tegan and sara {animated}

Concert Review: Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara 09/24/10

I made a trip to Vancouver especially to see them play, and it was soooooo worth it.

I got there at 11:30 in the morning and my aunt and I stood in the queue at 2:30. Doors were at 5:30. There was already a fairly long line of people by the time we got there. It was overcast and supposed to hardcore rain all day. It wasn't raining though. While we waited in line, we got to talking with some of the other people. There was two people from Alberta, one named Amanda who was possibly the youngest 31-year-old I've ever met, and another whose name I didn't catch who was ridiculously quiet. There were also a couple of other girls who seemed around my age, one that was ridiculously outgoing and the other also fairly quiet. Those two had won a meet and greet through the radio.

Nothing exponentially exciting happened in line, we mostly shot the shit and wished time would go faster. Doors finally opened and we rushed through the muddy grass to the front. Got second row right behind these two very adorable and happy girls. I conversed with one about the sharpness of our elbows and the other gave me a rain jacket (which is very handy because I don't own a single one and I'll need one to live in BC). The first act, Christopher Smith, came on stage, but his music was disappointing. Not for lack of talent, which he clearly has, but because it was the mellowest music on earth, which is definitely not great to pump people up for a T+S concert in the gloomiest weather and grossest ground ever. I could see him opening for like one of Raine Maida's solo shows or something.

Half an hour after that, You Say Party came on the stage. Now, this is a band I've mentioned here before (though they dropped the "You Say Die" from their name since then) and I was familiar with their music. I've never seen a picture or video of them, so when they walked out, it wasn't really what I expected. The singer was dressed SO 80s it was almost painful. Her hair was permed and she was wearing a floral blouse over a short black dress with black leggings and ballerina shoes, and like five pounds worth of gold necklaces around her neck. They started off with There is XXXX (Within My Heart) which surprised me since I thought it would have been a closer. Anyway, it was the BEST thing ever. They were going nuts! The keyboardist was doing some crazy dancing and the guitarist was jumping around. The singer kept on coming up to the front of the stage (which was wet from a bit of rain earlier) and doing some crazy eighties dancing. She actually slipped once, which was adorable, and one of her necklaces went flying off into the drumset while she was spinning around. Suffice to say it was the best opening act I've ever seen and if you ever get a chance to see them live, DO IT because you will not regret it.

SO more waiting and then FINALLY Tegan and Sara emerged. The setlist was as follows:

Call It Off
Dark Come Soon
I Know I Know I Know
The Ocean
Like O, Like H
Feel it in my Bones
Living Room
I Bet it Stung
The Con
Walking With a Ghost
So Jealous
On Directing
Back in your Head
Where Does The Good Go?
Speak Slow
Sentimental Tune
Hop a Plane
You Wouldn't Like Me

So the first five songs were all acoustic, just Tegan and Sara, which was cool. I was surprised they started with Call it Off though, but I guess that makes sense. Like O, Like H sounded SO different. It was like...really creepy. I don't even know how to explain it. At the beginning of the set, probably right before I Know I Know I Know, Tegan was making fun of Sara (and Ted) by talking about how, during the Honda Civic Tour with Paramore, they turned into a bit more of a "rock" band and she turn around to see Sara or Ted jumping around and feel left out because she'd be singing so she couldn't do that. So before Feel it in My Bones, Sara was saying she felt self-conscious because Tegan had made a comment about her dancing and it was a song that would make her want to dance.

Living Room, of course, was amazing. At that point I started to wonder wtf they'd do for the encore, since Living Room is ETERNALLY an encore song. The Con was really good. I tried to record it, but towards the end some cow of a girl shoved her way through the entire crowd and the ending of the song didn't turn out. Laaaame. Before So Jealous, Tegan said she wanted to dedicate the song to all the single people, and then went on to say that Sara was single. That launched Sara into a tangent about being happily single. How she's like a South American turtle that you think you know how to care for it but really you don't and she dies inside if people think they know better for her. It was so funny. Youtube that shit because it's awesome.

