Friday, January 25th, 2008
Hold On Now, Youngster
AOL Music Canda considers the glut of underage (or exceedingly youthful) bands coming up through the rock’n’roll trenches these days, based on the adventures of Welsh ragamuffins Los Campesinos! and Toronto’s (via Newmarket and Midland, respectively) Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians.
The Times has a similar-themed piece, but wonders more about how – between the gigs, driving and general rock’n’roll debauchery – they have time to do their homework? Gareth Campesinos (and others) responds. This Is Fake DIY talks to him about their plans for 2008, which includes releasing their debut full-length Hold On Now, Youngster… in North America on April 1 (February 25 in the UK) and Crawdaddy talks to he and some of his bandmates about punctuation and being (or not being) “twee”.
Another Arcade Fire video, another dedicated Flash-laden website. Maybe you saw the making-of photos at Pitchfork, well now you can see what it was all for (and, of course, you’d best be prepared for the inevitable deluge of “Black Mirror” mash-ups, remixes and karaokes that’ll be all up in your Hype Machine). Playing with the mix is much more fun than the “patty-cake with Win” angle they took on the “Neon Bible” video, and also confirms (if you had any doubt) they don’t use auto-tuning on Win’s voice. At all.
Video: Arcade Fire – “Black Mirror”
Harp has a chat with both Allison Moorer and Tift Merritt. Man, the photographer for that session had such a hard day of the office. I feel for him, I really do. Psssh. Moorer’s Mockingbird is out February 19 and she’s at Massey Hall on March 4. Merritt’s Another Country is out February 26 and she plays the El Mocambo on April 1.
Matthew Caws tells Harp ten things they – and you – didn’t know about Nada Surf. Lucky is out February 5 and they play the Opera House on April 7. They also just released the first video from the record.
Ra Ra Riot’s Wesley Miles tells Chart they don’t want to be a party band. Which isn’t to say they don’t like to party – I fully expect a party to break out when they play the El Mocambo tomorrow night. Just not BE a party band. You know what they mean. And congrats to Matt and Jenilee, who won the passes to the show.
So. This year’s grand vacation is booked… inbound and outbound flights, anyway. In May, I’m heading to Dublin for four days and London for five. That’s all that’s set – everything else is still up in the air. What to do, where to stay, all that incidental stuff. Suggestions? Recommendations? Warnings?