Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Gravity's Gone

The Drive-By Truckers will release their latest album, A Blessing And A Curse, next Tuesday but you can hear the whole thing now through the marvel of modern technology. And if you go indie and buy the album from any of these stores, you’ll get a limited-edition 4-song bonus EP for your troubles. Of course, the only stores listed there are in the good old US of A, so your guess is as good as mine as to whether any of those puppies will make their way up here. Lord knows the band themselves won’t be. Not yet, anyway.

The band grace the cover of this month’s Harp and within, they talk about deliberately NOT wanting to make A Blessing And A Curse another record about being Southern or any sort of concept record, and they cover some of the same ground in this interview with Billboard (via MSNBC). But even with that in mind, the sounds of their three-headed songwriting and guitar-slinging machine are so distinctive and so innately of the South, there’s only so far they can get from that while staying honest to who they are. I’ve only given the aforementioned stream a single listen so far, but it sounds pretty damn Drive-By Truckin’ to me.

In addition to their show at the Drake on May 5, Montreal’s Lovely Feathers will be back the following month for a show at the El Mocambo. Their new one, Hind Hind Legs, is out next Tuesday. Recommended if you like pop music that’s probably a little more difficult than it needs to be. Also, The Streets are at The Phoenix on June 23 with Lady Sovereign.

Metric’s Emily Haines will release her new, still-untitled solo album on September 26, followed by a Metric live DVD on November 7.

Chart talks to Isobel Campbell.

Ben Gibbard defends Phil Collins to Harp. Harp isn’t buying it.

You may recall my reviewing the Thunderegg Open Book collection last monthCokeMachineGlow also tried to figure out how to review 530 minutes of music and instead, came up with a feature story. About writing the review.

The last of my vacation pics from Taiwan and Japan are now up on Flickr. They’ve been broken up by city/locale for easier browsing. Have I already said that? I don’t remember. Anything.

np – Young & Sexy / Panic When You Find It

By : Frank Yang at 8:24 am
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  1. greg says:

    thanks for making mention of the bonus ep, i had no idea. cheers.

  2. suckingalemon says:

    i just saw your calexico listing, do you know who they are playing with?


  3. Frank says:

    nope. I can’t even find any other tour dates – there’s just the Toronto one so far.

  4. William says:

    I’m with Ben…Phil Collins had some great music. Unfortunately it’s almost all before 1980.

  5. david says:

    The DBT record almost sounds like a tribute to the "Muscle Shoals sound," more than anything.