Thursday, March 18th, 2004


The Neko Case shows in April just keep growing in scope. Not only will fellow Corn Sister Carolyn Mark now be joining Neko and The Sadies onstage at Lee’s Palace April 3 and 4, they’ll also all be playing The Matador in T.O. on the 19th and 20th 9th and 10th of April to gather more material for the forthcoming live album. No, I didn’t know where The Matador was either, though it sounds like shit-kicking good time. Tip from Tiny Mix Tapes.

Some more excellent songwriting talent will be passing through Lee’s Palace in the next little while. Lloyd Cole is there April 28 (tickets $17.50) and Evan Dando follows on May 3 (tickets $18.50).

So the complete leaked album of Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born has officially begun circulating online, almost three months before its formal release date. While the one sample I’ve had is truly tantilizing, I am going to resist seeking out the rest of the record. I am one of those weirdos who likes to go out the day of release and buy the album, then listen to it on my stereo in a proper listening environment. I know more than half the songs from their live versions anyway, so the record is already fairly familiar to me. It’ll be tough to resist, believe me, but self-denial builds character or some nonsense like that, right? And just as I called Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as my top album of 2002 back in the Fall of 2001, I am calling A Ghost Is Born as the record to beat for my top album of 2004. To the surprise of absolutely no one, I’m sure.

Largehearted Boy got a shout-out from The Anti-Hit List for providing the link to this week’s #5 entry – Jim James, Conor Orbest and M Ward doing a live version of Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan’s “Girl Of The North Country”. John Sakomoto calls LHB “utterly essential”. That’s gotta make a fella feel good.

Flagpole contemplates the career of the Olivia Tremor Control. Fom the utterly essential Largehearted Boy.

np – Portastatic / Autumn Was A Lark

By : Frank Yang at 10:10 am
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  1. Tim says:

    Wilco leak? Red hot information, thanks for the tip. Foxtrot is going to be tough to beat.

  2. christina says:

    i’m pretty sure the matador dates are the 9th and 10th. my housemate and i had to look up the venue too. :D a friend told us it’s some crazy after-hours place where you can bring your own liquor?!

  3. Frank says:

    Christina – duly noted and corrected, thanks.

  4. Brandon says:

    FYI, your link to the Girl of the North Country Fair mp3 is broken. Need an http://…/ before the URL.

  5. Frank says:

    well shit, I’m just not doing anything right today, am I.

  6. Brandon says:

    Hey, you linked to an awesome (if low bitrate) cover of a Dylan/Cash tune. That’s pretty right.

  7. zhan says:

    i’ve been to the matador once. at like 4:30am. while in line (yes, a line at 4am), we heard that there is a live band that always plays "sweet home alabama". as luck would have it as soon as we got in the band swung into their rendition of the aforementioned song. and since it’s illegal to serve alcohol at that hour, there is a lady who sells mickeys from her bag. it’s a real class joint. i’m sure it’d be better during regular hours and with a proper band playing. but you never know. be on the lookout for a lady in the corner distributing alcohol.

  8. Five Seventeen says:

    The Matador just around the corner from me. I haven’t been (which is weird since I live so close) but I have heard that Harrison Ford likes to hang out there when he’s in town.