Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
Happy first day of Fall, y’all. Just bits and pieces, odds and sods today.
Stop the presses – The Buffalo News’ crack investigative reporters have revealed that Nellie McKay is NOT actually a prodigiously gifted teenage singer/songwriter/pianist. She is, in fact, a forty-two year old North Tonowanda construction site foreman named Earl. We are shocked and dismayed, but this means we no longer feel quite so dirty for thinking she was pretty damn cute at her Lee’s Palace show some months back. Uh, I meant that in regards to her apparently being 22 years old and not 19, not for being a big sweaty construction guy. That part was a joke. I’ll shut up now. From Pop (All Love).
Rolling Stone sits down with Elvis Costello about his storied career (“Being the patron saint of a certain kind of woman-hating dweeb is not a great career”), married life, and his latest releases, The Delivery Man and Il Sogno. I just got The Delivery Man yesterday but haven’t had a chance to really listen to it yet, so no preliminary impressions to share. Article from LHB.
Here are the pics from Monday night’s Macha/Mahjongg show at Lee’s.
It’s just come to my attention that the Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter show with The Great Lakes Swimmers at the Rivoli September 26 is free. Sounds like a deal to me.
Pics of the cast of Fantastic Four film, in costume. Nice cleavage, Jessica Alba. And Michael Chilkis doesn’t look as bad in The Thing getup as I feared though odds of hearing him say, “Thing ring do your thing” are not good.
The New York Times presents the story of Brian Michael Bendis, scribe for half the Marvel Universe titles, in comic strip form. Natch.
This Sunday the 26th is the annual Word On The Street book festival here in the T-dot. It’s usually held on Queen West, but this year it’s been moved to Queen’s Park on the north side of the Parliment Buildings. Apparently the logistics of shutting down Queen W for a day were too much to deal with so they’re going to hang out in the park instead. So yeah, it’s no longer technically on a street, but it should be good anyway.
Construction and traffic forced me to cut through the heart of the University of Toronto campus on the way home yesterday. Seeing all the happy young collegiate types coming and going from class, sitting on the grass reading, playing frisbee on a gorgeous September afternoon… MAN sometimes I miss university. Sniff.
np – Elvis Costello & The Imposters / The Delivery Man
Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
While at Magic Pony yesterday buying a print of Kozyndan’s “The Household”, I was excited to learn that the artists were going to be in town at the end of September at the store doing and exhibition. I hope they bring some more artwork to sell – I would love to have “DC Sleeps Alone Tonight” as well. Actually, I’d like to have copies of all their work… perhaps I’ll just have to settle for the book.
And speaking of The Postal Service, they’ve made a video for their cover of Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” which you can watch in asx or ram format, link from Stereogum. It’s basically four minutes of things disappearing and Josh Hartnett looking sad – don’t be sad Josh Hartnett, you’re rich. You can afford to buy another bed. While the track has been kicking around online for some time now, it’s finally getting a formal release on the soundtrack to the film Wicker Park starring the aforementioned Hartnett. I don’t know what it’s about but it looks like Josh has to choose between two, maybe three, beautiful women. Poor bastard.
Brainwashed has a feature-length (okay, 21 minutes, but that’s epic-length in internet attention span terms) video feature on Rachel Goswell comprising live and interview footage taken from her recent jaunt across America promoting Waves Are Universal. She offers a capsule history of Slowdive and Mojave 3 including some insider info heretofore unknown (at least to me). Good stuff.
Low In Europe is a documentary film that follows Duluth, Minnesota’s favourite sons (and daughter) Low on tour in Europe over 2002 and 2003 to promote their last album Trust. It will be coming out on DVD this Fall but is limited to 1000 pieces. Damn, that is limited. From Slatch.
Macha will be at Lee’s to rock the zither, vibraphone and other traditional Indonesian instrumentation on September 20, tickets $10. It’s much better than it sounds, trust me. They just released Forget Tomorrow on August 3, their first proper record in five years. Chicago’s Mahjongg support.
Montreal popsters Arcade Fire will be fleeing Pop Montreal to come play for us at Lee’s Palace on October 1, tickets $8 in advance. I have missed something like their last three or four shows in Toronto – I won’t be missing this one, word is they put on an annihilative (is that a word? Is now.) live show. In fact, there is very significant “next big thing” buzz around this band. Justified? You decide – see them live or get their debut long-player Funeral when it comes out September 14 on Merge.
Offering further proof that this is the Summer for reunions, Helmet are strapping it back on and hitting the road to support thier first new album in five years, Size Matters (out September 14). The tour will bring them to Lee’s Palace on October 2.
It makes me happy when The Horseshoe and Lee’s Palace update their websites. My October concert sched is getting kinda full – seven shows in a month including two back-to-back-to-back (or just about) weekends? Woot. I may have to work some vacation days into the mix just to stay alive (but that’s okay, as I have vacation days I have to use up by the end of October anyway).
Three words (and two little words): Freddy vs Jason vs Ash. You know, ASH. From The Evil Dead films? Chainsaws, knives, machetes… New Line is talking to Sam Raimi about the rights, if not to direct (Spider-Man 3 will probably keep him busy). Do it, Sam. It’ll be a humdinger of a good time. “Shop smart. Shop S-Mart.”
np – American Music Club / San Francisco