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Episode 146: Best Of 2015 - Part 1

Episode 146: Best Of 2015 - Part 1

This is it! As the year draws to a close, the gang hangs out one last time to talk all of the good, bad, and ugly of 2015.  Does your favorite album make the cut, and does that even matter? Can we all just agree Kendrick cuz dammmmnnn?

All of these questions and more will be answered as we geek out on all of the music that made 2015 one of the best years for music in recent memory. So sit back, relax, and get your ears ready because here comes Episode 146 of ChunkGlasses: THE PODCAST – BEST OF 2015 EDITION PART 1!

Patrick Watson @ 9:30 Club - 5/27/15

Patrick Watson @ 9:30 Club - 5/27/15

Sometimes it’s the happy accidents that make being a music fan oh-so-exciting.

Back in 2012, one such accident was going to see Great Lake Swimmers open for the reasonably hyped Patrick Watson – the show was actually broadcast/archived on NPR – without knowing a thing about the man, his music, or what was about to happen.  And what happened was revelatory, awe inspiring -- in short, MAGIC. The eschewing of traditional lighting in favor of a more personal approach – tiny tealight-like devices were mounted on guitars, fingers, wherever they could be fit – amplified the angelic weirdness of Watson’s music, pitching the audience into an almost dream-state euphoria, where magic and whimsy and wonder were all real and happening right now in front of you.

That show set a bar, not just for what Patrick Watson, the band (the band is the man is the band…it’s metaphysically weird but just roll with it) was capable of, but legitimately, what we should expect from ALL live shows going forward from this melodious singularity. So to say expectations were high for Watson and his band’s most recent stop in Washington, D.C. would be putting it lightly. Throw in the fact that their new album, Love Songs For Robots, is one of the best releases of 2015 to date (we reviewed it on the podcast here), and really, there’s no way for anything to live up to the hype.

And yet…Patrick Watson found a way.

Episode 116: Mikal Cronin - MCIII / Patrick Watson - Love Songs For Robots

Episode 116: Mikal Cronin - MCIII / Patrick Watson - Love Songs For Robots

This week on ye olde podcast we’re strong with indignation, curmudgeon, and wonder.  First up, Prince’s “surprise” show in Baltimore last Sunday was billed as a “Rally 4 Peace”, but with millions in potential monetary donations to be generated, and only a “portion” of the proceeds going to charity, should “good vibes” really count as currency? We resurrect our fan favorite “Prince is a dick” segment to investigate.

Next up, tune in as we review new records from power-pop wunderkind Mikal Cronin and Montreal’s masterful Patrick Watson.  Both albums are two of the mostly hotly anticipated albums of 2015, but do they deliver the goods?

PLUS!!! Are you a Dylan Fan? Ryan Adams? How about just a great song? If the answer is yes “The Jester and the Queen” by Chicago based singer/songwriter PM Buys is the track for you!

LIVE: Patrick Watson w/Great Lake Swimmers @ The 9:30 Club - 9/5/12

LIVE: Patrick Watson w/Great Lake Swimmers @ The 9:30 Club - 9/5/12

For all the jokes we make at the expense of our neighbors to the north, Canada may have the United States beat in one key export – great indie rock. Some Canadian groups find massive success in the US – Arcade Fire, for example. Others find a smaller but no less rabid following, such as Japandroids, Destroyer, or Besnard Lakes. Still others have found success in Canada but have yet to truly break through here despite prodigious amounts of talent and fantastic live performances.

One such band is Montreal’s Patrick Watson (that’s the name of the band as well as the singer/pianist who founded it). They garnered a Juno New Artist of the Year nomination in 2007 and have been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in 2007 and 2009. (No, you don’t need to know what those are, only that they’re a much more accurate gauge of talent than the Grammys.) Those successes have yet to translate to fame in the United States, but if Wednesday’s show at the 9:30 Club is any indication, they won’t be a kept a secret much longer.

TO Do List: Patrick Watson w/Great Lake Swimmers @ The 9:30 Club Wednesday 9/5!!!

When we heard that Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers would be playing with Montreal’s Patrick Watson at his Wednesday show at the 9:30 Club we were ecstatic, but also had some questions (beyond where in DC one might get poutine to get the evening started right). Was it a double bill? Was GLS opening for Watson, or vice versa?

Both bands are touring in support of stellar records – Watson’s Adventures in Your Own Backyard has been garnering rave reviews for it’s sparse, Antony and the Johnsons-esque minimalism and emphasis on mood. The Great Lake Swimmers’ most recent album, New Wild Everywhere is also a masterpiece, but eschews the spare quiet sound of their early records for fuller, more upbeat tunes. Thus the questions about the lineup; when GLS played in DC earlier this year they had the crowd bouncing and moving, cheering guitar and violin solos alike, and giving their best performance in the area to date. On the other hand, crowds at Watson’s shows are known to sit cross-legged on the floor in order to take in the lush soundscapes he and his band so effortlessly design. Would GLS get the crowd up and pumped only to have Watson chill them back out?

At the end of the day, either scenario is fine for this perfect end-of-the-summer Wednesday night show.

LIVE MUSIC: Andrew Bird w/Patrick Watson @ The 9:30 Club - 5/8/12

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On Tuesday night at the 9:30 Club, opening band Patrick Watson once again begged the question What the hell are they putting in the water in Montreal, and where can I get some? Watson recently released Adventures in Your Own Backyard, an album that makes you want to lay on the floor in the dark and ponder really important things. He and his band were the perfect lead-in for the similarly-situated Andrew Bird, and if you were to listen to the collective slower works from both artists in an infinite loop, you may be on your floor for a month. But once you got up you’d probably understand quantum physics.