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Review – The Waking Eyes at the Pyramid Cabaret, Dec 29 2009

nights of vision
nights of beauty
nights of music
nights of dancing
nights of ecstatic

joy

The Waking Eyes
are this and more

www.myspace.com/thewakingeyes

Rusty, Matt, Joey, Steve
and Bucky

Oh My Winnipeg
in the bitterly cold
Decembrrrrrrrrrrrr

how do we?
why do we?

i want to leave
i want to run
i want to fly

to places warm

Dharmasala
and laugh with
the Dalai Lama

nothing is
warmer
than

laughing
till you’re crying

shedding
(pouring)
glorious tears
with The Dalai Lama
anywhere
anytime
and
anyhow,

come with me?

dance with me?

India.

Bollywood.

dancing in the streets
with the (sacred)
cows

shrines every corner

temples
to Hanuman
monkey god
Ganesh
elephant god
good traveling friends
Kali
adorned by
skulls

vividly
explosive colors

smells,
lovely curry
and
horrid hells

noise cacophony

it’s all chaos
and
it all makes sense

anyone?

everyone?

here we are now

youngsters
holding onto
the life/love and
ecstasy
of

the moment

oh
my dance
and music
lovers

(i love you)

the smiles
shining
the heads, the shoulders
and the hair
bopping

(you nourish me)

swinging
hips
feet moving
asses grooving
and
swiveling

i’m dangerous
this night

so are we all

(we’re flying)

when we dance
when we shake
and shimmy
co
co
bop!

i’m a voodoo slave
to these guru
grooves

the foundation
is
The Beatles

no, they’re not quite
Lennon,
McCartney

(nearer than
most
who aspire,

keep climbing
it’s a wondrous mountain
to scale
and yes
summit)

from there
it’s the funk
and roll
of glorious
Stax soul

add a little disco
just a tiny bit
so little
you’d have to really
listen for it

and there you
go

dancing flow

The Waking Eyes
full,moon,shadow
flow

in one hour
12 songs

a few throwaways
seldom played
ones

mostly

the hits

Holding Onto Whatever It Is
Get Me To The Doctor
Run Through the Fire
Clap Clap
Digital Glue
Trouble On The Patio
Keeps Me Coming Back
Drive In Theatre
Watch Your Money
All Empires Fall

Onatraia
Wolves At The Door

and so we dance

youngsters
pressing
the stage
250 strong
young
vital
Loving
and leaving
it
on the floor

and for Wolves At The Door

we sing
we howl
we pray

We

are One
with

our beautiful
unbearably frigid
Winnipeg

and

The Waking Eyes.

www.myspace.com/royalcanoe

Royal Canoe are
Matt and Joey
from The Waking Eyes
Bucky and Matt
from The Liptonians
and Jeff on drums.

there’s a good
sounding buzz
positive vibration
chiming/humming
about this band,

i caught a very
hot
song and a half
at the end of an
opening set
a few months ago
(if memory swerves
for The Most Serene
Republic)

and this time,
in 40 minutes
and 8 songs

i hear(d) the clever,
the elastically tight
Rubber(y) Soul
Beatles grooves

any band with Matt Peters
writing songs
is going to be a contender
and no pretender

and yes,
Yes
YEs
YES
happy to shout
The News
(Carbon Silicon)
is good

Red House Row
Me Loving Your Money
Soothsayer
Dumbwaiter
How Do You Like My Body
Kasparov (songwriters, more songs about chess, please)
Fabulous Mess
Dear June

the first three songs
and last two
simply are
gorgeous
sensual layers of funky
disco with some Marley
vibrations
and yes
most importantly
there’s dancing

dancing
for me and for you

and that’s divine.

another
My Winnipeg
(Guy Maddin)
(Royal Art Lodge)
band
to see

Oh Canada,
i pity you

that you don’t
see, hear and feel
our minus 40
in the searing heat
of our dirty
filthy
indie music
clubs.

shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,
it’s a secret.

Winnipeg music
so much good,
good news,
in the minus
40 muse.

The Waking Eyes
Royal Canoe
The Pyramid
December 29.

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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