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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2005

Howdy!

Gone for far too long, there is finally some good news from Teenage Fanclub – they are releasing their first album since 2000 (not counting the best-of comp), Man-Made, on May 2 in the UK (see cover art). Since this is coming out on their own PeMa label, there’s no info on a North American release but surely someone will arrange to distribute it in the colonies.

It might be a little much to hope for a tour as well, but considering they came over in 2001 for no particular reason (I don’t think Howdy! had been out in the US yet though it was available up here) and played a magnificent sold-out show at the Opera House, I know at least one city would make it worth their while. We loves the Fannies, oh yes we do. Very much looking forward to this one. And if you haven’t yet, check out the exclusive live and demo tracks available on their website.

Also coming out May 2 in the UK is the debut album from The Tears, aka Bernard and Brett from Suede (if you didn’t know). The record is called Here Come The Tears (which also answers the question of how the band name is pronounced – ‘tir or ‘tar). The first single is “Refugees” and there’s a streaming clip of it available here. Their label also has a big long writeup on the album.

The Shins are finally coming back to Toronto after almost three years. April 17 at the Kool Haus. That’s right, the Kool Haus. God I hate that place. Anyone else remember seeing them at the Rivoli in July 2002? That was a nice little show. I’m having some trouble envisioning their indie pop in a cavernous room like the Kool Haus… Man, I had no idea they were so big now. I blame Natalie Portman. She needs to be punished. Yes she does… Oh yeah, it appears support on this tour will be New Zealand’s The Brunettes. Tickets $21, on sale now.

Also coming back to town at Lee’s Palace on April 17, after a two month absence, is M Ward who kicked so much ass at the ElMo on Sunday. This time it’ll be with a full band, Norfolk & Western, who are also opening along with Devotchka.

And if you don’t want to see The Shins or M Ward, you can catch The Golden Republic and Aqueduct at the Horseshoe that same night, April 17, tickets $8. God, when was the last time so much was going on in town on a Sunday night? Oh yeah, this past Sunday.

Also at the ‘Shoe on April 29 will be Sweden’s Mando Diao and The Comas, admission $10.

Oh, and what was I saying about Joe Pernice yesterday? May 5 4, Horseshoe, $10. We love ya, Joe. Update: Hang on, just noticed that Adult is scheduled for the ‘Shoe on May 5. Maybe The Toronto Star had the date wrong? I’ll try to find out what’s what… Update 2: Thanks to Craig from Against The Grain for sorting things out for me. The show is May 4.

Pitchfork and XFM are reporting that J and Lou and Murph are together again as Dinosaur Jr and will play the Fuji Rock Festival and then some UK dates. J Mascis’ website confirms. I don’t know how I feel about this – I only got into Dino Jr when Lou was already gone, so he’s never been an integral part of the band from my perspective – hell, my favourite Dino Jr albums – Green Mind, Where You Been – are both post-Lou, though I will not argue that Bug is awesome. I would hope their hatchet can stay buried long enough to do some North American dates. I’ve never seen Dino in any incarnation, nor J on his own, so I’d be happy to get the opportunity – especially if they’re doing Dino tunes. But if they play “Poledo”, someone’s gonna get hurt. Lou Barlow recently talked to The Journal News about his new album Emoh and he also pretty much confirms the reunion plans.

Billboard introduces America to Stars. Set Yourself On Fire gets a release Stateside next Tuesday.

Sloan’s Twice Removed has been voted the greatest Canadian album of all time by Chart readers.

Why does “priceless” have a positive meaning while “worthless” has a negative meaning? Just wondering.

np – Arcade Fire / Funeral

By : Frank Yang at 9:11 am
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  1. Michael LeRay says:

    Priceless refers to something cherished and not worth giving up at any price. Worthless refers to something un-cherished and not worth any price.

  2. Paul says:

    Frank! Go see The Brunettes just so I can live vicariously through your good fortune.

  3. Frank says:

    no worries, Paul. Crappy venue or no, I’m going to the show.

  4. El Guapo says:

    Hey Frankie: You heard any music from The Tears yet? I’m jonesing for a Suede fix, and that might do the trick, since their last two albums kinda sucked the fat pipe, no?

  5. El Guapo says:

    Oh dear God, I can’t believe I asked you that. You had a link to The Tears’ first single that I totally overlooked. I’m an idiot. A fool. A maroon. Ah, but now I’ve listened. Dig it, my man. Really do. Nothing revolutionary, but a good, lush sound. Props, all around.

  6. Bradley says:

    Yay! TFC! I’ve heard one new song and it sounds really good. Very similar to the last couple of records but who can fault a band for falling into the rut of beautiful pop. Hopefully the John Mcintire production will stir things up a bit.

  7. Dan says:

    It’s pretty simple – priceless means "without price", worthless means "without worth". Seems straightforward, no?

  8. Frank says:

    yeah, but I was coming from the angle of "worth" and "price" both meaning "value". Just random, etymological thoughts.

  9. Chris says:

    But why do you drive on a parkway and park in a driveway?

  10. Rachel says:

    I got your etymological pondering, Frank. Language is weird. Nice used to mean stupid. So, it’s really: stupid guys finish last. And properly translated, the word used to describe Mary in the Christian bible could easily mean young woman rather than virgin. Nothing miraculous about a young woman giving birth, though. Keep ’em coming, Frank. We could turn your blog into a litero-philosophical salon!

  11. Justin says:

    We need a North American release date of the new Teenage Fanclub now! And I see you read Rucka’s Q&C novel – what did you think? I’m a couple trades behind so haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

  12. Frank says:

    I’ve actually only just started the Q&C book – top of the reading list means "in progress". I just finished all the comics last week so it’s still pretty fresh in my mind, I think the book(s) take place after the comics… I’m hoping it’s as good. At least the subject matter will translate well to prose.

  13. Nav says:

    When do Shins tickets go on sale. Rotate.com doesn’t have any info.

  14. Frank says:

    ticketmaster already has Shins tickets. I’m going to be at Soundscapes on the weekend, hopefully they’ll have em then.

  15. Barry says:

    Strangely enough, since I live In New Zealand, I managed to see both Lou Barlow and J Mascis in solo shows over the past 18 months. I’m afraid that the J Mascis show did nothing for me, but Mr Barlow’s little soiree blew me away.