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Thursday, July 8th, 2004

Combat Baby

This is just amazing – Spider-Man 2 done entirely in action-packed Lego-mation. Truly, I am in awe. The creators, Spite Your Face studios, also have lots of other cool stuff on their website. Check it all out.

Not all new concert announcements, but some changes and clarifications to previously announced ones, in chronological order:

Detroit’s Slumber Party is no longer opening for Camera Obscura July 23rd at the Horseshoe. Instead, Montreal’s Pony Up! will support. It’s too bad because I was pretty excited to see Slumber Party – the stuff up on their website sounds great. I’m considerably less chuffed about Pony Up! – their website samples aren’t doing anything for me. Sigh.

The Emily Haines solo show at the El Mocambo on July 24 just graduated from “maybe” to “must-see” status – Amy Millan of Stars is also on the bill. Tickets $10 advance.

Old 97’s will be at Lee’s Palace September 12, and not the Opera House. This is good because I hate the Opera House and I love Lee’s Palace. And I can walk to Lee’s Palace whereas I’d have to take all sorts of crazy transit to get to the Opera House. Tickets will be on sale sometime in late July. Their new album Drag It Up is in stores July 27.

The legendary British pop singer, songwriter and producer Nick Lowe will also be at Lee’s Palace on Setpember 15, tickets $23.50. He was the man behind the boards for all of Elvis Costello’s early stuff from My Aim Is True through Trust and wrote “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding”, if you need a brief CV.

The Magnolia Electric Co. or whatever Jason Molina is calling himself that week will be at the Horseshoe on October 2, tickets $10.50. This one will certainly sell out. I hope I’m in town for the show. Pitchfork has some info about what else the band is up to this Fall.

Got my Wilco tickets yesterday – paid a little more than maybe I would have if I tried another outlet but I definitely didn’t want to run the risk of missing out while trying to save a couple bucks. I think the pre-sale sold out in under half an hour – but there probably weren’t that many tickets in their allotment. Either way, I am hooked up.

P-Fork reports that Neutral Milk Hotel will be the next subject in the 33-1/3 series of books (wherein authors or artists write a book about an album that changed their life or something). I hadn’t looked at the full list of books in the series before now, and there’s some intriguing stuff there (Alan Moore on Jethro Tull? Whoo!). Has anyone read any of the books in this series? Worth hunting down? Update: The Boston Phoenix has a review of the book series. From LHB.

Three of the four principal roles in the Fantastic Four film have been cast. So they’re NOT going for big-name recognition, I see…

Part two of The Onion interviewing The Kids In The Hall is now up.

Chaos. Everything is chaos. Work is up to my eyeballs, trying to get ready for my trip is all (wave hands frantically in the air), and I picked the wrong week to be trying to sell off my excess guitar equipment. Chaos. Some people thrive on chaos. I don’t think I’m one of them. But I did pick up this swanky new backpack for the trip. It’s got lots of pockets! Pockets are key.

np – Sea Ray / Stars At Noon

By : Frank Yang at 8:45 am
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  1. Paul says:

    Matos’s 33 1/3 book on Sign O The Times is rather enjoyable.

  2. merckeda says:

    There was actually a line-up at Rotate this morning for Wilco tickets.

    Like…whoa.

  3. mike says:

    Missed out on Wilco tickets. Ticketmaster was sold out within 10 – 15 minutes after 10 am. I was at work this morning talking to a customer(I’m in customer service in an office within the provincial government) and it slipped my mind that I had planned to be at my computer at 10 am and by the time I got to my computer it was about 10:15 or so and Wilco tickets were already sold out. That was ridiculous. I even drove down to Rotate This on my lunch break[from Scarborough, mind you] and tickets were long gone. Sucks to be me.

  4. ME says:

    We can always hope for a change in venue. I checked a 10:07 am and the Wilco show was sold out. Does anybody know what the capacity is for the Wilco show?

  5. Frank says:

    no! No venue change! Sorry to everyone who didn’t get tickets, but I’m way too excited about seeing them in such an intimate setting. Official capacity for the Mod Club is 550 – that’s gotta be one of the smallest shows they’ll have played in years.

    Don’t forget, this isn’t the proper North American tour – it’s just the Lollapalooza make-up dates. The full tour is supposed to go in October, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them back in town at a much larger venue, like Massey Hall.

  6. RSL says:

    that spidey flick thing is super duper! i just saw the film [don’t even get me started on tobey maguire love] and i really liked how they used/converted actual plot points for their own version here. only thing, did it bug you like it bugged me that sometimes the webs were legos and sometimes they were much thinner webbier things?