Before Hell, Tegan said she was sorry about the rain and that despite living in Vancouver for ten years, she thought thought they were special and it might not rain, lol. She asked if it was raining, to which there was a resounding no and she said something about them being like gods. Sara had the lights turned on the audience so she could see us and told everyone to jump with her during the song. Then she proceeded to jump madly throughout the whole thing, it was adorable. For Northshore, she had the lights turned off and said that it was so that the shy people in hoodies who were self-conscious and didn't jump during Hell would be able to loosen up and jump around during Northshore. And then she jumped around like crazy some more.

Prior to Alligator, Tegan said that we had to pay attention for a dance move they had come to call the "Canadian Shuffle" during the song, and then Sara launched off on a tangent about her haircut and how on the Honda Civic Tour she thought she was being mistaken for Justin Bieber so she'd like purposely push aside her jacket so they could she her breasts. Hahahaha. It was so funny. I think it was during that that she told Tegan off for strumming her guitar and making the speakers crackle while she was talking. They were just really cute. Tegan, at some point, said to Sara, when Sara said that she shouldn't complaining about all the talking Sara was doing after having complained that she was being too quiet, " I love you so so much and I look over there every night and think I'm so lucky to have you on stage with me, but let's just get to the song." (Or something to that extent...) It was so cute. Tegan also dedicated You Wouldn't Like Me to her family and friends in the audience, who didn't cheer, so she called them assholes.

Anyway, they came out for the encore and admitted that they hadn't planned one at all because they thought it would be raining and everyone would want to go home, so they were gonna wing it.They started playing Divided and Tegan fucked up at the, "At ease, I feel fine" part and couldn't get the right note. She stopped and re-tryed like three times, it was hilarious.

And then it was over. I went I bought a hoodie and t-shirt and left with great memories. I took a few pictures, but they didn't turn out SUPER great. I'll put them up sometime really soon.

Surprises: They didn't play My Number. I wholly expected them to play it and was incredibly surprised that they didn't. Also, they didn't paly a whole bunch from Sainthood, which I'd also expected.
One disappointment: They didn't play Monday Monday Monday, or really anything other than Living Room from If It Was You. I'd hoped at least for that or Not Tonight.
donnas {group}

30 Days of Music - Days 27 to 30

I'm listening to the new Sonic Syndicate album and I LIKE it! I didn't expect that since I mean...I don't like the singles they've released so far. It's totally different, even musically, but I like it. The singles appear to be the worst songs. Anyway. I'M FINALLY GONNA FINISH THAT MEME.

I need to like be nagged to do stuff I say I'm going to do. I have a list of shit for this journal that just isn't getting done. It's ridiculous.

Day 27 - A song that you wish you could play
Jack of Diamonds by Sonic Syndicate

There's something in the transitions that I just lose patience for learning, even though it's actually not a very hard song. One of these days I'll get to it.

Day 28 - A song that makes you feel guilty
Sell My Soul by Our Lady Peace

Day 29 - A song from your childhood
Strange Disease by Prozzäk

OMG NOSTALGIA. This band was the SHIT.

Day 30 - Your favorite song at this time last year
Cheap and Cheerful by The Kills

Well this song was on House around this time and I was just coming OUT and it was an anthem in so many more ways than one.
tegan and sara {animated}


Two big ol' gay recommendations today. Both from my good friend last.fm.

THE FIRST would be Sick of Sarah. This is a name I'd heard in the Tegan and Sara circles quite a bit, and I think heard one song on my recommendation radio on last.fm. This time I decided to actively seek them out though AND HOLY SHIT. I love it. Seriously. I'm like listening to them obsessively. They're going to have a new album release early 2011, YAY! Can't wait.

THE SECOND is Hunter Valentine. Canadian first of all! Which is always a plus in my books. They are also supremely underrated. I actually BOUGHT their album on iTunes. I'm just saying that's how much I enjoy their tunes. What bothers me a little bit is that sometimes you really can't understand what the eff she's saying. Like really. But other than that, some pretty solid alt-rock music that is quite enjoyable. And plus the singer is fucking hot. Just check her out in the vid belowwww. (added bonus: Sabrina Jalees, a semi-famous (in Canada) comedian, is in this video.)

donnas {group}

30 Days of Music - 25 & 26

Day 25 - A song that makes you laugh
Titties by The Trucks from their album The Trucks

Like really, who wouldn't laugh? "You can't even get it up into first, let alone get it up into my driveway." REALLY?! LOL.

