Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
The Past That Suits You Best
It’s been over four months since Scotland’s Delgados decided to split after bassist Stewart Henderson announced he was leaving the band. Both principal songwriters Alun Woodward and Emma Pollock decided to carry on with solo projects, but it’s Pollock who is the first back in the public eye. She signed with legendary label 4AD not three weeks after the Delgados called it a day, and has recently begun gigging material from her forthcoming solo debut (due in 2006, still untitled). She muses on her solo career and the legacy of The Delgados to The Scotsman and you can hear some of her new material performed on a BBC radio session here. Her website is up but is still pretty vacant.
As for the rest of the band, they may not be making music together but they continue to run Chemikal Underground records, which was the subject of a BBC radio documentary last week. No archives that I can find, though. The label also has its own MySpace page.
It’s probably far too much to hope that that open date on February 15th is earmarked for a Toronto show, but the “Undertow Orchestra” tour, featuring Mark Eitzel, Will Johnson, Vic Chesnutt and Dave Bazan looks pretty damn impressive. Don’t miss it if your burg is on this schedule.
Death Cab have commissioned videos for each of the twelve tracks on Plans and will debut the results on their website in the near future. Billboard has more info on the project and SPIN talks to Aaron Stewart-Ahn, the director who is heading up the project.
Prefix is stretching their best of 2005 list out over the entire week while radio station WOXY has also compiled a list. And the one everyone has been waiting for (but won’t admit it), Pitchfork’s top albums of 2005. Most of my picks ended up ranked fairly low, and somewhat surprisingly, The National didn’t make the cut at all…
And speaking of Pitchfork, The Toronto Star examines the tastemaking power of The ‘Fork. A lot of people loathe their reviews (and lists – just wait for the fallout from this one), but don’t seem to be able to stop reading them. I’m a daily reader but don’t put that much stock in their (or anyone else’s) reviews, preferring to read aggregate review sites like Metacritic. I mean, one reviewer can be wrong, but ten or twenty? They’re probably on to something, like it or not.
Yesterday I linked the trailer for V For Vendetta – today, there’s news from Alan Moore’s other landmark work which he is disgusted to be associated with (the film version, anyway). Comic Book Resources reports that the film adaptation Watchmen, which has already died (at least) twice, will be given another shot by Warner Bros. Neither principals associated with the last attempt at Paramount, writer David Hayer or director Paul Greengrass, will follow the property to the new studio, though. Greengrass talked to CHUD about what happened to his project – basically, the studio decided they didn’t want to make the film anymore. Fin.
So I’m in the market for new portable headphones. My beloved Sonys have developed a nasty buzz in one ‘phone, and that model has been discontinued so I’m looking at other options. Currently considering the Koss Porta Pros and the Sennheiser PX100s – both kinda dorky over-the-head jobbies, but I can do kinda dorky. I’m also thinking about waiting till Grado releases their promised street-style headphones… Any suggestions? I am not crazy about the idea of the ear canal-phones, blocking out the outside world seems like a good recipe for missing a streetcar stop or getting hit by a streetcar.
np – My Morning Jacket / At Dawn