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Monday, March 22nd, 2004

"Do You Have Soul?" "That Depends."

I was in Vortex yesterday picking up a CD for my brother and as the clerk was ringing up the purchase, I was just scanning the back shelf.

Me: “Oh. Man.”

Clerk: “The Stax box set?”

Me: “Yeah. Gimme.”

I’ve never seen the Complete Stax-Volt Singles box set used, though I’ve been looking for sometime now. Seeing as how I’d just done my taxes the night before and am in line for a decent return (or an audit, I don’t really know what I’m doing), I was able to justify dropping the C-note on the 9-disc collection. That’s right, NINE. DISCS. That’s a lot of music – I’ve never needed to double-bag a music purchase before. According to AMG, it’s over 640 minutes (10 hours!) of music. I’m never going to be able to get through all of that, but it’ll be fun to try.

Information Leafblower has a rumour on the lineup for Lollapalooza 2004. It’s reported that it’ll be a 2-day event with day one reserved for the indie/alt scene and day two for unwashed dirty hippies, lineup so far as follows:

Day 1

Morrissey (headlining)

Sonic Youth

The Flaming Lips

Black Rebel Motorcyle Club

Day 2

The String Cheese Incident (headlining)

Gomez

The Polyphonic Spree

For the sake of rumour mongering, let’s assume there’s truth here. I’m still puzzled – firstly, as devoted as Moz’s fans are, I can’t believe there’d be enough of them to warrant putting him in the headlining slot for a touring festival, at least not one that’s doing the venues that Lollapalooza has done in the past. Maybe we’re talking about a much scaled down amphitheatre tour this year? But then if that’s the case, why two days? They must have a slew more bands they’re hoping to add to justify the logistics of such a thing. Curious. This may merit some watching.

Some more news on the Galaxie 500 double-DVD being released by Plexifilm. Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste (1987-1991) has gotten a June 29 release date and will feature “all their music videos, their only TV appearance, and an archive of over 40 songs performed live from seven concerts, including two unreleased songs. The deluxe booklet contains exclusive photos and a new interview with members Dean Wareham, Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, conducted by Yo La Tengo’s James McNew”. Woo-hoo. Full tracklisting at Pitchfork.

Orange Twin has the video for “Never Believe”, the new single from Elf Power, on their website. Walking With The Beggar Boys is out April 6. Link from Largehearted Boy.

Also from LHB – a massive repository of TV show theme songs. Man, I never realized just how white the guy singing the theme from Diff’rent Strokes sounded. And am I the only one who now hears a very sexual undertone to the Charles In Charge song? That girl wants “Charles in charge of our days AND our nights”. I bet – that Scott Baio is tough to resist.

np – Stars / Heart

By : Frank Yang at 9:33 am
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  1. Matthew says:

    Do not underestimate the size of Morrissey’s fanbase! The Smiths and Morrissey have a much greater number of fans than their sales figures would let on.

  2. Frank says:

    Ah, but a Smiths fan is not necessarily a Morrissey fan. Myself, for example. Love the Smiths, really don’t care for Moz solo. I don’t doubt that he could draw a lot of people, but the headlining spot seems a little presumptuous to me.

  3. Five Seventeen says:

    I have the Complete Stax-Volt Singles, too. A good find.

    I remember first seeing it and thinking that the big 9 meant that it was "Volume 9." THAT would have been alot of music. It’s a nice set, and the booklet in chock for of info.

    I traded someone for it. I can’t remember what she got, but I think I was on the winning end of the deal.

  4. information leafblower says:

    I agree the headlining spot seems a bit strange. However, the report I read said the rest of the bill (while not confirmed) would really flesh out of the day and it would all make sense when it’s announced.

  5. Ryan Waddell says:

    Wow, Morrissey headlining? Umm… ok. Weird.

    You want a kickass lineup? Check out this year’s Edgefest! *snicker*

  6. david says:

    It seems that the Moz’s new label is putting an enormous amount of PR into the new record. I’d love to think this will break the Mozzer into mega-superstar status, but I think that every album.

  7. Brandon says:

    Re: Diff’rent Strokes Theme Song

    If you haven’t heard the track "Shitty Record Offer" from The Bloodhound Gang’s 1995 debut, Use Your Fingers, I highly recommend all 59 seconds of it.

  8. sarah says:

    what luck you have. i may have to find you. club you. and steal your stax. maybe i should come to your gig tonight. hrmph.