Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Townhaller mkdevo is year's Santa!

He (she? it?) decided to share with us two shows he taped in 2008 and 2009 : the incredible Roseland Ballroom show (think naked knight on a white horse), and the New Haven one from this year's spring tour (the one that didn't have a fancy name, sadly). And when I say two shows, that is two shows from the intro music to the last goodbyes - all in HQ and from the balcony! Relive the glory of the Ninjas Prove It tour! Enjoy the more intimate setting of this year's spring tour! Guaranteed to make your ears ring and your eyes water!

Watch the full shows here!

Roseland Ballroom song by song.

New Haven, CT song by song.
I will try and rip the mp3s from this one, and I'll post them later on... Of course, mp3 and flac files for the NYC show are available at in case you've missed them first time around!!

Merry Christmas to y'all and see you in the new year!

(there are two many exclamation points in this post, but hey! I'm excited!!!!!!!!!)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

James Husband on Athens Soundies

Watch James Husband's new acoustic session on Athens Soundies. OK, maybe not a "session" but two songs that are still very nicely executed in what looks like (and sounds like) a post-industrial dump. Somehow Athens doesn't look like that when I close my eyes and try to picture it, but then I wouldn't know... The videos were shot by Jason Miller, who is also working (was working?) on the long-awaited of Montreal DVDs. He also shot the 24-hour Party Purple documentary.
Thanks to Dottie for the links - these gems had fallen under the Booty Patrol's radar. Be sure to click on the Athens Soundies link if you want a better video, or if you want to take a look at the other videos they shot - there are some good ones on this blog.

~~-~~ Kevin's best albums of the decade (part II)~~-~~

Everyone can understand how difficult it is to come up with a list and stick to it, so don't be too harsh on Kevin for the differences between the list that was published in Rolling Stone last week and the one that is featured in Ragged Word. Be sure to check it out because this one has annotations and you may learn a few disturbing things, like the fact that Blueberry Boat is "music to help potted house accountants in comas to grow." Who would have thought?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Kevin's Best Of The Decade

Not only has Kevin been nominated as one of the 5 best artists of the decade by Under The Radar, he has also been mandated by Rolling Stone to pick the 25 best albums and songs of the decade. Others musicians, from Kirk Hammett to Colin Meloy, from Jarvis Cocker to people who must have been in a band at some point (though I have my doubts), submitted their lists too, and no-one has actually picked any of Montreal! What kind of panel was that? Jerks.
You may want to take a look at Lars Ulrich's list, though, it's a riot. Or at the very least it could cause one.

Among Kevin's obvious choices : MGMT, Janelle Monae, Erikah Badu and Animal Collective (and a whole lot of songs of Montreal has been covering over the years), among the not-so-obvious (or maybe that's only me) : The Strokes and Manu Chao, and among the who-the-hell-are-these-people (feel free to enlighten me) : Spirit Stereo Frequency (best album of the decade, really? more like best kept secret...), the Knife, Estelle...

Take a look at Kevin's score sheets :

Feel free to discuss his choices here, on facebook or at the Townhall, and share your own best of lists... 'Tis the season, after all...

---~~~---~~~ The Booty Patrol on Twitter ---~~~---~~~

The Booty Patrol entered the world of the 140-character-tops snippets of wisdom today. The point of it is to make it easier to share links and other almost irrelevant pieces of information... Either that or it'll just mean that I didn't have the time for a real post. Whichever way, the tweets will appear on here (look, here they are, sandwiched between the header and the posts in tiny letters because I haven't figured out how to change that yet!), so if you're not a twitter fan, you don't have to worry about it. The more we change, the more we stay the same.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Towards a Beyoncé / Kevin collaboration?

Just in case you missed the information first time around and are not in the knowles (ha!), Beyoncé confessed she'd like to record with of Montreal in last week's edition of the Observer (scroll down to the very end of the interview), saying she'd like to "go outside of the box" and into indie music... Paste Magazine had the great idea to phone (or mail?) Kevin to ask him what he thought about a possible collaboration - and as expected, he answered that he'd be "fully psyched" and claimed that "most people don't realize what an amazing great singer [she] is."

You know how the studies showed that you're never more than 6 people away from anyone else in the world? Well, it turns out that Beyoncé and Kevin are only one Solange away from each other, as both "blame" her for their recent exposure to each others' works.

2010 is shaping up to be a very collaborative year for of Montreal (or just Kevin - at this point I wonder if it wouldn't be easier to decide that the terms are interchangeable) - not only is Kevin slated to appear on Janelle Monae's much anticipated follow-up to "The Chase Suite," but he also has Solange on the back burner, and Jon Brion will be working his magic on False Priest.

Janelle Monae, Kevin, Solange sharing the stage on Sept. 18th, 2009.
Picture by Townhaller/Booty Patroller Dan Jordan.