Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
The Milkman Of Human Kindness
I don’t keep a list of contemporary artists for whom I would really want a box set, but if I did, Billy Bragg would surely be near the top of the list – at least for his earlier and mid-period records. I had been tempted to get the three-disc Must I Paint You A Picture? compilation a couple years ago but held off, not really wanting the more recent material.
Now with Pitchfork reporting that Yep Roc will be reissuing his first four albums as double-disc reissues, individually and as a seven-disc box set which also includes a concert DVD, I have to consider if this is archive I’ve been waiting for. I find Bragg’s early discography to be a wee bit muddled – His first two albums (Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy and Brewing Up) were already collected on the Back To Basics set while the third album, Talking With The Taxman About Poetry, is available individually or in double-album format with fourth album Worker’s Playtime on the Victim Of Geography collection, which is what I’ve got.
So with Yep Roc releasing the first two albums as individual entities along What does it mean? I don’t know, I’m already confused. How do four individual double-disc sets combine into a 7-disc box set, including a bonus DVD? Something getting lost in the compiling? Or maybe Pitchfork’s math is off, I don’t know – I can’t find a proper press release that might shed some more light on exactly what the reissue configurations will be… Naturally, it’s the bonus materials that will decide whether or not these are worth getting, but I’d like to be reasonably economical in making the stuff I’ve already got redundant.
Billboard reports that in addition to the In The Reins collaborative EP with Iron & Wine due out on September 20, Calexico will be releasing their follow-up to 2003’s Feast Of Wire in the Spring of next year. They’re also doing some touring through the Summer that will bring them to Canada, but they’re going the wrong way up the 401 with stops in Ottawa and Quebec City. Alas. Calexico are one of my very favourite live bands – I hope the In The Reins tour comes through Hogtown.
Also in Billboard – not a whole lot of new information about the new Sigur Ros album. It will be out in September, narrowed down a bit from the Fall window they’d announced previously, and lyrics are written in Icelandic this time, rather than their usual made-up language of Hopelandish. This, of course, means that their songs will be precisely 0% more comprehensible to me. Excellent.
Not a concert, per se, but sure to be a hot ticket regardless – Pollstar has The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart is coming to town for a stand-up gig at Massey Hall on October 7. Tickets go on sale Monday and will run you $55.50 to $79.50.
Tiny Mix Tapes rattles off ten things that made them (collectively) want to be rock stars. Rather than rock writers. “Bastards Of Young”? Hell, yes.
np – Echo & The Bunnymen / Songs To Learn & Sing