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Thursday, May 13th, 2004

23 Minutes In Brussels

Luna’s seventh studio album, Rendezvous, will be out in September with extensive touring to follow. The tracklisting is as follows:

Malibu Love Nest

Cindy Tastes of Barbecue

Speedbumps

The Owl and the Pussycat

Astronaut

Broken Chair

Star-Spangled Man

Motel Bambi

Still at Home

Buffalo Boots

Rainbow Babe

Those paying attention may notice that “Astronaut”, which was arguably the best track on either Romantica or the companion Close Cover Before Striking EP makes another appearance. Hopefully it’s at least a re-recording or different mix, though I can’t imagine the song getting any more perfect than it was.

Detroit’s Slumber Party will be opening for Camera Obscura at their July 23 show at the Horseshoe.

For those wondering just how incestuous the Toronto music scene can be, check out the Broken Social Scene family tree. Honestly – you can’t swing a stick on College St without hitting a member.

Matt Pond PA tours their new record Emblems, out next Tuesday, to the Mod Club on June 15 with the UK’s Keane and Seattle’s Aveo.

Check out the lineup for the Cisco Systems Toronto Bluesfest July 16 through 18 and the 22nd through the 25th. It’s shaping up to be a pretty sharp lineup of roots/rock music. Acts of note (IMO) – Lyle Lovett, Kathleen Edwards, Chris Isaak, Cake, Wilson Pickett, The Weakerthans, Gillian Welch, The Sadies, The Unintended, plus a Gram Parsons tribute by fellow Flying Burrito Brother and Byrd Chris Hillman… A shame it’s spread out over a week – there’s no way I could/would do $20 admission for multiple days, nor attend enough to make the $120 festival pass worthwhile, but may consider the $45 weekend pass. More acts are still likely to be announced.

eye talks to the Cardigans to find out where they’ve been hiding all this time. The answer will shock and amaze you. If you’re easily shocked and amazed by not-so-shocking or -amazing things, that is. They’re at Lee’s Palace tonight! Caloo Callay!

The non-SACD editions of the first batch of Bob Dylan remasters will hit stores June 1 (except for Love And Theft). They’ll be packaged in jewel cases instead of digipacks, which is too bad because I like the idea of paying less for the remasters but I also liked the look of the digipack. However, I think the real question is – what retailer is going to stock these? Most shops are already overloaded with Dylan stock if they’re carrying the discounted original editions and the new remasters – are they really going to add mid-price editions to their inventory that will render the deluxe ones of no interest except to the three or four people out there who own SACD players?

Oh, and speaking of SACD – I still can’t play them, but my hi-fi obsession the last little while has finally subsided as I picked up a new CD player last night to go along with the new speakers I got a few weeks ago – one of these bad boys. Everything sounds so good now, it’s making me tear up just thinking about it. Not to sound too evangelical, but anyone who listens to a lot of music owes it to themselves to invest in a good stereo system at some point in their life so that they can properly experience it. It’s something else. And this is coming from someone who’s only got a relatively cheap mid-fi system. You better hope I never get into vinyl, or I’ll probably never shut up.

Isn’t it cute? Newsweek discovers indie rock.

OH! Mikey is easily the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen. Look at it. It’s freakish. FREAKISH.

np – The Cardigans / Gran Turismo

By : Frank Yang at 9:30 am
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  1. mike says:

    Thanks for the T.O. Bluesfest reminder…I’ve been meaning to followup on that. This year is even better than last year!…Also, if I don’t manage to score a ticket for the Cardigans show tonight, I’ll be so jealous of you guys. ;-)

    Mike

  2. RSL says:

    i wish the cardies were playing atlanta. apparently the american south just doesn’t merit. and that oh mikey thing… reminds me of the father from strangers with candy. only MUCH more disturbing.

  3. Citizen Keith says:

    Check out the Pioneer DV-563A player. It plays CD, SACD, and DVD-A… one of the few universal players on the market. I just picked one up from Circuit City last week for $135.00.

    With a decent amp and a good set of speakers, you can REALLY hear the difference between the high rez and redbook layers on hybrid SACDs (keeping in mind that the redbook layer may sometimes be a completely different mastering job).

    I’ve been buying up SACDs ever since… Miles Davis, The Zombies, Roxy Music, Dylan, The Stones, and more. You can’t go wrong…

  4. Frank says:

    I thought about the hi-rez player option, but decided against it since I don’t know what format, if any, will succeed and the number of titles available in DVD-A, SACD or even HDCD are so few that there wouldn’t be enough software to justify the expense. I’m pretty happy with a player that does redbook really well.

  5. Brandon says:

    If you haven’t seen the Californian Country Rock family tree, don’t miss it:

    http://…/

  6. uncle grambo says:

    thanks for the tip on Luna … so much buzz!