Tuesday, April 6th, 2004
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