Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

Merchants Of Soul

One of the most highly anticipated releases of the year has got to be Gimme Fiction, the fifth album from Austin, Texas’ Spoon, in stores May 10. Paste talks to Spoon-man Britt Daniel about the making of the new album, wherein he describes the reasoning for picking “I Turn My Camera On” as the first single.

“If you want to appeal to people who haven’t heard Spoon before, I think that’s the song. People really fall for a falsetto. It’s kind of the ‘Emotional Rescue’ of the record.”

Okay, that’s an interesting rationale. Judge for yourself (down a bit).

To further whet your appetite for the new record, I direct you to this treasure trove of audio and video goodness at 12XU, who put out a number of Spoon releases in Europe (from Largehearted Boy). Also, the band contributed a new/old/non-album track, “Revenge!”, to a Wired compilation released on the Creative Commons website last December.

MP3: Spoon – “I Turn My Camera On”

MP3: Spoon – “Revenge!”

Spoon are in Toronto at Lee’s Palace on June 5 with The Clientele.

For those of us who have been bypassed by the Slint reunion tour – namely CANADA (Dave Pajo hates us, remember?) – Bradley’s Almanac offers some solace with this live concert recording from a show in France last month.

Zoilus reports that Toronto will soon host a show by Robyn Hitchcock and His Sadies. May 28 at Lee’s Palace, tickets $26. That’s not cheap but you can be sure it’ll be a good one. Hitchcock provided guest vocals on “Why Would Anybody Live Here?” from the Sadies’ last album Favourite Colours. Update: Ticketmaster says that tickets for this show are a far more reasonable $17.50, on sale tomorrow.

The UK’s band of the moment The Kaiser Chiefs return to Toronto for a show at the Mod Club on May 29. The band gives Pitchfork a list of their favourite records and it’s so predictable, it’s a little frightening. For the record, I don’t mind the Kaiser Chiefs. I don’t especially like them and certainly don’t bet on them having anything that resembles a career, but they’re not offensive.

An unnamed Fountains Of Wayne has had its release date moved from April 5 to June 28. I’m assuming this is the b-sides compilation which was announced last year and has been pushed back so many times that I didn’t even know it was supposed to come out today.

I’m not even sure why I’m bothering to report this, she’s pretty much dead to me, but Liz Phair’s new untitled record has been given a September 27 release date.

Comic Book Resources asks Keith Giffen how he feels about DC using characters he ressuscitated during his run on Justice League International as cannon fodder for their Identity Crisis and Countdown mega-events. He is… polite.

Hooray for the Blue Jays winning their season opener yesterday against Tampa Bay. I like baseball, always have, even though it’s horribly unfashionable in this town and utterly futile as long as the Jays are in the same division as the Red Sox and Yankees. Back in 92/93, they gave me my first taste of what it was like to actually win – of course, they followed it up with a solid 11 years of losing after that, but still, it’s a better championship record than the Leafs or Raptors have put up in the past decade and a half.

24: So… the dude is in a billion-dollar stealth fighter, undetectable by any radar, and Marwan can call him on a cellphone? Hrmm. And hot-but-no-Mandy assasssin chick is certainly efficient with cleaning up a corpse. Surely some of the blood from a gaping chest wound would have soaked into the hardwood floor? But as good at Molly Maid as she was, she seemed to have forgotten that drywall is not bulletproof. As for the main event – fine dramatic execution, but I’m sorry, I’ve seen Air Force One. That thing’s got mad evasive skills. The notion that the President’s plane could be so easily hit is absurd. And escape pods? Hello?

np – Nada Surf / Let Go

By : Frank Yang at 9:09 am
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  1. Paul says:

    I seem to remember being promised a twist last week. If the twist was that Mitch would be going after Air Force One, then that’s about the lamest suspense writing I’ve ever encountered. They’ve been building up to that since about 9:40. If the twist was that he succeeds, well… that’s pretty shitty too.

  2. TS says:

    i thought yesterday’s 24 was amazing – are you kidding me? how many shows would kill the president half way through the season?

  3. Frank says:

    I like the idea, but the execution was lame. It’s beyond implausable that Air Force One would just be a sitting duck. They KNEW the stealth fighter was coming even if they couldn’t see it. You’re telling me that it wouldn’t have occurred to them to get the President OFF of the plane?

    As soon as the missile locked onto AF1, it should have gone apeshit. That’s all i’m saying.

  4. monkeyinabox says:

    Yeah the ‘shocking twist’ wasn’t that shocking. Once the bad dude said, "all of the world will be looking for me after I do this". Bomb CTU? nope? Disneyland? naw. Whitehouse? maybe Killing the president? Sure (atleast most of world might be mad).

    You would think that there would be emergency sky divers to help jump with the president as a last resort. It’s not like this president has been as important as Palmer was either.

    A real twist would have been Jack dying and Chloe taking over.

  5. Frank says:

    From Wikipedia’s entry on Air Force One


    "The planes can also be operated as a military command center in the event of an incident such as a nuclear attack. Operational modifications include aerial refueling capability and anti-aircraft missile countermeasures. The electronics onboard include around 238 miles (383 km) of wiring, twice the amount in a regular 747. These are covered with heavy shielding to protect wires and electronics from the electromagnetic pulse generated by a nuclear attack. The planes also have electronic countermeasures (ECMs) which jam enemy radar, and flares to avoid heat-seeking missiles. Much of Air Force One’s other capabilities are classified for security reasons."

    of course, it also addresses the Air Force One movie…

    "The film was noted for its fancifully exaggerated depiction of the plane’s capabilities; the real Air Force One does not carry an escape capsule, and automatic weapons fire in the aircraft’s corridors would quickly shred its aluminum skin, causing the plane to crash."

    Well it damn well SHOULD have escape capsules. They should get on that. Like, right after this administration is done.

  6. catherine says:

    this episode also contained possibly the worst scene in the history of 24: the lame-o bonding session between kid-we’ve-never-seen and the president, who we’ve seen like twice. does anyone really give a shit if he dies? i don’t. i was at least hoping for some top gunnish action sequences, but no dice (admittedly that’s probably outside the scope of 24). maybe next week.

    also: michelle sleeping with that old guy from division? no fucking way!!

  7. Frank says:

    michelle does like to date within the office, don’t she? First Tony, now old dude… and don’t forget that Reiko Aylesworth is bumping uglies with Keifer off the set as well.

    The humaninzing of the President is kinda sad, but I guess they realize that the last time he appeared last season, he was blackmailing Palmer into not running for re-election. That’s a dude who’d I’d like to see get blown up.

  8. Nav says:

    Old Guy used to be on Space: Above & Beyond. He was badass.

    As a fellow lonely Toronto baseball fan, I know exactly what you mean. But hey, we’re ahead of the Red Sox …

  9. D. says:

    Gee, thanks TS. There goes all the anticipation I’d had towards the new series making it to Britain in a couple of months.

  10. Hoyt Pollard says:

    Check out another band on the 12XU site. Sally Crewe and the Sudden Moves. Her first album is so great. I hope they make it to NYC soon.

  11. TS says:

    oops D. – very insensitive of me. however, now i’m thinking he’s not dead afterall – so let’s keep on pondering the fate of the prez……(and yes – the son is quite lame – i think he was on the Young and the Restless)….