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Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

A Day In The Life

Donewaiting brings us word that The Gedge has resurrected The Wedding Present! Well, maybe not resurrected so much as accepted the fact that the difference between Cinerama and the Weddoes were pretty much two words. Cinerama had started out as a more retro, 60s film soundtrack-sounding outfit, but over the course of time, the fastest right hand in indie rock realized, “we were playing faster and more strummy, so I just thought, ‘I may as well reform the Wedding Present'”. And hey – late 80s/early 90s reunions are all the rage now, aren’t they? Anyway, this means that the sessions that had been earmarked for the fourth Cinerama record will now be coming out as the sixth (approximately, not counting scads of compilations) Wedding Present record in October. Full details here.

Village Voice music critic Robert Christgau likes Rilo Kiley. I don’t know why this surprises me, but it does – I figured him for the sort of guy who doesn’t like anything. Check out his profile on the band and his review of More Adventurous. Links from the lad with the engorged aorta.

Low has signed to SubPop. This has to be one of the signs of the Apocalypse. From Tiny Mix Tapes.

Vancouver’s Salteens are coming to town – they’ll be at the El Mocambo October 1, which unfortunately is the same night as Arcade Fire. It’s a pity, because otherwise I’d be there – the Salteens are super fun and keyboardist Erin Jane is about as crushworthy as they come. Next time, perhaps.

Saturday Looks Good To Me will be at the Silver Dollar October 18 with The Sunshine Fix. SLGTM’s new one Every Night is out September 14, but you can order it from Polyvinyl for $10 now.

Devendra Banhart is in town at the Music Gallery on November 12, tickets $13. Is it just me or does this guy look a lot like Jim Caviezel in that one movie he was in? You know, the S&M period piece with all the whipping.

The title of this entry should probably read “A Year In The Life”, or two years if we’re being precise. Two years being precisely how long this blog has been kicking around on this crazy merry-go-round we call the internet. I was cruising some of my entries from 2002 and was amazed how much it’s changed – hell, even compared to 2003 I think it’s come a long way. When I started out, there was no theme – just rantings and musings and whatnot. That was boring to even me, to be honest. So since them I’ve moved away from the personal side of things and consider this site to be more of a zine in blog format than a journal of any kind. Percentages of things that relate to me, besides “I bought this record” or “I saw this film” or “I went to this concert” are probably less than 10%, if even that. Know why? Cause I’m boring. Unbelievably boring. I’m serious – go back and read some of the early posts. Excruciating, aren’t they? And even two years hence, I’m not doing much better. Oh, except for a wicked-ass cocaine habit I’ve picked up.

I’m not running this site in my downtime as a crime-fighting astronaut, it’s pretty much a second job but I don’t get paid and it cuts into whatever time I would normally be trying to cultivate a social life, so that’s okay. But honestly, I don’t mind – the fact that I can consider this site to be a modest success by whatever yardstick you can measure blog success is enormously gratifying to me. Seriously, it means a lot to me that people seem to like coming here. You validate my existance – Thanks. Now send me money, bitches. Daddy needs a new pimp hat.

np – A.C. Newman / The Slow Wonder

By : Frank Yang at 8:47 am
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  1. craig says:

    Great news about the Wedding Present… and by any chance, would it be this pimp hat?

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  2. Satellite says:

    Congrats on the anniversary, Frank. And you’re not boring, at least not to other indie rock fans. I’ll keep coming back each day.

  3. toddc says:

    Let me call down a minute from my weddos induced hysteria and congrat you on the anniversary. You’re an interesting writer, so I would hope that translates into your day to day life. Good luck!

  4. bozairzere says:

    congrats frank! keep em comin’

  5. information leafblower says:

    C-c-c-c-c-c-cocaine!

    Congrats on the 24 months.

    And the wedding present news = much buzz.

  6. mike says:

    Happy Anniversary! Your blog is the mother of all music blogs we aspire towards…really!

  7. slint says:

    low released a single on sub pop years ago. sleep tight.

  8. duus says:

    hey, happy anniversary, keep up the good work, frank.

  9. james says:

    Happy blog-birthday and thanks for the Weddoes news. Let’s just hope that they go back to their pre-Watusi incarnation. I have some old live shows on cassette lying around that the band used to sell themselves at shows!

  10. lenny says:

    Hmm, why in the world would Christgau like them… "Lewis is such a wet dream for indie boys—pretty, bright, likes men, says "fuck" a lot…" Oh yeah.

    Not that anyone should use that as a barometer of their worth, just like you wouldn’t use one of his regular reviews, just sayin’…