Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
Gimme Some Salt
Psst, want a tip on who the next big indie band is going to be? They’re from Brooklyn and they’re called Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and — what? Really? Oh. Well then.
So yeah, tonight is Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s big Toronto debut and this show has been sold out for ages and ages. I had a pair of tickets but opted to pass them on to some friends as I really don’t think I’m in the mood to be out super-late at the Shoe tonight. I’ve had a long week, the GF is sick, and I’m just generally wiped. I do admit that the CYHSY album has been growing on me (though I would still pick sliced bread over it) and under other circumstances, would probably quite enjoy the show… Just not tonight. As expected, the local media has been running pieces on this show as the must-see for the week. I did so for Torontoist on Thursday, and there’s also pieces from NOW, eye and Chart. Anyone who’s going tonight – hope it’s a good show and lives up to the hype.
But on the plus side – it looks like I’ll still be able to go to the Sufjan Stevens show next week – I had been afraid that my flight to Europe had been moved up by enough hours that I’d have to leave town Saturday rather than Sunday, but that’s not the case. So that’s something.
Sad to see Pitchfork confirm what I’d suspected but not seen official word on – On! Air! Library! is no more. I guess I only discovered them after they were technically defunct, but their only album remains in moderate rotation for me. Usually when I want to listen to something equal parts compelling and unsettling. Daylight For The Birds, which features two-thirds of O!A!L! and half of the twin sisters who fronted that band looks interesting, though.
The Cardigans’ new one Super Extra Gravity looks like it will be getting a North American release at the same time as the rest of the world, for a change. It’s due out October 25 on Koch, just a week after the European release – a nice change from Long Gone Before Daylight, which didn’t come out Stateside for at least half a year after the rest of the world.
Umbrella Music talks to Ottawa’s finest post-rock outfit, As The Poets Affirm, who will be playing the Ear To The Ground Fest on Saturday September 16. If you’re there and looking to pick something from the smorgasborg of performances, I recommend ATPA. And the Shiraz.
Anyone following the crisis in New Orleans has surely read quotes from mayor Ray Nagin in a radio interview yesterday where he expressed his anger and frustration about the slowness in the state and federal governments in getting aid to the people on the ground. You can listen to the interview here (.asf). To actually hear the desperation in his voice as he pleads for assistance is intense. And not to imply that one celebrity life is more important than anyone elses, but Big Star’s Alex Chilton is currently among the missing. He rode out the initial hurricane in his New Orleans home but hasn’t been heard from since Monday. They’re trying to keep tabs over at the Posies forum, but there’s been no word yet. Good thoughts go out to everyone affected by the disaster in New Orleans.
np – Laura Cantrell / Humming By The Flowered Vine