Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Be Kind & Rewind

Oakland’s Rogue Wave will be in town June 14 at the El Mocambo along with Portland’s Helio Sequence. Rogue Wave’s debut album Out Of The Shadow was much a much heralded 2004 release, often with The Shins’ brand of indie folk-pop as a touchstone. I can see how one would draw that parallel, but Out Of The Shadow never managed to quite click with me. I appreciated it on an objective level and still spin it on occasion, but any sort of deeper connection with the music eluded me.

I also wasn’t overwhelmed with their live show (they were here last August supporting AC Newman) which went for the rock a little too hard and at the expense of the delicate flourishes which were the real high points of the record. I haven’t added this show to my calendar yet, but I’ll probably revisit the album in the next little while. Who knows, maybe I’ll finally get it. I’ve also noticed from their website that Sonya Westcott is no longer playing bass for the band, having been replaced by some hairy dude named Evan. Boo.

Curious about the band? SubPop wants to help you learn more:

MP3: Rogue Wave – “Every Moment”

MP3: Rogue Wave – “Endless Shovel”

I don’t know The Helio Sequence.

NOW investigates The Decemberists’ literary bent. They’re at the Phoenix this Saturday.

Loose Record talks to New York anti-scenesters Dirty On Purpose on the occasion of the re-release of their debut EP, Sleep Late For A Better Tomorrow. The band are working on their first full-length and have promised to try and get up to Toronto for a show this Summer… right guys? gets Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo to preview one of their “The Sounds Of The Sounds Of Science” shows. This is the instrumental soundtrack to a marine documentary they released a couple years ago – sometimes they play it live. Via One Louder.

The Riverfront Times is happy that Built To Spill is out of mothballs and so am I. From Largehearted Boy.

Paste examines the ongoing fetishization of all things ’80s. The nostalgia trip is one I refuse to participate in. I lived through the ’80s once, and it was an awful decade. I don’t need to go through that again, not even for a Huey Lewis revival.

Joe Pernice films a hilarious pilot for Cribs, indie rock style and gives us a tour of his opulant Toronto digs. I confess to being excessively excited to see the city of Toronto composting bin under his sink. I used to have one of those. I miss composting.

np – Six By Seven / Luggage Left At The Peveril Hotel

By : Frank Yang at 9:16 am
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  1. Torr says:

    The Helio Sequence are good, better than Rogue Wave, check ’em out.

  2. Thierry says:

    Re: Joe’s crib

    I was surprised to find myself excited to see Joe and I had the same green "What Goes In The Green Bin?" brochure on our respective fridges…oh, and also at the sight of the Nuggets II box. Nice dig at Mississauga’s expense, too. :)

  3. doug says:

    Frank — DOP’s not gonna make it to the great white north this summer. We found out that we needed a $300 work permit, which is roughly a lot more than we would expect to earn from the show. We’re bummed, but it will happen sooner or later. Probably later.

  4. Dave says:

    Rogue Wave was my #4 album of the year last year. I really think that’s the album the Shins should’ve made instead of Chutes Too Narrow.

  5. claire says:

    so agreed. i practically felt guilty for a while because i wasn’t feeling chutes too narrow. but out of the shadow i liked more and more with every spin.