Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
Photo via The Daily Swarm
The Daily Swarm brings word of My Bloody Valentine’s return to the US this September, the first confirmed date of which is an edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties, curated by Kevin Shields and headlined by MBV, the weekend of September 19 to 21 at Kutshers Country Club in Monticello, New York. Pitchfork has the rather ridiculous lineup – there’ll eventually be 30 acts on the lineup, but the first salvo of performers includes Mogwai, Built To Spill, Thurston Moore and Low, to name but a few. I guess when Kevin Shields calls up and asks you to play, you say “yes”.
Considering that the news item explicitly states there are only going to be “6-8 US cities” on the tour, this locale – a seven hour drive from Toronto, if you were wondering – is probably as local as they’re going to get. A road trip is obviously in order, but there’s a catch – tickets go on sale this Friday, but there’s only going to be 3000 made available. That’s all. And considering this is also as local a show as New York City is going to get, your odds of scoring a ticket are pretty much one in a billion trillion squared. But if you’re somehow so fortunate as to get one, a three-day passes will run you $225 US plus booking fee and you’d probably want to partake in the accommodations made available via ATP as well. All this has already pretty much ensured I won’t be seeing MBV, and I’m actually okay with that. It’s not like it’s Ride or something.
In other festival news, the first batch of acts confirmed for this year’s Hillside Festival have been announced and some of the bigger names heading to the Guelph Lake Conservation Area the weekend of July 25 through 27 include Hawksley Workman, Hayden (with whom The Post has an interview), Cowboy Junkies and The Sadies. I had a great time there last year and will be watching with great interest as this year’s roster takes shape. Early bird tickets go on sale May 3 at 10AM and if you’re the dawdling sort, be warned that this is one of those festivals that would sell out before they announced a single act so if you’re on the fence, best err on the side of caution and grab yours fast.
Billboard gives the rumour mill a big old kick-start by talking to Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg of The Replacements about the odds of a ‘Mats reunion – in short, better than you might think but still probably not too likely. The band’s first four albums were reissued yesterday and Spinner has assembled a best-of stream in case you’re not yet acquainted with the Minneapolis legends. PopMatters does the same, but in words.
Stream: The Replacements reissues
And whilst talking about streams of classic albums you need to hear, they’ve also got the latest double-disc reissue of Love’s towering classic Forever Changes, out yesterday. And let me just say that if you’ve never heard this record… you really have to. It’s amazing.
Stream: Love / Forever Changes
PopMatters poses 20 questions to the mighty chin of Bruce Campbell.