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Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Everything Must Go

Mostly bits and pieces today.

The second part of the PopMatters interview with Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers is finally up. Part one ran a month and a half ago – I was afraid they’d completely forgotten about finishing it off. Wire’s thoughts on the first two Manics albums, with the benefit of fifteen years of hindsight, are particularly interesting. Also, where they discuss the US mix of The Holy Bible vs the UK one – I have the Canadian version of that one. Was that the US version?

Stylus rediscovers the bleak majesty of American Music Club’s Mercury.

Frank Black insists to NOW that the Pixies reunion, still ongoing despite all odds, is not a big hate-in for himself and Kim Deal. They might even start recording some new material at year’s end. I’m pretty sure this wasn’t anything near a gramatically correct paragraph, but what can you do.

Some all-ages shows of note coming in September to the X-Space (which I think is in Kensington Market but I’m not certain) – on September 8th, Xiu Xiu with Frog Eyes and Das Yellow Swans and on the 24th, Portland’s The Gossip with We Are Wolves. Both shows $10 advance, $12 at the door. And the Against The Grain ad in this week’s NOW is teasing that The Decemberists will be back in town before too long. Probably late September/early October.

Torontoist. Week in shows. Blah blah blah.

Comic creator interviews with the brilliant and the insane – Millarworld talks to Joss Whedon (via Bradley’s Almanac) and Collector Times gets 20 questions with Dave Sim.

I went to see Old Boy again at the Bloor last night. You may remember me being stupefied after seeing it at the Film Festival last Fall. Um, still stupefying, even on second viewing. I thought I was ready for everything but I forgot about the teeth. Oooch.

I also got a copy of The National’s Alligator last night, though I’m not sure why. It’s on my Amazon wish list which implies that I wanted it at some point, but I don’t really remember adding it. Thankfully, a) it was used and cheap, and b) it’s pretty damn good.

Good thoughts to everyone in London today.

np – The National / Alligator

By : Frank Yang at 8:30 am
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  1. Rachel says:

    Ohh! I saw Dressy Bessy twice last night (once at a record shop, and then once at their show)! No, make it three times, the drummer and bassist were in the sex shop across the street and we got a picture with them with a lovely product placement! The Jessica Fletchers opened for them (cute, Norwegian pop–major fun), and everyone had new t-shirts! Pardon all the exclamation marks, but it was such a blast. Gravy Train, Rachael Yamagata, and Le Tigre coming to a venue near me soon!

  2. D. says:

    Cheers for the London comment – it’s been quite a day here.

  3. fred s says:

    rumour has it The National are coming around sept 18 to Toronto – they were cool live at sxsw – along the lines of the walkman and the other hipster NYC bands.

  4. Frank says:

    September 18? Great, I’ll be in Estonia.

    Maybe next time.

  5. graig says:

    The National is probably my favourite discovery this year. They’ve got five albums out now, how’d everyone miss them all this time. I’m working my way backwards from alligator and so far loving everything I hear.

    Favourite lyrics of the year "we’ll run like we’re awesome, totally genius"

    Distressing that which goes on in London. Peace to all.

  6. Jason says:

    God I love this site.

    You have the UK mix of The Holy Bible, the US mix was never released (until now). I was so anxious to get the reissue that I ordered it in from HMV in England, and now the dvd won’t play (stupid region coding).

  7. vsmith says:

    Actually, the Canadian mix is slightly different from the UK one. But I don’t think it’s the same with the American one though.