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Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

New Adventures In Hi-Fi

So I have my new speakers, and they sound lovely. It’s amazing how much weight everything has now that I have boxes capable of generating some respectable low end. Considering that my living room is probably an acoustic nightmare, they’re not nearly broken in and I’m using basic Radio Shack speaker wire, I figure it can only get better when I tweak bits of my setup or move into a room that doesn’t suck. But hey – sounds great to me for now, and that’s really all that matters. I expect that I will now spend the next while re-listening to everything I own, or at least a lot of it. First album to get spun through these puppies? Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, of course. I can really make out all the scratchy, bleepy background noises now. Why would I want to? I don’t know. And what demanding piece of cinema did I use to see how they handled soundtracks? Lord Of The Rings? The Matrix? Yentl? Nope – the second Family Guy box set. Hey, it may not be THX-certified, but there’s poop jokes and Adam West.

Oh, and if you missed the Osama Bin Laden joke that they excised from the DVD edition of Family Guy, you can see it, and other ‘forbidden’ scenes, here.

So this year’s Lollapalooza lineup seems to have finally taken shape. Check it out (I’m not linking all these): Morrissey, Sonic Youth, Le Tigre, PJ Harvey, Modest Mouse, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, String Cheese Incident, Gomez, Flaming Lips, the Thrills, the Polyphonic Spree, the Coup, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Elbow, Wheat, Dresden Dolls, Broken Social Scene, the Walkmen, the Killers, the Von Bondies, Secret Machines, Bumblebeez, Sahara Hotnights, Danger Mouse and the Datsuns. Not bad, even spread out over two days. Now I just need to see if they’re coming up here, how much tickets are and what acts are playing which day. Though just the thought of spending two days out standing in a field makes me tired. Me so old. Billboard has more details.

On July 2, the Trinity St-Paul’s United Church will be transformed into the House of Tomorrow as The Magnetic Fields will be in town to promote i. Trinity St-Paul’s is not even a ten minute walk from my house, which is ironic since I was planning to be on the other side of the continent that weekend. I was thinking about heading out west the last week of June (Canada Day long weekend), but if that means missing Nellie McKay, The Magnetic Fields and possibly Sea Ray, I may have to postpone. I had been hoping to be over there in time to catch Steve Earle in Seattle on the 30th of June, but that may no longer be compelling enough to get me over there that week. And people always wonder why I never go anywhere.

A second Pixies show has been added for Arrow Hall in Mississauge, November 25. On sale tomorrow.

Sweet Adeline gets an update on the release of Elliott Smith’s final album from his father. In brief, look for it in September or October. From Donewaiting.

24I think those 24 writers are having a little fun nudging against the fourth wall. “Oh, bet you think we’re gonna have Kim kidnapped again! Smarty pants, we’ll show you!” Har har. I don’t understand why they gave Michelle her test results like they were SAT scores. And how would Saunders have known to have a team in position at the hotel? Not terribly credible, sorry. And while I have this sneaking suspicion Tony is going to regret his decision at the end of the episode, he still gets full points for “Chloe, I’m getting real sick of your personality.” Zing! Four hours to go. Tick tick tick. Honestly, I love May for shows hitting their season finales – not for seeing the cliffhangers/stunt casting/crazy plot resolutions, but because it means I don’t have to schedule my evenings around bloody television shows.

Oh, I can’t believe Montreal coughed it up last night. I changed the channel with them ahead by one and only 45 seconds remaining. Tampa hadn’t even managed to pull Khabibulin. Poor Habs. Hope the Leafs fare a little better tonight. If they go down 3-0, it’s over. I can, however, believe the Jays coughed up a 1-run lead in the bottom of the ninth against Minnesota, though. How very disappointing the start of this season has been.

np – Sea Ray / Stars At Noon

By : Frank Yang at 9:48 am
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  1. Five Seventeen says:

    24 – There was a moment there when I thought Aaron and the President were about to make out… That would’ve been funny. And I’m still sticking with Chloe as my favorite character of this season. Her annoying personality adds more credibility to the show than… say… Chase and his baby!

    Frank, Do you mind taping 24 while I’m away? I’ll load you up with VHS tapes. Three times what you’ll need.

    Og yeah, and can I borrow The Commitments? I’ll let you raid my DVDs… Did you review the release anywhere? I can’t remember.

  2. Frank says:

    Chloe needs to die in a thresher accident. Farm equipment or small bird, I don’t care. But she needs to die.

    How many episodes of 24 will you be missing? there’s only four left. And yeah, I’ll bring the Commitments tonight.

  3. graig says:

    Magnetic Fields have been to Toronto all of none times (maybe once?… nonce?)… you have to stay and see them… and you have to keep me/us updated on when ticket sales start because, quite frankly (*ahem*) I’m frothing at the mouth over this one.

  4. Frank says:

    they’ve been here at least once – I know they were at Lee’s Palace to support 69 Love Songs. I have to think that they were here before that at least once in their long history, but I don’t know when.

    But yes, I’m sticking around and will dutifully update you when ticket info is released.

  5. Five Seventeen says:

    I saw them in at Lee’s. Was it for 69 love songs? I guess so. I do have a recording of the show, somewhere. Maybe I’ll post a few MP3s somewhere.

    I’d love to see them again, and Nellie McKay too.

  6. nick says:

    I love how the "deep" backseat conversation between Kim and Jane could be boiled down to "my dad is going to beat up your dad."

  7. Rick says:

    I choose to ignore all plot holes and simply note that many of the last, say, 6 episodes of ’24’ have had my stomach in knots. Best show on TV right now.

    I shall also note that I hope Gomez books a Toronto show themselves, I’m certainly not sitting through two days of that lineup to see them.. argh..

    Cheers!

    Rick.

  8. graig says:

    You are right, the Lee’s Palace gig seems to be the only MF gig to hit Toronto (before 69 LS, there wasn’t really a MF band, and Merritt has notorious stage fright, so it makes sense he didn’t really perform or tour a lot)

    I also recall he was supposed to perform in TO in 2001 with Human League and Soft Cell in some electropop tour, but that was cancelled.

    found this here:

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    The Magnetic Fields/Snakefarm

    at Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    September 16, 1999

    SM: electric guitar, mandolin; CG: piano; SD: cello; JW: electric guitar, banjo

    Set List

    Love is Like a Bottle of Gin * I Don’t Believe in the Sun * I Have the Moon * All My Little Words * The Book of Love * All the Umbrellas in London * Epitaph For My Heart * Parades Go By * If You Don’t Cry * Come Back from San Francisco * The One You Really Love * The Sun Goes Down and the World Goes Dancing * Love Goes Home to Paris in the Spring * Smoke and Mirrors * Underwear * Papa Was a Rodeo * Yeah! Oh, Yeah! * The Night You Can’t Remember * Born on a Train * The Things We Did and Didn’t Do * FIRST ENCORE: Reno Dakota * Love is Like Jazz * Aging Spinsters * SECOND ENCORE: I Think I Need a New Heart

  9. Five Seventeen says:

    I checked the CD I have and the Magnetic Fields also played a show in 1998. If I recall Jean Smith (K Records) opened and was pretty horrible. Then, half the crowd left (!!!), leaving only about 25 people or so to witness Mr. Merritt and Ms. Gonson play a show — There was no band. The recording I have is from the Soundboard.