Wednesday, February 11th, 2004
"Be Cool, My Canadian Babies"
Ahhh, Conan. Night one of Late Night in Toronto was… well, I can’t be objective – I was kinda giddy, as was the audience. You got the impression Conan could have done anything – ANYTHING – and he would have been met with rapturous applause. The jokes and the sketches were just on the right side of corny, but shoot, it was just neat. I love this city, and it was very neat to see scenes and places I come across every day used in the opening montage and commercial lead-ins. I do wonder for viewers south of the border… was it like watching some bizarro looking glass version of the show? “That… *looks* like Conan… but I have no idea what anyone is talking about…” Har. That stand up comedian, however, sucked ass. Sorry about that – somehow they managed to book the one non-funny Canadian alive. Reports on the show from The Sun and The Star. Looking forward to night two.
The once and future Spiral Stairs will be bringing Preston School Of Industry to the Horseshoe on April 1 to support Monsoon, out next Tuesday. I was recently set straight on how much Mr. Kannenberg contributed to Pavement’s sound (I was under the impression SM did all the work and SS was just essentially a hired gun for touring), so maybe I should take another look at the PSOI stuff. Anyone have opinions?
Also coming to town April 1 are Rainer Maria on a bill with a bunch of bands I’ve never heard of (Coheed & Cambria, Brazil and Funeral For A Friend) at the Opera House. I like RM, but I suspect this show will be waaaaay too emo for me.
Aussies Sekiden and BC’s Salteens play a CMW hangover gig Sunday March 7 at the 360. It’s likely an all-ages matinee show. I missed both these acts their last time through town last year, so I’ll try to make it this time.
Elf Power have made a rip-roaring, two-fisted track from their new album available on their website. “Never Believe” is from Walking With The Beggar Boys, out April 6.
Rashomon asked me to contribute my top-10 desert island discs list for no particular purpose. It actually took some thought because after the first handful, I don’t actually have a preset list, it’s mostly what I feel like at the moment. But here’s what I came up with last week (in no particular order):
Belly / King
Ride / Going Blank Again
Elvis Costello / King Of America
Luna / Bewitched
Neutral Milk Hotel / In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
The Shins / Oh, Inverted World
Teenage Fanclub / Bandwagonesque
Uncle Tupelo / Anodyne
Wilco / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yo La Tengo / I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
…though I am already kicking myself for omitting a bunch of crucial records. Like completely forgetting The Replacements’ Let It Be, or bumping Steve Earle’s El Corazon at the last minute. I suck at these lists… I could do one per decade, easy, but all-time? No way.
Tick… tick… tick… 24 – Man, I know how they felt at CTU when that worm hit. Once, I was like, using the internet? And then the internet connection went down? And I was all like, “Hey, I can’t get to the internet”. And it sucked. But at least now I know what happened… it was Nina. NINA. And Sherry? Damn, that woman is COLD. I won’t even comment on the baby. Unless Chase is the mole, and the baby is some kind of evil human/mole hybrid, THERE IS NO GOOD THAT CAN COME OUT OF THIS PLOTLINE. None at all.
np – Centro-Matic / Love You Just The Same