I can’t go to every show. Wish I could.
After a couple of misadventures of trying to go to a show, then keep up with my 8 a.m. work schedule, I decided that my days of that insanity were at an end. (Unless, it’s someone really good. And even then, I’d seek the next day off. Like I did earlier this year with My Morning Jacket. I didn’t go to work the next day. I would’ve been in pain.)
But there are times when the right show falls into place. For example, Saturday, when Broken Social Scene heads to Pompano to play Club Cinema. I don’t have to go to work the next day, so I can stay out as long as I want.
(And with enough Starbucks quad-venti nonfat lattes, I can still be coherent enough to have a good conversation with my wife at breakfast. That stuff will cut through the fog off Fisherman’s Wharf.)
Broken Social Scene is one of two examples of the Canadian egalitarianism in rock. (The other being New Pornographers.) Kevin Drew, Justin Peroff and Brendan Canning have been in the band the most, but others have made their way into BSS, making this collective a who’s who of Canadian indie rock: Leslie Feist, Metric’s Emily Haines and James Shaw, Stars’ Amy Millan, Torquil Campbell and Evan Cranley, Apostle of Hustle’s Andrew Whiteman, Do Say Make Think’s Charlie Spearin, The Weakerthans’ Jason Tait and the Dears’ Murray Lightburn.
As a result, BSS’ music can be very unpredictable, from instrumental grooves to wildly sonic adventures. And even though the band hasn’t released an album since their 2005 self-titled LP, both Drew’s and Canning’s solo albums have a lot of BSS members involved.
Check out “7/4 (Shoreline)”:
Best show in PBC: Can’t go to Broward for the BSS show? Check out the ultra-cool Papa Mali at Delray’s City Limits on Saturday.
When money is no object: Want to experience the long-awaited release of Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy in a way I guarantee your friends won’t? Head to Berlin and see if you can get aboard the Berlin Party Bus of Bloodhound Gang bass player Evil Jared on Friday night. I doubt it’ll get any wilder than that.