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by Dan
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Les Savy Fav - "The Equestrian"

There is a 17-year-old still within me that was brought to life on Saturday, when I saw Les Savy Fav in Toronto. Their monstrous brutality, their charming mischief, and their boundless energy. The show began by a proclamation of "we are going to defile this space!" which garnered from me a mere smug grin. But they were right, we did. I am not a fan of Les Savy Fav, I recognized not a single song, but I danced like I did. Covered in beer, barely able to breathe, I thought to myself, "I'm 27 years old, but they're even older." The show was vivisected, I couldn't even see the lead singer by the time the lights came on, but that was all the better. No bursting crescendo, no end page to the story where I acted like a teenager for one night. [Buy, or even better, see them live before you die (Newton Barge Park in Brooklyn on Sunday)]



People have been writing me about RatTail since I started posting them over a year ago (and since: 1, 2). Recently a young woman named Miela Siy contacted me, she's now helping them with their first Brooklyn show, and I'm so happy for it.

RatTail's show in Brooklyn will be this Friday June 25th at 7pm at 255 McKibben St. #103 (off the Montrose stop on the L). Also playing are Steel Phantoms, Strange Shapes, and Rapdragons. I'm told there will be refreshments.



Sean Dunne has 4 lovely little documentaries to his credit. The first about an archivist losing his collection, the second about a man living in his van, the third about a veteran, and the newest about Rocky Salemmo, "The Bowler". They are gorgeous and very well made, they deserve attention, praise, and that team needs to be put on a bigger project. They are ready.



at Cabaret Mile-End (old Kola Note) join me (say hi!).

Posted by Dan at June 22, 2010 12:49 PM

I once passed up the chance to see Les Savy Fav on Halloween so I could bail on a party happening in my own flat to go see the new James Bond, kitted out as Munch's Scream. I really hope they make it back again soon, there's a balance to be redressed...

Posted by Ryan at June 22, 2010 2:27 PM

I like how you picked my favorite Les Savy Fav track out of my favorite Les Savy Fav album. The only song that comes near "Equestrian" in indie angst is Future Of the Left's "Arming Eritrea".

Posted by Pedram at June 24, 2010 12:12 AM

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