Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
Towering And Flowering
With his “Does anyone still care” mini-tour from last Fall proving to be quite the success, Rob Dickinson was in town last night just five months after his triumphant show at the Horseshoe last October. The positive response he got must have been encouraging, because this time around he jettisoned the second guitarist and keyboardist and did things truly solo, just him and an acoustic guitar.
It’s a testament to this city’s persistent adoration for Dickinson and Catherine Wheel that he was able to nearly fill Lee’s Palace on a Tuedsay night and so soon after coming through town the first time. Unlike last time, where he drew only from Fresh Wine For The Horses up until the end of the set, he opened last night with “Heal”, and split the set evenly between CW and solo material. The crowd, for their part, was willing to meet Rob halfway and was almost as appreciative of the new material as the classics. Also contributing to the atmosphere was Rob’s rather jovial mood – in chatting with the audience, the vibe was not unlike an episode of VH1 Storytellers. He prefaced “Little Muscle” with some comments about the Colin Farrell sex tapes and “Eat My Dust You Insensitive Fuck” was dedicated to American Idol. Overall the atmosphere was great and once again, Rob was terrific. And it’s worth noting the number of hints and asides he made about his old band – it would not shock me one bit to see a full-fledged Catherine Wheel reunion sooner rather than later. Almost certainly before a second Dickinson solo disc comes to be.
Some release info – Sigur Ros will release a new EP for Saeglopur in April and The Futureheads’ News And Tributes will be out May 23. They give NME a sneak preview. Finally the new one from Australia’s Sleepy Jackson, still untitled, has a May 30 release date. Looking forward to this one – Lovers was a great record.
Some show info – Most of this year’s edition of The Over The Top Fest has been announced, and once again it’s going to be a super-solid long weekend of music in Toronto come early May. Initially the most exciting show to me is the Shameless-sponsored showcase with Asobi Seksu, PAS/CAL and Ohbijou at Sneaky Dee’s on May 6, but there’s lots more worth seeing on the sched, and there’s still a few more shows forthcoming. Also, Elephant 6-ers The Minders are in town August 5 at a venue to be determined, and My Morning Jacket will be opening up for Pearl Jam’s upcoming North American tour, including the first two dates of the whole shebang at the Air Canada Centre on May 9 and 10.
I don’t really know how this will affect me in real practical terms, but in principle, I wholeheartedly approve.
24: So how intense does an episode have to be to warrant a double-shot midway through the season? Mmm, fairly intense. Ep 1: So how exactly does skid-boy get in touch with the terrorists to sell the keycard? Did he put an ad on Craigslist? Best moment from the hospital: Chemical weapons guy – “It could detonate if you move it”. Curtis’ look – “I just told you that five minutes ago, you dillweed”. And that was the worst hospital evacuation job I’ve ever seen. I mean, seriously. “Put everyone in the parking lot! And park the CTU vehicles way at the back, behind all the people!” Ugh. Ep 2: Look! Kim! Arriving at CTU just in time to be taken hostage! AWESOME. And she brought a boyfriend! Quick, everyone lay odds on what limb he’s going to lose. Anyone notice the name that keycard boy put on it? Mark Marcus. Yeah, that’s inconspicuous. Best line of the night was Audrey on Kim: “I think she’s a little confused”. Hell, I’ve been saying that for five seasons now. Poor hot CTU chick – dead and all Edgar’s fault. But I guess it seems a little crass to blame him for that now… But yeah. That was pretty good. And when I read this story the other day (http://www.theeagle.com/stories/030706/nation_20060307017.php), I couldn’t help thinking about CTU’s crack (smoking) security staff.
np – Neko Case / Fox Confessor Brings The Flood