Friday, March 7th, 2008
Photo via rivermountainstrail.org
This will likely be my last non-festival related post for a while – at least a couple weeks – so I’m just going to clear out everything I’ve got in the hopper.
They may be skipping Toronto on their upcoming tour, but there’s still plenty of reason for DeVotchKa fans to get excited – namely the release of their first full-length album of new material in four years, A Mad And Faithful Telling, on March 18. Reuters talks a bit to frontman Nick Urata about their distinctive sound and Pitchfork is offering an MP3 from the record. There’s also an electronic press kit to watch if you’re so inclined.
Staying in the southeast US, Chart brings details of Provisions, the new record from Giant Sand due in May and featuring a slew of familiar guest stars including Neko Case, M Ward and Isobel Campbell, amongst others.
Colin Meloy’s talks to Chart about the joys of doing the solo thinkg for a change. Check out a track from his forthcoming Colin Meloy Sings Live!, out April 8. Colin Meloy will sing live at the Phoenix on April 19.
Sigur Ros is screening their full-length documentary Heima on YouTube today. Or, if you’re inclined to see it on the big screen, it’s showing at the Cumberland in Toronto next Thursday (March 13) at 8:15 – advance tickets here.
Everyone’s been all abuzz about the vague reunion rumours involving Pavement but Take-Away Shows have something a little more tangible – namely performances from Stephen Malkmus including a swing at a bunch of R.E.M. covers. Glide and Spin also have in-depth interviews.
One reunion that has been confirmed but quiet since said confirmation is that of Swervedriver, but there’s finally some stirrings – BrooklynVegan has a couple NYC dates confirmed for June 11 abd 12 and in the comments, a Los Angeles show on May 31. The official forum also confirms a Toronto date is being finalized, probably around early/mid-June.
The final episode of The Wire – ever – airs this Sunday. Harp talks to writer and producer George Pelecanos about the series as well as the role of music within the show. Pelecanos and other Wire writers have also contributed a piece to Time about the folly of America’s war on drugs.