Concert review and photos – Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Feb 24 2009. Mike Latschislaw photo

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Feb 24 2009

– review by eugene osudar/photos by Mike Latschislaw

the most
memorable
i almost
O You Beast
for something
completely
m/py/thon
day/month/year
aka
dd/mm/yyyy
aka
23/02/2009
somebody in the band
said, “just fill in today’s
particulars.”
5:10 PM
location,
winnipeg’s
into the music
heart of winnipeg’s exchange district
1920s chicago style architecture
used vinyl
cds
and new stuff too
in/store
promo
for a rare
royal albert show
on a monday night\
walking inside,
hearing
roaring\
(into)
smashing snares
(the)
cymmmmm/
(music)
balls to the walls
(van)
and about 15
fans
(morrison)
of slightly
used music
rocking/cacophony
rattling windows
cracking ribcages
beating/busting hearts
like pris(on)mmm(mars)
bars/planets/stars
in shouting over
play! real! loud!
what!
hold on now youngsters!
los campesinoswriting in my book
“what’s your name?”
pointing with my pen
handing over the pen
to, he writes, “Dany.”
i writes, “Eugene.”
hands shake on it
so Loud!
“how long have you followed this band?”
shout(s) (out out out out, pyramid april 22nd)
me.
“5 years. they haven’t been together
5 years but when they were in other bands.
They’ve been together for 2 or 3 years
as dd/mm/yyyy.”
an interview with a love vampire fan

rewind
huffing and puffing
the drummer
after a torrent of smashing
kit/kat
(i ,love, cho,co/late)
equipment malfunction
“we’re on tour and our equipment is
breaking down and if you want to help us
we have some free newspapers for you,”
says lead singer.

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, Feb 24 2009 photo

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, Feb 24 2009. Mike Latschislaw photo

stop making (non)sense (talking heads)
what’s free/day/month/year fan,zine?
a cd for 5$

how is this helping?

“this song is called broken potatoes.
we never play this song.”
it’s because of equip/ment
malfunction
bassist and guitarist
struggle to mend broken
technology
drummer pounds
lead singer and keys guy
play their synths
“that keyboard the lead singer’s
playing. i got that same model
at a garage sale, ” says greg
owner of into the music.
“i was checking it out
earlier. it’s sold by radio shack.
I got it for ten bucks. it works purr/
fectly. my ten year old plays it.
i Love the way he plays the other
keyboard
backwards.”
greg guides my gaze to the key
board player who plays his
and the lead singer’s
synth backwards (to him)

“we started the tour on february 2nd
(02/02/2009)
we’ll be home for five days
after playing fargo, minneapolis
milwaukeeee/chicago and then off
for another month.
we remember everything.
and i mean everything
like that guy there
(points)
(to the fresh/faced
youngster who is dany)
he is such a nice guy,”
blond guitarist says.

caught up.
flashing forward to:
to the royal albert
monday night
as i walk in
to the bar

who do i see
but steve bates!
(with john tait)
which means
he is (they are) in winnipeg
to record with greg
macpherson
for greg’s new cd
with mike (of absent
sound
filling in for cancelled
Sylvie)
( i love regina’;s
sylvie and choc,o:late)

if sylvie hadn’t cancelled
yes i would have danced
even
madly more/so than i did
to the purely/pop,
now/sounds of sylvie
but there wouldn’t have
been steve bates
one of the most
beautiful men walking
breathing this planet

thank you
for bittersweet
disappointments
and
for absent sound
Now for The Beast

i arrive
in the midst
of ten fresh/snow
centimeters
tuesday night
at pyramid
only to discover
the promised tickets
aren’t there
for me

i’m tired, i;ve
seen 48 live music
sets in february
(try it youngsters)
and danced most
of them
(try it youngsters)
my sweetness
turns sour\
burns dour\
(after reading)
i’m ready to go to the Lo
for their open mike
hosted b=y a fave
local band
Les Jupes
i haven’t seen ian larue
in months
and he’s another of those
most
beautiful men walking
and breathing
this planet

but mike latschstudios.com
who brilliantly
shoots
these winnipeg
pics
convinces
the grim/gate/keeper
to open the doors
of his heart
(oh english beat)
and step over the thresh
hold on now
youngsters

what am i doing here
my waking eyes are
exhausted at 6:10 AM
i won’t be home any sooner
than 1:30 AM
i’ve gone out
nearly two straight weeks
i’m 45
i have 200 kids that i work
with
what am,i
doing

and then
it
the it that happens
to be
it
to be
or not to be
it
happens
to me
to the band
to the audience

