Wednesday, January 7th, 2004
That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate
Probably one of the worst-kept secrets in indie rock lately is that Matador will be releasing a new record from legends Mission Of Burma in May, 2004. Roger Miller, Clint Conley and Peter Prescott have been recording their first new record in 22 years in Boston with Bob Weston. Expect extensive touring to support. This is a GOOD thing, yes it is. Full news release from Matador here.
Glasgow’s Franz Ferdinand was brought to my attention by Sean from House Of Hotsauce. They’re pretty interesting in that de rigeur angular post-punk new-wave sort of way that the kids are all gonzo over these days. He’s got some live mp3s on offer on his website, about halfway down on the left, or grab “Darts of Pleasure” from their website here. Why is this relevant? They make their Toronto debut February 23rd at the Horseshoe, $10. That’s why.
Pitchfork’s review of The Essential Bruce Springsteen functions as much as an album-by-album capsule history of The Boss as it does album assessment. I definitely still qualify as a newbie to his work, and it’ll take me a while yet to absorb all the material. I too wish that “I’m On Fire” had made the cut. I had no idea he wrote “Hungry Heart”. I thought that was Loverboy for some reason.
24 is back from holiday hiatus! Huzzah! This is more like it. Eurotrash arms dealers, Jack pleading for his life (“I can’t die! I can’t die! Out here in the woods! Like a dumb animal! I can’t die! Look in your heart!”) and the return of everyone’s second-favorite femme fatale turncoat she-devil, Nina (Number one being that lesbian assassin near and dear to our hearts, Mandy Mandy Mandy). Methinks the producers felt the rumblings from the faithful about the relative lameness of recent storylines and decided to give the people what they want – namely, Nina. Otherwise, still not feeling the Palmer storyline – ooh, powerful wheelchair-bound shadow cabinet wants him to fire his brother! Yawn. Double yawn for marital strife between the first couple of CTU.
Trying to use a little mind over matter to fight off the cold weather, popping one of the summeriest albums of recent years in the discman. Doesn’t work.
np – Luna / Romantica