Monday, June 23rd, 2003

Signals, Calls And Marches

Wheat will be opening for Liz Phair on her upcoming tour. A few years ago this pairing would have made me very excited. Instead, my primary reaction is one of ambivalence? Will we get coreographed dance routines from Liz and $40 t-shirts from Wheat? Ambivalence.

Some locals might be interested to know that The White Stripes will play the Hershey Centre in Mississauga with Whirlwind Heat on August 5. I’m not interested, but others might be. So FYI.

Sonic Youth had to bow out of their show with Wilco in Boston tonight. The last-minute replacement band? Mission Of Burma. FUCK. Not a bad substitution AT ALL. Man.

Wired interviews the Homestarrunner crew.

np – The Decemberists / Castaways And Cutouts

By : Frank Yang at 9:21 am
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  1. Keith Martin says:

    Why the Wheat backlash? <i>Hope and Adams</i> was pretty great, the <i>Too Much Time</i> EP is excellent, and they perform well live. I’m with you 100% on the Liz Phair thing, but I can’t find fault with Wheat, except that they’re taking an awful long time to release their new album.

  2. Frank says:

    Hey man, you misunderstand. I love Wheat, have since I first heard "This Wheat" and "Slow Fade" on CBC radio in the spring of 2000. My reservations come from everything that’s gone on around the band since they initially recorded Per Second. Okay, so Nude going under wasn’t their fault, just bad luck. But since signing to Aware, my corporate rock machinations antennae are twitching. The constant pushing back of the release date, the tours with bland top-40 college rock acts like John Mayer and Toad The Wet Sprocket… the Too Much Time EP sounds awfully glossy and corporate rock-produced to me. The re-recorded "Don’t I Hold You" really bugs me.

    I just fear that this terrific band is being pushed through the Corporate Rock homogenizer in an effort to manufacture another Train, and if it doesn’t work then they’ll get dropped so fast your head’ll spin.