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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”

The Charlatans’ new album Simpatico will be out May 2, but sadly, it’s not a song-for-song reproduction of the Velocity Girl record.

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

Jens Lekman lists of the 10 best songs he heard in 2005 to Pitchfork.

Seattle Weekly talks to Zach Rogue Wave, who will be at Lee’s Palace on March 11 with Nada Surf. Via Largehearted Boy.

Pitchfork busts open the story of Best Buy deep-discounting indie titles… almost a month after I reported the same thing, but at least they got some fresh quotes from some of the folks involved.

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

By : Frank Yang at 8:56 am
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  1. Bryan says:

    and here i thought you were excited about M+M posting the Man in Gray video link. oh well.

  2. information leafblower says:

    Got the first Sing Sing record from eMusic and am really liking it.

  3. Gary says:

    It amazes me that the Charlatans are still releasing records. I’m intrigued to know who’s buying them or what the demographic is. Me, I lost interest after the first couple of albums.

    I agree with Mr. Leafblower, the first Sing Sing album was surprisingly good though forgettable. Still, when a song comes on my iPod, I often find myself thinking, "Who’s this? It’s pretty good…"

  4. Jen says:

    Frank you still have not posted this fantastic upcoming combo:
    Soledad Bros + Heartless Bastards
    Silver Dollar
    April 13

    I think Meg White is still dating one of the Soledads, and Lucinda Williams had HB on her Bestof2006 list — just in case you’re wondering….

  5. david says:

    I’m enjoying the Sing-Sing release.

    By all means, catch the Heartless Bastards if you get the chance, they put on agreat show.

  6. Josh Mueller says:

    re: Charlatans- I’m sorry again. Thanks for making me laugh.

  7. Adam D. Miller says:

    Welcome back, Frank. Don’t know if you noticed but Josh Rouse tickets for April 11 and Mod Club went on sale this morning.

  8. Chris says:

    I don’t get what all the Charlatans bashing is about. They are on a parallel with Teenage Fanclub and Super Furry Animals as bands that consistently put out quality records yet never seem to get any recognition.

  9. Raj says:

    Miki Berenyi sings on the Mitsuo Tate album "Lost In Blue", on a track called "Smile" ; you can find a sample of it at http://www.flat-7.com/eng/m… ; the sample is great, but it’s a total tease – I don’t know how to get my hands on the album. :(

  10. trip says:

    those videos are fantastic…

  11. Yan says:

    Lush! Thanks for that reminder. It’s been so long. And what a lovely song Sweetness and Light is. Though I could never figure out the words: "you are the sweetness in my eyes"? If that’s what they’re singing, why’s it called sweetness and light? Got dig up the old cassettes though, since that’s the only Lush I’ve got…