo Band featuring D. Mascis from A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac
  • 212 by Azealia Banks from 1991
  • Single Status by Mozart’s Sister from the Dear Fear EP
  • Early Adopter by Cobra & Vulture from Vocare
  • Oblivion by Grimes from Visions
  • Lofticries by Purity Ring from Shrines
  • Donuts By The Water Before I Die by Cool World (Providence, RI)check them out at La Brique this Saturday Aug. 25th  
  • Married On a Sunday by Parlovr from Kook Soul
  • Exercise 2 (School) by CFCF from Exercises
  • Better Version of Now by Ira Lee from Growl
  • Cosmic Queries by Willis Earl Beal from Acousmatic Sorcery
  • City Limits by The Great Sabatini from Matterhorn
  • Take My Bones Away by Baroness from Yellow & Green
  • Not Through by The Puffy Areolas from 1982: Dishonorable Discharge