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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Thieves Like Us

With New Order’s latest album Waiting For The Sirens’ Call coming out in North America last week, Exclaim! takes the opportunity to recap the massively influential yet utterly unique band’s history in timeline form. I may be compromising all cred I have by saying I far prefer New Order to their forebears Joy Division, but it’s true. There are times when “Temptation” is simply the best song in the world.

The New Order news cycle brings us a few pieces worth reading, including these interviews with Bernard Sumner by the San Francisco Chronicle (via neworderonline.com) and Rolling Stone and this Chicago Sun-Times interview with Peter Hook. Hookie will also be in Toronto this Friday doing a DJ set at the Mod Club, admission $15.

You can see the first two videos from Sirens’ Call here. “Krafty” is vintage New Order and the video is equal parts snogariffic and vertigo-inducing. “Jetstream” is underwhelming and is probably only a single to capitalize on the appearance of the chick from The Scissor Sisters. And really, they’re not a band that should appear in their own videos…

Video (WMA): New Order – “Krafty”

Video (WMA): New Order – “Jetstream”

And while you’re enjoying all things New Order, check out Peter Saville’s website. The man responsible for the band’s distinctive visual style has a nice online gallery of his work and you can download fonts of the typefaces he used on all the different Joy Division and New Order album covers over the years. Very cool.

Wilco aren’t coming back to Toronto anytime soon, but they will be playing just down the 401 in sunny Buffalo on June 28 as part of the Rockin’ At The Knox festival at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. If it wasn’t a weekday and if I had a car, I’d consider going. But it is and I don’t, so that’s that. Oh, and I really don’t like Buffalo… but I digress. My Morning Jacket support.

But who IS coming to Toronto on July 25 is none other than Bruce Campbell, in town to promote his new book, Learn To Make Love The Bruce Campbell Way. Finally, some tips on how to use that chainsaw for a hand to satisfy the ladies.

Ex-Spinane Rebecca Gates will be at Lee’s Palace May 21 filling in the vacancy left when The Decemberists moved their show that night to the Phoenix.

Popmatters interviews Brendan Benson.

Stereogum brings us “21 High-Quality Albums From The Past Three Years (In No Particular Order)” courtesy of the very funny Chuck Klosterman. Klosterman seems to be a love ’em/hate ’em kind of polarizing figure, and I’m firmly in the first camp. Also happy to see his next book, Killing Yourself to Live : 85% of a True Story, is coming out next month.

24: Truly it does my heart proud to see the Chinese getting their moment in the sun as villains. No one ever gives us enough credit for having the capacity for evil. Granted, so far it’s only bureaucratic evil and they haven’t actually done anything really sinister yet, but it’s coming. Can you say season five? Jack Bauer vs China. But I was a little disappointed that the consulate infiltration was over so quickly. As Juan pointed out via email, it was very Metal Gear in execution – it would have been nice to see Jack have to drag and hide a guard’s body in a locker. A very intense final scene – it’s nice when they let Keifer act. The look on his face was really quite emotive. I tell ya, no one knows how to break up with a woman like Jack Bauer. And Chloe and Edgar are totally going to get it on. It will be the grossest thing ever.

np – Explosions In The Sky / The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

By : Frank Yang at 9:17 am
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  1. Paul says:

    Frank, your mind works in peculiar and fascinating ways. The thought of Chloe and Edgar together would’ve never occurred to me (and I think I’m glad of that).

    But now it’s like I’ve seen my own parents fucking. My eyes! My eyes!

  2. Frank says:

    I can’t take credit for that particular pairing… my friend Erin mentioned it in the context of a conversation about potential 24 hookups and, well, it rather burned itself into my skull. But last night’s tender moment should make it obvious to everyone that they’re going to bump uglies (emphasis on UGLY) real soon.

  3. Juan says:

    I vote for more Jack Bauer video game moments! next time there’s a virus outbreak he should wear a suit like Gordon Freeman in Half Life.

