Friday, February 1st, 2008
One Step Ahead
A slew of tour dates to cover – most excitingly from my perspective is the return of American Music Club to Toronto for the first time in maybe 14 years (based on this tour history). As part of their tour in support of The Golden Age, out this Monday in the UK but not till the 19th in North America, the band will be hitting Lee’s Palace on April 17.
If I’m not mistaken, this’ll be the first time Mark Eitzel has paid Hogtown a visit since opening for Low back in October 2002. I did see AMC back in 2003 in support of Love Songs For Patirots – a record that was one of favourites of the year – but had to go to Chicago to do so. So I’m obviously very pleased they’re making it easier for me this time, though I’ll miss the frequent flyer miles. It’s true that Eitzel can be a mercurial frontman, to say the least, but if he’s on, they’re awesome.
And thanks to John in the comments a few days back for pointing to this, a download of an American Music Club promo album from 15 years ago that combines the band’s best songs to that date, interview clips and a handful of rarities. Essential if you’re a fan and a great primer if you’ve simply not heard them before. There is no in-between.
I made a note that Deerhoof were going to be at the Phoenix on March 5 as part of a CMW-associated show, but cannot find anything to back that up right now. So file that under “maybe”, and if you can confirm it let me know. Update: Confirmed! See the comments for details.
Also in the “somewhat ambiguous” file, the UK’s Duke Spirit. They made some noise in 2005 with their debut Cuts Across The Land and then promptly went silent until now. They’ve finished their sophomore record, Neptune, and will be releasing it on April 8 but before that, they’ll be in town for not one but two shows on March 7 and 8 at a venue to be determined and may or may not be a CMW-affiliated events (if not, good luck finding a venue). I remember seeing them back in November 2005 as part of the Ukula Bright Lights Festival. They were alright.
The band that headlined that mini fest, Elbow, are also back soon with a new record in The Seldom Seen Kid. It’s out March 17 in the UK and frontman Guy Garvey talked to the BBC about the sanctity of the album form. He also mentions that the band will have a b-sides collection out sometime this year entitled Dead In The Boot. Until then, there’s a video from the new record.
Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors are at Sneaky Dee’s on April 1.
Eels are in a retrospective mood with the release of both a best-of compilation in Meet The Eels and a rarities collection in Useless Trinkets – the former a single CD and DVD, the latter a double-disc set plus DVD. They’ll be here to trip down memory lane on April 4 at the Mod Club. – full tour dates at NME.
Just yesterday I was wondering what the date for this would be… well here it is. The New Pornographers and Okkervil River tour will kick off in Toronto on April 9 at the Phoenix. Full dates at Pitchfork.
Billboard reports that Whiskeytown’s classic Strangers’ Almanac will get the deluxe reissue treatment on March 4, with one disc containing the original album and a second disc of live tracks, rarities and whatnot. Ryan Adams will be in town on February 23 at Massey Hall not on his own, but as a part of the Cowboy Junkies – along with other special guest Vic Chesnutt and Natalie Merchant – as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Trinity Sessions by playing it live just down the street (or through the mall) from where it was originally recorded. Also marking the occasion is Trinity Revisited, a new recording of that seminal album made in the same church two decades later. Details here.
Graham Coxon explains to both Drowned In Sound and NME that Blur weren’t reuniting – just having dinner. Damon Albarn thinks it’s because the others hate him and bassist Alex James tells The Guardian that cocaine is bad. Very bad.