Wednesday, February 4th, 2004
Here Comes Your Man
Random thought… when the Pixies reunite, will they be fronted by Frank Black or Black Francis? Only Charles Thompson knows for sure. Maybe the title of the next Frank Black album (a double record, no less) due out in April offers a clue… Frank Black Francis. What is known is the North American reunion tour will happen in advance of Coachella – which means April. Which means that specifics should be made available sooner rather than later. Which means you should start getting excited or disgusted, depending on how you view reunions, shortly. Me, I’m excited. But I’m an excitable person.
Steve Earle’s Just An American Boy documentary is out on DVD next Tuesday. I’ll get it either way, but I hope the performances are different from those on the companion live double-album.
There will be a new Idlewild record this Spring with Dave Eringa, who produced their last two albums, behind the board.
Ben Kweller and Death Cab are teaming up for a massive US tour from March through May, but with no Canadian dates. Obviously, these artists did not feel Canuck love their last times through and are deliberately slighting us. And for this, I blame each and every one of you. Hang your heads in shame. Kweller’s new record (say the five times fast!) is out April 6 and entitled On My Way. But not to Canada! Also, The Bens EP, featuring Kweller, piano man Ben Folds and Clare Danes cast-off Ben Lee, is now available domestically.
This week’s installment of the 24 peanut gallery – Okay, this is more like it. Gunplay! Double-crosses! And best of all, we now have a Euro-trash villain! Every good action flick needs a good Euro-trash villain. Mexican drug lords just don’t have the same cachet. And I’ve figured out what’s wrong with every other storyline this season. The writers have made the horribly incorrect assumption that we care about the characters. Newsflash – we don’t. We don’t care about Palmer’s presidency. We don’t care about Chloe’s black market baby syndicate . We don’t care about Sherry trying to get back in David’s good books or her fear of geriatric motorists. All we care about is Jack kicking ass, chewing gum and shooting smack. More of that, less of everything else. Thank you. Spoilers finis.
np – Mogwai / Happy Songs For Happy People