Friday, April 15th, 2005

Back Into Your World

Billboard has all the details on the new Son Volt album. The bizarrely-titled Okemah And The Melody Of Riot will be coming out on July 12 in DualDisc format. This will be my first DualDisc! How very exciting. The band will be in Europe for most of the Summer but are planning a proper North American tour for the Fall.

And for those who refuse to acknowledge the new lineup as Son Volt, there’s the previously reported release of Son Volt’s A Retrospective: 1995-2000 (See the artwork) on May 24 courtesy of Rhino. The 20 tracks are split right down the middle, half of them previously released album tracks and the other half b-sides/unreleased goodies. Which means that even if I ignore the 10 tracks I already own on the albums, there’s still about an album’s worth of material that I don’t have. Very canny. And finally, May 10 sees the release of the band’s 1997 appearance on Austin City Limits on DVD.

For The Records points out that the calendar for this Summer’s Harbourfront Festivals is up, and something called “T.O. Twang: All Things Alt Country” will be happening August 12 through 14… Now why does that weekend sound familiar? Oh yeah, my brother’s getting married that weekend. I don’t really need to be there for that, do I?

I’m a little disappointed in The Onion AV Club for deeming The Decemberists as a “fresh face eager for stardom”. Which is not to say that Colin Meloy & co don’t have fresh faces nor that they aren’t eager for stardom, but come on – they just released their third album and are hardly a “new” band on the scene. This is the sort of thing I expect from, say, the Grammies, but I expect The Onion to be a little more on top of things than this. Still, nice interview.

Royal City will release a b-sides/rarities compilation later this year entitled I Will Always Sing These Songs. 411 from Catbirdseat. Update: Five Seventeen has some more info on what you might be expecting to find on this comp – speculative tracklists, etc.

SubPop has made available for your viewing pleasure the new Shins video for “Pink Bullets”. Shins blah blah Sunday blah blah Kool Haus blah blah. From You Ain’t No Picasso.

More Cowbell has the first of the Dinosaur Jr reunion tour dates for North America. Well, America, anyway. No Canadian dates but I can’t help but notice a conspicuous 4-day gap between the Boston and Cleveland shows. That’s just enough time to zip north of the border, no? Also, Dino Jr are on the Late Late Show tonight. Either TIVO that shiznit or just stay in on a Friday night (there’s nothing wrong with that!) and watch it live.

And finally, something near and dear to everyone’s hearts – boobs. Apparently for every click through on, you’re helping fund free mammograms for underprivileged women. says it’s legit. Certainly can’t hurt either way, right? Thanks to Gary for the tip.

np – Luna / Bewitched

By : Frank Yang at 9:08 am
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  1. The Brother says:

    Naw, you don’t have to be there for the 13th. I’ll replace you with a puppy.

  2. Justin says:

    I’ll be getting my first DualDiscs in a couple weeks when the new ones from Springsteen and Ben Folds arrive.

  3. Bruce/angryrobot says:

    I like how The Onion article placed Bloc Party at the very bottom of the page, almost like they were ashamed to be adding to the hype. I was frankly more annoyed with the accompanying article about one-hit-wonders. With the possible exception of The Stone Roses, did anyone really believe any of the bands were going to be the future of music?

  4. Lisa says:

    No Gobsmacked! this year at the Harbourfront? Aw shucks.

    The Shins will be playing a 90 minute set, so says Blah blah. Blah.

    90 minutes! Do they have enough material to fill 90 minutes? Not that I’ll mind. If anyone has an extra ticket…

  5. troy steele says:

    Okemah is a town here in Oklahoma, by the by.

  6. Chris says:

    The Onion music-reviews page is already disappearing up its own ass. Please don’t encourage them to plunge more deeply.

    I have the Gretchen Wilson DualDisc. Pretty nifty.