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Broken Social Scene!

Last night was incredible, absolutely incredible. I haven’t had a more wonderful concert experience in all my life, and I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the finest performers to grace the stage. Broken Social Scene are Canada’s pre-eminent band, a secret kept from even most of my fellow Canadians. How lucky am I to be aware of them and to have seen them perform with nearly every member present?

Before the show Nathan, Pegah and Jana arrived at my place, where we drank tea and talked for a while. Sadly, Allison and Andrew were unable to join us and Pegah began to feel ill before we reached the venue. We had to leave her armed with my umbrella (it was a rainy night) at the bus stop and head on as a trio.

We arrived at the Forum and got inside as Bedouin Soundclash were beginning their set. They put on a very good show, a reggae-punk-other stuff mix that got the crowd worked up and impressed me enough that I’ll likely pick up their album soon. They’re a band to watch in the future, that’s for sure.

After an intermission, Broken Social Scene took the stage, took control of the crowd (they had us in the palms of their hands before they even appeared) and blew us all away from the first note. There was no lull in the 2.5 hours set, which was filled with alternations in band makeup (a band with 17 members and even more collaborators has a lot of pieces to move around) and so many beautiful songs I couldn’t keep track. I was energized, inspired and completely moved by the experience. It was the closest to a holy experience I’ve had in a long time. Concert crowds have always been my version of a congregation, and performers a conduit to the divine.
It’s hard to convey just how astounding the show was in plain language. It’s like a mystical or transcendant experience in that it is so beyond words and common experience that it’s hard to convey. “If God made music, it’d be slightly less beautiful, moving and grand,” is one way I explained it. Nathan made it more simple with, “BSS are gods!” There was a beautiful chemistry among the band, who obviously have a deep bond, that projected into the music and made it incredibly powerful and moving beyond the technical mastery of musicians in a cohesive zone. It was beautiful, holy and alive.
Near the end of the show, there was a bit of a mantra chanted that went something like, “Our mission is to take good music outside of Canada!” It’s my hope that all my friends and passers-by outside these borders will be similarly moved by BSS, the associated bands (Stars, Apostle of Hustle, Do Make Say Think, and a host more) and the wave of other astounding talent launching from here; I imagine you’ll be thankful to have a chance to experience what I did last night.

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  1. Hey Hippie!

    Well, we couldn't make it to BSS but it sounds like it was great… so have a recipe I just invented! It's veggie! Call me if you have any questions on it.

    Recipes
    Texas Portabellos

    From the kitchen of ALLISONCURRIE
    Estimated POINTS? Values Per Serving | 4
    Servings | 4

    Light Meals | Community built RECIPE
    Ingredients

    4 medium portabella mushroom
    19 oz canned black beans
    10 oz Eden Organic Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
    1 small onion(s)
    12 oz canned yellow corn
    8 sprays cooking spray
    2 pieces Faraon Whole Jalapenos
    1/4 cup cilantro
    4 tsp ground cumin

    Instructions

    Dice onion and the jalapenos. Add mixture to drained corn in a pot over medium heat. Add the can of “Eden Organic Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis” or RoTel tomatos if you have those. 😉 Simmer for 5 minutes.

    Add black beans to mixture, over medium heat till hot.

    Remove stems from mushrooms. Spray each side with cooking spray, sprinkle 1 tsp of cumin over each mushroom, and grill them for 5-8 minutes or so over medium heat.

    Top with bean mixture and a smattering of cilantro, and serve with either baked tortilla chips or a baked potato for a fuller meal.

    Special Notes

    By “Faraon Whole Jalapenos” I mean two fresh whole jalapenos. For some reason, this was not an ingredient option without a brand name in front of it…

  2. Hey Hippie!

    Well, we couldn't make it to BSS but it sounds like it was great… so have a recipe I just invented! It's veggie! Call me if you have any questions on it.

    Recipes
    Texas Portabellos

    From the kitchen of ALLISONCURRIE
    Estimated POINTS? Values Per Serving | 4
    Servings | 4

    Light Meals | Community built RECIPE
    Ingredients

    4 medium portabella mushroom
    19 oz canned black beans
    10 oz Eden Organic Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
    1 small onion(s)
    12 oz canned yellow corn
    8 sprays cooking spray
    2 pieces Faraon Whole Jalapenos
    1/4 cup cilantro
    4 tsp ground cumin

    Instructions

    Dice onion and the jalapenos. Add mixture to drained corn in a pot over medium heat. Add the can of “Eden Organic Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis” or RoTel tomatos if you have those. 😉 Simmer for 5 minutes.

    Add black beans to mixture, over medium heat till hot.

    Remove stems from mushrooms. Spray each side with cooking spray, sprinkle 1 tsp of cumin over each mushroom, and grill them for 5-8 minutes or so over medium heat.

    Top with bean mixture and a smattering of cilantro, and serve with either baked tortilla chips or a baked potato for a fuller meal.

    Special Notes

    By “Faraon Whole Jalapenos” I mean two fresh whole jalapenos. For some reason, this was not an ingredient option without a brand name in front of it…

  3. BSS is truly a great live band. They all look like they are having so much fun on stage too.

    Glad to hear your experience was moving. Thats really what music and concert going is all about. For those few, unforgettable shows.

  4. BSS is truly a great live band. They all look like they are having so much fun on stage too.

    Glad to hear your experience was moving. Thats really what music and concert going is all about. For those few, unforgettable shows.