Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Ma Solituda

The Nothing I Know brings glad tidings from the long-lost world of Catherine Wheel. After nary a peep being heard since they went on hiatus following the release of 2000’s Wishville, it appears that CW frontman Rob Dickinson has been up to something productive over the past half-decade besides regretting his Ferment liner notes haircut. TNIK, who also has an Adam & Eve-era b-side online for your enjoyment, reports that Dickinson will complete mixing on his debut solo album this week with an eye to a release sometime in 2005. It will be accompanied by some touring, though on which continents, who knows – it’s too early to speculate without even a label in the picture (though apparently Sancutary is in the mix in some capacity). While they never really broke through in North America (see “Waydown”, filed under One-Hit Wonders), the Wheel had/have an inexplicably fanatical following in Toronto. Anyway, apparently the solo material is similar in feel to Catherine Wheel’s 1997 masterpiece Adam & Eve. Good news, indeed.

Oh, and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Brian Futter = Ugliest man in rock. Ever.

Some late links on the topic… I Can’t Believe It’s Not Futter. And Rob Dickinson has a Livejournal impersonator? Who would want to pretend to be Rob? And yet there seems to be legit news. Weird.

Austin City Limits interviewed Wilco at the end of September, presumably when they were taping their episode of the show, set to air January 8. Bright Eyes will also be featured on the show that day. plays Q&A with Jay Farrar.

The Black Table has some fun tearing apart musician classified ads on New York’s Craigslist. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that it’s not hard to do so – finding bizarre, hilarious or just plain frightening musician classified ads is like shooting dead fish in a barrel. Mind you, I’ve had some good success with finding like-minded people to play with through sites like Torontomusician (our own Craigslist has almost no traffic), but believe me – the batting average is not good. Now if they wanted to have some real fun, they’d post a fake ad of their own and post some of the responses they got back. It’s like a sociology masters thesis waiting to happen.

Congratulations to the Toronto Argonauts on winning the Grey Cup. I’m not a football fan, but I did watch a little bit of the third quarter and my goodness, Toronto was shredding BC’s defence. I didn’t see one incomplete pass. Impressive stuff, and it’s always nice when the home team wins a championship.

I saw a guy in the subway today pushing a shopping cart full of puppies. Swear to God, he had at least a half dozen of them in there. It was quite possibly the cutest thing ever.

My headphones just broke. That sucks enormously. I have to order a new pair, like, now.

np – Catherine Wheel / Like Cats And Dogs

By : Frank Yang at 9:37 am
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  1. shaunna says:

    rob dickinson sings on a few tracks on the upcoming jimmy chamberlin complex album

  2. Anonymous says:

    Headphones broke? I seriously hope you’re upgrading. After all that nonsense picking out the perfect speakers for your house the least you could do is get some decent walking around ones.

    I have and love these

    http://…/ though I’d love an upgrade to these http://…/ but if i recall you aren’t an earbud man…

  3. Frank says:

    earbuds suck. I am getting the same headphones I had before, which are far and away the best ones I’ve heard short of those big hip-hop style cans.

  4. f-n says:

    cutest thing ever? dude, that was ronald mcdonald…think about it.

  5. Frank says:

    I.. hmm. Hmm. Okay, now I’m officially disturbed. Thanks bunches.

  6. Rachel says:

    What is it with you and puppies? I may well have to get you one.

  7. thomaus says:

    >>> It was quite possibly the cutest thing ever

    And the picture is posted where?

  8. Frank says:

    Puppies are cute. What else is there to it?

    Sorry, no pics. Didn’t have my camera with me and the puppy convoy was moving pretty fast.

  9. graig says:

    where’s the link to the Gouge Away mp3?

    A friend of mine put that cover on a tape back in ’97 and I loves it.

    Now I wants to loves it digitally… man, gimme a fix.

  10. geekent=doofus says:

    nevermind… I’m a doofus.

    I didn’t realize it was the image.

  11. echoguitar says:

    Brian Futter is one the of the coolest guys I have ever met. He’s no where near as ugly as Tom Petty, Geddy Lee, ODB and Dave MAtthews(when he’s singing)