Sunday, March 13th, 2005
Must I Paint You A Picture?
Just bits and pieces today.
Thanks to Hold My Life for pointing me to Billy Bragg’s website where he’s offering a number of free live download clips (and one full-length track for newsletter subscribers) taken from his Live At The Barbican album (which is available for sale in digital format). I am still sore at Billy for not making good on his promise to tour through North America last year – he said he would when he played here for his Talking Woody show, but a year and a half later, I’m still waiting for him and The Blokes to show up. WHY DO YOU LIE TO US, BILLY? WHY? A poke around his website reveals a pretty good archive of materials, however – there’s a wealth of reading in the Words section. Note – not recommended for those who don’t like politicking.
Coolfer is more diplomatic than I’d be in pointing out the market for post-punk/disco/new-wave-inflected bands is getting pretty damn saturated. Death to disco hi-hats! It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even have to listen to a band to write them off, their haircuts are enough to tip me off as to what they sound like. Unlike Coolfer, I don’t think it’s necessarily the fact that the mainstream has latched onto the sound so much as the fact that the newer bands who are trying to hop the sytlistic bandwagon just sound so BAD. And by bad, I mean so derivative and obvious. Sounding like a band that was big twenty years ago is one thing. Cribbing from a band that was big twenty months ago is another. Call it the indie rock equivalent to the Pearl Jam->Creed->Nickelback syndrome, call it the second law of thermodynamics in action (each copy will be less perfect than the predecessor), or just call it tired, but bands have really got to find some new marrow of inspiration to suck dry.
Kathryn Yu has been working on a documentary film on The Wrens and has just released a ten-minute preview of the work-in-progress. It does make me wonder how much longer the band will be working The Meadowlands (which still has to come out in Europe!) and when we might expect some new music from them.
Electrelene are in Toronto at a venue to be determined on June 8 to promote their new record Axes, out May 10.
It is with no small amount of apprehension that I realize today will probably be the last day for at least a week, probably two, that I will have anything resembling free time. I still have a number of things to do to get ready for SxSW (like play with this PDA app with the complete schedule). Between travel, work, various extra-cirricular activities, it’s going to be a pretty exhausting fortnight before I get to the Easter long weekend. I will endeavour to reply to some emails and whatnot that have been gathering dust in the past few days because if I don’t get to them now, they’re never getting taken care of.
np – Sigur Ros / ( )