Le Beato

Le Beato.

that i danced to only
on saturday at the Lo
Pub
opens
with their theme beats
composition
le beato
no one brave enough
to dance
to even be near
the stage
and i’m shy
i really/Really am
shy

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg photo

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, Feb 24 2009. Mike Latschislaw photo

and i try
not to dance
(naked)
on the floor
in front of the stage
(eyes on)
alone
on my own
but
le beato are flying
like the computer
images flashing to the beats
on the balls to the walls
behind
Le Beato!
so there i go
to the front and i begin
the dance

and slo
w
ly
they come
the beautiful women
and a few beautiful men

and they begin to dance

the dance
that is the dance

beast-4559and by the time Beast
bounds
on
at midnight

all is On/the dance is full/raging/on
the song mr hurricane
by the beast
there is a mega/phone song
there is a lullaby
there is a rap
there is hip hop
there is trip hop
there is a stance
there is a dance
beast-4571betty and jean-phi
unleashing dancing tasmanian
he/she/devils
and satan
dances
on the ashtray
of the triplettes de
bell
ville
for all the winks
from betty
from jean
from the guitarist
from the keyboard bassist
to this dancing tasmanian devil
beast-4611or all the bitter
sweets
nearly misses
on this my 50th
set of live music in february
i thank you
for being the lords
of the dance

this show
i can’t
forget you
nearly the perfect set length
65 minutes
nearly

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg photo

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, Feb 24 2009. Mike Latschislaw photo

the bare/shouldered beauty
that jean-phi pulls on stage
beast-46111to dance the last song
and betty
looking or me
but i knew betty would
so i melted away
into the dancers
i’m sorry

i am shy

i can’t forget

your voice
your stance
your romance
with
those beats
those rhythmmmmmmmmmmssssssnaking
through
our dance collective souls

now i know
i gotta go
gotta be
in the dance
the beast dance

took no notes

just danced

when
Beast
betty bonifassi
and jean-phi goncalves
visit you
you visit them
promise me
and you will dance
the beast dance
of heaven of hell
burning love
the fine line

thank you
glen
thank you franco
manitoban
community
thank you mike
thank you
gate/keeper
for opening up
to a me
in need
i need the Beast dance

thank you
Beast,
betty/jean-phi

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret photo

Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, Feb 24 2009. Mike Latschislaw photo

About Eugene Osudar

“born, august 16, 1963. i’m 45, and yes, i’m getting too old for this. bring out the rocking chair. my first concert, november 1978, elvis costello and the attractions. i was 15. their blisteringly brilliant 65 minute set only served somebody to affirm my new direction in the musical parallel universes, new wave punk alternative, oh sanctity oh celebration (!Freedom!) college radio! i’m old, i’m used up and i’m free. i see 50something Full sets of music every month and dance most of them. and when i dance, i mean to say, I Dance and Celebrate, 2/3/4 hours a night. The Gaslight Anthem. The Boss. The Weber Brothers. The Wind Ups. i’ll dance with Los Campesinos. i’ll move to The Long Winters. The Replacements. Husker Du. The Pogues. oh elvis costello, oh Clash! i could go/go/go Gogol Bordello forever. L(eonard) Cohen. come, Dance With Me (Old 97s) wherever you may be, sincerely, eugene

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One response to “Concert review and photos – Beast at the Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg

  1. 9 years ago  

    just as rusty of the waking eyes says, “eye-popping!”

  2. 9 years ago  

    ha!

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