  4. brian says:

    wow, what a couple of truly horrible videos.

    at least ‘jetstream’ shows the band, and isn’t pretending (as much).

    i never understood why bands who are in their 40’s (50’s?) have videos featuring 18-year-olds, aside from the shallowness of trying to appeal to that demographic.

    and they didn’t disappoint with the predicted, obligitory safe-sex condom-wrapper shot.

  5. Fred S says:

    Rebecca Gates is actually opening for Decemberists at Phoenix – not playing at Lees….Willy Mason canceled…

  6. Frank says:

    oh, well that’s cool. I’d like to see Rebecca Gates. Pollstar must have been confused what with the venue changes and all.

  7. punky says:

    >>There are times when "Temptation" is simply the best song in the world.

    I agree with this sentiment. Very, very much.

    Oh you’ve got green eyes, oh you’ve got blue eyes, oh you’ve got grey eyes…

    That is my eye colour!!! Described so well, too. :)

  8. catherine says:

    oh my god, no! chloe is in love with JACK. and now that audrey hates him, he will seek comfort in chloe, especially now that she can handle herself in the field.

    that final scene was so ridiculous, with jack pointing a gun at the doctor and him issuing instructions while hovering over the chinese guy. sometimes i don’t know why i watch this show. oh yeah, b/c kiefer is hot.

    also, i think maybe season five could be a prequel. that’s why jack is so good at having these bad days — he’s had a million of ’em!

  9. Frank says:

    yeah, I don’t think Jack really needed to keep pointing the gun at the doctor. What I did like abou the last scene, however, was how you could see him snap from GI Jack, man on a mission, to Cuddly Jack, human being, and appear to be in horror at what he’d done.

    He should call up Kate Warner again. She was much hotter than Audrey.

  10. monkeyinabox says:

    Palmer god bad ass fast. Chloe will freak out later and Jack almost cried. This is good.

  11. troy steele says:

    jesus god, how can ANYONE not just want to vomit reading Klosterman’s list? for every decent band he mentions, he somehow manages to list their weakest album.

  12. Dave says:

    Klosterman is a good writer, which is all I really care about.

    Thanks for putting up the Ryan mp3 – the Destroyer Sessions are amazing. People need to know this stuff is out there.

  13. mdg says:

    yeah temptation was my life …

    But WTF Where is Gillian shes gone, and no one even mentions it. the are croggy old lads now and perfer my memories of them then, to who they are now.

    I walked into Adidas store and saw hook

    dj’ing on a weekend after noon.

    OMG WTF has happened to this world

    I listened live to transmission this weekend and it *hurt*… but hey my dreams never end and every thing is still gone green for me.

    i think i am going to start the

    where is gillian campaign

  14. Frank says:

    the exclaim article explains that Gillian left the band after recording Get Ready to care for a seriously ill daughter, and will likely not return to the band. Her choice, I guess.

  15. D. says:

    I love New Order more than anyone, but the new New Order album is horrific.

  16. Five One Seven says:

    When Jack walked into the Chinese consulate wearing a black face mask, I couldn’t help but expect a martial arts sequence (Doesn’t every Chinese security guard know martial arts?) Are they going to show this clip so they can say "see? We don’t stereotype every nationality. Them Chinese folks in episode 20? They couldn’t fight worth a damn!"

    I loved the part where Jack was giving hest compressions to the guy while he was still breathing. wtf!?

    Claire kept laughing at the "lungs filling up with fluid" part. She says you just sit them up.

    Chloe would never date Edgar, and she never would have called herself a psychopath, she’d have called herself a sociopath. She’s totally replacing Jack next season when the writers from Everyone Loves Ramond start writing for 24… Maybe they are already.

  17. sam says:

    i just caught up with the last two weeks of 24 yesterday and i must say i loved the Chinese consulate sequence. my reference was Splinter Cell. why do i love it so much when Kiefer dons tne black ski mask? :) love it. and yes, Jack Bauer is fucked as far as his relationship with Audrey. and his acting in that last scene, i think, took everyone by surprise. Jack Bauer is always in control. that was outstanding.