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Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Now At Last

Six months after her carpet-bombing of Toronto during NXNE (three shows in three nights), Feist returns to play the Phoenix on December 2. I’m not sure if I’ll go to this one, I’m damn near concert-ed out for the year, but I recommend the show to anyone else. I wonder what sort of band configuration she’ll be playing with? I can’t find any other details yet – when I did a Google search for “Feist Phoenix Toronto”, I got my own site. Sigh. Thanks to More Cowbell for the tip.

You can download “Ageless Beauty”, the first single from Stars’ new album Set Yourself On Fire, here. Word is this record is much more ‘rock’ than Heart or Night Songs – the single is nice, but I like hearing Amy sing pretty much anything. The album is already out in Canada but the rest of the world will have to wait until early ’05. Or you can order it from Amazon.ca for $16.99. Borders be damned!

Mercury Rev’s new album is finally complete. According to their new official bio, “If Deserter’s Songs was Autumn, and All Is Dream winter, then The Secret Migration feels like spring: fresh-cheeked, maybe a little mischievous, infused with hopeful spirits”. Aww, sounds darling. The Secret Migration (if you didn’t catch the album title) will be out January 25.

Steve Earle tells Billboard why it’s so crucial that Americans vote in the upcoming election and mentions that touring to support The Revolution Starts… Now will continue in North America early next year.

The big news around indie-world is that Slint have reformed and will be curating the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in the UK next February. While I own Spiderland, that was a mandatory hipster purchase more than anything else – it’s definitely interesting if disquieting listening, but I don’t spin it very often.

I don’t usually post anything from the plethora of unsolicited mp3s I’m sent as I fear that will just lead to more unsolicited mp3s, but this one is too bizarre not to let loose onto the world. It’s by a guy named David Boyle who… hell, I can’t even begin to try and explain it cause I don’t actually understand it. but check out his website, check out the mp3 he sent me and… well, you tell me. Fluxblog also got sent a copy of the song (and I thought I was special!) and he’s also posted an excerpt from the email that came with the file. There’s also a big discussion going on at ILX and the lyrics have been posted as well. Words fail. I’m a little ashamed of myself for biting and helping out the guy’s obvious ploy at becoming some sort of flash-in-the-pan internet phenomenon, but it’s a slow news day, okay?

np – Mercury Rev / All Is Dream

By : Frank Yang at 9:35 am
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  1. david says:

    I bit, too, Frank. I saved original e-mail without listening to the track, but the discussion at ILX made me give it a listen. It’s… very… interesting.

  2. kurmidt says:

    i wonder if anyone caught matt sharp and golden boy tonite at the horseshoe…

  3. kurmidt says:

    you’re choosing delgados over the organ and controller.controller? maybe i should check out these <i>delgados</i>…

  4. Frank says:

    yep – I like the Delgados a lot and The Organ and Controller.Controller don’t do very much for me.

  5. kurmidt says:

    ya i think you might be right.. what song/album of the delgados should i check out? i trust u.

  6. zhan says:

    Question about Stars. What LPs and EPs do have they released?

    I have ‘Heart’ and ‘Dead Child Stars’. I saw some kind of EP at Soundscapes today and didn’t know what it was (I think it was the ‘Comeback’ EP). Will pick up ‘Set Yourself On Fire’ tomorrow.

  7. mike says:

    I’d love to see The Delgados …I saw them live about 4 years ago…but unfortunately I’m already going to go see The Organ w/ controller.controller…mostly for The Organ, since I’ve seen controller.controller about 5 times in the last year anyway.

  8. Frank says:

    I’ve seen the Delgados twice – first time was just alright, but last time through for Hate was really good. I’m liking Universal Audio a lot, probably my favourite of their records overall, and am really eager to hear it live.

    Zhan – I am not up on my Stars discography. I’m still confused by the three different covers they have for Heart.