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Frightened Rabbit at The Horseshoe Tavern (July 22nd)

Toronto loves Frightened Rabbit.

Something quite amazing has happened here since Oct ’08, when this Scottish four-piece had performed to an enthusiastic half full crowd at Lees Palace. Either word really got around about how awesome that show was, or it was just a matter of time before people realized just how good this band is. On wednesday night, they sold out The Horseshoe Tavern.

They performed just about every song of The Midnight Organ Fight, with a bunch of songs from their earlier effort Sings The Greys. Their stage presence was captivating. The audience sung along to everything, including backing vocals to Scott Hutchison’s acoustic version of Poke during the first song of the encore. They ended the encore with fan favorite Keep Yourself Warm, which guitarist David Kennedy told me was the song indie kids ‘loved to hate’ since licensing the song to an episode of Chuck. And for once, I wasn’t the guy in the audience who was yelling out ‘Music Now!’ inbetween songs to get that song heard. It was a completely different group of fans. And the song was already on the setlist. In fact, there were no new songs in there. The band decided they’d like to save the new stuff for a later time.

Apparently the new record has been recorded, to be mixed in the coming weeks. We’ll have to wait a while for the record though, its schedule to come out in March of ’10. After finishing a whack of US dates this summer, they’ll be hopefully on a headlining European tour.

Looking ahead to when we’ll see them in Toronto next, it’ll probably be sometime next year and I’m betting they’ll sell out the Phoenix. Just a guess based on how things are going.

Music Now (from Sings The Greys)

(more of Jackman’s photos from the show here).

Favorite Songs of ’07

This is not my list for favorite albums of 2007. I’m still working on that as we speak.

This list is kind of a 2007 listening road map for me.

*Some songs may have been released in ’06, but I heard them for the first time this year. As well, they are in no order whatsoever.

Fake Empire by The National

Pioneer To The Falls by Interpol. Get it from Your Head’s Not Right.

Down The Line by Jose Gonzalez. Check MOKB.

Bodysnatchers by Radiohead. Check Rocksellout.

Fools by The Dodos

Casualty by Look See Proof. Exitfare has it.

Time To Pretend by MGMT

Superheroes/Human After All/Rock’n’Roll by Daft Punk off Alive.

Bros (Edit) by Panda Bear

Northwestern Girls by Say Hi

Videotape (Acoustic) by Thom Yorke. Get it at Good Weather.

Hljomalind by Sigur Ros. Get it at the Sound Of Marching Feet.

Your English Is Good by Tokyo Police Club

Good To Sea by Pinback. Check Neiles Life.

Phantom pt. II (Soulwax Night Version) by Justice

Strangers by The Kinks

Damnit Anna by The Morning Benders

Lake Michigan by Rogue Wave

Let’s Dance To Joy Division by The Wombats

Pop Rocks by Saturna

Weighty Ghost by Wintersleep

Sandy by Caribou

Forever Heavy by Black Moth Super Rainbow

Hold Your Secrets To Your Heart by Miracle Fortress. Get it from Matt.

It Will Find You by Maps

Collarbone by Fujiya & Miyagi

West Coast by Coconut Records

1 2 3 4 by Feist

Simple X by Andrew Bird

Oh, The Boss Is Coming by Charlemagne

Sing! Captain by Handsome Furs

My Body Is A Cage by The Arcade Fire

Nothin’No by David Vandervelde

Anti-Anti (Stutter remix) by Snowden. Thats a tricky one to find, check iTunes.

Take Your Medicine by Cloud Cult

Music Now by Frightened Rabbit

Winding Watch by Rebekah Higgs