Sunday, May 8th, 2005
Too Big For Gidget
It looks as though New Zealand’s Brunettes will be joining Nada Surf as support for the leg of the Rilo Kiley tour that hits The Opera House on May 19. I quite enjoyed them when they opened for The Shins last month – it may be featherweight, but their giddy pop is great fun. I got their last album Mars Loves Venus at the Shins show and wouldn’t mind picking up some more of their stuff – I don’t think the new When Ice Met Cream EP was out yet when they were here last, hopefully they’ll have some copies available in a couple weeks. Hey Paul – that’s twice in a month I’ll be seeing them. Jealous?
Pitchfork reports that Nottingham’s Six By Seven have signed a deal with The First Time RecordS to release their latest album :04 in North America on August 16. Which is great, except I reported this back in February and the album came out last Fall. Furthermore, :04 will only be their new album for another couple of weeks – then Artists Cannibals Poets Thieves will get a formal release on May 23 in the UK (though it’s been available for sale from the band through their website for a few weeks now). But while PF is hardly on the ball with the news, at least the reporter managed to tell everyone about when he was deflowered, and really – isn’t that the important thing? Eww.
The Boston Globe talks to John Darnielle about putting his childhood on public display on The Mountain Goats’ new album, The Sunset Tree. The Goats are at Lee’s Palace this Wednesday – you should be there. Link from Largehearted Boy, who has been you one-stop Mountain Goats shop for links and reviews lately.
Billboard reports on Drive Well, Sleep Carefully: On the Road With Death Cab For Cutie, a tour documentary on Death Cab For Cutie that follows the band through their 2004 tour for Transatlanticism and will feature live performances, rehearsals and demos. The film will debut at the Seattle International Film Festival next month and come out on DVD from the good people at Plexifilm on July 26. Death Cab’s major-label debut Plans is slated for a September 20 release.
On my way home from running errands yesterday afternoon, I passed through the Toronto chapter of the Global Marijuana March. There were hundreds of people bumming around in Queen’s Park, the seat of Ontario’s government, handing around bongs, blunts, spliffs, joints, ganja, etc etc, while the cops just stood around and watched. I got a buzz just walking through them all.
np – British Sea Power / Open Season