Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Second Coming

How much do you still love The Stone Roses? Enough to pay $32 (plus applicable service charges) to see King Monkey Ian Brown whoop it up at the Mod Club on February 28? Yeah? Then you love the Stone Roses more than I do. Sure, technically he’s touring to promote Solarized, and people will almost certainly clap politely for “Corpses” (hey, I tried to get into Brown’s solo material but it just elicited raging indifference) or whatever, but you know that everyone there’s just waiting to hear those opening notes to “I Wanna Be Adored”. But you know what? No matter how hard you close your eyes and try, that won’t be Reni, Mani and Squire up there. But hey, if you want to go and pretend it’s 1990, feel free – someone’s gotta pay for Brownie’s parkas.

April 13 brings Ash and The Bravery to the Opera House. They will be pushing new records Meltdown (out March 8) and The Bravery (out March 29) respectively. Ash shmash. I want a Charlotte Hatherley show!

Stephen Malkmus’ third solo disc, Face The Truth, will be in stores May 24. Matador describes it as his “first bona fide solo recording” – which also draws attention to the fact that the album is NOT credited to “The Jicks” the way Pig Lib was. Hmm. I liked his first two post-Pavement efforts well enough, but that doesn’t make the new one a must-have. We’ll have to see how it sounds. Pitchfork has more deets.

With the impending release of Ivy’s In The Clear on March 1, some folks have been wondering what that means for the timing of the promised b-sides/rarities album – sez Andy Chase, “The Ivy bsides/dvd should appear sometime in late 2005/early 2006, once In The Clear has basically run it’s course”. I guess I didn’t really need to quote that directly.

Tired of waiting for that new Sigur Ros record? Stop waiting – play your own, with these Sigur Ros guitar tabs! Perfect for singalongs around the campfire. Actually, it’s a pretty neat site – the tabs with MIDI accompaniment are actually quite nice. I am going to learn to play “Vaka”. Someone else can sing.

And you know what’s fascinating listening? The individual instrument tracks for “Hunted By A Freak” on Mogwai’s Happy Songs For Happy People (these tracks were provided along with some multitracking computer software to allow the fans to make their own remixes of the song). Following along with just one guitar line, say, is like an education in space. Anyway, I think I need a new Mogwai record – the BBC Sessions disc out on February 22 will satisfy for a bit, but I want a new studio album.

Happy Groundhog Day. Celebrate by eating a groundhog.

np – Mogwai / Happy Songs For Happy People

By : Frank Yang at 9:31 am
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  1. Torr says:

    I really hope no ones going to the show just to hear Roses tunes cause MAN does he make them sound awful now.

  2. Phil says:

    I have heard some people say his solo shows have been good, some have been less flattering. I am planning to see him in NYC at the end of the month.

    Anyone have any idea how many Roses songs he plays and which ones?

    Btw – this is a great blog – have to give respect for naming it after the Ride song.

  3. Carla says:

    Hrmm now I’m all confused. To go or not to go…

  4. punky says:

    I actually quite enjoy Ian Brown’s solo stuff. I mean, not as good as TSR but still good enough. The songs he sings on both of UNKLE’s albums are fantastic, too.

  5. Mike says:

    Hey Frank,

    Funny how we were both in a Wedding Present frame of mind today…me, I bought a couple of used Cinerama CD’s today and decided to surf to the Scopitones site to check on any word on a Toronto Wedding Present date, and there you were with the info. Thanks! BTW, I’ll be going to the Bettie Seervert show…oh, and the Wedding Present one, of course. Can’t wait!

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