Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
The Universe Is Expanding
Dean Wareham has posted his reasons for retiring Luna on their website, in a playful and enigmatic top-10 list format:
1. Rock and Roll is killing my life.
2. The Universe is Expanding.
3. There are too many bands out there, travelling around, singing their songs etc.
4. Too much time spent in 15-passenger vans. According to 20/20, these things flip over.
5. Too many hands to shake, that means germs.
6. Too many dinners at Wendy’s.
7. People are dying in Iraq.
8. This is what bands do (with a few exceptions, like R.E.M. and Metallica, and the Rolling Stones). Those bands, however, are multibillion dollar corporations. You don’t break that up unless the government forces you to.
9. Hotel Electravision.
10. Time to Quit.
In other words, he’s tired. Understandable – he’s been doing the touring musician thing for sixteen years. But not too tired to release swan song Rendezvous on October 26 and hit Lee’s Palace on November 7.
Thanks to Morecowbell.net for the tip-off that the long-rumoured (by me, mostly) Matthew Sweet/Velvet Crush tour is finally happening and it’s stopping at the Mod Club in Toronto on November 8. It’s expected that Matthew will play guitar with the Crush and they will in turn act as his backing band. The Weakerthans are also supporting on at least one other date on the tour, but there’s no information as to whether that’s a one-off or an ongoing thing – more information as it comes. My formerly quiet November has now been transformed into a tsunami of rock – six shows in ten days, two of them in a foreign country, eight in November altogether, and quite possible more to come. Wheee.
That’s all I got for today. Come back tomorrow.
Update: Okay, one more thing – did anyone else see the Vice-Presidential debate last night? Notice when Cheney told people to go to Factcheck.com? He better hope that the viewership was as apathetic as everyone says, cause that’s not the website he meant to refer them to… Go – it’s pretty funny. Slate has a full writeup on the gaffe.
np – Drive By Truckers / The Dirty South