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Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

Brightly Wound

Acthung Baby celebrates the release of Eisley’s Room Noises yesterday with a multimedia link extravaganza, Paul reviewed the record for 75 Or Less and The Houston Chronicle profiles the band.

Even though the production on what I’ve heard of the record sounds a little Dawson’s Creek-ish at times (no, not even OC-ish), there’s still some real sharp songwriting and musical ideas in there – I can’t help but like it. Plus they’re still young (ridiculously so), so they’ll have the chance to refine their craft with time. Much potential here. I fully expect Reprise to give this the full-court promo press, so I figure I’ll be able to find a used copy within a week. It’s not that I don’t want to give these kids my money, but it’s become increasingly rare that I actually want anything that’s likely to turn up in the used CD stores, so when the occasion presents itself, I gotta take it.

I’ve did a review of the new Bettie Serveert record, Attagirl, for Torontoist yesterday. Reader’s Digest version? It’s okay, but not great. Private Suit was better and even the patchy Log 22 had higher high points. Still, looking forward to the show Thursday at the ‘Shoe with The Petit Project and Human Deluxe, neither of whom I know anything about.

So I saw Pitchfork’s Top 100 albums of 2000-2004 and it didn’t click that this was a different list from Stylus’. But it is… except not really. Because I have the sort of mind that likes to quantify everything, I tallied it up and found that I own 30% of PF’s list and 38% of Stylus’. Ergo, Stylus has better taste than Pitchfork. QED.

Sunday Life talks to Belfast ex-pat Darren Bleckett about life as drummer for Ambulance LTD. From LHB.

Torr reports that the North American release for the new New Order album, Waiting For The Siren’s Call, has been pushed up a couple weeks to April 12.

Having wrapped up a triumphant American tour, The Arcade Fire are recuperating back home but are planning to play a Toronto show sometime in mid-to-late April. Anyone want to guess at a venue? I don’t expect I’d bother going if it’s anywhere larger than the Phoenix or Palais Royale (capacity 1000-1100). The Kool Haus can kiss my ass. Related – David Byrne blogs about joining the band onstage in New York last week. Via Stereogum.

80s UK post-punk survivors New Model Army return to North America for the first time in ages, playing the Horseshoe on March 13.

Thanks to Travis for pointing out this choice Super Bowl commercial. I don’t actually remember what they were selling, which kind of defeats the purpose, but I’m always in favour of monkeys.

The Batman Begins has been given an overhaul and now actually has content! I have new wallpaper.

The Washington Post reveals what you’d have to look forward to if you started working for CTU.

Happy Chinese New Year. Note to self – CALL HOME.

np – The Futureheads / The Futureheads

By : Frank Yang at 9:15 am
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  1. tankboy says:

    are the futureheads coming through toronto?

    if so…YOUI MUST SEE THEM!

    i’m dragging my non-rockist girlfirend to photograph them in chicago knowing full-well that their energy will win over even her jaded heart.

  2. Frank says:

    they are coming, and I would be going if not for the fact that I’m going to see M Ward that night. I will try to catch them at SxSW though.

  3. Carla says:

    Oh man first the Psychedelic Furs, and now New Model Army? Throw in Flesh for Lulu and it’s an official time warp!

  4. D. says:

    I’ve got 50% of Pitchfork’s and 60% of Stylus’s.

    1) Does this make me one of the cool kids or a sad slave to the zeitgeist?

    2) Has 40-50% of this decades’ ‘best’ music really passed me by? Must try harder.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have a low low 9% of pitchfork and 8% of stylus. If I count Claires copy of White Blood Cells I’m up to 10% in both.

    And I’d LOVE to see a flesh for lulu show… One might ever say "I’d go crazy"…

  6. chris says:

    i’ve got the Pitchfork Top 100 on mp3, as I downloaded it from someone who compiled the entire list. I’m missing one song:

    Jurgen Pappe: So Weit Wie Noch Nie

    if anyone has it…………. it’s hard to find.

  7. chris says:

    ha… nevermind… i just realized it’s on erlend oye’s album. anyone who wants it, i’m kevlarsoul on soulseek or you can do get a Get File on AIM on me, i’m synapticblur