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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

A Trip Out

So today is the day that British Sea Power asks North Americans, Do You Like Rock Music?. I offered up my thoughts on the record last month when the record was released in the UK so I won’t rehash that, sufficed to say I still love the album. Instead, I’ll point out that they’ve marked the occasion by announcing the second string of North American tour dates, covering the midwest to the east coast and wrapping up in in our neighbourhood, the penultimate date coming May 16 at Lee’s Palace with support from The Rosebuds.

This, of course, does me no good since I’m landing in Dublin early that morning, but it should be a riotous show for those of you able to attend. I will have to make do with trying to see them at Noise Pop and/or SxSW and hope that they bring the tour machine back for a second go-around in the Fall, perhaps.

The creepy puppet footage from their performance on Later… With Jools Holland which I tried to link a few days ago is now back up but far more interesting are the actual performances from the show, linked below, and the interview portion of the programme. You think it’s too much to hope that they’ll tour with the Cumbrian wrestlers?

And if you’re still uncertain as to your position on rock music, you can stream the album in its entirety at Spinner, but I’ll save you some trouble. The answer is “yes”. Four out of five critics agree, though Pitchfork (aka the fifth dentist) thinks they’re being clever again.

Stream: British Sea Power / Do You Like Rock Music?
Video: British Sea Power – “Waving Flags” (live on Jools Holland)
Video: British Sea Power – “No Lucifer” (live on Jools Holland)
Video: British Sea Power – “Canvey Island” (live on Jools Holland)

Also doing the stream thing this week, The Raveonettes’ new one Lust Lust Lust and Heretic Pride from The Mountain Goats’. Both are out next Tuesday and the Raveonettes play the Opera House on March 21.

Stream: The Mountain Goats / Heretic Pride
Stream: The Raveonettes / Lust Lust Lust

Dev Hynes of Lightspeed Champion gives Neu! a track-by-track walkthrough of Falling Off The Lavender Bridge. He’s at the Horseshoe for a free show March 4.

Rabble talks to Destroyer man Dan Bejar about various sundry topics, including his aversion to making music videos and his neighbourhood in Vancouver. Trouble In Dreams is out March 18 and he stops in at Lee’s Palace a month later on April 19.

I Heart Music has ripped and MP3-ified Basia Bulat’s session for CBC Radio 3 recorded at an in-store at Criminal Records here in Toronto last December. She’s got a show at Lee’s Palace on March 29.

The Independent talked to Feist prior to her 1-2-3-0-for-4 night at the Grammies on Sunday. It’s okay Leslie, you have much better hair than Amy Winehouse.

Dean & Britta stop in for a session at Minnesota Public Radio.

Matador has been working on definitively reissuing the whole of Mission Of Burma’s back catalog and will release the results of said efforts on March 18 in the form of the three volume set Mission Of Burma: The Definitive Editions I, II and III (all available individually). They’re so pleased with the remastering that they’re offering a couple of samples in both a 256kbps MP3 and uncompressed WAV form. I’ve linked the MP3s below – for the WAVs and full details in what comes in each of the MoB releases, hit the Matablog.

MP3: Mission Of Burma – “Max Ernst”
MP3: Mission Of Burma – “Weatherbox” (live)

This Is Fake DIY interviews Asobi Seksu.

By : Frank Yang at 8:27 am
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  1. Ricky Lam says:

    sweet. rosebuds as opening is just icing on the cake.

  2. CK says:

    The new British Sea Power is very nice. Is it my imagination, or does the organ solo on the final track sound a lot like the theme music to the US version of The Office?