Saturday, March 27th, 2004


I think the spring concert season is officially underway. Some more announcements:

You knew it was going to happen – Franz Ferdinand are coming back to Toronto to rock your skinny white asses… oh wait, that’s THEIR skinny white asses. That are going to do the rocking. Regardless, they are continuing to strike while the buzz is hot and will be at the Phoenix on June 14, tickets $17.50. So I can officially say, “yeah, the show was okay but the one at the Horseshoe was SOOOO much better”. I won’t be surprised if this one gets moved to a larger venue, like the Opera House or Guvernment, before all is said and done.

May 18 sees another NYC buzz band, The Scissor Sisters, at Lee’s – tickets $13.50. I’m not familiar with these guys at all but the reviews are uniformly positive. Can anyone comment on them?

Jay Farrar’s dulcet tones will be caressing the ears of Torontonians June 17. There’s some confusion over the venue – Farrar’s website says the Horseshoe, Rotate This says Lee’s Palace. Last time through, Farrar played Lee’s but I wonder if he might be better suited to the more intimate ‘Shoe. Whichever it turns out to be, tickets will be $13.50. Curiously, Jay’s website also has him staying in town a few days, playing something called “Vaudeville, Mews” on the 18th and 19th, but the venue link takes you the website for a club in Des Moines, Iowa. Looks like someone got overzealous with the CTRL-V and posted some incorrect info. Support will be Mark Spencer of The Blood Oranges.

Gillian Welch (and presumably David Rawlings) will be at Exhibition Place on July 18, likely as part of the annual Toronto Star Blues Festival.

Things I know about Icelandic electronic pop outfit Mum – the twin sisters were the cover models for Belle & Sebastian’s Fold Your Hands Child album, they have really cool videos, they sound like a thick warm blanket whilst camping out under a starry night and I believe one of the sisters left the band last year – don’t know if she’s been replaced. I also know that they’ll be at the Horseshoe June 25 and tickets will cost you $15. And now you know that too.

Tickets for all these shows are on sale now at the usual outlets except Mum, which go on sale next Thursday (April 1), and Gillian Welch, which probably won’t have ticket info available for some time – at least until the entire Blues Fest lineup is announced.

Live Neutral Milk Hotel Quicktime movies here. From Slatch.

Slept for a very solid ten hours last night, and while I’m certain I had a list of things I needed to do today, I can’t for the life of me remember what they were. Maybe I’ll just go back to sleep.

np – The Byrds / Younger Than Yesterday

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

    MuM are coming back? Finally! I’ve been waiting a while for their return. Their last set was quite shaky, but I’m sure this time around it’ll be mucho-better.

  2. Garry says:

    and yes, one of the sisters left the band to continue schooling. So, they have AT LEAST 3 more members with them.

  3. david says:

    Definitely see Gillian Welch this tour. She and david Rawlings played two nights in Birmingham this month, and they were simply mesmerizing in an intimate setting.

  4. Sean says:

    Scissor Sisters are fun to watch. Tight show. If you dig the 70s Elton John glitter excess kind of thing (their videos should offer a clue) then the music would hold some appeal. I’ll be interested to hear how their show is received by the "let’s all cross our arms and wait to be impressed" audiences in Toronto.