Day 26 - A song that you can play on an instrument
The Fire by Papa Roach from their album The Paramour Sessions
sonic {robin animated}

30 Days of Music - Days 23 & 24

I have successfully run away to BC! Yay!

Day 23 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
I Owe You a Love Song by Shiny Toy Guns from their album Season of Poison

Day 24 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Season's End by Kamelot from their album Ghost Opera: The Second Coming

Pretty sure that would make some people cry. Haaaa.
sonic {roland smile}

30 Days of Music - Days 21 & 22

Day 21 - A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Happy Together by The Turtles from their album Happy Together

Day 22 - A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Bless the Child by Nightwish from their album Century Child

Oh man, the Century Child album as a whole is great to listen to when feeling down.
"Why am I loved only when I'm gone?"
"Think of me long enough to make a memory."
"Why has all the laughter ceased?"
I don't know all of it is just so relatable when I'm feeling down on myself or my situation(s).
sonic {roland smile}


two things today.

New Papa Roach song! This is so different for Papa Roach! I'm pretty sure they've never written a nice love song ballad, for real. Forever was close, I guess. BUT THIS IS AWESOME. I'm loving the direction they're taking musically. (Well, Kick in the Teeth weirded me out a bit at first, but it's since grown on me.)

I have such an internet crush on this girl (who gives advice at everyoneisgay.tumblr.com) because really, who else would be able to make Ke$ha enjoyable? She's also in a band called Vintage Gramma.

sonic {karin}

icon post

Dude some of these icons are sooooo old. Like, from prior to the computer wipe...
ANYWAY some are pretty deec, some are pretty ehhhhhh. But I hope you enjoy.

113 icons 

[79] lyric icons
1-3 3 Doors Down
4 An Horse
5-7 Arctic Monkeys
8-11 The Donnas
12-14 Indica
15-17 Kamelot
18-19 The Kills
20-21 Raine Maida
22 Nightwish
23-29 Our Lady Peace
30-33 Oomph!
34 The Pixies
35-37 Placebo
38-46 Papa Roach
47 The Reason
48-50 Sixx:A.M.
51-57 Sonic Syndicate
58-59 Shiny Toy Guns
60 Thornley
61-75 Tegan and Sara
76 The Trucks
77-78 Uh Huh Her
79 Within Temptation
[17] Tegan and Sara icons (10 animated)
[3] The Donnas icons
[14] Sonic Syndicate icons (6 animated)


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You will credit me (heartisafist  or metamorphys) and comment or I will destroy your soul.
Jaykay, but credit's awesome and comments are awesomer, k ya'll?
sonic {karin}

30 Days of Music - Days 19 & 20

Promise there's new stuff coming soon! You might have to wait about a week for it though because I'm relocating provinces and such.

Day 19 - A song from your favorite album
Blood by Papa Roach from their album Getting Away With Murder

If I'm being honest, this probably isn't REALLY my favourite album, but it's so fucking hard to choose one. I find myself coming back to Getting Away With Murder on a regular basis. I find that it can express a great deal of varying emotions, you know? Plus, it's such a great evolution for the band, and lyrically incredibly touching. So, as far as albums that I love, this one has had serious lasting power. And thus was my choice.

Day 20 - A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Freelancer by Sonic Syndicate from their album Only Inhuman

Sonic Syndicate is easily the first band I ever turn to when I'm pissed. Especially when it's that mixture of pissed off and sad. There are so many really great songs they have that just expend all of that horrible negativity from me, at least for a short time. The reason I chose this song is because of the chorus.
"If you gave me the power to turn back time,
To save my corrupted heart,
I would change it to the way it was meant to be.
I would never know you.
You would never know me."
The first time I listened to this song, and really heard the words, I was just blown away, because I've felt that so often. When a friendship ends, or when there's so much hurt caused by one person that it makes my blood boil, all I wish was that I'd never known them because that hurt could have been avoided. I don't really know if I'm explaining it right, but that's the way it is.