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Tuesday, April 6th, 2004

Handshake Drugs

I’m going to retract any bitching I did after hearing A Ghost Is Born was pushed back two weeks. The reason is that Jeff Tweedy has checked into a Chicago rehab clinic. Says Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribute:

“Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy canceled a European promotional trip for the band’s new album last week to check himself into a Chicago rehab clinic.

Tweedy has had a long history of migraines, and has unsuccessfully battled them with prescription painkillers. In response to the rehab stint, Wilco’s Nonesuch label has postponed release of the band’s fifth album, “A Ghost is Born,” by two weeks, to June 22.

The band, recently expanded to a sextet, was to begin a brief tour April 21 in Missouri and ending June 1 at the Coachella Festival in California, but a Wilco spokesman said a decision won’t be made until this week about whether those dates will be fulfilled.”

Best wishes to Jeff and his family and I hope he gets through this soon.

Attention Toronto: Pixies are skipping our fair city for the exotic destination of… Mississauga. MISSISSAUGA. November 24, Arrow Hall. Yeeeeeesh. I can’t remember the last time I had to borrow the car to get to a concert! Someone needs to build a large-capacity venue in the city NOW. Tickets on sale April 15. Other North American dates just announced:

September 4 – Les Schwab Amphitheatre, Bend, OR

September 6 – Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA

September 18 – Austin City Limits, Austin, TX

October 14 – Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA November

November 11 – Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN

November 13 – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

So east-coasters waiting for dates should plan around early November. From NME

Lazy i is reporting that Rilo Kiley have jumped ship from Saddle Creek to a major label, one of EMI’s imprints (it’s unclear which – either Capitol or Virgin) for the release of their new album. It’s unknown how this affects the original July release date.

Pierce Brosnan has left the 007 franchise. I never liked Brosnan anyway – he looked the part, but was too smooth and too smug. I’m probably one of the four or five who liked Timothy Dalton in the part. The question is – who shall replace him in the sort-of flagging series? Bond films used to be special, but there’s been such a glut of high-tech spy movies of late, the last few have had a hard time standing out of the crowd. It’d be nice if there was someone who could breathe some life into the character, but I don’t think it’s going to be Quentin Tarantino.

Pics of Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne from the set of Batman Begins.

I reread the entire run of Miracleman this weekend, and having just finished issue 24, am left with the same irritation I felt eleven years ago when it was published… WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? I’ve found this ad for issue 25 which shows the cover painting by Barry Windsor-Smith and a plot synopsis, but that does nothing to quell my hunger. But I’ve bitched about this before, and will stop. Grr.

My Jays got drubbed 7-0 yesterday by Detroit in the season opener. That’s right, DRUBBED. A good old fashioned drubbing. Mr Cy Young Roy Halladay on the mound, no less. Not an auspicious start. I blame the new uniforms. Back to the powder blue outfits, gentlemen!

I don’t know if I should make jokes about painkillers as one of my musical heroes goes into rehab, but I should warn you in advance that I’m getting my wisdom teeth removed this afternoon, so tomorrow’s post will most likely be written under the influence of something under-the-counter and potent. Here’s a sneak preview:

“Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow”

I can’t wait.

np – Pavement / Terror Twilight

By : Frank Yang at 9:17 am
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  1. kyle says:

    Hugh Jackman as the next Bond, perhaps?

  2. Ryan Waddell says:

    The Pixies are probably going to Arrow Hall in order to be able to have a bigger venue, for cheaper. That’s just a guess though.

  3. Carla says:

    You liked Timothy Dalton’s Bond? You are such a rebel.

    By the way, thank you for the link to the pics of Bale as Bruce Wayne. Thank you thank you and may the codeine fairy aid you in your wisdom tooth removal today.

  4. mike says:

    Mississauga in da house!

  5. Ryan Waddell says:

    Oh! And I heard rumours of Jude Law as the next Bond… or Ewan McGregor… Not sure of my opinions on that….

  6. Frank says:

    Jude Law is too pretty, and they’re both too young and soft. They need someone a little older and more ‘lived-in’.

    CHRISTOPHER WALKEN.

  7. Paul says:

    You’re not alone with your Timothy Dalton/Bond love, Frank. After Connery, he’s also my favorite.

  8. Five Seventeen says:

    I’m thinking Martin Freeman or Mackenzie Crook from The Office would make a good bond… Seriously, for Moneypenny, Kiera Knightly?

    More importantly in British casting decisions… Richard E. Grant as Doctor Who?

  9. Tim says:

    Oh man. The Arrow Hall is such a shithole.

  10. craig says:

    I heard something about Clive Owen (The Hire, Croupier) being the next Bond.

  11. christina says:

    ooh…clive owen would be good.

  12. Awryter says:

    Don’t worry about the wisdom teeth. They didn’t really hurt, and the Ensure is mighty tasty. As well, you will experience the euphoric beauty that is flying, under the heavy influence of Tylenol 3.

    Enjoy it while it laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasts.

  13. RSL says:

    can i say wooooohooooo! the pixies are coming to my town [atlanta]! i repeat: woohoo! i know the whole reunion tour is crass and commercial, but it’s the friggin’ pixies for crying out loud!

  14. the real janelle says:

    sorry about your jays. this is the year of the detroit tiger rebound! well, no, but at least they won their home opener. my poor tigers.

  15. the real janelle says:

    sorry about your jays. this is the year of the detroit tiger rebound! well, no, but at least they won their home opener. my poor tigers.