Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Kind of a messy day yesterday for those watching the V Fest lineup leaderboard yesterday, which is to say – me. Once again, no official announcement was forthcoming about who was playing, let alone when, but there were some updates to the official Facebook group and then updates to those updates as the day went on. Final boxscore as of now for day one? Paulo Nutini still on, k-os added then removed, The Coral removed, Hayley Sales and The Most Serene Republic added. So by any measure a net subtraction and certainly no replacement for Amy Winehouse.
The act I was expecting to be added and and broadly hinted as such – pure speculation, understand, and though it could still happen I’m far less certain than I was 24 hours ago – is The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Why them? Well, they played the Baltimore one a few weeks back, they’re not at Osheaga and oh yeah – they’ll already be here. The night before V Fest kicks off – Friday, September 7 – the band will be in town playing a show at the Berkeley Church as part of a party being put on by Vice, Rimmel (the cosmetics people) and CK (the fragrance people), an event that is almost certain to be equally strange and excellent Admission is by guest list only which is to say you need to RSVP to email@example.com and even then, I suspect that it guarantees you nothing. It’ll most likely be first-come, first-serve and you’ll still need to show up muy early to get in. But everyone loves a good wait-in-line, right? You can bring s’mores, make friends. I’m trying to get more info on exactly how the doors at the Festival Ball will work and still have my fingers crossed that they’ll hang around town one more day to give the first day of V Fest a much needed dose of awesome.
Update: Well, the V Fest press release finally arrived and k-os is it for bigger names added. No Yeah Yeah Yeahs, no one you could consider a replacement for Amy Winehouse at all. Bummer. Schedule forthcoming on September 4.
Update 2: First-come, first-serve for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is exactly how it’s going to work (from Vice). Get there early, kids.
MySpace: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
New Editors vid. They’re playing day two of V Fest.
Congratulations to Okkervil River, whose The Stage Names debuted at #66 with a bullet on the Billboard Top 200. Consequently, Will Sheff is a wanted man for interviews – The AV Club, Exclaim!, Pitchfork and Chart all talked to him about the new record. The River flows through Lee’s Palace on September 21 and carries on to Hamilton at the Pepper Jack Cafe on September 22.
NOW asks Camera Obscura keyboardist Carey Lander about her experiences in Toronto – experiences that she’ll be adding to come Sunday night when they’re in town for a show at the Phoenix. eye settles for asking her about regular stuff. AM New York doesn’t ask Tracyanne Campbell about Toronto at all. Don’t forget my contest for passes to see this show ends tonight!
Matt Pond PA discusses Last Light, out September 25, with Spin. You can hear a couple of tracks from the new record at their MySpace. Update: BrooklynVegan points us to this downloadable track from the new record featuring Ms Neko Case.
Queens Of the Stone Age, who just Tuesday night played a secret Molson-sponsored gig at the Guvernment, will be back in town on October 15 for a proper, everyone’s invited show at the Hummingbird Centre.
Many are intrigued by Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There (whose website exists only in Spanish), but when it opens on November 21, only a few will get to see it – it will initially open on only four screens in the US (and expand to over 100 later on). It will get it’s premiere right here in Toronto, however, as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. Yay us. Check out the trailer for the film below:
Trailer: I’m Not There (YouTube)