Sunday, December 26th, 2004
On A White Lake, Near A Green Mountain
Frenchmen and Germans, touring together, mass hysteria… M83 and Ulrich Schnauss, aka the “Keyboards, Not Guitars Shoegazing Revival” travelling minstry, are in town to spread their gospel on April 19 at Lee’s Palace, donations $15. Schnauss’ A Strangely Isolated Place came out in North America this past July and M83’s Before the Dawn Heals Us is out January 25. I have been trying very hard to get into their last effort Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, with only modest success. Still, I will be going to this show hoping to be converted.
Emm Gryner picks her top albums of 2004, and then changes her mind (from Foxymoron). Speaking of Emm, her new album of Irish covers, Songs Of Love And Death isn’t out till January 18 but Mishie has an advance copy and a sneak preview.
I spent yesterday kicking around the old homestead, being reminded of just how DULL it is back in Oakville. But a good kinda dull. Thanks to the World Juniors, there was some actually worthwhile hockey on television to be watched in the afternoon (7-3 over Slovakia!) and I went to see House Of Flying Daggers last night (review on that tomorrow, I think), but otherwise I just sat around catching up on some reading.
Today being Boxing Day (that’s Crazy Post-Christmas Sale Day for you Yanks), I will be spending most of the day – and in fact, the next week, spending obscene amounts of money on things I don’t really need. I am going to attempt to stay out of the electronics stores but I promise nothing.