Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
Filter waxes nostalgic about the legacy of one of rock’s greatest cautionary tales, The Stone Roses (Link via ILB). It features a brief timeline and a couple of interviews with Ian Brown and Reni. I remember hanging out on Usenet around the year 2000 when some mook was trying to spread the rumour that it was divinely ordained that the Roses would reform to save the world in the new millennium or some such nonsense. Ah, Usenet. Those were the days.
Update: Thanks to Torr for pointing out that he’s got some early Roses demos available for download. Simpatico!
Meanwhile, some other Mancunians who probably would have been well-advised to take the “burn out fast” route, are coming to town. As promised, Oasis and Jet are at the Molson Amphitheatre on June 17 to shill their new album, out May 12 16, which will probably continue to disappoint anyone hoping for another “Morning Glory” but thrill those who thought “Little James” was a watershed moment in songwriting history.
And to make it a Manchester triple-header, Morrissey’s Live At Earl’s Court will be out March 22 in both CD and DVD formats. I wish I could find some Doves news to make it a quadruple-header spanning four eras of British music, but alas. I could go south to London to report that The Psychedelic Furs are doing two nights at Lee’s Palace on March 31 and April 1, but that’s just not the same.
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (I love writing that out) are in town to promote the love-it-or-hate-it Worlds Apart at the Opera House April 15.
Static Multimedia conducts another “why you breaking up?” interview with Dean Wareham of Luna. I wonder if he’s started making up new reasons to keep himself entertained? “Sean keeps giving me wet willies in the tour bus and I’m sick of it”.
Canada’s music awards, the Junos, make the Grammies look like a bastion of artistic integrity. The very fact that there’s a “best international” category in the transparent, pathetic hopes that someone like Kid Rock will show up at the awards ceremony to accept the bauble marginalizes the worthy Canadian nominees. That is, of course, if you accept the notion that these music awards have any meaning whatsoever in the first place. I myself find them utterly ridiculous. Pop (All Love) takes a look at some of the highlights from this year’s nominees.
24: Man, a year and a half on the skids and Tony! Tone! Toni! goes all bad-ass. Dallying with trashy bartenders, watching soccer, tossing off the one-liners like they’re going out of style. I can’t decide what my favourite from last night was – “Don’t you think you’ve made me miss enough TV today, Jack?”, or “Actually, I’m currently unemployed”. Both golden. Jack got a nice one in with “She seems like a real sweet girl,” but the winner of this episode was undoubtedly Mr Soul Patch. I was glad to see Marianne get busted though I saw it coming since Aisha Tyler was still only a guest-star after this many episodes. Tick tick tick, Marianne. They totally telegraphed her setup of Sarah a mile off though. The only way they could have surprised anyone with that scene was if they spun the chair around and revealed Zombie Nina. I’m glad they didn’t drag that one out longer than one ep. As for the double-bust/double-assassination as the hour wrapped up… eh. Saw that coming too.
np – Bettie Serveert / Attagirl