Sunday, May 4th, 2003

Hanging Around

Uhh… okay. Totally busy weekend. Summary forthcoming in point form.

1) Saw X2 last night. Overall impression, good stuff. Felt much quicker than it’s 2-1/4 hour running length, mostly cause it’s one long action sequence. They weren’t kidding about ratcheting up Halle Berry and Famke Janssen’s parts. And Cyclops got to be utterly useless. Xavier too, for the most part. Some nice Easter eggs for the long-time X-geeks, though, and while the plot thread seemed a little tacked on, they’ve set up X-Men 3 quite handily.

2) Free Comic Day – Picked up a big stack of stuff I’ve never read or even heard of. The Slave Labor special edition is really good. I haven’t gotten through much of the other stuff yet.

3) Picked up the DVD of High Fidelity for a measly $12. I’m not usually one for buying movies, but at that price you can’t go wrong.

4) Found Gemma Hayes’ Night On My Side. This made me very happy.

5) Got my Wilco ticket because, after I refund the Bright Eyes tickets, my big pile o’ tix would have been empty, and that simply won’t do.

6) There will be a tribute album to Hedwig & The Angry Inch coming out on Off Records in October. Some of the acts appearing on Wig in a Box: Songs From “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”? Yoko Ono fronting Yo La Tengo. Fred Schneider with Sleater-Kinney. The Breeders. Cyndi Lauper. I am actually looking forward to this. I thought some of the songs in Hedwig were top-notch. Read about it here.

7) And oh yeah, the guy in the pic up top. He’s a one-man band from Boston whose name I’ve forgotten. Bloody impressive set-up, though. The man had a banjo, lap-steel, kick-drum pedal (thumping on something for the beat), and acoustic bass and acoustic guitar being played by foot levers which raised and lowered capos to change pitch. It looked totally nutty, but sounded absolutely right – if you closed your eyes, you would have thought there was a proper band in front of you. Wacky.

np – Gemma Hayes / Night On My Side

By : Frank Yang at 6:47 pm
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  1. Carla says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the Hedwig tribute. And I wonder if that one-man band guy was in town because of a documentary about one-man bands that screened during Hot Docs.

  2. Paul says:

    Further evidence that people don’t read The Rub as often as they should (I beat Rolling Stone to the punch on this story by FIVE WHOLE DAYS, natch).

  3. Frank says:

    I actually got the story from a print version of Exclaim magazine, and only found the Rolling Stone link from the Off Music website. I read the Rub far more than Rolling Stone Paul, honest.

  4. valerie says:

    The guy in the pic is Eric Royer. More info here: http://…/

  5. Paul says:

    Aw, I was just kidding. It’s not often that get a scoop on something before a major publication, so I have to brag about it when I can.