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Monday, September 26th, 2005

I'm Kicking Television

I’m going to try and get back into the swing of things by recapping some of the news that’s come about in the past couple weeks. Some will be old news, I’m sure, but what can you do.

Wilco will put out their double-live album Kicking Television – Live In Chicago on November 1 after all, though it’s just the aural document. No word on what happened to the DVD, whether it’s been scrapped or will be released on its own at a later date. As it is, an official live record featuring Nels Cline in the lineup will be nice, though considering that every Wilco show in the last few years has been recorded and made available online, it’s not THAT exciting an event. But still. New Wilco. Yay. See the full-size album art here and the tracklist here. Jeff Tweedy is doing a smallish solo acoustic tour in November around the midwest/east coast, but nothing north of the border.

Circle March 7, 2006 on your release calendar as that’s the day that Neko Case’s new studio album, her first since 2002’s Blacklisted, hits stores. Fox Confessor Brings The Flood features many of the same guest artists as that record, including Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino, Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb and The Sadies. New collaborators include The Band’s Garth Hudson and Visqueen’s Rachel Flotard. Prefix has the official press release.

Irish songstress Gemma Hayes has given her sophomore album a name – The Roads Don’t Love You – and a release date in the UK – October 31. Her first album, Night On My Side, came out in North America in a considerably different form than it did in Europe, with a significantly altered tracklist and running order. I wonder if we’ll get a domestic release of the second album and if so, whether it’ll get rejigged for the market.

Beulah fans will have to content themselves with the A Good Band Is Easy To Kill DVD as there will be no Miles Krukowsky solo album in 2005 after all. In a website update, guitarist Bill Swan reports that Miles had serious surgery on his arm recently and will only be going into the studio in January after he’s (hopefully) sufficiently recovered.

We also shouldn’t expect anything new from Tanya Donelly anytime soon – she’s pregnant with her second child. Congratulations are in order, as well as thanks that she had the foresight to record a live album of new material last year which will hopefully see release sometime soon.

The Guardian salutes Bob Dylan. Part one of No Direction Home airs on PBS tonight – I think I will just seek out the DVD.

Bob Mould chats with The AV Club (have they dropped the “Onion” brand completely?) before setting out on his North American tour in support of Body Of Song (now underway), which includes a show this Sunday at the Mod Club in Toronto.

Chart talks to Rob Dickinson about flying solo with Fresh Wine For The Horses. I got my copy on Friday and already I find weird discoloured scuff marks on the playing surface. What the fuck? I’ve spun this thing, like, four times. Rob and I will have words about the manufacturer’s quality control when he plays the Horseshoe October 7, believe you me.

Something I totally forgot while I was away was that the new television season was getting started. Not much network TV on the Baltic Sea, y’know. So when I got back I had to download myself the first two episodes of the new season of Justice League Unlimited and the Arrested Development season premiere. I was able to catch last night’s new West Wing in real time but will have to rely on bit torrent for the season premiere of Veronica Mars on Wednesday – I don’t think I get UPN here. So those are the returning shows on my viewing schedule (24 doesn’t return till January). Anything new worth my attention? I’ll need something to while away the hours while I munch on bonbons and wait for my EI cheque to arrive.

np – Rob Dickinson / Fresh Wine For The Horses

By : Frank Yang at 9:23 am
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  1. graig says:

    veronica mars is on CTV on Sunday at 5pm now…!?

  2. Heather says:

    THE OC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Heather says:

    THE OC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AND LOST!!!!!!!

  4. Frank says:

    Sundays at 5PM? Yeah, that’s not the timeslot of death. Are they still doing season one or are they simulcasting the new season with UPN?

    I AM NOT WATCHING THE OC. And I will have to get the Lost DVDs and get caught up before getting onboard with season two.

  5. solace says:

    according to people who have spoken w/ Jeff and Nels, the DVD will not be coming out unfortunately.

    they stated the reason being that the footage they got back from the editing company was very poor, and when they told them to fix it, the company basically said "tough shit"

  6. daniel says:

    VM is over on CTV. They didnt pick up season two. As far as UPN in Canada goes, it is available on digital cable BUT you have to pay for it (its not part of any of the packages.

    New noteworthy shows for this year:

    Reunion – Like the OC but set in the 80s. Seems interesting.

    Lost – I’m currently catching up on DVD, and PVRing season 2.

    Kitchen Confidental – The new Fox-produced Darin Star show…its alright.

  7. stuchris says:

    "considering that every Wilco show in the last few years has been recorded and made available online"

    How can we get these? Gotta a website to contact?

  8. brads says:

    I’m digging that new show sci-fi show ‘Threshold’, but then again, I’ve got a thing for Carla Gugino. And Peter Dinklage.

    Entirely different kinds of ‘things’ for each of them, mind you, but things nonetheless.

    Plus, hey, it’s got Data. Just glad to see Brent Spiner getting some more work.

  9. Five Seventeen says:

    I’d say Lost…

    and Prison Break.

  10. Frank says:

    stuchris – the via chicago website has a torrent tracker dedicated to all things Wilco. Check it out:

    http://…/

  11. ned says:

    prison break is definitely the best new series this fall… nothing else has really grabbed hold of me enough that i won’t miss it if it’s gone by november…

  12. solace says:

    stu

    http://…/

    :)

  13. Get Smart says:

    RIP: Don Adams

  14. David says:

    Ricky Gervais’ new show Extras is definitely worth checking out. Not sure who is picking it up in Canada since it wasn’t on after Curb Your Enthusiasm on TMN last night (as it is on HBO in the US.) I got it off a Torrent site. Nevertheless a fine show with great wit and better developed characters (albeit fewer) than the Office. The use of a story arc helps this process immensely. The cameos don’t hurt either, my favorite being Samuel L. Jackson.

  15. matthew says:

    i can’t wait for extras to come out on dvd over here…i’ve seen a two-minute clip, and it’s probably funnier than anything else on tv…