Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

Fool's Gold

Filter waxes nostalgic about the legacy of one of rock’s greatest cautionary tales, The Stone Roses (Link via ILB). It features a brief timeline and a couple of interviews with Ian Brown and Reni. I remember hanging out on Usenet around the year 2000 when some mook was trying to spread the rumour that it was divinely ordained that the Roses would reform to save the world in the new millennium or some such nonsense. Ah, Usenet. Those were the days.

Update: Thanks to Torr for pointing out that he’s got some early Roses demos available for download. Simpatico!

Meanwhile, some other Mancunians who probably would have been well-advised to take the “burn out fast” route, are coming to town. As promised, Oasis and Jet are at the Molson Amphitheatre on June 17 to shill their new album, out May 12 16, which will probably continue to disappoint anyone hoping for another “Morning Glory” but thrill those who thought “Little James” was a watershed moment in songwriting history.

And to make it a Manchester triple-header, Morrissey’s Live At Earl’s Court will be out March 22 in both CD and DVD formats. I wish I could find some Doves news to make it a quadruple-header spanning four eras of British music, but alas. I could go south to London to report that The Psychedelic Furs are doing two nights at Lee’s Palace on March 31 and April 1, but that’s just not the same.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (I love writing that out) are in town to promote the love-it-or-hate-it Worlds Apart at the Opera House April 15.

Donewaiting has the cover artwork from the new Decemberists record, Picaresque. Look for it in stores March 22.

Static Multimedia conducts another “why you breaking up?” interview with Dean Wareham of Luna. I wonder if he’s started making up new reasons to keep himself entertained? “Sean keeps giving me wet willies in the tour bus and I’m sick of it”.

See You In The Pit is an mp3 blog dedicated to the performers at this year’s SxSW festival. Thanks to LHB for the link.

Canada’s music awards, the Junos, make the Grammies look like a bastion of artistic integrity. The very fact that there’s a “best international” category in the transparent, pathetic hopes that someone like Kid Rock will show up at the awards ceremony to accept the bauble marginalizes the worthy Canadian nominees. That is, of course, if you accept the notion that these music awards have any meaning whatsoever in the first place. I myself find them utterly ridiculous. Pop (All Love) takes a look at some of the highlights from this year’s nominees.

24: Man, a year and a half on the skids and Tony! Tone! Toni! goes all bad-ass. Dallying with trashy bartenders, watching soccer, tossing off the one-liners like they’re going out of style. I can’t decide what my favourite from last night was – “Don’t you think you’ve made me miss enough TV today, Jack?”, or “Actually, I’m currently unemployed”. Both golden. Jack got a nice one in with “She seems like a real sweet girl,” but the winner of this episode was undoubtedly Mr Soul Patch. I was glad to see Marianne get busted though I saw it coming since Aisha Tyler was still only a guest-star after this many episodes. Tick tick tick, Marianne. They totally telegraphed her setup of Sarah a mile off though. The only way they could have surprised anyone with that scene was if they spun the chair around and revealed Zombie Nina. I’m glad they didn’t drag that one out longer than one ep. As for the double-bust/double-assassination as the hour wrapped up… eh. Saw that coming too.

np – Bettie Serveert / Attagirl

By : Frank Yang at 9:17 am
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  1. Torr says:

    Perfect timing for my post of uber-rare very early Stone Roses demos yesterday :-)

  2. Torr says:

    Your Oasis release date is a Thursday?

  3. Frank says:


  4. PhilD says:

    Doves have a new album out very soon – It’s caled ‘Some Cities’ and is reviewed in this month’s Uncut magazine. Dunno when you’ll see it in Canada though, I’ll see what I can find out

  5. Pete says:

    Well it seems like everything has been reset to zero in 24, what leads do they have now? but I like the fact that people are smarter and everyone is on to everyone. Real quick.

    Oasis on the other hand, I would consider their days gone now after that last shite album Heathen Chemistry which was so bad, not one good song on it I can’t believe I am saying that. To be honest after Be Here Now that was it for them.

  6. Frank says:

    Phil – "Some Cities" is out here on the 1st of March. I meant that I wish there was some new Doves news as of, like, last night when I was writing this post.

  7. bozairzere says:

    there could have been some chameleons news

    if they wouldn’t have gone and broke up again….in 2003.

    hey frank, come up with anything about the

    britta cover yet?

  8. Torr says:

    Where did you find that Oasis u.s. release date? Their official site seems to be down right now.

  9. Frank says:

    Billboard reported it yesterday:


  10. torr says:

    That billboard article says may 16 is the "international" release date, which they always use to mean uk when the band is from there. It says north american release is late may or early june, so still no exact date set yet.

    Yours truly,

    The release date police :-)

  11. Frank says:

    well I don’t remember them ever staggering the release dates for past Oasis records (at least in Canada), so I’d be surprised if they started now. I think they count as a big enough act that they don’t need to worry about coordinating PR campaigns and such nonsense. I would expect it to be in stores on the 17th.

    Not that I really care, since I don’t especially like Oasis. But hey.

  12. horace says:

    the rookie challenges the veteran. stay tuned.

  13. torr says:

    Yeah, me either, haha!

  14. sean says:

    Ah yes, One Love Story. That was quite the yarn. <a href="http://…/ Love Story</a>

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  16. Kevin says:

    Great rip on Oais for the Little James tune!

    Bloody awful that was!!!

  17. ryan says:

    king monkey is god solarized is without doubt the album of the decade so far.