LIVE: Timber Timbre @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 11/17/09

November 18th, 2009, 11:44 am by Greg

Oh, Albany, you missed a good one. Far fewer than a dozen people witnessed the downtown debut of Canada’s Timber Timbre at Valentine’s Music Hall on Tuesday night (November 17), but those who were there won’t soon forget it.

Imagine Chris Isaak singing Nick Cave songs with Calexico. Only better. Much better.

Taylor Kirk sat behind his lone kick drum wielding a silver Telecaster and digging into some dark hollow of his young soul in search of songs like “Demon Host,” “Until The Night Is Over” and “I Get Low.”

Each was extracted like a tooth, and given shimmering (or screaming) accompaniment from Mika Posen’s fiddle and Simon Trotter’s lap steel guitar (and occasional autoharp).

Kirk and crew (who will land at Joe’s Pub in New York on Friday, November 19) looped odd sounds – including train whistle, shakers and noseflute — to create a cacophony that exploded between passages of “I Love You Like A Mountain,” making for a dynamic soft/loud din that would have done Nirvana proud had they honestly slept the night in a forest.

It was all beautiful, black and sad in a Spaghetti-Western kind of way.

Oh, Albany, look ‘em up, do.

Review by Bokonon


Real Good for Free: Timber Timbre

October 30th, 2009, 3:23 pm by Greg

Here’s some more free music for ya, but you’d better hurry.

Until 12midnight on Saturday (October 31), you can snag a free download the entire breakthrough, critically acclaimed, self-titled album by Timber Timbre.

A nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize, Timber Timbre has been heralded by the Canadian press since since the album was released this summer on the Arts & Crafts label. After playing at the CMJ Convention earlier this month, the band attracted quite a bit of Big Apple praise, too. Time Out New York wrote that Timber Timbre was “the standout act” describing their set as “powerfully dark, even eerie folk tracks (which) managed to keep the crowd positively awed.” The Village Voice called them a “uniquely creepy beauty.”

So download the album today, and get psyched for their Nippertown debut on Tuesday, November 17, when Timber Timbre takes over Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany.

Here’s a little sample for you:

The Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCaffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysAdvertise on Nippertown!Mohawk Hudson Humane SocietyRamblin Jug Stompers