Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
Two Of Those Too
Hot on the heels of my Jason Lowenstein contest (good show last night? Everyone enjoy themselves? Good), here’s another – I’ve got five pairs of passes to see Maria Taylor, touring in support of her first solo album, 11:11, and Statistics at the El Mocambo this Friday night, July 22. As always, first five emails get on the guest list – BUT, this time, there’s a skill-testing question. To win, you have to name the band Ms Taylor was in before striking out solo that’s NOT Orenda Fink, but couldn’t really get into the super-hushed style they pursued with Azure Ray. It was all quite lovely – their voices are gorgeous both separate and together – but it was just a little too insubstantial to really get my attention. From the sounds of it, 11:11 is an natural evolution from Azure Ray – light electronic flourishes and languidly pretty, but not quite so whispery. The mp3s I’ve linked below actually sound quite good. Orenda Fink’s own solo debut, Invisible Ones, will be out on August 23 and it will be interesting to see if she mixes things up a bit or if you could shuffle play her record with Maria’s and essentially get the third Azure Ray album.
Pitchfork has the straight-from-the-assaultee’s mouth story of Broken Social Scene producer Dave Newfeld’s run in with the New York City Police Department last weekend. He didn’t do anything, he swears.
The Fall concert season continues to fill up. Dirty old men Louis XIV are at the Mod Club on September 2 and Portastatic tours in support of their new album Bright Ideas, out August 23, with a stop at Lee’s Palace on September 12. Labelmates Tenement Halls support. Finally, Son Volt v2.0 rolls into the Opera House on October 17.
And speaking of Mr Farrar, he gives Amazon.com a list of recommended listening. Via LHB. I haven’t heard Okemah & The Melody Of Riot yet. Does it have riotous melody or is that just false advertising? Reviews have been kind of lukewarm, but when you’re talking about Jay, you have to take it with a grain of salt. He’s never going to change or surprise you – he’s just going to keep doing what he’s doing and if you like it, you like it. After all, as the New York Times eloquently puts it, “the band’s underlying, stubborn seriousness, and nearly Amish unwillingness to change, creates its appeal”. Amen.
Season two of Arrested Development is out on DVD October 11 and season three debuts September 14! A Wednesday? I think I will be in Stockholm that night. Don’t think I’ll be catching it.
And finally, big congratulations to Vic and Liz on the birth of their first child, Rosie. Vic is the guy who introduced me to the world of blogging, and for that he will have my eternal thanks/scorn.
That PayPal class action lawsuit has just netted me a cool $8 USD for doing nothing. This litigation thing is a gold mine!
This daylight savings time extension thing is nuts. What are you guys south of the border smoking?
np – Drive-By Truckers / Decoration Day