Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
Sweetness And Light
Big ups to Mystery & Misery for uncovering this treasure trove of shoegazer videos on Youtube.com. Who even knew Mojave 3 had a video for “Love Songs On The Radio”? Not me. And it’s also nice to see the trove of Lush videos available – well-timed to coincide with one of my periodic rediscoveries of their records in my collection.
While Miki Berenyi remains out of the public eye, having essentially given up music after the band’s dissolution in 1996, Emma Anderson is still at it with her new band Sing-Sing, who’ve just released their second album Sing-Sing And I (independently at home and via Reincarnate Music in the colonies). Reviews are muted, but as this Aversion interview shows, the fact that the album even exists is a triumph unto itself. I haven’t heard too much of their stuff, but the material on their MySpace page is pretty tasty, breezy pop. Quite a ways removed from the gauze of early Lush, but not so much from their final Lovelife era.
MP3: Sing-Sing – “Lover”
CMJ discusses Leaders Of The Free World with Elbow while icLiverpool finds out what he thinks of the meteoric success of the Arct!c M0nkeys. Still no word on what Toronto venue they’ll be at on April 17, but here’s a live performance and interview from RTE.ie
A bunch of shows got announced in the last couple days. Hard-Fi return to town for a show at the Phoenix on April 5 while The Yeah Yeah Yeahs promote their new one Show Your Bones at the Kool Haus on April 10. Minus The Bear plays Lee’s Palace April 23, John Vanderslice will be at the El Mocambo on April 21 with Wooden Wand and Two Gallants play the Silver Dollar on May 2. And looking way ahead, Seu Jorge will play Harbourfront Centre on June 30 and The Juan Maclean is there on July 7. And finally, The Tragically Hip, whom Stylus is trying to make cool for Can-indie fetishists, have announced a show at Fort York on June 24 with The Weakerthans and The Sadies. Summer festivals! Warm!
np – Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan / Ballad Of The Broken Seas