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Friday, June 9th, 2006

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Due to the sheer number of shows I’ve got on the docket for the next few days, I’m going to have to run on a one-day delay just to keep my sanity. So thoughts and images from last night’s show at the Boat with Land Of Talk et al will be forthcoming in the next day or so. In the meantime, enjoy this hastily-assembled fill-in post!

Behold – the first burro-powered video from Amy Millan’s Honey From The Tombs. In addition to the video, there’s four Honey tracks streaming on Amy’s MySpace. The Toronto Star talks to her about the new record and previews her shows at the Reverb tonight and the Mod Club tomorrow and eye gets the scoop on some of her collaborators on Honey. Based on the sheer amount of press she’s been getting, it’s probably safe to say that Amy is this year’s “it” act at NxNE. Don’t forget that only the solo Reverb show is a formal NxNE show – the full band Mod Club thing is limited to the first 50 wristbands/badges/whatever. After that, you need a ticket and there aren’t many left, if any. Ticketmaster and Rotate are both sold out.

Video: Amy Millan – “Baby I” (MOV)
MP3: Amy Millan – “Skinny Boy” (ZIP)

Just Keep Bloggin’ has high school yearbook photos of Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and Metric’s Emily Haines. Oh, like yours are any less embarressing.

Billy Bragg isn’t down with MySpace. Aversion reports that Billy read the fine print in the user agreement and didn’t like the bit about how MySpace gets a royalty-free license for all posted materials – MySpace’s PR and lawyers are in damage control mode, insisting that they in no way own the music posted on the site. More info here. So while Rupert Murdoch may not own the artists music, all the pictures of the kids pouting into their webcams are his to do what he wants with. And it’s best if you don’t ask any more questions about that.

Paste discusses the deeper meanings behind Built To Spill’s You In Reverse. The Seattle Times also talks to Doug Martsch.

Chart talks to the far-too neglected half of Television’s legendary guitarists, Richard Lloyd. The Age still prefers to talk to Tom Verlaine. Call it heresy, but I’ve always preferred Lloyd’s earthier melodic leads to Verlaine’s more abstract melodies. How to tell whose is whose? The album liner notes say who plays what solo – didn’t you ever notice? Very handy for picking sides. And it’s not really possible to articulate in words how excited I am about tonight’s show at the Phoenix.

NOW is similarly excited about this Sunday’s Tilly & The Wall show at the Mod Club.

Stylus wonders if The Flaming Lips were due for a backlash regardless of whether or not At War With The Mystics was any good or not. I only got a copy last week and have listened to it maybe twice so I’m not really in a position to say one way or the other, save to say that in that limited amount of time my overall impression has been a resounding “meh”. But I admit I’ve not been in the mood for Lips-ian wackiness for some time.

Apparently Ambulance LTD has fractured into little itty bitty pieces, with singer Marcus Congleton carrying forward with the band name and the rest of the crew now plugging along as The Red Romance, who sound incredibly unremarkable. It’s too bad, their New English EP was really pretty good and boded well for their future. Considering that the second Ambulance full-length was due out at the end of the Summer, mayhap the departed still played on it? Via Torr.

And that Gnarls Barkley fellow that the kids are all about these days has a tour date schedule for Toronto on September 9 at what Pitchfork calls “Toronto Islands Park”. Either this means Olympic Island or they’re going to run roughshod over Centreville. I kind of like the latter scenario.

Fluxblog interviews Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee-O’Malley.

np – Land Of Talk / Applause Cheer Boo Hiss

By : Frank Yang at 9:10 am
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  1. alan says:

    I saw Amy Millan’s show at the Black Sheep on Wednesday and was less than impressed. I think she played for just under an hour, and if the Whitely’s and Paso Mino weren’t there, I’d have left after the first tune. She definitely wasn’t prepared to sing these songs in front of an audience, and she definitely needs to rehearse rehearse rehearse. She had trouble on harmonies with Jenny as well. REHEARSE AMY!!

    Good thing the Fembots opened and were awesome or I would have wasted my night.

  2. janice says:

    Frank, thanks for the mention.

    The Amy Millan’s video link isn’t working for me…i keep getting an error msg.

  3. Frank says:

    linkie fixed.

  4. S.W. says:

    Yow – that Kevin Drew yearbook photo looks like it came straight from the pages of Charles Burns’ Black Hole.

  5. chris says:

    i hear you on the Lips commentary

  6. Chris says:

    Hmmm….I wonder if that Gnarls Barkley "Toronto Islands Park" show could in any way be related to the rumoured Flaming Lips festival in the fall!? Start your detective work Frank, inquiring minds want to know!!!

  7. mike says:

    The show at the Boat last night was great. Can’t wait to hear what you thought of it.

  8. suckingalemon says:

    the boat show was fantastic, i saw you stayed for adam brown, i hope you liked them. also was very impressed by both land of talk and kill the lights.

    btw, do you know what time doors are for the amy solo reverb show tonite?
    it seems these showcases get full really really early.

    thanks.

    cheers

  9. Karl says:

    Hope you saw Chewbacca on the throne last night:

    http://www.youtube.com/watc

  10. J.P. says:

    I saw the Stylus piece yesterday and was amused ‘cuz I did a similar write-up way back in April. Sorry for the blog pimping, but those interested can find my musings on the Lips’ latest, here:

    http://anejomockingbird.blo

    As far as your "meh" reaction to the disc, it kinda struck me the same way at first, but after spending some time listening to it on headphones, I’ve become an enthusiastic supporter of it – still don’t like the opening salvo of the first two tracks, though…

  11. ABC says:

    Amy Millan – can you say overrated?

  12. Frank says:

    Sure can! But I’m not going to. The album isn’t meant to be a great artistic statement, just clearing out some old songs. Live and solo, she doesn’t aspire to be mind-blowing so I don’t really expect her to be. But what I’ve heard of the album is pleasant enough.

  13. Skin Trade says:

    Frank your slipping …lol..
    Blowoff is Bob Mould’s new project. The
    album will be out September 5.
    http://blowoff.us/download….

  14. Carrie says:

    I have to say, for the "it" act of NXNE, I was less than impressed. In fact, I was quite bored for most of her performance, and it probably ranks as one of the lowest of the 20 or so bands I’ve checked out so far. Oh well, can’t win ’em all.

  15. Dave says:

    i love At War With The Mystics, but i think i’m in the minority.

  16. Leeann says:

    I saw Amy at the mod club last night and it was beyond amazing and so was the band Paso Mino. It was a great show, I left a happy camper